Events by Divine Creations | May 2009
Events by Divine Creations

In the News...

by Valerie DiVecchio 29. May 2009 15:18
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Monday morning on Fox 13 Good Day Tampa Bay, I will be interviewed live on television!  The segment will be about 3.5 minutes long and we will be discussing different ways to save money during the recession when planning your wedding.  I've got some great tips to share! 

So tune in Monday morning about 7:45 and watch! 

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The Wrong Kind of Wedding Planner...

by Valerie DiVecchio 25. May 2009 16:39
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I was able to relax over this nice, long, three day Memorial Day weekend - a rare thing in this industry.  I was finally able to catch up on some shows that have been piling up on the Tivo.  I know, I know... what a waste of a weekend, right?!  So anyway, I was watching the season finale of Ghost Whisperer and much to my dismay, there it was... the "stereotypical" wedding planner. 

So for those of you who don't watch the show, let's back up.  Melinda was married to Jim.  Jim was shot and killed, but instead of crossing over, his spirit jumped into the body of another guy who died, Sam.  So now Jim is Sam and for most of the season, Jim had no memory of his old life.  And then, poof, after Sam has a near death experience, Sam thinks he is Jim again, but yet looks like Sam.  So now that Sam, er Jim, remembers Melinda and their love for each other, they are getting married again because Jim looks like Sam.  Confused yet?

Now to the point I was trying to make... Melinda's mother hires her a wedding planner as a gift.  Great gesture, except that this guy - who by the way calls himself the ambassador of love - shows up and the first thing he says is "don't worry about a thing, it's my wedding now".  Yikes!  What the heck is that all about??  So if there are any people out there who think that is what a wedding planner is all about, let me set the record straight.

If you meet any wedding planner - or any vendor for that matter - who wants to take over your wedding, run - do not walk - away as fast as you can!  I've been in this business over twelve years and I would never dream of taking over.  From the initial consultation, I make it very clear that the couple makes all of the decisions themselves, I am there to offer guidance and advice based on my experience and expertise.  I assist with making my clients' dream come true because it is their wedding day - not mine!

Unfortunately television loves to put a spin on things, that's after all what makes people tune in.  I just wish someone would make these shows a little more realistic.  So if there are any TV execs out there listening... I'm available for a consultation!

The Perfect Height

by Valerie DiVecchio 22. May 2009 15:47
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When picking out a wedding cake, it is much like picking out a work of art.  That cake will be in the spotlight, as well as MANY of your photographs.  But how tall is too tall and how short is too short?

General rule of thumb is that if your venue has a high ceiling, you can have height on your cake as well, but only if you have enough people so that the number of servings is proportionate.  Obviously, you don't want a six tier wedding cake if you only have 100 guests... unless you want to eat cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner until your first anniversary!  Any great bakery can tell you how many servings each tier feeds, and if you want to add height, but not necessarily an enormous amount of cake, consider placing fresh flowers in between each layer.  You can also have a topper that adds some height, as well as a cake riser. 

Now let's say you are having a small to medium sized wedding reception, or that your venue has normal height ceilings where a tall cake would look awkward.  You may only need two or three tiers on the cake (assuming that you plan to keep and freeze the top tier).  This is perfectly fine too.  There is one very important thing to consider if you or your fiance(e) is tall however.  Make sure that your cake is place at least as high as your line of sight.  A cake riser is a great solution here as well.  What you want to avoid is all of the pictures being taken of the top of your head as you cut the cake.  This way the camera catches your smiling faces instead!

Here are some examples of cakes from weddings I have planned:

          

Yummy Centerpieces

by Valerie DiVecchio 19. May 2009 16:40
Share on FacebookWhat to do with all of those leftover centerpiece flowers after the party is over?  Sure, your house will smell great for a couple of days, but you'll also be picking up fallen petals and changing out some icky water in the vases.  Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge flower lover and advocate, but what about edible centerpiece as an alternative?  There are several companies that make arrangements out of fruit, vegetables and even chocolate (yum!) which are not only attractive as a centerpiece, but they can also double as dessert or a great snack when the evening kicks into high gear and the desire for munchies also kick in.  In today's economy, we're all looking for ways to save, and for a small party, this is a great solution!

