I have been wanting to start a blog column that addresses a lot of the questions I get from potential and current clients. This Lovestru.ck “FAQ” column would cover pricing methods, planning processes, client interactions, vendors, etc.
As you can tell from my long blogging absence, my time has been booked up with planning and designing weddings as well as remodeling our home. When I came across Kathy Remero’s post about the differences between a manager and a planner – I knew I had to share this valuable information with all of my readers. I highlighted some of Kathy’s key points below, but please read her entire post here.
The Differences Between a Manager and a Planner (excerpts from Kathy Remero)
One of the things I love most about working in the wedding industry is that it is filled with unbelievable talent and people with remarkable dedication. That said, experience has shown me that most of our talents are not interchangeable. Personally, I find it interesting–and also disappointing– when I hear a prospective bride call in and say she has booked a venue that “comes with a planner”. While I understand that the role of a banquet manager is a very important one, there is a significant difference between a manager and a planner, one that must be well defined.
I find it misleading when roles are not clarified, and the word “planner” is used so loosely. In the spirit of total transparency, I want to use today’s post to help clarify a few misconceptions:
The number one misconception is that banquet managers work for you. The reality is that they are hired by the venue to perform tasks that allow them to make sure that the event runs smoothly on behalf of the venue, but they are not there to assist you in your overall wedding decision process.
A site coordinator’s main responsibilities involve keeping track of time during your events, ensuring proper set up as established by the bride or planner, managing the wait staff, catering liaison, and other venue-elated tasks that are pivotal to the success of the event. Planners on the other hand, are there with you every step of the way. From the moment we meet to the moment you walk down the aisle. We orchestrate all of your details, manage your vendors, create and manage budgets and timelines, assist with contract negotiations, manage the venue selection process, and other countless important details.
This past year we had the pleasure of working with some wonderful couples. We’ve finally gotten around to adding four new weddings to our portfolio, so check it out!Photo by The Mullers
Last week I was working at The Village Grinder, and I kept being distracted by all of the amazing Valentines Candy lining the coffee shop’s walls like an old-fashion general store. I started reminiscing about the Valentine’s Day parties we had in elementary school. I remember spending weeks on my Valentine’s Day box and picking out the perfect Lisa Frank Valentines for my classmates. I miss looking through all of the valentines and sorting through the candy that was taped to each card, so I broke out my craft supplies and got to work re-creating memories and assembling Valentines for my friends and family.
I packaged the candy (sour lips, cinnamon hearts, toffee bites, and chocolate-covered caramels) in heart-shaped parchment paper that I sewed with bright pink thread.
Rich’s grandparents gave us the new Smitten Kitchen cookbook for Christmas, and this project gave me the opportunity to try out the Brownie Roll Out Cookies listed among other the mouth-watering recipes in the book. The recipe was incredibly simple, and I piped some strawberry frosting between two mini-heart brownies to make them a little more festive.