It's April 23rd and as I am in sitting in an Atlanta airport for the third week out of the last four, I thought it was time to look at how I was doing in achieving my Goals for 2015. If you will remember, I divided my goals into three parts with three things under each goal.
Let's start with #1 - my website: Hopefully you have been following my bi-weekly vendor spotlight. If you have, you have learned more about some great wedding vendors including Childress Vineyards, Winmock at Kinderton, Samie Roberts and Susan Crutchfield. In the near future, you will see a slider of pictures at the top of the Vendor Spotlight page will continue you feature our great vendors. As we continue to add vendors, you will eventually be able to sort them by their city. With regards to the front, you may have noticed that the background is now rustic wood and the sections are now faded pictures instead of boxes. Finally, we now have a new weddings section that includes a video and my 2015 wedding designs. if you are keeping count...#1 - FINISHED!
Now to #2. Over the past few months, with a little help from my friends, we have put together a database of wedding planners, venues, photographers and wedding magazines for each of our target markets. We also included a few florists and cake designers to use for our vendor spotlights. After talking to some wonderful friends in the wedding industry, I have also added several target markets. They now include: Charlotte and Asheville, NC, Virginia Beach, Richmond, Roanoke and Charlottesville, VA, Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA, Birmingham, AL, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville, TN. Our database is about halfway completed. I have started working with Bridal Magazines in Virginia and Charlotte and you can find my ads in the The Knot - The Carolinas and Southern Bride, along with ACoastalBride.com. We have already reached out to the Charlotte wedding vendors. We delivered 60 cute gift boxes to photographers, planners and venues last Friday with an invitation to introduce ourselves.
Finally Goal #3. As the year has progressed, I have decided that I need to concentrate on getting my name out in the wedding industry this year and that I should hold off on the wholesale line for now. Don't worry, LaurieLouis.com will still have an etsy shop that has customized coasters and lucite trays (both perfect for wedding, shower and bridesmaid gifts) as well as a limited selection of notebooks and a 2016 desk calendar.
Well, that's a look at our goals and where we stand. How are you doing on your goals for 2015? I would love to hear.
Until next time, take in a baseball game and be sure to share your love on Facebook! Laurie