Elizabeth Wright

event planner , wedding planner

Elizabeth Wright
Gold Coast
0451971244
silvershoeevents@gmail.com
Certifications

-Step into your dream event-
Planning and Coordinating Incomparable Events

Step into your dream event. Whether it’s your daughters 1st or 6th or 21st Birthday Party or your company’s annual retreat or simply a business seminar. Perhaps you are wanting to host your grand daughters religious rites reception or you have just been knocked straight of your feet by the man whom you love the most in this world when he proposed to you and now you are standing at the door to every girls dream ... planning your WEDDING !! Silver Shoe Events wants you to kick of your shoes, sit back and enjoy your event knowing that you have placed all the stress and worries into our hands

Silver Shoe Events has been a long life dream of mine since I was little . creating and putting together the most spectacular event is second best to hearing my childrens laughter . It brings me such joy and forfullnisness and I cant ever wait to get the next event under way. I adore seeing my clients reaction when they step into their dream event.

As owner and coordinator of Silver Shoe Events with a degree in Arts&Science and a degree in Business Management .I have planned many events ranging from 1st Birthday parties , to Christenings , to 50th Annivesaries , Corporate events including retreats and business meetings , to a wedding of 350 guests.
Majority of these events have been in Africa, US , UK and now in Australia .

All of our consultants are certified International Event & Wedding Planning Professionals and we look forward to desiging , creating and putting together your next dream event ... which ever it may be , lavish or initmate we want to welcome you to YOUR event !

Best Wishes

Elizabeth Wright IEWP
Owner and founder
Silver Shoe Events

Services

We offer a wide variety of serives catering to everyone's need and their event purpose.

Childrens Birthday Parties
Mile stone parties - 21st , 30th , 50th ...
Anniversaries
Religious Rites ceremonies and receptions
Funerals
Engaments parties
Bridal Showers
Wedding Showers
Rehersal Dinners
The BIG day
Baby Showers
Corporate Events - Busniness meetings , conferences , retreats , staff parties , team building weekends
Expo's
School Functions

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Hire An Event Planner/Consultant !

NOT reading these 10 reasons could literally cost you thousands of dollars PLUS hours of stress, headaches and worry.

10) Event planners/ consultants have continuous business each month with numerous vendors. When they call a vendor with a brand new referral, they know the client that they are referring will always receive extra special treatment. If that vendor does not do an amazing job, then they will probably not ever get any more referrals from the consultant. If the client is raving about how this certain florist really went out of their way, stayed open late and went overboard with customer service – take a guess which florist will get that next referral from that consultant? If you go directly to a vendor like a florist, photographer, cake vendor, band, DJ, invitations, etc…. you represent basically a one time customer. Bottom line: clients of Event planners/consultants often do get special treatment from vendors.


9) Unless you know how much a 5 tier or 3D cake costs off the top of your head or how much linens for 250 go for or what normal videographer fees are, etc..then you might be a little in the dark on what to pay for certain services. Event planners/ consultants are up to speed on what the going rate is for all services that relate to a specific event. By using a planner, you can avoid paying too much to a vendor (or maybe even getting taken advantage of) and also avoid perhaps skimping on a much needed service that you should allocate more budget towards.


8) The two largest one-time purchases a person usually makes in their life are: a house and a car. Paying for a wedding , a mile stone event , corporate event or a children’s birthday party can often rank at number three (sometimes even number two). Usually the majority of people use a real estate agent to assist in such a large purchase of a home and to handle all the logistics, some of which are very confusing to the average homebuyer. Most people often buy a car from a dealership that does involve talking to a car salesman. And in spite of the bad reputation that car salesman sometimes get, most are usually very professional and quite knowledgeable about the different classes of cars they represent. Hiring a Event planner/ consultant expert to assist in how to manage your budget, where you can save, what you need to cut out and what is an absolute must. In summary, you would not buy a house or car without expert assistance. Why risk mismanaging a large budget for your wedding , corporate or special event ?


