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Last night I attended the local quarterly meeting for the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC), of which I am a member.  I always thoroughly enjoy these meetings.  It’s so great to see all of my wedding planning colleagues and catch up on business, kids, wedding trends, and even discuss all the latest episodes of the various wedding shows we watched…LOL!  We are a great group of people for whom wedding planning is our passion.

The quarter’s event was planned by our local group’s fearless leaders, Lora Ward of A Day To Remember, and Kendra Wershing of  Pfeiffer Event Planning.  We met at the really cool Beatnik Studio, a cooperative studio/gallery on 17th Street in Sacramento.  This would be a perfect location for someone who is looking for a hip/modern vibe for their wedding or special event.  As an added touch, local artwork hangs on the walls for your guests’ viewing pleasure.

My favorite part of the evening was definitely the food.  Lora and Kendra arranged for the Mini Burger Truck to cater the event.  They are a brand new business here in Sacramento and the two owners/chefs are trying to bring a more upscale food truck culture to Sacramento.  The burgers (both beef and chicken) were DELICIOUS and cooked fresh, to order, right in the truck.  They were definitely given a more adult twist.  I also had he sweet potato tater tots…..YUM!!  In addition to a daily schedule of places they serve, the Mini Burger Truck is also available for events.  How much fun would this be at a wedding after party, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or birthday party?!

Our evening concluded with two educational presentations.  The first was from long-time ABC member, Norville Weiss of Wedding Gown Specialists, on gown preservation.  He specializes in wedding gown cleaning and restorations of heirloom gowns.  This was followed by a presentation from Paulette and Don Woods of Forget Me Nevers flower preservation.  They specialize in preserving wedding flowers and bouquets and had some wonderful examples of their work to share with us.  Their biggest words of wisdom were the sooner they can get the bouquet the better.  Don will even pick it up from you at your reception!  I wish I had known about this service for my own bouquet 18 years ago.  Same with the specialized gown preservation.  My mother took my gown to a dry cleaner thinking this would be fine (no one had taken the time to educate either of us on this).  Unfortunately, most of the beads, that she personally hand sewed onto my gown, were ruined.  Thank goodness for good pictures!

As always, it was a great meeting and I look forward to our next one in May.

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Yes, you read that title correctly…….this post is about my Thanksgiving.  Okay, so it’s February and Valentine’s Day is less than a week away.  Let’s just say that the holidays were beyond busy for me this year between all the festivities, clients, and kids.  This year, it was my turn to host Thanksgiving.  In my family, we rotate Thanksgiving every year so not one person is “stuck” with making the meal.  Last year, it was at my sister and brother-in-law’s house in Southern California.  Next year, I believe it’s back to my brother and his wife, and the year after that, it’s mom and dad (okay, mom does all the cooking).  Personally, I really do enjoy cooking for a crowd so I always enjoy when it’s my year to host.

So, I had a bit of fun with my table decorations.  I wanted to coordinate every thing with my china which is white with blue, pink and silver accents.  First, I decided to make candle holders out of gourds which required the help of my hubby and his drill press (yes, see the photo below….LOL).  Then, since I’m a scrapbooking addict, I printed each guest’s name on a leaf pattern, cut them out, and edged each with some brown ink.  I think they made very festive place cards.

My menu consisted of roasted turkey (of course), homemade gravy, mashed potatoes, homemade rolls, coleslaw, green beans with almonds, cranberries (okay those came from a can 🙂 ) and 2 types of stuffing…..our traditional giblet stuffing that was passed down from my grandmother, and a really delicious sourdough/artichoke/mushroom/parmesan stuffing…..a recipe I found a couple of years ago in Sunset Magazine (it’s really GOOD).  My turkey was perfectly cooked and brown, and also very juicy.  We also had pecan, pumpkin, sweet potato and apple pies for dessert (everyone in the family pitches in with the pies….I made the pecan).

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On Friday evening, I was extremely honored to coordinate Lisa and Andrew’s wedding at Bistro 33.  Approximately 90 family and friends were in attendance to witness the table-side ceremony.  Lisa chose a palate of black and red.  With Christmas only a week away, she had the florist decorate the ceremony arch with a wonderfully fragrant pine garland.  The florist nestled some red flowers in amongst the garland for a perfect touch.

Andrew is currently serving our country in the Marines as is his brother, and best man, Rob.  In honor of this service, Rob along with Andrew’s Marine friends did the ceremonial arch of swords.  I was amazed and in awe, as were the guests in attendance, at the precision the Marine’s had with this.  As Lisa and Andrew reached each group of swords, the swords were lowered and they were told that the cost of passage was a kiss.  As you can see in the photo below, Lisa and Andrew “paid” the price :).  I was fortunate to be able to speak with each of these fine gentlemen over the course of the evening and what a humble, polite, and wonderful group.  Thanks guys for serving our country!  Your sacrifice is very much appreciated by this wedding coordinator.

