Venue Discount on Hilton Head Island

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Port Royal Golf Club is offering 1/2 off the rental fee of the Clubhouse venue…
I just received an email from Kim Brabham, Event Manager with the Port Royal Golf Club. Kim is discounting the cost of the venue rental with a “FLASH SALE” that promotes the Clubhouse.
Book your wedding by Saturday, September 30, 2017, and receive Half Off the Clubhouse facility and The West Lawn Ceremony Site fee. Up to $1850.00 in savings!
Standard Food minimums must be met, and all other discounts cannot be combined with Flash Sale.
Call Lisa Kenward Events for additional details and to schedule a tour of Hilton Head Island’s southern-style venue!

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Wedding Insurance – Do You Need It?

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Without having a crystal ball to see how your upcoming wedding day will unfold, should you consider purchasing wedding insurance?  The vote is split in many cases.  Are you a gambler or would you feel more comfortable knowing some of the money spent could possibly be recovered if you experience a tragedy or loss?

Before you sign your name on the dotted line and hand over a hefty premium, take into consideration these questions:

  1. Exactly what does the policy cover?
  2. What type of documentation do you need to provide?
  3. Is the policy written by a company that you can research/recognize as a national company with a rating thru the Better Business Bureau?
  4. How long does it take to get a refund?
  5. Are the funds paid directly to you?
  6. Does the cost of the insurance warrant the return of funds?
Here’s a few links to companies that offer Event Insurance:

 

Whether a particular loss is covered depends on the specific facts and the provisions, exclusions and limits of the actual policy. Please plan to read the entire policy for a complete description of coverage before forwarding a premium. Coverage options, limits, discounts and deductibles are subject to individuals meeting the underwriting criteria and state availability.

 

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Timeline – It’s Your Crystal Ball

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Your day evolves around time.  Your wedding celebration also revolves around time.  The same 24-hours that you had yesterday will be the same ‘hours’ today.  When it is your wedding day, plan to make the most of the day and hours with a qualified, seasoned wedding planner.  They will be your crystal ball to look into the future – your wedding day – to know if your celebration will be a relaxed, fun day or if there be not-so-good surprises.

Keeping to a timeline is the best way to ensure you are not stressed, forget to be somewhere or arrive late to an appointment. Make your timeline a priority and follow the timeline.  Communicate the timeline to your family, bridal party and friends, so they know what is to happen and the sequence of the events noted.

Your ceremony and wedding processional needs a timeline.  Your cocktail hour and reception needs a timeline.  Your wedding party needs a timeline along with your immediate family.  The chef/caterer needs a timeline along with the officiant, photographer, musician, hair & make-up artist, florist and dessert/cake baker.

Are you prepared to create your timeline?  Do you know where to start and how much time to allot for each line item or task?

  • How much time is needed for hair and make-up?
  • How many family photos do you want the photographer to take?
  • Are you planning a ‘first look?’
  • Can your dessert/cake be placed/displayed outside or will the dessert need to be refrigerated just before cut?
  • Do you want a few moments of quiet time with your groom/partner prior to being announced to your guests?
  • Does your wedding dress have a train? Will the dress need to be bustled?
  • I.P. Guests – you will want to allocate time to talk to each guest
  • Do you want guests to see you/visit with you prior to your ceremony?

Here is when your wedding planner is worth every $100 spent for their service…

Your seasoned professional wedding planner knows to ask these and many other questions as the planning process moves forward to ensure your day and hours are well spent on the details that are important to you.

Your wedding planner will discuss with you each task/line item/delivery/staging on your wedding day and allocate a specific time for each task/responsibility/coordination/delivery.  They will be the ‘go to’ person to coordinate all the vendors as they arrive/deliver/set-up/break-down/place flowers/cover tables with linen & napkins/place escort cards, programs/count guest chairs/welcome signs/Thank-you Gift.

If you want to learn more about how your wedding day will unfold, hire a qualified wedding planner who will share their crystal ball – a thorough timeline – for you on your wedding day.

 

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What are you Looking for?

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I had the opportunity to talk with a destination bride yesterday to learn more about her plans (so far) for her wedding and to discuss how I could help.  The phone conversation focused around her questions – what can I do for her?

