Wedding Blogs by Wedding Professionals
September 29, 2008
I'm looking forward to this weekends Bridal Show in Vancouver.
September 26, 2008
2nd Annual Day of the Diva
Woman's Expo/Bridal Showcase
For Immediate Release
Let your inner Diva shine at the second annual "Day of the Diva" Woman's Expo and Bridal Showcase on Sunday, November 2, 2008, taking place at the luxurious Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California
Reaching out to women of all ages and cultures, the Expo offers shopping opportunities to jumpstart your pre-holiday shopping festivities. Stock up on jewelry, handbags, clothes, lingerie, and beauty and health products and, some job opportunities. Check out the latest trends in party planning décor or sit back and enjoy music from the 70s to todays hottest hits!
Whether you come by yourself or with a group of girl friends, this is one event you don't want to miss. BRING YOUR FRIENDS the more friends you bring, the better your chances are of going home with some additional prizes. Get more details on www.dayofthediva.com.
For those lovely soon-to-be-brides, the Expo is showcasing designer gowns from Desert Bride such as St. Pucchi amongst others, and giving away complimentary bridal magazines.
Need more to inspire you. Stroll through the show and sample cake, culinary or tasty smoothies. Not to mention you could win a 6 pack of the hottest new Soda on the market.
Be sure to check your goodie bag for certificates like this one that each and every guests receives: A 3 week all-inclusive gym pass and gym at World Gym valued at $300.00
So grab your girlfriends and make a day of it. Plan to shop, sample and enjoy the day!
Doors open at 11:30 am until 3 p.m. Admission is free No pre-registration is required.
Since it is the season of giving, we are asking attendees help put a smile on a child's face by bringing a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.
Enjoy a day dedicated to you!
For more information: Visit www.dayofthediva.com or e-mail email@example.com Executive Producer: Linda Jenks 760 808 1311
Day of the Diva
Woman's Expo/Bridal Showcase
Westin Hills Mission Hills Resort & Spa
71333 Dinah Shore Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA
Sunday, November 2, 2008 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 pm
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September 25, 2008
We are excited to announce the addition of The Garden Ballroom accomidating over 300 guest for your wedding.
September 19, 2008
I put together welcoming gifts for my parents and grandmother and other family members but I still wish I would have prepared welcome baskets for all of my traveling guests& You can really have a lot of fun filling your baskets and still not break the bank. Your guests will love and appreciate the gifts and your thoughtfulness will make them feel right at home!
Ideas For Your welcome baskets,bags, buckets...
1. Write a welcoming note.
2. Include a specialty item from the town youre getting married in: food, drink, etc.
3. The latest best seller or a fun, trendy magazine.
4. Tickets or coupons to local attractions
5. Is your guest traveling with a baby? Maybe an item or two for the wee one: wipes, juice boxes, sunscreen, diapers, etc.
6. Toiletries and items that your guests might not be able to get at the hotel i.e. cotton swabs, cotton balls, sunscreen, travel sewing kit, mini manicure set, clear nail polish
7. Fresh flowers are always nice!
8. Fun dollar store stuff
9. Items that fit the style of your wedding i.e. eco-friendly items for a green wedding
10. Mug with tea packets or gourmet coffee
11. Dont forget the guys: shavers, shaving lotion, shoe polish
12. Mini wine or champagne bottles (include plastic glasses)
13. Travel games
14. Hand lotion
15. Bottle water
16. Itinerary of wedding related events, essential phone # list
17. Local newspaper
Have Fun! Always Have Fun!
Give guests a favor they can use! Personalized wedding favor notepads... (style code: NBU-10169)
BridesClub members... Enjoy 10% discount off your online order at www.MagnetStreetWeddings.com. Enter promotional code: WBCSEP10 at check out. Offer expires 9/30/08.
September 18, 2008
I am turning 30 this year, am the mother to two amazing girls, hopeful for a little boy to add to our little family, wife to a good man, a bargain shopper, a work at home mom (office), a B movie fan, an 80's music lover, a foodie, a photographer, and a would be screen writer.
I know what it feels like to struggle to make ends meat. I know how hard things can get, and work even harder to make the best of things. I know where I want to go with my company, and the fact that the saying business is business, it's not personal is a cowards way out.
