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

Valentine’s Day Business Advice: Express Love for Your Customers

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Business advice for women entrepreneurs and small business owners

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, I wanted to make sure women entrepreneurs remembered to share their expression of “love” with their clients and customers.

By the middle of the 18th century, Valentine’s Day was a customary day for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. Handwritten notes and sentimental thoughts were converted over time to a billion dollar industry. According to today’s statistics, Valentine’s Day has become the second largest card sending holiday with an estimated 2.6 billion cards sent.

As I review these statistics, I wonder how a simple idea like creating Valentine’s Day cards could translate over time to a billion dollar industry. Is love what really fuels business success?

It’s hard to be innovative in a world of a billion business success stories. I’m sure most women entrepreneurs wish they…

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Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award 2015!

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Cicero’s Own Fairy Tale Weddings & Events wins a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2015.

Cicero, New York – January 8, 2015 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, named Fairy Tale Weddings & Events  as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 for Wedding Planning in Cicero, New York!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Fairy Tale Weddings & Events. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“It’s always exciting to start the year by honoring the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who represent more than two million reviews on our website,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Each of the businesses recognized are committed to quality, professionalism and all around top-notch service. We applaud {Enter Your Business Name} for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Fairy Tale Weddings & Events is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals throughout North America and abroad.

Fairy Tale Weddings & Events is proud to be one of the top Wedding Planners in Cicero, NY and surrounding areas in the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015.

For more information about Fairy Tale Weddings & Events, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at http://www.weddingwire.com/fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.

To learn more about the Couple’s Choice Awards®, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

About WeddingWire
WeddingWire, the leading technology company serving the $100 billion wedding and events industry, is the largest online vertical marketplace connecting engaged couples with event professionals. With more than two million consumer reviews, it is the industry leader in consumer reviews. The site enables engaged couples to search, compare and book from an extensive database of more than 200,000 recently reviewed event professionals, from venues to photographers. WeddingWire provides event professionals with the technology they need to serve their clients, including a SaaS platform, which powers advertising, marketing, and CRM needs of local wedding and events businesses nationwide.

Happy Planning,

Mary Homer, Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

photo courtesy of Vasili Photography

The Day After Christmas;….

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Here it is the day after Christmas.  The presents have been opened and the children are playing with their new toys.  Did you receive that special gift you were hoping for? Or was that gift one of the simple joy of being with family and friends during this holiday season and being grateful for the blessings in your life?  At this time of year, there is alot of commercialism regarding presents and the hottest gadgets. Gifts come and go, but family and friends are those type of gifts we are able to cherish and love forever.  Wishing you much love, joy, health and happiness during this holiday season, as we move ever closer to the New Year and 2015.

If you were a special lady this holiday season that received an engagement ring, as did two of my nieces, then we know the planning process for such a special day is about to begin.  Enjoy this time to plan with family and friends. Remember wedding planners are always available to help you through the hurdles of planning your day and can actually become a dear friend. Congratulations to the newly engaged brides and grooms and happy planning!

Mary Homer – Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

My Christmas Wish for Women Entrepreneurs

I found Tracy’s blog today to be so inspirational and heart felt. Wishing you much love and joy this holiday season!

Women TIES

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A majority of Christmas shopping is done, the dinner menu is planned, family gathering times are set, and traveling days starting; but for women entrepreneurs the busyness of the holidays also must include finding time to work, answer customer calls, prepare end of year business tasks and setting plans for a new year. Tucked in the silence of the morning, when everyone else is cooking, cleaning, planning or traveling, women entrepreneurs have a choice to work on their business or not.

I find working periodically during this busy holiday week gives me a sense of calm in the mix of the high pitched sounds, sights and emotions it brings. I don’t have to look to commercial store events, shopping extravagances or holiday performances to receive peace and joy because the best gift I receive year long is my commitment to my business and the customers I serve. The gift doesn’t…

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Last Minute Christmas Gifts For Everyone On Your List

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It’s about 12 days before Christmas and if you haven’t started your Christmas Shopping, time is running out. So what do you do when the shelves are becoming bare in your favorite Department store?  Here’s some easy “Last Minute” gifts that won’t look last minute.

1) Pictures – Everyone has pictures of their family, friends and pets.  Use them as a personalized gift.  You still have time to purchase a picture frame, have your favorite photo put a stocking or t-shirt or make a collage and frame it.  Pictures always make a last minute gift easy.

2) Gift Baskets – Making your own gift basket is fun and easy.  Decide who you’re gift basket is for and what their interests are.  For your Coffee or Tea lover friends, choose a couple different flavors of their favorite brew, add in a few chocolate covered spoons or pretzel sticks and don’t forget the Biscotti.  How much fun is dunking your Biscotti into your coffee or tea? And the receiver will love you for it, especially on a cold winter day.  You can do this with any theme, food or even with wine.  The best thing about this gift is you make it personal and it certainly doesn’t look last minute.

