Budget’s tight? Here are the first things to cut from your event.

1. Your Guest List- If you want to save money on your event, consider cutting that guest list down. We all know events are expensive, and usually a higher guest list means a higher cost.

2. Stationery- For the most part, your guests won’t be keeping your stationery after the event. You can always cut down on stationery costs by reducing the amount of stationery you will have at your event, or by choosing simpler designs for the pieces you need. Evites are also becoming a more popular option, so if you are open to going this route you can save hundreds on postage and stationery fees.

3. Cake- You can have your elaborate dream cake displayed, but if you want to cut costs, consider having a few fake tiers- professional bakers will be familiar with arranging these to look seamless- and then serving slab cakes from the kitchen.

4. Florals- Don’t worry, I am not telling you that you can’t have any flowers at your wedding! However, there are many flower options for more affordable arrangements, and very often there are non-floral centerpiece and décor options that will suit your theme.

5. Alcohol- This is a huge budget-eater, and there are a few options for how you can lower the cost, such as having a toonie bar instead of an open bar, or serving just wine and signature drinks with dinner.

Ultimately, your priorities for your event will be unique to your vision for the day, but there are always options to lower costs while still hosting a beautiful event!

A Little Bit About Me

Planning special events can be incredibly personal, and if you are anything like me, it helps to get to know someone’s personality before you decide whether you want to work with them! The purpose of this post is to tell you a bit about myself, both the personal and business sides, so you can get a feel for who you will be sharing these special parts of your life with.

I grew up in a big family in the suburbs with my parents and 4 siblings. This made me quite the people person, and helped me to relate to people of varying ages and beliefs. Even though I love spending time around people, I am an introvert at heart and I love to recharge by watching tv or reading a good book with a nice cup of tea. I am obsessed with watermelon, my cat, Pickles, and I will never not want a good fruit pie. I think my jokes are hilarious, and my husband laughs to make me feel better about them. I love love, and I think everyone deserves to be loved and accepted for what makes them who they are.

A little over a year ago, I married my amazing husband Jake. We planned a fully outdoor wedding at the end of April and it ended up being one of the coldest days that month (hello snow). We ended up having to move our reception indoors last minute, and with the help of our amazing family and friends, everything turned out even better than we could have hoped. Our wedding taught me that no matter how worried you are of the things that can go wrong, your day will turn out exactly how it should, even if it doesn’t go exactly as planned.

As a planner, it is my job-among a million other things- to make sure there are backup plans in place, and to deal with any changes that need to happen so you can sit back and enjoy your day. Of course, if it is something as big as a venue change on the day of like mine was, you will be part of that decision, but for the most part, my job is to make sure that you aren’t aware of any problems until they are resolved. My goal in planning your event is to give you the day YOU are dreaming of. There may be suggestions I can give and advice I can offer when asked, but my dream as a planner is to ensure that we are executing your dream day and not anyone else’s. My hope for my business is that I can help those planning to host events to be able to be present on the day of their event, so they can have memories of the feelings that were there, the people that they talked to, and so much more. Planning an event yourself is definitely possible- though it is a lot of work- but when you plan your own event you too often end up missing out on experiencing it because you are busy managing things as the day unfolds. I want to help you by achieving your vision through the planning process, and then letting you step back on the day of to enjoy all that we have planned.

I hope that reading this has helped you to get to know me a bit better, and to help you understand my dream for planning your event with you!

Thanks for reading,

Jenna ❤