7) If you can believe it, the normal wedding and most larger events deals with an average of 22 different vendors! These people range from contacts for the reception venue, florist, photographer, the band or DJ, linens, cakes, the church, transportation, hotels and lodging, and much more. To take it even a step further, each vendor usually has one or more people working there, all with individual work numbers, emails addresses, and let’s not forget cell phone numbers! Now the rolodex of total contacts, phone and fax numbers and emails for a wedding quickly rises to a staggering amount. Most people just a few months into the process of planning ,start to very quickly get easily overwhelmed – and rightly so! The bride, groom and their families or in other cases the Host or corporate client during the planning stages still have go to work, travel, run personal errands, attend school, etc...in other words – they still have live their lives. Using an Event planner/ consultant is a wise use of resources to leverage your time and delegate the duties to deal with these 22 different vendors. This way you can still have a life – and stay sane in the exciting yet sometimes crazy planning process.


6) Event planners/ consultants usually work off a flat fee. The notion that they receive a “kickback” or commission from referring a client to a vendor is absolutely false. That sort of activity is very frowned upon and usually does not last very long, as the good reputation of vendors is so important to maintain. Usually Event planners/ consultants will receive discounts on various services due to the fact they give certain vendors so much business each month. Most wedding planners will pass this savings onto their client. Quite often after the event, or wedding, reception and honeymoon are long over and the dust has settled, all the invoices have been paid and life is back to normal – the final numbers usually show how the Event planners/ consultants planner’s fee more than paid for itself from the discounts received from vendors and overall time saved from all her labour.


5) There is another misconception that perhaps a coordinator involved with a church or from the reception venue can also “act” as your Event planners/ consultants for the day. This can be very misleading and dangerous to assume they will take on multiple roles. Granted, it is sometimes nice to have as many people as you can to on site to assist when necessary at a church. Don’t look for them to be at the reception later. Granted, it is nice to have the director of catering of your venue say that he or she will be there the night of your reception. Often they will make an appearance and not stay very long, because there are usually three or four other weddings going on that same night that they have to check up on also. I am sure you have heard what happens when you assume something – it can end up being a big mistake.


4) Referrals are everything in the service business. Up to 80-90% of new business that comes to an Event planner/ consultant is from referrals. These referrals are usually from vendors they work with each month and you guessed it: from happy former clients. Take the time to interview brides that used a wedding consultant and those that did not. Most of the feedback quite often will show that the brides that did hire a consultant say things like “I don’t know how we would have done everything without her help”. On the flip side, brides that often try to save money and not use a consultant, if they are candid will admit that things might have gone smoother if they would have used one. Remember, an Event planner/ consultant wants you at the end of the experience to refer your single bridesmaids, your cousin that is getting engaged next month , your neighbour who’s daughter turns 21 in 6 months or your friends parents who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and your sisters company who is talking about the BIG business networking lunch they are having at the end of the year ,all to her. Thus, there is an incredible incentive for a planner to bend over backwards in order to exceed all your expectations and make your event an incredible experience. This is a good win-win scenario.


3) If you take the time to interview consultants and ask if things ever “go wrong” during the event or if they have had some “close calls” --- the stories you might hear will probably astound you. Often the bride is never aware of the frantic panic sometimes behind the scenes. Or that the raby has not shown up yet to perform the christening . You sometimes do not need to know or be concerned about the “little hiccups” that sometimes happen. Little things like the fact that the band is late or the best man forget the rings or the hotel does not have a credit card on file for the honeymoon suite, etc.....these small challenges do happen are there for the planner stay on top of and solve..


2) Some studies say that most girls have been dreaming, thinking, planning and preparing in their mind for their own wedding since about age 12. That is a long time with usually some very high expectations. The wedding day is obviously supposed to be a very special day. To put things in perspective, usually the three most important timeline photographs you will ever take in your life will be: your high school graduation picture, college graduation picture and your wedding picture. So what is it worth so that the bride and groom’s families don’t worry about everything coming together 2 weeks before the big day? What is it worth to know that all the 97 little details on the schedule of events on your wedding day will be taken care of and executed flawlessly? If you could actually buy “wedding insurance” to virtually guarantee that your event would run smoothly – how much would you be willing to pay for that type of peace of mind?



