2010.Bride’s.Choice

Press Release for my Wedding Planning Company!!! I’m truly excited…& honored!

{1.19.2010} – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced VOW Wedding Consulting has been selected to receive the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™ for Wedding Planning services!

The annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ recognizes and celebrates excellence in quality and service within the wedding industry, as determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 500,000 newlyweds.

VOW Wedding Consulting is among the top five percent of all vendors in the WeddingWire community, which includes over 100,000 wedding professionals across the US and Canada. Awards were given to winners across 19 different service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers.

“We are excited to recognize and honor the success of the top wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “The annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program has given us the unique opportunity to highlight the best wedding professionals in each region as reviewed by brides and grooms who have utilized their services in the past year.”

We are happy to announce that VOW Wedding Consulting is among the very best Wedding Planning Service within the WeddingWire Network, which includes WeddingWire and Martha Stewart Weddings. We would like to thank our past newlyweds for nominating us for the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at {VOW Wedding Consulting}.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding vendors. WeddingWire enables engaged couples to search, compare and book over 100,000 reviewed wedding vendors nationwide, from wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding vendors, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. In addition, WeddingWire has partnered with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE: MSO) to provide its network of local vendors and online wedding-planning tools in the Weddings section of www.MarthaStewartWeddings.com. For additional information, please visit www.WeddingWire.com.

Under.$500.Dresses

Who said that you have to break the bank to look fabulous on your wedding day? BCBGMaxazria just came out with their chic bridal dresses that cost under $500…now that’s an incredible steal! A fabulous designer catering to bridal demands without the high costs that are out there is a wonderful treat & great find! Thank you BCBG for giving the masses a choice without compromising style!

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VOW.Client.Video

A few days ago I posted a board that showcased my clients wedding {Karen & Jonathan}…well today I received the recap from my client that her Videographer {Magic Flute Films} did of their wedding…I have to say I teared up! Please check it out! It’s a visually stunning video!

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Real.Wedding: Karen & Jon

As the owner of VOW Wedding Consulting, I like to always feature our weddings. Most recent I did a wedding in New York City…What a truly classy & elegant event it was. It was by far one of my favorite weddings that I ran & the clients were absolutely wonderful…

*Also check out the wonderful review Karen {kdecastro} gave us on Wedding Wire: CLICK ME!

Dress {Monique Lhullier}, Shoes {Manolo Blahnik}, Headpiece {Maria Elena}

Bridesmaid Dresses {Love by Enzoani}

Photography {Anthony Vasquez (recently did the Jonas Brother’s Wedding)}

Videography {Magic Flute Films}, Music {Hank Lane}

Ceremony {St. Ignacius Loyola}

Cake {Cheryl Kleinman Cakes}, Flowers {Lenox Hill Florist}

Venue {The Central Park Boathouse}

{all photos by: anthony vasquez}

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Unforgettable.Venues

It was a cold day in NY again…and I happened to be watching a special on WE Entertainment…the topic…their top 10 unforgettable wedding venues, hosted by David Tutera {who also happens to be my favorite celebrity wedding planner}…for those who didn’t see the show I wanted to share their fabulous finds…Here goes!

No. 10 – La Quinta Spa Resort – California

For a Spanish style wedding plan your special day at La Quinta Spa Resort. Gretta Garbo & Ginger Rogers were both married at this old Hollywood style wedding setting. With it’s 800 Spanish style rooms & 41 swimming pools, La Quinta is a dessert paradise with 305 days of incredible weather year round. There are several locations where you can have your wedding, whether indoors or outdoors in their beautiful courtyard.

No. 9 – Tavern on the Green – New York City

A truly New York City experience, Tavern on the Green is a hidden gem in the heart of Central Park. This glittery venue can be a sparkle amongst the hustle & bustle of the city. In 1934 it was turned into a restaurant from a shelter for sheep. It has 6 different rooms and the Crystal Room is a truly exquisite room with chandeliers that glitter in the night. You can also hold your cocktail hour outdoors in the garden courtyard, where the trees are all lit up with tiny lights. It’s truly a beautiful venue that can make any bride feel like a princess.

Next on the list is a place that holds for a more romantic, small & exclusive wedding. We go down south to the Keys…

No. 8 – Little Palm Island – Florida

Located on it’s own private island…Little Palm Island is truly a wonderful destination wedding location that will have your guests talking. It has 28 Bungalows & 2 Suites, and a magnifacent lagoon style pool. This island is perfect for a small destination wedding where your guests will feel like they are in a tropical paradise with no distractions {note: there are no phones or tv’s in any of the rooms & children under 16 are not permitted on the island}. You can have your intimate ceremony on the dock with water surrounding you & then head over to the terrace for an outdoor reception under the stars. Guests arrive by a private boat from the mainland & are greeted with rum punch to start the festivities. This place is actually MY favorite pick of the list!

