Bridal Show Checklist

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Are you newly engaged and ready to begin planning?  Typically every bride from the moment that ring hits your finger (if not the day you started dating) you already have ideas of how your wedding will be.  Where do you begin?  Of course being a wedding planner, I highly recommend hiring a planner immediate for Full Service Planning because it just helps make the whole process easier and enjoyable for you.  However, if you feel that is out of your budget or you are not sure right away, a great way to find out is by attending a bridal show or open house.

Bridal shows and open houses are a fabulous way for a couple that does not have an idea of vendors, venues, or styles.  Pinterest is great for ideas but it definitely can not find and book your vendors for you.  First I want to just let you know the difference between a bridal show and an open house.  A bridal show is different from an open house because at bridal shows, there are many different venues there along with vendors.  An open house is actually at the venue and they have a preferred amount of vendors there to use for that property.  You of course do not have to book at the open house that venue but you will also not have information available on other venues.

I want to share a list of helpful information for any of you that plan on attending one or more of these events to make it actually worth your time.

  1.  Before you attend the event have a list made on exactly what you are looking for (photographer, videographer, DJ, and so on).  This way when you arrive and are handed a map, you can circle all the booths you definitely want to see.
  2. Go as a couple!  It is great to get your bridesmaids together and have a fun girls day out but you essentially could be meeting someone that you want to book for your wedding and your fiance will not be there.  This would typically mean that instead of having the initial meeting out of the way, you will have to set up an additional appointment to meet them.  Plus, vendors love seeing couples together because it shows how involved and in love you two are.
  3. Share the correct information.  Although none of us love having tons of spam emails, these emails will be helpful to you as they are from all of the vendors at the show.  Some offer discounts, a free gift or other incentives for booking them so it is a great way to see special offers.  You can always opt out as you are receiving them.
  4. Pricing is key.  If you are on a strict budget, you need to be sure to meet vendors that fall within that budget.  If someone is significantly out of your budget and you want to book them, it will break your heart.  Get information on pricing before you go into getting to know the person.
  5. Shop around.  You are there to find the perfect venue or vendor that completes your style.  Be sure to visit multiple booths for each vendor so you can see their different styles, packages, and personalities in order to find the one that best fits you.  It is not always best to go with the biggest bargain.  Pricing ranges quite a bit, especially in Las Vegas.  Make sure your vendor has the experience and quality of work that you wish.
  6. Ask vendors important questions.  Be sure to ask each vendor if they have a business license as well as insurance.  Most of the vendors at a bridal show will definitely have this but this is great advice whether you are looking at a show or online.  Any one can be a planner or a DJ, be sure that you are actually getting someone that has a reputable company.  Most venues require a copy of the license as well as insurance for each vendor.
  7. Sign up to enter their contest.  The vendors already have your contact information from registration so do not be afraid to enter into their giveaways.  You will get emails from them regardless and you never know if you could be the winner of a free engagement photo shoot from an awesome photographer.
  8. Have fun! Enjoy every minute of these shows.  They are meant for you to take all the stress off you for your planning experience.  Take in everything it has to offer.  Enjoy cocktails, sweet tastings, fashion shows, everything they have to offer.

Finally I want to just add, if you still need help finding some vendors you can always hire a wedding planner for partial service planning to help you out.  Regardless if you need that or not I always highly suggest having a day of coordinator from an independant company.  All venues come with wedding coordinators but most of their responsiblilties fall on the venue side and does not include assisting in setting up any DIY decorations or making sure all of your vendors know how the day is going to flow.  Please feel free to contact me for any assistance in planning your gorgeous day!

If you are traveling for a bridal show or open house, please visit Las Vegas Travel Packages to book your stay.  Contact me also if you need any assistance on planning your wedding day or vacation stay.

Also save the date for the following upcoming shows and open houses:

