Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I am happy to introduce you to my friends and colleagues at Boston Betrothed. Please meet Lara and Kate, the absolutely amazing duo of Studio Nouveau. They are as creative, dynamic, vibrant, fun and professional as their on-line presence indicates. I love this video.
This is the first wedding we worked on together.
I am so proud of our collective and will keep the introductions coming, but in the meantime if you need Boston wedding vendors or wedding planning advice please visit Boston Betrothed.
Friday, February 28, 2014
About this time last year, my help was enlisted by this beautiful bride. Maura, her mom and her best friend traveled from Angola to New York to plan this stunning two day wedding extravaganza that was hosted in her hometown in Africa. We had a two week/10 day window for our wedding planning marathon throughout the streets of Manhattan with a concentration on the luxury bridal boutiques of Madison Avenue. It was equal parts exciting, exhausting and exhilarating.
Our successful endeavor included shopping at many fine retail establishments in New York City, and I added some of my must see specialty shops to our ambitious agenda. The goals of the trip were: to find, purchase and get altered: two wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, suits for the little brothers, dresses for the mother of the bride, shoes, veils, accessories, undergarments, favors, paper and printed items, ribbons, candy bar items, decor, etc.
Maura took her perfectly tailored Vera Wang gown home with her on the plane. While my beloved bridal industry often suggest needing nine months to get a wedding dress, some designers have specific dresses available with the intention of accommodating international clients who come to New York City for this very reason. Rush fees are often required.
Thanks to our friends at Reem Acra, Gabriella's New York Bridal Salon, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Saks Fifth Avenue, Katie Fischer Designs, M&J Trimmings, Economy Candy, Vase Source, Jamali, The Container Store, Paper Presentation, La Perla and Jenny Yoo for helping me make this productive adventure efficient thus making Maura's lofty and luxurious wedding day dreams a reality.I am extremely proud of this collaboration and the outrageously stunning beauty that resulted from our time together. I am especially grateful to all those who who helped with the shopping, shipping and the unbelievable international logistics-- making me look like a hero.
Please enjoy this long overdue and very elegant eye candy and have a wonderful weekend.
PS. Want more? You can see the rest of the photos, including some of this couple's beach ceremony here on the their photographer's blog.
Photo Credit: Catherine Mac Photography
Thursday, February 20, 2014
What makes you happy?
I accepted the internet's challenge of documenting 100 consecutive days of being happy. As I continue to acclimate to life in the Boston area, being engaged and making our house into a home, I feel like I'll be grateful for some record of this special time in my life. I started the project using facebook but just switched it over to instagram in attempt to gain some familiarity with this "new-ish" to me social media platform. If you're curious as to what makes me happy for the next 98 days, you can follow me here: http://instagram.com/tammygolson. If you're interested in joining me, I'd love to see what makes you happy as well. Her is the link to the #100happydays project.
Today thoughts of this infinity pool in Costa Rica are making me very happy. I'm a lucky lady, it looks like my first bridal shower has the fitting location of a rainforest in Costa Rica with some of my dearest friends from my college days. What a perfect antidote to this brutal winter many of us have been subjected to.
Hope you're finding fun ways to stay warm.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Today my guy and I are heading to Amish Country. I'm very excited to celebrate my dear friend's wedding in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We are staying on site, the wedding is at The Cork Factory Hotel. It looks great, the perfect wedding venue: fireplaces, exposed brick and urban cozy. I am really looking forward to a romantic weekend away!
The rehearsal dinner is at The Baker's Table.
I am also looking forward to trying the restaurant on site, The Cork and Cap Restaurant.
But of course more than anything, I am excited to get dressed up, see many dear friends and celebrate my friend and her soon to be very new husband.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
It admittedly took me a while to get comfortable asking the necessary question, have you determined a budget? when speaking with prospective clients. Educating clients on budgets can be sensitive as well, since the fee for wedding planning and coordination can be a significant percentage to consider in the mix, so I am happy to bring you this objective post on how to determine an accurate budget for your wedding, written by guest blogger Sofia Angeli.
