Teri Newman Exquisite Events Elegantly Executed
Highland (St. Louis & Scott AFB access), IL 62249
(map) Phone: 618-654-3561
They Rock! I had a 15K budget and they did everything I wanted for 5000 less than I thought I would have to spend and they were wonderful. Great service and they do EVERYTHING! No stress and I saved a ton of money!
Teri and Jacquie did a wonderful job on planning my wedding. Everything went according to plan and the value for the price was great! I would highly recommend their services to anyone that is planning to get married. They can help you avoid the "marriage sticker shock" when putting everything together!
No one does weddings like Teri! She saved me 6 grand and I had a wedding that people are STILL talking about how much fun they had.
a great source of experience in the Belleville area
Exquisite Evernts Elegantly Executed was great to work with! Teri provided detailed directions for us and everything went very well. Our Kelly's bride and groom were happy, and that is all that counts on their special day!
I have met very few people who are as enthusiastic as Teri Davis Newman! Especially in this tough economy to have someone who brings this level of excitement and involvement to your wedding can only lead to one thing... a happy and stress free day. Hire this woman, she's terrific!
An excellent planning service that covers every aspect of the wedding and offers different levels of service ranging from supervising the wedding day or planning every detail!
This is some of the most comprehensive planning from engagement to post wedding. Teri and Jacqueline free you up from those time consuming scheduling tasks while keeping all your wants and needs in mind.
I'm in St. Louis with SAFB access!
Stress-free wedding planning begins now!
we will handle the entire event from beginning to end, or as much of it as you want us to. We have different levels of service since everyone is different and some people prefer to do things their own way and others want to have us handle everything from soup to nuts! Whatever you desire in your dream wedding, we can make it happen.
Our services include:
This level of service is for couples who wish to plan their own weddings. This package allows couples to enjoy their special day without the stress of supervising all the vendors and activities. All you need to do is show up, and we will do the rest. Whatever level, you choose, this is what we will do to make your wedding go smooth as silk.
I will meet with you 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding date to discuss all arrangements you have made and help you to create the timeline schedule for your wedding day.
I will co-ordinate all wedding day activities during ceremony and reception including but not limited to processional, recessional, receiving lines, toasts, dances, assist Master of Ceremonies, cake cutting, and seating arrangements.
I will troubleshoot and supervise the vendors during reception so that you have no interruptions during your special day.
Pin corsages, boutonnieres, transfer flowers to the reception from the ceremony.
Help decorate before guests arrive at the reception, lay out guest cards for seating arrangements.
Handle any other services you may need on this wonderful day--unexpected snafus, minor emergencies and smooth over any glitches that might arise.
SILVER SERVICE LEVEL
Provide you with unlimited referrals for vendors. Review all vendor contracts before you make a final decision.
Assist you with choosing merchants and vendor options and keeping you within your budget parameters.
I will keep an file to keep track of all wedding plans as you decide and finalize them.
I will assist with seating arrangements for your guests making sure that everyone is seated for maximum enjoyment of the
event and help you set up wedding timeline to keep everything moving smoothly.
GOLD SERVICE LEVEL
The Gold service package is a full service package which includes every aspect of the wedding planning and coordinating the wedding ceremony and reception and includes all services in the Bronze and Silver packages plus:
Arrange all vendor interviews and attend with you or go for you if you can’t attend
Negotiate vendor discounts.
Book vendor services for you and confirm all of them one week prior to the wedding day.
Provides answers to proper etiquette questions you may have.
Send wedding itinerary to all vendors and Wedding Party one week prior to the wedding day.
Maintain all correspondence and contact with vendors throughout the wedding planning process.
Final meeting with you the week of the wedding.
Assist with creating ideas for wedding favors, invitations and wedding ceremony program.
