Friday, June 29, 2012

UrDreamPlanner's Friday Fun: 3 Ways to Have A Fun Wedding Reception Experience!

On UrDreamPlanner's Wednesday Knowledge: {Dear Wedding Guests...}, I wrote a letter to the guests that you as the Bride & Groom have invited to attend your wedding. Today's post is for you, the Bride & Groom! Read these 3 ways to give your guest a fun wedding reception experience! 

 {A wedding Photo Booth is another great way to add fun to the wedding reception!}

3 Ways to Have A Fun Wedding Reception Experience

#1- Do a creative wedding dance!  
Do something unexpected, that will WOW your guests! Taking a dance class, changing your outfit into something fancy, etc.

#2- Create a Kids Station! 
Make this station colorful and have activities that are age appropriate, but that also do not need adult assistance to enjoy. For those parents that are bringing children, include instructions that will inform them that there will be a kids section and what will be in that area.

#3 - A Rocking DJ!!!  
This should really be #1, because the DJ can make or break the wedding reception experience. Hire a pro that knows YOUR music style and interest, so that you will hear songs that will have your guest dancing all night long!!

Bringing fun into your wedding is one way to have your guests talking for years.

Be fun not boring!

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What fun activities did you have at your wedding reception? What fun activities do you plan on having at your wedding reception? Share a fun wedding you attended and/or share a boring wedding you attended! What makes a fun wedding reception experience to you? Leave a comment in the comment zone.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

UrDreamPlanner's Wednesday Knowledge: {Dear Wedding Guests...}

 Today's UrDreamPlanner's Wednesday Knowledge is dedicated to the wedding guests. I hope you receive this letter well as it is written with your best interest in mind! :-)

 UrDreamPlanner's Wednesday Knowledge: {Dear Wedding Guests...}

Dear Wedding Guests,

          You have been invited to celebrate a Wedding of a dear loved one. The couple that you are so happy for, is also happy that you attended. The Bride & Groom are so excited you attended the ceremony on time. For those that are slightly a few minutes late or more, the Bride & Groom do send their apologies in advance, due to the fact that you will have to view the beginning of the wedding through whatever type of doors/windows the ceremony site has, since their "on-point" Wedding Planner has made sure the wedding started on time, and no-one will be able to walk in prior to the Bridal Party entering, and especially not prior to the Brides entrance. Understand that professional pictures are being taking during this time (which is why the door closes behind the is not an insult to you, I promise!) and therefore you will have to wait approximately another 4-6 minutes until the guests have been asked to be seated. At this very moment, we will allow you the tip-toe in quietly.

          It is now time to head to the Reception! Only head that way if you actually RSVP'd. Do understand that approaching in a hostile situation (if you did not RSVP) is bound to leave you sitting outside the ballroom, outdoor tent area, etc., until the entire Bridal Party have been introduced and the Bride & Groom have been seated. We will do our best to accommodate you and find extra seating if any is available, without asking the Bride & Groom, as we have already constructed a well formatted seating chart for all the rsvp'd guest to follow! Not only did we construct a seating chart and have an escort card for each guest, (individually or by couple) on the table displayed nicely, we also have a master guest list in our hands. If you cannot find your name on the table, please see us and we will assist you. If your name is not on the master guest list, this means you did not RSVP and you should then reread this paragraph to know the following steps that will be occurring.

         Once you have been seated and the reception has begun, feel free to come to us with any bothering questions or concerns. We are there for you also, not just the Bride & Groom. Assuring you have a great time is what we do best as Wedding Planners! As the special moments take place, feel free to take all the pictures your heart desire, BUT..and this "but" is a HUGE one! As a guest, please understand that the Bride & Groom hired a set of wedding professionals. One of them being the Photographer. During the "cake cutting" specifically...back up 10 FEET!!! Seriously, allow the Photographer to take all the pictures needed (that the couple paid $$$$) and then you can get your snapshots. When we ask you politely to back up and you decide to roll your eyes and tell us you can be there, rather than saying okay, be prepared when we stand in front of you, like it's a raging concert and politely back you up anyway. As stated this is for the Bride & Groom's best interest, as we want their wedding pictures to be beautiful!

