A couple weeks ago I had the absolute privilege of attending the American Association of Certified Wedding Planner's annual My Favorite Vendor dinner and award ceremony. AACWP is a professional organization for trained or certified wedding planners that provides support, certification and continuing education to event planners throughout the United States. To become a member of AACWP, individuals attend a four day training course where they are taught the ins and out of the event planning business (sign up and I will teach you all you need to know about paper goods and etiquette!).
Each year, AACWP members vote on their favorite vendors and then host a dinner to award and recognize the various businesses nominated. I was both floored and honored when I found out Chips and Salsa had been nominated for best invitation company - and was even more astonished when my little, home-run business took home the 2013 award. I can only attribute my success over this last year and a half to the amazing people I have met in this industry and especially the event planners who took a chance on a young entrepreneur with big dreams.
In the craziness of trying to remember who all to thank when I was on a stage, my nerves clearly took over as I forgot to mention my biggest and most important cheerleader - my handsome husband (gasp!). While I am sure he doesn't read this blog, C&S would still be only a idea if he hadn't pushed and encouraged me to do what I love. He has been there the share the stress, the long hours, the tears and now the sweet success. I cannot thank him enough for loving me wholeheartedly and for making me better each day.
Cheers to 2013 and find the video of the evening below!
2013 My Favorite Vendors
Bakery: Fancy Cakes by Lauren
Invitations: Chips and Salsa Designs
Transportation Company: Premier Transportation
Videographer: Hakim Sons Films
Minister: Marty Younkin, Love Notes Weddings
Lighting Company: Absolute Entertainment
Hair and Makeup: Elan Make-up Studio
Bridal Salon: StarDust Celebrations
Disc Jockey: Brian Prescott, Simply Music
Ceremony Site: Perkins Chapel
Reception Site: The Adolphus
Linen Rental Company: BBJ Linens
Rental Company: Ducky-Bob’s Event Specialists
Caterer: Food Glorious Food
Floral Design: Branching Out