I am currently looking for a qualified intern for the Summer Semester. Please see details below.
We are looking for a Proactive, energetic and positive intern to assist with a variety of duties including social networking, event preparation, client intake and other various marketing duties. A qualified candidate will be pursuing experience in the events industry and must be receiving school credit for this unpaid internship. Interest in the wedding industry is a plus and experience with social networking is desired. Candidates must be comfortable working on their own, be detail oriented and resourceful.
Internship responsibilities will include:
• Managing content for social networking sites.
• Interacting with vendors and clients.
• Inventory preparation for weddings.
• Office organizational tasks.
• Marketing in various forums.
Candidates must receive college credits for the internship. Resumes can be sent to Amanda Felsman at email@example.com. This is an ideal position for someone looking to gain experience in the growing events industry.
Shay and Tom had a wedding day that was SO perfectly them. All evening I heard guests commenting “This is SO Shay!” Shay wanted a playful, cheery wedding day and it came together as just that. The colors included a soft sherbet palette including pale pink, peach, yellow and shades of orange. The centerpieces were playful, the candy table was cheery and the place card display was fun. The day was captured perfectly by Heather Cook Elliott Photography.
Guests mingled on the Riviera patio that overlooks the lake while snacking on mini favorites from Chicago and Wisconsin including mini brat’s paired with a beer shot and tiny Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. They danced the night away and laughed with friends.
The couple planned the day wanting to spend time with friends, family, and each other. They mingled, shared good food and drink, and most of all enjoyed each other. It was such an honor to be a part of a day so filled with love.
Photo Credits: Heather Cook Elliot
Check out more of the amazing pictures from Shay and Tom’s wedding on Heather’s Blog here.
Styling for the wedding goes far beyond the reception. It can be included in every aspect of the wedding including the shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner and after party. This past weekend I got to style a bachelorette party. It was so much fun being able to go a little more crazy with things then we would at a wedding.
You can be more fun and playful with a bachelorette party or shower and that is what we did. Kara is one of the sweetest brides. She is always helping others and never thinking about herself, so planning a night for her to let her hair down was a blast! We went with a color scheme of pink and black. We made sure the pink was in different hues so it wasn’t too matchy matchy. Kara has always been a fan of zebra print, so we started there and added other bold patterns to funk things up!
A party wouldn’t be a party without a few signature drinks, so we served Pink Lemonade Cosmos with a cotton candy garnish along with Raspberry Mojitos. In keeping with the pink theme, we also had bottles of pink champagne along with red and white wine for the ladies who don’t care for liquor.
You can see the bottles were all painted to give them a chic look. We added a bubble wall feature behind to highlight the drinks so they could be spotted from across the room.
Using the same technique, I fashioned a guest book wine bottle and boy was it cute all signed and done up for the bride!
So cheers to one sweet bride and her stylish bachelorette party!
Bonjour! As Amanda’s assistant/associate, we both thought it would be a nice little treat for everyone to get to know me! Here it goes… My name is Melissa. Wisconsin has been home my whole life, but Milwaukee has been my home for the past six years. Having the upbringing of a suburban girl and the young adulthood of city dweller, perfectly balances my loves. The non-city loves are spending time up north at our family cabin, hiking through the woods, quiet neighborhoods and my beagle, Olive. The city loves are the restaurant varieties (I’m kind of a foodie), close proximity to anything I need, and the accessibility to all kinds of events, culture, etc. Here are a few other random notes:
- I love movies! One of my favorites is Midnight in Paris.
- I go stir crazy if I don’t travel outside of the state at least once, preferably twice a year.
- I’m undoubtedly in love.
- I could eat gallons of guacamole if my stomach would let me!
- I’m one of those people who adore winter. Who doesn’t love the magic of snowflakes and fireplaces?!
