Thursday, March 31, 2011

Four Seasons Hotel Wedding Packages

The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is offering fantastic new wedding packages!  They have three new Wedding Reception and Dinner options: the "With This Ring" Package, the "I Now Pronounce You" Package, and the "Ever After" Package. The packages range from $255 per person to $345 per person in addition to the Ceremony Fee of $1,750. And they include options for everyone, from hors d'oeuvres to plated dinner choices to dessert stations!

Be sure to contact for more information. Click here for All of the Details

Much Gratitude!
Mary Dann-McNamee

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fridays Favorite Finds - The Ohio Trip

Last week I returned home from whirlwind 4 day trip to Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio.  I was greeted and escorted by my special Ohio PR connection and friend, Kathy Piech-Lucas, Owner of Your Dream Day Wedding planning company {}.  

Yes, she is a high profile planner throughout Ohio and has now add Wedding PR to her resume, after all,  she did PR before she started her wedding business in 2002. 

I had the privilege of speaking to engaged couples, brides and mother-of- the-brides at a private luncheon where I sold and signed books and DVD’s.  Then we were off to the Association of Bridal Consultants, Ohio State conference in Dublin Ohio.  

I love inspiring others to be their best self,  to speak my heart and mind along with helping others build their dream business.  The experience is a blessing like no other!  

Special thank you to Julie Albaugh from The Wedding Market for covering 2 full days of my trip!  

On April 6, Wednesday we will do a live tweet chat together.. stay tuned for more inspiring details…

Much gratitude!

Photograph by Julie Albaugh, The Wedding Market

Thursday, March 17, 2011

For Japan With Love

Join us tomorrow for a Bloggers Day of Silence to support the relief effort in Japan. Please go to and give what you can. Thank you.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Winter Wedding with the help of ABC

I just returned from my first winter wonderland ceremony in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, a quaint historical town built around a beautiful waterfall. The wedding took place at St. Joan of Arc, a local Catholic church and was officiated by a priest who is also a family friend.

I had two months to plan a 150-person destination wedding weekend for Sharise and Tim, who live in Manhattan Beach, California. Quite a challenge, as I had never been to the great state of Ohio.  They chose Chagrin Falls, Tim's home town, and since the groom had the larger family, they selected a location most convenient for keeping travel to a minimum. 

They had most of their events; rehearsal dinner, welcome night gathering for out of town guests and wedding reception at The Hillbrook Club

It's an outstanding club, reminiscent of a fairytale dream princess estate.  The ballroom holds up to 200 people and the tavern 80 people. It was perfect for the rehearsal dinner, which we designed with two long tables of 35 guests each, and a living room that held up to 125; again perfect for our welcome night reception. Their service standards far exceeded my Ritz-Carlton expectations!

I opted not to travel with my team from Los Angeles. Instead, I invited a few of the local top ABC professionals to help

Kathy Piech Lukas, owner of A Dream Day Events 
A Dream Day Events Manager, Annette Troescher
Day-of help, Heidi Baumgart 
A special thanks to: 
Videography: John Goolsby 

Photography: Jonathan Koslen 
 Florist: Heather Thomas 
Entertainment: DJ Larry Kopniske

The first secret to accomplishing so much in such a short time, miles from home in an unfamiliar small town is Quality Connections. Thank God for Association of Bridal Consultants.  The largest association of bridal consultants worldwide  As a keynote speaker since 2007, I have had the privilege to meet professionals from all over, with like-minded business practices.  

The second secret is working with a couple that trusts my style, judgment and ability to make magic within the budget allowed! 

Learn more about how I handled the 10+ toasts at the wedding reception, 2 wedding crashers,  and the 3+ hours of toasts and the rehearsal dinner.  I will be presenting details during my tour book signing and speaking tour in Ohio.
I’m looking forward to more Ohio ~ Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati March 11-14th for speaking engagements and book signings. 

More details on my speaking calendar 

Much gratitude!

Winter Wonderland Wedding in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with Mary Dann from Godfather Films on Vimeo.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Fridays Favorite Finds - The Party Goddess Uncensored

Todays Friday Favorite Find....My dear friend Marley Majcher founder of the Party Goddess Uncensored.  Her bi-annual conference is in San Diego and I am so excited to once again participate in this high energy conference. This my third conference and I have something special planned for my presentation.

"Staying  Emotionally, Mentally, Physically and Spiritually Balanced
While navigating the exciting business of a Wedding Planner"

Love to see you at the conference! All of the details below!




Believe it or not, it's easier than you think to have the event planning company of your dreams 
AND make tons of money at it.  
The best part is that you can do it quickly WITHOUT tons of follow up and prospecting all year long.
If you'd like to learn more, then I invite you to join us at this CRAZY FABULOUS live event Uncensored - for event industry professionals looking to knock it out of the park in 2011 - March 16-18 in gorgeous San Diego, CA.

As many of you know,  The Party Goddess! is going strong with more than a million dollars in annual revenue and she is ready to pull back the curtain and show you EXACTLY how 
She's done it so you can duplicate her success.
During this ground-breaking conference you will learn:
- What works...and what DOESN'T work when it comes to getting more clients 
(you may be surprised at how many heart-centered entrepreneurs are making simple mistakes that are costing them thousands of dollars and hundreds 
of wasted hours!)

- Hands down the number one FASTEST and EASIEST way to make more money in the event industry TODAY!
- 5 crucial reasons why you MUST add this to your marketing mix if
you want to have a quantum leap in your business, work with the
best possible clients and secure a year's worth of business in just 
a few months.

- Specifics about how exactly to make your events hugely profitable and fun whether they're big or small!
- And much more!
Here's that link again to reserve your spot in this amazing conference.
Cheers to your best year ever!

P.S. As you probably know (and may have experienced yourself first-hand) it's one thing to talk about creating a successful event planning business, it's quite another to actually do it. Honestly, it's easier than you think. Let her walk you through her simple steps. Reserve your seat here and stop struggling.
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