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Weddings by Kathleen Wins a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2016

Posted by on Jan 10, 2016 in News | 0 comments

January 6, 2016 – WeddingWire, the leading global online wedding marketplace, named Weddings by Kathleen as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 for Wedding Planners in Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding florists, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Weddings by Kathleen. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“We are thrilled to celebrate such a high-caliber, committed group of professionals for the Couples’ Choice Awards’® eighth year,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “We are proud to continue to serve as the industry leader, with over 2.5 million consumer and peer reviews, and feature award-winning merchants such as Weddings by Kathleen who understands the impact reviews have on their successful businesses.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Weddings by Kathleen is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 400,000 wedding professionals globally.

Weddings by Kathleen is proud to be one of the top Wedding Planners in Fort Lauderdale, FL in the WeddingWire Network. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016.

For more information about Weddings by Kathleen, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/weddings-by-kathleen-fort-lauderdale/fa941114bd9a378c.html.

To learn more about the Couples’ Choice Awards®, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire, Inc. hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers are able to read over 2.5 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses. Globally, it provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 14 countries in North America, Latin America and Europe, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including Bodas.net, Casamentos.com.br, Matrimonio.com and more. The company employs more than 650 and maintains global headquarters in Washington, DC and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

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Wedding Vendor Contracts

Posted by on Nov 21, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

It is absolutely critical that you read and understand completely all of your contracts with your wedding vendors. Make sure you read the fine print.

Every contract should have the following information:

Confirm the date, time and location(s) of the wedding event. It is also good to make sure the day (i.e. Sunday) is written in the contract, just so that there is no confusion about the day of the wedding. You don’t want your vendor assuming your wedding is a certain day!

You will want to make sure that your contract contains important contact information for your vendors. Wedding Vendors will NOT be in their offices during events, so you MUST have an EMERGENCY/CELL number for your vendor for the day of the event. Make sure the contract contains company name, address, email address, office and cell phone numbers, and website address. I cannot tell you how many times I have been furnished with contracts from wedding vendors and NONE of this information is included in their contracts!

Fees – make sure all overtime pricing is included in the contract. In the event you want to extend a vendor’s time the day of the wedding/event, you want to know what that overtime rate will be with that vendor ahead of time.

Make sure all details about your contract are spelled out and included in the contract. If you make any changes to the initial contract, make sure to get a revised contract or an addendum to the original contract. Make sure you have everything in writing on your final contract, no verbal orders!!

Method of Payment – make sure it is clearly written on the contract the method of payment, payment due dates, etc. A lot of wedding vendors do not accept credit cards and others do not take checks on the wedding day. You don’t want to have to run to the bank on the day of your wedding to get a cashier’s check or cash at the last minute.

Happy Planning!

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Wedding Planner vs. Venue Coordinator

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

There is a big difference between a Wedding Planner and a Venue Coordinator.

A Wedding Planner will answer your questions, assist you with vendor and venue contracts, help you with event décor/design, create a very detailed time line of the wedding day events, assist the Bride and Groom, the Bridal Party and Family on the day of the wedding. They will ensure that you aren’t forgetting anything (material or detail), set up your decor, keep you on your timeline, collect your wedding party and family for photos, toasts, entrances, dances, etc. They will make sure that your wedding flows smoothly the entire day.

A venue coordinator ensures that everything taking place at the venue is in order. The venue coordinator usually enjoys organizing weddings, but does not have the responsibility of handling all matters for the Bride and Groom. A venue coordinator is going to be busy supervising the kitchen and wait staff, managing the food and beverage provided by the venue, moving furniture, setting up linens, putting up signs, assisting vendors with finding outlets, tables and chairs, keeping your bridal suites and bathrooms stocked and clean, coordinate placement of wedding items with the wedding planner, handle venue parking logistics, manage the venue staff, etc.

Both professionals are imperative and work closely together with open communication. You’ve spent a lot of time and money planning your wedding. If you want to do it the best way so you can enjoy your wedding day, you need both a Wedding Planner and a Venue Coordinator on your Team!!

Weddings by Kathleen specializes in “Day of Coordination,” which we prefer to call “Month of Coordination” because we don’t just show up the day of the wedding. There are many hours put into your wedding event before your wedding day arrives! Call us today for a free consultation at (954) 434-9029 or (954) 249-1200. We do Weddings in South Florida. Happy Planning!! Happy Wedding Day!!