         As the night ends, please ask if you are allowed to take any item off the table besides your favor. Sneaking off with a centerpiece, napkin, table number/name etc., will cost the Bride & Groom that you love so dearly and came to support. 90% of the time the centerpiece "vases" are not the Bride & Grooms, they are rented. The linens will most definitely always be rented or provided by the venue and they do get counted at the end of the night, which is how we know items are missing. The "frames or cute stand" that the table numbers/names are placed in belong to the venue or Wedding Planner; either way they do not belong in your bag. Do not get upset when we remove these items from your hand, for those of you that are bold enough to just walk out the door with a 3 ft Eiffel Tower Vase, as if we can't see you. We are so happy that you love the decor items, and know the perfect spot in your home to place this specific item, however, this is a sure way for the Bride & Groom to receive a hefty bill for all missing items. Ask before you take!

          We are so happy you had such a grand time at the wedding you attended. Weddings are meant to be fun, exciting and an all around happy occasion. Let's work together, Wedding Planner to Guest, to assure you leave happy. Again, we are here for you also and only want to make sure you leave with the best memory of this special union. The Bride & Groom appreciates your gifts and love tokens, and know that they have made it safely to the appropriate car and the couple will read and open them shortly!

I wish you safe travels on your way home. 

The Wedding Planner

If you have any questions please call, 267-702-3037, as I'd be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. 

P.S.  It was great providing service to you and do not feel any kind of way if we see each other a few months later and I do not remember who you are. Most weddings have approximately 150 guests and since I've seen you at that particular wedding, I've probably done at least two others and so now the amount of guests I've seen have tripled. Simply remind me of the couple (this will bring an aha moment to my face with a smile) or a special moment we shared (this may bring a puzzling moment to my face..depending on the moment). I will tell you it's great to see you again and we will depart and I will eventually figure out which guests you were (later that night or the next day or possibly never). Just don't be offended, charge it to my head..not my heart! ;-)

Knowledge is Power!

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Have you been a wedding guest before? How was your experience? Was there a Wedding Planner? Did this change your experience? Share your stories below of your wedding experience as a guest below in the comment zone!! :-)

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Monday, June 25, 2012

UrDreamPlanner's Monday Inspiration: Kindness!

Be Kind. Be Inspired!

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Friday, June 22, 2012

UrDreamPlanner's Friday Fun: Funny Short Stories!

Today is Friday...whooohooo!! Here's a few short stories to give you a laugh.

UrDreamPlanner's Friday Fun: Funny Short Stories!

Wrong email address:

A couple was going on vacation, but his wife was on a business trip, so he went to the destination first and his wife would meet him the next day.
When he reached his hotel, he decided to send his wife a quick email.
Unfortunately, when typing her address, he mistyped a letter and his note was directed instead to an elderly preacher’s wife whose husband had passed away only the day before.
When the grieving widow checked her email, she took one look at the monitor, let out a piercing scream, and fell to the floor in a dead faint.
At the sound, her family rushed into the room and saw this note on the screen:

Dearest Wife,
Just got checked in. Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow.

P.S. Sure is hot down here.
Found via: Academic Tips


Caught Speeding

Woman: Is there a problem, Officer?
Officer: Ma'am, you were speeding.
Woman: Oh, I see.
Officer: Can I see your license please?
Woman: I'd give it to you but I don't have one.
Officer: Don't have one?
Woman: Lost it 4 times for drunk driving.
Officer: I see...Can I see your vehicle registration papers please.
Woman: I can't do that.
Officer: Why not?
Woman: I stole this car.
Officer: Stole it?
Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner.
Officer: You what?
Woman: His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see.
The Officer looks at the woman, slowly backs away to his car, and calls for back up. Within minutes 5 police cars circle the car. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun.
Officer 2: Ma'am, could you step out of your vehicle
The woman steps out of her vehicle.
Woman: Is there a problem sir?
Officer 2: One of my officers told me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner.
Woman: Murdered the owner?
Officer 2: Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car, please.
The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty trunk.
Officer 2: Is this your car, ma'am?
Woman: Yes, here are the registration papers.
The first officer is stunned.
Officer 2: One of my officers claims that you do not have a driving license.
The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer. The officer snaps open the clutch purse and examines the license. He looks quite puzzled.
Officer 2: Thank you ma'am, one of my officers told me you didn't have a license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner.
Woman: Betcha the lying bastard told you I was speeding too.

By Dave

Found via: The Joke Yard

Hope these made you laugh! Enjoy your weekend! :-D

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Do you like jokes? What kind of jokes do you like? Are you the person who is telling the jokes or laughing at the jokes? (Me personally, I just laugh at them...ALL the time!! lol) What about you?? Share some funny jokes in the comment zone below! :-)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

UrDreamPlanner's Wednesday Knowledge: Sage & Time Designs!

