Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Two Useful Sites

If you aren't already aware of these sites. I consider them pretty helpful tools:

Wedding Wire & Martha Stewart.Com

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mistakes Guests Will Make

There will be guests that act inappropriate, make requests or even simply be rude at your wedding or days leading up to your wedding. What can you do? This is your wedding, people can make suggestions but in the end it is your dream and your style that you will incorporate into your wedding. Your wedding day will go by quickly, don’t let the little things bother you.

Here are a few mistakes guests make:

1-Not sending RSVPs.
What is so hard in this? I will never figure it out. You were provided with an addressed envelope and a stamp----just drop it in the mail!

2-Sending RSVPs with extra guests
Weddings are expensive! If I didn’t invite you, don’t invite yourself.

3-Buy Non-Registry Gift
As much as all gifts are appreciated, I took the time out to register for a gift can you not buy something else because you “think” I would like that better …lol

4-Show up late
Guests will do this. It is very rude, but again, don’t let it bother you

5-Bring a Big Gift to the Wedding
All gifts are appreciated but send it to my house or give it to me at the shower.

6-Unexpected Toasts
Leave the toasting to the Best Man and the Maid of Honor

7-Requesting Songs
Let the DJ do his job. This is not your party, do not put in special requests

8-Drinking too much
Know your limit. Yes, it is an open bar, but we don’t want you acting crazy and ruining the night.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Kim & Cody's Wedding 9/27/08

I met Kim online (we were both planning our weddings) and I think I can say we have become friends, right Kim? lol. The wedding was at the Chauteau Briand. I had a great time at their wedding and so did their guests. Kim was a DIY bride and all her projects came out wonderful! I wish them all the happiness in the world.

Their vendors:
DJ-FM Entertainment
Photo-Dana Lee Jones & Jourdan Leon Photo
Video-Halo Video
Cer. Music-Marie Stack

Friday, September 26, 2008

Cute Ideas for a Wedding Gift for the New Hubby

Here are two options to look into as gifts for your new husband.

First Option:
Why not give the gift of personalized cufflinks? Eternally Linked makes unique hand-crafted cufflinks for this very special occasion. Check them out!

Second Option:
Why not mark your names and the wedding date in the night sky? Wedding Stars from International Star Registry are the one wedding gift that will last forever and light up a smile your loved one’s bright as the stars in the sky.

The Holidays Will Be Here Before You Know It

This year surely went by fast. The holidays will be here before you know it and with that said...we are promoting our Majestic Holiday Collection from McPhersons. These cards are really beautiful. You can visit my McPherson Site to view the collection and place an order or you can contact me if you wish to see them in person. Place your orders early and receive a discount.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sand Ceremony-Is this for you?

Many brides are now considering a Sand Ceremony as opposed to the traditional Unity Candle. I chose this option for my own wedding. The essence is to symbolize the union of "two into one". This sand version is not only beautiful and interesting but also more appropriate for an outdoor setting than candles. The bride and groom has two separarte containers with different color sand. They then come together and pour the two sands into into one container. Their flowing together symbolizes the joining of the couple. The newly formed union is represented by the intertwined pattern of sand created by the couple.

Finding the Right Reception Venue

So now you are engaged and the next step is finding the "perfect" reception hall. Why is choosing the right hall so important? This is the place where most of the couple's wedding memories will be made. Guests will remember the food here, they will also remember the atmosphere there.....and you know they will talk about it!
Consider more than one venue and visit them all. Choose something within your price limit. Also, ensure that this venue can accommodate the amount of guests you plan to invite.

A few things to consider when you visit each hall:

1) What are your pricing packages and what do they include?
2) Do you provide catering services on site? Can we provide our own if we choose?
3) Will you provide the cake or do we need to get it from a bakery?
4) How many hours are included in the venue rental?
5) Is there an additional cost to have the ceremony at the wedding reception venue?
6) How many servers/waitstaff/bartenders will be provided based on our expected number of guests?
7) Is there a bridal suite for the bridal party?
8) Will there be other wedding receptions happening at the same time here as mine?
9) What additional charges are there for additional services such as open bar, valet parking, etc?
10) What is the availability of the venue during the desired timeframe?
11) Is the staff friendly and professional?

Compare the above information for all the venues you visit and narrow down your choices.
You will need to reserve your venue at least 1 year prior to the date you wish to be married (even earlier in some cases). This is an important decision, but as always----enjoy it!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My Very Own Wedding

Our wedding day was beautiful, we couldn't have asked for more. It was a beautiful day, despite the rain (which stopped anyway). We had our ceremony at the Queens Botanical Garden and reception at Riccardo's by the Bridge. We were happy, we had fun and we were glad that our friends and family could share in this special day.
Some of my vendors:
Photo-Shira Zimmerman
Video-Halo Video
Hair/Make-Up-Shannon Morman
DJ-Ebony Entertainment
Officiant-Rev. Corbett
Violinist-MAS Music

Vendor Spotlight-Simply You Creations

Are you in need of unique and practical favors. Simply You Creations is an Atlanta based company that has favors for every theme/style. I know the owner personally and she prides herself with catering to the customers needs. Check them out!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Stacey & Allen's Wedding 8/31/08

I had the pleasure of being the Day of Coordinator for Stacey and Allen's wedding on August 31, 2008 at Jericho Terrace. The ceremony and reception were beautiful. They are such a beautiful couple. The whole family is beautiful....no joke. lol. We had a little scare when the couple's son had an allergic reaction, but he turned out ok....the power of Benadryl. I also got to customize a few items for their wedding: the programs, menus, petal cones, table numbers, crypacks and placecards . I wish them all the best and a long happy marriage.

Vendors were:
DJ-Ultimate Sounds DJ
Hair/Make-Up-Shannon Morman

Welcome to My Blog!

Hi, my name is Lisa. Thanks for visiting my blog.
About Us:
Elite Affairs, LLC offers full service wedding planning, day of coordination, invitations and other creative services. We currently serve the NY and NJ regions but hope to expand sooner than later. Feel free to CONTACT US for more information. As time goes by, I will be post some of my work here. Feel free to leave comments.

So Blogs are the "in thing" now. I am very technologically challenged but decided I needed to start one. I enjoy reading other blogs so hopefully people will enjoy reading mine too.

So I have been married for 45 days now. WOW! Where did the time go? I am enjoying the married life so far and look forward to 50 more years (at least)..lol.

Let me start by giving some advice to all the soon to be brides. Weddings can be a stressful process, but it does not have to be. It can also be fun.....I promise. Here are some things that might help you through the whole planning process:

1) Stay within your budget. ....its actually possible to do this.
2) Don’t let family or friends stress you out with how to plan your own wedding. It’s your day, you do what you want.
3) You will know your true friends when it comes around to your wedding. If someone you really expected to be there for you doesn’t show an interest, don’t sob about it.
4) You will get overwhelmed at some point during the planning, just breathe, make a list of all your “to-do’s” and take it one step at a time.
5) Some things you should spend the extra money on: Photography. Be the judge for yourselves. I had an awesome photographer!
6) Do It Yourself (DIY) what you can. I saved a ton DIYing stuff.
7) Everyone will not RSVP. As easy as the process is, some people just won’t. Don’t sweat it, just call them up.
8) Start planning early. Don’t think you have an unlimited amount of time because time flies by so fast.
9) Do your research. You will want quality but it is possible to get quality at a good price. Compare your prices before you make a decision.
10) You don’t have to invite everyone you know to your wedding.

Happy Planning!