Monday, November 26, 2007

The look of the CAKE.





Ah the wedding cake! In my opinion, the presence of the wedding cake is an event in itself. As the most commonly found wedding tradition and widely thought to symbolize fertility, the wedding cake has played an important part of the festivities for years. Today with all the designs and trends at your disposal, the sky’s the limit when deciding on your style. If you simply do not want traditional remember that many couples are opting for the less traditional mini cakes, or cupcakes and this fun alternative will surely impress all your guests. Dream up your cake, take some notes, cut out a few inspirations and head to your baker. Here are some great pictures and just a few examples to show you how beautiful the cake can be. Remember to schedule your tasting! Delicious!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Last night's CRAVE Event

The event was great! We had an amazing time putting all together and in the end it was a blast! Thank you to all the sponsors and vendors for making it such a success. Special thanks to LUXE rentals who provided us with some incredible pieces! The show looked great and the vibe was just right.

Here are some pictures from last night's event. Stay tuned for the Oscar Party we are having on February 24th at the all new ALT Hotel. Contact us for early bird registration. Only 150 tickets will be sold! Everyone one walks away with a luxury Gift Bag! The giveaways are amazing. You won't want to miss this event!






Thursday, November 1, 2007

CRAVE HOLIDAY PARTY TICKETS




Our CRAVE Holiday Shopping event is just around the corner. We are so excited to be holding such an amazing event right here in Montreal and we're calling on all of Montreal to come and support us! Enjoy and evening filled with amazing boutique shopping, relaxing spa treatments and unforgettable entertainment! There will be singers, dancers, fashion shows, even doggy style shows! Itsi Bitsi will give out 1000 free cupcakes to satisfy your sweet tooth and our DJ will spin tunes to shop to all night long. Don't miss this ultimate ladies night out event!

November 20th, Marche Bonsecours 5pm-9pm. ONE NIGHT ONLY. EVERYTHING UNDER ONE ROOF!
ONLY 15.00$ to attend this event.
FIRST 250 TICKETS SOLD WILL RECEIVE A SWAG BAG WORTH OVER 100$. (includes a 25$ gift card from Spa Savanna!)

www.cravepartymontreal.com or 514.884.3418 to purchase tickets today!!

See you at the party!

Monday, October 22, 2007

FLOWER TEAS


Flower teas

Fall is officially here and colder days bring back the craving for a good cup of… you thought I was going to say coffee didn’t you? But no… this is for all tea lovers out there. I’m referring to a good cup of soothing, exquisite, aromatic tea. Sorry, but that doesn’t include your Lipton tea bags, no offence to Lipton.

I would like to introduce you to flower teas also referred to as blooming teas. Some of you may already be familiar with them, but for the most part, people have only recently started to discover them.

Flower teas are considered a luxury tea and were initially only served to Chinese royalty. They are hand-fashioned by Chinese tea-makers of exceptional skill into lovely flower bouquets that magically unfold when steeped in hot water. Flower teas are dried flower blossoms hand tied in green tea leaves combining the beauty of flowers to the benefits of tea. Unlike most teas, flower teas do not require a strainer or tea bags and can be steeped 3 to 4 times. It is best appreciated using a glass teapot and will dazzle your guests next time your serve tea whether they are tea lovers or not.

Flower teas are also becoming a popular wedding favor and they can be packaged according to taste and budget. Even corporations looking for “green” gift ideas are offering flower tea gift sets as corporate gifts.

The crafting of these beautiful bouquets translates to an aromatic, delicate and therapeutic experience unlike any known in the Western world. Each exquisite flavor will tantalize your senses and satiate your palate. So the next time you crave for a good cup of tea, dare to try something new…

For more information you can visit: www.poetikgifts.com
Or you can visit us in person at the Crave Event on November 20th 2007 and sample one of our teas: www.cravepartymontreal.com

Dedee Florestal

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Time to Budget!


Now that you have decided on the overall feel of the wedding you need to sit down and go through the logistics of the budget. It is crucial to plan this step out as detailed as possible and always keep in mind that overlooked expenses will surely come up. Allocate some funds to what we ill call the "what if" section. Creating a budget is easy, sticking to it is the part you will have to work hard on. You must commit to sticking with it and I promise you will be thrilled that you did! Add on's and spontaneous purchases will drive your costs way up and can easily cause stress and conflict between you and your groom.

Step 1: Get yourself a binder, notebook or self-planner organiser to keep you on track.

