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Picking Professionals

Posted on January 31, 2019 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (1)

OOOOKKKAAAYYYY folks...let's chat about making decisions.   


I get it.  You start by Googling, which leads to Wedding Wire, which leads to The Knot, which leads to you realizing it's 3:00 a.m. and you have clearly gone off the rails.  There are about a bazillion wedding professionals out there  Then, you go to a bridal show and your brain almost explodes because you get information from another 10 million people.  You can't remember who was who, who you loved and who you hated.  Everyday 37 peopole that you work with or know give you unending suggestions and recommendations because they played someone's wedding or holiday party...they are a friend of a friend who promises a "great deal".  You sit at your kitchen table with stacks of information, with absolutely no idea how to decide even where to start.  


What you need is someone who knows these people and businesses.  You need honest answers to questions like "Is this guy a hot mess?"  or "Who is actually in charge over there?".  The things that are most important like...is this pro going to play well with others, show up on time, answer emails and phone calls, lie to us or make the event about themselves....nobody tells you.  Guess what kids...I do.  It took me years, as a young venue manager to realise that when I would ask questions like these from planners the responses I would get like "he's unique" or "she is very pleasant" really meant that they were going to make my life miserable and should be black listed forever.


But as a couple....how in the heck would you know that?  And here's the thing...there are soooooo many amazing wedding professionals, here in Upstate NY and beyond, who just kick butt and will knock your wedding or event out of the park!  But just like in every industry, there are some that are challenging.  And most importantly, not every personality is going to work together just like in real life.  There may be a DJ that one couple loves, that another couple absolutely hates...that is OKAY.  What is important is that you have help in navigating those personalities so that you don't get burned or seriously annoyed on your big day.



Tent Wedding Woes

Posted on January 31, 2019 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I see it all the time...a couple decides to do a tent wedding in an open field or a barn.  Then they hire a catering company and pick a package without bringing the caterer to the venue or property first.  After a while, a site visit happens and the reality sets in...you will now need $5,000 in rental equipment, tents and generators to accomplish the menu you have selected and accomodate all of the vendors you have hired.   Or, worse...the caterer tells you that it is simply not possible to accomplish your dream with what you have provided them. and you don't have any more money in the budget to fix it...now what?


Well....if you don't know The Doctor or Marty McFly...some changes are going to have to be made and fast!

If you are dreaming of a barn or tent wedding and haven't gone down the rabbit hole yet....

1.  INVOLVE YOUR CATERER FROM DAY 1!  If you want a 5 course menu and delicately assembled platings, then make sure you have the budget and space to give them the tools they need.

2.  ASK THESE QUESTIONS about rentals, kitchen space, power supply available, potable water., restrooms, noise ordinances, parking restrictions, rain plans, insurance riders..the list goes on and on...BEFORE you give a deposit anywhere.

OR......HIRE A PLANNER BEFORE YOU DO ANY OF THIS AND THE ISSUES WON'T ARISE.  Trust me when I tell you that I have a list of about 200 items I check on every time I go see a venue.  Someone needs to be able to help you establish how much and what kind of power is needed where.  What tent sizes to use and which ones won't work.  Do you know what size kitchen tent suits what kind of menu?  Did you know that many venues are banning industrial coffee urns due to the amount of power they pull and how to deal with this?  Soooooo many things to think about and soooo many catastrophes that can be avoid if all of the plans A, B, C-Z are put into place ahead of time.  


Shelby and Stephen are Married!

Posted on September 11, 2018 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

What an extraordinary wedding weekend!  After over a year of planning and so much time and hard work from everyone involved, what a stunning success this was!!!  Here is a little teaser to hold you over until the album is published next month.  I want to personally thank all of the wonderful pros who work together to make this dream a reality.

Bride's /Bridesmaid Attire:  Lily Saratoga
Bridal Alterations:  Kim Vanyo
Groom/Groomsmen Attire:  Tuxego Latham

Bachelorette Party:  Harvey's Saratoga
Bridal Shower:  URC Catering
Rehearsal Dinner:  A Tavola (New Paltz, NY)

Venue:  Cox Family Farm
Florist:  Meadowscent in conjunction with the Mother of the Bride
Hair:  Ciao Bella
Makeup:  Angel's On Earth

DJ:  Upbeat Occassions (DJ Caroline & DJ Mario)
Photo:  Dyan Holt Photography
Catering:  Ugly Rooster Catering




Dani & Shawn Photos!

