Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Ornament Wedding Favor

Are you stumped in what to give as a wedding favor? If you are having a wedding during the holiday season, why not give the gift of LOVE!
Give your guests a Heart Ornament to take home to put on their Christmas Tree.

Check out Oriental Trading
$10 for a Dozen Heart Ornaments!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Why not add in the Gangam Style Dance to your reception!

The other night I was watching the season finale of Dancing with the Stars, and the Gangam Style dance routine appeared! It was funny and unique to see. I never seen this popular South Asian you tube Gangam Style video, so I checked it out to see what the hype is all about. Oddly, I researched what does this song mean, as a result the Korean song talks about “the perfect girlfriend who knows when to be refined and when to get wild”. I laughed how silly the dance was but definitely entertaining. It was “cheesy” dance moves including panda and kangaroo moves, horse trots (pretending to ride a horse), moving into a legs-shuffling side gallop.

We have the Electric Slide, Cha-Cha, YMCA, and the Cupid Shuffle group dances to add to a wedding reception-why not add in the Gangam Style dance! If you have a guestlist that loves to party and loves to laugh, this can be a great dance to add in your reception.
Perfect memorable dance with your family and friends! Great laughs as you watch your wedding video!

Here is the link to see Gangam Style Video:

Friday, November 16, 2012

Bella’s Bridal Gown from Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

For all you Twilight fans, the saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 is in theatres this weekend. Last year, you might have watched Breaking Dawn Part 1 and marked your favorite fashionable scene, which was the beautiful Bridal Gown that Bella was walking down the aisle as she weds Edward.

This might be the perfect gown for you for your Fall/Winter Wedding-its elegant, and breathtaking. Here are the details of this gown. Its only $799!

As seen in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
Long sleeves with button detail
Cut out back with lace embellishments
Available in Ivory
•Sizes: 0 to 26W
•MSRP: $799.00

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


We've all got a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! If you are having your wedding or festive holiday event get the conversation started with these delightful thankful for cards using Avery Rounded Business Cards to express your gratitude. Place these cards on the table and pass them around the dinner table, give everyone a moment to write down their thoughts, and then share! It’s a perfect icebreaker especially if there are guests that do not know each other.

You can use this template PDF link from Avery to print out these Conversation Cards on any card stock.

Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Move your Body for Hurricane Sandy Survivors!

Two weeks ago, Hurricane Sandy came at a full force with high wind speeds and tides that damaged homes and left survivors without power in the Tri-State Area. During these 2 weeks it was a tough time to do anything, such as go to work, help a friend/families in need because of no power in the subway system, no gas, and more- we are still experiencing challenging times.

As a result from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we remained resilient New Yorkers full of strength and hope. We kicked Hurricane Sandy to the curb and we are moving our bodies! We went to work, we serve damaged communities, and we dropped off donations to Rockaway, Red hook, Staten Island and/or New Jersey and more.

Now its time to work out our minds, body and soul with our families and friends through Buti Yoga! I’m a true living testimonial of how it’s important to move our bodies through challenging times. Give your families and friends, and yourself a gift of a workout that feels like a party while you're in it, and leaves you smiling, dripping with sweat, sore in all the best ways, and loving your life and loving your body when you're done! AND the funds we’ll be raised for supporting Hurricane Sandy victims while we are at it!

All funds donated for class are being DOUBLE matched by Fast Retailing USA! Get a sweat-dripping, heart-pumping workout, and make a difference. What could be better?! Tues & Thurs 7-8pm.

Certified trained Buti Yoga instructor Paige MacKenzie Welborn will teach Buti Yoga classes. You are probably asking to yourself “What is Buti Yoga!?”

BUTI is a super fun and sexy workout that combines yoga, dance, circuits of plyometrics and BOOTY shaking! Classes consist of deep stretching, BUTI shaking and heart-pounding cardio that will free your hips (and BUTI!), tighten your abs, and skyrocket your energy!
* Free your hips. Free your mind. *
Here is a link of a BUTI YOGA CLASS!

Donate funds and your loving soul
Make your BUTI Pop Drop and Roll!

Come make purposeful your play,
This Tuesday and Thursday,
Move your feet and move your hips,
Put a smile on your lips.

This BUTI Class is for those in need
Now's the time for you and me
To show in our word and deed
That when others ask for help we heed.

Move your hips, move your feet,
Let your booty shake to the beat,
Bring your oh-so-appreciated dollah,
Paige will be sure to make you hollah!

Tuesday Nov 13th: 7-8pm
Liberated Movement at Battery Dance Studios
380 Broadway, 5th Floor - (NE corner of Broadway & White St. off of the Canal Street Stop- map here)
New York, NY 10013
Look for the door to the left of the Blues clothing store (street level) and ring buzzer #5.

Thursday Nov 15th: 7-8pm
DANY Studios
305 West 38th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues)
New York, NY 10018
BRING : Yoga mat (if you want, but the studio marley floor is fine too)
WEAR : No shoes. Be ready to sweat.

