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Thursday, October 6, 2016


Nearly all of my design consultation clients are pining after the same thing.
The verdict is in, people are crazy about having a wedding with sequin tablecloths!
I don’t have to explain to you what’s to love about our Glitz Sequin Linens. Pinterest is filled with glittering, glitz sequin goodness. Instagram is twinkling with a sequined weddings. We definitely understand the appeal.
With our glitz sequins’ variety of color and superior sparkle, it’s no surprise that nearly all of my design consultation clients are clamoring to bring glitz to their wedding day!
Sequin tablecloth sticker shock is a real thing!
Consultation clients and I work together to design a glitz wedding of their dreams….which sometimes result in a price tag of their nightmares. Here’s a little known secret: you can absolutely have a glitz sequin wedding on a budget!
All it takes is a little retraining of your imagination.
I have a few tips for helping you find your happy place before you even begin designing your glitz decor on a budget!
Love the decor you can have, don’t grieve over what you cannot have.
If you have explored the possibility of having a full-blown sequined soiree, but it’s simply not possible without breaking the bank, it’s time to be realistic. Let go of the photos you may have seen of receptions decked out in wall-to-wall sequined linens. Your wedding will be gorgeous and resemble something similar to the look you desire, but if you don’t adjust your expectations you could be setting yourself up for decor disappointment.
Spring for pieces you love, let go of the ones you don’t.
If you’re in love with Sparkle Glitz Sequin Chaivari Chair Slip Covers find a way to incorporate them into your decor, even if your budget only allows for a few at your Head Table! If the Glitz Tablecloths are what makes your heart sing, but you could take or leave the matching Glitz Spandex Chair Bands and Glitz Napkins, forgo the glitz accents and opt for affordable subtitutes instead.
Consider combining sequins with a matching, more economical material.
Glitz makes an elegant pairing with some of our other linens at a gentler price point. You could easily alternateAccordion Crinkle Taffeta Tablecloths with glitz Sequin Tablecloths, for a still stunning tablescape!
Allow me to demonstrate the four sequined tablescapes for any budget!
blush sequin tablecloth
The Full Glitz Sequin Tablescape $143.83 – $160.83
This look is the ultimate in glitz sequin decadence! If you are interested in this full glitz look don’t be discouraged by the price tag. If you are committed to the full glitz look, consider using it for your Sweetheart Table or alternating full glitz tables with partial glitz tables!
• Glitz Sequins 120″ Round Tablecloth $59.99 – $72.99
• Glitz Sequin 20″x20″ Napkin (8) $2.49 – $2.99
• Glitz Sequin Chiavari Full Chair Back Cover (8) – $7.99
blush sequin tablecloth
The 3/4 Glitz Sequin Tablescape $88.98 – $105.90
Not all sequin enthusiasts want all the sequins! This 3/4 Glitz Tablescape is also a great solution for anyone in love with the sparkle but cringing at the price of a full glitz tablescape.
• Accordion Crinkle Taffeta Round Tablecloth $11.99 – $14.99
• Glitz Sequin Table Overlay Topper Square $32.99 – $44.99
• Sparkle Glitz Sequin Chiavari Chair Slip Cover (8) $4.99
• Polyester Napkin (8) $0.51 – $0.75
blush sequin tablecloth
The Partial Glitz Sequin Tablescape $38.38 – $54.40
A little shimmer goes a lot further than you would imagine! Do not underestimate the power of a few sequined accents. Adding glitz sequin touches will definitely give you the glamour you desire at a price you can afford!
• Accordion Crinkle Taffeta Round Tablecloth $11.99 – $14.99
• Glitz Sequin Table Runner $7.99 – $9.49
• Polyester Napkin (8) $0.51 – $0.75
• Glitz Spandex Chair Band (8) $1.79 – $2.99
blush sequin tablecloth and table runner
The Basic Glitz Sequin Tablescape $24.06 – $30.48
This is the smallest touch of sparkle you could manage while still claiming a sequined decor. Do not venture any smaller than a glitz runner for the sake of capturing the twinkle you desire.

• Accordion Crinkle Taffeta Round Tablecloth $11.99 – $14.99
• Glitz Sequin Table Runner $7.99 – $9.49
• Polyester Napkin (8) $0.51 – $0.75

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Monday, April 25, 2016

What Does a Wedding Planner Really Do?

The thing that I always remember from all our our clients over the past 20 years planning weddings, is how every bride I worked with would say at some point during the process, “Oh my goodness, I don’t know what I would do without you!” Looking back, it’s occurred to me that at first, some of those brides weren’t even sure if they needed a wedding planner. But it was mostly just because they didn’t realize all of the things that a planner *really* does… which is exactly why I’m going to share some of those things with you today!

