Archive for August, 2011

You’re engaged so…..Now Keep within your Budget

Religion, Politics and Money….Mom always said never to talk about it with anyone.  Well you are engaged now so it seems you got to knock out that awkward discussion about money.  How the heck are we going to pay for all of this?  Well first you’ve got to ask three easy questions of the both of you to get a general idea of what you can afford.  

  1. How much money do we have? (This figure includes the money you have now and what you can realistically set aside for wedding expenses between now and the day of the wedding.)
  2. Are we willing to get into debt to pay for our wedding? If so what’s our debt limit? (This amount should be one you can comfortably pay off without sacrificing more important goals such as home ownership, honeymoon, etc..)
  3. How much in contributions can we really count on? (Don’t assume you are going to receive money from your loved ones, have a real sit down talk with your family about how much they are really willing to give.)

Once you’ve got these numbers add them up and viola…that’s your budget.  Now that you’ve got this realistic budget you have to stick to it, this will help to keep you away from sinking into financial ruin. 

 

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Earlier traditions were that the bride’s family would pay for the primary wedding expenses and the grooms side would pay for minor things like the rehearsal dinner, license, and honeymoon.  Then there was a compromise where the expenses were divided a little better between the families. Today a lot of couples are paying for their own weddings and avoiding those sticky situations when it comes to financial matters. If you are looking to follow the more traditional ways here is a list of how expenses may be divided:

 

Brides Family

            Invitations wedding stationary announcements

Wedding consultant

            Location rental for ceremony and reception

            Food and drink

            Musicians

           Ceremony and reception flower arrangements

            Photographer

            Brides family photo album

            Groom’s ring

            Gifts for attendants, parents, and groom

            Bridesmaid luncheon

            Attire for bride and her parents

            Travel to the wedding, and lodging for the bride’s wedding party and close family

Grooms Family

            Bride’s ring

            Marriage license and other legal documents

            Gifts for attendants, parents, and bride

            Officiant’s fee

            Bridal bouquet, bridal attendants bouquets, boutonnieres for  groomsmen, corsages for mothers, boutonnieres for fathers

            Attire for parents and groom

            Travel to the wedding, and lodging for the groom’s wedding party and close family

            Rehearsal dinner

            Honeymoon

            Grooms family photo album

Attendants

(Considerably less)

            Personal attire

            Bridal shower

            Bachelor party

            Engagement party

            Wedding gifts for bride and groom

            Attendants that live in the area of the wedding may offer out of town attendants a place to stay

 

 

An easy solution to the problem of splitting the cost with the family is to cut it right down the middle.  This only works if both families are willing to do so or can financially handle it. One other idea for splitting the cost is to have each side of the family pay for their own guest.This cuts a lot of the cost and keeps the guest list manageable.(Especially since they’re footing the bill)  If you decide to go this route you have to get a head count early so you can secure a location big enough to handle the amount of invited guest.

 

How ever you wish to put a twist on things to keep within your budget the bottom line is to KEEP WITHIN YOUR BUDGET.

 

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About Nicole Chireau  of  Memoires D’ Amour LLC

 

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I have 10 years of event planning experience. I received my planning background in music and television industry and with the professional background friends and family were always requesting assistance with planning their event especially weddings. After many years of being the “unofficial” wedding planner I found my calling to start my own company. I absolutely love planning weddings.  My unique focus is serving busy career couples; and that includes students. I’m the perfect match for couples that are finding it difficult to get free time for all the specifics that go into planning  a fabulous wedding, yet don’t want to miss out on throwing the event of their life.

 

Because of my tremendous strengths in the area of organization and time management, I liberate in-demand brides and grooms from the worry and stress that can take away the fun of planning a wedding. I allow them to spend more time developing their tastes and preferences, while I handle the details that will make it all come together.

