Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Duties of a Venue Coordinator vs. Those of a Wedding Coordinator

by Sameer Ahmed

Make sure you’re ready and prepared through every step of the wedding process. Knowing that all aspects of your wedding have been planned seamlessly will give you the sense of reassurance and ease the stress that comes with planning the big day. Throughout this article you will discover the several benefits of having your wedding coordinator present throughout each step of the way.

According to Every Last Detail, venue coordinators are simply there for the venue, not the bride. However, a wedding coordinator is there for the sole purpose of the bride. While the venue coordinator will coordinate and ensure the seamless processes of everything provided by the venue including food and setup, your event coordinator would be there with you every step of the way to ensure that everything is executed to your specifications. The venue coordinator does not coordinate the wedding. However, they do manage the venue, keep the kitchen on track, and prevent the disruption of any of the policies kept by the venue.

The jobs of a wedding coordinator vary. From telling you when the cake will be cut, the bouquet will be tossed, toasts will be made and more, the wedding coordinator will be there throughout the entire celebration. Wedding coordinators are there to work for you, and you only, and will help you through every step necessary to ensure that the wedding turns out just as you had desired.

Venue coordinators typically do not stay for the entirety of the celebration and do not provide the personalized and individualized support and attention that is shown of a wedding coordinator. Keep in mind that the venue coordinator is there to represent the venue, and not the bride and groom entirely. Venue coordinators may also be managing more than one event at a time, so you may only see them for a brief period of time on the day of your event. Knowing that you have your Wedding Planner to be there beside you will give you the peace of mind necessary for the big day.

Every Last Detail provided a prime example that may assist with the distinction of the duties of both coordinators. As stated by Every Last Detail, “A wedding coordinator contacts your vendors before your wedding to make sure everyone is confirmed and knows what time they will be arriving. A venue coordinator may contact vendors that have to do with setup of the reception, but it’s not common. Other vendors, like your photographer or hair and makeup, would not be contacted by your venue coordinator.”

Planning a wedding requires teamwork. Dance for Joy Events will simplify every process and be a tremendous help along the way. You can trust Dance for Joy Events to plan a joyful occasion while also helping you to sparkle in the spotlight when its time to kick up your heels and dance because Dance for Joy Events has merged with The Wedding Dance Specialists! Please feel free to contact Deborah at or 703.626.7016 if you have any questions.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Cost of Attending a Wedding

According to The Knot, the most trusted wedding brand and marketplace used by 8 in 10 couples, unveils wedding guest spend from gift spend to travel, bachelor and bachelorette party costs, and more. Here's what guests are spending per wedding celebration according to The Knot 2016 Wedding Guest Study:
  • $888: Average wedding guest spend per wedding
    • Wedding gift spend: $118
    • Wedding attire: $81
    • Wedding travel: $321
    • Wedding accommodations: $322 
  • $1,154: Average bridesmaid & groomsmen spend per wedding
    • Wedding gift spend: $177
    • Wedding attire: $207
    • Wedding travel: $342
    • Wedding accommodations: $293 
  • Wedding gifting...
    • Nearly half of Americans (47%) report needing help to figure out wedding gift etiquette
    • Once ready to make a gift purchase, wedding registries continue to be the most popular place to select a gift
      • 37% of wedding guests and attendants purchase a wedding gift directly from a registry
      • Cash and check are also popular gift options, with nearly one-third (29%) of guests gifting either cash (21%) or writing a check (8%)
      • One in ten (10%) wedding guests and attendants provide the couple with a gift card and 7% contribute funds to the couple's honeymoon
    • To make gifting easier for guests and allow couples to register for any type of gift imaginable, The Knot Newlywed Fund is now available
      • In addition to providing traditional retail registry options and charity registry choices on The Knot, the Newlywed Fund helps couples build their new life together, whether they want cash for honeymoon excursions, a nest egg to buy a home or funds for date nights to come
      • Couples can now register for anything on The Knot and guests can shop all of a couple’s wedding registries in one place on the site!
    • Millennial guests want a gift that gives back. Wedding guests ages 18-39 are more likely than guests ages 40-64 to donate to a charity the couple has included on their registry, rather than buying a traditional gift
      • The majority of millennial wedding guests (93%) are also more likely to purchase a gift from a couple’s registry if a charity contribution is included free of charge.    

