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Vendor Wednesday Spotlight #1


I decided a long time ago that I didn’t want to create a preferred vendor list, BUT I DO want to provide you with some of the businesses that go above and beyond in my book!!! Every vendor I will feature moving forward I personally have worked with. Enjoy Vendnesday…

 

FOWLER’S FUNFLATABLES

This is an amazing family owned business based in Burgaw NC. They rent out Large Inflatables, Waterslides, Slip n Slides, Bounce Houses, Combo Units and much more! All of their staff does an amazing job by showing up on time and being prefessional. I recommend them to all my clients. Now a word from the owners….

 We have 5 kids of our own and enjoy seeing the excitement in a childs eyes when we deliver and inflate one of our Bounce Houses or Slides. The smile on a childs face from watching the inflatable come to life is “priceless.” Our goal is to provide you with the “BEST” products & customer service at a reasonable rate. We will provide  you  with safe, clean and entertaining inflatables & products to inspire fun and happiness for all your party needs. We are fully insured and bonded. All of our units are inspected annually by the N.C. Department of Labor to meet State safety requirements.

We offer Bounce Houses, Module Bounce House (9 Banners to choose from: Happy Birthday, Cars Theme, Spiderman, Monster Truck, Sports Theme, Princess Theme, It’s A Girl Thing, Dora the Explorer, Pirate Theme) Castle Bounce Houses with Slides and basketball hoops in all Bounce House Combos, Module Combo with enclosed slides also with basketball hoops, 18ft Pirates of the Carolinas Slide w/Pool, 20ft Green Giant wet/dry slide, 30ft Slip n slide.

  • We offer concession rentals of Popcorn machines, Snowcone Machines, Cotton Candy Machine to top off any party!!
  • We service all New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Brunswick, Duplin Counties

Thank you for your business from: 

The Fowlers – Lee, Susan, Lauren, Dalton, Maddie G, Macie and Luke

Like them on facebook https://www.facebook.com/fowlerfunflatables/?fref=ts

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Featured Photo credit : Touched by Grace Photography Photography https://www.facebook.com/touchedbygrace1013/?fref=ts

You’re only a stranger once Part 1


A look into my heart……. From stranger to client to friend

In August I will have been in business for 4 years! I can not believe that much time has passed. It has been 3 years of me running this business 100% after quitting my full time job. I am blessed and so grateful, but always continue to work even harder than the day before

My first “official” bride and groom was Keri & Jason, and I remember that day so well. “Official” because before I started the business I had helped plan TONS of weddings, showers, birthday parties…you name it, but this….this was to be my FIRST WEDDING or so I prayed. I was meeting them at the River Room downtown. So to make me more nervous it was my first time being in this space I had walked by for years and thought was breathtaking. I remember meticulously picking out my outfit, walking in with confidence, even though I was dying inside. The dress I picked out was a little low cut so I put on a blouse underneath so as not to offend anyone. When you are nervous you second guess everything. I worried were my shoes to high? Would it make me too tall? Did I fix my hair just right? Was it the perfect outfit? Would the things I say get me the job? Would they KNOW this was my first wedding and not want to book me as their planner?

I drove a P.O.S. Vw Jetta with the paint peeling off, no door handle, no AC, a string to open the door, and vice grips to roll my window down. So I arrived well in advance to park my car far away so that my potential client wouldn’t see me step out of it. For what client would take me seriously or sign a contract with a planner who doesn’t have a nice car? I walked around the space and once they arrived I was ready! They had driven from Winston Salem, NC so this was my one shot. I was still trying to find my way in this company plan as my partner had just left P3. “You got this” I repeated over in my head! Would this be my first FULL, real pay check?

As we talked I remember being able to feel the love that they share and remember their engagement story complete with a bucket of sand! I had my contract ready in prayers that they would sign it. After meeting for an hour the contract was mine!!! Wow…I had done it!! My first real job!!! I can not tell you the joy I felt that day but MORE importantly I cried tears of joy because that first couple gave me AFFIRMATION that I WAS GOOD ENOUGH!!!! Everytime I wear that dress I remember that day, my nervousness, and my joy.

I am HONORED to say that almost 4 years later that couple is still in my life! I have hung out with them as friends, enjoyed beer tastings as clients, been her saving grace on the wedding day (even though I made a mistake), been a shoulder for hours of concerns or worries, worked with their families, face painted at fundraisers for them back in Winston, photographed their gorgeous baby boy, and even babysat. From stranger to client to friend……. I can’t think of a better way to be blessed! Thank you Keri & Jason, From my heart to yours

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Best and Hardest thing I have ever done…….


I have been so fortunate and blessed lately! So please do not take this blog as a complaint!!! ( I am also sorry for not blogging since October but MAN have I BEEN BUSY) Thank you God!

