The Registry by Tiffani Sparks

Before tying the knot I thought that registering for gifts was going to be like a trip to Disney World…It's NOT! I suppose if you've lived with your spouse prior to getting married you may have already accumulated the essentials and can just register for things on your wish list. THAT WAS NOT US. We needed everything from plates and platters to a vacuum and shower curtain. Here's a handy little registry checklist you can use while trying to narrow down your selections.

Also, here are a few fun tips to remember before you go on your big venture!

Don’t register hungry- This may seem like an odd point to start with…but trust me on this, don’t do it. Registering takes a surprising amount of energy and if you aren’t well-feuled, it could be a less than pleasant experience.

Time to start new- Marriage is a new start, so why not start your household out on a new foot? Take this as a time to get matching dinnerware, glasses that aren’t foggy, and bedding that isn’t starting to fray. 

All price points- Some people have a smaller budget than others, and I think it’s nice to give a variety of products in different price points so people can buy something that they can afford.

Register for at least one gift per person- Many places will tell you to register for at least 2 gifts per person so they'll have options, but if you have a 300 person wedding…That's a LOT of gifts!

It doesn’t all have to be practical- Register for some board games, some cute decorations, or camping equipment! Things you would like, but might otherwise not buy.

Know the return policies- Not all stores have great return policies for gifts, especially if you don’t have the receipt. You may wonder why you would need to take back a gift that YOU registered for. Well, sometimes people do not buy them through your registry so you may get more than one of something…or you may just have not gotten that one thing you so desperately wanted so you sacrifice a gift less valued.

 

Will you be my bridesmaid? by Tiffani Sparks

Weddings have definitely become more elaborate through the years. Tying the knot does not just consist of cake and punch anymore…it's much more exciting than that! Before you can even begin planning your wedding you must make sure you have your closest friends ready to stand by your side as you say, "I do." It may sound like a daunting task, but we are here to help! Take a peek at these super creative ways to secure your maids.

Hope these ideas help when choosing the perfect way to "propose" to your maids. Please share with us any creative ideas you may have seen or thought of!

The Send Off by Tiffani Sparks

As we have mentioned before memorable weddings are all about the details, and your exit should be just as important as your entrance! Wedding send offs are not just limited to throwing rice at the bride and groom as they leave the reception anymore. Take a look at these amazing send off ideas!

Confetti my not sound pretty, but take a look at this great send off picture! You could even customize the colors to fit into your own color scheme. 

Confetti my not sound pretty, but take a look at this great send off picture! You could even customize the colors to fit into your own color scheme. 

These sky lanterns are lit and released for breath taking pictures.

These sky lanterns are lit and released for breath taking pictures.

For a rustic fall wedding, the changing leaves make for a beautiful send off.

For a rustic fall wedding, the changing leaves make for a beautiful send off.

Sprinkles definitely make for a sweet exit.

Sprinkles definitely make for a sweet exit.

Glow sticks make for a funkier twist on the send off. You could also customize your glow stick colors. 

Glow sticks make for a funkier twist on the send off. You could also customize your glow stick colors. 

Bubbles make for a clean up free exit!

Bubbles make for a clean up free exit!

The sparkler send off has become very popular in the past few years as they make for amazing pictures.

The sparkler send off has become very popular in the past few years as they make for amazing pictures.

One of my personal favorites are these lavender cones for spring weddings. You could also use pine needles for winter weddings!

One of my personal favorites are these lavender cones for spring weddings. You could also use pine needles for winter weddings!

For a bit more of a traditional send off you could go for these birdseed cones.

For a bit more of a traditional send off you could go for these birdseed cones.

There are super fun and creative ways to exit your wedding as the new MR and MRS! From DIY to super extravagant there are ways to personalize your wedding and have an unforgettable send off…and they make for awesome pictures!

FALL IN LOVE…WITH THE PERFECT DRESS! by Tiffani Sparks

With the weekend upon us, you may be sitting at your desk daydreaming about wedding gowns. Good thing there are some gorgeous dresses and trends for the upcoming year! No matter your shape or whether you are on a tight or hefty budget there are dresses and styles for everyone. Take a look!

http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-dresses/ideas/watters-runway-show-spring-2015/2

http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-dresses/ideas/watters-runway-show-spring-2015/2

http://bellethemagazine.com/2013/11/allure-bridals-spring-2014-part-1.html

http://bellethemagazine.com/2013/11/allure-bridals-spring-2014-part-1.html

http://www.colincowieweddings.com/wedding-dresses/love-marley-spring-2015/complete/fullsize/01

http://www.colincowieweddings.com/wedding-dresses/love-marley-spring-2015/complete/fullsize/01

http://bellethemagazine.com/2013/11/allure-bridals-spring-2014-part-2.html

http://bellethemagazine.com/2013/11/allure-bridals-spring-2014-part-2.html

http://bellethemagazine.com/2014/06/stella-york-spring-2015-bridal-collection.html

http://bellethemagazine.com/2014/06/stella-york-spring-2015-bridal-collection.html

If you're getting married this year….well you're in luck! It's the year of amazing dresses. Be open minded and try on something you typically wouldn't. You just may fall in love with a dress you never expected!

