Friday, December 18, 2009
I received a call many months ago from a young lady who lives in Nigeria. She is currently a planner. Yoyo (Yewande) has decided she wants to better her organizational skills to gain more exposure. I am proud to announce she will be coming here to NY for some private lessons Jan 5th and 6th 2010. If you are around our Summit location, please come by to say hello to her! We couldn't be more excited for your visit Yoyo! Your going to love NJ/NY! Keep your eyes open for another student from Australia who is working her way here as well! It is absolutely amazing that I am able to meet planners from all over the world! We can learn from each other! I am so excited!!! Have a great weekend everyone! xo Sam
First I would like to thank each and every student that has attended the CAES course in Summit NJ! Everyone has been extremely gracious with emails and calls! I need to get better at taking more photos during class and post them! I want to show everyone how absolutely awesome you are! I've finally gotten my act together and formatted a separate course for design. We have talked about doing this for a year now and one of my resolutions is to offer more of a variety! After all, I wouldn't want my parents hard earned money to go to waste! I should be teaching Kindergarten, but I have to admit this is much more fun! Event Design With Basic Coordination: Date Jan 23rd 2010 PRICE HAS BEEN REDUCED BY $100!Thanks to our local vendor donations for better education! We have 5 openings as of 12/17/09!!! This class will consist of schematics of design, color wheel, linens, rentals, lighting, texture vs no texture, layout and centerpiece design. Please make note, this is not the floral class which is taught monthly. We will still continue the 2 hour course with an award winning florist for $250! Please check my blog for dates in 2010. This class is for those who want to focus their speciality in design with coordination of anything that relates to details. You should have some basic event experience before attending this course. Unfortunately, I can only accommodate 8 students not 10! You will be assembling a few types of decor and we have space allotted for 8! Fee: $700 Date: 1-23-2010 Location: !2 Bank Street Suite 201 Summit NJ 07901 Time: 10am to 6pm (It's a long one! Wear comfy shoes!) Contact our Special Events Coordinator Lacey Borman Cohen at email@example.com for more info and to reserve your space. CAES 200 Beginning Planning January 9th 2010 This class has also been reduced by our local vendors who give donations for those who cannot afford education due to unemployment or restricted schedules. The fee of $695 is now $550! You must qualify for financial assistance to receive this discount. This course has 3 available openings! Hurry to get in while the price is hot! This course is for the novice planner. The CAES 200 teaches the basic essentials to coordinate Day and Month of Coordination. You will work on time lines, sales methods, organizational skills, client assessments, where to begin in this crazy market and the fundamental skills you must have in order to succeed! This includes vendor relationships, venue information and much more! You will be required to intern at one of our offices as well as visiting some of the local venues in your neighborhood. You will need to work an event with a certified planner as an assistant and then asked to complete your own event which will be given to you by Samantha Goldberg. You may use this one event to begin your portfolio. Date: January 9th 2010 Saturday Time: 9:30 to 4pm Location: 12 Bank Street Suite 201 Summit NJ Fee $695 10 Students Max Please call Lacey at 908.219.4028 for more information or email at firstname.lastname@example.org Are you done working for someone else yet? Do you want to break into the industry and learn the RIGHT way to begin? We have hands on workshops to get you out there the right way! This course may be 1 day of theory, but many weeks of on the job training with yours truly or another established planner on our staff!
Friday, November 27, 2009
I wanted to thank everyone who voted for us as " Best of The Knot Weddings" in 2009/2010! I was also so EXCITED to see that 3 of our recent students were also named "The Best of Knot"! I couldn't be prouder! Our team is continuing to strive on being the best with education/customer service satisfaction! Without my fabulous team, we would just be another cookie cutter business. I've learned it's the people who work with you that are the ones who rise to the top! Im very fortunate to have such a loyal and hardworking crew! This is not an easy task let me tell you! Its like finding the "perfect" guy! You have to kiss a lot of toads in order to find your prince! In our case we have to weed through many "me" types of people in order to reach the "WE" folks! I want a team! There's no "I' in team right?? We always love your feedback and will continue to offer the best customer service possible! Here's to a fabulous 2010! We have much to share for 2010! Press and More Press! Samantha's book is in progress and hopes to have a tour date in late summer 2010! We have been chosen for the 4th year to be a columnist for the Star Ledger regarding bridal trends and advice! Keep your eyes open for an upcoming issues in the Bridal Planner! We have also been featured in NJ Bride January 2010, where we discuss our experiences with reality television. Some of our fab brides are being featured too! www.bridalguide.com New post is up!! Samantha Goldberg's Red Carpet Weddings! The Knot 2010 Winter!! Profile story and advice advice advice! Keep checking back to see our new taping schedule and Samantha's new show in the works!! Lot's going on and were all very excited for the new year! Please welcome planners Kim and Elizabeth to our team!!! We currently have 16 planners ready to make your event as fabulous as it can be!! Trust me these gals don't understand anything but perfection!! Happy Holidays To All! xo Samantha
Friday, November 20, 2009
Post Wedding Blues I am sure you have all heard about post partum depression. It comes from a plethora of reasons from hormones to losing your time in the spotlight. But have you heard about post wedding blues? Same feelings one has when focusing on wedding activities 24/7 and then once the day has come to an end, so is your stardom! Everyone forgets about the planning, the excitement of being engaged and getting ready for that moment you say I do. People stop focusing on you period! It makes perfect sense why one would be depressed. You feel like your kicked by the roadside until something else is the focus...Yes..I mean babies. Well, this would be the sure fire way to keep all eyes on you for at least another year right? But after you spent so much time getting your body bride fit, are you sure you want to expand in every direction for attention? I don't know about you, I would think of a plan C...Like having part 2 of your wedding a year from now! Much easier and maybe less stressful depending on how elaborate you go! BTW..The baby thing...This is an area I would implore you wait. You'll want to spend time as the new Mrs. Jones and get your feet good and grounded before you step down as #1 and take second runner up. That's not a bad thing, but don't rush to Babies R Us so fast OK? Not a good way to get long term attention there are better ways trust me! I have watched countless brides go down this spiral leading to disappointment when their vision of how life should be doesn't appear the way they had hoped. They tend to fall in love with the concept of being in love and living happily ever after. The wedding has to be perfect in order to achieve this "perfect" life right? Wrong! Focusing on anything 24/7 isn't healthy. I am sure we can all agree, but can you stop yourself from doing it? Can you allow yourself to focus on life with your finace' and career, family or anything that does not pertain to that date you asked people to save? Many cannot. I don't want to destroy any one's excitement about planning their special day, but the reality is if you don't smell the coffee every now and then, you lose who you are and that leads to major disasters! Even a divorce before the marriage! Scary huh? Take some of the celebrities that have been married to several people. The reason why they are so short lived with a mate is due to the excitement wearing off. For a celebrity to give up after 6 months, isn't a good sign. Or is it? They do get tons of publicity about their love life and the more dramatic it is, the more people want to talk about it. I guess they live on this very unstable roller coaster day by day. But when is it enough? They are always in the limelight and once their out of it, you can only imagine how alone they feel. One thing I would suggest is to split up tasks where you are able to delegate certain things and wait to complete others. Call it a timeline if you will. I would call it a guarantee that you won't make your significant crazy enough to run to China. or anyone else in your circle for the most part. It is completely normal for many women and men to have a down period after the wedding. You have just been the center of many and it ends so quickly! What you have to keep in mind is the vanity doesn't have to end, you just have to learn when to shut it down and get back into your routine again. When you don't focus on perfection of this new type of relationship you won't be disappointed. You have the rest of your life for many surprises and exciting events to plan! If all else fails, have a renewal of vows for your first anniversary. Seal and Heidi Klum do this even after 4+ years. They throw a themed wedding reception to rekindle and celebrate their love for each other! I think that is a fabulous idea! Just keep one thing in mind after your special day, this is the first day of the rest of your lives. You can make it as exciting and dramatic as you want! Just because your gown is retired, doesn't mean you can't still be the bride right??? Here's a toast to many newly engaged couples this Thanksgiving having the best planning experience ever! Savor the moment each day, you don't get this time back! So take it slow and enjoy the ride. I promise you , there will always be drama around the corner! Marriage is never a bore! xo Sam
