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

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Should I Have A Cash Bar At My Wedding?

Should you have a cash bar to minimize your costs? I've been asked this question a few times over the years. Well answer this, if you invited your friends and loved ones over for dinner, would you ask them to pay for every drink they had? Hopefully not, hence a cash bar at your wedding...should not be an option!
Instead, opt for a limited bar, beer and wine, specialty drink, a bar during cocktail hour and after dinner. Talk to your caterer or banquet manager at your venue to see what cost effective options you can consider to help with that cost. You may even consider cutting your guest list, reevaluating other parts of your budget...or no bar at all. Happy planning!

Until next time,

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Engagement Shoot: Tahnee & Norman

Our clients and couples at Joie de Vie are truly special to us. We take the time to get to know our couples as we help them plan one of the most important days in their lives. I met the groom last year and he was excited as he told a few of us about his engagement plans for the end of December. He searched for the perfect ring, and each time he spoke about his then girlfriend, his eyes lit up! Meet Tahnee & Norman one of our 2011 couples!

We started working with them at the end of January and it has been nothing but absolute fun. The bride always strives to tastefully, but daringly push the envelope. What I love about how she's allowed us to sit with her and truly design an event that is unique! Next year's event is sure to be one for the books as we've got some great floral concepts and designs that will please the eyes and the senses. The couple had seen each other on and round the campus of their alma mater UCF (University of Central Florida) but did not officially meet until 2007 and have been inseperable since.

When they selected their photographer, they picked the UBERfabulous Jennifer Werneth in Orlando, to capture their wedding day as well as their engagement images. Tahnee and Norman had one stipulation, their baby boy (all 160 pounds of him), had to be a part of their engagement photos. Dallas is the couples beautiful Great Dane and he is tall!

The couple met up with Jennifer in downtown Celebration, FL and the images speak for themselves. If you would like to see more of their photos, check out Jennifer's blog by clicking here.

Until next time,

© 2005 - 2009 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved. All photos used with permission from Jennifer Werneth Photography.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Giveaway: Enter To Win Some Get Married SWAG!

The latest issue of Get Married hit the newsstands a few weeks ago and it is a must read for you as you start planning your wedding. The Fall Issue features great ideas, trends and real weddings that will inspire you. Get Married is a national, "tri-media "wedding planning resource that reaches passionate brides like yourselves through video, online, and in print.

Our friends at Get Married want the Joie de Vie Blog readers to have an opportunity to enter to win a one year subscription along with a great SWAG bag of Get Married items and products!

One lucky Joie de Vie blog reader has the opportunity to win a 1-year subscription and the SWAG Bag (pictured below) containing:

• “Just Married” flip flops
• “Just Married” tote bag
• 2 boxes of wedding Theme Napkins
• 1 bride tank top
• Get Married orange eco-friendly bag

The rules for our giveaway are simple. Leave a comment on this blog post with the following:
1) Your Name
2) City
3) Wedding Date
4) Email - write it out as jane (at) yahoo dot com [to discourage autobots from collecting your info.].
5) What has been a unique element that you have seen either on the Get Married magazine, website or television show that you would like to incorporate into your wedding day?

This contest will run until 11:59PM EST 8/31/2010. The winner will be drawn via random integer on We are looking forward to your comments!

Until next time,

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

*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, August 2, 2010

Beau-coup Contest Winner!

Last month we had a giveaway for a $25 gift card for Beau-coup. Our readers were encouraged to go to the share their favorite favor on the Beau-coup site. The contest ended last Friday and we've selected a winner. To be fair we used to select a winner from our readers that left a comment on the blog.

We are happy to announce that our winner is lucky number 3! Elizabeth is getting married in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Elizabeth will receive a $25 giftcard from Beau-coup to use towards any purchase on the Beau-coup site. Congratulations Elizabeth!

Until next time,

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