Sunday, November 29, 2009

ABC Indy Part II

Picking up from were we left off you will see some of the photos from the "Diamonds are a girls best friend" opening reception. This was a magical night full of joy and laughter. I enjoyed meeting new friends, as well as catching up with old friends. Lots of bling! The highlight of this night for me was getting the results of my masters panel presentation. I could relive this night over and over again.

We opened the first day with some good announcements from our president and our keynote speaker Frank Andonoplas gave an awesome presentation.

Take a look at the decor from the Fashionista Luncheon:

We were treated to a design presentation from Gene Huddleson with great ideas on taking a design vision and altering it to fit every budget without changing the overall theme. See photos below:

Following the luncheon I attended a seniors session with Rebecca Grinnals. She really knows her stuff, and I learned a great deal. I was inspired to make some changes that you will see in the months to come. We concluded day one of conference with 10 minute topics. Please stay tuned, more to come...

Photo Credits:
Diamonds are a girls best friend and Gene Huddleson presentation photos compliments of Shana Lumpkin Events

Sunday, November 22, 2009

ABC Indy Part I

I attended the Association of Bridal Consultants Annual Conference in Indianapolis Indiana two weeks ago, and wanted to share some of my journey with you. I arrived in Indy on Saturday November 7th expecting cold winter weather, but to my pleasure the weather was absolutely beautiful. Since Saturday was a non-conference day we had time to unwind and see the city.
This was the view from my room at the Hyatt.
Sunday was a very busy day for me filled with excitement. Sunday morning I presented by portfolio before the Masters Panel for consideration to become a Master Bridal Consultant, and less than one hour later I was on my way to Lucas Oil Stadium to watch the Colts take on the Houston Texans. I had a wonderful time. The Locals adopted me as an honorary Colt, but we all know I love my Jaguars too much for that to last more that a few hours. Lucas Oil Stadium was amazing. It was absolutely breathtaking. Take a look and judge for yourself.

After the game with less than one hour to spare I had to get pretty for the Diamonds are a girls best friend opening reception. Want to see more of the Diamonds are a girls best friend event? Stay tuned for part II....

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lisa Burnett of Elegant Weddings by Lisa designated Master Bridal Consultant™

Jacksonville, Florida November 12, 2009- Elegant Weddings by Lisa is pleased to announce that Lisa Burnett has been awarded the designation of Master Bridal Consultant ™. This high honor was awarded at the 2009 Association of Bridal Consultants annual conference in Indianapolis IN.

Lisa is Northeast Florida’s only Master Bridal Consultant and one of only 50 Master Bridal Consultants in the world. Master Bridal Consultant™ is the highest level of achievement for the Association of Bridal Consultants.

“I am extremely humbled as well as overjoyed by receiving such an honor. I have put my heart and soul into wedding planning, and to reach this high level is a dream come true” said Lisa Burnett; Owner/Master Bridal Consultant™. “The best is yet to come”.

The Association of Bridal Consultants has been the professional organization for the wedding industry since 1981 and has over 4,000 members in 26 countries on six continents. The Association of Bridal Consultants is a membership service organization, designed to increase awareness of the wedding business and improve the professionalism of members. Membership is open to all wedding-related vendors. As a member, you can benefit from a local and national networking system, educational programs, and more.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Who makes the "A" list?

This is a topic that I address with virtually all my brides, so I wanted to share this post with you from Linnyette Richardson-Hall because it is so honest and hits the nail right on the head.

Celebration...not obligation

That's what your wedding is about. You and your beloved should be celebrating this milestone moment with those people in your life who mean the most. Simply put - a wedding is about "celebration - not obligation".

As a planner, I hear it all of the time. Guest lists that are crazy out of control because couples feel as if they MUST invite everyone in the known galaxy....the 4th cousin twice removed, the passenger who sits next to you on the commuter train, the lady down the street from your grandma who used to make cookies when you were small, the ladies from your aunt's Flower Circle at church who pinched your cheeks when you were 5 and attending Sunday School, the girl who's wedding you were in (but in actuality, you REALLY don't want her as a part of your party)...oh, this list goes on.

Wanna save money? Get off of the bus - ring the bell and tell the driver "the next stop is mine". In plain terms, rein it in and start to clearly articulate who can make the "cut". I get it - everyone thinks they are important enought to warrant an invite to your shindig. Unless your name is Jay-Z, Diddy, Trump, Gates, Buffet (throw in your favorite millionaire), it costs $$$$ to have a wedding. Let's be real here - you know you have a budget and you know you have to live after the "I Do's" are said. Make life easy on you (and your wallet) - take a closer look at those names on the spreadsheet. Have the "conversation" with your fiance' and be honest - if you don't know the names on the list....reconsider sending that invitation.

You should be able to mingle at your reception and seriously know every single face that's in the place. Period. A wedding is about the joining of hearts, families and friends - it's special. No one should ever make you feel OBLIGATED to include a guest that you don't know. This is your wedding, your party and you have the right to extend that special honor to attend to the people who really matter. This isn't a "free for all" or a "house party". It's the day you become Mr. & Mrs., and from my perspective -that means a lot.

At the end of the day - I want you to be able to look back and remember all of the smiling faces that saw you begin this amazing journey. Those should be faces that you chose to celebrate with you...not because you felt you HAD to invite them. There's a distinct difference between choice and obligation. Make sure you know which one is important on this day.......

Thanks Linnyette for your insight.