Posts in September, 2014

Let me tell you why your wedding is not expensive

Wedding professionals are often accused of charging 'ridicules' rates. So many potential clients I see spend a fair amount of consulting time complaining how 'expensive' things are when it comes to a wedding. Weddings seem expensive to an average citizen because they do not generally entertain large numbers of people and seldom take a moment to break down the wedding into components to understand how prices are calculated. It is not...

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How to deal with shocked customers

In the wedding industry we often deal with couples who are 'shocked' by how much wedding suppliers charge for their services. People really do think that wedding folk are making a killing, and that when it comes to a wedding we are out to get them. The reality is very different. Some couples are simply not prepared to hear the price tag of their dream wedding. I hear this a lot...

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You are a wedding professional – be happy

Wedding season is in full swing and having been at a few wedding set ups, I already heard the all too familiar complaining, whining and moaning coming from various suppliers. We all do it, we all complain and moan about the brides, their mothers, their families, and how hard things are, how they don't understand what we go through... Sounds familiar? I am guilty of that too, we all did it...

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Are we in recession?

Did you know that August employment losses were in the formal sector, which shed 14 382 jobs? Does this mean we are in recession? Apparently we are not -South Africa's economy avoided slipping into a recession in the second quarter, as solid growth in the agriculture and financial industries outweighed a hammering in the strike-hit mining sector. And yet in the wedding industry we are starting to feel the impact of...

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South African Wedding Flower and Decor Business Survey Results

What is the nature of your business Florist 36% Decor Hire Company 18% Stylist 18% All of the above 64% Other   9% How many years have you been in the business 0-1 0% 1-2 9% 2-5 9% 5-10 45% 10+ 36% I am happy with my income from the business Yes 27% No 73% I want to increase my profit margins True 100% False     0% I have...

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Reality Check – not everybody can afford a wedding planner

I am currently in contact with a wonderful bride who would like to have a wedding planner and she has a decent budget, however the budget is adequate for a wonderful wedding minus the planner. No matter how much I tried to manipulate the numbers there is simply not enough resources to accommodate a wedding planner without impacting the overall quality and integrity of the Let's face it, the world is...

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