Sep 252017

Say “I do” to expert looks, tips and more for the big day with Mary Kay

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We spoke with local consultant, Donna Pueppell, about Mary Kay and how she loves working with brides on their wedding day. Here is what she had to say!

What do you love the very most about what you do?   I love educating Brides from the beginning about how to care for their skin to ensure they begin with a flawless foundation then LOVE to educate about glamour techniques so they feel confident & beautiful everyday!

 

What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry?   I want to partner with you for complete satisfaction beginning with complementary services to ensure flawless complexion followed by the perfect glamour look you love!  My goal is to ensure your satisfaction before even touching your budget!

 

How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding?  The sooner the better to ensure she can take advantage of all of my complementary services to better enable her to decide what she really wants.

 

What are some of your specialties?   My best gift is to give the knowledge, education and exceptional products to provide for a beautifully flawless skin and makeup for the special day & beyond!  Confidence comes from knowing you will look amazing even after the makeup is long washed away!

 

How long have your been doing what you do?  9 years!

 

Name of Business:   Mary Kay Cosmetics with Donna Rueppell

Category of Business:   Beauty/Skin Care & Color Cosmetics

Years in Business:  9

Contact Information:

Link to Bridal eCatalog:  http://bit.ly/BridaleBook

 

Oct 192016

Advantages of Having Off-Premise Catering at Your Wedding

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Imagine a formal tea in a centuries-old rose garden or castle, a hip event in a refurbished retro movie theatre, or a poolside banquet at your favorite relative’s beautiful home. How about a ball in a Victorian mansion? Call it formal. Call it casual. Either way, it’s only for you.

Off-premises catering offers an attractive alternative to the more common reception choices like hotels and country clubs. By opening up a plethora of options for location, style, theme, size and menu, off-premises catering allows you to create a very personalized and detailed event that can sometimes cost less than many inside catered affairs.

Another big advantage of off-premises catering is the menu itself. With more experience in designing and handling custom menus than restaurants or hotels, off-premises caterers can offer very imaginative, tasty menus. Catering at the location of your choice demands a professional staff with the knowledge and expertise to make sure all the details come together for a smoothly run event.

Of course, don’t forget the biggest item on the menu; the wedding cake. Many caterers have professional in-house pastry chefs who will design a cake your cake especially how you envision it.

If you know you want a personalized event, but don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, some off-premise caterers work closely with various specialty party facilities and can help you decide what’s right for you.

Some also offer free full-service wedding consulting and event planning, providing you with hassle-free planning for everything from flowers and invitations to dining, entertainment and even travel.

To see a list of some well-known, professional off-premise caterers who are local to North Florida, click here!

Images Courtesy of Davoli’s Catering of Jacksonville, FL.

Jul 212015

Save the date for Global Diamonds 1st Annual Summer Spectacular!

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July 31 through August 2, the entire showroom will be 20% off!

For more information, visit: http://globaldiamondsusa.com/news/summer-spectacular-2015/

May 112015

Coastal Coordinating knows how to make your wedding day just how you’ve envisioned.

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Today we are featuring Coastal Coordinating, a full-service wedding and event planning company based out of St. Augustine, Florida. We spoke with owner, Katy Hurtig, about her love of weddings, why her company is different than other event planning companies and much more. Read on to see if Coastal Coordinating is the right fit for your wedding!

What do you love the very most about what you do? I love working with my clients to make their visions come to life.  Working on the event design is so much fun and it really allows creativity to come to life.

Will you be on-site during the entire reception until the very end? Yes, We are the first vendor to arrive and the last to leave.  We make sure that everything is taken care of from start to finish.

Tell the brides-to-be your best wedding advice. The best advice I can give to any couple is to make sure you hire the right vendors and to hire professionals.  The vendors are the ones that make your event a success and it is important so that you can enjoy all aspects of the day.

What is your most favorite wedding trend right now? Currently I love the golds. I love that it has come back in style.

 What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry?  I think that making myself available to my clients after hours and on weekends helps me stand out from others in the industry.  I pride myself on getting back to my clients quickly.

 Will you have an assistant during the wedding? Yes, with all of my wedding planning packages you will get an assistant with the day of coordinator.

 How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding? Currently for Saturdays we are getting booked up a year in advance.  For weekdays and Sundays we are booking up 9 months in advance.

 What are some of your specialties? RSVP Management.  This is a service where we will contact anyone that has not RSVP’d.  This takes a lot of stress off of the couple and the awkwardness of contacting their loved ones to get an answer.

 How long have your been doing what you do? I have been planning weddings for 10+ years.  I did my first college internship in weddings and have been doing them ever since.

Name of Business: Coastal Coordinating

Category of Business:  Wedding Planning, Event Planning, Event Design

Contact Information: Katy Hurtig, Owner

Apr 272015

Searching for the perfect, rustic, elegant barn wedding venue?

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We spoke with Tracey from The Oaks Ranch about the property and the uniqueness of this wedding venue. Located in Green Cove Springs, Florida Barn Weddings at The Oaks Ranch is sure to impress you. The Barn, The Courtyard and The Meadow are just a few of the highlights at this beautiful venue! Make sure to check them all out. Here is what Tracey had to say:

What made you decide to work in the wedding industry? Many people have been inquiring about having their wedding at our property, and we felt Clay County could use another wedding and special event venue. For those on a wedding budget, do a weekday sunset wedding.

What do you love the very most about what you do? With weddings and special events, there are so many things you can do to tailor the event for the customer. It is truly a customized and beautiful experience.

What is the most creative and unique thing you’ve done at a wedding? Created Seat Card Accessories – Each seat card had a silk flower with a clip on the back for the men to pin on their suit or women to pin in their hair.

Will you be on-site during the entire reception until the very end? Yes.

