ALL THINGS WEDDINGS
A TALE OF TWO WEDDINGS
Nothing gets the world talking about weddings more than one between members of the royal family. And this year, there are actually two on the horizon – the April wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and the July union between Zara Phillips, Princess Anne’s daughter, and Michael Tindall.
The media has been speculating on the differences between the two ceremonies. Certainly the venues have a lot to do with it…one is at Buckingham Palace in London and the other at the Holyrood House in Edinburgh, Scotland. But the personalities of each couple will really determine the look and feeling of each event. We are getting details in drips and drabs as I write this, but you can be sure that by the time both are over there isn’t much we won’t know about the weddings!
While I love a wedding, especially a royal one, I also worry that every bride will be asking for a version of what Kate wore or what Zara served. While I get it, that big events like this set trends, it’s important to point out to these brides that the royals of this generation are breaking with tradition and putting their own personalities on their weddings.
For instance, Kate has opted not to have a carriage and William is not going to wear a wedding band. They might not sound like it, but trust me, these are huge breaks with tradition in England! Personality, education … all go into interpreting who the couple is. What we do is more than logistics. It’s using our instincts to find the personality and express it, down to the most subtle of details like how the invitation is worded.
And, although Kate and William don’t know it, in the wee hours of April 29 myself and three WIPA members from across the nation will offer our regional interpretation of who they are and what they might serve if they were getting married in Los Angeles, Houston, Pittsburgh or Charlotte! We are each planning a tabletop and menu and watching the wedding together via Skype.
In this case we will never know if our instincts led us to correctly express who William and Kate are, but we will have some fun trying. And I know that the new designs and culinary creations that come out of that day and that we will share with each other and you will please our own “royal” clients.
No matter how you are celebrating the upcoming wedding at the end of this month, you can celebrate the fact that it has brought more attention to the wedding profession as a whole and then it happens all over again in July. We love a wedding (times two)!
Good Gracious! Events / 2010-2011 WIPA President
WIPA'S MAY MEETING
Style Me Entrepreneur
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Event & Sales Manager
301 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
11:00 AM Registration and Hors D'oeuvres
12:00 Noon Speaker
1:15 PM Luncheon
2:15 PM “Face to Face" – a time to connect, meet and share ideas on the speaker’s topic
Presented by Global Gourmet Catering
Tiny Thai Tombo Tuna Taco
D'Anjou Pear Cups with Pt. Reyes Blue Cheese Mousse, Port Gelee and Candied Pecans
Duck and Fig: Duck Confit, Fig Jam and Blue Cheese in Puff Pastry
Crispy Fried Chicken Breast atop a Buttermilk Waffle Bite
With Sausage Gravy and Maple Syrup
Freshly Shucked West Coast Oysters on the Half Shell
Paired with Passion Fruit Mimosa Sorbet and Bloody Mary Sorbet
Prepared Tableside on an Ice Block
Presented by Elaine Bell Catering
Fava Bean Salad With Pecorino Cheese
Red Beet Vinaigrette
Shrimp Marinated With Lemon Oregano Olive Oil
Chunks Of Reggiano Parmigiano Cheese
Dry Cured Black Olives With Orange Rind And Rosemary
Parmesan Bread Sticks And Italian Rustic Breads
Grilled Salmon With Shaved Fennel, Black Pepper And Orange Rind
Pavlova With Chocolate Sorbet And Fresh Berries
Garnished With A Chocolate Stick And Micro Mint
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Success leaves clues. At this session you will hear from a speaker who has become a hands-on detective in finding those clues. David Hauser has created several successful startups in the cut-throat world of technology start-ups. What he's learned applies to all types of industries, the competitive wedding profession being no different.
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David was born and raised in New York City.
