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Saturday, January 29, 2011

You're The Bride offers Menu cards + Table numbers

One of our partner's Carlson Craft has some fabulous and colorful menu cards and table numbers to complement any theme.

Check out our complete line here Menu Cards and Table Numbers

Here are a few of my faves...

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

You're The Bride Wedding Wire 2011 Bride's Choice Awards Winner

Redford, MI – January 26, 2011 - WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce You're The Bride has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Wedding Planner!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

You're The Bride stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud You're The Bride for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that You're The Bride is among the very best Wedding Planner within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at www.yourethebride.com

For more information on the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011, please visit www.WeddingWire.com.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire.com, the nation's leading technology company serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 local wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives local businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. Businesses that join the WeddingWire Network appear on WeddingWire.com and other leading sites, including MarthaStewartWeddings.com (NYSE: MSO), ProjectWedding.com and Weddingbee.com (both part of eHarmony), and Celebrations.com (part of the 1-800-Flowers family of brands, NASDAQ: FLWS).

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Northville Hills Golf Club: Melissa + Jason 8/14/10

I love the combination of pink and brown. Check out the professional images from Corinna Trantham from a August 14, 2010 wedding with bride and groom Melissa and Jason. Gorgeous!I love the combination of pink and brown. Check out the professional images from Corinna Trantham from a August 14, 2010 wedding with bride and groom Melissa and Jason. Gorgeous!!








Saturday, January 22, 2011

YOU’RE THE BRIDE NAMED TOP PICK IN THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2011


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
YOU’RE THE BRIDE NAMED TOP PICK IN
THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2011


REDFORD, MI January 21, 2011 – You’re The Bride is pleased to announce they have been selected as a 2011 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section in The Knot Detroit magazine and on www.theknot.com Weddings from The Knot (NASDAQ: KNOT; www.theknot.com), the number-one wedding resource that’s most trusted by brides.

The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country, and is a must-have when it comes to selecting the best-of-the-best wedding resources. From New York florists and Seattle bridal salons to DC makeup artists, engaged couples will find detailed feedback on local wedding businesses reviewed by thousands of newlyweds who had great things to say.

“We are delighted to have been chosen by brides who have seen our work and experienced a stress-free wedding day by using our services. We are so grateful to have our brides put trust in us to execute their special day”


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About The Knot Inc.
The Knot Inc. (NASDAQ: KNOT; www.theknot.com) is a leading lifestage media company. The Company's flagship brand, The Knot, is the nation's leading wedding resource, reaching well over a million engaged couples each year through the #1 wedding website, TheKnot.com. Other products from The Knot include The Knot national and local magazines, The Knot books (published by Random House and Chronicle) and television programming bearing The Knot name (aired on the Style and Comcast Networks). The Company also owns WeddingChannel.com, the most visited wedding gift registry website.





Thursday, January 20, 2011

Do you need Event Security?

We sometimes get calls from brides asking about who to hire for event security when their venue is not in the best part of town.  Risk Security & Investigations is a full-service security company located in downtown Rochester. They offer an extensive menu of sercurity services, including plain-clothed security for weddings and corporate events.

Take a closer look by visiting their web site at http://www.riskinvestigations.com/

You may ask for Gregory D. Fogleman, Director of Operations at (248) 608-1712.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Do you want to be a wedding planner?

We recently met with one young lady that is very interested in becoming a wedding planner. I have had several inquiries about how to get started with this journey during the years I have been running my company You're The Bride so I have decided to now offer a one hour Q&A session for individuals that are really interested and serious about getting into this field.

We are now taking appointments to talk directly to a Certified Wedding Planner who has been in the trenches for 12 years. At this appointment you will need to bring your list of questions that you want ask. This can be anything from how to get started, what are advantages and disadvantages to being in this field, how to network, how to advertise, website design, your qualities, courses to take, etc. There is a $50 fee per session. Paypal or cash only accepted. This will be the most valuable money you will spend in exchange for getting this real inside scoop on this field. Email me today at tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602 to setup your session today. If you are not able to meet with us directly we will also offer up to a one hour phone session. I look forward to helping you decide if this is the right career for you!

