Well as the shortest Christmas season in years creeps upon us, its time for another holiday office party. Now I work full time at a school and we do it BIG...as big as a school budget can be....and of course the planner has to show her stuff at this time of the year!! The past two years we have had a theme...the first was a Blue Ribbon Christmas for our National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Status and the colors were Blue and Silver. Last year we had Red Hot Christmas and .....you guessed it....the main color was RED!!! This year has flown upon me and I am now crunching to put together fabulous decor for this party that is coming up in 2 weeks. I dont have to plan for Santa coming or stand in long lines for gifts that go on mega clearance at 2am in the morning...but I do have parties to decorate where a room full of women will be critiquing every detail! I know you know the feeling of trying to please everyone and keep your sanity...so as the wheels are churning...I leave you with a couple of pictures of our last two years party decor in hopes it gives you some holiday inspiration as I gather my inspiration for another fabulous holiday festivity!!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
Well just to give you a brief blog post for the weekend...it is all smiles!! If you know me then you also know I love to take pictures and I absolutely love Caricatures. It is an annual thing at the Georgia National Fair in Perry Georgia every year to step up to be completely horrified by whatever facial feature the artist over exaggerates on my picture. Nevertheless, they are absolutely my favorite. The new trend is Digital Caricatures and at our last Networking Meeting with ABC in August, we had Caricatures by Tony come and digitally draw the beauties of the Georgia Chapter and printed out our very own copy. We love to have some form of fun and entertainment with our meetings.
So instead of maybe a photobooth at your reception...consider adding or using a Caricaturist instead. Tony could do more black and white in an hour but the average was 18 to 20 in an hour of full color. You also get a link to download your digital copy within the next days following the event. Your guests are sure to never forget your reception and having it posted on a big screen as it is being drawn is part of the fun. I love when I go to an event and there is a memory like this that I can take away and share with everyone. Please enjoy my lovely photo and remember that the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating special mementos for your guests.
Monday, August 12, 2013
I opened my schedule for the show and found my post at.....Wait for it.....David Tutera's Sticky Note Girl!!! OOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!! I had no idea what a sticky note girl was...but it was somewhere near David Tutera and I was so pumped. It turned out, I wrote down who the brides wanted him to sign the book to and wrote it on a sticky note on the inside flap of the book so he could quickly move thru the line of eager brides waiting for their moment of fame with him. I was so excited to be standing 3 feet away from him and was able to snag my own autographs and photos with him before the day was over with.
The show was an absolute DREAM...a extravagant explosion of color and sound that filled each booth. Unlike any show I have ever been too. The other volunteers were local wedding and event planners and friends who were so warm and friendly. I cannot say enough about these great Chic's!! Working the show gave me an opportunity to network with local vendors and become familiar with great local businesses as well. Take a gander at the pictures I took from the last show....and scroll down for updates on THIS SUNDAY's Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta at America's Mart...
Thursday, July 18, 2013
They love the beach and that is where they first spent a vacation together. The location was Mexico Beach, Florida about 45 minutes from the famous Panama City Beach. http://www.mexicobeach.com/ But if you have ever been to Mexico Beach, you will see that there are not many options to grand ballrooms or venue sites to choose from. You have to know your area and research the possibilities. The bride, although wanted it in Mexico Beach because of the sentimental value, had decided on traveling about 1 1/2 hours instead to Destin Florida for a more convenient venue site. After many meetings discussing the possibilities, I finally discovered that the reason for the city change was because she had only seen the El Governor Motel in Mexico Beach and was not going to have her reception there. You see where I am going....don't forfeit an experience that means something to you because you may not be able to see the bigger picture. Although the El Governor Motel may be the largest hotel in Mexico Beach, it is NOT the only option. I found a more cost effective option for the couple and wanted to share with you in case you are ever in this sort of situation....