* Make all your lists, take your notes, add pictures you find in magazines, keep business cards, contracts, virtually everything together to avoid losing any ideas or documents related to the wedding!

**Remember to keep copies of important documents and contracts or originals in a safe place. If you feel you lose things easily, invest in a safety deposit box at your bank. This will usually cost you around 60$ per year.

Step 2: Create a list of what you will need to make this wedding happen. Will you need a seperate ceremony site or will the ceremony take place in the same venue as the reception. Photographer, videographer, florist, rental company, caterer, beverages... Here's a site that has your list made for you to make your life a little less stressful.

www.yourwedding101.com/wedding-planning/budget-checklist.aspx

The important task here is to prioritize your list. Discuss and make decisions on the most important things on your list for you. If a lavish wedding cake is impotant to you then keep that at the top of the list or if the lighting of the reception makes all the difference to you then that would top your priority list. A wedding is not a day to impress friends and family, but rather your dream day and the union between you and your groom. Whatever elements of the wedding are most important to you, should stand out and play that role.


Step 3: Figure out how much money you and your groom have at this moment for the big day. You may want to start a special savings account for your big day to keep things both easier and better organised. This will help stay on track with your budget!

Step 4: Set up a meeting with both your parents and determine if they will be contributing to the cost of the wedding. Whatever they decide to contribute, if any should be divided into specifics. You may ask them if there is any specific part of the wedding they'd like to cover such as photography or florals.
* This can be a sensitive subject for some, you may want to set up seperate meetings to avoid one family from feeling inferior to the other if they chose to contribute a smaller amount, if any at all.

Step 5: Allocate amount to each item on your now prioritized list.

Step 6: Visit vendors, with all your questions and concerns, making sure to always keep notes on their answers and prices. You want to visit as many vendors as possible to compare both price and quality.
* These are items to keep in your book. You will be able to refer back to each go-see very easily with this method and your decision will be that much simpler.

Step 7: Keep record of estimated cost and actual price throughout this process. Also, after every purchase, refer back to the checklist and estimated cost to see if you are still on track. This way, if you have gone above what you had thought, you could cut back somewhere else or dip into the "what if" funds!


Always hire professionals rather than cutting back and getting your aunt to videotape the event. You wil have no one to blame, but yourself if it doesn't turn out.
Get everything in writing! Contracts should detail every aspect of what was agreed upon between you and the vendor. This way you will have no surprises on the wedding day!
Pay with credit cards whenever you can incase of a dispute with a vendor.

Keep these pointers in mind and you will do just fine! Make it together, be clear with yourselves and commit to this budget! Goodluck!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Planner turns Bride!

So here's a little exciting news... I am now newly engaged! Very happy, excited and a little nervous. It's funny how the tables turn and now I need someone to whisper sweet nothings into my ear to calm me down. :) I have exactly 339 days to go until the big day and I am all geared up and ready to plan!

I thought it would be fun to keep you updated every step of the way and let you watch the planning of my wedding unfold step by step! This will also act as the sequel to the last blog where we practiced how to stay calm and remember the bigger picture which is that the wedding is great, but the days to come are most important so stressing out over the details isn't necessary.

So let's take off where we left off. "He proposed, I'm composed, Now what?"
Well now we insure the ring. Many couples forget this very important step. You MUST insure the rock you are sporting ladies!Take a look at this great article from the knot that explains all the details:

Now is the fun part where you sit and think about the feel of the wedding. What have you always envisioned? Maybe you'd like a clean cut wedding with no fuss in an open space or rather an extravagant affair with all the frills in a beautiful ballroom. Start thinking of the style and overall theme if you would, of the day. I have decided that for myself it will be a modern twist on the Renaissance era. Reminiscent of that time, i will use deep blues and whites to create a royal feel to the event. You want this day to be a reflection of you and your groom, so dedicate some time to this process and jot all of your ideas down. Once you brainstorm and find the feel, you'll just know and think... that's so me!

Remember, this step will act as the platform to all of the activities and details to come, so think hard and commit to something that you will both love!

Have fun and stay tuned to the next entry which will be dedicated to the budget! Don't let your budget discourage any of your ideas! Everything can be done on a smaller scale or a little less detailed. This is your day and you'll get what you want to!





Saturday, September 15, 2007

Congratulations from us all!



