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It’s days like to today when I remember exactly why I do what I do. It happens more than I think but today brought tears to eyes. I’ve been engaged for about 5 days and already have learned so much more about what my brides face throughout there engagement. I plan on posting all about it soon! This weekend I was working on my own wedding inspiration board and realized how hard is it as a bride to bring everything together.
When I book a wedding, I talk with the bride about what she sees for her wedding. She shows me through pictures, words, feelings etc. I filter those ideas and create a vision. Ever since I started this, the response has been great:
“It all looks FANTASTIC! Seriously this is amazing!!!…Valerie you NAILED IT!”
“I LOVE IT!!!!!! I think everything came together perfectly! I am so excited!! Haha It’s starting to come together “
Today I sent the third inspiration board and vision to a bride and got back this response:
“OMG!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!! You did a such great job Valerie. I think it’s fabulous and I’m super excited. It’s so perfect, I just want to keep putting exclamation points in this email!
Again, fantastic job Valerie!! You really captured it and I can’t wait to see it come to life January 22!”
I immediately teared up! I want my brides to have the most special day of their lives and the thought that I am able to translate their desire into a full vision of what they have dreamed of is my favorite part of this job. Brides, thanks for letting me be a part of your planning and special day!!
So for all of us in South Louisiana, life hasn’t just been about weddings the past week. It’s been all about the Saints! I honestly didn’t know how the Super Bowl was going to go. I was just so excited to see them play in it. It’s still surreal that they won!
So obviously I wanted to incorporate the black and gold (sans gold fleur di lis or who dats) into an inspiration board. This board is a bit different. Every picture comes from the fab blog, This is Glamorous. I could stare at the pictures all day long.
P.S. I totally look like this (picture #1) when I’m at my desk hard at work too!
Since it’s the off season for wedding in South Louisiana I’ve had a few extra projects keeping me busy these past couple of weeks besides Saints celebrations and the pending Mardi Gras season. I just finished our new and improved invitation collection and am getting materials printed for product shoot with the wonderful Jason Cohen. Also, I have a two in one photo shoot coming up next week. Remember I asked a few weeks ago which inspiration board you’d like to see come to reality? I got tons of feedback and honestly couldn’t choose between the top two so decided to do them both! What’s all this for?? A few changes a’ coming! ; )
I was so excited when the editor, Amanda, asked me to contribute to FACE Magazine‘s annual bridal section. I gave the 1, 2, 3s of weddings like 1 tradition to keep, 2 traditions to ditch, 5 trends for 2010 etc. Some info didn’t fit so I will be sure to post the extra info next week!
You can find the issue online here or in clothing boutiques and CCs coffeehouses in Lafayette.
I do a lot of talking on this blog but I would love to hear from you! The goal for this blog, my event planning and invitations, are to meet the needs of brides. And it’s my job to occasionally assess and ensure we are doing that! Here are a few questions. Some may not apply to you, so feel free to leave some blank. You can email your feedback to email@example.com. Thanks in advance for your participation!
What service to you feel would most fit your needs?
Are there any services that we don’t currently offer that would better meet your needs?
Of the designs we offer now, which do you like the most?
What design concept/elements would you like us to incorporate in a future invitation set?
What are your current favorite posts? (Real weddings, inspiration boards, tips, etc.)
What do you want to see blog posts about?
After a 6-part mega post I can’t believe I still have any words left. But I do!
This last month has been the biggest growth for me as a person and in my business. I’ve been able to reflect on things and put into action things I have said for a while I wanted to change. One thing I want to do differently in 2010 is I want to put more of myself into my blogpost. I have a habit of wanting to make sure I keep things “professional” and talk only about weddings or trends (which let’s be honest, is what people want to see) but I also know people want to trust the person behind the post.
When people hire a wedding planner, they aren’t just hiring a skill. They hire someone they can depend on and actually want to be around. I spend sometimes 8 hours with a bride in one day checking out vendors. Who wants to do that with a stranger? Or who wants to dread those meetings?
If you follow me on twitter, you may have noticed I changed my user name from SouthernFete to ValMarieMet. I talk about a lot more than Southern Fete.
Daniel, one of my office mates, told me several months ago he wasn’t trying to look like a huge operation. He wanted people to know he was the guy behind it all (hince his amazing new identity). I’m in the same boat. When you call Southern Fete you’ll talk to me. I’ll plan your wedding with you, I’ll e-mail you updates, and I’ll be there wedding day from start to finish. Although I do have an amazing sister who assists me on day-of’s so I can be “in two places at once” ; ) and who keeps me organized on the business end.
And despite the changes and extra work, I think it’s actually made me a stronger wedding planner. I am constantly inspired by other planners I speak with for The Wedding Shoebox, and can continually create new custom designs for brides with Butterscotch Press. It’s even made me relax more on my off time and work smarter (not harder) during the work day.
Here’s to the next year!!
Sooo…newly engaged ladies? Want to know what’s going to be big it 2010?? Here’s a sample:
Homemade favors with meaning
Coordinating bridesmaid dress, not matching
Attention to details instead of grandeur
Updated photo booth
In bridal gowns? Get this…TULLE!!
The Wedding Shoebox!
Ok, ok I may be a little biased but if you are looking for new trends for 2010, check out our new inspiration site! It launched today!!
Happy New Year everyone!! I was planning on waiting to share this with you tomorrow but I couldn’t wait!!
I have been thinking, working on, tweaking this project for over 6 months now. It all started when I couldn’t wait to see what a wedding planner was going to do for her own wedding. My super creative, talented and supportive boyfriend Tyler thought I should turn that concept into a blog. I get plenty of excited giggles and squeals from friends just waiting to see what I’d do for my own wedding someday. Why not feature wedding planners from around the country? Ever since starting my own business I love hearing about women entreprenuers and their stories. I also love supporting their concepts anyway possible. Giving wedding planners a platform and brides the ultimate inspiration guide looked like a pretty fun project. And pair that with my love for inspiration boards? It was a no-brainer.
The Wedding Shoebox will be a place for wedding planners to submit photos of their ultimate wedding day. They’ll sift through what I like to think are shoeboxes of photos, experiences, weddings and inspiration and come up with one perfect concept. I’ll design up an inspiration board from their pictures and voila! Your sneak peak!!
On January 4 The Wedding Shoebox will launch to brides, weddings planners and other vendors across the nation. We’d love for you to share it with your friends, brides or vendors. Tweet it, blog it, etc. We want to start off with a bang!
I am so excited to see this project finally go from a crazy idea to reality. Thanks so much for the overwhelming response for Southern Fete and Butterscotch Press throughout the year. Y’all have propelled me forward and encouraged me to take on new challenges like this one!