I'm Megan. I enjoy social media, marketing, travel, grammar, teaching, music, and all around nerd culture. I'm a wedding coordinator with a diploma in Advertising and a certificate in Service Leadership. I completed the Disney International College Program and studied Hospitality Management while I was there.
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If you’re like most couples getting married these days, it’s your first wedding. You have probably never planned a wedding before. Everything you know about weddings comes from family members, bridal magazines, outdated etiquette rules, and the wedding “industry”.
I’m a wedding coordinator at a golf club. Before this, I worked at Disney World, where I learned a lot about making people happy and creating magical moments.
Allow me break some things down for you.
The wedding industry is designed to make you spend more money on wedding things. Every five minutes, you’re going hear about a new thing you NEED to have. If it’s not important to YOU, do not spend money on it.
You don’t need to have an open bar, but you should cover the wedding party’s drinks. Bridesmaids dresses are not cheap.
Make a budget and stick to it. It doesn’t matter if you have $5,000 or $50,000. Your budget should include a pie graph, so that it’s very clear when you splurge on something in one category, the money is coming away from another category.
Wedding cakes are stupid. Have a cupcake tower instead. Your guests can serve themselves. Your venue doesn’t have to plate anything. If the delivery person accidentally smooshes one, the whole tower isn’t ruined; you’re going to have like extras sitting in boxes under the table anyway.
DIY isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. If you’re starting to have small anxiety attacks over your invitations and and centerpieces, it might be time to call in a professional.
FYI: Buffet meals are often MORE expensive than plated meals. If you want a casual vibe, go for family-style platters on each table. Guests can serve themselves without waiting in a line, and there’s no risk of running out of food.
Your guests will remember two things: good food and bad music. A good caterer and a good DJ are essentials.
I would also recommend budgeting for a quality print shop (for invitations and ceremony programs) and a decent photographer. Even if you only need one picture, it has to be good. These are the things that will be framed in your home.
Go to Old Navy when they have their $1 flip flop sale and buy twenty pairs in your wedding colours. Put them in a basket near the dance floor.
Last but not least… your wedding is a PARTY, not a PERFORMANCE. Every single detail should reflect this.
The Los Angeles Zoo hired RLR Advertising to visually promote their tourist location, not just as a community and home for hundreds of animals and species, but also as a place for education and learning. This creative ad campaign was the result. Three posters feature detailed illustrations of three different animals, which are drawn based on the words that they each represent.
The gorilla, symbolizing the colorful and wild atmosphere of the LA Zoo, is formed out of assorted colored pencils. The owl, an animal symbolic of wisdom, is made out of meticulously folded newspapers and reading materials. And finally, the elephant, an animal celebrated for its memory and intelligence, is formed from all kinds of digital technology and memory devices. Each animal is paired nicely and appropriately with the LA Zoo slogan: “Where Learning Happens Naturally.”
Shot by photographer Leland Bobbé for an ongoing series entitled Half-Drag. “My intention with Half-Drag is to capture both the male and the alter-ego female side of these subjects in one image.” Visit Vogue Italyto view all of the Half-Dragproject photos that Leland Bobbé has created thus far.