Monday, June 17, 2013
Guys, you may have been led to believe that the wedding day is “all about the bride.”
Well, guess what? It’s Your Day Too!
So to help you in your quest for wedding planning information that you can use I’ve put together a couple lists.
Websites especially for the groom
Books especially for the groom
The Everything Groom Book: A survival guide for men! By Shelly Hagen
Groomology: What Every (Smart) Groom Needs To Know Before The Wedding by Michael Essany
The Engaged Groom: You’re Getting Married by Doug Gordon
The Groom’s Guide: A Wedding Planner For Today’s Marrying Man by Sharon Naylor
Hearts, Joy, Love!
If you want more ideas on wedding planning, or need some help with your wedding plans contact me at email@example.com or at 937-235-2586.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
My name is Janel Northington Williams. I am a mom of two teenage boys, I work full-time as a teacher and I own Mobile Mommies LLC event childcare service.
How did you get into event childcare?
When my children were younger, I was a single mom. Oftentimes, I would get invited to an after work event but I needed a babysitter for my boys. Both of my boys are on the Autism spectrum and babysitters were hard to come by. Not wanting to decline the invitations, I would have to bring my boys along but they would not sit still and it was very unnerving. I also noticed other moms would bring their children to the event and the kids would run around and cause a scene. My frustration with the situation had reached my limit so I decided to do something about the problem. From that point, I designed Mobile Mommies LLC to be an on-site childcare service to fit the needs of all parents who attend special events.
Describe your service/product you provide and how are you different from the rest.
Mobile Mommies is a non-traditional childcare service in that we provide childcare at the location of special events such as weddings, receptions and corporate parties. We bring the childcare to you! We don’t provide weekly in-home childcare. We don’t have a bunch of teenagers that show up at your house and text all night while they are supposed to be babysitting. We are professional, certified, licensed childcare providers with skills to care for children ages infant to 12yrs old including those with special needs. We travel to all locations in Ohio. Our rates are affordable and our service is exemplary. Daycare centers don’t do what we do.
Describe your style/approach.
We custom design childcare solutions for brides and event planners. In a typical childcare situation, the parents would have to invite a babysitter into their home, leave the child and drive for miles to attend an event. Some parents are not comfortable with that. We make childcare much easier and safer because we allow parents to bring their children to the location of the event, provide us with a cell phone number to reach them and we care for the children only steps away from the parents. If a parent has any concern about their child, they can easily and quickly come to the childcare room and see their child.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of the job is describing our services to clients who never heard of what we do and then they get excited about having us on-site. They tell us how glad they are we exist, book our services and they can relax because now they don’t want to worry about what to do with the kids.
What is your favorite venue and why?
My favorite venue is one that has easy access to a separate room away from the main adult area. We work best in places that have tables, chairs, adequate lighting, adequate space, power outlets and helpful staff members on-site.
If you could provide childcare for any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
I would really like to provide childcare for Kanye and Kim Kardashian at their wedding. If they have one! It would be interesting to care for their child and the other celebrity kiddies on the guest list. Maybe they will fly us out to California! Jean you can come along too!
What is the most unusual request you’ve had?
An elderly gentleman who owns a transportations business and I were talking at a networking event. He asked me if I would provide babysitting for him. I asked if he was planning an event and wanted us to provide on-site childcare. He said no to both. He then said "I want you to babysit me."
I wasn’t quite sure what he meant by his unusual comment but I respectfully declined.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to others?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to be very thoughtful about who I share sensitive information with about my business. There are lots of people who are so enamored by my business concept that they use unethical practices to try and find out how I run it so they can duplicate our services. I am very cautious of who I trust, who I tell information to and allow to work with me.
Anything else you want to share with us?
I want to say that Jean Neuhart is one of the very first people in the wedding/event planning industry that I came in contact with over 4 years ago. She talked with me and encouraged me to pursue my business. She took a chance on me and invited Mobile Mommies to a bridal luncheon in Beavercreek where we set up childcare. Even though we didn’t have any children show up in our room, she believed in my company and believed in me. I will always be grateful to Jean. She is a true professional!
How should brides interested in childcare for their weddings get in touch with you?
Brides can contact me through Jean or by viewing our website at http://www.mymobilemommies.com/. We provide a 10% off services discount for brides that utilize Jean as their wedding planner. Emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.. Phone number is 937-520-5758.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Q - Some people just don’t RSVP to our wedding invitation. Is there a magic formula for the best guess of these non-RSVP people that will actually show up?
A - Getting RSVPs back is a BIG problem. Even when providing a pre-addressed and pre-stamped card, where all they have to do is check either “yes” or “no” and drop it in a mailbox, people just aren’t in the habit of giving a proper response.
