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What Makes An Excellent Wedding Planner

It all starts with passion, you need to have a passion for this business and love weddings. You have to be someone who gets excited for others weddings like it is your own. We all know the other characteristics that make up a good wedding planner: organized, creative, keen eye for detail…etc. but without passion an event will only be an event, it will never be a re-creation of a dream.

-Natasha, Head Planner and Owner, Events by Natasha

How to Hire the Right Photographer

ImageChoosing the right photographer for your wedding is a very important decision you will make when planning your wedding. You want to make sure that you have beautiful photographs to cherish forever.

Here are some of my tips on hiring the right photographer for your wedding:

–       Sourcing- Social Media and the Internet have made it very easy to locate different photographers in your area, check out a number of photographer’s websites and reviews online before choosing your prospective list of ones to contact. After you have chosen your prospective list give these companies a call and set up a meeting with them, in order to find out the rest. You may need to go to a few consultations with a number of different companies until you find your best fit.

– Experience- make sure that this photographer has photographed previous weddings.

– Make sure the company explains to you who they will be sending in for your wedding, often time, they send in a different person then you originally had spoken to.

Personality- Make sure your personality and the photographer’s personality “clicks”, you want to make sure that you feel comfortable around this person, and your bridal party will as well.  If you don’t then it may cause “awkward” smiles or postures in the photographs and you don’t want that.

-Communication- Make sure what they are offering you, you actually understand it. Whether it is a full package, or  a-la-carte options, so you won’t be surprised at the end when you didn’t get something you thought you would. Make sure you understand the contract being signed, have somebody look it over or have them explain it to you thoroughly. You also want to find out about their deposits and payment procedures, as well as cancellation policy, and their policy on a photographer no-show. You also want to make sure you go over the important photographs that you want taken, and their timeline and schedule for the day.

–       Price- Make sure you ask and understand what goes into the price for the package you are interested in. Ask for a detailed price structure, including prints, exposures, and so forth. You will get higher priced photographers that have been around longer, and have more experience. If you are looking to go with someone a little cheaper, yet experienced, then you would go with a smaller named photographer. The only difference between the two is the “status”.

–       Bundles- If you are looking for a videographer for your wedding try sourcing out photographers that have packaged deals for video and photography.  A lot of companies offer these packages and it will allow you to save money, if you booked everything separately.

Until Next Time!

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Natasha

Events by Natasha

www.eventsbynatasha.ca

WEDDING PLANNING CONTEST- EXTENDED

Thank you to all the brides who entered our $500 off full wedding planning package with us. We would like to extend our contest until Sunday Jan 20th at 1:00pm EST. So get your e-mails in to info@eventsbynatasha.ca and let us know why YOU should win $500 off a full wedding planning package with Events by Natasha. Natasha will choose the best story and the winner will be announced Monday Jan 21, 2013. In order to redeem this prize: you will have to hire us for a full wedding day planning package for your wedding and you must reside in the Ontario region. We are having a blast reading the e-mails and can’t wait to read more. Tell all your friends and family about this great contest!!!

 

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Tips On Finding The Perfect Bridesmaid Dress

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Choosing the right dress for your bridesmaids might be just as hard as finding the perfect gown for you. You want to make sure you find the perfect dress so no stress is put on your bridesmaids; you also want to make sure that everybody looks good and feels comfortable wearing the dress. Here are some tips for finding the perfect bridesmaid dress:
1.Remain a best friend- The worst thing that you could possibly do is ask your best friends to be a part of your big day and then turn them into fashion victims. Do not choose a dress that is hideous and nobody would wear just so you will stand out and look better, and don’t choose colours or dresses that will make your bridesmaids look heavy or non-attractive.
2.Choose the right style- You want to make sure the bridesmaid dresses complement your wedding gown, so take your time when you are choosing the right ones. Find a feel that is similar to your wedding gown but doesn’t look similar, you want to make sure that you do stand out.
3.Small, Medium, Large- You have to keep in mind that one size DOESN’T fit all, find a style that flatters all types of sizes and body shapes. You don’t want anyone feeling uncomfortable wearing a dress that looks like its a size smaller for them. Keep in mind: A-line dresses and empire waists look good on most body types.
4.Colour- Choose colours that you think will look good on your bridesmaids, keep in mind their skin tones and hair colours. Fairer complexion ladies will look good in pastel hues, however, darker complexions will not.
5.Re-use: You want to make sure you find the perfect bridesmaid dress that your friends can wear again, nothing is worse than spending money on a hideous dress that you wouldn’t be caught in again.
6.Money is a thing: Remember when you are searching for a bridesmaid dress to take into consideration everybody’s budgets. Sometimes people can’t afford to spend $500.00 on a dress. Make sure you discuss with your bridesmaids what they feel comfortable spending, unless you would like to cover the cost of their dresses.
7.Take them along: Invite a few bridesmaids or just your maid of honour to go bridesmaid shopping with you, and extra opinion will be very helpful. Try not to invite everyone at once as it will become more stressful and harder to make a decision. Why not search for dresses that you favour prior, and send out some pictures to your bridesmaids to gain their opinions.
8.Help!!!: Don’t try to control the whole thing yourself and turn into a bridezilla. Ask your maid of honour to help you be in charge of organizing this purchase. Have her get everybody’s opinions and write it all down on a list, incorporating sizes and colours that will flatter each girl.

Make sure through this whole process you are remaining calm and having fun. After all these are your best friends and you choose them to be a part of your day for a reason.


I originally posted this article on http://www.marketplaceweddings.com/blog/category/from-natasha-to-you/ in April 2012. I wanted to share it with the brides, because I think it is very informative.

Until Next Time!
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Natasha
Events by Natasha
info@eventsbynatasha.ca
http://www.eventsbynatasha.ca

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Colourful Wedding Gowns.. Which Colour Will You Choose?

ImageImageThere is a very big trend for coloured wedding gowns this 2013 wedding season.  Real-life brides along with celebrities are all joining in on the trend. Vera Wang’s Spring 2013 Wedding Dress collection has some beautiful wedding gowns in many different colours. Red and Brown seem to be very popular in her collection. This trend is meant for the daring bride that wants to stand out and be different. 

Did you know: The tradition of wearing a white wedding dress all started because of the white dress Queen Victoria wore in 1840? Brides wanted to look exactly like her. Before the trend that she started, brides were seen wearing black and dark grey wedding dresses. Isn’t it funny how history has a way of repeating itself but in different forms?

 

Would you wear a colourful wedding dress on your wedding day? If so, what colour would your bridal party wear?

Wedding planning contest

Tomorrow is Natasha’s birthday and to celebrate it she wants to have one lucky couple win $500 off a full wedding planning package courtesy of Events by Natasha. To enter: please e-mail info@eventsbynatasha.ca and tell us why you should win. Natasha will be picking the best answer and announce the winner Thursday Jan 17 in the morning. In order to redeem your prize: you must book a full wedding day package with Events by Natasha and you must reside in Ontario. Be sure to tell your friends and family about this contest!