Do you have what it takes to begin a career in the wedding planning field? Consider the following to ensure your success as a professional bridal consultant.


The number of wedding planners in the US alone is approximately 10,000. This number encompasses the hobbyists and professionals because it is a career that you could get into just by purchasing a business license and business card. There are no national requirements or regulations for certification for wedding planners in the US. This lack of regulation also provides the profession with the distinction of having one of the highest attrition rates due to the wrong start in business. If you'd like to be one of the successful bridal consultants, read on.

To become a wedding planner, and to be respected as a professional, there are many benchmarks to be achieved. You must prove a level of experience or training. The bridal consultant is supported by referrals from other wedding professionals and former clients. In order to gain this referral base, you must be able to prove your value. You must show them your training level, your experience within the profession and your ability to make it work. #become a wedding planner #how to become a wedding planner #wedding planner classes #wedding planning courses

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

You're The Bride E-Planning Service is Perfect for Brides that Need Advice

This is a service where you can email me anytime when you have questions and need advice on your wedding planning. We offer advice, guidance and support. Brides struggle with etiquette issues, general questions, and need advice on how to handle certain things, what to pick, order, when to book things, and so much more! This is the solution to have your very own wedding professional to email exclusively for all those items that you need answers on. Just email your ideas, concerns or questions and we will respond back with the information you need. I wouldn't be actually doing any of the planning thru this service it is more like your own personal "hotline" to me via email. Brides choose this service when they are attempting to plan the wedding on their own without a planner and have found it very valuable to have us as a resource! Contact us for more on how to get started E-planning your wedding today. Rates starting as low as $150-$300 depending on how far out your wedding is. Inquire today! #weddingplanning Plz RT




Sunday, January 16, 2011

New Advertiser on You're The Bride Blog!

We would like to welcome Professional Makeup Artist Kyana Lofton and her business Faces By Kyana!

She specializes in all levels of make up artistry airbushing, lashes, facials, and waxing. Call her today for a trial appointment before your wedding day! 248-508-0412 

http://www.kyanalofton.com/

**If you would like to advertise on our wedding blog and are a wedding related business please email tracie@yourethebride.com for consideration and pricing.**

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Make your own wedding wine?

Check out this place in Belle River, Ontario which is about 15 miles outside of Windsor. The name of the shop is Shoreline Wines; the present owner is Mark Mulawka; his phone number is (519) 728-9673. It's best to make appointments; initially you'll stop by and select the type of wine you'd like for the wedding, then it takes between 4 - 6 weeks for the fermentation to occur. On the 2nd visit, you actually clean the bottles, fill them with wine, insert the corks, heat on the necks and if you like, either put on the labels then, or when you get home. Your overall cost for the wine/bottle/labels will come to between $4 - $5 a bottle. 

His website isn't the best but the wine sure is. One of my brides did this for her guests and it was a huge it at her wedding! This beautiful wedding took place at The Inn at St. John's and You're The Bride placed the wine on the tables for the guests to take home.









Friday, January 7, 2011

Amazing You're The Bride Testimonal !!

Just received the MOST AMAZING testimonial from a former bride. She really explained just how valuable our services are. It is quite lengthy but an excellent read if you are a bride to be looking for a coordinator. We hope you will read it and give us a call so you too can have a fabulous experience. I am blown away by the time she must have taken to write this for us. Thank you Irma you are a doll !!