What a Wedding Planner really does!
– Planning Checklist & Schedule.
Ah, what every bride has to have, right?
I mean, you really can’t plan a wedding without knowing what has to be done right? Having a planner create a custom checklist and schedule for you, and to remind you when it’s time to get started on the next task is pretty awesome. Besides, they have planned a wedding or 2 or 100 before, you haven’t. 

– Budget. 
Yes, the dreaded word. A planner can most certainly help you create and stick to your budget. And when you want something that just might be completely unfeasible, your planner will tell you instead of letting you get your hopes up. And then she will give you some ideas on how to get said item look and feel in the budget you have.

– Vendor recommendations. 
A planner is going to give you solid vendor recommendations of people that they have worked with before and who they trust. In fact, if you want to, ask about their experiences working with certain vendors. Sometimes they may even NOT recommend a particular vendor because of a bad experience working with them. It sounds awful, but it happens. These vendor recommendations also save you many hours and days of time researching 1000’s of wedding vendors your experienced 1 Elegant Event planner already know and have relationships with.

– Vendor communication & liaison. 

This includes contacting vendors to find out availability, emailing, phone calls, texts, and most likely a meeting or two. Sometimes if you want, you can even have your planner communicate with all of your vendors (or just a select few) and just have him or her email you with updates, questions, concerns, etc. Oh, and let’s not forget the reminders that you’ll get from your planner about when it’s time to make a payment to one of your vendors.

– Your wedding design. 
Now, not all planners are experts in wedding design. 1 Elegant Event is! We will most definitely help you figure things out when it comes to your wedding’s design. Whether it’s a specific idea or helping you pick out colors, linens, centerpieces etc.… we’ll be by your side to help guide you along.

– Meetings & Consults. 
Having a planner can also mean that he or she deals with scheduling your meetings. Sometimes it can take several emails or phone calls to figure out the right time and place for a meeting or consult to take place. That’s time- time that you might not have! Having a planner, you can just send them a few potential days and times, and then they can get to work scheduling!

– Etiquette. 
You know you’re going to have a question about whether or not to invite so-and-so’s new girlfriend, dress code, or maybe even how much alcohol to serve. A planner knows the etiquette for all things wedding. Sometimes “etiquette” things aren’t even etiquette anymore, and it’s just really what works best for you and your wedding, but sometimes there are still things that are “tacky” or not.

– RSVP's. 
Some wedding planners will keep track of your RSVP's for you. 1 Elegant Event does this will all our full service wedding packages. This is SUCH a tedious task- meals, seating, guest counts, etc. Just another thing that you don’t have to do! 

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– Reminders. 
Yes, reminders. Plain and simple. Because chances are that you might possibly forget about something– whether it’s big (like a DJ) or small (like menus), a wedding planner will most definitely be able to give you little reminders about things that could have potentially forgotten!

– Vendor Confirmations. 
The week before your wedding is going to be craziness. You do not want to have to deal with emails and phone calls back and forth with vendors to confirm times and places. Your planner will handle that.

– Wedding Day Schedule. 
You absolutely always need to have a timeline for your wedding day. How else would you know what time to start getting ready, when to tell people to deliver things, etc.? Of course your 1 Elegant Event wedding planner will handle this for you, making tweaks and updating vendors as needed.

– Wedding Ceremony Coordination & Rehearsal. 

Sometimes a wedding ceremony can be like a huge cluster of chaos. People think they know what to do, but when it comes down to it, they really don’t. Having a planner will ensure that your ceremony runs smoothly and everyone involved knows what to do and where to go!

– Wedding Day Coordination. 
I talk about this ALL the time. You definitely don’t want to be the one dealing with setting things up on your wedding day. Making sure the cake is delivered on top, the favors get placed at each place-setting, and that adorable ribbon chandelier you made gets hung or etc…. Not only that, but what about when it comes time for your wedding to *actually* happen? Who’s going to tell you when it’s time to leave for your ceremony, or when to cut your cake? Oh and who will sew your bustle when it breaks or find your best man when he’s missing for toasts? Your wedding planner, that’s who!

– Wedding Details.
Who’s going to put out your escort cards, make sure favors are at place-settings, and set up your special cake-and-dessert display? You don’t want to entrust these tasks to just anyone. Your planner will take care of the wedding details that I’m sure you will painstakingly and lovingly create for your wedding, making sure that they will be setup to meet your expectations. And then, he or she will take everything down at the end of the night and give it your parents or keep it for you to pick up when you get home from your honeymoon.