Hello Everyone!! First I would like to thank each and every student that has attended the CAES course in Summit NJ! Everyone has been extremely gracious with emails and calls! I need to get better by taking more photos during class and post them! I want to show everyone how absolutely awesome you are! I've finally gotten my act together and designed a separate course for design. We have talked about doing this for a year now and one of my resolutions is to offer more of a variety! After all, I wouldn't want my parents hard earned money to go to waste! I should be teaching Kindergarten, but I have to admit this is much more fun! Event Design With Basic Coordination: Date Jan 23rd 2010 This class will consist of schematics of design, color wheel, linens, rentals, lighting, texture vs no texture, layout and centerpiece design. Please make note, this is not the floral class which is taught monthly. We will still continue the 2 hour course with an award winning florist for $250! Please check my blog for dates in 2010. This class is for those who want to focus their speciality in design with little coordination. You should have some basic event experience before attending this course. Unfortunately, I can only accommodate 8 students not 10! You will be assembling a few types of decor and we have space allotted for 8! Fee: $800 Date: 1-23-2010 Location: !2 Bank Street Suite 201 Summit NJ 07901 Time: 10am to 6pm (It's a long one! Wear comfy shoes!) Contact our Special Events Coordinator Lacey Borman Cohen at email@example.com for more info and to reserve your space. CAES 200 Beginning Planning January 9th 2010 This course is for the novice planner. The CAES 200 teaches the basic essentials to coordinate Day and Month of Coordination. You will work on timelines, sales methods, organizational skills, client assessments, where to begin in this crazy market and the fundamental skills you must have in order to succeed! This includes vendor relationships, venue information and much more! You will be required to intern at one of our offices as well as visiting some of the local venues in your neighborhood. You will need to work an event with a certified planner as an assistant and then asked to complete your own event which will be given to you by Samantha Goldberg. You may use this one event to begin your portfolio. Date: January 9th 2010 Saturday Time: 9:30 to 4pm Location: 12 Bank Street Suite 201 Summit NJ Fee $695 10 Students Max Please call Lacey at 908.219.4028 for more information or email at firstname.lastname@example.org I hope this brings some interest your way! I look forward to meeting everyone in 2010! Let's make next year one that counts! Here's to new careers in the exciting world of events! xoxox Samantha
Monday, November 9, 2009
What Not To Say During a Toast At a Wedding.... I'm sure we've been to enough weddings where it was time to hear the best mans or maid of honors toast. Sometimes they can be well thought out and heartfelt. Other times you wonder if the one giving the honorable speech is drunk or just plain stupid. Face it, it's a lot of pressure standing up in front of any crowd and you want to make sure you say something tasteful along with being fun! I have learned during my career that there are just certain things you just don't say. For example, say this is your brothers wedding and the date was pushed due to him getting his girlfriend pregnant. It probably wouldn't be appropriate to say how your brother used to be so irresponsible and now thank goodness he's taking responsibility for his actions and how proud you are...I would say this may not get many laughs and may be your ticket out of the relationship you could have had with his wife. You may want to reminisce about your single days with your best girlfriend and how you used to travel and compete for being with the most men. How she would always come home with someone new every night. You thought how could she possibly ever settle down. You may also mention how grateful you are that she found one person that satisfies her every need. Thank goodness you don't have to worry about her going home with the wrong guy too! No matter how you try and dress this one up, you are going to be toast when the groom get's to you later...Even worse, your best friend may be so mortified and embarrassed that she regrets asking you to stand up and asks the videographer to delete this portion. I wouldn't want to be you! One of my all time favorites is someone who might have been married a few times already. I have heard the bestman explain how it's 3 times the charm and sometimes you have to try out the merchandise before you place your bet. Or maybe he knew that the other 2 women were never the right ones once he started dating the bride. Rule of thumb, you never talk about the ex. Not only is this distasteful but not funny at all. Who would even want to think of any relationship that caused the bride or groom any anguish or pain? Trust me your not doing them a favor by reminding them of their past mistakes. So while you prepare the toast, do everyone a favor and speak of the here and now! This could prevent a huge fight between the newly weds after the fact! Would you want to start the marriage with thoughts of divorce? While these may sound funny when you are alone with the bride or groom, it's probably not a good idea to talk about the "topics off the list" in front of 100 guests. If you are the type who cannot handle their liquor, I would keep the toast nice and short. Maybe wishing them well and toasting to a long and joyful life together. His or her family may think some of the private topics are funny. However, what if they don't? All eyes on you babe and that is worse than Marsha Brady and her fear of speaking in front of an audience. You cannot just picture everyone in their underwear and get through it. It will stay with you a LONG time after the wedding! I think a smart rule to follow is "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" right??? You can always look to a professional toast writer to give you something appropriate. That may be the best gift you can give to your newly wed friends..Call it a good investment! Cheers! xo Sam
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Are you a bride who has a fabulous $20,000 budget or less? Do you feel clueless on what to do, where to start or how much you should be paying for your wedding overall? We have the perfect solution!!! Let's have a fabulous time planning the most amazing day of your life! Honestly, you just need the right tools and a great partner in crime. I have spent the last 2 months compiling a list of professional vendors and venues who are willing to work with you! This includes New Jersey, New York and PA! Only catch...You have to be a 2010 bride and a bit flexible with dates. There's no reason why you can't have a $40,000 wedding for $20,000 right? This sounds way too much like an infomercial...I am sorry! I cannot express in words how excited I am about the venues and vendors who have substantially lowered their fees to assist our clients during the tough economy! This thrills me more than you know! I love a challenging budget! Many moons ago, I ONLY worked with the 20K bride. It challenged me and allowed creativity with sense of accomplishment. I knew it was needed and wasn't afraid to jump in. Bottom line gals, I know people who want to assist!! They just haven't found you yet! I'm just here to connect the dots! Please call Lacey Borman Cohen to set a complimentary one hour appointment with one of our planners who will be able to show you the many ways to save and have the wedding day you have been dreaming about. STRESS FREE PLANNING IS NOT AN UNREALISTIC GOAL! 908.219.4028 xo Sam
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Planning Tips & Trends For The Stylish Bride Featuring Celebrity Wedding Planner Samantha Goldberg Hosted by Creative Designs Event Details When Dec 5, 2009 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM (1 day event) where Seminar - Legends Luxury Suite/ Reception- The Summerlin House 1315 S.Orange Avenue- Legends Luxury Suite 111 Summerlin Avenue - The Summerlin House Orlando, FL 32806 cost $45.00 homepage http://www.Thesummerlinhouse.com December 5th & 6th Limited to 150 Brides per day 12:00(Noon) Registration /sign in 12:30 Lunch will be provided 1:00 -5:00 pm - Planning Tips and Trends from Orlando's most sought after wedding vendors and featuring Samantha Goldberg for Q&A Session 5:00 Transportation will be provided to our new venue "The Summerlin House At Thornton Park" 6:00 - 8:00 pm Cocktail Reception at The Summerlin House Cocktails, hord'oeuvres, music and dancing! Samantha will attend the cocktail reception. ***ONE LUCKY BRIDE WILL BE DRAWN FOR A GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR FREE VENUE PACKAGE AT THE SUMMERLIN HOUSE VALUED AT $1,500!!! Don't miss out on this event!!! Limited to 150 Brides per day Call now to reserve your spot and meet Samantha!!! Please register with the Summerlin House! The link is above! I am so excited to meet everyone! I have head this event is booking quickly so please sign up now!! Samantha!
Hello Everyone! I apologize in advance if some of you have called the office this weekend. We are out of state currently and will return on Monday October 26th at 10am. We are planning a large birthday this weekend! 40 is the magic 30's! Congrats to Angela. I promise you will LOVE your 40's more than 30's! I did want to keep everyone abreast of the CAES 100 on Nov 7th, this class is now filled! Again, we have received your calls and will call you regarding the Nov 14th course. This class has 4 openings and ample time to sign up. Both floral classes still have openings. Please call Lacey about each date to see what one may work for you. You are always welcome to email Lacey at email@example.com. If you are looking to book with Ana Ortega or Carla Costa for the Day of Coordination special please let Lacey know when you call. Again, thank you so much for your continued support for our courses and seminars. If you would like a FREE VIP pass to our January "Celebrate Your Success in 2010" seminar, please call to sign up now. Dates will be released in November. This seminar/expo will be the BEST education one can receive for doing better in 2010. Any vendor may sign as this is for anyone in the event and wedding industry. As always, I look forward to seeing everyone! Samantha Goldberg
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Hello Aspiring Planners or Tribal Friends! I am giving in! Lacey had received several calls literally the morning after the Oct 3rd class asking us when the next course was! Why do you guys wait until the day after??? Ha! You are too funny! I have to share a secret, I used to do the same thing in the professional beauty world. I know I said I would wait until 2010 for any new classes, but you've inspired me to have more. I love educating and sharing our pearls. Actually what I love most is hearing your success stories after you graduate! Our last class was FANTASTIC! Nine energetic ladies who really want to make a mark in the industry. I commend you and will be your support system anytime you need it! We have added 2 classes in November 2009. CAES 100 "Beginners Level" This is your basic how do I get started, the logistics of the biz and where do you start course! This course is NOT for the planner who has been in the industry for over a year or completed over 25 weddings. If you fall into this category, please ask about the CAES 200 or our newest addition "CAES 300 Intermediate". ***Please note CAES 300 is a 2 day course and will require a minimum level of exp 50 weddings and or have taken CAES 100, 200 and floral design. The 2 day course will also include a floral design portion including an intermediate centerpiece and personals. We have 2 dates! November 7th and 14th! Maximum 10 Students per class Location: 12 Bank Street Suite 201 Summit NJ Fee $595**(Financial aid for students attending college or SAHM's) Time: 9:30am-4:30pm Certification for Day of Coordination upon completion of in office and DOC client. **Please call office for an application for financial aid ask for Lacey Borman Cohen) The Fabulous and Frugal Floral Class Maximum 10 students Summit location Fee please call! Each student will learn the logistics of design, lighting, linens and will assemble a centerpiece along with a corsage. Dates available Nov 2nd and 9th! Time 6:30pm-8:30pm Pizza and beverages will be served! If you have taken any CAES course and have not been contacted about the floral class please let us know! This is a fantastic class with an award winning floral artist! This is the last call for 2009 as Samantha will be traveling in December! I want to thank everyone for your calls and emails about the courses! Education is one of my favorite parts of the industry! There's always so much to learn and share! Look forward to meeting everyone in November! *** Some of the courses maybe taped! Please let us know if you have an issue with being on television! I completely understand if this is NOT an area you choose to participate in. Please call Lacey Borman-Cohen at 908.219-4028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. See you soon!!! xoxo Samantha Goldberg *** As we do have floral educators in house, we are always open to new ones. If you are interested in working with some of our courses, please contact me directly at email@example.com. We have had a huge amount of interest in floral design and don't always have enough staff available!