Monday, September 8, 2008

The Wedding Diva!

Pin It Yesterday, the Austin Wedding and Event Coordinators hosted a speaker event "An Afternoon With The Wedding Diva" at The Driskill Hotel. Linnyette Richardson-Hall is "The Wedding Diva" from Baltimore who you may know from Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? She spent two hours speaking with us individually during a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres VIP meet and greet. She opened with 15 minutes of Q and A for the VIP guests, shared a presentation for almost 2 hours, and then stayed to do an open Q and A session for all of the guests. On multiple occasions, I heard guests describe Linnyette as funny, down-to-earth, entertaining, approachable, and real. She offered insight to her own journey, encouragement to find your own, how the television show has changed her business and life, and a solid message that sharing our knowledge and educating others is the only way that Wedding Planners can be taken seriously as a profession with a core group of Professional Wedding Planners and professional teams that have the resources, experience, and knowledge to successfully plan seamless events.

From my perspective, it was incredibly reassuring to hear her commend internships and apprenticeships as well as many other aspects of the Fairy Godmother model. Your Very Own Fairy Godmother was the second team in Texas (the first in Austin) to offer internships. Linnyette has built her team much like that of the Fairy Godmothers. The full year of hands-on training, one-on-one time with experienced senior planners, and intense experience cannot be captured in any other way. After the first year of training comes yet another year of training that allows more interaction with the vendors, clients, and full immersing into the planning process all under the direction of a senior planner. Ensuring that our event planners and wedding coordinators are well-trained, detail-oriented, experienced, resourceful, dependable, certified, skillful mediators, and client-focused is imperative to our reputation. Your Very Own Fairy Godmother takes each of those steps (and many more for continuing education) to ensure that you are in the best possible hands on your big day!

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