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Idit Ginsberg replied to the discussion 'What's Your Elevator Pitch?'
"Hi there I know I am a bit late to this discussion but I only joined the group today :-) Would be amazing if someone could feedback on my elevator pitch, I have been reading everyone elses and tried to incorporate the suggestions into mine. Here it…"
Dec 14, 2012
Dina Eisenberg replied to the discussion 'What I Wish I knew about Pricing'
"Absolutely welcome. Lemme know how you make out with pricing"
Nov 16, 2011
georgeth replied to the discussion 'What I Wish I knew about Pricing'
"It's a very nice thinking information about the knew about the wedding pricing.These information have to be consider about plan a wedding.It will be helpful for your wedding.If you want more information about the wedding,you may use the wedding…"
Nov 16, 2011
Dannye D. Hester replied to the discussion 'What I Wish I knew about Pricing'
"Thanks for the link.  I'm just starting an invitation business and am feeling my way around pricing"
Oct 19, 2011
georgeth replied to the discussion 'What I Wish I knew about Pricing'
"It's a very nice and useful information to share. If any one needs help to plan a wedding,can use the wedding planner iPhone app and make use of it."
Oct 14, 2011
Mandy Harris replied to the discussion 'What I Wish I knew about Pricing'
"Yes I do have a business plan in the process. I have only completed one wedding- week of planning- in order to become certified. Glen, I do understand where you are coming from. I may have to adjust prices in six months to accomadate these things…"
May 12, 2010
Dina Eisenberg replied to the discussion 'What I Wish I knew about Pricing'
"Well, there you go- talking alternatives. Maybe you should republish that here. I know Christine would appreciate it."
May 11, 2010
Dina Eisenberg replied to the discussion 'What I Wish I knew about Pricing'
"No harm, no foul, eh. I think we agree. I'm only saying that the typical biz plan software or books often don't feature wedding business or other professions besides planners. And, it's really tough to get critical biz data like a…"
May 11, 2010
American Event Productions replied to the discussion 'What I Wish I knew about Pricing'
"Hi Dina! When businesses "give away the store" they lower the perceived value of ALL OUR SERVICES in the eyes of the bride and groom. This is a "hot" topic for me! I wrote a blog post on how to charge what you are worth recently.…"
May 11, 2010
Dina Eisenberg replied to the discussion 'What I Wish I knew about Pricing'
"You know Glen you make a good point about creating a biz plan, but I think that's the problem. Often I hear that advice without any clear directions on the step-by-step approach you need to determine selling price, break even, profitability.…"
May 11, 2010
Mandy Harris replied to the discussion 'What I Wish I knew about Pricing'
"I understand that asking local vendors to help me with pricing is potentially cutting their client pool, but with the location I am in, asking anyone outside of my area would not be "comparable" so to speak for me. so that is my…"
May 11, 2010
Lasso'd Moon replied to the discussion 'What I Wish I knew about Pricing'
"What exactly does your full service package entail if securing vendors is a separate charge? I would assumne that full planning is exactly that plus all of the other goodies that full planning entails (budgeting, setting up meetings, etc, etc). I…"
May 10, 2010
Mandy Harris replied to the discussion 'What I Wish I knew about Pricing'
"Dina I must agree with you. I have found alot of blogs/conversations on the "nebies" and undercutting prices, however I have asked a few planners if they would be willing to go over their prices and packages with me, and none of them will-…"
May 6, 2010
Dina Eisenberg replied to the discussion 'What I Wish I knew about Pricing'
"Thanks for answering. You know, you make me thing there's a role that experienced wedding folks can play in schooling 'newbies' so that they can charge comparable rates. It strikes me as such a paradox that veterans don't want…"
May 4, 2010
So Many Moments replied to the discussion 'What I Wish I knew about Pricing'
"Even when people are starting out, flooding the industry with free/cheap work is not helping ANYONE. As a photographer, I see people on craigslist constantly offering to shoot weddings for peanuts to "enhance their portfolios". But, what…"
May 4, 2010
Ebony Sparkes replied to the discussion 'What I Wish I knew about Pricing'
"I think that because I was such a DIY bride (because I have the skill, knowledge, and resources) for my own wedding, that I sometimes feel guilty about my price point. However, after doing my research I definitely feel that I'm right where I…"
May 3, 2010

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Perfect Wedding Planning Software that's Not for Planners

