Wednesday, May 21, 2014

7 Traits of a Great Wedding Planner!

These traits below may not be first on your checklist when starting your search for a planner, but they are just as important as pricing, packages and portfolios, and you should certainly take them into consideration:
1. Compassion – Planning a wedding is one of the most stressful and emotional events in life. Having a planner who has empathy and understanding for what you are going through is key to a stress-free and happy engagement. A good wedding planner will also understand how important the wedding is for the parents of the bride and groom and may be able to help those family members through the engagement by truly listening and understanding their concerns and desires for the wedding.
2. Listening more than talking – Wedding planners need to tell you about what we offer and our experience but we should also be listening and asking questions about you. A great wedding planner wants to make your wedding all about YOU and to do that, she must get to know you on a deeper level and really listen to your spoken and unspoken feelings.
Jen Carroll Photography 

3. Good mediation skills – A great wedding planner will mediate issues that arise with your venue and vendors and come up with a win-win solution for everyone. She will also offer guidance and advice to help you deal with family dynamics that may need mediation while you are planning the wedding. Keep in mind that your planner is not a counselor but she can usually give ideas and recommendations that will help.
4. Experience – This sounds obvious right? Does your planner have experience with your particular type of wedding, location or style? For example, tented weddings and weddings at a private home require a more advanced skill set than a wedding at an established venue. A wedding on a mountaintop or on a beach will have certain elements that only an experienced local planner may know about.
5. Processes – Being a planner takes intense levels of organization. Imagine that your wedding planner has ten clients and each of those clients has an average of ten wedding vendors. She may be managing communication with 100 or more people. Does she have a process for planning and how you will work together? Does she have spreadsheets, use software or another way of staying on top of things? It’s important to ask these questions and understand your planner’s processes before booking.
6. Great reviews – No matter how much you like her work or even if a friend made a recommendation for a wedding planner, take time to read reviews online and don’t be afraid to ask for references. Also, ask other wedding vendors for feedback on the wedding planner you are planning to hire.
7. Do you click? – It is so important to feel comfortable, relaxed and confident in your wedding planner. As a bride, you need to be able to share your thoughts and ideas without feeling judged.  A great wedding planning will share her expertise and advice in a positive way and give direction without making you feel bad.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Fight Box!!

photo by jennie andrews

Have you heard of a first fight box? Write love letters to each other and place into a box along with a bottle of wine. Nail it shut at the wedding. When you have your first fight, open it up, pour the wine, go to separate corners, read the love letter & remember what it's all about. For more information check out

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Michael Symon 'The Chew!'

I heard yesterday that Chef Michael Symon from #TheChew has never received his wedding photos and his photographer is nowhere to be found. When i hear stories like this i get soooo confused. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

4 WAYS TO USE A CANOE AT YOUR WEDDING - (my favorite summer transportation!!)

Ways To Use A Canoe At Your Wedding
There are a variety of great ways to use a canoe at your wedding and to help you get started we came up with a list of 4 of our favorite ways brides and grooms are working it into their big day. A canoe is a quintessential rustic symbol so why not add this classic camp style boat into your wedding day!

1. As Mode Of Transportation 
Nothing is more romantic than taking a little cruise on the water with your sweetheart. Post ceremony you and your new spouse can take a ride and even grab a few pictures. If you are lucky enough you might even be able to arrive to your reception by canoe!
Canoe Ride Post Wedding
2. As A Unique Drink Display
Getting creative and making a canoe part of your decorations is one thing but getting it to take on a important role like being the beverage center is just brilliant. Fill your metal or wood canoes with ice and fill with your favorite drinks and start celebrating.
Canoe Drink Display
Canoe Drink Display
3. As A Floral Display
Flowers play such an important role in a wedding and I love it when brides and rustic wedding florist think outside the box. This hanging canoe became an instant sensation with the help of some perfectly placed florals.
Canoe Floral Display
4. As A Picture Backdrop
Getting the best pictures at wedding day is a pretty important mission. Make use of canoes that might be in their “natural setting” and use them for the perfect colorful picture backdrop.
Canoe Picture Backdrop
Canoe Picture Backdrop
Rustic Groom
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Monday, April 14, 2014

A $1500.00 wedding cake? Say what?

