Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tips For Planning A Trip To The South Pacific Islands of Hawaii, Tahiti and Fiji

We just returned from a research trip to Hawaii, Tahiti and the Fiji  Islands for our new IPad and Kindle books, "Romantic Destinations". This will be released in late December 2012 along with our new "Romantic Destination - Napa and SonomaWine Country".  

Join me on the Blog and please add your input to our list of Travel TIPS.

This area covers the (related size) land mass of Europe. There are hundreds of tropical islands and atolls with white sand beaches and black lava beaches, beautiful palm trees, the sweetest pineapple and exciting views. The memorable friendliness of the diverse cultures will live in our memories for years. There are awesome hotels and resorts waiting for tourist from all parts of the world seeking vacations, wedding destinations and romantic honeymoon spots.  These areas are packed with extreme sports, surfing, diving, zip line, swimming with sharks or manta rays, wonderful tours and relaxing and awe inspiring venues.

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Overwater bungalow or villas     Tahiti Beach bungalows   Fiji sunset        Hawaii surfing -

We are still getting our photos out of the camera..... Yes, you can believe the colors in these photos.

We found so many wonderful event sites and unique services, fun tours and great restaurants. We hope you can enjoy some time there soon. We met with many owners, managers and event coordinators for interviews (regarding the books) and some of the questions we asked surrounded travel concerns they experienced with their are a few to discuss.

#1.  The islands take some time to get there.  They saw honeymooners so exhausted from the trip they could not enjoy the first few days of their stay.  They recommended couples come a week after their wedding day or later, so they were not so tired from the wedding preparations. When planning to be married at the honeymoon resort, it is best to plan two days after arriving.

#2.  The islands each have a north, south, east and west side to stay on.  For no disappointments, ask which way the hotel/water bungalow faces and if the beaches are swim safe and the sand coloration before you book them. Some beaches have sugar white sand and others black sand.

#3.  Working up to the sun's rays is always a concern. They are close to the equator and people need to understand the sun blocks only block bad rays, not the burns.   Working from 10 minutes up to the next 5 minutes and on up - works best in achieving a non-red or peeling tan.  They have had many a couples getting married be a bright red and many couples nursing a sunburn and destroying their honeymoon.

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#4.  Food prices are considerably higher than your home town.  After all, they do have to ship in many items.

You will find many of the resorts, hotels and services already linked on - Search the area and remember Tahiti is part of French Polynesia and Hawaii is United States.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

LUXURY Wedding Venues, Wedding Services & Ideas For Wedding Celebrations

     Adding Luxury to Your Wedding  Celebrations

Couples can add one or two luxury touches to their celebration or bring luxury into light in every part of their ceremony and reception.

Luxurious Ideas For Your Wedding and Reception Venues
Most weddings require two or three venues and guest housing. While proximity may be important, we also see a high-end wedding can be a destination wedding to unique parts of the world. While finding an opulent site with beautiful wall hangings, frescos, crystal chandeliers, gold leaf trim, marble dance floors and velvet curtains rein high on the list, luxury and opulence can include renting a winery, wine cave, skyscraper roof garden with magnificent views.

A local historic mansion or lovely beach house that has been well cared for works very well. We see historic sites, tents, unique museums, botanical gardens, observatories, aquariums, art galleries - all impress and allow you to utilize the backdrop to its fullest while increasing the interest and enjoyment of your guests.
                                      Couples often chooses an event site that reflect their interests.

You've heard it before - the INVITATION sets the tone of your wedding day celebration. Engraved, Calligraphy and hand made can be inspiring

Your Ceremony.  Whether it is a beautiful church, cathedral or natural environment in the woods, beach, garden or vineyards, we find it is important to be heard and seen. A raised platform for the ceremony, good microphones, ample lighting, shaded ceremony area (when outdoors) add to your guest appreciation.  A printed program with names of the presenters, languages, explaining ethnic customs. These allow the guest to feel included and thus brings a richness to their experience.

