It’s that time of year! I’ve begun to deck our halls with festive flair, and I continue to get giddy as I unwrap all the seasonal decor that’s been stowed away for months. My favorites? The special pieces we received as newlyweds, the “First Year Together” ornaments, the holiday platters, and more! They may make a brief appearance only once a year, but these items shine bright so don’t forget to add them to your wedding registries! Need some ideas… we’re happy to help :)
Any former bride would agree: it takes a village to put together a wedding. Every vendor plays a fundamental role in helping it all come together, so you, the bride-to-be, can do what you’re supposed to do: enjoy! To ensure everyone has a pleasant and productive experience, Marisa Nicole Events is sharing their insight on dealing with vendors and making the most of the planning process!
Three words… plan in advance! Before you even think about contacting vendors, be sure to know what your budget is, both overall and specifically for the service of the company you are meeting with. Once you do start connecting with potential vendors, let them know your price point and ask them what services they can include while staying true to that. Many brides worry that presenting a strict budget means vendors will shy away from giving her everything she wants for the wedding, but it is in fact the opposite! When vendors have an honest, clear budget to work with, and a straightforward idea of what you have in mind, each will do what they can to make it happen within your price range (and if they can’t, you’ll save a lot of time not communicating with vendors you can’t afford). As always, throughout the research process with potential vendors, kindness is key!
Booking + Negotiations
Hooray! You’ve decided on a vendor to book, now you just need to solidify details and make things official! Here is where the precedence is set for what your relationship with each vendor looks like moving forward. Through all the planning and design, remember that each vendor plays a massive part in making your day everything you want it to be, so treat your vendors with respect. When the potential vendors present you with their fees, understand that if you have been consistently specific and kind, it is their honest price. Trying to haggle a price point or talking them down can give off vibes that say you’re feeling as if the vendor isn’t worth what they think they are. Constant kindness from you means when it comes down to it, vendors will bend over backwards for you!
As you approach the date of the event, don’t forget to continue to communicate with your vendors! Don’t assume they’re off doing their job and don’t need to hear from you anymore. Ask for each vendor’s collaboration by sending your contact the working day of timeline. See if what you have planned is setting their team up for success. When your contact gives you feedback, actually take it into consideration and try to work it into the day of plan. If what he or she is asking for just isn’t possible, be sure to communicate why, keeping the lines of communication open and allowing each vendor to feel as if his or her expert opinion is valued. If your vendors don’t feel heard, they are much less likely to give you their all on the big day. Be clear and interactive.
When the big day arrives, the most important thing to keep in mind with vendors is to never, ever treat them like they are just paid workers. Each one of your wedding team members has shown up to make your special day even more wonderful, and should be treated as kindly and with as much respect as one of your guests. The key is to remember that although your vendors are providing a professional service on your wedding day, they are still people too, just doing his or her best to make your celebration fabulous. Additionally – please feed your vendors in a timely manner! We suggest having the vendors eat at the same time that your guests do, as you wouldn’t want them to have to miss a minute of the action once speeches and dancing commence (the photographer can’t snag photos of your bestie’s Maid of Honor rap if the vendor meal is served at the same time and a hungry band won’t able to perform their best with tummies rumbling).
In the same way that our mothers taught us to say “please” (see the ‘Booking + Negotiations’ section above), they also taught us to say “thank you.” We at Marisa Nicole Events truly believe that showing your hard working vendors how much you appreciate them is a must if you want your vendors to feel like you are happy with their work. This is where tips (and a kind note) come in. Which vendors should you tip, you ask? Our rule of thumb is that you tip the team members who are actually present during your wedding, pouring their blood, sweat and tears into making your day a success (whether or not the person on-site is an employee or the owner of the company)! If your vendor did a fantastic job and played a part in making your wedding as perfect as you had hoped, then we recommend a tip and a nice note to thank him or her for their service! If they’re not tipped, vendors will take it as a hint that they didn’t do a good job. Give them love if they did their job well.
The bottom line is, always be as sweet as possible to your vendors! You will always catch more flies with honey. Kindness is the the key to having the most productive interactions, getting the best price, and having the best overall experience. Just remember that it’s your day, and your vendors are there to make it phenomenal! Happy booking!
ONGOING GIVEAWAYS + DISCOUNTS…
We’re excited to share that Shine invitations is currently offering FREE SHIPPING on orders over $500 (US orders only) as well as a free sample kit featuring the invitation of your choice, color charts, paper samples, and an example Save the Date! Don’t miss out!
THIS WEEK’S DISCOUNTS…
For our California Brides… Discount from The Ranch at Laguna Beach
For our Southwest Brides… Don’t miss upcoming trunk shows at Lovely’s in Houston!
