Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Outside-the-Seams for Brides

It's always exciting to see the latest in extra-ordinary couture for brides. Here are my personal favorites from the Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 runways!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Ready To Get Carrie'D Away?

This is the perfect opportunity for girlfriends everywhere, especially brides and bridesmaids, to get together and have a good time. May 30, 2008 ladies!

I absolutely can not wait!!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Inspiration Board: Chocolate Twist

It's still Spring and in no way am I attempting to hasten the year, but our upcoming holiday season is going to be filled with weddings! I'm working with a couple planning an early November wedding who've chosen to design their event from the foundation of "chocolate" (one of the most elegant staples of wedding color palettes). To complement the deep browns and golds of their color scheme, the bride and groom may elect to infuse Burnt Sienna and perhaps a hint of Merlot. Here's my first inspiration board for this couple's nuptials.

Credits (top, left to right): Flower/Twig/Branch Centerpieces atop Chocolate Linens; Staircase Wrapped Fountain at The Venetian, Garfield NJ (photo courtesy of Stephen Tackeff Photography); Monogram Glass Transfer - Wonderful Graffiti; Seated Bride w/ Chignon & Crystal Hairpins; Gourmet Caramel Apple Favors - Mrs. Prindables Handmade Confections;Photo Booth Rental (photo courtesy of Best Wedding NJ; "Grace" Ribbon Adorned Multi-layer Invitation by Jean M; Autumn Palette Floral Centerpiece (photo courtesy of LaCour Photography); Autumn Splendor Wedding Pen Set - Impressions Are Everything; Crystal Monogram Topped 4-tier Wedding Cake (photo courtesy of LaCour Photography); Candlelit Staircase (photo courtesy of Flickr); Hand painted Monogrammed Aisle Runner - Artistic Aisles; Custom Gobo Dance floor Lighting; Twig Votive Holders - Beau Coup

(NOTE: The photos from LaCour Photography happen to be from a wedding I am very familiar with. The bride and I were among a small group of women who planned their weddings together, on the Internet, nearly corresponding each and every day. And her special day was SPECTACULAR! Even 5 years later, we still keep in close contact. One of our nearest and dearest celebrated a baby shower just yesterday, which we attended and enjoyed wishing her all the best with her baby-boy-due-in-June.)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Have you discovered GENI?

At first I thought to myself, this post is 100% non-wedding related. However, in so many ways weddings are all about family and since that's what Geni.com is all about, it's sort of relevant.

Founded by former executives and early employees of PayPal, Yahoo!, eBay and Tribe, Geni.com is a tool for understanding and staying in touch with your family. It lets you create a family tree via a simple interface and you are able to expand your tree by adding relatives' email addresses.

So far, my family tree has grown to include about 542, whom I am related to either by blood or marriage. It's terrific! If you haven't already, I highly suggest starting your own family tree and inviting as many of your relatives as you can. You are even able to add friends!

You'll surely learn a lot about yourself and your ancestry. And brides, this is a perfect way to officially merge your family with your new hubby's family. Have fun!

Monday, May 12, 2008

NEW from PosePrints!

Just when you thought PosePrints couldn't be any cuter, they now have silhouette cards (examples pictured below). The founders of PosePrints, Denise & Jen (mother/daughter team), offer unique options for all occasions .... save-the-dates, baby shower invitations, thank you cards, etc. And don't forget, there are even options for children's invitations and stationary. Ultra fab! Just don't forget to use our special coupon code "BRIDALPARTY" for 10% OFF your purchase, courtesy of The Bridal Party LLC and the ladies of PosePrints.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

What's In The Wedding Planner's Bag?

My bag generally changes every day or every other day, depending on my mood and my wardrobe. But the contents are usually the same...just transferred from bag to bag as I go along. So, what's in there??? Let's have a look.

First and foremost, I can't live without my ThinkPad tablet. It's the thinnest, lightest convertible tablet laptop on the market and I carry it pretty much anywhere. Plus, it knows my handwriting, so instead of accumulating tons of notes on paper I'm easily able to use it's pen, take notes on the screen and file everything on my computer for easy access. I love it!

My iPod Nano travels with me everyday as well. It doesn't play video like the newer models, but I'm all about music (which I diligently separate and categorize by genre) so it keeps me happy.

Being an event planner could never be a part-time job or hobby, so I carry my brochures and business cards with me at all times. I can't tell you how many times I've gone somewhere totally not expecting to talk business, yet it came up! Plus, my mother bought me a beautiful business card holder inspired by the filigree art of Louis Comfort Tiffany (son of Charles Tiffany, founder of the luxury silver and jewelry firm Tiffany & Company).

Speaking of Tiffany & Co., I am also never without my Tiffany Blue purse pen, a gift from my stepfather. She's small, but she's quite a head-turner.

Magazines rotate in and out of my bag weekly, but the staples are usually the latest issues of Martha Stewart Weddings and Lucky. Martha Stewart Weddings for the "bride" and "planner" in me, Lucky for the "fashionista" and "shopper" in me.

And of course, it goes without saying that I can not live with my Jawbone Bluetooth and BlackBerry 8830, which also happens to be a World Edition (ready for the day my business expands globally). With my BlackBerry, I will be able to travel the world with full mobile voice and data coverage, without having to switch smartphones, phone numbers or email addresses). I doubt I'll ever be able to go back to a regular cell phone.

Then there's my L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream which has got to be the best hand cream on the market. I'm one of those people who can't function with dry hands, so when I ever leave home without my hand cream, I usually have to stop and buy some.

I'm also extremely attached to my MAC blot powder (for the nose that never stops shining) and Philosophy "Gingerbread Man" lip shine. I'm not a foundation, lipstick and eye-shadow type of gal. All I need is lip gloss, mascara and some blot powder for my nose and I'm good to go.

Finally, there's my Jordi Labanda notebook that has the coolest "Parisian fashion magazine" cover. If I ever leave this at home, I'm in trouble! It's full of ideas, numbers and impulse thoughts. I'm lost without it. Plus, it's just so cute!

What's in your bag???

Monday, May 5, 2008

Paper Lanterns

My recent involvement/planning/design of a 50th birthday celebration near and dear to my heart has really exposed my love for paper lanterns. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors and are most commonly used to enhance or anchor Asian themed celebrations. Nevertheless, there is no limit to how or when people can use them, especially to enhance tents.

For the special gentleman who's turning 50, I'll be stringing blue and metallic-silver paper lanterns above the outdoor party area and light each with LEDs. Lanterns make it easy to start with any blank canvas and round it all out little by little. Instant ambiance!

Here's a little inspiration:



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