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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Cost When a Wedding Guest Pulls a "No-Show"!

As a wedding guest, you have a responsibility to your host when you answer an RSVP with 'Yes! I'm attending'. In the last three weeks we have had two weddings and a corporate event for our Joie de Vie Clients. One of our weddings had a guest list of over 200 attendees. Once our guests were seated for dinner, my staff and I do what we normally do, collect the remaining escort cards and go to the tables to ensure that the guests are in fact not at the table. Sadly, the couple had more than 10% not show up for the wedding.

What does that mean to you as a guest? Well you've actually caused that bride and groom to spend money that could have been used for a guest that they had to cut out of their list. They also have now paid for a variety of services and items they can’t now be refunded for. To have 20 people not attend means they could have saved the following:

$3092 in Food & Beverage (assuming $89 for the meal $30 for the bar + service charge +taxes)
$ 250 for linens (chair covers, napkins, overlays)
$ 80 for stationery (printed programs, menus, place cards and table numbers)
$ 200 for centerpieces
$ 60 for favors
$ 80 for the cake
$ 100 for welcome bags (if they were expecting you to stay at the hotel with the room block)

That all totals out to at least $3862 or $193 per person attending the wedding. That is $3862 that the couple could have kept in their savings, upgraded their floral or applied to other services or items to ensure they had a wedding they wanted.

Be considerate of an RSVP. If you have an emergency beyond your control, it is simply that an emergency. IF, however, you realize you can't attend, try to give the bride and groom enough of notice so that they are not in a position where they've missed the deadline to adjust their numbers with their venue. What you may not realize is that many venues and caters have a time frame in which numbers can only be increased after the guarantee is made. Just the same a specialty linen company, stationer and florist have cut off times to meet production requirements. Take a moment to be considerate. Would you not want the same consideration?

Until next time,

© 2005 - 2009 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved. Photo used with permission from Gourmet Invitations.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Spring 2011 Pantone Colors are here!

Every Fall & Spring the world gears up for New York Fashion Week. As event planners, we keep an eye out for this report as it truly sets the tone of colors for the upcoming season. Your major bridal houses will use this palette for bridal fashions for your bridal party and accessories. The new report for Spring 2011 Report gave a kickstart to Fashion week last week and the colors are absolutely stunning!

For the last seventeen years Pantone has surveyed New York designers and experts to bring us the color trends for the upcoming season. The Spring 2011 report is appropriately called: Spring 2011 – An Exotic Journey.

Here is an excerpt from the newly released report: Citing exotic destinations like Africa, India, Peru and Turkey as inspiration for spring 2011, designers continue to satisfy consumers’ need to escape everyday challenges with intriguing color combinations that transport them to foreign lands.

"The colors designers have chosen for the spring season present an interesting marriage of unexpected warm and cool tones," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "By cleverly combining complementary colors, those that are opposites on the color wheel, they have created a striking intensity to the palette. These unique color combinations make it possible for consumers to pair existing pieces in colors traditionally associated with fall, with new favorites to punch up springtime wardrobes."

And the new colors are:

Get the full Spring 2011 Report by clicking here. We also have copies of the report at our planning studio. If you would like to see past Fashion Reports, we have the 2010 reports here.

Are you incorporating any of these colors into your wedding color palette? What combinations do you think would be great together? Look out for posts over the next few weeks detailing how you can incorporate the colors into your spring affair!

Until next time,

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

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 11th: A Day of Remembrance

Nine years ago, the world stood in silence stunned by what had happened in the early hours of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

I was still working as a Benefits Consultant and was working in Naples, FL. I for one believe everything in life happens for a reason. Our client was a chain of hotels in Boca Raton and Naples. The clients' Health Insurance Company representative was in Naples instead of the World Trade Center that day because our benefits enrollment was delayed two weeks. His colleague took over his New York schedule that day - an assignment in the World Trade Center. Minutes before the plane struck he realized he had no cash and stepped out of the building to get cash from a nearby bank. That need for cash caused him to not be inside the building when the first plane struck at 8:45 a.m. Just the same, a fellow School of Business Industry graduate walked in for her first day of work in one of the Towers - she was fortunate enough to make it out unharmed. The stories of those who woke up late, got stuck in traffic, decided to call in sick could go on and on...yet sadly many did not have that story to tell.

Many lost their lives that day. Many became heroes that day. They are gone but definitely not forgotten. I've learned that no one is promised tomorrow: We must live, love and enjoy each day with purpose and with no regrets. We must also learn to cherish our family, our friends and our loved ones. Life is too short and quite unpredicatable! Let's remember how important we are to each other!

Until next time,

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

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Get Married SWAG Contest Winner!

Last month we had a giveaway for a SWAG Bag full of goodies from Get Married. Our readers were encouraged to go to the share what inspiration or idea they've found from reading the magazine, watching the show or looking at their resources online. To be fair we used to select a winner from our readers that left a comment on the blog.

Our random integer was 9 and our ninth comment was from Rachel Reagan!

Rachel is getting married in Alabama next April and is using a few of the ideas she has seen on Get Married such as the mason jars and cupcakes instead of the traditional cake. Rachel will receive a great back filled with wonderful items she can use during planning, the wedding and after the wedding. We wish Rachel the best of luck!

Until next time,

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