Having had NO experience with wedding planning, my husband and I hired Tracie as our “Day of Coordinator”. This was by far the best decision we could have made for our wedding planning. My husband and I are working professionals with busy schedules. Before we hired Tracie, we started anning our small wedding of about 50 guests more than one year in advance of the wedding date, and
with such advance planning we still became extremely overwhelmed. We did extensive research on various aspects of wedding planning, and even began selecting vendors. However, we soon began to struggle to complete tasks and had no idea how everything would fall into place on our wedding day. Prior to hiring Tracie, we researched and interviewed other wedding coordinators but were dissatisfied
with their level of expertise and professionalism (or lack thereof). We wanted someone who would tie
everything together, be very attentive to detail, give wedding planning advice, and provide assistance to us throughout our special day. Other coordinators we interviewed also offered “day of services” at a
similar rate but they also proposed to do minimal work (e.g., No vendor coordination, no ongoing
planning advice, no troubleshooting, no personal assistant to the bride, no timing of ceremony or
reception music, no pinning of boutonnieres or corsages, no dismantling of decorations, and no packing
up of personal belongings). The coordinators agreed only to remain until the end of the reception if their
fee was increased. One coordinator, having arrived almost one hour late to our initial meeting,
informed us that she would also be involved in planning her own wedding.

From our first meeting with Tracie, we knew that we wanted to hire her. We enjoyed her warm
personality and her organizational skills. Much to our amazement, Tracie provided more than the “Day
of Coordination services”!! It would be a challenge to recount the numerous things that Tracie did to
make our day so remarkable and special. Tracie was certainly an excellent value. Although she may not
have quoted us the lowest price, we certainly learned that you get what you pay for, and Tracie was
worth every penny compared to the other wedding coordinators we interviewed.

Tracie helped us select our wedding invitations and guided us on the correct and proper
wording. She also provided suggestions for vendors. We are especially grateful to Tracie for keeping us
on a timeline so that crucial dates were not missed. Tracie kept in contact with all of our vendors and
worked with our florist to ensure that our fresh flowers were ordered by the cut-off date and arrived on
time. We came extremely close to missing our cut-off date for the flowers, but thanks to Tracie’s
continuous monitoring of our vendors, we did not.
Tracie briefed all of the vendors on the wedding day’s events and prepared a script to assist our
designated volunteer MC since it was his first time. We became even more amazed when Tracie
temporarily filled in as our MC. She did a fantastic job!

Approximately a month before the wedding, we decided to hire a vocalist for our reception and
tried unsuccessfully to find a suitable and talented one on our own. Two days before the wedding, we
mentioned our failed attempts to Tracie. Tracie worked her magic again and our guests were treated to
the sounds of the fabulous Kimberly Fairchild. Ms. Fairchild was already booked for another event on
that day, but because of Tracie’s persuasion, Ms. Fairchild agreed to accommodate us into her schedule.
Her performance was outstanding. Our guests are still raving about Ms. Fairchild’s amazing talent.

Tracie and her assistant Becca beautifully decorated the church and reception venue. They also
ensured that everything was packed up when the event was over. During the wedding planning process,
Tracie also suggested various ways for us to save money on our limited budget, and she helped us avoid
certain vendor fees. We are especially thankful to Tracie for picking up the flowers and ribbons from the
florist and for returning the rental vases for us while we were away on our honeymoon.

Because of Tracie our wedding day went smoothly and everyone had a great time. My husband
commented that “Tracie was the glue that kept everything together for our wedding day.” I certainly
agree with that. Without Tracie, our entire day would have been nothing but hectic and chaotic! We
were able to relax on our special day knowing that everything was being taken care of, and we were
able to spend quality time with our family and friends. Tracie made our wedding day even more special
than we could have ever imagined!! In our opinion, Tracie’s services were beyond excellent and we
were glad that we made such a small financial investment.
My advice to future brides is to save yourself and your family the enormous stress and aggravation that often accompanies wedding planning and hire an experienced and highly recommended wedding coordinator such as Tracie Morris. We certainly recommend her. This is so irregardless of the size of your wedding.

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to Tracie.

Irma and Dennis
Dearborn, MI

You're The Bride Save-the-dates offer a bang for your buck!

