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Fresh & Successful 2016 Season for Party Time with Scott Topper

Industry Shenanigans / 04.11.20160 comments

The amazing Host, Producers and Sponsors for Party Time With Scott Topper 2016 Season on TVSB

The amazing Host, Producers and Sponsors for Party Time With Scott Topper 2016 Season on TVSB pose with me

When Scott Topper first asked me if I wanted to co-produce and coordinate for his Party Time with Scott Topper show for 2016, I was honored.  He told me straight up that the show was like “community theater” and when he said that, he had my heart and attention.  Having a background in musical theater and also loving to support community, I knew the spirit in which the show would be produced and couldn’t wait.  Shows like this are all heart.  With an audience that reaches approximately three times the amount the Santa Barbara Bowl holds, as well as 5 million homes being able to watch the show on ROKU,  this was a great opportunity to showcase some real collaborative talent and have fun.

The first order of business for me was to come up with something fresh for his show for the new year, something that had not been done yet.   The sets in the past were gorgeous, and each year only got more beautiful. They were a lovely backdrop for guests to come, sit and be interviewed about their job.  And while this is the basis for the show, I wanted the way they were presented to be different.  I wanted to focus on a viewer “experience”, and do something different for 2016 that added dimension.

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Wine With a Wedding Planner’s Seasonal Grand Finale in the Funk Zone: Jump On the Wedding Planning Bus

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans / 02.24.20160 comments

unnamed-61“Wine With a Wedding Planner” offers an innovative, community-based, complimentary  approach to wedding planning in complete relaxation (and some unconventional fun).  On Saturday, March 5th, for our last one of the season, we are offering a “Grand Finale” of sorts:  Jump on the Wedding Planning Bus with our partners from Jump on the School Bus in Santa Barbara’s famous FunkZone!  There is no charge for the complimentary wedding consultation

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Catering Connection Showers Event Profs with Love- and A Guest-Interactive Experience

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans / 02.11.20162 comments

unnamed-33I love my job, especially because of events like last night that combine my favorite ingredients of life:  amazing food and beverage, great company …and the pièce de résistance: great humor and fun between everyone.  As a mom who juggles two event businesses and all that life slings at her, you could literally hear the wheels of my car peeling out when the babysitter showed up and I high-tailed it to Catering Connection’s culinary studios last night.  In an industry where our entire focus is taking care of others, it is especially meaningful when someone takes care of us.  And Catering Connection, one of Santa Barbara’s leading full-service caterers who just celebrated their 20th Business Anniversary last year offered to do just that.  As a thank you to those with whom they work, they decided to do more than just drop off a plate of cookies (not that there’s anything wrong with that- I will never turn down a cookie).  They decided to give their event supply partners an evening out- an experience – if you will. 

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Wine With a Wedding Planner Announces 2016 Winter Appearance Dates

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Event Planning Advice, Industry Shenanigans, Innovations / 01.09.20162 comments

#WineWithAWeddingPlanner

#WineWithAWeddingPlanner | Kerry Lee Dickey

Wine With a Wedding Planner” offers an innovative, community-based approach to wedding planning in complete relaxation.  It combines the expertise of Certified Wedding Professional and CEO/Founder of Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events Kerry Lee Dickey and the beautiful wedding locations Santa Barbara and its wine country have to offer with a fresh approach to a “meet and greet” complimentary communal consultation.