Non-Member Fees are:
$55 By April 26
$70 After April 26
Members Fees are:
$40 By April 26
$55 After April 26
A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS
Event & Sales Manager
301 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Catering – Hors D'oeuvres
Global Gourmet Catering
1030 Illinois Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Catering – Luncheon
Elaine Bell Catering
776 Technology Way
Napa, CA 94558
1 Simms Street, Suite 100
San Rafael, CA 94901
La Tavola Linen
2655 Napa Valley Corporate Drive
Napa, CA 94558
A/V, Event Design, Lighting
The Lux Productions
Tom Durante/ Gillian Shipman
22674 Broadway, Suite B
Sonoma, CA 95476
Classic Party Rentals
Leah De Guzman
1635 Rollins Road, Suite A
Burlingame, CA 94010
862 De Haro Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
The Poetry Store
2491 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Images by Misti Layne
411A Brannan Street, #5
San Francisco, CA 94118
Hatfield & Walker
467 Dellbrook Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94080
The Card Lady
4250 Verdigris Circle
San Jose, CA 95134
Thank you to our co-chairs for this event:
Dina Balatti, Bella Celebrations and Isabelle Adams, Bonjour Isabelle
WELCOME OUR NEWEST MEMBERS
WIPA would like to welcome and thank our newest Members for joining and supporting such a wonderful association, as we continue to expand across the Nation! We would like to highlight what it is that makes them "Wedding Industry Professionals!"
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Petersen Automotive Museum is located in the heart of Los Angeles’ famed Miracle Mile district on museum row. We have 5 different events venues under 1 roof, and can host an event from 8 to 2000.
Floral Sense LLC
940 S. Calle Venado
Anaheim, CA 92807
Floral Sense is an event styling and floral design studio for wedding and special events dedicated to high design and the pursuit of sustainability.
The Knot is the Internet's most-trafficked one-stop wedding planning solution. Founded in 1996 to offer a much-needed alternative to the white-gloved, outdated advice of the available etiquette experts, The Knot has quickly become America's leading wedding brand reaching out to millions of engaged couples each year through our award-winning website, books, magazines, and broadcast offerings.
Premiere Party Rents
12100 Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Premiere Party Rents is where customer services needs meets excellence. We aim to provide for your every rental need and produce the event you have envisioned at an excellent price! For the quality rentals you desire and personalized attention you deserve, Premiere Party Rents is your partner and number one rental resource.
Rrvire Works, Inc.
2035 E. Vernon Ave.
Vernon, CA 90058
For twenty years, Rrivre Davies and the artisans at Rrivre Works Inc. have been creating distinctive spaces for events of all types. All work is done in-house, where ideas become high-end furnishings, drapery, cabanas and props, expertly assembled and installed for a truly customized environment: a dream come true for the most discerning bride.
Davis Imperial Cleaners
3325 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659
Davis Imperial Cleaners, a certified environmental drycleaner is a 5-star certified couture cleaner™. Providing pick up and delivery service to Chicago’s most prestigious residents, Davis is referred by Chicago’s premier bridal boutiques, event planners, luxury retailers and hotels since 1956. Davis offers an extensive menu of museum quality pre and post wedding gown services.
132 S. Avenida Lysanne
Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
Mission Visual is an event documentary film company in Orange county using traditional film-making to make new and original wedding films.
The Gerry Rothschild Band
P.O. Box 691
Alta Dena, CA 91001
The Gerry Rothschild Band provides all the music for your wedding with skill and style. From jazz to rock, ceremony to dance, we’ll play what you want to hear. Music custom built for you. With combos tailored to fit the scale of any function, we’ve got your music.
WEDDING INDUSTRY & TRADESHOW NEWS
Pat Gibbons, Owner of Pat Gibbons Floral Designs, was a featured designer for the 27th annual “Bouquets to Art” fundraiser, benefiting the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Pat joined other florists and garden club members in filling the halls of the DeYoung Museum with colorful floral interpretations of the museum’s artworks. Pat’s selection was a statue of Venus, for which she used swirls of calla lilies, orchids and flax in her design for this prestigious event.
WIPA Founding Member, Owen Kirschner, President of Major League Music, provided the featured musicians for the “Royal Bride, Finale” episode of My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. The Romance Plus Chamber Orchestra, a 12-piece ensemble of strings, grand harp and woodwinds performed as guests arrived for the ceremony. Adding a royal touch were four costumed herald trumpeters from the Fanfares d’Elegance.
Major League Music is also sending the Fanfares d’Elegance trumpeters and the So Cal-based Musique Sur La Mer Orchestra to London, to perform a special “Royal Wedding Tribute Concert” at the Royal College of Music, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall on May 1st. Ticket sales from the concert will benefit the Soup Kitchen at the American Church of London, a vital resource for the homeless, impoverished and lonely in central London.
