Friday, April 4, 2014

Guest Blogger: Nicola Joseph, 3 Little-Known Factors That Could Affect Your Pre-Wedding Spa Package

 Booking a spa package is the perfect way to prepare for your wedding. Spa treatments can help anyone wind down, de-stress and feel at their best before their big day. Whether you want to treat your friends to a relaxing time or take some ‘me-time’ on your own, choosing the right spa package is key. So what should you look out for when booking a pre-wedding spa package? Here are three little-known factors to look for. How many had you considered?

#3. Price And Service Don’t Always Go Hand In Hand

If you are looking for the most luxurious spa experience money can buy, booking a spa package at a swanky downtown hotel may not be your best bet. High prices don’t equal high service. While a spa package at a luxury hotel may command a price tag of $500 or more, the majority of the cost will go towards overheads such as rent or commission to the hotel. The National Association of Massage Therapists (NAMT) point out that a spa in a cheaper location may be able to provide the same level of service for much less due solely to lower overheads. This is clearly something to bear in mind when choosing a pre-wedding spa package. Every penny helps!

#2. Alcohol Isn’t Always On The Cards
For some people, having a glass of champagne is the ultimate in relaxation, especially for a pre-wedding spa package. The second little-known factor that could affect your wedding preparation is that not all spa packages include alcohol. In fact, it surprises most brides-to-be that in some spas, alcohol is strictly forbidden. This gets quite confusing. While most spas serve champagne with either fruit or chocolate as part of their spa packages, others will insist that guests pay extra for private rooms in which alcohol can be consumed. Some spas include alcohol as an optional extra. This advice applies equally to people who don’t want alcohol and want to book their package somewhere where they won’t be surrounded by people drinking.

#1. Indoor And Outdoor Packages Are Radically Different
Most brides are aware that an increasing number of spas are starting to offer outdoor massage packages. If you haven’t been to a spa in a while, you would be forgiven for thinking that a massage on a rooftop patio is exactly the same as an indoor spa. However, the luxury of being stretched out on a lounger, enjoying the city skyline actually entails an entirely different spa experience compared with having an indoor treatment. Many spas convert their rooftops into heated, shaded hideaways for spa packages including outdoor fires, heated tables and glowing rocks. This could see you having a completely different set of options to what you were expecting such as a hot stone massage.


So, there you go – three little known factors that could affect your pre-wedding spa package. If you are planning on treating yourself to a spa package in downtown Vancouver before your wedding, bear these three factors in mind. They could help you choose the perfect venue to unwind in style!

The author of this post is Nicola Joseph, a freelance blogger. She’s an avid reader and enjoys cooking for her family.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Winter Wedding ~ Bethany + Scott 12/27/13

Bethany and Scott booked us for Day-of Coordination to help with setup and keep everything running smooth on their special day.

My Assistant Samantha and I started our day at St. Anastasia Church in Troy pinning bouts on the guys, helping organize the processional and sending our beautiful bride down to her handsome groom. Before the ceremony we loaded my van with items for the reception that we needed to setup.

Among the things we setup we these really extra large wine bottles with sharpies for the guest's to
sign instead of the traditional guest book.

The room looked amazing with red roses submerged in water and in cylinder vases along with a second look the couple choose of more red roses, white flowers and greens on eiffel tower vases.  The special touches of the uplighting really helped transform the space into a nice atmosphere.

They treated the guests to a fun photobooth with lots of cool props. This is always a big hit! Great memories were made and presented in a album given to the bride and groom at the end of the evening.

Since the florist was not contracted to come back that evening Samantha and I were there to tear down all of the centerpieces, packed them up in their boxes and loaded them into Bethany's parents vehicle.  We sent home arrangements with special guests so the flowers would not go to waste.

It was a very cold night but the couple braved the cold and headed outside to do a couple of pictures with the photographer. They turned out beautiful.

Here is a photo montage that A Thousand Words Photography put together as a bonus for the couple!

