Enjoy Your Day…

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On your Big Day, your Wedding Day, (or other special occasion) you should not have any disruptions that take you away from enjoying yourself, your future spouse, your family and friends. With this thought in mind I have a few suggestions to help make your Day a much more enjoyable experience.

First Suggestion – Put Someone Else In Charge (The Step-In)

I realize this can be a difficult suggestion to follow for some people but please trust that it will make a world of difference to have someone else in charge for a short amount of time.  Now, to insure that this is a positive difference, this person is not just someone attending the wedding or your second cousin twice removed who really wants to help, this person is someone you trust to make decisions, they know you, your likes and dislikes and they understand when you would say yes or no.  Remember they are there to help so try to pick someone you get along with and can effectively deal with other people and possible difficult situations.  Their job is to take care of any situations that may arise on your Wedding day, situations that the Wedding Planner, Caterer, or Hotel Manager might ask you about are now handled by your Step-In. It has to be understood that the Step-In now speaks for you and what they say goes.  You should not hear about any problems till after the wedding, preferably after the honeymoon or longer if you can take not knowing.  Here’s the bottom line, things happen, people bring an extra guest, did not tell you they are now vegetarian for some unexplained reason or the they can’t sit next to Aunt Anne because it “may start something”.  Remember whatever the problem the Step-In can take care of it and you can hear about it later – Enjoy Your Day (and remember to give a big Thank You to your Step-In)…

”We look forward to earning your business.”

Deidra D. Thompson, Professional-In-Training (P.I.T.)
Word of Mouth Events & Planning
Bladensburg, MD 20710

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Budget – Everything Has a Price

Everything Has a Price

So you want to know what’s included in a budget.   Everything.  Meeting and events cost money.  Make a list of every anticipated expense as well as; all revenues.

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This is a list of items found in budgets:

 

 

 

 

* Labor                                                 * Venue                               * Travel

* Insurance                                        * Merchandise                  * Marketing/Promotion

* Planning System                          * Printing                             * Food/Beverage

* Decorations                                   * Entertainment               * Speaking Fees

* Attire                                                * Salary                                 * Flowers

* Gifts                                                   * Awards                             * Administrative Fees

* Give-A-Ways                                   * Security                            * Photographer

* Credit Card Fees                             * Tickets                              * Phone

* Wi Fi                                                  * Gas/Mileage                  * Website

The list goes on and on.  Items on this list can be broken down into line items.  Some will be grouped together and others will be their own category.  When developing keep the current industry trends in mind and their costs.  Think about how they will impact your budget and look for comparable substitutions.  Trends are easy to spot and if you’re not sure take a look at social media sites, TV and your industry trade magazines for more information.

In today’s fast paced information track most event organizers use online registration which is a trend that can also impact your bottom line.  You may also want to offer paper registration by request.  Now that you know what is included in your budget you can effectively begin to organize your financial outline.

… Happy budgeting

Pharice Brown

Word of Mouth Events & Planning
Bladensburg, MD 20710

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Hello … I’m Having an Event!

ImageGetting the Word Out

Ok so now you have your target audience and you need to let them know you have some place for them to be and why.  Here are a few ways to reach out to them:

* Website                                       * Past Attendees                      * Poster/Flyer

* Email Blast                                 * Text Message                         * Referral

* Blogs                                             * Fax                                            * Networking

* Email                                            * Press Release                         * Newspaper

* Radio/Internet                        * Commercial                            * Word of Mouth

* Signage                                       * Feature Article                       * Other Events

Here’s where you show your marketing plan to the world.  You can use as many of these outlets as you like that will “touch” your target audience.  You will also need to consider you marketing budget and the cost of each and which will provide the best ROI (return on investment).  Also be thinking ahead to your next event.  On you r attendee registration form create a line for them to tell you where they heard about your event.  Keep this information on hand for planning similar events to create a list of the best places to advertise based on the number of people reached, this will tell you where to advertise more.  It’s up to you to market in best places for maximum results.

… Be heard.

Pharice Brown

Word of Mouth Events & Planning
Bladensburg, MD 20710

Toll Free Phone and Fax: (866) 905-9002 ext. 102#

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Avoid Disappointment on You Big Day

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Enjoy your Big Day…

To avoid real disappointment on your Big Day (whatever the occasion) you should register for items you need and really want.  If you start putting things on the registry like vases, platters and picture frames just because you think you should, please believe that you will be overcome with vases, platters and picture frames.  Because these are taste specific, for the most part there may be many you won’t want.  These are items that people always buy for all occasions.  You will be re-gifting these items for some time to come if you don’t take the time to think ahead and plan a registry.  And yes, re-gifting is perfectly acceptable behavior because if you don’t like it and you know you will not use it and someone else could be enjoying it, then why not?  Now let me say this.  You have to be sure to label who gave you each gift, the worst thing would be to gift the item they gifted to you.  Embarrassing!  I can’t say it enough – do not re-gift to the person who gave it to you.  

Also, while on the topic of registries, please register according to your guest list, meaning; have several price choices and try not to make a list twice as big as the guest list.  The fact of the matter is that you probably do not want only two forks and two plates, when you registered for a twelve piece dinning set, four platters, eight vases, a grill, and a sofa set, along side fourteen picture frames and a stand mixer with accessories but only invited twenty-five people to your event.  It may take a bit longer to figure out what you want on your registry but it will definitely pay off in the end, while not giving you a headache.  Make things easier on you and enjoy your big day… 

 Deidra D. Thompson, Professional-In-Training (P.I.T.)

Word of Mouth Events & Planning 
Bladensburg, MD 20710

Toll Free Phone and Fax: (866) 905-9002 ext. 102

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