Carol Rosen, CSEP, WIPA Director of Certification and Owner of Party Designs by Carol, took a wonderful trip to Argentina in March. Among the many tourist attractions, she went to a flea market in the San Telmo antiques district of Buenos Aires. Lo and behold.... she found wedding dresses! And in the airport, of all places, Carol also saw a wonderful “fashion show” of innovative gowns.
Joyce Scardina Becker will be the featured speaker at two upcoming meetings of the International Special Events Society. On April 19, at a meeting of the Napa-Sonoma Chapter of ISES, Joyce will discuss “Prenups for Industry Pros – Navigating the Legal Labyrinth of Vendor Contracts.” And on May 13, Joyce will give a presentation on “Picture Perfect Ways to Publicize Your Business” to the ISES New Orleans Chapter.
MEETING RECAP: BLACK AND WHITE AND GOLF GREENS
The weather was perfect as we drove up the winding drive to Maderas Golf Club, a beautiful Mediterranean venue located near San Diego. The program began at a grassy, front courtyard area overlooking expanses of freshly mown lawn. My thoughts of picking up golf, or at least rolling down one of those hills, were happily interrupted by a waiter offering beautiful fresh fruit skewers.
Everyone had embraced the theme of the day’s session – “Protecting Your Brand: Black and White Rules or Shades of Gray.” Can you guess we were there to hear
a lawyer who specializes in the wedding industry? People were dressed in black, white and gray as was the lounge furniture. Even the food, provided by the club, got into the act with tray-passed black (chocolate) and white (vanilla) miniature donuts. Perfection with a cappuccino!
Fueled with that breakfast of champions, the group assembled inside to hear from Katy Carrier of Carrier & Associates. Her talk was divided into three sections – trademarks, copyright law and social media issues. Katy went into depth on trademark laws – your brand in the marketplace. While it’s good to know all the information she put forth, most agreed that with the amount of gray area involved hiring a lawyer for this would be the best way to ensure total protection. Plus, her firm even monitors your brand for further peace of mind.
After lunch Katy and a small group met outside in another lounge area for a Face to Face session of questions and answers. This gave attendees more individual attention for their questions and a time to network. Others took off for tours of the golf club, a beautiful venue for weddings … and this WIPA meeting.
Thanks to all our generous sponsors: Maderas Golf Club, Kathy Wright and Company, PurDigital Entertainment, Brett Charles Rose Photography, kool. Party Rentals, Old Town Trolley, BBJ Linen, ePod Talking Photobooth, Pink Star Design Invitation, Ashley Video Productions, Classic Party Rentals, White Wedding Day Events.
Hot Topics by Liese Gardner
This month celebrity wedding planner (and WIPA Leadership Advisory Board member) Marcy Blum started a lively debate on Facebook with this comment:
“I realize this isn't earth shattering, but why in the world do magazines do this? It makes brides think a fabulous wedding should cost $300 - $400. New York magazine’s new wedding issue with all sorts of clever ideas for "inexpensive" weddings has a gorgeous bride on the cover and she's wearing a $13,000 Oscar De La Renta dress and $64,000 earrings!”
One of many responses came from Wendy Hartigan of Wendy’s Affairs of the Heart in Philadelphia. It seems to sum it up for all … “The bottom line is this -- being the bride only happens once in a lifetime -- even if you marry more than once. So, BE THE BRIDE! Have a wedding, be reasonable and hire the people who will make your day perfect. You CAN'T do it yourself! And, the people who make their living making your day perfect are MAKING THEIR LIVING! You need us. You should have us. We will work with you and your budget. But, we don't give it away! FYI -- neither does David Tutera! That is TELEVISION!
What are your thoughts? Post them on WIPA’s Facebook page
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If you have an idea or story to share, tell us about it!
WIPA, we need your input to tell us what you and your colleagues are discussing so we can bring it to the forefront at WIPA meetings and address it together as WIPA professionals. You matter, your feedback matters so we can educate our wedding industry, other event professionals, and most importantly, educate brides and the media as to what we have to say in accordance with our vision and mission and core values! We can't wait to hear from you! Please email your "Hot Topic Ideas" to your Education Director, Liese Gardner at email@example.com.