Does it REALLY cost $1500 for some wedding cakes? Who would pay that much? I was able to catch GMA this morning and caught them talking about it... here's the link...
How to Save Money When Planning Your Wedding


Super windstorm blowing thru.... 50-60 mph gusts. 79 degrees yesterday, 3" snow predicted tonight. Go Michigan!! :)  Haha-

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Would you give up your cell phone? (yes, i would)

New Yorkers are hanging up cell phones and plugging into landlines   

Some feel they are released from the pressure of having to constantly respond to others; even celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker and Shailene Woodley shun the cell

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Olivia Fernandes, who lives a cell phone-free life in New York City, is just fine with pay phones.

Call them, maybe.
New York is so hyper-connected that people check their email in the shower, but there some renegade Gothamites who don’t own — and never use — a cell phone.
And they don’t miss it.
“Having a cell phone is kind of like having a gun,” says Gavin Baker, a 39-year-old artist from Greenwich Village who ditched his portable digits 10 years ago. “You don’t need a gun, but if you had one you might use it.”
About 45% of Americans have cut the cord on landlines, according to the United States Telecom Association — an indication that more people are going wireless. But some, including many celebrities, are staying connected only at home.
Sarah Jessica Parker famously shuns the cell, and Vince Vaughn admitted that he only recently began taking his conversations on the road.
Actress Shailene Woodley, who stars in the sci-fi thriller “Divergent,” doesn’t own a mobile phone at all.
“I'm talking to people more than ever because I no longer have that crutch,” the 22-year-old told the Daily Beast.
“The more you get away from all the technological buzz, the more freedom you have.”
Gavin Baker, a 39-year-old artist, with his landline phone. Baker doesn't have a smartphone or even a regular cell phone. 


Gavin Baker, a 39-year-old artist, with his landline phone. Baker doesn't have a smartphone or even a regular cell phone. 

That’s Baker’s line, too. The artist now relies on his iPod Touch to send emails. He’s never sent a text message in his life.
“I’m not at anyone’s beck and call,” says Baker. “It’s funny how they market a cell phone to you as if it gives you so much freedom, when really you’re fielding things all day long.”
The downside? Well, he does miss a half-dozen calls a day. And when his friends go out he’s not sure where they are.
But he’s unrepentant: “You don't need a thing that James Bond didn’t even need in the ’60s.” (After all, 007 wasn’t seen with a cell phone until “Tomorrow Never Dies” in 1997.)
Then again, Bond was often behind the times — in this case, 24 years after the first cell phone was created by Motorola.
Today, of course, being “off the grid” is a luxury that few can afford (even at a luxury resort). And more noise is coming: there is already service at about three dozen subway stations and the feds are talking about allowing cell phone use on airplanes.
That’s a dystopian future to the cell haters.
“Back in my day we’d go outside and play football, not Candy Crush,” says Delfeayo Marsalis, author of the children’s book “No Cell Phone Day,” which he wrote to show his 13-year-old daughter the value of quality time.
“We actually made plans, you had to use that pay phone,” adds the 48-year-old brother of Wynton and Branford.
Shailene Woodley says she talks more to people now that she's given up cell phones.


Shailene Woodley says she talks more to people now that she's given up cell phones.

Is Marsalis onto a larger Luddite trend? TV certainly thinks so; he’s in talks with Nickelodeon on a “no cell” project.
The lesson is that we can all gain from losing the cell. Justin Forman, 23, noticed that once he dropped his mobile service, his social life flourished. He even uses his inability to pick up as a pickup line.
“I told my neighbor she had to knock on my door or send me an email,” says Forman of Murray Hill.
And he finds that he meets people much faster now.
“I used to use Bing (directions) to get places,” says the waiter. “Now I just ask people.”
There are other side benefits of not being hyperconnected: “I don’t miss getting bombarded with updates from people. I don’t want to see anyone’s lunch on Instagram.”
He’s also saving hundreds of dollars a month.
Some are born to the disconnect button, others have it thrust upon them. Westchester native Olivia Fernandes, 23, tossed her touch screen when her battery failed — and stayed offline for seven days.
“I didn't realize how addicted I was to my cell phone until I no longer had one,” says the Midtown apparel production manager about her “cell phone cleanse.” “It was a really stressful week at first, but you realize how many hours you have in a day when technology is cut out.”
Admittedly, she misses apps like Pandora and HopStop, but the brief phone fast left her feeling clean long after.
“I’m more productive,” says Fernandes, who uses her cell sparingly now. “I feel I have more time.”

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