Thursday, November 3, 2011

2011 Presidents Message

Presidents Message-

Welcome to fall and the summer wrap up newsletter! I am glad to know that the long hot summer here in Texas has kept everyone working since it was unbearable to be outside! With our long hot summer came some sad experiences for some of our colleagues. The Texas fires not only raged through the state, but derailed many lives. It is at times like this when you truly realize what is needed in life to survive how strong you can be. It is amazing how a positive outlook can make any situation, regardless of how devastating it is, seem bearable. Many thanks to our members who stepped up and offered to help each other out during this time of need. Although there is always an immediate response to help, it is truly after the first couple of weeks when support is really needed. Thank you for your support and being wonderful human beings.

Best,
Amy

2. Certification Weekend Seminar
a. November 12-November 13, 2011: Do you want to become a certified wedding planner? Are you tired of fielding the “I wanna be a wedding planner” questions? NECI, the only state licensed vocational school certification, is offering the an intense weekend seminar for event planners. Take 2 days out of your schedule to pursue the career you have always wanted! www.nuptialessentials.com.

3. June Meeting Synopsis
What an outstanding June meeting we had at Austin Country Club! The Jewish Event Panel was not only informative but quite entertaining to listen to. Many thanks to each of our panel participants who took valuable time out of the day to educate us on the various parts of Jewish events and customs.

  • Michele Schwartz- The Modern Jewish Wedding
  • Rabbi David Komerofsky- Texas Hillel
  • Diane Dusek- The Jewish Outlook
  • Timo Xavier- DJ Simcha
  • Keri Wootton- Leave the Details to Me

I also want to thank our wonderful sponsors. The table d├ęcor was breathtaking, the food was delectable and the ambience was relaxing!
  • Carrie Beamer- Flora Fetish
  • Keri Wootton- Leave the Details 2 Me
  • Olga Lee- Polkadots Cupcake Factory
  • Sharon Easley- Reel Time Popcorn
  • Michele Schwartz- The Modern Jewish Wedding
  • Diane Lyerly- Premiere Party Central
  • Julie Diaz- Austin Country Club

4. July Continuing Education Seminar
a. Many thanks to all our participants at the “Summer Session Continuing Education” series hosted by Premiere Party Central North. We had 43 attendees who came and polished up (or learned) more efficient ways to fix emergencies that occur at almost every event. Many thanks to our sponsors who made the event possible: Premiere Party Central, Bouquets of Austin, Men’s Warehouse, Eric Hegwer Photography, Michelle’s Patisserie and Platinum Weddings and Events. A special thank you to Royal Fig Catering for the amazing lunch provided. Attendees are still talking about the cookies for dessert. What a delight!

5. August Continuing Education Seminar
a. NEAWP was pleased to bring Alan Berg to Austin on August 29th and 30th. It was a fantastic Event and I personally realized how many things I need to fix in my business! I not only enjoyed learning about how my website would fire me, but realized that this was more than just a “how to be a better business person”. More than just a speech, this was an intensive series of informational, thought-provoking and motivational topics. For those attendees who paid for a private session, I am jealous as you are “toting about what you have learned”. Always remember, “Whether or not you think you can, you are right!”. I would like to extend a warm gratitude to our sponsors of the event: Complete Music and Video, Brenda Abbott Floral Design, Premiere Party Central, Vintage Villas and Cynthia’s Manhattan Limousine Service. You can still purchase a book or video of the event at www.alanberg.com.