A little over three years ago I decided to start my own business. Making this decision my main goal and objective was to be able to be here for my girls, volunteer at school, and be the best mom I could be (now that includes wife). One way this business has helped me is that I get to teach my girls that they can strive to be anyone and do anything they truly set their hearts desire on. I have been told by fellow business owners and vendors that I won’t amount to anything or my business won’t grow. I may not be the David Tutera of Wilmington, but I have no desire to be! I strive to be the best Courtney Winter I can be and I give every client whether I am taking their picture, planning their event, or face painting for their children 150% of everything I am. I am creative, fun, loyal, outspoken, trustworthy, organized, and hardworking. I get asked on a daily basis how I do everything I do. The answer to me is very simple. One; I LOVE MY JOB Two: I love my family Three; I am a great planner for everything has a place on a calendar 😉 .

It has been a little overwhelming the last few months as the business grows. I recreated my website and web designer I am NOT! However the penny pincher I am I knew I had no choice but to buckle down and Just do it! It took me 20 hours, some of you IT pros may laugh, but we do what we have to do. It is hard some days to balance everything and not everyday is easy let’s be real. Some days I want to just turn off the computer, cuddle with my girls and not worry about uploading to Pinterest, working on a family photo shoot, or emailing for leads that sometimes have no end. I especially love the clients who waste my time with emails, phone calls, and scheduling a session or event for them to call back two days before hand and say “Oh my best friends mom is a (Planner, Photographer) and she will do it for us for free, but we will keep you in mind for next time.” Did you stop to think that next time I may not be available, or did you ever hear the saying Burn my once?? Well, we know what happens next right?

I have experienced bumps in the road, times of joy, times of worry, being drunk off creation, and blessed beyond my imagination. I have some of the most amazing clients that compliment me the most by using my services over and over again. For your support, love, kindness, and trust I THANK YOU.

“We all have a vision, a goal, and a dream! Don’t smother mine because yours are coming true!! ”

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Writing a large check…and being happy!!! Weird right?


I have to say that this was such a learning experience and so personally fulfilling that I almost feel selfish! Sounds crazy right!!??? I gained more than I ever imagined from planning this event and am so grateful to be able to work with Love is Bald and Pretty in Pink! After all costs and expenses were paid, I am happy to say, for this first time event I was able to raise $2800. I never really thought that writing two checks for $1400 would make me so happy!! Light up the Night 2014 was an amazing success despite the rain that deterred people from coming and some that left early. I started this project with a goal of raising $5,000.00 and I almost reached that goal! So next year I can not wait to see what happens! 

I need to give a shout out to all my vendors, sponsors, and volunteers that were involved;

Volunteers; Dr. Bradley Walter and his lovely wife Becky Walter, Joycelyn George, Amanda Murray, Chris Wright, Shawn Best, my lovely little sister Hannah, Maranda Lewis, Sarah Edwards, Shawn Winter, Megan Pratt, Laura Meade, Kat O’Sullivan, 

Bands & Music; Chasing Opal & Stoney Creek Music, Perculating Sounds was our DJ (Also all sponsors)

Sponsors/Vendors; Dr. Egg Pediatric Dentistry, Crystal Coast Photo Booth, Compassionate Fit, Linda’s Cuisine, Queensboro, Premier Designs with Lisa Clark, Bill Smith Caricatures, Pretty Little me Boutique, Paparazzi Jewelry, Celebrate Home, Pure Romance, Ocean Candle Company, Jilly lights, Sunny Soap, Enchanted Realm, Park Lane Jewelry, Elite Chiropractic, Pampered Chef, Origami Owl, Katiemade Crafts, Dress up that Door, Shelly’s Jellies, Stella & Dot, and Jewelry by Cindy

I can not thank you all enough for your support, help, and donations! A special shout out to Captn’ Bill’s for allowing me to throw this event at their facility. Not only did people purchase puzzle lights all across the U.S. but I also received raffle items and donations as far as California!  I am working on next year’s event so stay tuned for more details. I am thinking about how we can light up the night for a different cause! Please give me your suggestions of an amazing nonprofit that you know needs our help! Feel free to ask me how you can get involved as I need help in many different areas and I love to meet new friends. Because without YOU this event would not be possible!! 🙂

Here is the link with pictures from the event and more to come!! So stay tuned and like the facebook page to find out more https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.643427365712712.1073741831.533901203331996&type=3

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Light up the Night 2014


As the date is closely approaching I must say that I have gained more than I imagined from this experience. I have had those effected tell me heartwarming stories and meet some incredible people along the way. It makes you self reflect…..see this event is being held to raise money and honor anyone you have lost to cancer or that has survived. A night of celebration for those we love!!

I started this project because of my love, adoration and respect for both Love is Bald and Pretty in Pink. (These are the two non-for-profits that all monies are being raised to benefit) I have seen the organizations work first hand and KNOW the lives they touch, change, and heal. I was honored to work even closer and help in the best way possible..offering my services! In July of 2013 I sat down with both Organizations to pitch my vision, and my ideas. Initially this was to be a sky lantern lighting but through feedback from the community I was pushed to the test to come up with an original idea that would blow the previous one away…..and IN A HURRY!!!