 

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Romantic Proposal Ideas for Mr. Nervous

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Love is in the air.  Are you looking for a romantic way to propose to your beloved, but you just don’t have any good ideas of your own?  Fear not, Mr. Nervous, because this article is full of romantic proposal ideas that are sure to make her happy.  Ideas range from the simplistic to extremely dramatic, but they are all great ways to pop the big question.

 

Here is the first romantic proposal idea we have to offer: Rent out a limousine for the night and have the limo pick her up at work or at home. When she steps inside the limo, you’ll be waiting inside. Have the limo drive the two of you to an exquisite restaurant that you know she’ll love. Choose a special place, because you want her to remember this night forever. On your way home in the limo, pull out the ring and ask the big question.

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A more theatrical proposal idea:  Arrange to meet her at a park that happens to be close to riding stables. Rent a horse at the stables in advance and rent a knight’s armor from a costume shop. On your way to the park, stop at the stable, put on the armor and ride the horse to her.  With a booming, dramatic voice, offer to be her knight in shining armor. Present the ring on a bent knee, and make your big proposal. To add extra dramatic flair, arrange for someone to play classical music in the background, perhaps something by Wagner or Holst.

 

More dramatic and romantic proposal ideas: Make a date to go to the movies and rent an elaborate ad for your proposal at your favorite theater. If possible, arrange it so that you can have a part of the theater all to yourselves. When the ad displays, pop out the ring and make your big proposal.  Or, if you are both sports fans, arrange to attend a game and have your proposal spelled out in big letters on the presentation box. Make sure you have the engagement ring handy, as the timing should be perfect. 

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Yet another romantic proposal idea:  Take her to a park, beach or other outside area for a romantic picnic.   Arrange to have an airplane “write” your proposal in the sky as you are dining. As soon as the message appears, whip out your ring and ask her to be yours!

 

If the previous proposal ideas aren’t exactly your style, try a more private, yet still romantic proposal idea: Cook an elaborate dinner for two, preferably one of her favorite meals. Set up an elegant candle light table and pour champagne for the both of you.  Instead of making the usual toast before drinking from your glass, surprise her with a marriage proposal!

 

With a little thought and planning, your romantic proposal is sure to make her feel special and create a memory you’ll both remember for a lifetime.

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About Nicole Chireau  of  Memoires D’ Amour LLC

 

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I have 10 years of event planning experience. I received my planning background in music and television industry and with the professional background friends and family were always requesting assistance with planning their event especially weddings. After many years of being the “unofficial” wedding planner I found my calling to start my own company. I absolutely love planning weddings.  My unique focus is serving busy career couples; and that includes students. I’m the perfect match for couples that are finding it difficult to get free time for all the specifics that go into planning  a fabulous wedding, yet don’t want to miss out on throwing the event of their life.

 

Because of my tremendous strengths in the area of organization and time management, I liberate in-demand brides and grooms from the worry and stress that can take away the fun of planning a wedding. I allow them to spend more time developing their tastes and preferences, while I handle the details that will make it all come together.

 

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The Benefits And Drawbacks Of Tension Set Wedding Rings

As an alternative to the traditional channel set wedding and engagement rings, rings created with a process called tension setting have started to become popular in recent years. Tension set wedding rings and engagement rings have a stone (typically a diamond, although tension setting can be used with any precious gem) that is set in an opening in the ring itself and held by tension of the open ends of the ring pressing against the stone. Jewelers agree that there are both positive and negative aspects to choosing tension set rings. 

 

The Benefits 

 

Tension set rings are beautiful. Because the design is so unique, your tension set wedding or engagement ring will definitely draw people’s attention. The rings are available in all the typical styles one would expect, including rings of gold, platinum, titanium, and white gold, but the tension setting gives them a stylized and modernistic look that channel set rings are simply not capable of. People will examine the ring up close and, if they’ve never seen a tension setting before, will wonder how in the world that stone stays in place. You’ll find that your tension set wedding ring will be a topic of conversation at many a social gathering. 