6. September Conference
a. This September I made it a priority to attend the Wedding MBA conference in Las Vegas. I planned on attending this in June. My thought was that in August (when my darling little Abby went to kindergarten and it would be the first time in 13 years I did not have a child(ren) at home) I would have an obscene about of time on my hands. When school started in August, well since it is October, I am still waiting for that obscene amount of time to come to me. Nonetheless, I made a commitment to better myself and business. All I can say is “MAKE THE TIME TO GO!”. I have not made the time to process all my notes that I feverishly was writing down. It was a great conference and after the first ½ day I felt that I got my monies worth and I had 2 days left to go. It was nice to walk around and find some fellow Texans (you know who you are with the YOU-TWIT-FACE shirtsJ) but also chat with people who are in different areas from Boise, Idaho to Cayman Islands. It truly was the most reasonable conference for the content that was provided. I realized that after being completely exhausted each night, the three days I was there were enough for me to make drastic changes in life and business. I hope to see you at the next conference October 2-4, 2012 in Las Vegas. They do run discounts so try to take advantage of those. To register go to www.weddingmba.com.
b. Special Event Olympics- What a day this was in the life of NEAWP! Due to the Central Texas Fires, we changed the Olympics date to September 21,2011. As always, this tends to be my most favorite meeting as you see vendors in a truly different state! Thank goodness for Liz Baughier of Elizabeth Jayne Photography for making sure that no moment was left out. Each year I am truly amazed at how much people train for this meeting, how good men actually look draped in linens and makeup, the intense level of smack talking and how professionals bring out their oppressed competitiveness to win cheesy gifts and titles. Our charity for this quarter and event was actually a wedding professional. Byron Smith, the drummer for The Pictures band, lost everything in the Bastrop fires (that includes drums that he needs to make money). NEAWP is proud to give Byron and Jilly Smith $1000.00. Many thanks to each of you!!The participants at the Olympics won “beads” that were assigned a dollar amount that NEAWP would donate to Byron in honor of the winner. Congratulations to the following winners:
  • Thomas Meredith- Rojo Photos
  • Crissalane Discher- In a disc hen Events
  • Haley Hyman- Platinum weddings and events
  • The Allen House
  • Emily Knapp- Premiere Party Central
  • Skip Neal- Honeymoon Guru
  • Angel Carter- The Fairy Godmothers
  • Stella Embelton- Flora Fetish
  • Unkown (someone walked away without reporting)
  • Scott Valley-Complete Music- Big Momma Crown
Thanks to all of winners! Hold onto your title since you will have it for one entire year! If anyone’s name is forgotten, that means you are reading this! Just send it over to me and I will add it in for the record!
First Place and Best use of Costumes- CM Crazies (Tara Humphries-Captain)
Scott Valley (complete music)
Jordan Mitchell (complete music)
April Skinner (complete music)
Jordan (makeup superstar)
Courtney (makeup superstar)
Second Place and Best use of Talent- Fab 5 (Lydia Smith- Captain)
Steve Smith (premiere party central)
Ken Sharpels (premiere party central)
Emily Knapp (premiere party central)
Cheryl Bailey (yellow umbrella events)
Carrie Beamer (flora fetish)
Third Place and best use of theme- Tootsie Pops (Amy Mader- Captain)
Josh Wilkinson (penguin entertainment)
Thomas Meredith (rojo pictures)
Haley Hyman (platinum weddings and events)
Crissalane Discher (in a dischen events)
Spirit Award- Skip Neal (honeymoon guru) and April Carter (fairy godmothers)
FINALLY- a huge thank you to our sponsors! You made this fantastic event possible:
Resurgence Fitness- Kenneth Bobo
Premiere Party Central and Texas Star Event Center- Delores Crum
Elizabeth Jayne Photography- Liz Baughier
Groove Labs- Kit Ketterman
Which Wich Slaughter Lane

7. Graduate Students
a. Maricel Dona of Austin Texas

8. Upcoming Events
a. November 2,2012 - NEAWP General Meeting- Driskill Hotel
b. November 12-13- NECI Wedding Certification Seminar
c. December 7,2012- NEAWP General Meeting- AT&T Conference Center
d. December 13,2012- ISES/NACE/NEAWP Charity Holiday Party- Maggie Mae’s
e. January 7 &8- Bridal Extravaganza- contact beth Kuhn bkuhn@austinweddings.com or 512.797.9470
f. January 11,2012- NEAWP Annual Gala- Hyatt Hotel
g. February 1, 2012- NEAWP General Meeting- Hummingbird House
h. March 7,2012- NEAWP General Meeting- Uncle Billy’s at Lake Travis

9. Quote of the month- As I listened to my 5 year old read “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein to me, I have realized how relevant this excerpt is.

