Monday, October 27, 2008

Getting the Most out of Your Initial Consultation

The initial consultation is a get to know each other meeting for both the Bride as well as the Bridal Consultant. In order to get the most out of this meeting, it is best to come prepared. Although most Bridal Consultants are very knowledgeable and creative, your input puts a personal touch on the wedding. Whether you are starting from scratch or you have finalized some details of your wedding, these are some things you can do to enhance your first experience with the bridal consultant:

  • If you have selected your dress bring a picture, or the style number and designer and be prepared to describe it. If you have not selected your dress give the consultant feed back on the color you plan to wear, as well as the style and formality. Your dress sets the tone for the entire event. If the groom is going to be present at the meeting your consultant will work around this situation without giving the groom an advance vision of the dress.

  • Bring pictures of flowers, linen, table settings or any other decor or ideas that you have seen and want incorporated in your wedding.

  • Have an idea of the color scheme you want to use in your wedding.

  • If you have booked any vendors or your ceremony and reception venues, bring those contracts with you as well as any contact information.

  • Set a realistic budget and be prepared to discuss it with your consultant honestly. The more your consultant knows about your budget, the better he or she can maximize your dollars.

  • Have in mind an estimate of the number of guests you plan to have at your wedding.

  • Decide on how many members you want in your bridal party.

  • Most importantly set a wedding date, and have an idea of the time of day you want your ceremony to begin.

  • If you have any family or cultural traditions that you want to incorporate into your wedding make your consultant aware of those as well.

  • Make sure your consultant is aware of any special family situations.

  • Prepare a list of questions that you want to ask the consultant.

When selecting your consultant make sure you are comfortable with their personality, as the two of you will be spending a great deal of time together in the months to come planning your wedding. Always make sure the consultant you hire is licensed. A coordinator that is a member of a Bridal Association is a plus, because this means he or she is dedicated to their profession. Never make a decision based on price. The cheapest is not always the best. Remember as with everything in life you get what you pay for. An experienced consultant is priceless.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Let Him Eat Cake...

Contrary to popular beliefs, the wedding is about the Groom as well. What better way to incorporate his style than with a cake. Grooms cakes with a creative flair are becoming more popular, and add a unique touch to your reception. The only (and most important) rule would be to make sure the design of your cake is done with class. Insulting and obscene cakes are a definite no no. Other than that the possibilities are endless. Center your cake around the Grooms interests for example: his favorite sports team, his college, personal hobbies, as well as places he has traveled. The grooms cake is normally made in a flavor different from the wedding cake. Traditionally the grooms cake was a chocolate cake, but today it is being made in a variety of flavors. In the early days the wedding cakes were iced fruit cakes. As weddings progressed and it moved towards the stacked pound cakes, guest still wanted the fruit cake as well, thus became the grooms cake. The grooms cake was usually boxed up for the guests to take home. Legend has it that an unmarried woman who placed her slice of grooms cake under her pillow would dream of her husband to be. What better reason to have a grooms cake!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Higher Learning

Just another way to make your wedding experience the best it could be, I attended the Association of Bridal consultants Florida State Conference in Tampa Florida. The seminars provided some very good educational topics. Just to name a few we were educated on tents and how to use them for a simple to the most grand event. We were treated to a wonderful floral class on creating cake toppers, bouquets and boutonnieres. A diversity and multicultural seminar were also included. An awards reception was included in which I received three awards. It was a wonderful time for all. It is always great to mix and mingle with other wedding professionals that share your same passion. This conference received my A+ vote of approval. Cant wait until next year!