Today, I want to spotlight Keren from Blushing Water Studio. She is a lettering artist based in Southern California and her work is AMAZING!! She creates bespoke calligraphy for wedding signage, special events, envelope addressing, home decor as well as commissioned pieces. I met Keren at our local Tuesday’s Together networking meet up and I was drawn to her. When you meet someone like Keren, she makes you feel like you’ve known each other forever. Her grace and elegance exude through all of her work.
Hey love! I hope you enjoyed reading the first two sections. If you haven't read them yet...ahem..I know who you are ...lol ...okay just kidding. You can find them here. We're at the end of the series and I have something really exciting at the end that you don't want to miss. Wahooo, you're engaged, have a vision for your wedding, have a budget in mind and now it's time to pop the question to ask your closest friends and family to be in your bridal party! This is such a fun and exciting thing to do and you can be as creative as you'd like. Here are a few of my favorite ways:
How Honeybook Scaled my Company!!!
Hey friends! Today I want to share with you how I was able to book more clients and spend more time with the ones I love! Before using this tool, I was writing the same emails over, spending too much time on admin duties, and was not confident in my workflows. I was stressed out about hitting my financial goals and creating endless spreadsheets to stay organized. The whole reason why I started my own company was to be at home more with my family and that was not happening. I knew I needed to make a change in my company and that is when I started to research different Client Relationship Management Systems (CRM’s). I know there a ton of CRM’s floating around the internet, but the one that has been a complete game changer is Honeybook!!!
Honeybook saved my life! There are so many tools that I use within Honeybook and it makes my life so much easier. I can go to sleep at night knowing that my business is complete with the vast applications and integrations that Honeybook offers. Today, I want to share my top 3 tools that Honeybook offers!! Let’s jump in!
Tool #1: Contact Form
G A M E C H A N G E R!!!!! Okay, so within Honeybook, you can create a custom contact form and it will sync (using code) to your website! Any changes you make on the contact form in Honeybook will be automatically updated on your website! Once, someone inquires via your contact page, it automatically adds the prospective client to your pipeline in Honeybook (The area where all of your inquires + clients are stored). There’s also a section where you can input where the lead came from so you can track them!!! How cool is that!! Below is a screenshot of how I use the contact form!!
Tool #2: Workflows
This is the second game changer for me! So you can have as many workflows as you’d like. My favorite way to use the workflow section is to create a default email to be sent to each client after they inquire via my contact page on my website. The sooner you respond to a lead, the more likely they are to book, which makes this workflow the most important to me!! Now, I know what you’re going to say...each email should be personalized with a name...and guess what my template is set up to add each potential client’s name on the email!!!!! Whhaaaat!? I know, crazy cool! I was literally doing the exact same thing manually until I discovered there was a more efficient way. I also have set up workflows for my onboarding which is a 5 series email that is sent out each day for 5 days and a post client email series and so many more!!! Love love love the workflows tool!!! Below is a screenshot of how I use workflows in Honeybook!
Tool # 3: Online Contract and Payment Options
This feature is also huge for my company! No more paper contracts and scan and email or lost checks in the mail!!! Everything is online and secured!!! My clients feel comfortable using the site, which makes it so much better! Once I am ready to send out a contract, I can have it ready in 10 minutes!! Also, it gives my clients an option to set up auto-pay, which is HUGE and about 50% of my clients utilize that feature!!! I love it because they trust the system and it allows me to get paid without having to bother them. Even if my client’s did not utilize the auto-pay feature, Honeybook send gentle reminders to my clients when a payment is due. It’s like having your very own personal assistant!!! Love it!!!
Omg, there’s so much to share about Honeybook, but I hope this gives you a little insight about the CRM!! Also...I wanted to share a special offer with you!!!
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Stay tuned for more about why I love honeybook!!
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As always, I would like to leave you with a quote:
"Never stop learning because life never stops teaching" - Author Unknown
XOXO, Chante Gulley, Owner + Lead Planner of Forever Taeken Wedding & Events
Note: We are not sponsored to write this post. However we are a part of Honeybook’s affiliate and education program and do receive a small commission when you sign up for the service. All of the views expressed in this article are solely ours and reflect how we truly feel about this product.
Hey loves! By now, you have enjoyed the engagement season and figured out your style/vibe of your wedding and you are ready to tackle the budget. Okay, take a deep breath with me.... Inhale....and Exhale...we're going to get through this together. By the end of this post you will feel much better, I promise! :) Many people go about wedding budgets differently, but the tips I'm giving you today will set you up for success.
