Sep 19, 2017

You’re Engaged – 3 Things You Should do Right Away!

You’re Engaged, it happened, you can’t stop looking at your ring! But now what should you do, what are the next steps after you called everyone in your phone book? Being Engaged is such a fun time and really a time that should be enjoyed to its fullest. So girl relax, I’ve got you the 3 three things you should do when you’re first engaged! It’s a given that you hire a wedding planner, but since you already know that here are the next 3 things you should do to make sure your wedding planning is fun and smooth!

1. celebrate
  1. Celebrate!!! YES GO CELEBRATE Pop that bottle of champagne, rose, wine, or sparkling water and celebrate with your fiancé! Chances are they have been stressed to the max about how, when and where they would pop the question, so now that it’s done, you NEED to celebrate. Have a fabulous dinner out just the two of you, or go and have a big engagement party with both of your families.  However, you two celebrate do it and enjoy every minute!
2. Pick your wedding date
  1. Now that you have celebrated sit down, just the two of you, and decided on an ideal wedding date. That might be in 6 months, that might be in 2 years, but sit down and be honest about how long you both need to prepare to get married. There are no set rules for how long you need to be engaged but the typical couple is engaged for at least a year before they say “I Do.”
3. Create your budget
  1. Create a Budget, no matter who is paying for the wedding you need to set a budget that is realistic for all parties involved. You don’t want to make anyone feel funny and you, yourself don’t want to feel funny or even worse resent people. Know that setting the budget is hard for EVERY couple and EVERY family.  But in order to plan your wedding and have fun doing so, you need to know your budget before you book anything.  When you hire a Wedding Planner they can help you with budget creation and give you real advice on the costs that are involved in a wedding.

 

So now that you have these three things out of the way, celebrating, picking a date, and working out the budget, it’s time to start planning your EPIC day! Need help planning your wedding day email us, we are ready to help! Info@victoriaannevents.com

Sep 12, 2017

5 Essential Websites To Plan Your Wedding

We are sharing our top 5 websites to know when planning your wedding! Obviously the best way to plan a seamless wedding with the least amount of stress is to hire me J But in the meantime, enjoy this list of our 5 favorite websites!

  1. 1. Postable– This is one of my favorite tools to use in business and when planning a wedding. You know all those college friends who have moved a million times and you’ve given up on knowing their address. Well this site totally solves the “hey can I have your address?” text that you are going to lose. Postable allows you to set-up a link that you can send to friends and family through email.  They fill out their information (even their birthday! Major score), and then alphabetizes your contacts.  Making addressing your invitation a breeze!

2. Aisle Planner– all of our clients get complimentary access to this amazing tool and training when we are planning their wedding, but you can sign up for aisle planner on your own as well for a small fee and plan away! You can communicate with all of your vendors on one platform so you don’t have to keep track of tons of emails. Track your budget, guest list, and payment due dates. Not to mention the design tab that is like wedding Pinterest on steroids!

  1. 3. All Seated– One of the hardest parts of the planning process is the seating arrangements. This website has most hotel ballrooms already stored and you can plan your tables, DJ, dance floor, and assigned seating and table number for FREE!
  2. 4. Venue Report– Looking for the hottest new venue to have your wedding this is one of the best tools we use on a daily basis when looking for a venue. This site allows you to communicate directly to venues, see average pricing for that venue, and not to mention they have the beat on all the best new venues in major cities all over the WORLD.
  3. 5. Riley & Grey– sick of the tired boring wedding websites with no personality. Look no further Riley & Grey have answered your wedding website dreams with fresh and modern websites for the most discerning couple!

I hope these websites help you on your wedding planning journey! Remember we are just an e-mail away to answering all of your wedding planning questions! Info@victoriaannevents.com

Aug 10, 2017

Pretty In Pink Baby Shower

 

We had so much fun planning this chic “Pretty In Pink” Baby Shower.   The couple was so much fun to work with and it truly was a grand fete to witness. We traveled all the way to Miami Beach to produce this Baby Shower and got to work with Pistils & Petals , Merari Photography ,  La Tavola Fine Linens and the incredible EG Letters on this custom Backdrop to make this the best Baby Shower Ever!  And Baby Milana Rose was Born on July 4th! Enjoy these Images of the Day!

xoxo,

Victoria

Jul 21, 2017

Planning a Luxury Hotel Wedding

 

Planning a Luxury Hotel Wedding is what we do WELL at Victoria Ann Events. After working in the Luxury Hotel Business for 5 years and helping to get over 100 couples down the aisle, it’s safe to say we know how to plan and execute a luxury hotel Wedding.  We have made a list of tips as you start planning your Luxury Hotel Wedding.

