What Brides think about Wedding Professionals

What Brides Think About Wedding Professionals

 

Secret results of the  Brides Panel!

On June 10, 2014 We(Bridesclub) met with brides seeking insight from the perspective of the bride.  We discussed relationship with vendors, expectations, sales approaches, preferences of wedding planning, priorities and much more. They let us know how we size up regarding our behavior and our marketing, here are those results:

  • Vendors scored a 6.5 out of 10 on keeping their promises
  • Brides related several stories on how they’ve had to fire wedding professionals for saying one thing and doing another
  • Brides do not want to fill out vendor registration forms online, they find it a nuisance to have to fill out 30 of them and they are unsure of where their personal info goes
  • Brides are frustrated that local wedding professionals promise to be current, but it isn’t reflected on their website. Website must be up to date and it must be mobile
  • All brides stated that they have planned most of their wedding off of a mobile device
  • Brides reported several fantastic stories of wedding professionals going above and beyond making them to feel comfortable while helping them to find other services they need. That added value does not go unrecognized.
  • The amount of time it takes for wedding professionals to get back to them is unsatisfactory. They report that they expect to hear back within 48 hours, however many report not hearing anything for 3 or 4 days and some even take up to 2 weeks to get a quote.
  • Hair and make-up seems to be most frustrating service. There are not enough of them and the ones available seem to be poor communicators
  • Vendors are not keeping their social media up to date and brides are not finding the information that they want to find.
  • Quality and customer service were top priority to the brides when seeking a wedding professional, price was not.
  • Current top 3 priorities, in order of importance, are: Facility, food, and honeymoon
  • Honeymoon destinations included Europe, Greece, London, Hawaii
  • Most brides were planning unplugged weddings and even expected their guest to remain unplugged even into the reception.

 

We will be hosting another brides panel in Tacoma and in Honolulu shortly stay tuned for more information!

Don’t forget about our upcoming shows!

Hawaii July Bridal Expo
July 25-27,2014
http://bridesclub.com/Hawaii-Bridal-Expo-July.php

Tacoma Fall Wedding Expo
Sept. 13-14,2014

http://bridesclub.com/Tacoma-Fall-Wedding-Expo.php

Everett Fall Wedding Expo
Sept. 20-21, 2014

http://bridesclub.com/Lynnwood-Everett-Fall-Wedding-Expo.php

Bellevue Wedding Expo
Oct. 4-5, 2014

http://bridesclub.com/Bellevue-Wedding-Expo.php

Tips on How to look for your Dream Wedding Dress!

Helpful tips to use when looking for your Dream Wedding Dress.

The Wedding Circle Wedding Dress Tips!

Set up an album and narrow down to six (6) of your most favorite styles. Be sure to show these to the bridal consultant who helps you at the bridal salon that you visit.

TIP #1:
The first and most important thing is to BE OPEN MINDED. With so much ruching and draping on the wedding dresses, most gowns do not hang well on the hangers. So, you need to try them on. Your bridal consultant will be making suggestions on silhouettes that will look good on your figure type so, BE OPEN MINDED and try them on. Some brides do not want to deviate from their “Dream” wedding dress photos. When they try on dresses that are like their photos, they are not happy with it. This often happens because depending on your body type, the styles in your photos may be the wrong silhouette for your body type. Frustration will set in if you are not willing to try other silhouettes. Your bridal consultant can help you with this. Call us at 808-592-8888 for an appointment and I will be happy to work with you to find your “Dream” wedding dress!

 

TIP #2:
Setting a budget for your wedding dress is important. You do not want to fall in love with a wedding dress that is far beyond what you can afford. It just makes sense to set an amount for the wedding dress and for alterations.

If you have a budget of $500, minus the alterations which could be between $80 to $250 (ballgowns and laces may run up to $350), then you would be looking for a wedding dress that costs $250 to $420 depending on the alterations. Most clearance wedding dresses are between $199 to $599. Most informal wedding gowns with no trains are under $500. When you go to a bridal shop and work with a bridal consultant, be sure to let her know what your budget is. This will help her pick the right type of wedding dresses for you which fits into your budget.

As a rule of thumb, the more details and beadwork on a wedding dress, the higher the price. Swarovski crystals will also raise the price of a wedding dress. The simpler the wedding dress, the less expensive it is. Please email or call me with any questions or concerns. Have FUN planning your wedding…till next time. 808-592-8888 or info@hawaiiprincessbrides.com

” Be An Open Minded Bride! ”

by Princess Brides

Hi Brides! Have you surfed the internet and found photos of your “Dream” wedding dress? Set up an album and narrow down to six (6) of your most favorite styles. Be sure to show these to the bridal consultant who helps you at the bridal salon that you visit. The first and most important thing is to BE OPEN MINDED. With so much ruching and draping on the wedding dresses, most gowns do not hang well on the hangers. So, you need to try them on. Your bridal consultant will be making suggestions on silhouettes that will look good on your figure type so, BE OPEN MINDED and try them on. Some brides do not want to deviate from their “Dream” wedding dress photos. When they try on dresses that are like their photos, they are not happy with it. This often happens because depending on your body type, the styles in your photos may be the wrong silhouette for you.

” JAZZ UP YOUR WEDDING DAY – MAKE IT FUN “

by Jazz Unlimited Band

Hi this is Duane Wright, Leader of the Jazz Unlimited Band Friends of mine, Nicole and Jason, are getting married this summer, and asked me to meet with them and discuss music for their wedding. Jason asked, “After performing for so many weddings Duane, what do you consider the most important thing that we should consider for our wedding” My Answer – FUN – FUN – FUN.