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Quick Guide to Tipping Your Wedding Vendors

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

As a wedding planner, I get asked this question quite often: “Who do I have to tip, and how much do I have to tip them?”

A tip is a voluntary amount of money given in exchange for a service performed. Gratuity is solely at your discretion. While giving gratuities is not required, it is good etiquette to do so.

Here are some guidelines for tipping your wedding vendors.

Vendors Who Should Be Tipped

• Your hair stylist
• Your makeup artist
• Your limo driver
• Musicians
• DJ
• Valet parking attendants
• Caterer/waitstaff
• Bartender
• Wedding planner

Unless your vendor has been a complete nightmare throughout the planning of your wedding, it’s courteous to present each of your vendors with a tip, a gift, or a thank-you. Don’t forget your photographer and videographer, too. A handwritten thank-you note, a review, or a testimonial can be invaluable to your wedding vendors.

General Rule of Thumb for Tipping Vendors

Have your tip money (cash only) in an envelope for each vendor, and assign someone to disperse the envelopes to vendors at the end of your wedding, such as the father of the bride or the best man. As a wedding planner, I don’t like to handle this task because I am so busy during the event, and I do not have a secure place to keep the envelopes.

Always put cash in the envelopes. You can adjust the tip money at the end of the evening depending on the service provided.

How Much to Tip

The standard percentage for a tip is 15% of the total cost; however, you can adjust this to 10% if you were not happy with the service, or to 20% if you feel you had exceptional service.

Be Careful of Double Tipping

Read your contracts carefully. Sometimes the tip or gratuity is already worked into your contract. You do not want to end up tipping someone twice!

In conclusion, there is a lot of information out there about tipping wedding vendors. I hope this post has helped simplify the tipping process for you.

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Weddings by Kathleen Receives Bronze WeddingWire Rated™ Badge

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in News | 0 comments

South Florida – August 29, 2015 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, is thrilled to announce that Weddings by Kathleen has received the WeddingWire Rated™ Bronze badge for excellence in Wedding Planning Services.

The esteemed WeddingWire Rated™ program recognizes wedding professionals who have received positive newlywed reviews about their business on WeddingWire. The program recognizes businesses across more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and requires a minimum of three wedding reviews and an average rating of 3.5 stars or higher.

Within the WeddingWire Rated™ program, there are five different levels that wedding professionals can reach based on the number of wedding reviews they have received (Blue, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Black). The WeddingWire Rated™ Bronze badge is awarded when a business receives ten or more quality reviews.

As a member of WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site with over one million reviews, Weddings by Kathleen’s achievement of Rated™ is an impressive milestone and an indication of the positive experiences expressed by their past clients. As a recipient of the Bronze badge, Weddings by Kathleen is highlighted on WeddingWire, which is comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States and Canada.

“With the growing importance of online reviews, WeddingWire is pleased to celebrate the successes of the wedding professionals who have received positive reviews on WeddingWire,” said Sonny Ganguly, CMO, WeddingWire. “We are honored to recognize Weddings by Kathleen for their impressive work within the wedding industry.”

Weddings by Kathleen is thrilled to have achieved the WeddingWire Rated™ Bronze badge for Wedding Planning in South Florida. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire; it means so much to us and our business to have received the positive feedback that helped us earn this badge. We are dedicated to providing excellent service to our clients and look forward to increasing to the next Rated™ level in the near future.”

For more information about Weddings by Kathleen please visit our WeddingWire Storefront at http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/weddings-by-kathleen-fort-lauderdale/fa941114bd9a378c.html

To learn more about the WeddingWire Rated™ program, please visit http://wed.li/ratedinfo

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire®, the nation’s leading marketplace serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 reviewed wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers. WeddingWire also offers a comprehensive suite of online planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire is the only all-in-one marketing platform for businesses online and on-the-go. WeddingWire offers one simple solution to build a professional network, improve search visibility, manage social media and reach mobile consumers. Businesses that advertise with WeddingWire appear on WeddingWire.com, ProjectWedding.com and other leading sites, including MarthaStewartWeddings.com, Brides.com and Weddingbee.com.

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How Much Do Wedding Vendors Charge?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

This is just an average of what you can expect to pay for Wedding Vendors. Please keep in mind, your geographical area can have a lot to do with the prices you will pay for a Wedding Vendor.

