I’m Throwing a Fundraiser, Now What?! {Initial meeting}

Fundraisers require many different steps and guidelines to get it done correctly so you can raise the most money possible. Now that you have your “team” or committee all set and ready to help, the next step will be to have a first meeting with everyone. In this first meeting you will need to go over a time line of meetings, dates and deadlines, create a contact list, and create to do lists for each person. This way the team will be as effective as possible. Constant contact throughout the process will be necessary. Everyone will need to contact everyone at some point and this contact list will ensure that this process will run more smoothly. To-do lists that include deadlines will need to be passed out to everyone so they know what is expected of them and when it is due. I also like to include calendars with this list as well so all the team members can see when every deadline is and what meetings are taking place even if they are not a part of them. This way if they need to substitute for someone they have all of the info they need to make it happen. Another good reason to hold an immediate meeting {and what I believe is the most important reason} is to really get to know the team you will be working with. This meeting is a chance for everyone to mingle and to get to know everyone who is a part of the fundraiser. You will all be working very closely for the months to come and it helps when you have a face to put to a name. Everyone in the team is there for one reason and that is to raise money for the cause. You all share this common goal and with a team by your side that you can trust, the possibilities are endless.

Laura {Sacramento Wedding Planner}

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Wedding Fashion {Backless Dresses}

One of the most popular trends in wedding dresses right now is backless. With the front of the dress being more conservative and traditional, it is fun to have a little surprise in the back! There are many different types of backless dresses: dropped waist, lace, sheer fabric, bows, and even strands of beads. This is one of my personal favorite wedding dress trends, my wedding dress was even low in the back. Backless wedding dresses are a great way to add that wow factor to your dress!

{Kayleigh, Sacramento Wedding Planner}

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Trend Alert: Photo Booths!

Photo booths started gaining popularity a few years ago and there is no question why!  It is so fun for your guests to take silly pictures together with a fun back drop and props.  There are so many different types of photo booths you can have, too.  You can have a simple fabric or wood backdrop, make a fun Polaroid cut out, or hire an actual old fashioned photo booth.  Your guests will love how much fun it is and you will love looking through the fun pictures after your wedding is over.

{Brittany, Sacramento Wedding Planner}

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Money Saving Tip {Making a Bold Statement}

Hey all my budget bandits, coupon queens, and super savers! I’m back with our budget tip of the month! This tip is all about DÉCOR! Now this section will take a few blogs to get through but to start saving money on décor remember to have BRIGHT COLORS. Using Bright colored decorations will make a bigger statement. Which in turn means that you will not need as many decorations to make the impact you want. This will save you a ton of money on rentals or even supplies for DIY projects. If you are not into bright colors try and incorporate a pattern like chevron, polka dots or stripes. The pattern will have the same effect as a bright color just a little less in your face as a bright color will. If you are really feeling colorful you could even mix the bright colors and the patterns together to get an even more fun look. Don’t be afraid to be bold and express yourself at your wedding. Be different and out of the box and it will be even more memorable to you and all of the guests.   If you cannot picture what either of these ideas would look like click on the links below to get some ideas. 😉

http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-colors.aspx

http://www.weddingwindow.com/blog/summer-brights/

http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/231138/summer-wedding-themes-bold-and-bright#174531

Laura {Sacramento Wedding Planner}

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Happy 4th of July

We hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday! Happy 4th of July.

 

Aubrey

Sacramento Wedding Planner

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DIY: Photo Booths

Photo booths are a huge trend right now and there is no reason that they need to be a huge added expense to your wedding budget.  If you have the time, the DIY bride can make a photo booth and props herself.  It can be so simple to make any type of photo booth, no matter the style.  We found some beautiful DIY photo booths that {The Girl Creative} posted that is so worth checking out!  For props, it is so simple and fun to buy small chalkboards that you can either write funny captions with a chalk pen or put out pieces of chalk that your guests can write their own captions on.  Photo booths are such a fun bonus to any and every wedding!

{Brittany, Sacramento Wedding Planner}

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Hot Honeymoons {Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys}

This place is a great location if you are wanting to stay in the US for your getaway. Little Palm Island has everything and anything you could want for your honeymoon. They have a spa and offer many excursions like snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, and even skydiving. Give this gem a look!

{Sarah, Sacramento Wedding Planner}

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I’m Planning a Fundraiser, Now What?! {Get a Good Team Together}

Fundraisers require many different steps and guidelines to get it done correctly so you can raise the most money possible. Now that you have your budget plan and your theme all done, next comes creating a team or committee that will help you through this process. There are many reasons to establish a committee. It will allow you to share responsibilities with others so it does not fall all on your shoulders. It also involves more members with the cause and allows the word to get out to more influential people. Each member can bring a different element to the committee to enhance your event and bring it to another level then you could on your own. Finally, it provides a a place where issues or topics can be examined in more detail. This allows every issue and topic to be seen at different angles and will ensure that the event as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Creating a committee should be done as early as possible and should most definitely include people that have large networks of friends and important professionals. It will help if there is one or more people that have planning experience as well.  A good diverse mix of people and volunteers will help round out your event and give you the most success possible.  Of course it is important to have a committee with members that are committed and passionate about the cause. This ties them emotionally to the event and you will know that they will be giving their best and wanting the best for the event.

{Laura, Sacramento Wedding Planner}

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Kayleigh’s “Stock the Cellar” Bridal Shower

For those of you who don’t know me, there’s nothing I love more than a good bottle of wine and some smelly cheese 🙂 I can picture myself living in Tuscany someday living off of wine, cheese, grapes…and of course with good company. And that’s exactly how my bridal shower felt. My girlfriends know me so well….the theme (as stated on the invites) was a “Stock the Cellar” bridal shower. All guests were asked to bring their favorite bottle of wine and leave a little note to help Mark and I start our wine collection. One of my very best friends, Rachele, is a DIY queen! She made all the cute little signs and decor items. Seriously, check out her blog for amazzzzing (and easy) DIY ideas, PopularWithThePoplins. Of course my Alluring Events & Design girls were a huge help as well! The creative talent that my friends have is breathtaking. To be able to celebrate such a special time in my life with the ladies that mean the most to me, was unbelievable. I am a very blessed girl.

{Kayleigh, Sacramento Wedding Planner}

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Trend Alert {Naked Wedding Cakes}

There once was a day when elaborate detailed cakes were in high demand, but that day has passed.  Now, it is more trendy to order the “naked cake”.  The simplicity of the naked cake is unlike any other and so popular in recent weddings.  It is so beautiful and simple all on it’s own and we are totally loving it!

{Brittany, Sacramento Wedding Planner}

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