So, how to figure out the actual number of who is coming? First of all, never guess – you don’t want to give your caterer a head count that ends up too low (and you end up with not enough food and drinks and seating – making you look bad, when it’s not your fault that they didn’t let you know that they were coming) or too high (and ending up with more food and centerpieces and linens than you really need - and having to pay for those extras to boot).
I always recommend that the day after “Please Reply Date” have someone call those who haven’t responded. I’ve even made these calls for brides. It’s a simple “we’re looking forward to celebrating with you. Will you be able to make it?” Get a definite yes or no – no maybes.
Don’t feel bad about calling people who haven’t responded. So much depends on how many people will be there – food, drink, tables, chairs, centerpieces. . . you need an accurate number.
Do you have a wedding dilemma or question you need answered? I’d love to help. Contact me at email@example.com or at 937-235-2586.
Hearts, Joy, Love!
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
With Wedbuddy you can create your own, customized wedding website for free.
Yep - Really doesn't cost you a thing!
- Invite your friends and family
- Share your favorite photos and videos
- Manage your guest list and RSVPs
- Stay organized with your wedding planning with the Task Management page
- Share stories of your courtship and romance
It’s free and easy to use, and you can choose from many themes and color schemes!
Visit Wedbuddy now to get started.
If you need some help with putting together your wedding website, or if you want some assistance with your wedding plans contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 937-235-2586.
Hearts, Joy, Love!
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Finding a penny is considered lucky. We all know the saying "See a penny pick it up, all day long have good luck." But did you ever hear of putting a penny in your shoe for good luck on your wedding day?
It comes from the saying "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue," but the saying doesn’t end there. The last part of this rhyme is "a lucky sixpence for your shoe." The sixpence is an English coin, and the tradition which associates it with weddings started during the reign of Elizabeth I.
At that time, the Lord of the Manor where the bride lived would give her a sixpence as a wedding gift. Toward the end of the 17th century, parents of the bride gave the groom a sixpence as dowry. Eventually the coin became thought of as a lucky charm which brought wealth and happiness to the married couple.
The tradition of the bride's father placing a sixpence coin in his daughter's left shoe on her wedding day dates back to the Victorian era. It is said to guarantee the newlywed couple a lifetime of health, happiness, wealth, and wedded bliss.
Instead of using a sixpence, many brides instead will use a penny with her birth year, the year of her wedding or any other special date. However, any coin that holds special meaning will do.
The custom of giving the sixpence as a lucky coin continues today.
For more wedding traditions and ideas, or if you need some help with your wedding plans contact me at email@example.com or at 937-235-2586.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
This year we're seeing different trends in the choices and details made by brides for their wedding – such as color (emerald) or thematic elements (burlap). We’re also seeing a gradual shift not just in these individual details, but in how couples approach their weddings.
- Couples are including elements with personal meaning to their wedding choices. They are expressing themselves through multi-cultural and/or inter-faith statements in their ceremonies and receptions. Signature colors, monograms and motifs pull the wedding theme together from save-the-dates to the wedding day décor.
- The Internet and technology continue to play in important role in wedding planning. High tech access is used in vendor selection, gift registries, information sharing, guest information sources and communication with members of the wedding party. Even on the wedding day itself, some couples are having interactive hubs and social media walls during their reception where guests post comments, wishes, and photos they’ve taken at the wedding.
- The importance of color continues in bridal apparel. While white and ivory remain favorites, designers are including touches of color to wedding gowns, such as Monique Lhuillier, with the use of subtle colors like blush pink and champagne. Romona Keveza has designed a stunning black and peach mermaid style wedding gown. Vera Wang (www.verawang.com) even debuted a line of black wedding gowns in Fall 2012, and red dresses in Spring 2013.
- The groom’s role during wedding planning continues to grow. From the guest list to the thank you notes, more and more decisions being made jointly by the couple about all aspects of their wedding.
Looking for fun ideas to make your wedding plans unique? Contact me at 937-235-2586 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hearts, Joy, Love!
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Friday, May 17, 2013
I’m always on the look-out for fun ways to personalize a wedding ceremony or reception to share with my brides and grooms and saw this fabulous idea the other day in an article by Natalie Vishny and fell in love with the idea.
"Plan an unconventional wedding ceremony start time... 5:23 (Date you met) 7:04 (Date you got engaged) 2:13 (Your Grandparent's Wedding Date)"
See the rest her article here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/natalie-vishny/15-ways-to-personalize-_b_2776233.html
If you want more wonderful tidbits and ideas on how to personalize your day and make it uniquely yours contact me at 937-235-2586 or email@example.com.
Hearts, Joy, Love!