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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Honeymoon Travel Tips

Hello...Happy New Year!! Some of you may be planning your honeymoon and have wondered if you should use your credit card when you travel...well here is some advice that will help you.

Take your major credit cards, such as, Visa, Master Card and American Express. Make sure they are really credit cards and not just debit cards with a credit card company's logo on them. Many locations require a credit card and will not accept a debit card, so they may have limited use on your travel. Leave all your local store credit cards in a secure location at home; there will be no need to carry them with you.

Yes, using your credit card can be more valuable than using cash, so use it when you can. You'll probably be able to get a better exchange rate than changing money to spend yourself. You'll be in a stronger position; the credit card company can often charge back disputed charges. Many times your credit card will offer an extra guarantee or warranty when you purchase items with your card, but you'll want to read the fine print for exceptions. You won't have to risk your safety by carrying and displaying large amounts of cash. If you lose your card, most credit cards have a low maximum liability limit if you quickly report the card as lost.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Geez where did December go?

Sorry I have been MIA for a while but you know how it goes in the month of December! Shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking, parties!! I can't believe we are only 4 days ot from the BIG day! I hope you are all ready?! So all I have for you in this post are a few more tips that I hope will help you out a bit with your wedding plans.

Tip 1. Place corresponding number from guest list on the back of each response card. This works great if the respond card is returned with no names (believe me this does happen!) Simply flip it over and look at the number on the back and match it up with the line number they were on your guest list.

Tip 2. Order a small wedding cake and large sheet cake to be hidden in the kitchen to cut and serve from. Sheet cake is much cheaper than wedding cake!

Tip 3. Let your Mother-in-law-to-be help with some of the planning/tasks. Trust me on this! She wants to be included and you will get on her good side. ha ha

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gobble, Gobble...a few little tips for you brides!

Happy Thanksgiving..just thought I would post a few tips before I head out to family for some Turkey Time!

Tip 1 ...include your new home address on the back of your wedding program so your guests can add you to their address book and stay connected!

Tip 2...always, always, pay deposits with a check or credit card and never give cash! This way the transaction is traceable so you have proof if you have vendor trouble.

Ok that's it for now..have a Happy and Safe Holiday!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Coffee Favors for your event!

Looking for a unique favor to give your guests instead of keychains, wine stoppers, candles, etc? Give them a coffee favor. Cyber City Coffee Company will personalize with your names and dates and are $2.50 each. The one featured was for a Baby Shower with a "Bun in the Oven" theme I planned. The guests loved them! They also put together holiday gift baskets so call them today to place your order before the mad rush! 248-821-9208.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Arnaldo's Riverview ~ Anna and Bob 11/15/08

This weekend I was at St. Joseph in Trenton and then a fabulous reception at Arnaldo's in Riverview. Anna looked beautiful and Bob was very handsome. If you are looking for a unique spot to have your reception you should definately check out this place their banquet rooms offer something a little different than the typical banquet hall. I just love the ceilings! You have to go see for yourself. Silk Thumb Florist and Cakes by Stephanie provided the gorgeous flowers and yummy cake. They both did a great job.

We had rain pretty much all day but Amanda from Amanda Williams Photography was still able to get some great shots but most were inside of course! I met Matt and Gina from Mike Staff Productions as they were there filming the day. Dave also from Mike Staff was there keeping the dancefloor moving. It was a great party!

Now the happy couple is in Puerto Vallarta. AAAHHHH ....they picked the perfect time to get out of dodge with our first snow!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Need Any Heating and Cooling Work done?

Ok I know this is not a normal wedding related post but I wanted to share some info with you that may be useful if you own a home in the Metro Detroit Area. Today I hired Jack from Templin Heating and Cooling of Redford to fix my humidifier and clean my furnace. Thank God no more bloody noses from it being too dry in here. Jack is a really nice guy and takes the time to explain things to his customers. I thought some of my clients might be interested in his services if you are buying a home or are already homeowners and need a furnace check to keep warm this winter. Tell him I sent you.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Michelle's Holiday Wedding

I was surprised and happy to get a call from Michelle an old friend of mine. We used to work together at VSI. She is getting married on December 20th and wanted to incorporate Christmas into her wedding since its her favorite holiday. She ended up selecting Nu-art's "Holiday Love" which is perfect! Michelle and Tim are having an intimate affair that I am sure will be wonderful! Thanks for remembering my wedding biz after all these years! Good luck to you and your future husband.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Royal Park Hotel Wedding ~ Julie + Steve

