weddings (19)

Tis' the season to get married, and many brides are gearing up for their perfect day. You have the dress, the caterer, the flowers and the perfect man, but do you have your BBF (bride's best friend)? Yes, finding the makeup artist is always a difficult task because you want to look absolutely perfect on your special day. Rightly so! Finding the right makeup artist is trial and error, and it may take some time to find someone who gets your vision. But the effort is so worth it. Don't risk it by waiting until the last minute either. I'm sure you have a friend who can "do makeup," but bridal makeup is very different from everyday makeup and should be done to your liking. You should just be able to sit back, relax and enjoy your moment.
Here are some tips on finding your BBF:

1. Go through some magazines and collect at least three looks you may want to try for your wedding. Make sure it's a classic look that you will admire when you look back in 30 years -- nothing trendy and nothing over the top. You want to look like you but better.

2. Take a picture of your dress and your bridesmaids' dresses so you have a canvas to work from. Your dress may have a colored sash or beading that's important for the makeup artist to see.

3. At the trial, be vocal and tell the makeup artist what you like and don't like. She is there to make you feel like the stunning bride you will be. Make sure she tells you what products she's using. Should you decide to book her, make sure it's at least two hours before your big "I do" moment. You don't want to feel rushed and must allow time for other important things like getting into your dress!

This is your big day and you want to look your best. Take your time and find someone who wants the same for you! Feel free to visit my online makeup portfolio to check out my bridal work!

Feel free to leave a comment. Until next time have a wonderful day!

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Featured Videographer: LAD4 Creations Inc

Our goal is to not only film your wedding day but to do it in a way that will tell the story of your day for generations to come. We take the time to both listen to our clients vision and educate them on how we work to capture that vision on film. The result is a very personalized video that our clients really love to watch. Our approach is very simple: "Be a Blessing to Others". That's how we start the day and end it. Everything we produce is a result of that approach.

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How To Juice Up Your Wedding Planning Business

With all the entrepreneurial women here I wanted to be sure to share this article that I recently wrote for E-Zine Articles.You can read the full article at: read, rate and comment as you feel moved.One of my specialties is coaching businesses on how to creatively integrate network marketing as an additional revenue stream and value add for their clients.Please feel free to contact me if you are trying to figure out if a network marketing opportunity is a good fit for your business. I have a lot of experience and expertise in that area.Sincerely,
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GIFT ETIQUETTE 101 - How do I handle...?

One of the most common questions that I get emailed about has to do with this: how do I handle a gift when I've been invited to a wedding, birthday party, graduation celebration, bridal shower, baby shower, etc. (fill in the blank) and I can't go?The short answer is this: you do not have to send a gift if you RSVP "No."No go? No gift.I hope this helps to make a lot of people a little less stressed out!
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Debra's Poetic Justice

I have been blessed with a unique talent. I can write about any topic relating to any issue, holiday, marriage anniversary, church anniversaries, pastor appreciations, weddings and funerals,etc.Ever get tongue-tied, tripped up or just don't know what to say? Well fret no more, give me a shout and I'll help you out. Commemorate Your words presented in a "POETIC FLOW" forever.You receive a personalized poem printed with Your words to Your special someone. Allow ME to express YOU! I have never had a disappointed client. Each poem has it's own flow, it's own flavor and expresses precisely the message YOU wish to convey.Bless someone's life with the gift of Your Words EXPRESSED in Poem.Debra's Poetic Justice:(Following does not represent every poem written.)SUBJECTS/ TITLES OF POEMS WRITTEN FOR OTHERS.PASTOR APPRECIATION :1. What is a Pastor (Recited for Pastor's Birthday and Televised Recital for Pastor Appreciation.)2. A Balanced Team3. I Appreciate You Pastor and This is How Much.4. Revival5. Happy Anniversary/Birthday Pastor (Recited at a Pastor's Appreciation Dinner ~ 500+ guests).6. Congratulations To You!7. God's Love (Televised Recital at 3 church services ~5,000+members and also a Radio Recital at local church 500+ members.)WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES:1. When I Reminisce.(Recital at Distinguished Restaurant).2. You Are So Beautiful to Me.(Recited at a Family's Celebration 50year Anniversay at a Hall).BIRTHDAY:1. When I Didn't Know What to Ask For.2. There's No Imagining Life Without You3. The Fabric of the Man. (Recited at a Boss's Birthday Bash).4. Just Live. (gift to Boss who'd just had a heart attack).5. Smiling Deep Within. (Birthday gift from Father to his Son).6. Your~ Mother's Love! (Dedicated to my Ex-mother in law).FUNERALS:1. Our Precious Gift. (MY SISTER)2. Our Dear Dad (Best Friend's Dad)3. God Gave Us a Ray!4. The Heart of the Man.5. A Life of Significance. (God Mother/ Aunt)(All recited at Funeral)HOLIDAYS:1. The Blessings of You.2. For the Rest of My Life - "I Do." (Valentine Day for Fiance')3. Praise to my Father for a Dad Like You!(My Dad on Father's Day)4. Voices In The Wilderness (Televised Recital for Black History Month)5. Your Love Enhances Me.JUST BECAUSE:1. God's Light In You Blesses Me.2. Legacy of Love.3. Even At A Distance. (Cousin)4. God Bless This Home. (From a Son to Parents)LOVE:1. The Awakening!2. Love on the Highest Degree.3. Do You Know4. Soul Talk.5. So Am I To You. (Recited in a wedding)6. Why Do We Have to Wait?7. What Do You Do, When You Don't Know What To Do?8. I Long To Please You.9. Loving You!10. The Man That I Treasure.(All Personal)WEDDINGS:1. So Am I to You. (Recited in an Exclusive Wedding)2. And They Two Shall Become One Flesh. (Recited in Wedding)3. God's Gift (Recited in Wedding)4. My Heart's Prayer. (Recited at Rehearsal Dinner)5. The Story of Our Lives.6. On This Your Special Day! (Recited at Reception)*THESE POEMS WERE GIVEN AS GIFTS TO BLESS ANOTHER LIFE AND WHETHER YOU ARE THE GIVER OR THE RECEIVER YOU REMAIN BLESSED BECAUSE THE GIFT AND WORDS, THOUGHTS AND HEART (FLAVOR/FLOW OF POETRY) FOREVER REMAIN, LONG AFTER THE DAY IS THROUGH.De Poetic 1
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Thanks Michael!

