Thursday, April 22, 2010

Come join our team!!

Come join our team!! We have an extremely busy and exciting month ahead! Our weekends are filled with one-of-a-kind weddings and we couldn’t be more thrilled for all of our couple’s special days! We are currently offering 50% off of our 3-day mentorship now till April 30th!! Typically a 3 day mentorship is $3000, you can join our team for 3 days for only $1500. The first day is spent in the office with Mary Dann, shadowing and learning from the best! The experience and knowledge you will gain from just this first day is priceless! The 2nd day is spent at the couples rehearsal overseeing and learning Mary’s techniques of managing the wedding party down the aisle ;) The 3rd and last day is the wedding day!! Wear comfy shoes because our team arrives dressed and ready to hit the ground running!

We have availability on the following days:
Thursday May 13th through Saturday May 15th @ Palos Verdes Country Club
Thursday May 20th through Saturday May 22nd @ Four Seasons Los Angeles
Thursday May 27th through Saturday May 29th @ Disney’s Grand Hotel

To take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.. you much act NOW!!

We hope to meet you soon!

Mary Dann-McNamee and Team

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

This Friday, catch me on “Private Chefs of Beverly Hills!"

I filmed a show “Private Chefs of Beverly Hills” last January at my friends home on The Strand in Manhattan Beach. The celebration was to thank all the photographers, designers, editors and contributors that helped Leila Khalil (my co producer + publicist) and myself self-publish our “Wedding Wisdom” Book (

Our episode will be airing on the Food Network, Friday 4/23 at 10pm EST. Please stay tuned. Love to hear your thoughts on twitter: @marydann or facebook: Mary Dann Wedding and Party Coordinators. Leila Khalil and I will be doing a live comments on twitter!

Below are some images from the taping!

Leila and I at the dinner

The chefs giving some insight on how they prepared the meal

Leila and Kellee, the Ladies of Be Inspired PR

The chef preparing our delicious meal

The beautiful table scape! Flowers by JL Designs, linens by Wildflower, rentals from Classic Party Rentals and the chair by Chameleon Chairs. A special thanks to all involved!

Much Gratitude,
Mary Dann-McNamee

Monday, April 19, 2010

Taking Your Business to the Moon and Beyond in 2010!

"Taking Your Business to the Moon and Beyond in 2010"

I am so excited to be speaking at this event in Alabama this weekend, and just in time for the upcoming Wedding Season! This Seminar is going to give that little boost that is needed to launch into an awesome 2010 wedding season. As you can see from the itinerary, full of topics that are very relevant to what we deal with everyday. This is definitely an event you do not want to miss! See all the details below!

Saturday April 24th
5:00pm - LNG Co Director meeting - An informal opportunity for LNG Co Directors to exchange ideas with each other
7:00pm - Welcome reception - Relax from your travel, enjoy a glass of wine, hors d'oeuvres, and lots of networking
9:00pm - Pajama Roundtable Discussion - Go change into your Westin robe and pajamas and come back to the condo lounge. We will light the candles, put on some relaxing music and share some girl talk about what's going on with our businesses, our lives, etc. (knowledge gained during this discussion will be priceless)
Sunday April 25th
8:00am - 9:00am - Breakfast & Registration
9:00am - 10:00am - David Wood, President Association of Bridal Consultants - ABC Update
10:00am - 11:00am - *Mary Dann - Managing Your Client's Expectations During the Selling, Planning and "Day-of" Journey
11:00am - 12:00pm - Shinar Hurd, LBSW - "Dealing with People - How Difficult Can We Be?"
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
12:30pm - 1:45pm - *Sasha Souza - Weddings by Design: Emerging Trends in Wedding and Event Decor
1:45pm - 2:45pm - Shay Freeman - Southern Weddings
2:45pm - 3:00pm - Break
3:00pm - 5:00pm - Sandals Training - Update on Sandals Properties and CSS workshop
5:00pm - 5:30pm - Wrap up
5:30pm - Blast Off!

Hotel Reservations
Westin Hotel in Bridge Street Town Center
Please call 256-428-2000 or 800-228-3000 by April 3rd
refer to Assoc. of Bridal Consultants Meeting
Room rate is $119.00 per night ++
Hotel is about 10 minutes from airport, you will need to take a taxi or airport shuttle

Driving Distance
Huntsville is about 1 1/2 hours from Nashville and Birmingham, 3 1/2 hours from Knoxville and Memphis, 4 1/2 hours from Jackson MS, 6 hours from New Orleans, 3 hours from parts of Ky, 6 hours from the pan handle
Fly into Huntsville International (Delta, American, United, Continental, US Air, and Northwest) Southwest Airlines flies into Nashville or Birmingham

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Why We Love the La Quinta Resort and Club

aI have been working with The La Quinta Resort and Club, La Quinta, CA since the late 90’s. The same top level of service and cozy atmosphere remains. I love La Quinta Resort and Club, so much that I chose this Resort for my own personal destination wedding. It was perfect for my large family and relatives from all over the world to comfortably travel and luxuriously stay!

  • A spacious haven within a Cozy AtmosphereThe grandest of Greater Palm Springs hotels, La Quinta Resort and Club is defined by pathways, not hallways. Situated on 45-acres of lushly landscaped grounds, the resort offers superb relaxation.

  • Enchanting Spanish Style VenuesThe resort features stunning Spanish mission-style oasis to provide a stirring backdrop for your special day. With over 66,000 square feet of function space to chose from, the resort is perfect for intimate family affairs to sweeping ballroom galas.

  • Pioneering CuisineThe La Quinta Resort and Club culinary team is committed to designing a personalized wedding or special celebration that is uniquely yours. Their goal is to succeed your expectations to make sure your event is something you and your guests are talking about for years to come.

  • Spa La Quinta : Framed by vibrant flower gardens at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains, this tranquil Palm Springs spa has been recognized as one of the top spas in the country. This full-menu serviced spa is 23,000 square feet with an Outdoor relaxation garden, seven private whirlpool baths, four open-air signature Spa La Quinta Celestial Showers, 24 massage treatment rooms and a full-service Yamaguchi beauty salon

  • Lavish Accommodations 796 guest casitas, suites and villas, some with private patios, pools, and hot spas. I actually incorporated a longer stay for my husband and I in a private Hacienda suite (2000+ square feet with our own pool, Jacuzzi and large backyards)

LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB: 49-499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta, California 92253 (760) 564-4111

My favorite shot of the garden when you arrive

The beautiful guest room grounds

The incredible spa

One of my favorite shots for a bride and groom to take

Much Gratitude,
Mary Dann-McNamee

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Update from WIPA Meeting at the Langham in Pasadena, CA

Huge thank you to all the guests of WIPA-LA chapter luncheon at The Langham Hotel, Pasadena. The food was scrumptious, the energy was a sea of like minded professionals committed to being their Best Self. My presentation was on Balancing your life, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually as you plan and give to so many others. Every time I share my wisdom and insights on this subject, I am reminded of how vital it is for us to be reminded of the power of choice and the impact of gratitude! I am joining WIPA Los Angles Chapter because of their commitment to higher education in the wedding business and growing extra ordinary wedding professionals! you can too, check out:

Mary speaking at the conference

Refreshments in the gardean area before Mary's talk

Mary with her event manager Constance (to the left) and new intern Sarah (to the right)

The Georgia Ballroom where the luncheon was

More of Mary speaking at the conference!
Much Gratitude,
Mary Dann-McNamee