Going high-class on a low budget

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Blog |

You don’t have to be a starlet to have an A-list wedding. Try these affordable versions of celebritywedding trends to create a top-tier event of your own.ADD A SPLASH OF COLOR Celeb style: When Gwen Stefani wed Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, she knew she wanted something less traditional than a plain white dress. The singer/designer donned a one-of-a-kind John Galliano gown that graduated from a soft white into a hot-pink train. Do it for less: Instead of commissioning a custom Dior gown like Gwen’s, add a splash of color to your gown withwedding accessory waist bands and belts.  Bright fabrics, beads and bows can also be fashioned into a sash, wrap or waist band. Celebrities love accents of black and jewel tones right now, so try a sapphire-navy, a ruby-pink, an emerald-green or a coral-red accent. Follow Gwen’s lead and match a single flower to your fabric to place on the strap of your gown or in your hair. ADD SOME CULTURE Celeb style: When My Girl actress Anna Chlumski married her husband Shaun So, the couple implemented traditions from both of their families’ backgrounds into their Wedding Day vision. To honor her husband’s Chinese heritage, Anna wore a traditional Chinese dress to her reception after the ceremony. The couple had both sides of their family partake in a time-honored tea ceremony before the reception, and for the party favors, the couple gave out chopsticks with the Chinese character for longevity printed on the sides. Do it for less: Whether or not you and your partner have different cultural backgrounds, you can add a fun cultural theme to your wedding by incorporating a few elements into your vision. Follow in Anna and Shaun’s footsteps and offer a traditional Chinese or Japanese tea with dessert, along with fun party favors, such as silver fortune cookies with a thank-you fortune inside.   ADD FAUX-FUR PIECES Celeb Style:On June 1st, Sean Parker, billionaire Internet techy and one of the creators of Napster and Facebook, traded vows with singer and songwriter, Alexandra Lenas. The couple swooned their guests with an extravagant, ‘over-worldly’ outdoor wedding and reception surrounded by the magical woodland forests of Big Sur, California. Beautiful, eye catching, individual, faux-fur blankets were draped over the back of each guest’s chair, providing protection from the cooling temperatures as the outdoor celebration continued and daylight turned to nightfall.  Large king size beds were also covered with faux-fur coverlets for comfortable conversation areas where guests could gather and mingle and feel protected from the crisp, cool mountain air. Do it For Less: You don’t have to gift each guest with their own fur to implement this years eye catching trend. If you think your guests may get chilly, try rolling individual faux-fur blankets and placing them in baskets throughout your reception area,...

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Red Tip: Fixate on the End Prize

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Blog |

What does the end result of what you seek look like?  To get what you want most out of life, you need to become that which you are seeking.  Every resource, individual and opportunity has always been there waiting for you.  The key is to starting BEING what you SEEK – only then can you truly draw these extraordinary gifts to you.  Never has there been a more extraordinary time to be alive than right NOW.  When you FIXATE on the end prize – you give yourself permission to be all that you can be.  Looking back on the past – no longer serves you.  It is time to cultivate a new success habit focused on creating what you want most.  Focus on allocating energy towards creating your life knowing that what you focus on will expand.  “Energy flows where your attention goes.”  Some fear may present itself – recognize that fear is simply energy.  Love what shows up, then focus only on what you want to create in your life.  Love, Happiness, Inner-peace, Freedom, Simplicity and Abundance are all waiting for you and will ONLY appear in your life when you are ready to start BEING them.Push beyond the pain, stretch into your greatness and create the life you have imagined....

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Red Tip: This is your Time

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Blog |

Up to this point, you have under estimated your true potential.  Today is the day you look in the mirror and confidently say to yourself:  “This is my time.  I am creating my life.  I am taking 100% responsibility for the results that I wish to experience.  This is my time to experience the love that I deserve.” Today is a new day, a rainy day to wash away all of your past doubts, fears and regrets that have been holding you back.  Today is the day you move forward with even greater passion and purpose to claim YOUR life – the one that you want to create on your terms.   This is your time to show others and more importantly, yourself that you can make your dreams come true.  Every thing and everyone has always been there, waiting to ‘take your hand’ and cross that finish line.  Now you are ready to receive it, you are ready to embrace everything and everyone that you deserve. This is your time to come alive. www.defyeneurs.com Push beyond the pain, stretch into your greatness and create the life you have imagined....

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Wed Tip:Fabulous Footage

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Blog |

A wedding video captures the events you’re part of—and those you’ll inevitably miss, such as your family and friends arriving to the ceremony or your guests’ expressions while the best man delivers his toast. A great wedding video captures all those moments so that long after your Wedding Day, you can experience, enjoy and share them.Thankfully, a lot has changed since the Dark Ages when wedding videography first became popular back in the early ’90s. Dreadful hallmarks of that era include shaky camera work, a mess of bulky equipment, videos that went twice as long as “Gone with the Wind” and cheesy graphics almost too cringe-worthy to watch now (floating hearts, disembodied heads in cartoon champagne glasses, etc.)New technology means that the wedding videographer (or nowadays, “wedding filmmaker”) can remain unobtrusive and still get the very best footage. Finished videos can be ready in days, not months, and those corny overlay graphics are a thing of the past—replaced by some new wedding videography trends that hopefully will still be considered as cool in 20 years as they are today. Here’s a preview of the hottest trends: Wedding trailers People joke about it, but it’s actually true: One of the first things that many brides (and a few grooms) do right after the ceremony is update their Facebook relationship status. It’s also become expected in many circles that Facebook friends (or counterparts at all the other social media sites) will get a glimpse of your Big Day within hours of the ceremony being over, let alone the reception, and just as many couples are interested in being the first to upload a peek of theirwedding as well. For this reason, a social-media-ready montage available to the couple immediately after the wedding is an increasingly common request. The best of these are brief—easy to upload and perfect for short attention spans as well as attaching to emails—and are perfect teasers for the real thing, offering snap-shots of the big moments that even casual acquaintances will want to see. Wedding interviews are out For a few years it was all the rage to have “guest interviews” included as a standard part of a weddingvideo, usually with pretty dreadful and awkward results. This has become passé as it seems the majority of guests would rather not feel they have to speak into the camera and newlyweds would rather not have that disruption for their guests. Couples instead want to see the natural way the day unfolds, and in some cases, filmmakers record the unexpected moments and even some of those funnier, unplanned weddingbloopers. Stop-motion video booths This is a very fresh idea, but one that has been creating a lot of buzz. It’s an extension of the photo booth, and one that, in the right hands, can produce some very funky footage and...

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Event Tip: SPIN News October 2013

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Blog |

Scary Planner Stories – 5th Anniversary   We all have them, right?  And sometimes (if we were lucky!), we’ve managed to live through them with jobs intact and can now look back and laugh about them (whew!).  In the spirit of the spooky-scary holiday that October screams about, this month’s issue contains scary planner stories, a visit to India (through Shawna’s eyes), and more.We also start to Celebrate SPIN’s 5th Anniversary!   www.spinplanners.com/spinnews.html. Read my story about “Scary” Clients on p.4 & p.8   In this issue: Meetings Planners GONE WILD Happy 5th Anniversary to SPIN “Scary” Clients Meeting Value Metrics & ROI Incredible India Scary Planner Stories SPIN’s Virtual Costume Contest Sustainable Business Practices Course SPIN to IMEX America For more info about SPIN go to...

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