Ever wonder how a professional services provider comes up with their standard rates, or specialty rates? Stay tuned for a post on how I connect with my clients to create a value for my services.
This story inspired by my dear friend, Jessica.
If you are thinking about getting married at Burning Man, there are a few things you should know before you go.
If your officiant lives outside Nevada, you and your fiancé(e) will need to give that person both your full names and address(es) so that s/he can obtain written permission to marry you. It will probably take your officiant a few weeks to secure this permission. The County Clerk *might* give your officiant last-minute permission to perform your wedding, but why make extra work for her?
Before Burning Man, go to the Pershing County Clerk’s office to get a marriage license. The County Clerk will issue your license on the spot, so you can stop there on the way to Burning Man. You need to bring $60 (per couple) for the license and you both need a driver’s license or some other reliable form of ID. (If you’re NOT a citizen of the U.S. you’ll need a passport.) Nevada does not require a blood test to get a marriage license. The County Clerk’s office is in Lovelock (east of the Burning Man site on I-80) at 398 Main St. It’s open normal office hours Monday through Friday.
If you would like to request my officiating services for Burning Man, you can choose from three service packages below:
- Pre-written ceremony (choose from two non-religious templates) – $75
- You-send-me-your-script ceremony – $100
- We develop a script together – $200
For the purpose of Burning Man, I do not plan full staging and blocking (processional, bridal march, and recessional). You are responsible for any correspondence and licensing fees with the Pershing County Clerk’s Office. Each package comes with a meet n greet and rehearsal. I will be on-playa from August 25th to September 6th.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support all of the wonderful artists at the Spring Small Business & Maker Craft Fair! And a bigger thanks for all of the artists who put in a lot of time and hard work to be there. It was wonderful to meet all of you.
We will see you again this Fall! Check back for a new event name and brand.
Vendor space is sold out.
Shop on April 30th from 12 pm to 6 pm at the Annex in TaborSpace for local crafts, gifts, services, and treats!
Taborspace is located at 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215.
With live music by Barely Vertical to benefit Team In Training/Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (a fundraiser to cure blood cancers).
SOLD OUT | LATE REGISTRATION BOOTH PRICES ARE IN EFFECT AND AS FOLLOWS:
$31.00 Standard Booth: Aproximately 6.5′ wide by 8′ deep. Comes with a 6′ rectangle or 60″ round folding table. For single vendors only. Great for a standard set up for your goods for sale. Room to set up a small amount of additional shelving behind or in front of your folding table.
$41.00 Large Booth: Aproximately 12.5′ wide by 8′ deep. Includes a storage ledge and and option of a 6’or 8′ rectangle folding table 60″ round folding table. (8′ table availability is first come first serve day of the event). For single or double/shared vendors. Great for vendors needing additional built in display space. Room to set up additional shelving behind or in front of your folding table.
$24.00 Mini Booth: Aproximately 6′ wide by 4.5′ deep. One 6′ rectangle folding table, joined with neighboring 6′ rectangle folding tables in a cluster in the center of the room. For single vendors only needing limited display space. A maximum of two chairs per table booth allowed. Great for professionals offering a service or chair massage stations.
*Please no third party sales such as Scentsty, Jamberry, or MaryKay.
We all know that Wedding and Event Planning is an image business. Let’s face it…it can be tough to keep up [with] appearances. And…not every couple plans for an easy-going no-frills wedding where their best friend makes the bouquets out of farmer market flowers, kale, and beach grass (see below).
To make matters worse, as a customer, it’s much harder to trust a professional who is looking a little rough around the edges than to trust one who is well manicured, bright and spunky. As a consultant, I get to play the part of both the customer and the coordinator.
To give you a better idea of what I am talking about, let me take you back 9 and a half months.
Yep. I’m a mommy. This is part of the reason I decided to go into business for myself. And it’s been a wonderfully challenging and rewarding journey. But, that is not my point. My point is, everyone has a hard job, and usually more than one hard job fills their time in their daily lives. Whether it’s to be a bride and figure out what details matter the most to help you celebrate the fact that you have found love. Or maybe your day is being a mother, or juggling volunteering commitments, or working for or owning a business. And sometimes all of it at once. It’s all hard work that we are grateful is done at the end of the day. But then we get up and do it all over again the next day. And some days, we don’t get enough sleep before we need to do it. Maybe we go a little long in between hair cuts, our dresses fit a little tight, or we forget to wear deodorant because we are so darn inspired by the people around us, some of those things just don’t seem to matter as much.
Until they do.
Because sometimes… Mama has 4 voicemails to return from potential clients who want to book in-person interviews or meetings, a permit deadline, baby is pulling your hair out while screaming because he just pooped, and your best clothes don’t fit any more because of breastfeeding …you just need a hair cut and a little color to cheer you up and help you feel special. Then, a moment of clarity. Enter a plea to friends on Facebook for a little help in this department, and suddenly an angel appears from the heavens in the form of a hair stylist you have never met.
Stacy is my angel. Stacy took me on as a client last week at the recommendation of a friend – and did so very last minute at a very busy and upscale salon downtown. Stacy saved my life. She didn’t care that I brought my baby to the salon with me. She didn’t care that I was a few minutes late and had to run around the corner mid-appointment to re-fill the parking meeter. Stacy listened to me. Stacy made me feel at ease. Stacy was my savior for just one day, and helped me to feel and look like a million bucks. BE LIKE STACY.
Better yet, GO SEE STACY.
I don’t need to look as good as my brides do. But I do need to feel as good in order to provide an excellent service to my clients. This is the ultimate basis of my profession’s success. So, just sometimes, I need to ask for help in order to treat myself to something special. And every once in a while, a client will help me accomplish that goal with a gift certificate or thank you card. The gesture goes a very very long way. Trust me. We [coordinators/consultants] spend countless unbilled hours learning about you, your vision, and how to make it a reality. And when she show up – we REALLY show up for you. At least I do – always – but after I have scheduled in a little ME time.
When I do take the time to take care of myself, everything returns to stasis. I look, feel, and smell a little better and my clients trust that I can, in turn, take care of them.
So how can you have an angel save you and make you feel like a million bucks for your special day? (Even if your special day means racing down to the salon on a non-specific Wednesday with you baby on your hip). No judgement – we all have a story.