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Planning a special event with a multitude of details is no easy task. You will be assured of my personalized services and the highest level of dedication to flawless event execution.

My mission is to understand your vision and turn your dreams into reality. Removing any stress that may come your way when it comes to planning your wedding or special event. I will go far beyond your typical bridal or event consultant when designing and coordinating weddings and special events. Taking care of every detail so you can relax and enjoy your day!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Winter Solstice Party



The winter solstice in the northern hemisphere usually happens on December 21 each year or within 24 hours on either side of that day. This year it is December 22nd. Hosting a winter solstice party is an alternative or even an additional way to celebrate the winter. Have it a time appropriate for everyone including children. Send invitations either through the mail or email and have your guests RSVP so you can plan enough activities and food. Traditional winter solstice celebrations include having lots of light.  Have candles all over your house and turn on all the lights in your house. Also, decorate the outdoors by making luminaries and or a fire. The solstice is technically an astronomical event so set up a telescope outside and view the night sky objects if it isn't too cloudy, cold, or dark. Create your own family tradition by gathering in a circle around candles. Each person can light a candle and talk about something they’re grateful for or something they wish for another person in the coming year. 



Hannukkah





Hanukkah is a joyful holiday that comes with its own rituals, foods, games, songs and stories. Share Hanukkah traditions with family and friends. But the parties are not only a way for Jewish families to share their heritage; they're also a way to connect with friends and neighbors at a busy time of year. Here are some ideas for creating the perfect Hanukkah party.Let the Festival of Lights live up to its name by burning lots of candles. Save a special place for your menorah, and light candles around the seating area, bar area and entryway. The traditional colors of Hanukkah — silver, blue and white — create a dazzling table. Winter flowers like tulips, narcissus and hyacinths lend the right color and style for any type of gathering. 





Thursday, December 6, 2012

Choosing a wedding theme



Most people don't see a need for a wedding theme. However, when all the little planning details start to come together, you should have some cohesion to everything. A theme influences your venue and supplier selections, as well as your choice of decorative features. Wheather you are choosing colors or picking a theme I can help you get the look you want. The season during which you hold your wedding can provide many cues for theme and color. Also, the combination of black and white always makes an elegant statement. It is especially fitting for an evening wedding. You can incorporate black and white in any number of ways – dresses, accessories, flowers, favors and even dessert. This study in contrasts can pull it all together.





Spring: Combine patterns for a unique look. Go for sophisticated stripes with flirty polka dots for a playful effect. Also you can choose a spring color, and use a slightly different shade of fabric on each reception table. Your tables will look unified, but not matchy-match.

Summer: Think of your favorite summer hangouts when planning your theme. Rather than just any beach, bring in elements specific to the beach you remember as a kid. If it was a cabin in the woods, go for a mountain theme. Another idea: Honor your honeymoon destination. If you're having a garden wedding but honeymooning in Hawaii, add orchids to your bouquets or fill the bottoms of your centerpiece vases with black lava rocks.

Fall: This season, wedding decor is all about texture. That means tablecloths in tactile, visually intriguing materials like quilted or ruched silk, linen, velvet, or even Ultrasuede .Metallic accents continue to be huge, from classic silver and gold to more unexpected pewter copper and bronze. Mercury glass vases will add glamorous pops of silver to cocktail tables and centerpieces. 

Winter: Red roses, calla lilies, and amaryllis are decidedly winter wedding flowers, but if you step outside the flower box, and you'll find a variety of options for winter blooms. Consider fuller flowers, such as white hydrangeas and soft ranunculuses. Give out small packages of chocolate-covered cranberries or roasted chestnuts. An over-the-top idea that will undoubtedly impress: Have your caterer set up a hot chocolate and churros station to top off the evening.



