Nobody can be uncheered with a BALLOON.

“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”

…A lovely quote from our friend Winnie the Pooh… and he’s not wrong!

If you have a tight budget then balloons are a great way to fill a space and carry a theme. If you have bigger budget and fancy being adventurous, there are load of options out there as well. Balloons can be used at any event no matter your theme.

So ‘what’s the catch?’ you say

Well, there isn’t much of a downside except that you’ll need to buy your own Helium Gas if you’re filling them yourself. A basic canister of gas costs between £18-25 and the amount of balloons you can fill depends on the size that you want. The larger the balloon the less you’ll make! If you opt for the store bought balloons you can make an overall saving however you might not get as many balloons for your pound. It’s best to shop around as some vendors include gas-filling with certain types of balloons.

Check out our examples below:

Option 1: Doing It Yourself

  • 1 Helium Balloon Canister – £19.00 (£18.00 plus £1.00 Click & Collect) HobbyCraft.co.uk
  • 50 Assorted Latex Balloons – £1.89 (with free delivery) Ebay.co.uk
  • Total Cost: £20.89

Option 2: Buying from a Store

  • 10 Small Latex Balloons – £17.40 (£0.99 + £0.75 inflation fee) Card Factory
  • 3-Balloon Bouquet – £14.00 (1 round foil balloon + 2 coloured star-shaped balloon plus free inflation) Card Factory
  • Total Cost: £17.40 or £14.00

 

Ebay, Amazon and most party suppliers offer a range of balloons in a variety of colours so you can definitely find something to suit your occasion.

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Here comes the bride, all dressed in.. GREEN??!

We love weddings but let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a wedding!

The engagement, the excitement, the ring, the dress, ‘THE” kiss, the food, the drink, the non stop partying… 

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So, weddings.. where do we start?? Weddings are tricky things simply because there are so many variables – location, dates, guest numbers, budget and the list continues

First things first, before we getting to the fun stuff let’s bust a few myths..

  • Not all brides are Bridezillas
  • Most brides don’t know what they want although they’re confident that they do
  • Some Grooms DO want to be involved in the planning
  • Yes, you can plan your own wedding without a wedding planner

Key Things

  • Set your budget – A real budget, including donations etc and your absolute max – Be honest with yourselves when setting budgets. The more honest you are at the beginning the better off you will be down the line.
  • Pick an ideal date – You don’t have to chose a date 12 months after getting engaged. More and more, couples are giving themselves 18-24 months so that they have enough prep time plus, you’re more likely to get your chosen date at your preferred venue if you book well in advance
  • Calculate your guest numbers – A rough number, your dream venue may hold 150 guests but you need to accommodate 250 guests or vice versa and your dream venue is too big
  • Decide on location – This works hand-in-hand with setting your wedding date. Often the venue’s availability will dictate the date but the more options you have in terms of location the more choice you’ll have
  • Get yourselves wedding insurance! – The not so sexy but very important bit. You’re about to spend a decent amount of money on your wedding and honeymoon, it’s best to be covered just in case
  • Next you’ll need to create a plan! This is the MOST important part. The plan alone can make or break a person. Nowadays you can google search ‘Wedding Checklist’ or ‘Key things when planning a wedding’ and you’ll find a lot of free useful information. Create a folder/book/OneNote/google doc or whatever it is you find most helpful. This will be your bible so to speak and will help keep everyone else on track too.

Common checklist items

  • Pre-wedding Celebrations – Engagement Party, Stag-do, Hen-do
  • Notifications – Save the Dates, Invitations, Place Holders, Dinner Menu, Seating Plan
  • Wedding Party – Bridesmaid, Groomsmen, Page boy & Flower girls,
  • Ceremony – Officiant, Master of Ceremony
  • Vendors/Suppliers – Photographer, Videographer, Florist, Make-up Artist(s), Wedding Car(s), Cake Supplier, Caterer, Venue Decorator, DJ or Band, Reception Party Staff (optional)

If you want to hire a wedding planner you can do this at any point, there are no hard rules but with everything in life, the sooner the better.

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Image Credit: ‘Art Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot in Italy | Photos by Janna Warm More’ Image found on Pintrest, posted by Belles & Bubbles (www.bellesandbubbles.com)

*clears throat*… Hi, my name is…

It’s like the first day of school, the moment you have to stand and introduce yourself to the rest of the class.. Well we’re not in school anymore and the class is a far cry from 30 like-minded kids..

So here goes… My name is Psalm. I’m the creator and founder of Yellow & Orange LONDON. YO is the product of years (and I mean years!) of working on events in both professionally and personally. My time in events started from very young, my mother is a what you would call a creative (shout out to the mum lol). My mum’s from a very big family so parties and celebrations were a common affair. We have bakers, cook, painters, nurses, athletes, dancers, you name it in the family so its safe to say we’re a varied bunch but my mum, she was the party planner. If you needed flowers, call my mum. If you needed table cloths, call my mum. If you needed an extra pair of hands, call my mum (aka me – tiny hands lol). Growing up it was normal to see me in the mix and I loved it. So much so I went to university to study events (sorry, the lawyer dream didn’t make it).

Fast forward a couple of years (actually quite a few), I decided I wanted to manage my own events. My FIRST ever event was a Pamper Day! My best friend and I sat down and planned everything from beginning to end and with the help of a very supportive mentor (won’t say who but they know who they are) we launched ‘Be You Events Management – Pamper Days’. They were surprisingly a great success and we were able to break even by the second event. We even held a few private events for local non-profit community groups. You would think this would be my life’s success story but alas, life happened and the pamper days were not to be. (ps. Best friend is now a qualified beauty therapist –  silver lining and all that! #ThatsMyBestFriend)

Since then I’ve continued to work on events throughout my career and have been fortunate to watch the industry and trends evolve. Now in 2017 (and before now) Pintrest and Youtube has us all becoming our very own DIY party & wedding planners so we no longer need the traditional event planner. YAY Finally, we can all release our inner creative but then comes the moment of truth when some of us realise that this event planning malarkey isn’t all that it seems. It’s actually quite hard and very time consuming. Well that’s where YO flies in as your local event-superhero accompanied with a bright yellow and orange cape (see what I did there?!) to help make your event a sparkling success. I’m an advocate of DIY and believe we should all have the opportunity to try something new but sometimes we have to be practical and get a little help.

Well that’s it folks! Now you know a bit about the face behind Yellow & Orange LONDON.

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