Saturday, April 30, 2011

Greystone Manson Beverly Hills Wedding | Lan and Dan

Wedding style:  Tuscon style flower arrangements; simple and low-key
Flowers: Green hydrangea, lavender china mum, green button, purple button, white gerbera daisy, white calla lily, purple freesia, lavender sweet peas and purple lisianthus
Color Scheme: Purple, Mauve and Green

Wedding Coordinator: Beverly Harris Weddings & Events  (Assistants: Rubi Anne Peren and Vanessa Segui
Venue:   Greystone Mansion Beverly Hills
Caterer:  Truly Yours Catering
Photographer:  Boutwell Studio
Florist:  Flower Mart - Temple City
DJ:  Neil Parrish
Dress:  Allure Bridal
Makeup:  Chiali Meng
Cake:  Susie Cakes
Honeymoon:  Greece

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Planning A Royal Wedding In Six Months

I thought this was an interesting column written by wedding planner, Sarah Haywood on how to plan a royal wedding in six months.

"There are four phases to wedding planning," says wedding planner Sarah Haywood who speculates on how the preparations are panning out:
  • "The ideas phase - where and when people get married, and how much they are going to spend. This happens very early on in the engagement and is much easier when you've got money. It took Kate and William a couple of weeks - I'd normally allow six weeks
  • "The decisions phase - which they should be at the end of now. That's when the suppliers are chosen
  • "Then comes the details phase, which I'd expect them to be in for the next few weeks, when everything is ordered in. They'll be talking to suppliers, who will be able to translate their vision into a reality.
  • "Finally, the event itself, which is the month of the wedding, dotting the i's and crossing the t's. Prince William's private secretary is an ex-SAS officer, which brings a whole new credibility to the world of wedding planners."
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Royal Wedding Has Inspired More Brides To Hire Wedding Planners

Kate Middleton's marriage to Prince William is apprently inspiring more and more couples to seek the services of experienced wedding planners.

According to the BBC, as many couples that have embarked upon the journey into marital bliss have found, few people are fully prepared for the flurry of activity that follows an engagement.

As weddings become more elaborate, and more of an individual statement, non-royals are calling on the services of a small but growing band of experienced wedding planners to help realize their hopes and dreams.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

6 Tips On How To Avoid Problems with Vendors

I've had a couple of clients ask me what happens if you don't receive the services for which you've contracted.  Here are 6 tips to follow.
  1. Withhold final payment.
  2. Write a letter to the vendor explaining your position and ask for a return of your deposit.
  3. Take the vendor to small claims court. 
  4. File a complaint with the Better Business Bureau in the state where the vendor is located.
  5. Report the case to your state's Department of Consumer Affairs.
  6. Hire a lawyer and sue to recover your deposit.  Your contract should stipulate a full refund for non-delivery of services.
Of course most vendors provide you with the best service and some even go above and beyond the call of duty.

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The Platinum Wedding Look

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Little History On Weddings In Monaco

Since we're approaching the week before the Royal Wedding, I thought this may be a good time to post this article.  Monaco is the home of one of history’s most beloved love stories; the romance of Prince Rainier III and American cinema’s most famous actresses of all time, Grace Kelly. Start your love story in the most historically romantic atmosphere of all time.
Monaco’s famous gardens are a great atmosphere for a wedding. Princess Grace Rose Garden is encompassed by over 4,000 Rose Trees in more than 150 varieties. The Japanese Garden is another renowned site known for surrounded with waterfalls, ponds, bamboo fences, a tea house, stone lanterns, tiles and wooden gates made in Japan.
If you desire to be married in a church choose from the beautifully historically-filled churches for the ceremony. The Monaco Cathedral built in 1875 stands of the site of the 13th century church dedicated to Saint Nicolas. Its white stone walls are the resting place of Princess Grace as well as the former Princes. Wed in the elegant Church of Saint-Charles built in the French Renaissance style. This church is decorated with 19 stained glass windows with glistening chandeliers above that came from the former armory of the Prince’s Palace and now the Throne room.
There is plenty of entertainment if you are bringing a group with you to celebrate your wedding. The wedding party will have a blast in the famous Monte Carlo built in 1878, and marvel at the surreal structure paved in marble and surrounded by 28 onyx columns. Try your luck in the infamous Monte Carlo Casino featuring stained glass windows, remarkable sculptures, luminous paintings, bronze lamps and of course all of the gambling your wallet can handle.
Rejuvenate your wedding party in one of the spas. The world-famous Montecarlospa has been long-considered as Europe’s most beautiful spa and is known for its sea water treatments, therapeutic massages and state-of-the-art amenities. Try some proven beauty rituals from ancient remedies; the breath-taking view of the sparkling Mediterranean will soothe your soul at Les Cinq Mondes.
Explore the Mediterranean in a unique way; underwater. Aquavision is 55-minute boat trip holding up to 120 people, and allows you to observe the coast’s seabed in a magical way. Soak up the history and visit its museums where you can observe historical sites like The Prince’s Palace and see the vibrant colors of the Throne room and the Italian-style Gallery or see the Prince’s private collection of classic cars including the 1986 Lamborghini Countach, and the 1952 Rolls Royce. Visit the Monte Carlo Opera House, home of the some of the world’s most creative performances including, Franck's "Hulda" (1894) and "Ghisele" (1896), and Bizet's "Don Procopio" (1906)
Monaco is the combination of serenity, history, beauty, and entertainment. For an enchanting wedding and an unforgettable trip, get married here and start your romance like royalty.
Article from the Monaco Press
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

7 Tips For The Night-Before-The-Ceremony

DO get enough sleep.  You'll be on your feet through most of your exciting and demanding wedding day with greeting, mingling and dancing.

