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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bride Beauty Timeline

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When planning a wedding it’s easy to get caught up in the dress shopping and venue hunting. It can also be just as easy to overlook the preparation you need to do in advance for yourself. To help ease some of the planning stress and help you look radiant in all your pictures, we’ve put together the ultimate wedding beauty timeline.   

9-12 months before

START PINNING
~Pinterest is a great place to find hair and makeup ideas. So be sure to save your pins and show them to your stylists.

PLAN YOUR HAIRCUT
~decide if you want hair extensions
~find a stylist and decide on a big day cut and style

FIND A MAKEUP ARTIST
~book a trial (maybe the same day as your engagement shoot to save money)

5-6 months before

BOOKING
~book your hair stylist and makeup artist for your wedding day

TAKE YOUR VITAMINS
~add a hair, skin, and nails supplement to your daily routine. I use and would recommend Nature’s Bounty Biotin. My nails are thicker, my hair is longer and softer.

TREAT YOUR SKIN
~find a face mask that works well with your skin type and begin doing it 2 months before your wedding for 2-3 days a week.
~exfoliate once a week

WEDDING HEALTH PLAN
~cut down on sugar and caffeine
~find a regular exercise routine that makes you feel awesome
~drink A LOT of water

SMILE
~try teeth whitening now

2-4 months before

TEST OUT TANNERS
~find a self tanner that gives you a natural glow

EYEBROW SHAPING
~if they mess up, you have time to regrow and start over

1 -2 months before

START TANNING
~to establish desired color

3 weeks before
 FINAL
~final facial treatment
~final hair cut and color to make it look fresh and natural

1 week before

HEALTH
~cut sodium to beat bloating
~eat clean foods to boost metabolism

FINAL PREP
~lip exfoliator and mask
~get a wax

days before

PAMPER AND PRIMP
~get a mani/pedi
~spa day: steam, get a massage
~one final soothing facial to help relax, soothe and hydrate your skin
~sleep!

wedding day


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SHAVE, EXFOLIATE, MOISTURIZE



Good luck on your big day! We hope you find our beauty timeline to be helpful!


For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602
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Monday, May 29, 2017

How to Build the Best Relationships with Your Clients


No matter what line of work you’re in, you do your work for someone. Usually, that someone is a customer or a client. And in almost every career, that customer or client has the ability to fire you, walk away, or warn others away from your services. That makes client relationships nearly as important as the job you actually do. A miscommunication or customer service mistake can translate to a poor review even if you do the actual work perfectly, so – despite all those cranky savants in the movies – you can’t be the most successful at something if you aren’t easy to for clients to approach and work with.

Delivering a great client experience means doing good work, of course, but that’s not all it means. There are smart strategies you can use to encourage clients to view your relationship in a healthy way.

Substance over style

So how do you build the best relationships with your clients? You do everything you know you should: respond quickly to queries, be polite, etc. Let’s get this out of the way, first: there’s no substitute for good work. Customer service is key. So is quality in your products – whether they be cosmetics or children’s toys – and services, whether you’re offering legal representation or a good massage.

But that’s not the whole equation: you also have to encourage your clients to see your business relationship as the success that it is, and that’s as much about branding and positioning as it is about service with a smile.


Tailored solutions

Positioning is, in some ways, an extension of the “substance” argument. No matter how good you are at something, you need customers to want it. You can’t hope for customers to tailor themselves around you, so show them instead that you’ve tailored your services to them. When you see a law office advertised in Spanish, you’re seeing positioning: an organization is telling clients that it offers not just a certain type of service, but a certain type of service designed specifically for them.

Start before you meet them

There’s no substitute for great service, but there are supplements to it. Walk into a run-down business and you may be pleasantly surprised by great service, but you won’t necessarily walk away with a purely positive memory of the experience. Great client relationships start with expectations and presentation.

That means smart advertising and branding. If you have a portfolio – as writers, photographers, designers, and many other professionals should – display it through a quality service or on your own website in a way that encourages customers to go in expecting professionalism and courtesy. Design your company’s website to suit the mood you want your customers to expect or seek out: professionalism for a law office, fun for a party planning service, relaxation for a spa.

The power of peers

Imagine this: a customer has a great experience at a shop and logs on to record that experience on Yelp. But on Yelp, they find nothing but terrible reviews. Are they sure they even went to the same shop? Is it worth voicing an opinion that is so clearly in the minority? Pretty soon, that happy customer decides making a Yelp account to help this failing business isn’t worth it.

