the publication for wedding planners, professionals & designers

May/June 2017 Volume 7, Issue 2
Author Archive
Real Wedding Michigan

Real Wedding Michigan

PLANNER: Sarah Agee, Plum & Poppy, Zionsville, Ind., www.plumandpoppy.com, sarah@plumandpoppy.com YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 5 PHOTOGRAPHY: Conforti Photography BUSINESSES: Unique Heart Productions, Accent Floral Design, Marie Gabriel Couture, Jupiter and Juno, LGi Linens, A Classic Party Rental, Something Blue Stylists, Chippewa Hotel, Violet Vintage WEDDING DATE: August 27, 2016 GUEST COUNT: 45 INVOLVEMENT: Full consulting THE...
Taking Your Business From Good To Great

Taking Your Business From Good To Great

Discover the skills needed to take your business to the top. Event production is an exciting and ever-evolving industry. A sea of enthusiastic new planners joins the ranks every year. Unfortunately, a few start their companies without the requisite skills, talent, business acumen, and stamina to make it—and, as a result, eventually fall by the...
No Man Is an Island—Or, Why You Don’t Need to Go It Alone

No Man Is an Island—Or, Why You Don’t Need to Go It Alone

Committing ourselves to education and networking opportunities helps us grow personally and professionally. “None of us is as smart as all of us.” I don’t remember where I first heard that phrase. Wherever it was, the thought has stuck with me and guided my career. Knowing and accepting that I don’t know all there is...
Bridging the Generation Gap

Bridging the Generation Gap

Wedding planners play a pivotal role in keeping the varied generations involved in wedding planning focused on the end game of love. Several years ago, I watched a lovely bride-to-be come out of a bridal shop dressing room. Her bridesmaids, mother, grandmother, and I, her wedding planner, had gathered to put our approval on her...
Master Wedding Planner™ Alexis Eliopoulos O’Mara, MWP™, Unique Weddings by Alexis, Boston

Master Wedding Planner™ Alexis Eliopoulos O’Mara, MWP™, Unique Weddings by Alexis, Boston

Family: I’ve been married for 15 years, and we have two boys, 11 and 8. Education: Bachelor of Science in marketing with a minor in studio art from Providence College in Rhode Island. Starting the business: I had a marketing role at a venture capital firm focusing on graphic design, strategy, and corporate event planning....
The CREATE Process Increasing Creativity in Our Lives and Businesses

The CREATE Process Increasing Creativity in Our Lives and Businesses

Note: This is the final part of a series on the CREATE process: Curiosity, Risk-Taking, Engagement, Adaptabiliity, Trust, and Energy; six steps that help bring more awareness to our creativity.  The CREATE process increases the creativity in our own lives and businesses. Curiosity is the first step to developing a creative approach to our daily...
Have you ever saved the day for a client?

Have you ever saved the day for a client?

Our industry peers share how their expertise has meant the difference between success and failure for their clients.
Know Yourself to Lead Yourself

Know Yourself to Lead Yourself

To master our destiny, we must master ourselves by learning our patterns of behavior and committing to ongoing examination and change. The most important part of any leadership journey is the ongoing, never-ending process of self-awareness. For all of the books, articles, and experts who talk about it, self-awareness can be boiled down to two...
3 Ways to Keep Your Event Transportation on Schedule

3 Ways to Keep Your Event Transportation on Schedule

Though it’s the wedding couple’s big day, it’s a big day for their guests, too. And the happy couple will rely on you for communication, guidance and to set expectations for those guests. In terms of transportation, each individual guest thinks his or her timeline is most important. It’s a natural instinct, but it can...
REAL WEDDING MEXICO

REAL WEDDING MEXICO

Planner: Denise Acosta, Be That Bride Events, Las Vegas, www.bethatbrideevents.com, admin@bethatbrideevents.com Years in Industry: 10 Photography: Alec and T. Photography Businesses: Los Cabos (mariachi), Hermanos Herrera (fireworks), Alec & T. Photography (photo booth/videography), Roberto Contreras (DJ, LED dance floor, illumination, and cold sparklers), Lazy Gourmet (linens), Baja Flowers, Prestige Events (chairs) Wedding Date: Jan. 14, 2017 Guest...
To Be the Best Destination Wedding Planner, Be Yourself

To Be the Best Destination Wedding Planner, Be Yourself

Want to be a great destination planner? Learn the ropes, network with pros, research the countries and cultures, market your business, and be authentic. Though it sounds like fun to travel internationally and plan weddings in lush, tropical locales, destination wedding planning is far more complex and “not for the faint hearted,” says Nikki Begg,...
letter

letter

“You get the best out of others, when you give the best of yourself.” – Harvey S. Firestone Giving the best of ourselves is the best way to better business. When we give the best of ourselves, we become our best version of ourself, and we inspire the best in others. In this issue, we...