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Real Wedding New Jersey

Real Wedding New Jersey

Planner: Lynda Barness, MWP™, I DO Wedding Consulting, www.idoplan.com, Lynda@idoplan.com Time in industry: 12 years Photographer: Janet Lanza Photography, www.janetlanzaphotography.com Businesses involved: Cord3 Films (videography), Eddie Bruce Music (band), Viburnum Designs (florals, table design), Grounds for Sculpture (venue), Starr Catering/Rat’s Restaurant, Tesi’s Bridal (gown), Sweet T’s Bakeshop, King Limousine, Princeton Marriott at Forrestal, WeddingPaperDivas.com (stationery),...
Real Wedding Florida

Real Wedding Florida

Planner: Staci Mandikas, UNIQUE Weddings + Events, www.designedbyunique.com, staci@designedbyunique.com Time in Industry: 10 years Photographer: Christina Maldonado Photography, www.christinamaldonado.com Businesses involved: Over the Top Rental, Corey’s Bakery, Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Ten23 Designs (details), Garret Lauer Events (DJ), Sweets Treats Candy Bar, conceptBait (floral, décor, furniture, lighting), A Chair Affair (rentals), A+P Design Co (stationery),...
What is a novice mistake you made early in your career that you see others make today, and how can it be avoided?

What is a novice mistake you made early in your career that you see others make today, and how can it be avoided?

“Procrastination—not contacting any and all vendors early on in the process to let them know I was working on the event. [Not procrastinating] allows for early communication and avoids pitfalls that might come up that require time to overcome. Asking each vendor for supplies or services that will be needed for them and to provide...
The Art of Closing the Deal

The Art of Closing the Deal

How do you close a deal if sales doesn’t come naturally? Read on for 6 tips from a Master Wedding Planner™ Of all my skills as a wedding planner, closing the deal was the one I struggled with the most. At every conference I attended, I made a beeline for the breakout on sales skills....
Breaking Down the Budget  on the Road to Business Success

Breaking Down the Budget on the Road to Business Success

Creating and sticking to a budget lays the foundation for prosperity and gives you the freedom to turn your attention to other aspects of your business and focus on those things you actually love. While most people would agree that it’s their least favorite part of owning and managing a business, this truth is universal:...
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...