Other Themes for your wedding:
~ Green Wedding
~Holiday Wedding
~Military Wedding
~Cultural Wedding
~19540's, 1950's, 1960's Wedding
~Destination Wedding
~Western Wedding


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas





Do you want to have a holly jolly holiday season? Set the mood for Christmas festivities with some fun and exciting holiday entertainment. You could host multiple types of parties such as a cookie decorating party/ cookies swap, a tree trimming party, or even an ornament crafting party. If your family or friends love watching holiday movies, organize a low-key Christmas party with a holiday movie theme. Wow your holiday party guests with winter entertaining appetizers, from crab salad canap├ęs and mini pizzas to dazzling party dips and sizzling sliders. You can arrange your Christmas party food into a beautiful display with some of my simple tips, just ask. You can also enjoy some of Santa's favorite reindeer games such as stocking stuffer surprise, candy cane relay, white elephant, a gift wrap relay or the Rudolph dash. Don't forget to add some mistletoes and a few surprises to make everyones spirits even brighter. 


Hope your holiday season is merry and bright!



Christmas Special! Book a party between now and December 26th, 2012 and get 15% off of your party. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Marriage Laws

Marriage Laws are different for each state. Make sure to contact your local city office for more information. 


Virginia:

Legal age is 18, under 18 must provide notarized consent from parent or legal guardian. No blood test required. Both in party must apply in person. Know the complete full names of both parents, including mother's maiden names. License is issued in the city where the bride or groom reside. Valid immediately up to 60 days. $30 fee (cash only).

North Carolina:

Legal age is 18, under 18 must provide notarized consent from parent or legal guardian. For applicants under 21 a birth certificate is required. No blood test is required. Both in party must apply in person, or have a notarized document explaining why the other person is absent and a copy of his/her signature. The county may have an affidavit for you to fill out, sign, and return, obtained from the rester of deeds office in any county. In addition to ID bring your Social Security Card or proof of Social Security number. Valid immediately up to 60 days. $50 fee (cash only). 

West Virginia:

Legal age is 18. If either of you are under 18 years of age, you must have the consent (in person) of a parent or guardian. No blood test is required immediately. Valid up to 60 days. $36 fee (cash only) may vary from county to county.

Washington D.C.:

The minimum age for marriage is 18 years or 16 years with the consent of a parent or guardian. Proof of age for the applicant's must be shown at the time of application and may be demonstrated by driver's licenses, birth certificates, passports, or similar official documents. A blood test is not required. $35 fee for application and $10 for license (cash or money order). The $35 application fee is waived for couples who are registered in the District as domestic partners. By DC law, three full business days must pass between the day of application and the day that the license can be issued. Confirm what day you can pick up your license before leaving. Marriage license has no specified time frame.



Bridal Shower




There's no better way to honor a bride-to-be than with a bridal shower. Traditionally, a shower is a party for the bride and her closest female relatives and friends, where she is "showered" with love, good wishes, and gifts. 





Who is in charge?:

Traditionally the maid of honor always throws the wedding shower -- unless there are unusual circumstances. However, times have changed and whoever would like to host the party may.



Guest List:

Whether your hosts are inviting 18 guests or 80, the invites should go out a month to six weeks in advance. The guest list is usually comprised of the bride's closest friends and relatives. Ask her to make up her guest list and get it to you as soon as possible. 


Location:

You can be as creative as you want about where to have the shower. Keep in mind that party spaces get booked early in busy seasons, like during the holidays. Showers are sometimes hosted at someone’s house, but often they are held at a larger bridal shower venue. 


When:

 Usually a bridal shower takes place anywhere from 6 weeks to 2 weeks before the wedding. However, it's important to take into consideration what's going on in the bride's life! I have seen showers Saturday or Sunday but it can be whenever works!


Theme:

You want things to flow. Think about your bride, and her style and choose an appropriate theme. A theme shower is especially suitable for brides who have already accumulated many of the housewares that tend to be given as gifts at traditional showers. 

Tea Party
Round the Clock Party
Bling Party
Garden Party
Spa Party
Coffee and Desert Party
Wine Tasting and Cheese Party
 Breakfast at "Tiffany's" Party
French Flair Party
Italian Get-A-Way Party

There are so many theme's you can choose from just remember to think about your bride, and her style. 


Favors:

One way to make your bridal shower one that guests will remember is to give them a token of thanks for attending. Choosing the right favor is important, not just to serve as a reminder of the party, but to complete the theme. The best favors are fun and decorative, even designed to bring a touch of satisfaction to your guests for years to come. 




