A lot has been running through my mind here lately. Mainly the people that are affected by COVID-19. I would be lying if it has not affected me too. I watched my friends and family struggle through the mess that this virus has caused. Not only my friends and family but my fellow vendors in the event world. Events after event were cancelled or moved to another date. Their security of an income gone in an instant. Most of us (vendors) saw this as an opportunity to work on things within our businesses that had been put off or was always that last thing on the list to do. Or others had to become stay at home moms or dads while the kids could not be in school. I did something a little different. I gave my self time for reflection to find out who I am and what this business represents for myself.
In the two months during lock down, I spent a lot of time working on my house. Mostly outside. I have never been more tan in my life. (Side note: I'm so white my legs reflect the sun, ha ha) Working on the house is a hobby of mine and something that I love to do. Having something in my head and then it finally comes to life is such a joy. But also during that time I discovered that I needed to work on my mental health. Playing outside on my house was great for my mental health. But I also invested in a couple of classes that helped me realize that I am holding onto things that I should let go. Holding onto feelings and memories was affecting and reflecting on my business and how I portrayed myself. I had doubt in my business and would never work on it. Working on myself didn't fix itself overnight, to be honest, I am still working on it and re-watching those classes I took.
Now I am not saying that I never worked on my business because I did work on some small things. But nothing that ever really made a difference. I stared at my computer for weeks during quarantine knowing that there were a 100 other things that needed to be done for my business other than watching another episode of Grey's Anatomy. Along with staring at my computer, thoughts of what I said were doubts were; should I keep the business or not? Do people still want me as their event coordinator? Am I too new in this area to make it? Blah, blah, blah. I had to remind myself that this is a passion of mine. Something that is a dream to come true and take me to new heights. It is also an experience that I want to give to people. Not just to talk about but to live in it. Which brought me to the brides that had been affected by this stupid virus. I only say stupid because it has affected so many and my thoughts are with the people that got sick from it.
What do I mean my give? My business is a reflection of myself and I am a giver. This was my conclusion of my reflection. But how was I to give this experience of having an event and wedding coordinator away? Maybe just make my business a upon donation service so that people can have access to a coordinator? Maybe give one away for free? But that wasn't enough for me. Too many have been affected by COVID and I want to reach as many as possible. So:
My prices have been lowered to my wedding show prices:
1) Elopements - TBD
- Custom-izable; email for more information
2) Day of Coordination Package - $850
- Includes Day of coordination, Wedding rehearsal facilitation, and couple meetings with me
3) Full Planning Package - starts at $2000
- Start to last cleanup planning, custom-izable
4) Small Gatherings - TBD
- Birthdays etc. Custom-izable; email for more information
All these I thought long and hard about. Visit my "services" page to find out more details.
Not only are you getting a huge discount you are also going to see that part of your payment will go towards charity.
At this point I wasn't done. I didn't want to do a giveaway or a sweepstakes. I wanted to just give my services to someone effected by COVID. Whether it be moving dates or had to cancel completely. I want to give that piece of mind. So, starting in August 2020 going to December 2021, I am giving one bride each month me for free for a day of coordination. Between you and me we can work out the details.
To get in for your month of your event please let me know what date you want and tell me your COVID story. It doesn't have to be just about your wedding. It can be about anything that happened to you during COVID. Be down to earth, get angry or cry, because I know we felt all of these things. Write a book or send a video to email@example.com or DM me @plentifulevents on Instagram or Facebook. I will pick someone for that month and I will let you know two months before your date.
You are all in my thoughts and I am sending each and everyone of you a virtual hug.