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Friday, October 16, 2009

Nomination for the Fox Hot List for Best Wedding Planner in LA

Greetings everyone!  MDCE has been nominated for the 2009 Fox Hot List for Best Wedding Planner in LA!  I appreciate your VOTE by click on the link below.  Voting ends November 6th so hurry and cast your VOTE today!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Celebrity Event Planner, PRESTON BAILEY Launches NEW Wedding Invitation Line

One of my favorite celebrity event planners has launched a new line of wedding invites!  Preston Bailey teamed up with "Invitation Consultants" to create one-of-a-kind wedding invitations inspired by Preston's grand floral creations.  Below are a couple samples from his line.  Preston Bailey's wedding invitation line is available now!  Check it out!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dance Floors 101: "Seamless" Dance Floors

You've seen it in bridal magazines. You've seen it in on the show "Platinum Weddings". Heck you've probably seen it featured in one of the weddings I've coordinated. It's one of the sought after design elements that ties all the elements of the reception decor together...the "seamless" dance floor. These dance floors come in various colors (black, gold, and white-very popular) and shapes (square, round, and oval). You might wonder why I put quotation marks around 'seamless'.  It's very important that you know the difference between seamless and non-seamless dance floors.  Hopefully, this will help you understand.

A lot of brides say they want a seamless dance floor thinking these floors will not have horizontal and vertical lines running throughout. They think that it's a whole piece. Well, I hate to be the one to tell you, but it's not a one-piece wonder. In fact, it's impossible to bring in an 18'x18' dance floor through the reception doors without breaking it apart. Think about it.  So why does the event industry call it "seamless" dance floors? Technically they are not "seamless" because they need to be in pieces for easier delivery. The term "seamless" is in reference to the seams surrounding each 3'x4' or 4'x4' square. 

Some dance floors have metal seams surrounding each square. Some dance floors don't show metal seams. The dance floors with metal seams are NOT "seamless" because you can see the black/gray metal lines throughout the dance floor (see Example A). The dance floors without the metal seams showing are considered "seamless" because they appear just that (see Example B). TIP: Before signing a contract with an event rental company for a "seamless" dance floor (especially a WHITE "seamless" dance floor), ask the sales rep if you can take a look at a sample.  It's always a good thing to see what you're paying for before dropping $800-$2500 on a dance floor.

Example 'A' above:  White dance floor with metal seams (considered non-seamless)

Example 'B' above:  White dance floor without metal seams showing (considered seamless)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Romantic Elegance Wedding in Fuschia, Blush Pink, Ivory and Gold: Laura + Raul (UPDATED)

Wedding Style: Glamour, romance, and sophistication with hints of bling
Event Design Concept: Blush pink, ivory, fuschia, and gold
Dream Team:  Scroll to the end of this post

Crystal candelabras, pinks, golds, white seamless dance floor, lush flowers...that's how Laura envisioned her wedding to be. Raul envisioned a rather simpler wedding with very little pink. It was the battle of the sexes, however, I was able to come up with a little bit of both to please my clients. The end result: a fabulous fusion of glamour, romance, and sophistication that the bride and groom loved...not to mention the guests and a few gawkers, too. I love it when I give them the "WOW" factor. Almost everything was adorned with crystals to incorporated the bling factor like the menu cards, bride & groom chair signs, gold overlays, centerpieces, the bride's attire and bouquet, and the wedding cake!

Their wedding was photographed by the wonderfully talented Rudy Arpia, who was assisted by Miguel Mayo. Thanks to my assistant Pia Pagkatotohan for assisting me throughout the planning process and fine tuning the details. Thanks to my day-of assistants, Portia Gale and Cynthia Yi. You gals are fabulous!

The day started out bright and early at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles where Laura and her party got dolled up.

Laura and Raul tied the knot at the gorgeous Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. After the ceremony they stopped by the Disney Concert Hall to take a few pictures.

A few shots of the beautified ballroom at the Embassy Suites in Arcadia.


Pre-Ceremony: Millenium Biltmore Hotel
Ceremony: Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels
Reception: Embassy Suites
Hair: Gwen Jacobs
Makeup: Flawless Faces
Rentals: Royal Events
Event Lighting: Amber Event Design
Flowers: Commerce Flowers
Photography: Rudy Arpia
Cake: Cakes By The Pound
DJ: Moon Entertainment
Mariachi: Mariachi San Antonio
Band: Conjunto Alborada
Videographer: Pristine Videos