Thursday, March 26, 2009

Team Kids Rock the Earth! What a Hip event

Oakley Theatre
The Bolts!

LOVE THE GAME TRUCK! Team Kids Board Members Rock On!
What an awesome night!!!! Loved loved loved coordinating the Team Kid's Event up at Oakley. What incredible teenagers and volunteers. A special thanks to Linda Lang-Pierce for the incredible pics, as always.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Stressed out while you're planning your Event? Change your Experience with Ha Ha Yoga

Hello out there, clients and friends.
If you're stressed in any way, any shape, and any form, get out your calendar.
Book Ha Ha Yoga.

8 AM Main Beach in Laguna. Every day. I guarantee you'll walk away a changed person.

How do I know it will help you???

15 years ago, I called my Mom and said, "My Life is changed because of YOGA." I was in Toronto, in a public library, with women whom I didn't know, who made all types of odd noises (Sorry. I need to be truthful) when they were in weird poses.

Now, I live in Utopia. Laguna Beach in 20 minutes. 15 in the early morning.

Last week, during my Mom's visit, I took her to Ha Ha Yoga. I'm going back. Tomorrow morning, actually. Event planning is the dream job. But, sometimes, I need a break. So I laugh. You should, too. It may seem weird. Just do it. You'll be hooked. Call, email, or text me if you want to go. I love a good laugh.

Natalie Vishny
Swell Event Planner

Orange County CA

Saturday, March 14, 2009

How much is this Party Going to Cost Me? Answers for my Swell Social Clients

The big question. It always happens. At an initial consultation for an event, "How much is this event going to cost me?" My question back is, "Would you like a complete detailed budget to work with?" Sometimes people say, "No way. Just do your stuff, Ms. Swell." Other times, people say (with a uber serious face) , "I need full disclosure." Happy to work either way.

Because, in reality, how much your event is going to cost...depends on you. There is no specific price when it comes to weddings and events. Right now, I'm working with a bride and groom, their families, and a crew of volunteers, using a beautiful outdoor venue, planning the best night of their lives, on a shoestring budget. On the other hand, I’ve also met folks who have said, “The sky’s the limit” and had party after party that no guest would soon forget. (BTW, it's all in the details. )Your budget will completely depend on you.

When you’re setting your budget, here are some key points to keep in mind:

· How much cash do you have hidden in your closet? (OK. If you're still reading, then you
know that I have a quirky, fun sense of humor.) Really, though. How much do you have
ready to dole out?
· How much are you prepared to spend, once you see the endless possibilities?
· What are the essentials for your event?
· What areas are you willing to compromise on?

To get a more specific estimate of what your event will cost, I suggest considering each expense that goes into an event and realistically pricing out how much you are willing to spend. It's something we all do at Swell with our full-service clients, but check out
The Knot's Online Budgeter . It's is a great tool (specifically for weddings... but can be used for other events, as well) for finding an estimate on what each aspect of your wedding should be costing based on your budget.

Budgeting is aaaarrrggghhh.... sometimes, a difficult thing to do. When you are dancing that first dance as Mr. and Mrs., or you're heading out after an incredible anniversary, mitzvah you will be glad that you went through all the hard stuff to get to your moment. Also, keep in mind, if you are going to hire a wedding coordinator, some packages do include budgeting help, so make sure you look into that when you go for your initial consultation.

Be swell.
Natalie Vishny

Swell Event Coordinator
Orange County CA

PS. I love to be FREE for my clients! What does that mean? By the time we are done with an event, with all of the coordinator discounts and my "great finds", they realize the cost of a planner was Zero. Zip. Nada. Swell, huh?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Swell Dessert Ideas!

Love love love desserts!

Sharing three great ideas with you... Happy to provide my discount through Swellegant.

Round About Sleeves

Some Crust

Be swell.

Natalie Vishny