Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
We had a really interesting conversation on how brides are hiring their photographer. A lot of brides are basing their photography decision on the photographers web site and blogs alone.
This trend worries me a bit, photography has a lot to do with personality of the photographer, and the final album. Your wedding should tell a story and if you are hiring a photographer based on their blogs (which you can tell a fair amount of someones personality from their blog) but that one on one time is important as well. This person or people will be in your face your entire wedding day, don't you want to make sure your personalities melt well together?
And the final album is vital, it tells your love story. Don't you want it to be amazing, perfect and totally utterly reflect you and your story?
- Take a look at their website and see if you like their work
- Set up a meeting to meet them in person
- While looking at the photographers albums see if you really get to know their clients from looking at the book
- Make sure you like the person you are talking to
These are very important aspects of wedding photography, don't hire someone just because they have a cool video on their site or a way neat-o blog.... this is YOUR once in a lifetime most cherished celebration, make sure it's perfect!
Friday, February 22, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
He will surely be missed!! For more information please see his wife's blog.
You only get one shot at this, but how fun can it be right! I think I wanna do it! Just cuz!
What else is there to trash? The reception hall? Any ideas?
Or lots of glue and fresh flowers - or you could even use some pretty silk flowers and keep them forever!I love the idea of using moss! It's just so beautiful and green!
Friday, February 15, 2008
I think I love #4, Liene at Blue Orchid likes #1, which do you love?
(Click the image for a much larger picture)
Thursday, February 14, 2008
And today being Valentines Day, I thought I'd share with you one of my favorite things, consider this my gift to you. My personal recipe for The Perfect Margarita, it can be made Frozen or on the rocks - and if you aren't a Margarita Mix kinda person, feel free to use lime juice and simple syrup.
1 1/2 oz Your Favorite Gold Tequilla
1/2 oz premium Peach Schnapps
Rose's Green Demon Margarita Mix (fill the rest of the glass)
Rum the rim of a cocktail glass with lime juice, and dip in salt. Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into the glass, and serve.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I actually never thought about it this way. I never thought that a bride was “afraid” of a wedding planner. Seriously, what is there to be afraid of. We (as wedding consultants) are there to help you, the bride. Maybe it’s just that hiring a wedding consultant used to be so expensive and only Mulit-Gazillionaires could afford them. And times have definitely changed – consultants are much more affordable (and sometimes work into your budget without you raising it at all). Keep in mind a great consultant is there to make sure you find the items you want, tell you if you are being ridiculous, tell your mom if her idea is cheesey or ridiculous (if you hate it), and we make sure your saving money and at the same time, well just make sure it’s YOUR wedding.
I found this blog yesterday and I love it!!! She has such great ideas! Orignally when I saw these little cupcakes I thought what a great idea for a bridal shower favor, or dessert bar, don't you think!
And then while pouring over her blog, I just had had to make the Oreo Truffles (at 11PM when I finally got home) for all of my friends and girls in the office - cuz I am just a great boss!
Enjoy Bakerella - here's the recipe she had posted for the Oreo Truffles - ask my husband, they totally rock!
1 package oreo cookies (divided… use cookie including the cream center)
1 8oz. package cream cheese (softened)white chocolate bark
1. Finely crush 7 cookies in a food processor or place them in a ziploc bag and crush into a fine consistency. Reserve for later.
2. Crush remaining cookies and stir in softened cream cheese. Use the back of a large spoon to help mash the two together.
3. Roll the mixture into 1" balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet.
4. Melt chocolate as directed on the package and then dip balls into chocolate, tap off extra and set aside on wax paper covered cookie sheet to dry. You can sprinkle the tops with the 7 crushed cookies for decoration. (I usually eat mine before they make it to this stage.)
5. Once dry, refrigerate and enjoy!Makes about 36 truffles.Notes: I used a small cookie cutter to push the mixture through for the heart shaped truffles. Also, it helps to freeze the uncoated balls for a few minutes to keep the mixture from starting to fall apart in the melted chocolate. If this becomes a problem, dip them in the chocolate, let dry and then dip again. They are also good dipped in regular milk chocolate bark. And for an extra twist, use the mint oreo sandwich cookies.
Recipe amended from Kraft Food & Family Fall 2006.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I had gotten a bunch of email questions about using chopsticks at a meal after I posted about Etiquette for a place setting.
- Do decide which piece of food you want before you start in on an appitizer platter with your chopsticks. Poking the food as you decide what you want is a no-no, and once your chopsticks have touched a piece of food, you must take it.
- Do bite in half any dumplings and other small items that are a little too large to eat.
