About – The Wed Clique

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We’re loving the bright, earthy colors from this shoot at Main Street Commons in Fayetteville, NC. Who isn’t a sucker for succulents and mimosa bars? Our vendors are always looking for inspiration for the next season, and we thought this styled shoot captured so many fun fall trends. With this wedding inspiration we wanted to bring a Read more about Industrial Inspiration[…]

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Some of our Wed Clique community members have mentioned that they’re eager to see more color, edginess and overall spunk on wedding day. It’s only a matter of time before these avant-garde twists make it to the Southeast. We’re completely inspired by this styled shoot from Theresa Wooner, who teamed up with a talented group of vendors at Read more about California Dreaming[…]

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Heather Pottier, founder of The Whimsical Rose, used to spend a lot of time with her head in the clouds…quite literally. The U.K. native and former Flight Attendant grew a love for authentic fine bone vintage china while planning her wedding in England from the States. Her collection has since turned into a china rental Read more about May Member Spotlight – The Whimsical Rose[…]

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After seeing a unique and elegant bouquet by Amy Soderena Frazier of Do Me A Favor, planner Dayma Edwards of Dia Mia Designs was inspired to plan a styled shoot at The Terraces on Sir Tyler. We sat down with Dayma to learn what it takes to put together a styled shoot. Q: What was the Read more about Elegant Bouquet – Inspired Styled Shoot[…]

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Guest Blog by April Semilla, Soon-to-be-Bride and our Resident Bride Expert There is a point in the wedding planning process, when the giddiness of getting engaged moves from constant, internal, high pitched squealing to a more subdued, but no less happy, glow. This point usually coincides with the realization that it’s time to get down Read more about Inside the Mind of a Bride – Vendor Selection[…]

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This styled shoot is one for the ages! The gorgeous southern garden setting shows off what these phenomenal vendors can offer to couples. Mother and daughter planning team, Fairytale Pursuits, is behind the inspiration and coordination, and making all of us here at Otterplan feel all the feels with the sweet surprise ending to this shoot Read more about Styled Shoot – Our Secret Garden[…]

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As our community grows, we are thrilled to see the diversity of specialty and talent on Otterplan. We had a chance to catch up with one of our first members, Mabyn Ludke, owner of Mabyn Ludke Photography. Her talent is obvious from the images below, but her insights are equally beautiful! Connect with Mabyn today. What Read more about March Member Spotlight – Mabyn Ludke Photography[…]

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Kara Janes made the leap from side-hustle to full-time creative entrepreneur in the last year when she launched Karaligraphy based in Monroe, NC. We sat with Kara and interviewed her for this week’s New Member Monday. How did you make the decision to pursue calligraphy full time? I have always loved calligraphy and have been practicing Read more about Calligrapher Member Spotlight – Kara Janes[…]

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As a wedding entrepreneur you’ve likely spent time and money marketing your business with the hope of getting more bookings. But are you confident in how cost effective these strategies are? For example, Stacey, a wedding photographer in Charlotte, spent $4,000 on traditional bridal listing sites and got a whopping 50 leads and 3 booked Read more about Ask These 4 Questions to Understand Your Marketing ROI[…]

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This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Ariel Kaitlin, a talented photographer from the Raleigh area in North Carolina. We asked Ariel 4 questions to learn more about how she started her business and advice she has for others growing their photography business. How did you establish yourself as a photographer? I got started Read more about Photographer Member Spotlight – Ariel Kaitlin[…]

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When building your local network, you likely think of meetups, conferences, and events as the primary way to build your community. But with many professional networks online, there is a much larger community to begin to build your connections. While the rules of the game are similar if you are trying to build a relationship Read more about 5 Tips to Network Like a Pro Online[…]

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One of our newest members, Amanda Buchanan from Youngsville, NC, owns Simple Day LLC and we had the pleasure of interviewing her for New Member Monday. How did you get into wedding planning? I started as a wedding planner’s assistant when I was 16! I lived in a destination location, so our season was PACKED! It was great experience, Read more about Planner Member Spotlight – Amanda Buchanan[…]

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We are very excited to ring in 2017 with all of the new creative entrepreneurs who have joined Otterplan Connect! One of our newest members, John Ficarotta from Charlotte, NC, owns Giovanni Films and we had the pleasure of interviewing him for New Member Monday. How did you get into Videography? I went to college for TV/video/radio/film production Read more about Videographer Member Spotlight – John Ficarotta[…]

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We love seeing all the new creative entrepreneurs who have joined Otterplan in the last week and we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce one of our first members; Mylina Russell. We had the pleasure of meeting Mylina and asking her a few questions about her business and her 2017 goals! Where are you Read more about Photographer Member Spotlight – Mylina Russell[…]

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We started New Member Monday to help wedding professionals find new connections from across North Carolina and to showcase the diversity of profession, region, and talent in our community. This week we couldn’t be more excited to introduce one of our first members, Stephanie Figueroa from Durham, NC. Stephanie owns Makeup By Steff, offering onsite bridal makeup, and we Read more about MUA Member Spotlight – Stephanie Figueroa[…]

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The ubiquitous white wedding cake has long been a staple of the contemporary wedding. But the origin of the wedding cake goes back as far as Medieval England and Ancient Rome! While the much-loved dessert has a storied history, it has not seen any big innovations in the last century. 2016 changed everything and wedding Read more about Our 4 Favorite Wedding Dessert Trends[…]

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We are deep into the season of thanks and also approaching the wedding offseason. While you might be tempted to take a well-earned break from working with clients and vendors, now is a great time to reflect on your successful events and the people who contributed to that success. The art of giving thanks is Read more about 3 Tips on Giving Thanks to Clients and Vendors[…]

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As a creative entrepreneur, you have likely been faced equally with failure and success. Knowing when to pivot your business or one of your strategies can feel like a huge undertaking but it can be a process-driven approach to eliminate ambiguity and increase your chances of pivoting successfully. Over the course of the last few Read more about The Pivot: 3 Tips to Change Course[…]

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In the early days of Otterplan, Lisa and I were constantly meeting to discuss business strategy or conduct interviews with our customers. And like many early stage startups, we were bootstrapping our business using all of our available resources to build our product. Certain expenses felt like luxuries that we could not justify indulging. The Read more about Mastering the Art of Free Meeting Spaces[…]

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For creative entrepreneurs, building an active network of peers, vendors, and clients can be the difference between a growing or stagnate business. But building and nurturing a network takes time, care, and effort and many entrepreneurs are seriously time-strapped. Even though they are short on time, many of the creative professionals we work with say if they Read more about 3 Tips to Nurture Your Network[…]

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