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3 Habits For Business Success | The Business of Weddings

November 13

This past summer I was honoured to be asked to speak at Weddingful’s Industry Night on their experts panel.
The focus was on sharing our approach to customer care and business/ marketing advice for other professionals seeking success in the World of Weddings.

There’s no greater place to learn than from those who have been in the trenches beside you, right?!

While the quality of the video sucks, [unfortunately the event was not professionally recorded. Thanks hubby for trying!] I truly believe there are some valuable takeaways for those who are blessed to work in the business of weddings.

You’ll hear from myself, along with  David of Mat Divad Photography and Angel Pui, Founder of Weddingful.


And for those who’d  prefer the Coles Notes version…..

3 Habits for Finding Success in Business

Photo courtesy of Matt Kennedy Photos  

1. Authentically Share Your Story

Story telling is an important part of communicating who you are and what you can offer your clients. The key however, is sharing openly and honestly your own journey and the heart for what you do and why. Don’t just share the sparkly moments, but the hard and challenging seasons also. That’s how clients relate to you on a deeper level and know that the things that matter to them, genuinely matter to you.


2. Find Success with Google

Blog consistently and not just about the behind- the-scenes of your business, but on content that people actively seek out and search for, such as free resources, guides and tools. Every once in while, produce content that reaches a wider audience than just your direct target market.


3.  It’s What you Don’t say, not What you Do!

When meeting with potential clients, listen more than you speak and when you do, speak confidently, but without arrogance or pride in your tone or manner. Be sure not to demean others or speak ill of any professionals in the industry, be it gossip, for “innocent” comparisons sake or by name dropping. Rather than impressing them, it breaks the clients trust and earned respect.



Are you a creative professional or entrepreneur in the wedding industry?

I’d love to hear how you’ve found success in business. Share by commenting below!



Wedding Day Timeline Template | DIY Wedding Webinar

November 4

This past weekend I was delighted to host Be My Own Wedding Planner‘s first ever webinar, as part of the pre-launch!

I taught on creating and finessing a Wedding Day Timeline, just like the professionals….


Over the years, the Wedding Day Timeline has become my secret weapon and has truly allowed me to serve with the excellence and passion I strive to bless the industry with.


Together, with DIY Brides and aspiring/ novice wedding planners, we walked through:

  • The Do’s and Dont’s of Creating a Professional Timeline

  • Tips and Tricks from the Pros

  • A Real Wedding Example + Demonstration

  • Q+A Time


For a limited time, you can view the webinar recording FREE of charge.


You can also download a copy of the powerpoint presentation to follow along and use for future referencing!

Download a Wedding Day Timeline Template to get started on your own!


Not sure if this webinar is right for you?

It’s ideal for brides who don’t have the luxury of a coordinator there on wedding day and new/aspiring/novice wedding planners looking to brush up on their wedding timeline creation skills.


 Want more on DIY Wedding Planning and the Business of Weddings?

Stay tuned for the launch of The Be My Own Wedding Planner Kit January 2015!



The Broken Road that Led me to What Mattered | Vancouver Wedding Planner

October 8

Many years ago God put a stirring in my heart; one that focused on helping couples prepare for so much than a wedding day, but for a marriage, even more beautiful than the wedding I was planning for them.

I wanted them to savour every moment of the experience celebrating the things and people that mattered most to them.

But I didn’t start there; my heart didn’t always sing this tune.

It wasn’t until my own wedding that I began to see my “work” as so much more than parties, organizing and making things pretty.

Isn’t that how God works most beautifully? Through our everyday experiences He reshapes, refines and grooms us to bring a message of light, hope and joy to the world, despite it many times being countercultural.

To allow me the opportunity to truly invest in my clients marriages, I slowly transitioned my business to predominately full service wedding planning. In the process, I was welcomed closer into my client’s lives and was intimately involved in their personal journey to the aisle.

More often then not, I became a trusted friend and the voice of reason when the road became rough and the planning got overwhelming….


A listening ear through family disputes, a reminder to focus on each other and not the show of it all, a helping hand when stress was all consuming, a wine buddy when they needed a break, shoulder to cry on when family became ill, even a way out in the wake of financial disaster.

I do not take such experiences lightly and it is a gift to be trusted into these moments alongside my clients, as not only their planner, but as their friend. It’s moulded by heart and shaped my passion more than anything else I’ve experienced in business.

Because the more we walk through life with others, the more precious and beautiful they become to us.

I now see hearts and not bookings. Marriages and not Parties. Friends and not profits.

And more than ever, I want every couple to experience true joy in planning their wedding and preparing for a lifetime of blessings as one!

It was an answer to prayer and divine appointment when I met Donna and Nouver of Wakefield Productions for the first time last Spring. We spent hours cozied down at a local coffee shop, where we mutually shaped our hearts and passion for so much more than weddings, but marriages and the couples we know we’ve been trusted to serve… and serve well.

Before leaving, they shared with me their desire to film my story and bring my message to life through video.

When I saw the final product, tears rolled down my cheeks.

So much more than a “promo video,” [which is why I hesitate to even call it that]

this mini- film is about sharing  the honest and sometimes messy parts of our stories,  so that other will be liberated to seek and find what matters most in life.

I don’t think I could have asked for more from this 3 minute film in sharing my own journey… to faith, to marriage  and my core in business.

Without further ado….



Wedding Speeches 101 | Giving the perfect Wedding Toast

August 20

You’d be surprised how many people break out in a sweat when they think of speaking in public. As much as weddings are exciting and fun, they’re no exception.

Many squirm at the idea of giving a wedding toast. Either that or they’re lost for where to start when it comes to giving a memorable wedding speech.

Today, I’m sharing my 5 tips for giving the perfect wedding toast …

For something a little different and fun [and at the request of a fellow colleague] I’m sharing todays post by video!

I’m toying with the idea of starting to video blog for ya’ll a bit more. But because it’s for you, I want to hear your thoughts. Yay or Nay? After watching todays video, let me know if you’d like to see more by sharing with me on my facebook page!

For now, without further ado….


Wedding Speeches 101

Got any other great tips? Leave them in the comments section below.


Priceless moments captured by top left to right and down | Daniela Cuiffa, Studio Jeanie, The Nickersons, Life Studios, Images by Bethany
KME live on CKNW News Radio

October 10

This past week, I was delighted to join Bill Good on CKNW news radio live, to discuss a recent survey by The Knot, that showed nearly half of all brides would be willing to go dutch on their engagement ring, in order to get a bigger rock! Would you?

Before long, we rolled right into the state of weddings today, such as average costs and lead times in booking desired vendors and the infamous topic of “entitlement”, that many people feel today’s engaged couples have and apply when planning the weddings of their dreams….


Many thanks to CKNW for having me, Bill Good and all those who chimed in to our discussion. It was a thrill and I look forward to future debates together!