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I think one of the biggest honors in the world is being asked by a close friend to stand up at her wedding. It's like winning the Emmys! You're proud and you want to make this day amazing for your friend "the bride". With this title of "Bridesmaid or Maid of Honor", there's responsibility that tags along side if it. Call it a silent contract. You will do the best you can to assist the bride with little projects up until the wedding. You will also help her ease the stress with lending an ear even if 90% of the time it's bitching about the inlaws or even her own family. Even if you cannot hear another ounce of whining, you listen with the phone on speaker while you polish your nails or watch a favorite movie with subtitles. It's a hectic job right? But you take each day with a deep breath and you deal with it. Or at least you try to. So there you have it, you made the cut into the bridal party. It's all good right? Or until she decides what the bridesmaids dresses are going to look like...If everyone had the same taste, we would never have issues. Or if all of the ladies have the same figure, big boobs and a size 22 waist, we'd be in GREAT shape. However, let's be honest, the likelihood of this happening are slim to none. How many weddings have you stood up in where the bride says just wear what you want in this color? Since most of my friends are married or divorced working on #2, I can tell you I never was given that option. Now when we look at albums, I get apologies cause Sam, you didn't look good in that dress. No one did! After spending a few hundred on a deep purple dress with a lace collar for example, it makes one wonder what the designer was on when they marketed such an item. Not even Cindy Crawford would look good in this. You know how certain things can make someone look bad right? This is definitely one of those fashion DON'T! So why is it that some brides pick a dress that only they can wear or appreciate? "She has that vision thing going on again". It's a brides thing...You see it in a a magazine and your sure your bridal party is going to look just as glamorous as the photo. Well NOT if some are tall, short , blessed on top, blessed on bottom...Or over blessed. I have witnessed the OVER BLESSED and let me tell you, I can't even find the words to describe what it looks like. I wonder of these women felt the same pain I feel...I am sure they do! I wouldn't be able to stand back if I wasn't comfortable wearing something. I would hope my friend could appreciate that everyone wants to look good. I mean it is her wedding and she is your friend, right? I cannot even tell you how many times I have watched bridesmaids argue, drop out of the bridal party or worst case scenario end the friendship over the dress...Yes...Over the dress. It gets wicked and sometimes the outcome is not pretty. Even if the party decides to wear the choice regardless if they look good in it or not. I have to ask, doesn't anyone worry about the photos? Take this photo (above) for example. I cannot believe the girls saw this dress and said YES IT'S PERFECT! Now luckily all of them had the figure to pull a dress like this off. I am not saying they looked good in it. In fact, my first response was feeling a slight urge to vomit just looking at it. As a planner one area I stay away from is the Brides dress and her entourage's attire. Why? Because everyone has an opinion and this particular subject is very emotional. I don't want to give the wrong answer. Or perhaps the honest answer. I think this is up to the family or close friends to get beaten over. I have enough issues in other areas to deal with. So while you see me on television going with the bride to try on the gown, it's not my idea. The good news is that many designers especially the chain stores like a Davids Bridal give the bride and her bridesmaids a choice in style to match every body type. While the bride is able to create the palate, the BM's are able to feel comfortable in a gown even though it may not be her favorite color. Many designers are now doing this to show diversity and maybe assist with the issues that do come up while searching for the perfect look. Just remember bridesmaids, there are solutions with the dress. It's not wrong to express your concerns and if you can give a few options to your special friend who is going to be the one in white, you may find it's not a fight after all. To the bride who made her BM's wear this one as shown in the picture, I am sure we can all agree they will not be wearing this dress again. Especially since it's all over the Internet. Who would have ever thought this color could be so intrusive? Someone finally made it happen!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Hello Brides!!! If you have already planned a wedding for December 2009 and are in the NJ,NY,PA or CT area this is quite the opportunity! If you want to get married in December and want to be totally spontaneous this could also be a GREAT way to save $$$!! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP! For Brides in December 2009 Attention all Brides in the Tri State area!!!!! New National TV Show is giving free makeovers to one lucky bride and her bridal party on her special day. If you or someone you know is looking for the best of the best to do your makeup/hair for FREE we want you!!! The catch is we are looking for brides getting married THIS December!! If you think you or someone you know would be an excellent candidate please send a photo, how many people are in your wedding party, what your overall theme/look is, and a brief paragraph on why we should choose you!!! Please send to email@example.com Thanks and congrats to all the lucky brides!!!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Attention Brides To Be! I am happy to announce that we have just completed training on Oct 3rd for 9 Day of Coordination planners! That means...YES a FREE qualified planner to assist you with your needs for the day of your wedding only! If your wedding is in the months of Jan-March of 2010 please call Lacey Borman Cohen at our Summit location to sign up! There are NO strings attached! These lovely ladies need experience and are fully capable of assisting you! We are also running a special promo for our new planners who have recently joined the team! Welcome Ana Ortega, Carla Costa and Jenny Taylor! This promo will only be available for Nov-Feb 2010 brides! Call now to ensure you get this fabulous offer!!! If you are REALLY brave...We have over 60 venues in the tristate area who will save you 40-50% off the per person fee if you have your wedding by April 2010! It can be done we have recent bride testimonials to prove it! 908.219.4028 For Reservations! Looking Forward To Working With You! xo Samantha
Monday, September 21, 2009
Financial Aid Offered For CAES 100 Students!!! FINANCIAL AID OFFERED TO STUDENTS,UNEMPLOYED APPLICANTS,SAHM's. Some of our local vendors have contributed to allow those who are in need of financial aid to attend this beginners course only. Please make mention this is for the CAES 100 series. We are running out of funding and our class is getting full! CAES Beginner Planning Course 100! Oct 3rd 2009 For those who want to get into the industry have absolutely NO experience and want the logistics from beginning to end, this is the class for you!Please check out our website www.samanthagoldberg.com Education link. We have already reserved 9 seats and have ONLY 3 left! If you were on our wait list from last months course and were not called, please call us ASAP to ensure we register you. This will be the last beginners course for the year. The CAES 200 will most likely take place in November and is for planners who need a jump start. The CAES 200 is not a beginner course. Please call Lacey Borman Cohen our Special Events Coordinator @ 908.219.4028 for an application to see if you are approved for this specialized course! Please mention CAES Beg Class 100 on Oct 3rd 2009 as we have other classes being taught during the month of September/October as well. The classes in Oct are advanced seminars and have been filled to date. Please inquire about November classes when you call. For recent clients, we offer an additional $50 discount. For planners who have taken our beginners course, we offer an additonal $100 discount which cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Location 12 Bank Street Suite 201 Summit NJ 07901 Time and Date Oct 3rd 2009 Time: 9:30-4pm Supplies included Breakfast and a full lunch will be provided and is included in fee If you are coming in from out of state we have special hotel promos and transportation to the class. Please inquire if needed. Fee $699 Student Maximum 12 9 at Current We look forward to seeing you! ***Since this course is for Beginners ONLY we will have up to 2 intern dates for each student (This may not apply for every student). You will be invited to an event with-in 3-6 months after you have completed the course. You will be required to work at least one event before you receive certification. You must be able to work a wedding on your own with an assistant provided by Samantha Goldberg in order to be certified. If you are a bride getting married in Sept-December and would like to have a day of coordinator at n/c please inquire by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
