Member News - April 2020

As always, a big shout out to our members that have made the news. Below you'll find members that have been highlighted or otherwise recognized. Thank you to those that submitted news this month and thank you to our members that continue to push the outside of the envelope in some way. 

Nicole Fauls Maitland was featured in The New York Times discussing Hidden Wedding Costs -

Rachel Sheerin hosted a free week-long series of Crisis Webinars including Motivating Your Team in a Crisis, Engaging A Team That's Working From Home, Staying Calm for Clients and more. You can view the replays here:

The Vow Whisperer aka Tanya Pushkine was featured in Brides in a piece recounting a client's experience

Andy Kushner’s podcast, The Wedding Biz, is taking on the Coronavirus crisis full-on and is releasing a series of helpful episodes including a special edition to help give a sense of peace and inspiration: 

During the current crisis, Echo Talent Management is streaming dinner music nightly at 6PM MST (8PM ET, 5PM PST).  Tune into their Instagram @echotalentmanagement evenings to watch!  Echo Talent has also implemented a 360-degree remote-streaming camera for their clients, giving them the ability to live-stream audio and video of entire events in 360 degrees for guests who are unable to attend.  

Good Gracious Events Marketplace - Fabulous events and fabulous experiences may be on hold but fabulous, fresh, chef-prepared food is HERE and available for delivery or pick up Monday through Saturday, 11am to 4pm! Indulge in Good Gracious-prepared soups, pies, salads, homemade dressings, and desserts from the comfort of your home.  Allow Good Gracious to feed you and your family! Click on our website and go to MARKETPLACE to get a full menu.

Magnolia Celebrates is thrilled to have been on the How To Decorate Podcast with Ballard Designs.  Laura has also been featured in a Wedding Wire article on COVID-19  and on Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Etiquette.  Finally, they were honored to have won a Diamond Award for Modern Luxury as the “Best Traditional Planner”. 

Christie Osborne of Mountainside Media shared her insight on ‘Online Crisis Communication and the Coronavirus’ on The Wedding Biz Podcast. Osborne also advised on how to ‘Marry Your Social Media Metrics for Better Analysis’ on Special Events. She presented ‘Social Media in Time of Crisis’ for The Wedding Academy’s Emergency COVID-19 Summit. 

Elizabeth Sheils of Rock Paper Coin weighed in on ‘How Pros Stay Top of Mind in the Wedding Industry’ on Catersource. Co- Founder Nora Sheils of Rock Paper Coin gave tips on ‘What to Do About Your Wedding During the Coronavirus Pandemic’ on WeddingWire

Oleta Collins, Founder and Owner of Flourishing Art Design Studio gave insight on 'Juggling a Brick and Mortar Store with Event Clients ' to Special Events. Oleta also walked through ‘A Visual Guide to the Most Popular Hydrangeas’ with Martha Stewart

Heather Jones of Wente Vineyards was showcased on 7x7 Weddings with their recent wedding ‘High School Sweethearts Share A Romantic Vineyard Celebration.’ Heather also assisted with an article on how couples could navigate the Coronavirus

Kinsey Roberts of She Creates Business was featured on Put a Ring On It Podcast and gave advice on ‘The Little Details You Should Pay Attention to When Looking at a Venue.’ Kinsey was also included on Real Simple for ‘20 Inspiring Quotes and Mentorship Advice From Female Leaders’ as well as discussed wedding postponements due to the Coronavirus with Every Last Detail

Michelle Loretta of Sage Wedding Pros gave advice on This Week in Weddings Podcast for ‘How to Prep for an Economic Downturn.’ Michelle was also featured on Special Events for ‘Authenticity vs. Over-sharing: Where’s the Line in the Event Industry?’. She presented ‘Managing Cash Flow during Crisis’ for the Wedding Academy’s Emergency COVID-19 Summit. 

Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ gave advice to Martha Stewart Weddings on ‘Expert-Approved Tips for Navigating a Bridal Convention or Expo.’ Kevin also shared insight on whether or not you ‘Should Cancel or Postpone Your Wedding Due To Coronavirus’ on The Every Last Detail

Jennifer Taylor of Jen Taylor Consulting shared her insight on ‘Getting Started with Destination Weddings’ with WedPreneur. Taylor also spoke to Timeline Genius Blog on how to ‘Automate and Streamline Your Wedding Business.’

Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting was published on Catersource for ‘Here's What You Shouldn't Leave Behind for Your Next Speaking Engagement.’ She was also featured on CNN for ‘Social Distancing is Hammering Small Businesses.’ 

Renée Dalo of Moxie Bright Events advised on ‘Love in the Time of Coronavirus’ with Fortune. She also weighed in on The Every Last Detail on whether or not you ‘Should Cancel or Postpone Your Wedding Due To Coronavirus’ as well as ‘Ways to Help Loved Ones who have Postponed’ on WeddingWire

Jose Rolon of Jose Rolon Events guided readers with whether or not they should postpone or cancel celebrations over at Every Last Detail. He also shared his thoughts on how to balance being an event professional and parent during COVID on the NACE blog. 

Rebecca Grant, owner of New Creations Weddings based out of Seattle, was a featured in the podcast, “Get to know your wedding pro” talking about how she came to become the owner of Twin Willow Gardens, her new wedding venue.  She was also a contributor to, talking about what positive things are coming out of the wedding and events industry during the time of Coronavirus.  

Friar Tux launched their new Virtual Style Sessions where customers can discuss and plan styles with a member of the Friar Tux team through video appointments, all from the comfort and convenience of their home. Speaking of style, the cobalt blue suit from Friar Tux is a favorite for grooms, groomsmen, and wedding guests, and it also looks amazing to wear for engagement photos as seen in this Super Cool Joshua Tree Engagement Shoot blog post. On the topic of engagement photos, Friar Tux recently kicked off their 3+ Groom’s Looks Program where engaged couples can save on styles for every wedding event including engagement photos, rehearsal dinners and the now trending 2nd Coat for your Wedding Reception. Talk about making a grand entrance!

PartySlate is committed to helping the events industry through this challenging time. To help all event professionals and venues efficiently conquer important brand building projects, PartySlate will be hosting a series of digital educational events every week on Tuesday afternoons. Click here to view the full digital event recordings and to sign up for future digital events focused on photo organization, Instagram, and more. 

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