Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Kadeem!

Today you are 18. Where does the time go. Parents take plenty of pictures and enjoy every moment. Don't sweat the small stuff. Kadeem I love you very much. Even though society views you as an adult you will always be my baby.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Real Weddings: I give you Deon and Kimberly Aiken!

I would like to officially wish Kimberly and Deon a happy marriage. They were married on August 8th at the Friday Musicale.Just as promised here are the pictures, provided by Elizabeth Howard of Indigo Photos . As you can see Kimberly chose poole blue, silver and white. It was a fantastic wedding and ran rather smoothly.

The Recipe:
The greatest wedding planner of all time: Made of Honor Weddings
Linens: Royalty Events
DJ: M.Y.T.E. Enterprises
Flowers by Aunt Stephanie Warthen..lol, no really its her Aunt

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wedding Day Activities

Keeping Your Guest Entertained
Submitted by Grace

I was looking through a magazine and was reading about games to play during the reception at a wedding. Help your guest turn awkward silence into warm camaraderie with clever games that will encourage socialization. Entertainment for your guests, you don't want the boring event where you are sitting there waiting for the next part. Games to play during the wedding that include bride and groom and also guest or games to entertain guests while bride and groom are going from table to table. One game that I thought was cute is the Kissing Tree Game, The guest pull a question from the tree, the DJ or MC reads question (questions about the bride & groom only). If the guest correctly answers the bride and groom will kiss. Giving a prize would be cute also.

Another game was I Knew You When…. This bold time line serves as a three- dimensional reminder of when you first met your guest. How to play: During cocktail hour, each guest sticks a flag into the year she met the bride or groom. How to make it: Save clip art on a disk. Have it printed on oversized paper and mounted to foam board at a print shop. Cut flags from origami or scrapbooking paper; punch two holes and thread a corsage pin though. Stick into fabric-wrapped foam bard on a try.

Double The Fun, Hoping your college roommate chats up your future husband’s childhood friend? Find- your-match cards are a sweet way to ensure they’ll meet. How to play: Announce the rules early in the evening. Each guest will receive a card with a name of one half of a famous couple-and will have until the end of the night to fine its mate. Make it: Download and print heart cards into cards stock. White a famous pair on each card, with one name on either side of the heart. Cut out card along their outer edges, and then cut each down the middle with decorative scissors. Place one card at each table setting.

Famous Couples
Adam & Eve

Beauty & the Beast

Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins

Bonnie & Clyde

Elvis & Priscilla

Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire

Joanie & Chachi

King Kong & Fay Wray

Bogart & Bacall

Lois Lane & Clark Kent

Lucy & Ricky Ricardo

Daisy Buchanan & Jay Gatsby

Carrie & Mr. Big

Scarlett & Rhett

Romeo & Juliet

Charlie Brown & Little Red-Haired Girl

Tarzan & Jane

Elizabeth Bennet & Mr. Darcy

Ozzie & Harriett

Claire Huxtable & Cliff Huxtable

Blondie & Dagwood

John Lennon & Yoko Ono

My favorite game that I really liked was What’s In A Name; Some guests are too shy to share their life stories. Help them bypass the small talk and go straight for the good stuff with introductory cards that reveal shared interests or personal triumphs. How to play: When a guest slides out her place card she'll see an arrow pointing to the left with the name of the person seated there, plus an interesting tidbit ex: "Joel was a Connecticut tap-dancing finalist!.” A second arrow shares info on the person seated to her right. Make it: Download editable clipart, and then customize a card for each guest. Print onto card stock and cut out, using a craft punch to round the corners.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Vendor Spotlight: No Frills Dance

Your name? Tonya Bennett

Company Name. No Frills Dance
Website www.NoFrillsBallroomLatinSwing.com

Blog http://nofrillsdance.blogspot.com/

Years in Business. I’ve been teaching dance for over 10 years, originally in a franchised studio, and the last couple of years as an independent contractor.
How did you get started? I started as a student in a dance studio when I was in college – a friend took me to a “Champagne Guest Party,” and the first time an instructor in a suit held out his hand and said to me, “May I have this Waltz,” I was hooked! After taking Ballroom dance lessons on and off throughout college, I finished my Bachelor’s degree in biology and promptly joined the next available training class in the dance studio. Eventually, I worked my way back to my hometown of Jacksonville, where my teaching career really began to root.