In light of the current recession you may find yourself wondering how you can create the perfect day without breaking the bank. There are many things that we need to have present and others that are a “wanted” item. As long as you have a plan in place, you are sure to maximize all funds to have the wedding of your dreams. When you begin planning, it’s very important to keep in mind that your venue should not take up more than 45% of your budget. The more flexible you are with date and time, the likely you are to get the best bang for your buck! Most venues have extraordinary specials to accommodate any budget right now. In fact, if you are considered a spontaneous planner, you may be able to plan your wedding in less than 6 months and save almost 50%! That means 50% more to spend on great photography, video and design! Venues are not the only area where you can save. Photography and video are the only tangible items that will last a lifetime. You never want to skimp on these. It’s a rarity to have all of your nearest and dearest in the same location so taking advantage of this is important and you need a professional. While we used to think registering was just for china and bedding, did you know that you can register with your photographer or videographer? This allows you to ask for financial assistance, but your guests will see that it’s going towards something that is most memorable. Another way to save is looking for a photographer who is willing to just give you the disk and allow you to make a book or copies of photos as you wish. This can save you almost 50%! Maybe after the wedding is over you can go back to the photographer and get a book you desire! You can also look into photography schools for new graduates who are just dying to build a portfolio and in return give you the negatives. You can afford a book this way for sure! The same applies with video. If you ask a professional to take straight footage and minimal editing you can save over 60%. You can have the video edited at a later date when you feel it’s OK to invest! Last but certainly not least is floral and entertainment. When you visit your florist ask about floral that is in season. Local floral is going to be a lot less expensive than having to ship from overseas. You also may want to ask if they can use floral stock. This basically means left over floral from another wedding or what they currently have in house at all times. You can save 20-40% this way! You may also want to alternate centerpieces, maybe lows and highs, or candles on tables and floral on another. Diversity keeps things exciting! Entertainment has always been known to make or break an event. DJ’s are absolutely the more affordable way to have music during your reception. There are many services that just have a DJ present who can play fantastic music to keep your guests on the dance floor and not at the table! If you are set on having live music try a cover band from your local hot spot…Did you know you can have live music for 4 hours under $3,000?? IPOD’s are becoming increasingly popular too. Make sure you hire someone to man the IPOD station to ensure you have no issues with delivery of music. There are so many great ways to have the perfect day without taking a loan or having to forgo things that you want. Remember planning ahead is always key. You’ll always know what to expect and won’t set such high expectations. You only have this one day to create something special! So keep in mind whatever you do will be all about you and that is what’s most important! Happy Planning!!!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I guess that really depends on what type of mistake your speaking of. If you are talking about the logistics of planning, no problem. If your asking me what would I do if I didn't agree with a marriage, that's a tough call. I have tried in so many ways to give subtle hints in many of the publications that I contribute to what you should stay away from etc. The bigger question is do I have clients that should not be getting married? While I would like to answer this with specifics, let's just assume that all of us in the event industry have our own opinions of what we see as potentially being a bad fit. When we have worked with celebs and this may be their first or 3rd wedding, do you think they care what our opinions are? No. They want what everyone wants, the perfect day. Some will go to any extent to get it done, while others tread waters lightly. I will tell you one thing, we do hear this statement quite often. " I had this the last time and it didn't work, so we need something completely opposite OK Sam?" I have to admit for the record, I don't believe in the word perfect. I think we look at things that may be perfect for us...But are not necessarily perfect. Is there such a thing anyway? Is there really such a thing as a perfect marriage? Think about it. Honestly, I would probably use one of their last ideas as something borrowed or used..I mean this does fit with the wedding rules right? I am trying to be eco friendly here, bare with me ha! It's such a tough call to decide what's right or wrong. Who should be getting married and who should run to China. I have had my share and we watch them walk down the aisle only to get a call a year or so later saying it didn't work, but I think this time, it's right. OK. So who are we to say "this " time is going to be right? I have so many friends on the A list circuit and when I hear what weddings they attend and how they loved everything but the couple. It's kid of disheartening. As I always have said, it's Hollywood. So getting married 5-7 times doesn't seem abnormal. Or does it? They are living in such a world we will never understand. I have many friends who deal with bad publicity and paparazzi in their face, it's almost as though the world kind of decides their fate. That stinks! I have had some bad publicity due to a reality show where people think because it's called reality, it must be real. I have news for you, you cannot change the story line, but you can change the way things are perceived with the right music and commentary. I like many others on the tv screen have learned about the edit button the hard way. But then without drama, it wouldn't get the best ratings..But at who's expense? I have one family member who has been married 2 times already and going for #3. You would think she would just realize she's not "marriage material". I really wish she was. But after several relationships gone wrong, I would think she'd catch on. I am not worried that she will read this, as she doesn't pay much attention to anything I write. I think I'm safe. Maybe there's a part of me who secretly hopes she reads this and realizes she's making another mistake. I really think she is. And this time, it may screw her up worse than any other relationship. I really do believe there are people who are just not meant to get married. Why? Because for them, it's just a piece of paper. I mean look at Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel? They have a great relationship which I guarantee has had it's ups and downs. But look at Goldie, she even admits why ruin a good thing? They love each other and what's a piece of paper going to prove? I hate to say it, but Goldie does make a strong point. They are still together. I do love planning weddings and events don't get me wrong. But there is a moral obligation I have to not take on every client. And this is for many reasons. Maybe they are a bad fit for each other or for us. I think after working 18 years in the industry, I have the right to do what feels right in my heart. I am not a psychiatrist but I might as well be with all of the issues I see. I have started sharing some of this in book and I do share several anecdotes. While I have changed the names, I will always remember who they were and hope that most have lasted. Although for years people have asked how many of your clients do you think are still married. I have decided as a professional not to answer this. I think people can formulate their own opinion right? I don't think our celeb clients really need anymore trouble from press etc...They are human. My question to you, the bride or the public, is do you believe there is such a thing as a perfect relationship and what does it mean to have one? Would love to share your experiences in my book or on my blog. I am an old soul, so there is a part of me that still feels true love is right around the corner. I just know based on experience that even true love takes time and patience. What do you think?
Monday, August 24, 2009
FINANCIAL AID OFFERED TO STUDENTS,UNEMPLOYED APPLICANTS,SAHM's. Some of our local vendors have contributed to allow those who are in need of financial aid to attend this beginners course only. Please make mention this is for the CAES 100 series. We are running out of funding and our class is getting full! CAES Beginner Planning Course 100! Sept 12th 2009 For those who want to get into the industry have absolutely NO experience and want the logistics from beginning to end, this is the class for you!Please check out our website www.samanthagoldberg.com Education link. We have already reserved 6 seats and have ONLY 6 left! Please call Lacey Borman Cohen our Special Events Coordinator @ 908.219.4028 for an application to see if you are approved for this specialized course! Please mention CAES Beg Class 100 on Sept 12th 2009 as we have other classes being taught during the month of September as well. Those are advanced courses and have been filled. Please inquire about other classes when you call. For recent clients, we offer an additional $50 discount. Location 12 Bank Street Suite 201 Summit NJ 07901 Time and Date Sept 12th 2009 Time: 9:30-4pm Supplies included Breakfast and lunch provided and is included in fee ( We do not serve just roll ups! Unless of course that is what would like!) If you are coming in from out of state we have special hotel promos and transportation to the class. Please inquire if needed. Fee $699 Student Maximum 12 6 at Current We look forward to seeing you! ***Since this course is for Beginners ONLY we will have up to 2 intern dates for each student. You will be tested and will be required to work at least one event before you receive certification. You must be able to work a wedding on your own with an assistant provided by Samantha Goldberg. Posted by get real with samantha goldberg at 7:41 AM 0 comments
Monday, August 17, 2009
Hello Prospective Brides and Grooms Due to our many classes and new employees we are running a tri-state promotion (NY,NJ and PA). This promotion is limited to Sept-Jan of 2010 ONLY. Decor services by Samantha Goldberg will also be provided at a discount. Please call for our Fall Back Special 908.219.4028 for information. Ask for Lacey. Availability is limited during peak months Sept and Oct of 2009 as we have already booked other clients. Savings at over 40%!!!! So yes you can afford a planner! Distance will factor into the amount. This rate applies to 2 hours or less from Summit NJ. Minimal travel fees may apply for locations over 2 hours. We look forward to meeting you! Samantha Goldberg
For those who want to get into the industry have absolutely NO experience and want the logistics from beginning to end, this is the class for you!Please check out our website www.samanthagoldberg.com Education link. We have already reserved 6 seats and have ONLY 6 left! Please call Lacey Borman Cohen our Special Events Coordinator @ 908.219.4028 for an application to see if you are approved for this specialized course! Please mention CAES Beg Class 100 on Sept 12th 2009 as we have other classes being taught duirng the month of September as well. Those are advanced courses and have been filled. Please inquire about other classes when you call. For recent clients, we offer an additional $50 discount. Location 12 Bank Street Suite 201 Summit NJ 07901 Time and Date Sept 12th 2009 Time: 9:30-4pm Supplies included Breakfast and lunch provided and is included in fee ( We do not serve just roll ups! Unless of course that is what would like!) If you are coming in from out of state we have special hotel promos and transportation to the class. Please inquire if needed. Fee $699 Student Maximum 12 6 at Current We look forward to seeing you! ***Since this course is for Beginners ONLY we will have up to 2 intern dates for each student. You will be tested and will be required to work at least one event before you receive certification. You must be able to work a wedding on your own with an assistant provided by Samantha Goldberg.
