2018 New York Brides Meet Your Wedding Vendors!

The 2017 wedding season is finally winding down, and the class of 2018 brides are beginning to either finalize their to-do lists or officially going into full wedding planning mode. Regardless of what point of the journey you’re at we at Events by Mayven believe that you deserve to celebrate it, with fellow brides-to-be, which is why we are hosting The Bridal Soiree.

The Bridal Soiree is simply a fun, informative and interactive opportunity to connect and bond with other brides-to-be, meet with vendors and ask any and every wedding planning related question, all in a relaxing environment with lite music, tasty hors d’oeuvres and some bubbly! Who says no to a glass of bubbly? Not us!

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So why organize this? Is this just another bridal expo?

This is not a bridal expo! Bridal expos can sometimes be overwhelming with tons of vendors, attendees and just a large room with loads of people that make it hard for you to ask questions and engage. The Bridal Soiree provides a different experience with a vendors panel Q&A type session where you get to learn about the vendors, and ask your questions in a sit-down relaxed environment. After the panel session you can connect with the vendors one-on-one, and follow-up with booking them for your wedding.

As part of making the experience interactive and worthwhile there are only a LIMITED number of seats, so make sure you get yours now at Eventbrite: https://thebridalsoireeny.eventbrite.com before it’s sold out. Also, what’s a soiree without presents? We have fabulous prizes like a free engagement shoot, a custom designed reception dress, and gift-bags all up for grabs!

We look forward to partying with you on Dec 9th! Go get your tickets!

Cheers,

Yvonne.

 

“I’m Engaged! Now What?!” – 5 Tips for Newly Engaged Couples

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Congratulations! It’s a new year, and in addition to being excited about all the goals you’ve set and are looking forward to crushing this year, you’re probably still on cloud-nine from the fact that the love of your life got down on one knee and said those four magic words, “will you marry me?”. To which you responded softly between tears ‘yes, I will”, or gave him a big smile and said “heck yeah baby!” or maybe you were too shocked to even respond you just stared at him with big dooey eyes stunned about what was happening. Whatever category you fall into, this is definitely a special time in your lives and we are excited for you guys as I’m sure are all your family, friends and loved ones who after congratulating you quickly follow-up with so “have you guys set a date?” Trust me, they mean well, but forget that asking such questions can sometimes make you feel stressed and start to panic about what the next step should be, when you really should be savoring the moment and basking in the newly-engaged glow. To help ease your stress, and answer your question of ‘I’m engaged! Now what?!”, we put together a list of 5 things to help you through this time –

 

  • Get a wedding email account: You know how you’re constantly complaining about all the marketing/promotional emails you get from retailers? Yeah, once you start wedding planning that number will triple. So save yourself and your personal inbox the stress by opening a separate email account for all your wedding related stuff. This way your personal everyday email is not cluttered, but also you and your fiance can both have access to this new email account, and can manage it and respond to vendors easily. You could even keep it post wedding for all your joint communications or calendar sharing. Examples of emails are – JaneJohnWedding@xyz.com, TheJohnsonsWedding@xyz.com, BecomingTheDukes@xyz.com
  • Create a vision board aka Pinterest: If you haven’t already we recommend signing up for Pinterest. Why? Well Pinterest is like a digital, shareable vision board which is a great way to help you pull together in one place things you like and would love to have at your wedding. Essentially, creating a vision board that you can then share with your fiance, friends/bridal party, wedding planner and vendors. This way everyone who has a key role with the planning is well aware of what your wedding theme is and no one has to go digging through emails or tons of pictures on their phone to find the specific flower arrangement or table setting that you liked, and sent them months ago. It’s all in one place.

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  • Budget & Location: Prior to your engagement you and your fiance might have discussed in passing where you would like your wedding to be; either where you both live or where your parents/family live or maybe even a destination wedding. You also might have thrown out numbers for how much you both think you could spend. That was before the ring, and maybe a few months or even years ago. Now that you are officially engaged, you both need to revisit that conversation and see what and where realistically makes sense. You want your location to be one that family and friends can afford if it requires travel, and also where the cost of a wedding is within your budget. With regards to budget, set an amount and make sure to have a buffer for contingencies and keep that buffer amount to just you and your fiance only. Don’t go telling everyone who asks ‘what’s your budget?’, “our budget is 35,000 but we have a buffer of about $10,000”. What happens is people then automatically see your budget as $45,000 and work with that in mind instead of $35,000. It might be hard to not splurge on everything, but remember after the wedding and partying, all your guests return to their homes and you and your new husband are left with the reality of your bills. So work on staying within your budget and not exceeding your secret buffer.

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  • Your Support Team: The day you get engaged and the day you get married are no doubt exciting days, but the journey in between from one to the other can be quite overwhelming and stressful due to the planning. It is important that you surround yourself with an awesome support system who are willing to help keep you calm and sane throughout by either being there for you to vent/rant when you can’t seem to find a venue that works for you guys, when you’ve told the fiance to go get his tux measurements a thousand times but he keeps pushing it off 🙂 , or when your guest list is slowly getting out of control with your wonderful parents wanting to invite everyone they know. Make sure that the people in your bridal party and your close friends are understanding, and willing to help you go through these tough times and not just show up on D-day to celebrate.