My work experience is in restaurants and the events industry, not to mention growing up in a family involved in hospitality, has led me to Tailored Engagements. Amanda and I have similar styling taste, work personalities, and attention for detail. Personally, my style is along the lines of vintage and worldly. Think Anthropologie. Details I find important are aligning favors, making sure candles are lit, all dishes are facing the same way, table linens are even, and fingerprints aren’t visible on vases. The list of anal pet peeves could go on! It’s like I have a built-in binocular that zeros in on what needs to be touched up. They are details hardly anyone else would notice, but I wonder, would they notice if one thing was off? Probably. That’s why they are important! My work philosophy centers on pleasing the client by going above and beyond. I consider how I would want an event planned and executed, then make sure it goes off without a hitch. It’s perfectly okay to have high standards; I know I do for events and hospitality. It’s your day and you shouldn’t feel anything less than perfection. I truly am a people pleaser, a blessing and a curse! Some say you become jaded or desensitized to the emotions of weddings or events after working so many. To that I say… not this girl! There hasn’t been an event to date that has left these eyes dry! I love love. I love seeing people in love. I love the work I do because it allows me to contribute to the couple’s bliss. It just warms my little heart! With that said, I’m excited to continue to grow with Tailored Engagements, but more importantly, I look forward to working with you. Hopefully you know me a little better (or at all) and look forward to working with me too!
There are always things you will wish you had changed after the wedding. I can think of a list of 20 things right now from my own, but the list is trivial and at the end of the day, those things really wouldn’t have changed anything. Some of them were aesthetic, like having a double wide head table and not even being able to talk to my brother, who I had carefully placed right across from me. Others were only spotted after looking back at pictures, like the giant boutonnieres that I thought I wanted against the better judgement of my florist (yeah, trust the experts duh!!). But really when you think back on those things, they don’t matter. Yeah, they might annoy you in pictures but they don’t change what happened that day or how you felt about having all of your friends and family surround you to celebrate.
There will be things that go wrong on the wedding day. Even with the most masterful planner it won’t be the perfect day everyone wants. There will be little imperfections, unexpected happenings and things that don’t turn out the way you pictured them. A planner will help reduce those blemishes and be a buffer so you don’t have to deal with the unexpected yourself. We make judgement calls and try to get to know our clients as best as we can. That way those judgement calls are right for that couple but we can’t read minds as much as I wish I could. We surround ourselves with the best staff possible and limit the things that could go wrong. This is probably not the post that all clients want to read and it’s not the post that most Wedding Planners would publish on their blogs, but it’s the truth. I want every single one of my clients to have a perfect day. I spent my first year in business devastated when even a hair was out of place! I realized that my clients are a special group of women and next to those women are a great group of men. They want to treat their guests well, enjoy their day and be surrounded by a fabulously styled event from beginning to end. So, that is what I focus on and what I deliver to my clients. Yes, there might be a snag here or there but sometimes those snags are the memories that will make you smile ten years from now, or they may become one of your favorite pictures. So I pledge to create the most perfect day possible for my couples and can never accurately express how thankful I am that they let me share it with them.
Lydia and Eric are a beautiful couple inside and out. Lydia is one of those stunning beauties (seriously, wait until you see the wedding pictures!) but she was also one of the kindest brides I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
The couple kept their guests in mind throughout the whole planning process and really wanted to ensure that they would have a great time. Eric was more involved than most grooms. He helped pick up the slack, which I know Lydia appreciated. I loved getting to know these two throughout the planning process and working with them on their wedding day!
I CAN NOT WAIT to show you their amazing wedding pictures! Until then you will have to enjoy their perfect engagement shoot by A&A Photograpy.
I haven’t had a couple yet who doesn’t exchange rings at some point. Some of my brides stick with their engagement ring and forgo a wedding band, but all of my grooms always receive a wedding band. Some couple’s bands are extravagant; one was tattooed on and another was a handmade ring that included the family crest, only to be worn on special occasions (yes, this groom received a fancy wedding band and a casual one!)
While choosing the ring seems like a fun, exciting part of getting married, some couples do have ring issues. There are women who feel it is an oppressive symbol and there are guys who think it will be hard to get used to. Some guys even think they can’t wear a band at work, so they don’t want to wear one at all. For this reason, I wanted to look at this tradition more closely.