The groom's family takes a family beach trip every father's day weekend to Mexico Beach so that is when they decided to set the Wedding Date so that the majority of the guests would already be there to attend. Instead of booking the fabulous Annex Rooms at the El Governor Motel, as they have done every year, the family decided to rent two very large beach houses right beside each other that sleep up to 16 people each. Dividing the costs up, the family is able to stay for 7 days instead of just 2 or 3 (as they normally do at the El Governor) for less. The family is all together in two houses, doesn't have to pay as much, more amenities available for them at this location, the bride and groom do not even have to pay for their room at the beach house and this also became their wedding and reception venue. The beach house has its own private little part of the beach, perfect for a sunset ceremony, free of people walking by and staring, cars honking, drunk people whooping and hollering, the perfect setting. The beach house is fully equipped with a in the ground pool where table and chairs are able to be rented and placed perfectly. This couple is on a low budget, so we pinched where we could. Tables, chairs, linens are able to be rented from Port St Joe, the cake and catering can be done by family and displayed using rented glassware and tableware. The wedding guests totaled 50 people, therefore more time and money is able to be spent on the intricate details of the wedding like the bride and groom wanted. The groom is making the altar for the ceremony, centerpieces are designed by seashells and beach themed items picked and saved from the past several years by the couple (and trust me they are not tacky-I do not do tacky). The favors/table assignments are open shadow boxes made by the bride and groom with a copy of the invitation and program, a picture, starfish and seashells from their adventure, with plenty of room for guests to add their own piece of the excitement! Sounds cute and awesome....right??? It is possible....you have to have a dream and a vision...don't keep it a secret...share with your wedding planner so he/she can start to put that vision in place!!
Always remember the legality of this as well when booking a beach house. Some of the houses I searched did not accommodate beach weddings even though they have the space to hold the amount of people. You run into insurance issues and damages may occur. Always be up front with your rental company about what will be going on, you do not have to hide anything, there are numerous rentals that accommodate small weddings....or even big weddings!!
Would you believe that the estimated costs for this wedding/reception for the couple is under $3000.00?Now that is obviously with the help of the family covering the rental fees for the beach house (which they are currently going to stay in as well). Now you may say...that's nice...but can we have a little privacy? I completely agree!! Since they are able to save money on their ceremony and reception...more money can be spent for a brief honeymoon nearby.
The hidden Black's Island is a secluded island right next to Port St Joe and Mexico Beach, where you must take a beach taxi to get to the island. The huts are equipped with your basic necessities...a low key all inclusive island. All of your non-alcoholic drinks and food are covered in your $499/night rental. Your rental includes access to the entire island, a meeting/clubhouse where the latest ball game is on, pool tables/card games and social drinking is carried out. You have access to paddle boats and water sports equipment, or access to the private pool to relax and soak up the sun. The island is absolutely quiet and secluded to spend that special time with your new husband/wife where you are not swept away by all the busyness of life. And did I mention that the island is a 21 year old and up ONLY island, so you do not have to worry about children playing, enjoy your adult alone time and then head back to real life when you are ready. But don't take my word for it...check it out yourself...http://blacksislandvacationresort.com/!! I have been visiting Mexico Beach since I was a little child and have never heard of this place, never knew it even existed...discover something new together and make new memories and traditions to come with your new family!!
For more information on how I can make that beach wedding happen for you...please call me!! I am a native of Fort Walton Beach Florida, therefore my roots lie in the sand and water...I can make it happen!!
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
"We are the oldest and largest organization exclusively serving wedding professionals, and we have been training wedding coordinators since 1955.
Our programs provide all the information you will need to get started and become successful in this business. Our courses and seminars are also periodically updated to reflect changes in our industry.
At ABC, you will learn from experienced professionals. "
At my first meeting, 2 hours up 75 to Atlanta, I was overwhelmed by the how wonderfully amazing these women and men were. Welcomed like they had known me for years, pampered by the different venue locations we visited, showered with information and contacts to immediately start using in my business. I started to have hope that maybe this is worth it. As I continued to explore their website, I admired the Code of Ethics that they stood by....
Standards of Membership
(You must agree to these in order to obtain membership.)
Code of Ethics:
For all levels, membership must be maintained in good standing. Lapses in membership are not credited to the time requirements for advancement.
|Gail Johnson pictured in the Center|
You are probably wondering WHY? am I posting this on my blog. If you are a Vendor or a Wedding Planner and want to become part of a family that will help advance you forward in your business...BOOM....you have found your new home. If you are a bride who is looking for a planner or a vendor who is guaranteed to be reputable and make your event a success and backed by an Association that has been around since 1955.....BOOM...you have found a new friend. If we cannot use each other to learn and grow then what possible purpose do we have....if you are looking out for yourself and to make money exclusively then this probably isn't for you. You have to have the passion to grow...the love of people....the want to do things impossible....the need of others for support!!
Check us out...contact me if you want more information...or check out the Association Website. I am the Membership Drive Chairperson for our Georgia Chapter and would love to add your name to the list as a possible prospect to our large family here at ABC!!
