One more comment about the Alzheimer's Association 2009 Memory Ball: One of the dancing stars is wedding and event planner Linnyette Richardson Hall. Please go to the Alzheimer's Association website and cast your vote in dollars ($ 1.00 = 1 vote) for Linnyette.
Linnyette and the other dancers volunteer their time and their talent to this very worthy cause and they appreciate your votes so much. Even contributions of ten or twenty dollars certainly add-up so cast your votes today!
You can also support the organization by attending the Memory Ball on Saturday, April 18th. The black tie event promises to be a great time for a great cause. Please join our "Dancing Stars," and celebrity emcee Steve Rouse and order tickets here.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Did everyone know about these but me? How did I miss them? Sweet Treat Cupcakes at Cold Stone Creamery. These should be illegal. $ 9.99 for a six pack!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The trees are blooming and the annual Cherry Blossom Festival is now in full swing in Washington DC through April 12th.
Several DC area restaurants are participating in the “Cherry Picks” program with special cherry blossom inspired cuisine. Menu offerings include cherry cocktails, cherry salad, and salmon with cherry-basil sauce.
The festival commemorates the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the people of Tokyo to the people of Washington in 1912. The many activities include boat rides, film showings, the Freedom Walk, bike rides, and a kite festival. Most of the festival events are free of charge.
Go to www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org for a complete schedule of programs and activities.
Friday, March 27, 2009
I came across the website Heavenly Hostess recently and spotted these oh so cute aprons. They would be perfect for a new bride to wear with her little black dress (or even jeans!) when entertaining. There are many styles on their site including full aprons.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
A big thank you to one of my favorite deejays Carl Brashears from Classic Disc Jockeys. Carl has agreed to donate his services to The Alzheimer's Association 2009 Memory Ball taking place on April 18th at The Baltimore Hilton.
Since the theme of the event is "Dancing with the Stars", the role of the deejay is very important as he plays the music to which the dancers have been practicing for months. Their carefully choreographed routines depend on the accuracy of the cued music and I can't think of anyone better than Carl to be in charge of that task.
In this economy it is especially important to support the hard hit non-profits. The mission of The Alzheimer's Association is especially important in our aging society. They have made such great strides towards treatment and a cure for the devastating disease.
Please support The Alzheimer's Association by logging on to vote for one of the dancing stars or by attending The Memory Ball. It is always a fun event for a good cause. Hope to see you there!
Monday, March 23, 2009
I've written about this before but with the new season of outdoor weddings coming up, just a reminder about SoleMates High Heeler. This ingenious little add on to your highest of high heels keeps the heel from sinking into the grass and keeps heels looking good. They can be purchased on line at SoleMates for just $ 11.95 per pair. They are reusable and fit most heels.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The Prima Bridal Show is shaping up to be our best ever. As of yesterday, over 50 wedding professionals have registered to exhibit at the bridal show which is taking place on Sunday, April 26th at Green Spring Station in Lutherville.
The caterers are Baltimore's Best: Classic Catering, Linwood's Restaurant & Catering, Chef's Expressions, Sascha's Catering, Zeffert and Gold, Innovative Gourmet and The Brass Elephant Restaurant & Catering. These fine companies will offer samples of their fabulous food.
Also represented at Prima will be linen rental companies, entertainment agencies, photographers, videographers, calligraphers, floral decorators, and much, much more.
There is plenty of free and easy parking at Green Spring Station and the cost is only $ 15.00 for each bride. All guests are free of charge. The first 100 brides registered will receive a cute canvas Prima tote bag filled with goodies.
Go to the Prima website for more information.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I am honored to be featured on Liene Stevens' very popular website The Smart Planner. The Smart Planner has a section called Meet the Planners and I was chosen to be the featured planner on March 13th so please take a look. Many wedding and event planners turn to the website for advice, inspiration and a dose of reality.
In addition to The Smart Planner, Liene is the founder of Blue Orchid Designs which is a wedding planning firm with consultants in Arizona, New York, and Washington DC. My favorite sentence from the intro to the website is: "The Smart Planner is committed to raising the bar and to providing business resources to wedding and event planners who share our core philosophies of professional excellence, generosity, integrity and good old-fashioned common sense." I love that Liene and couldn't have said it better myself. Thank you for raising that bar.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Check out the I Do Originals blog for wonderful inspiration of logos and monograms. They have fun, fresh and creative ideas for just about every wedding. I certainly know who I will turn to for my next company logo design.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Are you getting married in 2009? If so, there are wedding bargains to be had. Just about every day I receive an email or a phone call from a vendor who is having a "sale". Photographers, videographers, florists, deejays and venues are just some of the categories of vendors who are discounting or enhancing services for dates that are still open this year.
Before you get too excited please note: if you have already booked with these vendors, you likely have a popular wedding date. The bargains are for brides who have choosen a date that is less popular this year so please don't call all your vendors who you've already booked and ask for a discount.
Email your request and let me know which particular service you are looking for and I will be happy to respond with vendor names and contact information. If you are a vendor and have something to offer during this year of the "stimulus" economy, let me know about you too. You can do so by sending an email or by posting a comment for all to see.
