I would love to introduce you to one of my lovely couples Caitlin and Dan. They are a adorable couple from Philadelphia, who have a super fabulous wedding planned for June 2011! We are very excited to be working with such a wonderful couple and the fabulous vendors they have selected. Way to go Julie from JP photography you rocked this shoot girl!
Congrats Caitlin and Dan!
Pink & Silver Glamour Wedding
Pink paired with silver gives off such a Hollywood glamour vibe. Think polished shiny surfaces and a gown that's red carpet worthy. Don't go overboard though. Keep it slightly casual with light touches of lace and flowers which have more of a garden feel and the whole style of the wedding will be very pretty while still maintaining a glitzy edge.
Keep the reception decor from looking too feminine by using a clear marquee or even clear acrylic chairs just to up the modern factor. Escort cards are displayed on a bed of pink petals and the ring pillows are unusual crocheted versions.
(Image Credits: Top Row: The Knot; Project Wedding; InStyle Weddings; Brides; Bottom Row: Brides x 2; Project Wedding.)
Lia and I arrived on Saturday roughly around 7:30pm Arizona time. A friend of mine was so nice to come and pick us up from the airport, and take us to our hotel the beautiful Arizona Grand Resort. We checked in and were starving so we made our way to a Mexican restaurant on the premises. We were both very tired with the time change so we were not up to venturing out to far, and we knew that we had to get up early in the morning. We ate a quick Mexican dinner accompanied by a very overpriced and very small pitcher of margaritas, then headed back up to the room to call it a night :)
We woke early and went straight to the trade show:) We had to check in a and pick up any books that we pre-ordered. Of course I didn't pre-order anything but wanted everything when I got there so I ended up carrying around what felt like 50lbs of books! ugh...oh well at least i had my books for David Tutera and Sasha Souza to sign! The trade show was nice. I was introduced to several new vendors which I have not used before and was very excited at the possibility of using them in the future. I also found some FABULOUS linens! Which I WILL be using this year!!! I was beyond excited, i have been looking for a particular linen and there before my eyes it was being displayed in a vendors booth! Lucky me :) Another fabulous surprise Mary Dann was there. Turns out she was also speaking briefly at the conference. I am a HUGE fan of hers as well, I'm sure most of you have seen her work before and never even realized it. She is a Wedding Planner based of of southern California (imagine that :)) whose work has been featured on such shows as Platinum weddings! She was delightful to meet in person! After we made our rounds at the show we got our hair and make up done, another free service offered to us at the show :) and had some head shots done! Hey why not! Now that we were all dolled up we went up to our room to change,and to head off to The Red Haute Couture opening reception!
Monday came Early, and we had a full day! First there was the Eco chic Breakfast, which was decorated beautifully, then we attended
- Hott gadgets, gizmos, and great little ideas ;)
- Floral Sense and Cents
- Wedding tech
- 10 commitments to networking
- using traditional and new media to build your brand among brides
- Weddings by design! Sasha Souza!
Tuesday! Woke early, had to check out because Lia and I were both departing after the conference at the end of the day. Breakfast was a haute chocolate delight with our Masters. We were handed delicious brownie packages from Fairytale brownies as we entered the room that allowed us to select any table with the same name to sit at with a master bridal consultant and pick their brain while we snacked on chocolate croissants, spinach, artichoke and sun dried tomato quiche, chocolate stuffed french toast and a chocolate pot de creme and fresh fruit. It was delightful and defiantly got your engine going with all of that sugar!
After breakfast we headed over to the tented pavilion for 2 more break out sessions!
I had the pleasure of sitting next to Suzanne Dement who runs Sasha's Tennessee Office! It was nice being able to chat with her a bit, and pick her brain a little as well :)
- Powerful Transformations using pipe and drape and lighting
- HOTT structures, tents, canopies, chuppahs, and mandaps
After the sessions we attended The International luncheon, in which I had the pleasure of sitting next to and getting acquainted with Nikki Begg the owner of Bermuda Bride, Petals, and elements! First we were laughing that we had the same name, same astrological sign, same interested and motivation. It was so nice speaking with her. She has been in the industry a bit longer than myself and her advice was monumental, both professionally and personally. Anyone in this industry knows how demanding it is, and the affect it can have on your family if you let it. Its important to keep your priorities in order and remember that a career is great but you cant cuddle up to it at night! (I love you hubby) and any brides interested in destination weddings Bermuda is GORGEOUS! We love to travel!
