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Mindy Weiss, celebrity wedding planner, is LIVE at David’s Bridal in NYC. Based in Beverly Hills, Mindy is the owner & principle planner/designer of Mindy Weiss Party Consultants. She is the author of the bestselling book The Wedding Book: The Big Book for Your Big Day and just released a new book The Wedding Planner & Organizer.

Mindy Weiss and Holli Ehrlich

In this episode of Meet the Masters Holli Ehrlich interviews Mindy on how to have a successful event.  How can a wedding reflect your personal style?  Where should you save?  splurge?  How can you stay sane through the planning process?  Mindy shares creative ideas and tips plus hear some details about her son’s wedding too!

David’s Bridal
Mindy Weiss

 

 

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Meet the Masters with Susan Schneider

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
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Susan Schneider has over ten years experience as executive editor of Bridal Guide, Modern Bride and Elegant Bride magazines. She decided to leave magazines to pursue writing and cover everything wedding, from fashion to flowers to food to stationery.  She especially enjoys writing true-life wedding stories.

In today’s episode Holli Ehrlich interviews Susan about her first novel, The Wedding Writer. The book draws on Susan’s expertise as a wedding writer and her day-to-day contribution to the business of bridal.  They discuss the wonderful characters and their dreams and dilemmas.  Susan pulls aside the gossamer veil and shows real women – married, single, divorced – and their real lives behind it all.  The novel puts a genuine and humorous spin on the crazy business of wedding magazine publishing.  Susan also talks about the high expectations everyone has of weddings and gives her best advice on what to focus on when planning your life celebration.

Susan’s website

Susan’s blog The Wedding Writer Speaks

Get Susan’s book here The Wedding Writer

 

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Diane Wagner is a successful NYC floral and event designer specializing in weddings.  Her work has been showcased throughout the country and featured in national publications and on network television.  She has authored two books:  Victoria Flower Style and Beautiful Wedding Flowers.  In today’s episode Holli Ehrlich interviews Diane about the versatility of flowers for any celebration.

Diane discusses choosing flowers by color and matching to your mood and venue.  You will learn how to start your search for a florist and what questions you need to ask.  Hear unique ways to personalize your wedding and how to carry a floral theme from boutonnieres to centerpieces.  Where should a bride splurge? save?  What if you have allergies?  What should you do with the flowers after the big day is over?  Plus learn the significance and symbolism of botanical elements such as the avenue of maple trees and sprig of myrtle in Kate’s bouquet at the Royal Wedding.  Diane feels every woman should be a princess on her wedding day!

Diane’s website

Diane’s Blog Floral Whisperer

American “Will & Kate” Married on “The View”

Ron Ben-Israel

Total Table

The Original Runner Company

The Horticultural Society of New York Annual Floral Design Showcase

Diane’s Books
Victoria Flower Style: Arrangements for Every Occasion

Beautiful Wedding Flowers: More than 300 Corsages, Bouquets, and Centerpieces

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Robert Allen’s guest on this Meet the Masters is Patti Stracher, Show Manager of the National Stationery Show (NSS).  Patti acts as the event planner of the largest annual trade show where stationers and gift retailers from across the country and around the world come to see the latest trends in specialty paper to purchase for their stores.

The NSS is a key resource for the weddings industry, particularly in the custom social stationery, invitations and lifestyle gift categories.  Nine hundred companies will exhibit their glorious products in all price points, techniques, materials, and packaging.  This event is NOT open to brides, but professional event planners are welcome and can check out the program and registration information below.

No two couples are alike; therefore, no two invitation ensembles will ever be either.  The wedding invitation is your first opportunity to express joy, inject personality and a sense of the event into your wedding correspondence.  Patti discusses paper as the ultimate medium for personal expression versus email invitations & online purchases which are often transactional and one dimensional.

Today’s bride often begins her search digitally to get a feel for the variety of invitation design options available, the companies that specialize in wedding invitations, the various printing techniques and price points.  Absent from this is the most important part of the decision, which is the experience of seeing the samples in person – touching and feeling them.

Brides need to understand that developing a relationship with a local wedding stationer for their event is very important.  The retailer becomes a consultant, a partner – and often a friend.  The discussion often begins with getting to know you and your vision for the wedding.   Understanding ways to add flair and other unique elements takes knowledge and experience. The retailer can offer ideas and guidance on design types of printing, paper stock, timing for mailing, issues of etiquette and wording for the invites.

The 65th annual National Stationery Show® (NSS) is on May 15-18, 2011 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The NSS attracts a diverse global attendance of 11,000 buyers from stationery, card and gift shops; bookstores; bridal shops; party stores; department, chain and specialty stores; large chains and “big box” mass retailers; online retailers and mail order catalogs; as well as importers and distributors.

National Stationery Show

NSS 2011 Buyer Education Program

NSS Registration Information (note: not for brides, wedding professionals and trade only)

Patti’s blog post on The 21st Century Bride website

GLM dmg events

Companies mentioned in today’s episode:

Crane & Co.

William Arthur

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The New Jersey branch of the Association of Bridal Consultants (NJ-ABC) is comprised of members who are wedding consultants and vendors.  Members from all aspects of the wedding industry have come together to create a beautiful and memorable wedding for a bride who is Meet the Mastersfighting breast cancer.  Many wedding professionals graciously donated their time and services to make Tina and Paul’s wedding unforgettable.  This is the first of what is expected to be an annual NJ-ABC “give back” event for deserving couples.