I wanna thank Michael Corsentino of Corsentino Photography for being my guest today. It was so cool that you Mom called into the show. Check out our conversation here you want to get into touch with Michael, here's his contact details:Michael CorsentinoCorsention Photographerhttp://www.cphotographer.comStudio: 415-346-8156Check out his blog....Its so beautiful!
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If you haven't had a chance to check out my radio show "Cocktails and Conversations with the Event Diva" then I invite you to check us out. We are on Blog Talk Radio each and every Thursday at 8:00 PM EST talking about every aspect of social entertaining...from the small intimate dinner party for 2 to the large gala for 2000 and everything in between, you can best believe that we'll talk about it!Tonight Jonetta (my co-host and BFF) and I talked about Wedding Stationery. We also found the time to squeeze in some talk about the "Sex and the City" debut this Friday! Check out the show....Hope you like it!
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Luxury Affairs for the Posh Goddess

Envi Consulting & Associates is a boutique Event Management and Consulting Firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA. With operations in Atlanta, GA; Washington, DC; New York, NY; and Los Angeles, CA, we pride ourselves in providing the best quality and service in the industry for our clients. Specializing in Luxury Affairs, from weddings to parties, conferences to galas, Envi Consulting & Associates puts the L in luxury, while taking your event to the next level, adding the WOW factor that your guests will be raving about for months to come!Our team of dynamic event designers, consultants, and coordinators are ready to bring your vision to a reality. Not only do we bring your best ideas to life, but we make sure that you have a stress free planning process and fully enjoy your Wedding Day! Working with the best vendors in the industry, we know that Envi Consulting & Associates is the perfect fit to make your Wedding Day as Spectacular as you have dreamt!Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation at or 678-558-6052, where we can discuss what your vision is and how Envi Consulting & Associates can make it a reality!For more information visit us on the web at and
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Upcoming Guests on LE-Radio

LE-Radio will soon be on the air and we will be chatting about all things Wedding, Special Events and Travel. Some of our special guests on LE-Radio will include:Rev. Angela Chester for Blessings All AroundKeisha Monk-Myrick of Chocolate BridesKeisha will be my guest on May 25Michael Corsentino of Corsentino PhotographerMonette Thompson of Blooming BroomsYou can also chat with me in our online chat as well as call into our show at 646-200-4451. Our chat will also be available after the show at and will soon be available for download on I Tunes.Make sure to make our homepage one of your favorites and we look forward to "seeing" you on the radio.
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Upcoming Guests on LE Radio

We are talking all things Wedding, Special Events, and Travel. We broadcast on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at Noon PST/3pm EST on http://www.le-radio.netHere's a list of our upcoming shows and guests.April 27, 2008How to choose a photographerSpecial guest: Michael Corsentino of Corsentino PhotographerMay 11, 2008Mother's Day - No ShowMay 25, 2008ChocolateBrides.comSpecial Guest: Keisha Monk-Myrick, OwnerHope that you will be able to join and call in with your questions or join us for our live chat.See you on the radio!MargaretLexus Eventshttp://www.lexusevents.biz
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Hello all. Just wanted to drop you all a line about one of the newest website to hit the market and that I have recently become a member of their! If you haven't heard about it, check it out. If you already know about it, spread the word. This is a great resource for brides looking for top notch wedding professionals and wedding professionals looking to connect with awesome brides.Launched a little over a year ago, WeddingWire and is really gaining steam. As a matter of fact they've just partnered with another fabulous wedding brand you may have heard of - Martha Stewart! WOO HOO!Here are some of the great features they offer brides:* Access to every vendor a bride could possibly need in every area of the country, all under one roof!* Client Reviews: Hear from past clients about their experiences with prospective vendors.* Vendor Endorsements: Learn what other wedding professionals think about prospective vendors.* Vendors I Know: See which businesses your prospective vendor has worked with. A great way to find other quality vendors.* Vendor Q&A: Answers to your frequently asked questions!* Vendor Tips and Advice: Get great advice from wedding professionals!Here's a link to my new storefront . Drop by and check it outEnjoy your evening!
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Greetings BBWO!Envi Consulting & Associates is proud to announce its OFFICIAL launch of the newest blog in the Event Planning industry!Filled with tips, trends, styles, designs for the Event Planning Professionals, Brides, and Hosts/Hostesses!Don't miss out on some great information, great specials, as well as money saving tips to create lavish events without the lavish pricetag!Visit us at : http://enviconsulting.blogspot.comFor more information visit our homepage at
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