How Many Weddings Do You Take a Year?

We get asked this question SO much. It’s not a simple answer either.

In late 2012, we decided to come together and start an event planning company. Ally and I were fairly new to events at the time, while Jeri had been in the industry for many years.

On top of owning our own event planning company, Ally and I worked full time, while Jeri worked at home, raising 4 of the cutest girls ever. in 2015, Ally welcomed her first adorable daughter, and will be welcoming a second daughter this summer! I had my first son in June of 2016. Our answer has been different each year because of all the personal changes in our lives from year to year.

Our families have been, and always will be our priorities. Because of that, and because we want to be able to meet and exceed our clients expectations, we limit the amount of weddings we take per year. We will not take more than 4 full service weddings a year, so that we are able to devote the amount of time necessary for each wedding. With our 2 month coordination package, we have yet to reach a limit – because those require less time, they are easier to accommodate.

While we love what we do, we also want to keep in mind that the reason we celebrate weddings, is because we celebrate marriage.

So the complicated answer is that we take as many weddings as we are able to, without missing out on precious, fleeting time with our families!

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Thank you for reading,

Erin

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We’re Hiring!


My Simple Soirée is adding to our team! We are thrilled to open the position of Associate Event Coordinator and find our newest member of the team. Please see below for more details and job requirements. Deadline to apply is July 5, 2016. 

Job Description:

My Simple Soirée is looking for a detail oriented and creative individual to join our team. Our ideal candidate is teachable, flexible, professional and highly self-motivated. The candidate understands urgency in the fast-paced event world, but can remain calm under pressure making appropriate decisions based on the facts available while maintaining the highest level of customer service. MSS is searching for an individual with similar values not just in business but in life. We believe in a firm foundation of family, faith, and hospitality which enables us to serve our clients. 
Position Responsibilities:

* Coordinating Wedding Rehearsals/Days

* Creating and Editing Event Timelines

* Managing Client Communication

* Vendor Liaison

* Representing MSS with the highest level of professionalism and detail

Requirements:

* Warsaw/Ft Wayne local

* Skype or FaceTime capabilities

* College Degree or completion date in May 2017

* 1 Year Customer Service Experience

* Proficient in Office Suite

* Understanding of Wedding Etiquette 

* Organized and detail oriented

* Creative thinking when problem solving

* Anticipate upcoming challenges

* Devoted to self improvement and development

* Team player and open to direction

* Ability to work weekends

* Ability to stand for long periods of time

* Ability to lift 40 lbs+

* Personal transportation, laptop and smartphone

Non requirements, but preferred:

* Prior Event Experience; portfolios available for review

* Photography Background 

Hours:
* Variable per event but up to 25 hours, primarily Fridays and Saturdays

* Yearly forcasted need up to 8 events per year. *This is a seasonal/part-time position

* Per event rate + commission pay based on experience

To Apply:

* Email resume and cover letter to: mysimplesoiree@gmail.com

* Must apply by July 5, 2016

Please no phone calls and limit 1 email per applicant. 

Gown: Glam , Hair and Make up: Something Blue Stylists

2016 be Wed Bridal Expo

  A few pictures from our booth. Rentals from Maeve Vintage Boutique Rentals. Styling by My Simple Soirée 

It’s a wrap on our 2nd year organizing, planning and coordinating the be Wed Bridal Expo. 2016 was a fantastic year and we could be more pleased with the vendors and brides that participated this year. 
A run down of this years stats:

•Over 220 attendees

•Flash mob

•52 vendors 

•2 grand prize giveaways

•Over 50 door prizes 
   
 Photos by Megan Renee Photography. Decor by Warsaw Party Rental & Cottage Creations Florist

We can’t say thank you enough to everyone that helped make the be Wed Bridal Expo such a huge success. From volunteers to vendors, it takes a bridal village and ours here in Northern Indiana is pretty awesome! 

Special thanks to our 2016 Sponsors:

Cottage Creations Florist

Grace College

Ohh My! Cakes 

Southern Exposure Photography

Warsaw Party Rental

Runway Sponsors:

Deb Collier’s School of Dance

Glam Boutique

Male Fashions

Megan Renee Photography

Night to Remember

Perfect Sounds DJ

Something Blue Stylists

We’re already planning a bigger and better be Wed in 2017. Look for information in May for how you can be apart of the fun in 2017! 

   

    
   

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New Name, Same Faces

2015 was an amazing year for bon évé! We took over the bridal expo, were booked to capacity for weddings, welcomed 2 new babies into our company, and collaborated with a lot of great vendors.

Most people would say, “great keep doing what you’re doing and don’t change a thing.” While there’s a time & a place for that concept, we have a desire to do more. Mid 2015 it became clear that as our families grew, being gone every weekend was not healthy for our families and wasn’t going to work in the long term. We felt our creativity had also dwindled and we needed to focus on what we were truly passionate about moving forward.

We’ve always been selective in our clientele and capped our events to ensure that we are giving each client and event the time and focus it needs. It’s never easy turning away a potential client or saying no when we are all very much the first to say yes. We know going into 2016 that our families need to be the priority #1 and focus on our true passions.

For 2016, we will be limiting our full service planning packages to 2 couples for the calendar year and we will be taking day of coordination services only on a case by case basis. Why? This is an involved answer so pull up a cup of coffee or tea and hang with us for a bit.

1. Weddings are wonderful, joyous occasions and we LOVE being apart of a couples’ story but they are a lot of work. Work that keeps us away many hours from our husbands and children so taking 5 full weddings in a year (like 2015) was cause for burn out. We love our past clients. You were AWESOME! But we need to step back in 2016 & refill our creative tanks to be the best planners we can be.

2. We have varied backgrounds and interests. Jeri’s background is in non profit event management and fundraising. She loves it! I mean it’s a bit odd how she looks forward to one of the hardest conversations: asking people for money but the organizations she’s worked with are grateful for her passion for their causes. Erin’s background is in corporate event management. She’s the lady you need for training needs, luncheons or team building. Ally our resident baker & go to idea lady can fill the gaps when we just can’t see other side. Invaluable! Knowing we have these different talents we want to open the business to incorporate and match what makes us so unique.

3. Vendors! We’ve connected and worked with some FABULOUS small biz owners. The expo has been a huge blessing. It’s shown us that we love to mentor other small business owners by helping them brand, focus and market what makes them the best. It also has given us the opportunity to really create and collaborate with vendors. This creativity is what has helped fuel this change.

So what’s the change and why is it unique? There are 2 changes.

1. Our new name is My Simple Soirée

2. We will be focusing on creative and taking on a new side of event planning.

First the name. We wanted to rebrand the company and have it be reflective of the direction we are taking moving forward. My Simple Soirée will encompass full event planning & styling services along with an online DIY party store. Soirée Boxes will be available for any celebration you’re planning. A collection of hand selected items to make your soirée one to remember. Your Soirée Box will be delivered to your home and all you need to do is set up your special celebration. We will include detail cards to help make keep your soirée simple and focused on the people that make your life special.

Second the creative. By providing Soirée Boxes, taking on fundraisers, non-profits and corporate events and focusing on vendor relations we are getting back to the core of WHY we started this company nearly 4 years ago. 2016 will have opportunities for vendors to connect with one another, to help us connect them with clients and collaborate with one another. We’ve been watching the industry for 3.5 years. We see the gaps, we see the struggles and we want to help facilitate a solution.

Thank you for reading this small book. We know that 2016 will present challenges we haven’t foreseen but we are so excited about the possibilities that lay ahead.