Saturday, February 19, 2011

Vendor Spotlight! Gwen Tundermann Photography

Vendor Spotlight:
Gwen Tundermann Photography

Your name? Gwen and Matt Tundermann

Company Name: Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography



Years in Business: 3

How did you get started? We started shooting portraits and events for friends. It was just a hobby, but it quickly led to referrals. Once we got our business license, it just took off on its own! Since the beginning, we’ve received most of our referrals by word of mouth, and we love it that way! We are fortunate to have amazing clients!

Best advice you can give to a bride:  It’s important to have a vision for your wedding, on how you want your day to go, where you want it to be, and all the details that go into that. You should always stay true to your vision. But also remember that you have lots of people who can help you realize that vision.

What has been your strangest request? We can’t think of any strange requests! If something is important to the couple, then it’s not strange!

Do you work with an assistant? I shoot with my hubby. We make a great team, and the bride and groom each get equal attention on the big day!

What would you say is your style? Bold, punchy, romantic and whimsical!

Who is the person you most admire? We both admire Justin and Mary Marantz. Not only are their images gorgeous, but they are incredible people. We are so inspired by their business philosophy, how their treat their couples, and how they are such a strong team.

Who is the person that inspired you? Same as above. We are huge Justin & Mary fans!

What is your proudest moment in your business? Getting our first magazine feature! It was a 2 page feature in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine, which is a magazine that inspired us when we planned our wedding in Jamaica!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Floral Friday: Peony

View ImagePeonies are known as the flower of riches and honor. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. They bloom in late spring and early summer. They come in shades of red to white or yellow. Peonies are native to Asia Southern Europe and Western North America. They are priced higher than roses, but they are bigger and you wouldn't need as many. Peonies are also Indiana's state flower.
Blog by Lindzie Thomas

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Essential Plan B- The Rainy Day

Unfortunately, we (the wedding planners) can not control the weather...yet. So to avoid huge disasters we have Plan B. What happens when you have outdoor ceremonies and the weather is not cooperating? Having a back up plan could you save your wedding day from being a wash out. Make sure your venue has an area that you can use just in case the weather turns sour. If they don't have the space or you are using your yard, you should check into getting a tent. The tent should be large enough to accompany your guest, dancing, movement and room for vendor set ups such as dj, caterer,etc. But having a tent is not enough, you should also invest in flooring, otherwise you are looking into soggy, muddy feet. None of the ladies will appreciate their heels covered in gook.

If you are not having an outdoor wedding or ceremony and it is just the matter of getting from the car to the venue, make sure you have a large umbrella handy and someone to hold it for you. You will have your hands full with your gown. You may want to have an usher handy for those who are coming and didn't have an umbrella handy just to escort them from their car into the building. Also have a place where guest can put there umbrellas close to the entrance so they are not dripping water all over the floors and prepping for a potential accident.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Top Money Sucking Mistakes

1. Incorrect Guest Count - I have seen it time and time again...empty seats, empty tables of guest that R.S.V.P-ed and didn't bother to show up. Normally we ask guest to R.S.V.P at least a month to three weeks prior to a wedding but you really should call those guest who reserved first to reconfirm their arrival. When one hears you are getting married and they are invited, they are very excited for your occasion and want to celebrate with you but unfortunately life does get in the way.Call your guest a week prior to your final count due to your caterer just to double check. Most caterers and hotels ask for a final guest count at least 3 days to up a week of the event. so give Aunt Lucy a call just to make sure she's still coming. You may not catch all of the M.I.A's but you can catch most. Remember your are paying for each and every guest that attends your wedding.
2. Mark Ups- Yes, it happens. Being that you don't get married everyday, you wouldn't know what are good prices and what aren't. Having a planner can help alleviate this problem as they know how to get the best deals. Beware of the "we do everything" vendors...ask for invoices...receipts directly from the vendors. Especially if you are giving them your entire budget and they are paying your vendors.
3. Extra Fees- Cork fees, cake cutting, clean up, etc. Depending on your venue these fees can add up. Make sure you know all fees upfront, before you sign any contracts. How much is it for overtime, security, chairs, tables. etc.
4. Poor Planning- Starting with budget...poor planning can send your pocket soaring. Decide the things that are important to you. Be realistic and responsible. Don't invite the universe to your wedding...if you haven't seen them or spoken to them in a long while...don't invite them. For example, if you haven't seen a person in 5 years why are inviting them? I'm sure your high school english teacher will not be offended. Your wedding day schedule saves you from overtime. Your wedding planner knows how long and in what order your wedding should go without your guest leaving early. Choosing venues that don't fit your budget, yes its beautiful but what comes with the scenery.
5. Sight Buying- Your really excited about the wedding and start buying any and everything "wedding" you see; thinking "oh, this may be cute." or "we may use this". Sit down and think about the direction you want to go. Theme, color, design and go from there. The little purchases really add up.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Vendor Spotlight: McGee Entertainment

Vendor Spotlight: McGee Entertainment

Your name? Carlton McGee

Company Name: McGee Entertainment & Events, Inc.


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Years in Business: Full-time since 2004

How did you get started? College house parties, Fraternity and Sorority Dances

Best advice you can give to a bride. Don’t hire the cheapest DJ and expect the best service!

What has been your strangest request? Nothing comes to mind.

Do you work with an assistant? Sometimes

What would you say is your style? Various. All receptions are customized to meet the clients vision.

Who is the person you most admire? My Wife

Who is the person that inspired you? My older Brother

What is your proudest moment in your business? Winning Brides Choice Award three (3) years straight!