Sunday, December 26, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
The one thing that I love to do is to get together with my girlfriends. It is always most enjoyable when celebrating a significant event in one their lives. One such memorable event is a bridal shower. Nothing is more special than celebrating the start of a new begining- a blessed union. But other than the occasional male entertainment, most bridal parties do not know what type of activites to do during the shower. Well I am here to provide you with some fun activities to do during your next bridal shower.
Take a Picture: Again, not a game. This is another neat way to preserve the memory of the bridal shower. When guests arrive, take a picture of each guest with a digital camera or
a regular camera. Pass out decorative pieces of paper, like paper you may use for scrapbooking. Have the guests write advice for a solid marriage to the bride, etc. Make sure the guests sign their names. Collect the paper when everyone is done. You will then have a paper with advice on it and a picture of the guest who wrote the advice. Develop or print out the pictures. Find a photo book where you can put a picture on one side and the written advice on the other. Present it to your bride and groom at a later date. It is a really neat gift, full of advice from friends and family.
What’s She Saying: This game is a fun one! Pass out paper and pencil to the guests. Instruct them privately, to write down the bride’s reactions when she is opening each gift. After the shower is over,
share them with the bride, telling her that these are the things she will be saying on her wedding night, the first night of her honeymoon. You will most likely get statements from the bride such as these: What is this thing? How do I wear this? What do I use this for? Was this something I asked for? It is important to remember to not tell the bride what your guests are doing when they are writing down responses, or it may take away from the game!
Now if you want to play more spicier games at your shower, there are options such as Bridal Shower Panty Poem and Bridal Shower Candy Match Game. I will be more than willing to share the details of these games via email if you are interested in finding out more.
No matter what kind of games and activities are performed at the shower, it is important to remember that this day is all about the bride. As girlfriends, your job is to make the bride's day as memorable as possible!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
1. How did you get started in this industry?
My primary business is custom monogram dance floor decals. The great thing about decals is the many uses and surfaces they can be applied to. Along with my monogram dance floor decals, I also offer personalized wall decor, wine glasses, candles and votives, custom charger plates, and so much more. Many of my clients use the decals on mirrors, entry doors, windows and my DIY brides often use the decals on aisle runners. In addition to the decals, I still offer monogram design services and my newest products; flameless candle table numbers and personalized wooden hangers.
3. What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I love being a part of so many couples most memorable day of their marriage.
4. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I am a family person. I love spending time with my family. A huge factor in my decision to start my own company was so that I can be home more and give my family the love and attention they deserve.
Make sure to check Lauren and ten23 Designs by clicking on any of the following links:
Sunday, November 21, 2010
A new trend in wedding attire is bridal belts. They are the perfect accessory to the bridal gown. These belts can add flair to a simple a-line or modest wedding gown. They come in many different colors and designs. The trendy bride may purchase bridal belts at bridal vendors such as New Full Bloom Bridal, The Tiara Room, or Twig and Honey to name a few. The best part about the belts, is that they may be reused after the wedding with cocktail dresses or dress pants.
Friday, November 19, 2010
I do not know about you, but I love getting invited to events. Whether you recieve an invitation via postal mail or electronic mail, you must know the proper way to respond. RSVP is a French acronym for "Respondez S'il Vous Plait" which translates in English to mean please respond. There are so many different ways that you can reply to an invitation. This blog will aid you in replying to the host of the event the proper way.
1. Read the invitation. There should be instructions on how to reply to the invitation such as by telephone, email or postal mail. Less formal events typically note the RSVPs at the bottom of the invitation. Real formal events send a self-addressed, stamped RSVP card for you to answer and return via U.S. Mail
2. Pay close attention to the deadline. It is important that you adhere to this because party preparations are made based on the number of RSVP responses received. Do not wait until the day of the event and show up. That is poor etiquette and just plain rude.
3. If the invitation says "Regrets Only", you only need to RSVP if you can not attend the event. It is imperative that you contact the host if you will not be attending, as they will include you in the headcount otherwise.
