September 25, 2010

Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss (Well, It's About Time!)

 Photo courtesy of TLC
Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss

Finally, a television bridal series that I look forward to watching. Glad to see things are looking up for plus-size brides, who want to be drop-dead gorgeous on their wedding day too. We at Alpha Prosperity Events will be following this series to see if the designers are sending appropriate sample dress sizes for the plus-size bride. If Kleinfelds and Randy Fenoli can't set the tone for a change, where sample wedding dress sizes are concerned, I don't know who can. The series starts October 1, 2010 on TLC. Check back and leave your comments about the show. I'd love to know your thoughts.

Hope this a trendy idea, that will make finding the "dress," a lot less stressful for the full-figured bride. Here's to big bliss

Event & Wedding Planner 
Alpha Prosperity Events 
Houston ~ Missouri City ~ New Orleans

September 19, 2010

Cake Charms - A Memorable Gift for Bridesmaids

Often times we hear so much about the "bridezilla" demanding that everyone and everything be about her, we forget that there are future brides out there, that truly appreciate their family and closest friends being a part of their special day. Even with all of the wedding planning excitement, these brides realize that her friends and family have taken on not only a huge time commitment to be a part of the wedding, but also a huge financial commitment. There is the purchase of the bridesmaid's dress, chipping in for the bridal shower and bachelorette party, as well as travel and a wedding gift. Many brides purchase jewelry for their bridal party to wear with their bridesmaid dress, but many also want to give their bridal party something a bit more meaningful from the wedding festivities; something to remind their bridesmaids of their bond of friendship during this special time in the bride's life.

Photo: Courtesy of Mignon Faget
In the south, we celebrate a Victorian tradition of cake charms in the wedding or bridal shower cake. The charms are under the bottom layer of the cake, attached to ribbons on the outside of the cake. Before cutting the cake, the bridesmaids, and sometimes other close female friends that are not part of the bridal party, pull one of the ribbons from the cake. Each charm held significance and foretold the bridesmaid’s future. Sometimes color- coded satin ribbons are attached to each charm so that single, married, and junior bridesmaids may pull charms with appropriate messages. Along with their symbolism, wedding charms also make for unique gifts. Bridesmaids may use them as pendants or wear them on charm bracelets. More importantly, they are a reminder of a very special time in a bride’s life. You can find wedding cake charms in bridal shops or catalogs. The following is a listing of the various charm types with their symbolism:
  • Airplane - A life of adventure and travel
  • Anchor - A life of stability
  • Baby Booty - A life with happy and healthy children
  • Captain’s Wheel - A life of adventure and travel
  • Carriage - A fairly tale life
  • Church - Next to be married
  • Cross - A life full of peace
  • Cupid - Love will strike
  • Eiffel Tower - A life of travel
  • Entangled Hearts - An everlasting love
  • Flower - A blossoming relationship
  • Frog - You will kiss a prince
  • Four Leaf Clover - Good luck in your future
  • Heart - Your love is a true love
  • Heart with Hands - A life filled with love
  • High Chair - A life with happy and healthy children
  • Holy Bible - A peaceful life
  • Hope Chest - A marriage in the future
  • Horseshoe - Good luck will come your way
  • Kite - A life of fun and leisure
  • Magic Lamp - A life of magic
  • Moneybag - A life with financial security
  • Oil Derrick - A wealthy life
  • Owl - A life of wisdom
  • Pacifier - Next to have a baby
  • Picture frame - A happy marriage
  • Rings - Engagement in near future
  • Rocking Chair - A long, happy life
  • Rose - A life of beauty
  • Shamrock - Good luck will find you
  • Star - A wish will be granted
  • Telephone - Good news is coming your way
  • Unicorn - A life of fantasy
  • Wedding Cake - Next to be married
  • Wedding Bells - Next to be married
  • Wedding Couple - A wedding in the near future
  • Wine Carafe - A life of romance
  • Wishbone - Good luck in love
  • Wishing Well - A wish will be granted
  • Wreath - A happy home
Now that's a great trendy, giving idea, don't you think? Stay tuned for more trendy event ideas and inspirations.

Event & Wedding Planner
Alpha Prosperity Events
Southwest Houston ~ Missouri City ~ New Orleans

September 8, 2010

Still Think You Don't Need a Wedding Coordinator?

To be a successful wedding coordinator and planner, you have to do a lot of research to keep up with trends and needs of the industry. As much as we would like to be thought of as the "all great knowing one," it doesn't always work that way and the knowledge or know-how doesn't come that easy. To service our clients, we have to do lots of research and homework to be the best for our clients. 

While doing my homework, I lucked up on the blog, At Home with Jodie Duncan by Jodie Duncan. She had a wonderful post on the importance of using a wedding coordinator. I don't usually repost another professional's blog entry but this one was so compassionate about why we coordinators do what we do and why we want to do it for you, our client, that I just could resist. Enjoy.

by Jodie Duncan - At Home with Jodie Duncan

Event & Wedding Planner
Alpha Prosperity Events
Southwest Houston ~ Missouri City ~ New Orleans