Why Hire an Event Planner?

So, we totally get it. Event planners are an added cost to your wedding or celebration. That’s true! But why is it so important to enlist professional help for your big milestones? Here are some of the top reasons to justify the expense of hiring someone like us!

Day-Of Support

On your big day, no matter what you’re celebrating, the last thing you (the host/ess) should be worried about is whether or not the vendors are on time, who still needs to be paid, and if the linens were delivered in the correct shade of purple. It’s okay if you want to be intimately involved with those details during the planning stages of an event, but when it comes time to celebrate we want you to do just that! Get out there and greet your guests (they’ll be expecting your attention), enjoy your long-awaited catering, and have a blast – you deserve that!

Let us handle the less-than-glamorous day-of details. We’ll be almost invisible, so you shouldn’t know that we’re running around keeping everything running smoothly, but that’s just where we’ll be! Plus, we can anticipate those things that just might pop up and go awry at the last minute – we’ve seen it all before…

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Years of Experience

It can be tempting to ask Cousin Sarah to take over in the event planning department because she’s been a bridesmaid three times! She must know all about wedding at this point, right?! Trust us when we say that you’re paying for all of our years of professional event planning experience. We’ve planned, designed, and coordinated hundreds of different events so we have experience working with diverse vendors, you-name-it hurdles, and everything in between. We stay abreast of industry trends and current planning best practices just so that we can ensure your event will be a magical experience for you and your guests!

In the case of Overeasy Events, when you select our team to assist with your event, you’re getting the knowledge of a sommelier, a restaurant owner, a wedding planner, a community builder, and a nonprofit leader when you choose to work with Lora (owner and lead planner).

Budget Management & Contract Negotiation

Yikes. Money and contracts — two things that not many people enjoy talking about! Something that many people don’t realize, though, is that hiring a professional to help you manage your vendors, budgets, and event contracts could actually save you money. Yes, you read that correctly! We know what “good” prices are and we’ll advocate on your behalf so that you can secure them. We’ve worked with all different types of vendors and we will apply our relationship management expertise to your big day so that you don’t have to worry about the stress of negotiation! When we begin our planning meetings, we’ll make sure that you have a budget in mind and then we’ll partner strategically to make sure that you stick to your goals without giving up your event dreams.

General Stress Relief

From the first day of planning to the last, we will listen to your ideas and dreams and then come up with innovative ways to make those things a reality within your budget. Whether you want full planning and design support, or just someone to help look over things near the big day, we offer solutions to meet your needs and timeline. Planning a celebratory event is typically associated with a great deal of stress, but it shouldn’t have to be that way! Let us take on the burden of difficult conversations, unexpected changes, and stress so that you can enjoy the process and the event to the fullest.

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Dani Nichol Photography, Porch Therapy Florals, Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals Farm Tables, Venue – East End Market, Cuisiniers Catering, P is for Pie dessert

Client Spotlight | Meet Elizabeth Logsdon-Pina

We adore building lasting relationships with our Overeasy Events clients. Some of our clients have even become close friends — that’s how seriously we take our work with each and every one of you! We’re excited to introduce a repeat-client, Elizabeth Logsdon-Pina, to you all today; she graciously took some time to share details of not one, not two, but THREE of her precious life events — all planned by Overeasy Events! 

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We began working with Elizabeth on her wedding rehearsal dinner, followed by her wedding (including a day-after brunch!) and then a baby shower! We’re honored to have worked with Elizabeth through such meaningful (and potentially stressful) times. She remarked that “each event was done with such professionalism and creativity”.

When asked about the rehearsal dinner, specifically, Elizabeth told us that she was feeling relatively overwhelmed and stressed out. This makes perfect sense, because the evening before one of the biggest days of your life can leave you feeling pulled in a thousand different directions! Are all of the vendors set? Will everything happen the way I imagine it? I haven’t seen some of these people in ages – how should I act?! Elizabeth felt comforted and reassured by Lora, though, who “just took over and said ‘I’ll handle it’ when anything got stressful”. We pride ourselves on the ability to put you in the best position possible to sit back and enjoy your event just like the rest of your guests. 