It has been a few weeks since my last post. I feel like I am either leading to confession or the 12 step program. If there was a place for planners to do this, I would be first in line. The last 2 months have been unbelievable! While we have fabulous weddings 99% of the time, there's always a handful that you can say, this one is going to have some problems later on. Since I am hired to plan and not give marital advice, it is hard when a fellow bride asks us questions that elude to "am I making the right decision". You want to tell them flat out "STAY AWAY"! "The in laws are going to wreck your marriage and they are going to have their say in your special day whether you like it or not. Or your fiance won't even let you have your favorite colors in the venue, this is a sign that he does not respect your thoughts or opinions". It isn't as easy as choosing your wedding decor, vendors, guests and walking down the aisle. I wish this were true. It's really about communication and how it works with anything you do together. If your fiance' is a momma's boy/girl at this age, you might as well assume, this isn't going to change. It may get a bit lighter, but that's a bond that will last a lifetime. You have to accept this now, or just get out. There's no compromise 100% of the way! Marriage doesn't mean people will change for the better or make things "livable". I'm sure we can all agree that there are certain habits or peeves we have with our significant others. Some we can work with and some, we cannot change. Although, many relationships feel that once the wedding is over, everything just fits into place and we live happily ever after. Sounds great right? Sorry folks, this couldn't be farther from the truth. I'm not saying by any means that you cannot have a healthy marriage. I am mearly saying that it's going to take work. Some days your not going to see eye to eye. There many be days where some one's family has overstepped their boundaries. It's up to your partner in this case to let people know what's appropriate to get involved in. Do you know that saying "don't let them into your bedroom"? Well, it's not always meant to be about sex. It means your domain. If you are having sexual issues, I am not sure mom and dad should know about this. If you are old enough to get married, you are mature enough to handle this without them. Some of us are used to sharing EVERYTHING with our families and friends. Well, marriage kind of changes those rules. It's not like when your dating and you have smaller issues that get resolved or you break it off. Once you share intimate details about your marriage with family, you can be sure if the information you are sharing is bad, you cannot go back to having your family love them unconditionally all over again. That takes time, and there's no guarantee that things will go back to where they were. We live in a very judgemental world and there are many friends and families who are protective of their children or friends. Who can blame them? We don't want anything bad to happen to the ones we love right? but where do you draw the line? Some families no matter how hard you try, will always side with their own. Just because you marry into a family doesn't mean they will treat you like your one of them. I know this holds true for those who come from broken homes in hopes that this new found family will bring them in and treat them as an equal. Set no expectations, and whatever you receive will be a gift. I have had to follow this in many instances and it's hard. You cannot expect anyone to do anything. It's just something that they'll do, in their own time. If you both go into this union making decisions together and not involving the "outer world", you may find that you are able to conquer many things later on alone. Even if you don't agree with your partner about everything they want or need, even letting them express their thoughts is respectful. I wrote an article with Cosmo last December that mentioned how I know a couple isn't going to make it to the altar or after. Communication was key. Three out of the 5 signs I used had to do with how we are able to express our thoughts etc... Are we shot down or does the other listen and then give an opinion? There was one sign about letting the groom choose the cake. It did bring up several blogs written by men who agreed, this was important to them too. Let's be honest, it may seem like a silly thing to get into an argument over, but it's a decision and it's not really all about the bride anymore. Grooms have an opinion too. We should at least listen to what they say. Such a simple request "the cake". While you get to choose just about everything. Think about it. I will leave you with this. Yes, this Summer was challenging with a few clients. Some weddings were doomed from the start. I should have walked away. Maybe that would have changed things? Or not. I guess I will never know. I do know that with every couple where I saw issues, communication was the major reason of why it wasn't going to work, and we just went downhill from there. Sad when you invest so much time along with a large sum of money and you don't get the "happily ever after" you thought would be there in the end. The in laws still did what they needed to do to be happy whether you approved it or not, people still complained about how you only thought of yourselves by not allowing them to bring the kids. Like I said, marriage can be a wonderful thing if you don't set any expectations about the day or even afterwards. Letting things go with the flow as we say, allows for a lasting marriage in most cases. While certain things that we cannot change have to be figured out first. They don't get resolved after the nuptials. Trust me...From a former bride still married with children!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Today I was interviewed about being a television personality and celebrity event designer. They asked me if I ever thought I would go this far. I said " I thought at this age I would be doing commercials for tampons, Viagra & Boniva like Sally Field. I guess this will be my next goal? One day I aspire to discuss one product like Viagra and maybe Xanax to assist with the worries some brides/planners have. :) I think this will be a BIG hit! LOL...I hope everyone is doing well... xoxox Sam
Saturday, July 18, 2009
For years I have been asked why don't you write your own book Sam? You give advice to so many sources, I bet you would have several things you could write about. Each time I hear this, I agree with you! I could call it timing or being overwhelmed with all of the changes with-in our company. The truth is, maybe I just wasn't ready and needed the right push. I found that right push less than a month ago! Well, maybe he found me... To make a long story short, I was asked to contribute information for another author's book and began speaking with the author about why I haven't written one yet. Good question! One thing lead to another, he made calls and now, we have begun this amazing book together! There's so much to say so many details and our calls go on for hours as he gathers my information for each chapter. I never knew there was so much involved with a book. TOC (Table of Contents). See I am learning the lingo. It's much like planning a wedding. You have to set a blue print first before you can begin the groundwork. As you digg deeper you find more things to say! Without my magic book partner, I would not be doing this right now! I am really enjoying this and now kicking myself, why did it take this long? So no more excuses OK? I think we can all agree, I have a boat-load I can write about. The wonderful world of planning, how I got myself into this career, the people I have met and the ones I have left behind, the good and the bad behind the scenes, being on television and working with celebrities. I can go on and on... I think what most people want to read is the drama and the secrets I don't usually share. I do have secrets. Some are great and some are sad. Someday, when I am ready and have completed this book, I may divulge some things about me...Things that made no sense years ago, but do now. What you see on television is one part of who I am. I am also an author, a spokesperson for Hilton Family Brands, a contributing editor for www.bridalguide.com, a columnist for a few papers and a contributor for hundreds of publications on-going. There's a lot going on in this head of mine 24/7. Is this what I aspired to be? Your going to have to buy the book to see! What you don't see is that I am also a wife, a mother and a woman who is trying to decide what opportunity I can seize next. I love doing many things, some of the vendors in my circle are ready to climb aboard that train of excitement, while others can't understand why I can't just focus on one thing at a time. I have one answer to that. If I did things that didn't seem natural, I don't think I would have had all of these great opportunities come my way. You never know if you are truly ready unless you go for it. So with me, if it feels right and your too slow, I may be moons ahead jumping into a pool of ??? Head first! I only give 100%...There's no other way! I AM GOING FOR IT! I hope I can continue to count on your support along the way! I am so very excited about this project! I know it's going to be months before anything goes to print..But you will soon hear little tid bits about the book on some of the appearances I will be making on television etc... I am not just celebrating this alone. I get to celebrate this with all of you. Without your support, your following and emails...it would be incredibly difficult to do this. I am your biggest fan! Trust me, in this world, success only works when you support each other! I look forward to sharing little bits of the book and who knows I might need a few pieces of information from an unbiased point of view along the way! As always THANK YOU!!! This is a journey that is going to take us far! xoxo Sam
I am happy to announce we have finally completed our registration for both courses on June 25th 2009. Thank you for those who were adamant on saving a seat! You made me blush! Was it the discount??? Well, you asked for one!!! I am trying here! Due to the overwhelming response and questions about the series 200, I've decided to create a class for beginners ONLY in August and Sept. The class has been tailored to work with those who have no clue on where to begin with paper work, how to start the planning process, how to meet new vendors and build strong long lasting relationships with them. Etc. Please read our website www.samanthagoldberg.com (education link) for more information. The course will have intense role playing as well as some field trips 3-4 months after the course to some of the top venues in the NJ area. During these visits you will learn the secrets of the trade from those who have been in the fabulous world of weddings for over 20 years. This class will only be available to those who qualify based on our questionnaire. We will no longer be sending out our applications due to issues in the marketplace. We also want to ensure you are right for this particular course. The class will be open for ONLY 10 students and will only be available on August 22 and September 12th. Location Summit NJ Time: 9:30am to 4pm Meals and snacks included in fee. Fee $699 (Early enrollment discount of $50 if signed in by end of July 2009)Please mention this when you contact our Special Events Coordinator Lacey at 908.219.4028 We accept all credit cards, money orders and cash. Payment plans are an option. Please ask about the prerequisites of the payment plans when you call. We do have grants available for those who qualify. You will need to meet with a trained coordinator at the Summit location to discuss specifics. Each case will be considered. *** For those who are approved for the class you will receive a free bridal emergency kit on wheels. This is valued at over $170!! and was custom designed by Samantha Goldberg. This offer is not applicable for those who receive the $50 early sign up fee discount or any other discounted offers. However to be fair, the cases will be offered to you at a discount if you would like one. I look forward to seeing you at our next class! Samantha For those who had asked to be on our waiting list for CAES 100...Please call us as you may qualify for this class. We have most of your applications on file and can review each class with you to see what is the best fit for you.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Do you ever wonder how certain brides and grooms can afford elaborate items and not others? Did you know that some items they have are rented?? Yes they are!!!! Did you know that half of the elegant weddings you see in the movies have fake or borrowed elements? I bet you didn't know that? In the last 5 years many people have divulged ways to have to elegant bling, designer gowns and fabulous decor on a budget. I am firm believer that we are not raised with the ability to think outside the box when it comes to designing our wedding. There is a small percentage of brides who may have thought of how this one day should look since the day they were born. For the 99.9% of us, we have no clue. I have to admit, I am one of the 99% who had no idea what she wanted even though I worked in the industry. A White wedding with some floral seemed like a great idea! I never strived to have the best, I didn't have a favorite song or color. Honestly, I had to wing it. I just said yes to everyone's ideas... :) Now I didn't follow everyone's advice, I just said yes to shut them up. Another tip you should keep in your back pocket! When I hear about new trends or start one, I always am the first to share my treasures with the public. Why should such fabulous secrets be kept to myself? So let's start with some fun tools you should know about... Did you know you can rent a gown? A REAL high end designer gown that could have cost in the double digit thousands for a few hundred? These stores are out there and continue to expand slowly...Here are a few on the East Coast and I promise to list others as they become available to me! They even rent bridesmaids gowns too!!! http://www.alexandriasformal.com/page/page/1394292.htm This link has tons of options! http://www.weddingdressmarket.com/search.php?Start=340&c=2&AgentID=&search_city=&search_state=&search_country=&min=&max=&year1=&year2=&vehicle=&p=&r= Did you know that you can rent a cake??? You can! They look so fabulously real and having a great tasting sheet cake in the kitchen for serving? Whose going to know? I have been to many bakeries and I have to say, I cannot tell the difference. Don't say anything, but at one bakery I did try to lick the cake..I thought the baker was kidding! Ha! It was really fondant and foam...I still have a furry tongue from the dust on the cake! This place has EVERYTHING fake and so cool!!Don't lick it...Take it from a pro! http://www.rentafakecake.com/ Speaking of rentals..Rented Bling??? So So So available to anyone! Celebrities do this all the time and why can't you?? Check with your nearest jeweler for information on how! Stay tuned for some more secret ways to wow your guests and save thousands! Stick with me gals, I will take you on a ride you won't forget! Until next time! xoxo Sam
In the last week we have received many great emails and calls regarding our courses that have been taught since 2000. It seems as though some of my peers along with other classes such as the "Smart Planner" (which is about working through your blog and building your business this way, Penn Foster which is an online course and has not offered hands on training and various others have been brought to my attention. The big and most common question is how are each of you different? There are many classes that are available for less time, less of an investment. Some do teach about planning to an extent but do not spend enough time on logistics and relationship building. They focus on building the business, making contacts etc...I would say our course is very hands on, we speak of the logistics of planning, how to find your niche,how to begin, strategies on how to be different and various other topics that are crucial before you start. We also cover paperwork, the process from beginning to end, what to charge, how to get your foot in the door and how to handle rejection in the begining. This business isn't open arms from day one let's face it! Thank you to Poster Barbara Thompson for bringing to our attention that our class should be called a seminar instead of a course. This absolutely makes sense. I never thought of it that way! But am VERY appreciative for the suggestion! CAES is an ORIGINAL concept with customised content. I started the classes-courses in strategic planning and sales due to my vast background in sales, marketing training and events. I also have a background in education which shows my appreciation for educating! I do love to teach! This is key! My philosophy has always been to NOT copy or worry about your competition. It doesn't allow you to stand out in a crowd and doesn't show why you are special! I do emphasize this during my seminar. There have also been questions as to if we will match the fee of our newest competitors. We absolutely will if the course they have matches the same content as ours. If you are finding fees at $500 or $600 please show us the invoice and we will gladly work with you to show you the difference. In most cases, our courses are very different. We have spoken to many students that have invested in association courses and felt when they left, they were not worthy of the certificate the programs offered upon completion. This tells us that we have made a difference! CAES is a proven system that can take beginners to the next level or semi established planners to a more advanced status. Please make note, the CAES 200 course which is SOLD OUT on July 25th is for students who have already started planning events. The second class CAES 100 is for beginners which has a fee of $699. The course fee for "CAES 100" has not been dropped! It is a completely different course and the fee is substantially lower due to content. I look forward to seeing you in July!!! xoxo Samantha *** Samantha Goldberg has a background in design and education for over 18 years. She has taught courses for all vendors including sales, planners, and multi vendor functions. She has spoken at several ISES, ABC and expo events throughout the country.
