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The Local Wedding: Planning a Hometown Experience

Planning a destination wedding has an anticipated list of anticipated to do’s when it comes to prepping for out of town guests, but hometown weddings have their own challenges. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning a hometown wedding: Host a Welcome Party. One of the best things about getting married in your hometown is the opportunity to really show your out of town guests your favorite places, and a welcome party is a great way to start things off. If your rehearsal dinner is just going to be limited to immediate family and the bridal party, a welcome party is a great way to meet and greet with out of town guests before the wedding day. TIP: Welcome Party’s don’t have to be

You’re a bridesmaid-- Now What?

I can’t say ‘I do’ without you! If you are a female age 23+, chances are, you have been faced with this question at some point in time. If you are taking a page out of the movie 27 Dresses, perhaps you’ve gotten this question dozens of times. But what does a bridesmaid really mean anymore? If you ask our parents, being a bridesmaid meant assisting with setup, doing each other’s hair and makeup, and wearing a matching dress-- probably with shoulder pads. These days however, it’s a horse of a different color. Bridesmaid duties can range anywhere from destination bachelorette trips and prepping hotel welcome bags, to learning a flash mob dance and paying hundreds of dollars for a dress you’

Being Nice to Budget Brides

When I first started A Touch of Class, I was so excited to start booking brides, that I wasn’t nearly as concerned with their overall budget, as I was with filling the calendar and gaining more real-life experience. While admittedly, some of the weddings were slight on the details, such as ornate centerpieces and beautiful tented receptions, they will forever be some of my favorite couples that we had the opportunity to work with. These brides trusted us with their day when I barely trusted myself. Some of them did have larger budgets overall, but hadn’t budgeted for a planner initially, and were forced to scramble once they got to a point of overwhelm. As the company started to grow, I was

Creating a Memorable Brand Experience

While there are many days that I feel like we are not doing enough to grow my business, for all intensive purposes, Magnolia Grove has grown and evolved very quickly. Although I’m of course grateful for the growth, it’s also difficult to retain the same brand experience when you go from 10 weddings a year to 50+ weddings a year in a 30 month span. When I was first starting out, I was not concerned with client gifts, educational guides, or providing an experience that surpassed the competition. To be quite honest, when I started my business I was mainly concerned with booking brides however I could, so I could make enough money to justify not taking the full time job that I had been offered

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