Robert Allen is joined by Rhonda Bassat-Rivera, media chair of the NJ-ABC, Candice Benson, State Coordinator NJ-ABC, celebrant Julie Laudicina and photographers Tim Camuso and Glenn Maida to discuss the reasons they participated, their vision,  approach, and how it made them feel to make a couple’s wedding dream come true.  Candice said, “The NJ wedding community is excited to give back and help create wonderful memories for Tim and Paul and their families to cherish forever.”  More than $30,000 worth of goods, services and talent were contributed to make this wedding a reality. Read More→

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John Goolsby, “The Godfather of Video”, has been recognized as one of the top 25 videographers in the world and has been inducted into WEVA’s Hall of Fame.  He has received multiple creative excellence and artistic achievement awards for his innovative service to the event industry.  He is the author of The Business of Wedding & Special Event Videography and has appeared in articles in Brides magazine, Southern California Brides and the LA Times.

Robert Allen chats with John, colleague and friend, about the importance of documenting a special event with video.  He talks about his experience as a storyteller and his unobtrusive movie making style.  John tells us that the elements of a good story are at every wedding – romance, comedy, drama and suspense.  He wants your wedding video to be your favorite movie of all time.  You will learn how weddings and clients have evolved, the latest trends and technological advances of videography, and John’s best advice when choosing a professional videographer that will capture the essence of the day. Read More→

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Meet Mary and Leila.  Mary is a respected and admired wedding planner, television personality, and a licensed marriage and family therapist.  She is known as the mentor of wedding planners and the wedding fixer for brides.  Leila is a wedding publicist and owner of Be Inspired Public Relations.  With almost twenty five-years of combined experience providing expert advice and planning high-profile weddings and events Mary and Leila have compiled their experience into their first book, Wedding Wisdom: An Insightful Approach to Wedding Planning and Life.

Navigating decisions, staying in budget, managing stress.  The planning process can be overwhelming and more difficult than you expect.  Mary and Leila talk about the importance of physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional balance.  They highlight the importance of adopting the attitude of gratitude.  Mary talks about her experience as a featured event planner on the Style Network’s Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?,  Married Away,  and the WE Network’s Platinum Weddings.

Brides, wedding planners, and all wedding professionals will learn valuable information from two women who truly care about the wedding industry.  Their personal and professional values, insight, and wisdom will inspire you to achieve success and happiness.

Mary Dann

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Are you an eco-conscious couple that wants to wed responsibly? Do you want to plan a stylish green event that will help protect our planet?  Green wedding veteran and environmentalist Kate L. Harrison, founder and CEO The Green Bride Guide, shares creative ideas and smart options that will inspire you to conserve for your wedding and life together.

Kate talks about her own green wedding celebration and why it was so important to design it this way.  In this episode you will learn what makes a product or service âgreenâ plus what sustainable, carbon footprint, organic, fair trade, and greenwashing really mean.  Kate talks about the best green alternatives to consider for your invitation, dress, transportation, reception food, flowers and decor.  She explains why itâs important to communicate your vision clearly to anyone you work with to ensure its success.

A lot of what you read states that a green wedding costs more.  Can couples really save up to 40% in wedding expenses?  Read More→

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Tara Guerard is the Southeast’s premier wedding planner & event
designer.  She is the founder of Soiree by Tara Guerard based in
Charleston SC.  Her sister company The Lettered Olive specializes in
customized letterpress invitations and handcrafted stationery options
that combine classic style with modern flair for any occasion.  Her
creative work has been featured in the pages of leading publications
including Martha Stewart Weddings, InStyle Weddings, Elegant Bride,
Grace Ormond Wedding Style, Southern Living Weddings, Charleston
Weddings and Food & Wine.  Recently she was seen on The Style
Network’s Gorgeous and Green: A Martha Stewart Wedding.

With more than 15 years event planning and catering experience Tara
talks about her background and the joys of planning a “southern”
wedding.  We learn some of the traditions of the south and her favorite
ways to make each wedding different.  Hear practical green tips and
recurrent themes that you may want to consider.  She discusses the
importance of making the guests happy and welcome.  She explains what
really makes a party memorable.  Brides, wedding planners and anyone
who loves to entertain will appreciate Tara’s passion and be inspired
to incorporate soiree elements for your special event.

Here is Tara’s signature Lowcountry Lemonade recipe which can also be found in her beautiful book:

Fill a Zombie glass with plenty of crushed ice
Add 1 ounce Peach Schnapps
Fill remainder glass with lemonade (pink or regular depending on the color you want)

You can change the color to blue by using a small amount of Blue Curacao or to red by using Grenadine.
Use fresh mint to garnish or add a flower (not a poisonous one!)
Enjoy!!!

Soiree by Tara Guerard website

The Lettered Olive website

Get Tara’s book Southern Weddings: New Looks from the Old South
Get Tara’s Book

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Hello beautiful bride.
Are you sexy, smart & stylish? Wedding gown designer Amy
Michelson creates fashionable, glamorous looks in luxurious silks.
Find out Amyâs inspiration for her open back designs. Her
latest introductions are sure to excite the destination bride that
wants to showcase her unique personality with flair.

Meet the Masters – White Carpet Looks with Amy Michelson from Wedding Podcast Network on Vimeo.

Amy Michelsonâs
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