Glossary Post & Career Update ✨

About Me, Glossary Posts
Happy New Year, detailers!
We are nearing the end of engagement season (debatably either NYE or Valentine’s Day), & officially starting off my busy season, aka Bridal Christmas! This is the time of year when every bride is out shopping, & by shopping I mean connecting with vendors & finalizing those details for their big days!
I had an awesome event I hosted & planned for the Wedding Registry department at Macy’s (for months!) called a Sip & Scan, where we invite newly-engaged & married couples alike to create &/or complete their gift registries! Panera Bread provided sweet treats & bubbly beverages (non-alcoholic, of course! this still is a work event!), vendor representatives from KitchenAid, TravelPro, Tiffany & Co. & Gucci fragrances, Lenox & Kate Spade New York provided their expert advice & guided couples on the products they recommend based on their unique livestyles, while DJ DeeWett spun a mix of classic oldies & actual top hits, not early-2000’s top hits. This is the first time my department has put on this event in over 2 years, since there wasn’t anyone to actually put on & organize the event, so if you can imagine how nervous I was for this to go off without a hitch, then you’d understand my private minor meltdown 3 hours before the start of the event where I freaked out that no one would show. To my absolutely pleasant surprise, we had such an amazing turnout (so much more than I expected, I ended up having to run to the back towards the tailend of the night to make up more gift bags!) & upped registry value by over $60K! My bosses were elated at the news of the success of the event, & I feel like I’m so well on my way up in this industry! I also have a networking event coming up this Wednesday for the bridal industry, & I’m attending with an awesome mutual friend of mine & my hub’s whom we haven’t seen in a while, Laura! Business cards are already ordered & I’m so ready to get my name out there more! This is only the beginning, & I’m so excited for it ✨
I want to stick with the wedding registry theme for this next glossary term, & hopefully you guys end up learning something new!
Bone China | bone chi·na (n) ✨ a fine white &/or translucent, vitrified piece of dinnerware, usually consisting of 18% animal ash (hence the term “bone”) – Now keep in mind this isn’t your grandmother’s bone china she kept in that cabinet you’re allowed to touch, anymore. Bone china has upped its game & brought itself into the 21st century; that’s right, I’m talking dishwasher & microwave (so long as there are no metallic designs) safe! Bone china also happens to be the most durable dinnerware on the market, with some brands even boasting of their dinner plates surviving 6-foot drops!
I hope you all have a great rest of your morning, day, or evening; I myself am off to do a little late-night yoga sesh before the hubs gets home! I hope everyone had a wonderful, love-filled holiday season & great start to 2019, full of hope & promising resolutions! My New Years resolutions are very simple: I’m not making any rules for myself to follow, I just want to be the best-possible version of myself every day, take better care of my mind, body, & spirit, not care what others think, & continue to be the best wifey to my hubs & dog-mom to my little Bingley!
Love, 
Chelsea ✨

Career Update & Wedding Venue Pro Tips ✨

About Me, Pro Tips
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. ✨

Career Update ✨

About Me
The power of positivity is real, guys. I just accepted & started my new management position with Macy’s as a…
Wedding & Gift Registry Advisor ✨ 
I’m super excited to not only get started working for a great company, but it is in my field of expertise, pay increase with benefits, and there is a ton of room to climb up in management! (Plus that discount isn’t too bad, y’all!) I’m super, super excited to share this chapter with you guys, and will continue to give updates, so wish me luck!