March 27, 2011

Destination Wedding Feel, Right In Your Own BackYard

A few months ago, I traveled to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands for a relaxing vacation as well as to do some research for some destination wedding events. A destination wedding can be a beautiful experience for not only you but your guests as well. These wedding events are usually very intimate, and create many opportunities for fun, travel and celebration. As great as these type of events are, sometimes that much dreamed about locale just won't work with every budget.

A dear friend and client is experiencing this exact issue. She is wanting a tropical, destination wedding but financially, the timing is just not right to do any traveling. So she is opting for a local venue with a lake. She loves the sand, the sun and the aqua blues and green of the ocean and, so that is where we started. It's important to her that her guests feel the casual elegance of a beach, even if there isn't a beach.Take a look at the inspiration boards we created to help start the planning process.

We are still tweaking the process but this is giving us a place to start. By the way, if you want to play with inspiration boards, check out Style Me Pretty's Style Circle. There are lots of great photos and layouts to help build your inspiration board and rev up your creativity. Well, I think we are ready to start planning. What do you think? Is there anything you would suggest we add or take away? I would love to know your thoughts.

Stay tuned for more trendy ideas using the senses to create the effect for your destination wedding event, at home.

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

March 21, 2011

Trunk Shows at Ivory Bridal Atelier - Houston

Ivory Bridal Atelier
Shopping for the wedding dress is a big part of the experience of being a bride-to-be. With so many designers, designs and dresses to choose from, how do you find "the one?"  Well, scouring magazines is a great place to start. Select photos of dresses you like, and designers that appeal to your style. Then select a few bridal salons to visit that carry samples of those designs. There are lots of great salons out there and many have trunk showings to assist with your selection of the perfect dress.  Here are a few of the upcoming trunk shows at the Ivory Bridal Atelier. With great shows like this, you are destined to find that perfect dress, for that perfect day, when you say "I Do," to that perfect guy.

Badgley Mischka Spring 2011 Trunk Show
Friday-Saturday, March 25-26

Alvina Valenta Spring 2011 Trunk Show
Friday-Saturday, April 1-2

Anne Barge Spring 2011 Trunk Show
Friday-Saturday, April 15-16

Lela Rose Spring 2011 Trunk Show
Friday-Saturday, April 29-30

Best of Lazaro Trunk Show
Friday-Saturday, June 10-11

Rivini Fall 2011 Trunk Show
Friday-Saturday, August 5-6

Call 713.550.1622 to make an appointment or visit

Ivory Bridal Atelier
West Ave, Second Floor
2800 Kirby Drive, Suite A218
Houston, Texas 77098

Stay tuned for more trendy ideas and shopping experiences to help plan and coordinate your special day.

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

March 2, 2011

Saying "Thank You" Is Still Important

When was the last time you attended a wedding, and sent a gift, only to never have your gift acknowledged. It's disappointing to speculate but I bet it was very recent. As a guest, I am sure you invested the time, energy and financial resources to purchase just the right gift for a couple that was near and dear to your heart. First of all, you want to know that they received your gift and then, you want to know, that they know that you gave them this certain gift. Gift giving is special and the process of receiving that gift should be treated as such.

A note of "thank you" means much more than you realize, and somewhere along the way, some of us have forgotten that. Does it really take that much more time to write a personal note acknowledging a gift. No, it doesn't. If you prepare yourself for the process of writing your thank you notes, and schedule a time to do the writing, it becomes that much easier.  To start, order some beautiful stationary notes to accompany the design of your wedding invites, or get something made especially for you, something to serve as your signature stationary.  I haven't met anyone that doesn't get excited about writing on beautiful stationary. While selecting your stationary, go ahead and splurge on that fabulous writing instrument that just feels so good in your hand and that just writes so well. To add an even more personal touch, get some personalized postage stamps and keep them on hand so there is never the excuse of being without a stamp. Aim to mail your thank yous no later than three months after receiving a gift. Snail mail can be a pain but this is one of those times that it is expected. "What about email," you ask? I say it's a don't, but that's my personal choice.

Ten Do’s and Don’ts of Thank You Notes

1.Do personalize your notes and make reference to the person as well as the gift.

2.Do remember that a gift should be acknowledged with the same courtesy and generous spirit in which it was given.

3.Do be enthusiastic, but don’t gush. Avoid saying a gift is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen unless you really mean it.

4.Don’t send form letters or cards with printed messages and just your signature; don’t use email or post a generic thank you on your wedding web site in lieu of a personal note.

5.Do promptly acknowledge the receipt of shipped gifts by sending a note right away or calling and following up with a written note in a day or two.

6.Don’t mention that you plan to return a gift or that you are dissatisfied in any way.

7.Don’t tailor your note to the perceived value of the gift; no one should receive a perfunctory note.

8.Do refer to the way you will use a gift of money. Mentioning the amount is optional.

9.Don’t include wedding photos or use photo cards if it will delay sending the note.

10.Don’t use being late as an excuse not to write. Even if you are still sending notes after your first anniversary, keep writing!

Remember, a beautiful and graciously handwritten thank you note is a gift in itself and it sets the tone of who you are as a couple. Your wedding isn't the last event or celebration that you will ever have. There will be baby showers, birthdays and anniversaries. Set the tone of your personality as one that is always gracious and grateful; recognizing the efforts and giving of those who love you.

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