This blog post is inspired by my daughter's My Little Pony book about "The Best Wedding Ever." Nope, I'm not joking!
Two of the ponies, a Prince and a Princess, are getting married. And the Princess asks all of her friends to take an active role: performing music, baking a cake, designing a gown. And one of the friends is the Pony that oversees everything because she's so organized. Clearly, she's the wedding planner!
The Princess is excited her big day has come, and hopes that everything is perfect. Yes, she says "perfect." And it is… until she discovers that her gown has a wrinkle, one of the musicians has a cough, the ice is melting, and she forgets her dance moves. But she's nudged down the aisle during her panic, marries her Prince, and then feels satisfaction at the end of the event that all of her friends pulled together and that the most important thing was that she married her love. To quote: "The wedding may not have gone perfectly, but it really was the best wedding ever."
I found this book profound, yes profound, for two reasons.
Firstly, it should be a little lesson that asking your friends to helm really important pieces of the wedding, rather than trusted industry professionals, might not be a great idea in the end. It's beautiful when friends can contribute toward the wedding day with small sentimental things, but the major pieces should be left to professionals.
Secondly, absolute perfection isn't possible and embracing that is the key to relaxation and happiness on the wedding day. Yes, I'm being serious here, as a professional wedding planner… We are hired to manage the chaos, and to control what you can't control, and to troubleshoot any thousands of minor and major things that can go wrong during the course of a wedding weekend so that the key players (brides, grooms and parents) don't have to. But just because something doesn't go according to plan doesn't make it wrong or bad…just unplanned. I've had to deal with Grandparents missing their scheduled shuttle to the ceremony, hair and makeup starting 30 minutes late in the middle of a packed timeline, a limo breaking down, and half a cake begin to lean. But after troubleshooting those mishaps to the best of our ability, those weddings were still absolutely wonderful and incredibly memorable as an entire event. Why? Because the couples didn't expect perfection and because they kept close to their heart that the most important thing about the wedding day was that they married each other and had an unforgettable celebration with all of their loved ones.
It's amazing to me that a book designed for a little girl has a theme about a perfect wedding…yikes! But at the same time I'm happy that a big lesson was presented in such a small book. Hopefully it's a lesson more and more people take to heart!
To us, ALL of our couples are celebrities, we work to make sure each couple has a wedding day that is uniquely reflective of them, their personalities and their families.
But, it's not every day that one of our grooms wins a Superbowl, takes home the Lombardi Trophy and is voted MVP!
Queen of Hearts lead planner, Rebecca Richman, worked with Dana and Joe on a beautiful wedding at truly reflected them and their families. We thought it was appropriate to repost some of the beautiful images of their wedding day.
Thanks to photographer Jason Prezant for capturing such great images of the day! Additionally, we want to be sure to thank all of the wedding professionals who made the day such a success:
Phyllis Jablonowski, CSEP of our parent company Eventricity for the beautiful decor! Hyatt Penns Landing, Bredenbeck's Bakery, Dave Williams of CinemaCake Film Makers, Victoria DiPietro and the team from Bella Angel, Rich Posmontier Ensemble, Philadelphia Trolley Works, Simply Dip'd
Congratulations to Dana and Joe! We LOVED working with you and your families.
Be sure to check out the latest edition of Philadelphia Wedding Magazine where lead planner Rebecca Richman is quoted as a featured expert!
We are pleased to announce…
The Queen of Hearts Wedding Consultants has been selected the Knot Best of Weddings for 2013 AND Bride's Choice 2013 by Wedding Wire.
These awards are based on feedback and reviews by our brides and we appreciate the love you share by taking the time to review our services!
Best of the Knot: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 AND 2013!
Wedding Wire Bride's Choice: 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013!
We're truly Doubly Blessed to be named to the top 5% of wedding professionals in the county
Ringing in the New Year tends to be a little anticlimactic when you work in the wedding industry…
We’ve had couples booked for 2013 wedding dates since the middle of 2012. We’ve been working with couples on personalizing their day and looking ahead to see what’s hot, fun and new for nearly that long as well.
So we wanted to share with you some of what we see as hot in 2013
We’re really excited to see so many other touches we are already incorporating into client’s weddings hit the radar across the country…and to see what’s next!
Happy New Year and Happy Planning!
