Preparing Your Wedding Budget

The number one response that we hear from newly weds is that they went over budget on their wedding when in fact, they never had a realistic budget to begin with! Wedding expenses can easily spiral out of control and without a realistic budget in place and your wedding priorities determined you can easily fall into this over-spending category. 

When determining your wedding budget you can plan to set aside 50% of your budget to go towards venue, food and beverage costs. You will find this equation helpful in setting your budget and determining if your venue of choice fits within it. 

EXAMPLE:

$30,000 overall budget / 50% = $15,000 for venue, food and beverage

$15,000 / 100 guests = $150 per person

**this number should include your taxes and gratuities  

When allocating the remaining $15,000 it is important for you and your fiance to determine what elements of your wedding are most important to you. Write out a list of elements for your wedding (photography, entertainment, decor, transportation, invitations, etc.) and discuss which of these areas are of high importance and you are willing to spend more of your budget on verses the areas that you feel you could save your money. 

Need help setting your budget and your wedding priorities?

Give us a call to set up your FREE Wedding Mapping session!  

Events and Promotions!

We having excited things to share with our brides and grooms! One is for those who are just getting started in their planning and process and one is for those who are almost ready to walk down the aisle!

See below for details.

Exclusive Wedding Workshop – March 5th, 7:00pm @ 138 Commerce Park Drive, Barrie 

Status Events and Investors Group have teamed up to offer you an exclusive wedding workshop that is designed to help you build your dream wedding within a budget that you can afford!

Topics will include:

  • Mapping out your dream wedding
  • Prioritizing your wedding details
  • Setting a realistic wedding budget
  • Managing your wedding and personal budget – at the same time!
  •  Planning for the future

Please RSVP to brianna@statusevents.ca

$400 OFF your Day of Coordination Package 

Receive $400 off your Day of Wedding Coordination package from Status Events. You’ve planned the perfect day, now let’s make sure it is your perfect day with no stress and no worries! View the details.

Offer valid for 2014 weddings based on scheduling availability. Can not be combined with any other offer/promotion. No cash value. Not valid on previous purchases. Promotion expires March 31, 2014.

Thank You 2013!

We can’t believe we are already saying goodbye to 2013 and HELLO 2014! What an amazing year for us here at Status Events! We would like to thank our fabulous clients, the amazing vendors that we work with and our friends and family for their continued support (and sometimes manual labour!)

We started off our 2013 at Canada’s Bridal Show held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. What an amazing accomplishment for us to take part in this prestigious bridal show. A very special thank you to our good friends Danielle and Angelica for spending their weekend with us; you two were our dynamic sales duo and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Status Events booth at Canada’s Bridal Show 2013

Following the bridal show we went into full planning mode for the year ahead. From anniversaries to birthdays, fashion shows, fundraisers and everything in between we truly are blessed with all of the events and opportunities that came our way in 2013.

Photobooth Props

Line dancing at Leslee’s Retirement Party

Darlene’s 50th Birthday Cake

Garden Brunch

12 Ladies in a Tent Charity Fashion Show Models

Of course we can’t forget our beautiful newly weds! Congrats to all of our 2013 Bride’s and Groom’s we wish you all the health and happiness in your lives together. Thank you for letting us take part in your special day!

Photo Credit: Courtney B Photography

Photo Credit: Courtney B Photography

Photo Credit: Jamie Dimitry

Photo Credit: Jamie Dimitry

2014 is already shaping up to be a fabulous year. We are excited to announce that in an effort to continue to serve you better, Status Events is no longer a part-time venture for co-owner Brianna. Brianna has left her day job to focus on offering you exceptional service and flawless event execution!

We wish everyone a wonderful and successful 2014 and can’t wait to share our events with you!

You’re Engaged! Now What?

It’s official! Congratulations on your engagement and for finding that special person that you just can’t wait to spend the rest of your life with! It is no question that getting engaged is one of the most exciting journeys in life but also a very overwhelming one. “Congratulations. Let me see the ring. How did it happen? When’s the big day?” These are all the expressions that you will hear from every person you tell your big news to. Before you launch into the whirlwind of planning activity let’s get you ready for what’s about to come your way!

