KDC Events helped a very special couple celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. It was a tropical theme, complete with gold fish center pieces and a sunset photo op. Here are some images form the night:
Nov 17, 2008
Oct 21, 2008
So my doctor took me out of work for a few weeks. I have been having some really debilitating headaches, and my blood pressure is too low. Weird, I know. So, I am at home resting...and I love it. I get to spend time with my son, who is 5, and it is great!
I go for my next ultrasound the first week of November. Hopefully baby cooperates and lets us see if its a boy or a girl. We are thinking PINK!!!
Keep your fingers crossed!
Aug 22, 2008
Aug 17, 2008
Are you looking to get married in the Huntington Beach area? Our friend Leeann, over at Join the Gossip, recently spent a weekend as a Maid of Honor and has some tips. Check out where the ceremony was, and where NOT to buy a dress in the Huntington Beach area.
Thanks Leeann for sharing!
Aug 15, 2008
Beauty Chat is having a giveaway, and if you win...you get to write the review on it! Stop by Beauty Chat and check out the Elizabet Grant giveaway titled, "Win, Sample, and Write! Elizabeth Grant Products up for one Lucky Guest Beauty Chatter."
- Vitamin C Day Treatment ($59.99 value)
- Vitamin C Night Treatment ($69.99 value)
- Vitamin C Body Lotion ($39.99)
Aug 8, 2008
Many couples are rushing to the alter today to get married. Why? you ask... it's a lucky day! Asians who observe Chinese numerology, feel that the lucky number eight means wealth and prosperity (hence why the Olymipcs are opening tonight).
Also, couples who are not familiar with Chinese numerology look at days like 8-8-08 as a date that is more memorable than others.
So for all you luck one's getting married today, we say CONGRATS!! Please feel free th share your special day with us!
Jul 30, 2008
Today's question comes from Kacie- "When do you give the grooms gift? At rehearsal with everyone else or on the wedding day? If on the wedding day, how do you get it to him without seeing him?"
Here is what I would do: Give it to your lucky guy at the wedding. When Ryan and I got married we had a special moment, right before the ceremony where in the brides room, alone (well sort of, the photographer was there at first) and we got to chat and exchange gifts before the ceremony. This was nice, we were able to get out all the jitters before hand!
If you want to wait, and do it after the ceremony, do it right after, BEFORE the craziness of the photos, and the reception. Tell everyone you want 15 minutes, after the ceremony... alone! Instruct your maid of honor and best man to guard the room so no one bothers you. It is a nice moment for the two of you. It gives you the chance to savor the day and reflect before you entertain your guest for the remainder of the night.
I hope this helps! Let me know how it goes!
Jul 22, 2008
Yes, I am a wineo and I love it. In fact, I love anything that has to do with wine. I find it relaxing and fabulous. So, according to me, there is no better gift for ANY occasion than WINE!
I recently had a chance to pick the brain of Alex Andrawes, the CEO of Personal Wines. Personal Wines is a great idea. Basically, they customize the wine bottle for you and your occasion. You choose the wine and you choose the label! Fabulous...I know!
Here is what Alex had to share with me:
Denice: What was your inspiration for creating Personal Wine?
Alex: I was sitting at a bar discussing cool business ideas with a friend. The idea popped out and we decided to make a run for it. Sometimes good ideas happen best when you are sitting in a bar with a friend!
D: What is the philosophy behind Personal Wine?
A: To pair up marketing gurus, graphics designers and wine aficionados to collaborate on a cool custom wine company. Our philosophy is to give the highest level of customer service teamed up with an excellent wine menu.
D: Can you tell me about a wine lable you especially enjoyed creating?
A: We created one a few weeks back for Oscar de la Hoya for a congratulatory event (boxing). We’ve also just finished up a season wrap for the voice cast of the Simpsons. My favorite orders tend to be orders from the obscure. These would be for memorial services for departed loved ones who have requested wine at their memorial or even a nice touching 50th wedding anniversary. The pinnacle of orders was our first request for a marriage proposal to be on the bottle. What an honor!
D: Do you have any suggestions on ways to preserve and display the wine bottles after the big day?
A: The best way to preserve a custom wine bottle is to keep it from direct sunlight (office or natural home light is fine) and to put it on the shelf. We have packaging like wooden boxes (which we can etch as well) that allow you to safely store the wine in the event that you want to drink it a few years down the road.
D: What are some of the top occassions you prvide lables for?
A: Corporate events (entertainment parties), big corporate deals like mergers, weddings, and golf tournaments.
D: What is your favorite wine and why?
A: My favorite wines are Syrah as it has the highest level of resveratrol, a molecule that scientists at Harvard discovered to have anti-aging and anti-cancer properties. Its also rich, bold and really tannic, which I like. I love wines with a deep and complex body.