Suggested Donation: $18 (anything more or less will be happily accepted) This will be DOUBLE matched by Fast Retailing USA!

Blessing to you all your loved ones! See you there!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

How to set up an affordable Candy Buffet?

I hope you all celebrated the Halloween holiday in your homes with your children, despite of Hurricane Sandy. Halloween has past and now on to the holidays. Most weddings and even other celebrations are displaying the candy buffet trend. It can be used for your guests to scoop up their favorite candy to take home with them after your event. If you are having a fall themed or a Christmas Holiday themed candy buffet, you can purchase your favorite candy matching to your color theme palate.

Usually candy buffets will cost $50 to $200 approximately, such as purchasing the vases, and pounds of candy, and adding a DIY flair to your vases and jars. All you need to buy is 5 jars/vases of your favorite candy.

Here are couple of items to purchase for you candy buffet:



·You can purchase jars/vases and scoopers at your local 99 cent store.

Here are tips when buying your favorite Candy/Chocolate:
·Buy themed candy/chocolates that are similar to your colors. You buy mixed candy a little bit of everything, a variety of it all, if it is a Christmas themed candy buffet table, you can have as Holiday M&Ms, Candy canes to put in a cylinder vase.

·Here are suggested candy/chocolate websites: (you can order 4 packs of these if you like) (these are actually cheaper as well) (gummy bears ) (you can do cotton candy as well to give it that snow affect for your Christmas Holiday Candy Buffet=)

How to store candy?
·Cellophane Bags are the best affordable solution for candy, and you can add on a personalized label to your bag for a DIY décor flair.

How much should I order per guest?
We recommend about a third to a half pound per guest. (Or put another way, 1 pound for every 2-3 guests). But keep in mind that it's better to go a little over than go under. Think of the last guest in the line, who should still get a few options.

How many different items should I include?

5 items would make a nice a assortment; however, more items would certainly be lovely as well. Here is an estimate of how much candy you need.
Cups Ounces if Small, Dense Candy Ounces if Medium Candy Ounces if Large Candy
1/4 cup 2 1.5 1
1/3 cup 2.75 2.5 2
1/2 cup 4 3.5 2.5
2/3 cup 5.5 4.5 3
3/4 cup 6 5 4
1 cup 8 6 4.5

How should I store chocolates and candy?
Chocolates and candy can generally can be stored up to 6 months in a cool dry place. Please refer to the details for each candy and treat on our web site for the exact storage information. We recommend storing your chocolate in areas that are between 59-63 degrees Fahrenheit (15-17 degrees Celsius) and with a relative humidity of less than 50%. "Blooming" can occur if chocolate is refrigerated.

Enjoy your sweets!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Secret ceremony/reception location nestled in Long Island, NY

Are you looking for an affordable secret gem location for your intimate engagement party, wedding rehearsal, wedding ceremony, or wedding reception? Well a month ago, we had the opportunity to coordinate a wedding at the Bailey Arboretum in Lattingtown, Long Island for beautiful Bride & Groom. The ceremony was enchanting and peaceful because of its nature ambiance. Bailey Arbouteum has 40 acres of woods, ponds and gardens nestled on Long Island’s North Shore-it’s away from the busy catering venues and highways.
Bailey Arboretum is known for their well-marked woodland trails, public programs and special events for children, The Children’s Habitat: a place where children can explore, climb, build, create, make music and enjoy the outdoors. They are opened every day, year-round, and admission is Free-donations are welcome to sustain this beautiful location.
This site is affordable for wedding ceremonies, intimate reception, engagement parties for up to 80 guests.
You can have your wedding ceremony outdoors provided with white folding chairs, and if it rains the ceremony can be indoors in the Sun Room. The staff of Bailey Arboretum is friendly, helpful and willing to accommodate your needs. Please contact Mike Maron- Resident & Manager at 516-571-8020 or email him at for more information.

Photography: Felipe Osorio Photography
Wedding Coordination: My Bridal Budget, LLC
Ceremony Venue: Bailey Arboretum

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall themed signature drinks

It’s officially the Fall season! The weather is feeling cool and crisp!
If you are planning a fall themed signature drink for your wedding, bridal shower or engagement party, here is a list of autumn themed drinks that may be a perfect fit!

Fall Whiskey Drink

Pumpkin Martini

Pumpkin Chai Martini

Tuscan Pear Drink

Ginger Candy Appletini

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Urban Goddess Night-Embracing your inner Goddess

Tomorrow is Fashion Night in NYC, and as well Urban Goddess night with Amanda Young. Take a break from your wedding plans, and get to know your true authentic self before you say “I do” tomorrow night at Urban Goddess Night.

Even though you've done a lot of "work on yourself", are you still operating beneath your true potential?