Our first piece of advice….ENJOY! Enjoy every minute of being engaged. You will have a hard time not jumping into wedding planning right away and will find it hard to just enjoy being engaged. Planning a wedding can be stressful for many, take the time to relax and enjoy the moment and ease yourself into the planning process. One of the best ways to relax…. get a manicure! You’re about to show off that sparkling diamond to every person who finds out you’re engaged, so why not get a fresh manicure to celebrate the occasion?

After you’ve got that manicure it’s a good idea to take the time to talk with each other and decide on a wedding date. You don’t have to set the date in stone but picking a year, season, or month will help you provide the answer to the age old question that you will constantly hear; “when is the big day?” Being able to provide a rough timeline will make your loved ones feel involved and allow your friends and family to make a mental note of when your wedding will be.

Now that you have had time to announce your news and let the excitement settle a bit it is time to decide on your budget and start the guest list. Your budget and guest list will go hand in hand and will be the roadmap for all of your future wedding plans. At every vendor meeting you have from here on in you will be asked, “What is your budget” and “How many guests are you expecting”. Knowing what you can afford upfront will help avoid disappointment in the future when you have discovered that you can’t afford your dream dress because you spent your entire budget on the venue. When preparing your preliminary guest list don’t forget to ask your parents whom they would like to invite. Make sure you tell them that this is just a first draft of your list and changes may need to be made based on your budget and venue constraints. There is nothing worse than maxing out your venue capacity and then having your parent’s hand over their guest list last minute!

Hire a Wedding Planning. The earlier you hire your wedding planner the better. By hiring a planner early you can avoid costly mistakes. Your planner’s fee will pay for itself with the preferred rates and upgrades that they are able to negotiate on your behalf. Your planner will know how to take your budget, priorities, individual style and theme and create the wedding of your dreams on budget and stress free.

Now it’s time to start planning! Get inspired, create Pinterest boards, read magazines, and surf the web to determine your personal style and vision for your big day. Once you are inspired begin searching for the venue that will fit your style and then plug in the vendors that will make your wedding dreams come true!

Photo Credit: Jamie Dimitry

Holiday Preparations? Think Holiday Party!

 

For us at Status Events the holidays are all about spending quality time and making memories with our friends and family. In fact, we love spending time with our friends and family so much that we turn our mundane holiday preparations into an opportunity to host a party!

Trim My Tree Gathering

Set up your tree with the lights and garland and invite you friends and family over to help decorate your tree. Tell your friends all you want for Christmas is a special ornament of their choice to add to your tree so you can have a piece of them with you throughout the holidays. The best part about this is that your guests will likely have a story connected with the ornament that they bring. Sharing these stories is a unique and touching way to connect with each of your guests.

 Baking and Cookie Swap

The holidays are always littered with sweets and treats to indulge in before the daunting new years resolutions kick in and you head back to the gym for the month of January. Invite the bakers in your life over with 2 or 3 of their favourite holiday recipes, ingredients, and supplies (because really do you have 15 cookie sheets hanging around your house?!) and bake away! Oh, and make sure your guests bring their big Tupperware – once everyone is done their baking start swapping!  A few of Aunt Sally’s gingerbreads, Grandma’s famous sugar cookies and your best friends to die for chocolate brownies and you have an amazing variety of holiday baking to put out at your upcoming holiday gatherings.

Rap City

No, no not a rap party but a wrap party! Don’t leave the daunting task of wrapping all of the gifts until Christmas Eve when you will be left on your own trying to get everything done and then discover you have run out of tape! Pick a weeknight in mid December to invite your friends over with their presents to wrap, a roll of wrapping paper and some ribbon. With all of the paper and ribbon variety you will be in wrapping heaven and your creativity will soar! Think of all the extra hands you have now to hold the corners taut while you replace the roll of tape! Use the skills of your friends; you might have a closet bow master in your mix that you didn’t even know about!

Exclusive Black Friday Sale!

Today only save 25% when you book your Full Service Wedding Coordination Package – that’s upwards of $1,000 Off!!

This offer is valid today only, don’t miss out!

Conditions: Subject to scheduling availability. New clients only. Right to limited quantities. Not valid with any other promotion.

Call NOW 416-823-6134 or email brianna@statusevents.ca