Planit Weddings – Explained

It used to be that wedding planners were considered a luxury for the wealthy and/or celebrities. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you are recently engaged, or even one month from your wedding and need a little help, here is a sensible, intelligent and real guide to finding that special someone who can get you down the aisle to your other special someone with style. These are the quick, crucial bullet points you need NOW:

1) Talk to friends, vendors and look at blogs and sites that you trust. Ask their recommendations. Schedule meetings with at least three highly vetted consultants/planners after checking out their websites and seeing their work. Come armed with questions and use this as your guide. Most of all, follow your gut and see who you click with. Those consultations should be by appointment only and of course, gratis!

2) First question: do you like their style (of manners, humour, dress, organization)? Does he or she make you smile/feel calm? If so, that’s a good sign you’ll be a great team. Remember, a wedding planner is part budget guru, part organizational ninja, part shrink, part style consultant and part family therapist. He or she (and their team) will be your sanity, your laugh, your respite and your guide. Choose wisely!

3) How long has he/she been in business? How many weddings has he/she executed? If the answer is “I planned my own wedding and it was SO much fun” or, ditto, “I planned my daughter’s wedding and it was so fulfilling!” then, run. These are called hobbyists and there are hundreds of them masquerading as experienced pros. Taking a class in wedding planning does not make a wedding planner, either. You want to make sure your planner has done at least 50 weddings. A good rule of thumb is also at least three years in business. Do they have any lawsuits filed against them? Bad sign. Do they get lots of local and national press? GREAT sign. wedding planner

4) Do they have a variety of ways to plan, such as full-service (best for most brides), weekend of and hourly? Are they reachable during most business hours and some after hours? Don’t abuse it and call at 3 am in a panic, but expect that they will get back to you promptly when you have burning issues. Planners live on their smartphones, so text and email as well. They are super organized!

5) If they charge extra for rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, that’s a a red flag. Great wedding planners will also take care of that and brunch the day after. Your ideal planner may even offer to pack you for your honeymoon and make sure a car take you to the airport. Soup to nuts is why you pay a premium for excellence! If you opt for a more abbreviated planning experience, expect great attention and excellence as well. “Day of” is never really “Day Of” – your planner should start meeting with you a few weeks prior and know your wedding like the palm of his/her hand, double checking contracts, drawing up timelines, vendor lists and being on-site for the big event, setup, breakdown and other parties.

6) Speaking of money – cheaper is never better with wedding planners. A great wedding planner will pay for him or herself given they have the relationships with all the best vendors – they buy in volume and will get MUCH better prices for you on cakes, site rentals, floral design, stationery, photographers, caterers. They know the BEST vendors in the business and will offer you many choices for each facet of your wedding. Sadly, to a vendor, YOU are a one-trick pony (I know this seems harsh, but you only get married once, right?), but that planner is their bread and butter and they will go out of their way to please a planner. What may seem a little steep is actually going to come out as a budget saver for you. Great wedding planners will follow your budget to the letter and keep you there. Awesome!

7) To that point, a wedding planner who takes kickbacks from vendors is NOT ethical or for you. He/she is your advocate and charges you enough money. This also means he/she will use the same vendors over and over, without regard for your personal style. Double-dipping to line their pockets? Run away. It’s a valid question to ask. It is unethical and immoral.

8) Can your ideal candidates get you coveted appointments for the bridal fashion shows? Get you a last-minute tasting at that great caterer? Take you out to see a coveted band or DJ? Get the most elegant papery quickly, without drama? Create the favors of your dreams and deliver them to the hotel or on a plane to your destination? Go with you to fittings and help you with your registry? They must be able to do this! They should also encourage you spend real time with your fiance and even order you to get massages, go to dinner with your beloved sans wedding talk and get your exercise and nutrition on track.

9) Does he/she quickly provide you with references, a plan of action, an outline of his/her services that is crisp, professional and aesthetically pleasing? Are the contracts easy to read and decipher? All good signs.

10) Does he or she take more than one wedding or event per weekend? Ideally, you’d like to be the only one. Also, in looking at their online portfolio, do you see many different styles of weddings? The wedding should be YOURS, not the planner’s style. This is so very important. It’s YOUR day – we are the hired help!

The Absolute Top 10 Things You Should Look For in a Hostel

Considering that about the 90% of all people during their college years actually travel booking hostels, the offer is very broad and you can get confused and lose track of what is that separates the best places to stay from the regular ones.You probably have already read the reviews and check the prices for the hostels in the city you’re traveling to, but there are a few things that you should always keep in mind when selecting where you’re going to stay on your next trip.Here we have assemble a simple list with the top 10 things you can use as a guide to find a hostel that suits your needs, and though is not bulletproof, it can get you very close to what you might be expecting. best hostel accommodation

1. A good location
And by this, it doesn’t mean that it has to be right next to the train station or airport you’re arriving to, or in the middle of a central area, just somewhere where you can get to those places in less than 10 minutes on any kind of transportation, metro/bus. Use the 20 kilometers rule; if it’s farther than that distance from a central area, find someplace else to stay because otherwise you’ll be spending a lot of time and money traveling there all the time. Always look at the map to find the location of the hostel you’re reviewing, all the good booking sites have that available.

2. Linens included
Always look for places that include a full set of linens in the price of your stay (pillowcase included) and blankets, if possible. Consider that some places can get very chilly and you most certainly will need a blanket, and those can get very expensive, if hired per night. Some places can charge up to 5 eur a night for a simple blanket. Not to mention all the extra space you can use to pack more clothes if you don’t have to carry your linens with you. Also, it would be great if the towels are also included in the price, and there are many hostels that offer this full service.

3. Lockers
This is a big plus you should always look for, because you’re going to have to leave your things back at the hostel when you go sightseeing or out at night. Some hostels offer big lockers where you can store your whole backpack, while others might give you some small lockers just to store your documentation papers. Though the best option is the first one, the crucial issue is to provide a safe place for you to store your passport and other important documents. Remember, clothes you can replace, papers is going to take a lot of time and effort with the embassy to reissue.

4. Breakfast included
This is a service you’ll find at any decent hostel. Usually the standard breakfast includes cereal, toasts, coffee, and fruit juices; and can sometimes also include some pastries, fruits and tes. Some hostels give their guests vouchers for some nearby caffe. You don’t have to take advantage of the complimentary breakfast every morning, but it can help you save some money.

5. No curfew
Certainly not every hostel has its own bar, and even though, you may still want to go outside to a restaurant or a nightclub or just to wander the city at night. It’s important to stay at a hostel that allows you to come back at whatever time you want, without the risk of being locked outside.