Career Update & Wedding Venue Pro Tips ✨

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Good morning, afternoon, & evening detailers!
I’m just getting settled in at home after a very productive day, & thought to update you all on what’s going on!
It’s the holiday season, so life at Macy’s is at it’s most hectic. I’ve been there for about half a year now, running the show on all things Wedding & Gift Registry for the entire state of Indiana, & I’m absolutely loving my job. For the most part, my direct overseer has little to no contact, so I don’t have someone over my head every day telling me what to do; I very much get to be my own boss, & the discount isn’t half bad either! We have a huge event coming up for my department called a Sip & Scan, which is an in-store event inviting all newly-engaged & married couples alike to create, update & manage their wedding & gift registries, all the while enjoying food, music, entertainment, & even some prize giveaways for some lucky couples! My social media for WGR is #1 in the company, & we have gotten the attention of two huge bridal conventions in the area! To sum it all up, my coworkers are great (for the most part), & my manager is very supportive & always has my back. Macy’s does a really great job of taking care of me, & for that I’m very appreciative.
I also booked a wedding client a little over week ago, & we went & saw our first potential venue today- very exciting things!!! Although I will say the venue we went & saw was a lot more disappointing than either myself or my bride were anticipating. We both walked into this grand, covered entrance into the lobby that is adorned with ornate, Christmas decor. We met with my contact who proceeded to give us a tour of the entire venue, dazzling us with the stunning, 360-degree views of rolling green hills lightly dusted with snow, a gazebo overlooking a pond with two swans floating in the center, & large ballrooms with windows for walls, feasted on what Mother Nature was displaying for all to admire. All very picturesque as my bride & I envision the idea of her big day taking place here. The views, unfortunately, did not make up for all of the hidden fees that just kept getting tacked on, ultimately making the decision for us that this venue was a no-go. My job allows me to know exactly what questions to ask venue contacts, but I want you, my followers & everyone out there that’s planning an event to be educated & not get swindled into paying more than what you should be & were expecting to. Obviously you should know if they have your ideal date available, but there are some tough questions your venue doesn’t want you asking so that you’re a little less knowledgable when you’re signing contracts. Here are a few questions you can ask your potential venues-to-be so you know what you’re getting into before you put ink to paper:
  1. Do you allow outside vendors such as caterers, bakers, designers, etc.? Asking this question gets down to the bottom line of what kind of restrictions the venue has on what you can bring to the table, literally. Sometimes the venue will allow you to surpass using their in-house catering, but follow-up with asking if there are any fees tied to using outside vendors (i.e. corkage fee for outside alcohol, cake-cutting fee for using an outside baker, etc.).
  2. Are there any noise restrictions on your venue/do you have a sound variance/curfew in effect? Some venues have restrictions on the time frame that loud music can be played, which may put a damper on how long you & your guests can keep the party going for. With sound variances or noise curfews in effect, dancing the night away immediately gets thrown out the window; so if you have your heart set on a late-night shindig, it’s best to keep searching.
  3. What is included in the cost? This question does two things: lists everything that is covered in the overarching cost (usually includes: in-house catering per person, tables & chairs, linens, etc.), & it inadvertently lists everything that’s not included. You can follow-up with asking point-blank if specific things you care about incorporating are included in the cost as well, or ask your point-of-contact what is excluded.
  4. Do you have any restrictions on decor? There is always someone out there that ruins it for everyone. Because of poorly-placed candles or some overeager bride that went a little trigger-happy with the confetti guns, a few venues nowadays can have strict limitations in place as to what your wedding decor can & cannot contain. The venue we looked at today, for example, allowed candles but they must be placed in a glass container at least an inch below the opening, & definitely no confetti, glitter, or silly string is allowed.
  5. What is the backup plan for inclement weather, should it arise? Having an outdoor wedding a la open air makes for great photo ops, but I think I can speak on behalf of all wedding & event planners out there when I say that Murphy’s Law is real, & if you don’t want it to rain/snow/sleet/hail/blow a windstorm on your big day but you still want to risk an outdoor event without the proper measurements taken, anything that can go wrong, will come pouring down on you on that day. It’s best to be prepared & figure out what your venue’s backup plan, & find out if that includes an additional fee to switch to the indoor space.
If you’re just beginning the search on your ideal location, or still stuck deciding between a few different places, compare apples to apples (what’s included versus excluded, overall cost including rental fees, etc.) in a list, ask those tougher questions that venues are hesitant to answer, & once you’ve made your decision, the rest of the pieces of your event will fall into place more easily. ✨
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Pro Tip ✨ Bridal Shower Gifts & Wedding Registry Tips

