Thursday, May 23, 2013

Decide Your Style Early in Planning

There are sooo many options to consider when planning a party but it's important to have a vision early on of the overall look you want to achieve.

For some people, it's a subtle elegance that sets the tone for a formal princess-style celebration. For others, it's about shouting it out to the world in bold, beautiful color that just can't be quieted.

Whatever your style, be sure that everyone involved is clear on what makes your special day perfect for you. Then, hold true to that style. For instance, don't let someone slip in wild table arrangements on you after you've worked so hard to create a light, airy feel to the room. Likewise, don't waste your money including that adorable, light pastel decoration in a room already blinged out with rhinestones and leopard prints. It just doesn't work.

Don't think of this as limiting your options though. There aren't many special touches that can't be adjusted to meet with your overall style. You just might have to think outside the box, but I promise it'll be worth it!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Don't Wait Too Long to Start Planning!

If you want to create a special occasion celebration that is sure to feel....well..."special", don't wait until "things slow down" or "I have more money to work with" to get started planning. Waiting costs you opportunities to save bundles on the big items now and ends up nickel & diming you at the last minute.

If you're working with a planner who is truly in your corner, they'll help you secure a venue early on so you're not price-competing during peak times, along with some other details that can and should be handled as much as a year in advance. Then, you can relax and actually enjoy the planning process as you watch it unfold.

We know how to keep things within your budget and we know how to set up a budget plan that spreads cost out over time. So waiting until ____.....not necessary and NEVER A GOOD PLAN!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Consider Set-Up Time

With overall expense being a top consideration for most of us, we all want to save money where we can. However, don't be tempted to secure your venue for the minimal time if you're going to have things to set up.

The length of access time needed before your event depends entirely on how many details you have to put together, how much help you have to get it done, and often more importantly, the experience of your set-up crew. Yet, even the best crew still requires ample time and access. (You might be surprised at how long it takes to dress 20+ tables and 100+ chairs.)

So what's the ideal solution? That depends on how much decorating you want to do. Utilizing a high-end venue? Try keeping the details to a minimum and negotiate your pre-event access BEFORE coming to any pricing agreement. This is the time you hold the most bargaining power.

On the other hand, a parks building or even a hotel banquet room will often allow early access for little or no cost. And if you plan for an elegant, formal setting complete with linens, chair covers & sashes, center-pieces, etc, it may be well worth renting for the day prior as well. Just think of it as an investment in your sanity...and knowing details won't be missed because you ran out of time.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Drawing for a FREE Party Package!

The contest is on!

The Prize: A totally FREE (and transferrable if you want to enter for a friend)
Economy Rental Package for up to 30 guests.

How do you enter?? It's as simple as clicking the "like" button on our facebook page at (But NOT from our webpage yet. Still trying to get that working.).

Everyone who is listed as liking our page is automatically entered. The drawing will take place on May 21st.

If that's not enough of a good deal....Everyone who enters wins the 2nd Place Prize.
10% off any package purchase. No need to wait for the drawing to cash in on this one.

Best of luck to all! But with those odds, who needs luck?

Agape Weddings and Events
(317) 348-7642

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Celebrate in YOUR style!

Today's event planning tip:

No matter how "fancy" the occasion, your celebrations are still about YOU. Don't loose your own personality in the mix.

If you're a "fun" person, let your party be fun too. If you're a "loud and bold" person, let your celebration scream it from the rooftops. If you're a "subtle" person, that should also show in your event's quietly charming character.

This is why you see tuxedos in camouflage print, or receptions with the elegance of Cinderella blended beautifully into the style of the Addams Family. Your greatest celebrations are with the people you love, and those who love you. It's no secret to them that you enjoy going mudding. So they won't be traumatized to see that you being whisked off from your reception in a 4-wheeler, will they? They'll be happy, that you're happy.

Now, here's the trick. How do you incorporate all that personality into your event and still have the class and elegance that makes it "not just another day"? That comes in the details....and with experience. Call or email me today and we can make it happen!

Agape Weddings and Events
(317) 348-7642

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Consider a weekday for deep discounts!

Today's event planning tip:

Working with a really tight budget and just cant manage all those things that would make your celebration everything you've always dreamed it would be?

Have you considered a weekday for your big day? Many venues (and even some vendors) are booked solid on weekends but have lots of availability during the week. So to offset this imbalance, they may offer discounts for weekday bookings.

We can help you find those discounts and special promotions. Give us a call at (317) 348-7642 or check us out online at