Wedding Planners:

Full service wedding planners will charge anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000, while month-of-coordinators will likely charge between $1,500 to 3,000. It all depends on the scope of the work involved, number of guests, budget of wedding, etc.

Stationer:

You can expect to pay between $4.00 to $8.00 per invitation. You can go on-line and order invitations for less.  The more you customize an invitation, the more costly it will be.

Caterer:

Caterers can run you between $35.00 to $125.00 per person. Keep in mind, this does not include any alcohol, linens or decor upgrades.

Cake Baker:

A wedding cake will most likely cost you anywhere between $4.00 to $7.00 per slice. The complexity of the design will have a lot to do with the final cost of your wedding cake.

Band, DJ:

You can expect to pay anywhere upwards of $1,000 to $2,500 for a professional DJ. A live band can range anywhere from $4,000 to $25,000 depending on size and demand.

Musicians:

Musician prices will vary greatly, but you can expect to pay up to $200/$250 per hour for a musician.

Photographers:

A professional wedding photographer will most likely charge between $3,000 and $6,000. It all depends on the experience level and the packages that they offer.

Florist and Decor:

Your flowers and decor will depend much on what you are doing. It can vary so much, so I will leave it at that…

Cinematography:

Professional Wedding cinematographers will likely charge anywhere from $800 to $5,000. It can be costly, but if you are spending a lot of money on your wedding, I would definitely find a cinematographer to capture your wedding day so you not only have your photos, but you have everything on film to last a lifetime!

Hope this helps!! Happy Planning!!

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Ways to Save Money When Planning a Wedding

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

1) Limit your guest list. And remember uninvited guests should NOT be invited to any bridal showers, etc.

2) Consider holding your wedding on a Friday or Sunday. Rates are usually less on these off days.

3) Don’t schedule your wedding prior to a big holiday. Prices for flowers can be significantly higher a few weeks before a holiday, (Mother’s Day, Valentines Day, etc.).

4) Don’t hold your wedding on a busy weekend. Know what events are going to be held in your town when you want to have your wedding. Hotel rooms will be at a premium and hard to come by for your out-of-town guests, etc.

Happy planning!!

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What To Do With Your Wedding Gown After Your Wedding

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

You have spent a lot of money on your gorgeous wedding gown.  You only wear it once — on your Wedding Day. So what do you do with your wedding gown now after your wedding?

You basically have three options:

1) You can KEEP IT. First you want to think about why you want to keep your wedding gown. Do you want to keep it as a memento of your wedding day? Do you want to pass it down to your daughter, relative, or a friend? If you decide you want to keep your Wedding Gown, you will need to have it professionally cleaned and preserved or you will end up with a discolored, worthless dress in a short period of time. The best thing to do is to contact the Bridal Store where you purchased your gown and ask them to recommend a company that preserves wedding gowns. You can get the cost and instructions on what you will need to do to preserve your wedding gown. Better yet, ask them for information on preserving your gown before/when you purchase your gown.

2) You can SELL IT. If you want to recoup some of the money you spent on your wedding gown, then you can sell it. A lot of times, companies that sell wedding gowns also have a flexible buy-back program; check with your Bridal Store where you purchased your gown. You can also consign your wedding gown at a local Consignment Store, or you can sell it privately on your own. You will need to have your gown professionally cleaned if you want to sell it.

3) You can DONATE IT. If you are feeling charitable, you can donate your wedding gown to an organization such as “Brides Against Breast Cancer” which helps raise money for cancer patients and their families through their Nationwide Tour of Gowns program.

Decisions, decisions!! Don’t waste time. Think about this when you purchase your wedding gown so you have a plan in place after your wedding!

 

 

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DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Wedding Projects to attempt:

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

There are a lot of wedding DIY projects you can attempt, as follows:

Save-the-Dates:  “Save-The Dates” are an opportunity to show your creative side. You can create a custom postcard from photos or use one from your engagement session. If you have a good printer, there are a lot of computer programs out there that can help you create great “Save-the-Dates” for your upcoming wedding.

Escort Cards:    Escort Cards are one of the first items your guests will see before entering the Reception. Escort cards let your guests know which table they will be sitting at during the Reception. Check out Pinterest for some great ideas for escort cards and put your own personal, creative touch on them! Escort cards can be an easy DIY project for your wedding.

