Monday, September 27, 2010

Introducing Ann Brooks Wizer

I am super excited to welcome Ann Brooks Wizer to the J.Bailey Occasions staff for 2010! Ann has been a part of the team now for a couple of months, and already has a few weddings under her belt. And, I must say that this country-music-loving, always upbeat lady is a wonderful addition to the crew.

Ann is assisting in the office with wedding tasks, business tasks, and just about anything I can dream up for her to do! Thankfully, she always says 'yes' when I ask for her help. You may receive emails or phone calls from her cheerful voice (or cheerful typing!) on our behalf. She is in full swing and ready to help you out as well.

One exciting part of Ann's job is that she is going to be introducing a new mini-series on the blog. It's called Wedding Woes and Wisdom, and is made up of two elements: Part One for Brides-to-Be, and Part Two for Mothers of the Bride. You'll be hearing from some of our favorite brides and moms who have experienced wedding planning from the 'she said yes' to the 'I do'...beginning to end! They have an abundance of wisdom and advice for you to learn from. Check back soon for the first WW&W post from Ann.

If you need to contact her, please email her at! Help me welcome Ann to the lovely world of wedding planning!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Wedding First Dances: 2 Do Not's & 2 Definitely Do's

Take my word. Take Ki's word. We have seen it one too many times now....the first dance goes wrong. Strike that...the first dance MUSIC goes wrong.

Let's set the scene. You've hired a band, or any type of live music, for your reception. BUT, you and your groom {or you & dad, or groom & mom} have a special song that the band doesn't have on their playlist. You've got the song for them on CD or your iPod, and maybe you've even taken a few lessons to show off your moves as a married couple.

This is the part that we have seen too many times. You make your grand entrance, head to the dance floor, aaaaand.....nothing happens. The CD won't play. Or maybe it's the wrong song when you've planned every step, swirl, and dip to that song. And now it's awkward. The moments leading up to this moment make me, the trusty old coordinator, hold my breath every time.

So, here is my expert opinion, summed up in 2 Do Not's and 2 Definitely Do's.

My first piece of advice is DO NOT go with the burned CD to provide your first dance music. There are too many times when the finicky CD decides that it does not want to play on any other player than the one on which you made it. Bands have intricate sound systems, run by computers, where songs have to be recognized, loaded, etc... all before they can play. One missed step and it's awkward silence all around. You should also opt OUT of the iPod option. Just like the CD, you never know when your equipment is going to decide to be picky.

My second piece of advice is DO NOT choreograph a dance that will just work with one song. In the case that something does go wrong and a last minute Plan B has to happen, you want to be able to enjoy a first dance to another song. Also, sometimes the nerves can get a little high with a choreographed dance and if someone makes one wrong move it could be difficult to smoothly transition back into the correct steps. I call this whole thing the "choreography curse."

Enough of the do not's...let's get to the good stuff.

DO choose songs that your band plays in their typical playlist. You can avoid the entire scenario above if you choose live music for your first dances. If they were to have an issue with sound, they know how to fix it, and would probably have caught it during sound check. You are guaranteed that there will be no awkward silence if you go with the live option.

DO take dance lessons! Learn a few sets of steps as a couple that you can piece together as you go. Practice it a lot to different beats and songs. This will also allow you to strut your skills throughout the night, since you weren't focused on learning just ONE dance. And you can use your moves long after your wedding day, too!

These moments kick off your reception, and you want to do it with style. We LOVE live music at receptions and highly encourage you to go ALL live or ALL DJ with your choice. Try your best not to mix & match for a smooth and easy start to your reception. Take a deep breath and take in every moment as that new hubby of yours spins you around the dance floor!

Thanks for the image, Benfield Photography!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Personalized Wedding Cupcakes and Cookies

These are pretty wonderfully much so that I came across this just minutes ago and decided I had to do a quick post to share with all of you!

This fun Etsy Store has custom cupcake and cookie edible decals galore! They even have in-stock designs that would be perfect for your birthday parties, wedding showers, or just a fun treat for you and your sweet family. I mean, seriously...

Check out "hello frosting" today! All of these images are directly from their online store!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Dyer's First Razorback Game

So, this has nothing to do with weddings or being a bride but I am ADDICTED to this picture of my sweet boy. So addicted that I just had to share. He called the Hogs with the best of 'em, handled the fireworks like a champ, took a bottle & a nap in the 2nd quarter, visited friends in the 3rd quarter donning the cutest Hog hat ever, and called it a night in the 4th. Enjoy my Boss Hog!

OK and one more in the hat!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Garage Sale Update

Thank you to everyone who came to the sale tonight! We had so much fun & I loved meeting the brides, grooms, moms & friends!

Because of the awesome turnout, we don't have anything left to sell tomorrow! So, the Friday morning times have been cancelled.

Again, thank you to everyone who came & I hope you all have a blast with your upcoming weddings! I loved hearing about all of them!

Have a fabulous weekend & I won't see you at 7:00 AM!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Garage Sale Details

Here is the info for the garage sale! Please respect the times of the sale {remember I have a sleeping baby!} and note that there are no pre-sales*.

*I have allowed a ministry group to come early tomorrow, so a few items may be gone.