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Door County Bride-To-Be — Invitations

April 16th, 2013 | 1 Comments - Leave a Comment

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The invitations are going out today! Well, most of them. And by “are,” I mean, they should. I spent most of the weekend addressing them, hunting for missing information and trying my very best to follow Emily Post’s rules for salutations and honorifics.
 
Some lessons learned:
  • Pay the extra money to have your return address pre-printed on the reception envelope and outer envelope.
  • Don’t agonize over price for the invitations you want.
  • Don’t order your invitations until you know how many you’ll need to send. I’m been so insanely busy with work that I didn’t take the time to figure out how many invites I’d need versus how many people we’re inviting, and ended up with more than needed—lots more.
  • Do order extra envelopes. I needed five—FIVE—attempts to get my friend Janet’s name right (also: reconsider drinking alcohol/staying up late to address envelopes).
  • Get as many addresses together before you sit down to do the addressing. I thought I had more in place than I did. By the time the invitations arrived, I simply had to get them out ASAP. I’ll go back in another sitting and get the addresses I missed (probably 30 or so).
  • Do obtain the nicest, easiest-writing pen you can. I borrowed from my work supply cabinet the Pilot rolling ball pen in black.
In short, most of my challenges existed because I didn’t leave myself enough time. My matron of honor offered to do the addressing for me, but there were still so many questions that only I could answer or relationships that only I would know that it didn’t make sense for me to delegate that task.

Jackie is one of our featured Brides-To-Be. See more of her stories
and previous Door County Brides-To-Be stories in our Wedding Inspiration.

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We’re Hiring!

April 2nd, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

ONLINE AD SALES POSITION.

Applicant can work from home a majority of the time, with fairly regular meetups in person. Therefore, the ideal candidate is based in the Door County/Green Bay area.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Sourcing potential new advertisers
  • Closing ad deals
  • Maintaining positive, happy relationships with our current advertisers
  • Keeping ad sales records

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong knowledge of and a passion for wedding blogs, wedding industry, and craft industry
  • And upbeat, positive personality
  • Flawless phone etiquette
  • Strong written communication skills
  • In-depth knowledge of social media
  • Comfortable with cold calling and researching new leads
  • Working knowledge of ad networks
  • Comfortable creating personalized ad packages to suit the needs of advertisers buying multiple forms of advertising
  • Must have consistent and reliable access to internet, phone and email with a quiet at-home office environment

To apply, include the following in your email:

  • Resume
  • Tell me about yourself / how your experience makes you the right candidate for this position
  • Bonus but not required: One idea you have for our business (will not be required to implement, just a chance to show off your business-minded creativity)

Send email with attached resume to hello [at] doorcountybride.com (subject: Ad Sales Position).

Position is commission based. Full-time, contract.
 

 
SUMMER INTERN.

Applicant can work from home a majority of the time, with fairly regular meetups in person. Therefore, the ideal candidate is based in the Door County/Green Bay area.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Effectively communicate verbally and in writing, excelling in correct spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Updating social media networking sites with new information, pictures and videos
  • Responding to comments and interact with fans
  • Market research projects
  • Build relationships and seek wedding professionals to obtain real wedding stories
  • Sell advertising space and featured posts on blog to wedding professionals and businesses
  • Organize and preserve office organization
  • Assist in on-site special events and projects

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Public relations, marketing or project management skills
  • Knowledge of and a passion for wedding blogs, wedding industry, and craft industry
  • And upbeat, positive personality
  • Strong written communication skills
  • In-depth knowledge of social media
  • Must have consistent and reliable access to internet, phone and email with a quiet at-home office environment
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop, WordPress, and Xcel

To apply, include the following in your email:

  • Resume
  • Tell me about yourself / how your experience makes you the right candidate for this position
  • Bonus but not required: One idea you have for our business (will not be required to implement, just a chance to show off your business-minded creativity)

Send email with attached resume to hello [at] doorcountybride.com (subject: Summer Intern).

Position is a non-paid internship with commission for all blog ads sold that could turn into a contract position. Perfect for a someone majoring in public relations and marketing.

Door County Wedding Insider Photo Shoot — The Flowers

February 7th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

After the Dress, the next task I had to tackle to create “the bride” for the DCVB Wedding Insider photo shoot were the flowers. So I called the guys at Door County Floral to help with a bouquet, and they aimed to impress!

Flowers by Door County Floral. Photo by Jason Mann Photography.

Known as a “Composite” Bouquet, this up-and-coming trend uses a focal flower surrounded by an abundance of petals from that same flower. My gorgeous bouquet was made using Green Dendrobium Orchids, and it falls in line with the Pantone color of the year, emerald green. This same bouquet made its way to the Chicago Bridal show the same weekend of our photo shoot and was well received.

Additional trends in wedding floral seems to be monotone background floral with a pop of color creating a sharp contrast, along with a monotone color scheme with a lot of texture in the types of buds, blooms, and greenery, according to Kyle Allan.

