Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Love Union in Brooklyn




Last week started with a speaking engagement at The Love Union, a collaborative networking event and creative gathering, at 501 Union in Brooklyn, New York. I moderated a panel of six other industry professional. The topic was: Clarifying our Roles in the Wedding Industry. 

How our talk was described, "One of the fun things about The Love Union is that we get to explore the intersections between our roles in the industry. And though our goal is common (happy clients!), there can sometimes be overlap, conflict, and confusion that can be minimized with a better understanding of each other's roles and responsibilities. We are all in this together! "

I was joined by florist and dear friend Gabrielle Aronas (G! Designs), venue coordinators Claire Mahler (501 Union) and Susan Liang (The Green Building), photographer Amber Gress, Founder & Director of MG Hair & Makeup Megan Garmers, and Holly Sheppard, owner of Fig & Pig Catering as they revealed some of the biggest misconceptions about their role, pet peeves when working with other vendors, and the one thing they wish their colleagues knew about their job!

It was an animated, entertaining and informational session. We got honest without getting ugly!

Here are 5 take aways plus a bonus one!

1.) Bring your own scissors. They don't grow on trees and while the venue loves  you-- they don't have unlimited office supplies to lend each weekend. 

 2.) Discuss the often dreaded vendor meal situation in advance. Encourage each vendor to bring their own snack to sustain themselves through set up, ceremony, cocktail hour. Ask if the caterer could possible provide something pre-made earlier in the day--for example: a pasta salad so vendors are nourished and able to function well and then AFTER the guests are fed if the caterer or chef could invite the hardworking vendors into the kitchen to get the good stuff, grattitude will be returned. 

We were pretty much all in agreement that this had solved this often the universal problem of feeding vendors, but obviously this is just one small sampling's opinion, but perhaps our conversation will inspire you to find a solutiuon that works well for you and your team.

3.) Vendors like more invformation vs. less. When in doubt include it and if it's not relevent, they'll skip over it. Let them decide.

4.) Don't use text messages for professional communication until the day of the wedding or event. Texting on the wedding day is acceptable.

5.) Communicaiton is KEY. Talking is good, email and paper trails are better. Read the contracts and information provided and communicate expectations, challenges, questions, answers, and problems. 

*BONUS: Photographers are people too. Infact, they are creative people who's job doesn't end after the cake is cut.They don't just have the hundred of pictures to edit from "your" wedding, they are wrapping up a busy season-- they are editing THOUSANDS of pictures and getting requests for photos from grandma, brides, grooms, etc so when random vendor 101 reaches out without a warm hello, a kind word, or any personal pleantry. Oh no you didn't! Know that doesn't feel good and how could the photographer possibly be motivated to priortize your request. 

We know all to well that wedding days are stressful, long, exhausting and draining but in work and in life we could all make an effort to be kinder, more sincere, patient, attentive and appreciative our bonds will be stronger, our successes sweeter, our teams more effective and our clients happiner. 


Thanks ladies for making it a great talk. We appreciate those who were in the audience -  thank you for listening and sharing your afternoon with us. 

What was your favorite take away? Any follow up questions? Keep in touch! 

If you'd like to follow us on Istagram-- you can find us all here:

G! Designs 

501 Union

The Green Building

Amber Gress Photography 

M G Hair and Makeup

Fig & Pig Catering

Tammy Golson Events 


Special thanks to Brooke, Megan, Emily and the genius team behind the brilliance of The Love Union. I'll be recapping more soon, but I am a huge fan and was so grateful for this very unqiue speaking opportunity. 

Have a great week!

 
xo, 
Tammy

 
 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

In Our Own Words: "Clarifying Wedding Pros Roles for More Successful Events!"


I am honored, excited and a little nervous to be moderting a pannel at The Love Union next week at 501 Union in Brooklyn!  A group of talented wedding pros (old friends and new!) will be discussing how we can all work together more effectively moving forward. For the most part, when I am hired for month of coordination and I am working with wedding vendors that are new to me, I have great luck and our collaboration is sucessful. However, sometimes that is not the case or even if the end result is good, getting there can be a bumpy road. We all have a common goal but sometimes our paths cross in the process. On Monday, Novermber 13, we are going to have a conversation that is hopefully productive, informative and may even be entertaining for all that attend. Did I mention our audience is a sold out room of our esteemed peers!?  If you have any "funny" or outrageous stories about working with new vendors on a wedding day, please share and maybe we'll incorporate them into our conversation if appropriate. 


Here's the offical word about our panel discussion:

"One of the fun things about the Love Union is we get to explore the intersections between our roles in the industry. And though our goal is common (happy clients!), there can sometimes be overlap, conflict, and confusion that can be minimized with a better understanding of each other's roles and responsibilities. We are all in this together! 

