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Real Wedding - Massachusetts

Real Wedding – Massachusetts

ABC Member Planner: Edna Dratch-Parker, PBC™, EFD Creative–Event Planning & Design, edna@efdcreative-events.com, efdcreative-events.com. Photographer: Allegro Photography. Non-member Businesses: Longfellow’s Wayside Inn (reception), Peterson Party Center (rentals), Frugal Flowers, Groove Events (DJ), Boston Cigar Factory, and SKO Designs (candy table). The couple: Mark and Katie had a different wedding concept than most. Katie wanted to have...
Real Wedding - Illinois

Real Wedding – Illinois

ABC Member Planner: Laura Sanders Ahern, CWS, Accent on Events, Laura@accentonevents.com, www.accentonevents.com. Photographer:  Nels Akerlund Photography, a world-renowned photographer whose work has been published in National Geographic, The New York Times, and Architectural Record. Non-member business involved:  Event Floral, Forest Hills Country Club, Patricia’s Patisserie, Lindsay Letters. The Couple:  Nik Maffioli, the groom, and Meredith...
Absolutely Everything! 
What Etiquette Really Means to Your Business

Absolutely Everything! 
What Etiquette Really Means to Your Business

By Sandra M. Monahan, MBC™, Weddings without worries, Wexford, Penn. Simply stated, etiquette is about respect, kindness, and consideration for everyone around us on a daily basis. But when it comes to the challenge of taking our business to a pinnacle of success and credibility, etiquette becomes an absolute necessity. Understanding and using appropriate manners...
Networking, Inspiration, 
and Culinary Sensations Highlight 
NACE Experience!™ 2013

Networking, Inspiration, 
and Culinary Sensations Highlight 
NACE Experience!™ 2013

By Beth Erickson   photos by the mamones All things Chicago were celebrated at the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) Experience 2013 July 14-17 at the Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile in the Windy City. Elements paying homage to the host city were infused throughout the conference, including nods to the musical Chicago and the...
Burning the Candle at Both Ends—Part I

Burning the Candle at Both Ends—Part I

Building Your Business While Working for Someone Else By Tonia Adleta, PBC™, Aribella Events, Hockessin, Del. Your alarm is ringing, already. It’s morning again, and you’re wondering where last week went, much less yesterday. Before your feet even hit the floor, your mind flips between the to-do list for your business—update website, write blog post,...
How to Create a Culture of Success

How to Create a Culture of Success

By Jim Koza, Karl’s Event Services/Arena Americas, Milwaukee, Wis./Knoxville, Tenn. How many of you have 48 hours in a day? 72 hours? How many of you are thinking, “Is this guy nuts?” You wouldn’t be the first, but it is actually possible to add hours to your day and dollars to your bottom line. In...
Master bridal consultant™ - Lynda Barness, MBC™

Master bridal consultant™ – Lynda Barness, MBC™

I DO Wedding Consulting, idoplan.com, Philadelphia, Penn. Employees: Owner-operated with independent contractors Revenue Breakdown: 100% planning and consulting, including full-service and day-of services. Contact: 215.262.8188, lynda@idoplan.com, LinkedIn, Facebook Family: I am a mother of two, mother-in-law of two, and grandmother of two. Education: I have a bachelor’s degree in political science from Tufts University in...
The Brilliance of Simon T. Bailey and His Vujà Dé Moment

The Brilliance of Simon T. Bailey and His Vujà Dé Moment

By Rosie Moore, MBC™, 27 Miracles Wedding Consulting, Windermere, Fla. Attendees at this year’s Business of Brides are in for a “brilliant” time with keynote speaker Simon T. Bailey. Bailey is the master of brilliant thinking and has shared his message with more than one million people worldwide. “When you reach a point that you...
Random House to Publish Book on Wedding Architecture in November

Random House to Publish Book on Wedding Architecture in November

By Bárbara Diez, ABC™, Bárbara Events, Argentina/Chile An architect is a person who designs and creates, who guides 
and plans. To ensure ideas come to fruition as envisioned, the architect also must serve as builder, maker, producer, commander, director, and leader. This analogy also works to explain the role of a wedding planner. Planners, too,...
Exit Strategies Series 
Going Out At The Top Of Your Game

Exit Strategies Series 
Going Out At The Top Of Your Game

By Linnyette Richardson Hall, The Wedding Diva™ & Premiere Event Management, Baltimore And, at some point, you’ll need to play the line from Kenny Roger’s hit song, “The Gambler,” in your head and heart. “Gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold them…” Nothing could be truer when it comes to looking at...
Catering Trends - Go Global, Go Local, Go Simple, and Forge A Custom Brand

Catering Trends – Go Global, Go Local, Go Simple, and Forge A Custom Brand

By Lisa Hopkins, CPCE, CMP, President, National Association for Catering and Events The biggest themes in catering trends these days are global foods, keeping items light and simple, and branding events with personal flair. Let’s examine what that means for weddings. The cocktail hour Trend: Keep hors d’oeuvres simple and small Weddings are fun, celebratory...

Letter – Volume 3, Issue 4

Remember the days when attending weddings was a bit of a ho-hum? While you were excited and thrilled for the couple, everything was predictable—from the something old-something new and the traditional dress to the chicken cordon bleu and the tiered cake.  The same cannot be said today. Each time we receive a wedding invitation these...