March 10, 2010, 8 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Wedding Advice: Opinion Management

TAGS: DISTINCT OCCASIONS, WEDDING ADVICE, WEDDING TIPS, OPINION MANAGEMENT

Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, has an opinion on my big day! How can I politely tell them to butt out?


There is no polite way to tell someone that their ideas, opinions, or advice just don't apply to you. Instead of telling the Know-It-Alls to butt out, be gracious and tactful in your dealings with them.


Throughout your engagement you'll be faced with every type of advice giver including; vendors whose advice and opinions you solicit, married friends and family who freely give advice (thinking they're being helpful) even if you didn’t ask them for it, and smug singles who think they’re smarter because of their "choice" to not be married.



Distinct Occasions Dinner Setting

March 17, 2010, 8 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Wedding Advice: Is it possible to find a meal that meets everyone's needs?

TAGS: DISTINCT OCCASIONS, WEDDING ADVICE, WEDDING TIPS, WEDDING PLANNING, CATERING, CUISINE, DIETARY RESTRICTIONS

Dietary Restrictions


One of the very first questions that I ask couples regarding catering and food is, "are there any dietary restrictions we should be aware of?" These restrictions can play a big part in the meal you choose to serve your guests. If you live with dietary restrictions due to allergies, medical conditions, or personal dietary choices, your wedding day is NOT the day to "forget about it".


Distinct Occasions Dinner Setting

Photo Courtesty of Distinct Occasions

First, what is the restriction? Simple things like vegetarianism or low salt diets are easy to accommodate with any typical wedding menu. Medical conditions like celiac disease, diabetes, and serious allergies to shellfish and peanuts for example, require a little more management to ensure guest safety. The first step is to be open and honest about these restrictions with your planner and caterer to ensure they can make adjustments as necessary.

March 24, 2010, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Wedding Advice: Preferred Vendor Lists - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

TAGS: DISTINCT OCCASIONS, WEDDING ADVICE, WEDDING TIPS, WEDDING PLANNING, PREFFERED VENDORS

Everyone loves to see their name in lights and when another vendor or person admires our work enough to refer us to potential clients we can't help but be flattered!


Whether you refer to them as preferred vendors, VIP vendors, or approved vendors; they’re all vendors that show up on referral lists within a specific region or city.


As a bridal couple you will visit venues, caterers, florists, and photographers, and these are just a few examples of the hundreds of different vendors you may visit during your planning process.


How much weight do you give to preferred vendor referrals you’ve found on lists?


Preferred Vendors

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March 31, 2010, 8 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Wedding Advice: Food for thought: Should you feed your vendors?

TAGS: DISTINCT OCCASIONS, WEDDING ADVICE, WEDDING TIPS, WEDDING PLANNING, WEDDING VENDORS

Any couple planning a wedding knows that expenses can add up quickly. First it's $100 here, then $1000 there, and in no time at all your big day becomes very expensive. That said, what's the value of a vendor to you on your big day?



Should you feed your vendors?

Photo Courtesty of HRM Photography


I'm not trying to bully you into doing things one way or another, but my role as a Wedding Planner is to guide you through the process. So, consider the time, energy, and effort your vendors are putting into making your big day run as smoothly as possible. They work countless hours before, during, and after your wedding to ensure that you have the experience of a lifetime.


April 7, 2010, 8 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Wedding Advice: What Exactly Does A Wedding Planner Do?

TAGS: DISTINCT OCCASIONS, WEDDING ADVICE, WEDDING TIPS, WEDDING PLANNING, WEDDING VENDORS

Ever been to a party with a group of people you've never met? Inevitably you’ll be asked the question, "So what do you do for a living?" As a Wedding Planner, I get a mixed reaction from people when it comes to my chosen career.


There are women who squeal gleefully at what they imagine to be a wholly romantic and luxurious vocation. The reaction from commitment-phobic men is a cringe as they desperately look for anyone else to talk to! Alternatively, there is the ever enjoyable, "What does a wedding planner do exactly?" followed by a look of bewilderment.


Create the wedding of your dreams with the help of a wedding planner


Photo Courtesty of Rowell Photography




As a Wedding Planner I’m required to use skills normally associated with other careers. I'm part therapist, financial planner, production coordinator, designer, life coach and friend. I have to wear a million different hats and be able to randomly assume these hats from client to client and ...