Wedding planning advice

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Bad economy, now what?

Let's face it, 2016 is a pretty hard year for South Africa and the world. South African economy is at 0% growth, rate hikes, fuel price hikes, food cost escalating, possible credit rating downgrade, terrible exchange rate, service delivery protests and strikes along with uncertain political future add up to a pretty gloomy picture. Terrorist attacks and political turmoil sweeping the world making long distance travel an unappealing option. No...

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Success

Wedding planners operate in a highly emotional, stressful and deadline driven environment. Our successes are often defined by the ability to reach perspective brides, negotiate contract terms, successfully interpret the bride's vision and execute an event with the available resources. We want our creative business to be respected, admired and praised. We all want to succeed and often for the same reasons - we want to improve our lives, we love the taste of...

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Perspective

March 2015... how did thit happen? It seems like only yesterday I was writing down my New Year resolutions. Time is flying by, and with many exciting weddings coming up this season it is important not to loose perspective. When you are planning a wedding, or multiple weddings, it is easy to loose sight of the bigger picture - your business. In business, success or failure in business is all about perspective. Short-term...

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Help your clients understand the difference between a wedding planner and a venue coordinator

Many couples choose to contact a wedding planner and discuss their ideas, seeking professional advice at initial stages of planning their wedding. A lot of brides hire a wedding planner as the wedding day approaches and they feel overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of getting everything done on time. There are brides who plan an entire wedding themselves and hire an independent wedding coordinator to handle the smooth running of...

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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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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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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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