Make Your Wedding Dreams Come True

From: PrWorks
Published: Tue Nov 01 2005

CONTACT: Steven V. Dubin, PR Works, (781) 582-1061,

June Wedding?
Special Event Guru ElizaJ Offers Tips for Wisely Marking Time

DATELINE: BOSTON AND CAPE COD, MA...Less than nine months to go. It's really not much time to plan the biggest event of your life and make it an enormous success.So get started already!

Eliza Kendall, president of ElizaJ, providers of fine rest rooms for outdoor events and former event planner advises, "As long as you enlist the help of talented professionals, create (and stick to) a timeline, and follow a few guidelines when planning your wedding, you'll do just fine."

Kendall shares sage wedding planning tips of what needs to be done and when, to ensure success:

Every work of art or successful venture begins with a vision. Create a vision of your ideal wedding and jot down the special details. Be aware that there are going to be some things you just can't control, such as the weather. If you are dreaming of a seaside ceremony and celebration, know that you will have to plan for unforeseen weather.
Can't afford to hold your reception at the chic hotel of your choice, or any other venue, for that matter? Consider holding your wedding on a Sunday or even a Friday and you can save money. Or, plan your own great event. If you're on a shoestring budget, get creative with your resources, and you'll do just fine. You could choose to use the clubhouse of a local fraternal organization; they're usually inexpensive, and the club will operate the bar for you. The tables and chairs may be rented from your church.

Dollars and "sense". Know the exact amount you intend to spend on your wedding, and then plan a specific budget. Be sure to review the budget with those who will be paying for all or part of your wedding. The budget should be set before any other steps are taken. If you can, allot an extra 5% to 10% of the total budget for miscellaneous expenses. Then in case of an unforeseen event, you will have a little extra stashed aside.

Leave planning in the hands of a pro. If you decide to use a professional event planner, choose carefully. A good event planner will know which vendors will work best with you and with each other. She or he will match personalities to suit you, so that you will be put at ease, and you'll know that you can rely on the service providers to do their jobs well. You won't have to think about anything but enjoying the moment. Not hiring a wedding planner? Read on.

Reserve the ceremony and reception site. Ideally, you should book 12 months ahead of your wedding date, but since you don't even have that much time, make your reservation right now for the ceremony and reception before you do anything else. Many brides-to-be have had the vision of their perfect wedding in their head since childhood and quickly (as well as wisely) book their site the moment the engagement ring is slipped on their finger.

Don't settle for less. Surround yourself with the best your budget can afford. If you do, things will run like a smooth machine. A good tent company will draw up a layout of exactly what will go where and will set things up accordingly. Their tents will have flaps to drop if the weather doesn't cooperate. A good florist will recommend the right flowers or will work with your preferences. Good caterers will create a wonderful menu, no matter how big or small your budget and will plan, prepare and serve the right food. How do you know they are good? Get referrals from folks who have engaged their services and do your research. If you're not comfortable with someone even though he/she is highly recommended, go with your instinct and move on to another.

Between seven and nine months before your wedding day, the caterer, florist, photographer and videographer should all be reserved.

Set the right mood with the right music. Six-months prior to your big day, book the music. Go listen to recommended bands and talk to them to ensure they can provide the right music and presentation you want. If you really can't afford a band, don't select the least expensive band just to have one. The end result certainly won't be what you want.
Hire a recommended disc jockey. You can have a blast listening to golden oldies, top 40, jazz, reggae, pop or whatever your heart desires for a lot less money.

Details, details and more details. Four-months to go and you should order the wedding invitations and other corresponding stationary such as thank-you notes. Now is also the time to select your wedding gown (and bridesmaid's dresses), the wedding cake and to complete the guest list.

The final push. Two months prior to your wedding, the invitations should be mailed, your honeymoon planned, wedding bands purchased, tuxes rented/bought, transportation arranged, marriage license obtained, beauty services scheduled and menu decided upon.

Now, breathe.

"It's OK to cut your budget; just don't cut corners. Leaving out a step in the process is like leaving out an ingredient in a recipe," Kendall noted. "Remember, your wedding is about you. Add your personal touch to your event. Don't be afraid to tell your florist to design centerpieces with flowers that you like. Use candles to brighten and add ambiance. Set your tables with nice cloth napkins with napkin rings. The details are what make the day truly memorable, so make thoughtful selections and enlist the right people to help you. With planning, you'll pull it off without a hitch."

Headquartered in Harwich, MA, ElizaJ is focused entirely on quality products and first-rate customer service. ElizaJ, established in 1997 and formerly known as Leave it to Liza, caters to party rental companies, caterers and outdoor event organizers and has an esteemed client list that includes General Motors, IBM, Microsoft, Genzyme, Smith Kline Beecham, Sprint, McKinsey and Company, Bain and Company, GE, Fidelity, State Street Bank, ESPN and the Kennedy family.

ElizaJ - Ahead with Class
ElizaJ, providers of fine deliverable restrooms for catered outdoor events, has over 14 years experience in the special event business. Eliza Kendall founded the ElizaJ company (formerly Leave it to Liza) in 1997, after realizing that there was a continual need for attractive, impeccable, upscale self-contained restrooms. ElizaJ is currently granting franchises throughout the U.S., which is an ideal business opportunity for someone who is seeking additional income, looking to be their own boss, set their own hours and join the ranks of proud entrepreneurs. ElizaJ is headquartered in Harwich, MA. For more information, contact 800-437-1139; email or visit their website at

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