the publication for wedding planners, professionals & designers

May/June 2017 Volume 7, Issue 2
ABC Member Insight
Two ARE better than one: the Benefits of Shared Space

Two ARE better than one: the Benefits of Shared Space

By Lisa Marie Blinn, PWP™, L. Marie Events, Locust Valley, N.Y. Timing is everything. This was just the case when John Goolsby of Godfather Films and I decided on sharing an office in New York. Here are a few things we learned along the way. Find the right partner
Make it a Point to Commit to Lifelong Learning

Make it a Point to Commit to Lifelong Learning

By Gloria Boyden, MWP™, Association of Bridal Consultants, Carmel, Ind. From the time people are born until they leave this earth, learning is a part of their lives. The same holds true for wedding professionals. The Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) was created to provide the best education for current and future wedding professionals, particularly...
Striking Gold with Sandals

Striking Gold with Sandals

By Laurie Beckmann, MWV™, The Appel Inn and A Gracious Event, Altamont, New York Photos Courtesy of Sandals Resorts “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
Wedding Planner Magazine Advisory Board Tackles Your Toughest Questions

Wedding Planner Magazine Advisory Board Tackles Your Toughest Questions

By Tonia Adleta, PBC™, Aribella Events – Frank J. Andonoplas, MWP™, Frank Event Design – Alan Berg, www.AlanBerg.com – Donnie Brown, Donnie Brown Weddings and Events – Merryl Brown, CWP™, Merryl Brown Events – Mark Kingsdorf, MBC™, Mission Inn Resorts – Carmen Mesa, MBC™, Carmen Mesa Weddings and Events, Inc. – Shelby Tuck-Horton, MBC™, Exquisite...
The Ins and Outs of Hotel Room Blocks

The Ins and Outs of Hotel Room Blocks

By Meghan Ely, OFD Consulting, Richmond, Va. Accommodations. Practically every couple needs them for their wedding, whether they are throwing a huge local fete with inbound guests or an intimate destination affair. While a place to sleep, regroup, and prepare is vital, putting together room block reservations can be overwhelming. Between the time needed to...
The ABCs of Reviews

The ABCs of Reviews

By Alan Katz, Great Officiants, Long Beach, Calif. If you don’t have reviews, you don’t exist in the minds of wedding couples. Now, more than ever, couples want to see reviews on vendors before they decide who will handle their wedding. Among engaged couples, 95 percent use reviews to guide their choice of the perfect...
3 Tips for Designing on a Dime!

3 Tips for Designing on a Dime!

By Tonya J. Shadoan, MBC™, T Productions, Fishers, Ind. Let’s face it. Not every wedding has a large budget. So what can you do to meet your couples’ budget, create the wedding of their dreams, and get paid? The answer? Design on a dime with these hot tips.
Human Resources 101: Expanding The One (Wo)Man Show

Human Resources 101: Expanding The One (Wo)Man Show

By Renée Grannis, MBC™, ABC Director of Ethics & Compliance, Oklahoma City, Okla. When most small business entrepreneurs begin, they perform all of the office and field tasks themselves to save money—becoming the accountant, the lawyer, the delivery person, the IT person, and the janitor, on top of their main job. It doesn’t take long...
The Best Weddings Make Room for Fun

The Best Weddings Make Room for Fun

By Staci Nichols, Revolution Weddings, San Diego Today’s couples and planners focus much of their efforts on the aesthetics of weddings but shouldn’t neglect the fun. “Wedding receptions are, by definition, entertainment functions,” says internationally known wedding DJ and MC trainer, Mark Ferrell. Weddings are not luncheons, photo shoots, or fashion shows—they are parties. Yet...
Liability or Responsibility? What You Need to Know to Do Good Business

Liability or Responsibility? What You Need to Know to Do Good Business

By Renée Grannis, MBC™, ABC Director of Ethics and Compliance, Oklahoma City, Okla. What is liability vs. responsibility? Oftentimes, business owners interchange these words, but they mean very different things. Just what do you need to know to protect yourself and your business? Read on. Liability is a legal term Liability carries risks and repercussions...
Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts

Q: “When did you realize that you wanted to be a wedding professional and why?  What motivated you to do what you love to do?” – Margherit Cirino, EventsbyMaggieCirino, Weehawken, N.J. A: “I have loved weddings since I was a child.  After helping several friends ‘coordinate their weddings’ in the early 1990s, I saw Franc...
Wedding images—What it takes to go from “good” to “great”

Wedding images—What it takes to go from “good” to “great”