Oh HEY friends!!! Congrats again to all of the lovely couples who got engaged over the Holidays. I'm celebrating over here with you in spirit :) Okay, so now that you have taken my advice from the first series (If you didn't read it, no worries, you can find it here) , it's time to create your wedding vision. Some people call it your theme ( I really try not to use that word because it limits your creativity to one category) or vibe (love this word!). Your vision is the overall feel of your wedding, which is the foundation of your wedding. All of the other decisions made will be based on your wedding vision, which is why it is so important to start here.
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! ! ! ! What an exciting time in your life! By now, your friends and family are asking you about the date, color palettes and discussing venue options with you. You go to work the next day and the questions continue. Allow me to be the first to tell you that you are your fiancé will be the center of attention until you get married. With all of the excitement, gifts, and love from your friends and family, it is easy to lose sight of the meaning of marriage.
Hey, friends!! So today I want to share with you a beautiful wedding I had the privilege to coordinate at the Speakeasy on State in Redlands! By the way, if you have not been to this venue in Redlands, you HAVE to check it out! (Pst...tell them I sent you!) It’s gorgeous inside and out and the owners, Dawn and Ariell are so delightful. Their level of service and professionalism is off the charts!
So many of us have friends that are just starting out in the wedding industry and it's so easy to assume they will work your wedding for free. Guess what? They are your friends first and secondly, they are guests at your wedding.
If I had to describe Heather’s and Wolfie’s wedding day in 1 word, it would be fun! They had the time of their lives to say the least. To start, Heather surprised everyone by singing during the ceremony and she also cut her hair in between the ceremony and the reception!
In this article, I am spilling the beans about wedding planners. I am unveiling the secrets know to weddin planners to give you an inside scoop! Grab your kettle corn popcorn and keep reading!
Today I want to share with you all of the things I do as a wedding planner. I get asked this question all of the time and I am so excited to share with you all that goes into wedding planning. Okay, so it takes a couple hundred hours to plan a wedding from start to finish. With each wedding being unique, the hours can vary drastically. The average time to plan a wedding is one year, but we are starting to see a trend where people are getting married in 6 months or less. No matter how long your engagement is, the time investment will be the same.
Being mindful is simply living in the present moment and experiencing life using all of your senses. Today on the blog, we discuss 3 bite sized tips on how to be a mindful bride. Grab your green tea boba and start reading on how to become a mindful bride.
Mindfulness is a term that you may not here often but it is so important for the mind, body and soul. Today we are going to deep dive into the term mindfulness, look at what it means, discuss the benefits, and share ways that I incorporate mindfulness into my daily life.
This month marks year one for Forever Taeken Weddings + Events and I am more than excited to share with you things I've learned along the way, things that I overcame, and where my business is going in the future. I met so many inspiring people & learned a lot about myself as well.
What a beautiful season we have this spring! With all of the super blooms everywhere and the sun shining ever so bright, let's get out of the house and enjoy the beauty. It's pretty amazing when I am driving to church, I can see the California poppies and I just want to pull over and enjoy them :) With all of the rain we had, it's so fun to reap the benefits with beautiful blooms!
Vendor Spotlight! Today on the blog we are highlighting Taste of Jay's, which is a reception style tasting at their exclusive venue, The Estate on Second!
Hey friends! This was one of my favorite engagement photo shoots for so many reasons. First, I have been friends with the Jessica and Aaron since college, we were in Alpha Delta Chi together and were college roommates! Also, my husband is their wedding photographer! It was so much fun working with my husband, he actually asked me to be his styling assistant. J + A wanted a sunrise photo shoot, so we drove up the night before and stayed in this awesome AirBNB. It was funky and eclectic with a modern twist.
Today, I will be breaking down the different terms that are used when describing a wedding planner. You may be surprised to see which terms are myths and which one's are factual. Grab your pumpkin spice latte and let's get started!
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I must say, I was a bit nervous doing my first styled shoot. I mustered up enough courage to post that I was interested in doing a styled shoot in one of our local wedding vendor groups and boom, a few photographers reached out to me. I was floored. I thought to myself...okay, this is actually going to happen.
I had the honor of managing my sweet friends wedding this summer at McCoy Equestrian Center! I met the groom in college (Fight On!) and when I met his fiancee, she was an absolute sweet heart. I knew they were perfect for each other. They both have a passion for teaching and sports, (especially baseball). Kara and Michael's love was felt by everyone on their wedding day.