guest blog: bride’s best friend.

SUPER excited to have our latest guest blogger on board! Meet Heather – native New Yorker whose first love is traveling the globe. Her wit, fashion sense and dedication to bridesmaid duties make it very clear why she is the bride’s best friend…

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While I can’t provide the typical bride point-of-view, being on this journey alongside my bride has given me an insight into the world of bridal planning. Hot on the heels of my latest travel adventure, I have returned to reality with a mailbox overflowing with wedding invitations.

 

My first wedding, a July destination in sunny Puerto Rico is a white only party. Parallel to the idea exhibited in Solange Knowles wedding, I am required to wear white…. my motivation for a major slim down in the next couple months. Though the dress must be white, the accessory policy is quiet liberal, which means that I can play up my personality through shoes, bags and jewels!

 

Always eager to prepare early my first goal is to slim down and though I love my carbs… I have instituted a no bread policy or more accurately a limited white flour policy, because lets face it… Who can completely cut out bread? However, as an eternal sweet eater, recipes like Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding keep me from stuffing my face.

 

I have my heart set on a Halston Heritage number and there is a snug one sitting within a garment bag in my closet. As part of the bridal party, it is necessary to participate in a shopping excursion with my bride-to-be but the dress was so beautiful and came with a generous return policy, so I couldn’t help sitting with it for a couple of weeks. For those brides who are not opting for a white only wedding, the dress is also a perfect for a bridal shower or bachelorette party because it is universally flattering while being impeccably stylish!

 

In additional to the dress, a girl is never complete without the proper accessories. For jewelry I turned to Nina Shoes, a go-to brand for bridal and evening footwear. While they are known for their shoes, they have a wonderful bridal and jewelry selection. This season the Swarovski infused celestial collection is perfect, with its star studded sparkled pieces.

 

Though the wedding is a few months away, it is an obligation of any bridesmaids (and a best friend) to help out when needed. My bride, a non-demanding corporate professional has excellent taste. Currently, we are on the hunt for sky-high heels to pair perfectly with her beautiful gown. My suggestion is for some bold, colorful heels to complement her style and the beautiful location. Before we hit the department stores and boutiques, we are option for a trip to the Gilt Warehouse Sale to see if we are lucky enough to find some designer duds at bargain prices.

As for now, my friend’s destination wedding is a work in progress, with all the details to be determined. Our search for affordability without sacrificing style is keeping my free time occupied.

P.S. – Stay tuned for all the deets of my adventures at the Gilt Sale and dress shopping!

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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

rustic luxe.

Is it just me or do you find yourself falling more and more in love with the entire season once September approaches? The boots, the leaves, the apple and pumpkin picking, the seasonal decor and specialty foods – I LOVE it all! Being that I was a September bride, I was shocked that I went more for the rustic look and not so pumpkin-ish (which is one of my absolute faves.) Just recently, while browsing on Pinterest I came across some images that join together the rustic freshness and luxe elegance look to a fall-inspired wedding. Take a peek and don’t forget to follow our Pinterest page for more fall pin-spiration – why knot?!

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feature friday: stella & dot by allison nelson.

Happy FRIDAY September lovers! Today, the spotlight is on a local business that specializes in custom, engravable keepsake jewelery. Read on to find out more – why knot?!

Company Name- Stella & Dot by Allison Nelson
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LDWeekend weddings.

Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner! Can you believe that the summer has flown by as quickly as it has? As a note for all ‘three-day-weekend’ wedding brides, try to consider these helpful hints to get the most out of your offsite, extended wedding weekend planning – why knot?!

a9d9161d3c769b003f7a940d1fb35499EXTENDED STAY PUH-LEASE! Book a venue that offers accommodations for your guests that are interested in making it a true getaway for that particular weekend.

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the right questions to ask.

Check out today’s guest blog post by Something Blue Events on the perfect questions to include when venue shopping!

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When planning your wedding at a Catering Hall, their list of inclusions often seems all-inclusive, but you’ll want to be sure that what they’re providing is in line with what you need for your specific event.

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feature friday: lynda renee photography.

Well hello there Friday, I couldn’t wait to see you again! Today, the spotlight is on a local photography company – Lynda Renee Photography. Lynda specializes in photo shoots for all events! So sip on that Friday AM coffee and check out some of Lynda’s work. Happy weekend!!

Information below as submitted by Lynda Renee Photography:

Company Name- Lynda Renee Photography

Website- http://www.lyndareneephotography.com

Facebook- facebook page – Lynda Renee Photography

Contact #/Email- 914.414.2388 / lyndareneephotography@yahoo.com

Business Description- Lynda Renee Photography is a photography business run by me, Lynda. A young school teacher from Westchester. I am a one act show. My business has grown bigger than I thought it ever would and I am completely loving it. I dream to one day have my own studio, but until then I travel to my clients’ home and shoot sessions on location. I capture the moments that you will treasure forever. I truly love what I do and take joy in making my clients happy.

Wedding Services Offered- Engagement Sessions, Small Weddings, Boudoir Sessions

Other Services Offered- Maternity Sessions, Birth Sessions, Newborn Sessions, 6-month Sessions, 1+ toddler

Sessions, Family Sessions, Beach Sessions, Engagement Sessions, Boudoir Sessions, Parties/Events – Communions, Baptisms, Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, etc.

Short & Sweet Advice for the Brides- Make sure you actually make time for your photos – don’t be rushing!

Additional Info- Teacher by day, photographer by night. Located in Westchester, NY – serving New Jersey, New York, and the surrounding Metro Areas.

A big thanks to Lynda Renee Photography for sharing her vendor information with us. Be sure to check her out for your next event – why knot?!

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book review: the bitch’s bridal bible.

Bitch's Bridal Bible

Who would’ve thought nearly three years post-married, I would enjoy (and relate to) a book that focused on bitchy brides as much as I do! This is the perfect book for ANY bride to be. Whether you are…planning a 400 person wedding or a 10 person intimate reception, an over the top princess bride or a subtle more laid back bride, a fancy schmantzy planner or a fly by the seat of your pants kind of MRS., a super duper stickler to details or a whatever whenever procrastinator. Point being, so often these types of books are ultra narrow in their focus and if you do not fit into the cookie cutter audience then you find yourself throwing the book aside and looking for another.

Ali does a phenomenal job to draw her readers in, make them laugh and keep them laughing. Like belly laughing, ladies! Her book is a quick read and can even be used as a reference for a particular wedding planning phase (reception, photography, honeymooning etc.) The chapters are instead called ‘tables’ and the experience of reading through the book stems from working through the tables at your own wedding. Creative, catchy and keeps your attention – check, check and check!

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