Client meetings and referrals!

The past few weeks have been very exciting.  In one week I got two new client calls.  One referral was from a venue I had visited and the other was from a fellow event planner in the area.  It is really incredible how people here are willing to spread the wealth and if they cannot take an event, or if another planner if a better fit, pass it on.

One client is planning a Vegas inspired, high-end wedding with all the stops pulled out.  It is a very inspirational theme and one that in the wrong hands could go down a very cheesy road.  I have sent the proposal and am hopeful that they will choose me.

The other client is a couple who wants to have a wedding at their home in early October.  This brings up a good talking point about timing and expectations.  Sometimes people think that they will save money by planning an event in their home.  At times this may be true, but often it is not.  There are many details that go into a wedding that most folks simply do not think of, nor do they realize that when planning an event at a venue, the fee you are paying is inclusive of things such as glassware, linens, chairs, etc.  If you are going to have an event of this magnitude at your house you need to have a realistic budget.  Additionally, you must realize that if you do have a limited budget, (and this holds true for events at home and at a venue), you will not have the luxury of time to seek out vendors who will maximize this budget.

There are many things event planners can make happen in even the most challenging of spaces.  Some may even think of these feats as “magic”!  But please remember that even magic has a price. This does not mean you need to break the bank, but please be realistic!

This week began with yet another client meeting but one for an event that I’ve already booked.  It is a Housewarming Party in Los Gatos.  The lovely couple has recently remodeled their home and outdoor space and will be showing it off to friends and family this Fall with a Farmer’s Market themed event.  I am looking forward to sinking my teeth into this event which will be my very first in the Bay Area.

Lastly, today I ventured back to Willow Heights Mansion in Morgan Hill, CA for their Open House.  They have recently redone the entire property and invited some local event planners to take the first peek.  The last time I had gone to see the Mansion was about a month ago when it was a construction site.  Now, the entry way is paved and inviting.  The inside has metal work ceilings with muted lavenders and grays which makes for a very maleable color palate.  Incredible crystal chandeliers hang from the ceilings and they have also finished a few rooms upstairs including a bridal suite with a plunge tub!  There is a deck out back with sweeping views of mountains and vineyards and a ceremony space out back amongst the olive groves.  What a place!  I cannot wait to plan an event there!

I wonder what the rest of this week has in store for me?  I can’t wait to find out!

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