Photo Credits: Artz Photo, Jeff Kolodny Photography, Munoz Photography, Bill Peck Photography

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Color, Color Everywhere!

Fall is officially here (as of 9/22) and our Fall and Winter brides are putting the final touches to their wedding plans. Our spring Brides on the other hand are considering different color palettes for their beautiful day. There are definitely great color palettes that have emerged for the spring season along with some great resources as you prepare for your Spring wedding.

Newly released is the PANTONE fashionCOLOR REPORT for SPRING 2009. It is a semiannual report that introduces the new pantone colors. This is a great resource for you as you decide what colors you want to represent your day.

Here is an excerpt from the report: Spring traditionally evokes a sense of freshness and new beginnings, with sprouting shoots and blossoming flowers that inspire designers to breakout of the winter doldrums. Bright colors return to the top 10 list for spring ’09, as designers incorporate vibrant pops into their collections, yet temper the vibrancy with deeper, translucent or neutral tones.

What are the colors you may ask? Well here they are:
Click on the palette above to enlarge it...better yet, pull up the full report so that you can read how many of the top designers are incorporating the new palette into their new spring line.

Monday, September 22, 2008

My top reads in the blogosphere...

One thing about blogs, they are very ADDICTIVE. As busy as our days and weekends are I find that blogs are on my list of guilty pleasures to read and be inspired by. It amazes me how from day to day I find one more interesting blog that I want to add to my must reads. Well, one of my favorites (in my top 4) is definitely Style Me Pretty! Abby always finds more and more ways to inspire professionals, brides and any one who loves anything bridal.

I also enjoy reading Sprakliatti. This is Sasha Souza's blog and she blogs about any and everything. She always has some great finds and new trends to share. I had the pleasure of meeting her last month at the ISES Gala Awards and she told me that she was shocked that so many people thought she wasn't the one writing her blog. Well I can attest to this, I've been reading her blog for a while and after talking to her for over nearly 2 hours that night...she is definitely the writer on her blog. Her wit is all over that page.

Now from a professional standpoint, I heart The Smart Planner and the Weddex. These two blogs are like my Phantom PR firm, they always offer great insight into our industry and really have given us some additional tools to make us better professionals. Liene, the genius behind the Smart Planner, always brings me at least three weekly topics that keep me on my toes and make me think "hmm now that made complete sense". Rebecca, the wedding guru (I am not exaggerating - the woman is brilliant) has definitely helped to shape our industry over the last few years. She is the go-to-consultant for many firms around the world.

In this industry it is EXTREMELY important to stay on top of the trends and innovations and here at Joie de Vie we are determined to do so. Thank goodness for RSS feeds, I would not get any work done otherwise...

Happy Monday!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Why we do what we do...

"Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style." -Maya Angelou

Photo credit: Kolodny Photography

When I first read this quote by Maya Angelou I wrote it and put a copy of it in my wallet. I also keep a copy of Invictus (poem by William Ernest Henly) in my wallet and I have pulled it out many times over the years. But Ms. Angelou's words are very profound. I can honestly say that it is the basis of what I do.

I am a Professional Bridal Consultant & Event Planner because I love helping others plan such momentous moments and events in their lives. It is truly a privilege to be able to help couples as they plan their special moment where they stand before those they love and express their intentions, love, fidelity and faith in one another. It is such an intimate moment and to be able to be a part of that is truly priceless. So I too strive with compassion and style as I look at every aspect of the wedding. I want the couples day to reflect their styles, their spirit and their love. No cookie cutter here, I don't have time for it!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Wedding Professional Wednesday: THE SPECIAL E

We thought the Special E would be a great organization for our new feature on the blog: Wedding Professional Wednesday! We hope to feature a Wedding Professional on a weekly basis so that you are aware of the talent we have in the Central Florida Area.
Between the hurricanes the last few weeks and attending the Knot party it truly reminded me how we each can make a difference to help our environment. One of the featured vendors at last week's party was the Special E.

Who are they you may ask? In their own words: The Special E is a unique "green" service that rescues leftovers from meetings, conferences, trade shows, banquets, parties, weddings, and special events, then recycles them in ways that help our planet and people in need.

At last weeks Knot Party all of the florals from the event were taken by Special E to the MD Anderson Cancer Center. I can only imagine how a fresh floral arrangement can brighten up a room or even better the spirit of someone undergoing treatment in a medical facility

I visited the Special E site and found they had a very informative Frequently Asked Questions page that truly highlighted the wonderful work they are doing for our environment and our world. You can click here to be redirected to their website.

- What types of programs can you rescue leftovers from?
A - We can rescue leftovers from any type of event at which food will be served or will have leftover items such as flowers, excess promotional products, giveaways, etc.

- Where is this service available?
A - We can rescue leftovers from events taking place in 30 major markets across the country. If you're wondering whether our service is available in your area, give us a call and we'll let you know.

- Is there a fee to use our service?
A - Yes. We charge a fee to cover the cost of administering this process and pay for any pick-up/delivery charges we incur while providing this service. The price is based on the type, size, location, and timing of the program you're planning and the leftover items you would like us to rescue.

- How do we make arrangements to have you rescue leftovers from a meeting, party, or event we're planning?
A - Just click the link to our RESCUE FORM from any page of our website. Once we receive it, we'll follow-up with you by phone or email to get a few more details on the program you're planning.

