Paper Me Wonderful
We officially reopened our office for the new year yesterday on January 8. As with previous years, as soon as the clock turned 9:00 a.m., phone calls and emails began. We actually love to hear from our clients and vendors regarding their fresh and innovative ideas for the new year. We take joy in hearing "I got engaged" or "I'm pregnant" or "I'm taking the leap and starting my own business". In essence, we love to learn that our clients are committed to celebrate in 2013. Whether the occasion is a wedding, baby shower, birthday party, retirement dinner, new business venture, or just a day to reconnect with loved ones, it is our goal to help you firm your commitment to celebrate by doing it on paper. While we certainly take note that we live in a digital world, nothing screams "celebration" like a printed invitation, save the date, program, etc. Why not escalate your celebration and go against the norm of sending an "Evite"? Your celebration deserves all of the fanfare it can get and what better way to start the process than to commit to beautiful paper. Your commitment to celebrate coupled with our commitment to serve creates an awe-inspring opportunity to resonate to your guests a feeling of anticipation, excitement, and sometimes reciprocal celebration. So, go ahead, find a reason in this new year to do something different, to commemorate your life's achievement or just to honor the people who make your life special. Find a reason to commit to celebrate; we, in turn, will create the moment...on paper, of course!
What better way to share the process of paper than over pancakes? We thought it was a fabulous idea so we held our first "Pancakes and Paper", a gathering for planners to learn about the PWI custom process. Some of our favorite Atlanta planners gathered on a beautiful morning at StudioWed Atlanta and shared an awesome start to the morning prepared by Black Tie Catering. Pancakes, just like our custom stationery, were made to order and included chocolate chip pancakes, buttermilk pancakes, and pancakes topped with apples and peaches. We enjoyed taking this opportunity to make our process better to understand for the planners that we love serving! Brian Green of F&G Weddings and Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events also shared their insight on the wedding planning scene here in Atlanta.
During our tenth year of service, it is important for us to not only renew our commitment to excellence and quality service, but to also extend our heartfelt appreciation to those persons who make this anniversary celebration so very special. We have learned that true loyalty is timeless and therefore, we decided to embrace ten clients who have validated that very fact. During an intimate evening, we shared dinner, laughter, and memories of service. It was indeed a pleasure to share with these individuals outside of the confines of work. We wanted to ensure that we were able to show a token of appreciation to these ten wonderful people. However, we soon realized that in as much we wanted to bless them, their presence and belief in our vision blessed us beyond measure. The experience was truly purely wondrous inspiration!
Custom Table Linens provided by I Do Linens.
Each guest received a CD with our Top Ten Songs of Inspiration.
Each guest also received a leather portfolio with our 10 Year Logo foiled stamped in silver.
Dinner was provided by our friends at Black Tie Full Service Catering.
Simple, elegant and chic decor provided by Floral Couture.
Entertainment was provided by our favorite saxophonist in Atlanta, Mike Jones of Groove Centric.
The place cards were velvet bags filled with chocolate.
The program for the evening.
Stay tuned as we will share more details about this very special event including each of our guests. Special thanks to Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events and StudioWed. And last, certainly not least, thanks to Tracey Brown of Tracey Brown Photography who captured all the details of the evening.
2011 is an important year for Papered Wonders, Inc. This year, we celebrate ten years of service! Our year-long celebration is certainly not complete without those who have desired "papered wonders" throughout the last decade- our clients. We decided to begin this celebratory year with ten clients who have believed in our vision, funneled our passion, and embraced our unending commitment to excellent service. We shared an intimate evening with these individuals and thought we'd share a teaser of the magic of the evening...more to come!
We are firm believers that it is important to constantly increase one's level of knowledge. We are always excited when we get the opportunity to do just that. One such opportunity presented itself on Thursday when we attended the Entrepreneur Inc's "Growth" Conference. This conference, sponsored by the UPS Store, was a great resource for business owners who have just entered the arena and for those who are veterans in their field. It was a great experience to join with others and learn how to better "do" business. We especially enjoyed the Social Networking session conducted by Starr Hall. She presented her information just like we should run our business: a lot of productivity mixed with even more fun!
Hall has worked on public relations for corporations, non-profit organizations, authors, CEOs and associations, both national and international. She has relationships with over 800 editors, writers and segment producers worldwide and has secured placement and coverage for her clients in regional, national and international newspapers, magazines, radio, television and Internet outlets. Her latest book is GET CONNECTED - The Social Networking Toolkit for Businesses.
Visit Entrepreneur for more details about the conference.
Today is the third day of Atlanta's snow/ice storm. Parents all over the metropolitan area are praying that the schools will open tomorrow. Entrepreneurs are going just a bit haywire having to stay enclosed in their homes. Government officials are struggling trying to keep all of the taxpayers pleased. The list goes on and on and on. If one were to examine the situation by itself, it might seem bad. I mean, when is the last time that the situation was so bad that it halted UPS, FedEx, and the USPS? When was it so bad that banks were closed, courts were closed, and numerous retail operations closed? Yes, it might seem as if things are horrible. However, rewind the tape back one year and transport the location to Port-au-Prince, Haiti when the worst earthquake in history occurred. This earthquake killed masses of people and shattered the lives of almost everyone who lived in Haiti. It didn't matter to Haitians that the sanitation department didn't pick up the trash or that the supermarkets closed early because these people couldn't even get food and water. They couldn't get medical care. No one could hear their voices. Those who were able to survive the actual earthquake were desperately trying to survive the aftermath. Even a year later, Haiti is still struggling to rebuild and there are millions who have yet to be able to return to some degree of normalcy. If we compared the Atlanta snow/ice storm to Haiti's earthquake, I think we are forced to realize that it really isn't that bad. Today, we remember Haiti and we continue to pray for the citizens who are there attempting to return honor to their country and we acknowledge those who are in the States, such as our friend Violaine Diogene of Andre Winfrye Events, whose hearts have never departed from their native home.
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How very thankful we are this year! Every year, we realize that God has blessed us even more than the year before and for that we are eternally grateful. When we say that it is our pleasure to serve, we aren't just speaking words. Rather, we are truly expressing the awesome privilege we experience each time we are invited into your lives to design the perfect piece of stationery for your event, endeavor, or occasion. We have been blessed with a tremendous opportunity and we acknowledge that fact not only on Thanksgiving, but with each passing day. As you celebrate Thanksgiving, we encourage you to reflect on the intangible blessings in your life. We are grateful for each and every client we have served or are presently serving. Our gratitude to God simply cannot be expressed in words. Happy Thanksgiving, indeed.
Today is the first full day of Autumn, although the temperatures in Atlanta are still holding on to the dog days of Summer. Personally, I am ready for cool evenings, Sunday afternoon football and suede booties! We haven't had a chance to post a blog in the last couple of weeks because wedding season is still in full throttle around here. I am excited about being featured on The Stylish Planner™ blog today. As stated on her site, The Stylish Planner™ is the creation of Jeannine Kennedy, owner of Atlanta based FAVOR Events, a full service wedding planning company. Full of practical and inspiring content on style, image and personal branding, The Stylish Planner™ is the only resource of its kind available to luxury wedding and event professionals. Jeannie is an awesome lady and we are blessed even the more to be in such great company.
To read the post featuring Papered Wonders, Inc. click here.