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  • Take Love TimeOuts: You already heard from us and everyone else that wedding planning can be stressful, but in addition, that stress can sometimes take a toll on your relationship. Especially when you and your fiancé might not see eye to eye on certain things, which can turn into a heated argument or just generally feeling like you guys aren’t on the same team. Whether you’ve been with your love for over five years, or your love journey is only six months in, make a conscious effort to take timeouts from the craziness of the planning to appreciate each other, spend quality time together and begin reinforcing the pillars of your relationship that will hold you beyond the wedding day. Also, try to compromise with each other and remember that although your wedding day is a special day for a lot of people – you, your fiancé, both your parents, family members and friends – you can never please everyone. So try to compromise where possible, but keep your love at the center of it all.

 

Hope you found these tips helpful. As always if you have any wedding or event related questions feel free to contact us via email, phone or on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Once again congratulations, enjoy being engaged and all the best with wedding planning!

Best Wishes,

Mayven.

 

‘On Becoming’ by Toke Makinwa: NYC Book Tour

As you already know, at EventsbyMayven we love love, and ultimately love to plan and coordinate weddings! However, we also love to see women being able to rise above tough seasons in their life and turn what was meant to be a mess into a message that inspires other women. So when we got the call to take on planning for the New York leg of the ‘On Becoming’ by Toke Makinwa book tour, we were excited! For those of you who might not be familiar with her, Toke Makinwa is a well-known media personality in Nigeria with a YouTube vlog that garners millions of views, which in turn has given her a large social media following. She’s currently the brand ambassador for brands such as Ciroc Nigeria, Nestle – Maggi, Mecran Cosmetics to mention a few. Like us, she too loves love but sometimes things just do not work out as we hope even after saying ‘I Do’. Through it all, Toke was able to hold on to her faith, support system of family and friends to not only get through, but ultimately become a stronger version of herself; hence the title ‘On Becoming’. Today, she’s happy to share her story with any and everyone who can find the message in it, and apply it  to their own journey of becoming whatever they set out to be or achieve.

 

 

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Cross Section of attendees at ‘On Becoming’ NYC

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Toke Makinwa and Yvonne Unubun of Events by Mayven

Attendees were treated to hors d’oeuvres and wine accompanied with lite music while they networked and chatted away prior to the start of the event. Following this, the session started with the host interviewing Toke on her journey, her marriage, the book and what’s she’s looking forward to becoming. The floor then opened for questions from attendees after which, all attendees got a chance to get their book signed and take a picture with Toke.

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We are so happy to have worked on this project and special thanks to the team of vendors who made it possible.

Planning and Day-of-Coordination: @Events by Mayven

Decor: @Glint by Osa

Cake: @Cakes by Violet

Tour Management: @Of a Kind Creatives

Photography: @TheOluwaseye

As always looking forward to our next project, and making it our mission to bring our client’s vision to life.

Cheers!

@EventsbyMayven

 

Who is Mayven?

Welcome to our site! By some stroke of luck, you’ve stumbled on this site either because you need an event planner for an upcoming event, saw a post or an ad on social media that peaked your interest, liked our visual branding (we love all things blush, rose-gold, gold and ivory – it’s love in color-form to us) or simply just curious about our name (pronounced May-ven) and who we are so you came here to learn more. Either way, we are happy to have you and hope that you not only come back often to visit, but also become a friend by following us on Facebook (EventsbyMayven) and on Instagram (@EventsbyMayven).

The name Mayven is a combination between our owner’s first name, Yvonne and that of her Mom’s, Mabel. It is special to us for sentimental reasons obviously, as it seeks to pay respect to a Mother’s love and sacrifice in raising her family, while also empowering and supporting her kids through every passion and milestone; cheering them on every step of the way through successes and stumbling blocks. At the same time the name is a representation of what we at Mayven continuously strive to deliver to our clients, which is a professional yet personable experience that meets and exceeds our clients expectations.

Ma·ven (/ˈmāvən/)- an expert or connoisseur.

We have been in the event/planning scene for a few years now originally within the public relations space managing client publicity, which also included planning and coordinating client events. We knew we enjoyed these event management projects, but didn’t realize how much we loved it until we planned our wedding; after which we realized that as crazy as it might have seemed on a few occasions this was something we would love to do for others. No, not force our ideas down your throat, or tell you that your vision is impossible, or that your event/special day will only happen if you had a blank check. Our goal is to first understand the purpose and vision for your event by getting to know you, then with full knowledge of your budget we work towards creating that vision and achieving said purpose within your agreed upon budget.

At the end of the day, you remain front and center to us always. We are simply your eyes, ears and hands behind the scenes making sure everything goes according to plan, while you are fully present at the event, enjoying every single moment. We look forward to hearing from you!

Lush Kisses,

Mayven!