– Wedding Gifts. 
Yeah, so those gifts that everyone brings. What do you do with them?! It’s something that is commonly forgotten, but your planner will be sure to load up all of your gifts for a designated person to take home and keep safe and sound for you. And if they’re like your 1 Elegant Event Planner, they will tuck all of your cards into your overnight bag or put them in your send away car or limo.

Oh my, now that I’ve listed all of that out… WOW! It’s SO much! When I was reminiscing about my last wedding, I was reminded of just how much work planning does entail, and so of course I wanted to share it with you! And sure, while being a wedding planner seems fun and glamorous, it’s also a lot of work. But luckily, a planner really can do A LOT for you as bride- and take a lot of things off your plate too!

YOU deserve to have an amazing wedding, and to enjoy it too! 
When you have decided, 1 Elegant Event would love to help YOU!
1 Elegant Event, Wedding & Event Planning
Cossie Crosswhite,
 Owner and Award Winning National Wedding & Event Planner

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Keep Your Sanity & Enjoy The Experience, "Don't Become Your Very Own Wedding Planner!" Response to the "Brides Magazine Blog"

As I sit and wait for my next client to arrive, 
I stroll through my Facebook news feed to 
come across a Blog Post from the popular 
"Brides" wedding magazine titled, 
"How to become your very own Wedding Planner!"

First I was shocked and appalled that such an established and respected magazine would publish such an article which disrespects the Wedding Planner advertisers they have. I do understand that not everybody can shell out thousands of dollars for a professional wedding planner, and this magazine was just trying to give those brides some tips to help them plan a successful wedding, but if you hire a good wedding planner, the savings they provide you in proper planning and budget management should cover the cost of the wedding planner!

Here is my response to the blogs suggestions! 

Tip #1 Get Organised:
The problem with this is, many couples don't know where to start to even get organised! They suggest creating different folders in your in-box to store paperwork, templates and etc. Which is a good idea, but a better idea is if you don't want to hire a professional full time, most professional wedding planners offer hourly rates, or a kick start your wedding planning offer where they help you create a proper foundation to planning a successful wedding. This usually cost a very minimal hourly rate or a small inclusive rate. By doing this, the DIY bride is given a proper plan to be organised and this could not only save time, but 1000's of wasted dollars she may have spent researching and booking the wrong things out of order. 

Tip #2 Use Online Tools:
This is a great tip! You can find lots of charts, to do list, check list, budget calculators, time-lines that are free to help the DIY Bride plan her wedding, but what usually happens is once the bride prints them all out, or saves the app, or papers to their device they began to go over those and quickly get overwhelmed will all the tasks especially if you are in school, working, taking care of a child, or any number of things life hands to you. In many professional Wedding Planners Kick Start wedding planning packages they will give you a customized plan just for your wedding and budget so you only have the charts, checklist and time'lines you need and can stay focused instead of feeling bogged down! 

Tip #3 Make your to-do list accessible no matter where you are
This is the best tip that they give, do keep your to do list virtual , so it is available on your computer, phone, pad and any other device you may have. Saving things to Google docs is perfect because once you long in on any device all of your files are available to you. 
                 *Notice they add a link to their blog, "What to do when you hate wedding planning," They added this because if you try to become your own wedding planner, at some point you are going to start hating wedding planning which I really hate to hear from Brides who find me after they are sick with planning their wedding. This is a once in a lifetime experience and you should be enjoying every moment of it not stressing over details and worrying about if who you hired can live up to what you contracted them to do. They mention in this link blog, not to sweat the small stuff because something wrong will happen and no one will notice. Yes, no wedding is perfect, but if you hire someone to be their at least to be the wedding coordinator for the day, you will have a professional to handle to issues that come up or least have them covered up enough so no one really won't notice and you can at least enjoy your wedding day and not just be happy when its all over! 

Tip #4 Do your research
OMG this is the most overwhelming statement that they could have added to this blog. My company has been in the wedding planning business for 20 years and we are constantly meeting new wedding industry providers, finding new great ones, marking off new and old ones that never provided good service or stopped providing good service. This statement of, "Doing your research", can be a full time job all by itself!
This is where hiring a professional can really save you time, wasted dollars, and save you lots of tears in the end! A good wedding planning company that has been around for a while, can save you research time by recommending wedding professionals that not only fit into your budget but will work with your personality and provide you with the service you are looking for. 
It is never proper to haggle or try to negotiate with wedding vendors over prices! This is this persons livelihood, how would you feel if your boss says, I know we said we would pay you $18 an hour to work for us, but since we don't want XYZ from you this week how about we pay you $15 and hour instead! 
That is what you are saying to wedding vendors when you want to haggle with them, also when you do this you discredit yourself and they feel like you don't respect them and after that they really don't want to do your wedding. In every case it takes lots of time, (not just on the wedding day) to do what it is you are hiring them for. They are charging you according to their experience, education, talent, how many workers they may have to pay & time!  A photographer who charges $600 for a 4 hour wedding verses a photographer who charges $3000 for a 4 hour wedding is because the $600 may have just graduated photography school, did not go to photography school, or is not a full time professional and does this as a side job in their spare time (which means a longer wait to get your pictures back). The $3000 one for 4 hours has done it for years, will edit your photos for wedding perfection, and they will be of crisp excellent quality for years to come. This example works for all wedding vendor types. 