Together, we'll do our own little part in getting the Maryland economy going again.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
The cost of mailing your wedding invitations is increasing by (at least)two cents on May 11th. First class mail will be .44 for the first ounce and .61 for a two ounce envelope.
If your response cards are scheduled to be returned to you anytime in May or June, be sure to use a .44 stamp on the response card envelope.
Most wedding invitations weigh in at the two ounce rate although you should always take it to the post office to be weighed before making a stamp purchase. When I am assembling and mailing wedding invitations for a client, I visit two or three post offices to get the fully assembled invitation weighed and sometimes get three different answers!
Based on experience I can tell you that the selection of .44 stamps will be slim when the increase first goes into effect. It might be a better idea to have a custom stamp made at Zazzle in order to get something "invitation worthy". And before you ask -- the "forever" stamp is not invitation worthy.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Jennifer Fitzsimmons, a wedding planner in Tampa, Florida recently blogged about her frustration regarding "in house wedding coordinators" and their lack of understanding as to the job of an independent wedding planner. In her post she really expressed what many of us in the wedding industry feel so if interested, read the March 3rd post "Burning Up" on Jennifer's Blog.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
We had the best time at The Engaged Magazine Bridal Event earlier this week. The event was held at the magnificent Willard Hotel in Washington DC. There was a wonderful first impression of the event as guests entered the lobby and were greeted by the sounds of 6 musicians from Crystal Strings playing beautiful music. At check-in, brides and their guests were given a bright red bag from Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon and then made their way to the Crystal Ballroom to visit with some of Washington's best wedding vendors. It was nice to see our friends from Engaging Affairs, Thomas Bowen Videography, Janet Flowers, Steve Canning Photography and Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection.
We always love to meet new vendors and at this show we got to chat with the folks at Digital Lighting, Patty Cakes, and Blushing Bakeshop.
The wedding brunch was held in the Grand Ballroom which was set with lovely, long tables decorated by Plants, Etc. and Select Event Rental. The menu from the talented chefs at the Willard included Chilled Seafood Amuse Bouche, Brioche Breakfast Pizza, Quail's Egg Benedict, Smoked Salmon Mini Bagel, and Hash Browns with Applewood Smoked Bacon. The dessert was amazing: Lemon Thyme Bread Pudding with Wild Strawberries AND Belgian Chocolate Beignets with Caramel Sauce. Yum.
The highlight of the day was listening to speaker Clinton Kelly from TLC's most watched show, What Not To Wear. Clinton spoke about his four main components of style and how they relate to dressing for the wedding day. He was humorous, warm, and willing to talk with anyone who had a style question or who just wanted to meet him and say hi. After his speech, he signed copies of his new book Freakin' Fabulous which outlines his rules of life to become a "better you".
Pictured above are two of my wedding assistants with the star of the day. From left to right: Claire DeRose, Clinton Kelly, and Caroline Bailey (who was very excited when Clinton declared her shoes "fierce").
Thank you to Steele from The Willard and Doreen from Engaged Magazine for planning a great event for brides and their guests.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Just when you thought you've seen every fragrance of candle there is, here is one to bring back memories of your college days.
This candle captures that special scent of a yeasty beer and won’t make your house smell like the morning after Saturday night’s frat party!
Available at www.patinastores.com. $ 16.95
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
These adorable cookies are from Etsy seller cakeboxcookies. They are $ 45.00 per dozen and available in a variety of colors. I think they would be a really great bridal shower favor too.
According to the seller: The wedding cake cookie favors are made with our much adored shortbread sugar cookie dough and "hint of lemon" royal icing. They come individually wrapped in a cellophane bag and tied with a quality, coordinating ribbon. These cookies are quite large, measuring 4 x 4.5 inches and almost 1/2 inch thick.
Cookie favors are sold by the dozen. This listing is for one dozen cookie favors. Discounts available for orders of two dozen or more. Contact us for details. Large events (3 dozen or more cookies) should be ordered at least two weeks in advance. Otherwise, a one week lead time is usually enough.
We're happy to customize these cookies for you. Contact us with your cookie dreams!
To order a sample cookie, see our shop. There is one thing you should know about our cookies, everybody loves them! Overwhelmingly our customers say they are amazed that such a pretty cookie tastes this good. They are soft and sweet (but not too much) with a hint of lemon in the icing. You will not be disappointed.
Monday, March 2, 2009
The hair styling wonder women at Up Dos for I Dos are having a special promotion for some wedding dates coming up this Spring:
Book 6 (including Bride) Bridal Party Members for Hair and the Bride will receive
50% off her hair service. Bride also receives one FREE hair trial on a Wednesday
evening with the hair stylist that will travel to the bride and bridal party on the
Bridal Wedding Day Hairstyle $87.50
Bridesmaids $75 each (minimum 5 ladies)
Special applies to the following dates:
Friday, March 13th
Friday, March 20th
Saturday March 28th
Friday, April 17th
Sunday, April 19th
Sunday, April 26th
Friday, May 1st
Saturday, May 2nd
Friday, May 8th
Saturday, May 9th
Sunday, May 10th
Sunday, May 17th
Booking quickly! Inquire today about availability!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
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