Best advice you can give to a bride. Spend more time working on the relationship than you do on planning the wedding.

What has been your strangest request? Once, a mother-of-the-bride hired a couple of dance instructors to attend her daughter’s wedding reception, theoretically to encourage the guests to get up and dance. Once there, we found out that it was primarily so that the mother could dance a few solos with the male instructor. My job was pretty much to hand the music to the D.J. and make sure my partner got out of there safely!

Do you work with an assistant? Not formally, but a few of us independent dance teachers keep a casual association that allows us to help each other develop and grow.

What would you say is your style? “No Frills” – it’s not just a name! I’ve been in the business a long time, and I’ve created my own low-key, yet professional, style. I want to teach without the ‘strings’ or hassles that you sometimes find at the big dance studios, and I’ve found there are a few students out there who want to learn that way as well. I don’t have a big, chandeliered ballroom full of fashionable-looking instructors dancing amongst a student body of 100 people. But I do have excellent teaching skills, a love of dance, and a passion for passing along what I know at the pace and in the way that suits the individual I’m working with. All at a reasonable rate, with no long commitments or binding contracts. That’s what I call learning to dance with No Frills!

Who is the person you most admire? My husband! We are alike in all the ways we need to be compatible, and different in all the ways I need to grow. And when I am confronted with those aspects of me that are particularly difficult to change, I find that my weaknesses just happen to be his strengths.

Who is the person that inspired you? Originally? It’s hard to say because I came to dance later in my life than you’d normally expect. But back when I was new to dance, I loved to watch Fred Astaire’s movies – not for the plots, but for the dancing. I still think (and I’m not alone in the dance world) that he was the consummate dancer – he could do anything. If he were alive today, he’d be at the forefront of tap, hip-hop, Ballroom, you name it.

What is your proudest moment in your business?
My proudest moment came at the end of a long teaching day. My last lesson was a couple, and the wife seemed a little out-of-sorts during the lesson. We pressed on, and I gave it my best to make it as fun and easy as I could for her energy at the time. By the end of the hour, I was exhausted and unsure that they had gotten anything out of the lesson. They had only been out the door about 10 minutes when she called as they were driving home. She said, “You know, Tonya, I really had an awful day today, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to come tonight. But you know what? You were the best thing that happened to me today. Thank you.” In that moment, I knew exactly why I do what I do.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Andre

I have to say Happy Birthday to my baby boy Andre, who is no longer a baby. he turned 15 today, wow. Thank you for being the best Andre, you help me tie chair sashes, glue pins onto seashells and many other wedding projects; when I know you don't want to, all because you love me. Heres to this year and many more,

Floral Friday: The Classic Rose

" A rose by any other name is still a rose..." it's still a rose but it has many names,colors and sizes. If you go to a florist and say you want roses... you will get ask well what type.There are over 100 species of roses. Today we are just going to focus on the classic rose. It is timeless, beautiful, elegant, and popular. When you think of a wedding, roses just pop into mind. From the bouquet, to the centerpieces, even the flower petals. Roses bloom all year and the price varies depending on the type of roses and the amount.

The meaning of roses varies, depending upon color and the actual number of roses. It ranges from love,purity,innocence, friendship, apologies, etc.



Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September Special!

Brides now is the time to book your Month of Wedding coordination package. Even if you are not sure you'll need a full or partial planner, you can book now and upgrade later.Ease your mind and know your wedding day is in great hands and truly enjoy your day.

What is included:
Meet with bridal Couple one month prior to wedding date to review wedding plans

Ensure couple has made all final payments

Create a comprehensive wedding day schedule and distribute to vendors & wedding party

Assist couple with any last minute details

Attend rehearsal to guide wedding party

Distribute bouquets and pin flowers on attendants

Coordinate your rehearsal, ceremony, and reception

Review all wedding plans with vendors and wedding party

Assist bride, groom, wedding party, and immediate family on wedding day

Set up linens and chair covers

Assist with setting up decor

Troubleshoot and solve any problems that may arrive

Assist guest prior to ceremony and during reception

Provide use of Emergency Wedding Kit

Remember anyone can copy a package, it takes a true professional to execute and keep a cool, happy disposition. Made of Honor Weddings is known for providing "above and beyond" service to get the job done. You won't be disappointed, call today to schedule your free consultation 904-525-3611. You can also visit our website http://www.madeofhonorweddings.com/