Saturday, November 20, 2010

Vendor Spotlight: Favors by Dorinda

Vendor Spotlight: Favors By Dorinda

Your name: Dorinda Duclos

Company Name: Favors by Dorinda




Years in Business: Since 1998 – 12 years

How did you get started? I started my business in 1998 when I decided I wanted to be a part of my children's life, not someone they said hello & goodbye to. After 20 years in the field of pharmacy, I decided I'd had enough. I was an art major in school and so my love of creating brought me to where I am today. My decision allowed me to be a stay at home mom as well as keeping myself in the business world. We just celebrated our 12th year in business in April.

Best advice you can give to a bride “Don’t let anyone tell you what you want!” As a bride about to take the biggest step of her life, she should have guidance, but never do something she truly does not want to do. It’s her day!

What has been your strangest request? That’s a good question. I don’t think I’ve ever had any really strange requests. I get a lot of strange questions though!! “How do you wrap the wrapper around the bar?” I think that one is pretty self-explanatory.

Do you work with an assistant? I work with my daughter, Alyssa. She is not just my assistant but also contributes to the creative end of the business. My son, Jonathan, is an artist who has also done some of the wrappers you see on my site. I suppose I should give my hubby some props, too. He’s my IT guy 

What would you say is your style? I’m very laid back. I let the bride lead me. She knows what she wants, I know how to design it. We work back & forth until it’s perfect. It should be a happy experience, not a stressful one.

Who is the person you most admire? I actually have two people. My Mom. The most incredible woman I have ever known. And my aunt Denyse, fighting MS & never giving up! Two very strong women I am fortunate to have in my life.

Personalized time capsule
Who is the person that inspired you? My grandmother, Rose Marie. She worked in the garment district in NYC. An incredibly talented woman in so many ways, she taught me about life and to never take it for granted.

What is your proudest moment in your business? Every moment is a proud moment for me. The looks on the faces of the brides or whomever the favors are for is priceless. It doesn’t get any better then that!

Friday, November 19, 2010

My Ten Favorite Wedding Movings

Bride Wars (2009) Poster

Father of the Bride

My Best Friends Wedding

Bride Wars

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The Wedding Crashers

Made of Honor

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I Do {But I Don't}
My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Sweet Home Alabama

27 Dresses

Runaway Bride

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

We now Present Mr. and Mrs. Ahmad Butler

It was the perfect day for Jessyca and Ahmad's wedding at the Main Library on October 9th. Their ceremony took place on the third floor. The wedding party carefully decended down the staircase and took their places. Both of Jessyca's parents escorted her to the alter. The ceremony was heartfelt and emotional as they exchanged their vows.
Their first dance as a married couple.

Their decor consisted of purple, crystals, hydrangeas.

I love grand exits with bubbles. They escaped in a limo and stayed at the Hyatt. A short time later the new Mr. and Mrs. Butlet were on their way to their new life in Japan.
The Recipe:
Wedding Planner: Made of Honor Weddings
Venue: Jacksonville Main Public Library
DJ: Y? Entertaiment
Linens: Royalty Events
Monogram: Ten23 Designs
Bartender: Catered Cocktails
Wedding Cake: Publix (Riverside)
Florist: Parker's Events
Limo: Michael Glover
Make up: Lindsey Wirth

Happy Planning!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Charger Plates-That Extra Touch

Charger plates adds a touch of elegance to your tables. Brides always ask what are they for or why do you need them. Chargers are larger plates that dress up your table. Traditionally they are removed prior to dinner being served, a newer trend is to let the chargers remain as sort of a large coaster for dinner plates and they are removed just before dessert is served.
 Charger plates comes in many colors and shapes and you can coordinate it to your theme. Napkins, menu cards or favors can be placed on the chargers. It gives the table a fuller effect and adds that extra detail that makes your event pop.

Happy Planning!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Your Planner has your back!

I recently had the pleasure of helping out fellow planner (Yes we do that). The family was very eager and anxious and kept coming to us for things that were already complete or were scheduled to be taken care of. You may think, hmm if it was "scheduled" to be done, then it wasn't done. Well, there are certain things that need to be done, at certain times such as flowers being set out, ice for the glasses, etc. If things are done too early then it will mess things up. Ice melts, flowers wilt, you get the picture.
You have hired your planner either for the day of or been with her from  the beginning, trust she will do what you hired her to do. Unfortunately there is always someone who messes it up for everyone and gives us a bad name. This is why you hire experience, knowledge, professionalism and always check references.
If you are constantly trying to micro-manage your planner she will not have time to take care of the important details. If you have hired a vendor we are not so sure about trust us, we are already all over it. We are not responsible for the vendors you hire but we have your back!

Insert your planner for Mr. T.