4. Most importantly, do not respond "yes" to the RSVP and fail to show up. Only a matter of extreme emergency should hinder your attendance. It is simply bad etiquette.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
The one thing that I love is doing outdoor events. My nature in general is such that I do not like to be confined by walls. I recently went to a wine festival and was intrigued by some wine that I tasted from Kluge Estate Winery & Vineyard. After speaking with the proprietors, I learned that they are located in Charlottesville, VA tucked away in the Tucker mountains. As the conversation ensued, I shared that I was an event planner and was always looking for new venues to host events. The owners quickly told me how they host many weddings and other private events on the vineyard and would love for me to come and take a tour. The winery and vineyard sits on 900 acres of beautiful land along the ridgeline of the Blue Ridge mountains. This is a beautiful place to host an event (and the wine is not bad either). So if you have some time or are visiting the Charlottesville area, check out Kluge Winery and Vineyard.
Everyone that knows me understands my undying love for shoes and watches. While visiting one of my favorite retail websites, I came across these divine open toed ankle boots by Alexander McQueen. These shoes may be pre-ordered for the "modest" price of $1,375.00. Did I forget to mention that I have very expensive taste, lol? These sexy shoes have a 6" heel and camouflaged rear zipper. Although, I can not see myself dishing out the funds to purchase these shoes for myself, I will gladly take donations!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Thanksgiving is nearing and most people are preparing to share the festivities with family and friends. I don't know about you, but I get tired of the same old Thanksgiving table decor. I get tired of seeing the pumpkins and cornucopias as the main centerpieces on the table. I like to design tablescapes that are chic, yet still maintain the integrity of the occasion.
To make a chic Thanksgiving tablescape, try using candles in earth tone colors to illuminate the table. Also, you can use natural elements from outside such as leaves for the decor. Leaves can be used as part of the napkin holders or as fillers inside of vases. Nuts may also be used as fillers for vases with floating candles at the top.
Instead of using traditional white or eggshell colored plates, try spicing up the table with gold or pumpkin colored flatware. These colors will accent the earth tones and make the table pop!
There are so many different things that you can do to make your Thanksgiving tablescape veer from the norm. Just remember to not be afraid to experiment and have fun!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Whether for a wedding or any special event, the make-up artist (MUA) plays an integral role for the host or guest of honor. As the saying goes, IMAGE IS EVERYTHING! Here are a few questions that you should ask before retaining services of a MUA.
1. What is their background and how many events have they done?
2. What is the total cost and what does it include?
3. Is a trial run included? And if so, what happens during this time?
4. Where will the services be rendered (salon or your residence)?
5. How long will the services take?
6. Does the MUA have a replacement or back-up if they are unable to perform the services in case of an emergency?
7. Will they be available during the event for any touch-up needs? If so, will this be an additional fee?
Do not be afraid to ask these questions, as most professionals will be more than willing to discusses their packages. Remember, this is your event and your special time to shine. You want to make sure that YOU and your event are memorable!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Last year, I blogged about one of my favorite bakeries in New York called Eleni's. They are know for their unique designer cookies, but recently they have added personalized cookies and cupcakes to their repertoire. These goods are perfect for celebrating personal events as well as marketing for businesses. I played around with the design tool to see how their cupcakes would look with my company's logo on them. Let's just say that my order is on it's way! The cookies that I designed were pretty cute as well. I couldn't make up my mind as far as which ones I wanted to order, so I decided to wait a while before ordering them. As I states in my previous blog regarding Eleni's, their sweets are not for the faint at heart. A dozen of customized cupcakes will cost approximately $47.00/dozen while the cookies are priced at $5.00 each. The one thing that I can attest to is that their products truly taste as good as they look. So if you are looking for a memorable statement to make for your next event or marketing campaign, consider Eleni's!
The one thing that all businesses are constantly looking for is a way to become more popular and relevant. To maintain sustainability in the business world, you need to have as many fans of your service or product as possbile. But in order to stand out in the business world, you have to be innovative and have a digital presence. Most people will agree that we are currently living in a digital world. Trade publications are vastly being replaced by their online versions. Magazine and newspaper subscriptions are steadily becoming obsolete. With the push for digital media comes the need for more computer and mobile applications. One such application is the use of QR code. This unique bar code lets customers - and potential customers - instantly learn more about a business, by visiting a mobile version of the business. Many magazines, such as Get Married, and websites, such as Google Places, are utilizing this technology. The only thing that a person needs to utilize this code is a smartphone and a barcode reader on their phone. There are many difference QR does reader applications for smartphones. When you see a QR code, just use your phone to scan it and it will take you to the mobile version of the business or article that it is intended for. The above code is for my Google Places business page. Try it out and let us know what you think of this form of technology!