 

Makers of tension set wedding rings insist that the stone is immoveable and will never be lost. Whether this is actually true is the topic of some debate, but it is a claim that can not be made for channel set rings as we know that channel set stones can sometimes work their way loose and be lost. 

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The Drawbacks 

 

It is difficult for a jeweler to effectively resize a tension set ring of any kind. The process of resizing a ring actually alters the shape and thickness of the metal and this will cause a change in the amount of tension holding the stone in place. This is particularly troubling for someone with a tension set wedding ring, since the ring is meant to be worn forever. As a person ages, their body changes so, even someone who doesn’t gain or lose weight over the years (and that’s a scant few of us) will still likely have a different ring size when he or she reaches the age of fifty than he or she did at age twenty five. 

 

While proponents of tension settings do make the aforementioned claim that the stone is immoveable, opponents of the process say quite the opposite. Several jewelers claim that they have been approached by people looking for advice on how to replace a lost stone from a tension set wedding ring. The jury is still out, therefore, on whether tension settings really are more effective than the more traditional channel settings. 

 

The final drawback is for the jewelers themselves. Jeweler Keith Farley states on the InForm web site that it is very easy for a person to intentionally remove the stone from a tension set ring. This, obviously, makes it that much easier for a dishonest customer to remove the stone and then come back to the jeweler seeking a replacement under the terms of a warranty, claiming that the setting was lost.

Tension

 

About Nicole Chireau  of  Memoires D’ Amour LLC

 

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I have 10 years of event planning experience. I received my planning background in music and television industry and with the professional background friends and family were always requesting assistance with planning their event especially weddings. After many years of being the “unofficial” wedding planner I found my calling to start my own company. I absolutely love planning weddings.  My unique focus is serving busy career couples; and that includes students. I’m the perfect match for couples that are finding it difficult to get free time for all the specifics that go into planning  a fabulous wedding, yet don’t want to miss out on throwing the event of their life.

 

Because of my tremendous strengths in the area of organization and time management, I liberate in-demand brides and grooms from the worry and stress that can take away the fun of planning a wedding. I allow them to spend more time developing their tastes and preferences, while I handle the details that will make it all come together.

 

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10 Eating Habits To Get Wedding Ready.

1) Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods. You need more than 40 different nutrients for good health, and no single food supplies them all. Your daily food selection should include bread and other whole-grain products; fruits; vegetables; dairy products; and meat, poultry, fish and other protein foods. How much you should eat depends on your calorie needs. Use the Food Guide Pyramid and the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels as handy references.

2) Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods. You need more than 40 different nutrients for good health, and no single food supplies them all. Your daily food selection should include bread and other whole-grain products; fruits; vegetables; dairy products; and meat, poultry, fish and other protein foods. How much you should eat depends on your calorie needs. Use the Food Guide Pyramid and the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels as handy references.

3) Maintain a healthy weight. The weight that’s right for you depends on many factors including your sex, height, age and heredity. Excess body fat increases your chances for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some types of cancer and other illnesses. But being too thin can increase your risk for osteoporosis, menstrual irregularities and other health problems. If you’re constantly losing and regaining weight, a registered dietitian can help you develop sensible eating habits for successful weight management. Regular exercise is also important to maintaining a healthy weight.

4) Eat moderate portions. If you keep portion sizes reasonable, it’s easier to eat the foods you want and stay healthy. Did you know the recommended serving of cooked meat is 3 ounces, similar in size to a deck of playing cards? A medium piece of fruit is 1 serving and a cup of pasta equals 2 servings. A pint of ice cream contains 4 servings. Refer to the Food Guide Pyramid for information on recommended serving sizes.

5) Eat regular meals. Skipping meals can lead to out-of-control hunger, often resulting in over eating. When you’re very hungry, it’s also tempting to forget about good nutrition. Snacking between meals can help curb hunger, but don’t eat so much that your snack becomes an entire meal.

