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Vendor Meals

You’ve made it – your wedding date is quickly approaching and you’re at your final meeting with your venue.  You’re proving final choices and head count.  The best caterers and venues will ask for two counts – your guest count, and your vendor count.

Two important notes about this.

  1. Alcohol

Your venue shouldn’t charge you for alcohol for your vendors.  Your vendors shouldn’t be drinking – ever.  We are there to work, not party, and drinking is not acceptable.  Your venue knows this and should be willing to remove the alcohol cost for your vendors.  This is the same with other miscellaneous fees like cake cutting, or valet.

 

  1. The Vendor Meal

You’re at the end of the road.  Those costs are adding up… fast.  You’re writing a whole lot of huge final payment checks.  So when your venue tells you that they have a “vendor meal” option and offers it to you at 25% of the cost of your regular meal, you’ll probably take it.  We understand.  But you should know what that vendor meal usually means.

Most “vendor meals” are cold boxed lunches.  We get a generic sandwich, a random bag of chips, an apple, and maybe a cookie.  It doesn’t matter if we are vegetarian, or need to eat gluten free, or are allergic to peanut butter cookies, that’s what we get.  We have no choice of sandwich, or chips, and we’re usually left pretty hungry.

Remember that by the time dinner comes around, most of your vendors (e.g. your photographers, videographers, wedding coordinators) have already been with you for 6-7 hours.  They’ve been working that whole time and haven’t taken a break to run through and grab a nice lunch in the middle of your wedding day.  Any of us that have done this before are smart enough to bring snacks with us, but most of us are also looking at between 2-9 MORE hours of work before we can get home to our beds…and fridges.  We’re hungry.  Like, really hungry and we need some energy to keep us running at full-steam until your night finishes.

You also need to be aware that your vendor contract may have included a “hot meal” clause.  When you signed that contract, you probably agreed at that point to provide that vendor with a hot meal at the reception.  Now I’ve shared countless boxed meal dinners with vendors that mentioned to me that they have this clause in the contract but the good ones don’t sweat it.  The good ones aren’t going to ruin your wedding day just because they got a sandwich.  But you should check the contract before choosing meal choice, because that clause is probably there.

Now I”m not saying we need filet…. honestly, by the end of the wedding season most of us are kind of sick of filet anyway.  We would just like some kind of hot, substantial meal.  The important thing is to ask your venue what is included in the vendor meal.  Some venues, like MacRay Harbor, have a wonderful vendor meal.  They bring us a menu and we get to choose between 3-5 hot meals off of their restaurant menu – like a hamburger, or a chicken caesar salad.  This is a PERFECT alternative.

Remember, your vendors are working hard to make your wedding day perfect.  They’re putting in a lot of hours, a lot of heart, and pouring the best of themselves into your Big Day.  Think about them when you’re giving that final count.  Trust me, they’ll love you for it!

Feature on The Knot!

I woke up this morning to find that Tiffany + Tom’s October 2014 wedding is a featured wedding on The Knot!

We worked with some amazing vendors to help plan this wedding and it came together perfectly!!  Thanks to all of the fantastic vendors for helping to make the day PERFECT for this couple!!

Photography – Clicking Through Life
Dj / Video – Mike Staff Productions
Makeup – Roxy Myers
Hair – Jason Meyers
La Donna Wedding Officiants
Christine’s Cakes and Pastries
Shutterbooth
Lavda’s Limo
Sycamore Hills Golf Club

Check out our “Portfolio” page to see more photos from this beautiful wedding!

Ah… January thru March.  The “Off Season”.

Contrary to popular belief, we aren’t actually slow during those months.  We’re busy – really busy – but different busy.  We are meeting with newly engaged couples, doing some bridal shows, working on blogs and other things that get lost the other 9 months of the year, and working on lots, and lots, of planning.  We aren’t, however, at weddings.  People willing to get married January – March in Michigan are pretty limited (like to yours truly, who was a February bride…).  Because of this, we get a little stir-crazy… who doesn’t in Michigan during the winter, right?

