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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!