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The State of the Santa Barbara Wedding Industry Autumn Fireside Summit: “Define. Design. Evolve.”

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, In the Press, Industry Shenanigans, Innovations / 04.17.20180 comments

“DEFINE.  DESIGN.  EVOLVE.”

A Fireside Wine Summit Experience

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

4:00pm-6:30pm

at the historic 

Santa Barbara Club

 The Fireside Wine With a Wedding Planner series continues with perhaps the first-ever Santa Barbara Wedding Industry Summit: “The State of the Santa Barbara Wedding Industry: Define.  Design.  Evolve”.

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Never A Better Time for a Santa Barbara Wedding – Or A Planner

Blog, Event Planning Advice / 02.04.20180 comments

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With the recent Thomas Fire and Flood devastation in Santa Barbara wiping out or causing delay to several popular wedding locations, engaged couples may think Santa Barbara is simply not the spot to get married in 2018.  On the contrary, I think it is better than ever – especially when you have a professional planner to help you navigate the logistics of what is available, and suits your spending plan and date.  A local professional wedding planner’s knowledge means he/she is in the trenches of what has been going on here location-wise, as well as is privvy to locations and venues (many not advertised to the public) and because of his/her in-depth knowledge of location, site fees and more, will know almost instantly the leading locations to which you should be steered, saving you invaluable time and money.  

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A Mini Summit: Encore Presentation of Wedding Planner Mentorship PowerLunch Experience

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans / 02.02.20180 comments

On Wednesday, January 31st, we welcomed wedding professionals from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara’s own wine country for a “mini summit” at Ventura Rental Party Center. This was an encore presentation of our last sold-out Wedding Planner Newcomer Mentorship/PowerLunch Experience, and I was excited to share even more updated information and offer the opportunity for collaboration at the end. As attendees arrived, they were greeted with sparkling bubbly and tablescape inspiration  styled and designed by the professional talent at Ventura Rental.  As with all our workshops, our signature “Little Black Box” made an appearance, too.   Photographer Isabel Gomes from Isabel Lawrence Photography was on hand to capture the story of the afternoon in photos (see below).

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Fireside Wine With a Wedding Planner: An intimate “workshop chat” for wedding consultants

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans, Our Events Industry Pros / 12.02.20170 comments

wine fireContinuing the Wedding Planner Mentorship Series is  Fireside Wine With a Wedding Planner, an informal “chat workshop”, which will explore in more detail two of the most popular topics from the Wedding Planner Newcomer PowerLunch #1 on October 25th. You spoke and we listened.  The top two topics requested for more intense detail from our last workshop were:  1) Deciding What You Will Offer (packages, hourly rates, flat fees, the extent of types of coordination/planning/design) and  2)  Marketing & PR for the Independent Contractor & Small Business:  Cost-Effective,  Powerful Methods (including tune-up tips for current endeavors to capture revenue during this prime booking season, which is now through February)

+PLUS+ Bonus Content: delving into the one factor no form, market research, budget projection or potential client filter questionnaire can do for you with regard to sales & booking new business.  We will continue to take a more in-depth look at that #1 Source of Revenue we discussed in our first workshop on October 25th  & the factor many miss when building their wedding planning business.  Bring your most pressing questions, because this informal chat workshop around the cozy fire allows for some personalized consultation!

What makes this workshop especially unique is the intimate nature and the fact we are reserving a whole section for you – the wedding consultant/professional- to bring your most pressing business and marketing questions for professional consulting from an expert – as well as some of your peers.

 

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How Using An iPod Ruined One Wedding (And the Friendships That Went With It)

Blog, Event Planning Advice, Rants / 09.18.20171 comments

At a recent wedding, the couple thought they would save money and ask a friend to “man” their iPod for ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner /dancing.   Let me save you time from reading the entire article below and fast forward to the summary right here:  a professional special event DJ is not only worth their weight in gold, you are actually maximizing your investment if on a limited spending plan.  For one service provider, you have peace of mind from ceremony through the end of the evening and they are almost always more cost-effective than a band if you have super limited funds.

