January 21, 2015

5 Tips to Help You Plan Your Honeymoon

Choosing what to do for you honeymoon may be a little overwhelming.  Here are five things to consider when deciding on where to go.

  • Create a New Adventure - When deciding on a honeymoon location, choose a place you haven't visited. Think of all the fun you will have by exploring a new place together.  This is a great beginning for your new life as a married couple.
  • Rest and Relaxation is Key - After spending, on average, a year planning your wedding, you are going to have one thing on your mind...relaxing.  Once you come off of the adrenaline high from your wedding, you'll be so exhausted that you will appreciate the down time.  Choose a location that will allow for some relaxation especially in the first days of your honeymoon.
  • Get your passport now - Don't limit yourself by not having a valid passport.  Having your passport already in hand, opens up your options for honeymoon destinations.
  • Choose a location that fits your personality - You can go off recommendations from friends but the decision should really be focused around you and your significant other.  Are you adventurous?  Are you both foodies?  Are you beach people?  Are you into water sports?  All of these will factor into the decision you make and just because a location worked for one of your friends, it doesn't mean that it will work for you.
  • Get insured - There are so many things that can go wrong when you're traveling.  Travel insurance offers a layer of protection that helps you relax should anything happen.
~Emmanuela

January 12, 2015

6 Tips for Bridal Show Success

{Photo Credit: Perfect Wedding Guide}

Shortly after getting engaged, some couples will think about attending a bridal show.  For those that may not be familiar, bridal shows are events in which wedding professionals host booths to showcase their products and services to newly engaged couples.  These are typically great events to attend because you get to meet a variety of wedding professionals in a short period of time.  You will be able to ask questions and in many cases book your vendors right at the bridal show.  This process, however, can sometimes be a little overwhelming for people so I wanted to share some advice to make your attendance at a bridal show a productive one.
  • Communication - Set up a wedding specific email address.  You will be added to numerous email lists so you want to make sure that you have a way to manage it so that it doesn't clog up your regular email account.  
  • Be Open - Stop by booths of wedding professionals that you might not have considered.  You might end up finding someone that you absolutely love.  
  • Be Prepared - Most bridal shows will include a list of participating vendors on their website. Be sure to check out the vendors that will be attending.  Visit their websites and create a list of the vendors that you definitely want to talk to at the show.  Bring forms of payment in order to make deposits with any vendor that you would like to lock in for your big day.
  • Don't Go Alone - Your future partner, mother, siblings, or honor attendants, are all appropriate people to think about bringing to the show with you.  They can help keep you organized and focused on what you need to accomplish at the show.
  • Be Honest - If you're not interested in a particular vendor, tell them.  You will save yourself as well as the wedding professional valuable time.  Trust me....you will not be hurting their feelings since they would rather spend their time talking to someone that is genuinely interested in their services.
  • Follow-up - Take notes when you can at the bridal show.  Follow up with the wedding professionals that you would like to meet with by calling them within a week after the show.  Be sure to respond to wedding professionals that reach out to you, even if it's to say that you are no longer interested.

~Emmanuela

January 01, 2015

The First 4 Things to Do When You Get Engaged

{Photo Credit: AshMill Photography}

Did you know that over 30% of engagements for the year take place between Thanksgiving and New Years?  It's the time frame that wedding professionals affectionately call "engagement season".  If you are one of these newly engaged couples, Congratulations!  Getting engaged is such an exciting time but after a few weeks, the high starts to wear off and panic starts to settle in.  You've never been married before so you start to worry about how to start planning the day you've been dreaming about all of your life.  Take a deep breathe and relax.  Here are my recommendations for the three things you should do first in the planning process.
  1. The first thing to do is enjoy this special time in your life.  Getting engaged is an exciting time that goes by fast so relish in the time that you have as fiancés. Do the things that you normally enjoy doing, day dream about the future, and just take in everything before wedding planning starts to consume everything.
  2. The next thing to do is figure out a budget for your wedding. Sit down with your new fiancé and discuss what you can realistically spend on a wedding. You'll also want to talk to your parents to see if there are any areas of the wedding budget that they'd like to contribute to.  This is an essential part of the planning process since it will impact everything that you choose from the venue to your dress and flowers and everything in between. 
  3. The third thing you need to do is have a conversation about the number of guests you'd like to have at the wedding.  The number of guests you have directly impacts the budget. The both of you should develop a preliminary list of people you'd like to invite. The number of people you invite is directly related to your food costs and your venue selection since you need to be able to accommodate the number of guests.  Another thing to keep in mind is that food for your wedding can take up to 40% of your budget so choose who you want to invite wisely. 
  4. Thirdly, think about the wedding location as far as the city and venue. What overall theme and feel do you want to incorporate in your wedding? Ask yourself the following questions: What will your colors be? What flowers and other elements do you want to use to create your vision? What time of the year do you want to get married?  Once you have an idea of these things, then you should start researching and visiting venues.  Be sure to consider those venues that match your wedding theme and do not compete with your color scheme.  One thing to remember is the fact that you do not have a wedding date until you've placed a deposit with a venue.  Just because you like April 27, 2016 for a wedding date doesn't mean that your dream venue will be available on that date so don't share your wedding date until you've firmed up everything with the venue.
These few things will get you started on a path to successfully planning your special day.  If the process starts to get overwhelming, Precious Occasions is here to help you get back on track and create the wedding of your dreams.