6) Reduce, don’t eliminate certain foods. Most people eat for pleasure as well as nutrition. If your favorite foods are high in fat, salt or sugar, the key is moderating how much of these foods you eat and how often you eat them.  Identify major sources of these ingredients in your diet and make changes, if necessary. Adults who eat high-fat meats or whole-milk dairy products at every meal are probably eating too much fat. Use the Nutrition Facts panel on the food label to help balance your choices.  Choosing skim or low-fat dairy products and lean cuts of meat such as flank steak and beef round can reduce fat intake significantly.  If you love fried chicken, however, you don’t have to give it up. Just eat it less often. When dining out, share it with a friend, ask for a take-home bag or a smaller portion.

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7) Balance your food choices over time. Not every food has to be “perfect.” When eating a food high in fat, salt or sugar, select other foods that are low in these ingredients. If you miss out on any food group one day, make up for it the next. Your food choices over several days should fit together into a healthy pattern.

8) Know your diet pitfalls. To improve your eating habits, you first have to know what’s wrong with them. Write down everything you eat for three days. Then check your list according to the rest of these tips. Do you add a lot of butter, creamy sauces or salad dressings? Rather than eliminating these foods, just cut back your portions. Are you getting enough fruits and vegetables? If not, you may be missing out on vital nutrients.

9) Make changes gradually. Just as there are no “super foods” or easy answers to a healthy diet, don’t expect to totally revamp your eating habits overnight. Changing too much, too fast can get in the way of success. Begin to remedy excesses or deficiencies with modest changes that can add up to positive, lifelong eating habits. For instance, if you don’t like the taste of skim milk, try low-fat. Eventually you may find you like skim, too.

10) Remember, foods are not good or bad. Select foods based on your total eating patterns, not whether any individual food is “good” or “bad.” Don’t feel guilty if you love foods such as apple pie, potato chips, candy bars or ice cream. Eat them in moderation, and choose other foods to provide the balance and variety that are vital to good health.

About Nicole Chireau  of  Memoires D’ Amour LLC

 

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I have 10 years of event planning experience. I received my planning background in music and television industry and with the professional background friends and family were always requesting assistance with planning their event especially weddings. After many years of being the “unofficial” wedding planner I found my calling to start my own company. I absolutely love planning weddings.  My unique focus is serving busy career couples; and that includes students. I’m the perfect match for couples that are finding it difficult to get free time for all the specifics that go into planning  a fabulous wedding, yet don’t want to miss out on throwing the event of their life.

 

Because of my tremendous strengths in the area of organization and time management, I liberate in-demand brides and grooms from the worry and stress that can take away the fun of planning a wedding. I allow them to spend more time developing their tastes and preferences, while I handle the details that will make it all come together.

 

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Walking Down The Wedding Aisle: Who Walks Who, Anyway?

Another dilemma that often comes up when planning a wedding is who will walk the bride down the aisle. Although traditionally it’s the father that does this, the plethora of step-families has made it a more difficult decision. This is especially true when the step parents have been in the children’s lives for a long time.

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Breaking tradition

 

A bride that has both a step father and a biological father may opt still to have her biological father walk her down the aisle. This can be a way to show her family bond as well as stick with tradition. In the case of a bride that hasn’t been close to her father, she may opt to have her step father walk her down the aisle. This is a newly emerging sight at weddings, and quite touching.

 

Of course, if the bride loves both of the men and wants to include them, there’s nothing wrong with having both walk her down the aisle. It honors her relationship with both men and lets them have the chance to hold her arm.

 

This also holds true for the groom. He can choose to escort both a step mother and his biological mother down the aisle at the beginning is she should choose to. Or the best man can do so, as is tradition.

 

If the father has passed on, the bride may opt to have an older brother or an uncle walk her down the aisle. Likewise, if the mother of the groom has passed, then a sister or an aunt may want to walk with him.