Find links to luxury wedding venues and services on
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Your Venue Entry can be the first impression for your guests. Select a location in a nice section of town with an impressive entry or drive and top the luxury with valet parking services.

With an outdoor environment, make certain there are no apparent car sounds or air flight patterns overhead. Choosing a setting with fountain, waterfall or lovely stream, beach and waterway views can mesmerize your guests.

Nature and natural setting have a way of enriching every part of our soul.
Staging and lighting of the ceremony and/or reception are a real trend in luxury weddings. The outer building or interior lighting will excite your guests. Top the luxury with a light show during the reception music and or/ fireworks and sparklers (depends on the fire laws and your event site rules).

Aisle decor adds to the Luxury Look.  An altar cloth or arbor includes the use of the poly tulle that reflects twinkle lighting is a beautiful and romantic effect for evening weddings.  Beautiful aisle flowers and garlands offer a richness to the ceremony.

Brides often state: classical music sets the tone for their ceremony. Served by wait staff is more elegant than a buffet, champagne poured throughout an event is a luxury statement, engraved gift items from the couple add luxury well spent.

Luxury Ideas For An Evening Wedding
Outdoor weddings and evening weddings often have wine and cocktail services with canapes’ (hors d’oeurves) served prior to the party guests being seated. Hire a guitarist or one or more instrumentalist to set the mood of the day. As ceremony time nears the seating or gathering time is announced. Waiting for newlyweds to arrive prior to serving food and drink is passé.  Ceremony and Reception entry doors can be managed by persons to direct the guests to their seating...this adds to the glamour. The male ushers generally take on this task,  but we see luxury style weddings hire staff to complete this duty so the wedding party is exempt from these duties. Romantic outdoor evening weddings in full moonlight with flickering votives and oil lamps.

Luxurious Ideas For Your Reception Room Look:
When reviewing reception sites, fund those that provide a luxurious appearance. Entries to the venue and ceilings are key to visuals. Room appearance is directly affected by the look of flooring, chairs, full-length tablecloths (or pooling linens) and overlay cloths of unique fabrics. We find larger rooms incorporating a furnished area near the bar and away from the music is enjoyable Party rentals with matching dinner service, centerpieces and setting the table with specific folds to napkins for the dinner menu, unique favors all enhance the table appearance. When allowed, candles, votives and unique wedding favors enrich the mood.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Adding a Luxury Look To Your Wedding Attire:

Having your dress created by a famous designer is the ultimate, but this still requires a lot of shopping to see the style and fabrics you are interested in. Your appointments need to be one or two years in advance of your wedding day. You can spend thousands on a dress but the neckline and color will give you the best results for spectacular.

BLING is in with crystals dripping everywhere giving the appearance of a bejeweled princess and her TIARA, SHOES and HAIR ORNAMENTS with feathers – are big touches of elegance.

We see the short dress making a comeback for a more casual, yet elegant wedding day.

Vera Wang is still a favorite along with many worldwide designers. You can find famous worldwide designer styles for the entire wedding party and men’s tuxedos on in the Designer Gown Gallery.

Environmental and natural fabrics are a growing trend.

Many women enjoy wearing a vintage dress with exciting history they can share.

Giving back by purchasing a donated “Hollywood starlet gown” from Celebrity wedding dress styles and of course the royal weddings send a flurry of copies into the stores. But many of the delightful designs worn by stars are donated to the organization mentioned.

Highly luxurious weddings find the gown and the jewels set the stage for luxury.

Fabrics dripping with pearls, crystals and bejeweled party linens are setting the style.

Smaller groups of bridesmaid attendants using a variety of neckline styles in the same color.

The all-white wedding continues to be a luxurious look.

The luxury look for gentlemen includes a handsom tuxedo and gift of a very high end necktie.

