Friday, August 21, 2009

still looking for someone to follow me and for me to follow.
navigating this blog is a learning experience.

right now my husband and youngest grandson are rolling around on the living room rug. they are best buddies and have so much fun together.
we are so blessed.....we have 6 grandchildren.
3 boys and 3 girls....too much fun.

back to the business at hand. we will be setting up for the wedding show tomorrow. today my son and my husband loaded the trailer.....what a job. the heat is sweltering and the humidity is off the charts..
i have found a huge field of wild bamboo growing with the greenery still on it. i cut (my husband cut) an armload to be used in the arrangements for the show.
we also, cut back our saga palms for added greenery.

the silver is polished, the linens are ironed... the trailer is loaded , now we wait.....
tomorrow will be a long and fun day.
we will keep you posted on how things go....or better yet, come out and see the show.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It takes a village to raise a new business......
just read below how many people are involved in helping us get this new business ready for the Wedding Showcase......
*new brochures and business cards from a friend at the Printing Port...Wayne Morris.....
*bridal brochure..... Penni Hawley developed it......with the help of Debbie
*our sign is was done by Ginger Frick as was all our artwork. ...she is so gifted, even if she is my daughter......
*Lari Roper has colorized our artwork.....
*we have a web site......done by the father and mother of an old friend......
*we have a wonderful photographer-Jennifer, Debbie's sister.....
*we have a beautiful model, Katie Rogers, Debbie's daughter......
*we have the free use of a covered trailer-Ted Watts of Watts Woodwork....the cost to rent the trailer is a hug!!!
*we have the use of beautiful chairs from Besty Elliott.....
*we have the supportive help of Winston Glover in the setting up, taking down and hauling dept.
*we have our handsome and supportive husbands for the packing and unpacking.
*we have my son, Will Fields for the backing of trailers, and packing of trailers....
*we have the expert advice of Barry West of Blossom's Events.......
*we have two wonderful friends that will be working with us at the wedding showcase, Sue Ella Bourne and Penni Hawley.....

my goodness we are goodness Events on the Half Shell is blessed!!!!

we just want to say thank you to all of you for being there for us as we embark on this adventure. you have lifted us up on your shoulders and made us feel loved and supported....
we love you all.

so if you are planning on starting a new business, of any kind.....don't look any further than in your own back yard. there is so much talent and support right around you.......right there......
tap in and when the opportunity it forward.

Monday, August 17, 2009

is anyone out there. i want to connect with someone.

today my partner and i networked all day long. we had a wonderful consultation with Barry of Blossom's here in Murrells Inlet. he also has opened a branch office in the downtown area of Charleston. Barry is very successful and fun to talk with. he was very generous and shared all types of interesting information about the wedding business. we are so grateful for his time and his generosity.

next we visited with a wonderful lady at the Pine Lakes Country Club. she showed us around the new renovations there at the club and offered some advice, too. we appreciated all the time she spent with us and will certainly use her expert suggestions.

we love weddings and would love to get our foot in the door of the wedding market here at the beach. follow us as we walk through the process of starting a new wedding business.
watch us design our business cards; develop our brochure; write and rewrite our wedding packages; step forward with a web site; blog and twitter: we are on new ground and sometimes we feel like the ground may give way.....but push on we will in search of the perfect wedding.

so someone, anyone, let me know you are out there.
you can learn along with us, as we discover where we belong and what our niche will be.
God bless and Good night!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Debbie and I spent the day with a photographer and a model yesterday taking awesome shots of a bride at many local venues. Events on the Half Shell specializes in the unique. We search out venues that will make a statement to the world for every bride. Check out our new photos that are coming soon.

Marinas, the Inlet, boats and yachts, bluffs overlooking the waterway, outdoor chapels and small, quaint and old chapels. all are here at the beach...

Hope to see you at the Wedding Show Sunday August 23rd at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center from 1-5pm. come see us there.

We have some "pearls" for you!

