This afternoon I had the pleasure of having lunch with Amanda Monarch Woods (previous bride), her fabulous mother, Rachel Monarch and the soon-to-be-wed sister, Amy Monarch.
I have to tell you, I triple heart the Monarch family. What is not to love? They are Type A personalities (check), lots of fun (check), very direct and blunt (check) and always want to throw a great party (check!).
Amanda politely asked me, “What’s up with the blog?” Seriously, thank you for the gentle reminder, as I have been quite delinquent. As our team has grown this year, I’m hoping to have more blog posts done by not just “my voice”.
Now Amanda and Brian are no strangers to our blog, you see when you have a super cool personality, you get talked about. Like when they decided to meet before the wedding, we used their pretty faces, or when we talked about being a “wedding risk taker“, and finally, my personal fave….. how to make a grand entrance into your wedding reception, OH YES!
Today, though, also just happens to be Amanda and Brian’s 2nd wedding anniversary. And for that reason, I’d like to play a little homage to their wedding and see if we can get Amanda to cook more than just spaghetti for her anniversary dinner…
Today is the THIRD birthday of our wedding and events business blog. The first post was April 21, 2006 and when I look back on the “voice” of the company blog, I’m amused. It’s very difficult to find your own groove and project the right image of your business. We try to project transparency, fun, sass, creativity and pragmatism (sometimes a touch of indulgence).
Interestingly, I first started this event blog after I started a blog about my ever famous dog, Ranger, while he as a pup. It was a creative outlet for me. Some scrapbook, I write and take photos.
Blogging is an open diary, a dialogue from a person (or people) for other people to read and learn. It’s personal. It’s subjective. It’s an opinion. Everyone has a point of view, no?
We have many faithful blog readers, for which I am eternally grateful. My personal google reader overflows with many wonderful blogs that I read weekly. There have been times when people have disagreed what they read on this blog. And that is okay! Open dialogue is always a good thing.
Always trying to stay ahead (or sometimes keep up) we update the aesthetic look of the blog. What did you expect from creative and design oriented people? Right now we are considering going to a one column format, so photos can be larger.
In fact we’ve posted a poll on Twitter about it. Feel free to put your two cents in and vote here on what type of blog format you like. We’d love to capture your vote. Either way, you’ll be seeing a face lift very soon.
Thanks again for reading and joining our birthday party.Read More »
There are very few people you meet that seem to strike a note inside you. Their energy, positivity and overall charisma shines through from every pore of their body. You want to talk to them. You want to be around them.
Enter Aletha Vandermaas from pearls events. Want to know the catch, my savvy readers? I’ve never actually met her in person. Only through email, twittering, and reading her blog. I’ve never seen a more upbeat person! The lady never has a bad day. And it shines through in her blog….
Aletha discovers the most darling finds and her abundant energy shines through. She’s young to the planning world, but I can see why her calendar fills up quickly. She’s an asset to her clients her readers and to other planners.
And she’s a neighbor, well, Michigan…closer than most! (Midwestern planners need to stick together.) Take a moment to visit pearls events blog, you won’t be disappointed.
Diversity is the spice of life. Uniqueness is priceless.
That’s why we LOVE Offbeat Bride! The site embraces brides who are a bit different. Tattoos? Check. Blue hair? Check. Hate taffeta and all things that are sappy, typical wedding norm”? Check.
Ariel Meadow Stallings is the owner of this site and she also wrote a book Offbeat Bride. I believe the idea was inspired when she was planning her own wedding and found herself surrounded in a pool of tulle, hot glue guns, ribbon and pearls. That’s not how she rolls.
Don’t worry, you can still love your centerpieces and silk dresses if you visit this blog; but you may just find yourself laughing out loud. A bit.Read More »
If you haven’t heard of Sasha Souza, then you don’t watch TV nor read the by-lines in the wedding magazines. She’s an event planner to the “Stars” (has a nice ring to it, no?) and has been quite successful with her event planning career. But that’s not why I read her blog.
You may be thinking I’m doing some brown-nosing by featuring her blog. Uh, no. The fact is I had the pleasure of meeting Sasha at a previous event conference. I found her down-to-earth, blunt and is from California (sound like someone you know?). Aside from the fact that she likes to wear 4-inch heels and I prefer Chuck Taylors, we have a few characteristics that are similar. Read her blog and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Straight, direct and a dash of sarcasm. Absolutely adore it.
Check out her blog, Sparkliatti by Sasha Souza.
She had a great post recently about feeding vendors, and has many more inspirations! Keep up the great work Sasha and we’ll keep reading.Read More »