Quick post today, I was looking for a web designer to help me change some stuff on my site to make it look responsive and make my portfolio look better on mobile devices and I was referred a guy who did a limo rental cape coral site for a friend of mine. I’m just telling you this to be aware not everyone out there has good intentions when it comes to this industry that is internet marketing & services.
He said he was from diseno web miami a small company in Florida who helped small businesses with design and marketing services.
So basically what I decided to pay the guy 50% of the fee in order to get started, I was told the job would be done in a matter of 2 weeks and funny how after a week I didn’t hear back from the guy. About a month later the guy shows up and says he had some personal issues and didn’t have time to contact me and let me know. He offered to basically resume the work and I said I would give him a second chance. But, a few days later he asked for the other 50% of the fee without finishing the job and when I refused he said I was taking advantage of him. I learned a few days ago he never really work in the company he claimed to work for.
I guess the lesson here is be sure to always check for references and don’t simply hire someone without doing some research and learning if the person is truly who they say they are.
One of the coolest ways to leave your wedding ceremony in style is hiring a limousine or party bus to help you transport your close friends and family. Or perhaps leaving to the airport in a limo if you are traveling somewhere for the honeymoon.
My friend Joe who owns limo service cape coral gave me some tips to share with yall on how to find a great limo provider no matter where you live on a budget.
Look online on websites like Groupon to find special deals and saving coupons
Once you have found a limo company be sure to check Yelp to see if they have reviews
Ask for special discounts if you have a large group of people
Sometimes you can find great coupons specially for wedding events.
Sometimes a party bus might be a better option since they are bigger and provide more room to fit more people. A limousine is your way to ride in style in your big day and you can have a great time making a day that won’t be forgotten any day soon.
Another site where you can find great local deals depending on the company of course is Retailmenot which you can use to get special discounts in your city.
I noticed that the competition in the wedding industry is pretty fierce nationally and even locally, the wedding industry is a multi billion dollar business and so if you are a photographer or a planner you know that finding clients can be a hassle if you have no idea. Your competitors might be stealing some clients from you and you probably don’t even know it.
I compiled some advice to help you find more clients for your business…
I spoke to my friend Marcos who owns publicidad en miami an internet marketing company that specializes in creating lead generation sites for small businesses and helping people create internet strategies to get more business.
Be everywhere, don’t be lazy when it comes to your business. You really have to be everywhere both offline and online.
Be creative with your business, don’t just offer the same things your competitors are offering.
Be professional, have your own website and spend the money to make sure you have a professional image no matter how small your business is.
Create a referral plan, if you have satisfied clients don’t be afraid to ask for referrals.
Don’t be afraid to expand and scale your business.
We are not saying you are going to be swimming in money, but it should help you to grab a bigger piece of the market. The internet is changing a lot of things and if you take your marketing seriously you should be putting at least 30% back into your business so it continues to grow each month.
I often get asked by email what are the best entertainment options for a wedding and if it’s better to simply hire someone or simply have your uncle Joe throw some speakers and hook up his phone for music. Honestly, I say don’t go with the uncle option. It’s very likely that depending on your budget you’ll find that there are ways for you to entertain your guests without spending an arm and a leg.
In fact one of the best options is hiring a DJ. Many times depending on where you plan to have your wedding like hotels or resorts they’ll include the entertainment as part of your package. Of course it can be quite expensive.
The day of your ceremony you’ll probably be so stress and busy with so many things at once you won’t think about the little details. If you have a budget be sure to have a wedding planner since that can save you a lot of headaches, you can let them worry about finding the right entertainment options that are affordable and matches the theme of your wedding. If you are doing it alone then ahead of time start searching for the right entertainer for your wedding. For example my friend Sandra recently got married and she had no referrals, she lives in the sw florida area and simply searched for a fort myers dj that fit her budget and also was flexible to her taste in music.
After all the whole point is to party all night and you want your guest to have a great time right?
Then search on sites like WeddingWire to find a large variety of disc jockeys in your area or simply searching on Google in your local city to see what type of costs and the best deal you can get. So, I say YES, get a good DJ for your wedding and make it an unforgettable day.
Every ceremony deserves to be remembered forever, your wedding is a special event that is usually a once in a lifetime moment. It’s important that we focus on capturing these special moments from beginning to end. Finding the right photographer can sometimes me stressful because you don’t know who has the style and feel you want for your wedding.
Plus it can also be quite expensive with some photographers charging up to $3,000 for a photography session. However, there are ways to find one that not only can save you money but can deliver the photos you want. One of the best ways to get started is using referrals from family and friends.
If you have a family member or friend who recently got marry ask them for a referral and see if they had a good experience with their photographer. Most of the time they can recommend you someone and even save you some money. However if you don’t know someone your next best choice is to look online.
There are a ton of websites out there to help find the perfect photographer for your wedding, sites like Yelp & WeddingWire is a good place to start. There’s probably many local reviews and local sites that can help, Google often offers many reviews and local results where you can get started. All you have to do is type the city plus service to see what results you get, for example if you live in Cape Coral FL you would type something like wedding photography cape coral and you simply review the results.
Here’s also a great video that provides some great tips on what type of photography you might be interested:
Don’t get stuck with a photographer you are not happy. Our biggest recommendation is that you review each potential photographer you plan on hiring and view their portfolio to see if they might fit what you are looking for. Also take the time, don’t wait till the last minute for everything, having enough time will help you find the perfect one for your ceremony.
Wedding ceremonies can be quite unpredictable, emotions are through the roof and everyone is nervous not just the groom and bride. But what I have learned over the years is that the key to a great wedding is not the amount of money you spent to get every little detail perfect but the people like friend and family that are part of that special day.
I’ve seen brides lose their mind because the flowers were not fresh enough or the cake didn’t arrive on time. In other cases I’ve seen people faint and even fights believe it or not.
Let’s just hope your wedding was not part of this hilarious video:
I don’t have a big lesson for you in regards to making everything perfect, in fact my advice would be to not worry about whether the flowers are fresh or if the cake arrived, simply remember what your wedding day means to you and what the future holds for you as a married gal or guy.
The simple weddings that don’t have a big budget and just do the ceremony in a backyard with just a few friends and family usually are far better experiences than those couples who spend thousands and months of preparation with a guest list of a thousand people.
Don’t be a bridezilla..for the love of god try to be patience and let the professional do the work. Some brides are control freaks and want to even direct how the pictures are going to be taken.
The sooner you understand that usually things will not go perfect at your wedding the better prepared you’ll be and the easier it will be for you to adapt to whatever happens on that day….because trust me anything can and will go wrong when you have to manage so many little details. Be yourself and seek as much help as you possibly can to be sure that you are 100% focused on your loved one and not the ceremony, after that is what a wedding is about.