Thursday, December 29, 2016

Happy Holiday! What's New For SE In 2017?

Can you believe Selections Entertainment is entering their 8th year of business in 2017? Wow time goes by very fast! We truly want to thank everyone from the bottom of our heart for the continued support, without you we wouldn't still be in business. Thank you for all the events you have supported, open heart giving program, lunch fundraisers, and all 5 of our services throughout the years!

What can you expect in 2017? We all know in order for you to grow you have to help others and work with others. Selections Entertainment will be focusing on collaborating more with professional businesses and also assisting with giving back to the homeless and families in need. We are also working on other collabortions to help unite small businesses and help people who inspire to start their own business. Of coarse our wonderful services of wedding planning, event planning, catering, rentals and bartending are still available! See you in 2017!

Monday, June 13, 2016

What Are Weddings Costing These Days?

The years are flying by! Where does time go? Each year more engagements are happening which leads to more weddings! Happy Happy Joy Joy! Family and friends are getting involved with the wedding planning process. The favorite line that most brides hear is "When I got married 5 or 10 years ago, things were this price or that price". 2016, & 2017 brides remember prices are not the same like they were in 2005 and 2010. Yes you can still save money and get great package deals but always remember to stay updated with the times pertaining to pricing. Here are estimated prices for different categories in the wedding industry. Please be advised these are estimated prices only and they can vary from state to state and depends on the business.

1. Venues- This area can be the most challenging to book. The venue sets the tone of the entire wedding. Venues are available in so many different styles such as hotels, ballrooms, country clubs, golf clubs and many more. Alot of venues have packages which includes the pricing for ceremony, receptions, tables, chairs, catering, rentals, and coordinators. Many brides are choosing the packages to conduct everything at one location for the convience of their guest. Price ranges can start at 2,000 and higher. Remember the more services you book with a venue, the more it will cost but most venues will give you a great deal if you book more than one service.

2. Catering- Catering can make or break a wedding. Different styles of catering consist of buffet style, platted or passed appetizers. Remember when you are setting your budget for catering that you include servers, setup, breakdown, their supplies and rental items such as plates, utensils and glassware. Buffet style is a great economic option for catering. Depending on your food selection such as chicken, beef, or seafood and your guest count catering can start at 2,500 and higher.

3. Rentals & Decor- This area is an area where most brides wait until the last minute to tackle! Linens, florals, vases and many more items can add up quickly. Sometimes brides automatically think of alot of flowers but to cut the budget you can mix floral with candles and other items.   On a average wedding florals can range from 500.00 to 1,000. On bigger budget weddings they can  go all the way to 2,000 or more. Most people also don't have the education on linens. Linens can add up very quickly. The average price of polyester linens start at 12.00 and up per linen. Decor also includes a staff for delivery, setup, and breakdown.

I hope these tips help you with getting an idea of planning your special day! Make sure you are current and up to date on pricing so it's not a surprise to you. Happy planning!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Letter To Professional Small Business Owners

Dear Professional Small Business Owners:

 This topic has been on my mind for awhile and God spoke to me to write you a letter. This is an area we have all been through, and still going through. It's the topic and area of not giving up no matter how it looks. I write to you today to say, stay strong! I know 2 yrs have passed, 5 yrs have passed, 7 yrs have passed and 10 yrs have passed and you still don't see the results! Sometimes it feels like things are getting worse instead of better! What happened to the myth of: After your 5th year things are smooth sailing! My answer to that is sometimes people get their breakthrough under 5 years but the reality is you have to keep pushing. It takes continuous hard work and determination! It's all about revamping, re branding and analyze what you can do for your business.

Let's get into the experiences we go through on a regular basis! This letter is not me being mad, blaming people of the results of my life or getting revenge, it's my testimony of what i go through on a regular basis as a professional , to help others and i know other professional small business owners can relate to the experiences, emotions and feelings. How do you go on when the phone doesn't ring for your services or products, the emails are far and few, you work hard on a consultation and they don't book you or sometimes don't show up? They want to nickel and dime you? Family and friends tell you to shut everything down and get a job, people don't take the time to learn your business, they don't read your about us section on your website or they don't even bother to visit your website, their budget is lower than expected but they will break their neck to patronize a bigger business or a business that charges more or has horrible customer service, you have sales, specials, deals, events, open houses, blog, promote on social media, write newsletters, give products or services away for free, have referral programs, participate in expos and vendor events, attend networking events and give away business cards. Are you feeling me? Can you relate or do i need to continue? lol. I'm sure right now you are shouting and saying yes, yes, yes i can relate! I wanted to list all the experiences because yes we are all going through this but again i say don't give up! Your experiences are making you stronger, you are going through everything for a reason!

Another reason i wrote this letter because so many people, especially people close to you think just because you are self employed or you run a business period, that you are rich, you have it together emotionally,spiritually, and financially. I'm here to remind you we are human! Don't let anyone steal your joy and it's ok to ask for help! FINANCES! Where do i begin with that area! You get rejected for the business loan, the bank, fundraisers, the business bank account is low, payroll is due, yearly subscriptions are due, you need supplies, money for marketing and advertising, clients are not paying on time or you don't have any clients at all! What do you do? You keep on pushing! You keep on putting God first , pray and surround yourself with positive people and people who will uplift you and give you knowledge you can't give yourself. You push harder and explore and learn your target market more about your business.

2014 to present has been rough for me and Selections Entertainment. People think i have it together all the time and they don't see the blood sweat and tears but I'm still here and still standing. I'm pouring my testimony out to you to let you know that no matter how it looks, keep on pushing if you still believe in your passion, dream and vision. Even on days when you don't believe, keep on going because God still believes and he wants you to move forward. I cannot stress to you no matter how it looks: If there are no clients, bills are pass due, people are not paying for your services or paying attention to you, when there is 1.00 in the bank account or a negative account, no food, no gas, no transportation, horrible living conditions, negative people, people telling you to give up, KEEP PUSHING! Sometimes God has you hidden for a reason and you are a hidden jewel and he will reveal you at the right time and right place and moment!

I hope this letter lets you know that you are not alone we all are going through it and if you have been through the storm, help another person that is still fighting! Stay strong and i look forward to writing you another letter.

Michelle Ifill
Selections Entertainment

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Spring & Summer Months Are Fast Approaching!

Spring is here and summer months are fast approaching! If you are planning for 2016 or 2017 you still have time! Here are some great tips to start planning:

1. You must hire a planner! Whether your special day is in 6 months or a year hire a planner. Your professional planner will make your day so much easier with budgeting, booking the right vendors and time line deadlines!

2. Set a realistic budget! Especially if you are planning at the last minute. Realize the time you have to pay for everything will be shorter and deposits will be bigger.

3. Have alternate dates! If you are planning for the summer and spring months, please be aware that dates go faster for venues and other vendors. If you are not prepared for deposits right away, have an alternate date for your special day!

4. Book your biggest vendors first! Sometimes people go backwards and they will book  a dj, florsit or baker first. They are important vendors but to start your planning off right book your planner, venue, and caterer first! This will help with smooth sailing when it's time to book your other vendors.

I hope this helps you for your spring and summer months and beyond. Happy Planning! Contact us today for your planning needs!