Saturday, July 23, 2011

::Cocktails and Conversations:::Chic Sweets::

This morning I had the please of waking up early to catch Cocktails and Conversation #BlogTalkRadio episode which featured Natalie Clamp of Chic Sweets!

Cocktails and Conversation is a awesome diva duo that I discovered on twitter and am happy that I have been able to catch their Blog Talk Radio show! The Event Diva (Erika Beckwith) & The Detroit Style Diva (Robin Hunt) are two ladies that know how to wake you up 8AM in the morning! Cocktails and Conversation airs every Saturday morning at 8AM. You can listen in via the Blog Talk Radio Show or via phone, the number is given out on their FB page!  When listening in and following on twitter use @cocktailsnconvo and hashtag: #BlogTalkRadio Be sure to follow them as the are very busy and you don't want to miss what they are pouring out! 

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Chic Sweets is a gourmet candy buffet company located in Tampa, Florida. Natalie Clamp, owner and creative mind behind Chic Sweets is a Chic Sweets Dessert Stylist, mommy of three kids, a wife and a blogger. She was very inspiraing on this morning's blog talk radio show and gave some very valuable tips! One tip that stuck with me is that:

Valuable Tip::
"Every candy buffet should have a backdrop!" 

Natalie shared some valuable information and her website and blog which showcases her amazing talent speaks for itself. If your in the Florida area and need assistance giving your wedding or event an added highlight that your guests will love, contact Natalie of Chic Sweets!  

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Catch Cocktails and Conversation on Blog Talk Radio next Saturday at 8AM!

Monday, July 18, 2011

{Tuesday's Insight}::A Real Wedding:Golf/Salsa Love!!

Beautiful Beyond Dreams, LLC is a Facebook member of NNJWEP. Thanks to this awesome group we received the opportunity to work with an amazing couple who got married in June! Meeting with Norma & Bryan for the first time was refreshing as they shared their vision and very detailed planning book. Hearing about their combination of golf/salsa love made this wedding even more exciting. It was a real pleasure to get to know them!

Beautiful Beyond Dreams, LLC was Norma & Bryan Lewis Day of Coordinator for their wedding/reception which took place in Absecon & Little Egg Harbor Township on June 10, 2011. The Sea Oaks Country Club did an excellent job assuring that everything was up to par for the couples special day. 

Everything looked stunning on their wedding day including the flowers and stationary! 

 Florist: Betina's Garden    Stationary: Pinkberry Designs

Mrs Norma Lewis had two amazing dresses. Dress one showcased a beautiful customized veil and dress two turned up the heat and allowed her and her new hubby to enjoy the salsa band,"Tipica Novel" that had the guests up on their feet! Norma looked absolutely stunning all day and night!!

Mr & Mrs Norma & Bryan Lewis did a great job finding professional wedding vendors to make their day memorable. We at Beautiful Beyond Dreams, LLC also had a great time working with this collaborative team that came together to make Mr & Mrs Lewis day awesome!!

Hair: Carlos Sanchez- 718-596-0201
Make-Up: Mariluz West

All the amazing pictures were captured by Kristina Rupp and her team at Kris Rupp Photography!

Here's a few more amazing pics of Mr & Mrs Norma & Bryan Lewis

Thursday, July 7, 2011

{Thursday's Food Tidbit}::Wedding Etiquette Tip #3-Eat, You Should Enjoy It Too!

{Thursday's Food Tidbit}::Wedding Etiquette Tip #3-Eat, You Should Enjoy It Too!

Today's wedding etiquette tip is dedicated to the Bride & Groom! Wedding day is your day and all about you! You've spent months or years planning a beautiful wedding; picking a beautiful location, selecting the best dj, entertainment & caterer, etc. The food portion of the wedding is always a memorable part for the guests and should be memorable for you too!

At every wedding I've found that the Bride & Groom don't really get to enjoy the food that they carefully picked out for their guests to enjoy. I know you want to enjoy the day, dance all night, mingle with your guests, etc; but eating is also important!

Wedding Etiquette Tip To Go:
(( Dear couple, enjoy your dinner! After all you picked these items because they were something that you wanted to have on your special day, so why not take some time to enjoy. I promise your guests won't mind if you take time to enjoy dinner also. :-D ))

<---- {Wednesday's Inspiration}::Wedding Etiquette Tip #2-Listen, We Care!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

{Wednesday's Inspiration}::Wedding Etiquette Tip #2- Listen, We Care!

