Hey Brides-to-Be … Check Out These Great Cyber Monday 2014 Deals

With  tons of great deals happening on Cyber Monday, it’s time for you brides and bridesmaids to get out your shopping lists and take advantage of these.  With a bit of planning, you can turn your shopping into ‘super fun with the girls’!

Check out these great deals posted by professionals in the wedding industry:

1)  Wedding Party has a fantastic list of deals on their blog for you to peruse through: http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/11/25/bride-bridesmaid-style-deals-best-black-friday-cyber-monday-steals-scoop-weekend/

2)  Get the exclusive deals on Wedding Invitations at A2zWeddingCards on Cyber Monday 2014 shopping deals.Grab the most stylish invites.

 

http://www.a2zweddingcards.com/blog/2014/11/cyber-monday-2014-wedding-invitationss-deals/

3)  How about booking your honeymoon on Cyber Monday?

http://www.myhotelwedding.com/tag/cyber-monday-hotel-deal

This is a great way to turn a potentially overwhelming day into a day full of memories with those who will be a part of your big day.

The ACPWC is always looking for unique ideas to help you with your wedding planning.  We would like to say “Congratulations on your big day”!  We wish you the best!

 

 

 

 

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Creating Your Own Signature Wedding

What do brides really want?  They want to create a signature wedding, something unique, that no one else had! They want to select elements from weddings they have attended and incorporate them into their own. And of course it can’t be exactly the same – It has to be different.  It has to be better – the best.  How do you achieve this? How do you create your signature wedding?

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First of all, anyone seeking the best results knows it has now become trendy to hire a wedding planner.   A certified wedding consultant will help you with planning, designing and implementing your ideas.  Hiring a professional is not just for the rich and famous anymore.

Creating your signature wedding has now become easier with the help of online platforms like Pinterest, Etsy and Instagram.  They provide a great way to see & share ideas and information.  Try creating an experience instead of duplicating an idea. Copying an idea is ok but, improving on that idea is better. Be creative & use those ideas as a base for designing your signature wedding. Then add personal elements that showcase your own unique touch (anything that means something to you can be used) – now you are on your way to creating your signature wedding.

We call this process branding – similar to a product brand. When people see a certain idea or item, it makes them think about you or your wedding.

So how do you brand your wedding? Simply, implement new ideas and customize some of the elements you are already using.  Carry this theme throughout your event, repeating it in all areas from invitations to favors to centerpieces.  And have fun!

Be sure to keep your eyes open for great ideas for your signature wedding in upcoming articles.

The ACPWC has many knowledgeable Wedding Consultants to help you with your signature wedding.  For information on reputable Professional Wedding planners in your area, click here.

 

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Are You Missing Money ?

Would you know if you were missing money?  While researching this newsletter, an employee  on Renee’s Team discovered that she had more than $1500 in Unclaimed Property funds!  Take a few minutes to read through the following article and see if you have your own pot of gold waiting for you to claim!

Are You Missing Money

by Renee Daggett

Renee Daggett, President

Renee Daggett, President

Are you missing money?  While we would all like to think that we would be able to answer that question with a resounding “no,” the answer might really be YES!

You may be one of millions of Californians owed money by the State!

According to the California State Controller’s Office, the State of California is in possession of more than $6.9 billion in unclaimed property belonging to approximately 24.9 million individuals and organizations!  Examples of Unclaimed Property include:

  • dollar_signs_4_jpg_280x280_crop_q95Bank accounts and safe deposit box contents
  • Stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and dividends
  • Uncashed cashier’s checks or money orders
  • Certificates of deposit
  • Matured or terminated insurance policies
  • Estates
  • Mineral interests and royalty payments, trust funds, and escrow accounts

With Unclaimed Property, often the owner forgets that the account exists or moves without leaving a forwarding address.  In some cases, the owner dies and the heirs have no knowledge of the property.

Click here to check on your missing money!

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ACPWC Tips on How to Start Your Own Wedding Planning Business – Final Article: Organization

The ACPWC’s plan called DIVO –  Direction, Influence, Value and Organization - is a series of articles designed to help you successfully get started in your own wedding planning business and is paramount to your success.  Our final article covers the topic of Organization.

ORGANIZATION

Organization is essential to your success and is one of the top qualifications that make a professional wedding consultant invaluable.  Without organization in your life, you could be spending twice the time needed to get your business up and going.  Fortunately organization is an acquirable skill.

writerNot only is organization important for your business, but it is also important for each wedding or event you run.  You will need to create systems that will cover every detail of an event so that nothing is forgotten.  Top organizational skills include being detail-oriented, precise and efficient, having the ability to prioritize, having a well-thought out plan in place (and backup plan) prior to starting your project, and detailed checklists to assure it is smooth running.

