I was just visiting one of my wedding forums on this very topic: Do You Need A Wedding Planner. I’ll have to admit most of them came across as a bit snobbish. What is a wedding planner? In their opinion it was someone who could get you the best deals on location, catering, DJ, photographer, etc. Most of the forum posts assumed that you would be crazy to handle such a stressful event yourself; that it would be better to let the planner handle all the details so the event can remain fun for you.
Oh my! Why can’t the planning be fun for you? I guess I look at a wedding as an opportunity to be creative and memorable because it is an expression of you and your dreams. I’m very much a DIY (do it yourself) person. I understand everyone is not like me and that is why there are wedding planners. If I had a choice of hiring someone to do for me what I was capable of doing for myself, I would do it myself. There are variables here…you have to have time to do the project. I guess I was a bit miffed because they were assuming that they could do a better job.
I have considered becoming a wedding planner and I know they are needed and are a great way to go if you have the extra money. I know they have trained, they know the vendors to contact, etc. However… may I be bold and say you can plan the wedding yourself and you don’t need to feel like your setteling for second best? I don’t even know what a wedding planner in our area would cost. With that being said, I would rather spend the money on something else I really needed or wanted.
My daughter was the bride in our situation and I took on the roll of planner. Someone needs to be in charge, but why a stranger? Have I set myself up for a tounge lashing? What are your thoughts? Teri :~
If you are a DIY (do-it yourself) type person, you probably have a sewing machine in the house. I have an old 830 Bernina that was handed down to me from my mother. It was used when she purchased it for herself. I love this machine. The bobbin thread never (ok, I can’t remember the last time) runs out until I’m at the end of my seam, nice!
The last time I had it serviced they said I’d probably need a new one soon. They have to find parts from other machines to keep mine together. It fell on the floor once and the thread holder broke off. They replaced it with one that is barely tall enough to hold the thread. Why did it fall on the floor? I have children…enough said?!
When my daughters were little I sewed dresses for them, doll clothes, blankets and other crafty things for around the house. As my daughters got older they began to use my machine and sew also. They did projects in 4-H and even entered them in our local fair.
I want my daughters to have their own sewing machine by the time they get married or leave our home. I have used mine so much from the beginning of my married life I’m sure it would be a very used and helpful tool.
My married daughter left with a nice machine we purchased used from a quilting shop. It’s a Huskavarna Viking – The Lily 545. She is now using it to sew baby blankets, spit rags and changing table pads for her baby boy due this June.
My next daughter will leave the end of July. I am on a quest to find her the perfect sewing machine before she leaves. This so far has not been an easy task. If you ask people what they have and what they like no one brand stands out! And some brands have been good but there is a lemon thrown in here and there. Ugh!
My plan is to hit the sewing machine stores in town as well as the quilting and fabric stores. I’ll ask lots of questions and then try and make a good choice. It doesn’t have to be a new one I guess. Just a nice one that will last her for a long time. She is a beginner and will be sewing fun and easy things, probably goodies for the house they are hoping to purchase.
Have any of you bought a new machine in the $400.00 price range that you just love?
Searching… Teri :~