"I am sorry," sighed the tree. "I wish that I could give you something------ but I have nothing left. I am just an old stump."
"I don't need very much now," said the boy. "just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired."

"Well," said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could, "Well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest." And the boy did. And the tree was happy.



10. Book club- if you have not purchased this quarters book, there is still time to get reading in! I am determined to get this book read with some other peopleJ Bethenny Frankel- A Place of Yes. Discussion meeting on November 16,2012 at 11am.

11. The Event Talk: Meet, Grow, Learn- I am going to be starting something a little new this fall (yes, it came from my Wedding MBA experience). Come sit with a small group of individuals to talk about business! Here are the details:

The Event Talk: Meet, Grow, Learn
10133 Planters Woods Drive
Austin, Texas 78730
Tuesday, October 25,2011
12:30-2:30pm
Rsvp amy@neawp.org
(first 12 to respond are in like flynn)

12. The Perfect Holiday Trifecta! ISES/NACE/NEAWP will be collectively hosting a holiday party supporting Austin Children’s Shelter. 100% of the proceeds of the meeting will go towards ACS. The event will be at Maggie Mae’s Downtown on December 13,2011. The fee is $20.00 per attendee. More information will be provided to you.

13. CONGRATULATIONS! There are A LOT of NEAWP babies being born this summer (and yes a lot of girls!!!)

a. Lauren Allen welcomed daughter Charlotte
b. Amanda Dudley welcome daughter Ellison
c. Jennie Temple welcomed daughter Arie

14. Holiday Meeting and January Gala- NEAWP is opening up sponsorship for the holiday meeting and the January gala. To contribute your talent to this event or these events, contact amy@neawp.org. No talent is too big or too small!

15. NEAWP will be taking nominations for the 2012 Board positions. If you feel that you have a trait that would be conducive to making the board successful, contact amy@neawp.org. All nominations must be received by October 28,2011. In the event that a position has dual nominations a vote will take place online on the neawp website.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

November Meeting Invite!!


Welcome to November! Now that you have survived Halloween, Christmas is 8 weeks away! I know with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the first thing that you are thinking is “how is the heck am I going to make it to a meeting?” Well, now is important for you to MAKE TIME for yourself and business. (you do have to eat, rightJ)

YOUR SPACE
Welcome to the Central Market! NEAWP extends their gratitude to Amy McCall for hosting our meeting. Celebrate Every Day! Those three simple words sum up our mission. At Central Market, we want to exceed your wildest expectations and transform your grocery shopping experience. In our stores, shopping isn’t a chore — it’s a joy. You see, we love food as much as you do. It nourishes our passion, feeds our curiosity and brings us all together. Our love of food shows in our vast selection of high-quality domestic and imported goods, not to mention our dedication to outstanding customer service. And we’re eager to share it all with you. Best of all, we believe in finding value without losing flavor. From our selection of more than 700 hand-cut cheeses to hundreds of meat and seafood offerings, there’s a new find around every corner. www.centralmarket.com.

YOUR EVENTS
10.27.10: Wedding Planners Only Inaugural Meeting contact amy@neawp.org
EVERY TUESDAY- Blogging with Eric contact eric@erichegwer.com for  a reservation
12.1.10: December Holiday Party- SAVE THE DATE!
11.7.10: Susan G Komen Austin Race for the Cure contact amanda@neawp.org
1.9.11: Diamond Domain Bridal Soiree contact rita@austinweddingday.com
1.15.11: Austin Bridal Extravaganza contact beth at bkuhn@austinweddings.com.

YOUR SPONSOR
Thank you to Jerry Hughes of Artist Studio 12. Come learn about this professional photographer, author, inventor, world traveler, and speaker. As a photographer his fashion work has been in Vogue magazine, corporate clients have included IBM, Proctor & Gamble, Ford, ... as well as his award winning portrait and wedding photography. www.artiststudio12.com.

YOUR NOTES
Still need an NEAWP business nametag?  If you would like a professional name tag for the meetings, bring $7.00 cash or $7.50 online to the meeting. The next order will be placed on December 15, 2010. All name tags must be paid for prior to being ordered. Look at a sample in our newsletter online.