Military attire and swords bring a unique luxury to every wedding day.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Adding Luxury Ideas To Your Wedding Reception - Part 2 of 3

Photos by Dennis Urbiztondo - Written by Judith Rivers-Moore

A Luxurious Wedding & Reception Venue Can Be Chosen and Created

Ideas for a luxurious wedding and reception venue appear with photos in magazines and websites. Often these photos do not show the negative areas of a location and that is why you personally review the location prior to booking it. Some of the concerns in seeking the elegant location have a great deal to do with: The entry to a wedding site and/or views of parked cars from the gardens/grounds can be very distracting. The flow and access of the room to where caterers/staff enter and placing your head table away from EXIT signs and bright/light door entries.

The event room's ceiling is key to visuals. Room appearance is directly affected by the condition of flooring and any equipment in the room. The condition of chairs and linens that come with the event site. Your use of full-length tablecloths (or pooling linens) and overlay cloths of unique fabrics adds a luxury statement.

You tables set with complete and matching china, crystal or matching glassware as your table dinner service, the floral centerpieces and setting the table with specific folds to napkins for your personal printed dinner menu, and unique favors can all enhance the table appearance. While less is more was the old statement, we have entered a "new look of more". Creating a color theme of 2 to 4 colors will enrich your statment. Working with the new table fabrics can be so much fun.

Lighting with mood lights, display lighting and music lightshows all work toward a more elegant event. The use of candles and votives enrich the romance.

Luxury receptions will play softer music over the dinner hours so that people can talk. Smaller tables that seat six or eight instead of ten will enhance the visiting. Details, like the box of tissues in a bathroom to lighting over the bride and groom or dance floor, bring a reception room into focus. We are seeing delightful floral displays and unique color contrast swags added to the chair covers and canopies places over table arrangements, both inside and outside for shade and visual affects.

Tenting a site can be absolutly necessary with weather issues. But it can also be a very luxurious tent. Tents come with air conditioning, heating, sound systems and flooring. Amazing, and often very costly. Some locations with weather concerns often have their own tents for inclement day use.

Adding a Luxury Space -- Separate Areas...
Entry rooms sectioned off by plants and unique screening or actual rooms with high tables are set for cocktails and jazz or specific music is played for a stand-up area prior to dinner being served. As the couple arrives, they bring everyone into the main room. some form a reception greeting line.

We find larger event rooms incorporating a furnished area (couches, chairs, lamps & table conversation areas) placed near the bar and away from the music can provide an enjoyable space.

Adding a small Arabian style tent to an outdoor environment is pure luxury statement. Use it for pre-wedding cocktails or later with wine and cheese serving….posh with pillows, music and unique décor.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Ideas For Adding Luxury To Your Wedding Day - Part 1 of 3

Photos by Dennis Urbiztondo

Wedding Coaching and Wedding Planning have a great deal to do with assisting the bride in her desire to complete ideas and concepts the way she wants them done. This can be everything from understanding what works well together, the current trends and within their budget.... be it clothing, table decorations, the wedding venue and the style wedding the couple wants. Join, author Judith Rivers-Moore on Facebook for Wedding Coaching.

Several brides have requested LUXURY STATEMENTS made in specific parts of the wedding day and a few who had high profile and celebrity weddings requested LUXURY throughout. The ideas you read in the next 3 postings will include both ways to add luxury statements to the various elements of your day.

Luxurious Ideas For Wedding Attire might include: having your dress created by a famous designer is the ultimate, but this still requires a lot of shopping to see the style and fabrics you are interested in. Your appointments need to be one or two years in advance of your wedding day. You can spend thousands on a dress but the neckline and color will give you the best results for spectacular.

BLING is in with crystals dripping everywhere giving the appearance of a bejeweled princess and her TIARA, SHOES and HAIR ORNAMENTS – are big touches of elegance.

We see the short dress making a comeback for a more casual wedding day.

Vera Wang is still a favorite along with many worldwide designers. You can find famous worldwide designer styles for the entire wedding party and men’s tuxedos on in the Designer Gown Gallery.

Environmental and natural fabrics are a growing trend.

Giving back by purchasing a donated “Hollywood starlet gown” from

Highly luxurious wedding find the gown and the jewels set the stage for luxury.

