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Monday, October 15, 2012

Limousines. Make sure that they are operating legally!

Limos for any event!  You must check them out carefully!

I'm approaching this topic as a type of public service announcement!  At this time of the year I get very concerned about kids going to their annual Homecoming Dances and riding in a limousine.  You're saying, "What!?"  Yes, you heard me right!  Your teenage sons and daughters and brides are getting my undivided attention with regards to hiring a limousine!  Next time you see a bunch of police cars at Homecoming festivities, don't assume the kids are doing anything wrong.  I'd take a look first to see if there are tow trucks alongside police cars..towing off limousines!  This is when I would love to see tow trucks, but I feel for the kids and the parents who probably paid good money for the limousine.  You know, the same people who will have to get out of bed to go pick up their son or daughter!  The ones who say to you, "Maaaaw-ummmm!  Huh!" and roll their eyes at the same time.

Greatest of Days can help you find a limousine in the
Puget Sound Area.  Stay safe!
Why do I love to see those tow trucks?  In Washington State, and I'm sure it's the same in many other parts of the country, there are illegal limousine operators out there.  It's a matter of safety as well as unfairness to the legitimate limousine operators who obey the laws and care about their passengers above the almighty dollar.  A limo is not a limo is not a limo!  The people who are going by the rules have to get their vehicles inspected by the State.  After they pass the inspections they get a special sticker that goes near the license plate and you know they are insured.  That's what I really want you to look for!  If you don't see that sticker, it means that that car has not been inspected and will not be insured.  There are older limousines out there that have proven to be death traps due to their designs making it impossible for passengers to get out when broadsided.  People who don't get these vehicles inspected are avoiding it for a reason!  So don't assume that all limos are inspected, insured and so forth.  Be proactive and take a look at the limos and know that your child, sister, brother, niece or nephew are going to be in good hands.  I'd go so far as to say, hire an event planner, hmmm... for $30.00  and I will give you a selection of 3 limousine companies just to make sure you get a good car and driver.  Any vendor category, unless I know specifically what you are looking for, I'll always give clients a selection of 3 to match your style, personality and budget.  There are some top-notch companies out there, I just can't name them here to be fair.  You know who you are and you might be hearing from me soon!

Happy Homecoming, Winter Dances, Proms and any other event that you want to arrive and leave in the greatest of style!

Wishing you the greatest of days!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Brides, Do You Have 7-1/2 Work Weeks at 40 Hours a Week to Plan Your Wedding?

That is what statistics show as the equivalent amount of time that a bride will spend planning her wedding.

It's no wonder that engagements are so much longer than they used to be.  Planning a wedding is like a part-time job.  A brand new job in a new territory!  It's likely that a bride has never planned a wedding before.  It makes sense that she would go online and try to plan her wedding.  It can reach a point where it feels like a quote from Mark Twain in what he termed "modern inconveniences".  I also call this information overwhelm.  There's no question, the information is out there and lots of it.  At some point, a bride can begin to ask questions.  

One day it might be, "Am I doing this right?"  Later on it might be, "How do I know if it's going to turn out?"  The most desperate question is, "How am I going to get everything done in time?"  There's a missing link that could set her mind at ease.  A professional Wedding Coordinator.  

There's no question that if she had gone to a Wedding Coordinator at the very beginning, she would probably be much more relaxed and not have so many questions like this popping up into her head.  It is my goal to educate brides on how we can be a cost-effective decision for them.  They also don't know that most vendors hope that a bride has a Wedding Coordinator. 

Many wedding vendors say that one of the first questions they ask a bride is if they have a Wedding Coordinator.  Some are changing that question to "Who is your Wedding Coordinator?"  The answer they don't like hearing is, my cousin..., my Mom.  They might not even want to hear "The venue lady is taking care of everything!"  Venues in general are glad when a bride has a professional Wedding Coordinator, some even require it!

By the time a bride has spent a few hours with Greatest of Days, a bride knows what she wants her wedding to be like, what is most important to her and in general what lies within  her budget.

Please visit Greatest of Days to see there is an option to help you get focused...and shorten your engagement!

Wishing you the greatest of days!