It’s been a little quiet on the blog this month, because I’ve been busy with Fall Weddings! If you’ve followed me for a while, you’re probably aware of my obsession with the Fall. Like most women my age, I love all things Fall, the beautiful colors of the leaves, the smells, and the flavors. I was of course married in the Fall, and our one year anniversary is next Monday!
Anyways, this post isn’t about the Fall, or Fall weddings, sadly. I’m writing this post to tell you all about that Pamper Party I hosted back in July. It was a crazy fast Summer, but we had tons of fun at my Pamper Party.
The Idea – Pamper Party
With my Summer not being as fully booked with events as my Fall, I had some time to fill. I knew I wanted to host some kind of Summer event this year, but was too late to do anything for the 4th. In addition to having some free time I needed to fill, over the course of this past year I’ve met and worked with several vendors that I wanted to introduce to my brides. After getting a much needed mani/pedi with my friend, Lauren, I rolled a few ideas around. I decided to host a type of client appreciation event for my brides and their friends. In addition to asking my brides to come get pampered for the night, I hired a variety of vendors to provide some education, and of course entertainment for the event!
To start the night out with something educational for my brides, I asked Janice the owner and operator of North Raleigh Florist & Cary Florist, to lead a floral workshop. Janice taught my attendees how to make their own wedding bouquets! Her 45 minute tutorial, followed by a 15 minute Q&A session for my attendees, was VERY well received. Overall, I believe it probably encouraged the ladies to reach out to a florist when I came time to make their own bouquets. Janice did a great job both teaching the ladies, as well as answering their questions. One of my brides did end up hiring Cary Florist for her April wedding next year, and I can’t wait to work with them!
Rodan + Fields Rep
In addition to learning about floral bouquets, my brides got to meet a very dear friend of mine named, Lauren. Lauren taught the ladies a little about skincare and walked them through a DIY facial with Rodan + Fields products. While I am personally not a sales person, I always encourage my friends, family, and clients to use products that I love. I absolutely love the way R+F products make my skin look and feel, so I wanted to share this with my brides and their friends too.
I love nothing more (besides Coordinating) then coming up with playlists of music. I’ve done it for office holiday parties, parties hosted at my place, CDs for car trips, and of course any other time I get the opportunity. For my Pamper Party though, I decided to do something a little different. Since one of the reasons I was hosting this event was to showcase local vendors that I love, I decided to hire live musicians to come in and provide musical entertainment to my guests.
When my family moved to Clayton, NC in 2006 they moved next door to some really nice people. They met pretty quick and become friends fast. When I came to stay with my parents during the Summer of 2006, I met those neighbors and also befriended them. Shortly after, I learned that one of those neighbors named Paul was a Jazz Guitarist. Being someone who LOVES Jazz music, I started following Paul on Facebook and attempted to get out to see him perform. While looking for someone to hire for this event, Paul reached out to me and expressed interest. He was able to help me book a pianist too, Frank, who with Paul’s help created beautiful music for my attendees. The live Jazz was a great touch!
For entertainment, I wanted to provide more then just live music to my guests. I have done a lot of networking this year, which has helped me to meet tons of wonderful and talented local vendors. Some time this Spring, one of my favorite Raleigh Wedding Officiant’s, Randy Taylor, introduced me to another local vendor named Bianca. Bianca owns and operates Triple T Entertainment, a photo booth company. In addition to one of my brides booking with Janice from Cary Florist, but I also had one of my other brides book with Bianca of Triple T Entertainment.
Massage Therapists to Pamper
Finally, I hosted the Pamper Party to give back to my clients. My goals for this event were for my attendees to learn something, network with brides and vendors, eat some snacks and sip on some summery beverages, enjoy live music, and just relax. To provide total relaxation to all my guests in attendance I hired two very good friends of mine that also happen to be massage therapists. They brought their chairs for chair massages, and one of them was even able to provide cards with future discounts for my guests.
Next Pamper Party?
If time permits, I will more than likely be hosting another one of these events again in the Spring. If I do, what type of vendors would you like to see there? Would you want to participate in a more hands on floral workshop or try something different? Please let me know in the comments section below. Or, if you are a local vendor who would like to participate in upcoming Get Christine Pamper Parties, please send me a message!
All images featured in this post taken by Ryan Steffes of Mister Guy Photography.