Fabrics dripping with pearls, crystals and bejeweled party linens are setting the style.

Smaller groups of bridesmaid attendants using a variety of neckline styles in the same color and floor length dress.

The all-white wedding continues to be a luxurious look.

The gentlemen should be outfitted with tuxedos and have very high end neckties.

Military attire and swords bring a unique luxury to every wedding day.


Luxurious Ideas For Wedding Invitations: Invitations set the tone of the wedding. Very high style custom-made papers that include eco-friendly types with beautiful, hand–written calligraphy are available and add a special touch on wedding invitations. The gold leaf border (or a copper wax seal) might be enough trim. Create a personal monogram or watermark on the paper with your initials.

The style chosen can be used as a unifying element for your invites, reply card, menu card, envelopes and ceremony programs. Conveying your theme or the wedding colors on all the paper products including your Thank You Notes will add that touch of luxury. Whatever design you choose, make it's eye-catching. Be sure to indicate if your wedding celebration is a black tie formal affair, or a themed wedding with costumes etc. and/or is cocktails and dinner following and/or any uniqueness.

There are specialty services to assist with this and some brides have the invites addressed and mailed by the services with special LOVE stamps or hand canceling. When weddings are in major cities the added touch of messenger delivery is a possibility. We have seen:

Fabric boxes with the invitation set inside can be an outstanding delivery through mail or messenger. These may also be placed on the tables at the reception as an added display.

Gold Florist Boxes with your theme colored-flowers and invitations being personally delivered by a messanger.

Wine or champagne bottles sent by messenger with the invitation affixed as a label or attached in the envelope to the neck.

Boxes of candy or chocolates mailed with the invitation inside.

Out of town guests can be very important for brides who want to make them feel welcome, they often order or create special welcome baskets with soaps, fruit or regional special items for each guest room.

Meeting & Greeting the Guests can be everything from a personal website (with your growning details), save the date cards, list of local hotels, maps to your event sites in the invitation to providing a location(s) with ample parking and good signage on where to go in a major hotel or larger event site.

Transportation in complicated areas leads to less-frazzled guests. An Entry Host to direct the guests and the serving of labeled water bottles (or a water or ice tea service) are especially appreciated on hot days. Making certain seniors and infirmed guests have someone assigned to pick them up and deliver adds to their luxury and welcome. An exciting luxury are the Parking Valet Services to assist the guests.

We also see couples deciding on a pre-ceremony bar set up or cocktail bar and canapes between the ceremony and reception.

Give us your input on what gives you a luxurious feeling at a wedding day celebration.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Wedding Cakes & Reception Dessert Alternatives - To CAKE or Not To Cake!

To CAKE or Not To Cake - That Is The Question?

After having a fun discussion regarding wedding cakes with a friend, we came to the conclusion that there are many new ideas and ways to serve dessert at a reception. The following ideas may assist you in your wedding planning. Join Judith Rivers-Moore on her Blog to add your input on this subject.

While wedding cakes are "truce centerpieces" to a reception, many brides like to bring refreshing ideas to their guests.

#1. Reception trends are growing for cupcake tiers, beautiful cookies and tiny fruit tarts. These are colorful and presented beautifully for wedding celebrations. They can be served individually on dessert plates or placed at food stations in your room and the cost factor may be about the same.  Find great bakers and dessert links on

#2. Chocolate Fountains with fresh fruit, cookie and marsh mellows find people meeting and socializing at weddings in a fun way. Continuing to return to the chocolate fountain is an exhilarating habit!

#3. Ice Cream sundae-making stations can be fun for all ages.

#4. Dove Bar serving and frozen yogurts from a decorated freezer station

#5. Decorated Wedding Cakes can still be set on a dessert table and photos taken. There are bakers and caterers who will create the foam base with the cake choice in the top tier(s) to cut for your wedding photographs. Elegant, and nobody knows.

We understand there are excellent vegan bakeries in most regions, and the sugar free and gluten free ideas may be important to include at the reception. You will find many of these businesses linked throughout .

Give us your input !!!