Monday, July 6, 2009
CAES 100 Beginners Planning Course Summit NJ July 25th 2009 #2 Call us ASAP for your reservation! I felt horrible about booking this course last month! I know several of you have been asking and we had to grant booking to those who were on our waiting list. It was booked with in 4 days! I have never had that quick of a turn around trust me! However, I have GREAT news!! Due to the overwhelming response about our July 25th course, we have decided to have a second class the same day for less experienced planners or those who want the REAL basics of planning. This class is a bit less of an investment than the CAES 200 which is $999. The bad news...I can only facilitate 6 students. I don't have the space! Please visit our website at www.samanthagoldberg.com (Education link)for more information on content. We are able to accept 6 applications at this time. This class is new option for planners who just need to break into the industry...This will not be a regular running course! Date July 25th 2009 Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm Location: 12 Bank Street Suite 201 Summit NJ 07901 Fee: $699.00 Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and snacks, training, materials and hands on experience after the course. You will receive certification once you have completed a wedding on your own. We will supply the bride! Payment programs are open...PayPal, All Major credit cards, checks and cash are welcome. IOU's sorry guys, can't do it this time :) Please contact Lacey our Special Events Coordinator at 908.219.4028 to sign up today! This will be our last class until November of this year! Don't wait!!!!
Monday, June 29, 2009
I've always been a romantic at heart…I can't get enough of Hollywood love stories. Even if it’s only on the silver screen, I still believe true, non-judgmental love does exist. Even for some celebrities! You don't have to marry to live happily ever after...Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have proven this to be true. And several other A-listers are still together even after really crazy careers in Hollywood! As you all have heard, the beloved Farrah Fawcett has passed on from a long battle with cancer. I've kept pretty close tabs on her career through the years and have always felt she was a very accomplished woman. I can still remember watching Charlie’s Angels and seeing her poster in all of my friends' rooms! One thing I've always appreciated is the relationship she had with Ryan O’Neal through the years. I remember after her divorce with Lee Majors, Ryan was a good friend and soon after a long-time companion to Farrah. Who would have thought he'd stay until the end? They had many ups and downs, yet he had unconditional love and an appreciation for her. Even at her worst, he continued to ask for her hand in marriage. My eyes water when I think of his undying love for her. They were so close to tying the knot. While issues stood in the way of making a marriage happen for them, they still had an everlasting love and appreciation for each other. I think we can all agree that's not so easy to find. Just wondering what your thoughts are on true love? Do you feel the man you're with has what it takes to make it until the end? What is your opinion on unconditional love? May you all be blessed with unconditional love… Here’s to you Farrah! XOXO Sam
Monday, June 15, 2009
Back by popular demand we have FINALLY set a date for our next beginners planning course. If you are just starting out or need a refresher this is the class for you! This July will be our 14th class in 2 years! Please visit our website at www.samanthagoldberg.com (Education link)for more information on content. We are able to accept 12 applications at this time. Date July 25th 2009 Time: 9:30am to 4:00pm Location: 12 Bank Street Suite 201 Summit NJ 07901 Fee: $999.00 Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and snacks, training, materials and hands on experience after the course. You will recieve certification once you have completed a wedding on your own. We will supply the bride! Payment programs are open...PayPal, All Major credit cards, checks and cash are welcome. IOU's sorry guys, can't do it this time :) Please contact Lacey our Special Events Coordinator at 908.219.4028 to sign up today! This will be our last class until November of this year! Dont wait!!!!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
One thing I never thought I would have to deal with is a friend who was jealous enough to post terrible information about me in a public chat room. You never think that this could happen to you especially when you share your frustrations about the business and just life in general. You never think someday, it can backfire on you. I remember reading a website called "I Hate Rachel Ray.com". I thought to myself how could anyone be so vicious as to participate in something so insensitive. Could we call this jealousy, or just plain being rude? Rachel had just stated out at this point and she found out who it was. It was an old colleague. I was mortified for her. Who would actually make the time to say these things? What would make someone do it I asked myself. And then it dawned on me, the green devil comes out no matter what you think about people. That saying "keep your friends close and your enemies even closer". I am not sure I agree with that. I actually was given some information about this poster and wonder what do I do? Do I confront them? Do I press charges for defamation of character? Furthermore, why was it done? I can go with the whole jealousy issue, but why be jealous over a friend or someone you know because you want what they have? It's not like there's a shortage of brides. I've worked very hard to get to where I'm at. It wasn't given to me on a silver platter. The more I grow and noted as so, the more criticism follows. I remember a producer at Style telling me any publicity is good. It means you have a made an impact. I am not sure I want this type of attention especially if it's negative. I work on shows that are National and International. Everyone who reads the postings in any chat room can form their own opinion. But it still stinks! What I need is some unbiased opinions. What would you do if you found out someone you know is talking smack about you? Have you ever run into this? What did you do? At this point I don't care about rekindling a business relationship...I just want to know why they said these things. They are hurtful and untrue. I know you have all faithfully followed by blogs and I thank you for doing so. I thought if anyone could understand this, you would. What would you do? I found out this persons secret "identity" through an attorney and now it's my choice if I choose to press charges or let it go? I am having problems letting it go. If it's not this person, it will be someone else. Right? Thanks for listening! xxoox Sam
Sunday, May 31, 2009
A few weeks ago I started talking about how the economy is affecting us all—especially those of us currently planning weddings. Well, I turned my attention to other subjects for a few weeks because I was starting to feel like a Debbie Downer, and really, who wants to hear how dismal things are week after week? Well, we can’t avoid the topic forever, and I would rather help you figure out how you can still have it all—the wedding of your dreams—even in this rough economy. The other piece of this—and also something we can’t avoid discussing—is whether your guests will be able to afford to make it to your wedding. And, I hate to be the one to have to admit this, but will your guests also be cutting back on your wedding gifts? Someone had to say it. Yes, it is selfish to wonder about your wedding gifts in a time like this, but truth is, weddings are generally a selfish event where we find ourselves worrying about things we wouldn’t normally. I think it’s OK to be a little selfish this one time in your life. Just remember—it’s just this one time. And also please remember, people are suffering in this very difficult economy. So, let’s get back to your dream wedding on a realistic budget. For starters, I know you wanted a spring or fall wedding, but this is one area where you can easily shave off a lot of expense simply by having your wedding in an “off” month. I know, no big surprise here, but I wanted to remind you that July is a beautiful month to get married, and you could get very lucky with the weather— August too, and even November. This is a relatively minor compromise that could represent big savings. Moving on—would you be willing to have a Friday evening, Saturday afternoon or Sunday (anytime) wedding? If you can forfeit your Saturday-night affair, you could save BIG bucks. I know, no great revelation here either, but do ask yourself this question—are you willing to cut back on guests just to have a Saturday-evening affair? Just by changing the time of the year, and day of the week of your wedding, you can see a 20–50 percent savings. So, my advice is quit arguing over the guest list and compromise in other areas so you can have the venue of your dreams surrounded by ALL the people you love. Next, you need to prioritize. Once you’ve secured your biggest expense, the venue, start by making a list of the things that are most important to you—areas you are NOT willing to compromise. For many, this is photography and videography. Why? Because besides (hopefully!) your actual marriage, these are the two things that will last the longest beyond your wedding day. If you want a lifetime of reminders of your big day, allocate a decent amount of your wedding budget for these items, but do remember, you DON’T have to go with the highest end photographer. There are many middle-of-the-road (expense-wise) vendors that are just as good and will save you big time! And, even if it makes you uncomfortable (take 10 yoga breaths), you MUST ask for a good deal…now is the time! Stop shaking your head and saying, “I don’t have nearly enough in my wedding budget to hire a decent photographer.” Yes, you do, because you can register for one! If you and your loved one are both bringing toasters and dishes into the equation, you don’t need to register for those household items. Instead, you can register for your vendors! I know it seems a little untraditional, but people, these are quirky times. Quick tip: Have your stationer make up little cards for each vendor and include them in your shower invites so people will know they can contribute to these registries. Now, I won’t take you through every single item on your wedding to-do list, but here are some rules to live by when planning your dream wedding on a reduced budget: As I said, prioritize the items on your wedding wish list. Make cuts and compromises where you won’t feel “cheated.” And, don’t compromise on those things that mean the most to you—set aside enough money for those items, and then see if you can secure as good a deal as possible on those pieces. With the less important items, ask family and friends to help out. Got a crafty friend? Ask her to help you out with your favors as her wedding gift to you. Got any friends in the printing business? Perhaps they could print your invitations for you. Know any good bakers? Could they make you a wedding cake? Love your mom’s wedding dress? Everything old is new again…what about her veil, or wedding jewelry? Any of your friends into making jewelry these days as a hobby? Looking for a break on the catering? What about culinary students? You can go to a great culinary school and see if you can get a good deal on catering. Got any friends with younger siblings working part-time as deejays? Will they run the music for your wedding if you pre-program your iPod? Having a non-denominational ceremony? It’s very easy to get certified online these days to perform marriages—another great wedding gift idea from a friend or family member. Do yourself and your friends and family a favor by securing as much help as you can when planning your wedding. By offering you a “service” in lieu of a crystal vase, they can save money on your wedding gift and you can save BIG time on vendors! All it takes is just a little bit of imagination. Xoxo Sam