It doesn’t matter where your wedding will takes place, Fun must be built into your wedding. Your honored guest may not remember the beautiful flowers, napkins or what you served for food, but they will remember the music and entertainment, a particular song, a smile and laughter of everyone having a wonderful time.

A Fun time, a special dance, special hugs and laughter, created by the Jazz Unlimited Band. It does not matter where your wedding will take place, in a beautiful Cathedral or on Mt. Rainer; your wedding can be elegant, beautiful and Fun, especially when you build Fun through music.

For your wedding ceremony, select the type of instrumentation that best matches your music choices, the right instruments that will make your wedding elegant, beautiful and fun.

For the wedding ceremony, Nicole chose piano, classic guitar, saxophone and clarinet with vocals. She wanted Fun classic music for the Prelude, (30 minutes), then classical music for the ceremony, and Fun – up-beat music for the recessional, because she wants people dancing in the isles to the music, (smiling and having fun) as they leave the wedding ceremony. She wants her loved ones and guests to remember the beautiful experience and special music during this fantastic wedding day ceremony.

For the cocktail hour, Jason wanted our popular HOT JAZZ TRIO, but since there will be over a hundred guests present, he decided to have our Jazz Quartet for a bigger sound. Jason likes up- beat music and wants the band to play requests from the audience and offer special entertainment for the audience. This will make everything Fun for friends and relatives. He wants everyone to remember the cocktail hour as FUN – FUN – FUN.

For the reception, after the special dances, our Grand Entrance Ceremony, our Toast Ceremony and cutting the cake, it’s time to dance the night away and have Fun. Our band will read the audience, play music that will touch their hearts and souls, with such an energy that it will excite and thrill the audience, creating an atmosphere of fun that will be remembered years to come.

Looking back at Nicole and Jason’s wedding, guests will say that it was the most fun, most memorable wedding they ever attended. I can’t wait for our band to perform for Nicole and Jason’s wedding. As a band, we love what we do, and we will are dedicated to making their wedding and every wedding Fun. A “Live Performance” by the Jazz Unlimited Band is Fun. Recordings can’t match the real experience. The sights and sounds of our great band at work on stage make all other options pale in comparison. Your guests will go home remembering and singing a special song they heard us perform Live. So much Fun for everyone and what beautiful memories.

The difference in our band and other bands is that we become personally involved in our weddings, making each wedding fun, and becoming friends with our Brides and Groom, a friendship that often lasts for many years. It is indeed an honor to perform for so many weddings and we love it. We love to create fun for you and your guests, because we love for all of us to have fun. Duane M Wright, Leader Jazz Unlimited Band (206) 930-9998(206) 930-9998 Duane.janw@frontier.com

” Premarital Workshop “

by COLLABORATIVE FAMILY COUNSELING

Next year I am starting a premarital workshop with a group of couples. I was hoping to get opinions from brides if they would attend. I think the group dynamic is a fun, energizing way of doing premarital counseling. The workshop would hit upon all the critical areas of premarital counseling in a day event. Send me a message on Facebook if you would be interested in this format as opposed to the five session intimate couples format. www.facebook.com/pages/Collaborative-Family-Counseling Call or email for more information on how you can build a strong foundation for your marriage. ecabibimft@gmail.com 808-685-2425808-685-2425

” Holidays and Traditions “

by COLLABORATIVE FAMILY COUNSELING

Halloween, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve. The last three months of the year are filled with holidays and traditional celebrations. This is a great time to be inquisitive with your significant other. What holiday traditions are important to them? How do they wish to celebrate as a couple? With family? With future children? Whose family will you celebrate holidays? How will you choose? Celebrations and traditions are important in a relationship, whether they are ones passed down through generations or ones you establish together. Curious? Give me a call or drop me an email to set up a free 30 minute consultation for premarital counseling. It is five sessions tailored around your specific relationships growth areas and strengths. Learn about each other, explore your relationship, and build a strong foundation for your marriage. Isn’t your future worth it?

” 100+ Questions “

by COLLABORATIVE FAMILY COUNSELING

I have been getting emails about which book on what questions you should ask before you get hitched, is the best. I say buy them all! There is no one book that can be inclusive enough AND no one book that can fully prepare you for the new life you and your significant other are about to have together. But asking questions is a great way to start. Some of the most important? 1. Do you want children and how many? 2. How are we going to handle our money? 3. What does being married mean to you? 4. Do you practice a religion and if yes, what is it and do you want to raise our children with this religion? 5. What do you see as my role/responsibility in our marriage? These are just a few of the important questions. Curious? Give me a call or drop me an email to set up a free 30 minute consultation for premarital counseling. It is five sessions tailored around your specific relationships growth areas and strengths. Learn about each other, explore your relationship, and build a strong foundation for your marriage. Isn’t your future worth it?

My wedding is in the Spring… My dress is Ivory and …

My wedding is in the Spring… My dress is Ivory and I was going to have red rose balls for centerpieces with the silver diamond mesh around the vases. I really wanted to incorporate a champagne/gold color because thesashes on the chairs will be champagne.

Do you think it will clash with the silver mesh that is around the vases and what color do you think mybridesmaid dresses should be (I would like a more neutral tone)> So confused…Thanks.