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Monday, May 30, 2011

Rental Company Contract Tips

If you're renting anything for your wedding, make sure the contract covers the following:
-When the deposit is due and how much is required. One-third to one-half down is common.
-When and where the goods will be delivered to the site. Make sure this corresponds with the window of time during which you have access to the site. Be specific about where the merchandise will be delivered and whether it will be unpacked and set up. Some companies charge different fees depending on the level of service involved in the delivery.
-When the rentals will be picked up. Again, make sure the timing agrees with your contract at the site.
-How the rentals should be prepared for pickup. Many companies want the dishes, glassware, and flatware washed and repacked in boxes and the linens shaken out and folded into one pile.
-Whether there is a delivery or pickup fee
-What kind of insurance they carry.
-What will you be charged if any items are lost or damaged?
-Detailed descriptions and numbers of every item your renting.
-Whether any overtime or extra charges apply to your proposed rental time frame. You may be paying extra if you want rentals delivered a day or two early or if you request a Sunday (instead of a Monday) pickup. Some of these extra charges are negotiable, especially if you're placing a large order.
Article courtesy of "The Wedding Book" by Mindy Weiss

One company we recommend for event rentals is Tell Joe that 
we sent you!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Aisle Runners: Pro's and Con's

An aisle runner is something many brides use. However, before you make your decision, there are a few things you may want to consider. Here are some pros and cons:
-They dress up your ceremony site
-They can incorporate colors into your ceremony site
-They can make you feel extra special
-They cover ugly floors
-If you have a very long veil, it ensures that your it won't get caught on the ground
-Especially if your wedding is outdoors, It helps keep your dress clean
-They can help give your guests the message that they should stay off the aisle
-They are an extra cost
-They will move and fold. Even if it is taped down it doesn't guarantee they wont move and some ceremony sites will not allow tape.
-They can blow in the wind
-You and your guests will have to be careful not to trip or fall
-You may be able to see footprints
-It can get caught on your wedding dress. If you have a train, you will need someone to lift it onto the aisle runner to ensure a smooth transition

If you are opting for a aisle runner you can check out our selection and place your order here 



Thursday, May 26, 2011

May Reception of the Stars Wedding Tour

22 of us enjoyed another fabulous wedding planner tour organized by Bill of Quintessential Events. We always have the best time. If you are a wedding planner please sign up for the next 2 ! We are going to Mackinac Island for our first overnight trip August 14 - 15. Then mark your calendar for our fall tour on October 2. Hope to see you there!

We started our day at South Bar in Birmingham. What a unique space! This can be used for any kind of party, unique wedding and has a club atmosphere to it. They also have a fabulous patio for rent.

Next, we headed over to San Marino Club in Troy. I have done a few weddings here so I was familiar with the space. They do a LOT of Italian weddings and other ethnic cultures here. Beautiful place that looks like a castle!

The Somerset Inn was one of my favorite stops of the day. I have heard of this place but never been there and so glad Bill got them on the tour. They have an amazing outdoor ceremony spot! My picture does not do it justice. The price is a bit steep at $2,000 but what a beautiful setting. You do have to have your reception in one of their ballrooms in order

to use the ceremony spot. If this is a place you think you might want to have your wedding and reception please call me at 248-408-4602 as I have a special incentive to offer to my readers!! Very exciting!

They treated us to some amazing cheesecake and other desserts. We also departed with a yummy wedding cake cookie.

The most interesting stop on our tour was Bloomfield Open Hunt Club in Bloomfield Hills. This place is the perfect setting if you have a bride or an event that should be themed around horses! Complete with stables and arena's. Check out their site for more information for your next event.

Morton's The Steakhouse of Troy was next on our list and what an amazing time we had there. The servers put on bridesmaids gowns and one of them dressed up as a bride. They waited on us so that was nice as we as planners are always serving the bridal party. They served us some delicious appetizers including crab cakes and wonderful carrot cake which apparently takes 3 days to make! Must be some recipe huh? Hollye Mackler Designs provided some beautiful centerpieces!

Next, we went to The Wyndgate Country Club in Rochester Hills. I have done a wedding here and what a beautiful setting it is. We had some delicious appetizers here you get the idea they just keep feeding us!

Our last stop was LaSala Banquet Center in Rochester. Not many people know about this venue as it is in a Papa Joe's shopping plaza! Different place for a banquet hall but it's worth the drive. It has to be one of the most modern venues we have seen. The great thing is they are known for their lighting which is included in your package. The second thing that they are known for is their bread basket! They served us a full sit-down dinner which started with an amazing salad with pecans and feta cheese (2 of my favorites), followed by the main entree of chicken, mashed potatoes and a california medley of vegetables. For dessert they treated us to a fruit and berry flan that was delicious! We were all so full and all wanted to take a nap on the ride back to Birmingham.

Liz and Tracie

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What to Ask a Ceremony Officiant

When looking for a ceremony officiant, there are several things you should ask to make sure you get exactly what you're looking for:

-Is the officiant available on your preferred wedding date?