Traditions:

1. The tradition of the groom showing up with flowers just before his fiancee opens the gifts is back.
2.Making a bouquet out of the shower gifts' ribbons and bows and using it as a stand-in for the real one at the wedding rehearsal.
3.  One traditional game is to have guests divide into teams of two or three. Each team is given a roll of toilet paper, and with one team member as the model, they must each design a wedding dress out of toilet paper. The bride-to-be chooses the winner.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bridal Expo's





Great Bridal ExpoSunday, November 11, 201212:00pm to 3:00pmPhoenix Convention Center111 North Third Street
PhoenixAZ 85004

Finest Bridal ExpoSunday, November 18, 20122:00pm to 5:00pmThe Founders Inn and Spa5641 Indian River Rd.Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Great Bridal ExpoSunday, November 18, 201212:00pm to 3:00pmAnaheim Convention Center800 W. Katella Ave.
AnaheimCA 92802

Great Bridal ExpoSaturday, November 24th, 201212:00pm to 3:00pmHyatt Regency Downtown5 Embarcadero Center
San FranciscoCA 9411




Great Bridal ExpoSunday, November 25th, 201212:00pm to 3:00pmFairmont Hotel San Jose170 South Market Street
San JoseCA 95113

Great Bridal ExpoSunday, January 6th, 201312:00pm to 3:00pmHilton Baltimore Hotel401 West Pratt Street
BaltimoreMD 21201

Great Bridal ExpoSunday, January 13th, 201312:00 pm to 3:00pmSheraton Philadelphia 201 North 17TH Street
PhiladelphiaPA 19103

Bridal ShowcaseSunday, January 13th, 2013Opens at 11:00amNorfolk Scope Exhibition Hall201 E. Brambleton Ave NorfolkVA 23510
Great Bridal ExpoMonday, January 14th, 20135:30 pm to 8:30pmNew York Mariott Marquis1535 Broadway
New YorkNY 10036

Great Bridal ExpoSunday, January 20th, 201312:00pm to 3:00pmBoston Park Plaza Hotel50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
BostonMA 02116

Great Bridal ExpoSunday, January 27th, 201312:00pm to 3:00pmHilton Alexandria at Mark Center5000 Seminary Road
Washington, DC (Alexandria)VA22311

Finest Bridal ExpoSunday, January 27th, 20132:00pm to 5:00pmNewport News Mariott at City Center740 Town Center DriveNewport News, VA 23606
  








*For any of the Great Bridal Expos you can visit http://www.greatbridalexpo.com to get tickets, or to find when one is going to be in your city. 
*For Finest Bridal Expo visit http://www.showbride.com to get tickets, or to find out when one will be in your city. 
*For Bridal Showcase tickets and information you can visit http://uniquelyyoursbridalshowcase.com.




VIP Bridal Luncheon with David Tutera

David Tutera will be joining the 2013 Showcase weekend! Giving brides a chance to spend personal time with David, see his gown line and learn some of his tricks of the trade.


Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel

11:30am
Topic: Accessories to Enhance Your
Wedding & Gowns from Size 8-18 

$50 a person

This exclusive event will provide you with a chance to sit down and spend some time with David Tutera up close and personal for an afternoon. See his gown line and other bridal accessories. Purchase his books and get them signed by him that afternoon. He will also be giving a presentation on what accessories to choose for your wedding that will help you make your wedding day as memorable and amazing as you are!

7:00pm
Topic: Wedding Trends with Tutera for Twenty Thirteen
$50 a person

Join us for an unforgettable evening of breathtaking decor and mouth watering food! With decorations and wedding ideas by David himself and brought to life by our amazing local vendors. David will be there to talk to us about what is happening now in the wedding world for 2013! Find out about the latest tips and trends for your day that  will help you stay on budget and make it the event of the year for you and your friends. Taste the food, take in the decor and make some amazing memories. This is truly a night both brides and vendors will not want to miss.

