and in the spirit of giving thanks ... A BIG THANK YOU to all of The Bridal Party's friends and clients for your support.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Thanks to Katasha of K Sherrie+Company Planning Atelier, I just typealyzed my blog. Here's the result:
ESTP - The Doers
The active and play-ful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities.
The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.
I was expecting somewhat of a different result ... perhaps ESFP-The Performers, but I guess it says a lot about the tone of my blog.
If you're a blogger, why not typealyze your blog and leave us a comment with your results!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
- Each gratuity should be presented at the end of the evening or upon delivery of services.
- If you've hired a wedding coordinator, provide him/her with individual sealed envelopes ahead of time for the vendors you'd like to tip. If you haven't hired a consultant, pass this task on to the Best Man. (Special Note: Even if you have a wedding coordinator, the honorariums/gratuity for the officiant should always be presented by the Best Man)
- Refrain from sitting a "tip jar" at the bar or out at valet service (something that truly makes me cringe). Instead, be sure to inform the bartender that you will make arrangements for taking care of the gratuity and post a sign to guests that "tips have been taken care of by the bride and groom."
There may be laws or rules prohibiting your officiant from accepting tips depending on his/her position (clergy member, judge, etc). If not, plan to donate $500+ to the institution (church or synagogue) or present 15-20% of their fee.
Wait Staff and Food Service Employees: (protocol - varies)
Usually banquet halls include this fee in their service contracts. If not, plan to present 15-22% of the total bill (which would be split among the maitre d', catering manager, banquet captain, chefs, bakers, bartenders and anyone else assisting with the culinary side of your event).
Hair Stylist and Make Up Artist: (protocol - expected)
Plan to present 15-20% whether you go to the salon or the stylists come to you.
Valet: (protocol - expected)
Be sure the valet is asked to graciously decline tips from your guests. At the end of the evening, plan to present $1-3 per vehicle.
Chauffeurs: (protocol - expected)
Plan to present 15-20% of the total bill to your driver or attendant.
Musicians and DJs: (protocol - optional, yet preferred)
Plan to present 15-20% of the total fee or $20 per musician / $50 - $150 for DJs
Photographers and Videographers: (protocol - optional)
If your shooter is the owner of the company, tipping him/her is unnecessary. If your shooter isn't the owner of the company, it's definitely a nice gesture to consider. Plan to present 10-15% of their total fee.
Delivery Staff: (protocol - expected)
If you’d like to tip the people who deliver your rental items, flowers, cake, etc., plan to present $5-$10 each.
Wedding Planner: (protocol - not expected)
10-15% of the consultant’s fee is a lovely gesture of thanks, although most consultants will not expect this. It's totally up to you, but a non-monetary thank-you like professional photos of the wedding for his/her portfolio would be just as awesome.
All-in-all, the best way to thank your wedding service providers is not monetary, but rather by sending future referrals. Word-of-mouth is priceless in the wedding industry and spreading some positive thoughts about your vendors is the best way to show your gratitude.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
This Week In History: Why You Need A Wedding Planner, 2008 Reception Ideas, Wedding Industry Scams, Holiday Martinis
Your After "Yes," Before "I Do" & Everything In Between blog archive reminder has arrived! Take a look back at what we were discussing this week, one year ago.
- So You Think You Won't Need A Wedding Planner? (part 1)
- So You Think You Won't Need A Wedding Planner? (part 2)
- Give Generously, Celebrate Joyfully ... Design Merrily (winter party ideas)
- Top 20 Reception Ideas for 2008 (extraordinary list from New York Magazine)
- scam (skām): A fraudulent business scheme (one of our most popular and sought after blog posts)
- Inspiration Board: Destination Design
- Signature Martinis ... w/ a Holiday Twist (five yummy seasonal martini recipes)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
This month we've found a cute little item that's extremely unique, because (of course) it's unexpected and fully personalizable! Our FlAVOR of the Month for November 2008 is ...
Monday, November 10, 2008
After "YES," Before "I Do" & Everything In Between was selected and added to BestWeddingBlogs.com, an impressive compilation of the most savvy wedding professionals who have taken up the fine art of blogging. We are so excited to have been included. Wow!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Archipelago "Monogram B" Candle
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I'm not sure how to even begin to express how proud I am of this gorgeous couple and the result of our work together. All involved did a phenomenal job.
Below are a few snapshots of the day ... but professional photographs are coming soon! Stay tuned.