But for those brides who want a less formal approach to their wedding WE took us to Sin City for a truly unique wedding option…

No. 7 – A Little White Chapel – Las Vegas

Sometimes brides don’t want the whole “hooplah’ when it comes to their ceremony, or the couple wants a more fun & spontaneous approach to their vows..A Little White Chapel would be your stop. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, this Drive Up OR Drive Thru wedding center actually has it all. They have a full service Wedding Salon where brides can stop in & pick from their hundreds of dresses to wear down the isle…or snazzy up your groom with a tux & finish your look off with their hair & makup services & rent one of their many available accessories. Don’t have time to do a full ceremony…drive your car through the “Tunnel of Love” & for $40 you & your fiance can get hitched in a matter of minutes! Talk about a time efficient bride! It may not be for everyone, but it’s a surely fun option!

No. 6 – Columbia Gorge Hotel – Oregon

Columbia Gorge Hotel has a beautiful outdoor setting that overlooks the Columbia River. The historic hotel was built in 1921 and is considered the Waldorf of the West. Providing brides with either a scenic outdoor wedding ceremony area or an indoor fireplace area, this venue is a great place for a more outdoors, rustic {although the hotel is far from rustic} type of bride. The hotel has an English Garden feel to it and also has a waterfall that can provide for a wonderful backdrop.

No. 5 – Walt Disney World Resort Weddings – Florida

For the bride who truly wants to feel like a princess on her wedding day, Walt Disney World offers numerous packages & offers to brides who want that fairytale feeling for her special day. David Tutera has also teamed up with Disney…and customized 4 couture looks that brides can pick to have on their wedding day. There are many romantic venues to pick from…such as an aquarium, a grand ballroom or wedding on a private island that overlooks Cinderella’s Castle! Their bridal studio can help you customize your entire look down to every little detail.

The next venue is perfect for the weather we are currently experiencing…up next…a winter wonderland…

No. 4 – Cordillera Lodge Resort – Colorado

Sitting 8200 feet high above the Rocky Mountains, Vail Valley nestled on a secluded cliff sits Cordillera Lodge Resort..This place feels like a home away from home type of venue…for a cozy intimate not overly stuffy smaller wedding, this place is it. You can have a cocktail reception near the fireplace & then situate yourself in the reception room overlooking the mountains. They also have a gazebo should you choose to have an outdoor wedding ceremony sitting high above the clouds. It has breathtaking views & a  cozy feel.

No. 3 – The Grand Del Mar – California

Want to have a European feel to your wedding, but can’t bring your entire party there? Well with The Grand Del Mar you don’t have to travel very far. The hotel was completed in 2007 & it’s architectural wonder takes you to Spain, Morocco, Italy & the Mediterranean. It holds a 21,000 wine cellar & offers culinary sophistication to their guests & events. It has a Tuscan feel to the property & the landscaping brings you to a far away land. I would say this venue is perfect for the sophisticated bride who wants her guests to experience culinary & visual excellence.

No. 2 – Four Seasons Lana’i at Manele Bay Resort – Hawaii

This place has to be one of the top beach destination weddings out there. It’s absolutely incredible views will make for an unforgettable wedding. It used to be a pineapple plantation before it was turned into this high end resort. The wonderful thing about this place is that it holds only 1 wedding at a time, so the bride & groom will always feel like they are top priority. You can have your ceremony on the cliff with the panoramic ocean views {if you decide to have your wedding between November – January, you & your guests might catch a glimpse of whales in the distance}. Should you decide to have a beach ceremony, but want a more countryside reception, Four Seasons has another location that you can have your reception at, thus providing two very different experiences for your special day.

And last but not least…WE Entertainment & David Tutera’s No. 1 most Unforgettable Wedding Venue is….

Oheka Castle – Long Island, New York

For an experience like no other…having your very own castle to hold your truly spectacular event will truly be a special treat for your guests. Not only are the grounds amazing, but the inside of this Luxury Hotel/Castle will leave all your guests thinking that they have stepped back in time. Also…for brides you will also know that your event will be the only one taking place for the night. Your guests can wander around the castle & then for those who choose to stay the night, they can rest up in one of their 32 guest rooms. Oheka Castle will make any couple feel like a King & Queen for the day.

So there you have it…Top 10 Unforgettable Wedding Venues according to We Entertainment & David Tutera. I have to say that out of all places…Palm Island would be my pick…what’s yours?

{images from resort websites}

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