So there you have it! YOU NEED Personal Wine for your next event or ocasison! Call them up, check out their web site and blog. Did I mention it's fabulous? Don't forget to mention that Denice at KDC Events sent you!
photo credits: Personal Wine
Jul 17, 2008
Leeann over at one of my favorite blogs, Join the Gossip, nominated KDCEvents.com for a Preimo Award! Now it's our turn to pay it forward. Here are some of our favorite reads:
Jul 16, 2008
This is a great question Stephanie! I don't think there is a definite yes or no answer, but here are my thoughts.
If you are invited to the engagement party, all that is required is a card! That's it, unless you are the parents, grandparents or sibling, then a little more may be required.
If you are invited to the bachelorette party, I don't believe a gift is necessary, but usually a gag gift of some sort, OR you can assist in bringing something necessary for the night (ie: drinks, food, etc.)
For the wedding, it is ok, to again, buy off the registry or simply give a gift card or money.
I guarantee in 10 years (heck, maybe even 2), the bride and groom will not even remember what they received as gifts from the showers or wedding.
Just remember, give only with in your means. Do not go into debt supplying the bride and groom with the top of the line blender. Only buy what you can afford.
I hope this helps! Let me know.
Jul 11, 2008
I am on vacation for most of the week and will return to publishing blogs the week of the 14! Thanks for being patient!
I will be in Carson City, Nevada visiting my sister and her family, and then I am going right in to planning spirit week for my day job at PlasticSurgery.com and BeautyChatBlog.com.
Thanks for bearing with me, I will return with some fabulous posts!
Posted by KDC Events at 7:58 PM
Jul 1, 2008
Well, Mr. P, in today's economic times, I we say...YES! With the cost of weddings going up, we feel that it is absolutely appropriate for you to call those guest who have neglected to RSVP and give their "Yay" or "Nay".
One idea I (Denice) had received while planning my own wedding was to number each response card and then place that corresponding number on my guest list. That way, if a card was returned to me with no name, I knew who it belonged to, and I could weed out the ones who did not RSVP. I did end up calling those individuals who did not RSVP, and believe it or not, there were quite a few who "thought" they sent in the response card or said they did, but it was lost in the mail.
I will say one thing, I ONLY think it is appropriate to call family or very close friends. I do NOT think it is appropriate to call co-workers, acquaintances or other invites that are not close to you. If you did, it may come off as rude or pushy.
If you need etiquette help, I recommend checking out:
Since this is such a touchy subject, we would like to know your thoughts... please share!
Photo credit: my wedding!
Jun 27, 2008
While browsing the internet for the latest trends and super chic finds (all events related of course), I located this fabulous company called Toppers with Glitz. What is a Topper with Glitz? Well, it is a cake topper, but not your ordinary bride and groom cake topper…these toppers come with bling, or as the owner, Sari Watkins, would say…GLITZ!
I had the opportunity to chat with Sari recently about her fabulous cake toppers. Here is a bit of our chat:
Denice: What was your inspiration for taking on Toppers with Glitz?
Sari: Finding something that you're both passionate about, and that you can make a living from, is rare. When I found it, I didn't let it go. Making the toppers suits my personality to a "T". It is tedious work and each one adds a challenge like to putting a puzzle together - I love it!
D: What is the philosophy behind Toppers with Glitz?
S: Quality, quality, quality! From the materials used to the craftsmanship in my work, my products are top of the line. And not just materials -- customer service is a phrase heard all too often these days that is rarely backed with integrity. As a consumer myself I know how frustrating this can be and vow to be different.
D: Can you tell me about a cake topper that you especially enjoyed creating?
S: I am a sucker for romance and love when there is a story behind the design of one of my toppers. Some might find a handcuff chained to an apple an odd choice for a cake topper but if you were a teacher marrying a police officer the topper becomes a personalized symbol of the bride and groom. It's always fun to be part of something clever and creative and to give these brides opportunities that will set their day apart.
D: Do you have any suggestions on ways to preserve and display the monogrammed letters after the big day?
S: The greatest ideas are always from the brides themselves and I have a "Keepsakes" page on my website which is a collection of the best I've heard. Personally, I love the holiday season so using the monogram as a Christmas tree ornament is my favorite!
D: I read in your website that each topper is created by you. Do youfind that this becomes very demanding on your time?
S: The wedding industry is somewhat unique in that you become responsible for a day that someone will remember for the rest of their life. Once I commit to being a part of that, it's not something I take lightly. Summer vacations are a thing of the past so instead I take some time off at the end of the year -- It's a small trade off for doing something I love. Now I just have to figure out how I'm going to fit in starting a family :)
D: Does the design of the cake influence the creation of the topper?
