the publication for wedding planners, professionals & designers

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

Real Wedding Oregon

Planner: Carolyn O’Brien, Creative Celebrations, www.portlandweddingplanning.com, carolyn@portlandweddingplanning.com Time in industry: 7 years Photographer: William James Photography Businesses involved: The Surfsand Resort, Melissa Coe Ceremonies, Tony Barbon Videography, Basketcase/Cannon Beach Florist, Ocean Spa Hair and Make Up, Simply Cakes by Jae Wedding date: Sept. 26, 2016 Guest count: Five The couple: For a brief period of...
Making the Move from Part-time to Full-time

Making the Move from Part-time to Full-time

Taking Risks Can Mean Reaping Rewards When is the right time to make the move? Read on for one pro’s suggestions. It took 10 years for me to go from working a full-time job to being a full-time entrepreneur. Were there bumps along the way? Sure. Are there still bumps? You bet. Many think it’s...
Event Insurance Protects You and Your Clients

Event Insurance Protects You and Your Clients

Property damage? It happens. Injuries? That too. Save yourself and your clients a great deal of hassle with the right event insurance. By now, most wedding and event professionals have heard the buzz regarding event insurance. Sure, you know it exists, but do you really know exactly what event insurance covers, and how it can...
Real Wedding Connecticut

Real Wedding Connecticut

Planner: Davii Mandel and Chany Kleinberger, Mi Chicas Celebrations, Spring Valley, N.Y., www.michicas.com, davii@michicas.com and chany@michicas.com
Seasoned Professionals When It Comes to Growth Challenges, Expect the Unexpected

Seasoned Professionals When It Comes to Growth Challenges, Expect the Unexpected

If you want to keep growing your company, don’t get discouraged! Expect and make plans for the inevitable obstacles. As a small business owner, you run across all sorts of challenges but think it’s smooth sailing after you’ve hit your stride. The reality is that each time you successfully take your business to a new...
Master Profile

Master Profile

Master Wedding Planner™ Sandra M. Monahan, MWP™, Master Life Cycle Celebrant®, Weddings Without Worries, Wexford, Penn. Family: My husband of 43 years passed away unexpectedly in 2011. He was the love of my life and biggest supporter of my dreams. Together, we raised a wonderful daughter and son, now 45 and 42.
The CREATE Process Risky Business: Living Life As a Daring Adventure

The CREATE Process Risky Business: Living Life As a Daring Adventure

Note: This is the second part of a series on the CREATE process: Curiosity, Risk-Taking, Engagement, Adaptability, Trust, and Energy, six steps that help bring more awareness to our creativity. Curiosity is the pinnacle of our journey into strengthening the creativity muscle, but next comes Risk-Taking and Engagement. The argument can be made that entrepreneurship,...
Provision, Plan, and Promise: The Power of Clear Expectations

Provision, Plan, and Promise: The Power of Clear Expectations

Try adding these simple tools to your toolbox to achieve greater clarity in your communications. Note: This article is the first in a series about a tool that helps establish clarity in business and personal communication. What if in life and business the stresses we experience from unmet or fuzzy expectations were less frequent? What...
What are you most afraid of—and what is that fear stopping you from doing?

What are you most afraid of—and what is that fear stopping you from doing?

“My biggest fear is becoming too successful, where I would have to hire someone other than myself (on an official basis, as opposed to occasional help). Would I be able to handle the volume like I used to? The fear may be keeping me from being as aggressive with sales as I should be, or...
Catersource Celebrates 25 Years in the Big Easy

Catersource Celebrates 25 Years in the Big Easy

The 25th anniversary of the Catersource Conference and Trade Show was a busy, bustling time and a fantastic celebration. Caterers from across the country gathered to share advice, network, connect, and learn from March 12 – 15 in New Orleans, marking a change in venue for the first time in several years. New Orleans Cuisine...
Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts

Q: “Can you offer the names of at least three companies that offer event planning software that you find easy to navigate and affordable for a start-up company?” – Toni Taylor, CWP™, EverMoreEvents II, Bowie, Md. “I really can’t answer that, I don’t use a program. I am old school.” – Frank “I’m pretty sure...
Real Wedding New York

Real Wedding New York

Planner: Lisa Marie Blinn, PWP™, L. Marie Events, www.LMarieEvents.com, LisaMarie@LMarieEvents.com Time in Industry: 17 years Photographer: Hechler Photographers Businesses involved: Meadow Brook Golf Club (venue), The Printery and Ipanema Press (stationery), Andrew Pascoe Flowers, Vali Entertainment (band), NY Tent, Matt Murphy Event Lighting, Picture Perfect Photo Booth, Nicky Laboy’s Caja Dura (entertainment), La Bonne Boulangerie...