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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Eastern Soccer Foundation

Just to let you know You're The Bride not only does wedding invitations but we also work with customers on showers, graduation parties, retirement parties, bar and bat mitzvah's and much more. We even sell holiday cards for a 30% discount!

For the past 3 years I have been assisting a customer located in New York with invitations for an event that she organizes to raise money for the kids so they can play soccer.  This year over 300 guests will be invited to The Annual Dinner Dance and Auction, which will be held May 21, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich located at 1800 East Putnam Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT. The cocktail hour and auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. The dinner price has been held at $100 for the fifth year in a row. If you are not currently on Eastern's parent player list, please contact the Foundation at 914-234-4456 to receive an invitation. We ask you to help us help the kids.

Will You Help?

Please send your tax deductible donation to:
Eastern Soccer Foundation, Inc.
c/o La Greca & La Greca
1385 Boston Post Road
Larchmont, NY 10538

If you would like to discuss your donation or the services provided by the Foundation, please call Richard
La Greca at 914-834-7900.

Donations by credit card are accepted.

Dinner Dance Information:


For tickets and other details regarding the Annual Dinner Dance and Auction, please contact Denise LaGreca at 914-234-4456.


easternsoccerfoundation.org

Monday, March 29, 2010

Looking for a Make-up Artist?

You want to look GORGEOUS on your wedding day so allow yourself to be pampered by Sylvia and her team! They not only do make-up but she also has a hair team. I refer a lot of my brides to Bridal Beauty because I trust them completely. They do a fabulous job!! The best thing that my brides love about this service is they will come to you! Whether you are getting ready at your home, your parents or a hotel they will be there for you :) So relax the morning of your wedding and allow the pros to work their magic, you won't be sorry!  Please check out their website today and when you call, tell Sylvia I said hi! http://www.bridalbeautydetroit.com/

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Meet Steve and Sara!

The visit at Chef Leslie's was great. This is one busy bakery! We tried all the flavors and the top 4 choices are vanilla, yellow, chocolate and banana. My favorite was the chocolate of course! We still have to decide what kind of design or flower to have on the cupcakes. They are thinking about having 1/2 of the buttercream frosting tinted a light blue to go with the color scheme of the wedding and leaving the other 1/2 white. We will probably use some silver and blue accents on top. Steve and Sara are also have a huge dessert table at their Greek wedding so there will be plenty of sweet treats for their guests to indulge in.

After the bakery we headed over to Ernie's where their amazing reception will take place. Wow, what a unique spot for a shower or wedding reception. In fact there were 2 showers going on while we were there. I loved the bar and lounge area and the room itself has the most unique ceiling with blue lighting built in.  Now why didn't I remember to take a picture of that?! I can't wait to show this place to my other clients who are looking for a venue. The couple tells me the food is fabulous and now Sara is thinking this may be the perfect spot for her bridal shower!  Looking forward to moving on to flowers and transportation next! Getting things checked off the list as August will be here before we know it!

Cupcakes for your wedding!

Today I am meeting with my bride, Sara, at  Chef Leslie's Bakery in Clinton Township for a cupcake tasting. She and Steve have chosen banana, banana nut, chocolate, white, marble and red velvet for their tasting. Here are some really cute and creative ideas if you are a bride considering doing cupcakes instead of the traditional cake at your wedding! Check out the link cupcakes galore compliments of weddingwire.com

Friday, March 26, 2010

Do you have a cool engagement story?

Hey brides-to-be, my pal Fred over at The Pink Book is looking for a bride with a funny/amazing/unbelievable/sweet engagement story. Tell him about your LUCKY day! Share your engagement story on his discussion board http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=177762341700&topic=13199, and you will be entered to WIN a fabulous four-leaf clover DOGEARED bracelet featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition! This contest will run through April 17th. Good Luck! Also, just a reminder to enter our "Ugliest Bridesmaid Dress Contest" details our on our blog at http://www.yourethebride.blogspot.com/  Plz RT

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bathroom Baskets and Poems

Here are a few poems that my past clients have used along with their baskets :

POEM 1

So happy you are here to share in our special day

But should something go astray

Please help yourself with the contents within

Wet wipes, hand lotion and even aspirin


Use only what you need and leave the rest

It may also be useful to another guest

So, repair the damage that may have been done

Then hurry on back and join in the fun


Compliments of the Newlyweds!


POEM 2

Compliments of the newlyweds,


To help you feel your best!

Just use a little...freshen up,

And leave for other guests!

If your skin feels dry, your hair out of place,

Your throat is parched, or whatever the case.

We've put this together to help you along,

Now get yourself out there before the next song!