Monday, August 10, 2009

the wedding show

we are working to prepare for the wedding show in Myrtle Beach on August 23rd at the MB Convention center. this will be our first show, so we are dotting our i's and crossing our t's. we spent the day tweaking our brochure and gathering information.
we have 5 beautiful wedding dresses that we are going to have Debbie's daughter model for a photo shoot. each will be worn at a different venue so brides can see themseleves getting married in the many unique places we have here at the beach.
Debbie and a friend came up with the idea to take the photos. it is our goal, for all brides to see themselves standing on the steps, or wading in the water, or riding in the boat, etc.
the one-of-a-kind weddings a bride can have here in Murrells Inelt are limitless.
we look forward to presenting new ideas and venues to our brides.

starting from scratch, means you must "invent the wheel." meaning, everything we do, is the first time it has been us anyway. once all the brochures, pamphlets, business cards, websites, etc. are in place, then we will have a model to go by.
we are learning so much. and are having to unlearn so much, too.

but the one thing that we know that we do not need to learn is that people like to be treated with respect and kindness. they like to be heard. i pray they will walk away from working with us and be able to say, they felt valued by Events on the Half Shell. that they received wonderful care. we want every bride to have a wonderful experience and to be stress free and pleased with the event itself.
so let the odyssey begin!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Beach Wedding Packages from the Coast of South Carolina

South Beach Weddings
Along the South Carolina Coast
Garden City Beach, Georgetown, Litchfield Beach, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, Surfside Beach

Events on the Half Shell offers all these possibilities, plus more for your wedding.
your dream it, we will produce it!
we specialize in the unique!
our goal is to make your dreams come true.
small or large, formal or informal!!!
we work for your Joy!

Wedding Cruises-Inlet, Intracoastal Waterway, River
Weddings and Deep Sea Fishing Packages
Weddings on the Green
Weddings and Golf Packages
Weddings on Golf Courses
Weddings at Old Southern Society Halls
Weddings on the Inlet
Weddings under the Oaks
Weddings on the Peir
Weddings on the beach
Weddings in the Park
Weddings at the Museum
Weddings at the Aquarium
Weddings at the Plantation
Weddings at the Marina
Weddings on the Marshwalk
Weddings on the River/Intracoastal Waterway
Weddings in the Church
Weddings on a Private Island
Weddings at Outdoor Chapels
Weddings in Small/Quaint Chapels
Weddings on the Water
Starting a new business at the age of 57 is really a stretch. especially, for someone who is not able to stretch as well as i once could.
I have a partner named Debbie who is a little younger, so that voids out my limitations.

Debbie is the pretty one with the elegance and grace of a true hostess. I am the one that laughs too loud and loves to hug. together, we make a great team.
she uses one side of her brain while i use the other. (organization plus ceativity). a winning combination.
our husbands are our biggest fans. they also do a lot of hauling and carrying. we could not do it without them. thanks guys!

starting a new business in this economy has broadened our horizons. there is so much to do. Debbie's skills really kick in here. she knows how to cut through all the red tape and who to call when pursuing the right infomation, paperwork, etc.

my gifts are in the hunting and gathering area. i am a great scavenger. i can find things for a real deal, and i can use things that others would not think of. i also, know how to recycle. this habit of mine sometimes drives those around me crazy, because i always have a "mess" out, but there is a method to my maddness.
i have to see things to be able to use them. i can not have things packed away, completely out of site. if i do, i will not dream of a new way to use them.
junk stores and dollar stores are my favorite haunts. you never know what treasures you will find. the trick is to purchase them right then.....even though you do not have a present purpose for them. (this sometimes scares my partner, because she sees money going out and nothing flowing the other way....) but a deal is a deal, and you must take advantage of it.
just keep these treasures in the back of your mind and something will come up.

i call it the well. i love to go to the well......all kinds of fun, silly things that add just the right punch.
there is nothing worse than a dry well. i hate it.
always over buy, too. when you think you need 10 get another 2 or 3. you'll be glad you did.

the well includes such items as napkins, candles, ribbon, etc. you need a supply handy at all times.
another important stash, is your tool/supply box. this needs to be with you where ever you go. make sure you have extra everything in there. you need to be prepared for anything. nothing is more frustrating than having to stop and go back for more, yuk!!!!