INDUSTRY REAL TALK with AJ

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hello lovelies,
We want to thank you all for continually coming back to the blog and showing us much love.  I can't believe we are closely approaching 100k in viewership.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Memi and I have something wonderful in store for our 100000th reader.  Hey I'll let her tell you all about it and yes you are right, you have to come back to the blog to find out what it is (LOL).   In the meantime a lot of you have been sending us off line messages, asking questions that may be directly related to a blog post and sometimes not, but ALL the time wedding related.  So after much brainstorming, we will be starting a new series on the blog called  "INDUSTRY REAL TALK".   This series would take the time out to address some "burning" questions that some of you may have about wedding and event planning.  We will  debunk some theories, demystify some myths, uncover some hidden truths, give you some nuggets and definitely address some of the misconceptions about wedding and special events.  So we encourage you to ask your questions freely; NO HOLDS BARRED, ask on the blog, on Facebook, Twitter or hit us up by email: bcgblogger@gmail.com, and we would do our best to answer your questions (short of given you the key to our vault) as honestly and plainly as we can.  Wedding and event professionals we are not leaving you out, we are going to be expecting you to chime in and we know sometimes that may be hard but hey in the spirit of "Educating  the Public", please feel free and then again there is always an Anonymous comment.


So let's get to it.  This question has come up in the past few months like a million times; ok maybe not a million but I can guarantee it's close.  It  is the age old question and has almost become cliche but here it goes: "Do I /Should I hire a wedding planner?"  Well you know what I am going to say "OF COURSE YOU DO".  The next question is "Why".  Simple, because you do.  Seriously though, would you buy a house without a real estate agent, or build a house without a contractor?  You certainly can do so without an agent or contractor however think about the stress, the countless research hours as well as the many mistakes you would have to make, some of them irreversible.  So think of your wedding/event as a house.  You decide you are going to buy one, then you have to decide what kind of house you want, depending on the city and state you live in the type of house you want would vary in price, you definitely need to have a budget , and you need a good agent/contractor on your side.


So now that we've painted a good picture, let us hear what you all think!
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DESSERTS PLEEEEEEEEEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Hello beautifuls!!!!!!
In the spirit of Tastings by TUM, we want to feature one of our favorite things here at BCG; DESSERTS (YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!).  We love desserts and what better way to display these delightful treats than DESSERT BARS!!!!.  Yeah we know they've been around for a while, but we just love when people get creative with them.  


Here are a few of our favorites and please stop by this Saturday to preview our Vintage Glam Dessert Bar,  by our very own Cosi Dolce by F.A.B., you would 
definitely HEART it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




 

love the cotton candy

Colors are pretty 

 
 

 

 
(Absolutely love this Vintage dessert bar from http://wynnaustinevents.com)

Vintage Gothic Wedding Dessert Table 
(More Vintage Love from http://blog.hwtm.com)

Sweet as a Peach Dessert Table


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Events You Cant Miss: Tastings by TUM

Monday, March 19, 2012

Hello Everyone!!


Many of you may remember the great event we were apart of last year, The Urban Marketplace 2011 (TUM 2011)? Well guess what? They are BACK with an even more amazing and scrumptious event. This Saturday, March 24th, 2012 from 3pm-6pm they will be holding an event called Tastings By TUM!! 


This event is advertised as a FOOD & DESSERT showcase that is sure to WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! your palate. If you are a 2012 or 2013 bride searching for THE perfect appetizer, entree, or dessert for your event,  THIS is where you want to be!  There will be a variety of exclusive caterers and bakers in attendance to help you conjure up the PERFECT menu! We hope to see you there!!


Be aware that this event is RSVP only! 


Click this link here to RSVP ----> http://www.kojami.com/web/event?e=nmm84#.T2fkWcUgew1

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Beauty Sightings: Cake Table Ideas!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Hello,

It's been a while since I did a Beauty Sightings post! I found some really cool table ideas, that do an amazing job of displaying the centerpiece of your wedding which is the CAKE!! Of course none of them top the signature BCG cake table,in my opinion, but they are beautiful nonetheless! Tell me what you think!! 












BCG Cake Tables

Tunji Sarumi Fine Art Weddings

Dotun's Photo Lounge




Stay Beautiful My Loves,
Memi

P.S. Sorry about the lack of photo credits, if you recognize any of these pictures PLEASE let me know so I can properly credit you. I hate the idea of stealing other people's work!

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What is my Role?? Bridal Party Duties

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

So I was on one of my favorite wedding forums this morning (WeddingBee) and I came across this post, written by a frustrated bride who mentioned she was tired of the low expectations people had for their wedding party. I thought the responses to her rant were interesting because some people agreed and some people felt quite opposite. The people that disagreed mentioned that they thought it was selfish, unecesarry and unthoughtful to think that your bridesmaid/MOH would be willing to put their lives aside for the biggest day of YOUR life. What are your thoughts on this?? I listed below some of the "expected" bridal party duties.

