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Elisa Csep
sensational. emotional. unforgetable. | creative project management for events(tm)
sensational. emotional. unforgetable. | creative project management for events(tm)
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I was thrilled when my friend & colleague Terry Matthews-Lombardo reached out to me as a resource for an article she was writing about gay marriage and weddings in Orlando! Terry's blog "Hospitality Hive" (Hospitality Hive Blog can be found on +hypeorlando ) and I'm excited to include a link to her latest post!

#gaymarriage #orlandoflorida #weddings #weddingplanning  
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SUNDAY 8/23 ! 
Our team is getting ready for the Orlando Gay Wedding Expo and hope you are too!
Meet us at The Orange Studio on Sunday starting at 4pm.  ((FYI- this is a super cool venue! - orangestudio4rent.com))
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wow! - loving this collection of photos! goes to show design inspiration is everywhere!

#nyc #design #inspiration #color
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In case you missed this, Bon Appetit magazine inadvertently slighted the entire catering community when April's issue included a spread designed to inspire peoples choices for wedding fare, with a subtitle that stated "Lose the caterer". (huh?)  
    
While I am not a Caterer by trade, I was highly offended by YET ANOTHER example of media sending the wrong message.  Further, the recommendations which could be seen as 'advice' seemingly discredit #EventProfs.  Considering the world we live in today, it's completely irresponsible to recommend to the public that they seek out such services to be provided by vendors who do not specialize in a certain area.   

As a planner, I've already noticed a discouraging shift in our area of the industry.  It literally seems as if consumers have been conditioned to believe they need no more than a "Day-Of" Planner or Coordinator... Even at 15 months out... (Quite puzzling how they could be so sure about their needs that far out, but I digress).      

Then along comes Bon Appetit magazine spouting "Lose the Caterer" and "Don't hire one", suggesting readers order food from a restaurant instead. Seriously?  Again, I'm not a caterer but my experience in the hospitality industry just so happens to include restaurant ownership and occasional catering.  One thing I can tell you straight up: Catering is no cake walk.  And that is why I am cringing. On the other hand, the general public is likely clueless as to why this scenario has the potential to be disastrous!

As I wrap this up, I would like to leave you all with this thought to ponder:
#EventProfs* need to stick together.*  What hurts any one of us, can potentially scar the industry.  Whether Caterer, Photographer, DJ, Planner, Lighting Company, Rental Company, etc., we need our industry organizations to do a better job of educating the public on how to find qualified professionals, defend us when we are effaced, and actively cross promote each other.  

Thanks for letting me vent! Have a great Friday!   ~ Elisa

"We Pissed Off the Catering Industry and We're Sorry http://www.bonappetit.com/columns/letter-from-the-editor-columns/article/we-pissed-off-the-catering-industry-and-were-sorry via @bonappetit"

#eventprofs #caterbuzz #shameonyoubonappetit #media #eventindustry #wedding
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Come meet us at Orlando Wedding Expo !  This unique wedding showcase will be held at +Aloft Orlando Downtown on Sunday 2-15-15 !  This is a "must attend" event for forward thinking engaged couples in Orlando (...and beyond)!

The Orlando Wedding Expo will feature over 30 talented wedding pros who can simplify the process of planning your wedding!  TICKET INFO can be found at: http://orlandowed.com 
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Come meet us at Orlando Wedding Expo !  This unique wedding showcase is taking place the +Aloft Orlando Downtown  on Sunday 2-15-15 !  This is a "must attend" event for forward thinking engaged couples in metro Orlando (...and beyond)!

The Orlando Wedding Expo will feature talented wedding pros who can simplify the process of planning your wedding!  TICKET INFO can be found at: http://orlandowed.com 
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2015 is off to an incredible start! The office is buzzing with calls from newly engaged couples searching for a #weddingplanner . (Congrats to all!).  Not to mention we're hard at work behind the scenes and our modern new website is officially ready for debut!
+WED IN STYLE | lifestyle event design | FLORIDA 
#lifestyle #orlandoweddingplanner  
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Thrilled and excited for all the Central Florida couples who will have the opportunity to legally wed - starting tomorrow (Jan. 6)!  Last week a Florida judge gave the clerk of courts in Orlando the green light to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  The City of Orlando plans a mass same-sex wedding ceremony at City Hall on Tuesday morning officiated by Mayor Buddy Dyer.

Related:  Article by Orlando Sentinel reporter Paul Brinkmann "Orlando could become gay marriage mecca, wedding planners say"

+A Flair for Affairs - Florida Weddings & Events , +Errol Colon , +Mark Kingsdorf
 
  #equallove   #orlandoflorida #gaywedding #marriageequality  
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What a month! December is always crazy - especially for those of us working in the hospitality industry. Once again, I seem to have run out of time to complete some of the festive things I planned to do (lol) - but, here's hoping it's not too late to share some holiday cheer with those I know & love. Sending you all warm wishes for a merry Christmas & a wonderful New Year! ~Elisa  +A Flair for Affairs - Florida Weddings & Events
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We are proud to announce our sponsorship of the Orlando Wedding Expo !  This unique wedding showcase happening at the +Aloft Orlando Downtown on 2-15-15 is a "must attend" event!

Forward thinking engaged couples in metro Orlando (...and beyond) will really appreciate the fresh and progressive vibe at Aloft Orlando.  Plus, the Orlando Wedding Expo will be bursting with talented pros you'll want to meet.  TICKET INFO and VENDOR INFO can be found at: http://orlandowed.com   Or, contact Elisa +A Flair for Affairs - Florida Weddings & Events  for more details.

#orlando   #orlandowedding #equallove  
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