Friday, April 30, 2010

Bad Bride - Good Bride

Top 3 Signs of a BAD Bride
(from a wedding planners perspective)
1. The bride is planning things without their planners knowledge.
To relieve the stress of planning your own wedding Brides hire a wedding planner but many still continue to plan what they've hired the planner to do. This creates mis-communication and a disconnection between the two, which may negatively effect your special day. It also makes hiring a wedding planner a waste of their time and total waste of your money.

2. Contacting your planner daily as if she/he is your best friend with the wedding months away.
Brides can easily overwhelm their planners with multiple conversations about the same subject. Discussing the various shades of the color "pink" is not meant to last a lifetime. This behavior takes the fun out of planning your event. Your time is valuable and so is your planners.

3. Changing your mind, again and again
Changing the specific color of a rose and the exact placement of that rose in your centerpiece arrangement is menial compared to the real reason your getting married. Once you make up your mind, stick with it! Be the beautiful and confident bride you are. Helpful Tip: Doing thorough research prior to making any decisions eliminates uncertainty on your end

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Why should I jump on a plane to get married?

Anyone can have a back yard wedding, or a traditional religious service yet how many people can say they got married on a white sandy beach in beautiful Hawaii? Or, how about a sculptured garden in Paris? Whatever your heart desires the world is your oasis.
When you close your eyes and dream of your wedding day...what do you see? 

There are many options available to you. Your wedding day is now (more than ever before), a true reflection of who you are. A wedding catered to your specific style is a testament of your unique personality.

Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience so why not have it in an unforgettable exotic location? Make a statement! Choose a location unlike any other...a location that brings your dreams to life...

Everyday is full of opportunities that are often missed. Don't let this be one of them!

Monday, April 26, 2010

What is a GOBO?

A GOBO (Go Before Optics) is a physical template that is attached to a lighting source, used to control the shape of emitted light.
 Have you ever seen the initials of the bride & groom lit up on the dance floor? These types of lighting enhancements can provide a unique way to set yourself apart from your best friends wedding.

You can feature any design, in any color. Check out this great web site for more info. www.edgesightandsound.com

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Flower Power in Hawaii

 The Art of Flowers

 Country Bouquets Maui

Over the years FCW has hired Country Bouquets to service our select clientele. From the elaborate bride with an unlimited flower budget to a couple on the beach, Country Bouquets Maui has what it takes to create a show stopping arrangement. The owner, Shelly Garcia (shown above) has always taken her work to the heart. She has the ability to truly listen to her client, the experience to do anything you ask, she has outstanding business ethics and takes full responsibility for her work. No wonder clients like the Four Seasons Resort Maui contract her company out for their special events. Mahalo Nui Loa to Country Bouquets!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

What's is a Tropical Flower?

Let's talk TROPICA
A tropical looking arrangement vs. A tropical flower arrangement are two completely different things. These two descriptions are often confused which makes it difficult for Brides to communicate to their florist or planner what they really want. Here are some helpful tips.

 Flowers Commonly Known as Tropicals include:  
 These flowers are light weight and more elegant looking.
  • Orchids (Cymbidiums, Dendrobiums, Mokara, Phaleanopsis, Cataleya etc)
  • Lily (Calla, Stargazer, etc.) 
  • Tuberose 
  • Plumeria
  • Pikaki
  • Ilima
  • Crown Flower
   A tropical looking arrangement usually includes commonly seen orchids and can look like this.  This bouquet has Mokara Orchids, Roses, and Calla Lily.

UnCommon Tropical Flowers include:  
 These flowers are heavy in weight and large in size. 
  • Antherium
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Pin Cushins
  • Protea
  • Ginger
  • Heliconia
  • Jade  
A Tropical Flower arrangement usually includes rarely seen Tropicals and looks like this. This arrangement has Ginger, Pin Cushions, Bird of Paradise, Onsidium, and Antheriums.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Looking for an amazing party venue? Check out one of L.A.'s sweet spots.

Located on Hollywood Blvd, this venue has the ability to accommodate up to 1,400 guests. From staging, video screens, posh lounge areas, and VIP rooms this venue has hosted some of the hottest parties in LA. So, if you're looking for an amazing location to host your after party, this venue is worth checking out. Visit www.thehighlandshollywood.com for more info.

Timba Maui


Emulating the nightlife of L.A., the elegant atmosphere of Timba is guaranteed to influence your mind, body and soul.  With a chic and stylish interior, the music gets you moving while you enjoy a freshly squeezed watermelon martini, just one amongst the many signature drinks offered by the exceptional staff at Timba.

Simply put, Timba offers a level of style and comfort unlike any on the island of Maui.
Located less than fifty feet from the shoreline, whether relaxing with an after dinner cocktail or settling in for a private reception party, Timba offers a First Class experience on an Island oasis. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Outstanding Wedding Location on Maui

The Haiku Mill

Located on the Island of Maui, this location is by far one of the most unique venues we've ever seen. Not only is this site historical in nature (an abandoned sugar mill dating back to the 1800's) it now has built in chandelier lighting, a waterfall that can change colors, a glass colored pavilion and much more.  First Class Weddings supports this venue's management and it's wedding planning team. This is a completely legal Maui wedding location that is absolutely stunning.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Calla Lily

Calla Lily Bouquet

Meanings: The meaning of the Calla Lily has been thought to represent Beauty. However, in the western world it's meaning best represents "Youthful Innocence". 

This flower looks absolutely stunning when tied into a large french bouquet! Just remember that special care must be taken when selecting the Calla Lily as your flower of choice, the leaves are very sensitive and don't last long out of water. It is important that you select an experienced florist in order to achieve stunning results.

Stay tuned as we get ready to release our First Class directory of qualified florists. Look for the companies that carry the First Class "Seal". These companies have undergone a thorough application and interviewing process which warrants having your trust.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Hello Kitty Champagne

For Real! Hello Kitty Champagne.

Dressed in Pink, this bottle comes with a Hello Kitty pendant & Italian Flag. Yet don't let the name fool you, it's definitely not a kids beverage with a price tag of $50 a bottle. One bottle pours about 4 glasses so if you're having 100 guests you would need 25 bottles. This would put your Champagne toast costs at $ $1,250 + any applicable service fees. Try before you buy and pucker up pussy kat and take a sip!

Which comes first - Wedding Venue or Wedding Planner?

WHICH COMES FIRST, the Wedding Venue or the Wedding Planner?

The Pros & Cons of choosing a Wedding Venue first:
PRO: Client has full control over the venue.
CON: Wedding Planner does not.

*The planning process can be challenging for a planner if the wedding venue is secured first. Reason being is partly caused from needing to control the deliver, set-up and removal times as well as managing any of the on-site details. This would create a much less stressful experience for you.

The Pros & Cons of choosing a Wedding Planner first:
PRO: You have an expert at your fingertips, orchestrating your dream.
CON: If you choose the wrong planner.

*While interviewing planners can be tedious work, it may will be the most important first step in the overall planning process. This is where you have to ask yourself what is more important. Finding an expert to help you or simply doing everything yourself.

SO, WHICH COMES FIRST FOR YOU? The Wedding Venue or the Wedding Planner?