PLATINUM SERVICE LEVEL
Platinum level includes all the services in previous levels plus: Pin corsages and boutonnieres. Arrange bridal party hair and manicure appointments. Planning of rehearsal dinner, showers, bridal party outings, limousines and honeymoon travel arrangements, assist you with your gift log and thank-you notes. Arrange for your stationery with your new name for correspondence. Assist in selection of gown and bridesmaid dresses. Help with the selection of the food for the reception. Arrange bachelorette party including limousine service for the party. Arrange wedding decorations for limousine and ice the champagne and glasses in the limousine.
Return rented tuxedos the day after the wedding and drop off your wedding dress to selected dry cleaners. Assist guests with seating arrangements to ensure they find their proper seats. Set up flowers, guest book, centerpieces, gift table, card box, seating cards, and anything else at the reception. All you have to do is show up in your dress, get married and have a blast at the reception. We will handle every detail of the wedding from beginning to end, put you in the limo and send you off on your romantic honeymoon.
In these tough times, couples are still getting hitched, but they're planning and spending carefully.
By Lisa Brandt, Special to Sun Media
The Beatles famously sang that "Money can't buy me love," but you still need to spend some cash if you want to have a nice wedding.
Despite this era of fiscal restraint, couples appear to be keeping their marriage plans on track, but they're taking more time to make decisions and carefully shop around for the best deals.
An informal survey of city wedding planners finds the desire for marriage is alive and well. The number of brides and grooms planning trips to the altar hasn't really changed compared to years past, but couples are less likely to stray from budgets.
Jennifer Neves of Occasions Event Planning sees a rise in popularity for the do-it-yourself wedding.
"The presumption is that they'll save money, but what they don't realize is that I have connections and discounts. When they do hire me, they do the legwork themselves, but they like to know I'm a phone call away. Then about a month before the wedding is when I get my hands dirty."
Teresa Ferreira of Ferreira Party and Wedding says finances are playing a bigger role by their diminishing size and brides are getting crafty ahead of their big day. "I'll oversee when they make their own centrepieces for the reception tables. I'll show them how to make one and then they'll just copy it to make all the rest. They only pay for what they use and it's less expensive. Another trend is taking the same decorations from the church to the hall to cut down on the number of them." Virtually everything is available for rent, right down to faux floral arrangements.
Ferreira's store is packed with samples of everything from invitations to linens, and she says couples are visiting as many as 10 times before they've agreed upon everything. In years past, three or four visits would have been the norm.
Licensed, non-denominational officiant Lori Siska has booked as many destination weddings as usual. But that doesn't mean she spends long sunny days in exotic locales with her toes in the sand.
"Oh no," she laughs. "I don't actually go to those weddings. "If the ceremony is taking place where English isn't the primary language, there's a lot of pre-documentation translation to be done. It can cost from $900 to $1,200 just to do the legal paperwork. If they come to me, I do a minimal ceremony . . . (that will) cost them on average $200. They go to Mexico or Cuba and do their ceremony and the guests don't know any different." Siska is a certified wedding planner as well, but says the London-area market simply doesn't need many planners. She notes that many have closed shop and she now offers tidbits of industry knowledge to her clients as part of her services. But she still believes a planner is a good investment.
"After the wedding, if you ask couples if they wished they had hired a planner, they always say, 'yes,' " she says.
"It's difficult to explain beforehand what we can do for them, but it's all of the running around and the little itty-bitty things that they might not think about. It's a misconception that if they do it themselves, they'll save money."
"Labour is a mystery to most couples", agrees Ferreira. "They can't understand why it costs per chair to have a giant bow tied on them until they try to do it themselves. It takes a few minutes to get a perfect bow and that adds up. They try it for the first time and get frustrated. We do it all the time."
Some factors that determine the scale of a wedding haven't changed, regardless of personal or job circumstances, Neves says. "If the parents pay, then they are more likely to want more family and more friends involved. If it's the couple paying, there's usually a smaller wedding of 100 to 120 guests. Brides and grooms are getting much older now, too. They're waiting longer to take the plunge."