{Wednesday's Inspiration}::Wedding Etiquette Tip #2- Listen, We Care!

A wedding planner is hired by the couple to assure their day goes smoothly. We are there to be the eyes and ears for the Bride & Groom, but also for the bridal party and family members. Today's etiquette tip is for the bridal party. Although we are hired by the couple, we are also are here for you! 

Wedding Planners carry an emergency kit filled with items that are ready for any and every situation. If we suggest or give advice, "Listen because we care about your well being". I understand not taking the spotlight off of the couple, however we are only advising to make sure the unforeseen accidents don't occur. 

Wedding Etiquette Tip To Go:
(((Take advice given, as it is given to assure your well-being and we want to take care of you too.)))

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

{Tuesday's Insight}::Wedding Etiquette Tip #1-Make No Assumptions!

{Tuesday's Insight}::Wedding Etiquette Tip #1-Make No Assumptions!

For the past three years I have worked and lead many weddings under Beautiful Beyond Dreams, LLC as well as for other local wedding planners in South Jersey and Pennsylvania. I have been hired and have hired others. Over these past couple of years I have truly learned the importance of not calling out when scheduled to work a wedding. It wasn't until I was my own boss and someone called out on me that I felt the real effect of looking for someone trained to cover a wedding. Not only does having adequate staff make great coverage, which is crucial; but your couple is also expecting a certain amount of staff to be present.

As an assistant consultant, intern, etc if you are scheduled to work a wedding don't assume nothing. Ask what time you need to be at the specific location for wedding day, attend the rehearsal so you can be introduced to the couple and the bridal party, and most importantly Do Not Call Out unless it is an Emergency! The lead planner will provide all the important information needed for you, however it is important to be in tune to the wedding at least a week prior.

Wedding Etiquette Tip To Go:
(((Do Not Assume Anything; Ask Questions!)))

Friday, July 1, 2011

{Friday's Spotlight}::Bougie Magazine

{Friday's Spotlight}::Bougie Magazine

Today's {Friday Spotlight} features Bougie Magazine! Read below to learn more about what Angela Reed & her team have been up to in the fashion world.

Q: Who is Angela Reed? 

Q: How did Bougie Magazine come about? 
     A: The birth of Bougie...... a friend and fellow event planner told me that her hair stylist needed some promo material printed for a hair show so I went to meet her. Our convo went past promo material to putting together an online directory for the participants in her show. The ideas between my partner and I kept flowing till one day we joked, "this should be a magazine" let's give it a name that people would always remember! And on June 5th 2010 Bougie hit the web that month with over 300,000 page hits!

Q: What are some challenges that you've faced and overcame? 
     A: This question always makes me laugh because it makes me take a look in the mirror! (LOL) I have been my biggest challenge! Thinking that I was taking on a task too big for me and that no one would read a publication that wasn't already a household brand present tremendous doubt in my confidence to achieve. I overcame this by telling myself, "I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me" and really listening/researching my target audience and putting out what they want/need to read about.

Q: Who is Bougie Magazine's customer? 
     A: The Bougie customer is ANY female that strives for EXCELLENCE! She lives each day to the fullest, she's the DOUBLE T trendy and tech savy! I think this describes the epitome of the bougie woman in today's society. Although our target market is the ladies, we also publish a special issue for the guys every June called "The Bougie Male".

Q: Any words of advice for the business professional that is just starting out? 
     A: My advice for the business professional just starting out is to JUST DO IT! You can read all the books, take all the courses to get you ready for the business, but if you don't actually apply it then it's all in vain. Another important factor is to learn to support others by learning the "barter" system. You don't have to charge for everything. Yes we're not in business to give things away but you have to learn how to give in order to receive. Lastly, but not least NETWORKING IS KEY! Bougie Magazine is growing and moving because we move out of our "four blocks" and connect with people in different area and zip codes.

*Upcoming Events* 
Bougie Events is having their Launch Party on September 29, 2011 which is being held at The Crystal Gardens Navy Pier and they want to see you there! 
Click here for more details or here: to find out more about how you can attend & also enter their Designer Competition!! 

Be sure to follow Bougie Magazine and Events by Excellence!  

{Monday's Starter}::Happy 4th of July!---->