December 11, 2008

The Wedding University

For those that know me well, they can tell you that creating wedding planning workshops for brides and grooms have been a dream and fantasy of mine for quite a few years now. I've always loved to teach. Before I became a wedding planner, I taught a lot of HR courses on conflict management. Two years ago, I was invited to the Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica to teach and certify a group of wedding planners. For the past 6 years as a wedding planner, I have certainly taught A LOT of brides and grooms on many aspects of wedding planning from designing concepts to creating a fabulous menu to dealing with tricky family dynamics. Okay, you get it--I love to teach.

Well, I've dreamed about it and talked about I'm finally ready to act on it! On February 8, 2009 I will be co-hosting a very unique and special event call THE WEDDING UNIVERSITY.

What exactly is it?

Imagine being a first time bride. You're newly engaged and super excited about that dynamic ring that he chose for you. You share the incredible news with your family in their living room, then with your girlfriends over cocktails. Your next stop is the bookstore, where you purchase every single magazine with the word WEDDING on it.

The first month is probably a whirlwind as you pour through tons and tons of magazine and online photos, fantasizing about that dream wedding of yours. You may have even purchased one of those wedding organizers, determined to stay calm and organized.

But then, reality kicks in. You start to become overwhelmed by question marks floating around your head.

1. How much is all this going to cost?
2. OMG, there are thousands of photographers in the area. Which one is right for me?
3. How do I get the most value for my money?
4. What's a Banquet Event Order?
5. What's an escort card versus a place card?
6. Who helps me create a timeline?
7. How do I personalize my wedding with special touches?
8. What hairstyle looks good with my dress?
9. How can I tell my bridesmaids that they have to pay for their own dresses?
10. What's the proper wording for my invitation?

Yes, there are A LOT of decisions to be made for a wedding. Most people have not planned an event of this caliber before so feeling overwhelmed and lost is normal. The Wedding University is designed to help newly engaged couples with their wedding planning by providing them the knowledge, tools, and resources that they need to make wise decisions. It is an all day event, in several different classroom settings, with topics varying from photography, videography, makeup + hair, budget, etc.....all the way to learning the steps for a fabulous first dance! In the midst of all that, you can sample extraordinary food and wine from the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley and interact on a personal level with some of the very top wedding professionals in the Bay Area.

In other words, it is an event NOT to be missed!

For more information, keep up with our Wedding University Blog or our website.

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