The Top 5 REAL Reasons You NEED to hire a Wedding Planner!

Happy #WeddingWednesday loves! 

You may be wondering why I put "real" and "need" in all caps in the blog title, and here's why. You can google 100 articles that will all tell the reasons to hire a Wedding Planner, and yet none of them seem to keep it real..... So, I want to give you the top 5 reasons you REALLY NEED to hire a Wedding Planner(in no particular order)! 

1. Because you have a full time job, fiance, family, social life and don't have time to abandon all those things to plan your wedding.  Ok, saying you have to abandon your regular life may be a bit dramatic, however Wedding Planning takes a lot of time, so why not hire someone who ONLY job is to plan weddings and allow you to enjoy your engagement process and also keeps you from feeling pressure to give into everyone else's ideas ?! 

2. Because your wedding is NOT the time for your aunties/cousins/friends/co workers to show off their DIY skills. No, seriously, just because your aunt plans all of the family dinner parties and your cousin got married two years ago and your best friend's grandmother is a really good cook DOES NOT mean they should be in charge of planning or being vendors on your special day! 

3. Because your venue coordinator is NOT your wedding planner. While venue coordinators are wonderful and serve a purpose, they are not going to be responsible for creating your timeline, budget, keeping your wedding party on time, making sure the DJ knows how to announce your wedding party names, making sure you pay your vendors on time, or keep your creepy Uncle Jerry from hitting on the bridesmaids when he had one too many whiskeys! 

4. Because neither you (or your family) should spend your wedding day running around handling logistics. This will probably be the one day you get all of your family members in one room and possibly get to meet your new in laws for the first time, this should not be the night you're handling catering issues or keeping the reception on time, and I can guarantee your family and friends don't want to get dressed up only to work your wedding because you didn't want to invest in a Wedding Planner. 

5. Because you have so many ideas, and no idea of how to make them come together! Instead of stressing out about your theme, hire someone like Events with Ambiance to take your vision, throw some sparkle on it and create the wedding of your dreams!

Now that you realize you can't go another day without hiring Events with Ambiance to handle all of your Wedding Day needs, Contact Me today and feel the stress of wedding planning fly away! 

 

Until Next Time, 

XOXO, Amber 

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My journey to becoming an Event Planner dates back to my childhood, assisting my mother with planning and executing parties at our home and for my dad’s fraternity. I was training to be a professional dancer at the time, so I never thought about being a “Party Planner”, it was just fun for me to help her. After a fabulous and exciting dance career that spanned 20 plus years, I began working as a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in downtown Chicago. Because of my excitement for our studio events and knack for organizing parties, I was soon promoted to Guest Director. This position allowed me to see that Marketing and Event Management was something I enjoyed, and it was then I realized this could be my next career move! I spent the next two years learning as much as I could about the Event Industry, including an internship with Desiree Moore Dent, Owner of Dejanae Events,as well as studying and becoming a Certified Wedding & Event Planner/Designer through Lovegevity’s Wedding Planning Institute. This is how I learned more about the business side of running your own business, which was invaluable information! During this time, I offered my services to family and friends for any event they may have been having to gain as much "real world" experience as possible. In May of 2013, I decided to get my business license and launch Events with Ambiance. It has truly been eye opening that I am now an entrepreneur, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I am grateful to have family and friends support me, my company has truly become a Family Business!! I am blessed to surround myself with people who are just as passionate about my business as I am; for me, Event Planning is about more than just throwing a great party, it's about creating an unforgettable experience for my clients and their guests!

To Dance or Not to Dance...That is the Question!

Happy Wedding Wednesday! During the wedding planning process, you and your fiance' will have hundreds of decisions to make. One question that should always be answered YES is, "Should we take dance lessons for the wedding?"

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As a former dance instructor, I always loved when I got to prepare an engaged couple for their first dance. Every couple I have ever taught will attest to the benefit of dance lessons. It was a time for the couple to come together, have fun and release the stress of the work day and wedding planning!

Now, whether you want to learn a basic box step or create an elaborate, choreographed multi song dance, it is beneficial to take at least a few dance lessons together.

There are several dance studios around Chicago that will work with you and your fiance on the type of wedding dance you envision, here are my top three:

Windy City Wedding Dance http://windycityweddingdance.com/wedding-couple-dance-lessons

Arthur Murray Dance Chicago http://chicagoarthurmurray.com/

Chicago Dance http://www.chicagodance.com/

I'm looking forward to seeing all of your wedding dances, HAPPY DANCING!!

Until next time.... XOXO,

Amber

Let's Get Married.... Under The Sea!

Hey there! In today's post, I'm continuing in my series of the Modern Girls Guide to a Disney wedding with a wedding inspired by THE LITTLE MERMAID!

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Now, this would obviously be a fantastic wedding to have on the beach, however, if you aren't a "beach bride", but love the theme, set your wedding at an aquarium! The Shedd Aquarium is a fantastic location for the bride looking for a beach/ Under the Sea theme without actually being at the beach!

These are the dresses I envision for the bride and bridal party:

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The Cake:

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The Ceremony:

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The Centerpieces:

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For my next post, I'm taking a look at Snow White....

Until next time!

XOXO,

Amber

A Wedding fit for a Princess.... a Disney Princess!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE a good love story and there is no better love story than a Disney love story! For the next few posts, I'm taking a spin at modern weddings inspired by some of Disney's iconic love stories..... today, let's look at Cinderella.

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Alfred Angelo Bridal has created an entire line of wedding dresses inspired by Disney Princesses, this one is the Cinderella:

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cinderella wedding shoes

When it comes to location and decor, a majestic ballroom, designed with a color theme of silver, blue and ivory are what I see for the ceremony and reception.

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I love king's tables for a wedding reception, especially one that is royally themed! cinderella kings table

cinderella wedding favors

Next week, I'm looking at a modern wedding inspired by Ariel, The Little Mermaid!

XOXO,

Amber

Allow me to introduce myself.....

Hey There!

So for today's blog, I thought I would give you a little insight to ME and share a little of my journey to becoming Events with Ambiance! 



My journey to becoming an Event Planner dates back to my childhood, assisting my mother with planning and executing parties at our home and for my dad's fraternity. I was training to be a professional dancer at the time, so I never thought about being a "Party Planner", it was just fun for me to help her.

After a fabulous and exciting dance career that spanned 20 plus years, I began working as a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in downtown Chicago. Because of my excitement for our studio events and knack for organizing parties, I was soon promoted to Guest Director. This position allowed me to see that Marketing and Event Management was something I enjoyed, and it was then I realized this could be my next career move!

I spent the next two years learning as much as I could about the Event Industry, including an internship with Desiree Moore Dent, Owner of Dejanae Events, and studying Wedding and Event Planning and Design through Lovegevity's Wedding Planning Institute. This is how I learned more about the business side of running your own business, which was invaluable information! During this time, I offered my services to family and friends for any event they may have been having

In May of 2013, I decided to get my business license and launch Events with Ambiance. It has truly been eye opening that I am now an entrepreneur, but I wouldn't have it any other way! I am blessed to have family and friends support me, my company has truly become a Family Business!!

So, that's me in a nutshell! I am working on posting some more "Vendor Spotlight" posts in the future, so be sure to look out for those.
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Until next time....
XOXO,

Amber