This absolutely happens, just as it happens when people discuss movies or politicians: if there’s only one person in the conversation with a certain view, it gets drowned out. Make this work to your advantage by showing your customers positive reviews of your business. Include testimonials on your website and in brochures. Go to any handyman or plumber’s website and you’ll see it: links to Angie’s List and to positive media coverage. Lawyers can do the same with client testimonials. Restaurants can link to Yelp reviews. When you share positive reviews in your marketing materials, you’ll get clients who are mentally prepared to be impressed with your service. That kind of mental edge is no substitute for great service, but it is one of the strategies smart businesses use to give themselves every chance to impress their clients.



For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Find The Perfect Gift For Every Woman In Your Life


Whether it is a holiday, special occasion, or just a token of love, it can take a lot of time to choose a special gift for the ladies in your life. According to statistics from topteny.com, chocolates and flowers are the top two gifts that women usually get. If you want to be different, try some of these suggestions the next time you need to buy for a special lady:


Personalized Makeup Bag

Most women keep some of their basic makeup supplies with them wherever they go. Often times, these various bottles and tubes end up at the bottom of their purse. It may take them 20 minutes to dig out what they need. A personalized makeup bag would be ideal for work and travel. Choose a material and neutral color that would go with her whole wardrobe. A monogram makes the bag even more special. And, while you’re at it, throw some makeup in there too!

Wine Rack

If you are buying for a female wine connoisseur, you may consider gifting her with a lovely wine rack. They come in an array of styles and materials that would match any kitchen or wine cellar. Wine racks are a chic way of storing and displaying her growing wine collection. Some companies will personalize your gift for a nominal charge.

Electronic Reader

For the avid reader who is always on the go, you cannot go wrong with giving her an electronic reader. You can find several popular brand names at prices that will fit just about any budget. Most now also include the ability to browse the internet and play simple online games as well! Instead of having to lug around books and magazines, your lady can get subscriptions and order books to read on her new gadget. Many titles can be read for free!

Limoges Boxes

Gorgeous Limoges boxes were first made at porcelain factories in Limoges, France. They are hand-painted in styles borrowed from nature. Other themes include romantic portraits and scenes from Imperial France. They have gilded hinges that open to allow for storing special trinkets. Limoge boxes are collected by enthusiasts around the world,

Unique Umbrella

How many times have you been forced to walk in beating rain without an umbrella? You may have arrived at work or an important appointment looking like a drowned rat. A beautifully-made umbrella is a thoughtful gift that will make this situation avoidable. Choose a color and style that matches your recipient's personality. A quality umbrella will quickly become part of your lady's wardrobe. She will be ready--no matter what the weather is.

Handmade Journal

There is something therapeutic about chronicling your day and recording your deepest feelings. According to an article from PsychCentral.com, journaling provides holistic benefits to body, mind, and spirit. It makes an ideal gift for the woman who loves to write or draw little illustrations. They come in any kind of material, color, and style imaginable. Pick out one for your lady that reminds you of her personality. Adding a monogram or customized quote is always a nice touch.

Watch

Watches are as lovely as they are practical. The good thing about them is that you can find quality timepieces within your budget. Each style of watch says something about the lady who wears it. There are simple watches with leather bands, or intricate gold watches enrobed in diamonds. A watch is perfect for professional women who really need to manage their time.

Her Tool Kit

The independent women on your gift list do not want to call a man every time they have a household repair. Get her started on her maintenance list with a personalized tool kit. Go to a home improvement store and purchase a blank paint can. Using paint made for metal, paint your bucket a subtle shade of pink. You can stencil the word "Tools" on it or the recipient's name. Now, fill the bucket with some commonly used tools such as a hammer, pliers, level, etc. It is a pretty way of getting a tough job done.

Car Organizer

What could be more frustrating than digging for some spare change on a toll road? A car organizer keeps everything where it needs to be. It is a thoughtful gift for the lady who has to spend a lot of time on the road.

An Original Work Of Art

There are little shops popping up all over the place that specialize in customized art gifts. If you like ceramics, you can go to one of these shops and customize dishes, vases, or ornaments for your lady. There are art shops that teach you how to do paintings in oil, water, or chalk. When you give her a piece of art done by you, it will make the gift even more sentimental.



