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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Real Wedding: Taryn & Spencer - Lake Mary Events Center

We loved Taryn and Spencer!  Their wedding was last spring at the Lake Mary Events Center.  They were a fun loving group and their friends and family were truly a pleasure to work with.   Taryn contacted us to handle the final details of her wedding plans.

Their day was captured by Kellie and her team at KWU Weddings. We asked Taryn to answer a few questions about the wedding.  See her insight into the wedding planning below:
1.       How did you meet?
We met in Atlanta at an event called PlayDate.  It's a monthly event that takes over a trendy spot with every game you can remember, a dance floor, a bar and lots of fun, relaxed people that are looking to let loose with friends or meet new people.  I was there to celebrate the end of the semester with a friend and we thought we'd try something new.  We liked the idea of it being an alternative to the club.  We felt like kids again, playing Spades, Wii, giant Jenga, and more.  But it was when I got to the Spoons table and ended up sitting next to a 6'2'' guy with a shy, gorgeous smile, that I felt myself really perk up.  In Spoons, it's similar to Poker, but when you get a good hand, you are supposed to grab a spoon from the center of the table.  The last person to grab a spoon finds themselves short and is out of the game.  Needless to say, at 5'3'', I was initially no match for Spencer, but after friendly banter and a healthy dose of competition, the rest is history.

2.       How did the groom propose?
Location: ATL Airport
He greeted me as I arrived in baggage claim. I remember that he had on his Stacy Adams and they were gleaming! I asked what he was doing inside. "Just came to carry your bags", he replied.

We began walking toward the remote parking lot and I started to ask questions. Where are we going and why? Spencer said, "just follow me". So I followed. When we walked outside, he led me to a bench and told me to sit down. I began to grumble and he told me to go along with the plan. When I looked up and noticed the sweat on his brow, I decided to comply.

He pulled out a piece of paper and began reading a poem he'd written:
"Love, you are an angel that fell from the sky
That's heaven sent, which caught my eye
You came down and made my life better
Through the tough times and stormy weather
I'm glad you came into my life
So I'm asking you on one knee to be my wife"
I kept saying "Are you serious?" and finally told him that he had the wrong hand! When he got it on, I stood up and said yes!

My shock wore off as we walked to the car and we both began to tear up. Wow!!

3.       What was the theme of your wedding?  Colors?  Why did you select them?
Our theme was based off the peacock and was all about celebrating in a fun, unique way with our family/friends.  We wanted them to truly enjoy themselves and experience a little bit of what made us special.    Our colors were peacock blue and clover green, selected because they were beautiful, vibrant and out of the ordinary.

4.       Why did you select Joie de Vie as your wedding day managment company?
After looking into several Wedding Coordinators and reading lots of reviews, we felt that we just clicked with Kerline and her team.  Kerline was easy to talk to, very helpful and felt like an old friend vs. someone who planned weddings for a living.  We couldn't be happier with our choice and can look back without recalling any hiccups in our wedding day.

5.       Favorite moments while planning  the wedding.

The pieces of wedding planning that we enjoyed the most were putting in all of the special touches that made the event so memorable for our us as well as our family/friends. The number one hit was finding and booking the PhotoMingle but other favorites included creating (and tasting) our signature drinks (Lee-tini and Spark-lee).

6.       In hindsight, how has having a planner been beneficial to you?  
Having Kerline as a planner allowed me to not worry about everything I was supposed to be doing.  She notified me when there was something I needed to do, reminded me when deadlines were looming and stepped in when I needed someone else to run point. 

7.       Any advice to make planning a simpler process for other couples? 
Get started early, figure out what YOU want before you get friends/family involved and remember that the wedding is really about you and your husband-to-be, so whether you are spending someone else's money or your own, make sure that you choose wisely when to go over your budget, adhere to it, and keep in mind that all of the little extras that you just "have to have" aren't going to be the things that you remember most, so don't overshadow it by going into debt just to have your perfect princess moment. The husband/wife, the pictures and the small sentimental moments are what you will carry with you, not the food, flowers, or those _______ (insert frivolous item here) that you just have to have that will tack on an extra $1000 to your budget.

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We had an awesome time in part because of the AWESOME team of wedding professionals that helped bring the day together:

Caterer : Puff'N Stuff 
Photo/Video : KWU Weddings 
Chair Covers : Got You Covered 
Other Rentals  PhotoMingle 
Entertainment : M.A.D.D. Vybez 
Transportation : Above & Beyond Limousines

Until next time,
© 2005 - 2012 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Daily Wedding Planning Tip: Applying For Your Marriage License

Applying for your marriage license is an important part of the wedding planning process.  Florida's rules are fairly simple.  Here is the gist of what you need to know:

  1. There is a three (3) day waiting period unless you have completed a licensed premarital course
  2. If you and your fiance have children together that were born in Florida,  you also have to complete an additional form called the  Affirmation of Children Born in Florida form (DH743A). The form has to be notarized.
  3. You and your fiance must apply together in person
  4. You each must show a valid driver's license, a valid state identification card, a valid passport or valid military identification
  5. Both parties must provide their Social Security numbers
  6. If either party has been previously married, the party must provide the date their last marriage ended
  7. The license is valid for 60 days
  8. You will pay a fee of $93.50 ($61 if you have completed a licensed premarital course)
Marriage licenses are issued by counties and you can apply for your license at any county clerk's office.  If you live in Orange County, you can use the  downloadable form from their site to save you some time when you go to their office.  We always recommend picking up the license before the last two weeks of planning; this ensures you don't forget to get it and you enjoy the days before your wedding entertaining any out of town guests.  

