By Paul Pannone
The top story this week paralleled the wedding business to the sinking ship, Titanic, including staunch believers that everything old will become new again, just like the rich passengers that didn’t bother to heed the warning of impending danger the night the unsinkable ship sank.
Negative response to the coverage on Social Networks was overshadowed by members of the wedding business who say they’re fed up with a catty business where opinionated, self-proclaimed experts purport their views as authoritative information and aspire to “teach” the others why they’re not as successful as they are. But truth be told, a closer look at many of the worst offenders shows their own house in disarray with a list of failures along the way.
This week members of the Wedding Water Cooler discussed the usual array of topics but focused on the rising unrest in the wedding business due to more competition and growing economic concerns. According to the discussions part of the trouble is pinpointed to the common approach of inflicting opinion as fact. In discussions wedding planners– some not all– are seen as overbearing, over-confident and downright nasty, giving all planners a negative persona from the start. But, like we said, some– not all.
Wendy Hartigan owner of Wendy’s Affairs of Heart is a Wedding Planner based in Philadelphia who is committed to ensuring that the needs of every bride are met. With years in the bridal industry, Wendy truly understands the ins and outs of how to create a beautiful wedding. As the Wedding Planner Extraordinaire, Wendy turns the dreams of every bride into a reality.
Among the Angels is Wendy Hartigan a planner from the Philadelphia region. Wendy’s Affairs of the Heart was founded by Hartigan. Ms. Hartigan’s background is in restaurant management and events planning. She also has experience in sales, design and construction of wedding gowns and has done some backstage theater work — costume design and construction and dressing.
According to Hartigan,” The day is about the bride, not about the wedding planner. I get satisfaction from seeing a perfect day and a happy bride.”
According to sources who know Wendy, she may be “Too nice”, lacking the aloofness that is reported a standard among event planners. When eWedNewz confronted Hartigan with the statement she blew off the idea as nonsense and replied;
“I intend to keep working my tail off for the bride and making sure I do everything I can to make sure she gets the day she’s always dreamed of.”
Hartigan’s tenacious approach is admired and respected by peers and other members of the Wedding Water Cooler group who understand the adversities she faces on her unorthodox path– of actually caring. eWedNewz caught up with Hartigan this week, blogging about the return of the tuxedo. After years of decline updated styles and fabrics caught Hartigan’s attention so she decided to write about some of the changes; but not in the usual planner way.
When wedding planners use tuxedos all are familiar with the Ralph Lauren brand.
“When I want factual information and the latest products I go to the experts in their field, not try to concoct an opinion and pawn it off as fact,” says Hartigan.
In her post The Best Dressed Groom she covers all the latest information about current tuxedo styles and gets applause from major fashion sources in the wedding business, including Bridal Gide VP Jim Duhe. Duhe, an avid supporter of tuxedo rentals, who has spent most of his career trying to help the failing tux rental business, had this to say about Hartigan’s post in the Cooler discussions:
“Oh My God! I must be in the Twilight Zone — or maybe I’m dreaming — or maybe I’ve crossed over. Wendy, you did an amazing job. Please accept this in the spirit in which it’s offered. I can’t recall the last time I complimented ANYONE about a feature on tuxedos.”
Duhe’s obvious snub to this reporter who comes from the tuxedo rental business arrives after years of “encouragement” to speak up about tuxedo rentals and what a lousy job everyone– manufacturers, retailers and fashion editors– have done to promote their use to consumers. But after asking for current information about the latest fit and styles, Wendy Hartigan was able to pull a fantastic post together that tells the truth and cannot be dismissed by competitors who say people get paid to say nice things about branded formal wear.
Wendy Hartigan tells eWedNewz she will continue to fight for her wedding couple clients in her local market and chastise planners who make it about them– all while applauding others who share her sentiments to put the bride first, last and everywhere in between.
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