From overwhelmed brides to forgetful grooms, wedding planners and event coordinators take care of those tiny details that make the wedding everything a bride could want.  As their wedding planner, it is your responsibility to remind your couple regularly throughout the planning process of what needs to happen and when.  Once you have initially created your system, you can use it for every event you plan.

The Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants (ACPWC) provides comprehensive training and certification for aspiring wedding consultants and event coordinators. With over 24 years of industry expertise, we have built a program designed specifically for wedding planners and event coordinators that will help make your ideal wedding business a reality.

Whether you are considering becoming a wedding consultant, have already started your business, or are a professional wedding consultant looking to become certified and grow your network, the ACPWC can help.

 (Click here for more information)

 

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ACPWC Tips on How to Start Your Own Wedding Planning Business – Part 3

This is the third article in the ACPWC’s plan called DIVO Direction, Influence, Value and Organization… a series of articles designed to help you successfully get started in your own wedding planning business.  This week we’ll talk about Value.

 VALUE

 It is important to recognize how valuable a professional Wedding Planner is to the entire planning process in order to achieve the beautiful end results that happen on a couple’s wedding day.  So many people do not realize what goes into creating a wedding, let alone the knowledge, skills, and abilities a planner must possess.   Wedding Professionals:

  • provide a higher level of comfort for everyone. Professionals enjoy working with other professionals.
  • are trained to handle scenarios and unexpected occurrences at weddings.
  • are familiar with the latest trends and they have the best resources.
  • know the best locations and services for each bride’s particular needs.
  • can help the bride find and select the right vendors for other aspects of the wedding.
  • are trained to keep the bride within her budget and protect her from making costly mistakes.
  • can save couples time in researching options. They already know what works best and why.

And the list goes on and on…
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As a professional consultant, what can you do to increase your value?  Get proper training.  Education and experience are essential to success.   When you work harder on you than you do on your business by increasing your knowledge and skills, you put yourself in line to be absolutely invaluable.  When you reach this level of expertise, you can then charge according to your worth.  Be careful not to lower your prices to fit a bride’s budget. If you do, you will undermine your value and the value of every other planner.   Believe in yourself.  Brides who understand what you are worth will not have a problem paying what you want.


The ACPWC
 has created a technical course that goes into every detail necessary to help you become a Professional Certified Wedding Consultant.  There’s no need for you to reinvent the wheel.  At an affordable fee for the course, you can be up and running with all of the necessary details for your wedding business to be successful.

(Click here for more information)

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 Personalized Classroom Experience
Wedding Planner Training Course
San Jose, CA  October 27-30, 2014
Guest Presenter -Tina Moran of Oh So Swank!
Continuing Education Day on Thursday, October 30.

Deadline to register is October 17.

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ACPWC Tips on How to Start Your Own Wedding Planning Business – Part 2

This is the second article in our series on ACPWC Tips on How to Start Your Own Wedding Planning Business.  In order to help you reach success, the ACPWC has put together a plan called DIVODirection, Influence, Value and Organization.  In the last article we discussed DirectionThis week we’ll talk about Influence.

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It’s time to get active in the small business world by increasing your influence .  In doing this you will make an impression in the marketplace and help in the growth of your wedding and event planning business.  How do you do this?  You can begin by branding yourself.  According to Yahoo! Small Business Advisor,  by creating gravity around” your brand “with content, employee advocacy and social buzz”, you “come to occupy a place in the minds of prospects and even passive candidates.”   What does this mean?  It means find avenues to share content, stories and testimonials with your target market. One example would be to create a press release… or design a blog for your company and write consistent short articles. You can do this on Facebook as well.  Get input from your team on ideas. Offer incentives.  Be active and consistent in social media and networking with other businesses in the wedding industry.  Offer yourself as a speaker at local events.

Trust is closely linked to influence.  So, in anything you do, it is very important to be consistent and back up what you say.  Care about others by first listening and then responding, not just to your customers, but also to your employees and businesses you network with.  Building relationships through networking is vital.  Word of mouth and being recommended on a personal level is still your best marketing avenue, so how you affect those associated with your business is important. Being trustworthy is of prime importance.

The ACPWC has created a technical course that goes into every detail necessary to help you become a Professional Certified Wedding Consultant.  There’s no need for you to reinvent the wheel.  At an affordable fee for the course, you can be up and running with all of the necessary details for your wedding business to be successful.

 (Click here for more information)

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Personalized Classroom Experience
Wedding Planner Training Course
San Jose, CA  October 27-30, 2014
Guest Presenter -Tina Moran of Oh So Swank!
Continuing Education Day on Thursday, October 30.

