Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sara and Deepak on Platinum Weddings!

Don't miss the season premier of Platinum Weddings! Set your Tivo's for June 1st 2008 at 9:00pm CST. Mother of the Bride worked with a family from Minneapolis on a four day wedding celebration in Las Vegas!!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

WE TV's Platinum Weddings Season Opener - June 1st

Last year we had the honor and privilege of working with a local family to bring to life a fantastic wedding in Las Vegas, Nevada. The wedding itself took place at the Stirling Club, a private residence and club in the heart of Las Vegas. The remainder of wedding events took place at the fabulous Bellagio Hotel.

Several hundred guests from around the world attended this four day extravaganza and were treated like royalty. Our client put a great deal of time and thought into each aspect of the celebration and each of the decisions from food to flowers. It was a pleasure to be able to work with them on the many different levels of design, detail and logistics for this elaborate celebration.

I went out to Las Vegas in June of 2007 to first meet with some of the vendors we were interviewing as well as to meet with a Las Vegas wedding planner, Tori Cooper. Tori's company and Mother of the Bride Weddings did a joint venture to ensure that all of the details were covered.

It was great to see the wedding planning business from the perspective of Las Vegas. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Tori and I worked extremely well together and had a similar level of clientele. I was also disappointed when I came home to Minneapolis and didn't have the multitude of production props and companies at my disposal like I did in Las Vegas. We worked with MGM Mirage Events on the wedding but had a lovely presentation by Destinations By Design as well. It was a tough choice for the client to make because both mock ups were amazing. What we could not find in Las Vegas we had access to in Los Angeles so all bases were covered. We had vendors from India, Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, and Las Vegas. It was quite a production.

Minneapolis has an appetite for weddings like this, but we are not quite there as far as resources. A few companies are pulling some great furniture and decor pieces now so it is beginning to be easier to accomplish. Prior to this we had to pull all rental furniture in from CORT Event Furnishings from Chicago. Linen Effects has just obtained some new pieces and Metro Connections also has some great options.

To see more about Sara and Deepak's amazing wedding tune in to the season premier of WE TV's Platinum Weddings. The new season of Platinum Weddings will air on Sunday, June 1st 2008 at 9:00pm CST. Platinum Weddings is a half hour show that features Platinum Weddings from around the country.

Let us know if you would like to have your wedding considered for Platinum Weddings - they are looking for all types of weddings!

Have a great weekend!

- Nicolle

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Wedding season begins in Minnesota!

The first wedding of the season is under the belt! The fickle spring weather in Minnesota seemed to break all around us, the sun was shining, the day was warm, all was right in the world!
A beautiful ceremony was planned and performed by the bride's Grandfather, the music was perfect, the spring flowers gave off an aroma throughout that was light, airy and perfect. A large group of guests gathered, eager to see the wonderful young couple tie the knot! After a wonderful send off and a boat ride, the guests made their way to the reception site. Wonderful jazz filled the air, the photobooth was packed and a bountiful antipasto table was feasted upon. Dinner and heartfelt toasts were given and the guests danced the night away. The Bride and Groom are living happily ever after...

Lessons learned at wedding #1 -
-The Oxy pen is far superior than the Tide pen
-Don't assume the limo drivers have been given a detailed itinerary
-Bring a few pairs of shoes to change in and out of - large bandaids too
-This is the year of the commercial grade steamer
-People bring LARGE gifts to weddings

Onto the next wedding!
"Is There a Book In It?"

We've been at this busines for 12 years now. We've always said each event has some surprises and we learn something from every client. This is not to mention the funny and unusual challenges which have been totally unanticipated.

You might get a chuckle out of some of these events:

The large wedding was held in a historic church with minimum plumbing updates. It had one bathroom with a single toilet adjacent to the ladies dressing area. Pictures were being taken prior to the wedding, complete with refreshments and "beverages" on a beautiful warm June day. A constant trek to this facility by all the bridal party both male and female overtaxed it capabilities. You guessed it, the resulting overflow created a challenge in summoning the caretaker and a "plumber's friend". The nearby gas station facilities had extended use until the arrival at the reception following the wedding. Pictures took a little longer, the dressing area had to be moved and vacated as soon as possible. The wedding began on time and most guests never knew what happened.

Weekend Site: Madeline Island, northern Wisconsin out of Bayfield, WI. on an undeveloped acreage. Several stories resulted during this long week of planning and construction. Martha Stewart magazine was due to arrive to cover this remote event. After the photographers were delayed in Duluth for several hours, they finally arrived after the 2 "bridal attendant, four legged pets" of the bridal couple had time to attack the wedding cake. A few adjustments of the decorative flowers on the cake and a quick turn made for a pretty picture. Also, as the bride proceeded down the woodchip path to the ceremony site, a lovely snake crawled out from under a rock and crossed her path. The dogs thought this was very excitiing. Once again everything was brought under control and a good time was had by all. It was an unusual and beautitul event complete with crystal, china, silver and chandeliered tent. The authentic indian teepee on the property served as a dressing area.

These are just few of the incidents which can not be anticipated when planning your event. Plan B's are always good to think about when possible. As time goes on I will relate some of the other interesting things that Mother of the Bride has dealt with out of the emergency kits we have with us at all times. Although I can't say we have seen it all, we have seen a lot and can laugh at most after the fact. We can't wait to see what is going to happen next.


Monday, May 19, 2008