For our Tri-state Brides… Discount from Femina Photo + Design, giveaways from NST Pictures and OLLI STUDIO, and don’t miss the Marchesa Bridal trunk show at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon Dec. 1st – 4th!
More trunk show news!
Don’t miss the Anna Campbell trunk shows at the following Lovely locations: Houston Dec. 9th- 11th | Charleston Dec. 16th – 18th!
Don’t miss the Rue De Seine trunk shows at the following Lovely locations: Philly Dec. 2nd – 4th | Miami Dec. 9th – Dec. 11th | San Francisco Dec. 16th – 18th | Washington DC Jan. 6th – 8th | Charleston Jan. 13th – 15th!
Vendor + Planning Advice: Marisa Nicole Events
Not only is Mahay Tremblay of The White Legacy a French Canadian fashion blogger with endless style, but she’s the glowing bride in this rustic Quebec affair. She wed her love, Vincent with a barn wedding gone glam and made sure her English Bulldogs, Boris and Oscar we’re dressed for the occasion. Consider your day made and peek at all the moments from Photographs By Caileigh and Magnifilms.
From Photographs By Caileigh…I had the honur of photographing Mahay and Vincent’s wedding this past July in Austin, Quebec. It was one of the most special, detail-oriented weddings I’ve ever photographed, which is no surprise because the bride, Mahay, is a fashion and lifestyle blogger.
The day itself was full of unique details, stunning calligraphy everywhere you looked, and feminine florals to swoon over! Mahay and Vincent’s English bulldogs, Boris and Oscar, wore the most adorable suits and managed to behave during the whole ceremony! Mahay wore a jaw-dropping gown by Pnina Tornai. I will never forget the look Vincent gave her as she came down the aisle with her father. Their entire wedding was in French, which was a beautiful challenge to photograph. I was able to focus exclusively on body language and facial expressions to capture moments during their ceremony. I find French to be especially romantic, so their vows were an absolute treat to listen to.
Photography: Photographs By Caileigh | Cinematography: Magnifilms | Event Planning: Hera Mariages | Floral Design: Prune Les Fleurs | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Cake: Sweet Couture | Invitations: BP Calligraphy | Rings: Bijouterie Dulac | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: La Mangue Verte | Makeup: Justine Dionne + Roxanne Lachance | Hair: Charles-Antoine Bussières | DJ: Les Evenements Maestro | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Groomsmen's Attire: Simons | Venue: La Grange Manson | Beverage Services + Mixology: Brahm Mauer | Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bridemaids' Gifts: Ask Your Bridesmaids | Day of Calligraphy: Paula Lee Calligraphy | Getting Ready Venue: Manoir des Sables | Linen Rentals: Tenue de soirée | Rentals: Celebrations | Rentals: La Mariée Bohème | Rentals: Bravo
‘Tis the season to shop ’til you drop and if you are anything like me, finding THE perfect present for your loved ones is some serious #holidaygoals. Enter Deann Hebert of Fine Art by Deann, a talented artist who just so happens to create masterpieces that will totally fit the bill. Think stunning layered paintings that are awesome for holiday AND wedding gifting, plus spicing up your newlywed abode. She’s our new obsession. Get to know her (and her amazing work) below.
“Learning to trust the process and the journey has made all the difference for me. To utilize artwork as the channel to inspire, bring hope, honor our past, and make a connection on a deeper level is my motivation and conviction.” – Deann Hebert
It was just a decade ago that Deann Hebert said goodbye to her corporate gig and opened up her art studio in a once-abandoned stove and mattress factory in Nashville. Yes, she is THAT cool. She’s also a mother, wife, farm owner, horse lover and artist that creates beautiful layered paintings (think tree bark or peeling barn paint) that feature soft, muted tones. From her awe-inspiring pieces on angels, churches and abstract trees to everything in between, Fine Art by Deann will inspire you with her talent and pretty up your home (and the homes of your loved ones!) in ways you never thought imaginable. She’s just. that. good.
“I believe that true calling comes when passion meets purpose. From my old factory studio, I continue to add layer upon layer to my own story.” – Deann Hebert
Whether you’re looking to surprise every one you know with the gift of a lifetime this holiday or winter wedding season, or simply add a special piece to really complete your new home together as newlyweds, visit Fine Art by Deann online, on Instagram and on Facebook to check out her breathtaking work.
How: To enter, simply enter your email into the raffle above. The giveaway ends at 11:59 CST on 12/09/16. One (1) winner will be selected completely at random by Fine Art by Deann and will receive any 30×30 image, plus a $500 shop credit to be used on www.deanndesigns.com!