However, if you are the type of person who needs actual, real examples of “why” because you think wedding service providers are out to take advantage of you financially, below is a real-life example from a recent wedding where they insisted on using an iPod and having “friends” man it for the wedding.

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Why “Re-Using” Ceremony Chairs for The Reception Does Not Work (Or Save You Money)

Blog, Event Planning Advice, Rants / 09.18.20170 comments

Photo Credit: WonderTribe

I am continually asked by clients who are watching their spending plan if moving chairs from the ceremony to the reception is a good way to save money.   Before we talk about the actual money part, let me give it to you from another (almost more important) angle:  it is never a good idea to move chairs from the ceremony site to the reception site and here’s why:  people and logistics.  From the bridal party needing the ceremony site for post-ceremony photos, to guests still lingering at the ceremony site, there is nothing more awkward, less-gracious and classless than staff having to tear down chairs and make their way around guests, asking them to move, running into them, and more.

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Intimate Destination Santa Barbara Wedding Experience: Mariachis, Margaritas & Merry-Making

Real Weddings / 08.10.20172 comments

If you are looking for a feature on an opulent wedding that included a 5′ tall wedding cake, three gown changes for the bride and a 10-course meal with trapeze artists, this is not that wedding.  But if, however, you want a genuine, grass-roots, heart-centered wedding that celebrates love, family and includes a quintessential Santa Barbara experience, then this wedding story is for you.

Cristina and Mark originally came to me for my mobile wedding planning tour for two.  This initial consultation was a customized tour of Santa Barbara wedding venues that matched their budget and event vision.  Turns out, they found their ideal wedding location on our 2nd site visit that very day.  Cristina and Mark were my favorite type of clients and because of their vision, make my work effortless.  Their sole goal was to keep the wedding small and only include immediate family and some very close friends.  They wanted to invest in an “experience” for their guests that showcased Santa Barbara and its unique Spanish heritage, and in doing this, allow them the opportunity to spend quality time with each guest the whole time. 

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Protected: Patriotic Couple and Family Celebrate “I Do” at Beloved Historic American Guest Ranch

Blog, Real Weddings / 07.02.20170 comments

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Wedding Planner Newcomer Workshop | A Power Lunch Mentorship Experience

Blog, Event Planning Advice, Industry Shenanigans / 07.01.201715 comments

Wedding Planner Newcomer Workshop

“A Power-Lunch Mentorship Experience”

Third-generation Santa Barbaran, Certified Wedding Professional, and founder of one of the area’s most successful and long-standing event planning companies Kerry Lee (Dickey) Doehr created this workshop in response to the demand of local newcomers seeking authentic and experienced advice from a trusted and experienced professional.

Read about our last sold-out PowerLunch Mentorship for Wedding Planner Newcomers from October 25th.

Workshop Highlights:

  • The unique challenges of Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties on producing events
  • Deciding what you will offer– packages, hourly rates, and more
  • Contracts– basic inclusions, including suggested terms and conditions
  • Marketing & advertising

Review of online and print options

The best course of action for starting out

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Now Casting for the Next Wedding: Wedding Guest Roles

Blog, Rants / 06.26.20170 comments

Cheers to you, Mr. /Ms. “Take Over the Wedding” Guest! We see you at every one of the 1,000 weddings we have produced for almost 20 years. You have been the inspiration for this post, celebrating the next “casting call” for the next wedding we produce.

All candidates are invited to audition this September; however, it is helpful if we know in advance who is taking on which role, but if you wish to just show up for more of an inprov performance, as we are used to, we welcome that, too. In fact, we will be looking for you.

Know It All Bridal Party Member

Trying to show off in front of others and convey that he/she is a true friend, Know It All is really just struggling for attention and feels inadequate in power in life in general. Still, she decides the wedding planner and all the professionals doing their job who have spent a year working together to plan the couple’s wishes do not know as well as she does and asks each one constantly, “Should we be doing it this way?” on the actual day of the wedding, and then proceeds with her own idea and making sure that all the hard work planned by the bride/groom and professionals is thrown out the window because her way is better. Perhaps secretly she always wanted to be a wedding planner; perhaps she wants to look like a hero to the couple, but whatever the reason, her way is always better and she lets everyone know.

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