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Good morning (or afternoon | evening) detailers!
I’m having a slow start to my day, & a very much-needed one at that! So I’m taking my time to enjoy my coffee this morning, & I wanted to share a few #protips for you guys regarding bridal shower gifts & registries! 
My husband’s youngest cousin is finally getting married to her long-time boyfriend, & I got to help her set up her registry through Macy’s- which made it even easier picking out her bridal shower gift, not going to lie! As a wedding registry consultant, I know how daunting a task it can be trying to select the perfect gift, & even more daunting when your idea of the perfect gift isn’t listed on their registry! I have a few tips for shopping off of registries:
  • Before heading into the store, research their registries online & have a plan for what you’d like to get them. I like to use The Knot‘s registry couple search engine, which pulls up every single active registry & which stores to shop at! Also, have a contingency plan for if your plan A doesn’t pan out or isn’t available. 
  • If shopping in-store, have access to their registry on-hand by having the registry list printed out or accesible on your phone. If you’re lucky enough to have to shop for your gift at Macy’s (no bias intended!), partner with your local Wedding Advisor who will be able to guide your shopping experience & help you find exactly what you’re looking for. 
  • If you’re planning on shipping the gift, make sure you have the address where the couple wants gifts shipped to handy, & keep in mind that address may not always be theirs! In my experience, I’ve found a lot of couples prefer to use their parents’ address for shipping wedding gifts, especially when they live in an apartment &/or have moving plans in the near future!
  • Remember, as much as you think they’d love that crystal vase they should have added to their registry, it’s best to stay in the safe zone & buy the couple something they actually want. That’s the whole point of having a registry, anyways- it’s a surefire guarantee you’re going to get EXACTLY what you want. As tempting as it is to stray, be a good & gracious guest & stick to the registry!
That being said, I know that buying housewares isn’t the most glamorous of gifts to purchase, but you can still totally get creative, even with ladles & oven mitts! I put together what I deem to be an adorable & creative bridal shower gift, all purchased off their registry, & I spend less than $50 total! (thank you, discounts!)
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I honestly had the so much fun putting this together for Cort-lyn & Cameron (Cameron was especially excited about the wok!) Off their registry, I purchased a 7 1/2-quart wok by Tools of the Trade, a set of 3 kitchen towels (which are on clearance right now!) & a garlic mincer by Martha Stewart, a 3-in-1 avocado slicer by Oxo, & a juicer & zester by Goodful (side note: I absolutely LOVE this brand! Their social media game is phenomenal, & they’re all about healthy & mindful living! I’m super thrilled they started releasing a line of cool & useful products that endorse healthy, happy living). I [very carefully] arranged all of the aforementioned in the wok, & then found this awesome recipe for Southwestern Fiesta Chicken, which incorporated the use out of everything, including the wok! Plus, sparkly green bows for added flair. Again, I was super proud of this. 
I presented the gift as such, & Cort-lyn & Cameron loved it! Her bridal shower was the perfect gathering of all of the women that came to love & celebrate the blushing bride. 
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Her mother & sisters hosted the gathering at her mom’s new house, which was beautifully adorned with silver & white winter decor. There was hot cider, strong coffee from the family’s local favorite coffee shop (that the bride herself was once a barista at!), & a yogurt bar with all of the mix-ins you can imagine! 
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A big congratulations to Cort-lyn & Cameron. They are such a beautiful couple, inside & out, & I’m so blessed to call them family. Wishing you both so many years of happiness, health, & lots of pizza dates with us at Noble Roman’s! 
Love, 
Chelsea ✨

