My Save-the-Day Secret: Vendors Share Their (Unexpected) Emergency Kit Must-Haves

My Save-the-Day Secret: Vendors Share Their (Unexpected) Emergency Kit Must-Haves

We've spent the month of June talking about event day management: cultivating great vendor relationships and working as a teamdealing with annoying guestsgetting into the right mindset to execute your events, effectively managing destination weddings,  vendors' event day pet peeves, how to continue to market and sell new weddings even while you're working your existing weddings, and training your staff on how to get along with other wedding pros, how to prevent event-day emergencies and how to resolve them when they do arise. Whew!

Since unforeseen emergencies are an unfortunate fact of working in this industry, we figured that a reasonable conclusion to this month's content theme would be to turn to our fellow wedding professionals. We asked some leading vendors what (possibly unexpected) item turned out to be invaluable in resolving a wedding day crisis. Almost all wedding pros carry some form of an emergency kit to their events - you may want to consider adding the following things to yours!

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Why Wedding Vendors Need to Work Together Like a Well-Oiled Machine - and Exactly How to Do It

Why Wedding Vendors Need to Work Together Like a Well-Oiled Machine - and Exactly How to Do It

(Editor's Note: Today's post was submitted by a repeat contributor to WeddingIQ: the wonderful Kevin Dennis of Fantasy Sound Event Services! Read more about Kevin at the end of the post!)

Communication is the key to the success of any event, not only between the couple and the vendors but among the wedding pros themselves. A team that operates like a well-oiled machine is the key to a couple’s dream wedding and can also prepare everyone for any risks related to the special day.

So how does one ensure proper vendor coordination as you head into the Big Day?

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Event Prep 101: Training Your Team to Avoid Event-Day Emergencies by Thinking Ahead

Event Prep 101: Training Your Team to Avoid Event-Day Emergencies by Thinking Ahead

As business owners, we tend to be full of passion and dedication to our work, and it's easy to assume that everyone we hire will feel exactly the same way. Unfortunately, this is a common mistake that often leads to under-training our team, a shortcoming we don't even realize until something terrible happens at a wedding and we're left to answer for it.

Sure, most of us with employees or contractors are fortunate enough to have fantastic, loyal, talented people representing our business. As I've often said at speaking engagements, though, other people will never be as invested in your business as you are. That's just a fact, and keeping it in mind as you plan your training will help you avoid many a headache along the way.

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Work/Life Balance? What's That?! And Can It Exist in the Wedding Industry?

Work/Life Balance? What's That?! And Can It Exist in the Wedding Industry?

(Editor's Note: Today we welcome our friend and colleague Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting, with a fantastic piece on whether work/life balance is actually an achievable thing in the wedding biz. Read more about Meghan at the end of the post!)

Ah, the ever-coveted work/life balance. From my experience, most people tend to lean towards one side or the other – rarely is it a 50/50 split. In the event industry, it can be especially difficult to prioritize your time as we’re often dealing with weddings and events on the weekends and weeknights.

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How to Create a Company Manual for Your Wedding Business

How to Create a Company Manual for Your Wedding Business

Earlier this week, we outlined how to create systems and workflows for your wedding business, and how to write job descriptions for yourself and everyone else on your team (including people you'll hire in the future). In today's post, we'll put together those things with some other important information to create your own company manual.

I know: "company manual" sounds pretty impersonal, doesn't it? Whether you call it that, or a handbook, or a field guide, or a bible, it's an important part of running a successful business of any kind. You probably received one in many of the 9-5 jobs you had before diving into the wedding industry, and it can benefit your business in many of the same ways it benefits the corporate giants.

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