3) Home Made Fun – Do you make jam, jellies or relishes? Do you have a favorite cookie recipe you make around the holidays?  This is the perfect opportunity to share your love.  A homemade gift made with love and given at this time will make for lasting memories.

4) Gift Cards – Gift cards are everywhere. You’ll find them in your favorite Department Store, Pharmacy or even the Grocery Store. So if you’re feeling the pinch and time is running out, a gift card can put your mind at ease.

5) Candy – You will find boxes and boxes of candy everywhere.  It’s simply a matter of taste. So check your out your Grocery Store, Pharmacy and even your favorite Department Store.  As we move closer to the big day, your choices may become somewhat less but candy is always a great last minute gift for anyone on your list.

6) Adult Beverages – Wine and alcohol (Brandy, Vodka, etc) can always be found at your local liquor store. This would be for your adult family members and friends and I’m sure well received.

Although “Last Minute” gifts may be last minute, your guests don’t need to know it.  By using some creativity and inspiration, you can make this holiday a fabulous day for you, your family and friends.

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer, Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

2015 Wedding Trends

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Pantone announced their color of the year for 2015, Marsala. But what other wedding trends can we expect to see as we move toward January, 2015?

The trends for 2015 include some of the newest trends going and not so new wedding trends. So here we go:

Dresses:

– Romantic/timeless gowns with new necklines including the One Shoulder, Caps and the illusion of sleeves with sheer sheath will be very popular (Oscar De La Renta /Carolina Herrera);

-Detachable Over Skirts (tulle/lace skirts);

-Colorful gowns – from Gray, Metallic of Gold and Silver, Mint Green and even Blue silk from Monique Lulliher.  This is a fairly new trend in the U.S. but is seen elsewhere and starting to make its way here.  (Ladies, never worry, White and Ivory gowns will always be the main stay.)

-Sleeves make a come back, even if it’s just lace.

Color Schemes:

-Rich/Royal Colors: Colbalt Blue, Orchid Purple, Burghandy and Plum, with Pantone’s color of the year being Marsala (a rich wine color shade)

-Softer colors of Champagne, Blush and Teal Green which are always in season

-Patterns: Geometric (Chevron was very popular in 2014)

Flowers:

-Romantic and Luxe Centerpieces are coming back;

-Crowns for the brides hair piece (boho chic) and veils;

-Clean and Classic bouquets and centerpieces

New Trends:

-Out with the photo booth and in with Caricature Artists for your guests;

-Extravagant Groom Cakes (realistic cakes like a pizza box or game stations)

-Extravagant uplighting to make a statement

This is just the tip of the iceberg as we move into 2015, as new trends always develop as the year goes on.  But color, romance and royalty would be the trend for our lovely brides and grooms as we move out of 2014 and into a brand new year and new wedding season.

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer, Fairy Tale Weddings and Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

Up & Coming Bridal Shows in Central New York

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It’s that time of year again when there are several Bridal Shows going on.  There was even one this past weekend!  These shows are full of wonderful and experienced vendors.  So go and take in the all the expertise these vendors have to offer, their ideas and creativity.  You may find just the right vendor you’ve been looking for.  So in honor of all the shows that  are up coming I thought I would list them for our fabulous clients:

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SAVE THE DATE

CNY BRIDAL BALL

Sunday, October 12, 2014 / The Best Western on Carrier Circle, Syracuse, NY

12 – 4pm / FREE Admission and Parking

CNY BRIDAL SHOW
SPONSORED BY
WSYR News Channel 9
Auburn Party Rental
BACH Photo Images
Baker Me a Cake
Bed Bath and Beyond
Soft Acoustic Trio by PEP
Proctor Entertainment & Event Services

The Best Western (Carrier Circle)

FASHIONS BY
Rebecca’s Bridal Boutique

Brides { Pre-Register }

– LIVE Wedding Give-away
– MC by Proctor Entertainment
– Background music by PEP
{ Acoustic Trio }
– FREE Photo Booth pictures
– Cash Bar (Cocktail Hour)
– Food Stations of Hor’derves
– Wedding Door Prizes

CNY BRIDAL SHOW is a production of CNY EVENTS COMPANY
If you have any questions please contact kim@cnyeventscompany.com

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CNY Show Promoters presents: Wedding World Expo at The NYS Fair

Join CNY’s LARGEST Wedding Event, October 26th, 2017 Register for your FREE tickets at http://www.CNYWeddingWorldExpo.com

The NYS Fair Grounds, Syracuse, NY www.cnyshowpromoters.com

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About 1/25/2015 A Perfect Syracuse Bridal Show at The Oncenter

Don’t Miss Syracuse’s Largest Bridal Show

See, hear and taste all that CNY Wedding professionals have to offer when planning your perfect Syracuse Wedding.

Don’t miss Syracuse’s most elegant bridal show…

Over 100 Wedding Professionals Showcasing!

One Lucky Bride will win a Wedding LIVE at this show!

A Perfect Bridal Show at The Oncenter – Sunday, January 25th from 12:00 – 5:00

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer – Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com