Flashback Friday: Wedding Pros' Event Day Irritants & Vendor Pet Peeves, Revealed

Flashback Friday: Wedding Pros' Event Day Irritants & Vendor Pet Peeves, Revealed

As our loyal WeddingIQ readers know, we eagerly solicit anonymous rants from our colleagues in the wedding industry, with the purpose of bringing other professionals' real feelings into the spotlight. Let's face it: sharing our real thoughts can be hard, especially when we don't want to jeopardize our referral relationships or make our next networking event even more awkward.

Collecting anonymous submissions from our readers enables us to bring up problematic issues and actions for discussion here on the site, and to determine what's important to the people who follow our blog. (With that in mind, we invite you to submit your own anonymous rant, or, if anonymity isn't your thing, email us directly with what matters most to you!)

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WeddingIQ Retrospective: Just Gimme the Photos, Revisited

WeddingIQ Retrospective: Just Gimme the Photos, Revisited

(Editor's Note: We're making steady progress toward completing a major project we'll be rolling out at the beginning of May, and we can't wait for you all to see it! In the meantime, we're continuing to look back at popular and thought-provoking posts from our history. Today, it's Kyle's March 2015 post, "Just Gimme the Photos!")

I firmly stand behind everything I wrote here 100%. Jennifer and I even created a speaking presentation "The Internet is a Thieve's Paradise: How to Properly Use Professional Images & Protect Your Website" for The Planners Suite Conference this past January because we have such strong beliefs on this topic. That presentation was derived from this post and from Jennifer's 2012 post, "How to Protect Your Website From Thieves."

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Tempering Expectations: Being Realistic With Employees and Their Limitations

Tempering Expectations: Being Realistic With Employees and Their Limitations

(Editor's note: We're always so grateful to have Michelle Loretta of Sage Wedding Pros share her extensive experience and knowledge with our readers, and today's guest post is no exception! Read more about Michelle at the end of the post!)

So often we hire employees when we are at our breaking point. We have so much work that we can’t produce single-handedly and need some relief. It takes discipline, courage, and restraint to start delegating responsibilities to a new individual. After all – this company is YOUR BABY. You’ve poured blood, sweat, and tears into it.

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Hire Character, Train Skill

Hire Character, Train Skill

We’ve all heard the business adage "Hire character, train skill."  But what does it mean? How do you do it? And, finally, how important is it when it comes to your wedding and event business?  In this post, I’m going to be speaking entirely about independent contractors as opposed to employees, as the process is a little different when hiring for short-term gigs rather than full-time work with a company. So, let’s get started!

 

 

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Announcing a Limited-Time Offer for #GivingTuesday! Free* Copywriting & Business Coaching!

Announcing a Limited-Time Offer for #GivingTuesday! Free* Copywriting & Business Coaching!

December is a wonderful time of year for many of us - the excitement of holiday preparations, festive decor and sounds wherever you go, and celebrating with family and friends as another year draws to an end. It's also an extraordinarily crummy time to begin a battle with cancer, as a treasured friend of mine (and fellow wedding business owner) is now finding out.

While many of us are checking off gift lists and putting up trees, Mary Frances Blomme is getting ready to undergo a full double mastectomy and reconstruction on December 7. She'll then begin the yearlong treatment and recovery process, while continuing to maintain her business and care for her beautiful six-year-old daughter. With healthcare in the U.S. being a constant challenge, Mary is also self-funding all her medical expenses until at least January, which is crippling, to put it mildly. 

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