When we got to talking about the wedding, Elizabeth had nothing but positive things to say about Lora and the Overeasy Events team. She mentioned that it was very important and meaningful to her that many of her vendors were close personal friends, like her florist. She was so excited to observe that Lora got along so well with that team of folks and said that it made a big difference during the planning process. She also described the way that Lora listened so attentively to everyone involved in the planning. She never talked over others, despite her expertise, but wanted everyone to feel heard and valued. Elizabeth’s mother, also involved in the planning, remarked that Lora was “very on top of it, but you didn’t even realize she was there, she’s so discrete”.

Elizabeth shared two favorite memories from her wedding day with us:

  • When she was getting ready to walk down the aisle during the ceremony, she said that Lora asked the bridal party and others to leave the room so that Elizabeth was able to enjoy a moment alone to breathe. She described this moment as “flawless”.
  • Elizabeth told us that when her guests walked into the ballroom at the reception, they were absolutely blown away by how gorgeous the space looked thanks to the Overeasy Events team. She says that, although she was married in 2016, friends are still talking about how amazing her wedding was.

Lora’s favorite memory of their wedding was the Father/Daughter Dance. She remembers fondly, “Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle and the ceremony vows – luckily we had prepared emergency bridal kits because the tissues were being passed around not a dry eye…”

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Most recently, Overeasy Events planned Elizabeth’s Baby Shower! Elizabeth laughed, saying that really her mom worked with Lora on this special day and that it was perfect! When we asked Elizabeth’s mom about planning the shower, she laughed too and commented that it really was all Lora. Both credit Lora’s organization and professionalism with making this, and her other events, simply wonderful.

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The best part is that we love working with the Logsdons, too! Lora remarks that “Vicki, Liz and the entire Logsdon family bring so much joy and energy to every party.   Overeasy Events cannot wait to plan another milestone event with them soon!”

We are thankful for the opportunity to serve amazing clients like the Logsdons! 

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Event Vendors

Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding
Officiant – Loni Tosi with Sensational Ceremonies
Baby Shower – Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

Tidy & Timeless | KonMari-ing Your Next Event

You’ve probably heard of Marie Kondo, or KonMari, at this point since she’s become a Netflix sensation with her latest series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo“. Before that, though, she wrote an inspiring book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which led the Japanese author and professional organizer to have her bestseller published in more than 30 countries!

The KonMari method can be simplified to this: You gather all of your belongings, separating them by category, and then decide what “sparks joy” for you personally in each category. If it sparks joy, it stays and needs a home, and if it doesn’t, you thank it and get rid of it!

Now, this method is traditionally applied to the home — your clothes, your books and papers, and miscellaneous other items that are cluttering your closets, shelves, and drawers. But why not a wedding? Why not a birthday party? At Overeasy Events, we believe that it’s our job to help you focus on those aspects of your celebration that “spark joy” as Marie Kondo would say. What are the components of your unique event that are most important to you? Here are a few ways that Overeasy Events can help you KonMari your next event! Give us a call to learn more.

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  • Let’s break down your celebration into manageable categories. Sometimes it’s tricky to know where to start when you’re planning an event, especially a large one! There are vendors to be contracted and communicated with, space to rent and stage, and the list of details to take care of seems like it multiplies every time you look at it! Our team at Overeasy Events will help you to think of your event planning in terms of categories like Vendors, Event Decor/Design, and Day-Of Logistics. We can even create an “a la carte” proposal for you based on your specific needs and desires throughout the process.
  • Have you created a budget? We can help you decide what the most important aspects of your event are so that it’s easier to decide where to spend your hard-earned dollars! If florals are the most important thing to you, you may want to allocate more of your budget there or maybe gourmet catering is what you’ve been dreaming of for years…either way, we’re here to help navigate that process.
  • When you think about your big event, which aspect brings you the most joy? We want to make sure that you’re involved in tasks and decisions that are meaningful and inspiring to you, but that we can take some of the stress out of the planning process by tackling tasks that certainly don’t spark joy.

