If the job of planning this year’s office Christmas party has fallen to you, or if you just want to get all of your friends and family together for a Christmas celebration which doesn’t involve you hiding the valuables and breakables at your house, professionally plan your Christmas party on your iPhone.
Cindy Westphalen of Cindy’s Classic Gourmet has leveraged her more than 20 years of experience in the functions and catering industry to create the Wedding Girl app. As a result, Wedding Girl is much more than just a wedding app, and can be used to plan any party or event, so why not truly have a stress free Christmas this year by putting your iPhone to work.
In the lead up to Christmas we’re going to take you through all of the intuitive, interactive and integrated features of the Wedding Girl app, to show you exactly how your iPhone can help you organise a fabulous Christmas party. We’ll start with the set up of the app.
Setup your Christmas Planning iPhone App
When you open the Wedding Girl app for the first time you will see a circle on the home page which asks you to start planning. By tapping the circle you will be taken to the set up screen where you can enter the date of your Christmas party, and your state so you can search local suppliers.
Now when you view the home screen of the app, you will see a countdown to your Christmas party, so you know exactly how many days until your event. Let’s use the example of Anna who is planning her office Christmas party in South Australia, and she’s had Wednesday 7 December approved by her boss as the date for the party.
Using the Party Checklist on your iPhone
With the date for the party set, Anna can now start using the planning tools within the Wedding Girl app to organise her office Christmas party. In the planning section of the app, Anna will start by using the pre-populated checklist function. This checklist contains all of the items which need to be attended to in the course of planning any event, and you can also edit the text of each checklist point, change the order of checklist points, and add your own checklist items.
The first checklist item is ‘Set a date’ which Anna has already done, so she can check off that item and look at the rest of the list. To customise the checklist to her Christmas party, Anna will look at each item and determine whether it applies to her, and when she needs to complete that item in relation to her event date. For example, Anna doesn’t need to book a minister or celebrant for her party, but she can edit that checklist point to become ‘Book a motivational speaker’ as this is always a special request from the boss.
The next checklist items ask Anna to think about the style of her event and her budget, so to begin to form an idea of these things, Anna will move over to the Shop function of the Wedding Girl app, to browse decorations, caterers and venues. ‘Look for a location which suits your event style and size’ is actually the next checklist point, which we’ll show you in the next post, where Anna has also created a guest list within the app to confirm the size of her event.
Cindy’s Classic Gourmet and the Wedding Girl Team want to wish Kate Middleton and Price William the best of luck on their big day! Can you image planning such a publicised event, with a guest list sparkling with stars from around the world? Of course Kate hasn’t had to do all the work herself, her royal wedding planner has been on hand to help with the logistics and details of the special day.
I can’t wait to see how the styles, themes and ideas from this royal wedding influence Australian brides, and I will be watching closely for all those special touches I can bring to my brides in the future. The launch of my Wedding Girl iPhone app into the iTunes store is also just days away, and if your wedding budget doesn’t stretch to a celebrity wedding planner, get the next best thing – a beautiful, chic, savvy and smart wedding planner that fits in the palm of your hand on your iPhone.
Well the industry launch of my Wedding Girl iPhone app was a week ago and I am still completely overwhelmed by the support and positive feedback we’ve received from the South Australian wedding industry. Plus the launch compere Matt Gilbertson from the Sunday Mail also brought along his official photographer, so keep your eyes on the local papers – we’re famous!
It was great to see so many of you at our pre-launch party, and I think you’ll agree that the grounds of Hage & Harris Financial Services really shone, thanks to the hard work of all of the launch sponsors, including:
And of course a big thank you to the team at Hage & Harris for letting us disrupt their offices for a few days.
And what’s a party without a few happy snaps, so thank you to our official launch photographer Helen Roberts Photography and launch videographers New Era Media. I hope you all had a change to be captured by Vintage Photobooths too, here are some of the Wedding Girl team members getting into the spirit.
I also hope you all had a chance to enjoy the gourmet BBQ by Cindy’s Classic Gourmet, and take home a gorgeous Wedding Girl cupcake from Sugar & Spice – I know I enjoyed the delicious sugar hit at the end of the night.
We celebrated well into the night, high on the excitement of this new venture, and the anticipation of taking the Wedding Girl app on the road to spread that excitement across Australia.
If you missed out on this party, don’t worry because Wedding Girl has a number of unique celebrations and networking opportunities planned for the future.
I have worked with John Shepherd from Operation Flinders for many years, he has been my mentor and inspiration, and I even catered his daughter’s wedding. So when I set about about publishing a wedding inspirations book for Adelaide brides, I wanted to find a way to help John with the inspiring work he does, and so I will be donating half the sale price from my books, to the Operation Flinders Foundation.
The ‘Cindy’s Inspirations’ book has been completed and published this month, in time for its launch on 31 March. The book is a collection of images, quotes, advice and of course inspirations for South Australian brides planning their wedding. I have also included a list of preferred SA wedding suppliers in my book so that couples planning their wedding have a proven list of suppliers to turn to, who they know will create the perfect wedding for them.
My book will be distributed through my website, offices and venues, as well as through the listed preferred suppliers. If you want to find out how to buy or distribute copies of ‘Cindy’s Inspirations’ or be a part of the next volume, contact me for more information.
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