YOUR THEME
Character- the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing. There are 6 distinct qualities of character:
Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship

YOUR PROGRAM
2011 is just around the corner. We want you get a jump start on your resolutions and goals for 2011! Bring 5 goals or hurdles that you are facing you would like to make in your business for 2011. Since we are aware we do not have all day to talk, kindly forward them to amy@neawp.org so I can be efficient with your time.

                                                         
YOUR CHARITY
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It will be CHILLY soon!  November’s Charity will be Coats for Kids Coat Drive Coats for Kidsencourages the community, schools and organizations to provide new or gently used warm winter coats to keep the children of Central Texas warm throughout the winter.   Please bring your donation to our November 3rd at Central Market
YOUR POLICIES
1.     The 2010 meeting fees are $30.00 per meeting for current NEAWP members. Payments received after the deadline or at the door will be assessed a $5.00 fee.
2.     Guests are always welcome. They need to be added to your RSVP list and you will receive the reservation confirmation. The 2010 guest meeting fees are $50.00 per non member.
3.     If you show up to the meeting without a reservation confirmation, the cost will be $35.00 per current NEAWP member and $55.00 per guest.
4.     You can pay with any major credit card via PayPal on our website by simply going to www.associationofweddingprofessionals.com/ca_meeting.com then click the meeting you would like to attend. All PayPal payments must be received by Monday November 1, 2010 at 12:00pm. All checks must be made payable to: NEAWP.  Any payments received after the deadline or at the door, will be assessed a $5.00 fee.  The 2010 NSF fee for checks is $50.00.
5.     To ensure your reservation at the meeting, RSVP to amy@nuptialessentials.comYou will receive a confirmation reservation email. Bring a copy of your confirmation email  to the check in table the day of the meeting. If your RSVP changes after November 1, 2010 at 12:00pm you will be charged the full meeting amount.
Our meeting will be kept within the time allotted so you can get back to making lots of money!

Now go plan beautiful events!
Amy Mader, PWC
President

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

October Meeting Invite


CLIFF NOTES VERSION!
(SINCE YOU ALREADY RECEIVED THE FULL INVITE—ENJOY THIS ABBREVIATED VERSION!)
THE FULL INVITE IS LISTED ON OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.NEAWP.ORG

You are cordially invited to the October 2010 Nuptial Essentials Association of Wedding Professionals (NEAWP) Austin Chapter meeting.

YOUR SPACE
Mercury Hall  615 Cardinal Lane . Catering by Word of Mouth Catering! October 6th 11am

YOUR EVENTS
Every Tuesday: Blogging Tips contact eric@erichegwer.com
9.29.10: Wedding Planners Only Meeting 11:00am contact amy@neawp.org
11.7.10: Susan G Komen Austin Race for the Cure contact amanda@neawp.org
1.9.11: Diamond Domain Bridal Soiree contact rita@austinweddingday.com

YOUR SPONSOR
Delysia Chocolates!

YOUR NOTES
October is “Come as a member month”!

SAVE SECOND BASESign up for the Komen walk

Next name tag order is on October 15th!

YOUR THEME
Endurance.

YOUR PROGRAM
Our round table discussion is back by popular demand! Come participate with your fellow peers in solving the issues of “how to endure the challenges of your business”. If you have not participated in an NEAWP round table discussion, now is the time to try it!

YOUR CHARITY
Happy Halloween! We will be collecting Halloween treats (no food)  and costumes for the Dell Children’s Hospital.