So he poped the question and you said yes. Now the planning begins and this can be quite overwhelming. With a simple click of your mouse, the internet world, though you think will simplify your life, makes it even more confusing. Magazines, self-planner books, celebrity styles, trends...There are a million sites out there, even more books and enormous amounts of ideas for this and that! So what's a bride to do? To begin, breathe and remember that you are the happiest girl in the world and you have finally found your one and only. This in itself is all you need. The wedding, although an important day, is not what will make your marriage. Focus on all the great things you have with your significant other and everytime you feel you may step off the edge with all the details, step back, breathe and remember... you found the one and you are happy. The day will pass, leaving amazing memories, but more importantly your future together is just beginning.

If all else fails, call up your wedding planner and she'll recite this whole speech over and over. ;) So next time, your mother tells you that you must invite uncle Buck who you never even knew exsisted or the venue you had your eye on is booked, brush it off your shoulder and smile. This day will be perfect no matter what.

Stay tuned for, "He proposed, I'm composed, Now what?" Tips on how to put together the big day with little stress and lots of fun. Step one through 1000. :) Are you overwhelmed yet? Breathe...


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Re-defining the Bachelor Party



Guys this is for you!Think of great ways to spend your last hours as a bachelor without doing the same old. Today's grooms are letting go of past "traditions" and spending quality time with their best men. It could be a camping trip, a golf getaway, the options are endless. For the basketball lovers (and this can be applied to any sport!), set up a tournament with the works. Hire a referee, get your score boards up, refreshments everything down to the custom jersey's to make this day with your best buds one to be remembered. After a long day of play, indulge in all your favorite barbecue dishes. For the real modern man, after a great day with the boys, hit up a lounge and join the ladies. It is becoming very trendy to have a joint stag/stagette. For more tips on how to create a really great and innovative bachelor party, check out:

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

CASH Please!

Everyone thinks about it, but very few dare to ask. Getting married and throwing the event of the year does not come cheap. At the end of the day, it’s nice to have a little help along the way to start your married life on the right foot. The age old question “is there any ok way to ask for cash?” has finally been delivered and the answer is YES! As the times change, we learn ways of becoming ever so clever. I came across this MasterCard that has yet to be launched, but is so very exciting. It’s a prepaid card for all friends and family to load their cash gifts with the click of their mouse, making it deliciously simple for you to get exactly what you want. Pair the card up with your traditional wish list and get the “best of both worlds” as described by You & Your Wedding and you can even personalize the card by adding your monogram or cutest picture on it! With the card loaded and ready for use, you and your groom can do anything you please! It doesn’t get better than this!
CLICK on CASH Please to read the whole article on You & Your Wedding.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

CRAVE Holiday Flurry Shopping Party!


As the producer of Crave Party Montreal, I'd like to invite everyone to come out to our November 20th Holiday Flurry Shopping Party. The event will take place at the beautiful Bonsecours Market in Old Montreal from 5:00-9:00pm.

With sponsors like LOULOU Fashion Magazine, HYPE Energy drink, Mindy Shear and SWEETSPOT, the party promises to be a great night out with the girls. Swing by and enjoy a faboulous girl's night out with everything you CRAVE under one roof.

Tickets are 15.00$ and are available through our website and our participating vendors. Hurry up and snag your tickets, this event is soon to be a sold out show!!

See you all at the party!

Azar

Baby Boy...

The day turned out to be a beautiful one and this baby shower is truly one for the books. Our day started off with a warm sunshine which was a great relief seeing that the night before we had a thunder shower! Friends and family gathered at Tammy’s house (Reanne’s Sister) for a backyard surprise. The d├ęcor was comfortable chic, teal hues, lime and orange centerpieces were a refreshing change from the traditional pastel blue. Guests welcomed mom to be and dined on a tasty buffet. Impossible to resist, the candy bar was a great ending to a beautiful and memorable day. We wish Reanne all the best with her newborn baby boy.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

At Last...

There’s a new kid in town and I’m very excited to finally be here! I’m thrilled to present to you Principal Planner which is a new, edgy event planning firm with all the heart and passion needed to make your dreams a reality. We offer our clients a couture approach to event planning and are here to serve as your stress reliever as well as your own personal creative director! Realizing that your event means so much, we settle for nothing less than perfection!

This blog will serve as my means of communication with all of you! I’ll keep you updated with Principal Planner news and all of our events. On a weekly basis, I will let you in on all the current trends and great ideas I come across. We will also try something new. Putting you in direct contact with all the great Montreal Vendors, there will be regular posts by our famed irrisisables.
I thank you for your visit,

Azar