So when our friend Shannon with Clicking Through Life brought up the idea of an inspirational photo shoot, we jumped at it!  We’ve done it before – actually just after we started the business – and loved it!  The cool thing about inspirational photo shoots is that it’s a chance for us vendors to just have fun – be creative – throw the kitchen sink at it – and be kind of unrealistic (I mean, you wouldn’t actually ask your guests to eat a tables outside in February) but you get the idea.

We worked with some amazing vendors and we came up with some amazing things!  Jump on over to our “Porfolio” page to see the full album and check out what we did.  Oh and btw, it’s already been picked up for publication in MidWest Bride.. pretty neat, huh?

Special Thanks:
Shannon & Kevin – www.clickingthroughlife.com
Kevin – www.twigsandbranchesfloral.com
Will – www.bodhitreefilms.com
Laura – www.eleganceinsugar.com
Nicole – www.specialeventsrental.com
Sophilia – www.facebook.com/prettyinwhitehairandmakeup

The Holy Grail of Skin Care!

I’m changing it up on the blog today… here’s a little “beauty blog” for our soon to be brides!

I had picture perfect skin throughout my teenage years. I would say that’s pretty uncommon for most teens going through those hormonal changes, but I really lucked out. However, it caught up to me.. quick. My life post high school until about a week ago has been a messy ride. I’ve dealt with every skin issue in the book. Oily skin, large pores, black heads covering my nose, cystic acne, and the worst of all — scars from all my troubles. I came to the realization that this was just something I was going to have to live with. NO ONE, should have to feel like that.

For starters I have to say, I’m a product junkie. Some of us are into buying shoes, others into purses… (I’m definitely into those also)… but beauty products is where my money is really spent.  You name it, I’ve tried it. I can’t even think about all the money I’ve spent on crap that doesn’t work. I’ve even gone to the extreme of trying birth control, twice, which left my with a non-functioning liver. That’s a whole other blog though!

Last Saturday, 2/21/15, I struck gold. I made a stop into Sephora to return yet another failed $60 product. The sales lady was trying to convince me to take my $60 and turn it around to buy this detoxifying face mask. Something told me “No Nicole, don’t waste your money again!!”. I left and headed to Ulta to buy a few misc. things as I always do. At Ulta I was asking the sales person there if she heard of the face mask Sephora was trying to sell me. She said yea… but I have something better for half the price. She pretty much sold me right there. She handed me PUR Dirty Girl Detoxifying face mask. It’s line from Bare Minerals. For $30 bucks I thought what the heck I’ll try it. With my new face mask in the bag, I mosied on over to find some other things I could blow my money on & found The Body Shop Tea Tree line. After staring and reading for 30 minutes I decided to buy the Blemish Fade Night lotion. Between these two products, my life has changed forever. I know I sound kinda ridiculous, but when you’ve battled this for so long finding something that actually works makes you feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

I used the mask twice, and the lotion every night in the past week. Every. single. blackhead. I’ve had is gone. My pores are shrinking, my skin is GLOWING, my scars have FADED 50% IN ONE WEEK!!!!! I could just jump & scream right now!! I am so so so excited for summer to roll around & not have to worry about caking on my foundation when I’m trying to enjoy fun in the sun on Lake St. Clair. I actually bought a BB cream, because I don’t need buy heavy duty full coverage $60 foundation anymore.

I really wanted to share this to not only bring praise to these two products, but to hopefully help someone else who struggles. The best thing about it is these products are very reasonably priced. See the links below for the holy grail of skin care, also a few other things I love & work into my beauty routine!  TRY IT LADIES! I hope your results are as perfect as mine. 🙂

The Body Shop, Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion
It’s all in the name !!

PUR, Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mudd Masque
I believe this is the product that is literally extracting all of the dirty ness from my skin

LUSH, Grease Lighting
Great spot treatment. Dab a bit on the troubled area, moisturize & you’re good to go friends!

LUSH, Ocean Salt
Great exfoliate! I use this everywhere

 

LUSH, Dark Angels
Another great exfoliate & cleanser. I use this on my face more than Ocean Salt because the lack of alcohol. Using the Ocean Salt on my face to much dries it out and causes irritation.

