just engaged? this one’s for you!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m not talking about the holidays, I’m talking about January & February…  that fantastic time of year when newly engaged couples start emerging from their cloud of bliss to begin thinking, dreaming, and planning their perfect wedding.

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Maybe you got engaged on a holiday. Maybe you or your other half popped the big question at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Maybe it just happened recently at a place and time that was meaningful to you. Whatever your story, November-January is the most popular time to get engaged and known throughout the industry as “engagement season”. January-February is our favorite time of year. As wedding planners, coordinators, and designers, we love being introduced to new couples who are happy, enthusiastic, and ready to embark on the journey toward their dream wedding.

 

If you’re planning your big day without the help of a planner, have no fear! We’ve put together a list of the top 11** questions we get from newly engaged couples – and we’ve answered each one, so you can stop worrying, and start getting the most out of this exciting time in your life!

#1. What do I say when people keep asking me what kind of wedding I want? I have no idea!

You don’t have to know right away! Simply say, “We are just enjoying being engaged right now and we’re not rushing anything. We are thinking we’ll start planning in (insert timeframe here).” You can say 2 weeks, 1 month, 6 months, or whatever feels right.

#2. What is the best time of year to get married?

Wedding season is typically March-November, but there aren’t any rules! Fall is becoming popular for weddings, and of course Spring & Summer are always beautiful. Winter weddings are special in their own way, so you really can’t go wrong any time of year!

#3. What comes first? Where do I start?

You’ll need to come up with your guest list first. Once you understand how many people you want to celebrate with, the process will be much easier to navigate. Having a guest list enables you to select venues that work for your guest list, and rule out those that don’t.

#4. How much is this going to cost?

Depending on what you want, you can make your wedding fun and enjoyable without breaking the bank. In New York, we’ve worked with budgets of $10K or less, all the way up to opulent events that cost $250K+. Decide what you’re comfortable with, and go from there.

#5. Can I ask my family and friends to help me plan?

If they’ve offered, of course! Ask them to help research, come up with ideas, and even craft with you. If you want to make sure you’re not asking too much first, say something like, “Since you’ve offered, I could really use help with XYZ. Would that be something you’d enjoy & have time for?”

#6. How do I ask my family and friends to STOP helping me plan?

Simply say, “I really love that you want to help – and I want this process to be enjoyable for everyone involved. Can you give me some time and space to figure out what I need the most help with?” Then, when you’re ready, refer to question #5 to enlist their help.

#7. Do I have to pick a color scheme that goes with the season of my wedding?

Not at all! When it’s done right, you can make any color work with any season. If you’re hiring an event designer, they’ll make it work for you!

#8. Do I have to invite everyone I know?

In short, no. In general, people understand that weddings tend to be expensive affairs, and many couples are planning and paying for their big day on their own without help from parents. “We’re keeping it small, mostly just family,” is all you have to say.

#9. I want a small wedding. How do I tell my big family?

You can simply say, “We would love to celebrate with everyone, but with the size of our families, that’s tough to do. What we want is a stress-free day for all involved, and while we’d love to invite everyone, we’d prefer to keep it small & intimate.” If it’s important to your extended family to be involved, you can invite them to the ceremony, or promise to post a wedding video online soon after the wedding.

#10. How long does it really take to plan a wedding?

We’ve planned weddings in as little as 3 months, and others in as long as 2 years. Whatever timeline is right for you, it’s totally possible! Wedding planners often make events with short timelines possible – they’re pros that can help coordinate everything for you, quickly! If your timeline is fairly short, that would be a great route to explore.

#11.  How do I know when to book all my vendors and services?

It’s tricky to know the order of operations for wedding planning, but we have a great timeline tool that’s helpful! If you’d like a freebie PDF of it emailed to you, simply reach out to us at Nicole@EventsBySB.com or John@EventsBySB.com. We’ll send you one right away!

 

Whatever you’re planning, just try to keep yourself de-stressed and excited. Remember – being engaged is one of the best times of your life. Soak it up, enjoy it, and don’t sweat the small stuff. Happy Planning!

 

XOXO

Nicole & John

Something Blue Events / Events By SB

www.EventsBySB.com

 

**Why 11 questions? Why not just a typical top 10? Well, we’re not your typical wedding planners. First of all, 11 is a lucky number for us and second of all, we’re just the type who like to go above and beyond. So, you get 10+1 from us!