Similar to “Coffee with a Cop”, Ms. Dickey will be meeting with potential clients at various venues in the area during their business hours in a public area.  She invites anyone thinking of having a wedding in this area – or simply anyone planning a wedding  with need for planning, etiquette , or venue recommendations – to stop by, say hello and engage with her at no charge.  At all locations, Wine With a Wedding Planner visitors are

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SBWCWE Consults With Party Time With Scott Topper TV Show For A Sparkling 2016

Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans / 12.08.20150 comments

Event Professionals in a Moroccan Cabana for Episode 1 of Party Time with Scott Topper 2016

Event Professionals in a Moroccan Cabana for Episode 1 of Party Time with Scott Topper 2016

Party Time with Scott Topper has become one of the community’s most beloved local television features.  Produced at independent studio TV Santa Barbara, the show’s founder, producer and host Scott Topper, is the first to admit that it’s like “community theater”.  So, for someone like me whose background includes the theater arts, the local “feel” of folks putting in their heart and soul into an endeavor with a little quirky touch really appealed to me.  When Scott asked me to co-produce and come up with a fresh concept for his 2016 shows, I was thrilled.  I have worked with Scott for years professionally working weddings & events and having watched Party Time with Scott Topper, thought it would be a great opportunity to do one of the things that I do best:  inspire with fresh

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When a Workshop Is Held In a Wedding Chapel | Weddings at The Grand Sierra

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans, Special Events / 01.28.20150 comments

Grand sierra chapelWhen NACE Reno/Tahoe asked me to do a workshop on generating immediate revenue for wedding businesses for my other company division, Engaging Inspiration, I was delighted.  When I found out that my presentation was going to be in the newly-renovated wedding chapel of The Grand Sierra Resort, I was absolutely tickled. I love originality and creative locations and how could a presenter ask for a more elegant setting for a wedding industry presentation than in a wedding chapel?

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In College and Think a Career in Wedding & Event Planning May Be For You?

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Event Planning Advice, Industry Shenanigans, Special Events / 02.27.20140 comments

kld ht headshotWhen I look back on my college experience, it was a time of big dreams and great hope and promise.  Junior and Senior year you felt a certain amount of pressure to make “the” job choice of what inspired you for your career post-graduation.  There were and are countless resources at colleges and in communities to provide career counseling and opportunities to open doors to your desired field with alumni contacts and more.

As society has evolved, so has the need to choose a single career with which one sticks all their lives.  As we grow as humans in our pursuits, development, personality, spirituality and more, often that vision shifts and evolves with our growth.  So what’s a student to do with all these choices bearing down hard on them?

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Announcing Our Sister Division Engaging Inspiration

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans / 04.05.20130 comments

526966_551924504830538_203932570_nAfter over 15 years of event planning, Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events is pleased to announce its sister division Engaging Inspiration.

Engaging Inspiration is designed exclusively for the wedding and special event venue, wedding and special event professional and wedding business. It targets social media, advertising, marketing and training specifically for the wedding and special events industry. 

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Four Star Luxury Boutique Inn Forms Alliance with Us

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans / 11.10.20121 comments

I am so pleased to announce that The Santa Ynez Inn – the only 4 -Star luxury boutique inn in wine country – now offers dedicated professional wedding coordination services for all their clients with a Certified Wedding Professional and asked Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events to provide this service for them.  I am also excited to help them develop and launch a whole bridal program unique to the Santa Ynez Innfor their luxury bridal clientele.

The Santa Ynez Inn is a Victorian -style intimate boutique inn in Santa Barbara’s own wine country with a reputation for luxurrious and personalized service, so it was a natual fit for our companies to form this alliance. With our dedication to weddings and events in Santa Barbara’s wine country, professional background and experience and  the Santa Ynez Inn having a picture- perfect backdrop for an intimate wine country wedding experience, it only seemed fitting that

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ISES Greater Los Angeles Educational Symposium at London West Hollywood Sets the Standard

Blog, Industry Shenanigans / 09.25.20122 comments

As a professional speaker in the events industry, I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoy what I do.  One of my favorite things about speaking is that  it adds diversity to my event planning business and I can share and collaborate with other professionals so we can all keep progressing and continually strive to be the best at what we do.  I especially love traveling and meeting new event professionals all over.

When I take on the role of speaker, I take on the role of being a “vendor” to other event professionals and one of the things I love most about this is that I get to witness what it’s like to be on the other side and see how other professionals do their jobs in direct relation to my services as a speaker.

One of the highlights of my career was

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