February 10, 2012

Planning Pretty Vendor Spotlight

One of the most important pieces of the puzzle when you’re choosing vendors for your wedding is how you get along with the person you’re going to be working with. You have to be able to put your trust in each of the vendors you choose and believe that they will make your vision come to life.

For that reason, face time is so important. You need to interact in person to be sure he/she doesn’t set off your gut’s “danger!” reaction. Nothing is as unsettling as being dangerously close to your wedding date and fearing that one of your vendors is not reliable.

A great way to screen a bunch of vendors at once is by going to events where multiple vendors will be hanging out.

This month’s Planning Pretty party has all of your bases covered. With seven wedding professionals on hand plus delicious snacks from local caterers, you’ll have a chance to feel out a variety of vendors—and maybe even find one you want to book!

Here’s a look at two of the fabulous vendors you can expect to see:

Melissa Scrofani, Westchester Hair Stylist

Melissa Scrofani is a hair stylist with thirteen years of experience. She doesn’t have a storefront. Instead, she removes the hassle and comes right to you—a detail which can be incredibly important when planning your wedding (especially if, like me, you have a daytime wedding and need hair and makeup done in the wee hours of the morning).

Melissa also does Hair/Tini parties, which is a fun little “girl’s night in” where you can sample and purchase top quality beauty products. Melissa offers expert tips and techniques that show you how to use the products—sounds like a fun bridal shower or bachelorette slumber party idea to me!

Sarah Lusardi, NY Engagements

Sarah Lusardi is the owner and head planner/designer of NY Engagements, a wedding planning and floral design service.

Sarah and her team offer a huge range of planning services with packages that will meet anyone’s needs. They do everything from full-service planning to day-of coordination, ceremony and reception set-up, and research.

Then there is their award-winning floral and event d├ęcor service, which greatly benefits from the fact that this team looks at all of the tiny details from a wedding planning point of view. They look at every piece of your wedding vision to create a look that is complementary and incredibly pulled together.

 source: Jennifer May

Come meet these lovely ladies and more at Planning Pretty! RSVP today before there are no spots left!

February 1, 2012

Planning Pretty Prizes!

I love weddings. I love the fashion. I love getting together with old friends and family. I love the dancing. And I especially love noticing all of the little details a couple includes in their big day.

Sometimes when you’re planning your wedding it seems like there’s always an endless barrage of the same old products. In fact, once you’ve been looking around a little you tend to notice that all of your searches turn up the same handful of results (no, I’m not looking for beach chair place card holders!).

If you’re looking for something a little bit different than the products you’ve seen at the last three weddings you attended, you’re in luck! Some of the fabulous raffle prizes at our upcoming Planning Pretty party include handmade pieces that you won’t find just anywhere!

Here’s a small taste of two of the awesome prizes you could win:

Hand Stamped Silverware 

Couples often think of getting special champagne flutes or knives to cut the cake on their big day, but what about silverware? Baby Puppy Designs takes vintage silver-plated silverware (most of which is from the early to mid-1900s) and hand stamps them with sweet little phrases like “Happily ever after begins today” and “For like ever.”

What an adorable photo op! And you could reuse them on anniversaries (like when you eat the top of your cake on your first anniversary!) and other special occasions. I just love this idea.

Guest Book Box 

This is another cute idea. I really enjoy looking at all of the fun alternatives to guest books people have been coming up with. From wishing trees to thumbprint artwork, the possibilities are endless.

One of the reasons I love this hand-crafted pine box idea from Gifts and Talents is that it doesn’t pigeonhole you to one specific idea. You can get creative with it. Have your guests leave their favorite recipes or memories of you. Give them a few different starter questions (anything from What’s your advice on having a happy marriage? to Share an embarrassing story about the bride or groom) or just have them leave their hopes and dreams for you as a couple. There are so many fun possibilities!

This is just a tiny taste of two of the fifteen (!) artisans that will be giving away everything from photo booth props and jewelry to cake toppers and pom pom flowers at Planning Pretty. You don’t want to miss it!

(Please note: these aren't the actual pieces that will be raffled at the party, but an example of the artists' work)