Thursday, April 26, 2012
Another tip of the week on how to become a wedding planner. Look for a course that you can take. Not just any course, either online or in person in your local area, that is taught by a professional wedding planner. Learning from someone who knows from first hand experience is really a great way to gain the knowledge that you will need to build a successful wedding planning business.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
This week's blog post is answering the question that I have been getting so much over the last couple of weeks, "How do I become a wedding planner?" My response to this and always has been is to look for a job opportunity within the hospitality industry, specifically in a food and beverage environment. This includes..
- Off-Premise Catering
- Country Clubs
- Banquet & Conference Centers
You might have to start off as an assistant, but I am telling you, you will learn so much! I say this because this teaches you the operations end of how to plan an event. You learn everything that is going on behind the scenes so that when you go off on your to be a wedding planner, you know how everything is working in order to produce a wedding!
To all of you aspiring wedding planners, I hope that this helps! Watch later this week as I release another tip!
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
This upload gives you a few ways to ask someone to be in your wedding party as well as ways to avoid asking someone to be in your wedding party. My thoughts on how to do this were....
- If it is someone who does not live here, make a phone call or Skype each other to ask him or her.
- Throw a cocktail part at your home and invite only those who you will want in your party and ask everyone at the same time.
- Hand write a letter to her/him to be in your wedding party. Make sure that you explain to them why you would like them to be by your side on your big day!
Keep watching in the next couple of weeks there will be more than just me sitting at my desk answering your questions! I will be going out into the field, talking with more wedding vendors about different topics about wedding planning!
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Today's question is about the etiquette of asking someone to be or not to be in your bridal party. The question that was asked is how to you handle not asking someone who has asked you to be in his or her wedding when you do not want to have them in your wedding. I weigh in on a more personal level and then checked in with Emily Post and was SHOCKED at what she had to say about this!
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Click HERE to read Emily Post's Etiquette on Selecting Your Wedding Attendants
Thursday, April 12, 2012
This post answers the question on what is information should you be tracking on your wedding guest list. Here are some of the items you will need to track in a spread sheet program.
1. First & Last Name. Keep these in separate columns so that this way you will have an alphabetized list that you can give to your planner, hotel personnel or if the venue requires a list of the guests for security, you have it! It is also good to have to give your stationery an alphabetized list to do your place cards/escort cards so they can be easily placed on the day of the wedding.
2. You will want to keep track of their mailing addresses so you can easily send out the invitations.
3. Columns denoting if they are coming to the wedding or declining the invite.
4. If you are serving a plated dinner, what choice of entree will they be having. Keeping these choices in separate columns, ie, Chicken, Fish, Beef, Vegetarian, and denoting for each guest or couple what entree and how many of them they will have. This will be an easy way to total how many of each item so you have a count!
5. Finally, what table will they be sitting at so you can easily create a list that denotes the guest list by table number and entree selection which is something most hotels and caterers will want!
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
This week we are talking about how to serve your guests at your wedding a plated, sit down dinner. The Tweet came from Wendy Pashman, the owner of The Entertaining Company , and asked me to talk about the importance of giving options to the guests when you decide to serve a plated, sit down dinner. Great topic to talk about Wendy!
You can see my thoughts above in the video, but in short, if you are serving a plated dinner, I think the best way to do this is to offer your guests a choice of entree or you have to offer them a duo plate to accommodate as many palates as possible! Check out my thoughts on this in the video!
I also had to share this photo as this was from a tasting I was at last week at The Entertaining Company. It was so delicious, I could not pass it up to post it! Monk Fish in a Butter Saffron Sauce, Smoked Corn Souffle, Medley of Sauteed Wild Mushrooms!! It was outstanding!!
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Monday, April 2, 2012
This question came in from one of our Facebook followers who is also one of my brides! She asked what are some of the essential things that you should do in order to have the guests have a good time at the wedding. Here were my thoughts!
- 1. Provide transportation they do not have to worry about getting themselves to and from the hotel. This might be a reach on the budget, but it does help make it more enjoyable for people to not have to worry about going to and from the wedding. If you decide not to provide transport, which is OKAY TOO, make sure you tell the guests how to get around to and from your venue!
- 2. If the wedding is in a unique venue, you should still "sprinkle a little wedding" into the evening. What I mean by that if your venue is so unique and so non-hotel or club like, you should make sure that there are familiar wedding elements like toasts, first dance, cake cutting, things like that that will make people be reminded that even though they are in a really unique space, that they are still at a wedding.
- 3. If you have great food, a fully stocked bar, and rockin music, they will have a great time no matter what!
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This question came in from one of our Twitter followers. She asked if she needed to do a wedding website. My thought is if you do a wedding website, using one of the programs from The Knot or My Wedding, you don't have to do all of the personal information, rather have the information on the website about the wedding. Here are the three points that I would make sure are there.
- Where are there hotel rooms blocked and how to book them
- Is transportation provided or not
- The location of Ceremony & Reception
- What are some things to do around town before the wedding
Those are the most important pieces to be a part of the website if you have one!
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