1) You deserve it! Your wedding day or your special event is all in the details. Your event is a reflection of you and your personality. People will remember specific details. People go to a lot of weddings each year , people normally cringe at the thought of a corporate event – make yours the one they remember. You have probably been reading Modern Bride and all the other bridal magazines for months now. You have been talking to all your friends that have been married and getting their advice. You have lots of ideas of your own. However, you probably have not attended, yet literally planned hundreds of weddings. Think about these few simple questions: What are gifts for the groomsmen that aren’t boring? What do you absolutely have to put in gift baskets for out of town guests? Why do certain flowers cost what they do? Draw upon that expertise of a planner who is on top of all the current trends, who knows what colours are “in” right now, who knows who are the top designers, the best places to go, vendors to talk to, what you could use from Martha Stewart’s magazine last month in your ceremony, etc


Below you will find our wedding packages

Premium Full Service Wedding Coordination

This comprehensive package provides you with a full service engagement period. We will manage every aspect of planning your wedding from the initial concept and design to complete event management and final execution. We will handle everything from the budget, timeline and vendors to the smallest of details like table settings, linens and favours.

With this package you’re able to relax, savour the moment &...well, be the bride!

Pre Wedding
• Develop budget breakdown and manage wedding costs
o Provide corresponding budgets to vendors
o Negotiate contracts
o Manage budget and provide updates

• Prepare project plan (month-to-month checklist of tasks for each month between now and the wedding)
• Unlimited meetings and phone calls necessary to plan and evaluate all wedding details
• Prepare payment schedule and provide reminders on contract balance due-dates
• Provide all vendor referrals. Schedule and attend all vendor selection appointments. List may include but is not limited to the below:
Ceremony Site, Reception Venue, Caterer, Band, Photographer, Videographer, Florist, Linens, Lighting, Cakes, Ceremony Musicians, Cocktail Hour Musicians, Transportation, Tuxedos, Rentals, Security, Valet, Hair and Makeup, Gowns, Dance Lessons
Once all vendors are chosen:
o Ongoing phone calls, correspondence, and meetings as necessary to plan all details and confirm all vendors

• Procure hotel room block agreements
• Provide calligraphy template for guest list

• Assist with save-the-date and invitation wording and mailing
o Pickup save-the-dates from stationer
o Deliver save-the-dates to calligrapher
o Stuff, stamp and mail save-the-dates via regular mail
o Pickup wedding invitations from stationer and take one sample to Post Office to weigh for proper postage; purchase postage for invitations and response cards
o Stuff and stamp wedding invitations
o Deliver wedding invitations and guest list to calligrapher
o Pickup wedding invitations from calligrapher
o Hand cancel and mail invitations at Post Office
o Receive and record RSVPs