With 94 weddings planned since 2008, I was prepare to answer her questions and to explain why I felt I was the best wedding planner for her unique celebration.  Being thorough while answering her questions I also wanted to focus on:

  • Couples are not into ‘trends’ they want ‘tasteful’ designs that reflect their personalities
  • Couples want to share unique details focused on their relationship
  • Clients will hire a wedding planner due to the wedding planners personality, honest, trust
  • Couples want their event to be memorable – a positive memory
  • Each event is a production – design, plan, set-up/break-down

Your wedding planner can be a great resource to assist in finding local talent, caterer, officiant, photographer, stationery, bakery, and the perfect venue – within your budget.

Value vs. Price

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It’s the end of March – 2017 wedding season has begun.  With 2018 wedding inquiries appearing in my in-box from destination couples, I am noticing a pattern of questions that weren’t prevalent in 2017… How much do you charge?

Of course, the question was asked by the prior 78 couples that contracted to have their wedding planned, designed, coordinated by Lisa Kenward Events, but the question wasn’t the first question asked.   It’s not always about price.

Jean from WeddingsFromTheHeart.net  writes about her experiences and response to her clients questions…

How much do you charge?”  That is usually the first question I get from a newly engaged bride or groom.

And it’s definitely a valid question.  However, my answer is “It depends.”

Now you’re probably thinking, “why does she give a vague ‘it depends’ answer when other planners can tell us a dollar amount?”

How can I (or they, for that matter) tell you the price without knowing any details of your wedding, without knowing what you want me/us to do for you?

There way too many variables from one wedding to the next that affect the level of service I can provide for any couple, and in turn, affects ‘how much I charge.’

Do you want to end up paying too much because you’re getting things you really don’t want, or end up paying too little and miss things that are truly important to you?  Of course not.

Some things (but not all) that affect price are:

    • The size of your wedding

– A wedding for 40-50 people is different than one for 250-300 people.

  • How traditional or non-traditional your event will be

– Although traditional is in no way “cookie cutter,” non-traditional events can require more time and effort.

  • How hands on or hands off you want me to be

– Do you want me to schedule vendor appointments for you, and join you at these appointments? Or do you just want me to provide you with names and contact information of vendors that would be a good fit for you?
– Do you want help with DIY projects?
– Do you need help locating unique resources and products to enhance your wedding?
The main services I provide are planning (partial to full-service), wedding weekend coordination, and hourly consulting. But (other than the hourly consults, because well, an hour is an hour, no one couple’s planning or coordination needs are the same as another couple’s.

Unlike so many other wedding planners, I do not have a price list to hand out, and am really surprised that others do.

So please don’t think I’m trying to be secretive when I don’t immediately answer the “How much do you charge” question. Instead, let’s get together (in person, or by phone-chat), and talk a bit about your wedding needs. That way we can develop service programs specifically for you (with pricing), based on you and the wedding you want.

 

The decision to have LKE as your wedding planner shouldn’t be solely decided upon due to price.   It’s not always about price.  Your decision to contract with me should be about the value of my services – knowledge, experience, education – a trusted professional that will guide you and help you have the wedding day that you envision.

Call me, let’s chat so I can answer your question, how much do you charge?

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Avoid These 6 Mistakes When Planning

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With my “A” personality streaming thru my fingers onto this page, I wish to save you time and money as your plan your wedding day.  If you have or have not been married before and are looking for advice from a seasoned wedding professional who is willing to share ‘both sides of the coin,’ please read on.

Anne Thornley-Brown is the President of Executive Oasis International (www.executiveoasis.com), a professional team building facilitator, keynote speaker and meeting facilitator.  She wrote the attached article (link) to help those planners, coordinators and supervisors who are in charge of large corporate events.  Her insight can also save wedding couples hundreds of dollars as they begin planning their celebration.

