Thursday, September 17, 2020

Virtual Special Events!


We all know 2020 is very challenging! There are many cancellations when it comes to weddings, birthday parties, reunions,  bridal showers, baby showers and many more special occasions. People are getting very creative to avoid the cancellations! Brides, and moms to be still need that great experience! The big trends for special occasions are:

  • Virtual Bridal/Baby Showers: Stay in the comfort of your own home or rent a small venue to celebrate your special occasion. Many people are also using parks or back yards with tents and stations to  be creative for better spacing and distance due to covid. Have your bridal party or close friends and family send out a virtual invite for date, time and link for the occasion. They can set up food and decorate your background! You save money with a smaller head count.. Let your guest know ahead of time your signature drink and food so they can join you online.  Make sure on your invitation, add your registry, paypal link and cash app link. There is no excuse for gifts during this pandemic!  Get creative with virtual games that everyone can play and choose great gift that can easily be mailed.

  • Drive-By's: Many people are also having drive-by's for their wedding, engagements, bridals showers, graduations and baby showers. Nice decorative tents and cars are usually set up and people drive by to say hello, congratulate, send well wishes, or deliver a gift. This is a great way to keep it simple and keep the budget down without canceling your special occasion. Many people also send out invitations so friends and family can view the drive by online and virtually send their well wishes and congratulations!

Let's make the best of 2020! Stay safe and healthy!
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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Covid Times!

Where do I start with the wedding and event industry pertaining to covid! It's like a slow spiral going down! If  you are a business owner or in this industry, you can relate!Back in January I started hearing all this talk about covid in other countries and many people getting sick. I didn't think anything of it because they were in foreign countries and i thought"The U.S. should be fine.  That virus is not coming over here!" Then in February the first case came to NY. I still thought the virus would be under control. Then mid to late February many people started passing away and several celebrities also made the news on contracting the virus! Next thing I know we are in phase one of a mandatory shut down! You know what that meant for the event and wedding industry! CANCELLATIONS & POSTPONEMENTS! During this time i had few rental orders because it was the end of the winter going into spring but this is the time that things pick up because people are ordering rentals for spring, summer and the following year.

In Several wedding groups, business owners were freaking out! From venue owners, caterers, to photographers everyone was asking those famous questions: How are you handling your cancellation policies? How are you handling rescheduling? How are you handling refunds? Are you worried about your reputation for your business? What are the rules for venues and spacing for a wedding or event? These same questions kept on circling over and over! Many opinions, many suggestions, but overall everyone has to do what pertains to their business.

Then you had George Floyd! Racial issues & Inequality!(Which by the way is still going on and we continue to fight!) Many business owners were on eggshells of race issues in the event and wedding industry. Are African American business owners treated fairly? So many emotions so many opinions and wanting justice!

Covid and all the issues going on in this world is a time for reflection, learning, sacrifice, change and understanding. I am still asking myself: How do i bounce back with Selectionsent Org.? Losing clients, zero income and many more issues! So many businesses taking out loans, robbing peter to pay paul and shutting down permanently! When will it stop ? Even though I have all these questions and thoughts going on I still remain optimistic and I keep pushing and going. Is it easy? No! I constantly remind myself why I started this business and that's what keeps me going. Business owner take this down time for reflection (God sees and hears you!), meditation and revamping your business! How can you improve? How can you create new services or products? Do you need to edit, takeaway or add on? Do you need a makeover or change for your business?

Always remember never give up! Do things differently, give yourself down town, pray, have faith and believe! I know what you are going through my fellow business owners and event and wedding industry! Always remember this is not permanent, this is temporary, use your time wisely!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Selections Entertainment LLC - Premiere Event Planning and Wedding Planning in North Carolina: Don't Give Up!

Selections Entertainment LLC - Premiere Event Planning and Wedding Planning in North Carolina: Don't Give Up!: With many businesses closing small and big, the fight to keep a business open is very challenging in 2018! The big businesses are shutting d...

Don't Give Up!

With many businesses closing small and big, the fight to keep a business open is very challenging in 2018! The big businesses are shutting down such as Sam's Club and Toys R US, so imagine what the small business owners are going through! I write this blog today to the small business owners to say don't give up! I know as you are reading this you are saying "easier said than done" but i'm a living witness that you have to keep going! Selections Entertainment is in year 9 and there are many days I want to give up but I say to myself "look how far you have came, what you have accomplished and how you have helped others. Take your business day by day, challenge yourself, ask yourself what you can do different, and how can you meet  and network with different people to build working relationships and build clientele. Also work on supporting other businesses!.

The struggle is real but pray, have faith, and believe, you will get through the rough patches. I don't know about you but I don't have a plan B. Always working on plan A! If it's your gift and passion, you won't have a plan B !

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Budget Wisely!

Many brides are overwhelmed when they are planning a wedding. Many couples have estimated budgets for their special day but many don't plan a realistic budget. The best way to establish a realistic budget is to have a budget in each category. Hire a professional wedding planner to help you with your budget. A planner will let a couple know what is the average cost of a vendor in each category. People are very surprise how much a caterer, florist, or photographer cost in their area. The guessing game of expenses will cause a couple to overspend and become overwhelmed. A planner can also help you with saving money on do's and don't's. Their professional vendor list will help you plan your special day!

Happy Planning!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Don't Rush The Process!

Once thanksgiving comes around the corner, engagement season starts! What happens next? You see a ton of wedding planners, photographers and other wedding business owners flooding your emails and timelines with promotions of discounts for their services. They are lurking social media watching to see who got engaged. They are like vultures! Brides are overwhelm with the questions of did you set a date, what are your colors, do you have a planner? The list goes on and on!

Engaged couples, please take the moment to enjoy the engagement process! Yes you will get a lot of wedding vendors who will contact you but enjoy the moment and take it all in! Many people don't enjoy the engagement process and they rush with planning and get overwhelmed! Wedding vendors let engaged couples enjoy the moment and take your time with promotions and pushing your services. A a business owner I understand you want to get a head start with promoting your business but it can get overwhelming looking on the other side as a bride or groom.

Happy Holidays & Enjoy the moment!