What a beautiful day it was for a wedding yesterday. The weather was just perfect! There ceremony took place at St. John Fisher Chapel in Auburn Hills and the reception and The Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. Julie and her Mom Louise came to me last year after seeing me in action at another wedding and hired me to help with the wedding. Julie and Steve are such a cute couple and they incorporated a little bit of their careers into the day. They are both librarians and have a great love of books. Their seating chart was made by Tifany and Gourmet Invitations and instead of having typical table numbers it had numbers of the Dewey Decimal System. It was great to work with some vendors that I haven't met before. Prem and Cheridy from Arising Images took amazing pics! Don and Joanne were also there filming the day from Take 1 Productions. Once I get the trailer preview of the wedding I will post it on the blog so you brides can check out their work if you are looking for a videographer. Joe from Music Box Productions kept the dancefloor packed all night really was a fabulous party! Emerald City Designs did a fantastic job on the decor and lighting. I have to say Louise is one of the most stunning Mother of the Bride that I have seen. She was just as gorgeous and Julie. Check out the dessert table and the beautiful cake from Sweet and Savory Bakery. The couple is going to Ireland for their honeymoon how great is that!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Where will you Register?

So now on to the fun part of the wedding planning registering for all those gifts! Even the guy's will love this one. You should register about 4 mos. before the wedding so you have time to make your selections and have your showers. Some of you may not think you will need fine china but someday when you get a little older you will want to start entertaining and you will wish you had registered for it. So my advice is to pick some out and register for at least 12 place settings. 12 might seem like a lot to you but trust me the more you register for the more you will receive and then you can complete your set. Don't forget to select accessory pieces like matching creamer, sugar, butter dish and serving pieces. My favorite pick and suggestion for you brides to register is Bed, Bath and Beyond. There are a few great things about this place that you may or may not know. Your guests can of course use their 20% off coupons on most items. Just flip the back over for the name brand restrictions which are usually Kate Spade, Nautica, etc. If you receive something from your registry and you change your mind about it you can actually take it back and get CASH not a in store credit! They have a great return policy for you brides! As long as the item was on your registy you can get the cash and buy something that you really want or save it for something else. Also, sometimes guests will add items to your registry and although you did not actually register for them again you can take them back if you don't want them and get the cash. I have heard horror stories about the Target Gift Registy so I would not suggest that. Other great places that my clients have registered are Williams-Sonoma and Macy's. Have fun with that scanner and remember if its too overwhelming for one day you can save your selections and return another day to finish the list!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Invitation Tissues :(

I have received announcements from Carlson Craft and Nu-Art and just wanted to let the brides know that they are discontinuing including tissues with orders from now on. Pre-cut tissues were originally used to prevent ink from offsetting on the backs of invitations or other pieces of wedding ensembles. Modern printing processes eliminated this need however following tradition brides continued to use them. Surveys now have shown that the tissues are not being used so they have decided to help the environment and control waste. Sorry for any inconvenience. I am sure the other invitation suppliers I use will be making this announcement shortly also.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Technical Issues Fixed!! YAY!!!!

I finally got my new laptop from Dell yesterday..what a relief it was such a pain going to the library everyday! Everything is now set back up and I am getting caught up on my work. The power supply did not work for some reason so they are sending me a new one luckily I can use the one from my old laptop as their universal. If you need help with your computer issues, transferring files over, AOL filing cabinet, favorites, outlook calendar, etc. call Ryan at Platinum Computers he helped me out. He is located in Redford but goes all over Metro Detroit. He has reasonable rates and is super nice. I also bought a new microwave so that is better now too I was getting tired of making my lean cuisines on the stovetop but it worked! The only bad thing was I found out after I got the microwave home that the turntable did not work so I had to haul it back to Sears to exchange it. Not a fun task! So I am praying that the black cloud has left my house so I can function again. Thanks for your patience.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ann's Wedding Invitations

