Wedding Wednesday: Finding that perfect photographer

When it comes to planning a wedding, I believe that having the perfect photographer is the most important vendor to have. Those memories are going to be shared for the rest of your life, each photo says a thousand words and shares a thousand stories. These are photos of one of the most important days of your life. That is why you need to make sure and find the perfect photographer! 

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When looking for the right photographer, it is very crucial to make sure that the style of the photographer’s photos is the style that you like. Great quality photos can also be quite pricey. If you go with a photographer just because they are cheap and not because you like their style, you may regret it later on down the road.

If you are meeting with photographers, you always want to ask for the different packages that they offer. Most photographers will usually customize the packages with your budget. Another great question to ask is if they offer a payment plan. Some photographers will work with you if they know that you are on a budget.

You also want to make sure that you mesh well with the photographer when you meet them. If you get a bad vibe or don’t feel as if they are reliable, get away while you still can. You don’t want to have to worry about them canceling on you at the last minute, or showing up late.

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One way to figure out if they are reliable is to get in contact with their previous customers. If the photographer has tagged them on Instagram, message them. Don’t be afraid to do your research!

If you are here in Bakersfield, I know a photographer that allows brides to make payments. Erin, with Vintage Roots Photography, also has very affordable and customizable packages starting at just $700. She also offers elopements, cherished moments, and bridal portraits. These are perfect if you are really on a budget, but want memories of your special day.

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You can find Erin on Facebook and Instagram. 

I hope that this post helped you out some!

All of these photos were taken by Vintage Roots Photography. 

Wedding Wednesday

This is a very exciting time of the year for me, I love the feeling of starting fresh! Getting a chance to step up my game and make things happen for myself. If you haven’t read the “About Me” page, you totally should. Over there I tell you a little bit more about my personal life. I also share a little fact that I am a licensed Wedding and Event Planner.

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Yes, that’s right. Weddings, birthdays, gender reveal, you name it! I love creating something out of nothing. I think that’s why I love blogging so much. One of my goals this year is to really bring in some traffic to my party planning business. One of my dreams for this year is to be in a Bridal Show! I can just imagine how gorgeous the set up is going to be. Very Modern and Shabby Chic at the same time. Ughhh. Gorgeous.

Loving Plans was inspired by a Facebook career quiz five years ago.

In the spirit of chasing my reality, I am introducing Wedding Wednesday’s to the blog! It’s going to be all about weddings, and some tips and tricks to saving money! I will also share some photos of my previous events so that you can get some inspiration.

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To start the first Wedding Wednesday off right, my biggest tip for weddings is to DIY everything! From the decor to the food, you can save so much money by doing it all yourself. If you are not really the crafty type, find someone who is. You would be surprised at what can come of $5 and items from the dollar store! If you would like to find out, make sure that you are following my blog, I may just have challenged myself!

If you know someone that is getting married, make sure to share this post with them, I can answer any questions they may have. I love weddings, the first wedding that I ever planned was my own. I loved everything from the cake tastings to choosing this gorgeous dress! It’s just my thing. Want to know something cool and a money saver? My grandma made my veil! Her making it was not only affordable but also special because it came from her.

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Another big tip for saving money on a wedding is to give yourself plenty of time to plan the event. If you give yourself 3 months to plan a huge wedding, you are going to need money right then and there to pay for everything. If you plan your wedding within a span of 1-2 years, you are allowing time to save, buy things here and there, and make payments on services.

I hope that this post was helpful, even just a little. Look forward to many more fun posts this year. For more wedding photos, you can check out Loving Plans on Instagram or Facebook. If you are in the Bakersfield area and need an event service, feel free to message me on any social media, and get your free consultation! 

 

 

Starting an Event and Wedding Planning Business: Loving Plans

We are at the time of the year where love is in the air and weddings are everywhere!

If you don’t already know, your girl here has her own event and wedding planning business. That’s right, I know, cool huh? I knew that I wanted to become a party planner the day that I took one of those silly little career quizzes’s on Facebook. Turns out, it was right about me. Taking that silly little test was one of the best things that I could have ever done. I now own a small, local event and wedding planning business. Loving Plans is growing every single day.

Today’s blog post is going to be all about starting an event and wedding planning business. When I first started to look into starting Loving Plans, I had no idea where to start or what to do. I don’t want that to be you, I want you to go into this with at least some knowledge of what to expect. So, enough procrastinating, let’s get your business started!

First things first, before you start your business, make sure that event and wedding planning is something that you are passionate about. Yes, it is fun, but there is a lot behind the scenes that not a lot of people know quizzes. It’s not all glam and easy. There is a lot of sweat and hard work that goes into this business. Just something to keep in mind.

Now on to the good stuff!

When starting a party planning business, you have a couple of options. You can either take an online course to learn everything, or you can intern at local wedding planning businesses. Whatever floats your boat, I took an online course through U.S Career Institute. It was a go at your own pace course, it was an easy read, and the quizzes were perfect. If you can’t afford the course all at once, they do provide payment plans. Amazing, right? I love the choice that I made, I learned more than what an internship could teach me. If you don’t want to go this route, I would recommend interning at a local business.  This will not only give you the experience that you need, you will also be mentored by someone that has been through the ups and the downs. Both are great, no matter what you choose.

Picking out a business name

If you want to become a business owner, you have to pick out a name! When picking it out, you want to make sure that the name is not already taken anywhere, you don’t want to get in trouble for being a copycat. After you have picked out that perfect name, you want to make sure that you keep it. You need to file for a fictitious business name, the price will vary depending on your state. Here in California, it was $35 and I paid $20 to publish Loving Plans in a local newspaper.

Bank account

You will need a place to keep all your money that you earn from each job. The easiest way to go is to open a PayPal account. I love PayPal!

Build your vendor list 

A vendor list is important to have when you are building your clientele. When suggesting vendors to your clients, you want to make sure that you and your vendors have a great chemistry. If you don’t really know a DJ that well, and you tell your client that they are the best in town when they are not, that is going to fall back on you with a bad review. And no one wants a bad review when they are just starting out their business. So hit those bridal shows or business mixers and build that list!

Marketing

Time to create your website, social media, and business cards. Your website is a place where people can view your work, check out your prices, and leave reviews. You can share all of that on your social media, and we all know that marketing is basically social media anyway. Leave a business card wherever you go! This would also be a great time to be at a local bridal show, rent a booth and get your name out there!

Make that money!  

All that is left to do now is start making that money! Even if you have to work on tips alone just go gain some business, do it. It will be all worth it in the end, trust and believe.

I hope that this post was in any way helpful for you. Please feel free to share this on all of your social media and leave a comment! I will talk to you in the next blog post. Remember to stay confident. 

Wedding Wednesday 💍

 
Happy Wednesday all of you lovely people! I am getting married this year, and since I am going to be doing a lot of planning I thought I would share my journey with all of you! So with that being said, every Wednesday I will post my updated wedding plans. Brian and I cannot wait until our big day comes. 

  
So far we have a couple of venues we are going to look at, I have the colors, a theme and a date. 

Date: 9.24.16

Colors: light pink, light yellow and grey

Theme: vintage 

I will take pictures of the Venue and maybe you guys can help me decide. 

My grandma owns a flower shop so she will be doing all of my flower arrangements and she will also be giving me away. My father past a few years ago so she is the perfect person for the job! 

  
I would love to hear about any ideas that you all have! Any dream weddings or your wedding, leave a comment. You can follow me on Pinterest to get a better idea of what I’m looking for. 

Please like, comment and follow! I’ll talk to all of you precious people soon. I will have another post up later on this evening.