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On the topic of our "toolboxes," we bring with us to your wedding advance planning. You know what I'm talking about, that continuous follow up, the emergency kit, just in case, that makes us look like a godsend to you, your family and your guests. I thought it would be fun to bring that conversation here so we could all share with each other. I'll go first :)
What do you want to call it, first offf? Strategist & Unabashed Event Planner, Creativity Guru, Volunteer-NOT. What is in our "toolbox" that we bring to a wedding we're coordinating - you just can't make up the things I'm talking about, what that emergency kit needs to have in it you'll never predict can happen before, during and even after the big event. What you have to make up will make you look like a godsend to your clients. The list comes inundated with stories (like the car insurance commercials we keep seeing on TV with crazy circumstances) Stories that may be fun to bring up in conversation now, but were a potential death sentence at the time. We bring: 3m hooks (the kinds that don't leave a mark on the wall) Glue Dots (for fastening top-heavy items to the table!) Sewing Kit Mints Aspirin Shout Wipes Mouth Wash Hand Sanitizer (FOB loves this -it is a trick to minimize sweaty palms) Chalk (wedding dress touch up) Extra Rings (cheap ones from Walmart... thankfully never had to use them!) Scissors Scotch Tape Krazy Glue Smelling Salts (in case someone faints) Water Band-aids Floss Lighter Granola Bars (or energy bars) Pad of Paper and Pen Green Floral Tape and Pins (there's always a groomsman with a wonky boutonniere!) Spare buttons, in case any come off during those 'fun' photo shoots chamomile tea for mother of bride or couple carry a spool of white ribbon that can be used to fix a wrist corsage white "duct" tape (can be used to hold down an aisle runner that wont stay in place) have at your disposal (arranged prior to the day), a set of clear tall vases that can be used to display bouquets prior to the ceremony set of bows on "hangers" that can be rented out if they just need 1 more thing on the chairs or pew to decorate clear, strong fishing line (works on any color of fabric, and becomes invisible) fashion tape for garments that just hang too far off the shoulder, or are a bit too revealing in the front safety pins (someone dances a bit too close to the bride & steps on her dress - re-create almost any bustle Pepto fabric tape/ glue clear nail polish and polish remover extra hair pins and strait pins Candy lots of tissues an extra guest book and different types of pens card stock ( you never know when you are going to need to make an extra sign or name card) extra sanitary napkins/liners, gloss (different flavors) peppermint chewing gums mall bottles of water hangers tape extra footies (one size fits all) in different colors makeup sponges (helps to reduce shine) and mascara plus duck tape, press on tape dots (floral strength) small broom and dust pan plastic table coverings in case of rain to cover the Bride stapler and staples false eyelashes and eyelash glue (after hair and make up stylist has left, you are the only one there tofix a falling lash Floral tape and a neutral colored wide ribbon to repair bouquets mini magnets for boutonnieres (faster and easier than pins)! Framed signs: Guest Book, Photo Booth, Coat Room, Gift Table Tote it all in a retro luggage carry on. Cute, Stylish, and plenty of room
a small collection of linens, candles, an array of medicines, cake serving pieces, garter belt, long nose bendable lighters, an extra pocket square, mini glue gun, extra guest book pens, oil based markers, chalk markers, batteries, box cutter, easel, etc. I take one smaller kit to the bridal room - and have another larger bag that "goes under the table." . bridal veil that a bride left at my facility and never came back to get it. Believe it or not, I have used it for 3 weddings when the original veil had been forgotten, torn, or did not look right with the bride's hair style. . n my emergency kit, I have much of what others have said but also have these items that have been helpful at one time or another over the years: a travel clothing steamer a flat iron a couple different sized curling irons hair spray, brushes and combs bobby pins and hair pins, both of various colors and sizes an assortment of makeup along with sponges, Qtips, etc. a king size bed sheet (to put under the bride's dress while she gets ready -- never know what kind of dirt might be on the floor) a couple hand towels to put across the bride's chest for makeup touch-ups Nicorette gum LOTS of band-aids (lots of sizes too) LOTS of Sticky-Straps a tape assortment of: scotch, masking, duct, gaffer's, blue painters, green floral and white floral a fork, knife and spoon (used the fork to make an extra hole in brides shoe strap once and added the knife and spoon after that just in case - LOL) a unity candle stand along with a plain unity candle and side tapers taper candle holders (have had a bride who had the unity candle and a holder but forget about something to hold the tapers) candles for the candleabras at churches (sometimes referred to as mechanical candles) a few wrist corsage holders (had a florist give me a few so I could keep in my kit) a set of table numbers from 1 through 30 (they are folded cards printed with numbers) a spool of 1.5" white satin ribbon a bag of fake rings to tie on ring bearer pillow (I have a large qty of both "gold" and "silver") white trash bags (can be used for trash or cut open to wrap around and cover the bride in the event of rain) black socks for groom or groomsman that misplace theirs Again I have the usual of pins, mints, gum, candy, etc etc. as well. Somehow I manage to fit all of this in a rolling suitcase (and it's actually a smaller one that could be taken as a carry on when flying). As good as I feel like mine has been for me, a very dear friend and fellow planner puts me to shame! She has a much larger emergency kit (it's the biggest suitcase that a person can buy -- I think it's the 29" one) and she has all her items in small square plastic containers and each one is numbered....and of course she has a laminated alphabetical list of all items with what container # it is in, and then the list is also printed out by container # with a list of contents of each container. It's truly amazing!! :-D . purchase some very firm foam padding, cut to fit the compartments in the tray(s), cut either a slit or an x in the foam glue into tray. Foam should hold items in place. . plus tool - screw driver, pliars, glue guns, staplers - You never know, and you have to be prepared. 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Negotiate Like You Mean It Written by: Vickie Milazzo is author of Wicked Success is Inside Every Woman
Many women aren’t comfortable dealing with negotiations, even when something they really want (and deserve!) is on the line. Vickie Milazzo shares nine tips to help you stop underpricing yourself and start getting paid what you’re worth. If you’re ready to stop sitting back and start negotiating like you mean it, read on for nine of Milazzo’s tried-and-true tips.