Posted on September 11, 2018 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Our beloved long time coordinator Dani and her husband Shawn's wedding is now on the photo gallery!  Special thank to all of the amazing wedding professionals who made her day absolutely perfect!

Bride's Attire:  Jocelyn's Bridal
Groom's Attire:  Tuxego Latham
Rehearsal Dinner:  The Factory (Ballston Spa, NY)

Venue:  Anne's Washington Inn
Officiate:  Reverand Joy Burke
DJ:  Paul Malo
Caterer:  Panza's Catering
Photo:  Dyan Holt Photography
Hair and Makeup:  Suriano's Salon

Ryan and Jacklynn are married!!

Posted on July 9, 2018 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to Jacklynn and Ryan who were married this weekend at the beautiful Yaddo Gardens here, in Saratoga Springs!  Big thank you to Longfellows for a gorgeous reception and for all your hard work!  We are excited to see all of the stunning photos from David Firestine from Firestine Photography who the couple flew in all the way from Atlanta for the big day.



Dani and Shawn are Married!!!

Posted on July 5, 2018 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

We are bursting with joy for our very own coordinator Dani and her new husband Shawn!  As many of you know, Dani has been with us from the beginning and will now be starting the next chapter of her life in the sunshine state.  We are going to miss her so much, but are so grateful for the many years and many smiles she has given to our couples.  Congrats and best of luck to you both!!!  Stay tuned for all the beautiful pictures!



Hair/Makeup:  Suriano's Salon
Photo:  Dyan Holt Photography
Gown:  Jocelyn's Bridal
Suits:  Tuxego (Latham)
Venue:  Anne's Washington Inn (Saratoga Springs)
Officiate:  Joy Burke
DJ:  Paul Malo
Catering:  Panza's Catering
Centerpieces/Bridal Flowers:  Mary Jacobs Events
Cake:  Villa Italia

Becca and Jeremy are Married!

Posted on July 4, 2018 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Congrats to the Becca and Jeremy who were married last weekend!  What a fun, generous and loving couple.  This one was very challenging due to the crazy terrential rain...but that did not stop them from having a blast and the dance floor was packed ALL NIGHT!  Thank you for trusting us with your big day!

Venue:  Burlap and Beams (Terri Larson)
Photo:  Juan and team from Bigler Productions
DJ:  Shawn & Felipe Gillie
Caterer:  The Ugly Rooster (Ariel Pagan)




Welcome Cassidy and Aldan!

Posted on July 4, 2018 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Thank you and welcome to Cassidy and Aldan who have brought us in to help tie up the details for their August wedding!  We are honored and so very excited to help get this amazing couple across the finish line!



Welcome Jacklynn & Ryan!

Posted on May 30, 2018 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to Jacklynn and Ryan, the newest MJWE couple who will be married this July at the beautiful Yaddo Gardens in Saratoga Springs, New York!

Katelyn and Mike are Married!

Posted on May 30, 2018 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

What a great wedding!  This one was an absolute blast and boy do we feel lucky to have been a part of such a fun and HILARIOUS couple's day.  Katelyn and Mike are a perfect example of how a planner can be used for specific purposes.  We were brought in just 3 weeks prior to the wedding to help put together an accurate and feasible timeline, correct and recommend more effecient uses of the reception space and to provide attendant services throughout formal photos, cocktail hour and the reception.  Sometimes all you need is that extra help to finalize and execute the details so your day is as stress free and smooth as possible.  

We had the honor of working with a FANTASTIC group of pro's that night, that just goes to show how seamless your event can be when everyone works together as a family!  

Videography:  Cue Productions
Photography:  Dyan Holt Photography (photo credit for above)
DJ:  After-FX Professional DJ Service
Ceremony Venue:  Wilton Baptist Church
Reception Venue:  Holiday Inn Saratoga



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