OK, I admit it…I’m a RENT HEAD, that’s where the 525,600 minutes reference comes from… but ‘Seasons of Love’ is somehow appropriate for wrapping up a year filled with love and amazing blessings for our team.
We started off the year as a new team – our merger with Eventricity got off to a booming start. Adding Phyllis’s planning and design experience to our team and the resources of Beth, Mia and Katie helped us expand our creativity and organization. Getting to spend some hands on time in the design room and work with flowers again was a great renewal for my creativity.
March took me to Sao Paulo for the launch of the Association of Bridal Consultants in Brasil. The planners and wedding professionals there could not have been warmer and more hospitable. Truthfully, it was interesting as I was presenting in English, it was being translated into Portuguese… I tend to speak quickly, talk with my hands and have a very dry sense of humor. I had the BEST time, LOVED the food and made some amazing friends.
Our twelfth year brought us more wonderful couples – everything from beautiful boutique weddings to grand scale weddings with 400+ guests; couples from across town, across the county and around the world.
We worked with couples on Christian, Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, non-denominational, interfaith, and multicultural and multi ethnic weddings.
We worked with the 6th bride from a close knit circle of friends, the sisters of two previous brides and watched a bunch of our previous couples give birth to beautiful babies.
Our couples’ accolades won us acclaim from several wedding industry sources; our weddings were featured in Philadelphia Wedding Magazine, Style Me Pretty, Brides Café a number of wedding industry blogs. Rebecca was featured as an expert in Philadelphia Weddings and we were quoted across the industry.
We worked with hundreds of wonderful Wedding Professionals again this year; old friends whose work we have come to know and enjoy, and lot of new faces to the industry bringing a fresh feel to many events.
Our team continued to grow, learn, and expand our creativity – we were blessed to continue our relationship with Wish Upon A Wedding. We worked with AMAZING couples and wedding professionals who have changed our lives; and for that we’ll be eternally grateful.
As 2012 comes to a close we look forward to 2013 – the blessing the year will bring, the lives we will touch and especially those people who will touch and chance our lives forever.
Happy New Year and we wish you an AMAZING 2013!
By: Rebecca Richman
Megan and Michael were married at City Hall with Amanda from Love Me Do Photography serving as their only witness and of course on hand to take some fabulous pictures! They had fool’s gold rings as placeholders for the ceremony and then went to Old City Tattoo to get the real deal tattooed on!
This was just the start of their incredible wedding union because they followed it up a few weeks later with a reception at Terrain at Styers! Stay tuned for the reception post, definitely one you don't want to miss!
All photos taken by Love Me Do Photography
Paramour – it comes from the Old French –par amour – for love’s sake.
Paramour, located in the Wayne Hotel is just that; for love’s sake… you can tell that the renovations, the beautiful details, intimate space and menu are a labor of love.
Located in the heart of the Main Line, Paramour and the Wayne hotel are the perfect location for an intimate boutique wedding.
Ceremonies could be hosted in any number of local churches or on site in their intimate parlor, the restaurant it’s self has wonderful intimate seating and the seasonal menu featuring local ingredients is AMAZING.
Their bar area is perfect for a cocktail reception
And their private dining room is a wonderful space for a rehearsal dinner, shower or intimate reception.
On a visit earlier this summer for lunch I sampled some wonderful seasonal treats
Their fall seasonal menu looks wonderful as well
For more information on intimate boutique weddings visit their website: Paramour Weddings
And be sure to stop by and explore their restaurant and wonderful wine list.
We love working with fun couples, and Jackie and Steven were no exception to the rule.
Their love of music and outgoing personalities created a very memorable wedding for their family and friends as well as our teams from The Queen of Hearts and Eventricity.
For Jackie and Steve it was all about fun details…
And, beautiful decor
We had the best time working with both Jackie and Steve and it shows…
We love when our team gets glowing reviews like the one Rebecca got from the bride's mother after Saturday's wedding at the Union League!
I just want to thank you for everything. I think we had the perfect wedding. I'm so thankful to you and your assistants. It wouldn't have worked without you. People were having such a good time and were so complimentary about everything from the ceremony to the candy bar and everything in between. Your calm demeanor and confidence helped calm any anxiety anyone had I believe. I certainly hope you are available when Kelsey and Robin are ready because I wouldn't think of having their weddings without you. If there are any details to wrap up please let me know.
Congrats Rebecca, Kristin and Shoshana – GREAT job!