Next stop: Detroit, Michigan!

I'll be speaking at the joint meeting of the Michigan chapters of the Association of Bridal Consultants on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at the Sheraton in Novi, MI. For more information, or to register, go to: http://www.abcmi.org. I'm very excited to meet everyone and see the Motor City!


calder clark speaks at wipa meeting at the estate. January 12, 2013 posted in Uncategorized

I really enjoyed meeting & hearing from Calder Clark earlier this week at The Estate.

 

I was really pleased to meet Calder Clark at the most recent WIPA meeting held at the newly opened event facility, The Estate here in Atlanta. Legendary Events purchased the former restaurant, Anthony’s on Piedmont Road in early 2012 and did an amazing job on the renovation.  Not only did I get to meet Calder, but I also got to tour the building.  With only 11 remaining available dates in 2013, and many dates booking into 2014, the folks at Legendary will be very busy taking care of clients at this wonderful & much needed event facility in our fair city.  Congratulations, Tony Conway and staff of The Estate!

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exciting new site for wedding planners: planner’s lounge November 29, 2011 posted in Uncategorized

Hey ya’ll!  I just wanted to give you a head’s up on a great new site for wedding planners.  Planner’s Lounge was initiated by my sweet friend, Debbie Orwat in Colorado as a site to help wedding planners share and receive information, chat and get inspired.  It’s a great looking site and I found myself last night reading through every single post!

Debbie is an amazing lady – not only does she own and operate a very successful planning business in Colorado – Save the Date Events, she also is the owner of the Colorado StudioWed.  There is much to be learned from her experience, so you will definitely want to sign up for the email newsletters from the Planner’s Lounge and follow on Facebook and Twitter too!

Congratulations, Debbie on a great site launch and thank you for giving back to the wedding industry!

  • Debbie Orwat:

    Thank you so much for sharing this with your readers!

    2011.Dec.01 2:01 pm

  • Charlene @ Sweetchic:

    Thanks for sharing this site… I’m off to visit it now! :)

    2011.Nov.29 12:03 pm




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black fri/cyber mon discounts – good biz or bad idea? November 28, 2011 posted in Uncategorized

Ok, this will be a touchy subject, I know.  I’ll go ahead and provide a disclaimer in advance – I’m climbing on my soapbox for the duration of this post.

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This morning, I posted a comment on a fellow wedding planner/friend’s facebook page in which I thanked and concurred with her opinion that wedding planners should not offer discounted services on Black Friday/Cyber Monday.  Linnyette Richardson Hall is someone that I respect and admire in the industry and many of you know and follow her as well.  If you are not following her, then you need to be – and if you ever get a chance to hear her speak at a conference, don’t pass it up!  Here is a link to her facebook page, with the status update and comments from others.  Her point was that these discounts are intended for merchandise, not services, and I agree.  I also feel the need to elaborate, so read on, please.

While I have noticed lots of discounted services over the last several days, the most extreme discounted example I noticed was for 40% off month of wedding coordination services, making this particular person’s discounted month of coordination price $600.  I will not single this person out, so don’t even ask me who it is, please.  I am not writing this post to belittle her, because guess what?  When I first started, I did a couple of 3 – 6 month partial planning jobs for $300 each.  Yes, it’s true – and that pause you may have just noticed was me taking a moment to hang my head in shame.  Most of the lessons I have learned about pricing my services have been learned the hard way…I’ll share with you two specific stories.  I think they will drive home the message I want to convey.  

Story #1:   I was really eager to get in good with one of the top catering companies here in Atlanta, so when the sales consultant asked me for a “favor” for his client, I caved.  The lesson came into play when the sales consultant wanted me to match the ridiculously low price for several more clients, and dropped me like a bad habit when I conservatively increased my prices 6 months later. 

Story #2:  A bride and groom gave me a sob story about the planner they had hired being non-responsive, but they couldn’t pay more than $300 to hire a new planner.  I wanted to help them, so I gave in.  The lesson from this one came on the night prior to the wedding when I was taking an inventory of the couple’s wedding items they had just passed off to me at the rehearsal.  I opened an unlabeled box to see what was inside, only to find the cake topper in all of its Swarovski Crystal glory, and a price tag still attached that was $150 more than the fee I had charged them.  That one hurt people, it still does.