4 Seats Left!

by Valerie DiVecchio 18. May 2009 10:13
Share on FacebookJust a reminder that our free educational seminar will be held this Wednesday, May 20th at the Divine Creations studio from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for brides and grooms who are not working with a wedding planner to get some guidance and advice from an expert in the field.  Absolutely no cost to attend!  Simply call 813-839-5824 or e-mail info@tampaeventplanner.com to reserve your seat.

Dealing with Stress

by Valerie DiVecchio 13. May 2009 10:31
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Let's face it... planning a special event, particularly a wedding or bar/bat mitzvah, can be very stressful.  Lots of decisions to make, appointments to go on, and as each day passes sometimes it seems like the things to do list can get longer as the time gets closer.  So how do you deal with the stress so not to lose your mind?  Well, everyone has to find their own solution.  For some it may be putting their event planner on speed dial (me!) as one client told me yesterday, for others it may be going to the gym and taking it out on the treadmill or weights, and for me it's yoga.

I discovered yoga about eight months ago.  My sister has been an advocate for yoga for a very long time, and she finally convinced me to give it a try.  It's not easy and sometimes I wonder what I must look like to an observer, but the great thing about yoga is that you learn to listen to your own body and you leave self-judgment at the door.  I know, I know... easier said than done!  But if you stick with it, it really does get easier.  It's one hour a week, or if you're lucky twice a week, that you get to concentrate on you and attempt to leave all of the worries, stresses and distractions behind.  I say "attempt" because for me that's the hardest part of doing yoga.  Although I found that it does get easier to do that because if you are standing on one foot, with the other in the air and nothing to hang onto... you will topple over if you lose your focus.   Been there, done that!

I strongly recommend to anyone embarking on a life changing adventure that he/she find a way to help alleviate the stress - whatever it may be.  And if yoga might be your thing, I have a great instructor located in South Tampa who offers a complimentary first-time class to see if it may or may not be a fit for you.  Send me an e-mail and I'm more than happy to provide you with her contact information!

Patterns That Pop!

by Valerie DiVecchio 11. May 2009 10:48
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That's right... bright, colorful patterns are making a come back in a big way!  Checkered, polka-dotted, damask, even themed prints are becoming very popular.  Using them as an overlay on your guest tables can instantly perk up a room.  According to The Knot, one of the best parts about this trend is that it lets you throw around a lot of different colors, but still keep a cohesive look and feel.  From your invitations to your table linens, picking a pattern that pops will surely leave a lasting impression!

 

Stick To What You Know...

by Valerie DiVecchio 5. May 2009 10:27
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At the April seminar, one of the brides who attended confided with the group that she was indeed working with a wedding planner.  I was a little surprised because why come to the seminar if you have hired someone to personally guide you through the process?  Well, come to find out her "wedding planner" (and I use that term loosely) was also her caterer.  And if that wasn't bad enough, this person does not have a commercial kitchen... she cooks out of her home!  I don't know about you, but I don't think those two things are even remotely connected.  In fact, I can plan an excellent event, but you would not want me anywhere near the kitchen... just ask my husband!  And obviously the same could be said about her "planner"... this person is the sole reason why the bride has had to postpone her wedding!

So that got me to thinking about the businesses that are out there who offer multiple services, and some of which are not really connected at all.  Wouldn't you want to hire someone who focuses 100% of their time on being the best at what they do?  But if they do 3 totally separate things, obviously their attention and experience is split.  Yes, I know those are the companies that claim they can save you lots of money, but remember what mama used to say, "you get what you pay for".  Sometimes those "savings" are more expensive than you ever imagined when it means to have to hire another caterer, resend invitations and postpone your entire wedding.

Educational Seminar a Success!

by Valerie DiVecchio 4. May 2009 12:40
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I'm pleased to report that our first educational seminar was a great sucess!  There were four people present and we had a great time.  It was wonderful to have brides who were at different stages of their wedding planning - all the way from just getting engaged through their wedding being in about three months.  On the questionnaire forms that were provided at the end of the seminar, comments for the question "what did you like best" included "everything", "there was a lot of good information" and "it was very light hearted; it was great". 

So back by popular demand, our next free educational Wedding Planning 101 seminar will be held on May 20th from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Divine Creations studio in South Tampa.  Seating is limited so if you, or someone you know, is interested, please be sure to call 813-839-5824 or e-mail info@tampaeventplanner.com to reserve a seat!

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