You can lower stationery costs by sending out an engagement announcement that doubles as a save-the-date card. Say something like, "We're engaged! Please mark your calendar for October 22, 2011" This will allow you to save on additional paper, printing and postage fees. If you are recently engaged and are looking for save the dates you can check them out here

Birchcraft save the dates 

or

Carlson Craft save the dates

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

You're The Bride New Day Of Coordination and Planning Packages for 2011

We have recently redesigned our Day-of and Planning Ensembles. We now offer 3 Ensembles instead of 4 as we found these were the most popular among our clients.  If you are interested in any of these please give us a call at 248-408-4602 or email tracie@yourethebride.com to set-up a time to get to know each other and talk about your wedding wants and needs. If you don't see what you are looking for we can also customize a package to fit your needs and budget. Remember planning a wedding is a HUGE task so it's ok to call in a professional so you can have your smooth stress-free day without all the worrying! We look forward to helping you with your special day!


Champagne Ensemble – Day of Coordination


This service is for the bride and groom who have planned their wedding themselves and just want assurance that someone will be there on the wedding day to make sure everything runs smoothly. Are you worrying if your flowers will arrive on time? 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? We understand how you are feeling! Our service allows you to have a relaxing experience and the best day of your life! Wouldn't peace of mind that everything is being handled behind the scenes and running smoothly make you happy? You can be a guest at your own wedding!

 Up to two in-person meetings to discuss and finalize plans.

 Unlimited emails-relating to etiquette, budgeting, tipping, planning, etc.

 Wedding Day Timeline

 Accessories Checklist

 Program suggestions, layout and review

 Up to ten hours of wedding day coverage and trouble-shooting

 Vendor referrals as requested

 Use of Emergency Kit

Any additional hours of service for planning that you require will be billed at $50 per hour.

WE HANDLE SO YOU CAN RELAX AND ENJOY!

• Assist wedding party, family members, and guests as needed on wedding day

• Organize wedding party Ceremony procession and recession while working in conjunction of church coordinator if there is one

• Seating instructions for Ushers

• Determine where the videographer and photographer will shoot from

• Personal Assistant to the Bride

• Confirmation of Vendors to confirm services one week prior

• Coordination of Events at Reception (dining, first dance, toast, cake cutting, garter toss, bouquet toss)

• Coordinates band staging and setup, lighting, power, attire, and manage the pace of the evening with the bandleader through repertoire and sound levels

• Be certain the tables are organized the way you designated with the correct number of chairs, favors, etc. before you and your guests arrive at the wedding reception

• Pack up all items belonging to you and gifts at the end of the night and place in vehicle

• Be your eyes and ears throughout the day so you can relax and enjoy the great memories

• Keep the Bride and Groom from seeing each other before the ceremony and line bridal party up for ceremony.

• Contact for flower delivery at church, pin corsages and boutonnieres on, remove moisture from bouquets and distribute to bridal party.

• Set-up of unity candle, guest book/pen, place cards, special pictures, table cameras, cake napkins, cake pillars, favors at hall, transport altar flowers/pew bows to reception if needed after pictures (a extra fee may apply and let us know in advance so we can make arrangements with our staff to handle this) , tape loose cards to gifts, wrap top layer of wedding cake, wash and pack the toasting flutes, cake and knife server at end of night.

• Assist DJ/Band with timing and Grand Entrance, and assist members of bridal party in assembling for dances .

• Take bride's bouquet at end of night and drop off next morning to flower preservation place (this must be pre-arranged and cooler needs to be provided).

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

• Behind-the-scenes items at reception such as dimming lights for bridal dances, making sure food does not run out/liaison to kitchen and banquet manager to serve the needs of the bride and her family, supervise wedding and reception to make sure it is smooth.

• Distribute final payments to vendors

• Work with sound operator, vocalists, musicians, etc. on cues

• Advice on receiving lines

• Start attendants and bride down aisle and fluff dress

• Supervision of ceremony and reception setup to ensure a smooth and stress-free day

• Check ladies room for toilet paper, paper towels and make sure trash is emptied as many times the hall is so busy they forget.



Princess Ensemble – Day of Coordination and Partial Planning


This investment is just right for the couple who really needs help from a professional wedding planner to guide them from beginning to the end with the planning and selecting of vendors. They would like attendance by a professional at some vendor meetings to ask the right questions so mistakes are not made. You will still be able to do some of the leg-work on your own.

