Wednesday, December 21, 2011

2011 Year in Review

It has been quite a year at The Blissful Bride Weddings and Events. While the year got off to a slow start, it picked up in March with our first wedding scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend. That wedding was to be followed by a late June wedding in Tarrytown and our very first full coordination meeting for an August 2012 bride (which eventually was bumped up for this December 2011) .

But everything has its ups and downs and unfortunately due to unforseen and unfortunate circumstances, the Memorial Day wedding was cancelled indefinetly, as was our December Full Coordination. It saddened us because of the circumstances, but I always say its better to know before than during the actual wedding. Nevertheless, BBW&E trucked through and landed  at Tarrytown House Estate for Sachiko and Ryan's wedding. It was a lavish affair full of flowers and a custom built arch (made of vine and flowers) created by Diane Gould, a stunning cake by Sweet Lisa's , music by the Hank Lane Band and photography by Gulnara Studio. The beautiful weather was the icing on the cake.

Shortly after the wedding, we began booking our 2012 calendar. Things were looking up and things were great.  Despite being a little slower than our innaugural year, we remainded positive that things would pick up and we would have a prosperous 2012.

Our positivity and patience bestowed on us a gift...that gift came to us in the form of a bride, who was at her wits end with decor for her 11/12 wedding. That bride's name was Amnel.  Together we created her vision of a rustic fall motif for her special day at the Hudson River Cafe. The end result for pure beauty and bliss!

As the time gets closer to 2012, we have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to look forward to in the coming year. We are currently hitting the ground running preparing for the February 3rd wedding of Katisha and Chris. They are just the first couple of the year!

We look forward to sharing these fabulous weddings with you!

Have a Blissful Holiday!
The Blissful Bride

Monday, November 28, 2011

Fall In Love-Amnel and Perez's Wedding 11.12.11

It was an early Saturday afternoon in November, when my mom called me to tell me about one of her Facebook friends who had a wedding day dilemma. Her event decorator had backed out on her with a week to go before her wedding day nuptials. I thought it was for Friday 11-11 (after all, there were many brides getting married that day). I told my mom to give her my number, give her my website and have her call me. No less than 10 minutes later, I was on the phone with Amnel. She explained everything to me and we discussed what had happened and what her vision was for her wedding day. Knowing there were time constraints, we scheduled a meeting for Monday to go over everything and source out what materials we were going to need for the centerpieces and overall look.

What can I say? We clicked on the spot. And that day along with the help of my mom and Amnel's friend Geri we came up with a "Rustic Fall Motif". I used that term in describing the wedding, but the day of, I realized the term I should have used was "Fall in Love". Both Amnel and Perez are the very definition of "love at first sight" and are so meant for each other. We wish them nothing but all the happiness in the world.

Ceremony/Reception Location: Hudson River Cafe
Photographer: Foto Filip
Dry Materials, Vases: Jamali Gardens  
Kudos: A special thanks to my Mom who finally got to see me in my consultant glory, Geri for her input and help as well as my assistant Sue who did such a great job with the draping for the ceremony (that pic is to follow). Thank you to Angela and her team at Hudson River Cafe for their assistance in everything and making our job of set up a pleasant one!

Cyber Monday Madness and our Day of Package Preview!!!

If you missed our Small Business Saturday promotion, we now have a Cyber Monday promotion going on thru Saturday 12/3 ends at 12midnight EST.

Receive 15% off any of our planning packages and 5% off any of our A La Carte Packages. 

With engagement season upon us, we will be doing an introduction this week of our "Day of" package, which is very similar to our "Month of" package, but with reduced services at a lower rate. Nevertheless, we provide you with exceptional services everytime.

The Day of Coordination includes: 

-Initial Consultation
-Confirmation of Wedding Day Vendors (2-3 weeks out)
-Assist bride,groom and Wedding Party
-Organize and Oversee Set up
-Distribute Payment to Vendors
-5 hours of coverage Day of Event  (1 planner and 1 assistant)

Package Price:     $500.00

This newest package will make its official debut on our website just in time for our 3 year Anniversary!

If you are interested in this package and would like to schedule a consultation, please email us at

Stay Tuned...tonight we debut our latest design shots and pics from our most recent wedding!

