Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I finally received my sample ballot in the mail and such feelings of both excitement and calm came over me. Just five days to go until the election and the only thing I urge you all to do, no matter who your choice is or how long the lines are ... please VOTE!
Posted by Rashana of THE BRIDAL PARTY at 4:00 PM
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
TO APPLY FOR THE SHOW, DOWNLOAD A CASTING QUESTIONNAIRE AT: http://www.mtv.com/ontv/castingcall/index.jhtml?castingId=1509138 OR EMAIL MTV TO OBTAIN A QUESTIONNAIRE AT: email@example.com.
Include when and where you are getting married and why this is important to you. Don't forget to also include your name, phone number, email address and a digital photo of you and your future spouse, if possible.
Posted by Rashana of THE BRIDAL PARTY at 9:00 PM
Monday, October 27, 2008
- 5-6 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 1 pound of florets)
- 6 to 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1: Bring a large pot of water, salted with a teaspoon of salt, to a boil. Add the broccoli florets. Cook 1-2 minutes, depending on how crunchy you want the broccoli. 1 minute will turn the broccoli bright green, and leave it still pretty crunchy. 2 minutes will cook the broccoli through, but still firm. Set your timer and do not cook for more than 2 minutes, or the broccoli will get mushy. Drain the broccoli and immediately put into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Let cool and drain.
2: Combine broccoli florets, walnuts, crumbled bacon and chopped onion in a large serving bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, cider vinegar and sugar. Add dressing to the salad and toss to mix well. Chill thoroughly before serving.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
This Week In History: DIY Cupcake Cake, Flowergirls Off-White, Bridesmaid Giftables, 2007 Honeymoon Guide
- Top 20 "Most Expensive" Celebrity Weddings
- DIY Cupcake Cake
- Flowergirls Off-White (bold and vibrant options for your littlelest attendants)
- Bridesmaid Giftables (9 fabulous ideas for your BMs)
- The 2007 Honeymoon Guide (last year's phenomenal list from Daily Candy - Travel)
- Inspiration Board: Scrolls of Blue
- Bring Paper To Life (Poseprints! Use our coupon code "bridalparty" and receive 5% off)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
- Looking and feeling your best
- Being one-of-a-kind and adventurous
- The walk down the aisle—your big solo moment
- Asserting your independence, even as you join forces
TAURUS, 4/20 - 5/20
- Uptown style that's still down-to-earth
- A polished, graceful presentation with some formality
- Pleasure and indulgence for all of your guests
- Getting your money's worth
- Fast-paced action and excitement
- Cutting-edge style with dabs of tradition
- An awesome music mix by the best DJ
- Lots of variety and crafty touches
- Family, family and more family
- A close, intimate and meaningful day
- The best food and music your budget can buy
- Nurturing and pampering your guests
LEO, 7/23 - 8/22
- Lots of drama and fanfare
- A glamorous gown that puts all eyes on you
- Pleasing and spoiling your guests
- A spirit of warmth and exuberance
VIRGO, 8/23 - 9/22
- Getting great deals and sticking to a budget
- Control over the details that matter to you
- A good, solid plan
- Making sure your guests aren't inconvenienced
LIBRA, 9/23 - 10/22
Your Bridal Style: Feminine, stylish, romantic, sweet
- Looking gorgeous in your photographs
- A beautiful, romantic setting
- Feeling like a total princess
- A sweet, sentimental ceremony
Your Bridal Style: Intimate, passionate, creative, striking
- Total control over the planning and details
- Privacy and intimacy
- Trusting your vendors
- A creative event with unforgettable moments
SAGITTARIUS, 11/22 - 12/21
Your Bridal Style: Funky, free, creative, spirited, down-to-earth
- Fun and laughter
- Funky style and original touches
- A great party enjoyed by all
- A spirit of abundance and generosity
CAPRICORN, 12/22 - 1/19
- Family and friends—having your nearest and dearest there
- A solid plan and a practical budget
- Quality over quantity
- Honoring tradition
Wedding Mantra: "I create the new from the wisdom of the old."
AQUARIUS, 1/20 - 2/18
Your Bridal Style: Unique, fun, edgy, hip
- Doing things your way
- Surprising your friends and guests with the unexpected
- A fun, artsy and avant-garde vibe
- An awesome party!