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Vendors Pictured Above: Porch Therapy, East End Market, Cuisiniers Catering, CPT Photography

A Passion for Celebrating | Meet Allie

We’re excited to introduce another one of Overeasy Event’s fabulous team members, Allie Harvard. Allie is one of our Event Planner/Coordinators (she started as an Overeasy Intern)!

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Allie in Italy! She loves travel and highly recommends this beautiful country, in particular. 

Allie is a graduate of UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality and explains that her “passion is rooted in helping others, planning, and of course, celebrating!”. She appreciates that this industry is a personal one; you have the opportunity to create meaningful relationships with the clients and see the event from their unique perspectives, as well as from the perspectives of the various vendors and even the guests! She says that it is very fulfilling to make memories that will last someone a lifetime and to exceed their expectations in the process.

Owner Lora DeLorenzo says that “in full support of the Overeasy Events team, [Allie] quickly grasped the fast paced environment, multitasking on emails and event contracts. Allie is definitely able to prioritize the daily workload and complete projects within time constraints.”

Allie’s favorite part of her job is communicating with and getting to know each individual client. She elaborates that “once you know their personality and the event they envision, their excitement is contagious”. We agree, and feel that Allie’s excitement is contagious, too!

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Allie in Ireland. Did you know that there are almost 4 million sheep there? 

“[Allie] has an amazing personality that really shines through when she meets with a prospective client looking to host a celebration at any of the amazing venues we work with throughout Central Florida. I have observed her enjoyment in all types of party planning!” says Lora.

We asked Allie what some of her sources of inspiration were and she remarked that her family has always been an incredible support system and inspiration to her. In the field of hospitality, though, she says that she really looks up to Walt Disney. Her favorite quote of his is “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible”.

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Allie’s family. She says that they’re her best friends and role models! 

Check out some more of Allie’s answers to our questions: 

Outside of work, what are some of your favorite things to do? 

I love spending time with my loved ones, including my pup. I enjoy being outside, traveling, and gardening.

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Allie’s pup, Bear! She adopted him from a shelter and as soon as she took him out of his crate, he came over and put one of his paws on her arm!

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be? Why?

Although I’ve already been, I would have to say Italy. It’s picturesque scenery and delicious food is hard to beat.

What is one of the best events you’ve ever attended?

I really enjoyed a wedding that took place in the bride’s backyard. It was quaint and had character while feeling natural.

Looks like Allie will be planning her own wedding, soon! Congrats to Allie and her fiancé!

What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Always buying more flowers!

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I played D1 volleyball for FAU.

If you could have lunch with one person, alive or dead, who would that be?

Although there are many influential people throughout history I would love to meet and talk to, I would have to say someone who has passed in my personal life.

Keep an eye out for Allie as you work with Overeasy Events on your next celebration!

Christmas in July | Holiday Event Planning

If you missed our Christmas in July celebration a couple of weeks ago at East End Market’s monthly Evening Exchange, you’re in luck — here’s a recap so that you’ll feel just like you were there!

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Too excited about your own holiday event planning this year to read about Christmas in July? It’s okay, we understand that too. You’ll want to scroll to the bottom for more information on how Overeasy Events can help you get your winter wonderland in the works today!

Christmas in July

On July 19th, we partnered with some spectacular friendors to host a memorable Christmas in July experience for our #OvereasyDateNight guests in our suite at East End Market. We invited the wonderful folks from Omarvelous Productions to set up their famous Slow Motion Video Booth, which certainly did not disappoint. With coaching throughout the whole experience, our guests were happy to see how their videos turned out. We had a whole slew of holiday-themed props to make the video even more magical – everything from confetti poppers and fake “snow” to inflatable champagne bottles and mistletoe!

Additionally, we loved having Chef Michelle Hulbert from Cuisiniers there to host a cookie decorating workshop for participants! She taught us techniques like “flooding” and even gave away delicious prizes for winners of holiday trivia! Some of the cookies tasted better than they looked, but all of our guests had a chance to show off their unique creative style!

Guests were also treated to one of two signature holiday cocktails (recipes below) while they learned a little bit more about Overeasy Events’ services. We love to share our “why” with potential future clients and explain just how much we love the work that we do and the clients that continue to make it incredibly meaningful and special.