Time tracking has been the best thing I have ever done for my business.  I track every moment within reason that I spend on a client.  At the end of each year, I average the amount of time I have spent on each client for each type of service that I offer and use this information to adjust pricing for the upcoming year.  I will admit that my pricing does increase each year, but I’ve noticed that so do the services that I have included over the past year, as well as the amount of hours that I have spent on each client.  I would add that most of the additions were via client request, not at my own suggestion.  It’s a battle we fight every day, clients want more service for less money, and in my experience, that does not apply only to “budget” brides.

Using the example of the $600 discounted month of coordination service pricing mentioned above, please consider the following:

Hypothetical number of hours spent working with a month of coordination client – 41 hours spent as shown:

  • Average of 10 hours on the wedding day
  • Average of 2 hours spent on the rehearsal day
  • Average of 2 hours spent on initial consultation meeting
  • Average of 4 hours spent on final details meeting/walk-through/tasting, etc.
  • Average of 3 hours spent on any final vendor meetings
  • Average of 5 hours per week X 4 weeks spent on administrative/in-office work

41 hours of work divided by $600 = $14.63 per hour.  I made $15 an hour as a typist with no college degree in 1991.  I do not wish to make less today than I did 20 years ago.  How about you?

If you think you are spending less than 40 hours on each month of coordination client, I challenge you to track your time and take a closer look.  41 total hours is actually pretty conservative, in my opinion.  Simply add an assistant planner to the equation for the wedding day at the 10 hours shown and you’re up to 51 hours, with no additional tasks or in office hours applied.  We all know that there is some problematic issue that comes up at the last minute, or an unforeseen task that requires our attention and adds to the total number of hours we spend.  I have chose to price my services in a range that allows me to take on some of these tasks without telling the client, “I’m sorry, that is not included in our agreement.”  Larger tasks that come up unexpectedly are quoted in a separate invoice on a case by case basis.  We should carefully consider each client and offer custom or semi-custom pricing even with month of coordination services.  Every wedding is unique and requires different services.  I have a chart that I refer to with factors that affect pricing such as number of guests, number of wedding party members, ceremony & reception venue locations, etc.  While each type of service starts with a base price, certain factors contribute to an increase in the pricing.  Maybe I will write in detail about this in a future post if enough of you express an interest.

Your pricing is your business, but I hope you will consider this post when you begin planning your 2012 pricing.  Please don’t take offense to my comments and suggestions – I really only mean to help other planners.   There simply was no forum like this when I first started as a planner.  Hey, I do have an unpublished, unspoken deeply discounted price that I offer to certain clients.  I call it the “friends & family rate” and some of my own rules surrounding this pricing is that I need to have known either the bride, groom, or their parents for at least 10 years to offer this pricing to them.  Also, I only offer a couple of these rates each year – preferably in the slow season.  My discounted service is a gift to them and I am very clear that the pricing is to remain confidential.  I also let them know what the pricing would be without the discount.  Tacky?  Maybe, but I need them to value me and I find that when I discount deeply, sometimes my services are perceived as less of a value.

Do visualize something with me, though regarding your own pricing – ok?  Come on- just humor me!

Again, using the example I mentioned above (40% discount on month of coordination = $600 final coordination price after discount), imagine you are sitting face to face with a potential client right now.  Seriously, close your eyes and picture this.  Would you be willing to take $240 cash from your own wallet and hand it across the table to them in order for them to enter a contract with you for $600?  Essentially, that is what you are doing when you discount.

My guess is that if you are working as a wedding planner, it is because you love the work.  If you truly love the work, then I will assume that you are good at what you do.  If you are really good at the service you provide, you do not need to discount your services EVER.  If you are in the midst of negotiating, I think it is much more effective to offer an extra service, such as rsvp tracking, extra vendor referrals, budget/final payment assistance, etc.

This post could easily turn into a dozen more.  If you have specific questions about pricing, I would be happy to correspond with you via email – just message me at info@thestylishplanner.com.  Comments are also welcome below, but please note that I do moderate comments.

Special thanks to Linnyette for a sharing her opinion so openly on a timely and thought provoking topic.

  • Jeannine Kennedy:

    Isha – I have learned so much from following your business – thank you for always sharing your knowledge and talent.

    XOXO,

    Jeannine

    2011.Nov.30 12:44 am

  • Jeannine Kennedy:

    Dana – I seriously thank you from the bottom of my heart for your transparency on this matter. First, I am glad that I wasn’t the only one who blindly decided on pricing when I first started. Second, planners need to see that we all made (and still make) mistakes in business, but we LEARN and GROW from every mis-step we take. Your post also speaks to the importance of continuing education in our industry – there is invaluable information being shared, especially in the smaller forums where one on one face time is possible. I also love that you said after 6 years you are still growing and learning. I feel the same way and I think many others do as well.

