celebrating ten years to the #pfeblog

celebrating 10 year blog anniversary, to us …

Thank you to everyone that has read our blog for the past ten years, it’s our anniversary of my FIRST blog post!

Blogging isn’t like what it used to be. With Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, and more … people are looking for the instant gratification. (You can follow me on all of those social mediums!)

However, the cool thing about blogging is that the info is archival and accessible for years thanks to Google and the Internets. I STILL get random emails from people who will thank me for writing a post a few years ago and my direct, straight-forward, no-nonsense approach to planning events and sharing advice.

So with that, I will raise my cup of coffee (what I’m presently drinking) and cheer all of you for reading! Thank you, and would love for you to leave a comment!


feature photo credit: pfe iphone

plan on!

revisit some special blog posts …

Hello lovelies! It’s been a POPPING year! Weddings, Corporate Events, Expos, social parties … we’ve been busy, busy bees.

So on this Friday, before another big weekend, I thought we’d take a moment to revisit some awesome posts from the past.

Lie to your Wedding Vendor?

An Open Letter to Wedding Church Coordinators

Prince William and Kate’s Wedding Planner

How to Save Money Planning your Wedding

And most recently, I was featured as a guest blogger on Phone Surgeons website. They are an awesome startup company that has expanded throughout the U.S. Most importantly, they fix my iPhone. A geek at heart, hope you’ll enjoy the read about my favorite phone and computer apps that truly save my life. It has nothing to do about weddings, just #realtalk.

Apps that Keep Me SANE!

plan on! xo xo

happy birthday planning forever events blog!

Today is the THIRD  birthday of our wedding and events business blog. The first post was April 21, 2006 and when I look back on the “voice” of the company blog, I’m amused. It’s very difficult to find your own groove and project the right image of your business. We try to project transparency, fun, sass, creativity and pragmatism (sometimes a touch of indulgence).

Interestingly, I first started this event blog after I started a blog about my ever famous dog, Ranger, while he as a pup. It was a creative outlet for me. Some scrapbook, I write and take photos.

Blogging is an open diary, a dialogue from a person (or people) for other people to read and learn. It’s personal. It’s subjective. It’s an opinion. Everyone has a point of view, no?

We have many faithful blog readers, for which I am eternally grateful. My personal google reader overflows with many wonderful blogs that I read weekly. There have been times when people have disagreed what they read on this blog. And that is okay! Open dialogue is always a good thing.

Always trying to stay ahead (or sometimes keep up) we update the aesthetic look of the blog. What did you expect from creative and design oriented people? Right now we are considering going to a one column format, so photos can be larger.

In fact we’ve posted a poll on Twitter about it. Feel free to put your two cents in and vote here on what type of blog format you like. We’d love to capture your vote. Either way, you’ll be seeing a face lift very soon.

Thanks again for reading and joining our birthday party.

featured blog: pearls events blog

There are very few people you meet that seem to strike a note inside you. Their energy, positivity and overall charisma shines through from every pore of their body. You want to talk to them. You want to be around them.

Enter Aletha Vandermaas from pearls events. Want to know the catch, my savvy readers? I’ve never actually met her in person. Only through email, twittering, and reading her blog. I’ve never seen a more upbeat person! The lady never has a bad day. And it shines through in her blog….

Aletha discovers the most darling finds and her abundant energy shines through. She’s young to the planning world, but I can see why her calendar fills up quickly. She’s an asset to her clients her readers and to other planners.

And she’s a neighbor, well, Michigan…closer than most! (Midwestern planners need to stick together.)  Take a moment to visit pearls events blog, you won’t be disappointed.

featured blog: sparkliatti by sasha souza

If you haven’t heard of Sasha Souza, then you don’t watch TV nor read the by-lines in the wedding magazines. She’s an event planner to the “Stars” (has a nice ring to it, no?) and has been quite successful with her event planning career. But that’s not why I read her blog.

You may be thinking I’m doing some brown-nosing by featuring her blog. Uh, no. The fact is I had the pleasure of meeting Sasha at a previous event conference. I found her down-to-earth, blunt and is from California (sound like someone you know?). Aside from the fact that she likes to wear 4-inch heels and I prefer Chuck Taylors, we have a few characteristics that are similar. Read her blog and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Straight, direct and a dash of sarcasm. Absolutely adore it.

Check out her blog, Sparkliatti by Sasha Souza.

She had a great post recently about feeding vendors, and has many more inspirations! Keep up the great work Sasha and we’ll keep reading.