Friday, April 29, 2011

Congratulations to Prince William and Princess Catherine (Kate!!!)! 04-29-2011

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We all have grown up to the Disney stories of common girls finding their prince such as Cinderella and Snow white. I can still here the song "Someday my Prince will come" playing in the back of my mind. Kate has lived that dream for all of us. Prince William and Kate were married this morning in London. at the Westminster Abbey. Kate wore a beautiful gown, simple and elegant. It was designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander.  I believe it was just enough and not overdone. Her bouquet was created by Shane Connolly. a small bouquet that consisted of hyacinth, ivy, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and myrtle. The lily-of-valley represents the return of happiness; sweet William means gallantry; hyacinth is for the constancy of love. Ivy and myrtle represent both love and marriage. Myrtle is said to be the emblem of marriage.

The first kiss was quick but Prince William made up with a second more fitting kiss.

This was truly a joyous event...not everyday does one become a princess.

If you missed you can catch a recap here

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Leave It To the Professionals~ The Flowers!

I have written many blogs about hiring professional vendors for your wedding day. One reason is the simplest, we want you to enjoy your wedding day, not stress, and you and your family not to have to work on your wedding day. Enjoy the WOW factor of walking into a room and your vision is there...sometimes better. Before I get into it let me begin by saying I have nothing against DIY brides or DIY wedding projects. I think they add extra personality to the wedding. I made my own invitations and programs for my wedding, but it also ended up being rather expensive.

Now for the other reason. Professionals are professionals for a reason. We learn our trade. We have continued education and we have done many weddings to learn what not to do and what works.
I am by no means a florist, can I make a bouquet yes... but do I know how to care for it or how long before the wedding can I make it before it begins to wilt, no. I don't even know the temperature in which flowers do best.

I recently was setting up for a wedding and when we went to get the flowers to put them out we (all the vendors) were shocked and upset.

The flowers basically looked as if they melted but they were placed in the refrigerator and the temperature was too cold. This wedding I was not the planner or the coordinator but I couldn't put these out, I quickly gathered some flowers and do what planners do best...fixed it.
These beauties were sent from another planner, the day of the wedding this is what she found. So please think carefully when choosing your DIY projects. It may seem like you are saving money but in the long run it just causes stress and last minute scrambling.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!!!

Happy Easter!!!

In honor of Easter we just wanted to share our ideas for an Easter wedding. Colorful pastels flowers and linens. Tulips are a great Easter flower and yes they are in season.
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A great way to tell your guest where they are sitting is to put their names and table numbers on colored Easter eggs or something similar. It can also double as a favor.

For instructions for this DIY project click HERE
In the tradition of Easter you can also give your guest chocolate eggs or bunnies. Cookies shaped like Easter eggs or other Easter animals. Jelly beans or even the traditional candied almonds...they are shaped like eggs.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

How To Pick the Perfect Venue!

There are a few basic things to consider when selecting a wedding venue.

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First, pick locations that can accommodate your guests comfortably. If you plan on having 100 people attend your wedding, don't choose a location that can only fit 75 people, or one that can fit 100 people with no room for other wedding activities.

Research any location requirements.

Some venues require separately held event insurance or private security to be on site. Many locations outlaw certain decorating practices, or allow beer and wine to be served but not hard liquor.

Do your homework to avoid any last minute surprises about your venue. Review all contracts thoroughly and don't be afraid to ask questions. Failure to follow all contract policies can cause you to lose any event deposits or receive additional bills. Organize your entire wedding budget before shopping around for a venue. Don't tour locations that you cannot afford. Put deposit and full payment due dates on your calendar. Missing a payment date may result in losing your venue late in the game, or incurring costly late fees.

Book your wedding and reception venues early. Most venues suggest booking their space nine months to one year in advance. The closer you are to your wedding date the harder it is to find a suitable venue. Research venue locations online to read any site reviews. Consider writing your own review after your event to assist other people planning their weddings in the future.

Here's a list of questions you may want to ask. These questions are often overlooked and forgotten.

What is your maximum capacity for a seated event?

Do you allow music and alcohol on the premises? Are there any restrictions?

Are tables and chairs available at the venue?

Do you require us to work with your preferred vendors?

What time will we gain access to the location? When do we need to be out?

Is the location available the evening before to set up?

Are there any additional insurance requirements?

Do you allow additional d├ęcor? Are there any restrictions?

What initial deposit is required?

When is the balance due?

Following these guidelines can help you choose your venue a little easier.

Happy Planning

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