~Emmanuela

December 15, 2014

Recap: Sandals Mega Fam Trip

Two weeks ago, I had the honor of attending a Sandals Mega Fam Trip where I visited three islands in three days.  During this trip, I had the opportunity to visit the Sandals properties on Exuma, Bahamas and Antigua as well as the Beaches property on Turks and Caicos.  Sandals and Beaches are both all inclusive resorts however, Sandals are couples only and Beaches is for the whole family. 

I had such a great time attending this Fam trip and look forward to helping my clients plan amazing trips (honeymoons, anniversaries, etc.) to a Sandals and/or Beaches resort.  Please see some other photos and a video of my Sandals Fam Trip shenanigans. Enjoy!

Exuma

Exuma is one of 700 islands that make up the Bahamas.  I've had the pleasure of visiting 4 islands of the Bahamas but not Exuma.  If you're looking for a true getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Sandals in Exuma (Sandals Emerald Bay) is a great option.  There are 7 restaurants, access to a Greg Norman-designed golf course, a 7000 square foot spa among other things.










Turks and Caicos


I had the opportunity to get a tour of Turks and Caicos by a family friend and it was absolutely beautiful.  There are many things to do and places to shop on the island.  During my visit to the island, I stayed at Beaches Turks and Caicos which has something for everyone.  There's a waterpark for all ages, Sesame Street characters roaming around the resort and even night parades, 19 restaurants, 5 pools, and 12 miles of beautiful beach.






Antigua

I was so looking forward to visiting Antigua however, it was pouring when we arrived which effected the ability to tour the resort.  From what I was able to see, it was beautiful.  I even met a couple who got married at the resort and were currently honeymooning.  They absolutely loved it. 







All three of these properties are perfect for a destination wedding, honeymoon, or family vacation.  Call me to find out how.


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Beaches Turks and Caicos






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November 24, 2014

Precious Occasions is featured on Style Unveiled

I'm so excited to share that Precious Occasions has been recently featured on Style Unveiled.  I had the pleasure of working with an amazingly talented group of wedding professionals to plan an inspirational shoot that was inspired by the movie, The Hunger Games.  

Below are a couple of shots from the shoot as well as the list of the vendors.  Style Unveiled loved the shoot so much that they actually decided to split it into two blog posts.  To see both posts, visit http://styleunveiled.com/hunger-game-inspired-food/ and http://styleunveiled.com/hunger-games-wedding-ideas/.  Enjoy!



South Florida Wedding Planner, Precious Occasions, Hunger Games

South Florida Wedding Planner, Precious Occasions, Hunger Games




Credits:
Event Design:  Precious Occasions
Photography:  Jamilah Photography
Floral Decor:  J Morgan Flowers
Cinematographer:  Key Moment Films
Groom’s Attire:  Southern Formals
Bride and Bridesmaid Attire:  Bacio Bacio Bridal
Desserts:  Johnson’s Custom Cakes
Hair and Makeup:  DMD Artistry
Venue:  Delaire Country Club
Stationery:  The Invitation Lounge
Linen Rentals:  Over the Top Rental Linens
Rentals Items:  Hitched Event Rentals
Models: Jessica Hernandez, Daphna More, and Willy Meyer


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