With it being back to school season, it's also a back to blogging season for me. Although it's been pretty quiet on the blog this summer, I was making noise with our amazing summer wedding season! Our July and August couples were so much fun to work with, and I also enjoyed some fun with my family and friends too - so a great summer indeed! How about you? How was your summer? Share in the comments section - I'd love to hear.
With my return to the beloved blog scene, I'm excited to share some news about 2 new roll outs that I hadn't mentioned before summer...and I'm pretty sure you're going to love them:
1. A New Wedding Service
While full service planning remains to be our most popular wedding planning service, I do still have couples who fall in love with partial planning and month of coordination. In the past only full service and partial planning have included design services. Well, I'm pleased to announce that I've restructured our month of coordination to include design - and with this new service, comes a new name: Wedding Execution and Design.
So what does that mean exactly, you say? This means the couple who has or plans to do all of the wedding planning, but still needs a professional planner to manage the wedding day PLUS "the look" and design details of the wedding, can now have BOTH through our month of execution and design. We step in a few months before the wedding to map out the design of your day and needed vendor partnerships (florals, lighting, rentals etc.), and then 1 month before the big day we go over all the wedding plans and details you executed and step in as the leader for your wedding day, so you can relax and enjoy your special moment.
Why risk being stressed those last months leading up to the big day when a professional is waiting and equipped to give you the assistance you need. This new service will help to make sure your wedding day is absolutely beautiful and that your nerves are calmed just in time for the big day. And guess what?! I have ONE more 2017 slot available, and I'm booking now for 2018 weddings, so let's chat about your big day soon! Shoot me a note here.
2. A New Client Portal for Events
Planners are hired for our ability to make event dreams come true, manage event logistics while keeping everything organized. With that in mind, I've naturally worked so hard to make sure the systems I have in place help to keep both me and my clients organized and in sync at all times. A couple of years ago I fell in love with a client portal site that I use with my wedding couples, and it gives us 24/7 online access to all the details I've added for that specific wedding. The system is so user friendly, and has revolutionized the way I manage event details.
Well this system is now customizable for events and other projects and not just weddings! That's right, whether we work together on a styled shoot, corporate launch party, first birthday soiree, or ladies luncheon you now get the benefit of my fabulous client/project management site. I've customized each client site so that me, my team and clients have:
- Ease of finding contracts and important event documents
- Ability to manage guest lists, rsvps, and seating charts
- Comment/messaging style of communication that keeps conversation strings associated by category, task or vendor that can be referenced historically
- Access to our customized task list, that is checked off as tasks are completed
- Calendar to keep track of client and vendor meetings
- Categorized Budget System that the client and my team have access to update, along with an invoice manager that tracks due dates for all vendor invoices
- Design Studio to upload photos of event ideas, with the ability to add comments, which limits the need for being inundated with Pinterest
- Categorized Notes section to house important details
- My personalized list of vendor referrals and contact list for booked vendors
- And so much more!
In short, not only do my clients get to enjoy phone chats, coffee meetings and other forms of traditional communication essential for the planning process, but they also get an enhanced experience through this online tool that I customize for each event. Imagine being able to see the important details I notate and upload in ONE place (instead of searching through tons of emails or papers) on our personalized, password protected site for you to easily access at any time. Talk about a godsend right?! My wedding and event clients have been raving about it so much.
AND FOR MY PLANNER FRIENDS - You know I love sharing my tools and tips with you, so if you haven't already, you can integrate this fabulous tool into your business by signing up here.
Tell me if these new enhancements sound like winners to you in the comments section below.