Friday, February 24, 2006

Top Ten Tips for a Charmed Wedding

If you go to the website right now, you can sign up to receive my Top Ten Tips for a Charmed Wedding. They're really good. Honest!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Made a few changes

...to my website. Tightened up the text, changed the message in "About The Silver Charm" - which you'll enjoy if you liked Shakespeare in Love as much as I did. I should have an all new website up in the next couple of weeks (yes, I've been saying that forever), but I got tired of how the old one looked. Let me know what you think.

Oh, and the Chocolate Festival. DISAPPOINTED!! So, apparently they couldn't find enough chocolate vendors (!!) so they had two - TWO - bakeries, and filled the rest of the space with a flea market. So, there's one booth selling pieces of chocolate cake, and one booth selling chocolate strawberries, and in between were folks selling saris, and mortgage insurance, and, uh, cell phone service. So, while I was trying to get our money back, I asked the organizers what happened. And he said to me, "well, we sent out invitations to all the bakeries in Ventura, and only two responded." And then what did you do? What about the bakeries that would serve Ventura County, like Camarillo or Santa Barbara? I came from the Valley, just a hop skip and 50-minute jump away. What about bakeries in Thousand Oaks and Woodland Hills? Gah! A potentially good event just completely gone to waste. It hurts me personally because I used to do large scale events like this back in the day. Plus,it was just an insult to chocolate.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Meanwhile, back at Barnes and Noble

The boy and I just spent a couple of hours sipping coffee and reading at B&N. And they've already set up a special table for wedding books and magazines. One that caught my eye was "The Knot Guide for the Mother of the Bride". 108 pages, but I can sum it up for you in two words: CHILL. OUT.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Old Traditions, New Uses

I got into a discussion about wedding dresses with my sister-in-law, and she told me that she once went to a wedding where the bride wore her mother's wedding dress, which had also been her grandmother's wedding dress. Yes, that tradition. And she didn't change it anyway, either, so she was wearing a 50-year old dress, in a 50-year old style, at her wedding. Which is fine, if she was okay with it (everything's fine as long as you're really okay with it).

BUT, as I explained, there is an alternative. I've had a few brides who've been in similar situations where a passed down dress or traditionally ethnic clothing are involved. One of the best ways to handle it is to wear your own dress to the ceremony, and then change into the traditional clothing sometime during the reception. First/Parent dances are a good time, and you can throw in a little ceremony to honor your parents/grandparents/heritage in there, and then change back into your dress if you want to. It's a crowd-pleaser, trust me. You'd be surprised how many clothing changes there are in weddings these days.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Chocolate and Errands

I consider this part a public service announcement: The First Annual Chocolate Festival is being held in Ventura this weekend - www.vcchocolatefestival.org. Me and the boy are SO there on Sunday.

Anyway, as wedding season is coming up fast, I've been thinking about expanding my services. I'm thinking about offering a service just for people who need help setting up for the wedding - you know, you've got all the candles, centerpieces and favors ready to go, but everyone who could set it up at the reception is going to be at the church? I've done it a couple of times, and I think it's a valuable service, it's just a matter of marketing it.

Plus, I also want to expand into other events as well. Parties, conferences, openings, you know, the stuff I cut my teeth on growing up as a young event planner on the hard streets of L.A.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Trying to find a place to have the darn thing

So, this week, I've been hired to find a place to hold a birthday party in June. I love research, so it's fun for me, but this stuff tends to be kind of frustrating for the person I'm working for. What you tell someone that you want, and the picture in your head can be kind of different. You might want a place with a balcony, but not if part of the balcony looks over a parking lot. You say you want a huge room, but not with that carpet! I always try and tell people that the process might take a while - start with three, and go from there. The first three sites usually gives me a better idea of what to really look for.

In other site news, one of my summer brides was mulling over how NOT to invite kids to her wedding. Liability issues with the site, mostly - the wedding's outside, around a big pool. However, not inviting children is considered, Emily Post-wise...somewhat rude. I'm all about having the wedding you want, but I just made her aware that she might piss some people off. You just have to decide if it's worth it to ya.