Side Hustle Series: Alli Elmunzer of COLOR!

Side Hustle Series: Alli Elmunzer of COLOR!

(Editor's Note: Our popular "Side Hustle Series" is back, this time with a twist! Today we're featuring Alli Elmunzer, a photographer who started out in weddings and eventually <gasp> got out! Her conscious decision to transition away from wedding photography, in an effort to build a career that would fit better into the lifestyle she wanted, is one i think is definitely worth discussing. As rooted as I am in the wedding industry, I'm also a firm believer that our passions, our priorities and our purpose can all evolve throughout our lives. I think it's a great thing when someone decides to make intentional changes to their career path, and Alli is a great example of that. She now focuses on commercial and styled product photography through her primary business, Turquoise and Palm, and recently launched her side hustle, a stock photography membership site called COLOR!

Read on to learn more about Alli's entrepreneurial journey, and about how her new venture fits in with her business and her life!)

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Side Hustle Series: Wedding Blog Edition!

Side Hustle Series: Wedding Blog Edition!

We're excited to share the stories of a few fantastic wedding professionals in the greater Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area, all of whom run one of the very best kinds of side hustles:super-popular wedding blogs! What a cool way to maintain - or enhance - your relationships with other vendors in your market, while increasing your own visibility and credibility to prospective wedding clients! (That said, I know firsthand the unbelievable amount of work it is to maintain an active blog, so I have all the respect in the world for people who can produce the volume of content that a successful client-facing wedding blog requires!)

We had the privilege of speaking with three thoughtful, generous women on the advantages and challenges of running both a wedding industry business and a wedding blog.  Read on to see what they had to say about balancing their blogging and their business, and their tips for increasing your chances of being published!
 

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Side Hustle Series: Amy Green & Melanie Marconi of Where Will They Stay?

Side Hustle Series: Amy Green & Melanie Marconi of Where Will They Stay?

We're excited today to continue our new blog series "Side Hustle Solutions," in which we share our interviews with innovative wedding pros who've created a viable second business. Amy Green and Melanie Marconi are two of the founders of BDI Events, a full-service event planning company based in Los Angeles, California and Portland, Oregon. They coordinate all elements of corporate and social events, serving a diverse clientele of nonprofit organizations, corporations and individuals.

In addition to their event planning, Amy and Melanie recently launched Where Will They Stay?,a free service which offers custom room block procurement for wedding couples, event planners and event venues. We spoke with Amy and Melanie to get a "behind the scenes" look at this venture, and to find out more about their experience running more than one company.

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New Side Hustle Series - Event Industry Superstars with a Second Biz

New Side Hustle Series - Event Industry Superstars with a Second Biz

Editor's Note: We're very excited to roll out a new post series, "Side Hustle Solutions." In these posts, we'll be interviewing well-respected professionals in the wedding and event industry who identified a need within the industry, and addressed that need with a new product or service. Launching this kind of side hustle not only solves a problem for other pros, but can also generate a viable second income for its creator - something that's especially helpful in an industry that fluctuates as much as weddings and events!

We couldn't think of anyone better to kick off this series than Brit Bertino. As many people know, Brit is one of the industry's most accomplished wedding and event planners, producing events in Las Vegas, Santa Monica, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Miami and beyond. In addition to the exquisite events she plans in these cities and in exotic locales around the glove, Brit is also the founder of Simply Weddings Las Vegas, a planning firm offering upscale celebrations for Las Vegas couples on a budget. Brit is the four-time event producer of the CaterSource and Event Solutions Wedding Event, serves on the board for the International Special Events Society, is accredited as a Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) and is a sought-after speaker and panelist for a variety of industry conferences.

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