12.29.2011

Wedding Resources

All things considered, I believe there to be only two difficult things about planning a wedding - the guest list, and vendor selections in order of difficulty. 

The fact of the matter is that for most people planning a wedding comes down to costs.  There is a direct relationship between costs and guest count, but some times people don’t see it that way.  However to put it simply, each person in attendance equals money.  You pay for them to take up space, to eat, for favors…every detail you plan has a related cost per person.  So the hard part is determining whether or not each person on the guest list should be there.  This is hard, very hard.  It goes without saying that weddings are emotional, not just for the couple but for everyone.  So making the guest list or not weighs differently for some.  In the end it’s important to find your balance between cost and emotion.  While I could offer up some suggestions, and stay tuned because I will, the emotion of it is the challenge.


Beyond White

Meanwhile, as each guest added to the list creates another tick mark in the budget, selecting the right vendor does also.  Creating the right team is key to the success of your event not only in execution but also in final costs.  When the perfect team is crafted it’s like you’ve set off your own 4th of July celebration.  All things orchestrate in harmony.  As we know though, finding that right vendor can be tricky.  After all, planning weddings is not your full time job and you’re likely not plugged in to the wedding scene.  Therefore you must use your best guess, hunch, gut feeling, or a good word from a friend to determine what vendor is best suited for you. Or of course you could hire a Planner to save you some time and heartache. (shameless plug here!)

To help you wrap your mind around all of the things required to throw your biggest and best most memorable party, we’ll bring to you resources and information to help you along the way.  So no need to fret, we’ve got you covered. 

Coming soon we’ll introduce you to some of my dearest wedding friends and colleagues, the ladies of 915 Monmouth.  Of course, given that we share office space I’m bias in thinking their work is fabulous.  Quite frankly, if I didn’t think they weren’t awesome we wouldn’t be in such close quarters!  However, there’s one thing I know about the aforementioned perfectly crafted team of wedding vendors – not all vendors are for all people.  There’s some people that are just perfectly matched for each other and while I wish it were always the case for us at 915 Monmouth, it’s simply not and I respect the uniqueness that each person and event brings.  So while it would be awesome to always work with my office posse, I have lots of love for many other amazing wedding vendors as well, and I'll put you in touch with them real soon.  

Coming up soon, I’ll spend some time introducing you to each of home girls and their awesomesauce talent, and I’m pretty sure you’ll love them as much as I do!


The Ladies of 915 Monmouth
LtoR: Kristen Becker, Me, Marti Thompson, Jacklyn Mains at our Grand Opening Party
(not pictured Kelly Ledford of Cinci Makeup)
Image courtesy of JMM Photography




12.28.2011

Happy New Year!

This time of year has always been a favorite of mine.  There's typically lots of hustle and bustle, surrounding thankfulness, giving, and renewal.  While the holiday's can come with lots of challenges, it's a good time to reflect on the things that matter most.  As you embark on a new year, I wish you much love, accomplishment, and a peaceful mind.

My hope for you is that there is enough bling to see the light in your eyes,

Martha Stewart

Enough bubbly to give you a merry heart,


Luxe Finds

And enough sparkle to keep the fire of life burning inside you!


Simply Seductive

Happy New Year!


12.09.2011

2012 Pantone Color of the Year

Perhaps you've heard of Pantone...but maybe not.  So let me give you a quickie on why Pantone might be important to you.  As Wikipedia would say, the "Pantone Color Matching System is largely a standardized color reproduction system".  It's used mainly in printing, but also plastics, colored paints, and fabric. So what exactly does that mean to you exactly? 

Ok, let's say you'd like for your bridesmaids dresses to exactly match a specific color used in your stationery.  Or you'd like to be sure that the color you've used to paint your fancy DIY cake stand project to be an exact match of your stationery and/or the aforementioned dress.  Yep, you can assure the colors match via the Pantone.  Cool, huh? 

Well Pantone has released the 2012 Color of the Year.  Drumroll please..........
Tangerine Tango!!  Don't you just love the name?

Image courtesy of Pantone
I love this color!  It's so vibrant, exciting, and well...happy!  While winter is barely here, Tangerine Tango makes me anticipate the longer days and sunshine of summer.  It also makes me feel like this girl!

Image courtesy of Pantone

Feel free to read more specifics about Tangerine Tango from Pantone here.  After all, I'm no technical guru so you may as well get the real dish from the source.

What do you think about Tangerine Tango?  Think you'll incorporate it into any of your event plans, your wardrobe, or walls? Do tell!




12.07.2011

Local Etsy Find

I really love head pieces.  I have to admit though, they just don't work on my head, but I always admire them lovingly. They add so much character.

When I found Glass Slipper Studio on Etsy, I couldn't help but swoon and and imagine these lovelies on a gorgeous bride.



Aren't they pretty? So if you are unlike me, and head pieces work well on your head be sure the check them out!  They even have some selections for the little miss in your life.

Now through December 25th the shop is running a 15% off sale by using the code SANTA15.  If you check them out on the Facebook page here you might also find a special contest running soon.

Enjoy!





12.02.2011

Holiday Cards

Now that Thanksgiving has passed it’s time for one of my favorite holiday traditions...sending Holiday cards and my Annual Frazier Family Times to family and friends!  As a matter of fact...I need to get started on that now.  Can't believe it's already December!

Anyway...A new twist on the Holiday card is Tiny Prints Ornament cards, which are great for family and friends because the card doubles as a Christmas ornament! How cute!


Not only can you browse through a variety of unique cards, but Laura Ching the founder of Tiny Prints and design guru joins in on the Holiday cheer and chooses her favorite seasonal cards with Laura’s Picks. Tiny Prints is even perfect for families on a budget because you can find adorable and personal Holiday Cards with the Studio Basic Line starting at $.79. Do you already know exactly what you want your holiday card to look? Use Tiny Prints’ new DIY Holiday Card tool to build your card and customize to your heart’s content. Um...score! Yes, and thank you! Want something unique, but not quite DIY? Check out Rounded Corner Cards, Cards with Back Designs and Cards with Unique Formats for a custom look without starting from scratch. Don't forget that this year gray, gold, and neutral are the trending Colors.



What makes Tiny Prints different and so amazing is that before each order is shipped it is hand reviewed (by a human!) for any issues, so you’re guaranteed to receive high-quality cards. Trust me, there is certainly a benefit to that.  Too often we let technology take over the human touch, and it is not always the most effective.

Shop Tiny Prints Holiday cards today and especially make sure to check out all of the latest coupons from Tiny Prints.

Happy shopping!



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