 

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feature friday: westchester mma & fitness.

Happy CHILLLLLLLLLY Friday! Let’s face it – we’ve all overindulged even just a bit these past few months with the holiday season. Now that the 2015 is upon us, and New Year Resolutions are in full effect, check out today’s feature on local business, Westchester Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness – why knot?!

 

*Information as submitted by WMMA&F:

Company Name- Westchester Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness

Website- www.westchestermmafit.com

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/WestchesterMMA

Contact #/Email- 914-244-8888 (Business Number) / raleighwmmafit@gmail.com

Business Description-
Westchester MMA Fit is a one of a kind Martial Arts and Fitness center. We offer classes for children ages 3 and up. We also have the most fitness classes offered by any school of our kind in the area. We have Cardio Kickboxing, Koga, Cross Camp, and Fitness Impact Training classes in addition to our regular MMA and Jiu-Jitsu classes that are a cardio workout in themselves as well. We are a community school. Everyone here is supportive of each other and we support the community through events and classes to improve lives.

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Wedding Services Offered-
Our services aren’t specifically designed for weddings, but our fitness classes are offered everyday and at plenty of convenient times to make sure everyone can improve at their pace and on their schedule. We revolutionize bodies, creating fit, tone, happy, and healthy clients. Many of our clients come to us trying to look their best on their big day, and I don’t think a single one of them has ever been disappointed by the results.

Other Services Offered-
We also offer Massage packages, Personal Training, Kids Classes, Kids Birthdays, and more!

Short & Sweet Advice for the Brides-
Come let us help you look your best in your dress! And it’s never too soon to start reaching your goals.

Additional Info-
Location: 333N Bedford Rd, Mount Kisco, NY, 10549
[In the same complex at Grand Prix NY]

 

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sb event recap 2014.

*Tis the season! Check out this triple-dose of ‘real weddings’ brought to you by our guest bloggers & local wedding planners, Something Blue Events! Wishing you ALL a happy holiday and new year full of love, laughter and happily ever after – why knot?!*

XO,

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The 2014 Wedding Season was an exciting time for us! We worked with a wonderful contrast of people, ideas and concepts that provided us with unique opportunities as well as challenges to navigate. We want to highlight some of those challenges to help spark a thought about your wedding. Part of planning and designing a wedding includes identifying and overcoming challenges, working with what you have (or don’t have), and accommodating a wide range of people and their needs, which can be interesting and tricky at times.

Here are just a few of our 2014 events which had unique and interesting challenges, which we overcame to create beautiful, fun experiences for our clients.

Valerie and James – A sunset wedding on the NYC Harbor

Louis Valentino Park is hidden behind old abandoned warehouses on the NYC Harbor with stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and the setting summer sun! This fabulous site presented two challenges to planning a perfect ceremony.

  1. Steady breeze off the harbor
  2. Bright glare from the sun

 

To take advantage of this natural breeze, we created a flowing shabby-chic backdrop by sourcing vintage-feel fabrics in champagne, ivory, coral, and glittery gold to tie the bridesmaids’ dresses to the shimmering harbor during sunset. We turned the fabric into strips, which danced in the harbor breeze during the ceremony, creating a sense of romance and calm. To work WITH the sunlight, we decided to rotate the orientation of the entire site so the sun was behind the guests. Doing this we eliminated the glare from the guests view, and bathed the entire ceremony in the best light for outdoor photos.

 

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Annie and Chris - An evening Gala for a very fun couple in a Pre-War building just beyond the bustling and boisterous Times Square!

The loft boasts original wide-plank floors, built-in book shelves, enormous skylights, grand windows, and private access to the roof which sits just below the Empire State Building. Everything in the loft is painted white, which creates a blank space to do anything you want! The couple wanted to have a big dance-all-night party that was not the typical seated formal affair. Wanting to include everyone they loved, the layout of the loft and the couple’s wishes required some creative thinking!

  1.     Wide age-range of the guests
  2.      One big room to meet many needs

 

The bride and groom were caught between what they wanted and what the realities of combining family and friends into one party means. The couple’s wish to have a cocktails and dance party meant they did not want a sit-down assigned seating event. They wanted everyone dancing all night!

We created four areas within the one space that would cater to all needs.

For the traditional wedding experience, we set dining tables near the buffet for the “VIP” guests. The bar and dance floor were assembled at the opposite end of the space to keep the party going all night. The space between the tables and dance floor was set with cocktail tables for those who wanted to dance the night away, and preferred to eat dinner at a cocktail table between their favorite songs!

