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Student Highlight – Julie M. Jones, That’s A Wrap! Events

Julie M. Jones  - That's A Wrap! Events

Julie M. Jones – That’s A Wrap! Events

SEI has given me the opportunity to further my career as an event planner through their online courses, which provide priceless education from highly-acclaimed, International Special Events Society (ISES) certified professionals.  For anyone who has event planning in their blood (like me), the suite of courses offered by SEI is a must!  My life as an event planner, wife, and mother make it difficult to attend formalized “brick and mortar” classes.  The flexibility offered by SEI within their online programs allows me to “do it all” within my schedule demands and constraints.  I cannot say enough about how invaluable this education has been for the goals I have set for myself and my company.”

What made you choose SEI?

I happened upon SEI while performing an internet search on ways I could further my knowledge as an event planner.  I never do anything half-heartedly and event planning is no exception.  I wanted to make sure that I was fully informed and on top of current trends, planning, operations, and management in relation to event planning.  SEI was the perfect option for me.  Not only were the program topics right on point, the flexibility offered by the online classes allowed me to work them into my hectic schedule as an event planner, wife, and mother.

What do you do currently for work and how does education fit in with your career goals?

Event planning is my encore career and although I have years of hands on experience, I want to differentiate myself through knowledge and expertise and ultimately through certification as a CSEP.  SEI is the perfect starting point for this journey.

What do you like most in your courses?

I truly appreciate the interaction and feedback from the instructors during the courses.  They really want their students to understand the material and ultimately succeed in this industry.  Having the opportunity to review and speak to the other students’ work is another facet that I enjoy.  Sometimes it is difficult to open yourself up to new ideas and think “outside the box”.  The student to student interaction opened my eyes to other concepts and strategies that I might not have previously considered.

What do you wish to gain from your certificate?

Achieving certification from SEI will show my clients that I am completely serious about event planning and that I am not satisfied just resting on my laurels.  I am constantly striving for more knowledge within the industry, not only to remain relevant, but ultimately to bring additional value to my clients and their events.  My goal is to become a CSEP through ISES and, in my opinion, the classes offered by SEI are a very necessary part of that process.

Would you recommend this to others?

Absolutely!!  There are so many moving parts within any and every event, big and small.  SEI is teaching their students how to effectively and efficiently manage every aspect of the process. Their programs offer invaluable information from some of the event planning industry’s most trusted and acclaimed professionals.  This truly is a priceless education!

Here’s a look at some of Julie’s work at That’s A Wrap! Events!

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Ceremony Arbor

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Sharing the creative wealth!

Wedding & Event Planners Yard SaleCan you relate to the challenge of finding just the right platters for that Hawaiian themed event? Or the buffet or event decor that would take that your special event or party to the next level? Or not wanting to leave behind those vases and wedding decor that could be used for another wedding or event?  While I have re-purposed and reused many a floral centerpiece, vases and novelty items, there comes a time where you start feeling like a rental company and not an event planner!

After many years planning fun, creative and unique weddings and events, I have collected quite an assortment of decor and specialty items. It seems a shame to have them tucked away waiting to be used again and not enjoyed by other planners for their upcoming event! My “GIANT YARD SALE” that I hosted at my home sent a few items on their way, but there are still beautiful mercury vases, seashell platters and blue and green sand dollars and starfish that are looking to brighten up another special event. And lots of vases too!

So, I started a Facebook Group called Wedding and Event Planners Online Yard Sale. Request to join and you’ll find a great community of event designers and planners that my have items to share or buy!  I hope this will also spark some creative ideas as you peruse the items listed for sale.  You’ll be responsible for working out the purchase and delivery details, but you just might find that perfect item for your next wedding or event!  Enjoy!

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Best Practices: color and design

October is a busy time for nonprofits to celebrate and raise awareness for their cause.  With so many worthy causes to support, it’s critical for nonprofits to create events that leave a lasting impression and stand out from the crowd.  Here’s one that carries their brand and message into all aspects of their event:

ENTRANCE:

Color and design – From the moment guests enter, the logo colors are introduced through an entrance arrangement in purple, red, green and goldenrod.

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A stunning arrangement on the crudite table sets the tone incorporating the colors of the logo.

PRODUCTION:

Brand imagery – their logo, color scheme and the event concept is woven into the slides for the program, in the linens, centerpieces, and with lighting. All through the evening, guests are reminded of the mission and the cause.

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Use theme colors on linens, florals and with lighting and production elements.

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Let floral designers use their creativity within the guidelines you set – four colors and dimension specs- and enjoy the unique creations!

EVENT ELEMENTS:

Mission and Cause: Telling the story of the WHY for an event is essential in helping supporters to connect and better understand how their support impacts actual lives and makes a difference.

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Connecting guests with the agencies mission is essential in creating a lasting donor relationship.

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Live and Silent Auctions provide additional ways for guests to enjoy the event and support the cause.

DESIGN:

Dress to impress: It’s always challenge to continually create new, fresh experiences for annual events. Consider your space, limitations, guest profile, budget and goals to pull the right combination of design elements together. You’ll want to WOW without breaking the budget which could include in-kind and cash sponsorships, partnerships with event designers and re-purposing and reusing elements in new ways for a new look!

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Try mixing up design elements to fill an open space – consider height, sizing, layout, seating and dining needs.

 

A special thanks to Dina K Photograph for her amazing work – https://www.facebook.com/DinaKPhotography