I know I have posted what items should go in the basket but since I receive this question so many times I will post it again:

lint roller

hand wipes

tissue

bandaids

lotions

soap

shout wipes

hair spray

mints/gum

comb

brush

bobby pins

eye make up remover swabs

mouth wash

dental floss

rolaids

advil

asprin

pantyliners

tampons

sewing kit

clear nail polish



guys basket...

comb

brush

mouth wash

floss

mints/gum

rolaids

advil

asprin

shoe shining cloths

lint brush

hand lotion

shout wipesbandaids

kleenex

q-tips

Sunday, March 21, 2010

GRADUATION IS COMING...



Do you have a child graduating high school this year - get them a custom Graduation Announcement from MagnetStreet/You're The Bride! Even if you don't have a child graduating, there are 3.3 million students expected to graduate from high school this year! (source: US Census Bureau) MagnetStreet has announcements for all of them! Click on banner to get to the site. Pass this on to a friend. Thanks!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Check out 2 fabulous Cinematographers!

I have worked with Joe and Kris of Joseph F Bauer Studios and Lee of Lee Thomas Films at a few mutual client weddings. Both are really friendly and capture beautiful memories from your wedding day. I love cinematography so much because when you watch your dvd you can hear people talking,  laughing and expressing their emotions from that day.  Photographs are great but if someone is not able to share the day with you you can send them your dvd and they can watch your wedding in the comfort of their own home. Also, if someone passes away that was at your wedding it is a great way to go back and see them and keep those memories alive.


Visit their websites and blogs and check out their packages and pricing today! You won't be sorry! Either are a great choice so check out both just incase one is booked.

http://www.jfbstudios.com/
info@jfbStudios.com
586.446.2246

http://www.leethomasfilms.com/
http://www.leethomasfilms.blogspot.com/
248.650.2135

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Contest: Ugliest Bridesmaid Dress

We are searching for the ugliest bridesmaid dress you ever wore! I thought it would be fun to see these dresses and award one winner with a prize. Contest is open to any one that has been a bridesmaid in a wedding. It can be from any year. So look in your closet, tell your friends, family, clients, anyone! You must email me a .jpg picture along with your name and the date of the wedding if you can remember or at least the year. If you have a picture in a scrapbook (like mine above) or whatever you may also scan it and email it to me. Contest ends March 31. yourethebride97@aol.com

Now if you were a bridesmaid in my June 1997 wedding you can't enter those teal gorgeous dresses I selected for you...although it probably would win right? ha ha Feel free to enter a dress though from another friend's wedding. The prize will be a $20 Target gift card. We can all use that right? Good luck! Can't wait to see the pictures!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Introducing a New Service for the Budget Bride :)

 “Mini” Day-of Coordinator~ $350

Many churches have a on-site wedding coordinator and a lot of the time they are not happy when we are there. Therefore, we are now offering a new service to brides that have coverage at the church but still need help with the reception. This will fit into the budget and gives brides an option based on how much help they need. We understand that it is a rough economy so this new service will allow brides who are working with a tight budget not have to rely on family or friends to do their reception setup and coordination. Let them be a guest to and leave everything to us! We still offer the full Day-of Coordinator service but now our brides will have a choice!

This service is for the bride and groom who just want assurance that a professional will handle reception set-up and coordination only. If your worrying if your cake made it to the reception? If the DJ arrived on time? If the chair covers and centerpieces are set-up and a zillion other things then give us a call! Wouldn't peace of mind that everything is being handled behind the scenes and running smoothly make you happy?


You will receive the following benefits:


Wedding Day Timeline ~ Accessories Checklist ~ Confirmation of Vendors

Confirm tables have correct number of chairs, favors, etc. before guest arrival.

Set-up unity candle, guest book/pen, place cards, table numbers, pictures, table cameras, cake napkins, favors, menus, toasting flutes, candles, cake and knife set, card holder, tape loose cards to gifts upon arrival, etc.

Assist guests with seating cards by finding their table/seat at reception.

Coordination of Events at Reception (grand entrance, dining, dances, toasts, cake cutting, garter and bouquet toss)

Behind-the-scenes items such as dimming lights for bridal dances, supervise reception, check ladies room for toilet paper, paper towels and make sure trash is emptied as many times the hall is so busy they forget.

Pack up and wash toasting flutes, cake knife and gather other items belonging to you before our departure including gifts.

Unlimited e-mails and one consultation meeting to finalize plans.

Includes 6 hours departing no later than 10 p.m. Additional hours can be purchased at an hourly rate if you feel this is not enough coverage. You may upgrade to the full Day-of Coordinator Service which includes ceremony presence and coordination.

We will ask you to complete a questionnaire pertaining to all of your plans, vendors, attendants and more. If we are not already familiar with your reception site we will also visit to see layout and meet the on-site contact for questions.

If you’re worrying about the management of the day you won't be having a good time!