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Destination Wedding Location Ideas and TOP Favorite Wedding Destinations Areas

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Many couples decide they want a destination wedding. For some, it is to cut the cost, while other couples want a private wedding and honeymoon together and reception at home at a later date. There are those who met in a unique area and want to take their wedding day to that location. Every state and country we have reviewed appears to have favorite wedding and honeymoon destinations. We have scoured the world to find some of the favorites and you will find these included below.

With wedding planning for any size, it is best to learn the local marriage laws prior to making your plans and find out if you need your passport or visa travel papers. You will find thousands of links on our and our (mobile friendly) web portal, providing unique weddings and honeymoons in all parts of the world. Some states grant a marriage license in 24 hours and others do ask for a 3 day wait, and a few areas in the Caribbean want you to wait several weeks.

Along the East Coast we find Kennybunkport, Cape Cod in the New England regions for weddings and the lovely Myrtle Beach, Virgina Beach and Hilton Head have amazing resorts, vacation rentals and great things to do for honeymooners along the south Atlantic seaboard.

Niagara Falls and the New York wine country region provide two beautiful backdrops for the Eastern weddings and honeymoons. There is not enough to say about the fine hotels, beautiful views, wineries and services for couples wanting a memorable wedding or honeymoon.  Find out more about destination weddings from the articles and links on

The blue Smokey Mountains and Gatlinburg, Tennessee appear to provide exceptional services to couples for weddings and honeymoons. The views, bbq houses, music and interesting history bring couples in high numbers. There are a few luxury resorts too.

Burmuda and The Caribbean Islands extensive and exceptional resorts, awesome diving, excellent food and seafood. So many are tropical with rain forests while others are dry - almost desert-like. Some encourage very strong environmental attitudes and beautiful underwater preserves. There is something for every style wedding you choose. Reggae, clypso and steel drums fill the sounds of the islands and you will find highly trained wedding professionals at most of the resorts.

Yes, Las Vegas is touted as the Wedding Capital of the USA. Same day weddings are everything from drive-through, to elegant lakeside resorts. You can be married in Venice and honeymoon in Paris with breakfast the next day in another superior hotel along the strip and be entertained constantly.

The Fiji, Tahiti and Hawaii Islands - White sand beaches, over water bungalows and Polynesian themed wedding ceremonies on the various islands of the South Pacific provide a memorable backdrop for weddings and honeymoons. There are various styles to your stay. Authentic experiences and non-luxury hotels, private islands, luxury resort with all the amenities. Disney recently opened the Auluni Resort on Oahu Island (Honolulu area). If you love to snorkel, the South Pacific Islands are the locations of your dreams.

The Sonoma and Napa Wine Country of Northern California is now the second favorite area for weddings and elopements. The hillside vineyards, boutique hotels and amazing restaurants allow for exploring and enjoying the vines, wines and beautiful countryside. You experience views of oaks, vineyards, redwoods and in Sonoma County, the Pacific Coastline. Bustling San Francisco is just an hour away.
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Lets talk other countries for a moment. .... Venice, Italy is very popular, Monte Carlo, Paris, France and Thailand's Puhket Island with more wedding ceremonies in Instanbul, Turkey than anywhere in the world....While all of these answer the call of the eloping and honeymooning couples, they each have a different situation - where often it is best to hire a wedding planning professional at the other end or go to a resort with a professional on staff....and contact a honeymoon expert.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Valuable Tips On Honeymoon Planning

From the time you have your engagement photos taken, you are talking about the wedding and as often talking about a HONEYMOON.  Selecting a honeymoon location agreeable to both of you is a lot of fun. Just looking at the areas of the world and the exciting ideas for exploration they provide adds to realm of possibilities. We find couples want a range of activities from extreme sports to quiet lagoons, rain forests to safari resorts. The world has a lot to offer, and of course there are ideas available for less expensive honeymoon trends to the luxury. We encourage you to take a good look at the Honeymoon Gift Registries that make your honeymoon part of your gift list for your wedding invitation guests.

