I’ve been really focused on growing my business and getting more and more high end brides. And it’s working! Great news…. BUT…..
There’s always a BUT….
There are brides that love my style, love how we plan events but because my prices have gone up they can’t afford to hire me as their wedding planner. These are brides that are ready to buy and it makes me really sad to turn them away. So after listening to photographer Laura Novak at a recent conference I thought she was on to something. Laura was in the same position as me as a photographer. As she grew so did her prices but it didn’t mean she wasn’t still attracting clients that would be great to work with but who just couldn’t reach her fee. She was busy enough so she created a second division to her company where she could refer these couples. They’d receive the Laura Novak photography style and treatment because she’d trained these associates and she wouldn’t lose out on the business. Brilliant!
So I applied this to my business and quickly came up with Simon and I running the Haute Couture division and an associate planner running the Pret a Porter division. They still become a client of Firefly and get access to our private collection of décor, our cool templates and spreadsheets, design ideas and our associates are trained in the Firefly Occasions style but at a fraction of the cost. It’s a total win win!
Could you do this in your business?
This is a great tactic to try while everyone is moaning over the economy. Could you create a second tier in your business so that you personally don’t have to lower your prices but brides and grooms could still gain access to your company’s style by working with an associate planner?
Another thought is- if people aren’t buying right now it means you’ve got to do a bit of renovations to your programs or packages. Maybe you promote coaching brides through their wedding planning rather than full service. It’s less of a cost for them but it also takes up less of your time and after talking to you on the phone for a year don’t you think you could upsell them to day of coordination?
What about tossing out some budget bride packages? Get some local vendors together and figure out how you could combine your services and give the bride a sweeter deal. That helps everyone out!
You need to think… How can I renovate my wedding planning?
And this idea is good to use all the time. I think it’s important that you give your business a little reno from time to time. Think about that boutique in your town that’s been there for 25 years without a paint job and the same mannequins in the window. It’s not very exciting and it probably wouldn’t attract today’s fashionista… It needs a little facelift to bring it up with the times and get people interested again.
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How can you renovate your business? Are there some new programs or packages that you could create to spark some new interest? Are you losing money by not having services for different levels of brides? Is there an area of your market that you’ve thought about tapping into but hesitated? Now is the time. Why not spiffy up your business right now and jump up to the next level?…
I’ve been really focused on growing my business and getting more and more high end brides. And it’s working! Great news…. BUT…..
Your wedding reception should flow right along at a good pace, but it certainly should not be rushed. We strongly recommend following a format and timeline that varies slightly from the norm. Why? Because it works very well, improves flow and helps keep your guests around so everyone has fun. Plus it guarantees no lengthy break in the music once it starts. Dragging out the ceremonial activities combined with starting and stopping the music will frequently result in the early departure of some (or many) guests. Everything should be planned and scheduled with your DJ, photographer, caterer and other key vendors well in advance of your big day.
Here’s the sequence to follow for a successful wedding reception:
Arrival: The Wedding Party should strive to arrive at the reception hall within an hour of the end of the wedding ceremony. This means you must gather family and move right to your photo session. If the wedding and reception are at different locations, someone in the party should keep the DJ posted by cell phone as to the party’s whereabouts and estimated time of arrival so the DJ can keep guests informed.
Introduction: The DJ joins the wedding party just outside entrance to hall and makes sure everyone is properly lined up and ready to go. The introduction should be limited to the wedding party; however it is perfectly OK to include parents, grandparents and others close to the bride and groom. Note: If your DJ has access to a studio, you might consider having him or her produce an awesome announcement mixed with music pre-chosen by the bride and groom. Pulled off correctly – it requires a true pro – this can really make your entrance “big time!”
If you will play a video-slideshow of the bride and groom through the years, a good time to do it is after all members of the wedding party have been announced, except the bride and groom who wait outside the hall during the video. Another good choice is just before dinner when everyone is seated. Your video-slideshow show should be three to four minutes with special music mixed under the photos and graphics.
Cake Cutting: As introduced, members of the wedding party should proceed immediately to the dinner table and be seated. The bride & groom upon introduction should walk straight to the cake and proceed with the cutting. It’s a good photo-op and guests are already centered on the bride and groom. The newlyweds then take their seat for dinner.