Friday, October 29, 2010
We recently planned a commitment ceremony in which one of the brides wore a black wedding gown. I was a little reluctant when she told me of her desired attire, but once I saw the gown I was awestruck. Tradition has always held the notion that a wedding gown must be a shade of white as it represents purity. But, more and more brides are shying away from tradition for their special day. Black is a very elegant color and can be successfully used for a bride's wedding attire. More and more designers, such as Enden Bridal, are flirting with black for their wedding collections. I tell my brides to not be afraid of color and embrace their own style. Look forward to seeing more and more wedding gowns in non-traditional colors.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Memorable Events by Apryl, LLC is pleased to announce the new location of our offices:
The Wells Fargo Center
440 Monticello Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23510
We look forward to servicing all of our past and future clients at our new location which is the heart of Downtown Norfolk's business district. As always, consultations are on an appointment basis only.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I am always looking for vendors and sites that make my business and personal life easier, but nothing makes me happier than finding a site that does both while helping me save money. Smarty Had A Party! is such a site. This company was a fellow contributor for an article that we recently worked on. Let's just say that I spent over two hours on the site. The site touts that it offers elegent disposable dinnerware but there is so much more to find there. Everything that you need for your event planning needs may be found on this site and the best thing about it is that you can purchase items wholesale. Please take a look at their site and discover why I consider it to be a Divine Find!
We recently had the pleasure of being a contributor for an article for Manitou Boats entitled "How to transform your pontoon boat into a floating party." The article touches on every aspect of a boat party from safety to cuisine. Please click the link here to read the article and tell us what you think!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
One of the most important aspects of any event is the photography. You will always have your memories of an event, but the pictures always provide a vivid reminder of the experience. There are some important questions that need to be asked before hiring a photographer for any event. I have compiled a list of questions that should be asked of all potential photographers before hiring them for your special day.
1. What type of photography do they specialize in?
2. What type of camera do they use?
3. Are they familiar with the venue (have they worked there before)?
4. Will they have an assistant with them?
5. How many photos come in each package?
6. How many shooting hours are included in each package?
7. Will they accept a list from you of preferred shots wanted?
8. Will they give you the negatives, and if so what is the charge?
9. Do they have liability insurance?
10. What attire will he/she be wearing?
Event photos are an investment that you do not want to take lightly. Make sure that you take out the time to research the photographer, obtain client reviews, and ask all of the pertinent questions. Remember, although the event may last for only one day, photographs are eternal- so make it memorable!
At some point in our lives, we have all heard the saying that "Image is Everything." Well, that is one of the most true statements that you will every hear in life, especially as a business owner. As a company, you can have the best product or service, but if without the proper visibility, marketing, and image your company will go into the same pile as other little known business gems. That is were public relations come in. Public Relations (PR) is all about reputation- that of your personal self and/or your company. It's the result of what you do, what you say, and what others say about you. It is used to garner trust and understanding between an organization and its various publics. Memorable Events by Apryl, LLC is not only an event planning company but we also specialize in the field of public relations. The services that we currently offer are:
*Writing (Press releases, brochures, biographies, etc.)
*Media Training (Newspaper, magazine, radio, television)
*Website assessment and revision
We would be pleased to sit down with you to discuss how we can take your company to the next level. Visit our website www.MemorableEventsbyApryl.com or call (888)542-1333 for more information.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Today we helped Melisa Skinner celebrate the upcoming arrival of her baby girl Aubrey at her "Hello Kitty" baby shower. We utilized almost every color that we could, which helped to make the atmosphere lively. The grandmother-to-be also kept with the theme by wearing a "Hello Kitty" shirt. The cake was prepared by The Baker's Soul. It was white almond with butter cream frosting. To say that the cake was good would be an understatement. The thing that I was most excited about was the "Hello Kitty" cookies that I ordered from Etsy. Melisa was very surprised to see the cookies as we had not previously discussed that.
The guests enjoyed playing games such as "The Baby's Price Is Right," "What's in the diaper?" and "Name that baby food." It is so funny to see adults cringe at the thought of tasting baby food, but yet do not hesitate to feed it to babies, lol. I made sure that I made that game difficult for them by purchasing the multi-flavored baby food.
