June 2022: kickoff to summer festivities
Welcome to June. A month to which I have been looking forward and about which I am a bit apprehensive. We have so many incredible things coming up; it’ll simply be a matter of keeping our heads on straight while we navigate the multitude of moving parts.
This upcoming weekend we have our first tour + tasting, co-hosted with some of our amazing partnered vendors (keep your fingers crossed for us the weather holds out on Sunday!).
The next weekend we have our fourth wedding at the venue, followed by our much-anticipated grand opening party, then ending the week with our fifth wedding.
Amidst the back-to-back events, Mike flies to New Mexico to pick up the kids for the summer, and my bestie from growing up will join us mid-June for the grand opening.
As I list out everything we have coming up, a feeling of overwhelming gratitude takes over. I’m a little nervous about the logistics and keeping the itineraries and details in order, but overpowering the nerves is my excitement for the wonderful array of activities we have waiting for us over the coming weeks.
The countless hours of working, planning, stressing, creating, designing, building, and connecting all culminate in celebration this month at our official launch. It’s a feeling of elation to be at this stage of the journey, and I take pause from my normal focus on the forward-looking mound of to-dos to soak up the accomplishments and appreciate everyone who has been a part of this venture.
And here are my takeaways from the past months:
1. Boundaries as a business owner are important.
We’ll often get inquiries in late at night, and my knee-jerk reaction is to respond immediately. However, to avoid burnout and to set realistic expectations, maintaining boundaries is key.
2. Asking for help is a necessity to growing a business.
I’m sure many of you can relate to the feeling of discomfort when you realize you may need to ask for help. I had to throw the notion of “I can do everything myself” right out the window when we started this venture, and it has paid off tenfold as none of this would be possible without the support we’ve received from family, friends, vendors, clients, and other members of the community.
3. Present pains lead to future gains.
Many of my nights and weekends have been dedicated to building out the website, and then rebuilding it to be better. Building templates in our CRM to streamline communication and processes. Building our marketing strategy and outreach. Building connections with other vendors. It has been a lot of work to say the least, but creating these operations are making for a smoother (and rewarding) sail down the line.
Photo Credit: Gardens of Weber Manor.
Updates for TheGoWM…
This month, we plan to:
Host our very first Venue Tour + Tasting on June 5 (reservations for brides and grooms here)
Host our Grand Opening Party on June 16
o Catering: Elite Catering
o Rentals: An Elite Production
o Florals: Trends Floral Décor
o Photographer: Purely Joyous Photography
o Photobooth: Tiny Tin Trailer Co.
o Bounce House: Blissful Bounce Co.
Host TWO weddings for two lovely couples
Use our tent for the first time
Continue furnishing the production suite
Add some seating in the garden space
Start planning some styled shoots for the summer
Start planning ticketed events for the fall into next year
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Thanks for tuning in this month!
-Emily, Co-Founder, The Gardens of Weber Manor
“You will find that most times you have a vision of what it is that you want to accomplish and that’s most important. It allows you to work backwards and make cuts and changes that will still reflect the overall outcome you wish to achieve. What good is splurging on one particular item if it doesn’t result in the overall outcome you were trying to create?