A little bit of Erika by your side?

It’s a new year and for those who are new to my blog, welcome! Yes the title is corny, but you know what, it’s true. And my name is in a song so I’m going to use it every chance I get. In this first episode of Erika’s World (I’ve got to think of a better name. If you have suggestions…comment below!) I’m going to share a little bit about myself and what I have planned for 2019! It’s pretty exciting stuff.

I’m Erika. If you want the basic rundown you can always go to my “About” page. But let me see if  I can give you something that’s not written anywhere. I like to think of myself as the Cool Auntie or Fairy Godmother of weddings. (remember this because down the road this may come up again!) By nature, I like to joke around. I can be very sarcastic, sometimes without even trying. But when I work I throw my whole self into it. I typically tell it like it is, even if it’s a very unpopular opinion. I enjoy diversity. I don’t like repetitiveness. I love flowers and cake. I watch everything from Scandal (which was my favorite show until they ended it) to Rick and Morty. Yes, I have this strange obsession with Pickle Rick. I usually mention him on social media once a week. And out of nowhere, I will start saying lines from A Night At the Roxbury. EMILLLLIIIIIOOOOOOO. Might I also say, I collect hats, shoes, purses, and eggs. So don’t be surprised if these topics come up this year!

Me at my son’s wedding – playing the role of MOG!

I am an only child and I only have one child (who got married last year and I did NOT become the overpowering Mother In Law that wanted to do everything.) I’ve lived all over the place.  Born and raised in New Jersey (South Jersey), Lived in: San Antonio, TX; Ayer MA; Carovigno, Puglia, Italy; Louisville, KY; Longmont, CO.  I still travel down to Denver a lot to see my son and daughter-in-law (and my grandpuppies and kitty). We also go to Louisville quite a bit to see family.  I spent most of my summers in Minnesota and my son was born there. The only states I haven’t been to are Alaska, Hawaii, and California.

Oh the wedding industry

Welcome to the Wedding Industry! Wedding season pretty much ends in October. There are a few weddings in the winter but nothing like May through September! So during the downtime, all the wedding professionals (especially planners) go into full out plan mode! We review the past season to see what worked and what didn’t. We look at the trends of social media and other marketing to figure out where we need to put our focus. And then there is the question “How can I stand out THIS year from eveyone else?” The answer my friends is: I’m just going to be the best me I can be and give my clients the best I have.

The Plan for 2019

The Monkey Boards

Oh the MASTER PLAN! I’m trying to figure out the world of social media. I refer to social media as the “monkey boards.” Don’t ask me how that came up it just did. One can completely go crazy trying to keep up with all the different outlets, creating content that anyone will care about, finding amazing pictures, shooting video and being overall creative and amazing as hell. Well, I don’t know if you are going to get all that out of me this year. I’m focusing on rundown platforms and a blog. My number one priority is my website. Then I will make sure Facebook and Instagram are paid attention to on a daily bases. Then Pinterest. I’m not going to lie. I have not paid much attention to Pinterest other than looking at bride’s boards. But the other day I went in and cleaned everything up and organized it so i feel a little bit better about it.

Workshops

Plan Your Wedding: Tips From The Pros Workshop

The first Plan Your Wedding workshop is happening in February. I’m pretty excited about that.  The idea behind this is a planning series. I want to make sure that every couple gets the support they need in planning their wedding. Some people can not afford a wedding planner. This doesn’t mean they should not get some help! This is where these workshops come in.  The first one is “Tips from the Pros.” This will be a group of professionals in the various fields surrounding a wedding.  Planners, Stationery, DJ, Photographer, Catering, Bridal Attire, Hair and Makeup, and Florals. Each will give you tips and answer questions on how to book and what you need to know about these services.  The idea is to make sure that everyone leaving the workshop has a plan and can effectively start planning their wedding without being overwhelmed.

Not Just Weddings!

I know I push weddings a lot. And that’s because most of the people who come to me want weddings. Well this year that changes a bit. Don’t get me wrong. I’m still all about weddings, but I have other types of events going on. I’m trying to get a good balance of each. It’s pretty exciting and I enjoy changing it up. It keeps me on my toes!

Education

 The last thing on my MASTER PLAN for 2019 is education. Not that this is anything new, but I have a specific plan in place for this year. I am the type of person that loves to learn things. If I could be a professional student and stay in school forever I would totally do that. I like to learn about everything. I feel if I’m going to do something, I should keep up to date and know about all the aspects of what I’m doing. In this case events. Last year I got Alcohol Server Certified so I can actually help the bartenders if needed. I took a catering and server course so I can better understand the catering side of everything. This year I’m taking an actual bartending class along with floral design, and event design classes. You should never stop learning. And in this industry things change so much from year to year. This is why I go through a cycle of classes. I want to make sure that I’m keeping up on the changes and happenings in all my vendors worlds so I can better communicate and assist them in doing their job.

So here we go!

Destination DJ’s and PlumTree Events demonstrating the cha cha slide

There is a lot in my plan this year in addition to my regular events. But I’m always striving to grow and learn. This is how I make sure that my clients are getting the best service and support possible through their events!  A wise woman once told me: Always enjoy what you do. And that’s exactly what I’m doing!

Happy New Year!