Join Tammy Golson Fallon, founder of Tammy Golson Events for a discussion between florist Gabrielle Aronas (G! Designs), venue coordinators Claire Mahler (501 Union) and Susan Liang (The Green Building), photographer Amber Gress, Founder & Director of MG Hair & Makeup Megan Garmers, and Holly Sheppard, owner of  Fig & Pig Catering as they reveal some of the biggest misconceptions about their role in the wedding, pet peeves when working with other vendors, and the one thing they wish their colleagues knew about their job! "

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Table Number Holders


Generic table number holders have always been my single biggest wedding and event pet peeve. I always try to encourage my couples not to overlook this small detail when designing their table scapes. Seeing a picture of a gorgeously styled table with a silver pole in the center holding the black and white square table number in place is so avoidable and uncessary. I truly believe quality printed paper items take a design from good to great. I was thrilled when I saw this email from Minted. Bravo Minted, thank you for making elegant, easy and affordable alternatives to the ugly table number holders. Hurray, at last! 







Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Warren Conference Center & Inn

Last week Tammy Golson Events exhibited at Wedding Boston's Bridal Show hosted by The Warren Conference Center & Inn.

It's wonderful to have an opportunity to meet newly engaged couples at the very beginning stages of their wedding planning journey. I love hearing how they met, their engagement story and what they are envisioning for their wedding day.



The afternoon was sweetened by Kane's Donuts. They provided samples of their pumpkin donuts and sent everyone home with the most delicious honey glazed donuts. Kane's offers great alternatives to cake for wedding receptions. Donuts also make a delicious edible favor.

The interior and grounds at The Warren Center are beautiful and their sampling of appetizers were delicious. They also offered a bloody mary bar with all the fixings.

It was an excellent opportunity to connect with talented vendors, engaged couples and a great venue.

Thanks to Jenny at Weddding Boston for planning, coordinating and including me in this event!

xo,
Tammy

Monday, September 25, 2017

Big Fake Wedding Table Designs Captured by Blueflash Photography




This summer I was tasked wth the honor of designing three tables at The Big Fake Wedding New England hosted by Colonial Hall at Rockafellas in Salem, MA.  My goal was to interpret the inspiration board creatively and take non-floral apprach to the designs with shimmery overlays, gold chargers, couture paper items, and creative ways to mark each table's number. I did of course enlist the superpowers of an old friend and a new friend who created the gorgeous, creative and original menus and place cards pictured below. Thank you to Ana Dolan of Invitations by Ana and Ann Marks of Dacey Marks Designs for your important contributions to these designs.

The couple was so lovely! The day was a unique and fun opportunity to promote my business, mingle with other talented wedding professionals and embrace the charm, character and good food provided by the venue.

One of the most interesting take aways was that there were three different photographers also participating- so the day was captured by three different artists' perspectives!  Today, I am sharing images from Blueflash Photography. It's interesting to see the variety in photography styles. I am mostly sharing images from the tables I designed along with a few of my favorites images from the day. For a more comprehensive look at the whole day and big event, you can check out The Big Fake Wedding post here and Ruffled Blog featured our efforts, too! Their story on the event is here.













Thanks to all who included, inspired and collaborated with me.  Special thanks to my niece Madison who was with me all day. She was such a big help!

I am excited to show you the work of the two other talented photographers who were onboard and capturing beautiful images. It's fun to see their takes on the day as well.

Have a great week!

xo,
Tammy

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Boston Voyager



Have you checked out Boston Voyager yet? It's quickly becoming the go to online resource for all things Boston. I am so very honored and humbled that they reached out and asked to feature me.

If we are friends on Facebook or connected by Instagram, you've likely seen this already, but it's a fun piece and thought it deserved a spot on the blog as well.

Here it is: http://bostonvoyager.com/interview/meet-tammy-fallon-tammy-golson-events-north-shore/

Hope you're having a great week!

xo,
Tammy


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Dane Estate




There are beautiful mansions and private estates throughout New England, but there are very few this close and convenient to the city of Boston. The Dane Estate at Pine Manor College is a great location to consider for your wedding or next special event. This Chestnut Hill gem has a cozy interior with interesting and beautiful architectural details.  The lawn is private, lush and quiet! This is really a charming, welcoming and wonderful venue for music lovers, academics and city folks who are looking for more space, competitive pricing, indoor, outdoor & tented options and warm hospitality.







If you're interested in availability, pricing or a tour, please get in touch. I am happy to help or introduce you to their team directly.

xo,
Tammy