Monday, September 14, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Keeping Your Guest EntertainedSubmitted 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.
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.
Martha Stewart Weddings
Martha Stewart Weddings
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Your name? Tonya Bennett
Company Name. No Frills Dance
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
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,
" 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
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