The “Day of Wedding” Workshop

This 3-part workshop is held on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 8:30 pm (January 25, February 1 and February 8).  It is $175 and includes all materials. We are meeting at the Mosaic Gallery in Downtown Pomona’s Arts Colony. If you are interested, please complete the form below and we will send you a credit card invoice. Payments must be received by Sunday, 1/22/12. If you have any further questions or wish to pay by cash or check, call us at 909.784.0122 or email imagine@OpenBoxDesigns.com

Thank you.  We look forward to seeing you.

A New Years Gift…for you.

I love this time of year. New beginnings. New hopes. New expectations. Its a time for looking forward and reflecting on the dreams you want to see come true.

My desire is to see your dream for the “perfect” wedding become tangible. To see you walk the aisle…with your eyes locked on your sweetheart, heart racing and full of wonder. To listen intently as you whisper “I do”. To watch you swept off your feet as the room begins to move to the rhythm of a delicate melody and then wist away to an undisclosed hideaway and begin your new life together. All the while, not burdened with seating arrangements for unannounced guests, maintaining smooth event transitions, vendor payments and corkage fees.

My part in this is to work tirelessly behind the scenes, while you embrace the beauty of the moment. To manage the vendors, the guests, the timelines and the oodles of unnoticed details that go into creating your “dream” wedding.

Through the month of January, I am offering the following promotions to you for your 2012 wedding:

The Designer for 12%, starting at $2012* (normally 15% of estimated budget, starting at $3000) Complete guidance and management from Now until your Grand Exit.  Ensuring an enjoyable planning process and seamless event.

Design My Day for $1200* (normally starting at $1500) We begin 2-3 months from your Big Day to ensure no detail is missed and you enjoy the wedding you have envisioned. Includes rehearsal.

Don’t leave your special day up to chance, we’re here to support you, making this celebration and the moments leading up to it, everything you hoped it to be.

Call 909.784.0122 or email imagine@openboxdesigns.com to set a design meeting.

*Discount applies to new contracts signed between January 1, 2012 and January 31, 2012.  Additional fees may apply for travel, accommodations, additional meetings, etc.

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Why You Should Consider Hiring a Wedding Planner

Jennifer Lopez in "The Wedding Planner"

It is interesting to me how many couples don’t opt for a wedding planner for their big day.  I understand that with today’s limited budgets and resources, it somehow seems like a sometimes unnecessary expenditure.  I understand that there are far too many horror stories of less than wonderful planners who actually added to the stress and complication of the day instead of being the tower of strength and support needed.  I understand that it seems, at first, like an easy task to throw what will probably be one of the biggest events of your life together on lunch breaks and weekends.  I understand that you have been offered help from your mom, sister, best friend, cousin, etc.  So, why then could you possibly need a planner?

First, we must look at what passes for “wedding planning” in many circles.  Many planners simply are there to tell the wedding party when to walk down the aisle and when the DJ should play your special song.

However, the ideal planner goes way beyond that.  Here’s some characteristics of a great planner.

– They are a competent, trustworthy individual who listens to your vision and budgetary concerns to unveil a day that reaches far beyond your expectations.

–  They utilize approved vendors who have a excellent reputations for providing quality (trust me, just because someone has a website with pretty pictures doesn’t mean they know what they are doing).

– They can even save you a lot of money (actually, most of the time the savings equal or exceed the cost of a good planner) in contracting vendors and your location by talking down hidden fees and escalated prices (because the same vendor or location is sometimes three times as much if it’s for a wedding).

– They take your stress and carry it on their shoulders so you can enjoy the day you envisioned.

– They problem solve and make quick saves on the big day of by utilizing their expertise, tact and an amazing stocked “emergency kit“.

–  They, when necessary, become the friendly yet firm “bad guy” when your uncle’s rsvp includes his new girlfriend and her eight kids or when grandma steps in to tell the photographer what pictures she thinks are needed.

– They make sure you actually had a chance to eat the food you spent so much time choosing (most couples never even touch their food on the wedding day).

– They listen to your concerns and desires, because they understand that it’s your wedding, not theirs.

– They have a long track record of providing excellence (look them up and read their references and reviews)

Candice Bergen in "Bride Wars"

These are just a few things to consider.  I think one of the main misconceptions is that wedding planners are only for celebrity weddings or weddings with big budgets. Nothing could be further from the truth. A good wedding planner will be able to work with any budget and help you stay on budget and on task. Wedding planners are less of a luxury item and more of a necessity for busy brides and grooms to help keep the planning process moving along smoothly.

Another misconception is that we have this very glamorous job. Sure, we get to go to fun hotels, attend tastings and be at fabulous events on the weekends but we are working and have a job to make sure the wedding goes perfectly. We are not eating and drinking and enjoying like the guests; we are working, and my team and I take that very seriously.

Oh, and we don’t wear heels like in the movie The Wedding Planner. We are on our feet 10+ hours and I wear the most comfortable shoes I can find (that are appropriate).

Need some support in making sure your day is fabulous? Contact me.

 

FREE December “Day Of Wedding” Coordination

Between the three of us (my hubby, babydoll and myself), we’ve officially gone through two cartons of eggnog in the last three days. That can only mean one thing…well two…ONE – my workouts need to increase 🙂 and TWO – the Holidays are coming and with that so is a Giveaway!

This last year has been quite a bumpy road for so many people and I’d love to extend my support to a well deserving couple ready to be wed this December. We are giving away Day of Wedding Coordination to one lucky couple, which usually starts at $1500. If you know of a couple who deserves the peace of mind a Day of Coordinator can provide (for no additional cost) or you’d like to enter you and your fiance, complete the form provided and let us know a little bit about yourself and why you deserve to win.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

Entries must be received by November 23rd 11:59 pm. Three finalist will be chosen. Now the fun begins – starting November 24th – your family, friends and even complete strangers have the opportunity to vote for the winner. The winning couple will be announced on November 30th.

This is for any December couple in Southern California* (unless you’d like us to travel – out of state or overeas!)

Congratulations in advance and Happy Holidays!

By the way, if you so choose, each couple entering will receive a 1-hour consultation to review any of their wedding details and 30% off is offered to couples booking in December (per calendar availability).


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The “Day Of Wedding” Workshop

As many of you know, I have been actively involved in the wedding industry for some time now as a planner, coordinator, designer or whatever the new terminology is. Over the years I have come across many vendors and friend of friends who claim to either provide day of coordination services professionally or were just the willing volunteer chosen for the job. Some did their task well, some could have used some minor help, and some (not you of course) were doomed from the get go.

In talking with a few friends of mine, I had a brilliant (I think so anyway) idea. Provide basic training. I have been training and certifying new planners/coordinators for some time now through Cal Poly Pomona’s Extended University Program, however this would be different by far. Here is what we’re looking at:

  • One Day Workshop (complete with breakfast & lunch)
  • 10 Things That Will Save the Day
  • A Sure-Fire Rehearsal Walkthrough
  • Ask the Questions You Can’t Ask During a Wedding
  • What Is a Qualified Vendor and Why They Are Important
  • Timelines, Worksheets a Pencil and How to Use Them

Basically, this a unique opportunity to be “trained” in the art of Wedding Planning for that special day. Whether you are a vendor looking to provide “day of” services or a couple looking for a unique way to train your best friend to do the job…effectively, this workshop is for you.  There are so many things that can potentially go “left” on that special day, why would you trust someone to oversee it that is isn’t trained properly?

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