Tuesday, December 29, 2009
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
“We are excited to unveil WeddingWire Rated 2009, now in its third year. With hundreds of thousands of reviews, WeddingWire has made it easy for engaged couples to find the nation’s very best wedding professionals,” according to Sonny Ganguly, WeddingWire’s Chief Marketing Officer. “WeddingWire Rated is an excellent way for businesses to showcase their continued success in the wedding industry.”
rsvp event planning and management currently has three reviews with a top rating of 5.0, making it eligible to hold the Rated title on the WeddingWire Network. Each review has been written by a former client and includes detailed ratings and insightful descriptions of their experiences with our services. These reviews not only enhance our credibility, but also help differentiate our business within the WeddingWire Network.
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Monday, October 5, 2009
what should you get the bride? gifts for the bride usually consist of jewelry, and if you want to be very traditional you can get her diamond earrings or a pearl necklace. but this isn’t 1929 anymore, so some grooms throw tradition to the wayside and choose something more affordable and/or appropriate for the bride, like a first edition of her favorite book or private dance lessons. some choose to get something really meaningful like an embroidered handkerchief or simply a beautiful bouquet of roses and a heartfelt hand-written note, or generally just something the groom knows the bride would really enjoy and appreciate. if all else fails, what about something she can do on the honeymoon, or something you can do together, like scuba lessons, or an extravagant dinner. or better yet, a spa day, so she can unwind from the stress of all that wedding planning!
Friday, June 19, 2009
after dinner, the bride and groom scooped ice cream from taos cow...
...and guests left good wishes for the bride and groom.the party continued late into the evening while everyone danced the night away to cover songs performed by vanilla pop - they put on quite a show, complete with costumes and pencil-thin mustaches!
catering: los poblanos inn and cultural center
photography: insight foto
flowers: sonrisa blooms
entertainment: vanilla pop
ice cream: taos cow
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
a: the key is knowing how the makeup is going to photograph. lines photograph thicker, and colors photograph darker. only a makeup artist or photographer really has insight into this, which is why it is best to hire a makeup artist on your wedding day. if you do not know how your makeup is going to photograph, you could end up looking washed out or overdone. bridal makeup needs some staying power. if you decide to do your own makeup, use a base primer, eyelid primer, and lip primer to help your makeup last longer!
q: how do you choose a makeup artist? what questions should you ask?
a: look for a professional website. take a look at the artist’s portfolio online. do you like what you see? are you comfortable with that person’s style? if you’re at a makeup counter, look at how that person did their own makeup. do you like it? are they able to cover your flaws? do not overlook doing a makeup trial. this is where you will be able to tell if the makeup artist really listens to what you want, and is not consumed with selling you products. the best thing is always to get a recommendation from a friend, colleague, or family member. read reviews - but read them on websites where consumers are not paid to complete them!
q: how much should you expect to pay a makeup artist?
a: in the dc-metro area, a bride can expect to pay between $100 and $200 per application (i.e. for the trial, and for the wedding day).
q: how soon should you make an appointment to ensure the makeup artist is not already booked?
a: if your wedding is during “wedding season” (april, may, june), book early – up to 4 months in advance if you can. good makeup artists are snatched up quickly, and may only do one or two weddings per day, depending on timing and location.
q: how far ahead of time should you do a test run with your makeup artist?
a: any time since you booked him or her. don’t worry if you think you might be tanner by the time your wedding roles around. changing your foundation one or two shades is easy! the makeup trial is really important so do not put it off. it is not an ideal situation for a makeup artist to do your colors on the spot on the day of your wedding, and if you don’t like what he or she does, it will be time consuming and a little difficult to change it. at the trial, however, you’ll be able to play with different colors and make sure the artist really makes you look your best.
things you should discuss with your artist at the trial: what type of dress you’ll be wearing; what are your wedding colors; does your wedding have a theme; what will you be doing with your hair. all these factors play into your makeup style on the big day.
q: if you decide to do your own makeup on your wedding day, what changes should you make from your usual routine?
a: use primer! your makeup will last longer. emphasize either your lips or your eyes, but not both. wear a lipstick color that is a bit brighter than your everyday color; balance your eyes and your lips. choose a lipstick, not just a lip gloss. it is fine to wear a gloss over your lipstick for some added shine, but lip gloss alone may not provide enough coverage, and too much could cause a glare in your photos. blend your foundation color to match your face.
q: what tips do you have for makeup that will photograph well?
a: go easy on the lip gloss and shimmer. these things reflect light and will cause a glare in your photos. and no glitter!
q: what is in style now? do you recommend using a trendy makeup style, or sticking with something more classic?
a: timeless classic is always in style. keep in mind that you will be looking at your wedding photos for years to come. unless you are hosting a themed wedding, you probably won’t want to look back and be reminded of the dramatic eyeliner that was in style, or that cherry red lipstick that was a passing fad. a classic makeup style means no heavy drama – use subtle eye colors, and an eyeliner that is not too thick. soft lashes, a soft blush on your cheeks, and a pretty lipstick will look good forever. if you are dying to wear false eyelashes, go ahead! your makeup artist can help you choose a type that will enhance your eyes without looking overly dramatic.