Toast: This should take place just a few minutes after the bride and groom are seated but before any food is served and certainly not while servers are moving about the area.
Blessing: The microphone will be handed off to the person who will do your blessing. The toasters and DJ must know where this person is sitting.
Dinner: If banquet style, bride and groom go first followed by the rest of wedding party. Then tables are released one at a time by staff, friends or your DJ. Arrange it in advance.
Greeting Guests: If the bride and groom wish to “work the room”, they should do so immediately upon completion of their dinner while guests are still at their tables. They’ll be “honored” to have you stop by, even if you interrupt their dinner conversation.
Bouquet Toss: This should take place as soon as possible after dinner.
Garter Toss: This should immediately follow the toss.
First Dance: Bride and groom dance to their special song.
Father/Daughter Dance: The bride’s father joins her for a special dance.
Mother/Groom Dance: (optional)
(We suggest no Dollar dance or other special dances except for the entire wedding party. Dollar dances tend to drag on, slow things down and are considered a bit “cheesy” these days)
Wedding Party Dance: Your DJ invites all members of the wedding party to hit the floor.
Anniversary Dance: Your DJ will invite all married couples to the dance floor and play about thirty seconds of a pre-selected song, then ask anyone married less than a day to take a seat. Obviously, the bride and groom are first to leave with everyone’s focus still on them. After a few more seconds of the song, everyone married less than a year will sit down, and so forth. You get the idea. Eventually a few couples married 50 years or more will remain. This special dance is a great way to get people involved and a neat way to lead into open dancing for all.
Open Dance Floor: This continues with no interruptions until the end of the reception.
Treat your wedding reception as a “production” and pay attention to detail when meeting with your service providers and constructing your timeline.…
You have dreamt of your wedding since you were a little girl but you haven’t been saving for it. What would you do now? You do not have to worry at all because there are plenty of wedding ideas on a budget. There are so many cheap wedding ideas available that you will be amazed. Here are some wedding ideas on a budget to make you feel a little better.
First of all, the things which you should keep in mind if you want to save money are, choose a date who is neither a weekend nor a holiday. Everything about your wedding will cost cheaper as it will be held at off-season. It does not matter when you are getting married, what matter is that you are getting married to the love of your life, and both of you will have a happy life together.
Secondly, when you pick the place for your wedding, choose the one that would include everything that is tables, chairs, tents and linens because it will save you a lot on the rentals. If you think that picking a raw place like a backyard will cost you less, then you are wrong as the rentals for all these things will be heavy on your pocket. You can save up on the decorations by using flowers that are in the season. Talk to the florist about that. Using the same flowers, but with a different setting, for your reception could save you a ton. Do not assume that having a buffet system will be less expensive. Consider getting a simple menu but with flavorful dishes in harmony. Moreover, consider that a buffet will save you on the extra money you will shell out on the servers.
All this may sound like a lot of work but if it’s easier on the pocket, then it’s totally worth it. Booking a venue at a short-term will really help you a lot. For a caterer, a date who is not booked is lost forever. So, a last-minute booking can be golden for you as well as the vendor, and your vendor will be more flexible on the prices. And lastly, cut your guest list. Invite only those who really care about you and are close to you. Sharing your special day with the nearest and dearest to you will make you truly happy.
Cheap wedding ideas are all around you, so just look for them.…
Do you know how to shop for shoes? No, really, do you understand the process and how it should be done to get the most out of your trip? If not, this article has a great deal of advice which will help you buy a pair you love without a huge struggle.
When buying new athletic shoes, do not make them do more than what they were intended to do. If you buy a walking shoe, do not play basketball in them. Athletic shoes are designed for specific sports for a reason. They will give you additional support in the areas that are needed for the desired sport.
When buying shoes for your wedding day, try the shoes on at around the same time of day that your celebration will take place. Feet have a tendency to swell during the day. With a good fit at the same time of day, you will be more comfortable on your special day.
