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Thursday, January 17, 2019

What Makes A Wedding Special?

gold-colored bridal ring set on pink rose flower bouquet


There are loads of different ways to plan a wedding, ranging from doing it all for yourself to having a big company
do it for you. Whichever way you decide to go, though, the aim will always be the same; you want to have a special wedding.
To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the elements of a day like this, giving you an idea of what makes a
wedding into something more than a day out.


The Food?


Food has always been a big part of human society, with people using this resource to bring each other together for thousands of years.
A lot of people view this as the most important part of their wedding. While it will have a big impact on what people remember of the day,
it isn’t the element which makes a day special, making it worth looking a little bit further.


The Clothing?


Traditional wedding clothing comes in loads of shapes and sizes, with most people choosing to use the options which their family have been
using for generations. While this will make you feel good, it probably won’t make the day feel any more special, and you may as well be wearing
your pajamas if you only want your clothing to make an impact.


The Venue?


Having a good location for a wedding can have a huge impact on the way that the event feels. Finding a special wedding venue shouldn’t be too hard,
but it won’t be the only aspect which makes the whole day unique, instead providing the backdrop for the main event. Of course, this is one of the best
opportunities to bring back family traditions.


The Music?


It’s hard to find a wedding which doesn’t have any music. When the night kicks off, people will want to have the chance to dance, and this is something
which you can provide for them. By the time they reach this point, though, most people will have had one or two drinks, and this means that they are
unlikely to remember this portion of the event.


The People!


Finally, it’s time to think about the element of a wedding which does make it special; the people. When you think back on this event in the future, this will
be the first thing which comes to mind, making it well worth working hard to get everyone to come. Of course, everyone you care about will be eager for
this, though you may have to be flexible with dates to make it work.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of building a special wedding. A lot of people struggle with this, spending far
too long on areas which don’t really matter. Of course, though, everyone will have their own aims for a day like this, and you may simply want to create
an event which makes everyone happy. There is no wrong way to go about approaching this part of life.


For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 
248-408-4602

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Exit Interview with Intern Maureen


Maureen on left watching her first bride go down the aisle!


1.                  What things did you enjoy about the internship?

I really enjoyed the vendor meetings before the events since they were such a big part of visualizing the event before it actually happened.


2.            Do you think it was a valuable experience if so why?

I certainly think it was a valuable experience. This internship helped show me a big part of the marketing side of the event world that I did not know much about.


3.            What did you learn about wedding/event planning?

I learned that not all vendors are going to get along and a big part of being the event planner is being the bad guy at times when it needs to happen.

4.            What was your favorite part of the experience while interning at You’re The Bride?

Interacting with vendors before the events and overall learning new things about the event industry.

5.            What did you dislike about the internship?

The weekly blogs. I have never had to write for something outside of a school assignment before so it was sometimes difficult for me to come up with new ideas to write about.


6.            Do you have any suggestions on how to change or make the internship better?

I would suggest attending networking events with your future interns such as National Association for Catering & Events (NACE) or Michigan Cares for Tourism. I think these are exciting ways for Hospitality Students to get their names out there and it would be neat to expose your interns to them. Maybe even a small workshop would be fun.


7.            Do you still have plans to either become a wedding or event planner while working for someone else or starting your own wedding business? Please note as a reminder per the non-compete agreement that you signed you are not allowed to work for another wedding/event planning company for a period of 1 year within a 50 mile radius of You’re The Bride in Farmington, MI except with the prior written consent of the company/Tracie Morris.

I still do plan on becoming an event planner after this internship. Before this internship, my plan was to get into corporate planning after I graduate and that is still my goal. This internship helped affirm that I do not want to do wedding planning but it helped me see how the wedding side of the event industry works which I feel like is a vital lesson to learn. Since I wish to do corporate planning, I plan on working for someone else.


8.            Are you interested in working any weddings with YTB as an Event Assistant in the future to gain more experience for a day rate?

Absolutely.

9.    Are you interested in assignments as needed for a flat rate per assignment? This could be preparing wedding blogs, working bridal shows, similar tasks that you did during the internship, etc.*Of course this is on an as needed basis depending on how busy I am in the future and how soon I am able to start the next interns*

Absolutely.


   10. List any other comments/feedback you wish to share about your experience.



During this experience, I spent a lot of time communicating one on one with Tracie through Email, text, and face to face. Each time, Tracie seemed more like a friendly mentor than a stern boss. She never made me feel nervous about asking questions and always showed her appreciation when I completed a task. Tracie even went so far as to get me a birthday present when we had a major wedding on my birthday this past summer. She clearly cares about her clients and interns which is something I am incredibly grateful for. 




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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

From Bridesmaids to Bouquets: Making those All Important Wedding Decisions

You thought that deciding who you want to marry was going to be the biggest decision you will ever make in your life.
However, it turns out that planning a wedding can be even more of a big deal than you ever imagined. You want your
wedding to be a day to remember so you want to make sure every decision is carefully considered through and through.
Whether you’re picking out your dress, selecting your bridesmaids and choosing your color scheme, there are so many
choices to make before your big day arrives. These ideas will help you to get started if you’re feeling a little stumped right now.
Take the time to consider all of your options and your wedding planning will soon be a breeze.


Finding Your Perfect Photographer


When you start researching wedding photographers it can seem like a complete minefield. You have never had to make such an
important decision, but you need to make sure it’s just right for you. When it comes to wedding photography you want to make sure
that your vision can come to life through the images. Get in touch with a reputable photographer who has plenty of excellent reviews
under their belt. Make sure your ideas are clearly laid out before you commit to paying a deposit. Sooner or later you will be able make
your final decision based on those couple of meetings.




