The 12 Top Wedding Books for Brides & Wedding Pros

11th February 2015

Wedding Market Named Us One of the Top Wedding Books!

The Top Wedding Books for Brides & Wedding Pros

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What an honor it is to be featured as one of The Top Wedding Books For Brides & Wedding Pros by Julie Albaugh of Wedding Market. In case you haven’t heard, Wedding Market is an amazing resource for wedding industry news, trends and marketing information for wedding professionals. Not only does Julie have a great blog (love the one: “Are Crowdfunding or Honeymoon Registries Acceptable Wedding Etiquette?”), she is UBER generous with her promotion of all of us industry peeps via Twitter parties, events and videos.

More Top Wedding Books For Brides & Wedding Pros

If you haven’t already, check out her site or follow her on Twitter! And congrats to all of the other amazing authors among whose great company I find myself. Lucky girl! Thanks, Julie!

The other top books for brides and wedding pros featured are:

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“Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live on Purpose”

by Lara Casey * Twitter: @laracasey Instagram: @laracasey

It's All About the Dress by Randy Fenoli

“It’s All About the Dress” by Randy Fenoli * Twitter: @randyfenoli


Fifty Shades of Grey Party

9th February 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey Party Photo

Fifty Shades of Grey Party Photo

Mr. Grey Will See You Now

It has become a world-wide phenomenon and for some, a “Household” name …or is it a “Housewives” name? Hmmm…not sure. What are we talking about? Well, “Fifty Shades of Grey”, of course! We’ve caught the bug…how ’bout you?
Are you planning on spending your Valentine’s Day with Mr. Grey? I know we are! And we can’t freakin’ wait!

The Henley Company

If you are in the San Diego area…

…(and even if you’re not!) you need to get to the Ultimate “Fifty Shades of Grey” Movie Premier put together by The Henley Company. Below are the details! You DO NOT want to miss it! You’ll thank us “Laters, baby!”

Where and When??

Friday, February 13, 2015
(475 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101)
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Inner Goddess Experience at Kapreeza European Lingerie
(VIP Ticket Package’s Only)
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Pre-Event “Libations and Nibbles” at Vin de Syrah
901 5th Ave, Downtown San Diego
(This is an add-on ticket purchase)
6:00 p.m.
Red carpet arrival and registration at United Artist Theater
7:00 p.m.
Private showing of Fifty Shades of Grey
9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
After party in the Red Room at Side Bar
(536 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101)

Fifty Shades of Grey - Curious?

How Much?

$85 – “Inner Goddess” VIP Party Package
  • Exclusive personal shopping experience with internationally recognized lingerie expert and stylist, Renata Carlseen at Kapreeza European Lingerie in Little Italy (3:00-6:00 p.m.)
  • $25 shopping credit at Kapreeza
  • Make up touch-ups
  • Official Fifty Shades of Grey Wine & Nibbles
  • Red carpet arrival and photo booth by Party Spark
  • Ticket for private showing of Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Post movie celebration in the Red Room at Side Bar (no line / no cover)
  • Wine spritzer tasting by Bon Affair
  • Gift bag
  • Five (5) raffle tickets for amazing prizes
$50 – “The Contract” Party Package
$40 – Pre-event “Libations and Nibbles” Package
Want to get the party started early? Add on the Pre-event “Libations and Nibbles” to your party package. Pre-event will take place at Vin De Syrah, located at 901 5th Ave, Downtown San Diego.
  • Two drink tickets
  • Selection of appetizers
How Do I RSVP?

RSVP is required for the Pre-Event festivities. This is an added package to either “The Contract” or the “Inner Goddess” tickets. CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW

But Wait, There’s More – Prizes & Free Stuff!!
Raffle prizes include:
  • 2-night stay with Inner Goddess Package at The Heathman Hotel in Portland -The infamous haunt of main characters Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Inner Goddess package includes a chilled bottle of Boedecker Pinot Gris, shared by the main characters in the first novel, and a keepsake grey neck tie.
  • Original Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Soundtrack – Official soundtrack from the highly anticipated movie
  • Other exciting prizes to be announced, natch!
“Laters, Baby…”
A limited number of tickets are available, so don’t delay, get your tickets here, right now! (P.S. How fun to go with a bunch of girlfriends, no??)
(Must be 21 to attend. Shocker. #LetsHopeYouWouldntTryToGoIfYouWerent?)
For even more information, please contact or call 619-757-6551
Have fun!!

Meet Me in White Plains, New York at the ABC Conference!

6th February 2015

ABC Conference NYC 2015

ABC NYC Conference 2015

ABC NY State Conference – March 29th & 30th, 2015

I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be the Keynote Speaker at the Association of Bridal Consultants’ New York State Conference, How to Keep Your Business Sparkling on March 30th, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains! (The whole conference goes from March 29th-30th and you can find out more here.) My topic will be “Are You Charging What You’re Worth?”, a question I’m sure we’ve all asked ourselves at some point. Whether you’re new in your business building journey or you’re an ol’ pro, this will be a great class (and conference) for you!