    Wishing you the best in life and business,

    Jeannine

    2011.Nov.30 12:43 am

  • Dana | Elegantly Yours Events:

    I appreciate this post and all the other bog posts from seasoned pros who have taken the time to share their views on pricing.
    When I first started out about 6 years ago, I was that eager beaver who desperately wanted the clients to come rolling in. I did a full service for $750. And we worked together for 13 WHOLE months.. Now adding that up, CLEARLY that’s just a little over $14 a week. I dare not break it down into hours. I was an intern for my own company sad to say because this wasn’t my first and only wedding at that price. I was making absolutely nothing, but giving my client more than 100% of me.
    Looking at where I am now (and I’m still growing and learning), I’ve taken classes on pricing and contracts and appreciated that there was a resource available to me to help me in understanding my values in this business.
    Thanks again for the post. I hope that other planners really consider the time and effort spent into what they do and set their pricing accordingly.

    2011.Nov.29 11:47 pm

  • isha | isha foss events:

    Great, great, GREAT post! I am totally in favor of professionals determining their own pricing, but understand what you’re really making – and then decide!

    2011.Nov.28 8:22 pm




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wild card wednesday: app love – byline August 24, 2011 posted in Uncategorized

One of the main reasons I wanted an iPad was to have a larger reading format than my iPhone offered.  Upon my initial iPad purchase, Flipboard was my favorite app for the simple fact that I found it easy to stay current on blog reading, with Twitter and Facebook feeds to Flipboard making the app even more appealing.  Fast forward to now and my son has completely hijacked the iPad, so I rarely get to use it.  Also, we opted not to go with the wifi option for the iPad, so it is pretty useless to me on the go.  My iPhone does everything the iPad can do, just in a smaller format.  One little problem:  There is no Flipboard app for iPhone, it is only an iPad app.  What’s a girl to do?

Byline to my rescue!  Both an iPhone and an iPad app, I am able to stream my Google Reader, My Twitter account and my Instapaper account to Byline.  While I am reading a blog post, I have so many options for what I can do with it!  I can:

  • Open it in Safari if I want to read from the author’s actual blog
  • Copy and paste the link (great for sending something to Facebook since there is no feed for Facebook from Byline)
  • Send the link in an email
  • Post it to Twitter
  • Add it to Instapaper, which I use as a filing system for reference articles, and longer blog posts that I want to read later
  • Mark a post as a favorite
  • Add my own note to the article that I am reading

Here is a screen shot from my iPhone of today’s post on Elizabeth Anne Designs.  I wanted you to see how great the photos show up with the text. Using Byline, I don’t feel like I am losing any content by reading from my iPhone as I did with Google Reader.

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If anyone else is like me, I easily feel so defeated and out of touch when I get behind on blog reading.  Byline is perfect for reading on the go and skimming posts for relevant content.  I read while sitting in carline, waiting for appointments, having my hair done, etc.  I think you will enjoy it too!

Byline is available for FREE on iTunes.  An in-app purchase of $2.99 provides an ad free version, which I recommend if you are easily distracted by ads (like I am).  Don’t worry, it is well worth the money!

Have you tried Byline or another app for keeping up with blog reading?  I’d love to hear about it!

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diva day with linnyette richardson-hall August 17, 2011 posted in Uncategorized

Linnyette Richardson Hall is the Owner and Creative Director of Premiere Event Management, a Baltimore-based firm that specializes in creating unique, elegant, fun and personality-oriented events.  She is the Special Contributing Editor of the two book series Going to the Chapel (Penguin Putnam 1998) which was created for couples who are in the wonderful process of planning their nuptials. Formerly, Linnyette was Contributing Editor for Signature Bride Magazine and Columnist for WeddingChannel.com. American television audiences are able to see her work her "wedding magic" as one of the featured consultants on the hit reality television series, “Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?" which airs weekly on The Style Network.

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Linnyette has been in the wedding industry since 1993 and has planned hundreds of weddings for brides & grooms locally and on a nationwide basis. Linnyette’s expertise has been featured in many local and national publications such as Glamour, Essence & Black Enterprise magazines, The Washington Post as well as appearing on CNN, FOX News, CBS and a host of other media outlets.

The Stylish Planner is so pleased to have Linnyette as a contributing guest blogger!  I feel her “tell it like it is” personality combined with her years of wedding and event planning experience make her feature a “must read”.  The feature is aptly titled “DIVA Day”, and will be posted on the first Wednesday of every month!

