Our January Evening with the Experts event was a great success! We had such a nice group of brides (and grooms, too! Yes - groom(s) plural!) I am so sorry that I didn't think to take a quick picture to share with you here...but you can be sure I will post one next month.
We started with appetizers and delicious wines from WineShop At Home! These unique artisan wines are really delicious and can be personalized with your signature label to put in baskets for attendant gifts, out of town guests, or served at the rehearsal dinner or reception. Serving or giving your own private label wine is such an elegant touch.
Then - April of April Whitney Events shared information on the difference between a Wedding Planner and a Wedding Coordinator, Budget Guidelines, Design Ideas, and touched on how to create your Wedding Day Itinerary. It was a comfortable arena for couples to ask about pricing for this service and lots of those awkward questions about wedding budget and etiquette. April has so much to share on all of these subjects, that she also has her own Wedding Planning 101 seminar here each month. Her next seminar date will be Wednesday, February 24th. $10 per person for soooooo much good information on the real "nuts and bolts" of planning your day.
Next up was the ever-so-adorable Amelia Winslow of Eating Made Easy. I met Amelia when she came into the showroom to preserve her wedding dress after her own wedding a year ago. We became fast friends and have now teamed up to provide valuable information to brides and grooms. Amelia is a Nutritionist and Personal Chef. Her new website...eating-made-easy.com will be launching in March. In her own words, Amelia offers what just about everyone wants and needs: delicious, healthy food you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. For our seminar, she provided nutrition tips so that you can stay healthy and look your best for your big day. Amelia is scheduling "Domestic Goddess" classes to be held in our showroom starting in March. Very fun and perfect for newlyweds! If you have any nutrition questions for Amelia, you may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then, photographer Michael Adams of Adams Studio entertained and informed us with down-to-earth straight talk about Wedding Photography. We now know what to keep in mind when selecting your photographer, what to avoid, what he thinks of "table photos with guests" (those who were here might remember his "not to be repeated" response to that question!) etc., etc. He suggested that a variety of matted engagement photos be placed on each dining table so that guests could sign the mat as the "guest book". This collection could then be framed and placed around your home after the wedding. Love that idea! Michael is a great speaker and made us laugh with references to Aunt Edna (everyone has one) and Uncle Fred! He made it really easy to ask all those burning questions regarding Wedding Photography.
As the Invitation Specialist at A Legendary Affair, I provided a short and sweet overview on etiquette and the secrets of how to select Wedding Invitations with ease.
Attendees received lots of gifts, discount certificates and their names were entered into our Honeymoon Prize drawing, which will take place in a few months. From now until our drawing date, Brides and Grooms may add your entry each day you visit our showroom!
Our next event is in the works and will take place on Thursday, February 18th at 6:30. Be sure you are following us on Twitter, on our mailing list, or our Facebook fan - so you can join in and make the planning as much fun as the party!