Lights, Camera. Action

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When you’re a bride, so much planning goes into your big day.  You want every detail to be perfect.  You’ve been planning your wedding since you were a little girl watching Cinderella.  After all, you found your Prince Charming and now it’s your big day.

Are you personalizing your wedding with things that are important to you?  Is it the names of your important dates as table names (your first date at Lugiu’s Pizza Shop or your first trip to Maine), vs. table numbers? or is your favor that “favorite” thing you love as a couple (honey from your local bee keeper, jam from grandma)?

What’s the latest personal touch for weddings? Try lighting…yes lighting.  But this isn’t your typical lighting.  Everyone has seen street lights, string lights and colorful up lighting.  Trending is “Your Love  Story”, your favorite phrase that you use or your pet names for each other, or even a design that represents you as a couple, light it up in lights.  Be creative and use lighting.  This is your day so make it special and make it personal.  A cookie cutter wedding is easy, but you aren’t a cookie cutter  bride. You’re a beautiful, inspired and inspirational woman who has creativity to make this big day your own! Reach for the stars!

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer, Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

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Money is Key to Small Business Success

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Business advice for women entrepreneurs and small businesses

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Money is something everyone needs in their life whether it’s to maintain a household, buy a car or put yourself or children through college. Most people would agree they don’t need to be wealthy to enjoy a good life but having money helps ease the stress allowing them to feel secure and happy.

Women entrepreneurs and small business owners value money similarly. We need cash to open up our doors, cash flow to keep the doors open, lines of credit to add staff and loans to expand operations. Entrepreneurs are known to boot strap their operations in the beginning of their entrepreneurial endeavors because they need a proven track record of increasing revenue and sales and a strong business plan to obtain financing from a financial institution. Business growth hinges on the ability to obtain backing.

Small businesses need to remember our…

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An Empowering Business Habit to Start Your Day

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Business advice for women business owners and small businesses

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Yesterday I had an unexpected conversation with one of our members as we spoke about her business during her annual Women TIES membership renewal call. She said, “I know I should be doing more social media marketing but honestly I love being out on sales calls more.” I told her she was lucky to have such a strong love for sales since so many women entrepreneurs prefer social media marketing exercises over direct sales activities.

I asked her where her comfort with sales came from and she said, “When I started working for my father’s company my first job was making collection calls. I did not love making those calls but honestly it made me much more comfortable in sales once I had my own business.”

I learned something from my conversation with her that I wanted to share with my…

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To Tip Your Vendors Or Not To Tip….That Is The Question

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You go out to lunch and you receive great service from your waiter or waitress, so you leave them a generous tip.  But what should you do about your wedding vendors?  There is no specific guide that states you must tip your wedding vendors, however, if they have worked hard to bring your big day together, it is something to consider.  With that in mind, a personal thank you note after your wedding is very heartfelt and cherished as well.  After all, as a wedding vendor myself, my goal is to ensure my clients have a memorable day for many years to come.

With all of this in mind you will find below a guide crafted by world renown wedding planner, Colin Cowie which I hope is helpful in your wedding planning:

Preparing The Tips
Regardless of how you decide to distribute them, tips should be placed in an envelope that has been labeled and sealed and paired with a thank you note.

Delegating
Place someone trustworthy in charge of distributing the tips. You’ll be so busy the day of your wedding, so it’s important to ask a parent, maid of honor or the best man beforehand.

Timing
When you choose to tip creative partners is at your discretion. Here are a few different options and the reasons behind each.

Before: Colin suggests tipping creative partners before they perform their services. This can happen days before the event as incentive or even 30 minutes prior. Doing so serves as motivation to go the extra mile and do the best job possible. If you don’t feel comfortable giving the whole tip upfront, give half prior to your wedding day with the acknowledgment that there is more to follow depending on quality of service.

After: brides who choose to tip after are looking at how well services were performed. As a general rule of thumb, it’s recommended to tip entertainment and hair and makeup artists after services are performed. Donations to churches or synagogues are also made after the service.

Methods Of Distribution
One way of distributing gratuities is to decide on a lump sum that you can afford and divide the percentage. Another way is to get a comprehensive list of everyone working your wedding and divide portions based on performance. In this case, the lead bartender and maître d would receive larger percentages.

Another aspect to consider is the relationship you’ve developed with partners. If you have become very close with your photographer and had an amazing experience, you may want to tip them a higher percentage.

On Gifts and Letters
Sending your DJ or photographer a fabulous bottle of champagne a few days before the wedding in leu of a cash gift is entirely appropriate and thoughtful. Along those same lines, handwritten notes are invaluable to creative partners; there’s nothing like the words of a happy client that will serve as feedback and a testimonial to their excellence.

So Who’s Tipped?
Unless they’ve been a complete nightmare throughout the planning of your wedding, it’s courteous to present each of your creative partners with a gift. Don’t forget your florist, driver, baker, caterer, waitstaff, bartenders, lighting crew and maintenance.

When All Is Said and Done…

How you choose to tip creative partners is entirely up to you. Take time to decide what works best for you as a couple and for your budget and remember, thought and sincerity holds a lot of weight when it comes to saying thank you!

A Must-Read Guide To Tipping For Your Wedding

http://www.colincowieweddings.com/articles/wedding-basics-etiquette/wedding-tipping-guide?utm_source=

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer – Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com