Mark & Loarnney’s wedding was not just special but it was filled with special moments and surprises. With so many details, surprises, and moving parts, we were truly lucky to work with such a wonderful videography company who captured it all! A special THANK YOU to the team from Visionize for not only being amazing to work with but for creating this highlight video to show it all! After getting to know and work with Mark & Loarnney, each time I watch the video, I get chicken skin and even tear up….JUST what a good video should do!
One of the most beautiful couples (inside and out) got married on 6.14.15 at the beautiful Halekulani Hotel! CONGRATULATIONS Chris & Noe Toshi!!! Although their post is yet to come…here is a sneak peak via their video created by Ikaika of eMotion Media Hawaii
- CJ Bae-Siepka of Naturally You (Hair & Makeup Stylist)
- Evan Morita of Florist Grand (Florist)
- Jason Deng of Visionari (Photographer)
- Ian Fernandez of IMF Visions (Videographer)
- Anna Hinkley of The Kahala Hotel & Resort (Ceremony & Reception Venue)
- Minister Chris Cain (Officiant)
- Kika Inc (Ceremony Musician)
- Naomi Lee of Les Saisons (Specialty Linens)
- Shantel Nishimoto of LUXXE Artistry Hawaii (Makeup Artist)
- Bevin Malina & Allison Miyamoto of Salon Bellina (Hairstylist)
- Todd Oshiro of Always Flowers (Florist)
- Frank Amodo of Frank Amodo Photography (Photographer)
- Ryan Ishii of Fisheye Studio (Videographer)
- Joel Nishimoto of the Halekulani (Ceremony & Reception Venue)
- Pumehana Davis Wadsworth of Harp Hawaii (Ceremony Musician)
- James “Jimmy Taco” Mora of Sure Shot Entertainment (DJ)
- Gregg Hammer of Sons of Thunder Band and HammerTime! on Krater 96.3 (Emcee)
- Kim Amodo of The Booth (Photo Booth)
- Naomi Lee of Les Saisons (Decor)
Most couples we meet, tell us that one of their biggest concerns or reasons why they are interested in hiring a Wedding Planner is to save money or stay in their budget. Budgets are ALWAYS important and even more so when starting a life together. We can’t express how important having a sold grasp on your budget is for your combined happiness and ability to enjoy the planning process is. For this reason, we are VERY excited to help shed some light on this VERY IMPORTANT topic.
From Venue to Vendors, setting a budget can be daunting and initially overwhelming as many don’t know where to begin and what to consider. Since it can take months research multiple vendors to determine the “average” cost of something and there is still NO way to determine if your wedding is “average”, we recommend looking at YOUR own finances and determine what both of you (Bride & Groom…or if you are lucky, any parents) are able to CONFIRM spending. Once you know what your budget is, make sure it is an amount you BOTH are comfortable with and won’t need to eat instant saimin everyday to afford ;-). This will help you to enjoy being engaged as well! NOTE: If parents or Sponsors offer to “help” with the cost of your wedding, ask them to deposit their generosity into a “Wedding Bank Account” for you. *You can tell them you are requesting this so you can keep track of your expenses.* This will give you the peace of mind knowing what you actually have in your budget and not plan with what “might” come through. ***If it isn’t deposited, DON’T count on it.***
Here come the actual steps to work with AND STAY within your budget (***IF you want to***). NOTE: For the sake of examples, we will be working with a budget of $50,000. This is NOT an average, just an example.
- List all of the various vendors (items/services) you plan to spend money (or include in your budget)
- To help you get started, here is a list of common types of vendors (Ceremony/Reception venue, Coordinator/Planner Photographer, Videographer, Ceremony music, Florist, Reception music, Favors, Master of Ceremony/MC, Wedding Cake, Officiant/Clergy, Hair/Makeup, Attire, Invitations, Transportation, Decor, Linen, Lighting, Caterer, Photo Booth)
- Then list your vendors in order of priority to YOU! NOTE: If someone is contributing to the budget of your wedding, they may insist in having a voice in your decision. Unfortunately, if you don’t want this to happen, you may need to consider gracefully turning down their offer.
- You should NOT have more than one “#1″
- #1 Should be YOUR most important priority (just because something is important to many other couples, it may not and doesn’t need to be important to you)
- Using the budget amount you came up with, divide up that amount and assign a dollar amount to each type of vendor. NOTE: Regardless of what each type of vendor typically charges, don’t think about it. Your #1 priority needs to have more than #2, #2 needs to have more than #3, etc. The example below is not the typical order of priorities OR averages spent, we are using this list (and the amounts) to prove a point and show you an example of what your list should look like (ie: wedding favors are usually a lower priority):
- Venue: $30,000
- Favors: $3,500
- Videographer: $3,250
- Cake: $2,950
- Florist: $2,500
- Photographer: $2,100
- MC: $1,700
- DJ: $1,500
- Hair and Makeup: $1,250
- Dress: $750
- Tux: $500
- Now you are ready to START choosing and securing your vendors! Start with your #1 priority and work your way down. It is important to work in order and here is why. 1) You don’t want to lose valuable time securing something that isn’t important to you (just because it might be more important to the “average” couple) 2) You don’t want to use up your budget on something that isn’t important to you (for the same reason).
- By having more money allocated to your #1 priority, you should be able to spend the appropriate amount based as your unique priorities
- If you have MORE than enough for the type of vendor you are securing, you can move the remaining amount to your next highest priority
- (ie: If you only needed $25,000 for the Venue, you now will have $8,500 for your favors)
- If you DON’T have enough money for the vendor/priority you are currently working on, you (as a couple) can decide how much money you want to lower any of the lower priority category budgets or if you want to just eliminate your lowest priority completely.
- If you follow this process, you will never be SURPRISED regarding your budget. TIP: If possible, try to have your vendors secured 4 months prior to your wedding date so you can begin to work out the finer details of your wedding!
These are just some pictures we pulled for a Bride we will be meeting tomorrow (for the first time). Just some ideas we think she might like (from past APD weddings) based on her Pinterest Board :-).