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There’s More To Life…

than just being the wedding planner.  Don’t get me wrong..I love what I do and I’m sure most of you do also.  I’ve always been of the notion that in order to be the best, to be at the top of your game, your focus has to have varying levels.  Wedding planning requires that we become multi-faceted powerhouses who can literally do 5 things at once without skipping a beat.  We can handle the BlackBerry and IPhones, while managing a production timeline on our IPads, confer with vendors and critically “eye” the setup of a reception venue – all at the SAME time.

Outside of weddings, what’s your life like?  Do you have other interests and hobbies that are NOT industry related – perhaps you enjoy gardening,  a good game of poker,  reading trashy romance novels or indulging your wanderlust and traveling to far flung locales?  If you are allowing the wedding business to consume you, it’s time to shake things up a bit!  Breathing, sleeping, and eating weddings doesn’t make you better at what you do..it makes you a cranky individual because you don’t have any other outlets to flow into.  Hey, I love a gorgeous bouquet or a decadently beautiful wedding cake just as much as any other planning professional, but over the years, I’ve become SMART enough to know that I can’t let the business of matrimony be the ONLY thing in my life. 

There are only 52 weekends in a year…and I most certainly am not interested in working every single one of them.  Once in a while, I want to kick back with a Hennessy and Coke on the rocks, put my feet up with a good book and lose myself in whatever is happening on those pages.  Chasing after chicas in white gowns every weekend?  Nope.  I’ve got some totally adorable kittens and cats who want and need my attention.  Figuring out what color will complement Pantone’s “Honeysuckle”?  Well..yeah, I could, but I can also save that for my time in the office.  When it’s quitting time, I’d rather roam through the aisles at Home Depot, thinking about what tile I want to use for the new backsplash in my kitchen.

The point I’m trying to make is simple – step away from the satin and tulle so you can develop a richer life.  I know it’s hard when you’re first starting out because this baby is YOUR baby – you want it to grow and become a productive adult.  And when you’ve been in the trenches for a minute, you feel as if you MUST stay entwined in the business or somehow it will go away.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  When you allow yourself to do other things , when you start to develop and maintain other interests and pastimes OUTSIDE of the wedding sphere, you are actually becoming a BETTER planner.  Because you can see past the mundane, typical and obvious – it sharpens your mind and gives you another way to see outside of the box. 

In short – get a life!!  Your wedding business and your clients will thank you for it!

  • Emee:

    So true!

    2011.Aug.17 9:19 pm




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fabulous fashion friday: coach limited edition reissues August 05, 2011 posted in Uncategorized

Just in case you needed another reason to love Coach leather goods, here ya go!

The company known for it’s amazing quality and craftsmanship, has recently reissued five iconic designs from the 1970’s.   These beautiful, classic designs translate very well to today’s bohemian-chic and vintage looks in fashion, and pull double duty for the busy professional woman as well.  If ever there was a time to make a investment purchase, this is it!  The designs include satchels, backpacks, cross body bags, field bags and shoulder bags in mahogany, black and British tan leathers.   Select designs are also available in vermillion (a gorgeous coral/red shade) and white leather.  Here is the one I have my eye on:

Coach City Bag in English Tan – $278

Remember, the reissues are only available for a limited time.

Which one will you add to your “must have” list?

Happy Friday!

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style profile: angela johnson of sapphire celebrations August 04, 2011 posted in Uncategorized

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Angela with her Mom & business partner, Pamela.  All images by Hannah Photography.

Name:    Angie Johnston

Location:    Colorado

Company Name:    Sapphire Celebrations

Number of years in business:    7 years

Website:    www.sapphirecelebrations.com

Blog:    www.sapphirecelebrations.com/scblog

Twitter handle:  @sapphireangie      

If you are a wedding and event professional other than a planner, please describe your product or service.  Wedding/Event Planner

How would you describe your personal style?  Classic, fun and functional. I’m a business owner and a mom of two active boys – I have to be ready for anything.

What is your “go-to” meeting attire?  In the summer I love skirts and cute tops with fun shoes or accessories.  In the winter layers are important – you never know what Colorado is going to throw at you throughout the day!

What is your “go-to” evening industry event attire? (i.e., associational meeting, vendor or venue open house, etc.)  Jeans and a cute top if I can get away with it. If not, then I wear something similar to my meeting attire.

What is your attire for wedding/event day set-up? If the timeline permits, I’m in jeans and my Sapphire Celebrations t-shirt with tennis shoes. Many times I’m with the clients, so I stick to what I’ll be wearing for the actual event.       

