Wedding MBA 2017 – Fairy Godmother Friday

This past Sunday the Fairy Godmother squad loaded up and headed to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2017 Wedding MBA

Our dear friend Allison of Allison Claire Photography joined in on our crazy road trip learning adventure! 

Did we mention that we packed matching shirts for each day of the conference? 

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Upon arriving and checking into our hotel, we knew that one thing was certain… We needed to stop and get some Fairy Fuel- STAT!

It was almost as if the van had autopilot to the nearest Starbucks…

After wrapping up dinner and making a few stops into the shops on the strip the Fairies made their way back to rest their wings before kicking off their Monday at the conference. 

Just as we got back into our hotel room we received a call about the horrific events that would soon be recognized as the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States, just a short distance away from where we had been eating dinner and shopping minutes before. Immediately, the Las Vegas strip and all hotels, including ours, was put on lockdown as they would stay until the next morning as they searched for rhyme or reason to the tragedy.

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With heavy hearts, the conference went on Monday paying close attention to the events of the evening prior. 

Wedding MBA kicked off with speakers like Brian Leahy of Brian Leahy Photography, Sasha Souza of Sasha Souza Events, and the founders of The Wedding PLanners Institute of Coordination Tracey Manailescu and Danielle Andrews!

Talk about amazing, these are just a few of the many fabulous speakers who took the time to share about their business, what has made them successful, and how they have conquered any obstacles that they may have faced. 

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Tuesday, bright and early, we headed over to the convention center for day 2 of the conference! Speakers included Vanessa Joy of Vanessa Joy Photography and in closing, Sonny Ganguly of Wedding Wire sharing marketing tips!

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We even got to listen to George Zimmer, the founder of Generation Tux and former CEO/Founder of Men’s Warehouse!

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The Gen Tux gang!

While the vibe wasn’t the same as years prior, the masses of vendors in attendance came together showing their love and support for the victims, families and Las Vegas first responders.

In fact, the second night of the conference usually concludes with two afterparties, one hosted by Wedding Wire and the other by The Knot

Before the party, the Fairies and our honorary Fairy, Allison, made our way over to Bardot Brasserie for dinner! 

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This year, to benefit the GoFundMe account created for the victims and their families, Wedding Wire and The Knot came together to throw one party at JEWEL nightclub inside the Aria Hotel and Casino.

The only thing the two competitors asked was for a $10 donation per attendee, that they would match.

With over 1,500 guests in attendance, the two companies ended up donating over $15,000! 

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Talk about a sense of togetherness and community!

Closing this three-day conference we had one of our favorites, Alan Katz, our dear friend David Tutera and Meghan Brown!

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The Fairy Squad with David Tutera!

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Our sweet friend Meghan Brown!

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The Fairies hanging out at in The Knot lounge!

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Having some fun at the Wedding Wire photobooth!

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We discovered this Fairy Godmother in her natural element!

As wedding season is in full swing, we are thrilled to be able to take our knowledge straight to our clients and help their wedding and event dreams come true. 

And of course, thank you to all of those who checked on us during the time of tragedy- we are so fortunate to have such a great group of people who love and care about us! 

Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…? – Magical Monday

“Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…?”

This week, we are still in our 8-1o month time block until you and your soon-to-be say, “I do!”

Now that you have a date, venue, caterer, and a rough draft of your guest list… It’s time to pick a DJ!

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Fairy Godmother Colleen with Mike of Freestyle Entertainment!

Not all weddings have DJ’s, some have live bands, or other forms of musical entertainment. We want to help you make sure that you get exactly what you want for you on your special day. This is just one of the many ways that you get to share your personality and interests with your guests as you engulf them into a full experience of you as a couple.

A good DJ can make or break your guests’ experience. If you want that loud, exciting, and constant action- a harpist or violinist may not be for you.

Fairy Godmother has had the greatest pleasure of working with so many kinds of entertainment! We have had the harpist, the 5-piece band, and of course, we have worked with a fabulous variety of DJ’s!

Every single creative partner has a distinct style, all finding the best ways to appeal to their couples’ needs.

This is where searching for the right DJ comes in. You want to give yourself options, not just selecting the one that played a really super awesome playlist off the internet at your cousin’s brother’s mother’s wedding.

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DJ Donald of DG Entertainment!

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DJ Donald getting the crowd pumped up! Photo by Aurelia D’amore Photography.

You want to have a personal experience that is all your own, so be sure to book appointments with a few and if they don’t have that “WOW!” factor right off the bat, you may want to explore other avenues and options.

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Fairy Godmother Colleen with DJ Kevin Rush!

Your wedding day is supposed to be everything that you have ever dreamed of, so make sure every selection gives you the confidence that you are just months away from that dream becoming a reality!

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Fairy Godmother Colleen with Mark of Freestyle Entertainment!

Your wedding day is supposed to be everything that you have ever dreamed of, so make sure every selection gives you the confidence that you are just months away from that dream becoming a reality!

Contact Fairy Godmother today to make sure that your event has the most perfect entertainment for your special day!

Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…? – Magical Monday

On behalf of the Fairy Godmother family, we want to congratulate your recent engagement!

We hope that you have found our “Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What?” series to be helpful, and we hope to follow your wedding planning process!

One of the most important parts of your magical day is getting married!

One of the most important components of your big day is having an officiant.

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Photography by Shelli Renee.

Your officiant can be a multitude of people, whether it be someone close to the family or an individual of faith.

One of the very first things to consider when hiring a wedding officiant is that you want to feel comfortable with them. This is the person who is going to tie you with your spouse for eternity!

