Behind the Scenes- CLE Music Group
Behind the Scenes with CLE Music Group- One of my all-time favorite vendors in this industry is CLE Music Group.  They consistently have a great staff of people that are amazing to work with and fun to know.  I can probably attribute this to their owner, Scott Jones who is a passionate, driven and incredible guy.  If you don't know them, you should.  If you've never worked with them, contact them now and book them for anything music related.  I really, truly love how dedicated everyone is to providing prompt responses, professional musicians and amazing service for everything you do with them.   


Interview with the AWESOME- Erin Rossi of CLE Music Group) 

Q: What is the biggest misconception about your industry? 
A: This it's too expensive. We can't afford a good DJ or a great live band. Yes you can! Here at CLE Music Group, we strive to have a quality professional act for any buget!

Q: How you describe your style, your personality and/or your brand? 
I'm sincere and I take my job seriously, but I have fun with it too. I'm confident in our services here at CLE Music Group and I really aim at getting the client what they want, what they visualize. I am detail oriented.  I'm also a performer (She's an amazing vocalist here- The Element) so I understand both sides of the business. I've been a client, a bride, and I am empathetic with my clients. I understand how stressful it is to find the right vendor, especially in regards to the music. Overall, I strive to decrease my clients stress level! 

Q: What are a few mistakes brides sometimes make when choosing their band/DJ? 
A: Unfortunately, most clients pick a vendor soley based on cost. We understand that everyone has a budget, and here at CLE Music Group we do everything we can to work within that budget. This is your wedding, let's help you get it right. Think twice before hiring a family friend who dabbles in DJing or the friend of a friends husbands band who plays a local bar a few times a year. The music is one of the most important pieces to having an awesome wedding, do it right. 

Q: What things should a bride look for, look at, when selecting a vendor? 
A: Research how much experience a vendor has in their particular field. For example, CLE Music Group has over 20 years experience providing entertainment services for weddings. Look up wedding websites and the vendor website to review client comments. Ask your friends or family who they used (well...only if you liked their wedding!). When the customer is talking with the vendor they should ask themselves: Am I comfortable with the representative? Do I have a sense of trust when I'm interacting with them? Are they answering my questions?  

Q: What is the one thing a bride should save on when booking with you? 
A: A bride should save her anxiety and nerves when working with CLE Music Group. We pride our self in customer service. We also understand that for most brides, this is the very first time ever hiring a DJ or a Band. It can be very overwhelming and they don't know where to start. Our goal is to set their mind at ease! We do this ever day and we understand how important your wedding is. Let us help you! 

Q: What is the one thing a bride should splurge on when booking with you? 
A: If your budget allows it, get a live band! It's the best! There's so much energy and it's something your guests will always remember.  

Q: If you had a client who had endless funds what unique ideas and products/services would you offer them?
A: My first question would be, "What do you envision?" CLE Music Group would offer ideas once we have a good grasp on what the bride and groom want. We customize our services to the clients wants and needs. If it's a service we don't offer and the client wants it, we'll get it for them!

What are a few things that bridal clients should review in contracts? Double check the total cost, does it match what you and the representative talked about? Know how much of the deposit needed to secure your service and when it's due. How much is the balance and when that's due? How long is the contract valid for? A tip: I would not wait 10-days to book the contract. If you really want this service for your wedding, just book it and check it off your list to do, this is one more thing completed for your Big Day!

Q: What is something you wish all of your clients knew, or a certain thing you wish all of your clients would do to make working with them easier?
A: Please trust me and my recommendations. I've been doing this a long time both on the business end and in performing. Be honest with me, do you like the recommendations I offered? Is this in your budget? The only way I can work with you is if you let me help me.


Q: Who is your ideal client?
A: Ideally, a client who calls me and says I want XYZ, send me a contract. That's easy right? There is not much work that I need to do. But seriously, I love working with everyone. It's fun to work with different personalities, different requests. Some clients are more challenging than others, but as long as we have open communication, I think that's best for the vendor and the client. If I'm not told what the expectation is, then I can't help you fully. Please be open with me so I can help you the best way I know how. 




See, she's awesome.  You can tell from her answers and she truly is this great, grounded person who wants the best for you. Everyone at CLE Music Group is the same way!  

Happy Planning!
www.alleventsplanned.com 
Behind the Scenes- One Red Door Photography

We are back with a great behind the scenes interview with the husband and wife team of One Red Door Photography. If you've never met Dustin & Melissa, or never watched their LIVE Facebook videos, you are missing out on some fun. Together they make a friendly, fun and laid back team that is able to capture some candid, adorable and memorable moments from your wedding day.




