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Where to Start? Venue and Gowns, of course!

Like every bride


their big day, location was a tough decision for me. So much so that I actually considered eloping! Then those racing thoughts happened again; local or destination, Europe or the Caribbean, large wedding or all was circling my cerebellum like a Nascar race along with the ever present thoughts of eloping. I wanted a location that I hadn't done before, yet something that was very me...oops I meant us (wink, wink). I was worried about having our wedding locally, I knew our guest list could quickly get out of control. Then, just when I thought I might put my boots on and run for the hills, my ever so wonderfully calm hubby to be, came up with an idea. He envisioned an old Hollywood Glamour style wedding and suggested the Fontainebleau, Miami! Wow, what a brilliant idea, it was perfect, and it was very much our style, and I had never planned a wedding there. Whew, it should be smooth sailing from here—or so I thought.

The day to day inner workings of wedding planning were second nature for me and reasonably easy. It was being a bride, and the decor aspects that I found the most difficult. No, it wasn't a typo, I did say decor was difficult for me, more on that in a second. When it came to actually being a bride it was a foreign concept to me. I mean, I am always the one in the background taking care of my brides, catering to my brides, guiding my brides, and making sure my brides get the VIP treatment. This time, it was me in the forefront, me getting catered to, and although I admit, I am a bit spoiled when it comes to the VIP treatment with my

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vendors, it was difficult to separate myself from business and put my bride hat on. It all felt surreal to be doing this for myself, I had no guidance. Then with the help of a few of my wonderful wedding specialists, and my fiancé who wanted to ensure I got the full wedding experience, I learned how to take off my planner hat and put on my bride hat, and just have fun with it. Thank you JC, Martha, and Catherine!!

After this, I was off and running, first stop was the Fontainebleau with JC for a site walk and to secure the date

Where should YOU Start?

1) Think about the size and style of wedding you would like—do you want a small , intimate wedding? a big blow-out? Formal? Casual?

2) What is your budget for the Big Day? Even if you don’t have specifics get an estimate of what you’ll be able to afford.


location, then our guest list, and vendor choices—wow we are really making progress. Next gown shopping.

3) Think about hiring a wedding planner to help guide you. A planner can take a lot of the stress out of the process and can even save you money through her connections.

4) Next, find a location that meets your style and budget, and can accommodate your size event.

When I started thinking about my wedding, I knew JC and I wanted it to be a formal wedding. When it came to my gown style, I had no clue what I wanted for myself. I have spent years walking my clients through this process, helping them find the perfect gown, yet I sat clueless as to where to

5) And of course, then on to the Dress! Start looking in magazines for styles you like, make an appointment at a local bridal salon and enjoy the experience!

January 2011

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