Expert Advice from Annette Stepanian

Annette Stepanian Expert Advice

Tell us all about Annette Stepanian:  I’m an attorney who works with creative professionals and entrepreneurs. I practiced law for over five years at national law firm, and although I love the intellectual challenges of the law, my life started to feel a bit, well, beige. I longed for more art and color in my life. So I took a leap of faith and started my own jewelry line – Confetti by Annette. As I grew the jewelry line, other small business owners and peers sought out my legal advice about starting and running their own business. Today, I combine my passions for law and small business to teach other creative professionals & small business owners how to streamline and lay a proper legal foundation for their business.

Annette Stepanian Confetti by Annette

What services do you offer? I work one on one with other business owners to help them build a legal structure for their business. It is incredibly fulfilling to be able to guide someone so that they can go on to fulfill their creative passions. I also offer various guides and contract templates online and teach online and at events.

Annette Stepanian Contract Templates for Creatives

What advice would you offer an event planner that is starting an event planning business? Always have a contract governing your responsibilities and expectations with a client or vendor. As they say, expect for the best, but prepare for the worst. Unfortunately, memories can fade and relationships can turn sour – having a contract in place can protect you and the work you’ve put into an event. Also, make sure your contract minimizes the risk that a client will fail to pay and addresses what happens in the event a client doesn’t pay. For example, instead of billing the entire balance at the end of the project, divide your fees into a payment schedule and distribute the payments into several invoices, with the final payment of your fees due before the event date.

Another piece of advice is to always be professional in the way you conduct yourself and your business. Professionalism is not only communicated through your words, but your conduct. Create clear policies and procedures about how you operate your business and be diligent about upholding them. For example, be diligent about sending timely invoices and following up on overdue payments. This conveys that as a professional, you expect to be paid in a timely manner for your services.
Annette Stepanian
One thing to pay close attention to while reviewing contracts?  Identify the correct parties to the contract and make sure the person who is signing on behalf of the party has the authority to do so. For example, let’s assume Jane Doe works is an event planner at Premier Weddings LLC. The contract for event planning services should be between Premier Weddings LLC and the client(s). If it is between Jane Doe and the clients, then Jane would be held personally liable for the obligations under the contract. In addition, the signatory should be someone at the company who has authority to enter into agreements – for example, the CEO. If Jane Doe does not have the authority to enter into a contract, she shouldn’t sign it. If on the other hand, Jane is the CEO , she can sign the contract as Jane Doe on behalf of Premier Weddings LLC.

Favorite vintage piece in the little vintage rentals collection? Do I have to just pick one? I really have a love of vintage gadgets like typewriters, telephones, cameras, and fans! I love vintage fans!

Don’t forget to check out Annette’s website, instagram and blog.  She also runs an amazing facebook group for female entrepreneurs- sign up!

Photos: 1/ Melody Melikian  2, 3+4/Paper Ban Photography

Disclaimer:
This information is for educational and informational purposes only; it is not intended as and does not constitute legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and the author.

Central Park Wedding Inspiration

Mariel Hannah Photography  - Mandy Forlenz Sticos Styling

It was almost a year ago that photographer Mariel Hannah + I worked together on this Central Park style shoot.  I was thrilled that it popped up in Magnolia Rouge issue 10 and the blog.  I hope you find some Fall Wedding inspiration in these photos!

Mariel Hannah Photography  - Mandy Forlenza Sticos Styling

Mariel Hannah Photography  - Mandy Forlenza Sticos Styling

Mariel Hannah Photography  - Mandy Forlenza Sticos Styling
Mariel Hannah Photography  - Mandy Forlenza Sticos Styling
Mariel Hannah Photography  - Mandy Forlenza Sticos Styling
Photography MARIEL HANNAH / Styling & florals MANDY FORLENZA STICOS / Location CENTRAL PARK / Ribbon SILK & WILLOW / Candles RILES AND CO. Gown TATYANA MERENYUK / Veils AMALEE ACCESSORIES / Shoes & earrings NINA SHOES / Hair comb CONFETTI BY ANNETTE / Model EVELYN BEDOYA / Hair & make-up ADRIANA ANDALUZ / Croquet Shawl THE CHESHIRES HAT / Flowers supplier BLOOMS BY THE BOX / Assistant JULIA SPORTELLI / Calligraphy FLEUR DE LETTERS

Holiday Gift Guide for The Bride-To-Be

Madewell

What do you get the gal who notably has everything, especially after an extensive bridal shower registry? Here are some of my favorites.  Get your shop on!  Above:  For cold feet – Madewell

Little Vintage Rentals - Holiday Gift Guide for the Bride to Be

Hostess dreams:  Lost in Linen | Words to live by:  Pinegate Road

little vintage rentals holiday gift guide for bride to be

Scented perfection: Riles and Co. | Hand dyed goodness:  Natalie As Is

Holiday Gift Guide for the Bride To Be by Little Vintage Rentals

Lightweight tunic:  UziNYC | Monthly stress reliever:  Glassful

Little Vintage Rentals - Gift Guide for Bride To Be

Say it with jewelry:  Confetti By Annette | Fine art wedding mag:  Geraldine

Still not sure what to buy?  Then RENT some fabulous table top decor with us for the wedding or bridal shower!  Happy Holidays!