Tracie and Samantha

Hotel-                           Hilton Auburn Hills  
Church-                        St. Anastasia , Troy 
Hall -                            Great Oaks Country Club, Rochester                                   
Photo                            A Thousand Words Photography
Video-                          Family / Friend James Spray
Florist                          Cardwell Florist, Livonia
            Baker-                          Christine’s Bakery, Shelby Twp.                                       
                                                Day of Coordinator-       You’re The Bride, Tracie and Samantha
Officiant-                                  Officiant-                       Father JJ
            DJ-                               Sean, All Night DJ’s 248-879-3706
Lighting-                       Encore  Event Group
PhotoBooth-                 Encore Event Group
Limo-                           Somerset Limousine, Troy 

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Guest Blogger: Blake Daniels, How to Breeze Through Your Best Man Duties

My little brother (well, I guess he’s not little any more) just announced his engagement. I couldn’t be prouder of him – his bride-to-be is a spectacular woman, and they’re an absolutely lovely couple. I’m also honored that he asked me to be his best man. But I have to say I’m a little nervous, since I want everything to go smoothly on my brother’s big day, and I’ve never been a best man before. After a little research, I’ve uncovered a few extremely helpful tips. With these ideas in mind, the best man’s duties look a little less intimidating.

Ace the Speech

First and foremost, the best man is responsible for making a toast. I’m not much of a public speaker, so this part is a bit challenging. The solution is simple: practice. Of course, this requires preparation well in advance – it’s not a good idea to “wing it” at the reception. The first step is composing the toast, and this speech infographic is a huge help when it comes to the writing process. Key hints are to keep the speech relaxed and succinct, as well as personal. Keep in mind, a well-written speech doesn’t equal a well-delivered speech. Don’t read from a notecard, and don’t let memorization lead to a robotic inflection. Practice your toast in the mirror, on your way to work, in the shower. By the time the wedding rolls around, you’ll know it better than the alphabet.

Show Your Appreciation

As the best man, you’re going to be the groom’s right-hand man through the wedding prep process. In addition to that, you’ve probably been chosen for this role because you already mean a lot to the happy couple. Because of this special relationship, it’s crucial to pick the right wedding gift. If you’re choosing from a registry, make your purchase early, or you may end up with few options. The set of potholders left at the end of the list probably isn’t the best choice. But also consider buying something that’s not on the registry, especially if you want to put extra thought and creativity into the gift. Moreover, as a key member of the wedding party, you’ll also need to think of groomsmen’s gifts. This doesn’t have to involve cufflinks or ties. In fact, there are a lot of great DIY options, such as these creativedrink boxes. I like that you can give each box a personal spin, which shows you’ve given thought to the individual groomsmen. The overall goal for gift-giving is finding options that are thoughtful, heartfelt, and inventive.

Plan the Right Party

Another important best man duty is planning the bachelor party. Traditionally, this involves things the groom won’t be able to do after marriage, such as excessive drinking, limos, etc. However, before you pencil in the local strip club, think carefully about the groom’s personality, as well as the various groomsmen and other attendees. Some may be more conservative or laid back. If there’s any question of insecurity when it comes to wilder activities, plan something a little different. This might be as simple as bar hopping or touring breweries, or as crazy as skydiving. Use your imagination, and the groom will be surprised and impressed.

Ideas like these help simplify the various duties of a best man. The role doesn’t have to be intimidating at all. Instead, I look at it as an opportunity to bond with my brother, as well as show my camaraderie. With the right planning and attitude, it’s bound to be a truly wonderful experience.

Monday, March 24, 2014

How to Tie a Man's Tie

This link is a really great resource of all the different types of necktie knots! It even provides a visual comparison of all the different types. It can be helpful for the man in your life when he wants to mix it up once in a while!
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Guide on Wedding Costs By Guest Blogger: Ella M.

With the average cost of a wedding around the developed world costing around $28,000, saving money while getting married in style is becoming more and more important. This guide helps couples planning their weddings to avoid getting caught out while also finding ways to save money.
When initially planning your wedding, you instantly think of the main components, such as the dress, venue and food. However, additional costs, like delivery charges and registration costs, are barely more than an afterthought. Although these aspects may seem minor and hardly worth mentioning in comparison to the high costs of many of the other parts of a wedding, these hidden charges mount up and now the average wedding can set you back a whole year’s salary.

To avoid having to spend an unaffordable amount of money on your special day, making a detailed list and working to a budget can be immensely helpful. Ensure you consider aspects, like thank you letters, and look at where you can save money. DIY wherever possible is a huge money saver; make the invitations, cake, wedding favours and watch the overall costs deplete.

