the publication for wedding planners, professionals & designers

July/August 2014 Volume 4, Issue 3
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Discover the National Stationery Show

Discover the National Stationery Show

By Allison Kline, ABC™, sash&bow, Green Bay, Wis. If you like the touch and feel of the wide range of stationery papers available and want to know what is new and trending to bring back to brides in your area, then the best place to be each May is at the Jacob K. Javitz Center...
Same-Sex Marriage three-part Series Part three

Same-Sex Marriage three-part Series Part three

Same Sex, Different Destination Wedding– Destination weddings for same-sex couples require different skill set By Meghan Ely, OFD Consulting, Richmond, Va. photos courtesy of The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography. All photos are reprinted with the permission of Amphoto Books, ©2014. The following is the final...
The Local Bridal Marketing Advantage

The Local Bridal Marketing Advantage

5 Tips on How to Target Your Plan! By Jenna Parks Olender, Southern Bride & Groom, Durham, N.C. Weddings are indeed the culmination of many dreams, as well as a dream-come-true enterprise for the many wedding-focused businesses that dedicate themselves to creating those joyous celebrations. According to the 2012 Wedding Report, 80 percent of couples...
Ali’s Top Tips for Working with On-Site Planners 

Ali’s Top Tips for Working with On-Site Planners 

1. Start off on the right foot. Ask if the on-site planner has worked with a destination planner before and what they thought about the process. This establishes that you are excited and open about the relationship you are forming and gives them the opportunity to share past successes or weaknesses. Laura Reyes, group sales...
Mapping the Way to Success—  Add Destination Wedding Services to Your Business

Mapping the Way to Success— Add Destination Wedding Services to Your Business

By Ali Phillips, Engaging Events by Ali, Inc., Chicago  photos by Brilliant Studios Have wanderlust for travel? Want to plan weddings on the beaches of the Caribbean or on a mountaintop in Colorado? Do you want to get out of your own city and explore the world while also working? Consider adding destination weddings to...
Knowing Trends and Your Clients is Key to Linen Selection

Knowing Trends and Your Clients is Key to Linen Selection

By Keisha Scott, PBC™,  K. Scott Weddings, Graham, N.C. Beautiful colors, textures, and patterns in wedding linens are a great way to enhance any event or wedding decor. Each year, there are new fabrics and looks that are presented on the fashion runway, that end up inspiring and influencing the wedding industry. With hundreds of...
Wedding Planner Magazine’s 2014 Reader Survey

Wedding Planner Magazine’s 2014 Reader Survey

The Results Are In! By Beth Erickson, Wedding Planner Magazine Editor, La Crosse, Wis. The 2014 Wedding Planner Magazine Reader Survey distributed via Survey Monkey in early March received a 16 percent response rate within a week. Although the results are not scientific, they do give a good indication of our readers’ thoughts and feelings...
Is Your Business Gay Friendly?

Is Your Business Gay Friendly?

The Basics of Marketing to Same-Sex Couples By Meghan Ely, OFD Consulting, Richmond, Va. The following is the second article in a three-part series on same-sex marriage, both culturally and politically and within the wedding industry. The scope of the market for same-sex marriage is broadening daily as legal recognition of gay marriage spreads throughout...
Taking Wedding Entertainment to a Whole New Level

Taking Wedding Entertainment to a Whole New Level

By Meghan Ely, OFD Consulting, Richmond, Va.
 A mind-blowing truth in wedding planning is that entertainment is often undervalued and misunderstood. Anyone who has ever watched guests dance the night away on a packed dance floor and had to convince partiers that the event must end knows the power of amazing entertainment. Yet, couples spend...
Make Your Tented Events Shine

Make Your Tented Events Shine

Contributed by Dominic Mitchell, Raj Tents, San Francisco Luxury tenting has come a long way. Rather than rolling out the familiar, be open to doing something new and exciting. Clients are better traveled, more adventurous, and can both value and handle “thinking outside the box” more than ever before. Don’t think of tenting as an...
A Peek Behind the Scenes at Three Fabulous Tented Weddings

A Peek Behind the Scenes at Three Fabulous Tented Weddings

By Beth Erickson, Wedding Planner Magazine Editor, La Crosse, Wis.; Jeremy Brech, DJ Jer Events and Lighting Design, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Dora Manuel, Viva Bella Events, Cincinnati, Ohio; Marie Danielle Vil-Young, PBC™, À Votre Service Events, LLC, Franklin Park, N.J. Marie Danielle Vil-Young, PBC™, À Votre Service Events, LLC, Franklin Park, N.J.    
photos by Emin...
What a Difference a Wheel Makes!

What a Difference a Wheel Makes!

This Circle Breathes Life Into Wedding Designs By Nancy Flottmeyer, PBC™, Weddings by Nancy, and Publisher, Wedding Planner Magazine, La Crosse, Wis. Taking a trip without a map often becomes a fabulous journey with memories to last a lifetime. As they say, it’s the journey not the destination. Not so when using color in wedding...