PISCES, 2/19 - 3/20
Your Bridal Style: Dreamy, imaginative, romantic, sentimental
- An air of fantasy
- Originality and artistic (even quirky) touches
- Sentimental, heart-stirring romance
- Feeling like a princess
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I don't usually jump on a soapbox when blogging, but this has been on my mind so I've decided to share.
Often, I come across posts from my fellow wedding consultants where they shake a finger at those who fail to take our business seriously as a BUSINESS and not a hobby. Many are frustrated by the idea that a bride who planned her own wedding should automatically assume she can become a professional in the field. Many are also frustrated by ill-prepared wedding consultants giving those of us who have honed our creativity, studied and worked hard a bad name by providing shoddy service and dropping the ball. Why? Because this is serious business and there is really little room for error when you're dealing with a client's once-in-a-lifetime event. A hired planner must be ready...there are no test-runs. However, some of the same consultants who complain are, in my opinion, enabling the behavior they claim to disapprove of. How? By offering "how to be a wedding planner" classes that often suggest if someone's a bride who recently got married feels she can be a professional wedding planner that the class is perfect for them. Facilitators of these courses also often downplay credited courses or formal educational programs, suggesting they might be a waste of time. And to top it all off, these "learn from the best" class fees usually range between $700 - $1500 for 5 hours. Now that's a big cherry, huh?
There are many different ways to pursue a dream. One can seek structured education in that field or one can seek hands-on/on-the-job training. There's never really one set path for everyone. Furthermore, what's getting lost here is the requirement of innate talent. For example, you may really, really, really want to become a painter, but if you lack the basic talent no number of painting classes or internships with successful artists is going to guarantee your success. The bottom line is, no single Saturday course (with lunch included) will make you a wedding planner worthy of a couples hard-earned money, especially in this recession. It's not that I think one shouldn't participate in a class or two along these lines, but know that there is much more required and it's not going to be easy. If these important points are left out, many could be at risk of being misled and further give those of us who are focused on top-notch service a bad name.
Ok ... I'm stepping down now.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
How much should I expect to pay for a venue? How much is too much for catering? I really don't like the look of hotel weddings, so what are my options?
Confused in Houston
Finally, being that you're not looking to follow many of the common wedding traditions, you may be able to fore go having lots of flowers and create centerpieces and focal points out of other materials to come up with something really special and cost efficient. When selecting a photographer, videographer and DJ, consider giving a newcomer or freelancer a shot. Also, plan to take on a few DIY (Do-It-Yourself) projects, such as invitations, programs and menu cards. Michael's always has lots to choose from.
Friday, October 17, 2008
We just received word that the McCaffrey International Trunk Show is going on now through October 19th at Kleinfeld Bridal. Next to Oscar de la Renta and Romona Keveza, McCaffrey is my absolute favorite designer of bridal gowns. Not many design houses can even begin to compare. And the gowns featured during this exclusive event have never been viewed by the public.
Appointments are limited, so book now to ensure availability.
Call (646) 633-4300.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Lately, there has been quite a bit of tagging on my favorite blogs...and just when I was starting to feel left out, Jane from Delight Your Senses tagged me! Thanks, Jane.
Here goes ...
Four things I did today:
1. Sat in meetings for 1/2 the day
2. Prepared spaghetti for dinner
3. Gave birthday gift ideas for someone's girlfriend
4. Watched The Real Housewives of Atlanta for the first time
Four things on my to-do list:
1. Final details meeting with November 1st bride
2. Check my mailbox
3. Order menu cards for November 28th bride
4. Try on my Halloween costume
Four of my guiltiest pleasures:
2. Reality TV
3. Gossip & fashion blogs
Four random facts about me:
1. I skipped the 7th grade and graduated highschool at 16
2. I am surrounded by folks named William and/or Keith (my husband's first and middle names are William and Keith; my father's name is Keith; my father-in-law's name is William; my grandfather's name was William; my great-grandfather's name was William; my brother's name is Keith)
3. My great grandmother's nickname for me is "Bubba"
4. I LOVE to sing
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And now I'm gonna tag the following people ...
Michelle at Charming: By Design
Christina at cHill Weddings
Danielle at Urban Glamour Style & Beauty Tips blog
Posted by Rashana of THE BRIDAL PARTY at 10:15 PM
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
This month I found a favor that's quite traditional...but with a personalized twist. Our FlAVOR of the Month for October 2008 is ...