Single & Planning

Alright. I may get in trouble for this post, however, it is something that is rarely talked about. My single wedding clients. Yes, you read right. Single…wedding…clients.

I have had numerous secret folders over the years tucked away for women who began the planning process well before they found a man to marry. Are these some sort of strange weird women? No, they are young, professional, intelligent, strong women who know what they want.

If we are honest, most women have been secretly planning their wedding since they were probably five or six years old. For almost two years, my daughter has been talking about her orange and gray wedding (she’s now six). We (most women) love weddings. We love flowers and princess gowns and tiaras and romantic lighting, candles and dancing. We love the thought of the day…the thought of being the most beautiful person in the room.

Out of the many secret folders I have started, two are celebrating their wedding anniversaries this year…and a couple are planning their big day (with a fiancé in hand) as I write this.

Now obviously, styles change, sizes change, finances change and sometimes even our outlooks change…so, planning too far in advance could be difficult to say the least. However, there are a few fun ways to make the planning a fun, non-psychotic journey.

1. Don’t get too specific…pick some colors you like, but don’t necessarily pick the exact location and date. Pick some dress styles, but to get hung up on specific designers.

2. Remember to separate dream from reality…dream and dream well, but remember that when the time comes…reality sometimes has a different outlook.

3. Love it, pin it…whether you pin it in a folder at home or online via Pinterest, have fun piecing together all the many trends and ideas you can. Variety is your friend.

4. Keep it under wraps…nothing says commitment on a first date like finding a giant folder with tons of wedding clippings. It’s okay to dream…just don’t scare anyone away. Did I say that nice enough? (hope so)

5. Keep your chin up…being single is not a curse. Enjoy the moment you are in…right now. It will make enjoying the next moments in your life much easier and more beautiful.

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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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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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