Revere Golf Club Open House– Sunday February 26, 2017

The Kosher Bridal and Mitzvah Expo– March 26, 2017

Bridal Spectacular Veils & Vino– August 18-19, 2017

Photo courtesy of Elegant Entertainment

Jen & Pat

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Jen and Pat met with me about a year before their wedding date on a trip to Las Vegas to check out wedding venues.  When I met with them it was basically an interview for me as they didn’t know if they needed a wedding planner or even what their exact plans were.  I remember the meeting so well because they were going to visit venues after our meeting and they had set up appointments around 12 different venues.  All of which were very different from one another.  During our meeting even though I wasn’t hired as their planner I gave them planning advice to narrow their choices as it is difficult getting too many options.  About a week later, I received an email from Jen thanking me for meeting with them and she claimed they did not take my advice as they should have.  Long story short, they booked me that day for their wedding.  Jen and Pat are probably two of the sweetest people I have ever met.  Both of them had smiles that elimuinated the room when they walked in and when they looked at each other you could see that sparkle in their eyes.  The wedding was just as beautiful as them.  Throughout the whole process being an indecisive bride, Jen trusted my opinion which could go either way.  It is always a risk for any bride or groom not knowing what their venue looks like until the food tasting or even the day of the wedding. I remember being so nervous as we went to their food tasting to show them the venue but it was exactly what they wanted.  They loved every detail about their wedding and so did I.  Jen actually chose her flowers and they turned out absolutely gorgeous.  Every little detail was amazing for their wedding.  We loved being part of this event as everyone there had such a good time and was such a great group of people supporting this loving couple.  I think the biggest compliment I have ever received was from Jen and she said: “Desi, I feel like a guest and I’m just having so much fun”.  This is our ultimate goal for every wedding.  Thank you Jen and Pat for having us as part of your wedding day.

Here are some of my favorite photos by the amazing Susie and Will.

 

Thank you to our amazing creative team that help put this beautiful event together:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi (www.desirableevent.com)

Photographer: Susie and Will (www.susieandwill.com)

Venue: World Market Center (www.lasvegasmarket.com)

Catering: Cut and Taste (www.cutandtastelv.com)

Florals: Mylo and Shino (www.myloandshino.com)

Dj, Uplighting, and Photobooth: Elegant Entertainment (www.elegantlv.com)

Officiant: Pastor Pete (www.elegantvegasweddings.com)

Desserts: Freed’s Bakery (www.freedsbakery.com)

Hair and Makeup: Paper Bag Beauty (www.paperbagbeauty.co)

 

Pool Party Wedding Reception

When I met Sara and TJ, I knew I had to immediately be part of their wedding.  They got married in June in Las Vegas and I never encourage an outside reception but theirs was brilliant.  I will add first, the family was coming in from the Ukraine and couldn’t wait to attend a traditional American wedding but this is not quite what they experienced.  The wedding ceremony was a beautiful traditional ceremony at the Sayer’s Club inside SLS.  Their guests were told though to wear resort casual and even their swimsuits.  Many were stunned when they invites arrived and no on showed up to the ceremony in their swimsuits. Everyone did however come to the cocktail hour and reception in their beach wear and ready to take a dive in the pool.  Their reception took place at the Lux Pool at SLS and it was a pool party reception.  They had the huge swan and flamingo rafts as decor for the pool so guests could enjoy a float on them.  This definitely wasn’t your traditional wedding reception but it was a huge hit.  This wedding was so much fun to plan and it truly was a great idea.  I encourage all of my summer couple’s if they must get married in Vegas in 100 + degree weather, why not do a fun nontraditional reception.

Here are a few of my favorite photos by the amazing David Burke:

A big thank you to our creative team for making this wedding so perfect:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi (www.desirableevent.com)

Photographer: David Burke (http://davidburkephoto.com)

Floral: Naakiti Floral (http://naakitifloral.com)

Officiant: Nick Amon

DJ: DJ Uffe Moller

Uplighting: Elegant Entertainment (http://elegantlv.com)

GOBO: All Night Long Entertainment (http://www.goallnightlong.com)

Cake: Groom’s Aunt

Doughnut Cake: Pink box doughnuts (http://pinkboxdoughnuts.com) (*cake was created by Desirable Events by Desi)

 

*All photos provided by David Burke.  Please do not copy or alter any of the photos.

Marissa & Nate

 

4d8a7277-las-vegas-wedding-at-havana-room-at-tropicana-marissa-and-nate-steven-joseph-photographyI have never met a bride more organized and ready to go then when I met Marissa eight months prior to their wedding.  She knew exactly what she wanted and how she wanted it. When she said she needed a wedding planner, it was the first time I thought are you sure you need one? (Kidding)  Joking aside, Marissa and Nate were such an adorable couple.  They each complimented each other so perfectly.  Coming from the midwest, the rivalries between in state schools are very serious but in the end, they put their differences aside for love.  You see, Marissa went to Oklahoma, and Nate went to Oklahoma State.  Being the amazing bride Marissa was though she called me for a top secret surprise that only me and the person coming would know.  She decided to surprise Nate with Pistal Pete (Oklahoma State’s mascot).  It was quite the journey coming here as he couldn’t fly because of the size of his head so he had to drive from Oklahoma State to Las Vegas.  This could not have been a better surprise.  Nate and his groomsmen looked like a child seeing Santa.  It was such a memorable moment. The wedding was absolutely gorgeous from start to finish as I knew it would be.  Thank you so much Marissa and Nate for choosing us to be part of your wedding day!

