When Should My Band Eat?


If you don’t have a professional wedding planner, it may be up to you to create a wedding day timeline. One thing that is often overlooked is when the band will eat.

Read your band’s contract thoroughly. There is a usually a page (or two or three) called a Rider.  This is very important information, and you’ll want to share a copy with your venue coordinator. It usually details things like stage and power requirements, as well as meal requirements.

I have found that it is best for the band to eat before their first set. They will still need to take breaks, but the standard 15-minute break should be sufficient. Again, read the rider for their specific needs.

If you have any concerns about the timing, share your timeline with the band leader for his or her input. They do this every weekend, and know what works best for them!

Invisalign – A Wedding Gift For Yourself


I had the privilege of meeting with Dr. Don Alexander this week, and he had a great idea! Why not invest a little cash on yourself as you plan your wedding? Now is definitely the time to do it, before the house and kids and career really take over.

Dr. Alexander offers Invisalign®, but his practice is unique. It’s one of six offices in Jacksonville that have the technology to show you your anticipated results in just 15 minutes! The nifty computer screen you see pictured here is what makes it possible. And the mouth you see on the screen is mine! Granted, I had braces as a kid, and my teeth are still fairly straight, so you don’t see a huge difference. But in some of the cases Dr. Alexander showed me, even six months of Invisalign® can make a significant change in your smile. It just takes a few minutes to have your mouth scanned, and then it magically appears on the screen and makes the adjustments.

Dr. Alexander is offering our clients a great discount on Invisalign®, plus free teeth whitening for both the bride and groom. I was surprised to hear how affordable it is, even without the discount! Contact our office to get a special invitation to visit Dr. Alexander’s office for a complimentary consultation.


Why A Backup Plan Is Crucial To Your Wedding

We hear it all the time. “It’s not going to rain on my wedding day!” In fact, I’ve been known to say it, in a wishful-thinking sort of way. But the truth is, weather is unpredictable, and it’s not just rain that you need to worry about.

We’re in Florida, and it’s March. This week’s high ranged from 59 degrees to 78 degrees. While neither of these is an extreme temperature, there is huge blizzard hitting our neighbors to the north this week. And it could just as easily be in the 30’s here. Or it could rain, like it did 3 days last week.rain-umbrella

As you are planning your wedding, think about alternate locations. This is crucial if you are planning an outdoor ceremony, but think about everything else you will be doing outside – getting to the ceremony location, getting to the reception location, taking photos outside, etc.

As you are looking at your venue(s), ask yourself these questions:

  • How close can a car get to drop me off at the door? Will a limo fit into that same space?
  • Are there pretty places inside where we can take photos?
  • Is there a place to have the ceremony inside if necessary? Will it accommodate all our guests? Will I be happy with how it looks?
  • If we move the ceremony inside, how will our decor change?

We try to come up with backup plans that our brides and grooms love just as much as the primary plan. We have to use Plan B (or C or D) from time to time, but I’d much rather have a great plan in place and not need it. Spend the extra time thinking through the options as you prepare for your wedding!

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Multi-Cultural Wedding Tips

ChuppahI had the pleasure of attending the Association of Bridal Consultants’ Central Florida East luncheon yesterday. The guest speaker was Yehudit Steinberg, the founder of the Jewish Interfaith Wedding Network. She specializes in creating ceremonies blending religions and cultures, incorporating both families’ traditions and beliefs.

Yehudit shared some tips that you may want to consider when planning an interfaith wedding.

1. Don’t rush. Long engagements aren’t a bad thing, especially when it comes to blending two cultures or religions. You’ll want to explore your families’ traditions, and decide as a couple which traditions to incorporate into your wedding, and your marriage.

2. Open communication. Encourage your families to be a part of your wedding preparations, especially in terms of the ceremony.

3. Address ceremony options first. Especially when you are considering marrying in a house of worship, you will want to secure the date with your officiants before planning any other aspects of the wedding.  In other words, don’t book your reception venue and then find out it’s Yom Kippur and no rabbi will marry you!

Be sure to visit the Jewish Interfaith Wedding Network website for more great information!

Signature Drinks Featuring Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka

TheBlushingBride_Pearl Wedding Cake VodkaAt last year’s Association of Bridal Consultants’ conference, I was introduced to Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka. What a great addition to a signature drink! They have lots of great recipes on their website, but here are two they featured at the conference.

Blushing Bride (shown in photo)

2 oz Pearl Wedding Cake
2 oz Cranberry Juice
1/2 oz Prosecco

Chill champagne glass. Pour ingredients as listed. Garnish with a fresh strawberry and serve.

Tropical Wedding

2oz Pearl Wedding Cake
4oz Pineapple Juice

Pour Pearl in chilled martini glass. Add pineapple juice. Garnish with pineapple wedge.

Do you have signature drink recipe you’d like to share? Post it in the comments below!