                                                         
YOUR POLICIES
1.     The 2010 meeting fees are $30.00 per meeting for current NEAWP members. Payments received after the deadline or at the door will be assessed a $5.00 fee.
2.     Guests are always welcome. They need to be added to your RSVP list and you will receive the reservation confirmation. The 2010 guest meeting fees are $50.00 per non member.
3.     If you show up to the meeting without a reservation confirmation, the cost will be $35.00 per current NEAWP member and $55.00 per guest.
4.     You can pay with any major credit card via PayPal on our website by simply going to www.associationofweddingprofessionals.com/ca_meeting.com then click the meeting you would like to attend. All PayPal payments must be received by Monday October 4, 2010 at 12:00pm. All checks must be made payable to: NEAWP.  Any payments received after the deadline or at the door, will be assessed a $5.00 fee.  The 2010 NSF fee for checks is $50.00.
5.     To ensure your reservation at the meeting, RSVP to amy@nuptialessentials.comYou will receive a confirmation reservation email. Bring a copy of your confirmation email  to the check in table the day of the meeting. If your RSVP changes after October 4, 2010 at 12:00pm you will be charged the full meeting amount.
Our meeting will be kept within the time allotted so you can get back to making lots of money!

Now go plan beautiful events!
Amy Mader, PWC
President

Friday, September 3, 2010

Wedding Collages for your viewing pleasure


Fashion show vendors:
Blush Bridal Lounge – www.blushbridallounge.com
Rae Cosmetics – www.raecosmetics.com
Flora Fetish – www.florafetish.com
Big Day Event Productions – www.youreventproducer.com
Sterling Images – www.sterlingimagesonline.com
Distinctive Details – www.distinctivedetails.com
The Driskill Hotel – www.driskillhotel.com
Penguin Entertainment:  www.penguinentertainment.com
Premiere Party Central:  www.austinpartycentral.com



Joyce/Kennedy Wedding May 1st, 2010
Venue:  Umlauf Sculpture Gardens – www.umlaufsculpture.org
Planner:  Big Day Event Productions – www.youreventproducer.com
Florist:  Flora Fetish – www.florafetish.com
Caterer:  Fion Wine Pub – www.fionwinepub.com
Decorator:  Quest Drape – www.questdrape.com
Lighting:  FILO – www.filodesigns.com
Rentals:  Premiere Party Central – www.austinpartycentral.com
Cake:  Cakeism – www.cakeism.com
DJ:  Encore Entertainment – www.fredthedj.com
Photographer:  DCM Photography – www.dcmphotography.com

Special thanks to Amanda Dudley of Big Day Events for sharing these gorgeous wedding images :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Upcoming September Meeting!


You are cordially invited to the September 2010 Nuptial Essentials Association of Wedding Professionals (NEAWP) Austin Chapter meeting. School has begun and my vacation has ended! I am looking forward to a fantastic meeting in September. I regret the tardiness of this invite, but as you all know the meetings happen the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month and I am sure you have it already penciled in your calendar. I missed you all in August! I would like to thank your outstanding board for taking on this meeting so effortlessly. Let’s get ready to work!

YOUR SPACE
Welcome to the Omni Hotel Austin! NEAWP extends their gratitude to Leah Pitre for hosting our meeting. The Omni Austin Hotel Downtown is a magnificently appointed luxury hotel that surrounds you with comfort and style. With the heart of the thriving downtown business center at your doorstep, you'll be just steps away from the Austin Convention Center and the Texas State Capitol.  The 6th Street Entertainment District is walking distance from the hotel. Omni Hotels was named as one of the best companies to work for in Texas in an annual program created by the Texas Association of Business, the Texas State Council of the Society of Human Resource Management and the Best Companies Group.

YOUR EVENTS
8.25.10: Wedding Planners Only Inaugural Meeting contact amy@neawp.org
8.25.10: NACE Eat the Heat contact delores@premierepartycentral.com
8.31.10: August Book Club Meeting contact amanda@neawp.org
8.31.10: August Mentor Meeting contact barbara@neawp.org
9.15.10: NEAWP Event Games contact amy@neawp.org
11.7.10: Susan G Komen Austin Race for the Cure contact amanda@neawp.org
1.9.11: Diamond Domain Bridal Soiree contact rita@austinweddingday.com

YOUR SPONSOR
Thank you to Eric Hegwer of Eric Hegwer Photography. Come learn about the photographer who has mastered Hebrew, rock climbed for years, is a biochemist AND actually know who Phish is. Visit Eric at www.erichegwer.com.

