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Ce faci dacă ai programată nunta în timpul crizei generate de pandemia de Coronavirus?

What can you do if you have a wedding scheduled during the Coronavirus pandemic crisis?

March 21, 2020

Now it is the moment when we have to be responsible for our lives, but especially to protect our parents and grandparents, the most probable persons to get sick during this period. The authorities have publicly announced some precautionary solutions, which must be taken into consideration by each individual, in order to protect themselves and those around them.

These measures, but especially the speed with which the Coronavirus is transmitted, certainly alarmed many couples who planned an event in the next period. Whether it is a wedding or a baptism, many of you have carefully planned this event for a long time, you have contracted the location, the suppliers, you have consumed financial resources by paying money in advance, and now you are uncertain about the outcome of this because of the Coronavirus pandemic which already disturbs our daily life in a significant way.

I have already been asked by several of our clients how I suggest them to proceed. Many of them do not live in Romania and a considerable percentage of the number of guests involves people from other countries. The fear of traveling during this period directly affects the participation of the loved ones in the event, and the happy event in a couple’s life becomes a cause of stress and panic. What should be done in this case?

I am convinced that there are many people who are in such a situation and that is why I thought to write this article. Here are some steps to follow:

For the time being, it may be wise to consider scheduling virtual meetings with your event planner, if you have resorted to one of them, so as to avoid traveling, public spaces, and close contact with people. It is said that this Coronavirus does not resist to the heat, so as a preventive measure it is advisable to consider postponing the wedding for another time in summer or somewhere in the fall. Postponing the wedding can ease some of the incredible stress caused by organizing the event during the pandemic. Of course, rescheduling a large wedding, with many suppliers involved and guests arriving from all over the world, can be quite challenging. The first step is to talk to the location and check what data is still available. Then choose two or three variants of data that are convenient for you and your families, including for godparents, so that you can then discuss them with all contracted suppliers and see their flexibility and availability. In order not to miss the down payments given, it is important to find a favourable date for all parties involved.

For a smoother transition to a new date and a financial impact as small as possible, try to keep your supplier list intact. This can mean that you have to be flexible with your chosen day. If before you wanted your wedding to take place only on a Saturday, then maybe you should become a little more flexible and consider a Friday or Sunday, a day that is favorable for all suppliers. This change I am convinced will be embraced with pleasure by all your guests who know what difficult times you are going through during this period and, regardless of the chosen day, they will want to celebrate with you.

If you have made the decision to move the wedding date, then you have to announce the guests. The sooner you do this, the better for your guests. You show them that you care about them and you can tell them how important it is the participation of each and one of them. If you still do not have another date chosen, it’s ok, just communicate them your decision to move the wedding and tell them that you’ll come back as soon as the new day is chosen.

It is possible that many of you who will find yourself in the situation of re-planning the wedding to end up by making a compromise. Someone who dreamed of a wedding in March or April, with all nature returned to life, with high temperatures, with peonies and tulips on the table, to get to organize the wedding in October or November, with an autumnal decoration, because only then they will find the availability of all suppliers already contracted. But let’s look at the good side of things. It is better to be able to fully enjoy your event with all your dear and healthy ones, than to have only a few of your loved ones at the wedding and to be worried about the possibility of Coronavirus appearing among the guests.

Once you’ve made this decision, try to accept and not look back in anger. Embrace the change with serenity and do not let it be like a black cloud over your wedding experience.

If, however, you are going to organize an event immediately after the end of the ban given by the Government, no matter how small, I advise you to consider certain responsible steps to increase hygiene standards. The cleaning of each surface must be taken very seriously, since every wedding/ baptism/ anniversary includes groups of people, who are all gathered together, in a limited space. Greater distance between tables between guests should be considered and the physical contact between them should be reduced as much as possible. Also, serving food in the form of a buffet is not an option during this period, as the food should be served on separate and individual plates, a la carte.

For those of you having a wedding in the summer, I recommend that you should not make hasty decisions. An important aspect is to be informed from official sources about the spread and evolution of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to be able to make the best decisions regarding your event. We will probably all be marked after this period and we will get to wash our hands frantically every 10 minutes, but as I said before, we can take all kinds of safety and hygiene measures so that everyone feels comfortable at the event. .

I recommend you remain calm, stress-free, and with an open mind to the events that will follow. Always “after the storm comes good weather”. Think of how much joy, relief and gratitude you will enjoy at the wedding and with your loved ones after this period of trials and isolation.

I look forward to organizing this year’s idyllic weddings, even if the season will be delayed.

Affectionately,
Milena

6 reasons why you should call an event planner

December 6, 2019

You want to be stress-free on the day of your event. The wedding is one of the most beautiful events in someone’s life and you want to fully enjoy the precious time you will spend alongside your better half, family and friends. An event planner will handle every detail, will flawlessly orchestrate the flow of events and will manage smoothly unforeseen problems that may arise along the way.
You need an expert to guide you. Maybe you already have a clear view of your event’s day or maybe you just have an idea of how you want it to look and run, but you don’t know how to organize them all together.

