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Monday, July 12, 2010

Giveaway: Enter to win a $25 Gift Card from Beau-coup!

Selecting wedding favors can sometimes be a daunting task! You want to find the 'right' favor to match your theme, personality and you want it to be something that your guests will not just throw away! Your favors can be a part of your welcome bag as your out-of-town guests check in, they can be the little take-away at the end of the night.

One of the leaders in the favor industry is Beau-coup. Over the years Beau-coup has been featured in numerous prominent publications such as Fortune, InStyle Weddings, and Martha Stewart magazines. They are a Joie de Vie Blog sponsor and we accepted their offer for sponsorship because of the fact that we love their favors and they give back to the global community by donating to local and international philanthropic organizations including the American Red Cross and the March of Dimes.


Well to celebrate the new sponsorship the folks at Beau Coup have given Joie de Vie Weddings & Events Blog readers a chance to win a $25 gift card! To enter our contest all you will need to do is tell us what is your favorite favor in our comment section* of this blog post. You can tell us by leaving a comment with:
  1. Your Name - be sure to fill out the option where it records your email - otherwise I can't contact you if you win! :)
  2. Your City & State
  3. The favor along with the a link to the favor on the Beau-coup site.
  4. If you are getting married, tell us why you chose that particular favor (i.e. if it ties into your theme, etc.)

We will take comments from now until the end of July. It's that simple. The winner will be randomly selected and will receive a $25 gift card from Beau-coup. You can see some of my favorites throughout this blog post, but feel free to visit the Beau-coup website to choose your own - just leave the name of the favor in your comment and you will be entered to win!

Until next time,

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*Comments on twitter and facebook do not count in the contest, you must enter the comment in the comments section of the actual blog post.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Why Hiring A Professional Makes A Difference (Part 1)

As an event planner, rarely do I get the opportunity to sit as a guest at a wedding. This year I've been a guest at three different weddings (typically it's one wedding per year that I attend as a guest) and it truly gave me an opportunity to really sit back and observe. I was able to observe the guests, the vendors and the newlyweds. Now mind you, we do that when we're working, however, to sit back and truly observe without minding a timeline and the details really is reassuring to me when I tell my clients: HIRE PROFESSIONALS!

To help you understand why I am saying this, I will post a few blog posts over the next two weeks about hiring professionals. I want to provide you with examples of a few things that occurred. All three weddings were beautiful and the couples were truly endearing.

Disclaimer: For those that follow me on twitter, they were able to read a few of my random tweets. Those tweets kept me from getting up and putting on my planner hat as I was determined to remain a guest. Also, the vendors I will mention below have not and will never work with me!

Professionals know and understand their equipment and resources. I had to start with this point because of the photo below.

Do you see that blob of light in the upper left hand corner of the photo? That is a light that the videographer placed in the ceremony. Sadly my photo is a bit small, but if you look closer you will also see a tripod right in the middle of the altar. Yes, that tripod was left there the entire ceremony. The same videographer, also hopped into the middle of the aisle during the recessional. That is great, he's capturing their exit...with one exception. He was walking backward up the middle of the aisle...IN FRONT of the photographer!

Now while looking at this photo consider the following:
1. All of the photos will have this blaring light that the photographer has to either edit out or compensate for while shooting. How difficult will it be to edit out that tripod?

2. The photographer was not able to capture a great exit shot. Typically a videographer and photographer have a conversation before the ceremony to sort out logistics of where they are shooting and how NOT to get in each others shots, but it appears as though this photogrpaher and videographer did not have that important conversation. So should I think the videographer does not understand the vendor teamwork dynamic? All of the vendors have been paid to provide a service and each vendor should be mindful of the other vendor present and vice versa.

3. All of the guests have their hands on their forehead as though they are saluting the Colonel to see the ceremony because this blinding light blocked their vision.

4. The videographer was using the latest and greatest cameras which more than likely has a great zoom feature in the lens. Why did he not use the zoom? His presence was very distracting and took away from what was otherwise a very beautiful ceremony. This videographer did not understand his role in the vendor dynamic; he took away from the photographer as he's been paid to capture a moment on film just as the videographer is being paid. Both vendors are equally important.

As you sit and begin selecting your Photographer and Videographer, ask important questions to ensure they understand the importance of the vendor dynamic:

  • Questions about how they are communicating with the other vendors. If its a photographer or videographer, ask how the manage to work with the other vendor to ensure they are not messing up the other vendors frames. Do they contact the other video/photographer?
  • Have they worked with the videographer or photographer you are considering?
  • Look at their photos or video to see how they are shooting. Are you able to see a second stationery camera in their video?
  • What kind of equipment will they use? Can their equipment shoot well in low light?
  • How many cameras will be used? Are they manned or stationary?
  • Have they worked at your venue/venues before?

If you are working with an event planner, they will facilitate that communication so that everyone knows what is happening. There are no 'do-overs' on wedding day. Recapturing the moments as they happen is an important detail that can't be left to a video/photographer stepping into the other professionals frame.

Until next time,


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Friday, July 2, 2010

Orlando Wedding Magazine: Premiere Issue hits the stands!

Are you planning a wedding in Orlando? I am certain you've collected many magazines during the planning process. Well, a new resource hit the shelves yesterday! Orlando Wedding is a great new magazine that will be a great source for planning a wedding or special event in Central Florida.

We were first contacted about this magazine in January and knew that once it hit the shelves it would be a great publication! We are featured in the premiere issue of the magazine in a great Question & Answer session with my colleagues and fellow Association of Bridal Consultants members Elisa Delgardio and Heather Snively! Below is the feature:

The magazine features articles and information that will help readers find the best venues,
wedding planners, cake designers, caterers, stationers, florists and bridal gown boutiques. Great articles in the magazine about boudoir photography, tips on keeping your sanity on wedding day and wedding etiquette are just a few of the helpful articles in the premiere issue!

The magazine is available for purchase at your favorite newsstand or bookstore, however,you can click this link for distribution locations. Of course we have a few copies here at Joie de Vie for our clients and prospective brides we meet with over the next few weeks!

Until next time,

© 2005 - 2009 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.