April
1

OMG! We’re squealing with delight over here! We’re so excited to announce that we’re offering a new package to our already awesome list of services…..DIVORCE PARTIES!

So far, three of our previous couples have filed for divorce and have contacted me about planning and executing a divorce party for them.

One is for the guys and will include a pig roast, belly dancers, sick beats from a DJ and jellybean poker.You heard that right – jellybeans. The dude can’t afford to play with real money now that he owes her half of what he has.

Another is for a beautiful previous bride who is getting together with her friends (and previous Bridesmaids) for a trash the dress session. The Bride will wear her gown, and the Bridesmaids will wear their dresses from her wedding and the other gals can wear whatever dress they want! They are going to play paintball in their dresses and have the entire thing filmed and photographed. What a way to make a memory!

The third still isn’t sure how she wants to celebrate, but together, I’m sure we’ll think of something fantastic.

Packages start at $1,200 and include 2 meetings and 5 hours of execution on the day of your divorce party.

As much as I love weddings, divorces can be fun too!

*Okay, okay – before you get your panties in a bunch, take a look at today’s date. Happy April Fools! There is no way I would ever offer services for divorce parties – and NO, none of my clients have separated (that I know of).*

March
25

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You’re tying the knot…yay! But, are you literally going to tie a knot? Many couples are incorporating tying a knot into their ceremony in place of other union traditions like lighting a candle or pouring sand into a jar.

When I fantasize about my big day, I thought about incorporating this into our “I do’s” but now that nautical weddings are quite popular, I’m not sure that I will. I like to be different, but with so many Brides and only so many ideas, it’s hard to be totally different.

If you haven’t attended a wedding where they’ve literally tied a knot, then why not do it at yours? Be the first!

March
1

More and more couples are looking for ways to bring the WOW factor to all areas of their big day – from a unique venue, to homemade decorations, to incorporating favourite foods into their menu; couples want to be different. One way to stand out is to offer a unique late night buffet.

In the past, we’ve seen couples serve french fries, frozen sweet treats and ribs cooked over an open flame. There are so many choices for late night buffets now, that it’s hard to decide which would be the best to serve your guests.

The best thing to do is to start with the foods you like to eat. Is there something you and your Groom treat yourself to when you’re looking to indulge? Was there a go-to food you ate after partying during  your college days? Is there a food that you always seem to bring when attending family functions or potlucks? These are good places to start, but another place would be to check what local restaurants, food trucks and catering companies can offer your guests.

How about having a food truck pull up in the parking lot of your venue at 10:30 for an hour or so and serve half sizes of their most popular dishes? We have a couple looking into the southern treats served by The Dirty South Food Truck for their big day. We’ve also had a couple serve homemade frozen paletas from Ice Pop Art and homemade cookies from Cake & Loaf with a shot glass of both white and chocolate milk.

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The choices are endless, just be sure to keep your budget in mind and if you’re bringing in someone for your late night, make sure your venue is okay with it. Some locations stipulate that you must use their catering staff for everything – and if that’s the case, talk to them about doing something different like sliders, s’mores or mini donuts with espresso shots.

What kind of treats do you like to see at weddings? What’s been your favourite? You can always borrow ideas from others and still have the idea be unique by adding your own personal touch to how it’s displayed or the ingredients used to make it.

February
25

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Not too many people like being told NO, especially if you’re a Bride planning her wedding. But, it happens and you need to be ready to hear it. Asking your photographer to stay an extra 2 hours at the end of an already long 10 hour day at no charge might result with a NO. Asking for a discount at your venue because you’re getting married on a long weekend might result in a NO, especially since more weddings are taking place on long weekends and it costs the venue more money in staffing to make up for the holiday.Hearing NO from a vendor isn’t always a nice thing to hear, but it happens. Here are some tips to help you deal with the rejection:

1. Don’t get discouraged.

Just because they said NO, doesn’t mean they won’t say YES. If you are looking for an add-on or extra product/services, be sure to talk with your wedding vendor about your plans, ideas and wishes. There is always room for negotiation. If you own a business, try bartering for extra time or services – you’d be surprised what some people consider as a good trade.

If you have your heart set on a specific wedding vendor and they are already booked for your big day, ask them if they can refer you to someone else that has their similar style and fee. Many times vendors network and or have a list of vendors to refer to when they aren’t able to secure your date. Also, being referred by one vendor to another might result in a small discount – you just never know – so ask!

2. Have a back-up plan.

Your ceremony location originally said YES for you to have your nuptials there, but are now saying NO? This can be very frustrating and worrisome, but if you haven’t sent out invites yet, don’t fret! Check out other locations and be sure to tell them what happened – they might throw you a bone in the shape of a discount to ease the blow and win you over. If you have sent out invites, set up a wedding website stat! Update your site often and communicate it to your family and friends that you have a site dedicated to your wedding. Here you can change the ceremony location without spending money on a mail-out. Also, use your Bridal Showers as a way to communicate the change to your guests. Tell them in person, or include a little note in their Thank You Card (which should be sent out 1-2 wks after, and well before your wedding date).

3. Changing vendors

If you had something specific in mind for your wedding and were under the impression that this vendor could deliver (they told you so, or their site lead you to believe they could) and they are now telling you NO, make sure you talk to the owner/manager. If they are the one that are telling you NO, then consider changing vendors – if you have the time to do so, and if you are okay with potentially losing a deposit. Most vendors have non-refundable deposits. If you feel that you aren’t getting the product or service you agreed to and are having difficulties negotiating, then perhaps this vendor isn’t a good fit for you.

Here is one last word of advice regarding hearing NO. Try not to look for reasons to switch vendors because you simply aren’t getting your way. Many vendors want to impress and keep you happy so that they secure your trust, business and referrals. Also, changing your mind often and switching vendors will cost you money and time. Do your research, read reviews and be sure to meet your vendors in person (if possible) to see if you fit. We recommend that you meet with no more than 3 vendors per service (flowers, invites, etc) to help you make a decision of who you feel most comfortable with and who can provide you with the service or product you have in mind.

Good luck!