Along with using .... Here are some valuable tips on honeymoon planning:

* Leaving the country? You will need to apply for the passport and maybe a visa months in advance. Some country require you get immunization shots, so line that up also after inquring from a travel agent or checking with the local tourism board where you plan to visit.
* Prepare your packing with any medications needed, sun blocks and liquid items in small containers within zip-lock-bags - packed inside your suite cases.
* Bring an address book with prescription numbers and medication names. Sometimes our flights are delayed. Bring any medical/insurance cards and do NOT carry your social security number.
* Saving money on a trip? Get a hotel room with a kitchenette so you can prepare a few meals. Drive a short distance to the honeymoon area. Enter contests to win a trip. Look for two-for-one deals on cruises. Find resorts that give your the 4th night free. Look for cruises that include the airfare. Ask your wedding guests for pre-paid-Visa gift Cards. Consider a house rental at a beach or lake.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

2015 Wedding Trends and TIPs On Best Ways To Utilize Them

We are seeing so many creative ideas from brides who want to save money on their wedding planning. Some work out very well and then they become a TREND while other ideas can be luke warm in the affects they have on a wedding day.  Join us on the Blog, we value your insight and input.

1. Having a Friend or Relative marry you. This has backfired for many a bride. We have seen the officiant faint, get sick, not say nice things, be silly or rude and forget to fill out the proper paper work to make it official - leaving couples un-married legally. There are non-denominational officiants, religious clergy, retired clergy, judges and men and women who are trained in creating personalized wedding services for couples at a modest of all you will be legally married with the documents to prove it.

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2. Doing your own wedding flowers. This can work very well if you have refrigeration to store a few days ahead, but lets face facts, our hands and finger nails really take a beating when working with table centerpieces, aisle decor and gazebo flowers and creating bouquets and corsages. Our hands and nails need to look nice with our gowns and for our photos.

3. Deciding to NOT hold a rehearsal prior to the wedding has seen increasing popularity. The friskiness of the wedding party and management of the wedding day can be smoothed out at a rehearsal of one hour or hour and a half. It has been proven statistically and through bridal surveys......That...Involved People feel less insecure on what they should do, and the bride and groom will sleep better the night before the wedding. It truly lowers your wedding stress.

4. Lack of ....Day-Of Management of a wedding can create higher bills by your event running overtime for your site and wedding services. Couples experience hassles - as people ask the bride and groom excess questions and sometimes accelerate arguments over settling bills properly at the event. You will find a FREE wedding planning e-book on with all your wedding management tools
and our newly release "Best Style Wedding & Honeymoon e-Magazine.

There are many methods to cut costs. If you did not receive your Money Saving Tips when you signed up at a bridal show or at our contest area, then e-mail and ask for this four pages of Money Saving IDEAS.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Are Wedding Movies - The Same As Real Life Weddings??

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Wedding Movies today emphasis complaints found in the wedding industry. The movie writer wants something funny or a disaster that occurred to ruin a wedding and will complete a good movie plot. Sometimes they mock tradition and the people involved to build the characters in the wedding planning. There are now TV shows aired weekly on wedding disasters. These concerns can dull the viewers opinion and set the bride up to think all will be a disaster or you will become a bridezilla......So un-needed and unrealistic. Remember, 95% of the weddings are carried off without a problem and here are some tips on not taking their "scenes" so personally!!

1. Hiring Your Services....and asking friends or family to complete parts of the wedding services, can lead you down an un-marked trail. Ordinarily, we review wedding services recommendations, know how long they have been in business and interview them to find out what exactly they will do and sign an agreement with dates, times and outline of services....With a family/friend, we are not as inclined to do this.....think ohhhh it will be o.k., but they can let you down - leaving you with hurt feelings regarding your wedding.

2. Family Interference In Your Wedding Plans......There is always a certain amount of input from everyone. But I find busy brides are inclined to turn over their wedding to sisters-friends and then find they are having the same wedding over and over again. Same vendors, same flowers. same...everything and pretty soon, it is not your wedding at all. If you are working with someone like this, it is vital you put the time in to say how you want it to be your wedding, your ideas and create the wedding day of YOUR dreams. Working with a professional wedding planner can help with this.