 Deadline to register is October 17.

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Can’t make it to class? Join our Homes Study Program.

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ACPWC Tips on How to Start Your Own Wedding Planning Business

In order to help you reach success, the ACPWC has put together a plan called DIVODirection, Influence, Value and Organization… a series of articles designed to help you get started in your own wedding planning business.  This week we’ll talk about Direction, the first article in our series.

Direction

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As a small business owner, this is very important.  Decide where you want your business to take you by setting clearly defined goals, and review and adjust them regularly.  Without goals the big picture can seem overwhelming.  Ask yourself questions such as:  What is my vision?  What am I trying to do in my position?  What do I think the business is trying to achieve; it’s purpose?

Be sure to get input from others in your field.  There is no match for experience.  Seasoned Certified Wedding Consultants have taken bumps and bruises that you can avoid if you get their input.  Add in their advice and come up with your own vision and plan of action.  Set smaller goals that inspire and clearly direct you to your larger goal.   Ask yourself daily: What am I trying to accomplish today?  Will this help me reach my goal?  Adjust accordingly.

The ACPWC certified Wedding Consultant Course is designed to help you accomplish your purpose in finding the correct direction you must go in the wedding industry in order to achieve your goals.  We have built a program designed specifically for wedding planners and event coordinators that will help make your ideal wedding business a reality.

For more information, click here.

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Personalized Classroom Experience
Wedding Planner Training Course
San Jose, CA  October 27-30, 2014
Guest Presenter -Tina Moran of Oh So Swank!
Continuing Education Day on Thursday, October 30.

Deadline to register is October 17.

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Can’ t make it to class?  Join our Home Study Program.

 

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Attention Brides – 10 Reasons Why You Need a Wedding Planner

The ACPWC’s own member, Jo Ann of Apropos Creations, who received her certification through the ACPWC, shares with brides why a wedding planner is necessary.

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You’re engaged. Congrats! Hopefully you already did the 3 things we recommend doing after getting engaged:

1. Create a Vision

2. Select a Date

3. Create a Budget

If not, that’s ok too! We can help!

You have been dreaming about your wedding since you were a little girl!  Thinking about everything that you need to do can cause stress and anxiety once the shock wears off from getting engaged! Breathe. Yes, there is a lot to do BUT you don’t have to do it alone. Hiring a wedding planner will alleviate that stress and will give you more time to   spend enjoying your engagement with your fiance.

10 Reasons You Need a Wedding Planner

In this article, we give 10 reasons why you should hire a wedding planner. Of course we can think of hundreds more, but we thought these would be of most importance to you! We LOVE weddings and helping brides and want to make sure you have the day you’ve dreamed of all your life!

1. We know which vendors to work with that fit your style, budget, and availability. This saves you tons of time researching, reading reviews, making phone calls, etc…!

2. We create a detailed timeline of your wedding day or wedding weekend (depending on the package you select) so that everything runs on time.

3. On your wedding day, we take care of all the behind-the-scene details to wedding-planningmake sure your day is perfect.  Both you AND your guests can enjoy the day and not be worried about when the cake gets delivered!

4. We have lots of experience in the wedding industry and can take your vision from Pinterest and make it a reality!

5. We know all the ins and outs of the wedding venues here in Phoenix and its
surrounding cities…  which is why we can craft you such an outstanding timeline for a seamless day!

6. We will keep your wedding on budget by providing creative recommendations and the right vendors for your budget.

7. You shouldn’t have to stress out before, and especially during your wedding. Last minute hiccups can happen, but when you have a seasoned wedding planner, you’ll never even know.  We handle everything for you!

8. We can save you money due to our buying power and knowledge of competitive pricing!

9. You just don’t have the time to do it all yourself. A lot of today’s brides work, go to school, have kids, pets, obligations, and more! Let us free up your schedule by helping to plan your wedding!

10. You want to spend your wedding day being pampered, worrying only about how handsome your ‘husband to be’ is going to look when you see him for the first time. Hiring a wedding planner will let you be the princess for the day while we make sure the cake has arrived, the DJ is on time, the venue is set up, and everything is in its place! You just worry about getting bride-beautiful!

Sure there are tons of websites out there that will help you plan a wedding. There’s also websites to help you renovate your home or fix your own car. BUT, would you do either of those things on your own? Maybe… maybe NOT. You only get one shot at your wedding and you want to make it perfect. Hiring a seasoned wedding planner will allow you to spend more time enjoying your engagement and your wedding day.

Read more great tips from Jo Ann here:  www.aproposcreations.com

Thanks for sharing, Jo Ann.  We love your wedding tips.

If you’re looking for a wedding planner in your area, look here.