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Courtney and Tim – An autumn wedding on the family farm
The bride decided from the very beginning she did not want the traditional flower centerpieces, and did not want to assign seating. The couple wanted to create a relaxing fun family time on the groom’s family farm.

  1.      No flowers
  2.      No assigned seating
  3.      Last minute surprise for the bride from her sister

 

Since this wedding was to take place on a farm in the fall, we decided to go with wheat and organic English and French lavender (technically an herb!) for the rustic hand-tied bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. Working in some farm-grown gourds and pumpkins with burlap accents and pops of orange and yellow against a base of blues, a truly romantic scene was set.
Allowing your guests to choose their own seats can be a thoughtful gesture, but once the first few groups sit with their “besties”, you’ll inevitably have one or two empty seats between those groups and the last few people to walk in (who will also want to sit together) wont have any seats to do so. To solve this problem, we suggest setting extra tables with at least 15% more seats than rsvp’d guests (ie: you expect 100 guests, provide seating for at least 115).

Lastly, two days before the wedding, the bride’s sister asked us to work an 11 minute photo montage into the reception.  After dozens of phone calls and emails, we secured a projector and screen rental, reworked the layout of the reception, and updated the timeline for the DJ and the caterer. Timing is everything!

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We believe your wedding day should be one of the happiest, most perfect days of your lives together. At SB Events, that belief is at the core of what we do, and we work tirelessly to overcome every challenge, clear every roadblock, free up every snag, and smooth every potential crease that may arise leading up to or during your big day, to keep it as perfect as possible. Even when your event is expertly planned and designed, someone must be assigned the job of “coordinator” to handle the inevitable issues that will arise on the day of your wedding. This includes handling any seating issues, vendor management questions, timing implementation, and of course, those last minute surprises that your bridal party may want to provide for you.

 

We’re here to handle it all, and love every minute of our jobs! As you’re planning your event, don’t forget the crucial step of selecting a coordinator who you can trust to handle any challenge that’s thrown their way. At SB Events, it’s what we do, and we love doing it!

 

XO & Happy Planning!

 

John & Nicole

Something Blue Events

slt-ing with mrs. why knot.

I did it! I survived my first SLT class at SLT Rye Brook! Now you may remember a previous post about this fab fitness studio that is catching on to all local residents since making it’s debut in the Rye Ridge Shopping Center.

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A friend of mine swears by SLT which made me even more pumped to try out a class that she was taking. I was even more excited since I had been wanting to try out a class with instructor Marisa after hearing so much hype about how great she is! Want to know my thoughts? Here is the good and the ‘sore’ of it!

First off, I LOVE the layout of the studio. With a fitness class like SLT, which focuses on strengthening, lengthening and toning, it is awesome that the setting is meant for a small group. You each get your own ‘megaformer’ – pilates type workout machine. Marisa quickly showed me how to use the machine (which is actually not nearly as hard as it looks by the way.) She was also really good about helping me change the spring system based on the moves she was calling out. The megaformer takes a little getting used to but in a good way. I liked having the ability to work off my own machine and eventually could notice even just at the end of one session, how I became more familiar and comfortable using it.

It was 50 minutes of an intense, full-body workout that was as challenging as you wanted to make it. Marisa often referred her more advanced SLT-ers to amp up their workout by changing up their form or switching up their moves in a more challenging way. She was equally as helpful to new students and would come over and correct my form when necessary (and yes, I needed it!.)

The only thing that made Marisa’s instructing even better was the music! Loud, fast, beats coupled with her amazing motivating voice and encouraging words definitely helped keep me focused and pushing myself. She made everyone feel comfortable in her class and made waking up on a Saturday morning and spending it at SLT worth my while.

I will say this – I began feeling sore the following day but the day after that was even more. It was a good sore – and all over body sore and one that makes you realize how many muscles you actually did work out in such a short time period. Where else can you do that? Most times people want a quick fix and fast results. Walking on a treadmill for hours upon hours never made me feel the way I did after my first SLT class. It was challenging, fun, motivating and most of all – QUICK! The time flew by so fast! Looking forward to my next class. Thank you SLT Rye Brook and Marisa!

If you haven’t already – definitely check in to taking a class. Tell them Mrs. Why Knot sent you! Check back soon for a surprise collaboration from Mrs. Why Knot + SLT Rye Brook – why knot?!

