Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I really need a logo

I love my website. The fonts are perfect. So this is not about that, but its more about my cards and promotional items. I want to start getting some promotional items and everything I see has a logo. I just can't think of anything. I have sketched, doodled, and played with this for a very, very long time. I want something simple that can be easily put on stationary, cards, pens, shirts, etc. At the same time I want it to have staying power. I don't want to get board of it in a year and start all over again. I have thought about having a contest to see if any of my brides, friends, family, and general followers might have an idea, but alas I can't even think a prize to offer for the contest. Maybe a t-shirt or polo with the new logo on it? Okay would anyone even want that? Well if anyone has any ideas for a logo let me know. We will work out the prize or compensation later. Oh and my other dilemma do I focus on weddings which is most of what I do or something more generic to encompass my other events? Maybe I need two a wedding one and an other events. Wait that's getting crazy. okay enough late night ramblings.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Vendor Spotlight

I have had the chance to work with Lisa Woods and she really is amazing. I have several photographers that I could introduce you to (and will) but I wanted to start with Lisa. I asked her to tell me about herself and share with me some fun photos she wanted me to share and this is what she told me. Visit her website here.

I have always known that I wanted to do something in the art world. At first I thought it would be interior design, after spending a year in college studying interior design I decided I needed to rethink my options. I went to Oxford England to study abroad my second year and went all over Europe traveling around taking pictures of anything and everything! The ability to capture beauty that was already there became a drive and an outlet for my creative mind. It wasn't until after having my two kiddos that I had the desire to actually make money at doing something I loved so much. I owe everything to my creator without whom I would not have the courage and strength to deal with all that is involved in owning your own business. I also am so thankful for my husband and kids, it is their constant encouragement and love that keeps me going even when things get tough.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Making a Chuppa

I get these wild hairs sometimes and my family just goes right along with me. I am oh so grateful for that. I was meeting with one of my brides yesterday that is getting married at the end of the year. They will be having a Jewish ceremony. With that they need a Chuppa to stand under. I was sitting there thinking that my dad could make one of those. So I tell them I am going to look into this. I come up with an idea so that its easy to transport and hopefully sturdy. I call dad explain it to him and he agrees easy to make. So he is researching materials for me this week and we will start building it in a few weeks. I have been looking at pictures online and love all the ones I have found. I know its a Jewish tradition, but they are appealing to me more then an arch right now. I will have to take photos once we get it built. I am blessed with a talented family and ones willing to help me out when my brain takes off like this.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A little side job

I love when I get little side jobs, but this one goes hand in hand with what I am already doing. My father has been very active for years the the San Marcos VFW Hall (Veterans of Foreign Wars). Well turns out the lady that books the hall for outside events has too much on her plate and wants to give up some of the duties. While some of the job description is still being defined. All in all I am in charge of handling the bookings for the hall. Whenever someone is interested in using it for a party, or meeting, they will call me. I check the master calender and get them to sign contracts. The hall is just a few miles from my house so I can run up there quick and easy to give the tour and show them the contract. I don't have to be there for the events so it does not conflict with my weddings. They have a security staff and bartenders there for each party so they won't need me there. I have to meet the VFW hall post commander today. The lady currently doing this said its just to woo him with my people skills. I think I can do that. People Skills is something that comes pretty naturally. My teachers in elementary school said it was excessive talking, but I know better they were jealous of my amazing people skills. Well the jobs not in the bucket yet, but still its looking good. So wish me luck as I go meet with them today.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Love the one your With

Okay here it is. You are in the middle of planning your big day. You have sent your wedding planner five emails today. And will send them another ten tomorrow. Your wedding date is fast approaching and you have not finished the seating charts, the programs, the table numbers, and you have not heard from the photographer in a month. Your head is swimming with wedding to do's but right now you need to take a breath. Take a step back and remember what you are doing. You are not just planning a wedding. You are starting a marriage. How would that marriage be if when you got to the alter your soon to be spouse said, "Hi, I'm Bill your fiance, nice to see you again."

In all your crazy hectic wedding planning you need to remember the ones that you are doing this for. You and your fiance. So right now. Get off the blog and send your honey a special little love note in his email, or a text. Call him. Plan on fixing him a nice dinner this week. Or going out for dinner. Dress up. Send Flowers, cookies, o candy to their work (ladies men like their co-workers to know they are loved too). Take a moonlit walk. Go to a concert. It doesn't matter but find some time to spend together.

Oh and one rule YOU MAY NOT TALK ABOUT WEDDING PLANS FOR THE WHOLE DATE. Yep you can do it. I know you can. Talk about why you love each other and if you must how happy you are to be getting married but no talk of tulle, taffeta, flowers, favors, or vendors. You can do it. Oh and let me know how the dates go. I hope to hear you were able to relax. You will find the rest of the planning and projects will get done.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines to All.

Well this is the first year in a few years that we are going to do something for valentines day. We usually only make something at home and exchange cards. Well at least the past few years once we had kids. Its not a bad thing, but this year we are actually exchanging gifts and going out for dinner with another couple. They have some older kids that will be watching our kids. So dinner out with no kids adult conversation and gifts. I am so excited.

So I hope you all are doing something nice even if its a nice dinner in. Take some time and tell your wonderful fiance' or spouse why you love them.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

email is back

Yep let me just say the guys at Sparknet Creative are awesome. I walk in with my laptop cry out my plea for help and they had me up and running again in a matter of minutes. I am so lucky to have such a great group of web guys. So I can send out emails again. I think I will still be another day before I am caught up on all my emails but I am plugging away at it.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Email issues again

I am receiving emails without trouble but have not been able to send out any emails today. If this does not resolve itself tomorrow morning I will be replying to emails from a yahoo email account. I am working on setting that up tonight so not sure what the email will be, but just know that if you get something from an odd email it really is me, but my regular email is working to get in touch with me.

Vendor Spotlight

I would like to take a minute to introduce you to a vendor I have had some great experience with. Dawn with The Cake Pan has opened her cake business this past year. She does cakes for all occasions. She has done a wedding cake, and a reception cake for me. She has also done some cakes for dedication cakes that I was privileged enough to eat. Her work is always so well done, and her prices are great. She is very creative. If you have an idea or theme she can work with you on it. Her prices are very reasonable. Check her out. And look for more vendor spotlights coming soon.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Postage Inclrease

Well Ladies they are doing it to us again. Raising the price of postage. So while the specialty stamps may be appealing with the roses and pretty wedding messages they are not going to do much good come May 11th. I wanted to let you know so you can plan accordingly for your invitations. You may not want to stockpile stamps right now that won't be good without additional postage. You also may want to get the forever stamps and save some money on the invitations. Another option that might be better is buying the stamps you like with a wedding feel to them after may 11th and buying forever stamps now that you can put on the response cards. Also think about your time line. Your invitations maybe going out before the 11th but response cards may not be mailed back before then. Just plan for these things. Will save you and your guest some trouble. If you have questions just ask. Here is a link to the postal website with the information.