How to Promote Your Small Business
Last month Gillian Pishl asked me some advice on how to promote her small business without begging. This is a great question! It reminds me of one of my favorite topics, which is relationship marketing. Promoting without begging should be founded on strong relationships.
Hope this helps as you are building relationships and growing your small business!
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Are you looking for that perfect gift for your bridal party? We have 5 ideas that we think your besties will love!
1. Personalized Leggings
Leggings are all the rage these days and for good reason. They are comfy, stretchy, and for your bridal party, they are perfect for lounging around the bridal suite for hours!
2. Matching Sunglasses
Are your friends just a little bit silly and always too much fun? How about some matching sunglasses for some sweet pics!
You may be in need of some relaxation, so why not share that with your bridesmaids! Buy everyone manicures and get some sweet hangs in with your friends.
4. Personalized Water Bottles
Give your bridal party something that will keep on giving long after the wedding is over! How about a personalized water bottle! Tag it with their name, their initial, or any kind of fun phrase and they will continue to think on how awesome your wedding was. Any kind of cup shaped item would also work! We'll let you be the judge of what your friends like to drink out of.
5. A Note from the Heart
These folks are the best of the best and they deserve to hear it! This might be just the right time to thank them from the heart. Tell them why they matter so much to you and how excited you are that they are a part of your special day!
We hope these gift ideas help you find that special way to say "thank you" to your amazing friends! May your wedding day be a blast!
We have an important question for you:
Even if you can't honestly answer "yes" right now (it's okay, we understand), you and your guests may jusssstttt be willing to entertain the possibility that magic does indeed exist when you encounter our Starlight Dance Floor.
At first glance, it appears to be a classic white square. But dim the lights, step into the space, and BOOM - the night sky is beneath your feet and you are joined by hundreds of sparkling fairy lights. One second you're on land and the next you're dancing along with Orion, The Big Dipper, and the rest of them. Perfect for those romantic moments of your first dance as newlyweds and equally ready to keep pace with those joyous frivolities of late night dance offs between your best man and your curiously spry great uncle, this floor does. it. all.
A favorite with clients from ages 2-102, our Starlight Dance Floor comes in multiple sizes and can twinkle fast or slow. It is stunning at dawn or dusk and makes a one-of-a-kind addition to any wedding. ♥
But don't just take our word for it. Behold (or should we say, lumos?); pictures to prove it!
Photo courtesy of Two Birds Studio
What can we say? We told you.
Your wedding week is a roller coaster of emotions. Sometimes its just best to sit back, and enjoy the GIFS.
THIS IS THE WEEK. All those meetings with vendors are done, and everything is planned, ready to go. Also you get to be with the love of your life fo-evah on Saturday?? Straight up week sent from above.
The in-laws arrive, and "forget" to get a hotel. Now you are smelling your soon-to-be father in-law Charles' mung bean salad that he insists he needs to put in the microwave at 7:00 a.m. every morning.
The weight of the commitment you are making settles in. You decide that a 6 hour nap is probably the best way to make it go away.
Your best friend, and maid of honor completely forgot to throw you a bachelorette party. THEN decides that 2 DAYS before your wedding is the best time to go out. -but...you are definitely here for it.
You realize that those party favors are most definitely not done - So at 1:00 a.m. you are hand knitting 400 wool gloves for all of your guests.
You get to be with your soul mate like you always wanted. All of the stress and worry was not worth it, but being loved by someone you love is worth it.
So, Kristin, did you always know you wanted to be a DJ when you grew up?
I get asked this question all the time! Valid question, since I own a DJ company! :) But actually, growing up I wanted to be a pediatrician, and then a teacher, and then an immunologist, and then a teacher, and then a preschool teacher, and then a teacher. My photo is a dead giveaway of that (total teacher face)!
When I actually grew up I worked at Wells Fargo Bank and thought I would work there for a lot of years. After that was a no go, I became a Realtor. My husband, Adam, was a home builder and it was perfect that I be the Realtor for all of his projects. I was a Realtor for about 5 years and it was great! I learned A TON and it was very fulfilling. When the market crashed in 2007 we had decisions to make - ride it out or roll the dice. We rolled the dice.
Adam had always been a hobby DJ (since he was 14!) and in a road trip conversation we decided that DJing should no longer be a hobby - it should be our family's business. And so we went for it!
Truth be told, I have never wanted to be a DJ. And spoiler alert, I am not a DJ (never really have been). But I will tell you what - I have gained more growing a company from the ground up than I ever could have in any other profession. So here is what I have become, now that I a tried & true grown up:
It has been a wild ride with so many highs & lows and lessons along the way. I am ever so grateful that we rolled the dice all those years ago. This career IS what it's all about.
Thanks for listening!