I am working with a new client on her invitations for her upcoming May 2nd wedding. She chose Delicate Designs from the Nuart Simple But Elegant Line. They are very pretty! Now I am just waiting on the proof to come in so she can check it over. Ann has also hired me to Day-of Coordination for her wedding in Chelsea, MI followed by a reception in Ann Arbor. I am looking forward to helping her with the invitations and hearing more about her wedding plans!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Henry Ford Estate ~ Melissa and Marc Get Hitched 9/20/08

So this weekend I did a great wedding at the beautiful Henry Ford Estate in Dearborn with the reception following at Park Place also in Dearborn. The ceremony was breathtaking on the Music Room Terrace. Weber's did an amazing job as usual with the flowers and decor at the reception. Melissa and Marc are a great fun energetic couple that know how to have fun! Just look at this picture of them and their Bridal Party at the Park. They played and Melissa even went down the slide in her wedding dress! Now there is a bride who is not afraid to get a little dirty! They had a great reception with lots of little extra's that made it super fun for the guests. Marc and Melissa brewed their own beer and made their own wine! This couple even stood at the buffet line and handed each guest a plate so they were sure to greet everyone now that is thoughtful. So yes, they ate last but it sure made a nice impression among the guests. Melissa told me that she did not want to hear any glass clinking to get them to kiss so she brought in a putting green, golf club and balls and the guests had to get a hole in one for the couple to kiss! What a cute idea and everyone loved it! Alexis from Images Originales was there to capture all the great moments. If your looking for a artistic photographer she is your girl. Give her a call and tell her I referred you she might she give you a special discount if your one of my clients. It was great to see the gang again since I did Marc's sisters wedding last September too so I knew many people. They are a great group and know how to have a good party!

The Fun Extra's for your Reception!

So you want to be different and unique well there are a lot of different things you can bring to your reception to add this fun element. First, think about your style or what you think your guests would like. Some fun things I have encountered as a wedding planner are Photo Booths to start out with. These are a big hit and you can really get some crazy fun shots in that tight little space. Once the pics are taken it takes a few minutes for them to come out of the machine and then you can add them into the bride's photo album and add little comments or your best wishes! While these are fun they do add another expense to the budget. I have seen them for around $1,600 so while they may not fit into everyone's budget I will give you some other ideas too. Everyone seems to love the chocolate fountains at the wedding with all the little treats. Gosh what doesn't taste good when its dipped in chocolate?! These can set you back from about $500 and up depending on how long you keep it going. Now they can get messy so always get one that comes with a supervised attendant to clean up the drips and to restock all the goodies. What about a Martini Ice Luge? What a cool refreshing treat for your guests...whats better then your Martini drink coming down very cold ice before it hits your glass? Aaahh this is a great surprise for the guests at a summer wedding when its hot out! You can serve a signature drink or two! A midnight snack of pizza, coneys or even sliders works too! You could also bring in a magician for tableside tricks! Just use your imagination and you will think of something that will work for your reception.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Technical Woes

Sorry that I have been MIA for a while. My laptop's motherboard died so the screen won't work on it anymore so its basically toast! Not funny, right? So I am trying to make the best out of a horrible situation. I spend most of my time now at the library so I can keep up with the orders and emails from my brides. There is light at the end of the tunnel coming soon (I hope) since I ordered my new laptop yesterday. It won't ship out until the 26th so its still going to be another probably 2 wks total before I am back up and running. I think there is a black cloud following me as my printer/fax died 2 wks ago and also the microwave went out the day before the laptop crisis. It can only get better right? Hang in there while I am experiencing these technical difficulties and I will get back to everyone as soon as I can. Thanks!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sugar Buzz!

Why not treat your guests to a Candy Buffet? Instead of a favor at their place setting let them be a kid in the candy store!! Trust me the adults love this!! If you want to keep it in your color scheme like Kim my March 15th bride did then think of every candy you can in your colors otherwise the sky is the limit! You can be creative on how to display the candy from vases to glasses. Be sure to include candy scoopers and a box for everyone whether its a chinese take-out container or a bag. If your hall won't set this up I can do it for you as your Day-of Coordinator.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Not too early to be thinking about the holidays!

Wanted to let you know about a sale I am having on our holiday cards. You get 30% off of your order, in addition to that we are offering Free Printed Envelope Flaps if you place your order by September 30th! The cards must be printed to be eligible for this offer. You may also view an online proof before we print your order. Let me know if you have any questions! Click below for the link to get the cards.

So what do you put in a Bathroom Basket??