Pro Tip ✨ Things To Save From Your Wedding Day: A #protipseries

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My sister and brother-in-law just celebrated 4 years of marriage, and in celebration of their anniversary I’m kicking off a new #protipseries inspired by a piece of advice that I gave her waaaaaaaaay too little, too late – sorry again, Natalie!
On the day of their wedding, during the outdoor ceremony on the beautiful island paradise of St. Thomas, it poured down on us with such volume and force that only those of us standing next to the dripping wet-but-happy couple could hear their vows being exchanged. I only later (I’m talking like a year later, guys. Again, sorry Natalie!) thought what a cool idea it would be to save the raindrops from your wedding day and preserve them in some way. You can imagine how mad she was at me! 
So in a way, this post is not only a #protip but a word of advice so you may avoid the blunder I made! Preserve those raindrops if it rains on your wedding days, guys! Grab any cup or container you have nearby, have your MOH and/or groomsman guard that with their lives, and later preserve them in a way that allows you to see them, like snowglobes or holiday ornaments! Monogram or engrave your wedding date for a special sentimental touch.

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Celebrate your good luck in having rain on your wedding day with a precious keepsake you can treasure your entire marriage. & Happy Anniversary, Jake & Natalie!
Love, Chelsea 

Pro Tip ✨ Shout it Out!

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As an experienced bridal consultant, I definitely picked up a few tips and tricks on how to solve any foreseeable obstacles for the big day! If you get any sort of a stain on your wedding dress, here are a few tips to keep in your arsenal!
1. DO NOT RUB IN THE STAIN. I REPEAT, DO NOT START SCRUBBING. I know this is a knee-jerk reaction, but this will be sure to set in the stain and make it even more visible. Instead, keep Shout (not the generic!) nearby, whether with one of your maids, wedding planner, or in your own emergency kit, and soak the stain in Shout for a minute. Afterwards, start dabbing the stain with a towel, again do not scrub at it!
2. Make sure other advice you do get (whether it is from Pinterest or word of mouth, etc.) is fabric-specific. Not all stains set in the same way, or can be handled the same way (i.e. spilling red wine on cotton vs. silk). 
3. Makeup stains happen, whether you spill foundation from getting ready, or your Aunt got lipstick all over your shoulder. The good news is they all fall under oil-based stains, and dish detergent (especially lemon!) works in a pinch to get it out! Put a drop of detergent onto the stain, and use a spoon or toothbrush (if available!) to rub in the soap gently, then dab away with a towel.
4. Do NOT just soak the stain in water, or use water only (especially with oil-based stains like above!) when trying to remove a stain. 9 times out of 10, you end up with a wet, colored blotch on your dress. 
5. In times of emergency, never try to treat the stain with hairspray, seltzer water, or baby powder. Hairspray is a sticky aerosol with alcohol in it, which will set in and dry out the stain permanently, and could stain the dress yellow. Seltzer water is still just that, water (see #4 for more info). And baby powder will become absorbed into the stain, especially if still fresh, and will only dull out the fabric fibers (even if the stain does eventually come out, it will always look duller in comparison to the rest of the dress). 
Keep these tips in mind in the event that, well, life happens, so you’re prepared & get the situation handled  

 

Pro Tip ✨ The Pros & Cons of Every Season to Get Married

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Here’s a pro tip from your favorite wedding industry insider, and this one is going to be good: if you’re at the start of your event planning process and haven’t solidified a date or time of year yet, this guide will be great insight for selecting the best time of year to set your date!
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As always, if you need further insight or advice, feel free to give me a shout! 

Pro Tip ✨ Bride Tribe

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Alternate textures, fabrics, and detailing while still staying within the same color hue to not only create aesthetically beautiful wedding pictures you’ll want to frame (as seen above), but your bridesmaids will each be able to show a bit more personality and shine like the beautiful tribe they are ✨