Why do we wear wedding bands? The tradition is different for every culture, but could have started as a contract or as a part of the wedding dowry. The tradition of wearing a wedding band started primarily with women. Before the Great Depression, only 15% of married men wore a wedding band but with increased economic stability in the 1950’s, more men began to join the tradition of wearing a band.
The bad news here is since we don’t really know the origin of the tradition, and because its symbolization differs from culture to culture, the history of wearing a wedding band won’t really help you when faced with a difficult ring dilemma. The good news is you can decide what this tradition means to you. One of my favorite blogs, “A Practical Wedding,” tackles this question on many levels: asking what a ring symbolizes for the hard working, empowered woman, what it means when you don’t wear a ring, and so much more. For more information on the ring debate or any related topics including weddings, marriage, and women’s perspectives, check out the blog!
I have a lot of DIY brides, which I love! DIY projects usually lead to a very personalized wedding. Cute touches that help tell your love story are always great and I welcome my clients to create details for their special day. However, projects take time … a lot of time. When deciding to do a DIY project, take the amount of time you think it will take you to complete the project and multiply it by three, that’s probably how long it will actually take. Waiting until the last minute will add needless stress which causes you to lose beauty sleep cutting, bunting, and folding paper flowers; which is no good.
So when deciding on DIY projects try to stick to details that help personalize your day, not just things you saw in Martha Stewart Magazine. Start early and try to have them done at least two weeks prior to the wedding. Here is a Reality Check Flow Chart for your DIYing pleasure. It explains DIY project selection better than I ever could.
Use it, follow it, live it!!!
Traditions are being challenged. The norm is no longer the norm and new ideas are being born. Is this a political blog post on a wedding site? Heck no! I have been wanting to blog about this for a long time. It is something I run into with almost every wedding I coordinate. For years the mother of the bride did much of the planning. The couple followed in this tradition and weddings looked very similar, aside from the color pallet.
Today, couples are foregoing their own way. They choose traditions that mean something to them and decide what their wedding will say about each other. I adore this and wouldn’t love my job nearly as much if I did the same wedding every weekend. I love that couples are thinking outside of the box along with thinking about why what they are doing is special and important. Don’t get me wrong, I love tradition and think that there are some beautiful ways to incorporate it throughout the wedding day. However, not all tradition is fitting for every couple. As you can see in my Redecorate Tradition Posts, I feel couples should choose personal traditions that represent them together. If it is the usual wedding tradition that resonates with them, go for it, if not, skip it.
The problem here is that parents have seen these traditions for years. What is a wedding without the bouquet toss? What do you mean there won’t be cake? You’re serving WHAT for dinner? With couples trying to be as creative as possible in their wedding, it can cause a lot of tension between parents whom may or may not be paying for the day.
My best advice? Discuss these things early. If your parents are footing the bill (or even if they are not) ask them how involved they want to be. Find out what three things they really want to see on the wedding day. Having these discussions early will help prevent hard feelings down the road.
It’s a tough road to navigate! Having a planner can truly help with this area of coordinating. They can point out solutions you may not have thought about, give alternatives to old traditions, and be a sounding board along the way. In the end, your parents will be happy just to see you happy and if you can throw a tradition or two in along the way, even better!
Alex and Becky are a very special couple to me. Alex is my brother and Becky has been around for so long that she is like family, even before the wedding. They ventured out in the snow to take some amazing photos with Jennifer McCarty Wedding and Portrait Photography. They will have a modern reception with tons of bling in Becky’s home town Wausau, Wisconsin. The ceremony will be in a beautiful garden space and guests will make the trip from all over to come spend the day with them.
I cannot wait for the wedding first of all because I get to party instead of run it, but also because Becky had a clear vision of what she wanted, sparkle everywhere and beautiful flowers…ummmm heck yeah!!! That is a design that I can really get behind!
So check out the beautiful pics of them frolicking around Madison and stay tuned for the wedding pics to come!
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