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tis the time of year where we finally get to see the episodes we've taped for season 9! Turn on the TIVO and DVR and watch Samantha Goldberg along with Linnyette Richardson Hall share an exciting one hour of challenging tasks! See Ana above getting fancied before her big debut on camera! She was a wonderful bride!! Did we have fun drama or what???? Your going to love my "tough love" shopping tactics! The show will be aired on May 26th at 8pm Eastern time! You're going to love it! Ana and Tony were an awesome couple to work with and we had an amazing time taping even though we dealt with some crazy vendors! The show is called Wedding Warriors! Now that sounds like a show I could do with Linnyette. Got to love the "tell it like it is" personality to appreciate the show! We do not hold back if things need to be said that's for sure. Get ready for a new show on the CW network coming out June 18th "Hitched or Ditched". We had the pleasure of working with a new production company and the experience was amazing and fun. Yes, there is drama, but not with us!!!! Let ne know what you think. I hope this episode makes you laugh! xoxox SG
Monday, May 18, 2009
For those who have expressed interest, we ONLY have 3 spots left! Sign up today and save 1/2! Please inquire with Lacey Borman Cohen at 908.219.4028. See what you can do with your next client and their venue!!!! Includes a little vino and pizza too! Get ready to make a centerpiece and learn the color wheel! xoxo Sam
Sunday, May 17, 2009
If your an East coaster and you get the Courier, we have a fantastic article about prom and the trends this year! I will try to link it! Enjoy! Congrats to Amy and Daniel and Elaine and Daniel today! It's cold out there! I'm glad you all decided to have the ceremony indoors! I would have froze with you Amy, but you know I would have raced you to the door when it was over! :) XO Love you guys! Sam
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I appreciate the emails and the following this blog has brought me! I know there are several of you who are aspiring planners or in the industry. I guess you can call us all aspiring. When I am asked what do I aspire to be, I have to change the subject. No really...I have tried to dabble in many things. How can I answer just one area? Some might call it selective ADD! No wait, that's what I call it! Ha! While focus is important in our industry, it's OK to goof around once in while. It keeps me smiling and others around me happy. Isn't the reason why we do this to keep ourselves and others happy. I mean this is the happy business right? It's been a very relaxing year to say the least. We've been crazy busy, but seem to finally have a system that works for all. I have spent more time on other projects and my team continues to amaze me with their fantastic organization skills and sales tactics. My company still continues to be a lonely business at times. When you've "made it" as some have told us, what do you really get? While many aspire to be where you are, there are many who would do anything to destroy it. How can this be you ask? You know exactly what I am talking about. While some call it your competition, I call it the "others"...If you let them get to you, your going to fail. I know times are tough right now. I am sickened by the amount of jobs being lost. I am saddened by the smiles around me not so bright anymore. I continue to do what I can so we don't end up on the sidelines. I just don't want to fail, so I won't. It is THAT simple. Not sure if you have read The Secret" or have watched the movie. It's amazing the laws of attraction. What positive things we reap when we think good and hard about the things we need to stay happy. I truly believe in this. I live each day hoping tomorrow will be just as good. And that my 5 year old will still have the cute rolls of fat on her thighs.. These things are what I look forward to. Hard day at work and juicy kisses when I come home! Wishing we could all be on the same team at times! How cool would that be??? I have met some of the most amazing people this year! For those who are inquiring for internships we are at max right now. Please check back with us in July or August. Don't get distraught, be patient. It will happen whomever you work with in this world. Here's hoping our brides tonight and tomorrow have sunshine for some photos outdoors! Thanks for not blaming me for the weather! xoxo Sam
Friday, May 15, 2009
I have some great news! We are in the process of opening a 3rd location in Chicago! In the past few years I have planned several nuptials in the windy city and decided we needed to be there! Starting in August 2009 we will have our first location set! Please inquire with our Summit NJ location until we have our phone system ready to go! Lacey Borman Cohen will be handling any and all inquires at 908.219.4028 I would also like to announce we are having our first CAES planners series in Chgo this July and August! Location to be announced. Most likely will be in the Northshore. Hotels seem too work best! Especially for WI and IN... This class is limited at 12 students so please let us know about adding you to our roster!!! Can't wait to meet you this Summer! Sam
Monday, May 11, 2009
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Thursday, May 7, 2009
I always thought I was a structured worker. Needing things just so. If I look back, I think this made me crazy! I think systems are wonderful, but you need to leave room for changes. I'm not so sure everyone understands this while planning for the big day. I have told my clients many times while watching them get upset about the small things. I ask "Do you really want to focus on the cheese display being a bit empty or do you want to look at the BIG picture your ceremony went off lovely and the reception room couldn't be sweeter"? We look at each other and laugh. So typical, but so true. The little things we focus on. Why? I always find my clients saying it's easier to focus on the bad instead of the good. Or easier to hear the worst instead of the best. I'm not too great with criticism if it means it's destructive. I remember hearing in Pretty Woman my favorite movie, while they were laying in bed saying how special they thought each other were. Julia Roberts said " the bad things are easier to believe". Is it really this way? I find myself trying to keep our clients on the other side of this, as negative vibes prove nothing but more negative issues. I don't know about you, but this causes me to run! On television you may see this well put together planner..Inside this gal wants to dash for the door. But what will that solve? I think we all know after this many years in the business. You just learn to deal. This is what I teach my clients. To deal.. Even when it's really bad, what control do we have? Very little once the day has begun. Once you realize this is it, you tend to let things go, but on a normal day you may run for the hills. Anyone have this? I have to admit this may be me in a few ways! Looking forward to your thoughts? Do you find yourself being more critical as the day comes near? Do you focus on the bad things more than the good? Why? xoxo Sam
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Wedding season is here! This weekend was our first kick off with 3 weddings. We ONLY have 6 more to go! This month! I have to laugh when I say this, who would have thought years ago, I would be working with months which we serviced 9 weddings? For those who read this and are married, what is your favorite part of the day? You go through the motions, but what part do you really remember? For myself, it's watching you walk into the reception to see the months of hard work all come together. If you think about it, this is the largest amount of time you'll invest for the big day. All of the important players that make it happen your way! I love the smiles and sighs of relief after you say your vows. The best part is watching you relax in general. Why life chose this as the top 3 major things you go through in your life always makes sense after a wedding! It's life changing for everyone, even your planner! I felt very complete inside after last nights wedding. JoAnn and Keith. The weather could not have been better and the stress levels were at a minimum. I wish I could duplicate this couple. To show everyone the small things just don't matter. This couple actually cared that I had a life too. I wasn't just the hired help. I wasn't on their pay roll. I was a part of the day. The one who assisted with their ideas and made it happen. I think we did make it happen based on the smiles! I could not have been more touched when they asked me to sign their Ketubah and marriage license. They had many close friends and family nearby. For a moment I asked why me? I felt honored and again speechless. We were friends. Can't find that with everyone. That's why it's so touching. People ask me all kinds of questions about this business, none are what we get from the experience. It is an honor to plan something so important. When you choose us, you are making an investment for something you will remember for a lifetime. I remember each bride, each potential client whether good or bad. How do forget a couple unless things go sour? I would be lying if I said every wedding we've planned has worked exactly the way we wanted. Or a possible loss of communication while planning that dissolves our relationship. Either way you look at it, it affects us. I've met a few people (being very modest) who were fans of WWIIA and they of course bring up the silly episodes I've done. They ask how could I have tolerated? Or they agreed with my decision. You never know your being watched until someone calls you by your first and last name...Or you hear soft whispers as you walk by that's Samantha Goldberg"...from the wedding show. I think the only time I have ever heard my name that way was while I was in trouble via mother! "Samantha Gene Rosenfeld" (maiden name)What are you doing now? I still shrivel the shoulders when it's spelled out. I have to ask myself, did I do something wrong again? Ha! Do I get into trouble often you ask? Hmm...How do I answer this and not sound like I am trouble on wheels. Let's just say I tread all waters lightly and hope for the best! Until the next post! I do hope all of you who are getting ready for the big day know that the small problems that come up, really don't make an impact on your day. I promise! xo Stay Smiling! Sam
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