Feeling comfortable is just the start, you want to make sure this person has no judgment on your union, and more importantly you want someone who knows a little about you to make your ceremony as personable as possible. After all, it is YOUR wedding day!

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Photography by Austin Thomas Photo.

If you want to hold your wedding outside of your church of choice, but still want to have a religious officiant… Good news, you can! If this is something that you are interested in, be sure to check and see if the person you are interested in is interested and what their limits may be.

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Photography by Jessica Frey Photography.

Are you more of an “offbeat” couple? Meaning that maybe the clergyperson just isn’t for you, and that’s completely fine! There are alternative options available! Maybe you need more of a Luke Skywalker kind of couple? Or maybe Gandalf is more your speed? These are just a few ideas, you have options!

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Photography by Left Coast By Design.

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Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Aside from the style of your ceremony, you want to be sure that you and your officiant have a very clear understanding of what is expected from both parties. You want to be sure that your officiant is everything that you want. Things to consider are the way they come off to others, and the language that they will be using. Will religion be played into it? Will there be any special ceremony additions? Unity candles, mixing of sand, etc.

Finally, be sure to have some sort of written agreement with your officiant. During your wedding planning, the last thing you want is to have any issues with agreements, so solidifyeverything you do with a contract! Don’t let wedding planning become stressful!

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Photography by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

This is the buildup to the happiest day in your life, let the planning continue! Contact Fairy Godmother today!


Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…? – Magical Monday

We are so thrilled to congratulate you on your recent engagement! 

Your planning process has just begun and we want to help you through it.

Did you know that the average investment on a wedding in the United States is $35,329.00?!

Budget planning is one of fundamental planning necessities to this process, after all, it sets the blueprint for your magical day! 

The first step in coming up with your budget is organizing who will be contributing to the investment!

Traditionally, the bride’s family will pay for most, if not all, of the event. In modern times couples and the couple’s family all come together to contribute. 

Another major part of budget planning is your guest count! 

Being practical with your invites is essential. Most people with an intimate wedding of fifty people most often will not have the same budget as a wedding of two-hundred people. This is 100% okay, but it needs to be known right from the start so there are no little surprises as you begin this super fun journey!

According to the wedding experts at The Knot, here is the breakdown of a traditional wedding budget…

“48 to 50 percent of total budget to reception; 8 to 10 percent for flowers; 8 to 10 percent for attire; 8 to 10 percent for entertainment/music; 10 to 12 percent for photo/video; 2 to 3 percent for invites; 2 to 3 percent for gifts; and 8 percent for miscellaneous items like a wedding coordinator…”

After you have factored your venue into your budget, you can begin budget planning for your big day! Be sure to include the things that precede the big day, such as your announcements and any events that may go with it, maybe rehearsal and rehearsal dinners. Couples even go as far as to throw a brunch or BBQ the day after the event to thank everyone for their help, attendance, and friendship!

Another rule of thumb that is good to remember, is to be sure that there is a little wiggle room in your investment. You want to be sure that those unexpected, or “hidden,” charges are covered and won’t throw a wrench in your event!

If you need help planning your magical day, please contact us today and let us help you track your budget and assist you in maximizing your dollar!


2016 Wedding MBA – Magical Monday

To kick off wedding season, the Fairy Godmother team packed up their bags and made their way to

Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2016 Wedding MBA!

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The Wedding MBA is a three day conference carefully crafted for professionals in the wedding industry. The MBA has everything from professional photographers, to well known bloggers to the best florists in the business… All have something to share about their time in the business.

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This was Fairy Godmother’s 3rd year in attendance at Wedding MBA. We are firm believers in power in numbers! The first year only two planners attended, the second year there were four, and this year six of the Fairy Godmother team went.

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As you already know, the wedding industry is a forever changing, forever learning kind of business. With no two events ever being the same, there is always a yearning for knowledge. When professionals from all the world get together in one building, the possibilities are endless! We believe that it is a truly wonderful thing when the focus is on collaboration and there is no room for competition.

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Spaghetti cake crafted by Carlo’s Bakery, Las Vegas

At Fairy Godmother, we call wedding planning the “happy business!” There is something so magical about taking the dreams and pieces of an engaged couple to create a magical wedding day as they shift to newly weds. With a growth in knowledge, we are able to provide an even more immaculate service to our clients, and what is better than that?!

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Wedding planners have dreams, too! Fairy Godfather TJ got to fulfill a dream and stop in at The Black Tux booth! We would also like to announce that Fairy Godmother is an official preferred vendor of The Black Desk, the premier concierge service of The Black Tux.

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We had the great pleasure of listening to so many great speakers, BB Webb and Linnyette Richardson-Hall just to name a few. These speakers gave us insight to new and upcoming trends, assurance of what we have been doing, and then some new tips and tricks for what we should try to implement.

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Wedding Wire had awesome booths with lovely giveaways, items ranging from tickets to Wedding Wire World all the way to sweatshirts and keychains. Fairy Godmother Cassandra gave her best spin on the Wedding Wire slot machine!

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The Knot and Wedding Wire were sponsors for the conference, and they even threw their own after parties for all the attendees. The Knot’s event was “The Greatest Event On Earth” held at Chateau atop the Paris Hotel on the Las Vegas strip.

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The ladies at Enchanted Bridal Boutique were sure keep us in style with all of our custom shirts! The Fairy Godmother squad had matching shirts for each day, and talk about a hit! We had creative partners, strangers, and admirers point out our shirts each day… Such a fun way to show our team spirit!

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The Fairy Godmother team is proud to share that we are officially 2016 Wedding MBA graduates! We cannot wait until next year!