Tuesday, November 17, 2009

DC Wedding Workbook is Now Available!

Today's the day ~ we've been waiting all month to see the premiere issue of the DC Wedding Workbook.  Why?  Well, A Splash of Elegance is one of the featured vendors, so get your copy today and check it out!  There are only four vendors per category, so we're pretty excited that we got a shot at this premiere publication. 

For those of you DIY brides, register today for our upcoming DIY Wedding Workshop on Sunday, January 10, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Maggiano's in the Tyson's Galleria.  The cost is $50 for one registrant and $99 for three ... so, grab your groom and your mother or your maid of honor or your bridesmaid and come get all the latest in DIY tips for 2010 plus loads of money-saving coupons!

But in the meantime, you can purchase your very own copy of the DC Wedding Workbook at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or online at http://www.bridalworkbook.com/

Happy planning ~

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Business of Brides

Greetings from Indianapolis, where The Association of Bridal Consultants annual conference, The Business of Brides, has just kicked off!  Wow, what a wonderful day ~ a great breakout session with Stephanie, the editor of the new mag, Get Married!  While it was sad to see Bride Magazine and Elegant Bride magazine fold this past month, Get Married! has a fresh new look for today's bride ~ very bright and edgy, and very into technology ... lots of great new ideas to glean from this presentation.

Then it was off to the NH Hoteles presentation of their all-inclusive resorts in Mexico ... oo la la!  Contact A Splash of Elegance for your destination wedding or vacation travels for the best service to these resorts!

Now it's off to the opening evening's cocktail reception for some great networking with others in the industry ~ so many great conversations today, some great ideas to share with the team and our brides!  More scoop tomorrow, so stay tuned!

We value the day and the event, but we treasure the lifelong relationship with our clients.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pearls of Wisdom

I've just read an article that troubles me, so I wanted to share some pearls of wisdom with all of our dear brides.  Let me preface by saying that it is our job as wedding planners and consultants to make you, our dear brides, look as perfect as you can on one of the most important days of your lives.  Now, having said that, once we give our expertise to you, it is your decision as to whether or not you implement said wisdom.

Apparently there is a new service for brides called e-Gifting, which allows a bride to print off gift registry cards to include in her invitation ensemble and to print off pre-printed thank you notes, among other things.

Please let me be very clear about this ~ while this sounds like a wonderful time-saving thing to do, there are real etiquette issues with using this service.  It is NEVER (sorry, the caps are for emphasis) permissable to add your gift registry with any invitation ... wedding, shower, whatever, it is just not to be done.  Word of mouth is the proper way to let your guests know where you are registered, if they are interested in knowing.  (Remember, you have asked  for their presence, not presents). 

And then we get to the thank you notes, and any of you who knows me can see me reeling on the ceiling fan over this one!  Thank you notes must always (ok, I spared you the caps this time) be handwritten, either by the bride or the groom.  If you write them as soon as a gift arrives, you're not faced with a mountain of thank you's to write when you arrive home from your honeymoon.

There you have it, pearls of wisdom ~

We value the day and the event, but we treasure the lifelong relationships with our clients.