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The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

The most challenging thing for anyone throwing an event, no matter how organised you are, is keeping track of everything: every arrangement, every paper, every receipt or every memo. That’s where professional planners come into play. We are there to make your day simpler, more enjoyable and most importantly, stress-free. However, even if you have someone running around and accomplishing all the tasks leading up to your big day, you do still want to feel included and in control of your event. Enter the La Fete Planner.

The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

The app that La Fete has developed is the perfect event planner in your pocket. It’s ideal for everyone who is throwing an event, from the early stages to the post-event photo sharing with guests, whether you are one of La Fete’s clients or not. If you are a client, the La Fete Planner app is the perfect communications interface, logging messages, updates and changes; and if you aren’t, it thinks for you and offers a bespoke service to the event information you’ve input. Let me elaborate.

The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

The main thing that the La Fete Planner app seeks to do is eliminate the paperwork and feeling of drowning under mounds of information, a lot of it useless. We strip it down to the essentials, with the bonus of being able to be carried around with you at all times. The app begins by asking for details of the event in order to best advise you and create a timeline of tasks to be accomplished, for which you will receive timely reminders. It also offers a to-do list which you can add to, mood boards, a recommended list of suppliers (all handpicked and tested), an RSVP tracker, a table plan designer, a budget tracker and albums, in which guests can also upload their images of your event.

The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

The aim is to centralise everything related to your party or wedding and follow you from start to finish, providing the best possible comprehensive and complete service. And if you’re one of those lucky people who has multiple parties to get planning at the same time, fear not. The La Fete Planner App has the capabilities to hold several separate events and will design an adapted schedule for each one.

The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

At La Fete, we know that no two events are the same and we truly pride ourselves in offering a bespoke service, but physically and digitally. Download the La Fete Planner app by searching for it in the App Store and experience our unique service first hand: I can guarantee that your event planning will turn from headache to piece of cake!

You can watch the Launch Party here or find out more about the La Fete Planner app here.

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Congratulations if you’re newly engaged and you’re rocking that gorgeous ring on your finger. But what next? If you’re feeling a little clueless about the next step to take, don’t fret. We’ve got five of the most important things you should do as soon as you get engaged, so get reading brides-to-be…

Five Things To Do When You Get Engaged

Wedding Planning Advice: Five Things To Do When You Get Engaged

Enjoy the moment and peacefulness of just you and your fiancé/e knowing.

The proposal, no matter how you choose to do it, is an extremely intimate moment, so make sure you take the time to savour it together and not rush. Once it’s announced, you’ll likely be inundated with questions, celebrations, opinions, etc. I’m not telling you to keep it a secret, but do cherish the time when you and your partner are the only people in the world to know about this important step towards your future together.

Our Engagement Story: Pedida De Mano

Tell your loved ones.

Obviously, you want to share your happiness with your nearest and dearest as soon as you can. Prefer a personal phone call over a text message, or worse, email. Once you’ve informed your friends and family (and make sure you haven’t forgotten anyone!), feel free to post a photo to social media or update your status. This will let everyone else know your happy news, not to mention being a great excuse to post an unapologetically cute and romantic snap of the two of you.

Wedding Planning Advice: Five Things To Do When You Get Engaged

Decide if you want a long or short engagement.

Even though this may seem a bit over-organised and a romance-killer, you and your partner need to choose and agree on how you see your engagement panning out. Engagement is a transition to marriage, so it is vital that you communicate and choose what is best for both of you. Don’t be influenced by outside opinions: you know what is right for your relationship and future together, so stick to it. Also, do make sure to discuss the big and small and share your ideas for your dream wedding.

Our Engagement Story: Pedida De Mano

Start mapping out your dream day.