White Christmas cocktail

Ingredients

  • 6 oz Rum Chata
  • 2 oz Peppermint Schnapps
  • Ice Cubes
  • Candy Canes (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a shaker, add ice and the Rum Chata/ Peppermint Schnapps.
  2. Shake thoroughly to combine.
  3. Pour evenly into two glasses.
  4. Add a candy cane if desired

Blood orange spritzer

1/4 c.  blood orange juice

1 tbsp. Aperol

Sparkling wine

Blood orange twist, for serving 

Directions

Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add blood orange juice and Aperol and shake well, 1 minute. 

Strain into champagne coupe and top with sparkling wine. Serve with blood orange twist.

 

We hope that this date night opportunity was a chance for these friends and couples to get away from their “normal” for an evening and enjoy all that we had to offer (in addition to the fun and excitement of the other Evening Exchange vendors!).

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Planning Your Holiday Event

Now is the time to contact us about getting your fabulous holiday event on the calendar! We know, we know, it’s only August! But our calendar fills up quickly with Christmas celebrations, Hanukkah soirees, and holiday weddings. We would love to help you plan the event that you’ve been dreaming about since November of last year so don’t wait!

Some things we can (and would be more than happy to) assist you with:

  • Picking the perfect venue.
  • Selecting a fun, functional catering menu that makes sense for your theme and timing.
  • Choosing decor and staging that will complement your catering, venue, music selections, etc.
  • Recommending top-notch vendors locally who can provide everything that you’re seeking, down to the detail!
  • Crafting a detailed, organized plan and timeline for your event to ensure that it’s fun for you and not just fun for your guests…

Check out some photos below of stunning holiday/winter events we’ve planned in previous years for inspiration!

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East End Market | Orlando Health Appreciation Event
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Winter Park Backyard Holiday Party | Vendors included Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals & Cuisiniers Catering, Porch Therapy florals
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Same as Above | Enjoying “chilly” December nights in Florida! We were excited to provide complete planning services for this annual event – two years in a row! 
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Client Home Holiday Party in Windermere | Catering by Cuisiniers | 4-Year Repeat Event
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Corporate Holiday Party at Quantum Leap Winery | Catering by Cuisiniers 
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Private Home Holiday Birthday Party in Longwood | Vendors included Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals, Porch Therapy, RENTthePHOTOBOOTH (A Victoria Angela, LLC Company)
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Same as Above | Full event planning and design services! 

 

 

 

Cheers to Chepenik | A Corporate Happy Hour

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While we do plan and coordinate many a wedding (and love doing it!), we also work on other types of event planning as well – including corporate event planning. Over the past few years, Chepenik Financial has trusted Overeasy Events with planning for their Happy Hour event to kick off their annual 4.01k Race for Financial Fitness™, benefitting Junior Achievement at Quantum Leap Winery. With close to 100 guests in attendance, our role has been to ensure that the presentation and display is beautiful, that delicious catering from Cuisiniers runs smoothly, and that other vendors like valet parking and music are in place to add to the professional ambiance of this fun event.

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A representative from Chepenik noted that “arrangement for the venue, dinner, and transportation were handled in a professional and flexible manner. The venue was fully prepared for run through by the time of our arrival”. 

Guests were greeted by representatives from VIP Valet upon arrival and then Steven Miller Photography did an excellent job of capturing the warm, inviting feel of this wine-centered event. Guests were free to wander about the venue and enjoy menu selections such as charcuterie du jour, fried green tomatoes, chicken & biscuits, Maryland crab cakes, and brisket or beef sliders. All the while, musician Joseph Meadows of Brown Bag Entertainment entertained guests with a three-piece band (on Instagram @brownbagb).

In 2017, the menu included other delicious eats such as sugar cane skewered tuna, empanadas de carne, and chicken burger sliders, again thanks to the fabulous Cuisiniers. The entertainment was musician John Frank (you can find him on Instagram at @johnwfrank).