Have you ever lowered your standards for what you REALLY wanted in a relationship because you figured it was better than being alone?
Do you ask for less than you know you truly deserve in your career, because you undervalue yourself?
Do you feel stuck ? Such as taking a leap of faith in what you want in your life-marriage, love, and more?

I get it- I've. Been. There. Oh yes.
And I also now know what it's like to feel I am living in total harmony with my souls highest potential.

Are you ready to make a breakthrough and finally start accessing your deepest potential?

Join Urban Goddess for an evening that could change the course of your whole life!

In this fun and interactive workshop, we will explore where you are selling yourself short, and learn concrete steps to access your true feminine power in order to live up to your potential in all areas of your life. You will be introduced to the Urban Goddess transformation curriculum and the 3 primary powers of womanhood. Plus we'll enjoy chocolate and discover how pleasure and feminine transformation go hand in hand!

Cost: $15 Advance Registration
$20 at Door
To Register:
Location- Meta Center
214 West, 29th Street, 10001 New York, NY
Date/Time- Thursday, September 6, 2012 7pm to 9pm

When you join this group, you´re in for a life-changing experience. From the first time I went to the meeting to this day, my life has changed so much, in wonderful, even magical ways. I can´t say enough how much I enjoy being part of the Urban Goddess circle and how happy I am to have found the women I met there. The ladies are amazing and Amanda guides us with much grace and wisdom. I definetly recommend this group." - Simone

Amanda has been changing lives, and challenging the status quo with her company Urban Goddess for over 6 years. She started out as a nutritionist who couldn’t accept simply revolutionizing her clients diets, but got excited by revolutionizing their whole lives. Clients not only lost weight, and felt healthier but they got the “Goddess Glow” by transforming their relationships, their careers, and their whole life vision.

In 2006 she led her first Urban Goddess Workshop in New York where she recognized her true life passion; to bring women together and help liberate their inner Goddess. Amanda has led Goddess workshops and retreats which have explored ancient Goddess archetypes and mythologies and how they apply to the modern woman in locations such as Costa Rica, Big Sur, Malibu, and her home town of New York City.

In 2007 Amanda created Urban Goddess Chocolate, as a companion product to her vision for women. The chocolate represents Amanda’s strong belief that transformation can be fun, sensual and PLEASURABLE. Plus it's organic, vegan, gluten free, and raw!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Food Trucks for Weddings!

Are you lovely couples enjoying your summer? Almost the summer is coming to an end. My Bridal Budget had the opportunity to coordinate a fun and unique wedding at the Queens County Farm located in Little Neck, NY.

Instead, of a formal catered dinner at a reception, the laid back couple hired Food Trucks for their wedding reception. Yes! Food Trucks! The Food Trucks you see in the NYC streets, such as dessert and ethnic food trucks. Food Trucks have been a popular trend in NYC for several years, and now have entered into the wedding industry.

Korilla BBQ served Kimchee Chicken, Pork and Beef Tacos, FritesNMeats served Burgers and Veggie Burgers with French Fries, and for dessert-Andy Italian Ices served all flavored Italian Ices and Iced Coffee, including unique flavors such as Canolli ices, and lastly decadent Red Velvet Cupcakes from Brooklyn Cupcakes.

The guests had a blast and it felt like a BBQ but with a creative twists. Guests placed their orders at the trucks and picked up their dinners in a white “doggie bag”. Indeed, it was an informal affair and unforgettable way to celebrate the big day!

To plan your wedding with Food Trucks in a fun location -
Here are a few vendors and venue-
Korilla BBQ
Andy’s Italian Ices
Brooklyn Cupcakes
Queens County Farm

Friday, August 3, 2012

Garter Placement Twist

We all know about the Garter Toss/Garter Placement traditional game – right? After the Groom tosses the garter to the single men, a man catches the garter to place the garter on the Bouquet Winner’s thigh or leg- which is a single woman.

How about twisting this old tradition into a fun joke?

Blindfold the Garter Toss Winner, and have the Groom sit on the chair. The Groom will raise his pants up to his knee; take off his shoe and sock- so he mislead the winner that it is a woman. Spin the Blindfolded Garter toss winner in circles, and then lead him to the Groom. The Garter toss winner will get excited due to the mystery of who is this “woman”, as he puts the garter on the Groom’s leg- take off his blindfold- SURPRISE! He will see that it’s the Groom! It’s a funny joke that family and friends will always cherish this humorous moment!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

YOOOOOBHANGRA!!!!!!!!!! BOLLYWOOD meets Yoga Asana

Get your BHANGRA ON! with your bridal party, friends, and family on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Bamboomoves Studio in Forest Hills, Queens- NY Perfect way to treat yourself and connect with your body in this exotic dance lesson.