DO take time to visualize each step of the day beforehand.  This will calm you and give you a chance to anticipate any hitches.

DO leave enough time to bathe, dress and reminisce with family.  Take time to talk privately with your parents and tell them that you appreciate all that they've done for you.

DON'T bring along too many personal items to the ceremony; you'll just worry about them.

DO have a small meal or a snack of cheese or fruit before you leave for the ceremony.  Don't risk feeling faint at the altar.

DO snap a few photos of the last hours at home.

DON'T panic if you fall behind schedule.  The ceremony will wait for you.  Remain flexible and calm.  Guests want to see you smile.  Looking and feeling your best is more important than starting on the dot.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Bridalicious Boot Camp – Size Down Your Gown in 90 Days!

Stressed About The Thought Of Ugly Arm Flab Ruining Your Look In Your Gorgeous Gown? You Have Come To The Right Place, And Help Is Just Minutes Away!
  • Flabby arms, jiggly thighs, and big hips
  • Feeling humiliated when you’re naked with the lights on
  • “Skinny” jeans that are way, way to tight
  • Yo-yo diets
  • Knowing your wedding is coming and not knowing where to begin
  • Stressful schedule (and wedding planning) that saps your energy
  • Feeling down and frustrated when you go for your wedding dress fittings
  • That sick to your stomach feeling you get when you step out of the shower and have to look at your fat jiggling in bathroom mirror.
  • Not buying that fabulous new honeymoon swimsuit because you have to wait until you’re thin again.
  • Meat market gyms that make you feel uncomfortable
  • Your busy schedule keeping you from being fit and feeling good

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Caterer Questions | ASK BEVERLY

The best way to find a caterer with whom you feel comfortable planning your wedding, is through word of mouth, advice from recent brides, your wedding consultant, or other wedding professionals.  Book your caterer or banquet location twleve months before your wedding; the best resources will be engaged early.  Below are questions to prepare you before your visit with a caterer.

1. Do you have my date open?

2. How many weddings do you do per year, and how long have you been in business?

3. Have you done events at my location?

4. Are you licensed by the State of California? Are you licensed to serve alcohol?

5. Will I need any permits for my event? If so, will you handle obtaining them?

6. Will you provide a banquet manager to coordinate the meal service or an on-site coordinator who will run the entire event?

7. Can you assist with other aspects of the wedding like selecting other vendors, event design (e.g. specialty lighting, elaborate décor, theme events, etc.)?

8. Given my budget, guest count and event style, what food choices would you recommend? Do you specialize in certain cuisines?

9. Do we have to work off a preset menu or can you create a sushi menu for our event? If I have a special dish I’d like served, would you accommodate that?

10. Do you offer event packages or is everything a la carte? What exactly do your packages include?

11. Do you use all fresh produce, meat, fish, etc.? Can you source organic or sustainably farmed ingredients?

12. Can you accommodate dietary restrictions, such as kosher, vegan, etc.?

13. What décor do you provide for appetizers stations or buffet tables?

14. Do you offer package upgrades such as chocolate fountains, ice sculptures, cappuccino machines or specialty displays?

15. Can you do theme menus (e.g. barbecue, luau, etc.)?

16. What is the price difference between a buffet and a sit-down meal?

17. How much do you charge for children’s meals?

18. How much do you charge for vendor’s meals?

19. Do you do wedding cakes? If so, is this included in the per-person meal price or is it extra?
20. Can you show me photos of cakes you’ve done in the past?

21. If I decide not to serve cake, can you provide a dessert display instead?

22. If we use an outside cake designer, do you charge a cake-cutting fee?

23. Do you do food tastings and is there an extra charge for this?

24. Do you handle rental equipment such as tables, chairs, etc.?

25. What type of linens, glassware, plates and flatware do you provide?

26. Can you provide presentation upgrades such as chair covers, lounge furniture, Chiavari chairs, etc.? What would be the additional fees?
27. What is your policy on cleanup?

28. If there is leftover food from my event, can we have it wrapped for guests to take home or have it delivered to a local shelter?

29. Do you provide alcoholic beverages and bartenders? Can you accommodate specialty cocktails?

30. What brands of alcohol will be served?

31. Can we provide the alcohol and you provide the bar labor?
32. Do you charge a corkage fee if we provide our own wine or champagne?

33. How do you charge for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages? Per consumption or per person? Which is more cost-effective?

34. Is the champagne toast after the ceremony included in your meal packages or is it extra?

35. Will your staff serve the wine with dinner?

36. How long will you serve the alcohol?

37. Is coffee and tea serviced included with the per-person meal charge? What brands of each do you offer and do they include decaf and herbal tea options?

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