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Rebekah & Dave (5.28.11) – TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach

We had the pleasure of coordinating Rebekah and Dave’s lovely ceremony at TPC Sawgrass on May 28th.  One of my favorite moments was watching Rebekah and Dave share a very sweet and romantic first look with their family and bridal party.  I can’t wait to to see the rest of the photos from Corinna Hoffman!  Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs!

Rebekah and Dave had a great team of wedding professionals:

Photography:  Corinna Hoffman Photography

Music:  Event Sound Entertainment

Flowers:  Kelley’s Bloom Room

Officiant: Pastor Cedric Johnson

Hair & Makeup: A Glamour Bride

More photos from Rebekah and Dave’s wedding will be posted on Corinna’s blog next week!

Hurricane Season Is Here

From The Wedding Protective Plan FAQ section :

We are only 10 days into the six month long Atlantic hurricane season. If you are planning a Florida wedding sometime between June and November you may want to consider protecting all the energy, time, and money you’ve invested in your big day. The Wedding Protective Plan from Travelers Insurance offers coverage for weddings that are postponed due to severe weather, military deployment, and many other unforeseen circumstances.

 

Q: Basically, what does the Wedding Protector PlanSM cover?
A: The plan can reimburse you if an important item related to your wedding (for example, your ring) is lost or damaged before you get married. The plan can reimburse you in case you lose your deposit if a vendor (for example, your florist) goes out of business before your wedding. You also can receive funds if events beyond your control cause you to postpone your wedding.  You may add coverage to protect you in case someone at your wedding is injured or causes damage to property of others. Of course, certain terms and conditions apply to these coverages, which you will want to review before you purchase your Wedding Protector Plan.

Visit the Wedding Protector Plan at www.protectmywedding.com for more information, FAQs, a risk assessment quiz, and a premium calculator.

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Peggy Post: Wedding Etiquette

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Heather and I recently attended the Association of Bridal Consultants’ annual conference in Indianapolis.  We met a lot of great people, and attended some very informative classes.  One of the highlights of the conference for me was meeting Peggy Post. That’s right, Peggy Post, the great-granddaughter-in-law of Emily Post – etiquette guru!

I attended two of Peggy’s sessions at the conference, and learned some really interesting things about etiquette and how it changes between cultures and over time.

One thing that really stuck out to me was that the giving of a thank you gift can differ between cultures.  The type of gift, when to give it, when to open it, and the appropriate way to reciprocate the gift can all vary depending on the culture.  For instance, be cautious if giving flowers as a gift.  Different colors or types of flowers have various meanings depending on the culture;  some even symbolizing death.  What I found even more interesting (and not surprising) is that chocolates are the universal thank you.

My favorite part of Peggy’s presentation, (besides her calling wedding coordinators saints) was her showing how the principles of etiquette have changed over time.

In 1922:
A bride-to-be could not accept apparel, a house, or a car from her fiancé.
A wedding in the evening would never take place in New York. A sit-down breakfast reception was the norm.
Southern weddings took place in the evenings (because the weather was typically cooler).

In 1980:
Female guests should never wear white or black to a wedding.
A woman who is re-marrying should never wear white.
A bridal gift registry could only consist of crystal, silver, china, and linen – that’s all!
The bridal party could only consist of men standing with the groom and women standing with the bride.

Now in 2009, we have honor attendants or even pets as participants in the bridal party.  It is acceptable for female guests to wear black; sometimes even the bridesmaids’ dresses are black.  And bridal registries often consist of just about any household item, even camping gear and flat screen TVs.  Not to mention the option of having a honeymoon registry, or requests for charity donations in lieu of gifts.

I also found it interesting that the one rule of etiquette that has not changed in over 80 years is the sending of a hand written thank you note after receiving a gift.

How do you think the rules of etiquette will change over the next 20 years?  Will evites be acceptable as wedding invitations?  Will social or eco-responsibility be more of a rule instead of an option?

Ohhhh,…Shiny

I was flipping through a Bride and Bloom magazine and this picture caught my eye.

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Yes, the chair covers are actually glowing!  How cool is that?  I think they would be great in a South Beach themed reception, or for adding a little more sparkle to your holiday party.

They are made with a fiber-optic fabric, and to make them even better they’re battery operated (no wires).   In addition to chair covers; linens, placemats, overlays, runners, pillows, and tray liners are available in this table décor rental line from PBG Event Productions.

Photo Source: PBG Event Productions

Couture Gown Trunk Show

Essense of Australia is launching their new couture line, Martina Liana and Love, A Bridal Boutique in Jacksonville Beach is hosting an exclusive presentation of the new Couture Bridal Line!  The trunk show will be held September 4-5, 2009.  Contact Love, A Bridal Boutique at (904) 242-9800 for reservations.

I could describe some the gowns’ amazing details, but think I will just share a few of my favorites (be forewarned, few things make me as happy as sparkles and lace).  These gowns are from Martina Liana’s 2009 collection…imagine what 2010 is going to bring!

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