 

Dealing with difficulties

 

While this all seems like a loving and simple solution to include everyone in the wedding, some parents may still have issues with their ex-spouses. And this can lead to bitter feelings about your choice in who walks who down the aisle.

 

Should you fight for what you want? That’s entirely up to you. If walking with both fathers makes you happy, then you should do that—even if the opposite wives are not pleased for whatever reason.

 

If you feel that it may cause more trouble than it is worth, then you may opt to stick with tradition. Just be sure to include your step father in some other part of the wedding so he doesn’t feel left out because of biological status.

 

In the end, remember that it’s your day and your decision.

 

 

About Nicole Chireau  of  Memoires D’ Amour LLC

 

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I have 10 years of event planning experience. I received my planning background in music and television industry and with the professional background friends and family were always requesting assistance with planning their event especially weddings. After many years of being the “unofficial” wedding planner I found my calling to start my own company. I absolutely love planning weddings.  My unique focus is serving busy career couples; and that includes students. I’m the perfect match for couples that are finding it difficult to get free time for all the specifics that go into planning  a fabulous wedding, yet don’t want to miss out on throwing the event of their life.

 

Because of my tremendous strengths in the area of organization and time management, I liberate in-demand brides and grooms from the worry and stress that can take away the fun of planning a wedding. I allow them to spend more time developing their tastes and preferences, while I handle the details that will make it all come together.

 

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7 Uniquely Creative Things To Do With Your Wedding Photos

1. Photos on Canvas

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your favourite wedding photo transformed into stunning photo art? By printing the image onto a hand-stretched canvas you can give an artistic, finished look to your most classic wedding photo.

 

2. Personalized Stamp

Turn your favourite wedding photo in a custom postage stamp. All you need to do is upload a photo and then customize it just the way you want. Each stamp is actual valid postage and can be used to decorate your thank you and holiday card envelopes or as creative wedding favours. Add a personal touch to everything you send by mail and create a timeless keepsake as well.

 

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3. Custom Thank You Card

By featuring one of your wedding photos on the front of a custom note card you can create classy customized thank you cards for your guests and others who helped with your wedding planning. Each of your guests will now have a photo keepsake from your special day.

 

 

4. Create a Multimedia DVD Slide-Show

You can create a DVD slide-show presentation of your wedding photos that can be played on your TV. You can even select your first dance or other favourite song as your background music. A neat and interactive way to create a memory of your wedding day.

 

 

5. Online Scrap Book

Tell the story of your wedding by publishing an online scrapbook. Include photos from the events leading up to your big day including showers, stags, rehearsal parties as well as the ceremony and reception. Your scrapbook will be easy to share with all of your guests because it will be available via the internet.

 

 

6. Digital Photobook

Trendy coffee table style albums are becoming more and more popular with so many people looking for new ways to display their digital prints. These unique albums include hard cover options such as suede and canvas. The easy to use software helps you design your photobook just the way you want it with many choices for image sizes and layouts.

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7. Wedding Caricature

A wedding caricature is cartoon version of you and your spouse on your wedding day. Each image is hand drawn by an artist and makes for the perfect first anniversary gift.

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About Nicole Chireau  of  Memoires D’ Amour LLC

 

Nicole-chireau2b_sm

I have 10 years of event planning experience. I received my planning background in music and television industry and with the professional background friends and family were always requesting assistance with planning their event especially weddings. After many years of being the “unofficial” wedding planner I found my calling to start my own company. I absolutely love planning weddings.  My unique focus is serving busy career couples; and that includes students. I’m the perfect match for couples that are finding it difficult to get free time for all the specifics that go into planning  a fabulous wedding, yet don’t want to miss out on throwing the event of their life.

 

Because of my tremendous strengths in the area of organization and time management, I liberate in-demand brides and grooms from the worry and stress that can take away the fun of planning a wedding. I allow them to spend more time developing their tastes and preferences, while I handle the details that will make it all come together.