 

Ms. Thornley-Brown discusses:

  1. Picking event dates out of the air and locking them in prematurely
  2. Leaving planning until the last minute
  3. Failing to take advantage of low and swing seasons
  4. Selecting venues before determining the shape of the agenda or the activities you want to include
  5. Failing to include taxes and gratuities in your budget
  6. Paying late and watching your budget skyrocket

http://planyourmeetings.com/6-event-planning-mistakes-that-will-destroy-your-budget/

If you are flexible with your event date, consider a Thursday event or a Sunday sunrise ceremony.  Trying to plan an event two months out can be done but your selection of available professionals will be limited.  The weather and temperature on Hilton Head Island in February and March can be very nice for an outdoor celebration.  Plan to have a strong ‘Plan B’ just in case.  Taxes and service charge should always be considered part of the cost of catering, deliveries – any type of service.  Look for these amounts on every invoice.  Paying on time as noted within the contract signed will save you stress and $$.

Of course, your “A” personality wedding planner can help you avoid the six costly mistakes discussed.

 

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If you call yourself a Wedding Planner…

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If you don’t already know, the wedding industry isn’t regulated which can be a good thing for both the client and the professionals offering a service.  And what you don’t know about wedding planners may impact your decision with whom you should contract with.  Here’s several insightful comments from Lacy Miller, an events and entertainment professional at SSL Entertainment and The Gracie & Lacy Show based in Charleston, SC.

Lacy Miller writes about how a Wedding Planner thinks, dresses, responds and juggles the tasks & responsibilities of each event.  Her descriptions and scenarios are light-hearted reflecting the passion and focus of many wedding planners.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-know-youre-event-planner-lacy-miller

When you select a wedding planner for your event, keep in mind Lacy’s comments and seek out a professional who is educated with a history of coordinating current events and has the skills and resources to get the job done.

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Accredited Wedding Planner

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In August, 2016, I shared my goal of applying for my Accredited Wedding Planner status with the Association of Bridal Consultants. My 2016 goal was to have the application and binder done by September, 2016. With many speed bumps during my progress to complete my application, I am proud to say that I mailed the binder on February 7th.  Oh, what a great feeling it is to have it DONE!! I walked into the post office with the biggest smile and left feeling relieved and proud of my accomplishments, so far. When my application and wedding binder (documenting prior weddings and publications along with community service) is approved, Lisa Kenward Events will be the only Accredited Wedding Planner in Beaufort County.

 

Update as of February 21, 2017…

Lisa Kenward has achieved the designation of Accredited Wedding Planner (AWP) with the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC). Lisa is owner and principal designer of Lisa Kenward Events, offering event planning, design and coordination services in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Georgia, and beyond. She is the only Accredited Wedding Planner in Beaufort County. Her extensive experience with weddings and special events advanced her thru the education program with ABC. Lisa seamlessly leads her clients through the process of planning their wedding day, rehearsal dinner, pre-event activity or post-wedding event with elegance and style. She is also a member of the Lowcountry Wedding Professionals Networking Group on Hilton Head Island.

What Can An Independent Wedding Planner Do For You?

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Since you probably haven’t been married before, you may not know what an independent professional wedding planner can do for you.  You have probably attended a few weddings before as a guest and had expectations… a ceremony, cocktails, dinner, dancing and a ‘thank-you’ gift. An independent wedding planner can do as much or as little as you need.  If they cannot or are not willing to perform the task you request, look elsewhere.  Consider your independent professional wedding planner your go-to person for unbiased answers to your million questions.

An independent wedding planner is a person that is hired by yourself to perform specific details and responsibilities prior to your wedding celebration and day-of.  This person – male or female – reports directly to you and is responsible for the logistics, deliveries, set-up/break-down, timeline and flow of your day.  They are on-site hours before your event and stay until you exit the venue that evening.  Every aspect/detail is noted on their timeline to ensure your wedding day event runs smoothly without any delays.  If there is a problem or delay or a ‘no-show’ your independent wedding planner is there to make a phone call to find a replacement.

An independent wedding planner/coordinator can share their knowledge of a venue, give you suggestions for florists, musicians, officiant, photographer, rental companies, transportation, etc., to help you find other wedding industry professionals.  The opinion of your independent wedding planner isn’t based on commission.  And, they do not direct staff at the venue but work along side the venue staff to ensure a positive result.

One of the many details not shared from couple to another is that the event will consume more hours of your day than thought.  Details that you hadn’t thought about will appear a week before your date and those details will need to be address, noted on your timeline, coordinated with the vendors and explained to your mother and mother-in-law.  Rely on a wedding coordinator who knows the questions to ask, will document the details and share the info to all parties.