Table Nos.:    Depending on your guest count and seating configuration, you shouldn’t have too many Table Nos. to create, making it a very manageable wedding DIY project.

Programs:  Programs can be easily created on your computer and printed at home or taken to a local printing store. There are a lot of program packages you can purchase at your local Craft Stores or on-line. You can also make handwritten signs on chalkboards in lieu of individual programs. A great tip for an outdoor wedding is to print your program on a “fan.” If you are handing out Programs to your guests, you can figure on one program per couple. It can be a fun project with your bridesmaids or you and your Mom, Groom, etc.

Favors:  Favors can be a nice, small memento for your guests to take away at your wedding. I personally feel something edible or practical is the way to go. Don’t waste your money on something your guests are just going to toss in a drawer or throw away! Food items are my favorites, like chocolates, cookies, candies, mints, etc. You can order an item in bulk and package it yourself to put your personal touch to it. Remember, everyone at the wedding should get the same favor so it is important to find a favor that your entire guest list will enjoy.

As far as other DIY Wedding Projects, I would recommend to let the “professionals” handle the Wedding Cake, Catering, Photography, Day-of-Coordination, Floral Centerpieces, Music, etc. to avoid any disasters on one of the most important days of your life!!


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Selecting Your Wedding Venue

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Searching for “the perfect” wedding venue can sometimes be one of the most agonizing steps in the wedding planning process.

The best thing to do is first figure out how many guests you want to have at your wedding, what your wedding budget will be, and what kind of wedding do you want to have. Try thinking about weddings you have attended in the past, and how much you enjoyed the setting at a particular venue.

Your ceremony budget generally is 3% of your total budget; your reception budget generally is about 46% of your total budget.

A House of Worship

If you plan on having your wedding ceremony at a church, etc., you most likely will be holding the reception at a different venue. This will take careful planning because you want to have your ceremony location and reception location no more then 30 minutes away from each other. You will also need to coordinate closely with both venues so you don’t have an awkward time gap between the ceremony and reception. Offering a cocktail hour with drinks and appetizers can help fill the gap.

Hotel

A Hotel wedding can offer you everything you need in one place, from your ceremony site to all the staff you will need to put on a successful wedding. You can also have all your guests staying in one place; it offers a fun wedding weekend for all. The negative about hotel weddings, is they can tend to feel impersonal. Ballrooms are non-descript as hotels put a large emphasis on “meetings/conferences.” You will need to transform the ballroom into a beautiful setting which may require a larger budget.

Restaurant

A restaurant is a great venue for a wedding reception with a guest count of 125 or less. Restaurants can offer superb food, special ambience, and a distinctive setting. There may be a downside; you will have to hold the ceremony at a different location. Also sometimes, your guest may need to be spread out in different/multiple rooms at the restaurant. You will always want to make sure there is enough space for a dance floor to accommodate all your guests.

Off-Site Wedding

An off-site wedding venue is one that does not offer a commercial kitchen, such as a beach, cultural center, private home, park, etc. Off-site weddings can be beautiful but come at a higher cost because you may have to bring in everything you need (tables, linens, china, flatware, tent, dance floor, lighting, generators, etc.). Always inquire about any restrictions at the venue site. Always ask if the rental fee covers insurance.

Outdoor Weddings

Outdoor weddings can be magical. There is nothing more sacred then an outdoor/natural setting. I always tell all of my brides, if you are planning an outdoor wedding, just make sure the venue offers a “back-up plan,” and make sure you “like” the back-up plan because there is a very good chance you may need to put the “back-up plan” into action due to inclement weather (rain, winds, extreme heat/cold, and or bugs). It is a good idea to research the average temperature and rainfall for the time you want to hold your wedding, but remember, nothing is ever guaranteed! Outdoor weddings can offer a beautiful, natural quality that cannot be recreated at an indoor venue.

Questions to ASK when looking for a venue:

1)     How many guests can the venue hold/seat?

2)     Is there room for a dance floor to accommodate all your guests?

3)     Are there any restrictions at the venue?

4)     Can I bring in my own vendors or do I need to use their “preferred vendors?” Is there a cost to bring in my own vendors?

5)     Are there any other weddings/events being held on my wedding date at the venue?

6)     Is there ample parking?

7)     What does the rental fee cover?

8)     Does the venue offer staff on the wedding date?

9)     How long do we have the venue for, what time do all the vendors need to be off the property?

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