 

Pick Your Ideal Date

 

The first step to planning your luxury hotel wedding is to pick your wedding date. Once you have your date set, it is easier to narrow down your search. Most Luxury Hotels are booked a year in advance for wedding dates. Especially if you are planning to have a Saturday or Friday Wedding Date.  Another important thing to know about luxury Hotel weddings is that most of them (depending on the size of the hotel) only book 1 wedding per date. They may have a Wedding on a Friday and Saturday.  But Typically your wedding will be the only one that day.

 

Visit the Hotels You Have in Mind

 

The Second step is to visit and book the hotel you of your choice. Make sure the hotels you are visiting have go with the vision you are trying to create.  If you want a beach wedding, you wouldn’t book a wedding at a downtown hotel. Make sure to check out the Ceremony site and Reception site or Ballroom.  If they are the same space and your guests move to a cocktail hour it is good to know how far they would have to walk, or if they will see any of the changing of the space. If your hotel has an outdoor space for the ceremony or reception you’re interested in, ask to see what the rain back-up site looks like. If you have never stayed at the Hotel you are thinking of having your wedding in also ask for your tour to include what the rooms look like.

 

Meet with the Catering Team

 

The Catering Manager or Director assigned to your wedding and their assistant will be your best friend at the hotel for the planning of the wedding.  They will be able to answer all of the questions your have concerning your venue. They will also communicate with your wedding planner to make all of your plans and dreams come true.  Most Luxury Hotels require you have a wedding planner.  It makes the whole process run smoothly and allows the catering team at the hotel to focus on the Hotel and making it perfect for you. They can also provide you with a list of planners that have been approved to work at their hotel already, as well as florists, event rental companies, and a flurry of other vendors.

 

Create Your Wedding Room Block

 

One of the best things about getting married at a Hotel is you will get extended a proffered rate for your hotel guests. Sometimes the number of rooms you are extended at the preferred rate are limited so make sure your out of town guests, and wedding party make their arrangements early.  Also be sure to sure to included the host hotel details, on your “Save The Date” and if you have one, Wedding Website so everyone can make their proper arrangements.

 

Happy Planning!

 

XOXO,

Victoria

We are always ready start planning Hotel Weddings,

Jul 18, 2017

What I learned from my Wedding Day

My Anniversary is on the 19th so I thought it would be fun to write a post on what I learned from my Wedding Day. Being a Bride changed my whole perspective on the day and the stressors and what is truly fun about the wedding day.  All of the things I learned I use when planning weddings for our bridal clients and I go back to all of the advice I was given but didn’t listen to and wish I had!

The first thing I learned from my wedding day is to ENJOY the day! It goes by so quick, and when I tell you quick I am not joking! I remember going back to our honeymoon suite and thinking, wait its over… all the hard work I put in the whole year, the plans, the ups the downs and it’s over! So many fun things happened at our reception and I either missed them or was thinking about something stupid like why the lights kept coming on LOL—we’ll talk about that later. I wish I had stopped and really enjoyed every single moment of the day.  The love, our friends and family, and just how beautiful the day actually was.

Photograph Curtsey of Fabien Montique

This goes with enjoying the day, but take time to really enjoy your husband or wife while the party is going on, one of the best things we did was have our own cocktail hour, just the two of us.  The hotel where we were married set-up a display of all of stations, passed hors d’oeuvres, champagne and both of our drink of choice. It was perfect and allowed us to have some alone time before the reception and allowed us to eat, because no matter what you don’t really get to enjoy your dinner.

 

The Second thing I learned is not everything goes as you planned it and it’s OK! This is a big one! There are so many little details that there is bound to be something that didn’t go just as planned. Don’t overreact, your guests will not notice that your mini burgers at the end of the night were set-up as a station and not being passed on the dance floor.

 

The Third thing that I learned is to have enough food in the getting ready rooms for the Bride and Groom to pick at while getting ready with the bridal party.  Some of the getting ready process on the wedding day takes a long time, we forget to eat, and you’re walking down the aisle with an empty stomach! The best types of food to have are easy finger foods like, fruit salad in cups, quiche, beagles, and mini wraps and lots of water, not just champagne 🙂

The fourth thing I learned is to delegate a responsible person to gather your wedding gifts and cards, and if possible have a designated spot for these things at your wedding reception so it’s easy for your wedding guests to find.  You will not believe how many cards get lost if you don’t have a designated person. Our wedding planning services include us gathering the gifts and brining them to the bridal suite, but it is always nice to have a family member or bridal party member that is also a responsible and can take the cards to a secure spot.

These are the confessions from a wedding planner turned Bride, I hope these tips help you on your wedding day! If you need some extra help reach out to us! Info@victoriaannevents.com

Or Go to Our Contact Page and let us know about what you have planned for your big day!