The “Off Season”

So I have to start this blog post by saying that I recently attended a webinar from Wedding Wire that talked about fine-tuning your marketing and inquiries techniques.  The best take-away I got was that I should be using my “real voice” while working with the business.  So instead of saying what you should hear, the way you should hear it, I need to act like myself and sell the business for what it is – a crazy good, group of talented wedding professionals that just KNOW what we are doing, are fun to work with, will make your wedding or event PERFECT, and truly enjoy our jobs.  Given this, I am going to try to write this blog post the same way you’d hear it if you were talking with me… so I hope you enjoy it.

OFF SEASON!

There’s this thing in the wedding business called the “Off Season”.  Most people call this season January thru March… we call it our break.  Except, it’s not…not anymore.  I am so blessed that the business has grown SO much and expanded to include SO many fun things that my “off season” has been completely erased.   I mean sure, my husband and kids actually get to see me on Saturdays this time of year, but other than that – I’m just as busy working to make this business the best it can be … and to make sure we can provide you the BEST options for your wedding or event!!

Because it’s been an exciting season so far, I want to share with you just a touch of what we’ve been working on these past few weeks:

  • 31, 2015 weddings are on the books and more are coming in each day!
  • We participated in Bridal University Detroit, and I got up in front of a large group of people and gave a 20 minute speech about how to break traditions without breaking etiquette.  Yes, it was scary.  Yes, I didn’t LOVE it.  Yes, I am glad I got the huge opportunity to do it!  (Plus we got a personalized “love note” from Sam Saboura for the office and that’s just awesome)
  •  We are gearing up for Rock the Veil, a new type of wedding show coming to the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market in March.  Check details here – http://mi-nwe.com/event/rock-the-veil-wedding-showcase/
  • We now have an amazing deal worked out with two of our favorite vendors – Clicking Through Life and Twigs & Branches Floral where our brides can get all three services (coordinating, photography and florals) for an AMAZING price!
  • We continue to work on finding new vendors that can provide great services for all of you…. plus, we just really like the excuse to have bakers deliver treats, cupcakes, and cakes to our office! #WeLoveFood
  • We’re working with some of our preferred vendors to do a winter-wedding inspirational shoot.  It’s going to be awesome!
  • I have some new ideas for the business … what services we provide, what we can do for you, how we can do it… and I’m not telling you more than that…for now.
  •  Lastly, we are working on this AWESOME new conglomerate of wedding professionals that will provide a new, unique, DIFFERENT type of wedding company…. we’re calling it “The Block Party” and you’ll hear more as soon as we have the details ironed out…but it’s gonna be great!

So enjoy your Winter Off Season… we’ll be here working if you need us.

 

Bridal U is coming!!

BDP is thrilled to be involved in Bridal University Detroit!

Come meet with amazing vendors and hear from some great speakers about all kinds of topics that are important to brides!

The best part?  Our very own, Jennie Wiegand, is one of this year’s speakers!

Come see her at 1:45pm on Sunday 12/8 at Bridal U at Ford Field.  She’ll be speaking about “Breaking Traditions without Breaking Etiquette”!  Plan a unique, fun, invidiual wedding wtihout throwing ALL etiquette rules out the window!

Hope to see you there!

www.bridaludetroit.com

Wedding Day Saves…2014 Edition!

Now that we are officially at the end of the 2014 Wedding Season, our team was meeting to discuss various things, one being the blog.  We were brainstorming ideas for blog-worthy topics and talked about our most popular blog ever – “Why You Need a Day Of Coordinator”.  If you’ve never read it, I suggest you do so… it outlines some of the craziest things we’ve had happen at weddings and what we needed to do to “save” them.

So we thought… let’s do it again!  We have a whole season behind us and one that included quite a few “Oh My God” moments!  The best part is that we make it a point to not inform our couples about issues unless we absolutely have to.  So hold on 2014 couples, because there’s a good chance at least one of these happened at your wedding! 🙂

The leaning tower(s) of baker(s)
Not sure what was going on with bakers this year, but we had at least three cakes that were leaning and threatening to take a tumble off their stands.