• Coordinate and attend menu trial. Assist with menu design, timeline discussion, and room layout development.
• Coordinate and attend mock table setting. Facilitate delivery of sample floral centerpiece, chairs, chargers, linens, and specialty china.
• Schedule and attend ceremony music meeting. For any ceremony location, assist with music selection. Afterwards, prepare program draft, and facilitate any necessary proof revisions and program production.
• Schedule bridal portrait session and corresponding hair and makeup sessions. Order portrait bouquet and schedule dress pickup. Deliver gown and bouquet to bride’s dressing site.
• Develop ideas for favours and favour packaging. Order favours and packaging as requested.
• Schedule transportation (limousines, exit cars, shuttle buses, airport transportation, specialty vehicles)
• Facilitate the production of all items needed for seated reception (escort cards, menu cards, table numbers, etc.)
• Provide final headcount to catering manager by due date and reconcile needed quantities of centerpieces, linens, chairs, menus, programs, and favours
• Plan ceremony and discuss family information, pew seating, processional and recessional order
• Prepare detailed wedding day itinerary; distribute to all vendors.
• Pickup all personal items from bride (guest book, pen, bridal portrait, toasting flutes, sign-in book, cake knife, menu cards, table numbers, escort cards, favours, programs, etc.) and transport to ceremony and reception venue where appropriate. Set up these items on event day.
• Prepare bridal party itinerary and distribute at rehearsal. Discuss high points at rehearsal so that all needed bridal party is aware of wedding schedule.
• Develop out-of-town guest welcome letter, itinerary, map, and directions to rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and any other special locations, as well as “Things to Do in Houston” List. Send this to Client for inclusion in welcome bags or distribution at hotel check-in desk.
• Attend ceremony rehearsal and coordinate ceremony
• Arrange for wedding day prep-time food and beverages for bridal party
• Arrange for any special requests (champagne for couple’s drive from ceremony to reception, cake and to-go box sent to couple’s honeymoon suite, etc.)
• Shop for, assemble, and deliver to hotels the out-of-town guest welcome baskets (outfitted with welcome letter, schedule, directions and “Things to Do in Houston” list)

• Plan and execute bridesmaids' luncheon or spa party for the bride and bridesmaids
o Venue selection, invitations, favours, floral

• Coordinate Groom’s Party activity of choice (for example, bachelor party, casino party, golf outing, fishing trip, brewery tour, grooming appointments, etc.)
o Coordinate any necessary transportation, lunch, etc

• Coordinate all components of rehearsal dinner
o Venue selection, invitations, transportation, entertainment, favours, specialty linens, floral, special events (photo montage, photo booth, caricature artist, silhouette artist)

• Attend ceremony rehearsal and coordinate ceremony
• Arrange for food and beverages for bridal party during pre-ceremony preparations
• Coordinate any special requests (champagne during couple's drive from ceremony to reception, cake and/or "late night snacks" sent to couple's honeymoon suite, etc.)

Wedding Day
• Complete wedding day coverage
o Manage wedding day timeline
o Manage vendor set-up at ceremony and reception venue
o Setup alphabetized escort cards, guest book and pen, bridal portrait or other special photos, toasting flutes, cake knife & server, table numbers at reception site
o Distribute vendor balances
o Coordinate transportation
o Manage hair and makeup schedule
o Deliver bridal gown to ceremony site
o Assist bride and wedding party in dressing room prior to ceremony
o Deliver wedding programs to ceremony site
o Distribute personal flowers (bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, etc.)
o Coordinate and time ushers, house party, readers, ceremony musicians, parents/grandparents, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and bride and groom
o Check couple into honeymoon suite; arrange for overnight bags to be delivered to room
o Bustle bride’s dress and arrange for refreshments upon couple’s arrival to reception
o Coordinate entertainment and all announcements and events throughout evening (special dances, cake cutting, toasts, bouquet toss, couple’s exit, etc.)
o Collect all gifts and personal items
o Decorate honeymoon suite

Post Wedding
• Pick-up tuxedo rentals from designated hotel and return to rental location
• Pick up bride’s dress and take for cleaning or heirloom preservation
• Return all rental items (cake plateau, cake boards, separator plates, etc.
• Return cake rental items (plateau, cake boards, separator plates, etc.)
• Return gifts and personal items to bride and groom or designated representative






Full Service Wedding Coordination

This package was created for the bride who ventured into wedding planning on her own and has quickly realized she needs the creative ideas, guidance and support that only a professional consultant can provide. No matter where you are in the planning process, we can step in and oversee your remaining plans and give you the peace of mind you deserve and the ability to truly enjoy this exciting time in your life.


