Saturday, December 11, 2010
The best way to reduce anxiety as you plan your wedding is to pick one “must have” and relish in the fact that you have one dream item. Grieve the loss of not having everything you want early on, so you can enjoy the planning process!
A person that gets overwhelmed with details, design and organization
A Professional Wedding Planner. You can find one through the Association of Bridal Consultants (www.bridalassn.com) or your local luxury hotel. Most coordinators on the referral list of a luxury hotel are proven professionals.
Uncomfortable with people looking at you
A beautiful dress, something that makes you feel beautiful! Professional hair and makeup that comes to you on your wedding day is a plus.
2 pairs of shoes. I invite you to splurge on 1 pair…remember you can wear shoes over and over again, even if you lose or gain weight. A great DJ and/or band and custom dance floor are great “must haves” for the dancing types, too!
Concern with what people think and the need to be perfect
A professional planner that can execute your dream. Keep in mind something will NOT be perfect, no matter how much you spend or worry. If you go into planning knowing that this is true, you will most likely walk away with the feeling of being overwhelmed with love and beauty on your wedding day. The strong need to be perfect will also increase stress, and a great therapist can help you through accepting your own flaws and imperfections.
Difficulty making decisions
Professional planner that has experience (over 200 weddings). A couple usually makes 1000+ decision throughout the wedding planning process. It is imperative that they hire a seasoned and professional planner that can be able to see the wedding day backwards and forward with many back up plans. This can only come from experience!
“Outside of the Box” Thinker
Look for a unique location, perhaps an estate location (a private estate). This is a great option for couples wanting to do something different.
Sentimental and like documenting memories
Invest in a professional photographer and videographer. A photobooth is a unique guest book idea that encourages your guests to share more from the heart on paper along with a fun snapshot.
Love entertaining and are inviting guests from out of town
Invest in a luxury hotel for ceremony & reception. A key element to a great wedding is make logistics easy for you and your guests!
Super particular about food & beverage
Choose a location that allows you to bring in your own caterer (and/or bartender!).
Friday, December 10, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
I presented to over 200 planners on a subject near and dear to my heart: Staying Physically, Emotionally, & Spiritually Balanced As You Navigate The Planning Process. It was an amazing 5 days of book signings, speaking and career counseling--and I spent the last full day renting a cabana at the exclusive Cove Beachside Resort at Atlantis! I am so grateful that Danielle and Tracy, the founders of WPIC, asked me to be a part of the event. Enjoy some pics below!
My next stop was Phoenix, for the ABC (Association of Bridal Consultants) annual conference. It was a full day of book singing and I presented on “Hot Wedding Trends, Gismos, and Gadgets” with Elise Enloe to kick off the convention! Here are a few pics from the event:
My final stop was speaking at The Party Goddess, Uncensored Event at The Palomar Hotel in Hollywood. Marley Majcher of The Party Goddess was there, and a panel of us shared insights and gave tools for dealing with two different personality types: the leader and the follower. It was such a fun time! Below are some images, taken by Jen O Sullivan. More to come!
I had such an amazing time at all of these events, and I feel so grateful that I was able to be a part of them!
Friday, October 1, 2010
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Thursday, August 19, 2010
Getting away from your environment inspires you to meet other like minded professionals, share ideas and brain-storm new business directions. When you are away from family and the regular rhythm of life, you are more inclined to risk by meeting others, asking questions and keeping an open mind and heart for new seeds of brilliance to be planted.
Talented leaders in your beloved industry.
The quality of industry professionals that educate, share and lead are more available to you in one place, at a national conference, rather than a local networking event. Reputable, proven leaders in your industry are accessible, face-to-face, at the conference, which can be a catalyst for new beginnings.
Opening your mind up to new possibilities.
The Wedding Planning industry is filled with entrepreneurs all doing their best to live a life of purpose (serving others) while (hopefully) making money. Connecting with others along the same journey to share stories and dreams can be very empowering, refreshing and enlightening. Learning from others without having to make their mistakes, can be priceless!
Education can make the difference of how you respond to difficult questions and circumstances. Immersing yourself in a national industry conference will increase your self esteem and confidence. And when a bride is looking to invest in a planner, confidence can make the difference on whether you will be hired for the price you are worth!
Be a leader.
Once you have invested and attended a national industry conference, you have the choice to share your experience and knowledge to your local community of professionals. It is the best way to earn the respect and admiration from your local associates by sharing your educational experience with them. Not everyone has the means to attend a national conference in an exotic island. Be a leader to your local group and share what you have learned with them. After all it is in the giving that we receive!
I hope to meet you in the
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The New Kolo Rivoli
Thursday, July 15, 2010
The belief that the bride and groom should avoid seeing each other before their wedding ceremony, though amusing, should remain as it is…an ancient tradition. The popular ritual dates back to when marriages were arranged and the bride revealing her face created the possibility of the groom making a run for it! For whatever reason, however, many couples still partake in this peculiar procedure, expecting heightened anticipation, drama and excitement as a result. But why set yourself up for more drama on your wedding day?! I am happy to share 7 compelling reasons why the bride and groom should take pictures BEFORE the ceremony.