Bhangra the latest hottest trend and oldest tradition in Indian dancing that is being performed in joyous occasions such as weddings. Bhangra is a lively form of music and dance that originated in the Punjab region in Southeast Asia. While Bhangra began as a part of harvest festival celebrations, it eventually became a part of such diverse occasions as weddings and New Year celebrations. Moreover, during the last thirty years, Bhangra has enjoyed a surge in popularity worldwide, both in traditional form and as a fusion with genres such as hip-hop, house, and reggae.
Combining two of India's oldest traditions, join us for yoga asana to BOLLYWOOD hits and BHANGRA dancing that will be taught by Yogini Instructor Neelu Gulri from Sattvic Living

What to wear: Comfortable yoga attire

What we provide: BOLLYWOOD led asana class & BHANGRA instruction

Background on Bhangra: Around the 14th or 15th Century, Punjabi wheat farmers danced and sang songs about village life to help pass the time while working in the fields. With time, these became part of harvest celebrations at Bhaisakhi (April 13) festivals, as the sight of their crops growing invigorated the farmers. From here the dance quickly moved through all divisions of class and education, eventually becoming a part of weddings, New Year parties, and other important occasions.

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2012
Time: 4pm-6pm
Cost: $35
See you on the mat and the dance floor!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Inside Scoop on Relationship Coaching- How to define a healthy a marriage?

All the details that go into a wedding such as the venue, flowers, dress and more, we tend to forget about the relationship aspect. It’s not always about the “day”; it’s really about the marriage.

As a wedding planner, I witness couple’s behaviors when they make decisions on their budget, guestlist, menu- it can be a joyous moment or a stressful unhappy moment. Often two questions arise as I witness a couples’ moments, what are the ingredients to define a healthy marriage? What does it take to be in a happy relationship?
Here is couple of tips-
-Enter the marriage 100% committed-without the divorce option
-Disagreements are normal; they don’t mean the end of a relationship
-Focus on what binds you, not what separates you
-Take time out when there are arguments or fights
-Examine your intent
-Plan a date night =)

In addition, it’s always great to receive advice from a relationship coach. Jackie Janiec is a relationship coach for women in New York City. Jackie believes that happiness lies within and to truly love and know ourselves before we can embrace a relationship and/or enter into a marriage. She believes that in any relationship, we need to forgive, breath, and let go. “We have the opportunity to rewrite our story, which is the story of love” as Jackie continues.

There will be an opportunity on Thursday, July 26 to meet and hear Jackie’s point of view about relationship.

Time: July 26, 2012 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: SCC Center
Organized By: Nicole Letelier
Event Description:
Relationship Coaching Workshop

Thursday, July 26th
6:30 - 9:30pm
SCC Center 35 W. 31st Street, 10th Floor

There are no fairy-tale relationships, but there are many, many ways to live happily ever after! If you're looking for the kind of heart-pounding, joy-filled romance that seems to happen for other women and not for you, then this is your workshop. No rules, no games--just a clear, directed path to being happier right now.

Created and co-hosted by She Creates Change community member since 2009, Jackie Janiec.

Read more about Jackie by clicking HERE

Thursday, July 12, 2012

How to stay organized and on top of your wedding plans in your inbox?

There may be a bombardment of emails in your inbox regarding wedding plans from your venues, vendors, and more. You may just want to toss your smartphone at the end of a hectic workday between personal, work and wedding emails.

You want make sure you and your fiancé receive all emails pertaining to your wedding plans in your personal email address, but at times you mistakenly delete one or two important messages.

How about creating a personal wedding email address? For example: . You can create a wedding email address for your wedding inquiries only- give this email address to your venue, vendors and bridal party, so they can use this email address. Your emails can be nicely organized in your smartphone as well.

Friday, July 6, 2012

8 common mistakes to avoid in wedding planning- Why should you hire MBB for your event?

Our My Bridal Budget Team strives to make your day memorable and enjoyable. Most couples say “oh I don’t need a day of coordinator or a planner- I can do it! Or “I can have my friend, cousin, auntie coordinate it”! - But it’s not the same because they wouldn’t know the ins and outs of planning a wedding flawlessly.

On your big day you need to unwind, relax, and not worry about any detail or any vendors approaching you about the smallest details because it interrupts your joy.
We guide you to make affordable and smart decisions on your wedding day that is valuable.

Here are some tips that we advise our brides to avoid obvious mistakes:

1) Always meet with your DJ to hear your final selections of your songs. Never discuss final walk through via phone- it’s always good to meet in person. There can be several versions of your first dance song so you don’t want to be surprised if it’s a wrong selection.

2) Planning a wedding on a budget is key, but making sure you have an upbeat, professional and reliable entertainment is important. Hire a DJ and an Emcee upon selecting your desired package. Do not hire a one-man show. You need an Emcee that is going to coordinate with the crowd and a DJ that can only focus on the music from their technical savvy systems. We have great DJ vendors for you to fall in love with so stop your search because hiring a day of coordinator or a planner from your team; we will only refer you to the best in the industry.