"People still want that deeper connection", says Siska. "Sometimes it's because of health issues, sometimes it's to get on a pension, but people still like that connection." There's a lot of competition for prime "I do" time. "Everyone wants Saturday at four o'clock", says Siska. "Between May and October, a little flexibility would be good." Siska is one of the few local officiants to perform same-sex weddings. The numbers are down. She attributes that to U.S. politics.
"Americans are not coming across as much as they were last year. Some don't understand their state's policies about same-sex weddings. There are a few states that are starting to turn the corner and allow them. So there's some indecision about whether they need to leave the country. The new passport rules are confusing, too." Embellishments such as decorations are the first to get crossed off the wish list when the budget gets tight, but theme weddings remain popular, if not as opulent as in seasons past. Couples still want to make their ceremony a memorable experience for their guests and that means coming up with creative ways to set their wedding apart. "They're not doing textbook weddings", says Neves. "They're going green where they can and being environmentally conscious. They're taming down on favours and making more charitable donations, stuff like that. Brides are choosing dresses for their bridesmaids that the girls can actually wear again. Couples are working harder and putting a lot of thought and personality into their weddings." Personalizing the special day can mean running one theme through each event and gift or choosing an unusual place to exchange vows, such where the couple first met.
Event Management Company CPT Entertainment offers an original composition for the first dance. Lyricist and musician Kevin Bulmer collaborates with the couple on Our Wedding Song, written and performed with professional musicians. The couple can get as involved in the process as they want.
"Some people have vows they want put to music or they've written lyrics with no music. If it's a certain sound they're looking for, that's easy, too."
As for colour trends, expect to see browns on wedding parties, says Neves. She says tans and chocolates have been hot for a few years. "In the spring, they accent brown with celadon greens and pinks. In the fall, they're putting on brown and burnt orange."
The wedding industry churns on about a year of advance preparation, but Ferreira says she can get nearly anything for the last-minute couple on one day's notice. Siska says that the more warning she gets, the better. "Generally, you hire nine to 12 months in advance, but at least a couple of months before your ceremony, for sure. You'll see that most bridal shows are in January, after Christmas is out of the way and it's time to focus on the upcoming dates."
A wedding planner will save you a lot of money by making sure you get the best prices on all of your wedding needs. We think it’s a disgrace that brides are routinely ripped off and overcharged by everyone from caterers to venues to dressmakers to bakers. We save you thousands of dollars!
What do you charge?
We can do a wedding one of two ways, either a price point wedding for the amout of your budget or we charge a small percentage of your wedding budget . We are worth every penny and then some as we save you money, time and aggravation. Your wedding will be beautiful and memorable!
I don’t have time to plan my wedding, can you help me?
We have several levels of service and we can literally plan everything so that all you have to do is show up in your dress and everthing else is done for you!
I have $5000 to spend, what can I get for that?
We have price point weddings for every budget. For $5000 you can have a wedding for 100 guests that includes the Officiant, Venue, Photographer, Wedding Cake, Groom's Cake, Music, Hairstyle, Manicure/Acrylic Nails and Makeup Artist for the bride, a Silk Bouquet for the bride to keep and one to throw, 2 Hot Appetizers 2 Cold Appetizers, Buffet dinner of either Lasagne with Antipasto Salad and Garlic Rolls, or Roast Loin of pork with salad, potato and vegetable, Champagne Toast, Rum Punch, Virgin Punch, soft drinks, Paper Goods and Decorations. We do everything, all you need to do is show up in your dress with your Fiance and your Marriage License and enjoy your special day!
Beautiful custom made designs to accent your gown or a tiara at very afffordable prices!
According to Brides Magazine, the Average (Estimated) RETAIL Cost of a Wedding in Madison County Illinois:
Guests: 100 and the items selected, the estimated wedding cost is between $19,493 and $32,487.
Guests: 101-150 and the items selected, the estimated wedding cost is between $23,166 and $38,608.
Guests: 151-200 and the items selected, the estimated wedding cost is between $30,511 and $50,850.
Guests: 201-250 and the items selected, the estimated wedding cost is between $37,574 and $62,620.
My Brides Do NOT Pay Retail For ANYTHING!!