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Beautiful wedding and a crazy day!

So I am blogging from my Blackberry waiting for everyone to arrive from the ceremony and it seems like all kinds of craziness has happened today.

I will certainly have to finish this blog on a real computer soon as there is so much to tell.

I can at least say the things I know for sure about wedding day, wedding planning, and vendors.
One-a well prepared planner always knows the LOCAL number to 911. Don’t even ask…just know that if there is ever another emergency at one of my client’s weddings, I know who to call and it aint Ghostbusters.
Two-Trio Blanchette provided beautiful music for us today. Make an effort to book those ladies for your next affair.
Three-Mt. Pleasant winery was nice as usual…way too crowded though. Who plays football/kickball next to a wedding ceremony!?!? If you are interested in booking a venue that is not private, remember you run the risk of nosey and loud patrons intruding on your time.
Four-the Stegton hall in St. Charles is not on my list of preferred vendors. First a minor room mixup, the staff is really nice but the owner is fussy. We will see how the rest of the night goes…
Five-THE COUPLE HIRED A PLANNER FOR A REASON! You (other vendors) are a vendor contracted to provide 1 component of an overall event that I have been hired to manage and tie together. Now I am the nicest most accomodating planner ever (as told my countless vendors who otherwise hate planners) but please let me do my job and I will graciously step aside for you to do yours! Don’t tell me, “I have a plan”. No dangit- I MADE the plan! With the couple!!!

Anywho…my fingers r getting blackberry cramp so ill finish later; all good things hopefully!

Score: David’s Bridal-1, Bride-1

I think I can declare this a win-win situation.  Let me explain…

My mother was so ready to find my gown and since David’s was having their annual $99 sale, we booked an appointment, grabbed my 2 MOH and aunt, and we went shopping.  I went straight from work and somehow I forgot to grab my super high-heeled, sexy, sex-and-the-city, hot-pink heels as well as my planning binder.  Yes, even wedding planners space out at times!

Gotta love the shoes… (as I repeat to myself: I CAN walk on grass, I  CAN walk on grass…)

Anyhow – We picked out several gowns in the store, about a dozen, including the 3 I had my eyes on from the online shopping I did.  I tried one 1 that my aunt liked first.  My wiiiide hips were too much but the gown was beautiful.  I grabbed a random, very plain veil to see how the look would come together and everyone loved it…big mistake.  it was $79!!!  FOR A PIECE OF TULLE!!!!  Insanity.

The second gown I tried was one with color and lots of pickups.  Liked it.  The 3rd gown was a very plain and simple cuff style gown that we all loved because it was me-plain!  I prefer the word classic but whatever.  We were ready to purchase but I convinced everyone to chill and let me try on a few more since I never plan on doing this again.  I’m sooooo glad we did because the 4th gown was THE ONE.  I will not be showing in online anywhere until after the wedding but it is perfect.  The saying is true: when it’s the one, you will just know!  Wait, was that saying about the gown or the husband?  Who cares.

At the end of the night (3 hours later!), my mom bought the gown, overpriced veil (that was conveniently discontinued), a different more classic pair of shoes, and the huge fru-fru slip.  Almost $800 later, we left for dinner.

Now for the wedding planner’s comments: I usually tell clients do NOT go to David’s first and do NOT let them talk you into buying up the store.  Well damn if I didn’t do just that!

In the end, I am happy; The saleslady was really nice and not pushy and I loved what I got.  Thus the win-win score.  Next time however I will NOT buy the veil; I am fairly crafty and could have EASILY made it myself for about $70 cheaper.  Same with the shoes.  They are cute but, I already have a pair that I LOVE!

Regrets:

  1. Not going to some fancy bridal salon and sipping champagne while I try on gowns waaaay out of my budget.  Hey, how many times in life will you get to play dress up in designer gowns!?!?
  2. Not talking to my favorite seamstress about her price for the same gown.
  3. Booking the last time slot of the day.
  4. Not sticking to my “rules”!

Tips:

  1. Remember your shoes or at least a pair of high heels.
  2. Don’t succumb to the pressure (or let your mother fall either).
  3. NEVER TRAVEL TO BRIDAL APPOINTMENTS WITHOUT YOUR BINDER!  The picture above of me with my 2 MOH holding the purses

    The 2nd best dress-classic!

    is only because I didn’t have my color swatches.  We ended up buying 8 swatches!

St. Louis Wedding Contest

I am looking for partners to produce a contest for a couple to have their wedding for $2500 or free if possible.  I am looking to do something like the Today show on NBC where the community selects a couple and all of their wedding components.  This is a huge marketing opportunity for the vendors as your name will be on all media and promotions.

Please contact me if you are interested.  I am looking for newbies to the business as well as seasoned professionals, however, all vendors MUST have references.  You will be donating your services in exchange for advertising with the event.  You will be expected to help market this; the more people we promote this to, the better.

The wedding will take place late summer 2011 for about 80-100 guests so you have a full year of marketing!  This will take limited effort (from the vendors) and is an awesome opportunity.

The couple will only be responsible for: their rings, guest favors, bridal party gifts, the cost of the food ONLY (the caterer will be donating time just like all the other vendors), and the amounts listed below next to each vendor not to exceed $2500.  The wedding will take place on a Sunday or Friday in an effort to reduce the expense to the venue.  The goal is that the vendors will donate their time only and not be out a huge expense for materials.  If I find a corporate sponsor for this event, the costs to the couple will be reduced first, then the cost to the vendors.

DO NOT APPLY FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DO THE WORK NECESSARY!!!

I am in need of:
website designer ($50)
photographers ($50 for the CD of pics and the rights)
videographers ($50 for the DVD)
musicians
deejays
officiants
linen company ($25 for delivery)
stationery designers ($50 for materials)
cake bakers ($50 for materials)
caterers ($ TBD)
ceremony locations
dress makers or dress shops or anyone willing to donate a dress
men’s suit shops
jewelery designer
makeup artist
hair stylist
event decorators
and any other wedding vendor which I may have forgotten!

(The wedding planner is booked!!!)

email me at details@dddetails.com for more info.  Please pass this along!