3) If you are not hiring a DJ, instead you are creating a playlist on your IPOD- make sure you have dance music such as, upbeat music for all your guests to dance. If you create dance set that is mainly slow tunes, guests will depart after dinner.

4) Always work on your seating chart a month in advance before your wedding- which means setting an early RSVP date to avoid delay. The seating chart can seem as an easy task, but it can be difficult task because it requires to make sure the chemistry is enjoyable at the table such as if guests can get along and that will talk with each other (even though they may not know each other). Also a seating chart is helpful for buffet dinners to avoid crowded buffet lines. It’s all about structure and elegance!

5) Always request a final mock trial of your centerpiece and bouquet from your florist. You don’t want to be surprised if your florist brings you the wrong florals that you didn’t ask for , most importantly you don’t want to overpay your florist and notice that’s not the exact the arrangement you requested.

6) Always request a final proof of your invitation before you send out your invitations, there can be a wrong date, incorrect spelling of your venue, wrong color of your invitation, and, wrong font. It doesn’t matter if it’s a reputable invitation company or printing company-costly mistakes can occur if you do not double check your invitations

7) Just because you have a park nearby-don’t assume you can take wedding photos at your leisure for an hour. Most parks in NYC require a photo permit to use their property for photography sessions, therefore a photography timeline is essential to coordinate at what time you need to use the park. My Bridal Budget team creates a photography timeline for their clients to coordinate the essential details with our photographers, limos, and bridal party to avoid any confusion on your big day.

8) We all love DIY (Do it yourself) projects, but it would be hectic to do your own centerpieces, favors, bouquets by yourself- why not hire a day of coordinator to oversee all those details. My Bridal Budget team will take care of all the details you have planned and put it into action instead of relying these duties on yourself, your family your bridal party. We want our clients, clients’ families, bridal parties to live, laugh and love on the big day!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sweet Lingerie for your unforgettable day!

As brides, I know we focus on our direct attention to the dress, venue, flowers, photography and entertainment, but we seem to forget in how to beautify our undergarments for our big day.

Today’s Metro newspaper shows an article that talk sassy lingerie to wear for your big night!

My favorite and affordable lingerie is the Blush Lingerie Sweet Vintage strapless bra-$44 and hipster-$32 Check out – the image above

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Affordable favors – “Chocolate Truffle Scented Candles”

Dollartree always has affordable and creative favors to give to your guests. Check out these Chocolate Truffle Scented Candles. A great décor to add to your plate setting for a fall wedding !

Friday, May 4, 2012

How a yoga practice can keep you calm during wedding season?

As most of my clients know I do have a yoga practice on the mat and off the mat. Often, I always get the popular question, how are you a wedding planner dealing with so many weddings, personalities, timelines, checklists all at the same time-how do you handle it all? The answer is Yoga.

Yoga is a connection between the mind, body, and spirit. It stimulates balance and rewards your body sense of healing, calmness, and confidence. That is how I can multitask and still be in the present moment with each client’s wedding. My yoga practice is like a daily cup of coffee- either through yoga asana, mediation, or focusing on my breath. It definitely keeps me prepared for the unexpected on a wedding day.

Usually, on a weekly basis I have been top of my wedding blogs on a weekly basis. However, for the past 3 months, I have been offline, due to my decision to go deep within my yoga practice to take the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Registered Certificate with Yoga Alliance that began in January through April. Thankfully I graduated and now I can share my practice.

How can yoga benefit you during your wedding plans?
I often hear from brides, I’m so overwhelmed, I have so much to do, I’m so tired, I have 3 more months until the big day and I didn’t lose any weight, I can’t sleep, I can’t breathe, I can’t stop, I’m scared, etc. Does this sound like you?

Well I have a remedy for you =)
Yoga is designed to meet your specific fitness goals, help you relax and renew, create a space for you to develop inner peace, tranquility, compassion, and grace. Yoga is not about how flexible you are or if you can do a “picture perfect” headstand- it’s about giving your body a gift to surrender and connect with your self physically and emotionally. No matter what, yoga will make you feel perfect and content just the way you are and your day will be close to perfect as it is destined to be.

Wedding planning and the actual wedding day can be a stressful affair. The 5,000 year-old practice of yoga helps brides-to-be, their fiancés, family, and friends meet their fitness goals, relax, celebrate, and enjoy this momentous occasion.

In addition, we live in New York City, a city no place like it, the hustle and bustle, achieving our dreams, balancing transitions such as having a wedding, full time careers, and more- always on the go in a NY minute. We forget to breath in this fast pace city. Most couples are flustered when the time has come to walk down that aisle and they forget to breathe, panic, which takes you from the present moment- that is to live, laugh and love in your day! Yoga can bring the deep breath into the big day!

My Bridal Budget is revamping and taking a different holistic direction – that is to bring Yoga to wedding planning. I will offer private couple yoga sessions and/or have a private class packages with your bridal party and family. If you want a calming bachelorette party, bridal shower, or a wedding day maybe yoga themed class can just be the gift for you and your loved ones.