China Rentals New York City

Preview: Wood Nymph with Fiona Melder

Photography by Fiona Melder  Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Sometimes last minute projects turn out to be spectacular!  Fiona Melder and I gathered a small team for a sunny afternoon in Central Park for a ‘wood nymph’ inspired shoot.  Here are a few quick preview photos – more coming soon!

Photography by Fiona Melder  Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Photography by Fiona Melder  Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Photography: Fiona Melder, Concept + Styling: Mandy Forlenza Sticos, Hair + Make Up: Rosemarie Bernardo, Model: Sietzka For Fenton Moon, Dress: Ruche, Headpiece:  Esther Jean,  Bracelet: Confetti By Annette, Assistant Stylist: Angela Kostaras

Simple + Stylish Holiday Soiree Featured on The Everygirl

Little Vintage Rentals NYC

Holiday Party Ideas by Little Vintage Rentals

Holiday Party Ideas by Little Vintage Rentals

Holiday Party Ideas by Little Vintage Rentals

Holiday Party Ideas by Little Vintage Rentals

Holiday Party Ideas by Little Vintage Rentals

Holiday Party Ideas by Little Vintage Rentals

Holiday Party Ideas by Little Vintage Rentals

Holiday Party Ideas by Little Vintage Rentals

Holiday Party Ideas by Little Vintage Rentals

Holiday Party Ideas by Little Vintage Rentals

Holiday Party Ideas by Little Vintage Rentals

Holiday Party Ideas by Little Vintage Rentals

One of my favorite projects to date, this simple and stylish holiday soiree was featured on The Everygirl here.  The idea was to create an easy but beautiful holiday gathering for close friends.  Kate Ignatowski captured the set up perfectly and I had too much fun styling this!  I mean, who knew there were edible glitter stars?

Styling:  Little Vintage Rentals  Photography:  Kate Ignatowski  Necklaces:  Confetti by Annette  Wine:  Kunde Family Estate Special thanks to Erin + Evan for lending a hand!

Featured on Magnolia Rouge

Little Vintage Rentals - Joyeuse Photography

The Secret Garden shoot featured today on Magnolia Rouge is one of my favorite styling projects to date.  Tahni of Joyeuse Photography is truly talented in capturing ethereal settings to perfection and she went above and beyond showcasing the beauty at the Lent Riker Smith Homestead.  Our amazing team of creatives can be found below these magical photos.  Thank you to Magnolia Rogue for selecting our work photographed at the oldest home in New York City!  P.S.  This post is photo heavy; there were too many favorites and the sunlight just kept getting better and better!

Little Vintage Rentals - Joyeuse Photography

Little Vintage Rentals - Joyeuse Photography

Little Vintage Rentals - Joyeuse Photography

Little Vintage Rentals - Joyeuse Photography

Little Vintage Rentals - Joyeuse Photography

Little Vintage Rentals - Joyeuse Photography

Little Vintage Rentals - Joyeuse Photography

Little Vintage Rentals - Joyeuse Photography

Little Vintage Rentals - Joyeuse Photography

Vintage Rentals NYC

Little Vintage Rentals - Joyeuse Photography

Little Vintage Rentals - Joyeuse Photography

Little Vintage Rentals

Little Vintage Rentals

Vintage Rentals New York City

Vintage China Rentals NYC

Vintage Rentals NY

Vintage Rentals New York City

Little Vintage Rentals - Joyeuse Photography

Little Vintage Rentals - Joyeuse Photography

Little Vintage Rentals - Joyeuse Photography

Little Vintage Rentals - Joyeuse Photography

Little Vintage Rentals

Little Vintage Rentals

Our amazing team:  Location: Lent Riker Smith Homestead Photography: Joyeuse Photography  / Styling + Vintage Rentals:  Little Vintage Rentals / Flowers: Xylem & Phloem  Dresses: The Cotton Bride / Hair:  Maryanna Fitzgerald / Make-Up: Heather Conlan  Desserts: Chic Sugars  Necklace:  Confetti by Annette  Invitations: Olive & Ruby  / Model:  Linda Ngo

Little Vintage Rentals featured on Ruffled

Little Vintage Rentals NYC

One sunny (almost warm) April Sunday, Little Vintage Rentals styled a fun and vibrant Cinco de Mayo inspired photo shoot.  The photographer, Martina Micko came up with the concept and started to gather some fabulous vendors like Turning Violets and Love + Brain Films.  We recruited our friend Confetti by Annette and our backyard fiesta for two was born!  I hope you enjoy some of my favorite photos from the shoot below.  We were honored to be featured on Ruffled last week as well!

Vintage Rentals NYC

Little Vintage Rentals NYC

Little Vintage Rentals NYC

Little Vintage Rentals NYC

Little Vintage Rentals NYC

Little Vintage Rentals NYC

Little Vintage Rentals NYC

Little Vintage Rentals NYC

Little Vintage Rentals NYC

Confetti by Annette

Little Vintage Rentals NYC

Little Vintage Rentals NYC

Little Vintage Rentals NYC

Of course, we could have never done this shoot without the beautiful “couple”Emily + Mitchell.  We can’t thank them enough for spending the day with us!  To see everything in action, check out this wonderful film >>>  here.