1. The first moment will be even more intimate for the couple. Scheduling pictures before the ceremony gives the bride and groom a chance to actually enjoy their first time seeing eachother, without the nervousness of ALL eyes watching them. Their photographer is able to better capture the special moment as well, as opposed to taking shots from a distance with numerous guests in the background. First moment shots are precious and often a couples’ favorite photo from the whole day!
2. Everyone will look better. Ceremonies can be long and emotional. Tears fall, mascara runs, dresses and tuxes wrinkle, and flowers droop. If the ceremony is outdoors, weather could create problems too…hair frizzes, people sweat, and outfits get dirty. There’s only so much a gifted photographer can retouch.
3. Taking pictures beforehand ensures that no one will be left out. It gives the family and the photographer time to find people who are missing and take as many shots as desired. Moreover, if anyone misses the round of pictures before the ceremony, specific shots can quickly be made up after. It creates two opportunities to get all the pictures the couple and family want, eliminating the worry of people taking off after the ceremony and having their own agendas.
4. Taking pictures before the ceremony also ensures that the couple and wedding praty will not miss out on the cocktail party/reception! Any additional pictures taken after the ceremony won’t take long. The wedding party will appreciate getting all the pictures before the ceremony so they can enjoy their dates, family and friends at the cocktail reception, and the couple will have time after the ceremony to relax, go to their room and enjoy spending time with eachother and their guests!
5. It gives the photographer more of a chance to be creative. Whatever shots he did not perfect before the ceremony, he can re-take after. During the ceremony, he can think of more ideas for pictures afterwards. Even the most creative people don’t flourish in rushed, high-pressure environments. Taking pictures beforehand relieves the photographer of unnecessary anxiety, allowing his/her work to be even more brilliant. The pictures will be less posed, more natural, and more real.
6. Anxiety will be taken away from the couple as well and consequently, the focus of the ceremony will be on what’s important. Couples who take pictures beforehand tell me that just seeing their spouse and spending a little time with them before the ceremony calms their nerves and puts them both at ease. Further, as the ceremony begins, instead of the bride worrying about what the groom thinks of her dress, or if her hair is perfect, the couple can enjoy the beauty of the moment with decreased anticipation. They also won’t need to rush right away to PICTURES after walking down the aisle.
7. Instead of one big hoorah moment of seeing each other coming down the aisle, doing things this way divides the magic into sections by creating several special moments. Ask any couple. Even if they’ve already seen eachother, they will still feel lots of excitement and emotion at the start of the ceremony when music is playing, the bride first walks down the aisle, and all of their favorite people are witnessing their every move.
A couple’s wedding day is on one of the most important, exciting, and happiest days of their lives. Why not make it even more enjoyable by taking away added anxiety and the feeling of being rushed? My suggestion to any bride and groom to be is that pictures begin two hours before the ceremony. The first half hour is pictures of the bride and groom only. The second half hour includes the wedding party, and the third adds the couples’ immediate family. Following pictures, everyone can take a 30 minute pause before the ceremony to relax, have hair/makeup touched up, and attend to their own needs. After the ceremony, only 30 minutes or so will be needed for pictures of the extended family or people who were missing before.
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A Gorgeous View of the B & B
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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Luxury Hotels in LA and OC Hotels that require Professional Wedding Planners
Los Angeles Hotels
The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA (310) 276-2251
Not required, but highly recommended. Hotel offers a list of recommended wedding coordinators.
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA (310) 576-7777
Not required, but highly recommended. Hotel will give verbal referrals.
Langham Huntington Hotel
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue Pasadena,, CA 91106 (626) 568-3900
Required to have minimum “day of” coordinator. They state in their contract one must hire a professional wedding coordinator for either “month of” coordination or full-service.
Montage Beverly Hills
225 North Canon Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 860-7800
Ritz-Carlton-Marina Del Rey
4375 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA (310) 823-1700
Currently not required. Due to the increase, of weddings being booked may change to “required.”
Note: Most Ritz Carlton Hotels do.
Shutters on the Beach/Casa del Mar
1 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 458-0030
Required. They handout a list in their marketing packet.
6610 Palos Verdes Dr S, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (310) 265-2800
Required to have a “day of” planner if ceremony is on property. They provide a list of professional planners and give a $1000 off site fee if a planner from the list is hired.
Orange County Hotels
Montage Laguna Beach
30801 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA (949) 715-6000
Requires someone for at least two months of service to assist with wedding arrangements, ceremony, rehearsal and reception. Montage Laguna Beach must approve coordinator and will require proof of qualification.
Resort at Pelican Hill22701 Pelican Hill Road South Newport Coast, CA 92657 (949) 467-6800
Required and states perimeters in catering contract.
1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point, CA (949) 240-2000
Required to have a “day of” planner if ceremony is on property. Hotel promotes the planners by giving research in all packets.
St. Regis-Monarch Beach
33000 Niguel Rd, Dana Point, CA (949) 234-3200
Required and states perimeters in catering contract.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010