Do you want check out what this Yoga is all about?

Tomorrow 5/5/12 Cinco de Mayo (yoga without the margaritas!), I will be teaching a 10:30am Level 1 yoga class at Bamboomoves in Forest Hills. You can also catch me on 6/9/12 Saturday at 10:30am, and 7/14/12 Saturday at 10:30am.

I look forward to seeing you on the mat!

Picture- Me in my headstand- its not perfect, but it gives me balance =)

CEO & Wedding Planner and Yogini =)
My Bridal Budget

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Service Charge- Is it taxable or not?

That is a good question to ask to your catering company or catering venue because you don’t want to miscalculate or have any surprises when you pay your final bill. Most catering venues charge 20% for service charge, which you are responsible for that cost that covers waiting staff, linens, directional/place cards, any operating venue costs, etc. In New York, tax is applied to the service charge. Most of us go out to restaurants for dinner, most of the time tax is not applied on the gratuity and service charge. However, in catering venues that have large parties, tax is applied on the service charge.
If you are the type that is organized with finances and likes to see the figures in a spreadsheet. Here is an example in how you would calculate your catering bill with taxable service charge:

$9,095 ($85 x 107 adults)
$280 ($35x8vendors)
$385 ($35x11kids)
$9,760 (subtotal)
$1,952 (service charge-20% x $9,760)
$11,712 (total)
$1,010.16 (total x Tax 8.625%)
$12,722.16-Grand Total

The numbers turn out to be a big difference when tax is applied to service charge, therefore please ask the question to your venue –“Is your service charge taxable?” so, you can make sure your budget is accurate.

Below is NY tax regulations regarding to service charges-
Gratuities and service charges
Gratuities and tips that a customer leaves voluntarily for the wait staff are not taxable.
Mandatory gratuities are different because they are automatically added onto the bill given to the customer. However, a mandatory gratuity is not taxable if all of these conditions are met:
• the charge is shown separately on the bill,
• the charge is identified as a gratuity, and
• all of the money collected is given to the employees.
If any of these conditions is not met, the mandatory gratuity is taxable along with the rest of the catering bill.
Many caterers bill a service charge on banquets or on parties of more than eight or ten people. Since these charges are not specifically listed as gratuities on the bill or invoice, the service charge is always subject to sales tax.
For more details, see TSB-M-09(13)S, Sales Tax on Gratuities and Service Charges.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Wedding Photography Permit at Landmarks

We live in beautiful New York City with so many parks lavished with trees, spring cherry blossoms, you may be thinking of taking pictures after the ceremony with your bridal party at a park nearby the venue, which is a great idea. However, please be sure you check out the city parks information online because most parks require a permit, which includes a fee to use the park’s grounds.

Some New York City parks charge $100 for 30minutes to take photos, such as the Conservatory Gardens. As well as give yourself ample time to send in an application at least 3 months before the wedding date to ensure avaiblity for a photo session.

Another idea, if you prefer to have your wedding ceremony at a park, there is a ceremony fee that is $400 in some NYC parks such as the Conservatory Gardens. You should file an application to the city parks at least a year before the wedding date to ensure availability.

Be sure to include these fees in your budget, as well as include the time slot in your day of coordination timeline so your photographer/videographer is aware of the time.

Here is the link to learn more info about NYC parks

Image Source- Omar Lopez Photography
Location –Conservatory Gardens
My Bridal Budget client- Mr. & Mrs. Steadman
Wedding date- 3/18/12

Monday, March 26, 2012

Bride's Choice Award 2012

We officially started our wedding season last week, graciously I'm pleased to announce that My Bridal Budget has received the Bride's Choice Award 2012 from Wedding Wire. A newsletter release from Wedding Wire is below. My Bridal Budget is honored to receive this award because we do demonstrate quality and most of all making sure our brides & grooms are pleased with their experience.

Forest Hills, NY – March 26, 2012 – WeddingWire, the nation's leading wedding Marketplace, is excited to announce My Bridal Budget, LLC has been selected to receive the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 for wedding/event planning services!

The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry. While many industry awards are selected by the organization, My Bridal Budget was selected based on its stellar reviews from past newlywed clients.

My Bridal Budget is recognized as part of the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire local vendor community, comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States and Canada. The Bride’s Choice Award recognizes the best local wedding vendors across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is thrilled to honor the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Since the launch of the Bride’s Choice Awards™ program four years ago, thousands of outstanding wedding professionals have been recognized by the bridal community for their supreme service and dedication to the wedding industry. It is with great pleasure that we congratulate My Bridal Budget for their continued professionalism and commitment to enriching the wedding planning experience for engaged couples.”

