Posts tagged Brides
Featured on another blog!
All Events Planned is so, so, so proud to have part of OUR blog featured on a bride's blog!  Especially because her blog is fantastic and so fun to read! 

Here is a little about the blog-

Kadee’s {Wedding} is a contemporary blog, with a romantic flair, that features chic wedding trends + m.o.d.e.r.n inspiration for the Yakima bride. Written by {Kadee Peterson}, this site features area vendors + resources such as: photography, catering, beauty, fashion + travel, along with product analysis, shop reviews + everything else wedding!

Here is a little about the bride-
.the bride.
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 Simply put, I am a Yakima girl who fell in love with a Seattle boy. I recently graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Communications and a focus in Public Relations in June 2008. I am an aspiring PR professional in search of my {dream} job, social media junkie and a Martha Stewart-enthusiast.

Dubbed “Nancy Drew”, I am always scouring the web for information and have more recently looked to other bloggers for i.n.s.p.i.r.a.t.i.o.n on the latest wedding trends. I am continually amazed by the amount of fresh + ::fashionable:: ideas available and even more excited to share and use them for my own wedding. While I’m all for keeping up on tradition, I have a slight touch of anti-bride in my system.  I believe a wedding should be unique, fun and really shine on who the couple is.  After all, this is |their day| to share who they are with their loved ones.
My fiancé {Kyle} is currently studying for his Master’s in Education while working construction to pay the bills. In his spare time, he finds solitude in his true {passion}, coaching community college Men’s Basketball in the winter and just recently, Girl’s Varsity Softball in the spring. While he’s more excited about the marriage than the actual planning of the wedding, he has been very tolerant of my newly admitted obsession. . . . this, ladies, is why I love him :)

Check it out here, our interview with Erica Fill from Cakes by E-  

Thank you to Kadee for featuring the interview on her blog!  Definitely a great way to start the weekend!!!!
Running of the Brides
I had the pleasure this morning of joining Dawn Bebout of Dawn Bebout Photography at 6am to witness and partake in the Running of the Brides at Filene's Basement.

There were brides who had driven from all over the United States to get to Filene's and yes, there were even brides who had camped out overnight, in the freezing cold weather and rain, to get a front spot in line. Billy J DJ Service was there bright and early to get the girls moving, and they did a great job.

Teams of up to 10 or more people were waiting in line with the bride, ready to grab every dress they saw as soon as the doors opened.  There were special colored hats, shirts, scarves and even entire outfits so that the girls could keep track of each other.  I had the chance to talk to brides from all over about their wedding dates, wedding details and dream dress. (P.S.- September is going to be a BIG wedding month)

We were given "special" badges from Filene's so we were even able to get inside and check out the store early and then get started with the girls as they came running, yes running, in.  There are some amazing pictures that will be posted shortly.

When the girls and their "teams" got in it was a mad rush to grab as many dresses as they could get and get started.  The dresses are in NO order whatsoever and there are strapless, pink, cream, ruffled, glitter, beaded and silk gowns galore.  Everyone searched to "trade" for different styles and sizes but when someone found one they LOVED, they weren't letting it go.  There was even a bride who didn't LOVE the dress she had on but refused to take it off, just in case she couldn't find anything else.

The brides and their friends used the event to do something really "fun" and unique with their friends and families before the big wedding day.  If you ended up finding the perfect dress at a great price (Average Sale Cost- $250), that was probably amazing as well.  It is another great memory to add to the long list of memories you make during the wedding planning and preparing process.

Look back soon for pictures! 
The Secrets behind Vendor Selection (that no one talks about)
After, what I would consider, a substantial amount of time in the industry, I think I have some advice on vendor selection that may be helpful to brides.  This may or may not be information that you would have previously considered or even thought about.  While I am not trying to say that it is typical of vendors to be untruthful about their abilities, in the day and age of "anyone can be anything with a good website", you need to be more careful.