For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Getting To The Heart Of Wedding Planners



Planning a wedding is no easy task. It should be the best day of your life, but instead, you’ll have a heap of stress on your shoulders. You’ll have to consider a variety of different aspects. If you’ve planned a large party, you’ll have some idea of what’s involved. But, we all know a wedding requires a whole new level of organization. As such, it’ll be an even harder task to get right. By the time the day comes, you’ll be glad to see the back of it if you take too much planning on your shoulders. But, what if you didn’t have to do it all yourself?


People are reluctant to contact wedding planners for a variety of reasons. It can sometimes be seen as admittance of failure. Other brides can plan their weddings, so why couldn’t you? There’s also the worry that someone else won’t do your day justice. A wedding is a personal thing. How can you guarantee that your wedding planner will do you justice? In truth, though, admitting you need help with a wedding is no failure. If anything, asking for help is a strength, and your wedding will be better for it. And, if you work closely with the wedding planner you choose, you can be sure they’ll plan a wedding which will suit you. A good planner should ask about your tastes and cater to them. That’s what they’re there for!

So, what does a wedding planner do? In short; it’s up to you. They can do everything if you want them to. They can take care of the down and dirty planning so you don’t have to. They’ll hire photographers like Vittore Buzzi to ensure you capture your special day. They’ll organize a venue to save you the worry. They can even take care of catering. Or, you could specify the jobs you want to entrust to them. At the end of the day, it never stops being your wedding. You can take as much of a backseat as you want to, or you can take control of certain aspects and let your planner do the rest.


But, why is this an option worth taking? As mentioned above, planning is stressful. And, if it’s not something you’re used to, you may find the experience overwhelming. A wedding planner can take that stress from you and put it on their knowledgeable shoulders. As opposed to you, they’re used to the process. They do it for a living. And, because they know what they’re doing, you can be sure they’ll provide your day with a professional finish. Though your wedding is sure to be a success no matter what, there will be a noticeable difference in quality if you entrust the job to a professional. Your planning, no matter how much effort you put it, may not reach the standards you dream of. But, a professional planner,  will ensure everything looks top quality. It’s the best way to get a wedding fit for royalty!



For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Villa Penna ~ Shyran + David 8/13/16




Shyran and David booked with us because they knew they needed some help pulling a timeline together, a resource to ask wedding questions along the way and to have us there to manage the day so they could relax and enjoy their day. They are just a very kind and sweet couple and we enjoyed helping them prepare

for the big day! Now on to the pictures....it was so difficult to pick them out because I truly love them all but for a blog post I have to limit it but I must admit I went a little overboard so here we go! 


Shyran is just so cute and so excited to put on her dress to become a Queen for a day!



Handsome David and his gents!







Kinda obsessed with this picture of her and the dog...how can you not be ? It is adorable!


OMG seriously??? Look at the detail on her dress and her gorgeous henna !!


The train is equally amazing!!


She is such a stunning beauty!


I loved Veronica, just the sweetest flower girl.


Just look at Shyran's pretty Maids...they are all gorgeous ladies!


My assistant Abby helped run the music while I coordinated when each couple started their walk down the aisle to "Marry Me" by Train.


Lorenzo took his role very seriously and did a great job!


The vows always touching!


They did it ! 


Having a little fun after the ceremony at George George Park.




Isn't she just breathtaking? I loved her dress and that bouquet it was so gorgeous!
I may have to use this one on our new website that it being developed.




In love with this bouquet!



Entrance to the reception at Villa Penna. The bride and groom were played in with traditional Arabic music and very loud drums! LOL talk about intense but what a fun moment!   


This couple did not miss a beat with the decor they chose for their reception. It was gorgeous!


The guests enjoyed a delicious 5 course meal.


Look at this headtable! Just gorgeous!


This is my favorite sweetheart table EVER and I have seen a ton in 18 years!!
A real show-stopper!



Ok now let's talk about this cake for a minute! Wow!







When at Villa Penna you must take a staircase picture! It's tradition!


The First Dance, I always love watching this moment. It's a special time they can finally just be in each other's arms and although the moment is surreal just take it all in. Who has a kleenex?


We built some time into the timeline so they could change into their traditional outfits during the reception. 


Shyran shared some beautiful images from their Henna a few nights before the wedding that took place at Barrister Gardens. These are spectacular!




Vendors



      Flowers/Linens: Guzzardo's

      Cake: Angel Cakes 

      Limo – Dream Limousine

Photography/Cinematography – Cinema48

Wedding Planner- You’re The Bride  

DJ and Photobooth: Sandeep Hans Entertainment

2nd DJ: DJ Furat 

       
     

For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602
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