Archive for May, 2008

Bookmark Worthy: M&J Trim

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

M&J Trim

If you are planning on trimming, decorating or embellishing ANYTHING, this is the site you have been looking for.

Bookmark Under: Decorate

Bookmark Worthy: Wedding Cuts

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Wedding Cuts

One of my favorite sites for cake toppers – from the traditional bride and groom figures to the bedazzled monogram toppers, they have a huge selection!

Bookmark Under: Decorate

Bookmark Worthy: Hotel Planner

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Hotel Planner

This site is sort of like Priceline for hotel room blocks – you enter the location, the number of rooms needed and the price you want to pay and hotels respond with their quote. If you are getting married in an area with lots of hotels around, this can really save time in getting a good price for your guests.

Bookmark Under: Know

Bookmark Worthy: My Wedding Labels

Monday, May 19th, 2008

My Wedding Labels

Labels for bottled water, favors, CDs, coasters, boxes and bags. Lots of different themes, colors and designs – great for pulling together all those different elements and making them cohesive.

Bookmark Under: Create

Bookmark Worthy: Bride's Guide

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Bride’s Guide Blog

The blog from Martha Stewart Weddings Editor Darcy Miller. Like the magazine but updated more frequently.

Bookmark Under: Stalk

Bookmark Worthy: HJK Imports

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

HJK Imports

Great source for vases – especially hard to find sizes, shapes and colors. They sell on ebay for non-businesses too.

Bookmark Under: Decorate

Why 'Day of Coordination' is a misnomer

Friday, May 16th, 2008

This post might ruffle some feathers but it has been on my mind for a while now, so here goes:

Would you expect a doctor to operate on you without looking at your chart?
Would you expect a lawyer to represent you in court without looking over your case?
Would you expect a builder to build you a building without looking at the blueprint?

Of course not! But that is EXACTLY what you are asking someone to do when you expect them to ‘just show up’ on your wedding day without at least one meeting to discuss details and your plans.

Why am I bringing this up? I had a bride contact me recently and ask if I was available for Day of Coordination. I responded that I was and explained that my version of Day of Coordination actually begins 4 weeks out from the wedding and includes up to 3 meetings which can be used for anything from attending the final walk through at the venues to vendor meetings to dress fittings. It also includes up to 2 hours on the day of the rehearsal and up to 10 hours on the wedding day.

The bride responded that she had all the details in hand and only needed me for 3-4 hours on the wedding day, no planning time needed. She just wanted someone to show up, set some things out and make sure the day went smoothly. I told her that simply isn’t how I work and NO Professional Wedding Coordinator would work that way. Notice I said professional – that is the important word here.

If I were to just show up on a wedding day without any work beforehand, how would I be able to help you take your plans and translate them into reality? How would I know if the florist put the wrong flowers in the centerpiece? How would I know what order the bridesmaids should line up in for the processional? How would I know that that I was supposed to keep your Aunt Judy and Uncle Frank WAY away from each other? How would I know that 4 people who didn’t RSVP might show up anyway and we should make sure there is room for them?

Any professional will take the time to make sure that they know your plans, so that they can take all those details and help the day run smoothly. No professional would ever risk their reputation, their client’s wedding day or their sanity and work that way. DJs, photographers and videographers generally ask for a final meeting before the wedding or at least a phone conversation to discuss details and they each have just one part of the wedding – why in the WORLD would you expect the coordinator, the person who manages the wedding as a whole and keeps track of all those vendors and details, not to expect the same thing, if not more?!

Just some things to keep in mind and why I think day of is a misnomer – it should involve a LOT more than just the wedding day. If it doesn’t, that coordinator isn’t a professional and is just playing with your wedding and all the hard work and money that it entails.

Bookmark Worthy: Coco Myles

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Coco Myles

What to give your bridesmaid choices? Send them here – you pick the color and fabric, they pick the skirt and top. Everyone is happy.

Bookmark Under: Wear

Bookmark Worthy: Flower and Plant Association

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Flower and Plant Association

I advocate going into meetings with vendors prepared – take pictures of what you like to the florist. This site is a great place to start your research – you can find out what flowers are in season for your wedding, what flowers will match your colors, even what scent each flowers gives. Huge amount of info just a click away.

Bookmark Under: Know

Bookmark Worthy: Minimus

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Minimus

A great site for stocking that wedding day emergency kit. I also get mini packs of Advil here to slip in the out of town welcome bags – hangovers beware!

Bookmark Under: Covet