Valentine’s Day ~ Up Your Game <3

So today is Valentine’s Day…whether you will be celebrating alone or with a special someone we put together some fun ideas to up your game  that we think you will love

Herb, flower and fruit enhanced ice cubes – can make any drink super pretty.

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Beautiful ice cubes – so sexy and fun!

 

Perfect for the little kids in your life, these thumb print heart mason jars are sure to put a smile on your Valentine’s face….and so easy to make.

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Show the love with these Thumbprint Mason Jars

 

Celebrating with a group?  Why not have a mimosa bar?  This is super easy and a great way to Up Your Game. Super easy what you’ll need:

Champagne, Variety of juices, Fruit, Glasses and Jars/Carafes

And don’t forget some cute decor….like this one from TomKatStudio.com

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If baking is your thing, try these amazing Red Velvet Brownies, pretty, festive and yummy from AverieCooks.com

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Another kid-friendly idea from b-inspiredmama.com Heart-Shaped Pizza!  We love this idea, many of us have kids and with Valentine’s Day falling in the middle of the week it’s hard to get out and celebrate.  So your kids (and you) will love this simple and easy dinner.

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Celebrating your last Valentine’s Day as an engaged couple? Love coffee?  These mugs are perfect!  From Etsy.

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Whether you are celebrating alone, with your kids, with your significant other or however you celebrate we want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day.  We hope that everyone gets some yummy chocolate, coffee or whatever your little heart desires.

Until next time

Heidi, Meg, Grace, and Dee Dee

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A Double Wedding Weekend A&F Style| Always and Forever Wedding & Event Planning

This past weekend (8/6 and 8/7) we had the pleasure of having an awesome wedding for Megan and Mike at The Hangar at Candlelight Farms in New Milford and then we jetted up to Boston for Kyla and Richard’s big day at the Codman Estate.

To give you a glimpse of our Wild Wedding Weekend here are some stats:

  • Two weddings plus 3 pre-wedding meetings with 3 other couples
  • One couple from CT
  • One couple from Brooklyn
  • 38,554 steps walked
  • 469 miles driven
  • A gaggle of witches
  • A handleful of vendors
  • 325 guests
  • 4 swollen feet
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Our feet the end of night 1…stuffed piggies
  • 2 dirty and smelly feet
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The dirt in our ankles; no Photoshop here…day #2
  • One scrapped knuckle (not bad for us)
  • 350 gallons of water in the luxury potty
  • 2 Milky Way Darks (yes the only kind now that we are addicted to)
  • 70 – the number of times I lost of my phone
  • 1 sip of terrible tea
  • 18 Diet Cokes
  • 73 Gallons of Water
  • 2 Episodes of Naked and Afraid (Meg how have you not seen this before)
  • 21 – the number of times I couldn’t find my keys
  • 6lbs lost via sweat
  • 6lbs gained via junk food consumed at 11pm
  • 17 – the number of # we came up with during this epic weekend
  • 0 – the number of seconds it took Meg to fall asleep (seriously, not fair)
  • 1 Radio Flyer Wagon
  • LOTS and LOTS of LAUGHS……
  • And we did it all again the next weekend……

Until Next time your team (and we will have prettier photos we promise)

Heidi, Meg, Taylor and Grace

Weddings Steps Bridal Show A Success | Premiere Wedding Planners and Corodinators for Connecticut/MASS/RI and Westchester County, NY

I can remember back when I was planning my wedding. The excitement of walking into a bridal show was overwhelming. I remember feeling nervous about talking  to all the vendors and excited seeing all their wonderful ideas showcased. I remember the time it took to fill out all those forms to receive follow up information ( why didn’t I think of labels back then?) and who can forget how heavy your bag gets!  You need an entourage to help nowadays!

Yesterday was very much the same, except I was on the other side of the table.

Yesterday we were at the beautiful Waterview in Monroe. The show was  sponsored by Weddings Steps, and let me say, they know how to do it! Wonderful pre-show media campaign, organized set up, name tags to identify the brides, a great fashion show, and well orchestrated door prize raffle . The really overlooked nothing and it was a pleasure to be a part of it.

We saw so many brides; over 250 attended. They ran the gamut of emotions and it was great to see the excitement and all the beautiful rings! We met a bride that had planned her wedding in 18 days and was looking for a few final touches and  a few brides that were taking their time and carefully making their decisions for 2014 weddings. We booked appointments with a brides that are getting married in a month and are a little stressed and a mother of the bride that just wants it all to be perfect!  It was great to talk to so many people.

We were very lucky to find a little time to meet some new vendors and to chat with some old friends. One of our show neighbors was the very talented Diane Gaudett from Custom Floral Designs in Newtown. We were so fortunate to have all this beauty to look at all day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We spent some time in the photo booth at The DJ Network table, we will spare you the embarrassing pictures, but our buddy Sam convinced us it was a good idea!

We are looking forward to connecting  with all the brides we spoke to yesterday and explain more of our services and how we can help them execute an amazing day!  For those of you who have never been to bridal show, we highly recommend attending at least one.  If not for anything but to sample the cakes, cupcakes, and champagne.

HEIDI