If you have to wear orthotic devices for your feet, take them with you when you go shopping for a new pair of shoes. Try finding a pair that allows you to comfortably wear your orthotic devices. Get some tips from your orthotist if you are not sure what kind of shoes you should get.
When shopping for high heels, it is important that they fit properly to protect your feet. Improperly fitting shoes cause a variety of foot problems including ingrown toenails, bunions and calluses. By purchasing a high heel that fits correctly, you can protect your feet from unnecessary injuries associated with ill fitting footwear.
Just because your running shoes continue to look good for many, many years, this does not mean that you should continue to wear them. They fail to provide much support after you have gone around 300-500 miles. After that point you should go out and start shopping for another pair.
Understand when it’s best to replace your running shoes. Running shoes need to be replaced around every 400 miles. Even if you think they still feel great, you’ve got to swap them out for a new pair. You’re definitely not getting the support that you need anymore when the mileage on your shoes has reached those levels.
Make sure you pay the right amount for your shoes. High quality, durable shoes may be expensive but they’re also worth it a lot of the time. However, you shouldn’t get a shoe just because a celebrity has endorsed it, because the shoe’s quality may not be worth it if it’s poorly made.
The Internet is full of many wonderful websites that offer great discounts on shoes, but it can be difficult to know what size to order. To get the best fit, find a brick and mortar store that sells the kind of shoe you want and try them on for size. Then you can order online and get a great price and a good fit.
The most important outcome of shoe shopping is to end up with a pair of shoes. They have to fit your needs, and your feet, and leave you feeling amazing when you wear them. By using the advice written here, you’ll easily get those shoes without any headaches at all.…
Finding the right songs for the ceremony and the right dress to wear is only a couple of the few hundred details you need to plan in order to have a great wedding. Do you even know everything that goes into planning a wedding ceremony? If not, make sure you read up on the tips provided below.
Before you get married, make sure you discuss the subject of children with your prospective mate. Having this discussion beforehand will avoid any disagreements after you’re married.
Leading up to your wedding, you will want to find a top makeup artist to do your makeup, which will maximize how you look. This is very important as you will want to be as glowing as possible and hide any imperfections so that you can be flawless when your big day comes.
Wedding dresses are notoriously expensive. To help defray the cost of a wedding gown, you may wish to shop for dresses that may not be considered a wedding dress. A bridesmaid dress might strike your fancy as an option, and it would be cheaper than a dress designated for the bride. Even with some alterations to complete your vision for the dress, it could be less expensive in the end.
One of the things that you can do to make sure that everything looks good is to choose a bathroom buddy. This person can sit next to you in the bathroom to give you another set of eyes to analyze your dress, accessories and the makeup that you will wear on your wedding day.
Put a lot of thought into the seating chart that you create for your wedding. Make sure that the elderly do not have to travel a long way to get to their seat and that your family is close to you. Also, try to have the members of each family sit with each other.
The most important preparation for a wedding is to expect the unexpected. When it happens, laugh it off and let someone in your wedding party deal with it. No matter what it is, it will be resolved, and you’ll look back and laugh at it someday. Really, it’s true!
To save money on your wedding, you may want to ask your family or friends to each make a plate of food for the reception. Hiring a caterer can cost a lot of money and half of the time, wedding guests do not like the choices of food a caterer offers.
If you’ve asked a family member or friend to photograph your wedding, make sure that person really wants to do it. Don’t pressure anyone because he or she may end up so stressed out that the photographs they take don’t turn out as expected. If the photo are ruined in any way, don’t take it out on the person you asked! They did the best they could.
As the top of this article mentioned, there are hundreds of details that go into pulling off a great wedding. Some of these details are minor and others are major. Regardless, don’t neglect even the smallest detail. Use the tips you’ve just read here to ensure that you’re planning a perfect wedding.…
Choosing jewelry can be difficult – even overwhelming. There is so much choice and so much you need to know; especially if you have never purchased much. The following tips will help you learn some useful things that you need to know about jewelry. When you know what things to look for it makes it more enjoyable.
Try not put any of your jewelry on before applying your makeup. By putting your pieces on before doing this, you risk getting them covered in things like powders and deposits from your makeup. This then collects around gem settings and on metal causing them to turn and look cheap and old.