If you've ever been a bridesmaid/groomsman what do you think is acceptable/unacceptable? Where do you draw the line? When is your bride considered a bridezilla? What are you WILLING/UNWILLING to do for the couple?? I thought this was interesting and would love to have some dialogue with you guys down in the comments! TALK TO ME!


Maid (Matron) of Honor
  • Assists bride in choosing a bridal gown as well as in choosing attendants' gowns and jewelry.
  • Purchase gown and accessories that she will be wearing.
  • Helps bride address invitations.
  • Plan and host bridal shower.
  • Plan and host the bachelorette party.
  • Records gifts received at showers as well as collecting all ribbons and bows for making the rehearsal bouquets.
  • Helps the bride assemble and decorate wedding favors.
  • Helps bride and bride's family decorate the reception hall, if necessary.
  • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Arrive with at least 2 hours early to assist the bride in dressing.
  • Organize bridesmaids and their gowns.
  • Arrange bride's veil and train before and throughout the ceremony.
  • Hold groom's ring during the ceremony if its not being carried by the ring bearer.
  • Signs the wedding certificate as an official witness.
  • Stands to the left of the groom in the receiving line.
  • Dances when the music starts at the reception and asks other guests to dance.
  • Be gracious and serve as an auxiliary hostess at the reception.
Best Man
  • Plan and host the bachelor party.
  • Rent or purchase wedding attire that is the same as the groom's.
  • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Arrange for transportation to ceremony for self and groom.
  • Arrange for transportation of the couple as well as self to the reception.
  • Arrives with the groom at least 1 hour before the ceremony.
  • Helps keep the groom calm.
  • Supervises groomsmen and ushers.
  • Holds bride's wedding ring if not being carried by the ring bearer.
  • Escorts the Maid (Matron) of Honor during the recessional.
  • Forwards payment to musicians and officiate from the groom.
  • Stands to the right of the bride in the receiving line.
  • Makes the first toast at the reception and reads congratulations telegrams.
  • Dances when the music starts and asks other guests to dance.
  • Transport newlyweds to the honeymoon suite or airport after the reception.
  • Organize the return of any rented wedding attire for all men in the wedding.
Bridesmaids
  • Purchase gowns and accessories to wear in the wedding.
  • Assist Maid (Matron) of Honor in planning and hosting bridal showers.
  • Help with wedding favors.
  • Run errands as needed by the bride.
  • Help decorate the reception hall, if needed.
  • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Arrive early at the wedding dressing site.
  • Walk down the aisle before the Maid (Matron) of Honor, flower girl, and ring bearer.
  • May stand in receiving line.
  • Dance and are gracious at the reception.
Groomsmen and Ushers
  • Purchase or rent wedding attire.
  • Assist in planning and financing the bachelor party.
  • Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Arrive dressed at least 1 hour before the wedding.
  • Fold and distribute wedding programs.
  • Ensure that all family members have corsages/boutonni√®res before being seated.
  • Seat guests as follows:
    • Single females are escorted on the right.
    • Single males should walk along the left side.
    • Escort the female of a couple on the right with her date walking behind.
    • Guests of the bride are seated on the left.
    • Guests of the groom are seated on the right.
    • Leave first few rows unseated to accommodate family members.
    • Seat the mother of the groom.
    • Seat the mother of the bride.
    • Roll out the aisle runner.
  • Light candelabras, as needed.
  • Escort bridesmaids during the recessional.
  • Check for any items left by guests at the ceremony site.
  • Collect ceremony decorative items such as baskets, pew bows, and aisle runner.
  • Dance when music starts and ask other guests to dance.
  • Decorate the newlywed's car.
What do you guys think about these duties? Overkill? Not enough? Or somewhere in between?? Comment down below!
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Trend Alerts: Lace Cakes

Monday, March 12, 2012

Hello Readers!!

Going along with our cake wedding vendor, the lace sleeves trend alert, and the soft, feminine, fresh color palette that we've brought to you so far, a trend to tie all of it together are wedding cakes with LACE details!! These cakes shown below would fit PERFECTLY into a soft, romantic, and love-filled event. Check them out and tell me what you think!

Photos from bellethemagazine.com











Stay Beautiful My Loves,
Memi
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Color-Spiration! Shades of Purple & Gray

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hello!!

I'm bringing one of my FAVOrite colors out today! Seeing how I love purple in all shades. I have an inspiration board and some ideas that show a new trend of using different shades of a general color in your wedding design. No more STRICT usage of ONE particular shade of purple. Let me know what you think! This palette uses plum, lilac, and hints of gray :-)


From The Perfect Palette

http://www.everylastdetailblog.com/

http://www.thesweetestoccasion.com/

www.bcgevents.com



NOTE we love this spin on grey w/silver and bling very trendy (http://purplepeonyweddings.blogspot.com)

Stay Beautiful my loves,
Memi
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