Here are a few of my favorite photos by Steven Joseph Photograhy:

 

 

Also, a huge thank you to all of their vendors who helped make their day:

Ceremony Venue: St. Anne’s Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Havana Room at the Tropicana

Photographer: Steven Joseph

Videographer: Kreigh Carter

Florist: Blossoms by Gayle

DJ: DJ Rumpleskilton

Dessert: Just a Bite Cheesecakes

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi

*Photos courtesy of Steven Joseph

Wedding Traditions- Not the typical bouquet and garter toss 


After the gorgeous wedding we had this weekend, it had me thinking about wedding traditions. I don’t mean the typical garter and bouquet toss or the first dance. There are so many ways to start your own traditions and it truly brings meaning for your family and friends.  You see last night a cousin of the bride came up to me during the mother/son dance and asked if in the middle of the song we could call up all of the sons that were there with their moms to join them on the dance floor then the same for the fathers and daughters. It was so sweet and the groom also danced with his “new” mother. They share this at all their family weddings and it is the perfect touch especially when some songs are longer but the bride and groom want to keep the length of it. Another tradition I know of is very close to me as we did it at my sisters wedding. Her and her high school friends all sing to each bride at their wedding “Ain’t no mountain high enough”. It is sweet and entertaining (especially after a few drinks).  Traditions do not have to big something that is done either. It can also be something you wear such as jewelry, a purse, garter, etc. It’s just important if your close friends or family members you want to start a tradition with pass the item along to each person next in line. Also it will double as an engagement present with meaning. 

If you are getting married soon just think of how cool it would be for your wedding to begin a new tradition with your friends and family. Each time you do it at weddings it will get bigger and better and really add that special touch of love. Please contact me for any planning advice or assistant at desi@desirableevent.com. 
Bouquet made by the talented Mylo and Shino  http://www.myloandshino.com/

Krystal & Ryan’s Wedding

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Krystal & Ryan 
Krystal and Ryan are from Iowa and contacted us to be their Day of Coordinator.  We didn’t officially meet until they came into town their wedding weekend.  They are definitely the perfect match for each other.  Ryan was very laid back and quiet and Krystal had all sorts of beautiful ideas.  In fact, a majority of their wedding was created by Krystal and her bridesmaids which I will talk more about later.  Their wedding ceremony took place at the Signature towers MGM.  Although it was close to 100 degrees, the space was shaded and turned out to be perfect for their nuptials.  They had about 75 of their closest friends and families all of which traveled to share the special moment with them.  The decor for the ceremony was very simple.  Their guests sat on each side of the rose petal aisle in white garden chairs with the natural palm tree background as the backdrop of their vows.  They each had 3 attendants on each side of them, along with their two little boys as their ring bearers and the Maid of Honor’s daughter as the flower girl.  Krystal’s oldest son and mother walked her down the aisle.  One of my favorite ceremony surprises ever happened.  Krystal stopped when she had to put the ring on Ryan and instead of giving him the ring that he thought was his, she pulled out a ring that he wanted to get but was out of their budget.  It was so sweet and the look on Ryan’s face was priceless.  Following the ceremony, the guests were shuttled over to the Monte Carlo for the cocktail hour while the bridal party and immediate family went to the Las Vegas Sign for formal pictures photographed by Lucas Strawhorn Photography.  The reception was in the ballroom at Monte Carlo and guests were able to sit wherever they wanted.  Guests were greeted by the Videographer Tim to say something to the couple.  The room was decorated in white linens with purple accents which were rented from Las Vegas Rentals.  The DIY items I spoke earlier about that Krystal made were a beautiful glittery card box and centerpieces which were a cluster of 3 vases with bling on the top, filled with diamonds, water, and a light.  They were perfect for the simple, yet elegant bling look she wanted.  In place of a guestbook, they had a frame for everyone to sign that will be hung on their wall with a photo of them from the wedding.  The cake was made by Monte Carlo.  It was white with just a little bling on each layer and a double bling heart cake topper.  After they were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Marshall for the first time, they went into their first dance Beyonce “You are my Rock”.  Their MC and DJ was DJ Tim.  Also, as a great surprise, Ryan’s cousin also sang the Beyonce song for them a-cappella after each of the mother’s toasts.  Following the song, the groomsmen and one of the maid of honors, said their toasts then we went into dancing followed by cake cutting.  The last thing was the garter and bouquet  toss.  The dance floor then reopened to all and they had the best mix of R & B, hip hop, and pop to keep everyone on the dance floor.  This was a gorgeous wedding for a beautiful and sweet couple.  We were so honored they chose us to be their day of coordinator.
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Thank you so all the vendors who helped make this wedding day as they desired:
Day of Coordinator- Desirable Events by Desi
Photographer- Lucas Strawhorn Photography
Videographer- Tim Moran
Ceremony- Signature at MGM
Reception- Monte Carlo
Rentals- Las Vegas Rentals
DJ- DJ Tim
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New Year’s Eve Wedding