Sound Wave Events
Are you looking for some ideas for wedding songs that are so not 2017? Us too! We have searched high and low and these are our favorite wedding songs for 2019
DINNER / COCKTAIL HOUR
Are you kind of over Christina Perri & Jack Johnson? Try these instead to bring that loving, romantic feel:
Don't get us wrong, we still LOVE Thinking out Loud by Ed Sheeran for a first dance song but it did come out in 2013. While it is a beautiful love song, we just feel like there are so many other options. Here are two fave 2019 first dance songs:
We know the classics will always keep the dance floor packed - and we love that! Here are a couple of more we will be spinning this year:
So the task is at hand - hire a DJ. Most people have never hired a DJ before and it can be hard to know where to start. You are not alone, my friend! It can be an overwhelming task.
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Planning an event for your friends, family, donors, or co-workers? YASSSS! Events are a great way to mark milestones, celebrate successes, and raise funds for your organization. But this question lays in wait......how can this be an event that people are talking about for months and years to come? As we discussed this very question with our event team, it came down to one simple thing.....
MAKE IT INTERACTIVE!
That is the answer we keep coming back to - the more interactive an event is, the more successful it is. The reason this is so powerful is because shared experience (especially fun, embarrassing, memorable experience) binds people together. That's what this is all about right - making memories and connection? Okay, okay, sometimes it is about raising money too. ☺ So, the more you can create interactive experiences for your guests, the more they will connect with each other (and you or your organization), and the longer they will remember the fun they had.
What type of interaction is best for your group may vary depending on your goals and priorities, but here are some ideas:
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Preparing for your wedding rehearsal but not quite sure where to start? We can help! There are a couple of key things to go through at your rehearsal:
1. Walk the venue and review your layout, set up instructions, etc. Make any needed changes and notify applicable parties.
2. Run through the ceremony with your officiant and wedding party. The main goal of the rehearsal is to help your wedding party and family feel confident walking down the aisle. When they leave, they should know:
3. Run through the full ceremony with your Officiant so you are comfortable and confident with how the process will go the day of your wedding.
4. Lastly, who should attend the rehearsal?
Hope this helps as you plan your rehearsal! Let us know if we can assist in any other way!
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As your wedding is getting close it is time to start planning your timeline. This can be a daunting task, especially as it is probably your first time taking this on. We have some helpful tips for you! Here we go:
PLAN YOUR WEDDING BACKWARD
Say what?!?! Plan my wedding backward?? What does that even mean? It means, start at your end time and plan backward from there. Most couples pick a wedding start time randomly or based on what times other weddings have started that they have attended. This won't always create the type of experience you are hoping for. Take for example if you plan your ceremony at 3pm and want your wedding to end a 11pm. This will give you almost 4 hours of dancing time. This can be great IF you and your group love, love, love dancing. Maybe you plan to start your wedding at sunset, say 7:30pm, but have to end at 10pm per venue rules. This will leave you with only 20-30 minutes of dancing. Does this fit with your ideal? So ask:
HOW MUCH DANCING TIME DO YOU WANT?
This is key. Are you a dancing fool or a hang and chat type of person? How much time would you like for dancing, mingling, and celebrating after all the festivities are done? Also consider your sunset time (look it up!). Do you envision dancing during sunset, during the day or at night? Now next...
HOW LONG ARE YOUR GUESTS WILLING TO SPEND AT YOUR WEDDING?
Think about the last wedding or event you attended, how long did you spend there? Are you comfortable asking your guests to spend 4 hours with you? 6? 8? 10 hours? How long will the guests be drinking during this time? Will they tire out? Will it be hot at your wedding? What makes sense for your group? With these things in mind, consider how much time you want after the special activities to dance, chill, and celebrate. :)
NOW PLAN YOUR SPECIAL ACTIVITIES
Once you have your end time and how much dancing time you would like, you can build in time for your special activities, dinner, and cocktail hour. Here is a guide of how long special activities take:
Anniversary Dance - 5 Minutes
Dollar Dance - 10 Minutes
Cake Cutting - 10 Minutes
Garter Toss - 5 Minutes
Bouquet Toss - 5 Minutes
Parent's Dances - 5 Minutes Each
First Dance - 5 Minutes
Toasts - 5 Minutes per Person
Dinner - Less Than 100 People - 45 Minutes
Dinner - More Than 100 People - 60 Minutes
Grand Entrance - 5 Minutes
Cocktail Hour - 30-60 Minutes
Ceremony (Standard) – 30 Minutes
Ceremony (Full Mass) – 60 Minutes + travel time from Cathedral
DETERMINE YOUR CEREMONY START TIME
Once you have worked through this exercise, you can work backward to your ceremony start time. This will ensure that you plan enough, but not too much time for your wedding. We hope these tips help you plan your perfect day!
Want to talk more about your timeline and how to put it all together? Contact us today - we are happy to help!
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