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This week, my favorite things were inspired by a search I was doing for a client.  My client is looking for a unique way to display her escort cards (sometimes also referred to as seating cards).  Usually, we find these cards lined up, alphabetically on a small table at the entrance to the reception.  These handy little cards are a very easy way to let guests know which table they are sitting at.  In addition, by printing the guest’s food selection on the card (i.e., chicken or beef), they become extremely useful for the wait staff when it comes time to serve the meal.  Since the escort cards are usually the guests first “glimpse” of your reception, why not display them in a fun and unique way that will give your guests an idea of things to come.  Don’t go with the same old tent-style card displayed in rows on a table, think of something more unique.  Here are some ideas I came across during my “google travels” this week.

How cute are these for a beach themed wedding?!  I found these at MarthaStewartweddings.com.  They are so festive and fun, not to mention adorable!  I just love how the “lounge chair” is actually the escort card.  Very different and very cute!

While still surfing Martha’s site (she really has great ideas), I came across this next idea.  This would be perfect for a Spring wedding when all the trees are in bloom.  It would also an easy DIY project.  Print the guests names and table numbers on a sheet of pretty paper.  Using a flower shaped punch, you could have this project done in no time at all.  Having this as your escort card display adds serious elegance to your reception.

I came across this last idea at Brides.com.  Here the couple did double duty by making their escort cards into the favors.  Now that’s thinking!  The couple planted flowers in terra cotta pots stamped with their monogram.  A card that looks like a plant stake is the perfect finishing touch for these adorable favors.  This would be a great idea for a garden themed wedding.

No matter what your theme, take some time to display your escort cards in a unique way.  It’s an easy way to add fun and class to your wedding reception.

Stay tuned for next Friday for some more of my Favorite Things!

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Have you been to our website lately?  My web designer, Julie of TillSey Web Design, and I have been working hard to give the website a fresh and updated look.  Tons of new pictures from last year’s events have been added to the photo gallery.  The “service packages” page explains our services in great detail and some wonderful, heartfelt testimonials from previous clients have been added (thank you to all of my wonderful clients for those very sweet words).  Also, an “about” page has been added so you can see just how An Impressive Event came to be.

So check it out and let me know what you think!

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Today I am starting a regular weekly feature here on my blog called “Favorite Things Fridays”.  I will share with you some of my favorite finds that I’ve come across during the week.  This week’s favorite things were actually inspired by the June issue of Brides Magazine which arrived in my mail box last week.  The model on the cover is wearing a gorgeous Justin Alexander gown with the most wonderful looking yellow sash and shoes.  I just LOVE how this bit of yellow really adds a fun splash of color to the gown.  Yellow is one of my favorite colors because it’s so sunny and cheerful!  The color yellow just seems to make people smile.  How could you not feel happy when you wear yellow?!

In  my quest for more things wedding and yellow, I came across a simple yet incredibly beautiful flower, the frangipani.  Frangipanis are a tropical plant, originally from Central and South America.  They are also an extremely frangrant flower.  Being tropical in origin, they should hold up well in the heat, especially at outdoor weddings.  They come in more colors than just the yellow and white pictured below but I’m really drawn to this particular bouquet and the subtle use of pink mixed with the yellow and white frangipanis.  Pink and yellow are 2 colors that go well together.

Of course, I just HAD to search the internet more for frangipanis and that’s when I came across a really great invitation that would go perfectly with this theme.  This invitation that I found on weddingwire.com is perfect for a summer wedding!  It’s so cheery and fresh, yet simple and elegant.

I hope you enjoyed this first installment of Favorite Things Friday.  Stay tuned for some more of my favorite finds next Friday!

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I just love getting together with my fellow area Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) members.  It’s a really fabulous group of consultants and wedding professionals with tons of talent!  I always leave these meetings feeling inspired.  The meeting on April 26th was certainly no exception.  The “progressive” style meeting was planned by the wonderful Denise Delaney of Denise Presents along with some help from equally wonderful Gina Lett of Inspirations by Gina.

Our first stop on the “progressive” tour was at Amber House Bed and Breakfast for appetizers.  We were treated to wonderful harp music by Pam Pamperin while we enjoyed cocktails and appetizers and toured the inn’s two houses.  What a beautifully romantic place to spend your wedding night!  I’m tempted to book a night there for myself and hubby just to get away from our boys for the night :).  The rooms are so romantic and many of them have fireplaces and whirlpool baths.  This also makes a great place for out of town guests to stay.  Check out these pictures:

After the Amber House, we were whisked away in limos provided by Limousine Club.  Next stop on our tour was Pearl on the River off of Garden Highway.  Here, we were also treated to a tour of the restaurant which would be perfect for rehearsal dinners and even small weddings.  Then we dined on a variety of dishes the chef had prepared for us to sample.

The final stop of the evening was at Il Forniao Restaurant in downtown Sacramento where we were treated to a “red carpet” style arrival (too much fun).  We were also given a tour of the restaurant which works well for rehearsal dinners and even weddings big or small.  Then we enjoyed some very yummy desserts!

As a plug to my industry and profession, when you hire a bridal consultant/coordinator, hire an ABC professional!  ABC requires a high level of standards and professionalism of their members.  We are required to participate in continuing education every year in order to renew our memberships.  The Sacramento region has many amazing and talented ABC members who will make your wedding day simply fabulous and stress free.

Many thanks to Sharon Hoyt Photography for photographing this fabulous evening!

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Here’s a final look at Bruce and Fatima’s March 20th wedding which was held at McKinley Park.  These wonderful photos were taken by Jackie Willard of Jacqueline Photography.  Many thanks to all the fabulous vendors who made this day such a success for Fatima and Bruce!  MaryAnn from Baker’s Delight-cake, Brandi from Party Petals-flowers, Mimi and Company-chair covers, Chris Ore from The Sound Crew-DJ, Classic Party Rentals-ceremony chairs, MGM Limousine, and Rayna’s Gourmet Catering.

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Are you one of those brides who decided to take on all the wedding planning yourself but are now having second thoughts on that decision?  Do you think it’s now too late to hire a professional coordinator for your summer 2010 wedding? 

Fortunately, we still have a few summer 2010 openings for our Day-Of Plus Coordination package.  We will help you tie up all those loose ends, make a wedding day schedule, make the final calls to your vendors, and deal with all the rehearsal and wedding day hassles so you don’t have to.

It’s not too late to have a stress-free summer 2010 wedding.  Call or e-mail us today to see if your date is still available.

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