Want to hire a Day of Coordinator? 3 tips for success!

Happy #WeddingWednesday loves! 

Day of Coordination (DOC) is great for couples who want a professional (keyword: PROFESSIONAL) to manage their wedding day and make sure things go smoothly..... At least, that's what is supposed to happen! I want to make sure that before you hire a Day of Coordinator, you are set up for success! 

Now, before you actually hire your DOC, ask yourself why are you choosing to hire only for 'Day of'  instead of Full Planning? I have dealt with several brides who all said they "thought" planning the wedding themselves would be fun or they could "save money" by only hiring a DOC, and they just ended up stressed out and wishing they had hired a full time planner! Sit down and be honest about what you both want, what you have time to handle and make your decision for a planner based on that. 

Once you hire a DOC, please don't think you can be sneaky and trick them into doing all the work! The point of you hiring a DOC was that YOU would essentially do the planning, and the coordinator comes in to tie up loose ends and manage your wedding day...... If you realize that things are getting overwhelming, talk to your coordinator and be honest! We would rather you tell us where you are.  We are more than willing to make adjustments to our agreement; and yes, while it may cost you a bit more money, but that's better than losing your sanity! 

One last thing..... there is a reason why every Wedding Planner I know recommends 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding as the time to work together. Think about it, do you REALLY want to turn your entire Wedding Day, the day you've planned and dreamed of ( maybe your entire life) over to a person you just met while you're getting dressed to walk down the aisle?! Yeah, I didn't think so! Those last 6-8 weeks are important, it's a chance for your planner to make sure everything you dreamt of WILL actually happen and that all contracts and logistics are in place. Trust us, we know what we're doing! 

I hope these few tips set you up for success on your quest for hosting your dream wedding! Over the next few weeks, I'm going to give you some tips on the best questions to ask before you hire your vendors! 

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!

How to create a truly chic and stylish wedding on a budget

Creating a chic and stylish wedding DOESN'T have to cost a ton of money. Let's get something straight, it is nearly impossible to create a "chic" wedding on a budget of $5,000 or less; I don't care what the bridal magazines say! 

So, let's talk about how to truly create a chic and stylish wedding on a reasonable budget! 

First, things first; you and your fiance have to have an HONEST discussion about what you both want for your wedding. Having this discussion BEFORE you start planning keeps you both from flying blind into the fantastic world of wedding planning! 

Next, think about hosting your wedding on a weekday or Friday or Sunday night. Venues tend to offer lower rental rates for "off days" and this will save you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars. 

Keep you guest list low. There is a trend growing of hosting smaller affairs with close family and friends, and by keeping your guest list around 100-150 people, not only will you be able to keep your catering and rental cost down, you will actually be able to spend time with all the people you send those pretty invitations to! 

When it comes to decor, go for a monochromatic, minimalist design palette. Think lots of candles, low centerpieces, and luxurious linens that give your reception space a glow without being ornate and over the top.

Lastly, by not splurging on the top shelf, open bar reception and creating two signature drinks you not only reflect your individual personalities, but also save money on your bar tab ! 

Leave a comment below with some of your favorite cost saving tips for chic weddings, and don't forget to share this post with a friend! 

Until Next Time, XOXO

Amber

 

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amber sanders

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!

Wedspiration Wednesday- Plum|Blush|Silver

Happy #WeddingWednesday!! I've really been enjoying this Spring Wedspiration Guide series, and today we are looking at a Plum|Blush|Silver wedding palette! 

This palette is a great blend of bold and soft, masculine and feminine and works well not only for Spring Weddings, but year round! 

Until Next Time,

XOXO, Amber 

 

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amber sanders

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!

WEDSPIRATION Wednesday| Blush & Emerald Color Palette

Happy #WeddingWednesday loves! This week's color palette is one of my favorites ( I know, I know... I say that about everything!) 

I LOVE LOVE LOVE jewel tones, so anytime I can use them in a wedding, I get excited, and pairing it with blush and gold is an added bonus. The first thing I thought of when I paired this combination was an Enchanted Garden theme, with lots of greens and florals for decor. 

Everything about this combination screams LUSH, LUXURIOUS AND ROMANTIC!! 

Until Next Time, XOXO

Amber 

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amber sanders

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!

Sangria|Lavender|Silver Wedspiration Palette

Happy #WeddingWednesday loves! When I was thinking about this week's Wedspiration Palette, I realized I was drawn to vineyard inspired weddings! It may be because one of the colors is Sangria, but this color palette just makes sense at a vineyard or vineyard inspired wedding. 

The idea of using lots of natural florals and greenery, along with the bold color of sangria and the softness of lavender creates a perfect blend for your wedding! This look can still be recreated indoors, depending on the time of year for your wedding. 

I know I say this every post, but this is my favorite color palette! 

Until Next Time...... XOXO

Amber 

 

 

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amber sanders

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!

Pink and Gray Wedspiration Palette

Happy #WeddingWednesday loves!! I have really been inspired by the Spring Wedspiration Palette theme, and I hope you all have been inspired by it as well! It's exciting to come up with new ideas every week! 

This week, I'm looking at a Pink and Gray color palette. I love this soft color palette, it exudes romance! I've seen this color palette at a few weddings, and it doesn't come across as "girly" as one would think. Done correctly, it's a nice neutral look! 

A great way to change it up would be to allow your bridesmaids to wear mismatched sequin dresses ( if you've noticed, I have a SLIGHT obsession with anything metallic or sequins!) 

Make sure you are following me on Pinterest page for more Wedspiration!! 

Until next week.....XOXO!! 

Amber

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amber sanders

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!

Spring Wedspiration Color Palette.....

Happy #WeddingWednesday loves! Even though the weather outside is still a bit frightful, this month's blog posts will be dedicated to the Top Spring Color palettes for 2015! 

Today, I'm focusing on Navy, Cream and Blush. This color palette is the perfect blend of masculine and feminine, soft and bold colors and also looks awesome with a splash of gold for sparkle!! 

Stay tuned each week for another #Wedspiration color palette post!! Please be sure to check out my Pinterest Page for more wedding inspiration! 

Until next time, 

XOXO, Amber 

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amber sanders

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!

You're All I Need Cause Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing!

Happy #Wedding Wednesday loves! Since this is the last installment of my #MonthOfLove blog posts, I thought I would end this series with a few of the classic duets by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell! 

Now, Marvin and Tammi had SO MANY songs together but I chose the Top 3! Here they are in no particular order: 

So, I hope you all enjoyed my Month Of Love posts! Stay tuned for my #SpringFling Bridal posts for the month of March! 

Until Next Week.......

XOXO, Amber 

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amber sanders

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!

Love Is All You Need....

Happy Wedding Wednesday loves! In continuing with the #MonthOfLove posts. I am taking a slight right for today's post! 

Today's #LoveSong choice is The Beatles "All You Need Is Love", but instead of playing the original version, I'm sharing the wedding scene from one of the greatest movies about love "Love Actually". 

Personally, I would love to see this type of entertainment take place at more weddings, maybe some of my 2015 couples will join in the fun (hint, hint!) 

Enjoy!! 

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amber sanders

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!