We are happy to announce that My Bridal Budget is one of the very best wedding/event planning services within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Project Wedding,, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. Thanks to their positive feedback we were able to receive the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ for 2012.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wedding Wines

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Grapepoint Wines at Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, which made its grand opening a month ago. I met with Joanna Zablocki who is the owner of her new wine store that launched a month ago at the Greenpoint Brooklyn community. Joanna has an extensive knowledge about the art of wine. Speaking of art, there will be a free art and wine event on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm.

Grapepoint Wines has an intimate and vibrant ambiance in combination with Joanna’s friendly personality shines throughout her store and to her customers in this community.

In addition, I had the opportunity to interview, regarding on what kind of recommendations for wines for a wedding-
Here is what she is says:

Here are some of my wedding suggestions:
1. Sauvignon Blanc is a super versatile that goes great with Chicken, Vegetables, Seafood and Salads
My pick at the moment would be Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from Marlborough New Zealand. This Sauv Blanc is outstanding and truly captures the essence of NZ. It’s an expressive bold style of bouquet, bright citrus fruits with hints of passion fruit and guava. AMAZING.

2. Cabernet Sauvigon is one the most popular red wines. It’s a nice hearty wine that goes well with beef and pork dishes.
My pick at the moment would be Amplio Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 from Lodi California. This cab is medium bodied with an approachable style. Hints of blackcurrant, black raspberry and earthiness.

3. A slightly oaked Chardonnay is also a crowd pleaser.
My pick would be the Boschendal Chardonnay 2009 from South Africa; it is round well balanced with notes of citrus and toasted almonds.

4. Valpolicella is also a great choice for red wine. Usually medium bodied, fruit forward and approachable.
My Pick would be Brigaldara Valpolicella 2010 from Veneto Italy. This Valpolicella is incredibly juicy coming from a family owned vineyard that yields a small production. It is medium body with tons of dark fruit. Hints of chocolate and spice. Delicious.

Here is the invite link to respond to this the Art and Wine Event on 3/10/12

Grapepoint Wines is located on 155 Norman Ave
Corner of Newel Street, Brooklyn NY

Grapepoint Wines currently takes bulk orders if you need wine for your wedding or event.

Fouzia (MBB) and Joanna (Grapepoint wines)


Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy 100th Birthday to Oreos!

March 6th is the 100th anniversary of the iconic Oreo cookie! The Oreo cookie has been such a treat ever since we were kids watching TV dipping the Oreo cookie in our glass of milk. If you and your partner love Oreo cookies, how about adding this “old school” dessert in your wedding dessert menu? You can add variety, such as Oreo Zeppoles (fried dough that is filled with Oreo crumbs) or Oreo cookies & cream cupcakes can be served as your dessert or added to your Viennese hour (an hour of assorted desserts)

Speak to your caterer, venue, baker for more info about how to add these fun and tasty desserts to your event.


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Butterflies for Your Ceremony

Do you want to add a special touch to your ceremony? After you have said your vows, shared a special kiss, and walk down the aisle- how about releasing live butterflies during your ceremony recessional?

Check out Butterfly Release website to order your live butterflies

They are reasonable as well! Starts off at $30 and up, depending how many butterflies you will like to have.

These live butterflies are picture perfect for an outdoor wedding!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Thoughtful Conclusions about Commitment Deciding Whether to Marry

Most of the time I will blog about wedding planning, fun details, decor, vendor spotlights, however I've came across this great article about commitment from the Daily Om that I think deserves a blog post for you to all read. It will make you ponder on thoughts about your soon to be marriage, love, and commitment. Keep in mind its not all about the glamorous wedding day- its about the union as you begin to take your relationship to the next level. Share this with your partner and loved ones. Enjoy and reflect!

Thoughtful Conclusions about Commitment
Deciding Whether to Marry
"The decision to marry should not be based solely on having the feeling of love in your heart".

Though we may make many commitments throughout our time on earth, few have a lifelong impact on the path our lives will take. The decision to marry someone you love—to bond yourself to them completely—is unlike any other and can reshape your existence. When two people have similar goals, values, and needs, marriage can result in a lifetime partnership of love and respect, shared laughter and tears, friendship, and intimacy that is ultimately fulfilling. Love is often cited as the sole prerequisite of a strong and stable married life. However, the decision to get married should be made with the mind and the soul as well as with the heart. Carefully considering whether you truly want to get married, both individually and as a couple, can ensure that if you do choose to marry, your relationship can grow to unimaginable depths.

The decision-making process you employ to determine whether you should marry should be a thoughtful and honest one in which you appraise not only your partner but also yourself. Consider that love and attraction do not guarantee long-term compatibility. If your relationship is not secure, marriage will not make it so. Likewise, if your partner is not as attentive, loving, or kind as you would like, your becoming spouses will not change that. Marriage has no power to permanently fill any emotional or spiritual gaps in your life. Before you choose to marry, ask yourself whether you and your partner are adept at resolving conflict, can speak openly to one another, and fully respect one another. Your attitudes regarding the nature of marital commitment, children and child rearing, and marital roles may be the same or they may differ. It is your shared responsibility to discuss your similarities and come to agreements regarding your differences that will predict how successful yo! ur future marriage will be. Often times, younger couples rush into marriage just for the wedding dress, the ring, the party, and honeymoon. Would you still be willing to be married if you couldn’t have these things?