Call 248-408-4602 for availability on your date

To review all of our planning ensembles

http://www.yourethebride.com/

Tracie Morris, Certified Wedding Planner

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Great Things to Do in the Detroit Area

If you are looking for things for your wedding guests to do while they are in town for your big day you can recommend the following:

The Henry Ford

(formerly Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village)

“America’s Greatest History Attraction”, including Ford

Rouge Factory Tours and IMAX Theatre

20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn

313-271-1620 http://www.hfmgv.org/




Detroit Science Center


One of the first centers for scientific exploration and learning in the country.

A good time for children of all ages.

5020 John R Street, Detroit

313-577-8400 www.sciencedetroit.org



Detroit Institute of Art

A world-class art museum

5200 Woodward, Detroit

313-833-7900 www.dia.org



The Somerset Collection

Outstanding shopping, including Nieman-Marcus, Nordstrom, Marshall Fields, Brooks Brothers

2800 West Big Beaver Road, Troy

248-643-6360 www.thesomersetcollection.com



Detroit Tigers Baseball

at Comerica Park. The venue is worth the trip!

2100 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

313-962-4000 http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com


Motor City, MGM Grand and Greektown Casinos


All in downtown Detroit

Greektown Casino, 400 Monroe, 313-223-2999 www.greektowncasino.net

MGM Grand, 1300 John C. Lodge Fwy, 313-393-7777 www.mgmgrand.com

Motor City Casino, 1922 Cass, 313-963-0615 www.motorcitycasino.com



International Experience


Detroit’s proximity to Windsor allows your trip to Detroit to be an international experience. The Detroit-Windsor bridge in downtown Detroit and the tunnel just south of the center city allows for easy access to fine restaurants and shopping in downtown Windsor. As of June 1, 2009, everyone from every country arriving in Canada by air, land and sea has needed a passport or equivalent travel document. (Some exceptions apply to children's passport requirements). Besides an up-to-date passport, visitors may instead have an equivalent travel document, such as a NEXUS Card.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Dining in the Detroit Area: Rehearsal Dinners



Downtown Detroit has a ton of great restaurants! Also, located in the burbs are some great ones too. Here are some that you may want to try for your rehearsal dinner or just a night out on the town!

New Hellas Restaurant

In Greektown (with many restaurants & bakeries)

583 Monroe, Detroit

313-961-5544

casual



Opus One

565 East Larned, Detroit

313-961-7766

fine dining 



Dearborn

Andiamos of Dearborn

21400 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn

313-359-3300

good Italian, comfortable environment



Northwest of Detroit

Morel’s – A Michigan Bistro

30100 Telegraph Road, Bingham Farms

248-642-1094

fine dining



Northeast of Detroit

Capital Grille (in the Somerset Collection)

2800 West Big Beaver Road, Troy

248-649-4607

fine dining



Larco’s Italian Chophouse

645 West Big Beaver Road, Troy

248-680-0066

fine Italian

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Shopping for Graduation?

Hello Graduates and Parents of Graduates!


MagnetStreet has some fabulous graduation magnets, invitations and open house cards.  I would recommend you order from them since they have hundreds of designs to choose from, an online Design Studio where you customize the design, and exceptional customer service.  We are a partner and are happy to be selling such amazing products. Click the link below to browse.


Graduation

RT

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

QUESTIONS TO ASK A PHOTOGRAPHER

1. Will you be the photographer taking the pictures of  my wedding? If not, may I meet the person who will be?


2. Do you have an assistant? Is this an additional cost?


3. Do you bring back-up equipment with you?


4. Do you shoot on all film or digital?


5. Do my proofs get posted on your website to view? Is there a password?


6. Are you familiar with my ceremony/reception sites?


7. How many hours does the package included? Do you charge for overtime?


8. Can I give you a list of special shots, people whom I want in my pictures?


9. Do you stay thru the cake cutting and garter toss?


10. How early do you arrive on the day of?


11. How much time do you allow after the ceremony for additional pictures? May we go to multiple locations or is this an extra cost?


12. Do you have different packages or can you customize one based on my needs?


13. What are the individual picture prices?


14. Do you offer parents’ albums? Cost?


15. When will my proofs be ready? May I keep them or is there a charge?


16. How long will the prints take, once they have been ordered?


17. Do you sell the negatives? If you keep them, for how many years?


18. What do you normally wear when photographing a wedding?


19. Are you a member of any wedding photography organizations? If yes, for how long?


20. Is providing you a meal required by your contract?

To Tip or Not?


Another common question from brides is what vendors do I tip and how much?

Tipping the DJ, Band and the Musicians are generally the ones you should ( or that I have seen I should say- not to obligate you) but only if you feel they have done a great job and you *want* to give something extra. $20 minimum is a good starting point for a guideline if your not sure.


You do not have to tip floral delivery/setup people, the cake delivery people, the lighting technicians, photographer, videographer, the site coordinator, the coat check personnel or your wedding planner. It is very nice if you want to tip these people but it is at your discretion for a job well done and if your budget allows. It is not something that should be expected.