YOUR NOTES
2010 Olympics: Teams are still needed! The cost is $25.00 per person. We have changed the requirements for the minimum number of participants per team. The minimum is 4! Locate your event colleagues and form a team! Event details and registration is atwww.neawp.org!

September is MEMBERSHIP DRIVE month!! If you would like to join or need to renew your membership, the current membership drive is $150.00 ($100.00 off the original dues!). This membership drive ends on September 30,2010.

Still need an NEAWP business nametag?  If you would like a professional name tag for the meetings, bring $7.00 cash or $7.50 online to the meeting. The next order will be placed on October 15, 2010. All name tags must be paid for prior to being ordered. Look at a sample in our newsletter online.

YOUR THEME
Neediness- Seeking encouragement and support from others and appreciating being aided when in need

YOUR PROGRAM
YOU! Come and find out what we are up to this month!
                                                         
YOUR CHARITY
NEAWP is continuing our support of the Austin Humane Society. They still need our help! The following items are needed:
Treats & Rawhide chews for dogs
Canned cat and dog food
³KONG² Type toys for dogs
Gently used Towels
Bath mats & blankets
 Newspaper
 Gently used or new pet collars
 Pet shampoo
Dog  and Cat treats
They are also accepting monetary donations for to spay and neuter animals in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.  $1200 will spay or neuter 40 animals!

Please bring your donation to our next meeting.

YOUR POLICIES
1.     The 2010 meeting fees are $30.00 per meeting for current NEAWP members. Payments received after the deadline or at the door will be assessed a $5.00 fee.
2.     Guests are always welcome. They need to be added to your RSVP list and you will receive the reservation confirmation. The 2010 guest meeting fees are $50.00 per non member.
3.     If you show up to the meeting without a reservation confirmation, the cost will be $35.00 per current NEAWP member and $55.00 per guest.
4.     You can pay with any major credit card via PayPal on our website by simply going to www.associationofweddingprofessionals.com/ca_meeting.com then click the meeting you would like to attend. All PayPal payments must be received by Monday August 30, 2010 at 12:00pm. All checks must be made payable to: NEAWP.  Any payments received after the deadline or at the door, will be assessed a $5.00 fee.  The 2010 NSF fee for checks is $50.00.
5.     To ensure your reservation at the meeting, RSVP to amy@nuptialessentials.comYou will receive a confirmation reservation email. Bring a copy of your confirmation email  to the check in table the day of the meeting. If your RSVP changes after August 30, 2010 at 12:00pm you will be charged the full meeting amount.
Our meeting will be kept within the time allotted so you can get back to making lots of money!

Now go plan beautiful events!
Amy Mader, PWC
President
























































Saturday, August 21, 2010

Summer Games!

Just a few images from last year's NEAWP Summer Games! Thanks for the images, Eric!




Don't forget to register for our Summer Games 2010 by August, 25th! You can register on our website at http://www.neawp.org/ca_meeting_09152010.cfm . May the best team win!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

August Meeting: Charity Bash and Summer Games

Thank you so much for attending the August meeting at the gorgeous downtown Marriott Courtyard and Residence InnNEAWP extends their gratitude to Yvonne Oaks for hosting our meeting. With over 6,600 square feet of flexible meeting space, this hotel is in the heart of downtown Austin. 


Thank you to Katherine Reece of Dragonfly Designs. Dragonfly Designs will help a bride coordinate her wedding stationery and accessories to create the mood and theme of her wedding date. Katherine will do home visits to clients as well as customize any invitation. To find out more about Katherine, go to www.dragonflydesignstx.com




A very special thank you to our guest speaker Alex Winkelman. Alex Winkelman- Executive Director, CharityBash
Alex previously was the Chair of Dining for Darfur-Austin, a Director of the Tents of Hope campaign, and a consultant for Nike’s Human Race 10k. Her involvement ranges from being a reading mentor and gymnastics coach to traveling to Israel with the Young Adult Leadership Association and to Costa Rica to work with children. Alex is currently Executive Director of CharityBash and is a Social Entrepreneurship student at St. Edward’s University.