MAKING MEMORIES (ONE INK STROKE AT A TIME) by Tiffani Sparks

Memorable weddings are all about the details. Who wants to open a gift wrapped in a brown paper sack? Certainly not us. The same goes for invitations! Some may overlook this small, yet very important, detail. But think about it…if you receive a gorgeously addressed invitation in the mail you immediately become excited. However, the same is not true if you receive an invitation that slightly resembles computer generated marketing material. Take a look at the endless possibilities calligraphy presents!

Calligraphy can really make a huge impact, from save the dates and invitations to bar signage and wedding favors. Sure the flowers, venue, and food are super important, but guests definitely remember the small details! So remember, small details can make the difference between a pretty wedding...and pretty freakin' memorable wedding!

Cheers to a COLORFUL new year! by Tiffani Sparks

The most daunting task when beginning to plan a wedding is by far choosing a color pallet. Another year, another fabulous new color. The Pantone’s 2015 color of the year: drum role please…..b'dum tish! MARSALA. What a fantastic color! Marsala is a rich color that sets a earthy, yet sophisticated tone no matter what setting.

Our very own Marsala inspired wedding at The Livery! 

Our very own Marsala inspired wedding at The Livery

Always Planned wishes you and your family a colorful and radiant 2015!

Christmas Week of Dreaming by Rayna Wallen

It's engagement season and we all know what that means—there's a lot of ladies dreaming out there, you know, hoping and wishing that the man of their dreams will pop the big question.  And so many will!  33 percent of engagements occur from Thanksgiving to New Years Day.  Then there is Valentine's Day right around the corner–another popular day for romance!

So ladies, let's do some dreaming!

First up—show me the ring! 

It's the ring that starts everything. And well, these showstoppers will stop everyone in their tracks. 

Harry Winston - Price on request.

Harry Winston - Price on request.

Cartier - Price on request.

Cartier - Price on request.

Rosados Box - $1,675

Rosados Box - $1,675

Best In Gems - $800

Best In Gems - $800

Now we know, it doesn't matter how much your soon–to–be–fiancé spends on the engagement ring, what really matters is that you love each other, and you both are ready to start a future together.  So, even if he didn't make it to Harry Winston or Cartier, just remember that this man put a lot of thought and effort into making your moment incredibly special.  If you happen to be getting a ring this engagement season, then, "Congratulations!!"  Now go show off that handsome man of yours... oh, and the ring too! :)

NOW HIRING! by Rayna Wallen

Here at Always Planned we believe in getting things done, having fun, and planning some pretty awesome parties.  If you, or someone you know, would be interested in joining us we are now accepting applications to add to our outstanding team.  When applying, please note which position you are applying for.  

Corporate Event Sales Manager

While, Always Planned started with weddings, we have mastered corporate and social events.  Let's be real, we just know how to party!  But planning the party is actually the second step.  First, we need to find the clients.  The person filling this position must be a Rock star at sales, organized, ambitious and have the follow through that really wows the client.  Let's work together to make their competition envious.

Here are the requirements:

The hours are flexible for this position.  Can be part-time or full-time.

  • Experience in Direct Sales is a must, event sales is a major plus!
  • Great Personality with a Can Do Attitude is REQUIRED
  • Creative Initiative is a must
  • Organized
  • Ambitious
  • Must be able to lift 20 lbs.

*Commission based pay, Benefits package available.

Lady In Waiting

Being one of our brides definitely has advantages! The person filling this position becomes a personal assistant to each of our clients on their special day.  You must be willing to do whatever it takes to keep our bride calm, cool and collected while she gets ready to walk down the aisle.  Not only do you get to hang out with the bride and her entourage, but you will grab them lunch, steam their dresses, and so much more!  This is a seasonal part-time weekend position. 

Here are the requirements:

NO cannot be in your vocabulary - what the bride wants, the bride gets.

  • Must be able to attend wedding rehearsal
  • Must be available to work nights and weekends, for long hours
  • Great Personality with a Can Do Attitude is REQUIRED.
  • Creative Initiative is a must
  • Must be able to lift 20 lbs.
  • Experience in dress shop or luxury service business is a major plus!

2015 Spring & Summer Intern

Make no mistake about it, this is a real job with real experience in real situations. You will be involved in every aspect of the event planning industry, running and operating a successful business as well as marketing and design. In this position, you will learn as much as you are willing to take in.  Must be a self starter!

Here are the requirements:

  • 20 Hours Per Week
  • Must be available to work 3 events during your internship; can be weddings, corporate and networking related events
  • Great Personality with a Can Do Attitude is REQUIRED.
  • Creative Initiative is a must
  • Being Organized is a Major Plus!
  • Must be able to lift 20 lbs.

*This is an unpaid internship. College credit given when applicable. We are accredited through UK internship program.

 

Email your resume to Rayna@alwaysplanned.com