What is your attire for actual wedding/event?  Black pants – no matter the weather. I need the pockets for stuffing anything and everything (cell phone, lint roller, Altoids, trash (yes trash!).  Pants are also key, because I don’t want to have to worry about bending over to pick up anything or tie a chair sash.

What style and brand of shoes do you wear on wedding/event days?  Black flats. A wedding is not the time for my four-inch heels!

Tell us about your favorite jeans and why you love them.  Old Navy Flirt Jeans – they are long enough for my long legs, fit me great and aren’t hard on the checkbook!       

Who is your favorite celebrity style icon and why?  Jennifer Aniston – She always looks put together, no matter the setting.

Please share with us (in 50 words or less) your favorite style tip:  Don’t get too caught up in the trends, they come and go.  If you can figure out a way to incorporate them into your style go for it!

What would you like people to know about you that they may not discover just by viewing your website or blog?  I love football! My parents got season tickets to the Denver Broncos when I was eight and I still sit with some of the same people to this day. There is nothing like watching football in a stadium filled with screaming fans – no matter the weather!       

What is your most treasured possession?  My Kindle is always in my purse lately – if I’m early for a meeting I can just pull it out and escape into my latest fiction!       

What message would you like to convey to others in our industry?  Don’t spend too much energy comparing yourself to the others out there. Be true to who you are, your ideal client, and your goals and it will call come together.

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fabulous fashion friday: pantone fall 2011 colors July 29, 2011 posted in Uncategorized

Happy Friday!  I will of course, be preparing a detailed Fall Fashion Preview Post in the coming weeks, but I wanted to tease you a bit first with a glimpse of the colors for Fall, selected by some of the fashion industry greats for Pantone.  Here is a peek at what they have chosen and I approve!

Pantone Fall 2011 www.pantone.com

The Pantone site is great for reviewing how the colors are being used in fashion, how designers recommend wearing the colors, as well as how these colors can be interpreted for men’s fashion. 

What’s your favorite color shown here?

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serious business: allowing changes to your contract July 25, 2011 posted in Uncategorized

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I almost feel as though I am preaching to the choir in this post.  I think most professionals would never dream of allowing a potential client or a third party to alter their contract in any way.  While I am always open to suggestions, and am happy to answer questions, I can honestly say I have never had someone try to manually add or change my contract, and I’m grateful for that because I would not allow it.  While I may agree to whatever change/clarification, etc. is being requested, I would make the change myself in the document file and then forward that on to the client myself.  For instance, I have a clause in my contract that outlines photography rights, basically saying that I will share any photos taken by my staff or myself with the client, and that they will share images from their professional photographer with me upon receipt of them.  I once had a very private and reserved couple say that they would prefer their photos not be shared on my blog or website.  We discussed this through carefully, I explained to them that I need to be able to showcase my work in order to obtain future clients and we agreed that I could use photos of the reception details only.  I amended the photography clause to outline this compromise, they we all signed the contract and acted accordingly.  No biggie.

Recently, I had two vendors ask/tell me to make changes to their contracts that were sent to me as word document files.  Their casual approach to their business contract amazed me, and I have been wanting to post about it for some time.  Following are some background details on each:

Photographer:  In this instance, the photographer’s contract did not include the mailing address and telephone number.  The client needed this info in order to be able to mail the deposit and final payment, as well as to be able to reach the photog with any questions.  Additionally, there were several blanks that were to be filled in, such as photography start time, end time, bride’s getting ready address, addresses for ceremony and reception site, couple’s mailing address after the wedding, etc.  I didn’t want to write this in because the type was so small.  I sent an email with the request for the photographer’s address and phone to be added, along with the addresses and other info that photog wanted.  They replied back, asking me to make the changes to the contract and email it back to them. 

Huh?

First of all, while gathering the information from my client and forwarding that to vendors as needed does fall within the scope of my responsibilities, amending and completing the contract does not. 

Second of all, If I were a dishonest person, I could have changed anything in the contract that I wanted to because the photographer basically gave me complete access to it.  Maybe the photographer would catch any changes, maybe they wouldn’t.  Of course I didn’t do this, but you get my point.  What if I accidentally made a typo in fee amounts or number of hours of service included?

Now, to be fair, this is a photographer that I consider a friend and work with on a regular basis.  In the interest of time, I did make the additions myself in order to get the contract complete for my client.  In hindsight, I think my willingness to help sent the wrong message.  I won’t do this again.

