Friday, August 22, 2014

Sneak Peek: Melaine and Melvin Wed

Melaine and Melvin's DJ described their wedding as "flawless" (cue the Beyonce track)! We worked with Melaine and Melvin from the beginning, so it was a true joy to see their ideas come together, and to celebrate with them. See more of their wedding on their photographer Peter Bang's blog.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sneak Peek: Loren and Adam Wed

Loren and Adam's wedding was, to quote their photographer Jennifer McMenamin, "chic"! So honored to have been a part of their wedding week. See more images of their day on the photographer's blog.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

What I'm Loving Today: Custom bar backdrop

For their NYC nuptials, this couple used their wedding motif to create a custom bar backdrop. It's what I'm loving today! See the rest of their "colorful and crafty soiree" on Martha Stewart's web site for more crafty ideas. Who said crafty weddings look like summer camp projects? oh wait.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sneak Peek: Jen and Steve Wed

You know how I say over and over again how much I love intimate weddings? Here's another reason why: moments like this one below captured by photographer Peter Bang .

Jen and Steve were a terrific couple with a great sense of humor. We felt honored to be a part of their "celebration of the important things in life," and wish them many more years of big laughs together.

Friday, May 16, 2014

In a down economy, it's the contract!

In light of the recent surprise closings of ReBar in New York City and The Atrium at Treetops in DC, I feel impressed to repeat this post from 2009. If you have no time to read it, there's only one thing to remember: read your contract carefully.
Today, a friend called in a panic. The venue she booked for her mother's 60th birthday party is shutting its doors. "What does your contract say?" I asked. "Oh," she replied. "That".

Apparently, my friend, like many couples I meet, never looked beyond the dollar figures and payment terms on her contract when she signed it. The budget was her main concern, and all the terms in her contract was stuff to glaze over before she signed on the dotted line. However, a bad contract can be as damaging to your budget as overspending on flowers.

One of the benefits I offer to clients, is that I review their vendor contracts before they sign them. Review, because I'm not a lawyer. I love to take out my red pen and cross out all the one-sided, over-burdensome, vague and/or inappropriate clauses that some venues and vendors put into their contracts, and then I suggest terms that will not only clarify the intent of both parties, but also protect my clients. I always tell my clients: "be willing to walk away from your favorite venue or vendor if they won't agree to delete or modify these clauses." Never sign a contract with just a prayer.

Fortunately, most weddings go off without a hitch (except the couple) or a lawsuit, but when bad things happen, a good contract is reassuring, and nothing, not even catering, is as costly as a bad contract.

Monday, May 5, 2014

What I'm Loving Today: Dr. Perricone's 3 Day Diet

It's wedding season, and my local spa is booked solid for oxygen facials and body-shaping (BTW, I must, must, one day, try body shaping).

If you're like me, always looking for a quick way to look good for an event in a short period, without shelling out for expensive spa treatments, then check out Dr. Perricone's 3 Day Diet. It's super easy and does what it says (coupled with exercise and self-control, of course).

If you have a tip of your own, please share in the comments.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Leslie featured in Bizbash Magazine

I'm using the word "featured" liberally, but I think I'm entitled since my photo is so big.

I'm thrilled to have my comment featured in the latest issue of Bizbash's Readers Forum. If you've missed it, check it out here.