It’s the time of year when everyone gets excited about Halloween, Firework night then of course Christmas and New Year. There is so much to celebrate and enjoy in these final few months of the year. We all certainly cram in as much as is physically possible don’t we?
Don’t be fooled by the name, Weddings By Mary also creates memorable parties and celebrations and with careful, logistical planning and selecting the best suppliers your party celebration will certainly be a memorable event.
But where to begin?
One. That All Important Guest List – Having a rough idea of the number of guests you will be inviting to your celebration is key. Obviously, there will be some friends or family members that won’t be able to attend but the basis for party planning is this figure. It will help with sourcing venues or marquee size as well as enabling your suppliers such as caterers, entertainers etc. to provide a more accurate initial quotation.
Two. Choose A Date – You probably already have a date in mind for the party celebration but do have another option available just in case. Ensure that you speak to family & friends to let them know that you are planning a celebration so that not only can they get the date in their own diary. It may also flag up any potential clashes so keep your options open initially.
Three. Set your Budget – Decide the amount you wish to spend on this celebration. Then decide what aspects of the party are most important to you, whether it is fabulous food, dramatic drinks such as signature cocktails as well as great entertainment. All of these are key but do you also want a theme or particular style which may then influence how the budget will be spent?
Four. Find the Perfect Venue– When searching for your perfect venue you will already know your approximate guest numbers, as well as option of dates in mind, but there are a whole host of other questions you will need to consider. These should include timings, accessibility and regulations. You may also want your venue to reflect the style of party you wish to host.
Five. Decide on a Theme – Depending on the reason for the party, whether it’s a 50th birthday, a special wedding anniversary or just the chance to celebrate a great year with family & friends, you may also want to have a theme. James Bonds, Glitz & Glamour, Masked Ball or perhaps a Winter Wonderland feel.
Six. Organise Entertainment– Along with great food & captivating cocktails, the entertainment you provide your guests will be just as talked about. Do you therefore want a live band or DJ? If you’re hosting a celebration where you have to consider noise restrictions, why not opt for a silent disco later? It’s such fun.
Seven. Invitations– Your invitations should include the date, times, dress code and party theme. It is also helpful to ask your guests to RSVP by a specific date. It gives them a little nudge and you a clearer idea of numbers for catering and such like.
Eight. Organise Catering – When speaking to your caterer about your requirements, ensure that they know about any special dietary requirements you or your guests may have.
Nine. Preparation Is Key – Prepare as much as you can in advance. That way, you’ll have a chance to enjoy your own party.
Ten. Lists– Make a list of the tasks that need to be competed as well as key dates that you need to confirm details with suppliers. It’s so satisfying to be able to see items ticked off and the list decreasing.
A Top Tip: If planning your party at home then think about having some cleaners the morning after to assist with the inescapable mess.
Party options are endless especially as this time of year, therefore if you are interested in hiring Weddings By Mary as your Party & Celebrations Planner to create your perfect party celebration please do get in touch.