Placing etiquette aside as ‘times have changed’ the expectation of a 2017 wedding couple vary and so do the responsibilities of a wedding planner. A traditional church wedding followed by a 4-hour reception isn’t the norm if you are planning a destination celebration.  Your walk down the aisle should be at a location that has meaning to you and your partner.  Search out a local independent wedding planner to ensure you day reflects your personality and expectations.

 

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Should You Follow Trends?

With everything happening in your life, do you have time to follow the trends?  If you are a soon-to-be-bride, you may or may not care about the 2017 Color of the Year or that ‘naked cakes’ are out and ‘translucent cakes’ are in.  You could be a trend-setter yourself and plan to make your own trends by focusing on what is important to you on your day.

The Knot, a highly advertised wedding website posted their 2017 Wedding Trends Report this week.  Here is my edited version of their article – an easy read because you are busy…

Reduced Carbon Footprint Fetes

Hosting an incredible wedding while also reducing the carbon footprint is on trend in 2017. For food and flowers, opt for in season and locally sourced. Earth-friendly invitations can be made by printing with soy-based inks on recycled paper. Once the guests have gone home, don’t toss the flowers. Donate to a hospital or nursing home to spread joy to others.

Metallic Dresses & Breezy Silhouettes

Metallic dresses—think tasteful gold threading and silver beading—flooded the runways during Bridal Fashion Week. Wearing a metallic dress may seem like a bold move, but it’s perfect for a sophisticated, evening affair. Also big this year, effortless dresses with flowing fabrics. They’re a must-have for providing a lightweight, ethereal vibe for destination weddings or even to wear for a second look. Detachable skirts, floral embellishments and off-the-shoulder looks will also make an appearance on the aisle.

Formal Portrait Studios

There’s a new twist on the traditional photo booth: portrait studios. Just like the traditional photo booth, there’s a designated space and sometimes props, but instead of posing with feather boas and silly sunglasses, a live photographer asks you to vogue for the camera. The result is a glamorous, intimate portrait in your finest attire. Also in for 2017 is the live illustrator who walks the party sketching guests throughout the night.

The Ultimate Guest Gifting Lounge

This fun twist on the hotel welcome bag is ideal for destination weddings. Instead of stuffing and delivering them yourself, let your guests do the work. Set up a room full of swag like snacks, drinks and local sweet treats and let guests choose their favorite items. This also gives you the opportunity to meet and greet guests in person when they arrive.

Exceptional Entertainment

Have a noise ordinance at your outdoor locale? Host a “silent disco” where guests wear headphones and dance to their own beat.

One With Nature

If you can’t celebrate under the stars, bring the outside in. Add oversize potted trees and shrubbery to a ballroom for an enchanted forest look. Natural elements like wood and stone can be incorporated into your table settings, and hanging flowers over tables or the dance floor creates an instant wow factor.

Image Mapping Technology

Want to turn your indoor venue into a lush garden, but don’t have the budget for thousands of flowers and potted trees? Try a new projection technology called image mapping that allows you to transform a space with lighting and moving pictures. Give your ceremony and reception its own special vibe by changing scenes from one to the next. You can even use this technology on your wedding cake. Not only is this trend tech forward, it benefits the environment and will save you money on flowers and décor.

Translucent Cakes

The new take on the naked cake is the translucent cake. Instead of totally bare tiers, translucent cakes have a thin veil of frosting with just a bit of the cake showing. Typically iced in buttercream, these sweet delights are topped with fresh flowers or in-season fruits that hint at the flavors of the cake filling.

Furry Friends

The hottest wedding guests of 2017 have four legs and supersoft coats. From bunnies and donkeys to llamas and pigs, couples having rustic barn weddings are incorporating farm animals into the wedding day.

A Movable Feast

With food trucks and passed multicourse meals, the sit-down dinner is starting to be replaced with more interactive options. Set up stations that feature your favorite eats, like a raw bar with a waiter live-shucking oysters or wine and cheese pairings with an on-site sommelier. If you don’t want to forgo a plated dinner, host a cool cocktail hour and serve the main meal family style for a twist on tradition.

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