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Vendor Love – Bitter Sweet

Bittersweet , owned by the talented Danielle, is an online company offering a modern take on old-fashioned ice cream and dessert creations. Bittersweet brings new life to a time past but not forgotten.   Using the finest local ingredients, producing every item from scratch and combining unique flavors  Bittersweet presents you with a treat that exceeds your childhood memories.  Feeling Hungry?  You will be after seeing a few of her goodies.  Danielle is currently a contestant on Top Chef Just Desserts – keep an eye out for her and her confections.    Beware of a sugar rush.

photo credit to www.greghphotography.com
What is your favorite Sweet Treat at the moment?
S’more whoopie pies that my company Bittersweet makes. I fancy anything with a marshmallow!
What dessert trend are you seeing at the moment for weddings?
Dessert tables. They can bring elements you normally wouldn’t see at a wedding (i.e. ice cream) and provide something beautiful and interactive for your guests to enjoy.
What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party?
The D.J. lessons! If I wasn’t a pastry chef I would want to be a D.J.
Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?
Keri Russell because she is the kind of person you would want as a best friend. I would want it to be co-ed so I want Kiefer Sutherland there because he knows how to have a good time but he could protect us if things get a little too crazy and Conan O’Brien because we need someone to make us laugh!
What’s your most outrageous wedding memory, either one you have planned or one you have been a guest?
After getting smashed with a piece of cake the bride smashed a whole tier in the grooms face. :/
Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?
I think the perfect wedding would be to get married on the beach, have the reception on a vineyard and the after party in a modern home in Palm Springs. So I will say all of the above!
If you could give one piece of wedding advice to a couple, what would that be………..?
Keep it simple! Don’t get overwhelmed by details. Your family and friends just want to support you on your happy day. Keep things relaxed so you can enjoy your time with them.

What is your favorite Sweet Treat at the moment?

S’more whoopie pies that my company Bittersweet makes. I fancy anything with a marshmallow! [editor's note: um yes please!]

What dessert trend are you seeing at the moment for weddings?

Dessert tables. They can bring elements you normally wouldn’t see at a wedding (i.e. ice cream) and provide something beautiful and interactive for your guests to enjoy.

What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party?

The D.J. lessons! If I wasn’t a pastry chef I would want to be a D.J.

Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?

Keri Russell because she is the kind of person you would want as a best friend. I would want it to be co-ed so I want Kiefer Sutherland there because he knows how to have a good time but he could protect us if things get a little too crazy and Conan O’Brien because we need someone to make us laugh!

What’s your most outrageous wedding memory, either one you have planned or one you have been a guest?

After getting smashed with a piece of cake the bride smashed a whole tier in the grooms face. :/

Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?

I think the perfect wedding would be to get married on the beach, have the reception on a vineyard and the after party in a modern home in Palm Springs. So I will say all of the above!

If you could give one piece of wedding advice to a couple, what would that be………..?

Keep it simple! Don’t get overwhelmed by details. Your family and friends just want to support you on your happy day. Keep things relaxed so you can enjoy your time with them.

Make sure you check out Bittersweet’s delicious website:  http://www.bittersweettreats.com/

The Plunge – A wedding resource for men

In their relentless pursuit of other men’s attention the Plunge has also put together a great section on bachelor parties. You can read all about it here:  http://theplunge.com/bachelorparty

What is ThePlunge.com?
It’s a website for guys. Specifically, it’s a site for guys getting married, or guys thinking of getting married, or maybe guys who are terrified of marriage. Mostly, though, it’s a site for guys who are kinda skeptical and turned off by the idea of “wedding planning.” We give survival tips.  We cover the whole gamut: buying the ring, the bachelor party, tuxes, dealing with obnoxious parents, cold feet, and negotiating the ethics of lapdances.

plunge_01Describe the ideal reader for the plunge?
A billionaire who is so charmed by us he says, “Yes. Yes. I need to make these guys filthy rich.” Second-best reader? An average guy who’s either: 1) getting married; 2) thinking of getting married; or 3) recently married.

There’s a key phrase there: “average guy.” No, we don’t insist that our readers get Cs in high school or wallow in mediocrity, but we like to distinguish the Average Guy from the “Super Grooms” out there. We’re not really into the whole Super-Groom thing—those guys who freak out over stationary, read more wedding magazines than the bride, and talk about things like “table decorations.’ Weird, right?

At The Plunge, we’re not trying to make every guy the best groom he can be. We’re trying to help them survive the process.

How has The Plunge been received by the bridal industry and brides in general?
The death threats have slowed to a trickle. We’re starting to get less hate mail. Actually, we’re not joking. (Well okay we’re joking about the death threats.) When the site first launched, we did get a few emails from Bridezillas along the lines of, “HOW DARE YOU!??!”

