December 31, 2008

Ringing in the New Year!

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Its come time to ponder: is it the end of the year, or the fresh beginning of a new one???

I’d like to think it’s both. A time where we can reflect on the last year, see how we’ve grown and changed, laugh again at the funny moments and anticipate the coming year.

And so with reflectingit’s been a fabulous year. Not only did About a Bride “travel” from the States and launch in the Niagara region, but now it’s grown up into an official federal Canadian corporation! And since it’s Canadian “integration”, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a ton of wonderful, aspiring AND inspiring people – both fellow industry professionals and clients. Ah, yes, my 2008 clients. What a beautiful bunch of people! Thank you so much for sharing your special moments with me!

And now the anticipation part!

  • About a Bride will continue it’s Fabulous Fashion Fridays, highlighting spectacular wedding dresses. Also, this column will extend to Bridesmaids dresses as well. After all, those are your girls; they’ve gotta look good too!
  • Other exciting news is that About a Bride will launch a monthly newsletter with articles from local vendors, planning info and special features like “Inside Your Wedding” column and gallery. What’s extremely cool about this newsletter — especially if you are a bride – is that you can have a featured picture/article in the newsletter telling about your upcoming wedding and the chance to win a small but very special gift from About a Bride. *Brides, please email me at ellen@aboutabride.ca to enter*

Oh and did I mention that this newsletter is just in its baby steps to becoming the About a Bride Magazine?

Yes, it will be a fantastic year!

I am also looking forward to my upcoming events — these listed are just the first third of the year! Among the events About a Bride is hosting and coordinating:

  • the “Tulle Party” – networking party for wedding/event professionals;
  • the “OnBoard!” – Basketball Tournament & Fundraiser;
  • the “Only Way to Love” – Valentine’s party for a local church;
  • the “Safety in the Sandbox” – Safety Awareness Festival & Picnic for a local Niagara community;
  • the “Night at the Opera Ball” – a Masquerade Ball & Fundraiser

Could there be more? Yes! About a Bride is also launching a contest for 2009 brides and grooms come mid-February. The lucky winning couple pretty much gets a free wedding! And actually, everyone who participates is a winner — for just by entering the contest, you get “gift certificates” from the vendors in the different categories! How’s that for planning?!

About a Bride Weddings & Events, Inc., wishes you a wonderful and safe holiday and hopes everyone has a fantastic new year filled with joy, peace and wonderful memories!

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December 29, 2008

We’re officially incorporated….

Posted in About a Bride info/news tagged , , , , , , , at 9:32 pm by aboutabride

and now we are called About a Bride Weddings and Events, Incorporated.

What a great Christmas gift to our business! 🙂

The benefit to knowing that About a Bride is a corporation — you, my client know that I am serious about my business and mission statement:

About a Bride Weddings and Events aims to fully understand and integrate the client’s vision and enhance the planning and organization of the event by the use of in-house products, creative staff and complete 100% dedicated service.

Here’s to cracking open the “virtual” champagne bottle….!

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December 27, 2008

Coming Event: Networking Party in 2009

Posted in About a Bride info/news, events, Misc tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 4:59 pm by aboutabride

To all wedding and event planners:

About a Bride Wedding and Events will be hosting a networking party in March 2009. The actual date is still being determined but I wanted to give you a heads up.

Ever flushed out hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars to participate in a tradeshow/expo?

Ever tried your hand at “entering” the conversation circle at a cocktail party?

Ever gave your card and avoided the “akwardness” at a Business Card Exchange?

Here is an event opportunity that definitely will be more interactive and effective than a tradeshow and definitely more fun than a Business Card Exchange…its the Tulle Party where networking-meets-cocktail party with a lot of entertainment, games, wine and food thrown into the mix.

There are plenty of advertising opportunities for you to get involved in and get you and your business name out there: you can purchase ad space in the Event Sponsorbook, do a vendor display booth or advertise on the About a Bride Weddings and Events website. One awesome part is that your admission ticket guarantees a visual display of your business at the event.

Or, if you want to really advertise your business, skills and talent, you can become a sponsor of the event. What this means is that you take what you are good at and incorporate it into the “operations” of the event. What I am looking for are vendors. For example, a caterer might want to contribute hors d’oeuvres for the event; a decorator might want to design the tables; a winery may want to contribute the wine for the evening. Your sponsorship would be in lieu of the admission and you have a guaranteed ad in the Event Sponsorbook.

There is so much more to this event: games to really get to know other wedding and event professionals, awesome prizes, terrific food and wine etc etc.

This is definitely a first in the Niagara region and an extreme advertising boost for your business. So, if one of your business plan goals was to either a) really market your business or, b) find more cost-effective alternative advertising/marketing avenues…..this event is for you.

Feel free to contact me via email or phone for more details.
ellen@aboutabride.ca
289.668.7933

Looking forward to the New Year and meeting you!

…we’re back….. and in a BIG way

Posted in About a Bride info/news, Misc tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 4:44 pm by aboutabride

Hello wedding world!

Wow, it’s been a while….I haven’t posted since the end of October! Some of you may know that not only is About a Bride Weddings and Events being “birthed” here in the Niagara region…but yours truly is gonna be birthing in April. That’s right, this event planner has a big event to plan — the birth of their first baby, a little boy. My husband and I are very excited for this new experience in our lives!

And here is proof that I am definitely a planner, at heart:

1. We are due in April — right before the big wedding season happens, esp those beautiful outdoor June weddings I am looking forward to! This gives me time to try and understand our child’s schedule and still be able to do the weddings a couple of months later.

2. All of my nauseousness/morning sickness, adversity to food happened during this past summer…which allows me to have completely taken advantage of all the holiday eating for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I get to use the “I’m eating for two” phrase and take that extra slice of cheesecake!

3. I completely get out of shoveling duties. Yes.

So as our little boy kicks his “hello” to all of blogworld, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope all excitement, joy and peace comes to you and your family in the coming year and I look so forward to working alongside all my 2009 brides — it will be awonderful time!

Blessings to all…