Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Unique and Comical Cake Toppers

Besides the monogram cake topper or sugar flowers adorned on your cake, maybe you want to display you and your fiancĂ©’s comical personality on top of your cake or your groom’s cake. Check out these cake toppers- they are affordable as well!

Check out Wedding Accessories.net link!


Monday, August 23, 2010

The most bang for your buck-$40 for a 1 Hour Massage

Ladies! I have another treat for you especially if your wedding is near and you need to release the tension from your body! Lately, I’ve been indulging in self-care, such as yoga, facials and more. The latest discovery that I’ve experienced is called the Tui-na massage. It is an Asian form of bodywork. It is similar to a Swedish massage, such as a deep tissue muscle massage, but it restores your energy. It is so comforting! Lily & Raul provide massages exclusively for women only, however you can invite your beau to have a couples session. This is not your typical fancy spa that has a sauna or facials- it is strictly for massages. Lily & Raul is located in Midtown. How ironic that I found this place in Midtown? It is a relaxing & clean location. The massage therapists are excellent; you can let them know the comfort range of how you would like your massage. It is very quiet when you enter the massage room, you enter into a divided light dim room, and during the massage you are listening to soothing sounds. They totally take out all the tight knots that you are feeling tension in, such as your head, neck and shoulders. Literally, they massage your body from head to toe! The great part of this massage it is $40 for 1 hour! Yes I repeat $40 for 1 hour!! You can’t bet that!

Please visit their website http://www.lillyandraul.com/ and schedule a massage today!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Mind & Body: Budget-Friendly Yoga- A treat for you!

Ladies we may not have time to work out, or “center” ourselves in the midst of planning a wedding, juggling a job and family. However, it is crucial to make the time for yourself! It’s important to feel calm on your special day. There is so much to do for a wedding, such as sending invitations, tracking RSVPs, guest seating, the list is endless- we can lose ourselves in what seems to be chaotic for a special day, and easily forget the purpose of marriage and most importantly not taking care of ourselves. The anticipation can easily overwhelm a bride; therefore an outlet needs to be created to release that tension when it arises. As a Wedding Planner, also I need an outlet to release the tension-this year I found a workout that I admire so much and that is Yoga! Yoga concretes on the emphasis on breathing and body awareness. Yoga rewards you with clarity and making decisions not based on anxiety, but based on your intuition. In addition, it rewards your body with a toned physique. Yoga tones your arms, your core (abs), legs- all the areas that we need to look fabulous and feel great in a dress!

If this is a practice you’ve been seeking, but your wedding budget hinders you from taking a yoga class- well I have a treat for you!!! - “Yoga to the People”: Based in New York City’s East Village, this donation-based studio also has satellite studios in Berkeley and San Francisco. Instructors who are qualified to work with students of every level teach classes. The suggested donation is $10 (last class I gave $5 ;0))), a bottle of water is $1 and Mat rental is $2. The studio is spacious, but it can get crowded- however your practice is shared with others that have positive energy and when you leave from the studio you will feel light as a feather physically and mentally. Try to arrive 10-15 minutes early for class to ensure you have a spot in the studio.
Visit this link for more information and schedule of classes- www.yogatothepeople.com

Let yourself go! And Namaste!!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Summer Signature Drink

Hilton Pearl River served this yummy summery drink to the guests at the last wedding I coordinated. The signature drink that the bride and groom chose was called Honey Mojito- it was indeed refreshing and a hit! All the guests enjoyed it! So I thought I would share it with you all if you are thinking of a Summer Signature drink idea for your wedding, dinner party at home, or even when you need to unwind from a long, hard day at work!

Here are the ingredients of Honey Mojito:
- 1 1/2 oz light rum
- 4 or 5 mint leaves
- juice of 1 lime
- 4 of club soda
- 1 oz honey simple syrup*
Garnish: lime wheel
Muddle mint leaves with honey simple syrup in a mixing glass. Squeeze limejuice and add rum to shake with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with lime wheel.
To make honey simple syrup, mix 4 parts honey to 1 part hot water.


Bride & Groom Spotlight Indian/Western Wedding 7/31/10

A beautiful traditional Indian wedding with a Modern Twist- I had the opportunity as a Day of Coordinator to work with Vivian & Aadi Desphande in their joyous and detailed occasion shared by their loving family. The Bride’s cultural background is Chinese and groom’s cultural background is Indian. Their wedding was held at the Hilton Pearl River venue. They started off their day with a Tea Ceremony in the Bride’s family home honoring the Chinese Tradition followed by a Hindu Mandap Ceremony (lavished with orange & fuchsia drapes and adorned with orange orchids provide by Lee Vazquez Floral Design-LadyBugLee) and lastly a Western Outdoor Ceremony embedded with hot pink and yellow rose petals lining the aisle. Inspired by old and new traditions that both families admired-the Bride had a beautiful Indian Sari then changed into her White wedding gown. Moghul Caterers catered this beautiful event- with plenty of Indian authentic courses and desserts that was served to their guests. Also, a refreshing signature drink “Honey Mojito” was served to their guests. Definitely an event to be remembered! My Bridal Budget, LLC (Fouzia and Naoual Elidrissi) wishes the newlywed couple everlasting love and happiness in their marriage!
P.S. A few candid shots that I took from camera are posted on My Bridal Budget Facebook. Visit our Facebook page to see the beautiful decor of this wedding.