Module 3: Your Company Brand

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Your branding is directly tied to your ideal client, your marketing efforts, your business goals—it is the pillar of everything you touch. You must have a very clear idea of your brand. The truth is, if your plan is to just toss things against a wall, hoping they will stick, you will not survive in this business. I hope that sounded really dramatic—because it’s that dramatic—succeed or fail by the hand of your brand.

You can easily read a million articles on how to brand your wedding business. And some of those articles are really informative, so please do read them to expand your knowledge. But in this lesson, I’m just going to give you the down and dirty of it all. Some of you put tons and tons of time into it and some of you only set aside a few minutes. 97% of the time my motto is “Done Is Better Than Perfect”; branding, however, is the exception to the rule. The closer to perfect you are in this area, the more efficient your decision-making will be. Branding is the foundation for all that you build upon in regards to your wedding planning business.

Ideal Client and Branding

You ideal client goes hand in hand with your branding. Since you’re creating a brand to naturally attract a certain type of client, it only makes sense that you start defining who your ideal client is. By defining who this person is and targeting them specifically, you can begin to attract them in every way. If your ideal client like blue, would you use a color brand color? No, you wouldn’t. Knowing your target market is the foundation to all aspects of your branding. See chart below. You will see your ideal client in both your external branding as well as your internal branding.

(from the DIY Branding Workbook)

Client Avatar

An avatar is a fictitious character that represents your ideal customer. If you know who they are, it will be easier to find them, understand them and serve them. Which in turn helps you create a stronger relationship with them and turns them into an unsolicited brand ambassador. 

Who Is Your Ideal Client?

This is the time to really analyze who your ideal client is. Does she like barn weddings, outdoor weddings, ballroom weddings, or small weddings? You don’t want to pigeonhole your preferred client, but want to know who you should be marketing to. Do they like coffee or wine? Poodles or Yorkies. Knowing these things will help you with deciding on type of content to provide on your website or social media. Go ahead and download our Brand Identity avatar worksheet to get a better idea of who your ideal client is. Knowing this will help make your future business decision-making so much easier.

Research Your Ideal Client

Now it’s time to do some research on that ideal client. This work will pay off in dividends. Where are they hanging out on social media? Where does their mom hang out (if they are younger)? What type of buying obstacles could this client give you? Really dig deep and think of ways you could make this client yours.

Mix of You and Your Ideal Client

Now for the fun part—putting it all together based on a mix of who your ideal client is and who you are. You should never try to be someone you’re not. The authentic, real you is the only way to serve your clients, so be sure that is represented in your brand as well. Know your voice/tone since that will be just as much a part of your brand as your logo, name, and imagery.

This is probably one of the best parts of starting a wedding planning business—branding! It’s where your creativity comes to life. Where your dreams get shaped into the company you have envisioned for yourself. However, there are lots of factors that go into your brand. In this lesson we will cover this crucial business step; however, please note that “branding” is a vast topic and it would do you good to research the subject more in depth. Go to our Branding Pinterest Board to get a better idea of what is needed.

The Brand

A lot of new business owners assume that “brand” means logo when, in fact, it means something so much more. A “brand” is the overall impression or feeling you get when looking a company. Branding is the company color, font, imagery, personality, and voice behind your company. Don’t confuse your clients with an inconsistent brand.

Be Consistent

You want your brand to have a consistent visual connection with your audience. This means you want everything to be “matchy matchy” throughout your website, business cards, social media, and client experience. You can achieve this consistency by using the same fonts, colors, and voice throughout your content.

Targeted Message

You need to make sure you know your who audience is. I hope you discovered this when you created your Ideal Client Avatar. Knowing your ideal client is the foundation for any successful marketing campaign.

External Branding

Your external branding is all the visual things your client sees. This is your fonts, logos, colors and images. This is also known as your Brand Visual Identity. Visuals can give people a certain impression of your business so make sure your linking this process to your client avatar.


I know this might sound a little crazy, but different styles of fonts can give off different meanings. Have you ever notice this? There’s a whole subculture of font enthusiast out there who will give you advice on best practices. My rule general rule, don’t pick more then 2-3 fonts and once picked, stick with them. This will be your visual design of your written word.

Color Palette

We have all heard the studies of how color can have an emotional effect on people. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that on an emotional level, color can affect how clients feel when they look at your brand. You will want to use somewhere between 3-5 colors. It is also helpful to nail down all your Hex colors when choosing your colors . A hex color code is a specific assigned color value that your design software will recognize.

Pattern or Texture

If you want to mix things up a little, add a pattern or texture to your visual identity. You can use these things on your website site or for social media posting.

Your Logo

Your logo is the look associated with your brand—it is how you can be recognized without saying a word. I prefer uncomplicated logos. You want to be sure that your logo looks good in just black and white—if it doesn’t, I recommend trying something else. You can have a logo with just fonts (lettermarks), combination marks (letters and images), or a pictorial mark (just a picture). I do not recommend the latter at all. You will definitely want your company name somewhere in the logo since you won’t be recognized right off the bat.

Comment from a past student “A thought, I had been looking at some of the ready made logos. It sounded like a great deal, they’re inexpensive. Then I started seeing the same logos EVERYWHERE! It was crazy how many I was seeing, and in several states. I would warn people that if they have a logo that looks like everyone else’s then it’s not memorable.”