Pre Wedding
• Develop budget breakdown and manage wedding costs
o Provide corresponding budgets to vendors prior to vendor selection appointments
o Negotiate contracts
o Manage budget and provide budget updates

• Prepare project plan (month-to-month checklist of tasks for each month between now and the wedding)
• Unlimited meetings, phone calls, and emails necessary to plan and evaluate all wedding details
• Provide all vendor referrals. Schedule all vendor selection appointments. List may include but is not limited to the below:
Ceremony Site, Reception Venue, Caterer, Band, Photographer, Videographer, Florist, Linens, Lighting, Cakes, Ceremony Musicians, Cocktail Hour Musicians, Transportation, Tuxedos, Rentals, Security, Valet, Hair and Makeup, Gowns, Dance Lessons
• Schedule and attend vendor selection interviews (limited to 6) - Suggested list below (can be interchanged):
o 3 site visits or catering selection meetings (if applicable)
o 2 floral design meetings
o 1 save-the-date/invitation design meeting
o Ongoing phone calls, correspondence, and meetings as necessary to plan all detail and confirm all vendors

• Prepare payment schedule and provide reminders on all vendor contract balances and payment due dates
• Procure hotel room block agreements
• Assist with save-the-dates and invitation wording
• Provide calligraphy template for guest list preparation
• Coordinate and attend menu trial. Assist with menu design, timeline discussion, and room layout development
• Coordinate and attend mock table setting. Facilitate delivery of sample floral centerpiece, chairs, chargers, linens, and specialty china.
• Schedule and attend ceremony music meeting. For any ceremony location, assist with music selection. Afterwards, prepare program draft, and facilitate any necessary proof revisions and program production.
• Schedule bridal portrait session and corresponding hair and makeup sessions. Order portrait bouquet and schedule dress pickup. Deliver gown and bouquet to bride’s dressing site.
• Develop ideas for favours and favour packaging. Order favours and packaging as requested.
• Schedule transportation (limousines, exit cars, shuttle buses, airport transportation, specialty vehicles)
• Facilitate the production of all items needed for seated reception (escort cards, menu cards, table numbers, etc.)
• Provide final headcount to catering manager by due date and reconcile needed quantities of centerpieces, linens, chairs, menus, programs, and favours
• Plan ceremony and discuss family information, pew seating, processional and recessional order
• Prepare detailed wedding day itinerary; distribute to all vendors.
• Pickup all personal items from bride (guest book, pen, bridal portrait, toasting flutes, sign-in book, cake knife, menu cards, table numbers, escort cards, favours, programs, etc.) and transport to ceremony and reception venue where appropriate. Set up these items on event day.
• Prepare bridal party itinerary and distribute at rehearsal. Discuss high points at rehearsal so that all needed bridal party is aware of wedding schedule.
• Develop out-of-town guest welcome letter, itinerary, map, and directions to rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and any other special locations, as well as “Things to Do in Houston” List. Send this to Client for inclusion in welcome bags or distribution at hotel check-in desk.
• Attend ceremony rehearsal and coordinate ceremony
• Arrange for wedding day prep-time food and beverages for bridal party
• Arrange for any special requests (champagne for couple’s drive from ceremony to reception, cake and to-go box sent to couple’s honeymoon suite, etc.)

Wedding Day
• Complete wedding day coverage:
o Manage wedding day timeline
o Manage vendor set-up at ceremony and reception venue
o Setup alphabetized escort cards, guest book and pen, bridal portrait or other special photos, toasting flutes, cake knife & server, table numbers at reception site
o Distribute vendor balances
o Coordinate transportation
o Manage hair and makeup schedule
o Deliver bridal gown to ceremony site
o Assist bride and wedding party in dressing room prior to ceremony
o Deliver wedding programs to ceremony site
o Distribute personal flowers (bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, etc.)
o Coordinate and time ushers, house party, readers, ceremony musicians, parents/grandparents, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and bride and groom
o Check couple into honeymoon suite; arrange for overnight bags to be delivered to room
o Bustle bride's dress and arrange for refreshments upon couple's arrival to reception
o Coordinate entertainment and all announcements and events throughout evening (special dances, cake cutting, toasts, bouquet toss, couple's exit, etc.)
o Collect all gifts and personal items