Create wire jewelry. There are so many resources available to help you get started. You can buy the supplies almost anywhere, charms, beads, dangles, special clasps plus much more. It does take quite a bit of practice, but it can be a fun hobby or even a career if you perfect it.
Try keeping up with jewelry trends. Like with fashion, jewelry also follows seasonal trends and you can find a style and color combination that is right for you. You can even find specialty items that go with clothing pieces in your own personal wardrobe. The possibilities and combinations are endless.
Make sure that you clean your jewelry on a regular basis. Although it may not seem important, when you don’t clean your jewelry, you are taking the risk of getting skin irritations. This is because dirty jewelry can hold bacteria and germs in it. Also, cleaning jewelery will make it look brand new, even if it’s old.
Find your style in advance. Search an online jewelry store before you make your trip to the jeweler so that you know what you are looking for. Being able to tell the jeweler exactly what style you are looking for will make your trip quicker, as well as making it easier on both you and the salesperson.
Be sure to clean your silver jewelry using professional cleaning products. Using home methods may be effective, but using cleaners specifically meant for silver can help to prolong the life of your silver jewelry. In addition, under no circumstances scrub, your silver. Instead, opt for using denture cleaners to scrub the silver without causing brush marks or other damage.
When you are giving jewelry to a significant other, you should keep in mind to always give a piece of jewelry that is appropriate for the stage of the relationship. This is because jewelry can be misinterpreted as to the real motive of the person giving the jewelry. Therefore, you need to select the piece of jewelry that is appropriate for the relationship.
To help jewelry maintain its maximum possible value you should aim to keep it in a pristine condition. Not only will it look better on you but it will also fetch a higher asking price should you ever decide to sell it. Semi annual trips to jewelry store for regular cleanings will help accomplish this.
The tips that have been provided should boost your self-confidence when it comes to jewelry buying and care. You now know what things to look for concerning jewelry, and having the knowledge should also give you the ability to talk to any jeweler with confidence.…
How do you go about buying shoes? Are you attracted to the displays in shoe stores as you walk through the mall, or do you do some research before you shop? This article has some great tips about how to get the most for your money when you need to buy a new pair of shoes.
Try shopping for shoes during the evening or late in the afternoon. Feet usually swell a little during the day and you might end up with some uncomfortable shoes if you buy a pair before your feet swell up. Do not hesitate to go back to the store where you noticed a pair of cute shoes to try them again later in the day.
Try shopping for shoes at the end of the day. Your feet tend to swell during the day. Later in the day feet are usually at their biggest size. Getting shoes earlier may mean that they will be tighter later on. Buying shoes at this later time can help you get a pair that will fit no matter what size they are.
Do you understand about foot pronation? A shoe salesperson that does can help you choose a shoe to protect you if your foot pronates while walking. Pronation is caused from weak tendons and muscles around your ankle. When your foot pronates, it allows your ankle to lean outward. This is one of the primary causes for ankle injuries.
Do not wear the same shoes every day. This can be really tempting, particularly when you have a favorite pair, but do your best to avoid it. This will stop your foot from becoming more limber and there is a chance that it will cause your shoes to get an odor.
Before buying a pair of shoes, walk in them for a bit. You should walk around the store and sit down to make sure the shoes fit properly. This is when you will see if there is any friction on your feet. This can save a lot of money since you won’t be buying ill-fitting shoes.
It is a good idea to get your feet measured for shoes every once in a while to ensure you are wearing the correct size. factors like weight gain and hormonal issues can cause a difference in the size of your foot. Having them measured will eliminate the chances of you damaging your foot with ill-fitting shoes.
Don’t be afraid to go to a thrift store to see if they have some nice shoes for a cheaper price than retail. A lot of the time people will donate shoes just because they didn’t like them and barely wore them. You will save a lot of money by doing this and you never know what you’ll find!
People have different methods of shopping, and this also applies to buying new shoes. Even though many people don’t think about it, the shoes you wear can have a considerable effect on how you look and feel. Use the great tips in this article to make sure you not only end up with great looking shoes, but shoes that support your body correctly.…