Tip #5 Ask other brides
Do ask other brides, but remember they only can tell you about what not to do or to do  if their wedding is over, because during the process they are in the same situation you are and have the same about of information you do . They are not a professional so you are sharing same time experiences. This is a great idea for support because unlike many friends and family who may tire of hearing wedding ideas and stories form you, this community will never tire of your stories and even welcome more!

Tip #6 Become friendly with Pinterest
Pinterest is great for ideas and learning how to create things to make for your wedding. Pinterest can also be deceiving, many post show how you can create what would be a very costly wedding look for pennies. Many brides see this and get discouraged when talking to wedding vendors and they quote them a very surprising number and they think the vendor is trying to price gouge them, when that is truly the price and cost of materials! The truth really is, wedding vendors for the most part aren't really over charging many are truly under charging! By the time they get what they need to do your event, give you what it is you ask for, they make a very minimal amount to live on and to provide for their family. 

Tip #7 Divide and Conquer
When you start to feel stress, delegate the task to others to do.... 
This is a great idea if you have people who will do this for you and won't let their lives distract them form getting it done for you. When you hire a professional to do things, they get it done and it is a business transaction, yes by the end they could possibly be your friend, but the job will be done. When you delegate to friends and family they may or may not get it done at all or if done not the way you asked. I have seen many friendships end over things like this and family disputes. What happens when tragedy strikes and the person helping you cannot do what they said and its 2 weeks until the wedding..... 

We at 1 Elegant Event understand that everyone can't spend 1000's of dollars on their wedding, or on a wedding planner, but it is smart to seek out one to get you started and to coordinate the day of your wedding! Your wedding day and the wedding planning process should be enjoyed so you can have great memories of the entire process! Happy Planning!

Blog Written By:
Cossie Crosswhite
Owner, 1 Elegant Event Wedding & Event Planning

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Best Wedding Favors Ever!

Have you decided on what wedding favor you will have at your celebration? 
What is the point of having a Wedding favor, you ask! They are great individual gifts that shows your appreciation for your guest support and for attending your wedding! They can be an expression of who you are as a couple, be a reminder of your location, something   kitschy, traditional or edible, it is all up to you! Here are a few we like that are trending this year! 

How cute are these mini Longaberger picnic baskets filled with a little surprise inside, you can even make it a game and have a winner of an even more fabulous gift! This would be a great #WeddingFavor for a #GardenWedding, #OutdoorWedding,  an #OhioWedding, or just because you like baskets!   

Who wouldn't like a fabulous personalized or divine mini wine/champagne to enjoy as a gift! You can also double duty your table glasses as #favors for your guest by having them hand painted, monogrammed or etched! These are gifts, guest will love and enjoy! 

Olive You (I Love You) favors! This is just too cute for words! 
A wonderful gourmet olive set for your guest to enjoy a tasty treat while thinking of you!

One of the most #PopularWeddingFavors are edible treats, from custom designed cookies, chocolate molded treats, hard candies, cupcakes, and the list is endless. Schedule and meeting with your baker or gourmet candy designer to discuss how they can customize an awesome favor for your prestigious guest!

How many times at weddings do your feel a draft in the church or after the #reception it is a bit cooler than you planned for? What a wonderful and useful gift to give your guest, a beautiful Pashmina Shawl to cozy up with that night and to use in the future! 

How many jump drives do we all use? If you are like me, lot's! I can never have to many of these to store and save all of our great work and pictures! This gift will be loved and used by all, and they will smile when they see it because they'll think of how much fun they had on your big day! 

Are you looking for a nice way to thank your guest for attending your celebration other than giving them a trinket you know they will never use? How cute are these utensil tags, and your guest will be so honored and remember you did invite them to share in your first meal as husband and wife together! Sometimes the gift of reminding people about the true meaning of their attendance is the best gift of all. Happy Planning

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Blog Written by National Wedding Planning Cossie Crosswhite
Owner of 1 Elegant Event, Wedding & Event Planning
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