In 2017, an exciting part of the event was the release of Jean Chatzky‘s book, Age Proof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip. Jean, Financial Editor of NBC’s TODAY Show was in attendance at the event as a celebrity spokesperson and ‘coach’ for the race. This year, Jean returned to share her newest book, Women with Money: The Judgement-Free Guide to Creating the Joyful, Less Stressed, Purposeful (and Yes, Rich) Life You Deserve. Jean signed copies of her book and greeted guests as they enjoyed the event.

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To ensure that Chepenik Financial was able to fully enjoy this event, before and during, Overeasy Events’ staff was present to create a seamless event and to make sure that no detail was left out. We provided an on-site Event Coordinator to manage the day-of event setup and to create a memorable experience for the guests and organizers from conception to completion.

Another member of the Chepenik Financial team remarked, after the event: “Thanks so much! What an amazing event. Everything was perfect.”

You can read more about the wonderful Chepenik Financial team here! They were awarded 2019 large team of the year by PLANSPONSOR after being recognized as a finalist! Cheers to you, Chepenik! 

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Sextons of Fun | Kailey and Corey’s Wedding

We’re so excited to introduce you to one of our former clients, Kailey, and to recount the story of her beautiful (and oh-so-much-fun) summer wedding two years ago!

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On June 3, 2017, Kailey Miller became Kailey Sexton* when she married her hilarious now-husband, Corey. Their gorgeous, tropical-meets-modern-glam wedding took place right here in Winter Park, FL – the bride’s hometown – and even the Central Florida heat and summer thunderstorms could not ruin this stunning day. The bride and her family chose Overeasy Events to make their vision for the weekend a reality and we’re thrilled that we were able to do just that.

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Kailey writes, “Hiring Lora to help with the planning and coordination of my wedding was one of the best decisions we made. She helped me sort through my ideas to create my perfect wedding day. She met with us on many occasions to make sure she really understood my vision and then guided me through the process of bringing my ideas together. She thought of details I would never have considered and so, when the wedding day came, I had nothing to worry about besides marrying my husband!”

Kailey’s vision included luxurious pops of rose gold, as much greenery as could fit into each space, and the comfort and charm of Park Avenue and Winter Park where she’s spent the majority of her life. We really wanted all of these components to highlight another incredibly unique aspect of this wedding – the wedding gown designed and handmade by the bride herself!

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Kailey’s love of playful florals and soft, gray-purple hues mixed with her affinity towards a modern twist in décor and accents made for a stunning day at both the Women’s Club of Winter Park (ceremony) and the Winter Park Community Center (reception). We helped Kailey and her family to select complementary vendors such as Porch Therapy for the florals and Tara McGovern for the photography because it’s important to take into account how your vendors will enhance one another to assist in creating the exact event “vibe” that you desire!

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Kailey’s ceremony was a tremendous celebration of her love for Corey, his love for her, and their mutual love and faith in the Lord. There was not a dry eye in the audience as they sang their first worship song as a married couple and recited their vows. Then, after some fun pictures on Park Ave’s picturesque brick roads, the couple and their crew made their way to the reception for an absolutely delicious dinner buffet, thanks to Cuisiniers, and scrumptious desserts, thanks to P is for Pie. Kailey opted for some non-traditional entertainment and hired Orlando Dueling Pianos so that guests could dance to an upbeat mix of classics and new favorites after dinner. Not surprisingly, the guests didn’t leave the dance floor until it was time for the newlyweds to make their grand exit for the evening, which wouldn’t have been complete without glowing peacock rings – a favor that highlighted Winter Park’s majestic mascot!

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Kailey’s mom, Lucia, had this to say about working with us on her daughter’s special day: “We had such a high level of comfort working with Lora. It helped to make our daughter’s wedding day much more relaxed. Just knowing that she and her staff were taking care of the details so we could be focused on enjoying the day.”

We were honored to serve as Kailey’s planner, crisis manager, stylist, and more throughout her wedding planning process and during the weekend of her big day!

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*If you recognize Kailey’s name, it may be because we worked so well together that we decided to bring her onboard our Overeasy Events team last year! Look for her when you’re planning your next event!