- Do raise your rice bowl to a point just under your chin when eating rice (unless you happen to be dining in Korea, where all dishes remain on the table).
- Do rest your used chopsticks on your plate or chopstick rest, no directly on the table.
- Don't pour any sauce over the food, instead use your chopsticks to dip a piece of food in teh sauce before raising it to your mouth
- Don't tap the chopsticks on a dish to attract the attention of your server. (that's just wrong when it comes to forks, knives or any utensil)
**Thanks to Emily Post's Etiquette (17th Edition) for help with some of the questions.
Monday, February 11, 2008
So call me OCD, call me what you will. But when I am invited to someone's house for a dinner party, I attack the dining room table in a very indiscreet way - slowly and methodically placing the sliverware where it is supposed to be. And moving the glasses and bread plates to their proper position. I know it's wrong, I know I shouldn't do it, but I just want things done properly.
My husband thinks it's ridiculous. But I just have a thing for the proper placement of flatware and china.
I personally feel people just don't know, they were never educated in what breadplate to use or let alone where it was supposed to be. In Blueprint magazine recently they had a layout as to where things go.
And please for the love of all that is holy - don't put the napkin in a glass, it might look pretty. But it leaves lint behind, and the last thing you want in your wine is lint.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Or a cook book if you love to cook - or maybe a book of your pets, or children, or events or parties, or your favorite hobbies, really the possiblities are endless!
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Guys are so tough - very few of them even know where to help when it comes to wedding planning. Here's a web site that "talks their language" Check out Groom Groove and watch some video's that give guys a heads up about talking to their fiancee about the wedding, choosing a best man (they call him the Wing Man - I love that!) and it even has a section that talks about financial responsibility.
The video's are great, and totally down to earth. It's about time there's a guys guy website out there for our men!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
As part of BRIDES magazine first-ever spread devoted to America's 50 Most Beautiful Wedding Cakes, BRIDES is giving readers the chance to win their favorite wedding cake! All you have to do is vote www.brides.com/cakes to win your dream confection!
Also BRIDES is hosting events in the following locations!
Date: Sat., March 8
Location: Chevy Chase Mall, 5400 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD
Baker: Steve Klc, pastryarts.com
Date: Sat., March 15
Location: Fashion Valley Mall, 7057 Friars Road, San Diego
Baker: Reva Alexander, mercibeaucoupweddings.com
Date: Thurs., March 27
Time: 6-8pmLocation: King of Prussia Mall, 660 West DeKalb Pike, Philadelphia
Baker: Nina Asadoordian, truliconfectionaryarts.com
What an opportunity to win and eat free cake!!!
It will be a fun filled adventure, full of intrigue and conspiracy’s, well not really conspiracy’s, but you know – fun stuff! Tux wants to share with you all that he see’s and does, and will be posting pictures here, from there.
Please follow the Fun Filled Adventures of Tux in Ireland, starting in just 3 weeks! Set your DVR, er, favorites right here to see where the world brings him!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Something Old... Signifies a sense of continuity and tradition. It represents the link to the bride's old life and her family. Many brides would wear their mother's wedding gown or family jewelry.
Something New... Signifies hope for the future. The bridal gown can be used here, if it's purchased new - or any other new item purchased as part of the bridal attire.
Something Borrowed... You're supposed to borrow something for a friend who is happily married. Their happiness will wear off on you and bring you happiness too! Brides can borrow jewelry or a special handkerchief from a family member or close friend.
Something Blue...Signifies fidelity, purity, and love. This is why you see so many garters with blue ribbon or detailing!
A Silver Sixpence in your Shoe... Signifies wealth, both financially and a wealth of happiness and joy.
Now you know!
Monday, February 4, 2008
All of a sudden MasterPiece Weddings is being contracted to consult and help plan weddings that are in the the next 2 weeks or 2 months. This is a strange phenomenon, because in the past 14 years, I've only done 1 wedding that we were asked to do in 2 weeks, and now I am doing 4!
What do you do when you have less than a month to plan a wedding? Well first thing is to know: how much you have budgeted for your event - then determine your date, and where your priorities lay, for instance, I want lots of flowers, or amazing food. Also know that you'll need to work fast. Be prepared to make decisions pretty quickly. Because invitations need to go out, people need to be called, and you need to be prepared to sign contracts and pay initial deposits to contract for florists, photographers, and catering.
You'll still need to get married, you'll still need to feed your guests something.... just know that normally it takes 12 months to plan a wedding, and needing to do everything in less than a month. It's time to multi-task and work fast.