I put a lot of Chi into my company, and I feel that it reflects in the weddings we are a part of. I am both practical and passionate about making my own vision of what I want my company to be, and being a part of someone else's dream of her perfect day.
I like grill cheese sandwiches without crust.
I can make over 100 different rice dishes.
I like using my family and friends as taste testers, and the occasional neighbor.
I like watching a good romantic comedy and have a huge Jackie Chan collection.
That's me in a nut shell, now that you have gotten to know me, give me a call, 253.212.8476
September 11, 2008
"I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Without a doubt you are counting your lucky stars for all the people who contributed so much to your wedding day. Can you even begin to imagine what it'd be like if you had no help at all? I would guess not so joyous, a whole lot more stressful and perhaps increasing the likelihood of chucking the whole thing and running off together!
Saying thank you is so natural, especially when folks have done so much. Yet, when the wedding day is over and you begin to settle into your new life together, many brides and grooms report that getting back to this very important and meaningful last step is a little challenging. Writing a genuine thank you message that comes straight from your heart does take time, it takes thinking about each person and what they gave, then crafting words to express your feelings. But it doesn't need to be a laborious, drawn out task. Just think, as you reminisce about the wonderful people who gave so much, you and your husband have the opportunity to relive your memories of your wedding day and all that led up to it.
Your note of appreciation doesn't have to be long or wordy ~ the only real requirement is that it reflect your own personality and your relationship with the person you are thanking. Just keep it real and your friends and family will feel the love and gratitude that you send.
Etiquette says that thank you notes should be sent within two weeks of receiving a gift. Whether it's two weeks or three or a bit longer, be aware that promptness saves the sender of the gift from fretting over whether or not their gift made it to your doorstep. And, writing sooner than later makes it easier to remember exactly how you felt when you first opened the package that they so lovingly chose for you.
MagnetStreet Weddings has a large collection of thank you card and magnet designs that will wrap up all your heartfelt thanks with grace and beauty! Consider matching your thank you with your Save the Date, invitations, and favors too. We've got entire coordinating packages to suit every taste or you can order a la carte with just a fabulous looking thank you card. Many designs incorporate photos and most include your new address. They're classy and make really wonderful keepsakes.
Don't forget Brides Club members, take 10% off your entire online order today ~ enter promotional code WBCSEP10 at checkout. Offer expires September 30, 2008. Go to www.MagnetStreetWeddings.com ~ from the home page click on Product Guide, then Thank You Products. Scroll down to see the variety of thank you magnets, cards, postcards and more.
Check out www.TrulyEngaging.com, the wedding blog for tips and ideas as you plan your special day.
All the best,
Cheryl ~ for MagnetStreet Weddings
September 9, 2008
Last night I had the honor of meeting Kahele and Jayne who were chosen as this year's "Wedding of a Lifetime" winners.
If you didn't catch the live announcement, it will re-air on:
Tuesday 1:30 AM, 1:30PM
Wednesday, September 10th 12:00 PM
Thursday, September 11th 10: 00 AM
Friday, September 12th 5:00 AM
Saturday, September 13th 2:00PM
The wedding is scheduled for November 6, 2008 so it will be a whirlwind of planning and fun as we create a special day for Kahele and Jayne and their three beautiful daughters.
September 8, 2008
Thanks to Christelle & Christian. It was a pleasure to be the hostess for their gorgeous ceremony & reception this August.
The ceremony took place in the stunning, circa late 1800s, chapel at Annie Wright School in Tacoma, Washington. At the base of the stairs, in the foyer, the bride and groom enjoyed a special meeting moment to share a warm embrace (but not a kiss; that was saved for the ceremony). As the hand-carved sanctuary doors swung wide, white, organza aisle swagging lined the brides big walk into the chapel, where her groom, in classic formal tux, waited. The brides maids wore cocktail length, port-wine hued, dresses. The men were in black tuxes with simple, elegant white rose boutonnières. Along with arrangements of rich, red roses, & crisp mini calla lilies, the classic attire was a perfect complement to the rich, warm architecture of the brick & wood buildings. The vows, spoken with obvious loving care, reflected the faith & affection that will support this charming couple in their lives together.
