Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vote for me on Biz Bash as Social Planner of the Year!

Last week I found out I was nominated by BizBash the leading trade publication in the event industry for Social Planner of the Year.  Needless to say I was shocked and delighted.  The best part is you all get to vote!  Voting ends October 16 so place your vote for me today!  And remember you can vote every twenty four hours.  So spread the word to your family and friends to get their vote on!

Click here to vote: Biz Bash Readers Choice Voting

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Thanks in advance for the love and support!

Until next time -

Monday, September 26, 2011

Shawn at the Learning Annex!

October 12 is the date!  Shawn will be live at the Learning Annex in Midtown Manhattan from 7:00PM to 9:00PM teaching participants "How to plan one of a kind events".

Wedding / Event Planning / Design expert and BravoTV reality star Shawn Rabideau of BravoTV’s Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After will explain the basics of putting together a cocktail style wedding reception from budget, to venue, to entertainment, to design and much more.

Shawn will:
- Show you how to create your very own classic bridal bouquet and boutonniere
- He will explain what items are necessary for any cocktail reception wedding or otherwise
- Give you his Rabido’s and Rabidon’ts when it comes to planning your wedding
- Shawn will finish with a Q and A period so have your questions ready!

 To order tickets go online to  The Learning Annex

Friday, September 9, 2011

Is Chivalry Dead?

I might be a bit of a traditionalist or perhaps it's the way I was raised by my parents, but I was always taught to open doors for the ladies, let them go first and respect woman without objectifying them.  So it absolutely pains me to watch grooms, groomsmen and the like forget their chivalric manners especially at a wedding.

Gentlemen, if you are in the bridal party, remember all eyes are on you, especially the groom!  Now I know most men (other than myself) don’t know what to do with the train of a dress or a cathedral length veil.  They act like it's going to come to life and strangle them like python.  Gentlemen, it's fabric and quite harmless.  As the man and the husband it's your duty to help your bride walk around and it is really quite simple.  Lift the train of the dress so it doesn't drag in the dirt and always let her go first so she can set the pace.  Remember she can't see her feet and the last thing she wants to do is perform a swan dive in the ballroom.  Also, remember to open the door for her whether it be at the church, the limo or the ballroom…you’re the groom, her husband so be a gentleman even if it's for one day.

Planners are like flies on a wall, we see and hear everything.  So you might want to think twice about high fiving your best man while telling him your bride looks hot and you can't wait to score tonight.  I swear on the man upstairs I heard that in the men's room at one wedding I was planning a few years back.  This is your wife you're talking about so you might want to keep those comments to yourself.

It also irritates me to watch the groom hang by the bar or with his "buddies" all night.  Guy's remember, this is your Big Day too and as the groom you're the host of the party.  Always stick close to your bride.  The last thing you want to do is miss an important speech dedicated to you because you were outside having a cigar.

And Best Men, remember, when giving toasts try to keep it clean…the last thing you want to do is speak of the grooms sexual escapades in college and tell all 200 guests he was a womanizer until he met his now wife.  Remember, Mom and Grandma are there.  Although it might be funny to you it could be offensive to some of the ladies (including the bride).  It's best to keep it short and sweet and tell those "tales out of church" at the bachelor party.

I know it seems like I'm bashing the men, but I think it's due time the gentlemen make a bit of a resurgence.  It's take little energy and in the end you'll feel good about yourself while making your wife look and feel good too.

Until next time,