-If you want to marry in a nonreligious site, is the officiant willing to marry you there if he or she is a religious official?

-Can you write original vows, or does the officiant use standard wording? Can vows be modified to suit your ceremony?

-Do you choose the readings, or do you pick from a list of readings the house of worship/officiant has selected?

-Is prewedding counseling required? Is it one-on-one or in a group setting with other couples? How many sessions?

-Will the officiant be your contact at the ceremony site, or is there an on-site consultant?

-Is the officiant available for rehearsal the evening before the wedding?

-Is the ceremony space large enough for the number of guests you're planning to invite? Where will everyone (the bridal party, officiant, you two, etc.) stand?

-What will the officiant supply? (Prayer books, aisle runner, huppah, wine goblets, candelabra, yarmulkes, etc.)

-Are there any restrictions on decorating the sanctuary or ceremony area? Rules for photography or videography?

-Are there restrictions on music? If it's a religious site, is secular music allowed?

-Are there any attire restrictions? (Some churches require shoulders be covered)
-If the ceremony will be outdoors in a public place, do you need a permit? When/where should you apply? Are there restrictions (number of people, etc.)?
Article courtesy of The Knot Magazine


If you need a recommendation on a Officiant please contact us at 248-408-4602. We are also available for Day-of Coordination, Rehearsals, Partial and Full-Service planning.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Rent a Chocolate Lava Fountain from Us !

Still a must have for any event! An endless flow of bittersweet Belgian chocolate while the sweet smell and
aromas fill the air. Surrounded by up to six items of your choice to dip. Comes complete with beverage napkins and skewers with a presentation that will leave guests wondering were to begin!

Dipping Item Selections:

(Choose 6)

Marshmallows ~ Strawberries ~ Pretzel Rods ~ Brownies

Sugar Cookies ~ Potato Chips ~ Rice Krispy Treats ~ Pound Cake ~ Graham Crackers

Vanilla Wafers ~ Cream Puffs ~ Bananas ~ Strawberry Wafers ~ Pineapple

Peanut Butter Cookies ~ Donut Holes ~ Angel Food Cake ~ Cherries ~ Oreo Cookies
Price is $6 per person.  50 person minimum.
10% Service Charge or 18% if  we bring china dishes. 
Attendant to stay is $20.00 per hour / 3 hour minimum reservation.

Delivery fee if it’s outside the local areas.

Please call 248-408-4602 to check availability and request a proposal for your next event! Your guests will love this yummy treat!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

You're The Bride Supports Wish Upon a Wedding

Wish Upon a Wedding is a charity that was founded in the San Francisco bay area in January 2010.

It's Mission:

Wish Upon a Wedding is the world's first nonprofit wedding wish granting organization, dedicated to providing weddings for individuals facing life-threatening illness, regardless of sexual orientation, at destinations across the United States.

There are currently 16 chapters in the United States (the Michigan chapter is launching this year!). The organization relies on volunteers, and there are currently some 2,000 nationwide. To qualify for a wish, the recipients must be 18 or older, legal citizens of the United States, and one person must have been diagnosed with less than three years to live.

Wish Upon a Wedding grants three types of wedding wishes:

Boutique Wish:

This type of wish is for wish recipients looking for an intimate event.

Includes: wedding planner, venue, caterer, rental company, photographer, videographer, cake, officiate, florist, stationery designer, DJ/musicians, hair/makeup, transportation as determined by WUW.

May also include: lighting design, entertainment vendors, event designer, gown {s}, tuxedo {s}, child care. If time allows, other Wish Granters may be selected, based on the wish recipients’ vision, and the available resources of WUW.

Total Number of Guests including Recipients: 25 people

Romantic Wish:

This type of wish is for wish recipients looking for a larger event to include friends and family.

Includes: wedding planner, venue, caterer, rental company, photographer, videographer, cake, officiate, florist, stationery designer, DJ/musicians, hair/makeup, & transportation as determined by couple and WUW.

May also include: lighting design, entertainment vendors, event designer, gown{s}, tuxedo{s}, child care. If time allows, other Wish Granters may be selected, based on the wish recipients’ vision, and the available resources of WUW.

Total Number of Guests including Recipients: 50 people

Urgent Wish:

On a case by case basis, urgent wishes may be granted. This type of wish is often urgent in nature and involves and individual or couple too sick to leave their bed, whether in home care, hospice care, or hospital care. The wish recipient has been diagnosed as having six months or less to live.

Total Number of Guests including Recipients: 10 people

visit  for more information on this amazing charity.

Tracie has been asked to be on the Event Planning committee to help plan the Launch Party this September.
She is very excited to contribute to such an meaningful cause.


