Introducing: Fete Connection

January 31, 2011  |  Southern Fete News

Today, I am thrilled to announce the launch of Fete Connection!

I’ve been planning for a while now (since Dec 21,2009 to be exact!) to host a workshop for area brides. It’s been only in the last week that the final puzzle pieces came together.

My ultimate goal was to create a workshop that would give all brides (like those who never dreamed of being able to include a wedding planner in their budget or those that just prefer to be more hands on) the tools needed to plan a successful wedding. Most brides have never planned a wedding. That’s obvious. So why should they be expected to know how to navigate the process?

Here were my objectives:

1. Walk brides through creating a timeline for their engagement, creating a budget and even giving brides an estimate of what I think their wedding would cost based on what they tell me their looking for. (I think this fact is key in creating a realistic budget and sticking with it.)

2. Give brides tips to save money, whether it be showing them things they can cut, budget-friendly alternatives or places they can go for discounts. You may have seen me tweet last week that a bride who came in for an hourly consultation (a value of $50) left with over $1,500 cut from her wedding cost based on a few suggestions I made.

3. How to work well with vendors. Trusting the people you are entrusting with your big day is key. You need to foster these relationships well for the day to succeed. I’ll show you how to get the most out of these relationships.

4. A list of my personally trusted vendor referrels based on your needs and budget. As mentioned in #3, the right vendors can MAKE your wedding day! I’ve coordinated over 25 weddings. Find out which vendors I trust.

5. Inspiration and Ideas. Most brides today see tons of inspiration. My job is to help pull it together into a cohesive vision. I will be giving tips based on your individual inspiration on how to do this.

6. Q&A Portion. Just want to pick the brain of a wedding planner? Here’s your chance!

After crafting together the material for this workshop, I am so confidant and excited in the value this holds for brides. To have the opportunity to help wedding days, no matter what the budget or my own restraints for bookings, is something I’m very excited about.

BUT…

Here’s the catch! I don’t just want it to end after our 4-hour session. Though I’ve been dreaming of this workshop for over a year, I wasn’t satisfied with just hosting a one-time seminar for a group of 20 or so brides.

The final piece of the puzzle? Connect brides.

This workshop will take a unique form that I honestly haven’t seen done before but I believe has amazing potential. Each session will be with a group of 3-6 brides in a comfortable atmosphere to foster relationships beyond the session. The sessions will be grouped based on wedding date, budget and style and take place on Saturdays (specific date to be determined by group).

Ladies, the brides you will share that time with will be in the same boat you’re in! And my hope is that even after the session, a support system can be created based on this shared circumstance of planning a wedding. Whether it’s calling each other to see how they handled a certain issue, getting a vendor reference or even sharing decor items (AKA split cost : ). There are groups for those that want to run a marathon, learn French, read classic literature but (from what I can see) none that support ladies through one of the biggest days of their life. My goal is to provide that through Fete Connection!

As you can tell, I’m pretty passionate about this, judging from the book I just wrote. I can’t wait to start this journey!

Ladies in the Acadiana area, if you are interested in attending a session, email me at valerie {@} southernfete.com. The workshop is $200 but the first 10 brides to sign up will receive a discounted rate of $175.



5 Comments


  1. This is so great, Valerie! I’m excited to see everything unfold!

  2. LOVE this! So awesome Val!

  3. Thanks for catching!

  4. Val, I think this is amazing! I’ve thought before that a wedding social group would be such a great idea, but to add YOU to the mix is genius. I’ll definitely spread the word for you!

    I’m sure you will do amazingly well… and wow, what a steal at $200!! (even more so at $175!)

    ***To anyone else reading this, I have NO part in this, so this is not a sponsored promo LOL

  5. This sounds great! Would you happen to know if there is something like this in the Southern Californian area? If so, I will undoubtedly attend.

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