S: This very much depends on the bride. For some brides the topper is the most important piece, and the cake is designed to match it. For others,the cake is to be the focus, and the topper is designed as an accent. Still other brides channel their inner designer and are able to tell meand their baker exactly what they envision. In any situation I'm always interested in hearing about the design of the cake. I love seeing what bakers can do -- to me; a well decorated cake is a more impressive piece of art than a Picasso!
Are you looking for a fabulous cake topper? CALL Sari at Toppers with Glitz, She will give you a cake topper you will never forget! Thank you so much Sari for chatting with me!
Photo credit: Sari Exclusives! (thanks for sharing them!)
Jun 26, 2008
Since Beauty Chat is turning one, we are hosting a fabulous giveaway valued at approximately $350. Check out the amazing products you can receive:
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Photo Credit: Beauty Chat
Jun 25, 2008
Everyone wants to believe that their loved ones are going to be ever present. Unfortunately, there God has a different agenda and calls on our loved ones before we are ready. It is not a pleasant emotion to deal with on you wedding day, but it is a blessing to be able to do so.
Today’s question is a hard one to deal with, “How do I honor my mother, who recently passed away, at my upcoming wedding?”
I have seen this done many times in a few different ways. You want it to be a subtle, but caring way, of honoring the ones you loved. Whether it is a grandparent, parent, sibling or friend, you want them and your guest to know they are loved and missed.
* Another way is to have an open seat with a rose or other type of flower noting their place in your ceremony.
* I have even see couples display the photos of the loved ones at the reception by a memory board or the head table.
Any way you choose to remember your loved one, it will truly be up to you. To be able to include their memory in your special day is all that really matters.
I hope I was able to help anyone dealing with the sadness of losing a loved one. If you have witnessed another form of memory, please share.
Photo Credit: Denice's wedding
Jun 23, 2008
A friend of mine just got hitched in Las Vegas. This is a trend we are seeing more and more of...the destination wedding. I had a chance to ask her a few questions about her, her finance Jamie, and their Vegas Experience.
Erin, is a 31 year old, Director of Sales and Education for Belli Skin Care (skincare for the mom to be). She is a California Native, but moved to Seattle two years ago. Jamie, is a 36 year old, world-renowned “mixologist” although he prefers the word “bartender”. Jamie is currently consulting for a number of projects, and working on a plan for his own bar in Seattle. He is Canadian, born in Montreal, but calls Vancouver his home. He moved to Seattle two years ago, and the rest is history! Here are some of Erin’s highlights:
Denice: Why did you decide to do a Vegas Wedding?
Erin: We wanted to do something fun, but painless. I’ve never had the “bride gene”, and wanted as little hassle as possible.
E: Vegas has never been my favorite place, but you just have to go every once in a while. With it still raining here in Seattle, it was the perfect excuse to get to some 100+ degree weather! And there has always been something about the novelty of a Vegas-Chapel wedding! There’s a kitsch-factor there that I love.
D: What type of wedding ceremony did you have?
E: It was a short civil ceremony at the Graceland Chapel (where Jon Bon Jovi got married!). The pastor was French, and had such a comical accent, that I almost thought he was putting on a character. My husband speaks a bit of French, so he was able to use a little of it with him. We had 10 guests.
D: Was Elvis there?
E: I wish. The Graceland Chapel is the home of the “original” Elvis wedding. I almost regret not choosing the Elvis package. They have one package that gives you TWO Elvis’s (or Elvi?). You get the young, gold lamè Elvis, and then older white-jumpsuit Elvis. And they sing of course…
D: Was it nice not to have to plan a traditional wedding?
E: YES, just thinking about it gives me a headache.
D: What was your favorite part of the ceremony?
E: It was probably the ring-exchange. We recited the traditional vows, which I always thought were kind of hokey, but it was nice.
D: Did you elope?
E: Yes and No. We like to think that we eloped, but just had a few people tag along with us. We had it on a Wednesday night, so we knew we wouldn’t get too many people out to Vegas-but were surprised at the number of people who DID come.
D: All in all, was it fun and memorable?
E: DEFINITELY. It was perfect-I wouldn’t change a thing. I just wish I could have stayed pool-side at the Bellagio for a few more days…
Thanks so much for sharing Erin, that was fun!
Please be sure to check out Erin's blog: Belli Cosmetics and Jamie's blog SpiritsandCocktails.com.
Photo Credit: Erin and Jamie
Jun 19, 2008
We have a new LOGO, thanks to Melissa of Roark Design Studio.
We could not be happier with our classy little logo and we just wanted to share it with you! We have no idea what we are going to do with it just yet, but I am sure we will think of something!
Thanks Melissa! You ROCK!!!!
Jun 18, 2008
This is a fabulous question! YES, you should get your bridesmaids gifts. They are spending quite a bit of money to participate in your big day. It does not have to be an expensive gift by any means, just something that says, "Thanks for being in my wedding and for being a great friend."