q: what can you do to ensure you still look like yourself? many brides are afraid of having their makeup done by a professional because they have had bad previous experiences where makeup artists used way too much makeup.
a: speak up! a makeup artist has to know your comfort zone. make sure they are listening to what you want, and are able to make modifications to things you want to change.
q: what regimes should you follow in the weeks leading up to your wedding to help you get perfect skin?
a: know how your skin heals from waxing, facials, etc., and give it enough time to heal properly in the days leading up to your wedding. go easy on salt and caffeine – it makes you bloated and dehydrated. do not pick your blemishes. blemishes are only red because the are swollen. hold an ice cube to the blemish for 10 minutes to reduce swelling and redness. a makeup artist will have a much easier time covering a blemish without any broken skin. if you really have a nasty pimple, you can consider getting a cortisone shot from your dermatologist.
q: should you have your makeup done before or after your hair?
a: have your makeup done after your hair.
q: does it make a difference whether you have your makeup done on site or at a salon?
a: it really makes no difference, as long as there is some natural daylight. if the room is very dark or windowless, let your makeup artist know ahead of time. many makeup artists have special lights they can use to simulate natural light.
q: what is jan’s best kept secret?
a: use under eye concealer all the way up to your lashes and in the corners of your eyes.
give your lips a natural pout by applying a drop of lip gloss in the middle of your bottom lip (after applying lipstick of course). get a lesson from your makeup artist in mascara application - to give yourself the effect of having luscious lashes, you need to deposit mascara color right at the lash line by looking down into a mirror, holding the brush at your eyelash roots, wiggling it back and forth, and then pulling it through your lashes, one small section at a time. once you have done both eyes, go back to the first eye and coat the tips; repeat on the other eye. always use waterproof mascara on your wedding day!
q: what are jan’s must haves?
a: smashbox primer, and YSL touche éclat highlighter – you can put it everywhere!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
the couple entered the barn for dinner to the tune of when the saints come marching in, played on kazoos by everyone in the room - a surprise entrance crafted by a funny family friend. the reception look was complete with gorgeous gathered flowers arranged in mason jars and birch vase holders. after a delicious meal, guests feasted on a buffet of assorted pies (gina and linton are not cake people!), and then everyone danced their feet off, showcasing their party animal personalities in the photo booth the couple designed.
many thanks to the many vendors who helped make this day so wonderful...
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
if you think that your city-dwelling guests might not appreciate your "green" savvy rubbing off on them, get a plantable rosemary cutting instead of a tree. your guests will be able to plant them outside, or even in their kitchens, and will enjoy lots of delicious meals thanks to you!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
to stimulate your creativity, here are 10 of our favorite uses:
10. save the dates - can't choose your favorite photo? upload a variety of fun photos or images on one side of the mini cards, and your save the date information on the other. print different information on each card and then attach a few mini cards on one end with ribbon to showcase the fun details about your event.
9. thank you cards - use your favorite wedding photos to create a variety of thank you note cards to mail to your guests.
8. anxious for your guests to share their photos with you? set up a weblink where everyone can upload their photos to share. put the information on some fun mini cards and scatter them around your event for people to pick up and take home - on the bar, on cocktail tables, near a guest book.
7. can't decide on a theme for your business cards? share your business info on a variety of backgrounds.
6. looking for some creative and personalized bridal shower invitations? upload photos of the bride and groom on one side, and shower details on the other - each guest will receive their very own personalized invite!
5. are you wondering if all your guests will get along? create "table topics" cards with the mini cards by printing a different question or conversational topic on each card - how did the bride and groom meet; is it a boy or girl; what was the guest-of-honor's craziest job? your guests are sure to keep chatting for hours.
4. showcase everything your organization has accomplished by using invitation cards to create event programs. upload photos of your accomplishments and print these on the underside of the program card.
3. print photos of your organization's accomplishments on the greeting cards and mail them to your clients on their birthdays!
2. create holiday cards to mail to your clients. put your favorite organizational photos on them.
1. create personalized stickers to put on your party favors.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
did you know that there are 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the united states? march 10th is national women/girls HIV/AIDS awareness day - show your support by wearing your red pumps!
Monday, February 16, 2009
the picture above was created by laura swytak in seattle, but live event artists are growing in popularity and you will be able to find a great one in your area as well. the pieces often take anywhere from 3 to 5 hours to create, and come in standard sizes of 36x24 or 48x30 inches, although many artists will create custom sizes as well. artistic viewpoints vary widely, so be sure to interview the artists you connect with and choose one who's style is most representative of your own. these masterpieces can cost anywhere upwards of $1,000, but if that's too steep for your event budget, consider finding a local art student who would barter his talent for a free meal!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
the solution? inspired by one of my current brides, create a wedding blog! check out gina's site as an example. try using blogger.com to set it up. also check out this tutorial for a step-by-step guide on how to make your blog look and act like a website!
your blog will be easy to use, much more personal than a website, and you'll have your guests checking in much more regularly as they eagerly await much anticipated details of your wedding day. best of all, it won't cost you a thing and you'll have an extra few bucks to toast your honey with champagne over views of the eiffel tower! mais oui!