Friday, May 20, 2011

Sacred Heart Banquet and Conference Center

Thomas's Catering has exclusive rights to the Sacred Heart Banquet and Conference Center. Located in the heart of Livonia at 29125 West Six Mile Road, they are only minutes from the I-96 and 275 freeways. Perfect for events of any and all kinds from intimate weddings to training seminars.

Experience the Sacred Heart Banquet and Conference Center difference. An art deco, newly renovated comfortable environment, warm spirit of hospitality and cordial personal service awaits you.

They have designed their food and beverage offerings to meet the demands of every agenda. No matter the time of day, enjoy a full array of meal options at Sacred Heart Banquet and Conference Center. Their services offer a wide variety of breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner selections. Their chefs can customize any menu selection of your choice from a catered gourmet dinner to an elegant reception. To view their menu packet and general information click here Menu.

They are proud to bring personal service back to catering. Experience the difference for your next event.

Sacred Heart Banquet and Conference Center. Contact Josh Mayse at 734-261-8560 or to check availability and/or to schedule your personal tour of the facility. They are located at 29125 West Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152

If you are a bride looking for the perfect place to have your wedding let Thomas's Catering do the
menu planning and prepare your reception feast and You're The Bride will take care of everything else!
We would be delighted to work with you on your special day. Call Tracie of You're The Bride at 248-408-4602 .

Josh and his staff always go a step above in creating the most amazing food and
decor presentation for your special event.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Changing into a Reception Dress

Thinking about changing out of your wedding dress for your reception? Your wedding gown may be big, bulky, uncomfortable, or just impractical for dancing and moving around. Wearing a reception dress is something that's becoming more and more common, especially when your big, beautiful gown may hinder your party fun.
Some brides decide to do this before the reception begins, or some may choose to wait until after dinner, cake cutting, first dance etc. When you're ready to get your party on, changing into a party dress is something many brides opt for.

Another plus of changing into a reception dress is not having to worry about your wedding dress getting dirty. With all the food, drinks, and partying going on, a reception dress ensures that your wedding dress will stay clean. Not to mention, if your dress drags on the ground, changing into a reception dress will prevent the bottom of your dress from getting dirty.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Decorating the Church

If you're having a church wedding, you're probably looking for a way to decorate and make the space uniquely yours. Think about decorating the altar, aisle, pews, entry, ceiling, or centerpiece. Be sure before you use any type of decorations, that you check with the church to make sure they are allowed.

Of course the front of the church is where you will be standing, and where everyone will be looking. Using flowers is the most traditional way to decorate this area. A common way to do this is to place one or two arrangements of flowers behind the couple, and more flowers behind the wedding party. You could also consider bringing in an arch to stand under if your church allows this. Candles are another traditional and elegant way to decorate the altar area. Some churches use candles as part of your ceremony, while others it may be purely decorative.
An aisle runner is another great way to decorate. Aisle runners come in all different colors and designs. You can also incorporate flower petals either on top of, or in place of, an aisle runner.

Decorating the pew ends is also an elegant way to decorate. You can use anything from flowers to candles to ribbon. A simple google search will provide you with thousands of ideas for different pew decorations.

The entrance to the church is another great place to put flowers. Putting flowers outside and around the entrance will put guests in the wedding mood before they even enter the church.

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If you need help planning your wedding or ceremony call You're The Bride at 248-408-4602.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Flowers have a meaning

Did you know that each flower has a meaning? When choosing the flowers for your wedding, it may help to consider the meaning behind each flower you choose.

Here are a few examples:

Carnation- Fascination, Woman Love, Pure Love

Daffodil- Unrequited Love, Your The Only One, Chivalry, Regard

Lily (Calla)- Majestic Beauty, Regal

Orchid- Love, Beauty, Refinement, Beautiful Lady, Chinese Symbol for Many Children, Charm

Rose (Thornless)- Love at First Sight

Zinnia- Lasting Affection, Remembrance

If you're having trouble picking out your flowers, perhaps what it symbolizes will help you narrow down your search,.
Check out these websites for more flower meanings:


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Royal Wedding Viewing Party

Cindy (in pink) traveled from Swartz Creek. Amy and Abby came from Howell.

Connie enjoying a cup of tea!
 Friday morning, I got up at 3 a.m. to partake in some royal wedding fun at The Sweet Afton Tea Room in Plymouth, MI. I shared a fabulous time with approximately 35 other obsessed viewers at a viewing party to watch the wedding. We shared a champagne toast to the happy couple and had high-tea and wedding cake after the ceremony.

A little teary-eyed, but so happy for the couple!
We each also received a favor trinket box with Kate and William’s picture on it. It was a fabulous time. The local news was here check out more pics and story. I was even interviewed by the Observer Newspaper and quoted sharing my professional perspective!

Showing off the wedding ring bling!

We enjoyed delicious scones!

Strawberry preserves, Devonshire Cream and Lemon Curd.

Phyllis, the owner showing off the wedding cake!

The timeline of events
Thank you to Phyllis and Al for putting together this wonderful event.  I will remember this experience and moment in history forever!