HOST: Debbie Quain
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During this episode we discuss a variety of wedding topics.
A Celebrity Wedding Showdown
Did you hear? Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) star, NeNe Leakes, is (or maybe it’s was, now…) considering becoming a professional wedding planner!
And in the same never-a-dull-moment vein as her TV show, NeNe is also going through her own drama with professional wedding planner Tiffany Cook. Cook claims that NeNe owes her thousands in unpaid wedding planner fees. Yikes!
But what I find really fascinating about this wedding planner debacle is that there are several layers of planning fees involved, here: a percentage of the wedding budget, a separate (and astonishing!) amount for wedding design and then another fee that covers the travel expenses for the wedding planning team to fly from their base in Florida to the wedding location in Atlanta.
This breakdown of wedding planning fees makes perfect sense (although, according to NeNe was not contracted) and confirms what I’ve been preaching for years…professional wedding planners should charge separately for each type of service provided. Don’t lump your wedding design services in with your wedding planning fees. Charge separately!
Start a Wedding Blog
If you’re considering planning weddings for a living, why not create a wedding planning blog while you’re getting everything together? There’s really no reason to wait!
A blog is a great way to simultaneously share your local wedding planning knowledge with your target audience as you develop (and decide if you truly want to delve into) the business end of things.
What should you write about? Post info about the wedding vendors and wedding venues as you discover them. Share short, need-to-know wedding planning tips. Share your opinion about the latest Bridezilla episode (and how area brides can avoid becoming one!).
Simply, create a “Hire Me” page that lets visitors to your site know that you’re available to help them plan their local wedding. No need to go in-depth with details, here. A few paragraphs and a contact form will do the trick.
The search engines (i.e. Google) love blogs and so will couples planning a local wedding.
Meeting with Wedding Venues
We got a great question from Claire, a destination wedding planner based in Belfast. Claire asked for help with determining the best method for contacting well-known wedding venues in her area. Should she drop-in, schedule an appointment, send an email….
Pinterest or Instagram?
So, are you using Pinterest or Instagram for your wedding business? Is there an advantage to using one over the other? Why not leave a comment, below, and let me know. (And, it will come as no surprise that yours truly is absent on both platforms!)
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