the publication for wedding planners, professionals & designers

January/February 2016 Volume 5, Issue 6
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Words of Wisdom:  Wedding Planning and Design Business Tips for Novices

Words of Wisdom: Wedding Planning and Design Business Tips for Novices

By Bonnie Fedchock, CAE, National Association for Catering and Events, Columbia, MD. Owning a wedding planning business encompasses far more than the glamorous and elegant lifestyle that many people automatically associate with the job title. That’s why it’s important for aspiring wedding industry entrepreneurs to gain insight from successful business owners like Danielle Couick, CPCE,...
The Rise of Instagram— Three Tips to Getting Started

The Rise of Instagram— Three Tips to Getting Started

By Nicole Zenner, LK Events, Chicago A picture is worth a thousand words. That adage is absolutely why Instagram, although only 5-years-old, now has 300 million monthly active users. Instagram initially launched on the iOS platform (for iPhones only) but, in 2012, was also released on the Android platform. Later that same year, Facebook purchased...
Making Time—A Quick Guide for Mapping Out an Event

Making Time—A Quick Guide for Mapping Out an Event

By Jon’ll Boyd, Completely Yours Events, Alexandria, Va. Every event is different—whether it is a wedding, conference, dinner, baby shower, or birthday. Each is unique, and each has its own moving parts. That’s why it’s essential that each part is given a designated assignment, each assignment is given a designated time, and each assignment is...
No Surprises—Create a Plan for Helping Guests with Autism

No Surprises—Create a Plan for Helping Guests with Autism

By Irene Tanzman, Newton, Mass. It’s your clients’ wedding day, and everything has to be perfect.  Most couples don’t want their day ruined by someone who might scream through the entire ceremony or have a temper tantrum. So what would you advise your client to do about a relative diagnosed with severe autism?  Many people don’t...
16 Top Software & Apps in 2016

16 Top Software & Apps in 2016

By Beth Erickson, Wedding Planner Magazine editor, La Crosse, Wis. Whether you’re looking to transform your business, make things easier, or find creative social media resources for weddings, look no further. Below is a list of some of today’s hottest apps and software.
California Dreamin' 2015 ABC Business of Brides Annual Conference

California Dreamin’ 2015 ABC Business of Brides Annual Conference

  By John Goolsby, State Manager – California, Nevada, and Hawaii/Godfather films, riverside, calif. photos happy photos Nearly 300 wedding professionals from around the world came together Nov. 8 – 10, 2015, at the Hilton Orange County in California to participate in the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) annual conference, Business of Brides.
Some Things Are Here to Stay How to Marry DIY and Professional Wedding Services

Some Things Are Here to Stay How to Marry DIY and Professional Wedding Services

By Meghan Ely, OFD Consulting, Richmond, Va. photos by sera petras photography As the economy has shown signs of recovery from its most recent recession, many believed that the DIY trend would fade. The reality, though, is that it’s here to stay, albeit in an evolving form. Indeed, a whole industry, anchored by Etsy and...
The Road to Self-Publishing

The Road to Self-Publishing

By Lynda Barness, MWP™, I DO Wedding Consulting, Philadelphia Writing a book is an act of love. It takes time and effort, concentration and perseverance. Here are a few tips I learned on my road to self-publishing I Do: A Wedding Planner Tells Tales. 1. Journal and take notes. Writing isn’t a trip down memory...
The Accidental Planner— Wedding & Branding Guru David Tutera

The Accidental Planner— Wedding & Branding Guru David Tutera

By Beth Erickson, Wedding Planner Magazine editor, La Crosse, Wis. In the wedding industry, David Tutera is a legend, a creative genius, a master of marketing and branding, a social media wiz, an author, speaker, reality TV star, and celebrity planner. And though his career was built on hard work and ingenuity, it was also...
2015 Best Real Weddings

2015 Best Real Weddings

Ohio Planner: Priscah Musinde, Joie de Vivre Events, Columbus Photography: Mike & Kim Photography The couple: This couple worked collaboratively with their visions for the wedding. The bride knew exactly what she wanted, and the groom followed suit, making accommodations to ensure she had the wedding of her dreams. Despite the stress of planning, they...
Inspiration Is Everywhere! Top Trends from International Wedding Pros

Inspiration Is Everywhere! Top Trends from International Wedding Pros

By Beth Erickson, Wedding Planner Magazine Editor, La Crosse, Wis.; Edna Dratch-Parker, PWP™, EFD Creative – Event Planning & Design, Boston; Diana Da Ros, Diana Da Ros Event Planner, Monza, Italy; Barbara Diez, MWP™, Barbara Diez Events, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Shereé Bochenek, Après Party and Tent Rental, Edina, Minn. photo by Eduardo Gazzotti
What’s Right for You? Readers Review Wedding Industry Software

What’s Right for You? Readers Review Wedding Industry Software

By Beth Erickson, Wedding Planner Magazine Editor, La Crosse, Wis. Many wedding industry business owners will tell you that managing all of the event details, inventory, and financials of the company is like juggling too many balls in the air. It makes you drip with worry, waiting and wondering when you’re going to drop one....