It's another question I get asked a lot by my brides so this will help you out. Hit up the dollar store by your house or if you are too busy you can order one from us all ready to go for $45 each. Let me know if you need one for your big day! Ok here are some suggestions of what to put in your baskets! Lintroller, wipes, tissue, bandaids, lotions, soaps, shout wipes, hair spray, mints/gum, comb, brush, bobby pins, eye makeup remover, swabs, mouthwash, dental floss, rolaids, advil, asprin, pantyliners, tampons, sewing kit, clear nail polish and more! You can even make one up for the Guy's with many of the same items.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Why use placecards when you can have this!

Isn't this fabulous? An alternative to those little annoying placecards that guests take the wrong one by accident or they get knocked off the table..why not do a Seating Chart! They look so classy at your reception and make a nice first impression before the guests enter the room. Here is one that we completed for a July bride. Let me know if you want one for your wedding reception! $195 plus a $8 shipping fee. When its ready we can mail to your home or even to your reception site. Of course you need to supply your own frame but watch for Joann's or Michael's 40% off coupons and you can pick up a nice frame for cheap!

Not a Bride but a Baby!

Aaah something a little different! As much as I love weddings its nice to get orders for other items too. Raquelle is a great customer from Massachussetts..she got her wedding invitations from me a couple years back and now she came back to my site again to order thank you cards for her second baby! Now Sophia has a new brother named Robert! Congrats!

Livonia Marriott Weddings New Gazebo!

Are you a Metro Detroit bride looking for a place to have a outdoor ceremony? Well I recently met with Julie at The Livonia Marriott and she gave me a tour of the facility and best of all their new outdoor gazebo! You should check it out. They have great banquet rooms and all of your out of town guests can stay right there! It's adjacent to the Laurel Park Place Mall also. Great location! Oh and did I mention that my favorite restaurant is inside the hotel?? Sweet Lorraine's..yum! Tell Julie I said hi if you talk to her!

How to assemble your invites!

I don't know how many times I have been asked this question so hopefully this helps! Ok here it goes...first the invite is on the bottom, then tissue in center of text on card, next the map, next the reception and finally the response card & envelope on top. Now the only thing that would change this is if your map is smaller than the recep and resp. cards..then the map would be the first thing they see (go on top). If your respond card is a folder then tuck the back end into the small envelope so that the text of the respond card is showing under the triangle or back of the envelope. It gets layed on top with the text of the card showing not the address on the envelope.

Great questions to ask the DJ's your interviewing

1. Do you bring back-up equipment? 2. Are there O.T. charges and if so how much if you decide to keep them longer. 3. What is the deposit amount and how much is due up front? When is the remainder due? and what form of payment? 4. Do you have all my songs that I want to have played for the special dances, if not would you obtain them? or can I bring my own for you to use? How many cd's do you actually bring from your entire collection? 5. Do you bring an asst? or is it just you? 6. What kind of attire do you wear? 7. How early do you arrive to set-up and do a sound check? 8. Do you provide me with a info sheet for me to write in all of the songs, couples to be announced, announcements, other special dances, etc.? 9. Do you bring a wireless microphone? 10. Do you have a video or some web clips I can view to see you in action? references? 11. Ask how start and end times included with your package? 12. Is a meal required by your contract? 13. Do you make all introductions? grand entrance, first dance, bp dance, parent dances, cake cutting, toasting, etc? Will you say Grace or something to that affect if we don't have a pastor at the reception to bless the meal?

Emerald City Designs: Follow The Yellow Brick Road......

I just got back from Emerald City Designs for a final floral meeting for Julie my October 11th bride. Her wedding is going to be nothing short of fabulous! Her reception is going to be at the gorgeous Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. You will have to check back to see a post about her upcoming wedding..I can't wait!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Beautiful Wedding Cake!

Check out this gorgeous cake. Ray and Alina rented my silver cake stand for their wedding cake. They had a great reception at Burton Manor in Livonia on Aug. 23. Everyone had a great time and Rob from Encore Entertainment kept the guests dancing all night long!

Linens, Chargers and Flowers oh my!