I’m Going to Cover How To:

  • Determine how much the MARKET thinks you should be paid
  • Increase your revenue by raising your prices (without really raising them)
  • Cut your expenses
  • Get comfortable with the whole rate conversation (in your head AND with clients)
  • Double your rate, yesterday

I look forward to seeing you guys at the conference – so much fun to connect in person!!

To find out more about the Association of Bridal Consultants’ New York State Conference, please go here:

Here’s the link to register and purchase tickets, but don’t wait, because it’s sure to sell out!:

Follow ABC NY State on Twitter for all of the latest happenings: @ABC_New_York

The hashtag for the event is: #ABCNYSparkle2015 and I’ll be Tweeting and Instagramming too from @ThePartyGoddess. Why not also use #eventprofs and please #Retweet ?

How Can You Make Your Own Caviar?

4th February 2015

How to Make Caviar with Cold Oil Spherification

I will tell you that I am moderately to severely obsessed with molecular gastronomy. The first time I can remember experiencing it was at WD-50 in New York with my Mom. She was not as big a fan of eating a marshmallow dessert that looked like a fried egg as I was, but I’ve kind of been hooked ever since. Pretty sure I’m going to have to invest in this magic kit and create some of my own videos. Well, maybe not create some of my own videos, unless they are spoofs. Let me know in the comments section below if you’re into the whole gig! xo M

So Far Not So Good

12th January 2015

#Access Golden Globes 2015
My Recap of the 2015 Golden Globes’ Festivities, Sort Of:

  • So here’s today. First, an overuse of the word “So.”
  • Went “jogging”/running/hiking/walking” in the Arroyo due to too many cupcakes from freaking @BryanMMoore’s green room smorgasborg for the #Access @AccessHollywood #GoldenGlobes coverage at NBC.
  • Was talking in hashtags all night, so have decided to continue throughout the day.
  • After hashtagging it and catching up with BFF @CindyWMorrison, decided to come home and have wine, Ben & Jerry’s, Terra Chips and write out blog calendar ideas. (????)
  • Could not sleep at all (perhaps cappuccino along the way was somehow not really decaf? Don’t remember having any cappuccino, but who’s counting.)
  • Ran into @AlexBorstein (Funniest Woman Ever) and offered my @JCrew necklace (stillllll riding the hashtag, Twitter symbol deal until you just stop reading eventually). She seemed mildly interested in it, although were leaning towards something “real.” This Mama ain’t got no real necklace diamantes, so she got the @JCrew or could supply required diamantes, solo.
  • Back to hike: Was very sluggish/tired, due to too much wine and cupcakes so had to (begrudgingly) hike. Because of aforementioned sluggishness, needed Laura Branigan’s, Gloria. (Listened to it a total of 16 times, including drive time.) Now hate song. (Typo intentional.)
  • Got home. Repeatedly thought lost gloves. (Had not.)
  • For some reason, remembered weird dreams (although really couldn’t sleep due to not-decaf-unremembered cappuccino and two snoring children sleeping next to said #socialmedia expert). Dreams included encountering no less than 4 very large snakes, one of them labeled (with a Sharpie, natch, was clearly signing too many books last week, #FirstWorldProblem) as being 9 months old, large and green. It had a friend who was very long and cheetah kind of brown. Both like 9′. 9 months, 9′, natch.
  • Snakes moved very quickly in dream, encountered 2 more, one of which was not doing so well in my son’s bedroom. He had just gone back to school, so in his dorm? (Which by the way was attached to a sewer. Of course.)
  • Saw two iguanas that I thought were snakes and tried to get father out of the way because he called me on my inaccuracy of labeling them as snakes, when they were in fact fast iguanas with unseen legs. (?)
  • Then dreamt that I had, actually, my ex-husband had adopted two little African American toddlers and I was in love with them. Why this is at all involved, I have no idea, except that I wanted to call my boy, @SimonTBailey because we always joke that he’s my brotha from anotha motha. Maybe those babies were Simon and me? Literally, I give up at this point. The “what does this dream mean” website would crash at this point.
  • So I get home, with the gloves, after snarky Tweeting @AlexBorstein throughout hike (no Tweets back, because by now she probably thinks I’m a stalker and is no doubt still in bed, where I should be) and realize I’m locked out. #Natch.
  • Try to break into own house when I realize the damn back door is open. Probably #Stanley.
  • And then I decided to type this.
  • And clearly better not quit my day job.
  • I hope your day is better than mine. Haaaaaaaaa!

xoxoxo Besties and Happy Monday!!