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Greetings from The St. Regis Monarch Bay

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

The blog has been silent this week, but mainly because The Blogsmaid has just been very, very busy as this Sunday is the Brides Live Wedding.  Though I’ve written about it before, I will offer you up a recap: Brides ran a contest where one lucky couple won an amazing wedding planned and designed by US at the St. Regis Monarch Bay.  The entire thing has been crowdsourced on Facebook – the decor scheme, her gown, the cake.  And now it’s finally happening!  The theme has been Beach Chic and it’s coming along FABULOUSLY.  We have been spray painting, napkin folding and…. pre-taping… because the whole thing will run live (with some behind the scenes elements) on Brides.com/livewedding/ on Sunday (April 7th) at 4PM PST/ 7PM EST.  There will be live musical performances, inspiring decor and, of course, true love!  Of course, we’ll be tweeting and instagraming behind the scenes pics under the hash tag #brideslivewedding and I’ll be recaping all of our amazing vendor partners like Nuage, Luxe Event Rentals, Laura Hooper Calligraphy and Classic Party Rentals. xoxox

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Lord have Mercy!

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Practical Planning | No Comments

Mercy Hangover Prevention DrinkI shouldn’t really take the Lord’s name in vain like that, but honestly, there is nothing worse than stumbling into a big day with a hangover.   Especially on your BIG day.  And while most brides and grooms exhibit a bit of restraint during their Rehearsal dinners, the same can’t be said about the wedding party or even an overly enthusiastic Mother of the Bride or two.

So, I was delighted when, yesterday in a mild Easter Hangover myself, I read about Mercy:  “a caffeine-free and non-alcoholic drink that is backed with over eight years of research and development with Gwyneth Paltrow as an investor and Dr. Steven Lamm backing the drink.”  OF COURSE Gwyneth Paltrow is involved!  Gwyneth lives in a world without hangovers. It’s only fair that she develop a product that gives that gift to the rest of us.

Essentially if after our Boozy Easter Brunch we would have each had a Mercy as the last thing we drank for the night before bed… well, I probably would have managed to put up a blog post yesterday….   And, at basically $3 a can, it seems like a no-brainer Hotel Room drop/ welcome bag inclusion for your guests.  Buy online now (ground ship only.. so plan ahead!)

Meet me in Marrakech

Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 in Entertaining & Inspirations | No Comments

A few weeks ago myself and several colleagues had lunch with a representative from Royal Mansour in Marrakech.  Deemed the most opulent and extravagant hotel in the world, it was completely hand crafted (every stone, every mosaic, every carving) in Marrakech.  There are no “rooms” at this one of a kind resort- only a series of Riads, or homes away from home, each equipped with it’s own rooftop pool and, of course butler service. Of course, public spaces for an exotic wedding or rehearsal dinner abound, as does fine dining in any of their 3 eating establishments.

Royal Mansour

Riad rooftop Pool at Royal MansourMarrakech, beyond the Royal Mansour is becoming quite the destination, and would make an amazing locale for a destination wedding with an array of new hotels at various price points, tons of public spaces that can be tented for larger affairs and a quick trip from Paris by plane. And while lots of the locations seem lovely, there is truly only one Royal Mansour. Royal Mansour (courtyard)

Bedroom with hand carving at Royal MansourWe were offered two nights at this property should we find ourselves in Marrakech…. I have made it my mission to get there this year.  It’s one of the challenges of running a small business: I never take official vacations (or, rarely).

MarrakechSo, I am putting it out into the Universe that this year, I will be going to Paris and Marrakech for a holiday!  I don’t yet know exactly when, but I’m doing it.   Perhaps you’ll want to add this amazing locale to your trip list as well?  (Images courtesy Royal Mansour and Vogue)

WPW: The Laws of Attraction in Business

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Industry Advice | No Comments

Some food for thought today on Wedding Pro Wednesday:  A few years ago, we were struggling through the Great Recession and had a very fateful lunch with Sean Low where he, unceremoniously but, very nicely told us that our list of services read like a Diner menu… too many options and certainly not elegant.  It was a pivotal point for us because it forced us to examine what we were putting out there: certainly we were attracting brides on budgets but it had never occurred to us that we were putting out there that we were a brand for brides on a budget.  And yet, with fresh eyes, we could totally see that was what we were putting out there.  We made a lot of changes.

Over the next few years I’ve noticed that it isn’t just your service offerings and “packages” that attract certain kinds of clients, but the law of attraction is very powerful in other ways as well.  Vendors who are constantly exasperated and frustrated with their businesses seem surprised when they find themselves with a roster of  impatient, frustrated bridezillas.  Similarly, vendors who sell themselves in iron clad, black and white terms with no room for flexibility are shocked when they find themselves with rigid, “by the books” clients wanting insurance that everything at the wedding will go exactly as they had in their minds.   Quite literally we tend to reap clients with the same energy that we sow.

If you are unhappy with your clientele, it’s a good time to ask if you are happy with your business the way it looks now.  What is your business putting out there?  What are YOU putting out there?  How can you either change that energy or cultivate more of it?

We Support Marriage Equality

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

Here’s hoping our Supreme Court will as well.

“If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.”- Aristotle