This Sunday is Easter and what a lovely FDL Weekly Pintastic we have for you. If you're thinking of having an Easter Wedding, I hope this moodboard will inspire you. When going this route make sure to use pastel pinks, blues, purples and yellows. Try pay homage to the holiday- throw in a few eggs and lots of pretty ribbon. Individual pictures can be found on my Pinterest page.
One of my husband’s favorite movies of all time is The Three Musketeers. It’s a classic tale of defeat, revenge, loyalty, honor and love. But even if you’ve never seen it before, I’m sure the motto, “All for one, one for all” has been implanted in your mind somewhere. It’s a phrase which means all the members of a group support each of the individual members and the individual members pledge to support the group. When it comes to your wedding this is the ideal vendor situation. All of your wedding vendors are there to support your wishes, creating your VIP wedding day team. However, if vendors are not vetted well a chink can occur in the chain of trust, causing vendors to lash out at one another and creating a new motto of “all for one, but not one for all”. It is important that each vendor understand his or her role but are also willing to add assistance if needed to other vendors. If you’ve ever heard a vendor say, “That’s not my job” or “they didn’t hire me to do that” you should try to stay far away from hiring a person like that. Weddings sometimes have unpredictable situations and it is important to have vendors who can work together to get the job done. I have unfortunately seen this mess with my own eyes and it always breaks my heart when I find out someone is not being a team member. This is why it is so important to find vendors who have been vouched for.
FDL Worthy Love Notes
My daughter and I ultimately decided on a DIY wedding, but I contacted Valerie at Fleur de Lis about potentially using her services. We are on a very small budget. She was very respectful of our budget, prompt with her responses, and worked up a proposal that was quite reasonable. I thought her contract was excellent as well. Based on these interactions, I would recommend Valerie and Fleur de Lis.
-Laurie Wheeler, Mother of the Bride, December 2013
One of the best parts about a wedding is choosing your color palette and coordinating the bridesmaids attire. There are tons of options to look at when it comes to what you should put your bridesmaids in. And this week's FDL Weekly Pintastic was been inspired by a pink and gray bridesmaid color palette. Having a romantic element is a popular trend this year, so having a few pinks is a must. And gray is such a perfect complementary color. Follow it along with a soft bouquet and you have the perfect bridesmaid outfit. Individual pictures can be found on my Pinterest page.
Fleur de Lis Event Consulting Featured on DIY Wedding Magazine Blog // An All Dessert Wedding Reception? // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner
Last week Fleur de Lis Event Consulting's article "An All Dessert Wedding Reception?" was featured on the DIY Weddings Magazine blog. If you're thinking of having such a reception, I recommend reading it. DIY Weddings Magazine is a do-it-yourself wedding magazine written and created by brides for brides. Stop by their website for a visually pleasing experience. Inspirational and budget saving ideas for your wedding can also be found there. If you have free moment, make sure to check out their website.
Welcome to my Pensacola Wedding Vendor Spotlight series. I feature different wedding vendors from the Pensacola, FL area. Today I'm excited to share a wonderful passionate vendor who loves to give his clients the best wedding possible, Ed Spencer of First Day Entertainment.
Your Full Name: Ed Spencer
YourBusiness Name & Location: First Day Entertainment, Pensacola, Florida
Number of Years Working in the Event Industry: It seems like we've always been in the entertainment and event industries in one way or another. Sue was a professional tap, jazz dancer and make up artist previously. I've always been on stages of one sort or another, speaking and presenting. But we've been working here on the Gulf Coast for just over 7 years, and before that we had a company in Alaska.
Number of Years Owning Your Business (if applicable): 9
Blog Address: http://www.BridalAdvocate.com
Instagram: Coming Soon!
How did you get started in the industry? I used to sing karaoke regularly and was quite good at it. I was approached by a bar manager to start hosting karaoke. A short time later I was approached by a local restaurant to play for a couple's wedding. It took off from there by being asked to take on new events.