- What type of leftover food can we deliver to people in need?
A - Certain food can be delivered as long as it has not been partially eaten or served to your guests. It also must be kept refrigerated or frozen and delivered in a timely fashion. If you have any packaged goods that might have been given out at your event (i.e. as part of a gift basket), these can also be delivered to people in need.

- Isn't there a liability issue with regard to donating leftover food?
A - No. A law was enacted by Congress called the "Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act". This bill was put in place to encourage businesses and organizations to donate leftover food from events they plan. In doing so, they cannot be held liable should someone become ill from food that was donated in good faith. To learn more and view a copy of this important legislation, click here.

- What if there isn't any food leftover at the end of an event?
A - Our rescue team will still be rescuing other leftovers such as recyclables, flowers, excess supplies, etc. In addition, we offer a program called "Affaire Share" which enables your clients to purchase care packages that will feed the same number of people in need as there are guests attending their events. So, even if there isn't any food leftover, your clients will still be able to feed people that are hungry and homeless.

- In addition to food and flowers, can you rescue any other items leftover after our event has ended that could be useful to people in need ?
A - Yes. For example, we can collect extra premiums or giveaways that could be useful to people that have lost their belongings in a natural disaster. To view a complete list of items we can rescue, click here.

- What is "Need-E"?
A - This is a charitable program we've developed that makes monetary donations to organizations that help people in need each time someone uses our service.

- What charities do we make donations to?
A - We make donations to a variety of charitable organizations that help people in need. This list includes groups that shelter the homeless, help stop hunger, fight disease, provide disaster relief, etc. To view a list of some of the charities we donate to, visit the Need-E page of our website.

Monday, September 15, 2008

PSA: Scam Alert

This post is really for my vendor friends out there in the wedding world. I received two emails today from two different sites two different names with the same content. This was the email:

My Name is <<>> ,I am looking for an experienced wedding planner who will handle my wedding and arrange the reception dinner for a group of people who will be attending the wedding ceremony.The wedding is expected to hold on the 29th of Nov. 2008 and 25 to 40 guests are expected to attend. As i do not know what the guests might choose for their meals and drinks, i will make a prepayment as initial deposit for this booking via credit card once availability is confirmed by you. You are to arrange for a venue for the wedding (its a civil wedding), a place for the reception ,Videography, Music Entertainment,Photography,cake and flowers.If there is any these items that is beyond your capability,you let us know so that another company can handle it. Get back to me with your response as we don't have much time with us so that we can process our accommodation within the region more convenient for you and us.
Best Regards,
Dr. <>..

Now, the second email had the same content but a different name and date. Now obviously this is a new scam. Please be on the look out for these sort of emails. Oddly enough I've read on a few different blogs where this has happened. I know Liene from the Smart Planner and Lauren from Perfect Memories have previously talked about this on their blogs and they both offered great solutions to avoid getting trapped by these scams. I stick the mantra that if it sounds too good to be true or even if it appears to be true, take the extra steps to ensure your payments are not fraudulent.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Our New Website!

I am really excited about the new Joie de Vie web site. For a while now many who have gone on our homepage have only found a Front Page. As we finish the site we've switched the home page to the blog so many of can be aware of our blog as the new web site is completed. This has definitely been a labor of love and we are looking forward to relaunching the site.

I am about to cheat and give you a sneak peak of what we have in the works...
Our new site designer is a perfectionist and he will kill me when he sees this post (sheepishly laughing) but I could not resist the temptation! You will also see some changes here on the blog as far as regular features and the layout/design of the blog. Thank you for your patience as we get 'situated'.

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Knot Party: Central Florida's Wedding Vendors know how to party.

Before I can even write about the experience I have to do this first:

Hats off to Tracy Marini, PBC and her staff at Eventfully Yours! Tracy did such a wonderful job putting together this years Knot Party that the last song played and everyone was still hanging around...that is what I call a party.

The Knot hosts industry events throughout the state and they always select one of the top area planners to plan and host the party. We are fortunate to have many wonderful Bridal Consultants in the Central Florida area and I can only imagine the difficulty in picking one to host this annual 'Shin-Dig'. Tracy did not disappoint. With "Green" being the biggest and most conscious trend in the wedding industry, it was great to see 'green' incorporated in many ways at the party. The decor, the food, desserts and favors all had green elements.. The party was themed "An Earth Friendly Evening".
The event was hosted at Ceviche. Ceviche is a BEAUTIFUL Tapas Bar & Restaurant in downtown Orlando. Needless to say the decor was on point and the food was FABULOUS. Oddly enough I had heard about these wonderful cupcakes from a new Cupcake Shoppe...wouldn't you know Sweet was one of the vendors that brought in the most sinfully delicious and decadent cupcakes you could ever taste! Tracy had a great team of vendors that pulled the evening together. The centerpieces and florals were all donated to the MD Anderson Center for Cancer and we all went home with potted herbs (I had rosemary) so that our favors were not ones that would go to waste.

Below are some beautiful shots taken by Brian Adams and he managed to catch us all on the dance floor. Brian was nice enough to link all of the photos on his site for us to view and download. Wedding professionals really how to party. It was nice to not stand on the sidelines while everyone was on the dance floor. Oh yeah, we worked too. Alan Greenburg a VP from the Knot spoke to us about latest trends and forecasts in the wedding industry.
Tracy, chapeaux bas -- hats off!