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Southern Vintage Georgia is based out of Macon and rents unique antique style pieces for every event. They are offering a 10% discount to Macon Wedding and Events. Pricing varies but well within any budget. Below you will find a few pieces that I adore on their website (www.southernvintagegeorgia.com). As you go over each piece, let your mind wonder to that place where all of your ideas come to life, where you finally have a picture to put with your ideas and dreams. This is a vendor I plan on using in the future and wanted to share my excitement for their dreamy pieces.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
What is one thing that can possibly disappoint a bride and frustrate a Wedding Planner?....A Notebook full of ideas, pictures and colors of multiple different elements in a wedding that they love and want to
do...while beautiful by themselves...look like a HOT MESS when put together. Sometimes this can cause a bride to re-think every item she has chosen.... but can be easily fixed with a smooth over from her Wedding Planner. You may like the concept of different centerpieces, flower arrangements and favors but your overall vision should have one cohesive theme. Now saying that does not mean you completely throw out the other ideas you have, you may incorporate them in other areas. What are you looking for...a country-western theme, a modern, traditional, vintage or platinum? What are your colors?
Here is a "for instance"...my newly engaged soon-to-be sister-in-law loves the idea of bright colored linens and sequins shining and in the same breath loves the burlap table runners and the cluttered looking seashell centerpieces. Well in my mind, I just stroked out a little bit. But it is easy to fix an issue like that and ease the brides frustrations. We chose a dazzling linen in her feature color for the long tables and incorporated the burlap she loved in the ceremony altar decor. To accent the cake table, we chose to use textured linens that were unique with a little bit of shiny sequin flair (but not to much). Instead of using the cluttered starfish centerpiece idea, we incorporated the idea of using the starfish at the escort table instead. I love Pinterest with a passion, and who doesn't have a "Wedding" Board that they fill with tons of beautiful ideas and creations that they would love to see one day?...it is the skill of a Wedding Planner to make those beautiful ideas and creations come together in a elegant way that leaves her bride with a vision...but more than that...the confidence that her ideas and dreams can happen and still be beautiful!! The goal here is not to discourage finding different ideas and pictures as a bride...but a challenge to the Wedding Planner to find a way to incorporate the ideas she wants to use. It is never a "job" for a true Wedding Planner, this is the part we love to dive into...this is where our creativity shows and where we can add our piece of flare!
And some people wonder why its necessary to have a Wedding Planner? We are the invisible people behind the scenes who magically pull the entire concept together leaving the jaw dropping reaction that the bride and groom give you....speechless. That is the all that matters in the end, its not the headache or frustrations of how are you going to pull it all together, its that smile, that tear, the hug and the feeling of knowing you fulfilled her dream wedding. That is the only thing that matters!!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Day 1 began with Sandals Training with the lovely Cynthia & Troy. We had 4 packed hours of Sandals Resort Information and how we can become the best at what we do PLUS get a bonus in the process. I am happy to say that I am a Certified Sandals Specialist now and am proud to book your next honeymoon, anniversary, family trip or because I can trip!! Let me help you get connected to my partner at Sandals!! Not to mention we couldn't keep our hands off the FABULOUS linen...
Once checked into our rooms at the Holiday Inn at Dunwoody, we prepared for a delicious meal at Eclipse di Luna, famous for their Tapas. I was in love with the mini Coke bottles and decided that they must come home with me. I started with just one in the purse but the lil busboy proceeded to stack every empty bottle on our table in front of me to take home and a bag to put them in....."Now You Have a Set"!!
Once home to our room and into our Jammies...we head to Gail Johnson's Suite for a night of Fun Photo Prop Pictures, SWAG bags, sweet goodies and my new favorite Nye's Cream Sandwiches....can we say KEY LIME IS THE BESST!! I think Gail would agree!! But the night ended with a few calls and notifications that these Wedding Planners were too loud...despite the Dart Tournament going on downstairs and the Parking Lot Waste fill of Cigarette Butts and Beer Bottles. I saw the man the next morning cleaning the place up and he was not a happy camper. Needless to say we had a great time talking about "what we would do"...ALL SMILES!!
Next we were told the truth by the lovely Lisa Smith about how to Be proud of who you are and put together your "MeFolio" for people to see your accomplishments. To stand tall and deal with issues as they come and never quit furthering your education and experience in the field. She has been planning weddings and events since she was 16 years old and has information galore to share with us!! Plus she was looking too cute in her dress and matching accessories...
Well that was A LOT!!..but you know there is no way to explain how much I enjoyed the conference..all the SWAG and all the things we experienced together!! I love to learn about this business and Love ABC!! Gail is the best State Coordinator and confidant...She is a role model for anyone in this business!! Happy Weekend for this GIRL!!