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Wedding MBA Time – Sneak Peak at What ACPWC is Bringing

Yes, its that time of year again.  The Wedding MBA is holding their 11th Annual Convention in Las Vegas  September 16 – 18, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  The ACPWC is excited to be a part of this annual event.

There will be several top-notch speakers there, including the ACPWC’s own Deborah Moody.  Come join us as she shares valuable information on Tactfully Handling Unrealistic Expectations and Unreasonable Requests from “The Difficult Bride”.  Deborah will share tips on how to:

  • Know the signs
  • Calm the Fears
  • Set the Expectations
  • Be Professional

Stop by our booth to get information on training courses, and take a look at the latest rave. Be the first to experience Pastiche Custom Fragrance.  Brand your wedding with a custom fragrance favor.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

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Attitude + Thoughts + Words = Opportunity

Once again the ACPWC is happy to share words of wisdom from Renee Daggett, from Adminbooks.com.  This is a fun and quick read to help us be successful in the business world by making just a few adjustments if necessary.  Thanks for sharing, Renee.

ATTITUDE: How’s Yours?

Renee Daggett, President

Renee Daggett, President

By: Renee Daggett

I recently read the book, “Attitude is Everything: Change Your Attitude…Change Your Life!” by Jeff Keller. At first I thought it was just going to be a corny book that I could not identify with, but I found that it had some deep truths that I could possibly implement. Here are five key points I learned.

#1 Have a Positive Attitude
When someone asks you, “How are you?” how do you respond?
Negatively – I’m terrible; I’m tired; don’t ask; as good as can be expected.
OR
Positively – I’m excellent; I’m terrific; it’s a great day.
I would rather hang around someone who is positive, wouldn’t you? Positive comments are energizing; you can attract people with a positive attitude. Truthfully, people who don’t complain are a joy to be around.
Our attitude is a choice.

The author tells a story of Sally. She comes home exhausted from a day of work. As she is sitting in her favorite chair, she realizes she is holding the $10 million winning lottery ticket. She became so excited, jumping up and down. Remember, she was exhausted minutes prior. What was the difference? It was entirely mental. If we tell ourselves we are tired, we will be tired. If we tell ourselves we’re terrific, then we are energized. Sounds logical!

#2 Thoughts Become Reality
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “A man is what he thinks about all day long.”  The book reminded me to evaluate my dominant thoughts. Are they positive to motivate me to accomplish good things or are my thoughts negative? What about you – are your thoughts helping you or holding you back?  The book mentions that you should have strong mental images. He says that Jim Carrey postdated a bonus check early in his career to help motivate him to actualize a goal. I liked this example…what physical sign will you create to motivate your thoughts to action?
One suggestion the book gave was to repeat positive thoughts. I recently started playing music on my computer – positive songs. I like when a song sticks with me for hours. Try it and see if helps to keep you in a good mood!

#3 Watch the Words
Words have incredible power. Do you believe this? I do.  I enjoyed the story the author told.  Kent Cullers has a physical challenge, “a trivial affliction that is barely an inconvenience.” Mr. Cullers is a NASA scientist with a doctorate in physics. So what is his minor affliction? He is blind. Wow, I did not expect that. What did his parents say to him when he was growing up? What did he say to himself when he was in college?  With this key takeaway, it reminded me to be careful of the words I speak. I don’t think I will get tired of this reminder.

#4 Look At Problems as Opportunitiespossible
When faced with a difficulty, many people can feel devastated and overwhelmed. Depending on the topic, I know I have felt this way. However, the book reminds us to look at problems as opportunities.
These stressful situations can motivate us to make adjustments in our personal or business life to make things better. I know I have personally experienced this; after the initial hit to the face, I try to ask myself what I can do to improve (or if it has to do with my business, I’ll inquire suggestions from my staff).
Did you know…?

• Hank Aaron, hit 755 home runs, but struck out 1,383 times?
• Michael Jordan had a career-shooting percentage of 50%?
• Authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul were told NO by 33 publishers?

The author says, “What has started as an adversity has become a golden opportunity.” I have had a few situations that I thought were terrible, but in hindsight, they pushed me out of a situation that I would not have moved from and into a better opportunity. Has this ever happened to you?

#5 Associate with Positive People
“A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.”  While I recently mentioned to my son he needs to evaluate who he hangs out with, I think as an adult, I look at who I hang out with as well. What I mean by this is I want to rub shoulders with people who are smarter than I am. I want to be motivated and challenged to better myself. We easily notice people who are toxic, but do we consciously seek those who energize us? Who do you hang out with? Do they inspire you to greatness?

Have a great week! Be positive, think good things, watch your words, turn a challenge into an opportunity and rub shoulders with smart people!

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