This goes for both long and short engagements. You may have your heart set on a particular venue, but it turns out that it’s solidly booked for 2 years: reserving it immediately will still guarantee you a relatively long engagement. There really are no rules when it comes to weddings. You and your partner might want to fly to Vegas immediately to make it official, or you might not even want to think of walking down the aisle just yet. My only piece of advice would be to consider that in the wedding industry, specifically during the busy period of spring and summer, everything gets snapped up a long time in advance, from caterers to accommodation, so do factor in that time. The key word here is organisation, whether your dream is to elope on a beach or have a 400 person extravaganza.

Wedding Planning Advice: Five Things To Do When You Get Engaged

If you’re making wedding plans, choose who you would like in your bridal party and ask them, don’t impose.

Remember that being a bridesmaid or a groomsman is a big responsibility, and as much as you would like to assume that your closest friends would of course agree to the role, remember that they might not be able to fulfil the position for multiple reasons. Some might be too taken with their children and feel that they wouldn’t be there enough for you, or one of your adorably scatty and unreliable friends just wouldn’t cut it. In order to prevent this kind of issue, choose people who you know can be there and have the time to accompany you in this step forward. However, always make sure to ask and not assume: it starts everything off on a level playing field of respect and love.

Wedding Planning Advice: Five Things To Do When You Get Engaged

Now that you’re totally ready to get wedding planning, check out the rest of our wonderful wedding inspiration on La Fête!

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Were nearing the end of summer and the first golden leaves are beginning to flutter onto the pavement. If you’re already feeling blue and longing for the delicious sting of the summer sun, celebrate the end of the season with a tropical party. No matter where you are or what the weather may be, create a bubble of palm trees and pineapples and it will feel like your own personal Tahiti. Let’s find out how you can pull off those tropical vibes with today’s blog post…

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

When thinking of a venue, your living room or dining room might lack the desired vibe, however a conservatory could work, or even better: a greenhouse or indoor garden. Take a look at Kew Gardens or the Barbican Conservatory: being surrounded by vegetation will definitely enhance your event and prove to be the perfect canvas to build on.

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

In order to decorate your space, don’t be afraid to go kitschy and bright with pinks, yellows, greens, oranges and golds. Think of what sounds quintessentially tropical to you, even if factually your elements don’t fit together. Your goal is to have fun in a tropical inspired environment, not create a perfectly accurate replica of Bora Bora. So if you want to have a hibiscus wall, pink flamingo models and pineapple and palm leaf everything, do it! Something that I always recommend and live by is to follow your theme through to every detail, even if you might think its an insignificant detail. An event transports people and especially in this instance, so invest a little extra in hiring a bamboo table and chairs, palm print glassware and plates, flamingo and pineapple props, etc. You can also cheaply buy photo booth props, multi-coloured leis, temporary tattoos and printed serviettes.

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

As well as the visual importance of your tropical party, don’t forget music, entertainment and food. Compile a playlist of your favourite summer jams interspersed with classic rock n roll and old school tunes (do pay attention to the logistics of sound in a greenhouse/conservatory though). As for entertainment, everyone loves traditional games but keep them thematic: coconut shy, hula-hoops or hula dance contest, complete with tropical vibes goodie bag for the winner.

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

Food is a key element in keeping your guests happy: a well-fed guest will almost always have a great time. Opt for dishes containing pineapple, such as Hawaiian pizza (if that doesn’t sound blasphemous to you!), sweet and sour pork/chicken, coconut rice, but also don’t shy away from classic small bites such as cocktail sausages or spiced options. Eat whatever makes you happy and what your guests will enjoy. Also decide whether you want a sit down meal or just snacks and canapés.

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

So the venue and décor looks great, the food is prepped and the hula-hoops are just waiting to be stepped into: so whats missing? A dress code! Don’t ever be afraid to impose a dress code, especially for a theme that is easily manageable such as this one. It will create a great sense of surprise when you see your friends showing up looking different from usual, not to mention making your photos from the party #tropicalsquadgoals.

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

We just can’t get enough of those tropical vibes! For more wonderful inspiration for your big day, event or party, pop over to the La Fête Blog now!