Photography will be a must for your branding. Brides want to see pretty pictures that they can be emotionally invested in. The photography will need to be high quality that will tell a consistent story. One of the best ways to do this is by stock photos or produce a styled shoot.

Start a Pinterest Board

I recommend starting a Pinterest board as a central location to store your brand inspiration. Look at fonts, color palettes, textures, and designs. See what your eye is drawn to and pin those items. Create your own mood board to really feel your brand speak to you.

Branding Board

Once you have a good idea of what your visual branding will look like and you have a variety of photos inside your Pinterest board, go ahead a create a branding board. You can do this in either PicMonkey or Canva.

Internal Branding

Your internal branding is the meat and potatoes of your brand. I know we all want to jump right into the visual part of our brand, but it has seen it suggested that you should work on your internal branding first. Why? Because your visuals will be far stronger once you know and understand what principle factors drive your brand. Your internal branding is what breathes life and soul into your visuals.

It may not seem like a necessity at this time, but it’s something you will want to think through before you hire an associate to represent your brand. If you don’t know who you are and what you stand for, how can you explain it to someone who might work for you? When I started adding team members, I quickly hired someone to help me through the process. With their help, I was able to make a handbook that explained what the company was all about. Looking back, I wish I had known in the very beginning what image I wanted to convey.

Your Brand Personality

It’s important you take the time now to figure out what you want your brand personality to be like. It is fun? Fancy? Luxurious? High end? Down to earth? Real? This can be a really fun part to the branding process. Try gathering an idea of who your brand is by using the statement below.

Try coming up with a few “My brand is _____, but my brand is not _____.” statements:

For example, “My brand is sophisticated, but my brand is not elitist.”

  • My brand is_____ , but my brand is not ______.
  • My brand is _____, but my brand is not ______.
  • My brand is _____, but my brand is not ______.
  • My brand is _____, but my brand is not ______.
  • My brand is _____, but my brand is not ______.

Your Core Values

According to psychologist Barb Markway, values “are the principles that give our lives meaning and allow us to persevere through adversity.” What characteristics make up your brand? It’s important to know what your core values are before committing to your brand. I want you to dig down deep and make a list of your core values.


Knowing your tone or voice behind your brand is important for when your create content. You will be writing a lot. Whether it’s to engage your audience on social media, writing content for your website or when writing a new informative blog, you’ll want to have a consist voice throughout all of your content.

Your Mission Statement

Your mission statement should be clear, concise, and useful. If you had team members, this statement would help them to make quick decisions if you weren’t there to guide them. A mission statement is a short statement of why your organization exists, what its overall goal is and how you’re going to serve your clients.

I will __________________________________, using my ________________________, to accomplish ____________________________, and in doing so, also achieve


Your Vision Statement

Your vision statement is a board statement of where you see the future of your business. Creating this statement will help you stay focus and will give you a goal to achieve.

Company Culture

Your company culture is the environment you provide to your employees and those who work within your company. Adding people to your team is the most challenge part of being a business owner. So, if you get a loyal and trustworthy helper how will you treat them in your organization? How you do want to feel being a part of your team?


Expanding Knowledge Base: The truth about your logo (and how important it ISN’T).

Expanding Knowledge Base: How to choose the perfect name for your business

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Do you plan on being busy? Do you plan to grow and hire assistants? If your name is in the title, will a bride be disappointed if you’re not the one she works with? Be sure to choose a name that reflects your company and the kind of clientele you want to serve. I first wanted to call my business Paper Daisy Wedding Planning but was talked out of it. It’s a regret that’s stuck with me because looking back now, I see that name was more in line with what I wanted to do, specializing in wedding management. Only listen to your gut when deciding on your brand name.

Picking A Name


Think about SEO. If I could go back, I would have called myself Fleur de Lis “Wedding” Consulting not “Event” Consulting. Although I wrote blogs consistently, I would always be picked up for event planning rather than wedding planning. What you call your wedding planning business could very well shape your company. If you’re primary focused is on wedding planning, then you add “Wedding Planning” to your title. Or use a combo like “Weddings & Events”. This will help with SEO purposes tremendously.

Avoid Similar Names

Another thing to consider when picking a name is be original. Google wedding planning companies in your area and make sure you don’t pick a similar name. If you’re thinking that having a similar name to a wedding planner in your area, no that it won’t help with your SEO, you’d be wrong. Because the other company has been in business longer, their name would most likely pull up first- giving them your possible business.

Genre Specific

Sometimes a company name can box you in if we’re not aware of it. For example, I know a company that has “beach” in the title. All they every do is beach weddings. This is fine, if this is what you vision for yourself, but there might be a day where the sand and heat start to get to you. Wouldn’t it be nice to do an indoor wedding in the middle of July for once? Just something to think about.

The Face Of Your Company

A lot of wedding photographer’s name their company after themselves: Mary Heart Photography, Smith Photography Co., etc. This however, is a bit limiting and it can prevent a company from growing. Brides might only want to work with “Mary Heart” because she is the face of the company and so you won’t be able to hire someone else to join your company.

No Change Backs

Alright, this last piece of advice when it comes to picking your name. Your business name should be forever. Rebranding is a natural evolutionary process of a growing a business, but understand that if you change your name you could lose all of your organic SEO traffic. It takes time to build up traffic and having to a change your company name could set you back sufficiently.

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