Back in November I saw puzzle lights and fell in love with them and tracked down a vendor who was able to come to this event with their uniqueness. The puzzle lights started over on the West Coast and are slowly moving here. Together she and I created a custom design specifically for this event. Thank you Jill Turner!!! Now I am even more excited than before because guests get to take their light home with them as a keepsake. I even had someone tell me that they have been waiting for this event ever since the fashion show last September!

I have always loved planning events but again I will say that I have gained so much I feel like I am unworthy of it. However I know that God will use my knowledge and I can not wait to see where it takes me next….

If you are interested check out the Event page, invite your friends  https://www.facebook.com/events/482113305250083/

Want to know how you can donate or purchase your light? $25 in advance and $30 at the door

http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/light-up-the-night/75178

CHECK OUT EVENT LINEUP ONE EVENT PAGE, TWO BANDS, DJ, PHOTOBOOTH, 21 VENDORS, RAFFLES, SILENT AUCTIONS, AND FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Reasons to hire a Planner….not your Aunt’s sister cousin….


I know many of you ask why? Why do I need to hire a planner when I can make everything myself or go to pinterest?  Why hire a planner when I can organize all vendors? Why hire a planner when I don’t need any recommendations for vendors or venues my grandmother knows everyone? Why hire a planner when my Aunt’s sister’s cousin is going to take care of it all?

Those all seem like valid questions right? As a professional planner I almost cringe especially when I hear the last question. Why? Because the last question tells me two things. First that you do not want to have to worry about anything the day of your wedding so you have asked someone else to help. And second that you may be in for a disaster…

I KNOW you love your Aunt’s sister cousin and I am SURE she has the best of intentions but there are so many things you need to think about outside of that. Does she know how to facilitate a timeline for the day of a wedding? What if she gets too sick? What if she is a little controlling and her vision is not your vision? And last but not least what happens if there is a family dispute ? Let’s face it sometimes there are 🙂 and it helps to have a person there to help who’s ONLY interest is making her clients happy while professionally intervening.

Keep in mind that as an event planner we have several packages available so even if you don’t need a full wedding planner please consider hiring someone for at least your day/week of coordination.  As event planners am here to help you with your budget, bring your vision to life, help with fellow vendors/venues, vendor meetings, and much more. The most important job I am have is to help my clients be at ease and know that all they have to do is sit back, relax, and LOVE each other. Please don’t let your Aunt’s sister cousin ….well….you know! The best place for her to be is front row watching you get married and enjoying your beautiful day with you!

HAPPY PLANNING and more importantly CONGRATULATIONS!!

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Expert Wedding Tips for Newly Engaged Couples <3


First and foremost CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that you are on the way to wedding bliss please don’t start by being overwhelmed. Below I am listing tips to help you cope and ENJOY this process thoroughly!

1. What kind of wedding do you want?

Do you see yourself as a more laid back couple or formal? Think about the feeling or vibe you want your guests to feel. Do you want a church wedding, non-religious, or to be married by an independent officiant?

<MOST IMPORTANT ….remember do not be affected by what you think your families will want, friends, or otherwise;this is your wedding day and needs to be reflection of your love!

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2. Who to Invite?

Make a guest list first as there is no point in looking at any venues until you know the guest size you are expecting. Please remember to make your list so that you can share this special day with people that are most important to you. Do not feel the need to invite everyone you know! While you are making your lists you can star each name of those most important to help you narrow down your wedding party.

3.When and Where to Marry?

I feel that these two items go hand in hand because you may already have the perfect venue in mind and be flexible on the date or vice versa. If you prefer a destination wedding you may consider a major holiday which can make it easier for guests to attend. This can also be effected by your budget so if you want to try for an all outside wedding pick the right temperature month so guests don’t burn up or freeze to death.

4. Decide what is more important to you….

This list varies for every bride, groom, and couple as we all have different things that we are willing to weaver on but others we will not budge. Whether this is your food, caterer, photographer, florist, or even hiring a planner. Decide what is of utmost importance to help make your day go smoothly. For a larger wedding I say you need a year to plan but I have had great success with smaller weddings being planned in 6 months depending on location availability, vendors, etc. Decide what items you are willing to pay top notch for and what ones aren’t as important. This will thoroughly help.

5. Know your budget!

Sit down and decide what your budget will be for the entire wedding and then divide everything out per item of what you want to spend and be able to fill in with what you actually spend. This will help you stay on target and not go over budget. (Feel free to contact me at Courtney@pthreeplanning.com as I have a great budget I will be willing to share for a minimal fee of $10.00 . Budget allows you to set items at priority levels, tallies it up automatically and more. )

6. Hire a planner or Day of Coordinator!!!! A MOST!!!!!!!

I will stand by the statement most as you need someone outside of your family to help keep things in check and running smoothly. Maybe you don’t have the money for a full planner but at least spend the money on a day of coordinator so that you can honestly sit back and enjoy your day and know that your planner has everything in order!! 

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