Adding Creative Elements To Your Weddings

ROCKNU is led by Jenny Chang, a passionate planner who is the perfect creative-logistical hybrid. We teach our students to bring creativity and passion into all of their professional endeavors. Learn to plan a unique celebration for every event, not some cookie-cutter party. Check out these ideas to add creative elements into a wedding! 

MS-342-Jen_Huang-004002-R1-022.jpg

ESCORT CARDS

Most every wedding has escort cards. However, not all of them find innovative ways to implement escort cards into their event. Here's an idea right here: pair your escort cards with some champagne! There are so many non-traditional escort cards that can be specialized to the personality of the bride and groom! If you still want to use the traditional cards, you can find creative ways to place them, like on a mirror or a grand piano! 


MS-473-Jen_Huang-JHP_7183.jpg

SIGNATURE COCKTAILS

Get the party started with signature cocktails custom made for the bride and groom! It's so much fun for the bride and groom to design and even more fun to try. Guests will toast to the newlyweds with cocktails unique to them. 


GUITAR.JPG

GUESTBOOKS

A guestbook is how the bride and groom can look back on their special day and remember it for the rest of their lives. Rather than using a traditional book that will get tucked away and never seen again, opt for using a unique guest book like this guitar! There are all kinds of things that guests can leave their messages on, so get creative and start thinking for the perfect item to match the bride and groom! 

Jenny Chang
How to Know If Are Pursuing Passion

They say that if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life.

There are things you may be good at - very good at - it pays the bills, you can live comfortably, and go far in your career. But then there are things that you do when nobody tells you what to do, the things that are different, risky, and exhilarating - that's a passion. You should always pursue passion. We at Rock N' University believe that is true, and strive to prepare in the next generation of event professionals for their passion. 

But, how do you know if you are pursuing passion? How do you find a passion? Here's a few things to get you started. 

Don't Think About Money

When you are passionate about something, money becomes secondary. You don't think about the money because you are too busy enjoying what you're doing in the moment. Think about it this way, if money were no object, what would you do with your life? Travel? Learn? Volunteer? Of course financial security is important, but if you lead with passion, everything else will follow.

What'd You Do Way Back In Time?

Think about what you used to do when you were young. What made you happy? What made you excited for life? Often, our passion is rooted in the things we loved when we were kids. Do some soul-searching, and get to know your younger self. What did you want to be when you grew up?

What Do You Do When Nobody's Watching?

What do you do when nobody is telling you what to do? What do you do when you aren't working? What do you do when you're not in school? The things we do voluntarily are what make us feel like we aren't working. Find your passion in the things that you are intrinsically motivated to do. Studies actually show that you produce your best work with passionate, intrinsic motivation. 

Once you've found your passion, the scariest thing to do might be to pursue it. But you've got to. You'll be happier, and you and everyone around you will be better because of it. Make an investment in yourself, take the leap, and pursue passion. 

Jenny Chang
Networking Essentials for Building Your Startup

You have a great idea and a solid plan, but every startup knows the importance of creating connections to grow their business. Here are a few pointers that may help you out.

Know Your Brand And Its Elevator Pitch

This one’s obvious, but has to be said. You’ve got to know your brand. You have to know how it started, what it’s doing, how it works, and where it’s going. Think about this. If you don’t know your brand, how are you supposed to get other people to know it? Further, how are you supposed to get other people to believe in it? Master your 30 second elevator pitch for your brand for effective networking and brand promotion. Your elevator pitch should explain what your brand is and why it’s important. Most importantly, it needs to leave a lasting impression on the person you are talking to.

Know Where To Go

Find networking events that align with your brand. Give yourself a head start and put yourself in a place that will guide you to success. This is because you want to be at a place where the people will be naturally attracted to your brand and you’ll be able to find potential fans.

Have Your Tools Ready

Bring business cards, maybe some branded merchandise like a pen (we sure have them!). You want to create a lasting impression in as many ways as possible. Have a great conversation, introduce your amazing company, and give that person something to remember you by.

Build Rapport

You should always start with compliments about the person themself, not what they do. People love to feel special, so they’ll love and remember you when you do that. It works -- trust us. Create a real conversation that goes beyond small talk. Finding out more about a person will also allow you to design your elevator pitch to show how your brand meets their own needs. Make them fall in love with your brand, and you.

Stay Connected

Meeting people isn’t the challenge, it’s staying connected that is. Find you own way to stay connected with them. Follow the standard “nice to meet you” follow-up for networking events, but go beyond that. Communicate in a way that matches you and your brand and maintain the relationship. Make a true connection.

