• February 2009 Archive •

A Wedding Coordinator Can Save Your Sanity

It might seem like a waste of your available funds to hire someone to help you plan your wedding. After all, you’re on a tight budget and you want to have control in planning your wedding. But look at it another way – sometimes hiring a wedding coordinator can turn out to save you a fortune in your valuable time and can help you maintain your sanity on your wedding day. Consider the following perks as you think about whether or not to bring in a professional.

  • When you go to a wedding coordinator and explain that you want a big wedding on a small budget, she has a mountain of money-saving ideas and resources. They could be great tricks she’s used at other weddings or ideas she just picked up at a conference. She’s a great generator of additional money-saving ideas that fit with your location and your theme.
  • The help of a wedding coordinator can save you a fortune in pain relief or anti-anxiety medication! With her handling the many, many details – and also perhaps running interference between you and your meddling mother-in-law-to-be – her assistance is invaluable in terms of removing your stress.
  • A good wedding coordinator is an expert when it comes to the many contracts you’ll have to sign with various vendors. Your coordinator can go through these contracts, read the fine print, negotiate to eliminate extra wasteful charges, perhaps get things for free and save you from throwing money away on unnecessary choices.
  • A good wedding coordinator is hands-on. She may be able to help you make the pew bows or favors instead of you having to buy expensive ones or spend valuable time putting them together.
  • Most of all, let’s say you want the help of a wedding coordinator, but you don’t want the full-service package: you can hire a coordinator for day-of. That means you just hire her for the wedding day only, as the person who will organize the setup of the sites, show the caterer where to work, decorate and direct everyone from the florist to the guests. She keeps the show running on time, which also saves you money. Having a pro on hand can help in case bad weather or a location problem forces you to move sites. She’s the calm in the storm and a good investment for the many things that can cost you on the wedding day itself. Consider it an investment in your peace of mind.

Orangerie Events would love to be your peace of mind on your wedding day. We offer a Rehearsal & Wedding Day package that’s perfect for those brides that desire someone to organize and handle just the wedding day logistics. Don’t hesitate to contact us today for your FREE consultation!

-Reference: ” 1000 Best Wedding Bargains” by Sharon Naylor


xoxo, Priscilla
Don’t Forget the Card!

My girlfriends and I have always been big on giving each other cards. Not just for birthdays, but for every small and large milestone in life. We firmly believe that a gift needs to be accompanied by a card. (Usually 2!)

This past Christmas my best friend and I gave each other the same Christmas card, as did my husband and I. Out of the hundreds of cards filling the shelves in Hallmark, I chose the same card as they did. Sadly, this isn’t the first time an identical card exchange has taken place. Maybe it shows that I’m spiritually connected to those I love, but I find it boring to give and receive the same card.

I’m determined this Valentine’s Day to send a card that’s more personable and meaningful. I’m embracing my inner artist and designing my own!

The latest issue of Better Homes & Garden has a wonderful article online with lots of examples and step-by-step instructions for creating a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day card. Your Valentine is sure to appreciate the time and effort you put into making an individualized card.

Brides – why not carry this idea over into your wedding planning? Design custom cards asking your friends to be bridesmaids or give one-of-a-kind thank you cards to shower attendants.

Remember, when you care to send the very best – make it personal!

xoxo, Priscilla
The Start of Something Good

In December of 2008, I birthed my pride and joy. No – not a beautiful little baby girl or boy (Give me a break; I just got married in November). I birthed Orangerie Events. I know what you’re thinking, “How do you say Orangerie?” So before I go on, let’s get the pronunciation and meaning out of the way.

The correct pronunciation is Orangerie (or-ranj-a-ray – sounds like lingerie). In the 16th century, it became fashionable for European aristocrats to have collections of orange trees and other citruses. Back then, these collections of trees were called “Orangerie” in German and thus referred to the collection of trees.

I know it has nothing at all to do with event planning, but it’s creative and marketable. I can’t take the credit though. My husband has a knack for coming up with catchy phrases and with him being a landscape designer, he has a surplus of plant knowledge. I can remember discussing with him the idea of starting a wedding and event planning business years ago. I put the idea on the backburner because I was timid about taking a risk and lacked the necessary resources. Let’s face it – as a child I thought I was an entrepreneur when really I just had a wild imagination. (I owned a video rental store, a campground and even a tanning salon. Yes – I would make my best friend and brother lay in the bathtub and pretend to tan.) It was natural that I never imagined the idea of owning my own business would actually become a reality.

After years of planning media, corporate events and my own wedding, I found the initiative and encouragement I was looking for to pursue my desire full force. It has been such an exciting process to take an idea, nurture it and watch it come into fruition.

I have some weddings coming up and I can’t wait to share my adventures and stories with you through this blog. This is definitely the start of something good.

xoxo, Priscilla