Wacky title, I know. But that’s what kept going through my head as I was watching the demo for Coaches Console, an online dashboard. Well, it actually seems better than that. I’d call it an online ‘wife’. You know, someone who looks out that you get things done and done on time! (no offense, guys, but you know what I mean)

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Every blade of grass has its own angel that bends over and whispers ‘grow, grow’ ~The Talmud

Nope, this isn’t Monday Musing on the wrong day. This quote rests on my frig door, reminding me everyday what I want and what I want to be to others in this world. It’s precious to me because one of my coaching clients sent it to me as an unexpected gift. We clicked and over time I helped her grow more confident as a businessperson and fall back in love with her business. Gosh, we laughed a… Continue

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Glancing over the lush green field to see the sunset was amazingly beautiful. That was my very first impression of Gore Place, an ornate Federalist style mansion plunked down on 4o rolling acres. Really. I was stunned that such a fantasy wedding site was literally right off Route 20 in Waltham. I knew the first Bridal Tweet Meet up was off to a roaring good start!

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Wedding Vendor Contracts- Necessary or Not?

Is there anything more personal than wedding planning? As wedding professionals we help mold the bride's dreams into one extraordinary day. It's not an arms-length process. We get real close. Which is why inserting a something as off-putting as a legal contract might seem unnecessary or unpleasant to some folks. Several discussions on different wedding forums are about the need for a contract. I thought we could take a look at it together. Are contracts necessary?

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Posted on October 29, 2009 at 11:18am

Giving Feedback that Works Without Feeling Guilty

One of the toughest things to do is tell someone their work is not up to par. Whether you’re a bride talking to her wedding team, or a wedding professional who is working with colleagues, you’ll want to have a basic strategy for getting your thoughts and desires across to someone who isn’t meeting the mark.

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At 4:49pm on February 15, 2010, Heidi Thompson said…
Yes, I think google is the most-used. Thanks for the advice. I had been looking at both of those marketing systems but I really don't have the extra capital to sink into them at the moment. Maybe after a few clients I'll get one of them. Is there one that you prefer over the other? What is the edge that those marketing programs have that can't be found elsewhere?

At 2:37pm on February 15, 2010, Heidi Thompson said…
Hi Dina,

I must say that I love your website there is so much good info on it! I'm new to this market and my business is new here (I always worked for someone in the US) but I have noticed a few differences. Dresses here are ridiculously expensive for one. If I can recommend one thing to brides its to find your dress, then order it online and just have it altered here. Weddings don't seem to be as big of an ordeal and I don't think rehearsals are common, but I'm sure there is someone out there who will prove me wrong. That being said, there are tons of wedding vendors so the market is there and I suppose it really varies whether you're dealing with a small-town couple or a posh London couple. My business is near Cambridge so there is a mix of small villages and then the city of Cambridge. But, like I said I'm a newbie so we shall see. The national average for wedding budgets here is comparable to the US but I think things are more expensive. Any good marketing tips for newbies? I'm registered for 3 wedding fairs starting this Sunday which I think is a good start. I'm very much open to ideas though :)

At 8:15pm on January 13, 2010, My Lovely Paperie said…
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At 12:23pm on January 4, 2010, Photography by Kat - Kathryn said…
Hey Dina! Thanks for the add! I'm not a wedding planner in Canada but a wedding photographer. I've been following your Positively Wed blog ever since you started it up and just randomly happened upon you on here!

Your blog is fantastic! It's a great treasure trove of resources even for someone not involved in the planning side of weddings...although to my brides who don't hire wedding planners, I definitely become their substitute planner. All the best with your new business endeavours this year!!
At 5:13pm on November 18, 2009, Joyce Mnkande said…
You are welcome Dina - this is why we network - Joyce
At 12:36pm on October 27, 2009, Christine Dyer said…
Thank you SO much for the bday gift :) That was so sweet of you. How did yesterday go?!
At 6:16am on October 27, 2009, Gifts and Events-Gloria Dawkins said…
Congratulations Dina on being featured and congrats on your wedding!! Wow! When was it?
At 8:25pm on October 26, 2009, Christine Dyer said…
Congrats! I have just given you a Featured Membership status because you have invited so many people to BridalTweet. Thank you! You now appear at the top of our homepage! Thanks! - Christine Dyer
At 10:13am on October 23, 2009, The Wedding Salon said…
Thank you so much!!!!
At 2:45pm on October 21, 2009, Carol Premack said…
Hi Dina,
It was great meeting you on Monday. Looking forward to more talk at the Bridal Tweet meet next Monday.


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