Wedding Wednesday Tips- What to know before hiring a cake designer

Hey loves, Happy Wednesday! 

In my last blog, I gave you some tips on the best questions to have ask when hiring your caterer. Today, I 'm going to give you some tips on what to know before you hire a cake designer! 

Events With Ambiance| Amber K. Sanders| Chicago Wedding Planner

Whether you want an elaborately decorated wedding cake or a simple design, it's still important to be clear on what you do and don't like. Here's a few things you should be sure of before meeting with a cake designer: 

  •  Collect images of cakes you like from bridal magazines
  • An idea of what you and your fiance would like the cake to look and taste like
  • Cake flavors, fillings and frostings you like and don't like
  • What you would like to use for a cake topper
  • The approximate number of guests and the size of the reception room. Depending on the size of the room and number of guests, the cake designer can make a presentation cake and serve pieces from large sheet cakes kept in the kitchen. 
  • The style of your wedding, colors, flowers, style of your dress and decor ideas
  • Whether or not you'd like a groom's cake. A groom's cake is generally a cake designed in the theme of a hobby or interest of the groom and preferably in his favorite flavor! 
  • Whether or not you plan to serve any additional desserts
  • Whether the reception is indoors or outdoors. This will determine where the cake needs to be housed until it's time to cut it! 

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Next post, I'll be sharing some great tips for hiring your florist! 

Until Next Time, XOXO

 

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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!

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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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!

How to create a Wedding theme with AMBIANCE!

Happy #WeddingWednesday loves!

 

 

Today, I want to talk wedding themes; how to choose one, why you should have one and some fun ideas of themes if you are having trouble choosing one!

 

 

First things first: Why should you choose a wedding theme? When I say theme, don’t instantly think I’m talking about “Disney” or “Circus” ( although these are totally doable and FUN!) or having all of your guests dress up in costume; I’m talking about creating an ambiance for your wedding that goes beyond “We Ate, We Drank, We Danced”.

 

 

Because your wedding is the first time you and your partner will host an event as a married couple, this is a great way to show your guests what your couple style is. Your theme can also carry through the entire wedding or simply be sprinkled into specific elements of your special day.

 

 

An adventurous couple may want to host a travel theme wedding and include passports as the invitations, globes and suitcases in the decor and specific foods they have enjoyed together while traveling abroad.

 

 

 

A couple who love the circus can choose bright colors for their reception, hire special entertainment for their cocktail hour and have their guests enjoy corn dogs, popcorn and cotton candy as an after party snack.

 

 

A couple who love tradition can recreate all of the elements used in their parents and /or grandparents weddings as a way to honor them.

 

Now, if you’re reading this and thinking, “ Amber, I have NO CLUE on where to even start in my wedding planning, let alone create a theme” don’t worry. Everyone has something special to them and when going through your ideas and vision with your wedding planner, He or She can pull those ideas together for you and create a wedding day that is reflective of you and your new husband’s taste!

 

 

Next Week, I’m going to give you some tips on picking out the perfect venue for your Wedding Day!

 

 

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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!

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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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- Burgundy and Gold

Happy #WeddingWednesday loves! 

Today's Wedspiration Guide color palette is Burgundy and Gold. I love this color combination- it's sexy and glamorous, luxurious and chic! 

With Marsala being named Pantone's color of the year, I am sure this color palette will become very popular with brides and grooms for the upcoming wedding seasons! 

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!

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!

Kelly Green| Royal Blue Wedspiration Color Board

Happy #WeddingWednesday loves! Today, I'm looking at the classic Kelly Green and Royal Blue as our Wedspiration Color Palette. This color combination is fantastic for a classic summer wedding, it has a chic, modern look that translates for years to come! 

I decided to show two versions of bridesmaid dresses and centerpieces, the top left "green" centerpieces and royal blue bridesmaids dresses are great for an afternoon, casual wedding while the long green bridesmaids dresses and the blue centerpieces look best for a "sexier", evening wedding look. 

I hope this gives you a bit of inspiration for your wedding planning! 

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!

Peach|Coral|Powder Blue Wedspiration

Happy #WeddingWednesday! 

Continuing on with my Spring Wedspiration Color Boards, today we are looking at the Coral|Peach|Powder Blue palette. This color palette is fantastic for a Garden Party theme, or for that couple that is inspired by nature, because all three of these colors represent the sky at sunset. 

This color palette is one of my favorites, and if you love it as well, make sure you check out my Pinterest Page for more #Wedspiration boards!! 

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!