Wedding packages are also another fantastic way of saving money on your wedding day. This relatively new method of organizing and affording your wedding is ideal for those on a tight budget, who don’t have the spare time to plan everything themselves and can’t afford a planner. Many packages include food, room hire, DJ and the reception and start at under £1000 – a fraction of the total cost of all the separate components. Book well in advance for the best prices and ensure travel for your guests is taken care of.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Kendal + Kevin ~ Pink/Black Soiree 9/28/13

The wedding of Kendal and Kevin took place at Greenmead Historical Church in Livonia.
Officiant Eric Moore performed a beautiful ceremony which included how Kevin proposed
to Kendal. It was a special ceremony and as a wedding planner obviously I have witnessed
many ceremonies but I have to say this one was really special. He takes time to get to know the
couple and it really shows when he joins them as husband and wife.

For this wedding Rachel and I split up. She started the day at Northville Hills and I started
at the Church. Rachel had much to do and since we could not get into the room before
the ceremony due to a bridal shower we decided to divide and conquer. She set up Kendal's
candy buffet which perfectly matched her theme with all pink and black candies. She set up
place cards, card box, table favors, champagne flutes, etc. also made sure the vendors Kendal
contracted were on time and setting up things as planned. Once I arrived to reception Rachel
helped me carry in some floral arrangements that we were able to re-purpose at the reception.

For a smaller wedding the guests really burned up the dance floor and had a blast! Even DJ Kurt
had a dance-off which was fun to watch!

My favorite moment of the day was when Kevin saw Kendal for the first time walking down the aisle towards him. She looked absolutely radiant and beautiful. He is one lucky guy!

Congratulations and thank you for letting us be part of your special day!


Hall-Northville Hills Golf Club
Ceremony-Greenmead Historical Church
Chaircover's-Your Event Party Rental
Photo, Video and DJ-Mike Staff Productions
*Images in post were taken by YTB not MSP
Cake-Heritage Bakery
Day-of Coordination-You're The Bride ~
Tracie and Rachel
Harpist-Paula Pinterpe
Officiant-Rev. Eric Moore

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Monday, March 3, 2014

March Bride of the Month ~ Lauren F.

Tim and I met in the most romantic way ever...amongst formaldehyde and piles of books. We started medical school in 2010 and by the luck of fate our names are next to each other in the alphabet therefore we were placed in the same anatomy group. Our first conversation involved us discussing our Italian heritage while we dissected a forearm. Romance! We first became study buddies and then it progressed to getting dinner without the books. Medical school creates it's own challenges but Tim always provided me with comic relief in very stressful times. He makes me laugh when I wanna cry and motivates me when I am down.  He thoroughly enjoys life and is a beacon of light for me. How do I know I am marrying the right person...he's my best friend. Not only do I love him but I like him too! We are about to enter residency and will find our placement in March.

Tim proposed to me on July 27th, 2013 on the west side of Michigan. He was doing a rotation in St. Joseph's, MI when I visited him for a weekend. Where Tim was doing his rotation his family was also vacationing near by. So one day Tim really wanted to go to the top of this sand dune he had explored and thought I would enjoy. You would think in July it would be warm but that day it was unusually cold! Tim continued to insist we go and this is when I became slightly suspicious. Tim is a laid back kinda guy and if I made a suggestion to not go he would normally not have a problem with it. This time though he insisted despite the 50 degree weather and 30mph winds. So up we go this sand dune with the dog, 2 chairs, 2 blankets, and a cooler. Pretty sure we looked like the Griswold's on a Family Vacation. Once we were at the top of the sand dune and we had the blanket set up Tim pulled out some campaign to toast to the fact that we had finished taking our boards exams. This speech transitioned very quickly to his proposal speech. The picture you see is taken right after. We were then able to go celebrate with his family and party most of the night!
We are getting married in Watervliet, MI at Millcreek Barn on Friday June 13th, 2014. The ceremony will be outside the barn followed by the reception in the barn. It is a very unique setting and we are really looking forward to it. We will be having a family style dinner with grilled shish kabobs and pork tenderloin followed by a band and dancing. There is a fire pit outside the barn which we will enjoying later in the night. We will have 9 bridesmaids, 9 groomsmen, 2 flower girls, 3 ring bearers, and 1 special dog. My bridesmaids are wearing amethyst purple and the groomsmen are wearing very light khaki summer suites. As for the girl's dresses I picked the color and they picked the style.  Because of the barn venue we are having more of a country themed wedding with a grill on site, mason jars as our center pieces, and pie for desert. Our favor to the guests is a bottle of beer that Tim and I will brew ourselves. Our finishing touch is good ol' school buses that will transport the guests to and from the venue. We look forward to celebrating this special day with our family and friends!

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