5 Questions to Consider When Creating a Realistic Wedding Budget
After all the excitement of your engagement, you'll need to determine how you will pay for your wedding. The first step is to know your wedding budget. You need to know how much you can spend before you can determine your venue, concept or level of formality, time, and even the date.
This can be quite challenging, but to help, here are five important questions to consider on this topic.
1. Who is paying?
Even though it is tradition for most cultures in the Western world and some other countries for the bride’s parents to pay for the entire shebang, things can be different for other families. Also times definitely have changed.
· If you and your spouse-to-be are paying for your wedding, you can go directly to question #2 and discuss your answers.
· If you’ll be asking your folks for some financial help, then you have to be ready to discuss details with them. Expect to get questions like “How much will the wedding cost?” and “Why do you need that much?”
o If your folks say they’ll contribute a specific amount, be grateful for it and try to squeeze everything you need and want into that budget. Or simply be prepared to pay for the expenses that remain.
o Your parents might opt to pay for specific items like the catering, the rehearsal dinner, or the dresses. Similarly, you’ll be left to pay for anything else that’s not on their list.
2. How much do you really need?
Your total budget will generally depend on your location, the time of the event, the number of guests, and the formality of the event.
· Most major cities usually have more expensive rate in terms, of... well, everything.
· Peak months and evening weddings dictate greater investments. Caterers, florists, venues, hotels, car rentals, etc. normally charge more at these times than during the off-peak season and for morning and lunch events.
· The formality of the event signifies how grand your celebration will be. You’ll need more courses for the feast, more fabric for the dresses, more flowers and lights for the venue, and so on.
· Naturally, if you’ll have more guests, you’ll have more mouths to feed. You need more drinks to serve and more favors to buy.
3. What are your essentials?
Know your priorities as a couple. These include the most important elements to both of you – maybe the venue, the number of guests, the bridal dress, the wedding rings, etc. The list varies from couple to couple, because these are the items that you’ve agreed to have on your wedding. You may even have agreed to splurge on these items, if necessary.
4. What are the extras?
After knowing your essentials, you’ll be able to determine which items you can live without or you can afford to scrimp on. You may be willing to cut down on the venue decoration since the place you picked is already lovely enough with just a sprinkling of flowers here and there.
5. How can you trim your expenses?
· Prioritizing wedding items through questions 3 and 4 will already help you cut down your expenses. You’ll know items to scrimp on or even totally cross out.
· Another option is to ask relatives and friends to sponsor some items you need. For instance, a friend who’s into crafts may be able to do your wedding favors. While this may be less expensive than buying them from commercial establishments, consider the time spent, the quality of the end product and your peace of mind.
· Use the Internet for shopping and other important task when it's appropriate.
These five questions are basic but very helpful if you really want to write a realistic budget. Hopefully these will ease your anxiety as you move into wedding preparation mode.
About the Author - Sofia Angeli is a PR and communications consultant for companies in various industries. In particular, she brings her writing skills and passion for travel, culture, arts and lifestyle, including wedding planning.
Photo of Honeymoon Fund is from Etsy.
Photo of Honeymoon Fund is from Etsy.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Talia's first hand account of her visit is here:
"Thank you to The Setai Club and Spa Wall Street for so generously inviting us to check out your beautiful venue and sample the spa services. It was such a treat and a beyond perfect way to escape this cold NYC winter!
With a flexible floor plan and seemingly never-ending maze of elegant, dimly lit spaces and treatment areas, this luxurious spa offers infinite options for customizing events and gatherings – from bridal showers and bachelor/bachelorette parties to product launches and photo shoots.
While there, I couldn’t help but imagine gathering my own best friends for an evening getaway of relaxation, champagne and good company. We will certainly be back!"
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
We are excited to exhibit on Friday at the Wedding Gala Boston at The Boston Public Library. If you're in Boston or planning a Boston or New England wedding, we hope you'll consider attending this fantastic wedding event. Please stop by and say hello, the Boston Betrothed crew will be there, as well. We look forward to seeing you.