Q: How you describe your style, your personality and/or your brand?
A:
Our style is very "in the moment", while we may suggest a shooting location, we don't create fake situations. We love to photograph happy couples who get us. We are a creative husband and wife photog team and constantly learning and perfecting our craft.





Q: What are a few mistakes brides sometimes make when choosing their vendor?
A: Not doing enough research and educating themselves to learn the market and make the most appropriate decision for them and their budget.





Q: What things should a bride look for, look at, when selecting a vendor?
A:
I love when a couple chooses us. It means they have done research on what is the best fit, and not only did they like our work, but they connect with us.





Q: What is the one thing a bride should save on when booking with you?
A:
I love when our couples hire a great wedding team. The wedding coordination is a must, photography too. From there, they should have a priority list. Maybe they don't care what their venue looks like but they want an overflow of flowers. Or maybe they are dreaming of a videographer but the food doesn't matter. In other words, I think working together on a priority list and a budget with a break down of each percentage is most important.




Q: What is the one thing a bride should splurge on when booking with you?
A:
Hair, makeup and a FAB outfit for the engagement session. Also hair & makeup for the wedding day. I also feel even if they can't afford a wedding planner to try and save some budget for a day of coordinator. A lot of what a coordinator does, falls on our shoulders the day of.





Q: If you had a client who had endless funds what unique ideas and products/services would you offer them?
A: Out of town engagement session!!! Something fantastic.



Q: What are a few things that bridal clients should review in contracts?
A:
EVERYTHING. Also make sure they have one. 






Q: Who is your ideal client?
A:
Our ideal client is a bride who appreciates photography but trusts us and works together for the end result. They are laid back, they love to laugh, have fun with each other and are so excited to get married. They will have either a rustic wedding or something at a unique / classic venue. Their colors will be soft with metallic accents and family heirlooms.


Thanks!

A great interview with a great pair of people. Check out their work here at One Red Door Photography.

Happy Planning!
www.alleventsplanned.com





How to Make Flower Petal Toss Holders

For one of our weddings this summer we made these super cute and super easy flower petal holders.  Let us know if you need help with yours.  We can work it into your package if you are an All Events Planned bride that needs help assembling them or for anyone that would like us to actually make and design custom holders for you. There are many different ways you can make these to compliment the personality and style of your wedding, which we will mention a few below.

For these particular holders, you simply start off with some paper doilies and double sided tape.  yes, that is it!!! Don't be fooled by the other crafting supplies in the photo. 

Substitutes: Instead of doilies, you can use any type of paper product like a cute piece of scrap book paper or brown Kraft paper.  You can add your monogram to it, your wedding date or a cute saying. You can also make or order little bags or something else already assembled. Instead of the double-sided tape, get cute washi tape in a fun pattern or a metallic foil, or order stickers with your names on them. 


Next, create a cone with the doily.  Make sure the open part on the bottom is small enough that the petals will not fall out.  Then simply secure with the double sided tape.  After doing one or two, you will probably find a strategy that works best for you.  Some people might find that it is easier to put the tape on one side first.  You just have to be careful to not let it get in contact with the doily until its in the place it is supposed to be because it will stick and may rip if you try to lift it off. However, of course the best way is to have a helper!!

Substitutes: In this picture, we show the doily filled already, you don't necessarily have to have them filled already, you can always create a cute little 'station' where guests can fill their own doily pocket, because who doesn't love a station / activity for guests to do?


Another item you will need are the flowers! We would recommend asking your florist to order some extra petals for you.  We also recommend real petals and not the fake ones from the craft store because you don't want to have to pick those up, especially if you are outside as simply sweeping them will be hard to do.  Lastly, check with your florist that they will come in petal form, and not still on the stems or you may have to factor in time to pick off the petals. (That would be a lot of "he loves me, he loves me not's" and who wants to risk that and play that game on their wedding day!?)

Substitutes: Any other flowers, lavender, sprinkles, or something biodegradable.  Basically think about the clean up, and what will be ok to toss into the air?  You don't want anything that is dangerous (obviously) or anything that will get in peoples eyes.




Look how pretty!!!  In this picture you will see that we reused this box to hold our finished doilies so they would stay upright during transportation.  For the actual ceremony, put them in a cute basket or everyone has their own chair and your holder can support it, attach a ribbon to it and hang them on the chairs.



