Fun WOW Ideas for Your Reception

One of the highlights of TSE is Michael Cerbelli’s Hot Event and Entertainment Ideas. (Michael is the President of Special Events for the New Jersey based Total Entertainment, Inc.).

During this high-energy session he showed us 38 amazing and fun ideas for events, including exciting products and entertainment acts.

My personal favorites are:

Cake-o-licious Pops – bite sized cake pops that come in in several different flavors and designs

Coffee Stencils – a plastic stencil designed to decorate latte or cappuccino coffee (I’m not a coffee drinker, but I want some of these so bad!)

Shots by Party Rimz – disposable shot glasses with flavored crystal rims in various colors and flavors including Green Apple, Watermelon, Wild Berry, and Chocolate.

These ideas are relatively inexpensive, but will add a fun WOW factor to your wedding or other special event.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Jean’s Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding – Part 3

Wedding Planning Tips: Tip #3 – Express Yourself

3. Don’t be afraid of expressing yourself

Your wedding professionals want to create a wedding that is just for you (it’s no fun for us to do the same thing over and over again) so you’ll need to let them know what you want. You aren’t the same as anyone else, and you don’t have to let your wedding be the same as anyone elses. Take into consideration the region where you live (or grew up), your heritage, any family traditions or customs, and use these elements to personalize your wedding.

Jean’s Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding – Part 2

Also, remember to tell them what you don’t like and what you don’t want as well as what you do like and want. Tear pages out of magazines of things you love and things you can’t stand.

Be as specific as possible when explaining what you are looking for. But if there is something that you’re not sure of — for example, you want to carry a bouquet, but don’t have any idea what style or types of flowers you want to have — don’t despair. By indicating what you don’t want can make it easier for you and your wedding professionals to head in the right direction by process of elimination, and come up with some great ideas that will work for you.

Jean’s Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding – Part 8

Get extra color swatches to share with your wedding planner, florist, baker and linen specialists — anyone who will be dealing with how colors will be used at your wedding — so they truly understand what colors you’re talking about. Don’t rely on color name alone. One person’s “wine” is another person’s “burgundy.”

Do whatever it takes to get your point across.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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TSE 2010

Got back from an amazing week in New Orleans for The Special Event 2010. My feet are worn out from all the walking – seeing the sights and enjoying the food (Messina’s at Riverwalk has the BEST bread pudding), and spending time with old and new friends.

But it wasn’t all play.

It was a pleasure, and privilege to have been a finalist in the Table Top Design competition – and thank you to all the sweet compliments I received for my entry. I called it “Deco Opulence” and it was inspired by the Art Deco movement of the 20 & 30s. My design featured a combination of reproductions and my own interpretation — as well as a pair of vintage salt & pepper shakers.


This bronze “Moon Lady” mirror has found a place in my living room.

Many thanks to Prime Time Party Rental for lending the black crinkle linen and dishes and to Connie Duglin Specialty Linen for lending the silver lame linen.

Jean’s Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding – Part 2

Wedding Planning Tips: Tip #2 – Know Your Priorities

The 2nd thing to do after you’ve gotten engaged (and I think that this is probably one of the most important) is:

2. Know your priorities
Your wedding will share many of the same elements as all of the other brides in this room – such as music, a cake, flowers. What will be different are your individual preferences.

Figure out what elements of a wedding are more important to you and those that aren’t so important. All things are not created equal, and the importance of the different elements that will go into the make-up of your wedding won’t be equal either.

Jean’s Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding – Part 3

Ideally, you may “want it all” but unless you’ve got the pocketbook of a Rockefeller, you’ll need to make some compromises.

Make a list of all the things that you will have in your wedding – the music, the cake, the flowers, and rate them by order of importance. What’s more important to you, a delicious cake or awesome flowers? Fabulous food or a killer gown? Get your fiancé’s input as well. It’s his wedding too! Besides, if something’s high on his list, and low on yours – guess who’s “to do” list it goes on?

Jean’s Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding – Part 9

By knowing your priorities, your choices will better reflect who you are and you will have a better sense of when to skimp and when to splurge.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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The Special Event 2010

In 4 days I’ll be attending The Special Event in New Orleans. Hmmm. How to describe The Special Event? It’s part conference, trade show, workshop, (and sooooo much more) for the event industry.

It’s my second time attending, and I am proud to be a finalist (for the 2nd year in a row) in their Tabletop Design Competition. Here’s a pic from last year’s entry. (Yes, that’s a 30 inch Eiffel Tower in the middle of the table).


I’m looking forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, learning new ideas and discovering new products that I can share with my brides.

‘Why We Do That’

Origins of Wedding Traditions – Bridal bouquets

The bridal bouquet was originally made of herbs, not flowers. It usually contained herbs which had a strong smell, such as thyme and garlic. The purpose was to frighten away any evil spirits which may be trying to cause trouble or harm to the bride.

Through the years, this ‘fragrant’ bouquet evolved into the lovely (and beautifully scented) floral bouquets that brides carry today.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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For planning help and unique ideas for your wedding contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!