the publication for wedding planners, professionals & designers

May/June 2017 Volume 7, Issue 2
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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...
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...
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.
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,...
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...
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
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...
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...
Real Wedding California

Real Wedding California

Planner: Colleen Bauer, PWP™, Fairy Godmother—A Wedding and Event Planning Company, www.fairygodmotherco.com, colleen@FairyGodmotherEvents.net. Length of Time in Industry: 7 years