This week and part of last I have been choosing items for a New Years Day wedding I am planning for Nichole and Keith. Nichole lives in Pennsylvania so she hired me for the Princess Service to find vendors and coordinate the event that is taking place at the Dearborn Hyatt. We are doing a navy and silver color scheme and using hydrangeas and roses for the flowers. I enjoy working with clients who are out-of-state but planning their wedding here because I know I can take the stress of of my brides by taking care of all the details while they are so far away. Of course Nichole and I email just about everyday to keep each up on happenings and so I can find out more information about what her wishes are. They are a great couple and I look forward to their Big Day in January!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Roostertail Detroit ~ Meghann and Frank tie the knot!

Meghann hired me based on a referral from a previous bride just a short 5 weeks before the wedding to do her day-of coordination. Meghann and Frank live in New York but their family is here so they had their ceremony at the beautiful Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel. Meghann chose the Roostertail in Detroit for their 50's Nightclub themed wedding. I was very excited to be part of that setting what a unique venue on the water. The day started off with some rain but Patrick and Lisa of Special Moments Photography were able to get some great shots in between the raindrops! Besides a little rain on your wedding day is supposed to be good luck! ha ha There was a beautiful rainbow during you just can't get much more perfect than that on your wedding day! I have to tell you I have done many weddings at the Chapel but this is the only one where there was standing room only! Meghann chose black, silver and celery as her color palette and it was beautiful. I think this is the first wedding I have done in a long time where the centerpieces were not flowers and it was a refreshing change as much as I love flowers. She used wire trees with several votives placed on a mirror and we sprinkled tiny svaroski crystals around the base. I do have to mention Deborah of Fireweed Designs out of Clinton Twp. whom did her personal and chapel flowers as they were gorgeous! Since Frank is Italian they treated their guests to a cassata cake from Manino's Bakery. They served warm cookies and milk and pizza as a late night snack to their guests. The band Nightline kept the guests dancing all night long! What a great celebration they had!

You're The Bride blog is here!!!

I am so excited to finally start this blog!! I have been thinking about it for a long time now so here it is! I hope to keep it updated at least every few days so check back for more information! Boy how things have changed since I started my company almost 10 years ago I don't think there was any such thing as blogging! Wow I can hardly believe I am celebrating 10 years in April that is very exciting! I can't wait to share with you the latest happenings at You're The Bride! So please come back!

The Iroquois Club ~ Andrea and Ryan

I just finished up 2 weddings this month and will tell you a little about each of them so you can see what I have been up to. On August 1st Andrea and Ryan were wed at Academy of the Sacred Heart followed by a spectacular reception at the beautiful Iroquois Club also in Bloomfield Hills. I worked with Andrea for over 18 mos. to put together this lavish affair and that is exactly what it was. Andrea was the sweetest bride who was faced with many challenges from day one but boy did we put something special together and everyone had a fabulous time! She had impeccable taste and knew exactly what she wanted! Her color scheme was chocolate brown, taupes and pinks and this was a bride that told me from the get-go were not doing pink! ha ha It came together beautifully from the custom boxed invitations that were made by Karie at Flair Necessitions of Birmingham to the stunning floral designs of Hollye Mackler. We had fabulous cashmere/taupe pintuck linens, chocolate satin napkins and chocolate satin pillowcase chaircovers provided by Affordable Elegance Chaircovers & Linens . We even had Living Energy do uplighting with a light pink hue to wash the walls and that really created a warm atmosphere. A custom gobo with their monogram was on the floor of the foyer so it was the first thing people saw when they entered the Club. At the ceremony the guests were surprised when we had a woman bagpiper come up to the front of the altar and recess the newly married couple out! Then the guests were greeted by the wonderful sounds of a jazz solo also by Panache Entertainment as they arrived at the reception. Mike Greer Photography captured the memories that were created on their special day. Kristyn from Castle Video Production was there to shoot the wedding video that I know Andrea is dying to see as am I! Of course Mike Staff Productions provided the music and DJ Kurt kept the party going and for a smaller reception the dancefloor was always packed! Andrea and Ryan selected a wonderful menu that included filet and chicken and for a late evening snack everyone was ooohing over the warm chocolate chip cookies! I tell you The Iroquois Club makes the best cookies ever!! Oh and how could I forget the scrumptious cake from Militello's in Shelby Twp. Later in the evening Andrea even changed into a 2nd dress! Her first dress was so beautiful on her that I did not want her to take it off but she wanted to be able to boogie down on the dance floor so that one worked better for her! What a great night enjoyed by all!