Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Here is just a brief sampling of what she had done –
Awaiting you upon your arrival to The Farm was a seated in the round ceremony adorned with colors of flowing chocolate. And waiting for you on your seat was a program for the ceremony and a Seating Arrangement envelope with the seating chart by Table. The ceremony was extremely personal and absolutely beautiful!
Walking into the most ginormous air-conditioned tent, E.V.E.R – greeting you was a large table with brown pens and ivory cards to write a wish to the bride and groom. And the guest book was moved in case you missed it upon arrival. Waiting at your seat was a bag to fill with candy from the candy bar, and at your place setting was an adorable crossword and pencil for you to complete while waiting for Lindsey and Jesse. The first 3 guests to complete it were treated a special gift from the bride and groom. Super Sweet huh!
More to follow!
Friday, September 21, 2007
But the best news is that Lindsey is getting married!!! Lindsey was an intern of mine a few years ago, and I am just tickled to death that life had lead her to this amazing man! I'll post more about her wedding tomorrow, or Monday.
I have feeling though, that I'll do something work related at this wedding- I'd bet my Cosmo on it!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
There actually is a proper way to cut a cake, and a lot of caterers don't follow this, it's a tremendous pet peeve of mine, because I can get more than 22 slices out of an 8 inch round cake... so there is no reason that a standard 3 tier cake can't fee 150 people! From a 10 inch cake, you should be able to get 50 slices.
Ask your Pastry Chef if you can pay by slice rather than per person, or vise versa depending on where you feel you'll be able to get the most bang for your buck!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
And for your Grand Cru friends here are some fun playing cards. These would make great gifts for your groomsmen or bridesmaids that enjoy a good Grand Cru!
And some unique wine charms. How fun as a house warming gift or a stock the bar present!
All great gifts all on sale right now at IWA!
I have seen so many fantastic ways to substitute a traditional guest book - some have included a photo album of your engagement photo's, or a quilt that guests each sign a square of. There are also tiles, little square of paper with wishes on them, a frame to a photograph - just a ton of fun ideas! Also check out, Just Wright Boutique for more great ideas!
Friday, September 14, 2007
For couples that prefer a fine bottle of voignier rather than fine china, a fully stocked cellar is now an easily achievable registry goal. Starting October 1st, online retailer Bottle Notes will uncork its wedding program, allowing brides and grooms to sign up for more than 300 boutique and estate wines, as well as Bottega del Vina stemware and decanters ($30 to $110).
Thursday, September 13, 2007
There are so many things you can do to personalize the day, you can add some special music to the ceremony, or a nice poem, you can put pictures around the reception of you growing up, or pictures of you and your fiance (soon to be husband) around the reception, I mean, 3/4 of your guests probably weren't there for most of those moments, so include them in your courtship, they'll feel more included as well. Make the Cocktail hour with two drinks that are named after either you and your fiance or something you both love like your favorite football team. Create an outdoor louge that feels like a different room. There are so many things you can do to personalize your day, the possibilities are endless!
Let me know your ideas, I'd love to hear them! Put them in the comments section below!
In a few weeks I'll have some photographs of a wedding used photographs as the theme, it came out really amazing!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
These cartoons - I found at Grooms Online - it reminds me of when I told my parents that I was getting married, my father said "So Kentucky Fried Chicken and a keg, sound good!"
It is a definite pet peeve of mine to see that I sent out invitations and then when they are sent back someone erroneously added a +1 to the response card. This small task can eliminate a lot of heart ache. You haven't been lazy on every othe detail of your wedding, why skimp here?
Friday, September 7, 2007
And if you are doing a wine course with each meal course, it would be nice to use fun glass decanters on each table, glass decanters would be much more affordable. Like this one, from Macy's for $40 - you can find even more affordable decanters from Ebay!
I guess that's what makes us good at our jobs - it's a job in and of itself to stay on top of the trends in etiquette though. One site that I love, is Kim Goddards Proper Protocol she has listed the Top 10 Do's and Don'ts -
- Respond immediately when receiving an invitation
- Use the Bread Plate to your left (why do people always go to the right?)
- Sit straight with both feet flat on the floor
- Begin a letter with "You" instead of "I"
- Smile when you greet someone
- Do unto others as you would have do unto them
- Stand when someone comes to your table
- Give the receptionist your business card when entering
- Open your car door for business clients
- Place your napkin on your lap as soon as your seated
- Write a Thank You note by email or fax
- Have dirty finger nails
- Ramble or Repeat yourself
- Ask for a drink unless offered
- Take the bosses seat or the one next to it
- Placed used silverware back on the table
- Hold the wine glass by the bowl of the glass
- Stand in front of the opening elevator doors
- Tear your bread in half and eat it
- Fight over the bill
I think we are all guilty of at least one of these! Check out a fun book on Wedding Etiquette!
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
And allow MasterPiece Weddings handle the details!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
That’s the easy part, but you’d be surprised how many people forget it. Dale Carnegie taught us people love to hear their own names and Direct Marketing is sure we also love to read them in ink. That’s right, ink. Blue-black is always the number-one choice, but black or any dark enough color will suffice in a pinch. Even if your handwriting is poor, you must still hand-write your notes. Do not type them or, worse, use a word processor. No excuses.
Say something nice about the item and how you will use it. Let’s say it’s something you actually love and use incessantly—then say so: ‘Ever since I got the slippers I have only taken them off to shower and go to work. I’d wear them to the office if I thought I could get away with it.’But don’t lie, even though some etiquette books may tell you it’s okay. After all, there’s always a truth that can be extracted. Let’s say you hate the slippers. How to say thanks? Find the one thing about them that’s nice and discuss it—but don’t get carried away. ‘They are such a lovely shade of blue’ works, and is more honest than ‘These slippers make my heart sing like a choir of angels,’ which is overkill.
Inspired from Leslie Harpold from The Morning News.