  • Beyond the wedding day...
    • Bachelor parties cost 44% more than bachelorette parties, on average
      • Bachelorette party attendees spend $472
      • Bachelor party attendees spend $738
    • If travel and accommodations are required for the pre-wedding celebrations...
      • Bachelorette parties ring in at an average of $1,106
        • Party spend: $472
        • Gift spend: $125
        • Travel spend: $217
        • Accommodation spend: $292
      • Bachelor parties tip the scale at an average attendee spend of $1,532
        • Party spend: $738
        • Gift spend: $167
        • Travel spend: $356
        • Accommodation spend: $271
This article is compliments of

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Beauty of an Event Planner

Weddings are beautiful occasions. They represent a new life milestone worthy of celebration. However, they are recognized as one of the most stressful life events to plan. This reason is often why a number of people turn to event planners for help. Most people argue that event planners are not actually necessary… that is, until they are in the middle of their wedding day and the flowers haven’t arrived, their makeup is half done, no one has heard from the photographer, and the ceremony is supposed to start in an hour. For people who have an event planner, these are not problems. From beginning to end, event planners help the couple juggle the wedding details and reduce stress so that the couple can focus on each other and enjoying their momentous day. Here are a few more reasons an event planner will be your favorite wedding asset:

1.     Costs. Planners can actually cut the costs of the wedding. Not only do planners work to keep the couples in their budgets, but long-term event planners have established relationships with vendors and can work their magic to get a cheaper rate or simply help get more bang for their buck.
2.     Creativity. Planners offer a new level of creativity. Event planners work with multiple types of events, so they have seen many different themes and ideas that could improve your own wedding. Couples get an expert opinion on everything. They will also be able to plan out the small details that may get forgotten in the mayhem of planning.
3.     Troubleshooting. Event planners are experienced in the art of wedding planning and are knowledgeable about the things that can go wrong. This also means that they know how to avoid these problems or how to deal with them when they occur.
4.     Problem solving. Remember that photographer that no one has heard from? The planner is on top of it. The flowers that haven’t shown up? The event planner has a solution. A planner runs on a self-made, tight schedule that is designed to account for any mishaps or problems. If someone doesn’t show up, something breaks or can’t be found, or an order isn’t correct, the planner will have a solution or will be able to come up with one quickly and not have to worry the bride or groom.
5.     Stress reduction. On the day of the wedding, they keep the bride and groom from having to worry about any of the details. This includes set-up, decorations, the videographer, the ceremony to reception flip, and any other issues that might arise.

With an event planner, a wedding becomes a truly magical occasion that is enjoyable for the happy couple. They will be able to truly savor their big day and start their new life together without the burden of undue stress. An event planner makes sure that they are the shining stars and the day runs smoothly. No problem is too big or too small for the right event planner. Weddings are a time for joy and celebration. A couple deserves to be relaxed and pampered on this day and an event planner will make sure it happens. 

By Samantha Stichberry

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Wedding Dance Bootcamp Dates & Details

Wedding Dance Bootcamp
Taught by National Experts, Husband & Wife Team!

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Coached 10,000 engaged couples over 17 years!
Crinoline Dress Rehearsal
  • The original and only one of its kind in the DC metro area!
  • Learn a routine for slow or fast tempos.
  • Develop your individual composure as a dancer by learning foundation techniques.
  • Learn the fundamentals and secrets of partner dancing.
  • Techniques for travelling around the floor.
  • Brief overview of choreography concepts
  • Invite your parents and bridal party so they can prepare for the Honors Dances.
  • Get a head start on your private lessons or polish and reinforce what you've already learned.
  • If your wedding isn't for a while and you haven't chosen a special song yet, this is the perfect way to get your feet wet and get comfortable dancing around others!
  • Meet other engaged couples in the area!
  • Maximize your investment in private lessons by getting a head start with this comprehensive workshop.
  • Dance with your partner the whole time - no partner switching
  • Invite the parents and bridal party so they will feel comfortable in the spotlight too for the Honors Dances! 
  • Introduction to Roles, Technique, Tempo, Choreography, Floorcraft, Styling, Improvisation, Tips for looking natural and staying calm under pressure!

Gift certificates available.
Location: Alexandria, VA
Bootcamp Dates: 
March 4, April 1, May 6 and June 3, 2017
Time: 3:30 - 6:45
$30 per person per hour = $180 total for the couple

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