Reception Band:  In this instance, the band’s contract seemed to indicate that they required guest meals and access to the bar.  I suggested to my client that they receive a vendor meal just like the other vendors.  The contract also seemed to be very strict in their requirements for a rain plan.  In fact, it seemed to indicate that they required to be moved indoors in case of inclement weather.  This was not possible at this venue, so I needed to address it prior to the contract being signed.  The contract also requested a very specific electrical set-up, and access to two separate, private areas for both the male and female members of the band to get dressed.  Again, not possible at the venue we were working with, so I verbally addressed it on the phone with the band manager.  He assured me that they would work with us and understood the limitations of the venue.  I asked him to add notes or amendments to the contract to cover the issues we had discussed.  He was hesitant to do so, and both my client and I were uneasy about signing based on verbal agreement only.  The band manager suggested that I type our conversation up in an email and send it and he would reply with “ok”.  In the process of hashing this out, my client took the initiative to type everything up as agreed and added it to the end of the band’s contract (sent to us as a word document file) under a general “Amendments” title.  The band countersigned and deposited the check.  I would like to say that on the wedding day, there were no issues and the band did a great job.

However, in my opinion, as with the photographer’s contract mentioned above, amending the contract should not have become the responsibility of myself or my client.  The contract holder needs to be in control of the document/file at all times.  I would go so far as to say that contracts should ALWAYS be sent out in a “read only” format.  For me, that means my contract is sent out in a protected PDF document that only I can alter. 

If you are sending your contracts out in an unprotected word document or excel format, please stop now.  You can thank me later.

Here’s a hypothetical situation:  Let’s say the final amount on your contract for services to a client is $4,810.  Let’s say you started at $5,000 and the client talked you down a bit, asked for a discount or opted to omit an item to bring their pricing down to the agreed upon $4,810.  You agree and tell them to make the change to your word document contract that you have already emailed to them with fill in the blank areas for pricing and services.  They make the amendment, but accidentally transpose the final amount due to $4,180.  Neither of you notice the error, the contract gets signed and countersigned.  You just lost $630 due to a typo, unless of course, your client is wonderfully honest and understanding.  Also, what do you have to back up the originally agreed upon price of $4,810?  Emails or was it a verbal discussion?  Good luck to you.

Let’s take this one step further and remove the wedding industry element from the equation.  Hypothetically, you are selling your car.  Let’s say you are asking for $10,000.   A buyer comes in, asks for you to add new floor mats, a new stereo installed and offers $9,500.  You agree to new floor mats and $9,500 but no stereo.  They hesitantly agree – they really wanted the new stereo.  Would you then forward the contract or bill of sale to them and ask them to type in the changes?  Of course not, this person is a complete stranger and you don’t want to get screwed.  You would make the changes (or have an attorney make them for you) and go from there. 

Business is no place for casual attitudes towards contracts.  It doesn’t matter how many times you have worked with another vendor, that you may be friends outside of work, etc.  Protect your contracts like you protect your reputation.

Also, don’t put the responsibility of making additions or corrections to your contract on the client or a third party (such as the wedding planner).  First of all, it isn’t their responsibility, it is yours, and secondly, you are putting them in an awkward situation.  Not to mention that depending on their schedule, the entire contract process could be held up because I can almost guarantee they weren’t counting on being your legal assistant.

Happy Monday!

If you should have any questions about why protecting your contract is important to your business, please do not hesitate to contact me at info@thestylishplanner.com.

  • Nicole Mower:

    Great post! Just what I needed to read tonight. :)

    2012.Oct.29 10:30 pm

  • Jenn Kemper:

    You are so right! I have been so surprised to see the number of typos, spelling & grammatical errors and gray areas in contracts. I have also been suprised how many vendors contracts aren’t legally binding or are broken by the professional “accidentally” because they weren’t familiar with what they put into their own contract! That’s why working with a lawyer directly rather than buying a ready-made contract is so important!

    Do you use a service to submit contracts to clients & receive their signature’s digitally?

    2011.Aug.03 1:40 pm




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fabulous fashion friday: valentino handbag July 22, 2011 posted in Uncategorized

All the Fall fashion previews and the sweltering heat here in Atlanta have me pining for cooler temperatures.  The other day while daydreaming of breezy afternoons and adding shades of bordeaux to my wardrobe, I came across this and had to share:

721Valentino Valentino Aphrodite Small Leather Bow Bag – $2,895 at Neiman Marcus.

Looking forward to Fall, aren’t you?

Happy Weekend!

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