Share the love and go green on your wedding

This is not about having a wedding colour combination that would make an Irish leprechaun feel right at home.  It is about being Eco-Friendly and giving back as you celebrate on your special day. So as you bask in that just married glow, your conscience will be feeling all warm and fuzzy.
If you look at a wedding from a cynical (or a confirmed bachelor & environmental extremist’s) perspective, there is a great deal of unnecessary expenditure on wasteful things that will just end up being thrown away.  Not to make you feel too guilty, but getting married doesn’t just have an impact on the Bride and Grooms future together, it also has an impact on the environment. Studies have shown that a typical wedding can produce 180kg of rubbish and 28kg of CO2.

How can your wedding leave a green footprint?

Pick a green wedding venue
All the pomp and ceremony of the greening bandwagon has long since faded and now it just makes sense for a wedding venue to be green.  But despite all the best greening practices of a wedding venue, it helps if the Bride/Wedding Planner is on board with wanting to be as Eco-Friendly as possible.

Go paper free
Admittedly it is lovely to be presented with a classy looking invitation printed on expensive paper, but there are alternatives to using paper from non-sustainable resources.
If the invitation has to be printed then use recycled paper and make it known that you are planning a green wedding. Although you may need to spell it out a bit, about what a green wedding means, to avoid being surrounded by leprechauns on the day.

Cut down on the flowers
To produce a bunch of perfect cut flowers requires a great deal of resources, energy, pesticides, etc. Go for something different – non-flower bouquets or use potted plants that will be planted after the ceremony.  If it has to be cut flowers then source them from an organic and sustainable florist.

Wedding cuisine
Some wedding menus can look and taste delicious but be extremely wasteful.  Cut down on foods that use excessive packaging or consist of decorative but disposable items. Organic is great and if the catering is to be provided by a third party, then use a supplier that is local to the venue to avoid excessive transportation emissions.

Donate to a good cause
Are you are one of those couples who already have enough and don’t really want to have to find extra drawer space for more cutlery, crockery, linen and other traditional wedding gift items? Then ask the guests to put together a gift hamper, donate blankets, etc. for the needy.

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25 Tips on Keeping your Customers Happy

We live in a competitive world and you need to do everything you can to satisfy and keep the customers you have. Below are 25 ways to do it.

  1. People want instant results, so live up to it as much as you can. People are well informed, they can get info with the touch of a button, make sure that you don’t give incorrect info because it ruins your trust relationship.
  2. What makes people choose YOU above your competitor?
  3. Know who you are dealing with (gender, age, job, marital status, geographical location, etc. Know what their interests are. (Indoor/outdoor etc.) Know their financial status and take it into consideration. In other words know what makes your customers tick.
  4. Make sure you know exactly what they expect from you and your product/ service.
  5. Know how they usually buy – face to face, web site, in store – that will determine how personal you can get.
  6. Know why they want to buy, need versus want or merely curious.
  7. Success means clearly understanding what customers’ needs are and making sure they have a positive experience.
  8. First impressions are important. A clean facility, especially with food.
  9. Friendliness – smile, be helpful and service with speed e.g. same day delivery.
  10. Efficient service/ personnel same day delivery, quick answers, competent staff.  Front line staff should able to give answers, people detest being transferred to other staff for answers. Well trained staff.
  11. Accuracy – you don’t want to have to take stuff back again & again.
  12. Sufficient stock and good quality product – if you need to then educate your customer to use it – people are lazy.
  13. Always offer value for money.
  14. Have an “x” factor and keep it relative, so tailor it often to keep it trendy.
  15. Walk the 2nd mile – invest in your customer.
  16. Don’t bombard your customers with products or services you know they don’t want, it might have the opposite result. If you don’t know then ask questions to identify their needs.
  17. Teach your front office personnel to listen to customers with attention, look people in the eye.
  18. Be honest and transparent.
  19. Tell customer the benefits of your business/ product and always under promise and over deliver.
  20. Follow up, stay interested.
  21. Be available – people want to see the owner/manager.
  22. Recommendations and good reviews are very important, word of mouth is still your best type of advertising.
  23. Internal communication is vital, especially when it comes to customer service and complaints.
  24. Make sure your website is up to date, user friendly and informative.
  25. Remember! Customer’s leave without complaining, make sure they return, else you have failed.

 

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High-Tech Weddings

Weddings keep changing, adapting and evolving to keep up with the crazy world we live in. These days it is not enough to wear the designer gown as you walk down that red carpet towards your destiny. You also need the latest technology to enhance the keepsakes from your wedding. Intundla Wedding Venue near Pretoria investigated some of the latest wedding technology.

Wedding GoPro

Brides are hiding cameras in their wedding bouquets or that of one of their bridesmaids. Another clever way is to attach the camera to a bottle and enjoy all the antics from everyone as they take a sip, or two .. (hopefully not too much!) Strap your GoPro to your much-loved pooch and capture your wedding from an extraordinary viewpoint as guests ooh and aah over your mutt. Set your GoPro camera to take a wedding time-lapse with a unique creative look of the entire day. A time-lapse video is actually a serious of photographs taken in intervals over an extended period of time.

Selfie Sticks

The latest craze in taking self-portraits. Though we’re still not sure if this is fad or trend, it can be a lot of fun if orchestrated in the right way. When used properly, it can give you some of the best photos you’ve ever taken! But best leave it in your handbag during the Wedding Ceremony. The Wedding Ceremony is a sacred time that should be treated with gloves and captured by the professional photographer. Selfie sticks are wonderful to catch those special moments on the dance floor and a fantastic opportunity to take priceless group pictures that you'll treasure for years to come.

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The GIF Photo Booth

This is an amazing new wedding fad that will most probably become a must-have for all weddings. The GIF Photo Booth takes four photos in succession and then merges them together to form a moving image. This is incredible fun and a wonderful keepsake not just for you but also for your guests.

Image from Mashable.com
Image from Mashable.com

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