Thursday, February 11, 2010

Business & Wedding Planning: The Elevator Speech

We've all heard it time and time again ... have a carefully constructed elevator speech that you can rattle off in a moment's notice about your job. It should be 30 seconds in length and should highlight what you do and why you are awesome. That way, when you run into someone who asks what you do for a living, you can give them the highlight reel without wasting too much time. The same is applicable to your wedding.

I am not talking about having an elevator speech that highlights the where and when of your wedding - I am talking about a short summary regarding what your wedding vision is all about. When you meet with vendors, you need to be able to give them a quick rundown on your vision, so that they get a glimpse. Ours went something like this: "old english garden setting with an ethereal feeling - soft colors with the ambiance set by lots of candlelight. our goal for the wedding is for everyone to feel the love we have for each other and our guests". Off the bat, any vendor we are talking about knows this about our wedding: we're looking for a romantic intimate setting and friendship is extremely important to us. After you've given them the highlight reel, you can get into the nitty gritty, but your vendor is starting off the conversation from exactly the same place you are.

Your wedding elevator speech doesn't need to be an overly detailed or descriptive 30 seconds, it needs to be insightful and to the point. Spend some time crafting yours and I promise, your vendor meetings will start off very smoothly and you'll all be on the same page from minute one.

{via JCriley}

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