Planning a Same Sex Wedding

I have had the pleasure of planning a handful of same sex marriages and I am always honored to be included in the process. As a wedding coordinator there are a few key steps to take to ensure the couple has a fabulous event.

1. Be an advocate for your client: It is so important that the couple has an amazing experience. Be sure that the vendors you recommend are totally on board with same sex marriages.

2. Don’t be judgmental: Anything you may learn, see or hear is not for publication – respect the couple’s privacy as you would any other wedding couple. Make it happen and always be upbeat and supportive. Be careful of what you say and how you say it.

3. Learn: You must educate yourself just as you would do if you were planning an Indian Wedding or Orthodox Jewish wedding. Learn about the LGBT community and learn about the laws in your respective areas.

4. Ask: Ask opened ended questions to find out what you need in order to plan the perfect wedding with the couple. Ask about dress, who is paying and will their parents be involved.


Bridal Fashion Week – Spring 2013

The bridal designers showcased their latest collections last week during Bridal Fashion Week. From crisp white structured gowns at Carolina Herrera to a sea of red flowy ball gowns at Vera Wang, see some of my favorites here.

Vera Wang took a bold approach on the runway showing her gowns in shades of red. All gowns are available for custom orders in various shades of white

Vera Wang Spring 2013

Queen of lace, Monique Lhillier, is always a personal favorite. Whether it is reinventing her classic ball gown from the Clementine in 2007 to the infamous floral Sunday Rose for Spring 2010 to the her newest variation below, her dresses always have a way of making a bride look perfect on her big day.

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2013

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2013

Beaded gowns have been emerging as a trend for many seasons now. This Kenneth Pool gown is my favorite beaded gown of the season. The use of both beading and lace combined with the form fitted silhouette gives the gown the perfect vintage feel.

Kenneth Pool Spring 2013

This gown by Ines de Santo is one of the most unique seen on the runway this season.

Ines de Santo Spring 2013

Taking inspiration from Pippa Middleton and the royal wedding Carolina Herrera makes a statement with a bold white structured gown.

 Carolina Herrera Spring 2013

With the second dress becoming more of a trend, designers are now catering to this market. This short gown by Amsale is a fabulous choice.

Amsale Spring 2013

Ask an Expert: Do I need a wedding emergency kit?

The answer is yes. You need two wedding emergency kits, one for your guest and one for the bride and bridal party. The good news is, if you are using a wedding consultant he or she will bring all of this for you.

Bridal Emergency Kit:

It’s your big day and a chipped nail or loose bead shouldn’t ruin it. Here are a few key items that will be sure to ease the stress if something unexpected happens.

  • Nail polish
  • Sewing kit – be sure to have white thread and the color thread of the bridesmaids dresses
  • Safety pins
  • Double sided tape
  • Spot remover
  • Static-cling spray
  • Clear nail polish
  • Tweezers
  • Hair Spray
  • Hair Ties
  • Extra pair of panty hose

Ladies Bathroom Basket

It’s a nice touch to have items for your guests incase they have a mini emergency of their own.

  • Clear nail polish
  • Hair spray
  • Static guard
  • Bandaids
  • Tampons
  • Mout wash
  • Deodorant
  • Sewing kit
  • Advil
  • Breath mints
  • Emery boards
  • Lint rollers

Ask an Expert: Why Do I Need a Wedding Planner?

A wedding is the biggest and the most important party most of us will ever host. Tremendous effort goes into the planning from choosing the venue to planning the menu, and everything in between. Whether you hire a planner to help you “day of” or full service, they will ensure your event goes off without a hitch.

Reason 1: Maximize YOUR vision

A seasoned wedding expert has planned hundreds of events and has seen it all from a suspended chuppah to the most over-the-top candy bar. A planner will work in tandem with the bride and her family to prioritize their needs, conceptualize the event, and make suggestions from past experience that will bring your vision to the next level.

Reason 2: Man vs. Machine

There are plenty of blogs and websites for DIY weddings, but they do not have the hands on approach that an in the flesh wedding planner can give you. Make your job easier and utilize an expert because wedding information comes more readily from a planner than trying to find it yourself.

Reason 3: Budget

Whether your budget is $25,000 or $500,000 a good wedding planner is sensitive to your budget and can cut to the chase and recommend vendors that fall into your price range and fit your personality.

Reason 4: Time

Planning a wedding takes an inordinate amount of time, typically up to 175 hours and most brides and grooms do not have that kind of time to spend planning a wedding. Planners are the liaison between the couple and vendors, allowing the couple to save time and enjoy the process.

Reason 5: Enjoy Your Day

In the end – you should really hire a professional because you want to be a guest at your own party and by hiring a planner you can get this done with relief and confidence. This is one of the most exciting days of your life and there is no reason to let a little stress ruin your wedding experience.