We have so many new changes and exciting things happening at Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events that my head is spinning! All exciting, and all a result of the awesome growth we’ve experienced in the past couple years, but sometimes a bit overwhelming nonetheless. I’m sure anyone planning an event could relate to how a mounting list of “projects” can feel
We wanted to take this opportunity to briefly share with you some of the big changes that have been occurring and what you can expect as a current or hopefully future client of ours!
New planning software! We’ve partnered with a great planning website that is focused on wedding planning to customize and tailor the platform you all get to use as you get to planning. Our non-wedding clients will still use some more well known or classic planning softwares with us such as Box, Asana or Project Bubble, but for our couples, we have a new way for you to keep track of your checklists, budget, style guides (like a private Pinterest!), guest list and RSVP count, as well as many more tools. So far the feedback we’ve gotten from clients has been great, and we continue to make adjustments and improvements such that in 2015, we’re hoping to have a perfectly designed tool to improve your “at-home” planning experience with us.
We have also been busy at work creating a vendor tool for our clients. While our preference is of course to work with each client to make personalized referrals and really discuss the nitty-gritty details and pros/cons of each vendor, what about those clients who just want to get to work on their own, or book some of our smaller packages? For them, we’ve created a database of all our preferred and most tried and true vendors, complete with contact information and pertinent notes from our experience with each, just for you to have and utilize as you wish! We’re hoping this tool becomes as useful to our clients as it is to us here in the office.
As if those two projects were not enough, we wanted to add some personal additions to our company as well, so meet Christa, Sarah and Alex! Chelsea thankfully joined our team full time at the end of 2013 and this past year with her on board has been wonderful, but we felt room for more talent and more perspectives, so Christa and Sarah came on board as interns, training to be associates in 2015. You can learn more about them on our About Us, or keep your eyes peeled for separate posts in weeks to come with interviews of each of them! Alex also joined our team as a new in-house designer, to assist our clients in custom stationery, website work and any other general graphic design needs for any of our events. We’re excited to have his talent and expertise on the team!
Of course, we always spend the “off-season” working on updating our budget template (now new and improved with more categories and options for you to personally customize to your event tastes and priorities!), vendor list (coffee dates to get more acquainted galore!), and general business projects (have you been noticing how much happier our blog and Facebook pages are?), so every year our clients are getting fresh and applicable information and tools, not us sitting back on our heels of previous experience.
Lastly, we’re going to welcome a new baby to the family! Lisa had her darling son Robbie earlier in 2014, as our first CAWE addition, and now I’m expecting my first in May! Not sharing what this little one’s name is yet, so you’ll just have to come check back in a few months to find out who our newest member is!
Any changes you’d like to see? We’re so open to hearing them! We love new ideas, particularly from our wonderful clients and vendors, so please share in the comments or shoot us an email with your thoughts and ideas for this coming year!