Tell the brides-to-be your best wedding advice. Having your rehearsal, ceremony & reception in one place. Many parties make the mistake of having their events at separate venues to save money, then guests arrive late, get lost or don’t show up at the next venue, costing you time, money and your party. At Florida Barn Weddings @ The Oaks Ranch – outside of Jacksonville, we can host all your events in one place.

What is your most favorite wedding trend right now? Burlap Barn Weddings

What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry? Huge property with multiple venues, overnight accommodations, RV Hook-Ups, separate bride & groom changing areas.

What is your favorite product or service that you offer brides? Please describe it. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Do you offer any other products or services? Packages with accommodations. 

Will you have an assistant during the wedding? Yes.

How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding? 2 weeks

What are some of your specialties? Short Notice

How long have your been doing what you do? We’ve had special events at our Ranch since 1986.

What are 5 adjectives that describe you and/or your business? Picturesque, Spacious, Open, Variety, Togetherness.

If you would like to discuss or add additional information regarding your business, please do so here:

We are offering 35% off the venue rates for a limited time and 2015 dates are available.

 

Contact Information:

Name of Business: Florida Barn Weddings @ The Oaks Ranch – outside of Jacksonville

Category of Business: Rehearsal Dinner Venue, Ceremony Venue, Reception Venue, Special Events Venue

* Phone Number: 904-284-1793

* Address: 5779 Hogarth Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

* Website: http://theoaksranchbarnwed.com

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Jan 102015

Sliders Seaside Grill and The Ocean Club of Amelia Island are top notch when it comes to planning a wedding.

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Amelia Island, FL is unique in so many ways. It is treasured for its long stretches of quiet beaches, natural beauty, unique history and charming seaport character. Located in the heart of this beautiful area are two fantastic wedding venues that are sure to impress you. They are Sliders Seaside Grill and The Ocean Club of Amelia. We spoke with Nigel Teare, the Director of Catering of both properties, and here is what he had to say about them.

What is your most favorite wedding trend right now?  I am leery of the word “ trendy”!  Just because it’s on the internet doesn’t mean it will work.  Good trends are rooted deeply in traditional history- taking the classics and breathing in a fresh perspective.  I love our new menus that reflect our journey with food.  We have worked hard with the concept of New American Cuisine.  It has roots in haute cuisine and takes all that is great about the American Experience, and our diverse culture, and blends them into recipes with great flavors, colors and textures, featuring locally grown farm fresh ingredients.

What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry? We are getting rave reviews on our menu offerings and when to take that and add it to the beach setting we have here on Amelia Island – you have a wedding site and venue that is hard to pass up on!  Our brides come for a visit and book the same day!

What is your favorite product or service that you offer brides?  Please describe it.  I have never shown a bride the Ocean Club when they didn’t instantly fall in love with the location on the beach- the décor of the room and even the path through the dunes; it hides them from the view of their guests until the last possible moment when they crest the top of the dune leading onto the beach.  Talk about a grand entrance!

What made you decide to work in the wedding industry? My family has been in the hospitality industry since 1945.  I have a long tradition of fine service and management experienced passed down to me along with 20 years of fine foods catering experience in New York City.  I have a great deal creativity and practical knowledge to offer my clients and I love to share it all.

What do you love the very most about what you do? I love to see the beauty of weddings – the bride in her dress – the room set in anticipation with crisp linens – the guests in their fashion – the lights flickering from candles –the smiles on people’s faces.

What is the most creative and unique thing you’ve done at a wedding? That’s hard to say as I always work with each bride specifically, so no two weddings are ever the same.  I’ve never met a bride who didn’t want to do as much creatively to their tastes to dress up their wedding and I’m happy to brainstorm ideas with every bride.

Will you be on-site during the entire reception until the very end?  Yes, I am on-site for each event.

Tell the brides-to-be your best wedding advice.  Remember to be you in all decisions.  Listen to advise from others, consider all things soberly, then make final decisions based from your heart.  You cannot go wrong.

Do you offer any other products or services?  We love to help brides with arrangements where ever we can.  I recently started working with a rental company with a terrific inventory of “special” items that can enhance the décor details of any wedding.  We are happy to get estimates, place orders, make suggestions and coordinate deliveries and pick-ups. We have great relationships with a variety of vendors and are happy to make local recommendations. We offer candlelight packages and limited centerpiece services as well. We even can customize a menu for a bride or groom and we are a great location for Rehearsal Dinners and the morning after Brunch Gathering.  One stop shopping is our goal.

Will you have an assistant during the wedding? Each event is staffed by a banquet manager.  Both our managers have been with us a while and know how to keep the guests happy.  They are there to make sure things run smoothly throughout the event.

How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding?  Brides start calling for viewings of the Ocean Club about 6 months or more out from the date they are looking to plan. Once that first call comes in then the season will fill up pretty quickly.  So book early.

What are some of your specialties?  Food and Service – that is what we get compliments on from every client.  They love the fact that they can tailor menus specifically to their likes – we don’t have a “set” wedding package with just three choices from each category.  It’s a day to remember and we want you to remember the food- not just the location.

How long have your been doing what you do? I’ve been in the food end of this Industry for 30 years.  All in New York City until last year when I fell in love with Amelia Island!  It is such a beautiful place.  I met the owner of this restaurant in a store in downtown Fernandina and we got to talking food – the rest is culinary history.  I’ve brought my expertise here and changed things up a bit and it is making us beloved amongst  brides, brides mothers and groom’s moms!  I think I’ll stay a while and enjoy the great south.

What are 5 adjectives that describe you and/or your business

Location, location, location…….Fantastic and friendly!

 

Name of Business: Sliders Seaside Grill and The Ocean Club of Amelia

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