Today, on the UrDreamPlanner blog, we bring you some knowledge from the amazing Mary Shannon Hernandez of Sage & Time Designs. Enjoy! :-D

Set the Tone of Your Event with Stylized Stationery

It’s time to ditch drab stationery, once and for all!  Event stationery should be eye-catching, unique to YOUR event, and set the tone for your guests.

Consider this custom-made blinged out baby carriage invitation.  Upon opening this piece of mail, what message is conveyed automatically, to you as a guest?  If you are thinking, the person who sent this to you loves sparkle, and bling, is proud to announce their baby girl to the world, and might be a little obsessed with all shades purple, you are right!

Not all custom stationery has to be sealed in the confines of an envelope.  This is one of the great aspects of working with a custom designer.  If you would like to be a little more edgy and non-traditional, or make a bold statement, how about using a box mailer?  This invitation was designed with one purpose in mind--it’s party time!  For this design, we used pink and green polka dots to convey the festive atmosphere for this newly engaged couples’ outdoor BBQ party. Coordinating polka-dot ribbon and pink raffia shreds covered the invite so it really felt like guests were opening a present when they received their invitation in a box.

This wedding invitations oozes elegance, royal, and sophistication.  Sage & Time Designs worked closely with this client to incorporate precise detail into the design.  From the single feather, to the rich hues of gold, deep purple, and teal, right up to the hand-lined envelopes, this invitation suite conveyed the wedding tone from the very beginning.

M. Shannon Hernandez, owner and designer of Sage & Time Designs, is a stationery designer in Brooklyn, New York.  She works closely with clients and event planners across the world to design handcrafted and custom stationery for their personal and social lives.  All products are handcrafted and designed specifically for each client, ensuring truly unique and customized products which help set the tone for the important events in our lives.  You can learn more about Shannon on the Sage & Time Designs blog, on Facebook at Sage & Time Designs, and Twitter @SageTimeDesigns.

Thank you Shannon for being a guest blogger today!  

Talk To Me: 
Are you planning or have you planned a special event? Did/Is your stationery set/setting the tone for your event? How important is stationery to you? What's your favorite stationery item?? Share your thoughts below in the comment zone! :-)

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Monday, June 18, 2012

{On The Blog Today} UrDreamPlanner's Monday Inspiration!

A new week has begun and it's time to be inspired!! When you think about inspiration, what comes to mind? Stop and take a second to think....hmmm....the first thing that usually comes to my mind is color! I talked about the meaning of colors in another UrDreamPlanner Monday Inspiration post which you can "read about here".

Colors is all around us! What's great about color despite what it represents it does not control how we feel and react in life. Seeing a certain color, tends to make you think a certain way which leads to how your day will go. So today and all this week I challenge you to be inspired by color differently.

I will take myself as an example. When I see red or pink, I almost automatically think about love! This week when I see those colors I am going to challenge myself to think differently. What else does that color represent to me and how can I be inspired differently throughout the week? Those will be the questions I ask myself.

: : : THE CHALLENGE : : :

As you go through the week, be inspired differently about the colors you see. Write down what first comes to mind when you are inspired by a color and then write down how you were able to see that same color in a different light! I will be mentioning this challenge all week on Beautiful Beyond Dreams, LLC FB Pg, so feel free to check in there to stay reminded to participate.

I will share with you next Monday why you are doing this challenge! And, I am doing it too!! So together, let's be inspired about how we relate to color!!

Be Inspired!

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Friday, June 15, 2012

{On The Blog Today} UrDreamPlanner's Friday Fun: Go-Karts!

Happy Friday my loves!! Today on the blog and every Friday after, I will be sharing fun content related to wedding planning, event planning, food, inspiration, fun things to do and so much more!! Friday is the start to the weekend and tends to be a very happy day for majority of those working. So let's start this off with a BANG!!

UrDreamPlanner's Friday Fun!

{{ Click here for printable coupons to Keansburg Amusement Park!!}}

Today's fun comes from Groupon, which is one of my favorite money saving sites to visit!! This Groupon deal is for my Jersey/Philly crew! Have you heard of Keansburg Amusement Park?? Well, I haven't until today, but it looks like so much fun!!! I would actually like to go

Groupon is offering a great deal for unlimited rides + 1 go-kart ride!! This fun activity is great for a family trip or an all-girls/all-guys day or overnight trip! The prices are awesome and this really sounds like a great way to enjoy a Saturday with family and friends!!

If you aren't in the Jersey/Philly area, visit and type in your zipcode. Click away on the different tabs and find something equally fun for you and your family to enjoy.

Make Friday Fun-day!! 