(Denice and her bridesmaids 2001)
We all know how brides can be the closer it gets to there wedding, and our friends are great at acting like we are still the nice, sweet, girl who has been their friend for years, when in actuality they become nasty bridezillas!
So your bridesmaids deserve your thanks and appreciation. Here are a few ideas that are nice:
- Shoes! If you want them all to match for the wedding, you can buy them.
- Jewelry set for the wedding day (try House of Raquel)
- Nice slippers
- Gift certificate for a manicure or pedicure
- Make up (like Bobbi Browns Beautiful Bride Kit)
These are just a few ideas I thought I would like if I were a bridesmaid.
Have any ideas or gifts you have received? Let us know!
Photo Credit: Denice's Wedding 2001 (photographer Stephanie Kano)
Jun 13, 2008
As I was browsing the world wide web the other day, I came across a great site, Wedding Paper Divas. This site offers invitations for those of you who are not your every day couple. If you are looking to express your geeky side, you need to check them out!
Here are a few of my favs in the "Geeky" section:
Hope this was fun! Have a great weekend!
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Jun 12, 2008
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Jun 7, 2008
Our friends over at Beauty in Real Life are having a HUGE giveaway! I highly recommend checking it out. Here is a sneak peak...
"5 of you...yes...that's right...5 of you will be receiving a gift bag stuffed with the goodies you see here!The good folks over at Sally Hansen have provided the chance for five of our readers to each walk away with a gift bag worth $243!!!Yes...that's right...each bag is worth $243!!"
Can you stand it? I sure can't! Hurry on over to Beauty in Real Life and enter to win!
Each winner will receive...
- Line Fix Lip Repair
- Lip Blush Plumping Lip Balm
- Prep and Perfect Lipcare
- Overnight Lip Recovery
- PM Lip Plumper
- Gentle Plumping Lip Treatment in each of the following colors: Tickle, Tease, Playful, Happy, Tender, Seren
- Lipnotic Gem Gloss in each of the following colors: Precious, Treasure, Bejeweled, Bling Bling, Rich, Embellished, Lavish, Sumptuous, Sparkling, Glitz
- Satin Effects Lip Gloss in each of the following colors: Glamorous, Romantic, Pleasure, Delightful, Tempting, Seduction, Intrigue, Attraction, Sexy, SensualFor
All you have to do is visit Beauty in Real Life and enter your name and email, that's it! A winner will be chosen June 20th!
Good Luck, and by the way, you will LOVE Jennifer and Christine's blog, its fabulous!
Jun 4, 2008
Today's question is, "What do I get my groom as a gift on our wedding day?"
Well, there are a lot of nice gifts out there, but what you need to do is ask yourself...What would my new hubby really like? The answer...something that reminds him of you. What better way then with a sassy photo of you in your *special* wedding attire.
Our friends over at Beauty Chat just did a fabulous review on this type of photography called Boudoir Photography, it gives the groom a glimpse of your sensual side!
Check out Beauty Chat, Jennifer has listed some great tips on how to pick your photographer. Some wedding photographers will even include this as part of your wedding package, so if you are interested, be sure to check with them.
Is this something you would do? Let us know!
Photo credit: Back of bride/veil
Jun 2, 2008
Katie and Cindy transformed Katie's back yard in to the Enchanted Tiki Room...well sort of. It by no means, looked like the party of a 3 year old, but it was. There were colorful birds, tropical palms and tiki gods (handmade by Katie and Cindy).
Complete with a festive bar for the mommy's and daddy's, this party was a hit! Katie even made a tiki god fountain, complete with candles, flowers and tropical flare!
Check back for more on this event later! I am going to nag Katie until she writes something on it, so you can get the inside scoop on creating your own Tiki Room!
Jun 1, 2008
I just want to quickly share a GREAT find (good for pre-event foot prep). I recently tried the best foot scrub ever! You all know I am a huge pedi-snob, and I will do anything to make my feet, happier and prettier. So, I found this whipped peppermint foot scrub by Gwendolyn's Gate. According to her website, it is: "A delicious delectable blend of cleansers with sea salt and peppermint essential oil. After using this blend, you will want to 'Dance The Night Away' as your feet are cooled and refreshed."
I would have to agree. Wendy Goudie, the owner, told me that it would smell good enough to eat, and she was right. It is amazing. The smell is wonderful and it massages your feet so nicely. After I had used it, my feet were so smooth and touchable.
I highly recommend checking out Gwendolyn's Gate, it is a fabulous line of body care products! Thanks Wendy for sharing with me! Good luck this week with the opening of your shop!
PS: Check out Wendy's blog
Photo Credit: Gwendolyn's Gate
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