After the wonderful lunch we attended one more break out session
Then we hurried over and I mean HURRIED to get Great seats for DAVID TUTERA! Listening to David was amazing. He is exactly like you would imagine him to be, the person who he is on TV is the same person you get in person! It was nice to hear his story of how her started, and his advice to other designers and planners, it is something that I will definitely remember forever. Meeting him was also something that I will never forget. He is such a icon. The events that he creates are so OVER THE TOP and breath taking I would be honored to attend one of his events let alone assist in designing one of them. He is also very down to earth which was very refreshing. And Girls he signed one of his books The Big White Book of weddings for one of you lucky ladies to have. I figure I will do some type of promotional contest with it, but haven't decided what as of just yet! David, Sasha, and Mary are all such different designers, yet all provide such wonderful and different incite to the industry. I feel so grateful that my business has grown to what it has in such a short time and that I have such an amazing support system that encourages and supports me, it because of all of you that Elite Events is what is is today and is constantly evolving. It is so exciting. Thank YOU!
- too busy to do it all
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I'm traveling and rooming with my good friend and fellow planner, Lia from Michigan! I cant wait to soak in all of this knowledge, and sun! Phoenix here I come!
Let’s take a look at this from a statistical point of view. The wedding industry alone hauls in a whopping 2 billion dollars every year! I feel confident saying that there’s more than enough business for everyone. Yet in most markets the competition has taken an ugly turn for the worse. Every time you turn around it’s some petty drama about so and so.
I think one of the most prevalent situations is when a newcomer enters a local market and older business owners feel threatened. Ask yourself this, “If I were the existing business owner and a new business was opened in my market, How would I react?” Often times this new business may not be competing for the same clients but nonetheless most of us know the outcome.
I have a saying that time in the industry has no bearing on talent... but it does determine how you handle yourself.
Competition is a mission, a mission to get ahead of where we are. Healthy competition is a good thing!
- You’re a leader, not a follower
- Competition inspires you to create new ideas
- Competition means differentiation
- Competition makes you confident
Unhealthy competition is when your reaction to others’ success is negative, rather than inspiring or motivating to you. Unhealthy competition only reinforces negativity at the expense of seemingly getting ahead. You aren’t actually getting ahead but rather harming your own character. You can easily debase yourself and your business.
- You hope others fail because you are afraid of your own failure
- You push other’s aside to get your way
- You downplay another person in hopes of making yourself look better
Often times people like this will go to desperate measures to cut off their competitor. These people should be warned that their insecurity often drives their opponent to take the high road and thus outwit them. Ultimately people that stoop to this level are so incredibly insecure and scared of their competition. There is no point to this petty drama. Be confident, fair, and friendly. Your business and personal life will be rewarded for avoiding such non-sense. Furthermore, be careful who you pick on….it could definitely ruin your reputation in this industry.
Recently we were poised with this very issue within our company when one of our own was seen to be "threatening" to their peers... treated horribly and without respect. This has no place in our industry and only makes you look petty, short sighted and horrible.
Think about treating people the way you want to be treated.
Take a peak at what Mary had to say:
Kati & Bryan are best described as laid back, Dave Matthews Band junkies. They love to laugh and go on adventures with their Akita-Chow mix pup Maverick. When I first met Kati, who works for Elite Events Coordination & Design, she said "When you do my engagement pictures, we have to go to a Dave Matthews show..." now she didn't have a ring on her finger & I wasn't quite sure about going to a show for a shoot, but I'm sure I said I was stoked for the idea! When their engagement became official, we talked about the "original" idea of doing their shoot @ a show, but the scheduling was a bust. Instead, we brainstormed & both came up with the idea of breaking out the camping gear and having the shoot center around that. When they travel to shows, they often camp and are frequent visitors to Maumee Bay State Park which is pretty much in their backyard.