 

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Top Ideas for Wedding Programs

Wedding programs are an integral part of your wedding ceremony.  Through wedding programs, your guests are able to feel more involved with your wedding.  In addition, the knowledge of what is to come often helps guests have a better time at your reception and provides you with a way for keeping your guests informed about the meaning behind certain aspects of you ceremony. Programs are also excellent keepsakes for your guests.

 

What to Include in Your Wedding Program

 

Wedding programs are a fairly flexible addition to your wedding ceremony and reception.  A basic program should include information regarding rituals, customs, or traditions being included in your wedding ceremony and in your reception.  With the program, you can explain any aspect that may be unfamiliar to your guests.  Of course, it should also include the times for certain events, particularly if your program will cover your reception events as well.

 

Wedding programs can also include many extras to help make them more personal.  For example, you might include a brief biography of the members of your bridal party.  Favorite poems, quotes, and photographs are also an excellent addition to your program.  You might even honor a deceased relative or friend by including meaningful photos, quotes, or poems on the back of your program.

 

Program Designs

 

When it comes to wedding programs, anything that can be written on can be used.  You might print your program on paper fans or in booklets.  You can even be creative and place your program on scrolls of parchment or create a Playbill containing the names of the “actors” in your ceremony in order to help set the tone for your ceremony.  

 

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Winter Ideas for Wedding Programs

 

The time of year during which you get married can play a large part in determining the design and layout of your wedding programs.  If you will be having a wedding program, you might create a program booklet that is bound in white faux fur.  Or, use the traditional single-sheet program and attach a silver-studded snowflake to the top.  Another idea is to create an ice-blue program and cover the top sheet with an piece of velum that is opaque and reads “Welcome to our Warm Winter Wedding.”

 

Spring Ideas for Wedding Programs

 

Spring is a fun and colorful time filled with blooming flowers.  Therefore, spring wedding programs should reflect that same spirit.  You might consider creating a two-fold program with a cover the same color as your wedding colors.  Then engrave or emboss a bouquet of white blooms on the cover.  Or, create a booklet and wrap it in chiffon ribbon and place a snap on it to keep it secure.  If you want to keep it simple yet romantic, create a vertical program and place it on each of your guests’ chairs.  Place a stone engraved with Love, Forever, or Joy on top of the program to keep it in place.

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Summer Ideas for Wedding Programs

 

Summer brings with it thoughts of sunshine and splashing at the beach.  To play upon this natural theme, you might create wedding programs that are bound with a string of seashells.  Or, make fan-shaped programs that include all the colors of a sunset when they are opened.  If you are going to lay your programs on your guests’ chairs, hold them down with a package of sparklers.  This can be gorgeous if you are having an outdoor wedding and all of your guests light the sprinklers at the end of the ceremony.

Fall Ideas for Wedding Programs

 

In the fall, your wedding programs could include a leaf design.  Or, create a small booklet with a mocha or cocoa colored cover and bind it with twine.  Finish the look off with an attached acorn covered in gold glitter.  Agold or yellow program with a velum overlay topped with a velvet chocolate-brown ribbon is another beautiful option.

 

 

About Nicole Chireau  of  Memoires D’ Amour LLC

 

Nicole-chireau2b_sm

I have 10 years of event planning experience. I received my planning background in music and television industry and with the professional background friends and family were always requesting assistance with planning their event especially weddings. After many years of being the “unofficial” wedding planner I found my calling to start my own company. I absolutely love planning weddings.  My unique focus is serving busy career couples; and that includes students. I’m the perfect match for couples that are finding it difficult to get free time for all the specifics that go into planning  a fabulous wedding, yet don’t want to miss out on throwing the event of their life.

 

Because of my tremendous strengths in the area of organization and time management, I liberate in-demand brides and grooms from the worry and stress that can take away the fun of planning a wedding. I allow them to spend more time developing their tastes and preferences, while I handle the details that will make it all come together.

 

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 August 10, 2011  Madame Chireau   Leave a comment
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