What do you love most about your job? The couples and the love they share. Life is too short and we see so much bad in the world, to be able to spend time with a couple who truly love each other, who want to spend their lives together, is truly a blessing. The bonus to all this is that I get to work side by side with my own wife, Sue.
What is your best advice for brides? Skip the questions everyone tells you to ask and start interviewing your vendors. A job interview is about what they've done for other people, what they can do for your, their salary requirements (prices), and will they be a good member of your wedding team. Get beyond the books and talk with them about their style, and how they trained and how they continue to train. Get a feel for their personality because these people will be there with you through your entire wedding day. If you don't like them, it will only add to the stress of your wedding day. And the single most important thing is - can you trust the person you're hiring to put aside relationships with other vendors, or even jeopardize those relationships, to do what's best for YOU?
What makes you stand out against others in your industry? Basically two things. The first, we truly, honestly, care about our couples, wanting to give them the best best wedding possible. Because of that, we stay in touch with many of our couples for years. Secondly, it's our willingness to put our creativity to work, regardless of the time commitment required to pull it off. We often get hired to do the events that others won't do because they're more challenging or difficult or the expectations are just too high. And those are the events we truly love. :)
What are your price points or price ranges? We're at the top of the price range on the Florida Panhandle, with our reception prices starting in the $1500 range currently, and expect it to go up at the end of 2014. The most common comment we hear afterwards is that we were worth every penny, and then some.
What style do you specialize in (romantic, classic, modern, natural, etcetera)? We specialize in highly creative and often challenging events. While I'm a hopeless romantic at heart and the sentimental comes to me naturally, we love to create incredible celebrations that bring families together. Be it the telling of a couple's love story, the spontaneous hugging of the bride and groom at the end of the wedding ceremony before they can even walk back down the aisle, a flash mob at the end of dinner, a themed event like the Star Wars wedding, a groom singing to his bride, or helping to create some of the most spectacular surprises, we love to help bring the couple's personality into their wedding in the most creative ways possible.
What do you love about what you do? The single thing we love more than anything else is when a past bride or groom contacts us years after their wedding to say how one of their guests saw them recently and commented on their wedding. Not that they had a good time or the wedding was great but they remember something specific that we helped to create. Sometimes it was planned, sometimes it happened in the moment, but they have very specific, fond memories they bring up years later. Knowing that we gave that to that couple through their guests is what we love more than anything else.
Thank you Ed for the sharing your business with us.
Jacksonville Library Wedding // Happy 1 Year Anniversary Jekeva & Travis // Jacksonville FL Wedding Planner
Jekeva and Travis got married last April. This beautiful couple wanted their wedding experience to be that of a modern rose garden and they picked the perfect wedding venue: the Jacksonville Main Library. Today I want to wish them a wonderful and happy 1 year wedding anniversary! Congrats guys!
This cute couple is celebrating their one year anniversary this week. I’m excited to share this beautiful collage of Layn and James' wedding highlights from one year ago. This beautiful wedding was held at the River House in Saint Augustine and all captured by Dana Goodson. Congratulations to a wonderful couple!
Are you looking for a pink signature drink? Look no further. Here are four different pink signature drinks to choose from and how to make them. Have fun! Individual pictures can be found on my Pinterest page.
Yippy Skippy! Last week Fleur de Lis Event Consulting was featured on Jet Fete. Allison and Mike's destination wedding to Saint Augustine, Fl was a non-traditional wedding and will definitely go down in the book as one of my favorites. Jet Fete was designed with the globetrotting bride-to-be in mind. From far off adventures for two to grand celebrations on location – Jet Fete is the engaged couple’s go-to guide for saying “I do” away from home. Whether you want tips on where to wed when taking your friends and family with you or a grooms’ guide to planning the honeymoon, you can look to Jet Fete as the destination for nuptial travel.