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Essence of Events, LLC Featured in Consumer Reports Magazine

Posted on March 30, 2017 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Such a pleasure to be to have Consumer Reports Magazine feature my suggestions in 2 separate articles on different ways of saving on weddings!  


Featured in Consumer Reports Magazine's Article: "5 Ways to Save on Your Wedding" - by Tobie Stanger


4. You Could Pay For a Higher Guest Count

You can always add guests later, but it may be harder to reduce your guest list, says wedding planner Michelle Culp, of Essence of Events in Seattle. "If you prepay for 100 guests and only 80 accept, you could still be charged for a guest count of 100," she says. The solution: Give the caterer a guest count estimate that's on lower end of your expectation.

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Featured in Consumer Reports Magazine's Article "Cheap Wedding: 31 Ways to Save on Festivities"- by Tobie Stanger


Venue

3. Get a catering estimate for the minimum guest count. You can add guests later, but late in the game it may be hard to subtract, notes wedding planner Michelle Culp, owner of Essence of Events in Seattle. “If you prepay for 100 and then you’re only at 80, you could get charged for a guest count of 100,” she says.


Food and Catering

16. Shed the tiers. Order a small, decorated “cutting cake” for photos, then serve sheet cake to guests, advises wedding planner Culp. Other delicious but less costly options include cookies, cupcakes, or donuts.


Alcohol

18. Stick with the caterer’s or venue’s house spirits. And don’t spring for premium brands. “Nobody cares or really knows,” Culp says.


Everything Else

28. Understand the contract before signing. Check for buried fees and requirements. “A venue can put in that you have to pay for two cases of their alcohol,” Culp notes. “Or a photographer can say that he can bring in an extra photographer if he wants to, at an additional cost.”


29. Negotiate. Be brave. “All the vendor can do is say no,” Culp says.


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Blog post by: Michelle Culp

2017 January Bridesclub Wedding Expo

Posted on January 24, 2017 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Such an incredible time at the January 2017 Bridesclub Wedding Expo! 

From the moment you walk into the expo, you are bound to meet the industries local vendors, catch great deals and grab some yummy samples. Most first time Brides and their wedding parties and family scouring looking for the best of the best and hoping to mark off a few vendors off their list. It was so great to meet so many couples willing to take time to chat a bit about their wedding, their needs and themselves. Some of which stories were told of those battling with cancer, but still going on with planning their wedding. Those newly engaged and needing a little guidance and direction. Some couples traveling all the way from California to ensure family and friends can enjoy their special day here in Washington State.


Vendors also look forward to this occasion as an opportunity to talk one on one with potential clients, offer pricing and service information and also to network with other vendors. Showcasing their many talents and having the chance to make bookings with couples and make connections in the industry make for an exciting and memorable expo.

This time of year is filled with new beginnings and possibilities. Essence of Events, LLC looks forward to being as much a part of these whether you are a couple or vendor. Here's to making 2017 a very good year!

View photos from the photobooth: https://truong.smugmug.com/Photobooth/Gallery/n-rZRK44

Tacoma Wedding Expo September 2016

Posted on September 12, 2016 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)
So excited to get the photos up from this weekends Tacoma Wedding Expo! To all those of you who took their photos at our booth, thank you for all the fun and laughs. Those of you who weren't able to make it into the booth yet, there's still time. We'll be here until 4pm at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall. Have fun viewing all the great photos we captured Here: https://truong.smugmug.com/Essence-of-Events/Bridesclub-Fall-Wedding-Expo-2/n-jLJRkD/ #TacomaWeddingExpo #EssenceOfEvents #Weddings

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