Joey & Lori

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Who wouldn’t want to attend a New Year’s Eve wedding especially when this amazing couple are the hosts? I first spoke to Joey and Lori right after the holidays in the beginning of 2014. The way we were introduced is bittersweet. They had booked an amazing officiant, Reverend Jimmy Mac with whom I have worked with in the past and became a great mentor. They knew if he approved than I was the perfect fit for them seeing as Lori’s stepfather actually attended High School with Jimmy Mac. About a month before the wedding we had shocking news that saddened all of us which was the sudden passing of a great friend and amazing man Jimmy Mac. If it weren’t for him, I would not have been part of this amazing and gorgeous wedding day and I know he was with us all in spirit.

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Lori and Joey met online.  One of my blogs “First BLIND Date” was actually inspired by them.  They met after months of speaking online and had the perfect date at Lori’s sister’s house.  He was blindfolded when he showed up as well as Lori and they sat for hours talking to each other and enjoying each other blindfold.  Lori’s bridesmaid actually put on the whole date and listened through baby monitors.  At the end of the date Joey couldn’t take it any longer and had to see his gorgeous date.  Please see my past blog for more information on “First Blind Dates”.

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Lori had one request for her wedding and that was she wanted it on New Years Eve. We decided to rent a suite and have a New Years party/wedding done Vegas style. Since we began planning so far out, most hotels did not know the room rates and if there would even be a suite available for them to rent. After using my negation skills I believe we could not have chose a better location. Joey and Lori were wed in a two story loft suite at the M Resort. For those of you unfamiliar with this resort, it is located about two miles south of Mandalay Bay off the strip but still on Las Vegas Blvd. With breathtaking 270 degree views you can not go wrong with this choice in venue. They rented the two connecting rooms as well.  One room we had all the catering in and the other room we had a photobooth in for guests to enjoy.  The photobooth doubled as favors for their guests and was another guestbook for the couple.

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Being a New Year’s Eve wedding, their theme was a fun, elegant party.  They served their guests hot and cold Hors D’oeurves and an assortment of Beer, Wine, liquor and of course Champagne.  Lori and Joey love Rotari Rose so I special ordered 2 cases for them through the liquor distributor.  As guests entered the room for the ceremony, they were served Champagne or Beer.  Lori joked that she had “Champagne taste on a Beer Budget” so the preceremony drinks were perfect for her taste.  We used the rest of the champagne as a midnight toast when we did a countdown to midnight.  Each champagne flute was rimmed with gold sugar to add that extra elegant touch for their New Year’s Eve wedding.

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The two story suite was set up perfectly for guests to enjoy music and dancing.  The DJ was set up on the top floor balcony overlooking the bottom level of the suite.  The bottom is where they guests were able to dance and get their drinks from the bar.  It was the perfect touch for any hotel suite wedding.  As I mentioned previously, the M Resort has breathtaking views.  On New Year’s Eve at midnight something beautiful happens in Las Vegas in which their guests enjoyed perfect views from.  The Las Vegas strip has fireworks in different locations throughout the strips which was the perfect ending to a beautiful wedding.  I even got a little choked up by the fireworks and had tears in my eyes.  You can’t make up or dream of such a beautiful fairy tale.

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Finally at the end of the night just after the fireworks, they wanted guests to grab their coats, a drink, and meet us downstairs for a sparkler send off.  Everyone who came received sparklers and we timed it just right to give the couple their final send off.  It was a magical moment for Joey and Lori and definitely a memorable wedding/ New Year’s for everyone who attended.  In my opinion, one of the best ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve is a wedding.  Especially if you can make it intimate and beautiful like this Suite wedding.  No one likes planning their New Year’s so why not plan it for them with not only a great party  but by sharing your love for one another in front of your favorite and closest friends.

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A special thanks to this gorgeous couple for letting us be part of their day and to all the vendors who helped make it happen:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi (www.desirableevent.com)

Wedding Venue: Loft Suite at the M Resort

Photographers: Susie and Will Pictures

Officiant: Pastor Pete (elegant las vegas weddings)

DJ/Photobooth/Uplight: Greg D’angelo (Elegant Entertainment)

Flowers: By Dzign

Decor: Desirable Events by Desi

Cake: Babycakes at M Resort

Bartender: RJ Wojtowicz

Catering: M Resort

**All photos provided by Susie and Will Pictures**

To plan your Las Vegas wedding, a suite wedding, New year’s eve wedding, or destination wedding, please contact me at desi@desirableevent.com.