Until next time,
© 2005 - 2012 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Real Wedding: Bryan and Ashley - B Ocean Destination Wedding!

As an Orlando based wedding planner we have worked with many great professionals over the last seven years!  One of our local professionals, Bryan Taylor (Tagas Events), wed his college sweetheart in a beautiful destination wedding at the amazingly chic, B Ocean Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  We were honored when Bryan approached us to help them wrap up their final details and manage their wedding day.  Ashley is a really sweet person!  Their guests and bridal party had an awesome time!

The setting for their nuptials was the beautiful B Ocean Hotel!  I visited the B Ocean last fall and was thrilled to learn this was where their nuptial would take place.  With a palette of black, white and hot pink, Ashley and Bryan's wedding was off to a great start.  Truly personal and unique, this wedding had so many great moments.   Being it was the first day of hurricane season, in true Florida fashion, a storm came in; however, the rain cleared in time for our  ceremony set up (done in record time!) and we were able to stay outside.  Their wedding was featured yesterday on Tab McCausland Photography's blog!   

The awesome wedding professional team that made it work:
Coordination : Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc
Venue : B Ocean
Rehearsal Dinner : Aruba Beach Café
DJ, Lighting and Furniture : Tagas Events
Photo : Tab McCausland Photography
Video : Stoner Video
Officiant : Sensational Ceremonies 
Floral & Décor : Atmospheres Floral 
Charger Plates : A Chair Affair
Pipe and Drape : Quest Drape 
Chiavari & Table Rentals : Hitched Event Rentals 
Wedding Cake : Anna Cakes 
Makeup : Richelle Magalhaes Make-Up Artistry
Hair : Amanda Lynn & Co. Hair & Makeup Artistry

Congratulations again Bryan and Ashley!

Check out the photos on the Tab McCausland Photography Blog!

Until next time,
© 2005 - 2012 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Daily Wedding Planning Tip: Understand the 4C's of Diamonds

You are rocking a beautiful engagement ring that your fiance took some time selecting!  We have to give him some kudo's for taking the time to educate himself on the types of stones he could have selected for your wedding day.  I found this awesome pin on Pinterest and thought I would share it with you. 

Be sure to:
1. get your beautiful ring appraised and insured,
2. take a photo of it to place with your papers in a safe place
3. get it cleaned and inspected regularly.

Until next time,
© 2005 - 2012 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Daily Wedding Planning Tip: Make It Personal With Music

Who says you have to go with the traditional or classic music choices for your wedding ceremony?  This day is a reflection of the two of you.  Whether your ceremony music will be played via CD, DJ or live musical artist pick your favorites to help make the day that more memorable!

Christine MacPhail is one of our local wedding professionals that is able to take your favorite tune and make it become a part of your wedding day ceremony.  From your traditional classical pieces, to Mary J. Blige or Pink can all be done with a twist. Visit her site to listen to some of the latest and popular selections played on a harp! 

Until next time,
© 2005 - 2012 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Daily Wedding Planning Tip: Your Undergarments Are As Important as the dress!

Be certain to have the right undergarments so that you all look your best. The right undies provide the foundation necessary for your stunning dress to look how it's supposed to look. When you have your fittings, bring the undergarments with you.  Discuss which options work best for the dress and your comfort.  Your bridal dress boutique, seamstress or alterations specialist can help you with selecting the best options for your dress.

Whether it is the right bra, undies or spanx; take the time to ensure you all look picture perfect and are comfortable just the same.
Until next time,
© 2005 - 2012 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Daily Wedding Planning Tip: Who Cleans What?

Are you at a rented event hall for your wedding? 

If you have elected to have your wedding at a catering hall, city parks facility or private off site venue, you want to be certain you understand the cleaning rules.  Too many times we have heard of stories where the newlyweds, friends and family members have had to break down and clean up after an event.

While your caterer will most likely clean off the tables, break down linens, tables and chairs (if that is a part of your agreement with them); many places also require that trash from restroom trash receptacles and the facility be taken out.  They may also require that everything be clean and in the condition your received it.  Be sure to discuss what needs to be done with your event/wedding planner.  There are companies that provide a 'clean up' service if you need it.

All in all, plan in advance to ensure there are no surprises on your wedding day!  Be sure to ask, what are the clean up requirements for your rented facility!

Until next time,
© 2005 - 2012 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.