Jenny Chang
4 Differences Between a Planner and a Producer

At ROCKNU, there’s a clear difference between a Planner and a Producer. Anyone can be a planner, but producers are the warriors that create, build, and orchestrate an entire event as a master of the unexpected. ROCKNU is creating the next generation of wedding producers. Here are 4 differences between a Planner and Producer.

 

Master of Time

Just like a surgeon is a master of their tools, a producer is a master of time. Time is a producer’s greatest tool, so a producer takes time extremely seriously. A producer uses time to make a 3 person team work as a 10 person team, creates a schedule, and make things happen and go as planned. A producer ensures that nothing is even one minute off.

 

Knows How To Work With People

A producer knows that they are the network that holds the entire event together. It’s not just about the plans. Producers not only coordinate with everyone, they work well with everyone. A producer is able to coordinate an army to make anything and everything happen.

 

Expert of the Unexpected

Planners may master their plans, but producers master the unexpected. Nothing is unexpected to a producer because a producer is an expert of the unexpected. A producer understands the event from every angle, and, because of this, is able to fix things at every angle. Producers can think on their feet and  are ready for everything and for anyone.

 

Creates

Producers CREATE. Every event goes big, and is produced with the highest attention to detail in every aspect. A producer brings together time, people, plans, and the unexpected to bring an entire event to life. A producer is the master of time, space, and everything in between. A producer pulls out all the stops to create the ultimate event.

Jenny Chang
Q & A with Jenny Chang, Founder of ROCKNU

Sit down for a Q & A with Jenny Chang, Founder or ROCKNU, ROCKNEVENTS, and the JC Brand. She will share her story and insights in the event industry and life. 

 

How did you get to where you are today?

I started my career knowing three things: I love love, I love to direct and produce, and I love parties. When I was introduced to wedding planning, all the pieces started to come together.

I tailored my educational curriculum at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising to advance my career in event planning. Upon graduation, being a young 19-year-old, I struggled to find someone that would take a chance on me. And that’s where the idea of Rock N’ Events was born. If nobody would hire me, I would hire myself. I started the logistics for my company at 19. Over the next four years, I spun around different jobs, but every time I looped away, I always looped back to wedding planning.

I launched Rock N’ Events in the summer of 2013. No decision had ever felt more secure. In my first year, I was given the gift of 15 couples who allowed me to create their special day. By my second year, I was voted one of the Best Wedding Planners in Los Angeles and Orange County. And in my third year, I expanded my company to San Francisco. It felt like almost overnight, I had transformed myself into a luxury brand.

And I’m always chasing my next dream. I’ve since founded The JC Brand, Vowla, and, of course, ROCKNU. There’s always more to innovate, to keep igniting my passions.

 

What is the most satisfying part of your job?

Through my experiences, I’ve developed a strong belief in sharing love and knowledge with others. The richest thing I can feel is to know that I have given someone value in their own lives. My member’s success is my success. Being an entrepreneur is a world of risks, of large investments of time and money, and my strongest wish is to share success with the world.

 

What’s been your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge is developing the right team. I am just a visionary, it’s the team that is continuing to build my dreams. It’s been a challenge to get all the right people, but building the right team is also my greatest reward. My brands attract the people that I want to represent me. My brands even attract the type of clientele that I want to represent. I’ve been able to build a company that revolves around who I am, so I’ve surrounded myself with like-minded people, the perfect team.
 

What do you define as success?

Being a visionary, being a CEO, I’ve become an addict of not knowing when success is success, not knowing when to stop and celebrate. You can be exactly what you want to be, but when you’re there, then what? I live with the mentality that anything can happen. I’m always pursuing my passions, and being able to do that is success.

Jenny Chang
Welcome To Rock N U
ROCKN U (2).png

Welcome to Rock N’ U,  stars!!

If you are reading this then you are making an amazing step forward in your dream career! At Rock N U, you have the opportunity to learn the best from the best.

By joining our family here at Rock N U, you are about to embark on an incredible experience that will challenge your skills, explore your passions, and expand your talents!

Our team is our family and we pride ourselves on filling our workspace with passion, respect, and love for each other. We vow to give you, our student, an environment that will not only inspire but ignite your passions. In return, we ask that you come to each day of the workshop eager to learn and push your boundaries.

We will challenge you to step outside of your comfort zone and explore the innovative possibilities that design, marketing, management and more can provide you. Each day will be full of new opportunities to grow. Through your time with our team, we will guide you and provide you with our most valuable tools to allow you to grow to be your absolute best.

Sit back and get ready because the climb only goes up from here! See you soon!