Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Why should you seek the services of a wedding planner

When you make the decision to get married and start to plan a wedding, many different emotional baggage make their appearance – some expected and some not. There is love, happiness, excitement, fear, joy, and the real biggie – stress.

A wedding planner is the recommended cure for pre-wedding day stress. An organized and reliable wedding planner can whisk away the problems of getting the wedding done right and having everything ready at the right time and place.

What does a wedding planner do?

A wedding planner can do as much or as little as you wish. What you want him or her to do depends upon two things — your budget and how much you want to be involved. The following is a partial listing of a wedding planner’s commitments and how (s)he can make your life a lot easier.
• Assist you to set a budget and keep to it to check out the best quotes for everything you need
• Guide you on wedding etiquette
• Set a timetable for everything that needs to be rented – the wedding and reception venues, the band or DJ, the florist, the photographer, the videographer, men’s wedding attire, limo service
• Set a timetable for when everything needs to be ordered – the flowers, the rental equipment, the cake, the gifts for the bridal party, wedding invites
• Handle all vendor contractual agreements
• Organize the wedding and reception timetable
• Organize vendor delivery times
• Help you to obtain the officiant of your choice
• Take care of the engagement and wedding announcements in your local newspaper(s)
• Assist you with choosing your wedding colors and making sure all wedding décor colors complement each other
• Help you and your bridal party shop for your wedding attire and accessories
• Coordinate flower setting at the wedding and reception venues
• Coordinate the placement of reception table set-up
• Give referrals for make-up artists and hair stylists
• Helps coordinate the wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
• Coordinate return of rentals and deposits

Choosing a wedding planner
When looking for a wedding planner, the best resources are your pals and loved ones. If they don't know of any, speak to various wedding planners and look at their qualities and recommendations. Find out how long they have been in the industry and if they have a list of references. Here are some other questions to consider.
• Do they listen to what you want?
• Do they seem bossy?
• Do they return your calls punctually?
• Do you like their ideas and taste?
• Do you think you will get along well with each other?
• Do they appear to be excellent negotiators and problem solvers?
• What is the cost and how is it computed?
• Is your wedding the only wedding booked for that wedding planners’ day?

When you do consider to hire your wedding planner, you must sign a contract that spells out everything – the duties, the cost, the responsibilities, and provisions if you decide to cancel the contract.

A good wedding planner is not only a great organizer, but is a fount of useful information, experienced with problem solving, has a great sense of style and aesthetics, and has the skills and patience for the occasional peace-making needs.

If you want to make your pre-wedding day life more relaxed and can afford the services of a wedding planner, you should absolutely hire one. Your wedding day is going to be one of the most memorable days of your life and you will be able to enjoy it so much better if you don’t have to worry about any of the details.

Concentrate on your special day, and what it means to you and your fiancé. Take it easy and have a wonderful day.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Scholarships – Your Building Blocks for the Future

It is amazing how carefree our spirits can be when you are still young. The only things that matter to you during that time are your allowance, hanging out with friends, and going to school. You do not have to worry much about having to pay the bills, buying your own clothes or putting some food on the table because that’s your parents’ jobs. You basically live the easy life while you are young, but all of that will change the moment you step into college. But, there is another problem that you have to deal with----getting into college.

Fantasizing about going into college and being in college are two different things. It is quite obvious that the latter is a much more difficult task. Those who are having financial problems will find it very hard trying to get into college. On average, a semester can cost up to forty thousand dollars per year. If you are as rich as the Monopoly man then you should have no problem, but if you are an average middle classed citizen then you have a huge problem.

Forty thousand dollars is the total amount of money that an average blue collar worker makes per year. So to spend a year’s worth of salary on tuition fees would be ridiculous. So how do these people go about getting an education without having to spend too much? The answer is getting a college scholarship. But, how do you get one in the first place?

There are many ways to get a scholarship. Most universities offer scholarships for student athletes who are known to the best players in their respective sports and schools. So if you were an All-State basketball player of the year during high school, then you are sure to have a lot of universities trying to offer you scholarships in exchange for joining their varsity team.

Others get offered scholarships through their academic performances. If your academic performance during your high school years was exceptional then you will get offered an academic scholarship by a certain university. But, they usually let you take tests to see your eligibility.

Lastly, there are those who get offered scholarships by charity organizations. An example of this is 21st Century Education, an organization that hands out hundreds of scholarships every year to deserving students. This organization is headed by Jamie McIntyre, a successful Australian businessman who wishes to help others succeed the same way he did.

Once you reach the part of life where you need to be responsible, then that is the time to change your ways and start acting like a mature individual. If you ever get the opportunity to go to college through a scholarship, then do not blow the once in a life time opportunity that you have just been given.