Member News – March 2021

Member News - March 2021

As always, a big shout out to our members that have made the news. Below you’ll find members that have been highlighted or otherwise recognized. Thank you to those that submitted news this month and thank you to our members that continue to push the outside of the envelope in some way.

Rachel Dalton, Celebrity Entertainment, was profiled in Vow News Network’s recent article about her work securing celebrity talent to perform at micro weddings and other types of events – both in person and virtually during the pandemic.  She has found people really want to add something extra special to elevate their smaller events and make them more memorable than ever: Rachel Dalton: The Celebrity Whisperer

Christie Osborne of Mountainside Media gave insight on ‘Three Marketing Mistakes to Avoid as Peak Season Approaches’ on Catersource. Christie was also featured on NACE for ‘Getting Your Analytics Up to Speed Before Peak Season.’

Elizabeth Sheils of Rock Paper Coin  shared her expertise on how to create ‘A Fail Proof Strategy for Converting Inquiries into Clients’ on Special Events.

Michelle Loretta of Be Sage Consulting made an appearance on Shark Bite Biz and discussed how to ‘Make Decisions Better.’ You can also find her over at Special Events sharing ‘Bringing those Big Ideas to Life.’

Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ shared his expertise on ‘Tech Overhaul: The Newest Additions You Need for This Year in Business’ on Catersource.

Jennifer Taylor of Jennifer Taylor Consulting gave advice on ‘The True Value of Firm Boundaries & How to Draw Them’ on WIPA.  Jennifer also shared her expert insight on ‘Reclaiming Your Creative Process With Systems and Workflows’ on WeddingIQ.

Dixie Bagley of The Farm answered ‘What You Can Do to Get Your Venue Looking Tour-Ready’ on Special Events.

Lisa Anhaiser of Creating the Map for Success contributed her expert advice on how to ‘Manage a Large Rentals Team During the Busy Season’ on Catersource.

Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting discussed the ‘6 Things Vendors Want You to Know About Your Postponed Wedding’ on Mountainside Bride. Meghan asked experts for a list of ‘Post-Engagement To-Do’s for Newly Engaged Couples’ on Popped. She also revealed what experts predict weddings will be like in 2021 on AllSeated.

Loren Petrowski of Marry You in Hawaii was quoted in Brooklyn Bride, 2020 Trends Wedding Pros Suggest Keeping in Your Rescheduled Wedding. She was also mentioned in Popped!, Post-Engagement To Do’s for Newly Engaged Couplesand her thoughts on Incorporating Adventure into your Wedding Day were given on Southwest Bride, and finally, a wedding was featured in Beloved, A Hawaiian Elopement and Grand Picnic Paradise

Alan Katz of Great Officiants was all over the media during Valentines Week. The Local TV News Stations ABC, CBS, NBC and KCAL were all there to talk about How Couples Celebrate Valentine’s DayWhy Couples Got Married On Valentines DayThe Local Honda Dealers giving away free $1000 Vacations at his Chapel and Interviews with Couples who got Married on Valentine’s Day

The Signal Tribune Newspaper did a Front Page story about our Upcoming Valentine’s Day Weddings and another the following week about the Special Valentine’s Day Promotions they had. The Grunion Gazette did a story about Katz’ Cute Little Wedding Chapel Valentine’s Day Event

He was also featured on a Business Confidential Radio podcast about How to Crush It with Online Reviews A whole chapter about Katz was in a new book that just came out called An Imaginary Real Place: Fragments of Los Angeles by a Longtime Visitor Because of all this the Wedding MBA will be having Katz do a presentation on Promoting Yourself in the Media at their November conference.

Henry Chen of Wedding Chat Marketing was included in a roundup of experts in ‘What Event Pros Wish They Knew Before Starting An Event Business’ on GoodShuffle. Henry also shared ‘A Crash Course on Utilizing Chat Marketing in Your Business’ on Special Events.

McKenzi Taylor of Cactus Collective Weddings was interviewed by Your California Life on ABC Sacramento about how to plan a wedding during the pandemic. She was also recently interviewed in the Las Vegas Review Journal for Valentine’s Day wedding inspiration.

Simply Weddings Las Vegas is delighted to announce Tiffany Durazo as the newest member of their team. After graduating from The International School of Hospitality’s Wedding Coordination and Design program and a year long internship, Simply Weddings is thrilled to welcome her as their new Assistant Planner.

José Rolón of José Rolón Events was recently named co-host of Season 2’s webseries Parenting Wins airing in March. He was also featured on Ellen’s Game of Games episode, recently airing on February 22nd.

Friar Tux recently launched Style Appointments Two Ways where couples can conveniently book an in-store or virtual style appointment from a new web page. Wedding industry professionals interested in working with Friar Tux through their preferred vendor referral program or on an upcoming styled shoot may click here to learn more. Wedding Chicks recently featured this modern and dreamy same sex wedding where Friar Tux provided a stunning pure white tuxedo to match the bride’s dress. Friar Tux styled a groom in their green suit in this must-see, open-air greenhouse feature from Green Wedding Shoes.  Stitch & Tie by Friar Tux collaborated with Ruffled Blog on one of the most comprehensive features on velvet tuxedos and accessories to date. If you haven’t checked out the 2021 Stylist Magazine from Friar Tux, be sure to do so. This inspirational and informative guide helps couples find the perfect suit or tuxedo for life’s most photographed moments.

Ray Grace aka Ray the DJ will be the featured guest on Hospitality Today Live Tuesday, March 16. Ray will be describing his experience with “micro weddings” and other events currently being held in Arizona. The show will be streaming live at 1pm ET, 11am MST.  Ray is in his 40th year as a mobile DJ!  He is a multiple-award winner for Best DJ Arizona Bride Magazine, Wedding Chronicle Hall of Fame, NACE Vendor of the Year, HSMAI Member of the Year, HSMAI Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as 10 consecutive years Bride’s Choice Award WeddingWire Network.

Chef Marty & Dawn Deardorf of Aurora Catering are so excited to be catering their first ever Drive-Thru Crab Feed on March 13!   They have partnered with the Wa Sung Community Service Club for their annual fundraiser.  Normally their in-person “throw the crab on the table and eat as much as you can” event will have 200 attendees!  They are thrilled to have sold 175 crab dinners to support this wonderful club!  It has been so popular that they have extended the RSVP date to March 6 or until they are sold out.   Dawn of Aurora Catering can be reached at 510-582-9529 or via email at for details!  Things are looking clawsome!