Lego Love | Sam & Michael’s Wedding

We were honored to be a part of Sam and Michael’s wedding at East End Market a few weeks ago along with their other fabulous vendors (see below). We’ve teamed up with photographer + friendor (friend-vendor!) Steven Miller to recap their special day for you all!

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One of our favorite things about both Sam and Michael is just how laid back and casual they both are. It can feel somewhat chaotic to be getting prepped and ready for a wedding at East End Market during a busy Saturday, but these two are very go-with-the-flow and were ultimately focused on ensuring that their families and friends had an amazing time at their celebration (spoiler alert: they did!). One of the coolest parts about getting married at East End Market (or holding any event there, for that matter) is that there are a multitude of locations to take pictures before, during, and after. Depending on what types of backgrounds you prefer, there is really something for everyone!

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Sam and Michael hosted their wedding in the Audubon Ballroom at East End Market, which was perfect for the amount of guests and provided plenty of space for laughing, dancing, and eating. It provided the perfect transitional space to move from the ceremony to the reception smoothly. Steven also remarked that they “LOVED that Sam and Michael wanted to get married at East End Market, which is such an eco-friendly venue here in Orlando; just our kind of style!”.

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Sam and Michael are unique by today’s ‘wedding standards’ because they preferred to keep things beautifully simple. They included their friends and family heavily throughout the day and let us talk about a group of people who were helpful, focused, and fun to be around! Steven mentioned that he hoped it wouldn’t be the last time he got to photograph them (hint, hint?!). Their day also stands out due to the personalized details that they chose to incorporate; things like their processional music selection, table decor, and even their “lego selves”, which truly expressed their fun personalities!

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Steven Miller was kind to comment on his partnership with our Overeasy Events team throughout the course of this wedding day. He said, “Overeasy was crucial in making sure that our couple and their plans stayed on schedule, making our day much easier!  We could instead focus on more creative ideas for photos rather than constantly checking the time!  They were also a great go-to option for any questions we had!” We LOVE working with your team, too, Steven!

 

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To view even more stunning pictures from Sam and Michael’s big day, check out Steven Miller’s post here.

Vendors

East End Market Wedding Photographers: Steven and Megan from Steven Miller Photography

Orlando Wedding Ceremony & Reception APEX at East End Market

East End Market Wedding Planner:  Overeasy Events

Bridal Wedding HairDolce Vita Salon

Orlando Wedding Make-upMake-up By Meghann

Orlando Wedding Floral ArrangementsPorch Therapy and Southern Blooms

Wedding Cake DesignersPublix Bakery

Orlando Wedding CateringCuisiniers Catering

 

 

Don’t Sweat It | Summer Event Planning

The heat of summer is upon us (isn’t it always?)! Here are 3 tips for summer event planning so that you won’t have to sweat it – figuratively of course, because we’ll all be sweating!

  1. Send Invites Early. The conventional wisdom around sending out invites for an event says anywhere between 3-6 weeks, depending on what type of event you’re planning. For summer events, though, it may be best to err on the side of caution since folks tend to travel and plan their vacations in advance. If you want the majority of your guest list to attend, make sure to give plenty of advance notice.
  2. Consider the Weather. In Florida, we’re constantly thinking about the weather, which is helpful when we’re considering our event planning timeline and logistics. Something to think about is the time needed for setup and breakdown of an event — are these scheduled times right in the middle of a daily afternoon shower? It’s likely going to be very hot for most, if not all, of your event. Have you planned for fans, shade for guests, plenty of water, and an indoor rain contingency plan if you’re hosting guests outside?
  3. Think Through Theme. I know that summer screams “beach bash” and “tropical luau”, but not every summer shindig needs to revolve around palm trees and water. Not that those things aren’t great! They certainly are. But, think outside of the box with me for just a minute. What about a carnival, a cruise-inspired celebration, an under the sea party, or a Midsummer Nights Dream fairytale event? The options are endless!

Certainly, there are more than just 3 tips to any successful event (starting with hiring a trusted event planner!), but this is a start! Let us know what your best summer event planning tips and tricks are, too!