5 Surprise Reasons to Hire a Wedding or Event Planner

#1 You’ll Save Time

Your event planner will often take meetings for you. Why? Because there are details that you don’t have to be bothered with. Your event planner knows the ins and out of your event. At the beginning of each planning process, you’ll sit down for an intense strategy meeting so that your vision and needs are met. This means that your planner will go to the meetings with the hotel and photographer and you can get more work done, like registry shopping or a night out with your bridesmaids.

Photo Credit: diyfrugalbride.blogspot.com

Photo Credit: diyfrugalbride.blogspot.com

#2 You’ll Save Money

You’re probably thinking because you have to pay the event planner, you’re spending more money right? Not so. Once your planner knows your budget s/he can work with vendors to save you money on all kinds of things. Planners know which vendors would be willing to work within a particular budget and because they often have relationships with vendors already, it’s easier to ask them for those things. You’ll also have a guarantee that these are good people with quality work.

#3 You’ll Have a Better Looking Event

 Event planners know that part of what makes for a great event is that it looks and feels great. There are details that experienced planners know to look for. Things like, did you know that if you angle your audience chairs a certain way, it makes them feel more involved and engaged? This is just one of the many suggestions a professional planner will share.

Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty

Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty

#4 You’ll Eat

You know what the number one thing people often forget to do? Eat. With an all day event that requires high energy and lots of moving about, it’s important to stay fueled. Too often there isn’t enough time to stop for a quick bite, or the nerves might make you so anxious you simple don’t “feel hungry.” One of the first things planners will often do is send a menu from the hotel or ask about your favorite snacks to have on hand the say of the event. S/he’ll also make sure there’s time set aside for you that day.

Photo Credit: julesbridaljewellery.com

Photo Credit: julesbridaljewellery.com

#5 You’ll Breathe

While you’re planning an event, doing everything yourself is a very big job. And it gets stressful. Hiring a planner, helps you breathe. You can step back, regroup and focus on the things you know the most about. You’ll also have time to enjoy the “little things” or as we would say, the moments that matter. Because someone else is handling the details of the event itself, you can be more present and focus on your guests, making them feel more comfortable. After all the event is only as successful as the host!

Super Bowl XLVIII Party Planning!

I don’t know about you, but I think most of us in New York City are really getting excited about the Super Bowl being in our neck of the woods!

If you’re planning to host a Super Bowl party, here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Make sure you have a well stocked bar! Kegs are a great option and work well for big groups, especially those watching sports. My ‘go to’ place for beer and keg delivery in New York City is Beerrightnow.
  2. Have plenty of food and make sure you consider guests with different dietary needs. If you want to stay in the theme of football you can make a few fun items like in the images below.
  3. Organize a few games such as Super Bowl Bingo, Guess the Score and Super Bowl Word Scramble.

Happy New Year from KBNY!

In less than 12 hours we will be ringing in the new year whist toasting to champagne and contemplating resolutions for 2014. I always look forward to the beginning of a new year for many different reasons. I love reflecting on all the accomplishments from the previous year, setting new goals which challenge me to grow both individually and within my business, and looking ahead at all the possibilities for creating special memories with my clients and those around me.

As I ponder on the weddings and events that Karen Brown New York has been part of the past year, I can’t help but feel overjoyed. I am extremely fortunate to have worked with so many amazing clients and supportive vendors. You have all made my job so easy, even in moments of crisis. Memories were made, charities have benefited and we partied way past our bedtimes. 2013 was most definitely an unforgettable year!

Here is a video recap of our year in wedding and event planning and the song “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz was inspired by a client’s wedding where the bride sang this song to her husband in a flashmob performance. Enjoy!