Melisa had so many gifts that they all could not fit on the designated gift table. One thing is for sure, baby Aubrey will definitely be traveling in style.
I could go on and on about the shower because I love baby showersm but I will stop here. We offer much blessings to the soon to be parents and want to thank them again for allowing us to help make their day Memorable!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Memorable Events by Apryl, LLC is has made a lot of changes within the past year, but we are now embarking on some major changes. With any organization's growth, restructuring is a necessity. We started with our logo. Many of you have been with us through the ever-evolving changes of our logo. I think that I am FINALLY satisfied with the results. Another major change is that we are incorporating our public relations expertise within our business. It is something that we have done on a small level for friends and family who are business owners, but never solicited to the masses. There are so many exciting things that we will be sharing with you in the weeks to come! Stay tuned...
Monday, October 11, 2010
Yesterday, the former Valerie Jones married Marion Williams on what some may consider the luckiest day of the year- 10/10/10. The couple opted for an Asian themed wedding in the colors of gold and black. We accented those colors with white orchards and Chinese paper lanterns.
The couple did not hesitate to show their love of the Asian attire. During the ceremony, the couple wore black and white- the bride in a traditional Asian white sleeveless kung fu suit and the groom in a traditional tuxedo. During the reception, the couple did not hesitate to coordinate with the color scheme. They both changed into black and gold kung fu suits. By the end of the evening, they were both donning t-shirts that read "Married on 10-10-10."
The Williamses were a pleasure to work with as they knew exactly what they wanted and was not afraid to experiment non-traditional wedding decor. This is always a plus for me and it allows me to stretch my imagination!
Again, we congratulate Valerie and Marion on their special day and want to thank them for allowing us to help make their day memorable!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Yesterday, we had the honor of assisting Bridget Semones and Tonya Powell in making their commitment ceremony memorable. The couple has been together for 5 years and finally decided to formally celebrate their partnership in front of family and friends.
The ceremony was held at Earlyhouse Plantation in Louisa, VA underneath the naturally adorned gazebo. The theme was rainbow, which was incorporated with the bridal party wearing Chuck Taylor sneakers in the colors of the rainbow.
This couple was such a joy to work with, and we wish them much success and blessings in the years to come.
We would like to thank Dana Briggs of Elegantly Yours Events for assisting us with this wedding, she helped to ensure that induced her touch of elegance!
To see more photos from this event, click here.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Yesterday, we held our 1st annual Swizzle Stick Social, an event designed for young ladies between the ages of 6-12 years of age intended to promote self-development, sisterhood, and community service. We had 37 young ladies in attendance and look forward to increasing that number for next year!
We would like to say a special thank you for the following sponsors, participants, and volunteers for helping to make this day such a success:Favors by Dorinda, Ten23 Designs, Elegantly Yours Events, Balanced Harmony Massage, LLC, Yours Truly Couture, LLC, Lashes by Toya, LLC, Light of the World Christian Fellowship, M & A Professionals, LLC, Hi 5 Balloons & Candy, Stampin' Up!, Gregory Pitts, Jill Anwaar, Stephanie Stockdale, The Baker's Soul, Miss Hampton Roads- Ashley C. Smith, The Baker's Soul, Joy Lewis, Haven Burse, Cynthia Roseman, and Latoya Hamock.
To view pictures from the event, please click here.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
The final day to register your little girl for the Swizzle Stick Social is Saturday, September 4, 2010. This is one event that you do not want to miss! Please visit www.SwizzleStickSocial.com for more details!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Yesterday, we had the priviledge of helping to make the former Talesha McKinney's wedding to Marques Lee one of the most memorable days of her life! The couple were wed on the waterfront at the Bayside Enlisted Club on Langley AFB. They were joined by 150 of their relatives and closest friends. Please make sure to check out the website for more photos from this day by clicking here.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Yesterday we had the sincere honor and pleasure to orchestrate a surprise birthday party for Traci Selden. Her sister, who lives in Atlanta, wanted to do something very special for her that she would never suspect- and that she didn't! Traci was under the impression that she was going out of town for her birthday, but not without making a quick stop to a friend's engagement party. Traci was genuinely surprised to see her family and friends gathered, especially her two sisters who live in Atlanta and New York. This made the ruse of believing that she was leaving for a birthday getaway all the more bearable.