Following the ceremony, guests gathered out front of the main entrance of Annie Wright to cheer the couple as they were whisked away in a classic, white, Rolls-Royce to the reception, held at Tacomas Landmark Convention Center in the Terrace (Garden) Room. The room was lit with creamy pillar candles glowing through huge hurricane lanterns. Classic black & white linens & chair covers created a swanky cocktail atmosphere for guests upon arrival. The bride & groom arrived in grand fashion; each of their attendants were announced as they entered up the stairs & through double doors, followed by the bride & groom, breezing in to thunderous applause. The toasts, given by siblings and the brides father, were some of the most endearing, humorous & well-thought as any Ive heard while participating in wedding-events. On the terrace, the weather was a blessing; evening rays of an August sun warmed to horizon as a refreshing, light maritime wind skimmed over the downtown skyline. The bouquet & garter tosses had the striking backdrop of sky & city as they were enthusiastically performed on the terrace. An evening filled with celebration, & genuine affection, wrapped up with fun& flair on the busy dance floor.
Special Thanks to:
Lisa, my faithful Executive Assistant, for always being ready with a safety pin and encouraging words
Maria; your facilitation at Annie Wright was warm & welcoming
Debra Winchester of Debras Botanical Designs; the flowers were rich & elegant
Karen with Studio Six for her professionalism
Patrick, Melissa & Catering Staff at the Landmark; well done
Heidi, Doug & all the clients family; it was a pleasure
September 7, 2008
I love to post new ideas for savory guest gifts. My most recent delicious find are Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Almonds. They come in a 10 oz. container and are made with dry roasted almonds, Belgian chocolate, sprinkled with sea salt & turbinado sugar (aka: sugar in the raw). They contain no artificial color or flavors, and no preservatives. The balance of salty & sweet in these bite-sizes confections is as close to perfection on earth as you can get.
The Container Store's 4oz. seamless tin w/ a personalized sticker label
The Container Store's "Shagreen" gift box, size small + a tag label
Dunwoody Booth's "Lovable" 3" x 3" gift box, in espresso brown or silver made with 100% Recycled Post industrial waste, & 100% recyclable + "Lovable" ribbon in your wedding color(s)
* An inexpensive catering choice might be a private room at a Chinese, barbecue or other casual restaurant, without alcohol, which can cost as little as $20 per person. Many restaurants charge a small room rental fee and do not charge for use of plates, glasses and flatware. This might include a simple meal served buffet or family-style.
* An hors d'oeuvres reception or buffet with no cocktail hour and a limited bar can cost $30 to $70 per person. This might include a hearty spread of hot hors d' oeuvres, and salads served either buffet-style or in stations, as well as a beer-and-wine-only bar.
* A cocktail hour and sit-down dinner at a fancy hotel, country club or resort with an in-house caterer can cost $125 to $350 or more per person, including service and gratuity. This might include passed hors d' oeuvres, a sit-down multi-course meal and an open bar.
* Whether you use an in-house or an outside caterer should not affect the final price much -- just the complexity of your bill, according to The National Association of Catering Executives. In-house caterers build in the price of flatware and stemware, which they will usually own, for example, while outside caterers rent it from a third party and itemize the cost on your bill.
* The average wedding caterer cost, including food and food service, drinks and drink service and cake and cake cutting fees is $12,790, according to The Bridal Association of America, which treats these as three separate categories. The average number of guests is 150, so it works out to about $85 per person.
* Catering costs tend to be as much as 30 percent higher in large cities and in the Northeast and on the West Coast.
What should be included:
* Most caterers will meet with the couple to discuss budget and menu options. Most caterers hold tastings for the couple, their wedding planner and, if they are paying, the bride's parents. Then the caterer will finalize the menu. On the day of the wedding, the caterer will cook the food, then arrive early with staff members to set up and finish preparing the food. Caterers handle the details of the meal, cut the cake, and clean and return rental items.
* Some caterers add a 15 to 25 percent gratuity to their bill, and some leave tipping up to the customer's discretion. It is important to clarify before signing a contract whether tax and tip are included in the total.
* While in-house catering typicallyincludes service, outside caterers usually charge for labor --around $15 to $25 an hour each waiter and $45 an hour or more for a chef. Passed appetizers add to labor costs because they require more servers.
* There may also be cake-cutting fees of $1 or more per slice and corking fees of $1 or more per bottle for wine and champagne. Caterers charge in different ways, so it is important to make sure any and all possible fees and charges are discussed upfront.