Selecting Your Bridal Party


The ladies who are by your side when you’re getting ready are extremely important on your big day. Selecting your bridal party is a tough
decision, but you don’t want to be too much of people pleaser. Make sure you consider every element carefully, so that you are truly happy
with the girls who are going to walk with you down the aisle.


Deciding on Decor


Getting the decorations sorted for your big day is going to be a big decision both you and your partner will need to make sooner or later.
Whether you want a ceremony bursting with blooms or an evening filled with white balloons, there are so many options you need to explore.
Think carefully about the color scheme first and foremost, then your decisions on decor will fall seamlessly into place.


Choosing Your Theme


When it comes to choosing a wedding theme, there are so many different avenues you can follow. Choose a theme that is special to you both
such as travelling, food or music. Once you have decided on a theme you can totally roll with it and add in those extra finishing touches.

Overall, planning a wedding comes with a lot of important decisions you will want to consider carefully. Make sure they don’t stress you out too
much otherwise you will soon be left with a tonne of stress on your shoulders. You need to enjoy the planning process with all of the people you love,
so that you have memories to last a lifetime. You will never get to be a bride again, so make the most of every single precious moment.



For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 
248-408-4602

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Friday, January 11, 2019

5 Awesome Ways To Make Your Wedding A Day To Remember

Your wedding, regardless of what happens, is going to be a day to remember. Of course it is. It’s your wedding day!
You have the people most important to you around you, you’re marrying the person you want to spend the rest of your
life with - what wouldn’t be memorable about that?


Of course your wedding day is going to be memorable to you - but what about your guests? If you’ve been to a few weddings
in your time, you’ll likely agree that many of them have similar elements and some of them can even blend into one. In short:
weddings can be very samey. If you want to ensure your wedding day is a day that everybody will remember, you should do things
a little different. Below, we have 5 awesome ways that you can make your wedding a day to remember:


  1. Come Up With A Unique Theme
First of all, how about coming up with a unique theme for your big day? If you and your partner love going to gigs and festivals,
you could base your wedding theme around that. Have the day in a huge tent with lots of flowers, buckets cooling bottles of cider,
and other fun features. Make sure your theme is personal to you and your partner!


2. Choose The Food Carefully

The food is something that all of your guests will enjoy, so try to choose it carefully, and don't forget to give options for those who may be
vegan or vegetarian. However, rather than a sit down meal, you could do a buffet with a twist, perhaps allowing people to create their own
mexican wraps, or have a create your own sandwich bar. Do something out of the ordinary!




3. Find The Right People And Vendors To Help You

You’re going to need people and vendors to help you. A wedding planner can take a lot of the stress out of it for you, so that’s worth the
consideration if you’re feeling stressed. Your photographer is an important person, because they will capture images that will last forever...
imagine, your grandchildren’s grandchildren might see these pictures! Finally, don’t forget about the videographer. Places like
www.snowshoeproductions.com can put together awesome videos so that you can relive your wedding day time and time again.


4. Choreograph a Fun First Dance Together

This isn’t exactly a new idea, but it’s fun - so why not? Choreographing a fun and unexpected first dance can be a great idea if you and your
partner want to make people laugh. You could even get a professional to help you.


5. Hire Awesome Entertainment For The Day

Entertainment is key if you want a great day. Photo Booths are a popular choice, as are props. How about somebody drawing caricatures of
guests, too? They could make the perfect wedding favors!

Which of the above ideas are you going to try out on your wedding day? Leave any of your own ideas below, too. Thanks for reading!



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Thursday, January 10, 2019

The People Who Will Make or Break Your Wedding Day

You’d like to think that if you had just planned everything correctly, then your wedding will be amazing. But actually,
it’s not so much about the plans you put in place that will decide the fate of your wedding day, but the people who are
involved. After all, that’s basically what a wedding is: a large gathering of people! While you can dress everything up
and encourage people to have an awesome time, it’s the people who will have to walk the walk. Below, we take a look
at the big players who can make or break your special day. Make sure you get them right!


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The Guestlist


Is there anything quite as difficult as getting the guest list right? Hopefully, there aren’t too many people that you’re inviting purely out of obligation.
It’s much better if, for every name on the guest list, you can say “I want them to be there and I’m sure they’ll contribute to a fun party atmosphere.”
Of course, few aspects of a wedding are quite as headache inducing as trying to get the right balance when it comes to the guests. The best approach
is to make the list with your heart,but then edit it with your head.


The Staff


You’re going to need good staff to ensure that the party flows well. It’s not an easy task, delivering canapes and drinks to people
in a smooth way that keeps the conversations flowing. As such, you’ll want to meet with prospective wedding staff teams to gauge
their professionalism and commitment to delivering a first-class wedding experience. If possible, look for recommendations from others.
There’s nothing worse than everyone wanting to have a good time, but a team of staff who can’t quite get their act together and make sure
everyone gets food and drink.


The Photographer


Your wedding day is going to literally last a matter of hours, but you’ll hope that it can live on for the rest of your lives. By choosing the best
wedding photographer, then that’s just what it’ll do. You’ll want to have a photographer who is able to make everyone feel at ease for the formal
shots, but who’s also a master of capturing those candid, on the fly shots too. You’ll want them to be there when you need them, and for them to
effortlessly fit in with the crowd the rest of the time.


The DJ


The wedding ceremony might be beautiful and inspiring and the rest, but it’s the wedding party that everyone will remember. As such, arguably the
most important person in the whole wedding is the DJ! They have to be able to spin the tracks that’ll have people dancing for hours on end. It’ll also
help if they can read the room and change things up if a track isn’t working!


You


Finally, there’s you. You’re under pressure, but do your best to enjoy it - if you’re having a good time, then everyone else will find it easier to enjoy
themselves, too.


For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 
248-408-4602

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