As a wedding planner, I find the best way to describe the importance and relief that my career carries is by looking at testimonials from real brides. The Knot has tons of reviews from brides and there’s a resounding undertone that having a planner certainly has its benefits, since you can enjoy other type of parties, since you can hire a party bus for your St. Louis trip which is great for a bachelor party.

“I LOVED my wedding planner. She designed my cemeromy and reception spaces and they were more than I could have ever imagined on my own. She was able to get me the best vendors at whole sale prices. She coordinated everything from the rehearsal dinner to the thank you brunch. I live 1.5 hours from where the wedding was held and it was a huge time, money and stress saver to use her.” written by ‘vignesle’ on The Knot
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“I wholeheartedly recommend a planner. They don’t just “plan” – they serve as a neutral third party that can settle decisions between family members, future in-laws, etc. Mine keeps track of every dollar paid/owed as we get closer to the day so there’s no vagueness or hidden costs as we go forward. I will be attending my rehearsal, wedding, brunch and having as much fun as the guests because I won’t be worried about a thing. At the end of the day – her fee is going to work out to less than 10 dollars an hour – not to mention calling all vendors, etc. etc. etc. For any woman with a job and wants to still have a life while she plans a wedding, they are worth it!” written by ‘endlessocean’ on The Knot
 
To read reviews from brides that worked with Events by Cori, please go to our WeddingWire page or TheKnot page. We look forward to working with you!

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It’s never too early in the wedding planning process to start talking about your guest list. Before you announce that you’re having 250 people and start verbally inviting people, it’s a good idea to sit down with your fiancé and answer the following questions.

  • What is your dream wedding? It could be a petite gathering or a large bash.
  • Who comes to mind when you think of getting married? These are the people that make your day particularly special.
  • Who is involved in paying for the wedding? This will help to decide which guests they would like to have there as well.
  • What can you afford? This is the ultimate question- setting up a budget will help identify what type of event fits best for you.

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Once you’ve got these preliminary questions out of the way, and decided where you’re having both the ceremony and reception, you’ll know about how many guests you want to invite. The next step is deciding how many invitations to give to each of your parents. Traditionally, the invitations are split evenly between the two families. However, if the bride and groom share the same group of friends, you may choose to give each of your parents a third of the invitations, reserving a third for yourselves.

You and your fiancé should sit down and start naming the names (and gathering the addresses!) that will make up your portion of the guest list. Make it fun with wine and cheese!

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Keep your wedding on track with an organized binder filled with worksheets, contact lists, calendar appointments or any inspiration that you find along the way. You’ll feel less stressed by having all of your wedding information at your fingertips, ready for you to access at a moment’s notice. Here’s how to create the wedding binder that’s fit for you:

 

  1. Purchase a sturdy, three-ring binder with inner pockets and at least a two-inch spine, depending on your wedding size and scope.
  2. Place dividers inside the binder and type tabs or labels to keep each section organized. Use sections to match specific planning categories, such as guest lists, invitations, wedding dress, vendors and catering. Include a business card sleeve page in the vendor section to hold business cards. Place several clear, zippered pouch pages in the back of the binder to house invitation samples, receipts, contracts, pens and color swatches.
  3. Place extra pens and a calculator in the zipper pouches of the binder and collect magazine articles, images etc in another zippered pouch to reference later. (Remember to snap photos with your phone/camera when  you see something inspirational that you’d like to reference later)
  4. Keep a checklist as the first page of the binder as a reminder of what you’ve achieved and what you still need to complete.      wedding-planning-binder
  5. Add additional inserts to the binder under each tab based on your wedding needs. Include the checklists, blank pages for notes and a calendar for you to fill in important dates and deadlines. Use a hole punch on documents such as guest lists, vendor brochures, honeymoon travel paperwork and other various information to include in the binder.
  6. Fill in the wedding planning calendar with important dates. Mark dates and times for vendor appointments, wedding gown fittings, hair and makeup appointments, payment dates, bridal parties and honeymoon travel dates. Include timelines and reminder notes to yourself to ensure you do not forget important details, such as when to apply for your marriage license or book your honeymoon tickets.
  7. Keep the binder with you at all times — bring it in the car, when away from home — just in case you get a call, meet a potential vendor or need to check a date. Carry a small notebook in your purse, when in the stores, to jot down any information you want to remember to include in your wedding binder.
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Congratulations to Michelle & Chris!  It was a beautiful Wedding at a Private Estate in Temecula this last weekend and we can’t wait to get the beautiful photographs to share the ideas and experience with you… Remember it all starts with engagement pictures.  Here is one to preview… pictures coming soon!

If you are recently engaged we can  provide the special touches for your special moments.  From the day your engaged plans to just the day of. Please contact us to start planning your wedding day!  We have services that offer just a little help, to everything but “I do”!

Photo Credit: www.greshamvisuals.com

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Casa Romantica in San Clemente was the perfect location for Megan & Brian’s Wedding!  Megan grew up in San Clemente and Brian really wanted their photos to include the beautiful, near by beach. You will notice how fitting it is with the vintage ocean theme, starfish, sand dollars and a meaningful walk on the beach to remember.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                              

 

A family friend performed the ceremony for the Wedding followed by heartfelt speeches by the Fathers of the couple that will be cherished moments when Megan & Brian look back on their special day.

Megan & Brian chose a Vintage Ocean Theme for their Wedding and with the help of the Flower Company of San Clemente and the stunning creativity of Megan and her Mother with the beautiful candy table, stained glass and sand dollars guest placeholders to add all the right touches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                               

Photographer, Kate Noelle did a beautiful job capturing the magic and beauty of the day as well as the couple wish to be photographed at the beach…… they even made it back on time for the Grand Entrance in front of all their loved ones.

 

 

That’s me, with the bride and groom above and it was such a pleasure to plan and coordinate Megan & Brian’s Wedding with special help from these amazing and talented vendors whose special touches made this day romantic and magical!

 

Venue:          Casa Romantica                                        www.casaromantica.org

Catering:     Iva Lee’s Catering                                      www.ivalees.com

DJ:                  Essential Mobile Music                           www.djtodd@emobilemusic.com

Floral:           Flower Company of San Clemente      www.flowercompanyofsc.com

Invitations: Li’K Designs                                              www.li-kcustominvitations.com

Photographer: Kate Noelle                                          www.katenoelle.com

When it comes to planning one of the most important days of your lives, please call us to see how we can create a day you will remember with access to the most spectacular and stunning venues and professional and talented vendors.  Call us for a consultation today.

Megan & Brian’s Wedding will be featured in “Real Weddings” in the January 2012 Orange County Bride Magazine!

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