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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

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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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Ways to Guarantee a Great Wedding

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Planning a wedding where your guests will have a great time is very important.

Here are some tips to help you in planning a successful wedding.

Ceremony:

When planning your ceremony, try to keep it between 30 to 45 minutes long. Anything longer than 45 minutes can start to bore your guests.

If your ceremony location is not in the same location as your reception, make sure the venues are not too far from each other (30 minutes maximum).

Check out the parking at the venue(s) and make sure there is ample parking for your guests.

Provide clear information (maps, directions, parking information, etc.) to your guests if there are different venues for your wedding.

Reception:

Hire a DJ or a Band for your wedding reception.  Great music makes for a great party and a great celebration!

Offer delicious food and a variety of foods. Keep in mind that some guests may be vegetarians. Try to find out if any guests have allergies to certain foods or dietary restrictions; offer them a special meal. If you are having children at your wedding, ask the caterer to serve the children first.

Your guests should not have to pay for anything when they attend your wedding.

Offer an open bar.  If you want to cut costs, serve only beer and wine or offer only signature drinks. You can also close the open bar one hour before the reception ends and have your DJ/Master of Ceremony announce “last call at the bar” 10 to 15 minutes before the bar is to close.

Make sure each and every guest feels special. Take time out to greet your guests, thank them personally for coming to your wedding, take a photo with them, etc.

When seating guests at your reception, try to seat guests at the same table with someone they know or have something in common with so it will be an enjoyable experience for your guests.

If you are having young children at your wedding reception, provide special items for them to entertain themselves. For example, coloring books, crayons, bubbles, stickers, etc. (age appropriate items per child).  Get creative and give them a small box of goodies to help entertain them during the wedding. The Dollar Store is a great place to find small items for children.

Try to limit the amount of people giving speeches, and also try to limit their speeches to three minutes maximum. Anything longer than three minutes is too long! J

Other Areas:

Put together a couple baskets of “bathroom essentials,” and place them in each of the bathrooms for your guests. You can include perfume, dental floss, Listerine strips, Tums, deodorant, breath mints, tissues, mosquito spray, Tylenol, sewing kit, etc. Again, the Dollar Store is a great place to find items to put in these baskets.

Provide a shuttle or taxi information so that NO guest is “drinking and driving.”

Last but not least, hire a Wedding Planner so that all the details of your wedding are taken care of and your wedding will flow smoothly so that everyone has a great time at your wedding including the Bride and Groom!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weddings by Kathleen Featured in Planners Lounge, Website for Wedding & Event Planners, January 7, 2015

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Click here to read my feature on Planners Lounge.

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What I Can Do for You As Your Wedding Planner

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Planning a wedding is a big undertaking and can become very stressful. As a wedding planner, I can help you in any and all areas of planning your wedding. Some of the areas I can help you in and share my expertise are as follows:

Budget – The average cost of a U.S. wedding in 2014 is between $27,000 and $29,000 (honeymoon not included). This number will vary by region, season, day of the week, style of wedding, guest count, and more, but it accurately portrays what most couples are currently spending for their weddings today. Once you have established a budget for your wedding, I can help you allocate your budget and keep you focused on the areas that are most important to you.

Vendor recommendations – I have worked alongside many excellent vendors. As your wedding planner, I will be more than happy to share my list of reliable, trustworthy, and hardworking vendors who will do an excellent job for you.

Wedding design – Not all wedding planners are experts in wedding design. I personally do not like to design weddings; I like to leave that to the professionals who specialize in wedding design, such as florists, designers, etc. However, I can certainly help guide you in your wedding design and decor choices.

Etiquette – Today, almost anything goes; however, you certainly do not want to do anything that would be considered tacky or in poor taste. I can answer any of your questions regarding proper wedding etiquette and traditions.

Reminders – As you begin to plan your wedding, the list of things that will need to be done before and on the big day can get very long and daunting. For example, you will need to apply for your marriage license, plan your ceremony with your officiant, mail your invitations, schedule trial hair and makeup appointments, register for wedding gifts, schedule the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, and more. As your wedding planner, I can manage checklists and remind you of things that need to be done so that nothing falls through the cracks.

Vendor confirmations – One to two weeks before your wedding day can become a crazy time. As your wedding planner, I will be the one answering any emails and calling and confirming times, places, and coordinating details with your vendors so that you don’t have to stress over these things.

Wedding day schedule – You always need to have a time line for your wedding day. I will plan out a detailed time line and make sure every vendor and member of your bridal party has it so that your wedding day will run smoothly and everyone will know where to go and what to do from start to finish.

Wedding ceremony coordination and rehearsal – When people think of weddings, a lot of attention is given to the reception, but the actual ceremony is a very important part and requires planning. As your wedding planner, I will work directly with you and your officiant and help plan your ceremony, starting with your reserved seating for your immediate family, prelude, processional, bride’s entrance, ceremony order, wedding rings, any special traditions, recessional, signing of the marriage license, and all the rest. I will work to ensure that every aspect of your ceremony runs smoothly and that everyone involved knows what to do and where to go.

Wedding day coordination – Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life. A wedding can be a big production, with lots of details to take care of and many different vendors involved – musicians, DJ, florist, photographer, videographer, designer/decor, officiant, caterer, bartenders, and more. As your wedding planner, I will be the one to make sure that everything is done according to your wishes and plans so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy every minute of your wedding day.

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Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding Location

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Here are 5 quick ways to save money on your wedding venue.

1. Hold the ceremony and reception at the same location to avoid two separate site fees.

2. Do not hold your wedding on a Saturday.

3. Check on venues that specialize in weddings because they will usually offer some great package deals.

4. Look for venues that will not require a lot of additional decorating (e.g., botanical gardens, museums, historical sites).

5. Hold your wedding around a holiday; houses of worship and reception venues are usually already decorated for the holiday.

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