Saturday, October 22, 2005

Oh, the Irony

The busier I get, the less time I have to post, which is why it's been quite a few days since you've heard from me.

First of all, congrats to Robbin and Michael, who had their wedding at the Santa Barbara Zoo. It's a lovely little zoo, not too far from home (although I got a hotel stay out of it anyway, yay!) and they have a huge grassy field where we set up the wedding and reception. We had to bring everything in, so it was another circumstance where we had to make sure that we had more than what we needed of any item, to include double servings, breakages, that type of stuff. And we ended up needing them, too - Robbin and Michael pulled a fast one on me and added a loaf of challah bread to every table (you guys!), so I was able to use the extra salad plates and napkins we had. Luckily, salad isn't as popular as it should be. Everything was beautiful, turned out wonderfully, and I'll post pictures just as soon as I get them. If you're thinking of a destination vacation, and most of your guests live in L.A., the zoo is a great choice. Everyone there couldn't have been nicer or more helpful, and their vendor recommendations were spot on. It even overlooks the ocean.

This weekend is "dark" for me, but I've got a couple of potential client meetings coming up, so wish me luck.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Tips from Real Weddings

The first tip is self-serving, the second tip serves you:

1. Deana and Jeremy had their wedding and reception in two different locations. They didn't really think they needed a wedding planner per se, but they DID need someone who could pick up the centerpieces, placecards and decorations for the reception and knew how to set it all up,within a tight 2-hr window. So, they hired me. $40 an hour, and it came out to around four hours total.

2. Janet and Eric's wedding on Saturday was at a private estate. Their caterers had to build a kitchen from scratch outside, and the site doesn't allow you to use any of their indoor kitchen facilities, for various reasons. Now, that's not as rare as you'd think, so make sure you check with your reception site. Because once they ran out of clean dishes, glassware and silverware, there was no way to clean the dirty ones. So, if don't have kitchen privileges, you're going to have to order more stuff to compensate, and your caterer and rental company will be MORE than happy to help you out with that.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

"In Style Weddings" Review!

The new issue hit the stands last week, and oh, boy is it pretty!

Page 85 features highlights from Nicole Ritchie's engagement party - a tent filled to the brim with white paper lanterns. But, to give it a softer effect, only half of the lanterns were lighted. Absolutely gorgeous. I'm digging the long tables, too. More pictures on 137.

Page 121: Honeymooning in England. The only place I want to go that I haven't been, yet. Looks like fun.

Page 149: A 10-step post engagement checklist, featuring advice from a lot of wedding planners who aren't me. But don't you worry, I'm getting in there someday.

Page 170: My absolute favorite thing in this issue. An event designer hung placecards from long ribbons hanging from trees, and weighted them down with rose blossoms. Also a great idea for beach weddings - a shoe check, complete with benches and chairs so people could sit down and take them off before proceeding to the ceremony. I also saw another idea around somewhere: offering your guests flip-flops.

page 220: Ultimate Bridal Workout, starting six months out.

page 295: Favors to fit every taste. I like the stainless steel swiss tool kit, myself. Ooh, and the personalized cookie tins!

Plus, there's a lot of pictures and ads for unique invitations and pretty, pretty gowns, and celebrity weddings galore. Enjoy!

Also, podcasts by next week. At least one.