Post # 1
I have been a member for many years, but have made a new account for my business I’m starting. I loved planning my own wedding, and recently was the DOC for my friend’s 175-person wedding and had amazing feedback from the bride and wedding party! I have decided to start a Planning and Day-Of Coordinating business because everyone was asking me to, and I loved the work! I am a licensed therapist, so I am also going to integrate that into my business with premarital assessments and quasi-counseling (PREPARE/ENRICH or “P/E”) as package add-ons OR stand-alone, as I know most brides will not want their planner to also be in a therapist-like role. The P/E assessment comes with an optional counseling program that is not specifically for therapists to lead (typically it’s a pastor) so it’s not traditional counseling but guided lessons and workbook. You don’t have to do the counseling with P/E, a couple can do just the assessment feedback session.
I do still want to do traditional therapy, so I will have a completely separate business under my real name and license for actual therapy one day far in the future. These two businesses will not be advertised together in any way and will be completely unrelated (my main therapeutic specialty is working with clients with chronic or terminal disease). I am only focusing on opening up the wedding business right now as I’m hoping to get into the local January 2015 wedding expo to market my business.
I am soooo stuck on the title! Please help! To give context to some of the options, I live in the western NC mountains near the Smokies. Below I’ve explained my rationale for each poll option.
New Chapter: I like the symbolism of starting a new chapter in your life, I was going to use this title for my the counseling business but I think it can work for either.
East Mountain: the symbolism for East is very important to me, it represents love, commitment, new beginnings, and the future in various cultures
Mountain Horizons and Mountain Path: I like what both of these represent, we love our mountains here, and they bring such pretty images to mind
Two Bluebirds: this has the least significance for me, just that birds tend to mate for life, bluebirds are pretty common here, and blue is part of that famous “Something Borrowed” tradition
Post # 2
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
I don’t know if this helps any, but New Chapter made me think “church”/”religion” for some reason. I’m not sure if it’s just me. Or if that is or isn’t a feeling you want to convey.
East Mountain sounds good. Especially if you live in an area considered “east mountain”. If not, and there is a place considered “east mountain” that could get confusing.
Mountain Hroizons sounds weird to me. Mountain Path sounds fine.
I don’t really care for the Bluebirds, especially if it’s your least favorite.
Post # 3
- Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base
I like your screen name. Blue Ridge Planner and Counseling?
I also got the church vibe on New Chapter.
Post # 4
Thanks to everyone so far! I definitely agree with you guys about the New Chapter when I think more about it… the couples who have found me so far for the assessment chose me because I’m not associated with a religion and all the other facilitators in the area are pastors or Christian counselors.
angyjaxon: I like my screen name too, but in this area almost every business is “Blue Ridge _____” and I want to be a little more unique. It sucks because I really love it. :-/
amberback: I do live on the east side of town, and there is no East Mountain, thankfully!
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
A couple more tips I’ll give is
1. look and see who else is doing this service. are there others? what are their names? it’s nice to be listed 1st in the phone book with competitors.
2. google the names you came up with. partial and full. see what comes up. just see what other things/places/services you might be “competeing” with in searches.
Post # 6
I like east mountain! Totally getting the religious vibe on “new chapter”
Post # 7
BlueRidgePlanner: I’m not sure any of them scream wedding at me (I clearly need things to be really obvious) and most people would google wedding planner/counsellor so not sure if you need something that makes what you do a bit cleaer, especially when you’re starting out. You could always choose something more obvious but that has a good acronym or something
Post # 8
BlueRidgePlanner: what about Next Steps Event Coordination and Counseling?
Post # 9
These are all SOOO long. I like them, but it’s a lot to put on a business card. I also had to re-read them like three times to get at what it was “event coordination AND counseling”. Anyhow, I’d also steer clear of things like “new chapter” – it sounds like a drug rehab center to me! 🙂
Post # 10
steph5565: Yes, they are a bit long. I would probably do something like “East Mountain Events” as the name and then underneath it a subtitle of “Coordination and Counseling”
cpick: I’m not really wanting it to scream wedding. Most places in this area are like “[fancy word] Events” or “[Firstname Lastname] Events.” Some of the obviously wedding places are a bit cheesy with their name.
howtobeawife: Ooh, I like that!
Post # 11
Bump for the evening bees! I really appreciate all your input!
Post # 12
I like your user name the best. The rest sound like rehab centers.