Well, an event planner is meant to transform your vision into reality and give personality to the event through unique details.

You have a limited budget. Although you may think otherwise, an event planner helps you save money. Understanding and focusing on what is important to you and developing trust relationships with various vendors, not only will you get the best deals, but your event will look better than you thought your budget would allow.

You don’t have enough time. If you have a job that keeps you very busy, you live too far in order to meet with each supplier, or you just don’t like to do a whole research to find the best collaborators, your solution is a specialist in event planning. The event planner will do all this work for you.

You want to be a good and relaxed host to make your guests feel good. You don’t want to be bothered with placing the cards and menus on the table, or with every minute of the evening’s program. The organizer will manage the entire progress of the program so that you do not have to think about it and fully enjoy the party and guests.

It only happens once. You have one chance to organize one of the most beautiful events of your life so that it remains a beautiful memory of you and your guests. Surely you do not want to look back with regret that you could have done things differently if you had contacted a specialist.

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8 tips on the budget for the wedding

December 6, 2019

Regardless of the resources available, the wedding can be a very expensive event and each couple should carefully choose the budget allocated for its accomplishment. I say “carefully” because otherwise it can become a stress factor and misunderstandings between partners could occur. If you don’t know where to start and how to plan your wedding budget, I am here to help you with some tips that I hope to be useful to you.

1. A general distribution of the budget allocation in the planning of the wedding would be the following:
Reception (location, food, beverages, rental): 40 – 50 %
Flowers and Décor: 10 – 15 %
Photo – Video Services: 10 %
The outfits of the bride and groom: 5 – 10 %
Music: 10 – 15 %
Wedding planner: 10 %
Miscellaneous (wedding favours, transportation etc): 5 – 10 %

2. My advice: Never get into debt in order to pay for a wedding. You may think that you will reimburse the money after the event, but you may get the unexpected surprise of not recovering the investment and then be unable to return the debt. I think you can organise an intimate party and wait for the big party until you’ve saved enough and reached a more consistent budget.

3. Don’t spend more than you planned for a particular segment unless you’ve narrowed it down from another segment or you’re very confident that you can cover that extra expense.

4. Don’t calculate the budget according to a smaller number of wedding guests Although in general, 5 – 10% will not honour the invitation, you may never know how all your guests have the pleasure of being with you in that special day. It’s better to take everyone into consideration when preparing your wedding budget.

5. If you have the heart set on a particular supplier, florist, or band, you should try to find out from the beginning of their fees. It is a preliminary planning step in which you will also need an estimated number of guests. The information received will give you the opportunity to estimate the cost of the desired wedding as accurately as possible.

6. Once you have set your total wedding budget, the next step is prioritizing. Maybe your priority is a fairy-tale decor, a breath-taking location, or special live music. Once you can determine your priority, you can also determine the segment that requires more money. As a couple, you might have different opinions, which is why it is important to communicate with each other and to finally agree, as partners, on this priority.

7. Many times your dreams can be much bigger than your pocket and unfortunately you have to lower your expectations. While it’s always hard to accept that you can’t have everything, there are a lot of creative ways to save money that doesn’t even show that you’ve saved any. So, don’t focus on what you can’t have, but better focus on what you can accomplish to fit into your wedding budget.

8. To stay within the budget set, you must be organized. Track expenses, write them on a paper, and always keep track when making a new investment. Although you may be tempted by the extensive offer of services and products in this area, keep your head on your shoulders and say NO to things you cannot afford.

An event planner can help you very much to have the wedding of your dreams in the available budget. It will segment your budget based on priorities and find the best solutions for you. For more information on how we can organise your wedding by taking into account your budget, Click here.

I hope you find these ideas helpful.
Kindly yours,

Milena

The only inspiration I need

December 6, 2019

If you ask me what inspires me the most, the answer is simple: love and all its derivatives. It’s remarkable to see what you can accomplish when you do things with love. It all starts from there.

If you stop time for a second you will notice that love is the foundation of everything that is good and beautiful. It’s the fuel that keeps us in action. What would happen without it?

Love and passion are the two elements that succeed in this beautiful industry, to take someone’s dream and transform it into reality, perhaps even into inspiration for other people. Love nourishes the soul, heart and mind at the same time. Most of the time, it’s the muse of creativity. If I can’t do something with love and passion, then better not do it at all. Why? Well, because every time this industry, moving in a fast pace, makes us wonder: what leads me to go through all the moments of stress and tension? Why don’t I care about the many hours spent ridiculously to make things as close to perfection as possible? Why do I want to offer more, even though sometimes customers don’t seem to appreciate it? Why making someone happy means so much to me? It’s simple,: it’s because you’re passionate about what you do and this passion gives you energy. If you’ve had a rough week and one of these questions has been tormenting you, but you’ve continued to work without regret, then you know it’s all because of love.

With a happy heart,
Milena