Then… something weird happen. Brides started telling their grooms about the site. Brides started reading the site. Hell, brides even started writing into our Ask the Expert column, seeking our perspective. We realized something: we struck a chord.

Plenty of people—brides and grooms alike—want advice that’s not loaded down with the puffy, overly-serous, self-important dogma you see elsewhere. We have an article “How Wedding-Porn is Brainwashing Your Fiancée,” and both men and women seem to get it… because it’s not just funny, it’s also sort of true.

As for the bridal industry? A mixed bag. On the one hand, we take plenty of cheap shots at other wedding publications. It’s who we are. So there’s probably some resentment. On the other hand… we don’t like to publicize this, as it sort of flies in the face of our whole shtick… but somehow, shockingly, a lot of the bridal sites seem to like us. At least, they claim to, as we’re now syndicating our content to several different wedding publications.  (Let the backlash and cries of “sell-outs!” begin!)

Any big plans for 2010?
Bachelor party in New Orleans. Trip to Vegas. Consumption of a staggering amount of bourbon. And for the site—yep. Lots of stuff in the pipeline. But as much as I hate to sound like an NFL coach being coy about the game-plan (“We’re just looking forward to Sunday’s game…”) contractually, I’m not allowed to say much. But I’ll put it to you this way—there’s a good chance you’ll see a whole swath of new content on The Plunge that’s not, necessarily, about grooms…

Which 3 famous people (alive or dead) would you invite to a bachelor party?
1. Frank Sinatra circa 1964
2. Vince Vaughn circa 1998
3. Jesus circa 32, so that he can instantly absolve any sins.

What FireFly Group Events package would you pick for your bachelor party?
We’d have to go with root-beer making. That sounds awesome. (Seriously, we have to ask… Do people really choose that? You guys have some badass stuff, some really great stuff. And then… root-beer.)

If the root-beer making class was all filled up, we’d do a combo of:

1. White-water rafting – Raging Rivers (although we’re tempted to choose your package called “The Plunge”)
2. Vegas Hangover.

Our favorite bachelor parties are the ones that combine the 1-2 punch of outdoor activity and drunken stupidity. White-water rafting and Vegas would seem to do the trick. This would be a long weekend, obviously, but we’d rally.
What’s your most outrageous wedding or bachelor party memory?
Bachelor Party Rule #12: never confess outrageous memories, especially in a public interview.

But. Let’s say I have a “friend” who, in a Vegas strip club, accidentally went to the upstairs room… which was filled with the male dancers. You’d think this friend would immediately run downstairs, right? But wait. Consider.  The same qualities that make normal strip clubs a terrible place to meet women—few female customers, dancers who aren’t interested in anything but $$$, drunken dude douchebags—make the male-strip clubs a great place to meet women. The girls are all drinking heavily, laughing, flirting, with zero other straight-dudes in the room. So my friend was able to meet, flirt, and, ah, get friendly with all the non-stripper girls he wanted, as he had zero competition.  But don’t tell everyone or you ruin the secret.

It’s the morning after the bachelor party, there is a tiger in your room, you can’t find the groom, what do you do?!!
Shoot the groom, eat the tiger, call the bride. No, that’s not right—shoot the tiger, feed the bride, eat the baby. [In other words, I’m still drunk.]

Thanks for the answer’s Jeff, the check’s in the mail!

Vendor Love – Dynamite Weddings

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The lovely Jennifer of Dynamite Weddings a.k.a Wonder Women, who is also the talented owner of The Memory Journalists shares a few insider tidbits.  Dynamite weddings is a premium informational resource for all your wedding needs.  They have daily changing Tips and Trends from a selection of Dynamite Experts.   Along with the Ask the experts category, they even have a section for newlywed advice – great website, check it out!

Its a great pleasure to get to know the amazing Jennifer – thank you!

What’s your favorite wedding trend/style at the moment?
Gosh there are so many – but what I’ve seen (from the photographer side of me) is the desire to have smaller weddings and a smaller wedding party.  This seems to really make the wedding more intimate, family/close-friends only.  And couples are really going with their own sense of style at these smaller intimate days, e.g. their choice of food elements.  At a recent wedding, the bride really wanted baked potatoes.  Odd? maybe.  But it was part of her life growing up, so they made it into a huge potato topping bar.   It was awesome!

What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party?
Wow, can I have a bachelorette party all over again?  I’d be wanting to try the Scents of Style – Perfume Making with the Manicure/Martini.  I have a desire to put my favorite scents together and create my debut scent “Starr-y Nights”.  And what better way than with a manicure and drinks!

Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party?
Madonna (does that show my age?), Princess Diana, and Marilyn Monroe.  Were they suppose to be alive?

memoryJournalistsWho is your Wedding Dream Team for flowers, photography and planning?
Ouch this could really upset the many vendors I love to work with…but…Mindy Weiss.  I have followed her career for years.  Flowers, I’d have to go with my actual wedding florist (she’s the bomb!) Nancy Liu Chin Designs (out of San Francisco).  Photography is tough…since I’m also the owner of The Memory Journalists (a photography studio in Northern CA) and would want to somehow shoot my own wedding!  is that possible?!  :-)

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What’s your most outrageous wedding memory?
Singing at the top of my lungs (karaoke style), a Journey song, while outside atop the penthouse suite terrace at Hotel Vitale in San Francisco!  Luckily they took the microphone away from me after one song!  (but yes I have sang before at weddings so I was only a little off key).  Oh did you mean my best wedding memory as a vendors…oops…cat is out of the bag now.

Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?
Beach Wedding

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Finish this sentence: If I could give one piece of wedding advice it would be…

just remember what the whole day is about…and to look at your fiance’s eyes as you say your vows…it’s the best part of the whole day!

Thanks Jennifer from Dynamite Weddings!.

Check her site out at: http://www.dynamiteweddings.com

Twitter Dynamite Weddings at: http://twitter.com/dynamitewedding

Utterly Engaged’s Utterly Spankin’ New Year Party

The lovely ladies from Utterly Engaged gathered all their friends together to celebrate the good things to come in 2010. It was a wonderful night filled with gorgeous design, bacon, music, and friends. We were able to catch up with our friends and make some new ones. It was nice to FINALLY meet Jan Garcia. We’d started to believe Tey wasn’t really married. Some of the highlights from the evening were design challenge tables, bacon appetizers from The Sticky Pig, and the photo booth from Mint Photolounge. A big congratulations to the winners of the Design Challenge Katie of Katie Carrier Events, Wendy from Just Wenderful, and Melinda from Cake Goodness. They put together a kick awesome table that edged out 15 other entries for the win. From the set-up to the final good-byes we had a great time with the girls of Utterly Engaged.

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Flawless Faces were applying fake lashes to party goers. For some reason, James passed on this but Nadine got her lash on.

Utterly Engaged Design Team winners

Katie, Melinda, Wendy and Eva with the prize check.

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The oh so wonderful Lydia from Ever Ours.

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The girls celebrating their win with sugar. =)

It was a great night! We made some new friends including Lori from Paper and Thread Studio, Molly Ann and Matt from Luminaire Images,  Mary from Jays Catering, Leigh from The Floral Lab, Youkeun from Yo Photography,  Troy Grover, and The Flash Dance. Check out their websites if you get a chance!

Vendor Love – Mint Julep Social Events

Michelle BuckleyMichelle from Mint Julep Social Events is fabulous, professional and very talented.  She is widely known for her artistry in creating young, fresh, beautifully unique and stylish events.   Michelle holds her client’s time and privacy in the highest regard, ensuring both punctuality and desired levels of media attention.  Mint Julep has a vast knowledge of etiquette, historical periods, basic design principles and current trends in event planning, you will be delighted with her work.

We are excited to feature Michelle – thank you.

What’s your favorite trend for weddings at the moment?
I absolutely love the trend towards tapas-style receptions which allow for a much more progressive event with various flavors being introduced over the course of the event.

What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party?
I would love to do the Model Pin Up Photo Shoot and who in their right mind could resist a Spa Day?

Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?
Mae West because she had a great sense of humor and would most likely be able to help with the Pin Up Photo Shoot; Priscilla Presley circa 1967 because she could tease a mean beehive!: and Christina Ricci because she just seems like a cool girl you would want to be friends with.

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What’s your most outrageous memory at a wedding?
I recently coordinated a wedding where the bride insisted on installing two stripper poles on the dance floor for the wedding reception (much to my chagrin!).  Definitely a memorable experience and one that I hope is not a budding trend.

Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?
I am most definitely a Forest wedding, possibly Countryside if I’m in the mood.  I love the idea of organic dark greens, branch elements, the air of whimsy, and the little details like acorns and mushrooms that could be incorporated into decor.

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Who would you rather deal with: The hungover Groom, Interfering Mother of the Bride or a Bridezilla? Absolutely the Hungover Groom!  It makes for a much more enjoyable planning process if the bride and MOB are pleasant, since you end up working closely with them for months.

Finish this sentence: If I could give one piece of wedding advice it would be…
to seriously consider hiring a coordinator!  How else can you reduce wedding stress and enjoy the planning process while knowing your most important day is in the hands of a professional?

Thanks Michelle.

Website: http://mintjulepinc.com