3. Asking far too much out of one or two people....This is a touchy subject. Realize they may be working full time too, live in another city, have little children, ailing parents, or not appreciate the extra stress levels. Often we consider our maid of honor to be our work horse, and there are some things we do not have to ask her to do. I have seen movies where the wedding planner or maid of honor completing a bridal registry.....she and the groom need to accomplish this. Everything asked for takes an element of time and organization to get it done. Exhaustion and resentment can set in for these people.

4. Taking the nervousness and bridal stress out on others and not taking it to the gym. This can lead to lost relationships and sometimes lost grooms. Lots to learn here to stay out of the bridezilla factor.

5. Understanding the larger the wedding and reception, the more help you will need - especially the day of. This is where odd mistakes can occur. Flowers left in the sun because no one was there for the delivery. Reception set up taking much more time than you have. People not told what time and where to come for the rehearsal.....and on and on.

While there may be a concern or two on a wedding day. Understand the movies and TV shows are there to show - over reactions and over-state problems that might occur. Circumventing pitfalls and problems is what the wedding planning classes on are all about. - The first 90 minutes is free..

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wedding Planning Ideas For Table Linens & Party Rentals For Your Wedding Reception

You can quickly upgrade the look and feel of your reception with use of quality table linens. 

The following are tips regarding their use for specific tables that look best when dressed and completed first for the wedding and reception areas:
                                               Unique dessert table with twinkle lights.
These Are Important To the Entry For Your Guests.  The Ceremony, the guest book and a gift table. (some people still insist on bringing presents to the wedding). In the reception room, your cake/dessert table should be clothed, skirted and ready prior to the cake delivery time.
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1. The Cake Table. Full length round or square cloth makes a huge difference on the presentation of this very important centerpiece to the reception. Visually we see this table from many parts of the room. When the legs of a table show, it distracts from the cake's beauty. White works well, but if you have bright colors on the cake, you can select one of the shades for the cloth you use.
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2. The Head Table. So often we see feet legs and purses under the table if it is not clothed to the floor. Consider the view and rent the linens if you do not own them.
Understand the hotels and restaurants will have clothed these and you may request - clearly - ahead of time - your preferences on length.

3. The Banquet Tables. We are seeing some very exciting linens and table settings. The ornamental sheer cloths over a solid shade are awesome. Some of these fabrics have metalic threads and vibrant colors. The chair covers and bow ornaments add to the elegance. Here again the full length cloths enrich the look of your wedding. Outdoor events have a wind factor for blowing the lighter fabrics consider this if you are having an outdoor reception.   Check out the Pinterest Boards for some great ideas.
                                                 All white weddings will always be in style.

4. Paper & Plastic Cloths. We see these used for more casual outdoor celebrations, but not that often for a wedding reception. Weight them down on the top to make it easier to keep them on.

5. Use of Color. Your reception colors do not have to match exactly the colors of your ceremony flowers. The look of your reception room can be completely opposite of your ceremony area. Understand your ceremony flower colors may not move on into the reception room as well, but flowers usually transition. We see the use of cloth color changes from table to table to add interest to a reception room. All white is still in style. Black linens tend to be more for an evening affair. Evening is also where the metalic sheer overlays shine.

 You will find many Linen and Party Rental Companies on and our mobile friendly website.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wedding Dress Designers Include Short Wedding Dresses In Their Collections for 2015

SHORT wedding dresses do go in and out of style - and yet there are some occasions with they are the perfect idea for your wedding.  Personally I love all the dress lengths and shoulder/neckline looks. But the designers certainly have come out with some cute styles.

Appropriate times according to the designers are for: very casual weddings, eloping (same day weddings), and for beach weddings.  You will find them in most of the designer house links on ...   We noted Melissa Sweet and Alfred Angelo offer several ideas.  Monique Lhuillier carried short dresses in her 2015 fall and winter collection and the  2014 spring summer - several short dresses with beautiful capes.