Spring bouquets are looking to have a romantic feel with muted whites and grays paired with soft pastel pinks, greens and yellows while two of the most popular summer bouquet styles are airy, garden style with larger than life focal flowers. Master Designer and co-owner, Jeremy Stichman is also hearing more questions about lace and ribbon in his 2013 and 2014 bridal consultations.

Door County Floral

The guys like to keep their Facebook page up-to-date, so be sure to like them to see what they’re working on next!

Otherwise you can find them at 60 South Madison Avenue on Sturgeon Bay’s West side. They have a variety of fresh flowers both stem and arranged, potted plants, artificial arrangements, vases and great trinkets to accessorize.

They’re open Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm, Sunday from 8am to 5pm, and Sunday by appointment. Or if you’re looking to order right now, you can order online from their website.

As their tagline says, “There’s Always a Reason to Brighten Someone’s Day!” And that certainly was the case for me.

Thank you Jeremy and Kyle! If you’re in the market to surprise a special someone for Valentine’s Day, be sure to place your order at Door County Floral before February 11th — you’ll get a great deal!

 

Door County Wedding Insider Photo Shoot — The Dress

January 31st, 2013 | 1 Comments - Leave a Comment

By now you may have seen the press release and photo talking about the Door County Insiders which includes me as the Wedding Insider. But if not, here’s a link: New Insider Experts To Provide Tourist Tips.

We found out we had been selected for our positions the week before Christmas, and we were asked to do a photo shoot where we would be dressed in our “insider” niche. Needless to say, I was excited and went right to work trying to get all the pieces in place to look like a proper Bride in the photo with a dress being first on the list.

I was married 12 years ago, and I believe my wedding dress would still fit… But after popping in to Concepts Bridal & Formal on Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, I knew I wanted to try on a dress and really do this photo shoot justice.

Concepts Bridal in Sturgeon Bay on Third Avenue.

Photo by Rob Hawthorne.

You see, when I got married, it was more of a spur of the moment thing. We decided we wanted a house and used our money the we had saved to buy that instead of doing a large wedding. I went down to the mall and found a white dress with beading on it. I had a friend from work who surprised me with a bouquet of white jasmine. Then I bought some white roses with a hint of pink, grabbed a headband that had wiring to make my hair piece, and went to the courthouse. Thankfully, my mom, aunt, grandma and sister were able to come be a part of the day which makes it special. After signing the paperwork we  had 5-10 shots of us as a couple afterward at a friend’s Photography Studio and went out to dinner.

We had assumed this wedding would just be the “formal” one, and we would do a large wedding later in the year. But circumstances didn’t allow that to happen and so that was my only wedding. I now tease my family that they got off easy, because now that I look at jewelry, dresses, flowers and décor, my “real” wedding would have been very expensive. *wink.

So… when I wanted into Concepts Bridal and talked with Shirley Ehlers, the owner. I wanted to try on a few dresses for fun. (And to see if any would actually fit – I just had a baby last March.) The first one I tried on was stiff as I expected it to be, but the second one by Maggie Sottero was soft and flexible. I was surprised by that. I guess I always assumed you were fitted up like Scarlett O’Hara asking Mammy to pull it tighter.

And after trying it on, I knew it was the one!

It was fun chatting with Shirley about some of the things she’s seen over the years, like the girl who decided she didn’t like the wedding dress she had brought up to her Door County destination wedding and came in and found the exact dress she was looking for, making her day, literally. Shirley also was kind enough to help me pick some jewelry, a tiara and sparkly drop earrings in a 40’s style, while we chatted about her work with the Miss Door County pageant (which happens on February 2nd this year). The theme is a masquerade, which I personally love.

Needless to say, I had a blast, and felt very girly both that day trying the dresses on, and on the day of the photo shoot.

Thank you to Shirley for letting me play dress up!

If you need a wedding dress, prom dress, or anything for a special occasion, be sure to stop in and see Shirley. She has over 250 dresses in stock ranging from $99-$1500. She’s open year-round M-F from 10:30am to 5pm, and Saturday from 10am to 3pm, or by appointment.

I’m sure the dress I picked out was the $1500 one, but I never looked at the price tag. So I can’t honestly tell you. But it felt like a million bucks!

Door County Wedding Insider, Morgan Mann. Photo by Jason Mann Photography.

Enter to Win a Night in Paradise

January 29th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

Only a few more days to enter the Night in Door County Paradise Sweepstakes!

Click the image to enter today!

“One Night in Paradise” Sweepstakes valid December 25, 2012 through January 31, 2013. Must be a resident of the United States and 21 years of age or older to enter and win. One (1) winner will be randomly selected on or around February 1, 2013. Winner will be notified by email first, phone second, within 24 hours of drawing. If winner does not acknowledge notification within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. Winner will receive a one-night stay at the Ephraim Inn, valid May 2013 through October 2013. The Ephraim Inn is a COUPLES ONLY retreat. No actual cash value or cash redemption. Employees and immediate families of the Door County Bride or Mann Communications LLC and other contractual partners are not eligible to win. The information you provide will only be used for informational communications from Door County Bride.