A "Sensational, Emotional and Unforgettable" New Look!

How fab is my blog header picture!!!

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the work of my friend, Orlando photographer Thomas Alan . He’s amazingly talented and such a pleasure to work with! I am so grateful to him for allowing me to use this stunning image which is featured in my new prints ads, website and business cards…. (oooh!)

I must also give credit and thanks to Susan McLean of Z to A Creative for her wonderful assistance with the layout and design of all these components.
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07 2008

Gone Fishing…

I barely have time to write this… I should be zipping my suitcases for an early flight: Vacation time has arrived! And not a moment too soon!

There were so many things that I wanted to blog about this week… Especially the ABC luncheon we had on Thursday to benefit Habitat for Humanity, or the fact that I got “downsized” (as I called it) when one of my couples broke the news to me that the Groom lost his job and they needed to slash their wedding budget… Or my site visit to Bella Collina (!)… But there were just too many loose ends to tie up before going away…

But, I’m excited about the trip as we’re headed out west to see the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Vegas, etc… I’m sure the break will do me a world of good! And I will try to “flashback” to all these things when I return. Ciao!


06 2008

Heaven on Earth

“And now for something completely different.” John Cleese
(Granted, it’s a little odd to lead with a quote, but here goes!)

I had the opportunity to visit Heaven today. Really; right here in Orlando.

Actually, The Heaven Event Center is a brand new venue space that’s truly unique! Heaven boasts approximately 7,000 feet of interior space which serves as a blank canvas for your most original event concepts! Outside, there’s 2000 square feet of lakefront terraces, plus parking for up to 400 cars!

I can see this space being used in many different ways… It easily lends itself to being set as “Club”, “Lounge” or anything with a modern or industrial edge. For example, I can totally visualize this space decked out with floral and decor for a contemporary “white wedding” or transformed into a softer and sexier space with lots of furniture, lighting effects and maybe even a few poker tables… heck, you could even have a cigar roller on the terrace.

The possibilites are endless… good stuff!

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06 2008

When the Vendor Overrides the Consultant

A few days ago I was confronted with a situation where a Vendor that I referred (not just any vendor, someone I refer a lot, a friend even…) told me that they had provided vendor referrals to my/our client. Upon learning this, I must have said something in my moment of shock because the Vendor said, “well, I figure you refer them too” -which I do, because XYZ service is a great company, but just not one of the two names I gave this particular Client.

I mean, as the bride’s Consultant – and a well qualified consultant to boot – it’s my job to assess her needs and recommend vendors that I believe would be a good fit for her. The Client has made the decision to hire me and follow my recommendations (and there is no kickback or referral fee involved at all!). I strongly believe that vendors should honor this agreement / arrangement / contract, therefore, I was having trouble grasping the fact that a trusted vendor would essentially override my authority by offering vendor recommendations. AND, even though I can imagine a multitude of scenarios where the client might casually ask a vendor their opinion about something, I don’t understand how / why this vendor didn’t respect me enough to refer the client back to me. They simply could have said “Elisa knows so many people, I’m sure she’d be happy to give you more names” or “Elisa only works with the best, after all she sent you to me” or something to reinforce the clients’ faith in me….

Unfortunately, this is not the first time that this has happened to me. I mean, I’d bet is was not any vendor’s intention to be disrespectful; in fact, I’m sure they were trying to be helpful. But, considering that we (Consultants/Planners in general) are paid by our clients for (among other things) referrals to vendors, you’d think that the vendors would show a little more discretion.

If you’re a vendor and you’re reading this, always remember where your Client came from. If the Client came by way of referral from a Planner/Consultant, you need to fight you inner urge to be “Super Vendor” (“the one with all the answers“) and direct the Client and any questions they may have back to their Consultant.

If you’re a Client or potential Client, remember this: As your Consultant I do not offer referrals based on kickbacks (compensation for the referral). As a Consultant, I will listen to your needs and offer advice based on my assessment of what you’re looking for. I will provide a short list of top professionals based on price, personality and style, but can provide many more additional names if needed. However, if you ask the DJ who makes the best wedding cakes, or if you ask the invitation lady which photographer is better, you might be shooting yourself in the foot (so to speak) because you don’t really know what the other vendor’s motivation is… Think about it: Is the invitation lady going to ensure that the photographer will work well with the other vendors on-site and execute his/her job to your satisfaction?

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06 2008