The Blissful Bride

Monday, September 26, 2011

Our Fall Contest- "Fall in Love"

Autumn officially began at around 5am Friday morning, 9/23. And although it may not seem like it outside right now...(its about 80 degrees in NYC), Fall is here and its almost October. For many who know The Blissful Bride, October is her favorite month for two reasons..her wedding anniversary is coming up on October 6th, and her birthday is at the end of the month on October 25th. October is a month of change for BBW&E as well. After mulling over and debating changes, we are going to be updating our site very soon to reflect those changes and by October 31st, the packages will change slightly as well as our A La Carte options (which we believe our future couples will enjoy as well).

But before the changes occur, The Blissful Bride is having a "Fall in Love" Contest which ends October 22nd.

What was the exact moment that you fell in love with your significant other and knew he was the one you were gonna marry?

Share your love story and you may win:

First Prize: Our "Wedded Bliss" Month of Coordination package (value at $700) which will include one A La Carte Option Package (Value $225),
Budget Maintenance
Invitation Stuffing/RSVP maintenance
Honeymoon Suite Set Up.

Runner Up: Will receive our Small or Medium Size Premium Sweets Bar (Value $350)

Please send all submissions to: and put Fall In Love Contest- in the subject line.
Contest Ends at 12 Midnight EST on 10/22/11. Open to NYC,LI,NJ and CT residents 18 years and older. Couples must have a wedding date prior to 2/14/12. All submissions must include full names of couple and include email address and phone numbers. Winner will be notified by email and must claim prize within 48 hours of notice otherwise the Runner Up will become the winner and a new runner up will be selected. Winners to be selected at random and the love stories of those winners will be posted on our blog during the month of November.  

Until next time,
xo <3
The Blissful Bride

Sachiko and Ryan-Tarrytown House Estate 6.25.11

Its been crazy busy here at The Blissful Bride as we are going to be making some changes to our site in the coming weeks and have been working with several brides. Here are some pictures that will be featured on our site. xo <3 The Blissful Bride

I checked the weather daily the week of (alright, I admit it, I checked it every 3 hours the day before) and when I woke up the day of Sachiko and Ryan's wedding, I was pleased that the sun was out. When I walked out the door though it had grown cloudy and I grew a little worried because here was this beautiful couple that wanted to get married in this beautiful estate (a

destination away from crazy NYC) and they didn't need it to rain. There was a rain contingency plan in case for both the ceremony and cocktails, but we were all hoping for bright sunshine.
By the time I arrived with my assistant for the day, Olga (MUA/Hair extrordinaire of Colors of Fashions), the sun finally broke through. There was barely any humidity. But overall the day was set for sun and it stood that way all day, till the sun finally set around 8:30pm.
The bride, Sachiko, was stunning in her Vera Wang gown,  makeup done by Renee Lee and Sue from Metamorphosis and Ryan looked very sharp in his tuxedo, from the Men's Warehouse. The colors of the wedding were soft pink and white, with plenty of bling. When they shared their first look prior to the ceremony, Sachiko shed tears of joy and needed a touch up stat! They are truly meant for one another and it was evident in what they selected to be said during the ceremony and throughout the entire event.

We were so happy to be apart of their special day and wish them nothing but all the happiness in the world!

The Blissful Bride

Thursday, March 17, 2011

What does a Wedding Planner do?

Spring is almost at our door and it seems that the hibernation from an awful winter is coming to an end. So now many brides are springing forward with their wedding plans, choosing a date, looking at venues, looking up vendors, for wedding gowns etc. Depending on what your vision is, your budget, how many guests you'd like to attend,  planning a wedding can take a year or more. For some who opt for planning a smaller affair with a limited amount of guests, it can take a little less. If you are working full time, going to school full time, planning can be very overwhelming and it can sometimes become confusing and stressful. Looking for help from an outside source is not unheard of. So if your thinking that hiring a wedding planner wouldn't make sense because your wedding is only this big or that you can do it all yourself...just sit back and think of the perks of having one, even if its just for that final month and day of your wedding. After all, shouldn't you be basking in a blissful glow of matrimony and not worrying if a vendor will show up or not?
Here is what planners do:

1.Wedding planners are the first and foremost consultants on weddings. We will work with you to fufill your vision for the day and they'll come up with creative solutions to make it happen.
2.We act as your representative in the world of vendors. We know vendors in a way you can't, not only their reputations for quality and timeliness, but if there is any bad blood between vendors you're interested in. We will negotiate with vendors on your behalf in order to get the best possible value, which may not necessarily be the lowest price.
3.We are supreme organizers. A wedding planner prepares an itinerary for you and keep you on track. Planners know when things need to be done so we'll never let you fall behind. We're kind of like that angel on your shoulder.
4.There are planners that specialize in destination weddings or cultural weddings, so we are able to help you with whatever wedding you envisioned.
5.Wedding planners have financial skills to keep you on budget. So when we call that meeting about how you're about to go drastically over budget, listen.
6. When the pressure of competing interests or difficult decisions build up, we can be a shoulder to cry on.
7.Sometimes we're marraige counselors too. We help you to put things back in perspective and set the real focus of the wedding: each other.
8.The day of the wedding, we ensure that everything runs smoothly and if it doesn't, you don't have to deal with it.

So as you spring into your wedding plans, just keep in mind that while a planner may add to the budget, we may actually keep you in budget for your special day. And it always helps to have someone on the outside looking in. Happy Planning!

The Blissful Bride

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Blissful Bride Presents-How Did He Propose?

The Blissful Bride Weddings & Events is planning a contest to determine the best proposal story. So all those who are in the midst of planning, got engaged over the holidays or Valentine's Day....think back to the wonderful way your fiance proposed and share it with us!
Contest ends: 3/31/2011 Midnight EST. Please send your proposal story to:
(Please see Rules listed below)
(1) Grand Prize- "Everlasting Bliss" Full Service Package (normally $1500.00) for $850.00 This package includes all of our a la carte options with the exception of our Sweets Bar.
(1) Second Prize- "Blissfully Yours" Partial Package for $650.00 and a choice of A La Carte Option (except Sweets Bar and Pre Wedding Event)

For a description on what each package includes, please go to our website:

1.Only one entry per couple. Please be sure to include both your name and your fiance's names as well as where you are located. Your story may featured on our blog as a future proposal Story.
2.If you are one of our winners, you must utilize our services by 12/31/2012.
3.Prize winners will be announced 4/7/2011 via email. You will have 48 hours to claim the prizes. Winners will be officially announced on BBWE's Facebook Fan Page, Twitter and the winning story will be posted on our blog.
4.All weddings must take place by 12/31/2012.
5.Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Good luck!!
Blissfully Yours
The Blissful Bride

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!!!-Year in Review

In our innaugural first year at The Blissful Bride Weddings & Events, we worked with 3 different styles of weddings.
Our first wedding as BBW&E was of Gayle and Aakif. It was the perfect intimate affair catered to out of town guests, that not only celebrated the high school sweethearts but the fabulous New York City as well.  A three act event that began with the ceremony at Central Park's Conservatory Gardens, and carried to the Villages own Havana Alma de Cuba and ended on the Yacht, Manhattan. The weather couldn't have been more perfect, the setting earthy and fun.
Our second wedding, Hazel and Kenny, had a more traditional feel that had a church ceremony followed by a candlelit reception in Greenpoint. The setting a bit more formal than the last, and about 90 guests who munched on a three course dinner followed by a mini Vienese Table and Wedding Cake.
The final wedding of our innaugural year, Samantha and Barry was in my favorite month (call me bias because I'm an October Bride myself) and was modeled a little like my own, with the exception being vibrant orchids, purple floralytes immersed in waterbeads. The ceremony took place in the outdoor area at Nicotra's Ballroom in Staten Island and followed to the Tea Garden Room which contained glass walls that overlooked the night sky and illuminated the room as the night went on. The guests partied at the reception to their hearts content with wonderful music. It was also my first time as emcee.
I want to thank my couples for letting me be apart of their special day and we look forward to 2011 and our new brides.

Check out our pictures under the Portfolio tab on our website

Stay blissful!