* Save on catering by holding a lunch reception instead of a dinner reception; prices are lower because portions are smaller, and guests tend to drink less alcohol at mid-day. BrideOnline offers more ideas for cutting catering costs.
* Some couples on a tight budget choose to self-cater their weddings. It is difficult and time consuming, but can be done.
* Tip: Discuss your budget ahead of time with a prospective caterer so you don't waste each others' time. If you are watching your budget, consider avoiding pricey add-ons such a raw bar or a specialty drink bar that features, for example, a variety of unusual martinis.
Shopping for a wedding caterer:
* Tip: Ask recently married friends and family or your wedding professionals, such as photographer or baker, whether they can recommend a good caterer. Interview several caterers before making a decision. The Knot.com offers a guide to finding the right caterer.
* Make sure your caterer is licensed as a food server by your local or county health department. BridalGuide.com offers a list of tips for checking a prospective caterer.
* WeddingChannel.com offers a list of items that should be included in a catering contract.
* Consider different food service options -- buffet, food stations or full-service, and ask how each will alter the final bill. WeddingChannel.com provides a description of each.
* TheKnot.com offers a list of caterers by location. It is a good idea to talk to several caterers before choosing one.
September 3, 2008
Thrifty Thursday will be fun!
Free Educational wedding seminar & Free Starbucks cards
for the first 20 to sign up & show up. Brought to you by
the Elegant Bride Salon
Mark your calendars for September 18th 7:30 to 8:30
This is a limited space event but it will be repeated every third Thursday at the Elegant Bride Salon. Here you will learn how you can save your time, money and your sanity as you plan your wedding. And its FREE! Some of the topics to be covered include:
v Budgeting-where to begin and how to fine tune. Also the Martha Stewart influence.
v Wedding dress shopping made easy.
v Honeymoon- How to save $1000.00 on the honeymoon!
v Legal Paperwork -what may need a name change?
v Golden vendor- Do you share the same one?
v Day of the wedding- who is in charge?
v Photography- What are the must shots?
v Videographer- What are the scenes that are important?
v Venue- tips to save you money.
v Food and refreshments- The big money ticket, how to be smart with food.
v Plus Special guest speakers.
Please call 253 474 5675 or email us at email@example.com to secure your space. Visit us on the web at theelegantbride.net and check out the free checklists/style guides/Dos and Donts etc. The Elegant Bride Salon is your full service bridal store.
We hope to see you soon in our showroom at 1901 S. 72nd Tacoma 98408 in the Tacoma Place shopping center just off I-5 near the Olive Garden. Enjoy 5 award winning designers, all at the moderate price point, all in one convenient location. There is over 400 styles. Sorry, there will not be time to try on dresses at this event, so call today for a 90 minute appointment to treat yourself to these flattering dresses.
Thrifty Thursday promises to help you save time, money and still give you the picture perfect wedding. Its FREE but by appointment. Only one guest per bride please.
Hope to see you there!
September 1, 2008
Best Wishes from the
JAZZ UNLIMITED BAND
We send our Best Wishes to the many Brides and Grooms,
who are planning their weddings, and to tell you that it is not too early to book and secure our band for your wedding day. The Jazz Unlimited Band is currently booking weddings into year 2009 and 2010.
Our Live Music is known throughout the Pacific Northwest, and
many consider the Jazz Unlimited Band to be the Northwest "Premier" Wedding Band. We have earned this Stellar Reputation by always giving 100% to make each wedding a musical success.
Bride and Groom constantly tell us that our music made the difference, in their wedding. That choosing Live Music by the Jazz Unlimited Band was the best decision in planning their wedding.
Our music has the reputation of packing the dance floor. We entertain the audience and our energy electrifies the audience. Add the many extra services we provide at no cost, and you will see why the Jazz Unlimited Band is indeed unique, and a one of a kind Wedding Band.
Please call Duane Wright anytime to discuss your wedding music. The Jazz Unlimited Band has performed for 100's of weddings.
We have booked weddings in the Pacific Northwest from people
living in foreign countries and throughout the United States. If you are planning a wedding in the Pacific Northwest, check our references and testimonials. Let us help you make the right decisions in planning your wedding music.
Please check our web site, jazzunlimitedband.com.
We send our very Best Wishes
Duane M. Wright
Jazz Unlimited Band