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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018

Posted by jloriginaldesigns on January 19, 2018 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (3)


JL Original Designs Honored for Excellence in 10th Annual WeddingWire Couples’ Choice AwardsⓇ

PERKIOMENVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA—January 19, 2018 – JL Original Designs today announced its recognition as a winner of the esteemed 2018 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice AwardⓇ for Wedding Planning in Perkiomenville.

WeddingWire Inc., the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and events industry, annually recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. The top local wedding professionals in more than 20 service categories from venues to florists are awarded the prestigious accolade.

JL Original Designs was recognized as a recipient solely based on reviews from newlyweds and their experiences working with them. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency, and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“This is the tenth year we’ve celebrated our top-rated vendors who have helped millions of couples celebrate one of the most important days of their lives,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “This group of dedicated and acclaimed wedding professionals, such as JL Original Designs, not only make wedding planning simpler for engaged couples but also serve as a trusted partner in helping to make WeddingWire the go-to place for wedding planning. We congratulate all of this year’s winners on their achievement.”

JL Original Designs is thrilled to be one of the top Wedding Planner in Perkiomenville on WeddingWire.com.

For more information about JL Original Designs, please visit us at https://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jl-original-designs-perkiomenville/7bcf1802118f4771.html ;

To learn more about the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice AwardsⓇ, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

About JL Original Designs is a full-service design and planning company specializing in custom floral, stationery and event designs for all occasions.

Our success is based on our exceptional range of creativity and an impressive dedication to high-end customer service. We work with each client to bring their visions to life through customized creativity based on the latest styles and trends.

Our meticulous attention to detail and commitment to service ensure that each event is developed with the client’s full confidence.

About WeddingWire, Inc.

WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire, Inc. hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers are able to read over 3 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses. Globally, it provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing, and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 15 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including Bodas.net, Casamentos.com.br, Matrimonio.com and more. The company employs more than 900 and maintains global headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.


Why does it cost so much?

Posted by jloriginaldesigns on January 2, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (1)

Happy New Year and Congratulations to all the newly engaged couples!


We are starting a new series "Why does it cost so much?"

 

In the next couple of weeks will be looking at different services provided in the wedding and event industry, as we answer the question "Why does it cost so much?" We hope we can shed some light the cost of professional services. We also hope to help you rate the service that means the most you and how to pay for the service you NEED.

 

Let begin with an overview of what services you might need for your special day.

 

  • Venue
  • Ceremony location (church or other)
  • Photographer/videographer
  • Florist
  • Designer
  • Baker
  • Caterer
  • Entertainment
  • Transportation
  • Officiant
  • Planner/Coordinator

 

"According to The Knot, the average American wedding in 2016 set the happy couples back about 35,329 big ones.
Just two years earlier, brides and grooms were spending $32,641 on their nuptials on average—almost 3,000 bucks less."

 

This series will look into the following services Planner/Coordinator, Florist, Photographer/Videographers, Bakers and Entertainers(DJ, BANDS). At the end of this series, there will be a worksheet to help rate the service that is most important to you and help you start a budget for your event!

 

If you have not planned an event, please educate yourself. Shop around and meet as many professionals in person as much as you can(before signing any contract). Ask a million questions, the right professional will take the time to make sure your questions are answered and you completely understand the service you will be paying for. Look at their prior work, see if they have done work in your venue (not always necessary) and check their reviews. Most importantly never sign a contract without reading it and completely understand the terms.

 

Let get started with Planners/Coordinators. We have grouped them in this series but, they are two completely different professionals, whose duties may or may not overlap. Let start by understanding what these to professionals DO!

 

Planner: 

  1. The wedding planner is your new best friend.
  2. This person has no other job but to make sure your wedding is exactly what you had envisioned.
  3. They are the person you call shortly after you get engaged and after you figure out a general budget.
  4. You give them a very broad (or very detailed) vision of your wedding
  5. They can help you pick out everything from a wedding venue to wedding florists, caterer, furniture rentals, invitations, and more.
  6. Planners will be able to offer a vast amount of knowledge and insight into the best vendors in your area.

Coordinator: 

  1. The wedding coordinator is a gift from the gods on your special day.
  2. They are the host of the day, making sure that your wedding day goes as smoothly as possible.
  3. They are the person you call after all the hard work and research you’ve done and turned those plans into reality.
  4. You typically meet with a wedding coordinator several months or several weeks (depending on the service level you opt to get from them) before your wedding to go over your wedding timeline, guest count, venue details, and more.
  5. Coordinators make sure the tables are set on time, the guests are seated in the right spot, the ceremony starts and ends on time, things are packed up and sent back to the vendors and that everything is running as smoothly as possible.

Now that we understand the difference between the two Professionals you can also see how the duties can overlap and in most cases, you may only have to hire one company to perform both duties.

For full planning expect to pay $10,000 and up depending on your needs and area you live. For a great coordinator, it can cost you from $800 to $2,500, again depending on your needs. Planners may have hourly rates or flat rates, be sure to check.

Here is what you are paying for: 

  • Knowledge
  • Time
  • Labor
  • Experience
  • Reliability


Benefits will include: Staying on budget, Keeping everything on track, vendor discounts, and most of all staying STRESS-FREE.


We are always telling our client to enjoy their engagement period. It only lasts for a little while. We also want them to enjoy and party on their wedding day with their friends and family, as we host.

Something to be mindful of: Your venue’s “wedding planner” isn’t really your wedding planner

Nowadays, many wedding venues have a “wedding planner” on staff, typically the couple’s main point of contact with the venue. While these planners are valuable (and we truly mean that. Site coordinators make our job easier, for sure), don't expect them to take care of all your wedding needs. Their job is to ultimately represent the interests the venue, not the couple.

The site planner’s job is to: make sure the venue staff is doing what they are supposed to do. Make sure no damage is done to the venue. And while some site planners are willing to do some extra set up for the couple, many will not do things like setting up escort cards and decorations or consult with vendors on anything other than arrival times. 

Bottom line: Even though your venue may have a “wedding planner,” chances are that person is not a substitute for a professional wedding planner. Also, take in consideration of venue who do not allow your chosen planner to work with them. Your wedding planner is representing you and your best interest at all time that is one of the reasons you hired them.

Next in the Series is Why does it cost so much for a FLORIST.



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