Purchase your tickets for both of these events at:
http://www.uniquelyyoursbridalshowcase.com





Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pet Birthday Party




Hold onto your paws! If there is ever a day to spoil your dog, it’s on your dog's birthday! Throwing your dog a birthday party is a fun way to celebrate your four-legged friend and to say “thank you” for being a beloved companion. Just keep the guest list small and the party time to two hours so the dogs don't get too stressed with too many animals around for too long.No matter what kind of pet you have, build in time for playtime. Get dogs' tails wagging with fetch or tug-of-war.If you're celebrating your kitty, limit the guests to just your family. Cats prefer to keep to their own turf. Likewise if the party's for your iguana, hamster, cockatoo, clownfish or tree frog. 


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Cocktail Party



A cocktail party is a good way to have your co-workers mingle and meet everyone from the office, especially if there a some new employees. You can serve several different types of hors d'oeuvres such as caviar, bacon wrapped dates or shrimp cocktail, you'll only be serving small bites which does save a little money. You could also follow a cocktail party with a small dinner  reception.The key to any great party is for the host to have as much fun as the guests. 


Divorce Party


I know it may sound a little weird  to have  a divorce party but for some people it is a way to end there marriage and be on the path to a happy divorce. A Divorce Party is a way to mark the end of the pain and suffering that comes with divorce. The party can be a great way the newly divorced person can thank all the people who stood by them through the ordeal of separation. The party is an opportunity to announce your new status in life. You are now single and available for new experiences and even new relationships. A whole new phase of life is just beginning. And that is something to celebrate!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

FAQ


What are your qualifications?

I have been educated through the U.S. Career Institute. I completed the courses and received my certificate. I graduated the top of my class in August of 2009. I was also trained by Julie Renee of Events by Renee, a popular Event and Wedding Planner of the Palm Springs area. Since then I have done many events on my own. 

Why did you want to become an Event and Wedding Planner?

I remember attending weddings when I was a little girl and thinking how amazing it would be just to grow up and have a wedding of my own. Then also having birthday parties that my mom planned and I always loved them. Watching her plan the parties and seeing how important it was to her to make sure all of her children had an incredible experience for their birthdays was amazing its self. 

I did some research once I was out of high school and found that I love every detail that goes into planning events so I went to school to get my qualifications and earn my certificate. 

In my eyes Event and Wedding planning is a very important job. It is a fast paced demanding job and I love every minute of it. I love planning and being organized and all the aspects of events and weddings. From the flowers to the theme to the location choices and of course meeting new people. That's why I opened my own business. 

Will I lose control of my wedding if you are planning it for me?

Not at all. My goal is to give you the peace of mind that comes with trusting we are taking care of every detail and event scheduled on your wedding day. During the planning process, I will give you guidance and suggestions, but you make all of the final decisions. I will handle as little or as much as you would like.


Will you work with vendors I have already found or people I really want to work with?

Yes, I will gladly work with any vendor, friend or family member you select for your special day. I have hundreds of venues and excellent vendors in my database that I can refer, but you are free to select the vendors of your choice.

Can I afford an event planner?

Price is affected by the selection of packages or individual services that you choose and the complexity of your event. It is my responsibility to keep your expenses at or even below your budget.


Do you have a payment plan?

Yes we can arrange a payment plan that is convenient and fits into your schedule. 




Friday, October 26, 2012

Events by Renee



Events by Renee is hands-on in the Palm Springs community as well as a proud member of Wedding Warriors. Julie Renee is a very sweet and loving planner who will go out of her way to help you have a memorable experience. If you are in the Palm Springs area and need a event or wedding planner she is the one to talk to! She will help give you and your guests memories to enjoy for a lifetime. 

www.eventsrenee.com

jrenee@eventsrenee.com 




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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thanksgiving





Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal. Why not make a nice party out of it. There is so much you can do either around the house or in town. Thanksgiving Day parades are held in some cities and towns on or around Thanksgiving Day. You could even take a trip to Plymouth, Massachusetts where the original Thanksgiving took place. If you are just around the house you can arrange a football game or corn hole. You can also put out arts and crafts for the kids to play with or play some games thanksgiving games such as; gourd games, thanksgiving bingo, or a scavenger hunt. Also put out some things to play dress up like pilgrim hats, aprons, Indian head dresses and turkey hats.










For other ideas for Thanksgiving you can look at these sites:

http://www.hgtv.com/thanksgiving-ideas/package/index.html

http://www.digsdigs.com/60-cool-thanksgiving-decorating-ideas/