Status of Events in Texas: Well Sort Of.

The past 8 weeks of quarantine have been unprecedented for everyone. There have been many sad, frustrated and hollow conversations that answers cannot be provided for. I have been taking this time to listen to webinars and attend zoom calls with industry professionals. As much as our job requires us to provide answers to our clients, we simply are just able to gather as much as we can and provide the best guidance as possible with that information. This is definitely the time that I wish there was a clear and definite answer.  Unfortunately, as we all know, the information is changing daily. I do feel confident that the members of this industry are working hard daily to help each other out. We definitely are better when working together.

I absolutely appreciate that there are much bigger things happening in this world which my heart goes out to, however, a special place in my heart will go out to the couples who have been affected. What should have been a wonderful and exciting time, found itself with sadness and uncertainty. Yes, every bride deserves a collective cry and/or scream.

Another special part of my heart goes out to my fellow small businesses and their owners affected by this. We are finding out right now that we need to dig deeper in a much different way then we have had to do in the past to stay with our passion of this industry. We are stronger when we are together and we will come out stronger when this is over. We surely have come to the understanding that events will have a ‘new normal’ when normal resumes. There will be a new set of policies to learn about and we will do it to ensure the safety of all the guests and employees who make weddings and events happen. We will reach levels of success by providing patience, grace, determination and education to ourselves and our staff while not sacrificing the utmost level of service to our clients. This will definitely be a marathon and not a sprint.

Below is a list of the Texas government requirements to date (and as mentioned they will most likely change). If you have anything you would like to add, feel free to do so.

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5 Everyday Apps for The Wedding Professional!

Hello!

We hope you all had a fantastic weekend.  Monday sure snuck up on us, but we’re slowly stepping into the day with a big fresh hot cup of coffee 🙂  Is there really any other way for someone to start their day?

Technology is such a huge part of our world now a days, and in the past couple of months we’ve been discovering new apps to help us get through our busy lives.  We’ve got a long list, but we’ve narrowed it down to five!  Check out these awesome apps to help the everyday wedding professional make their life just a tad bit easier!  Enjoy!

1.  Evernote-

Evernote is a huge help to us!  We store receipts, notes, reminders, and our to-do lists!  You can even have work chats and share what you’ve been working on with your co-workers.

Super great tips for using Evernote )which I love!) - 20 Tips Every Evernote User Must Know by PC News

2.  IFTT-(If This Then That)

We LOVE LOVE LOVE this app!!  You can pretty much do anything here!  Want to link your Instagram through your Twitter, but don’t want your followers to have to follow a link??  IFTT will tweet your insta’s as a Twit pic!  That’s not the only thing though! If you accept a payment through the Square app, IFTT will automatically add a row to a spreadsheet in your Google Drive.  Check out this awesome app!  You’ll spend hours just looking at all the recipes they have to offer.

3.  Expensify

Not only is this app great for the travelling professional, but also for ANY professional!  Everyone has budgets, and tracking them isn’t always the easiest for best part of your job! Expensify makes things simple!  Check it out!

Expensify: Expense Reports That Don’t Suck. Scan Receipts & Create Expenses Anywhere Seamless Quickbooks Integration

4. Tempo

I’ve recently started using Tempo as my calendar app. So far, I love it!  Say you have a meeting with someone on April 1st.  If they happen to be in your contacts, type their name into your calendar event and once the event is made, their phone number, FB,  and LinkedIn profile will pull up!  You can call/text them right from your calendar.  It tells you the last time you met with that person and the next time you’ll be meeting with them!  It’s the easiest way to schedule meetings, hop on conference calls and see the emails and documents related to that meeting!

Tempo Smart Calendar - Free Calendar App for iPhone and iPod - Tempo Smart Calendar is the only calendar that intelligently finds and neatly organizes everything you need for each meeting, including contacts, locations, and related emails and documents.

5.  Spotify

Of course you need some music in your crazy busy life!  We love spotify!  It helps us get pumped up for the day or unwind after a long busy day!  You can choose between genres and moods!

Keep your endurance up while exercising with our new Spotify workout playlist! #exercise #health

If you don’t already have all of these apps, I hope you download them after reading this!  Also, they’re ALL FREE! Yay!  Have a great Monday!

-Haley, PWE