Now, just about the only thing we can do is watch it and say a silent prayer that it makes it through your cake cut… but in at least one case we had to pull forward the cake cut and tell the venue to make sure the cake was taken off the dance floor IMMEDIATELY following the cut.  That wasn’t to clear room for your guests…that was because we were that sure that your cake wasn’t going to stay upright another 5 minutes.  Better it takes a controlled fall in the kitchen, don’t you think?

The Broken Bustle(s)
If I had a dime for every bustle I sewed this season, I’d have like $5.

You take your dress to a responsible tailor, they do your bustle, and it’s like they don’t think about the fact that you’ll be dancing, and hugging, and getting stepped on for an entire evening.  Because guess what?  Like 50% of the time, the bustle breaks.  So what do we do?  We sew you into it.  You’re welcome, seamstresses everywhere!

Missing Boutioneers
You’ve got  A LOT on your mind planning your wedding.  It’s really no surprise that you might have mis-counted and forgotten a boutioneer, or two.

When we found out about the first miss, we were lucky enough to be able to catch the florist at the reception venue and have them make another one.  However, when you realized a few hours later that you had missed a second one, the florist was LONG gone.  No worries – some flowers out of your centerpieces, some ribbon, and the emergency kit and you have another boutioneer matching all the others.

Let’s get this straight – they’re called “Hydrangea” for a reason

Hydrangea are amazing beautiful flowers.  They’re also just about the perfect flower for a centerpiece because each stem is relatively inexpensive, and it takes up a TON of room in your arrangements.  That being said, brides should think twice before they decide to use the flower in their bouquet – especially in the summer.  If those hydrangea aren’t kept in water they don’t last…and I don’t mean they wilt at the end of the night – I mean they literally look dead before you get down the aisle.

So you can imagine my surprise when I picked up bouquets from a new florist for a wedding at 9 am and the bouquets were all hydrangea.  The strange thing is all of our florists will transport these types of bouquets in vases of water – because, well, they need water.  Not this one – they pulled them out of the water, packed them bare into boxes, and handed them off to me.  It was 9am.  The flowers weren’t going to the house until 12pm and the ceremony wasn’t until 2pm.  Guess what?  You would have had dead flowers.  So I took them home and packed them into every vase, glass container, and coffee mug I had – leaving them there until the last possible minute.  Your flowers thanked me.

4pm is not the same as 12pm.

Yeah…have another florist story (and I want to stress, NONE of these stories are from our preferred florists – they’re way too good for these things to happen!).

Florist was supposed to setup our large, 450 person wedding, at 12pm.  So after the ceremony Nicole and Heather headed to the hall and arrived about 4:30pm, to find the guest tables completely empty!  Before a frantic phone call could be made, the florist came running in – realizing that they now only had 45 minutes to set the entire room before the couple arrived.  We’re talking huge centerpieces – multiple per table – as well as all of the table numbers.

Luckily Beautiful Day had four people on site and we took over – we filled gigantic cylinder vases for the centerpieces, we cleaned and placed all of the table numbers, and we did everything that needed to be done to make sure those flowers were all in place before you entered the room.

There’s some of the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it!) from this year.  Not wanting to make this blog post about 100 pages long, I’ll just list some of the others for you here…

  • Turns out, there’s no power in the woods for your ceremony.
  • Yes, you probably should have something to put your cards in.
  • Some photographers aren’t actually good at coordinating family photos.
  • You left your decorative cane back at the hotel?  No worries, we’ll drive 30 minutes round trip to get it!
  • The lighting that was supposed to be done yesterday still isn’t done and your reception starts in an hour.
  • Turns out they lock the metro-park gates at 11pm, and your reception shuttle needs to come in at midnight….
  • Hey guess what?  Your shuttle driver is in St. Clair Shores instead of Shelby Township.
  • Afraid of heights – but we’ll still get on a 10 foot ladder for you…multiple times.
  • Your florist forgot one important bouquet…yours.  We’ll go to Oak Park to get it!
  • Your service company didn’t bring enough people…so looks like we are bussing tables!

Turns out it takes some work to coordinate a band, a group of string musicians, a full lighting and sound company, a dance troupe, and a wedding party of 14.

A HUGE thanks to the whole Beautiful Day team for making the 2014 Wedding Season a success!!  You guys ROCKED!

– Jennie –

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