What do we expect during hard times? Maybe more time to educate ourselves on how to do better, work smarter and stay focused. I think you are aware that I love to educate. It will never bore me. Sometimes I feel that educating was what I was meant to do. I am ready for another class if you are! Our last class was a great 10 student day! Please check out my web page on education for specifics on what class entails. Date: June 6th 2009 Location: 12 Bank Street Suite 201 Summit NJ Time: 9:30-4pm Fee: Please contact Lacey Borman Cohen our Special Events Coordinator at 908.219.4028 We accept all major credit cards, checks, PayPal and cash. For more information please visit our website at www.samanthagoldberg.com Click on EDUCATION Class is limited at 12 students!!!!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tis The Season For Engagement or Not? It seems in the last few weeks we have heard about several celebrities getting some bling! Speaking about HUGE bling, I think the one that surprises me the most is playboy Vince Vaughn is engaged to Calgary Realtor, Kyla Weber as released in US Magazine! That man has dated several woman and the last significant relationship was with Jenn Aniston which obviously didn't work. I sure hope this one is a success! Poor Jenn! He was ready, just not with her. I will tell you I used to get wonderful massages from Vince's sister Valerie. I remember hearing some fun stories about M. Vaughn. I think he might be better off with someeone who doesn't mind being in the spot light. I just hope Hollywood doesn't freak her out! Now, I don't know about you but I enjoy watching the Bachelor. What I don't understand is how crazy these participants get when clearly they've only known of this person for a short period of time. Did you get wind of the newest bachelor who first chose Melissa. He even jumped into he pool he was so in love! Not even a week later he decides he wants to get engaged to the gal who was his runner up Molly. I don't get it! How can you engage in one relationship and not even a week later decide you are in love with the girl you just dumped on National television??? I don't know about you, but I was appalled and along with millions of viewers we can all agree this one is a real idiot! Watch out Molly! This is clearly a man who has commitment issues. This is not the first time in bachelor history where someone has called off an engagement or decided to reach out for the runner up. What would you do if you were the runner up and someone dumped you on National television and a week later decides he wants to marry you? I would show him moves with my legs I cannot divulge. Ha! One engagement that was called off that was really a shocker was Brian Austin Green to Megan Fox! They were sure to beat the odds! According to US Magazine at the end of Feb, they decided it just wasn't right after 2 years????? Surely there must be more to the story than this. Supposedly they are amicable and still friends. I guarantee neither of them will have an issue finding love elsewhere. What I don't understand is how after you spent being engaged for 2 years would you end the relationship? You know the person well obviously. All problems and issues are not going anywhere. Do you just give up and call it quits? Have you ever been engaged for a short period of time say less than a week? Why did it end? Or if it did end could you see yourself jumping into another relationship with a "runner up"? I am dying for your feedback! I was kind of rooting for Brian and Megan to be honest! But I am happy for Vince Vaughn and his new fiance Kyla Weber. Maybe it's better that only one is in the spotlight for now. I hope she can handle it! From real estate to a Hollywood lifestyle, ahhhhhh fingers are crossed! Much Love and Luck during this time of engagement to you all! Please share your engagement stories with us! Sam xoxo
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Obviously you can tell I love to educate! I love the CAES 100 series...Your first intro to the wedding industry! I have watched all of our students in the last few years blossom into awesome planners! For those who want to take design to the next level, I have the class for you! Meet CAES 200 Series! Finally a class that teaches design and offers a hands on workshop too! Have you ever wondered how floral artists learn to create a vision? They show you a scribble and within a few hours construct an amazing centerpiece! This has always been extremely fascinating to me. I would never consider myself a floral designer. However, after taking a floral class, I have a HUGE appreciation for them! Well for those who are curious like me, We're having a fabulous "chic" floral design class on June 1st! This class will allow you learn the fundamentals of design!! You will also work hands on with a professional floral designer on 2 centerpieces! This class will be monthly at our Summit location and most likely be scheduled on Monday evenings from 6-9pm.... Our first class is scheduled for June 1st 2009 6-9pm. We are only able to squeeze 10 students in each class due to high demand and space! So if you are not able to get into this class, try again in July! We currrenly have 7 students ready to go for June! We're down to 3 openings! It's funny how I asked our last class on Sat the 18th if there was interest and they all signed up! I know this is just another method to prove how valuable you are to your clients! I will provide the pizza and wine! You are to bring comfy clothes and a mind set ready to bring your business to the next level. I mean business ladies and gentleman! Please contact Lacey (email@example.com) our Special Events Coordinator regarding fees and dates that currently are being booked. This is going to be an amazing class for those who really want to understand floral! What if you have a budget bride and she looks to you to make it happen??? Wouldn't it be fantatsic to make someone's vision become a reality! You'll look like the hero and they will love you to death for providing the service! June 1st is the date! Don't wait! I hope to see you there! xoxo Sam
I nearly SPIT my juice box out when I read it! (April 22) - A New York woman has filed a lawsuit against a wedding guest who allegedly announced during the ceremony she had been having an affair with the groom, the New York Post reports. Sandrina and Harold Purdum, both 31, wed last September in South Ozone Park, a neighborhood in Queens. In a civil suit filed in Queens Supreme Court, Sandrina Purdum claims that guest Jennifer Angevine -- who was Harold's boss at the time -- ruined her special day with an outburst in which she allegedly tossed a drink on another guest and poked the bride in the chest while making the stunning claim. Me and Harry were good together. You had to ruin everything by marrying him. You f- - -ed everything up," Sandrina Purdum quotes Angevine, also 31, as saying in the suit. Harold Purdum, who denies having an affair with Angevine, quit his job following the wedding and has not found employment since, the paper reported. The suit, which accuses Angevine of slander and inflicting emotional distress and battery, goes on to allege that Angevine caused such a stir that 70 guests were ordered to leave the catering hall. The couple spent their wedding night apart but have been trying to work things out. "This girl really ruined my life," Sandrina Purdum told the Post. "Nobody should go through what I went through. Every time I talk about it, I get chills." HOLY HOT TAMALES!!!!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
So your thinking Destination huh? Well, that's a fabulous idea for a bride on a budget! And the more spontaneous you are with location and timing, you are sure to get a steal where ever you go! Now all I need to know is when your calling me to assist you, and can I bring a friend? Ha! One of the questions we are asked frequently is what to tell "our" guests to wear? How do you find good beach apparel? Even if your not by the beach? I recently came across some great websites for clothing. There are enough ideas for the bride and groom especially if you want to look semi casual for the big day. They also carry a ton of apparel ideas for your guests. The prices are fair and the quality is great I assure you! VINEYARD VINES http://www.vineyardvines.com/weddings/?roi=echo4-5323684788-4511234-8b1e078909d511894dab5af166ea0ba0&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weddings_4.20.09 J CREW J Crew is also another great website carrying fresh breathable fabrics for a beach theme or destination wedding. Destination weddings are becoming more popular each day. They carry less stress in general not to mention how they can also be less expensive for the reception and ceremony. This does depend on where you are going obviously. Fiji may not work this route, unless you want to chance it during hurricane season! Some of the more popular areas for weddings are located in the Caribbean such as St. John, St. Martin and Anguilla. The DR is great and Hawaii is just incredible with wedding packages right now! Mexico continues to be a popular locale. I recently did some research on what a Kosher meal would cost for a Jewish /Moroccan wedding. Can you believe it was less than $100per person inclusive of all taxes-gratuities? I was floored. It takes a lot to blow me away...The price points for an amazing wedding are unbelievable! On the East coast you can barely find locations that can offer a deluxe package at this price during peak season. I was shocked, but at the same time excited! I have so many ideas for the budget bride. This is just another idea to add to the list! We receive calls weekly about wanting to have an intimate wedding for 50-75 guests on a 10K-15K budget. With all of the great promotions regarding travel right now, you can have a celebrity style wedding with this budget. Especially in MX. Can you tell I am a fan of Mexico. I've been to MX over 25 times! How can one compare crisp white sand and Curacao blue waters behind you to a local venue in photos? There's nothing that compares to this. I am guessing for my 10th wedding anniversary, I'm going to plan a renewal of vows somewhere tropical. I just love the entire concept of traveling for an event! You do need to realize that not everyone will be able to attend for reasons such as budget or work obligations. However, if you want an intimate wedding this is the way to go. It's a great way to get out of the guests you don't want to come! (Shh..I didn't say that). When you think about it, you can escape to another location after you've tied the knot! Your guests can be left lying on the beach enjoying a foofy cocktail discussing how absolutely fabulous your wedding was. Believe it or not, Hilton is a totally chic hotel in Cancun! They were the ones who came in less than $100 per person! This was for Kosher dinner. I did inquire about regular entree options and it was even less expensive starting at $70pp. So the next time you feel bad about your budget, remember you have options that are far greater than what you may find locally. Who doesn't want to maximize their budget?? Here's to great weddings overseas!
I devote my time to ensuring our clients recieve fab service. There's another "calling" for me. To give back to my peers that aspire to be the next "best" fancy pants somebody! Those who play it safe standing behind me, will fail. I do serve as a warning to others and yes, I'm nutty. It's who I am & it's not going to change, as it works. Feel free to comment & join me on what could be the best road trip EVER!
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