Love to have your input........Let me know what you think of this merging trend. Review the designers photographes on the Gown Gallery to see some of the newest trends.

Useful Website Tools For Brides

Let us know what you think are the BEST useful website tools for brides and grooms.
Useful Tools To Look For In A Wedding & Honeymoon Planning Portal on The Searches

Ever notice as you surf the web seeking wedding dresses, wedding venues, how-to information or linked services and ….different information is on the page that opens up – NOT what you thought would be there.

Google and other search engines have picked up various pages. They have done this to promote their AD- sales and push you back to the first page selections.

So look for the guidance bar or search system in the website you opened and use it. It is helpful to your planning to open up a portal of information.

Stay & Explore these PORTALS, they often give you links to:

§ Wedding Planning Classes

§ Designer Gown & Tuxedo Galleries

§ Articles on various wedding concerns

§ Specific area links to venues and services

§ Access to honeymoon or getaway and travel

§ Links to FaceBook, Blogs and Social Networks

§ Ability to create a SAFE wedding website

§ On-line Magazines to open up

§ The newest Trends

§ On-line Shopping with Major Stores

§ Gift Registries

§ Honeymoon Contests

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Best Wishes, Judith Rivers-Moore

Friday, January 7, 2011

Ten TIPS on Selecting Your Wedding Venue From San Francisco to Atlantic City.

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Because wedding venues come with or without many different inclusions and extras it is difficult to understand their exact value when comparing them one to another.
There are several things you need to know before shopping for a wedding venue:
1. Please know your overall budget - Get a great budget sheet when you sign up for the free wedding planning book on
2. Add up the number of guests - and if you want the ceremony and reception at the same venue.
3. Whether you want a catered site or one you can bring in your own caterer.
4. Type of ambiance or theme - gardens, vineyards, ranches, hotel ballrooms, yachts, beach or Victorian.
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5. Determine the type of ambiance/theme you want and select 3 to 5 sites on the web or from a magazine before you personally go to review them and compare. Understand most venues & services can be closed on Mondays. The wedding and event industry works all weekends.

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Understand your budget and what you can afford prior to shopping. It is very hard on you to fall in love with a venue and not be able to afford it...or not have it the correct size for your guests.
6. Understand that many locations can come with their own caterer and recommended vendors do not hire these prior to looking for your venue.
7. Anytime you can gain the tables, chairs and/or linens in the rental, it will be an asset only if they are in good condition and you like them. We can spend a great deal covering up chairs and adding linens.
8.  This mobile and PC website offer local and destination wedding venues & services9. A destination wedding is best completed with a person in the area where you are planning your wedding. And a professional wedding planner, a friend or family member is very helpful.
9. Some venues require you to have a wedding planner/coordinator or hire their own recommendation.
10. In order to hold the date for you, a 50% deposit is required from most venues.

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7 Great TIPS on Attending A Bridal Show

Heading To a Bridal Show Soon - Enjoy These Seven Tips by  and

1. Winter shows are housed indoors. Wear garments you can peel off as you become warmer. Wear comfortable shoes to walk around in and bring a pen to write notes on who you meet..

2. Taking your camera in is not a good idea. Do not take photos of flower arrangements or designer dresses..... we still see this being frowned on by many in the industry.

3. Most shows ask a fee at the door to come in and require a registration of your name and wedding info at the door.  Pre registering on their website often gives the bride or groom a free ticket to get in.

4. Fill out the booth registrations, you might win a prize that could cut the cost of your wedding appreciable.

5. Most shows will give you a bag to carry items in (brochures)...or bring A plastic bag in your purse.

6. Booking a wedding professional at a show is not always a good thing to do, until you have had time to check the references and know you want that specific professional at you wedding.

7. Understand if you are trying to cut costs or find lesser priced vendors, they do exist outside of a wedding show. Often the wedding professionals you meet at a show have several priced packages to choose from.

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