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What fun things do you like to plan for the weekend? Do you work on the weekends or is that your down-time? Is going to an amusement park your kind of fun? Share your thoughts with me and our other readers by leaving a comment below in the comment zone!! Thanks! :-D

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

UrDreamPlanner's Wednesday Knowledge!

Happy Wednesday to you and #WeddingWednesday to the wedding planning community! The UrDreamPlanner Blog is the blog of Beautiful Beyond Dreams, LLC and I (Me, Brittany(UrDreamPlanner) the Owner) am implementing new things to get new results. I want you to be inspired, get knowledge and have fun! So that's what this blog will be all about. 

Today is UrDreamPlanner's Wednesday Knowledge!

 (Found via: Shambhala Times)

Yesterday, I wrote a tip on our FB Business Page: "Making business connections are made to be a benefit..if you don't utilize them, then why even make them! #bizknowledge #BBDllc". This tip was meant for myself and any other business owner that needed to hear it. 

How many times have you went to a networking event, met awesome people, collected their business card and other information and did NOTHING!?! Raise your hand...I know I am not alone. Well, yesterday I decided to make a drastic change. 

I made a phone call!

This follow up phone call has turned into a business opportunity, that if done right can be largely beneficial to my business and the other business involved. I am super excited about this new business venture and know that I can be very successful at doing it.

Believe in yourself, practice what you tell others and know that you reap what you sow! 

Learn and Grow!

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Monday, June 11, 2012

UrDreamPlanner's Monday Inspiration: Celebration Food!

It's Monday and I don't know about you, but I love to be inspired! I get inspired by life! A smell, sound, just seeing something beautiful, can spark a bit of inspiration up in me. One thing that can always inspire me is, FOOD!!! Yes, I love food! Besides being a very picky eater and allergic to the entire nut family, milk and chocolate...I LOVE TO EAT! So today's inspirational post is about food!! And not just any food, but food that guests dream about when attending a wedding or event!

Celebration Food!
Celebration Food is what I like to describe as "fun and tasty" food that you eat at weddings & events. 

 As a guest, you have two expectations:

-Expectation #1: You are expecting it to not taste like your basic "wedding" or basic "party" foods. (Guests want to walk into a room and see decorated tables. A nice spread of something delicious. They don't want to eat basic turkey and gravy. Guests come seeking Filet Mignon topped with mashed potatoes that look like a flower and dressed with baby carrots & asparagus in some amazing sauce! Or at least something equally fancy and yummy.)

-Expectation #2: You are expecting to leave full! (When attending a wedding or event, guests expect to eat! The "Celebration Food" is the highlight of the morning, afternoon or evening. Be prepared to feed your guests because they came hungry. Don't scare your guests, with food that looks so foreign you end up wasting your money because everyone just picks over their food. Give your guests familiar options, so they can actually enjoy the food!! Food makes guests happy, and happy guests dance, take pictures and rave about your wedding or event!)

When deciding what food to serve to your guests, think about their common likes and dislikes. Consider any allergies and diet restrictions. Guests are coming to celebrate you, as you are the guest of honor. However, you as the guests of honor should treat your guests like royalty AND royalty eats well!! So get inspired by the guests you invited and make sure the "Celebration Food" is fun and tasty!! 

Be Inspired!

Talk To Me:
What is your experience with "Celebration Food" when attending a wedding or event? Rate it on a scale of 1-10, was is it excellent(10) or horrible(1)?  What is your favorite food to see when attending a wedding or event? Share your stories below in the comment section!! :-D

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Monday, June 4, 2012

UrDreamPlanner's Monday Inspiration: "5 Ways to Believe in YOU!"

Have you ever been so excited about your dreams that you over thought and felt completely lost in thought? Well, it has happened to me before and it is not a place you should stay in for a long time. To get out of a stagnant must first believe in yourself and the talent that you have!!

5 Ways to Believe in YOU!
1.Speak Life - Say positive affirmations!
2. Do - Make moves and take the first step, whether that be educating yourself, training, etc...make the moves needed to succeed!!!
3. Engage - Surround yourself with positive people that can uplift you!
4. Be Inspired - Learn you, so you can know what you like and love to do!
5. Live - Simply live out your dream. Live for you and not for people!!

I saw The Wiz at my hs on Saturday and it brought back so many memories from when I did it as a freshman in hs ( I was a dancer in the musical) I want to leave you with this song! 

Believe In YOU!!

Talk To Me:
Do you believe in yourself? Do you have a daily or weekly affirmation that keeps you going? Leave a comment below, it just may help you inspire someone else!! :-D 

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