As you walk down the isle, the end result will be so much fun and be great for photos!!!! Make sure you have the officiant tell your guests throw the flowers.  It might also be a good idea to make sure the your bridal party and family sitting in the front row know as well so they can start the trend. Another way to let guests know when it is tie to sprinkle you with love is a good ol' sign! Last by definitely not least, make sure your photographer and videographer know!  You will want them to be prepared to capture the moment and may have some input too.

Here is what it can look like! Unfortunately, this is not the actual image from the wedding we did.  We found this photo on Pintrest.  But its a pretty accurate of the fun and excitement ahead!!! Cheers!









 


Rhiannon Kirk
Behind the Scenes with Thomas Limo

Here is another of our Behind the Scenes series and it features Thomas Limo.  When I started my career, I was based out of Akron and this was one of the companies that I worked with then (15 years ago!!!) and still work with now!  Transportation doesn't get the attention it deserves when planning your wedding but the wrong company can ruin everything.  From being late to not even showing up, you need to make sure you get a reliable and professional company that has a great reputation!

Q: What is the biggest misconception about your industry?
A: Our biggest misconception would be what type of vehicles we offer. Before our company name change a few years ago we were known as Thomas Limousine Service, which lead everyone to believe we only offered “limousine” type vehicles. Which is/was farthest from the truth. We actually have a fleet size of over 90 vehicles and growing! Which is why we made the decision to re-name the company TL Worldwide Transportation, to hopefully eliminate that idea of our service being limited to just limousines. We offer sedans, SUV’s, vans, shuttle buses, mini buses, Sprinters, and Limousine Buses.
Q: How you describe your style, your personality, and/or your brand?
A: Best word to describe our company would be “professional.” We have many years of experience, and offer a true experience rather then just a “ride” from point A to point B.
Q: What are a few mistakes brides sometimes make when choosing their vendor?
A: Over the years the biggest mistake we have seen when choosing a limousine company is the bride/groom/family NOT going to visit the company before booking. We encourage everyone to GO to the facility, meet the people, see the building, and most importantly see the chosen vehicle in person!!! Anyone can put anything on the internet these days, and unfortunately, we know that some companies use “stock” photos of their vehicles. Its important to go see the vehicles in person, so there are NO surprises on the most important day of your life!!

Q: What things should a bride look for, look at, when selecting a vendor?
A: As previously stated its important to go to the company before making a deposit, in order to have seen first hand what will be arriving the day of!! Smell the vehicle, sit inside and judge just how much room you are going to have, look at how the cars are taken care of (Are they parked outdoors, or in a garage), and etc. Its important to research!!! Find reviews, ask around, and one of the most important things to ask would be if that company is fully insured. Do they do driver background checks before hiring? How often are their vehicles maintained?
Q: One thing a bride could save on when booking with you?
A: All of our vehicles have a “hourly minimum” in order to book. We always try to find ways to help the bride/groom maximize that time.

Q: What is the one thing a bride should splurge on when booking with you?
A: GUEST SHUTTLING!! If you have room in your budget, shuttling your guests to/from the reception to make sure everyone has a safe way home is an amazing gift to offer your guests, and give you peace of mind that everyone can have a great time and not worry how to get back to the hotel.

Q: If you had a client who had endless funds what unique ideas/products/services would you offer them?
A: Rehearsal dinner transportation and honeymoon airport service!! Rehearsal dinner night you could have everyone ride together and sometimes this is the first time people in your bridal party are meeting for their first time, so it gives everyone a chance to bond. Secondly, I would say airport service to/from the airport for your honeymoon. After an amazing wedding weekend, frankly you’re exhausted!! Most flights leave really early, and it would be nice to just get picked up right from your front door, and dropped off right at your departure gate. Q: What are a few things that bridal clients should review in contracts?
A: Deposit policy. We make sure all of our future clients read over the contracts in detail and ASK any questions if there is any confusion on the terms. Q: What is something you wish all of your clients knew, or a certain thing you wish all of your clients would do to make working with them easier?
A: We can never have too much information!! Sometimes, we have clients book with us months before their wedding date, and we are actually calling them the week of asking for details! We know it’s a crazy/busy time planning a wedding, but the more information we have the smoother the day can go. Our drivers are EXTREMELY experienced and so professional. We are truly blessed to have them apart of our TL family!!! They are going to give you the experience that you deserve and will never forget! I cant count how many “thank you” cards or emails have come to us WHILE people are on their honeymoons because the experience was just that memorable they took time out of their honeymoon to send a thank you!!



Well, that was some great information and again, I can't stress enough how important it is to be sure you know what you are getting from your transportation company! If you are still looking to book, contact Thomas Limo today!

Happy Planning!