Posts in August, 2014

What is the price of your knowledge, experience and ideas

Wedding professionals pride themselves on producing awe inspiring weddings. We spend our days dreaming up and researching ways to make our clients weddings out of this world. How many of us charge for these ideas? In the ideal world we would get paid for our brilliant ideas. In reality  this does not happen as often as most would hope for. Ideas and designs are too illusive and too arbitrary for most people...

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To charge or not to charge…

I spoke to a number of businesses in the past few days, and many planners and decor stylists are considering whether or not to charge for the initial consultation. Everyone feels they should be charging, but scared that clients will not pay and will not come to a meeting. I say, just try it and see what happens. Stop wasting your precious time and start making money. Yes, you are worth...

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Wedding Planning Workshop 101

Wedding Planning Workshop 101 will take place on 13-14 October 2014 at Shepstone Gardens. This is an intensive workshop aimed at wedding planners who want to take their business to the next level and with a specific aim to increase the income from wedding planning. To register: http://evepoplett.com/workshop-enquiry-from/

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How to become a successful wedding planner – Part 1

The results of the survey posted last week caused a ripple in the wedding planning community - some were surprised, some shocked and most became despondent. The question "is wedding planning a redundant service?" is on everyone's minds. I do not believe wedding planning is a redundant service, I believe it is a professional services very much needed when it comes to modern wedding planning process. Today, I would like to start...

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Why Are South African Wedding Planners So Unhappy?

South African wedding planning profession is still young, not even a decade old and as with anything new there are always challenges. Last week Friday, I posted results from a survey asking South African wedding planners ten questions related to their income. The results were interesting and rather scary. 83% of participated wedding planners are unsatisfied with their income, and it is not a surprise since 75% of them are...

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How much South African Wedding Planners Earn

    Over the past week over 30 companies participated in the survey and now the results are in. What are your thoughts?   Here is the list of questions and answers: I have set packages Yes 42% No 8% Customised packages  29% I charge a percentage 13% Other 8%   My packages range between R5000 - R10 00029% R10000- R20 00046% R20 000 - R35 00013% R35 000- R55...

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The difference between a difficult client and a wrong type of client

In the ideal world, we would be blessed with only perfect clients who after the first consultation sign off on the highest package, ask no questions, leave us alone and love everything we propose to them. And then we all take off on our unicorns... More likely than not, potential clients show up with a long list of different set of challenges, assumptions, ideas and options around wedding planning. The...

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Perfection can work against you

  “I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business.” ― Michael J. Fox Being in a wedding planning business there is an immense pressure to constantly deliver 'perfection'. Wedding planners' websites are full of promisies to deliver a 'perfect wedding day'. "I am a perfectionist" is a catch phrase so many planners use to entice potential clients. Perfection is by large an unattainable...

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Rethink your strategy

Happy Monday and welcome to the brand new week. We all start a week with great intentions, big plans and often by Wednesday the plans fizzle and we get caught up in unnecessary tasks that drain time, creativity and then we look back at the end of the week and we are no way closer to our plans than before. If this sounds familiar then here are a few tips...

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Living in fear

There is a perceived notion that to be a wedding planner you need to be a Type A perfectionist with a good dose of OCD. This self imposed role leads one to operate in a constants state of anxiety. Wedding planners are often over cautious, over critical (of themselves of course) and they are afraid of making mistakes. Living in fear is common amongst the creative types and today I want to look at...

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