Post Wedding
• Pick-up tuxedo rentals from designated hotel and return to rental location
• Pick up bride’s dress and take for cleaning or heirloom preservation
• Return all rental items (plateau, cake boards, separator plates, etc.)
• Return all gifts and personal items to bride and groom or to designated representative


Final Month Wedding Coordination

Between getting ready to wrap things up at work and leave for your honeymoon after the wedding, those final 6 weeks will be busy. This package is for the bride who’s contracted all her vendors but would like someone to take it from there and tie up the loose ends. Whether it’s coordinating the menu trial, meeting with catering managers to finalize details, picking up your programs and escort cards, or preparing welcome letters for your guests’ welcome bags, we’ll tie up all those loose ends for you so that you can enjoy those final weeks of your engagement.


Pre Wedding (6 weeks prior to date)
• Planning meetings (limited to 2), phone calls, and e-mails necessary to finalize wedding detail
o Review detailed itinerary checklist with bride to confirm all desired wedding-weekend requirements

• Obtain copies of all vendor contracts
o Contact all vendors and inform them of Belle of the Ball assistance
o Confirm all contract details (deliveries, set-up times, dismantling times, etc.)
o Go through contracts and provide payment reminders on contract balances

• Coordinate and attend menu trial. Assist with menu design, timeline discussion, and room layout development.
• Schedule transportation (limousines, exit cars, shuttle buses, airport transportation, specialty vehicles)
• Provide final headcount to catering manager by due date and reconcile needed quantities of centerpieces, linens, chairs, menus, programs, and favours
• Plan ceremony and discuss family information, pew seating, processional and recessional order
• Prepare detailed wedding day itinerary; distribute to all vendors.
• Pickup all personal items from bride (guest book, pen, bridal portrait, toasting flutes, sign-in book, cake knife, menu cards, table numbers, escort cards, favours, programs, etc.) and transport to ceremony and reception venue where appropriate. Set up these items on event day.
• Prepare bridal party itinerary and distribute at rehearsal. Discuss high points at rehearsal so that all needed bridal party is aware of wedding schedule.
• Develop out-of-town guest welcome letter, itinerary, map, and directions to rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and any other special locations, as well as “Things to Do in Houston” List. Send this to Client for inclusion in welcome bags or distribution at hotel check-in desk.
• Attend ceremony rehearsal and coordinate ceremony
• Arrange for wedding day prep-time food and beverages for bridal party
• Arrange for any special requests (champagne for couple’s drive from ceremony to reception, cake and to-go box sent to couple’s honeymoon suite, etc.)

Wedding Day
• Complete wedding day coverage to manage and assist with
o Manage wedding day timeline
o Manage vendor set-up at ceremony and reception venue
o Setup alphabetized escort cards, guest book and pen, bridal portrait or other special photos, toasting flutes, cake knife & server, table numbers at reception site
o Distribute final vendor balances
o Coordinate transportation
o Manage hair and makeup schedule
o Deliver bridal gown ceremony site
o Assist bride and wedding party in dressing room prior to ceremony
o Deliver wedding programs to ceremony site
o Distribute personal flowers (bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, etc.)
o Coordinate and time ushers, house party, readers, ceremony musicians, parents/grandparents, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and bride and groom
o Check couple into honeymoon suite; arrange for overnight bags to be delivered to room
o Bustle bride's dress and arrange for refreshments upon couple's arrival to reception
o Coordinate entertainment and all announcements and events throughout the evening (special dances, cake cutting, toasts, bouquet toss, couple's exit etc.)
o Collect all gifts and personal items

Post Wedding
• Pick-up tuxedo rentals from designated hotel and return to rental location
• Pick up bride’s dress and take for cleaning or heirloom preservation
• Return all rental items (plateau, cake boards, separator plates, etc.)
• Return all gifts and personal items to bride and groom or designated representative