Includes everything in Champagne Ensemble, plus the following extra benefits:

 Attendance at up to five vendor meetings

 Up to 2 additional in-person meetings as requested

 Email letter sent to each attendant (includes times, places, expectations, etc.).

 Offer musical suggestions for ceremony and reception

 Detailed Budget Preparation and Tracking

 Review vendor contracts before you sign them

 Rehearsal Services

 Queen Ensemble – Full Service Planning


This investment is ideal for the couple who have little to no time to plan and oversee all the wedding details and planning so they are looking to a professional to be there from start to finish. The leg-work, coordinating and responsibilities that need to be accomplished will be delegated to your wedding planner.

Includes everything in Princess Service, plus the following extra benefits:

 Theme development as needed

 Vendor selection based on client needs and we will coordinate services

 Save The Date, Bridal Shower, Invitation, Program wording help and ordering assistance

 Event Design (color, lighting, linens, etc.)

 Budget updates

 Attendance at vendor meetings as available

 Etiquette Advice

 Assisting with selection of favors, attendant gifts, parent gifts, table numbers, place cards, menus

 Assembly of favors

 Coordinating hotels for out-of-town guests

 Maps for ceremony and reception site (production costs paid by bride/groom)

 Assembling, addressing and mailing invitations (invites, calligraphy and postage paid by bride/groom)

 Receive and track guest RSVP’s

 Guest list and table/floor plan seating assistance

 Final consultation to go over all details of the wedding

Monday, January 3, 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011

You're The Bride official Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 badge is here!

Weddings, Wedding Venues
2011 Bride's Choice Awards | Best Wedding Photographers, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Florists, Wedding Planners & More
 
Thank you Brides for making us a Winner !! 
 

WeddingWire Announces Bride's Choice Awards™ 2011

BETHESDA, MD - January 25, 2011 - WeddingWire, the nation's leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce the 2011 winners of its prestigious annual Bride's Choice Awards™. With more than 200,000 wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community throughout the US and Canada, the 2011 award recipients represent the top five percent in quality and service excellence within the wedding industry.

Recognition for the Bride's Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Awards are distributed to winning wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and are based on the overall professional achievements throughout the previous year.

"WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of our top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community," said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. "Over the past three years, the Bride's Choice Awards™ program has afforded WeddingWire, and the bridal community, the opportunity to recognize those professionals for their unparalleled service and commitment to the wedding industry. We applaud the 2011 winners for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience for couples throughout the prior year."

The Bride's Choice Awards™ 2011 winners will be notified via email on January 25, 2011. Recipients will be given the Bride's Choice Awards™ 2011 badge, along with access to additional marketing tools to showcase the award. A complete list of the winners will be available on the WeddingWire homepage in early February.

For more information on the Bride's Choice Awards™, please visit www.WeddingWire.com.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire.com, the nation's leading technology company serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 local wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives local businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. Businesses that join the WeddingWire Network appear on WeddingWire.com and other leading sites, including MarthaStewartWeddings.com (NYSE: MSO), ProjectWedding.com and Weddingbee.com (both part of eHarmony), and Celebrations.com (part of the 1-800-Flowers family of brands, NASDAQ: FLWS).

Contact:
Kate Hoffman
WeddingWire, Inc.
press@weddingwire.com
301.231.9473
 

You're The Bride Top 3 Most Viewed Blog Posts of 2010

I think it's interesting to go back and see what our readers like by using our google analytics reporting (which I LOVE).. The top 3 most viewed blogposts were, check them out if you missed them:

1.  http://yourethebride.blogspot.com/2010/10/wedding-makeup-trends-fall-2010.html

2.  http://yourethebride.blogspot.com/2010/10/dont-want-to-wear-veil-on-your-wedding.html

3. http://yourethebride.blogspot.com/2010/11/unique-wedding-colors.html

Happy New Year !! Please keep reading our blog in 2011 as we have more great tips and ideas to come!