The color scheme for the party was chocolate and teal with accents of white. We incorporated a lot of candles and photos. I love using photos as a decor element and usually limit them to one or two per table. But, Traci's mother had so many pictures that she wanted us to use. It worked out very well! I believe that the multitude of photos added character to intimate table setting.
Please make sure that you check out more pictures from this event on our website by clicking the link here.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
This past weekend marked the first annual St. Mary's Academy reunion. St. Mary's Academy was the first predominately African-American Catholic school in Norfolk, VA. It's doors were opened from 1965-2002.
This was a very special event for as not only was on the planning committee, but I also attended the academy for my primary school education. It felt so good to see the former students and teachers! The highlight of my weekend, was seeing the nuns who helped to shape me into the woman that I am now. Although the nuns were caucasian, they stressed black pride to us students and made sure that we knew black history 12 months out of the year. It was a part of our everyday curriculum.
I really wish that some day St. Mary's Academy could reopen their doors, so that this generation could experience the education, history, and love that we had provided to us. But until then, we will continue to cherish the jewel of a school with reunions and socials.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Everyone loves an outdoor event! The natural floral beauty of a garden and the awe-inspiring seascape of a beach can transcend any ordinary event to extraordinary gala. There are some important factors to take into consideration when choosing outdoor venues for your events.
First, you must take into consideration the month that you would like to have your event. Spring and Summer months are the most popular, but one must consider weather conditions such as excessive heat and rain. You do not want to be rained out of your event; never less, have your guest sweating from excessive heat.
Second, you must consider the accessibility of the venue. How far will your guests have to travel to get to your event? Will handicapped and/or elderly guests be able to easily move within the venue? These are important things to consider when selecting an outdoor location for your events. You want to make sure that your venue is not going to serve as a major inconvenience for your guests to be able to participate.
There are many other things to consider when having an outdoor event, but they are all contingent upon the decisions you make based upon the factors above. Your planner and/or site coordinator is best suited to go over all of the important details of having an outdoor event. Your event professional will be able to make sure that your outdoor event will be as comfortable and memorable for you and your guests!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Registration is now open for the Swizzle Stick Social!!! Tickets are $10 per child which includes lunch, activities, and a swag bag. To register or for more information, please visit www.SwizzleStickSocial.com.
Friday, July 2, 2010
This past weekend was one of the busiest that we at MEBA have had in a while. Part of the weekend's events were the execution of the Ware baby shower. This is the first baby for the couple which should make his appearance in August. The theme of the shower was "King of the Safari." We incorporated the safari in almost every aspect of the decor- centerpieces (diaper cake), cake, and balloon colors of yellow, orange, & green, as well as hunter's netting that adorned the tables. After the guests enjoyed games and food, they retreated to the pool where the party ended.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Yesterday, we had the pleasure of helping the former Stephanie Ellis and Logan Tucker begin their journey "Up" together! The couple had a theme wedding based upon the Disney movie "Up." The reception incorporated many elements of the movie such as the picnic blankets, signature house, as well as balloons. The bridal party made the floating house centerpieces which were simplistic but made such a major statement about the theme. We send the newlyweds many well wishes and want to thank them again for allowing MEBA the opportunity to share in their special day!!!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Registration is now open for the Swizzle Stick Social!!! It is an event for adolescent girls between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. The purpose of the event is to promote sisterhood, self-growth, and community service among our young girls. The social will consist of lunch, workshops, guest speakers, and games. Space is limited, so make sure that you secure your daughter's spot and register now. For more information and/or to register, please visit www.SwizzleStickSocial.com.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
This past Friday, I celebrated my birthday with a host of family and close friends. I didn't want to have a party per se, as I am always at parties. I wanted to have something more intimate, yet still enjoyable. I opted to host a birthday dinner party at Still Wordly Ecclectic Tapas in Portsmouth, VA. Chef Mike helped me to create the ultimate menu for my guests, making sure that everyone's pallates were pleased to their liking. My birthday cake was created by Impressional Sweets in Hampton, Va. Everyone that knows me, knows that I have a serious shoe fetish. So, it was only fitting that I have my birthday reflect my heart's desire. You do not have to a have a big party to celebrate any event, remember that quaint gatherings can sometimes yield the greatest fun! More pictures will be posted on the website shortly.