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PSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSST! Guess what? We have a *new* instagram page for all of your wedding inspiration, DIY ideas, featured products/vendors and of course(!!) your #mrswhyknot pics! What are you waiting for? Go and follow @mrswhyknot - why knot?!

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it’s coming.

ONCE A YEAR – we offer a discount coupon code on Black Friday to be used on Mrs. Why Knot custom date art, bracelets and anklets.  How could we not? Mrs. Why Knot is a Black Friday shopping addict! {offer available on mrswhyknot.com and our etsy shop}

Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping with this BLACK FRIDAY discount code. No exclusions! The coupon will be announced on our social media outlets (facebook, twitter and instagram) sometime on Thanksgiving. It will be valid until Sunday, November 30th. Keep checking back because you WON’T want to miss this!

*AS ALWAYS, Mrs. Why Knot bracelets/anklets are delivered already packaged in an organza bag with Mrs. Why Knot tag attached. Mrs. Why Knot custom date art will be delivered already gift-wrapped! If you would like me to include a special gift message in any of your orders, just add it in when checking out or email mrswhyknot@gmail.com – why knot?!

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Check out our entire bracelet and anklet collection here!!

 

Also, here are a few recent custom date art gifts we shipped out. Remember, it is the perfect  personalized present to give and receive.

GRANDPARENT GIFT:

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NEW PARENT GIFT:

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GROWING FAMILY PRINT:

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WEDDING DATE PRINT:

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feature friday: SLT rye brook.

RISE & SHINE – it’s Friday! Today, the spotlight is on SLT Rye Brook – a fitness studio that offers a fab new way to get your body wedding ready. Read on to find out more!

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Information as submitted by SLT:

Company Name- SLT

Website-  www.sltnyc.com

Facebook- (if applicable) www.facebook.com/sltnyc

Twitter- @sltnyc

Contact #/Email- 516 244 6392 / chase@sltnyc.com

Business Description- SLT is a fitness studio with locations in Rye Brook and Scarsdale that offers 50- minutes of heart-pumping music, muscle quivering, and total body strengthening, lengthening and toning in an inspiring, small-group setting (only up to 10 people per class). SLT offers a total-body program that melds together cardio training, weight-bearing activity and Pilates to create a revolutionary, one-of-a-kind fitness program that burns calories rapidly and allows you to sculpt your physique in ways traditional exercise cannot.

Wedding Services Offered- Get that bridal body! We can help you get there and recommend taking 3 classes/week.

Short & Sweet Advice for the Brides- Strengthen, Lengthen and Tone will help you get the body you want for your wedding day, trust us!

A BIG thanks to SLT for sharing their information with us. Be sure to check them out for your next workout and stay tuned for a future post on my experience at SLT – why knot?!

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allison nelson for stella & dot {review}.

I had the very pleasure of receiving some fabulous jewelery pieces from a *new* Stella & Dot line – engraveables. Allison Nelson, Stella & Dot stylist, reached out to me spreading the word about this fabulous and creative line. My favorite thing about the entire collection is that it’s customizable. You can create pieces that are personalized to your initials, your special dates, your memorable phrases etc. The options are literally endless. There are also add-on pieces that further make it a design of your own!

For my two pieces, I chose a gold bar necklace with the engraving of my wedding date (9.10.11.) I love that the roman numerals of my wedding date are the same backwards and fowards (yes, yes, OCD kicking in) so I did a roman numeral block lettering.

For my second piece, I chose a silver dogtag with the initials of my husband (JP) my daughter (AP) and my own (JP). I did block lettering and stacked the initials. I added a ‘key’ as an add-on to my dog tag and thought it was a great addition, like ‘the key to my heart.’

My thoughts? The collection as a whole is in my opinion one of the best things I have seen from a business such as Stella & Dot. People love customizing EVERYTHING – so why not jewelery! The gold bar necklace is the perfect length, comfortable to wear and the engraving stands out. I absolutely love it! The dog tag shown in the booklets and advertisements appears a lot larger than the one I received. However, once I started wearing it, I like the delicacy of it. I would suggest adding a few more add-ons to your chain if you go with styling this piece. I LOVE the way I chose the lettering to show on it, and how I have my daughters initials in between my husband’s and my own. Did I mention how much I LOVED the packaging?? Check it out in my picture below:

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