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!

Stephanie & Steve’s Manhattan Wedding!

We could not have asked for a more beautiful day for Stephanie & Steve’s wedding which took place on the rooftop at Midtown Loft & Terrace. There was not a cloud in the sky and the temperature was perfect for an August day in New York City.

One of my favorite moments before a wedding ceremony begins is getting the bride ready to walk down the aisle. I love being part of that special moment before she says “I do” as I walk behind her, carrying her train. I’m the last person to see her face full of anticipation before the processional music begins, and I’m the last one to hug and congratulate her, other than her father, before she becomes “Mrs”. I can’t help but be overcome with emotion.

The style of the wedding was classic vintage and being that the bride thrives in creative concepts, she did a lot of DIY, even making her own flower bouquets for the bridesmaids and centerpieces. The bouquet she carried was made of antique brooches, including one from her mother on the stem of the bouquet.

During the speeches the bride had a special surprise for the groom – a flash mob she had organized with their friends singing “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. He was definitely surprised and it was so moving to see the love surrounding them and radiating throughout the room.

It was another successful wedding for Karen Brown New York and as always, I feel honored when couples trust me to take care of all the details on their special day!

To see more pictures, please visit the Karen Brown New York Facebook page. Professional photographs by Lilian Haider will be up soon.

First Day of Spring at New York Botanical Garden! by STARR Events

In late January the catering division of Stephen Starr Events (known for their restaurants Buddakan and Morimoto) won the catering contract for the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and last night they hosted an event with the wedding industry, ‘Love is in the Air’. It was a perfect way to celebrate the first day of Spring!

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