After the ceremony, a sweetheart table was positioned under the arch and I added an adorable sign that Lisa had made.  The guests then dined on a delicious buffet dinner prepared by the chefs at Bistro 33.  The mother of the groom, Jo, showed a very touching slideshow she had prepared special for Andrew and Lisa.  Then Lisa, Andrew and their guests danced the night away to the sounds of JukeBox Music (thank you Cedric and April).

The history of military service runs deep in both Lisa and Andrew’s families.  To honor this, Lisa and Andrew cut their delicious 2-layer cake with a Marine officer’s sword which had belonged to Lisa’s beloved deceased grandfather.

Lisa and Andrew, congratulations!  I wish you nothing but many blessings and the best in your marriage!

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Recently, I was inspired by this picture on the Paper Divas blog

I simply LOVE this color palette of bubble gum pink and lime green.  It’s so fresh and alive…..full of color and personality!  It says let’s have fun and celebrate!  Of course, it sent me searching for more…..

I then found this really funky and adorable flower girl dress from Bluebonnets and Bows.  It’s so different from the “usual” white dress with coordinating color ribbon that has become popular lately.  How cute would your flower girl look wearing this!

And of course, a color palette this fun and funky simply screams CANDY STATION!!  Bubble gum pink is in the name so you need to have some sweets :).  Bright pink gum balls, green apple sours, Jelly Bellies in coordinating colors….the ideas are endless.

I hope you were as inspired as me.  Until next time, Happy Planning!!

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Last night while flipping through the channels on my TV, I came across the movie, 27 Dresses.  S000000, even though I’ve seen this movie before, I JUST had to stay up until 11:30 pm watching it…LOL!  I LOVE this movie!  It always cracks me and my husband up, especially that last scene with all the dresses lined up on the “friends” who made her wear them in the past.

Having been a bride, a bridesmaid (matron-of-honor 3 times) and now part of the wedding business, I can truly appreciate the humor and the humiliation of bridesmaids dresses.  Some of those things can just be awful!  My poor 6 maids all wore “matchy-matchy” peach with perfectly matching peach dyed shoes…..so 1993 :).  In the 3 weddings I’ve been in as an adult (I do have junior bridesmaid experience too), each one had that same lavender, light purple, periwinkle, whatever you want to call it color!  In two of those weddings, I was pregnant and looked like a grape!  Yes, it was quite the sight!

But, as a bridesmaid, it is our job to remember whose day it is…..NOT OURS!  It belongs to the bride and groom and we are there to support them, funny looking dress and all.  Now that being said, as a bride, it is our job to not alienate our friends and family by asking them to do ridiculous wedding tasks for us or wear the most God-awful dress that cost an absolute fortune.  Brides do need to be sensitive to their bridesmaids’ budgets, tastes and body types.  I think the best trend I’ve seen in “maid fashion” is when the bride picks a color at a bridal store and, with a few simple guidelines, has her bridesmaids pick out their own style of dress.  It looks SOOOOOO much more put together and fashionable.

Oh, and the biggest myth of bridesmaids dresses………you can wear them again!  Yeah right!  Of course, that was the running joke through the entire movie last night….that you can just shorten the dresses and wear them again.  Let me tell you from experience……never happens!  I finally took my old dresses down to the thrift store and gained some valuable closet space in return.  A former co-worker of mine told me the best re-use of a bridesmaid dress story.  When her friend turned 40, they threw a birthday party and all dressed up in old bridesmaid dresses, just so they could say they wore them again.  How funny is that?!

So to all the bridesmaids of past, present, and future…..I salute you!

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I receive lots and lots of trade magazines.  Of course, in those magazines I find many things that inspire me.  This week, I was looking through one particular magazine and came across this advertisement for a company called Fancy Faces from Covington, LA.  Because I was so taken by the tablescape in their ad, that it is the focus of my favorite things this week.

I am in LOVE with this monochromatic design.  The yellows are so pretty and contemporary.  I think what makes this design work so well is the different textures that they used giving the eye something exciting to look at.  The lemons in the tall vases are really cool and add vertical color to the design.  I also love the simplicity of the roses, with no greenery, in the lower vases.  The butterflies add a whimsical touch but don’t overwhelm the design with “cuteness”.  The paper lanterns help bring the color all the way to the ceiling and add some fun to the overall look.  The linens are very simple probably using the venue’s white tablecloths.  Buy adding the yellow runner and simply draping the napkins down the side of the table, it adds contemporary drama without a lot of extra money.  I think I will have to go visit their website to see what other inspiring designs they have.

Happy Planning!

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I will be one of the many exhibitors at the Bridal Showcase this Sunday, August 15, 2010.  The show will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sacramento.  Stop by my booth to discuss your wedding details.  If you are still looking for a day-of coordinator for your Fall 2010 wedding, I will have my calendar with me and still have a little bit of availability left.  It just might be your date!

For more information you can visit this link to the Bridal Showcase website.

Hope to see you there!

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