Professional Development at the LVL Wedding Academy
Coming from a background in teaching, it’s pretty obvious that education is a strong value of mine. I’m a BIG believer in learning. What that looks like as a wedding planner is a little different than how it was as a fourth grade teacher, but it’s still just as important to me.
In my role now, it means two things:
Learning how to be the best wedding planner for my clients
Learning how to be an exceptional business owner
This could mean:
in-person conferences and workshops,
conversations with my peers
I’d love for you to read on to see how our most recent education experience will benefit you, an Olive and Co. client!
In June, I decided to take Mattie and I to the LVL workshop where we dove deep into wedding planning content with other like-minded business owners! Even though I’d been in business for 4 years, I still found so much value in this workshop! I needed the formal training, but hadn’t known I was missing it.
It was inspiring to work alongside others who do exactly what I do each day and to dive into the nitty gritty of how to do what we do, better. There’s a lot of educational content floating around about entrepreneurship and about being a creative, but not a lot about wedding planning specifically.
When I saw that the ladies of LVL were bringing their conference to the East Coast, I knew we had to go! It would improve on my current skills (in which I had no formal training to date) and make me a better asset to my current and future clients.
Here are the top ten things we took away:
ONE: How to price appropriately for my clients and my business
TWO: What to double check in my contract to protect my clients and myself
THREE: How to layout the planning process with an organized flow
FOUR: Timelines! All the timelines. How to create them, what to add, what to skip, number of versions needed, and who to communicate them to.
FIVE: Strategies to run rehearsal!
SIX: The proper way to set a place setting (YES! That plate should go exactly where I want it, the forks should be just right, and the chair should be tucked in just perfectly)!
SEVEN: Napkin folds… did you know there are also proper ways to fold a napkin?!
EIGHT: How to create a boutonniere in a pinch and how to pin them on (groomsmen, we got you!)
NINE: Cake cutting techniques. OMG! We don’t cut cakes often, but we sometimes do and we’ve already put this skill to use in 2019 and I feel like a pro!
TEN: Tips for styling a flat lay.
On top of those ten pieces, I took a lot of other notes. It was a jam-packed two 48 hours and of course, Mattie and I had flight issues both ways! But I’m so grateful we went and I’m so glad to be using these new skills right away!
venue: Muse at the Mill
planner partner: Starnes and Co
photography: Lorely Mariana Meza
florals: Eliana Nunes Floral and Events
rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters
cake: Artsy Cakesy
linens: La Tavola Fine Linen
paper goods: Minted
day of calligraphy: Project Watermark
Instructors & Speakers:
All She Wrote Notes