1- ASSOCIATIONS: If your vendor belongs to an association, that is wonderful!  First thing you need to do is find out what it takes to become a Member of the association, in order to understand how "wonderful" that really makes your vendor.  Some associations just require a payment.  Yes, that is it.  Your DJ can be "certified by the "Amazing Wonderful Awesome DJ Association of America", and all he had to do was pay them $100.  While other associations have a lengthy review process and even referral requirements.  Find out which one your vendor participates in.

2- REFERRALS: Another thing that usually helps with choosing a vendor is referrals.  Some vendors just have "quotes" on their website, while others will offer you the numbers of several clients to contact.  Keep in mind, NO ONE, is going to give you the phone number to an unhappy client.  You'll need to know what matters most to you before you call, so that you have specific questions for the client.  "Were they on time?"  "How long did setup take?"  "How do you know the vendor or how did you find the vendor?"  "What type of attire did they wear?"  Sometimes even a simple "When did you last work with the vendor?" may bring up surprising information, such as "Eight years ago" and in that case, you might want to find someone who can offer useful, up to date, referrals. 

3- PHOTOGRAPHY: I am not referring to photographers.  I am referring to the photos that some vendors use on their site that have been provided by photographers.  A florist can do "okay" designs but when working with an "amazing" photographer, those designs/centerpieces/arrangements come out looking spectacular.  I'll be kicked out of the Wedding Planner Club for this one, but even some wedding planners can provide pictures of events that they worked, but that doesn't mean what you see has anything to do with what they did, sometimes they didn't even coordinate the vendors OR their work.  A Wedding Planner can work with great vendors to create a great day, that you CAN tell from a photo.  A Wedding Planner may not be able to create the design, color, creativity, layout and themes that you see, that you CAN'T tell from a photo.  Sometimes, if you are inclined, it is okay to ask Planners what part they had in the design of certain photos.  Don't count on your Planner to be able to create 6-story high centerpieces OR to even be able to setup place cards JUST because they show photos of those things.

I know, I know no one wants to hear this awful truth but it must be told.  I have researched many "Wedding Planner" sites and some of them, after investing time and energy to review, are nothing more than someone who has seen Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner, one too many times.  You can't tell JUST from someone's website, so do your research.  Don't be fooled by the pretty pictures and the "I love you" quotes from clients.

I'll continue to expose the secrets of vendor selections (that no one wants to talk about) as the months go on, eventually you'll be able to sift through the Flash Sites and fancy blogs and find what matters!
A Whole Month
Why yes, it has been almost a month since I've last blogged. I had a wedding every weekend in August and with back to back to back weddings it is hard to find time to do anything other than work one wedding and then start planning/finalizing the next wedding, after that working the wedding and planning the next. All the while still taking calls for new clients, I'm scheduling appointments into January now! Phew. All wonderful for the business, but definitely exhausting.

I remember a time in my career when I would have a wedding on Friday evening AND Saturday evening a few weekends here and there, that was serious wedding planning. I loved every minute of it, but looking back, I don't know how where all that energy came from! If things keep going as well as they have been, I'll have to work my way up to having that kind of energy again. Wouldn't be the worst thing : )

Now that wedding season is slowing down, but not nearly close to ending, I've got to turn my focus on marketing. The "off-season" will need to be filled with appointments, meetings and times where I update/revamp the website, post for the blog, send out postcards/flyers/mailings and just get my name out in the industry. I already have some really great contacts in the media, so all I need to do make time for meetings and that will just take care of itself!

By next wedding season, I'll have everything in place for a successful year. Well, really I have it all in place now, but I think I will just continue to work on it, continue to make things better and promote my experience as the #1 selling point to brides, because really, that's all you can have in order to know what you are doing as a planner. No book, guide or class prepares you quite as well as 100's of weddings over the years.

If you have any marketing tips, sales ideas, promotional concepts or even contacts, feel free to let me know. You can never know "too many" people when trying to sell yourself to, well, people!