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Congratulations, You are ENGAGED!! We know you are beyond excited to begin planning your wedding and your new married life. We also know that sometimes it may seem overwhelming when you sit down and start working on the details. Are you staying up late at night with a To Do List in your head? Don’t worry, you are not alone. We are here to help you avoid being overwhelmed and share a few tips that we’ve learned along the way to enjoy a stress free wedding planning experience (and more restful sleep).

1) Keep A Notepad With You At All Times – Most anxiety comes from the concern that you may forget something. When an idea hits you, write it down! And if you are up late at night with a list in your head, you can be assure that once you write it down, your mind will be able to rest easier knowing that you wrote it down and it will be there in the morning.

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2) Find Your One Go-To Person  – Note that we recommend One. We know you have a ton of friends but when it comes to planning, we think too many cooks in the kitchen……well, you know!  However, you do need a friend or family member that you can lean on for advice and more importantly, to share in the fun! Wedding planning is a lot of fun but at times, it can be overwhelming with all the decision you have to make. You will get a ton of advice from what seems like everyone and their mom but you need that one special friend or family member that will guide (not push) you. They also know when to help you take a break for a little “me time”.

3) Have Date Nights Away From Wedding Planning – Once the planning starts, there will be times when you’ll feel like the only conversations you have are about the upcoming wedding. Stop! Remember that you are marrying the love of your life and you are going to be together long after the wedding day is done. Invest in some couple time, doing the things you love and make a promise to avoid wedding talk for those few hours. This will give you and your honey time to reconnect.

4) Hire a planner – Ok, so it sounds like a shameless plug, we know! But honestly, wedding planners are like project managers and with so many details, it’s great to have someone experienced to help you navigate through it all. Wedding planners will help you find professional vendors, negotiate contracts, keep you organized and most importantly they save you time and money! An experienced planner is going to research and connect you to other professionals that meet your needs and budget. Thus eliminating unnecessary appointments with vendors that don’t meet your requirements and help you avoid making costly mistakes.

With these few tips, you can begin this exciting process with confidence and make it a stress free experience! Now “LET THE PLANNING BEGIN!”

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I had the exciting privilege to attend Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party on Sunday, January 27th. This luxury bridal showcase was held at Gotham Hall in New York City.  Brides had the opportunity to listen to an expert wedding industry panel consisting of – Darcy Miller, Sylvia WeinstockAbby LarsonPeter SomClaudia Hanlin, and Peter Callahan.  Intermingled in the sea of talented vendors, brides could find a plethora of talent including Matthew Robbins and his Inspired Weddings book. Honeymoon exhibitors were abundant and the giveaways were amazing.  What more could a girl ask for?  To top off the experience, I had the opportunity to meet Martha Stewart of Martha Stewart Weddings!Screen-shot-2013-02-06-at-9.57.44-PM

 

This GORGEOUS “LOVE” ice sculpture by Okamoto Studio greeted brides as they filled Gotham Hall.
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Elan Artists Bands entertained brides as they perused the vendor exhibits.
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What a yummy and cool wedding cake! From New York Cake Pops
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How cute is this place setting! Available at NewlyWish.
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Food New York Style – Of course it was food trucks: Frites N’ Meats + Mexicue lined the street.
Photo Credit – Allan Zepeda

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I had the pleasure of helping Sasha and Frank plan their wedding, which took place in Brisbane, Australia at Moda Restaurant.  Sasha and Frank wanted an intimate setting with just close family to feel like Thanksgiving dinner at home.

Their wedding colors were pink and grey.  Sasha sashayed down the aisle in a pink saffron tea length dress.  No traditional wedding cakes for this couple.  Instead, the couple surprised their guests with little French tarts from a local bakery.  Daisy Days florist provided complimentary floral décor to the already stylish Moda Restaurant. Jonas Peterson, who has been named one of the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the world by American Photo Magazine, captured this intimate affair.  Congrats Sasha and Frank!

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Happy 2013! Originally my first blog post for 2013 was going to be a recap of 2012.  However, I changed my mind and decided to not look back at the past; but rather look forward.  2012 was a great first year for Park Avenue Events.  2013 will be even better.  I look forward to showcasing my weddings and events while providing inspiring eye candy and tips on how to personalize your wedding.  Let’s go!

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So you are engaged and you finally have the date picked….now what? It’s time to send out your save the dates! Save the dates were originally conceived to inform out of town guests about your wedding so they could set aside the travel time.  They were also used for destination weddings so guests could build a vacation around it…neither of which could be done with only 6 to 8 weeks’ notice, which is the time when you send out the actual invitation.  Today, save the dates can be sent to all guests (if desired) and it doesn’t matter where your wedding is happening.

Save the dates have come a long way since they started…they aren’t just stationery and magnets!  You now have the ability to be super creative and have fun! One of the hottest trends right now….video! Enlist one of your friends to hold the camera and get creative.  Once done, attach it to your wedding email list and hit send! Your guests instantly have a fun email waiting for them in their inbox!

Other new trends include, custom comic books, newspaper format, fingerprints on postcards, a picture of the couple holding a fun sign…the possibilities are endless! One idea that we absolutely loved came from one of our favorite couples, Alex and Abena. Their mountain top announcement is so cute! (Please see picture below)

With all the options that are out there for today’s couples, the only rule is there are no rules! Let your personality out and have fun letting your friends and family know of the upcoming big day!

 

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