Never let them see you as a commodity. After all, commodities are easy to obtain and easy to replace. And that’s certainly not how you want to be perceived at your job—whether you’re an employee, a leader, or an entrepreneur. If the people you’re working with know that others share your skill set, they won’t have any reason to pay the price you’re asking for. From Day One, do everything you can to ensure that you aren’t seen as interchangeable or dispensable. “Don’t shrink into your chair and become the invisible employee,Milazzo urges. “Do what you need to do to stand out. Get in the middle of everything and bring new ideas to the table. Build relationships throughout the company.”
Distinguish ambition from greed. Prior to launching yourself into a negotiation, it’s a good idea to take a step back and ask yourself why you’re working toward this particular goal. For example, say you’ve been in your current position for two and a half years without a significant raise, and you think your skills are worth much more. Before you march into your boss’s office, ask yourself: Why do I want a raise? Do I just want more money, or am I honestly interested in advancing in this company? “It’s very important to distinguish ambition from greed,Milazzo insists. “Wanting more money isn’t a bad thing in and of itself, but it can get you into trouble if your quest for cash mires you deeper in a commitment you’re not passionate about or causes you to ignore opportunities that might be ideally suited to your strengths and interests."
Be your own No. 1 fan.It can be hard for women to toot their own horns. To a certain extent, we’re actually wired to nurture and care for others and to put the good of the whole over our own personal interests. While these impulses aren’t inherently bad, it’s time for a newsflash: If you don’t announce your own achievements, you can bet that no one else is going to do it for you. With humility, make sure that you’re keeping your name, your accomplishments, and your skill set in front of everyone. “Have you ever noticed that women tend to downplay their accomplishments, while men routinely highlight their achievements and use them to advance?Milazzo asks. “Clearly, we females need to take a page from the male playbook and make sure that we’re getting the recognition and credit we’ve earned. Ask for everything at the beginning of the negotiation. This can also be a difficult strategy for women to adopt. We don’t want to come on too strong or appear to be overly aggressive, so we don’t put all of our cards on the table at the beginning of negotiations. We tell ourselves that we’ll get the other person used to the idea, gradually. But especially in business, adding on as you go along generally isn’t a good idea, because it makes you appear unfair. “Consider this situation,Milazzo asks. “If, for example, you tell a prospect your consulting fee is $150 per hour and his reply is, ‘That’s very reasonable,you can’t jump in and say, ‘Well, but what I really want is $175 per hour.Think through what you want before you sit down to negotiate. Prepare the list of points you must have and the points you’re willing to give up."
Ask for more than you think you can get.Remember the old adage: Nothing risked, nothing gained. Don’t jump too fast to say yes to the first offer, even if you think it’s fair. It's always smart to assess the situation, the person making the offer, and how far you might be able to go before signing your name on the dotted line. Chances are, if your request for more is denied, you’ll still be left with the initial offer.
Appear detached (even when you’re not).Unfortunately, many people won’t hesitate to exploit a weakness if you let them see it. When you negotiate from a place of fear or desperation, your ability to be rational will be impaired, and you’ll also be susceptible to agreeing to unfavorable terms; in other words, anything to save the deal! If, despite your best efforts, you’re unable to banish your emotions, make an effort to appear detached. Negotiate with the person, not the power.At some point or another you’ll probably find yourself negotiating with a more powerful party—whether it’s your boss, your bossboss, or another organization. When that happens, don’t make the mistake of assuming that your bargaining power is weak just because you’re at a lower level in the company hierarchy or because your business is smaller than theirs. Yes, this power imbalance might make negotiating more challenging, but you have a lot to offer, too. “Remember that ultimately, you’re talking to another human being,Milazzo reminds.
Never talk off the record.When you’re negotiating for something you want, make sure you only go public with information you’re comfortable with the other party knowing. “Never tip your hand,Milazzo insists. “You may think that saying to a colleague, ‘Just between you and me, I’m asking to spearhead the new project, but I’d settle for just being on the team,will stay between the two of you. Maybe it will—but maybe it won’t. If you let others know that you’ll settle for something, you risk ending up with that instead of with what you really want—or worse, even less. Never let yourself be bullied.Women who aren’t used to negotiating are especially susceptible to being intimidated by a show of force—but even veteran businesswomen can be taken aback by unexpected aggression or resistance! If you find yourself in this situation, remind yourself (once again) that you are dealing with another human being and that you have something valuable to offer. Don’t be afraid to demand respect. And if you consistently don’t get it, well, it might be time to rethink whether you want to work with the other party in the first place.
"Yes, times are difficult for many right now and your odds of getting what you want at work might not be as high as they were five years ago,Milazzo concedes. “But why give up before you even start? What’s to be gained from that? I believe it’s better to ask and not receive than to not ask and to meekly settle for less than you deserve.”
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