Why a Consultant Hired a Consultant

{Photo of the Met Gala from Vogue}

I'm always so excited when we take on a new client.  Meeting them for the first time, hearing all about their plans, pouring through ideas and inspiration.  Hearing them breathe a literal sigh of relief after handing over the organization, the tracking of details, the coordination of all of the vendors, permits and timing so they can enjoy the fun parts like cocktail and food tastings.  It's been a pleasure all these years to be a part of our client's successes and to see what a difference we make in planning a wedding or designing a fundraising event.  

This year I had a chance to experience it from the other side and I'm so happy to let a professional take the reigns!  I hired a college consultant for my high school senior to help us through the process.  I'm obviously organized, love a spreadsheet as much as any planner and am at my happiest when checking off my to do boxes but the idea of sifting through some 5,300 colleges and universities in the middle of a busy event season started to seem like not so much fun.  During our initial conversation she shed more light on college admissions in five minutes than I could have sussed out in probably two months of constant research on my own.

A few reasons why consultants are the best:

1.  Expertise - a consultant has a specialized skill set and the experience of years of projects like yours under their belt to give guidance every step of the way.

2.  Support - in addition to organization and design skills one of the biggest things our social clients appreciate is having a support structure in place when planning such an important event in their lives.  Having a friend, confidant, tie-breaker, sounding board, and general back-up is just as valuable.

3.  Time Saver - a consultant can accomplish in a very short time what may take others hours or days to finish.  Delegating some of all project aspects to a consultant saves you time to focus on other work and life responsibilities. 

4.  Problem Solvers - we've kind of seen it all, if we haven't we're accustomed to thinking on our feet and quickly.  There hasn't been a problem yet that we haven't found a solution to.

5.  Fresh Set of Eyes - someone looking in from the outside can often see what others have missed or look at processes in an organization from another perspective. 

Can You Call Yourself a Wedding Planner

       Photo Credit: Robin Resch Studio

Celebrity wedding planner Danielle Rothweiler of Rothweiler Event Design in my home state of New Jersey wrote this article "Stop Calling Yourself a Wedding Planner" for HuffPost which educates so much about our industry and how wedding planners work I had to share.  Don't get me wrong, I don't want to discourage anyone from joining our industry and I continue, as I always have, to mentor and foster along those that truly want to do the work and learn the business.  It's a pleasure to show the ropes to the next gen but it's hard work and not all parties, food tastings and flower market visits for sure but it's rewarding beyond measure and our 20+ years experience was earned one event at a time and by doing the work.  This is why I so appreciate Danielle's article which covers venues who say you "don't need a planner" and why that's untrue.  New planners who put up a web-site and say they're planners just because the helped a friend and thought it was fun, only to go out of business a year later.  It's a fun read, has been forwarded and shared on social media countless times, and is very informative, thanks Danielle! Read Full Article Here

Pippa Middleton's Wedding

{Photo Source: New York Times}

I was busy on Saturday but I couldn't wait to get back and see the photos from Pippa's wedding to James Matthews.  I was asked a couple of times about Page Boys and what they do.  Since they were traditionally part of the procession to carry the brides train if she had a long one, Page Boys were often seven to ten years old.  I can't imagine a ten year old boy today wanting that job!  Today they are just symbolic, usually younger and carry stand-in rings on a pillow.  We call them ring bearers but in the UK they're still Page Boys.  Pippa's tots were too precious for words and seemed happy with any job they were assigned.

Monogram Linen Etiquette

{Photo Source: Leontine Linens}

The crocus are up so I'm getting my Easter table setting together.  It's time for a new set of fresh linen napkins for the table this year and have always loved this Scout Guide blog article about the process. “Monograms can be rendered in as many styles as there are personalities,” Leontine Linens owner and founder Jane Scott Hodges writes in Linens: For Every Room & Occasion. To help demystify the sometimes overwhelming process of finding the monogram style that suits you, we asked the experts at Leontine—which is celebrating 20 years of creating custom linens—what to consider when selecting a personal design. Here are their recommendations:  
Don’t feel restricted by rules. While there is a longstanding tradition and etiquette to selecting your monogram and what initials to use, our philosophy is to not be beholden to any one doctrine or rule. In today’s world, we prefer to think of your monogram as something uniquely and perfectly suited for you and your personality.
Know the components. The initials you choose to combine, the letterforms themselves, the color combinations, and the item you are personalizing all come together to create a truly bespoke item that is yours and yours alone. To that end, here are a few things to consider when making your selection:
  • The Single Initial: The perfect style to represent just a first or last name. A single letter is a nice option for a guest room or informal table linens.
  • Two Letter – Cipher: A cipher is a decorative two-letter monogram that can be used to combine two first names or two last names. 
  • Two Letter – Traditional: A two-letter monogram in a traditional format that places both letters side by side and the same size and, like the cipher, can be used to combine a first and last name or two last names.
  • Three Letter Traditional: The most popular of all monogram designs, where the surname appears center and larger. Traditional etiquette is to use the lady of the house’s initials: first, last, maiden. However, modern tastes have evolved to replace the maiden initial with the husband’s first initial.
  • Three Letter Straight Across: A three-letter monogram that reads straight across is designed for an individual’s name and is not suited for a couple who wishes to combine their initials. These styles are commonly used for gentlemen, but are also popular for a modern twist throughout the home.

Happy New Year! 2017

Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!  We are so thankful for all of our clients and supportive partners.  Cheers to a brilliantly creative and prosperous 2017!

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