Remember that planning a wedding is simple when compared to the intricacies of nurturing a marriage. The honeymoon and nesting period will eventually wear off, and what you are left with is a partner for life. When you work together with your partner, reassure and support one another, and are honest about your feelings regarding marriage, you’ll come to the right decision.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Raw Vegan Mouth Watering Chocolate Truffles

Its Valentines Day, I’m sure you are indulging over some yummy chocolates, how about trying Raw Vegan Dark Chocolate Truffles? . Urban Goddess Chocolate has some exquisite dark chocolate truffles that connect with your senses and heart. Each chocolate truffle Amanda Young creates contains only organic, raw, natural ingredients, with no refined sugar and nothing artificial-ever! These truffles can be a great wedding favor hit for you and your guests, especially if you are having an eco-friendly wedding theme.

Flavors include-
Strawberries and cherries soaked in rose water topped with a rose petal
Ginger topped with kaffir lime zest and macadamia and coconut butter with curry
Chipotle pepper truffle and dried cherry topped with cacao nibs.

Urban Goddess Chocolate is delighted to contribute to making your special day or evening one to remember. They specialize in wedding and party favor truffle combinations. All orders of 100 or more receive a discount.
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Sweeten, Delight, and Pleasure your hearts!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Love is in the air with Ruby!

Valentines day is around the corner! You may want to give your special woman a nice piece of jewelry that she will cherish always- how about a nice Ruby ring?

The element of surprise is a change agent and gives love the air to flourish into a special occasion. RED is the color of the day and a gorgeous Red Ruby surrounded with brilliant cut diamonds will certainly make the day an event to remember. Watch her melt with this rare red round faceted ruby with a halo of round brilliant diamonds partnered with two halo set round brilliant cut diamonds set in platinum.

If you need a jeweler for your engagement rings and/or wedding bands-Check out Alithea Distinctive Diamonds & Designs that will create beautiful diamond jewelry according to your vision & budget. Schedule a consultation today with

Custom made jewelry designs create extraordinary gifts that are meaningful and symbolic of your love. They say more than words could ever say eternally.
Engraving your personalized message is an intimate and everlasting way to keep the feeling of "the moment" alive always.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hand painted mason jar lanterns

Check out these affordable hand painted Mason jar lanterns from Etsy. If you are planning a garden, beach, outdoor wedding this can be a perfect accent for a centerpiece, or to hang on a shephard hook. It gives a whimsical glow and the jar is inspired by unique Moroccan décor details.

Check out the etsy link -

Friday, January 20, 2012

Newlyweds living together in their new home

Are you ready for a fresh new look in your home? Or perhaps you’ve just moved into a new home or new apartment with your husband/wife and you need help in decorating your new home? Or maybe just to get organized?

We all have busy schedules and do not have time during the weekends to decorate our home, maybe your husband is watching too much sports on TV (thanks to basketball and football at the same time!), maybe your wife is busy taking care of the kids, or now that you are in a marriage you may have a struggle in comprising different tastes for your home. With this type of dynamic, we tend to neglect the celebration, entertainment, and love of our home-at times we may need a mediator to improve and renew our home.

Jane Brown Interiors may be just what you need. She is an interior designer/stylist that can shift your 1 bedroom busy apartment into a blissful sanctuary that will make you and your partner excited to come home after a long day at work.

During an in depth consultation with Jane, she gets to know your dynamics, status, feelings, personalities, work, and spirituality, in order to give you a home that reflects you and your partner’s taste. Jane takes your vision, such as the colors you enjoy, your hobbies, your culture and she puts into fruition. She will shop with you to pick out colors for your walls, furniture pieces, and art that can meet your budget and vision. Jane’s goal is to transform your home into a harmonious place that feels right for you and your partner.

Jane is fantastic and shouts out passion when she is with her clients!

Visit today!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Table names rather than Table numbers

I’m sure you are creating your seating chart, while reviewing table numbers and seating charts. Why not add a twist? Instead of doing traditional table numbers, or using table number stands from your venue- create table names!

Your table names can be originated from places that you and your soon-to-be traveled while you were dating, titles of your favorite songs, title of poems or movie themes

You can frame your engagement photos insert a table name, or create table names in a cardstock and insert it in your floral centerpiece.

It’s fun, its interactive, a great conversation starter amongst your guests, and it is helpful if you have buffet, your emcee can announce the table names rather than say “please table 1 its time for you to be served”- its more polished and elegant to be announced by a table name- like the “Crazy in Love table you will now be served”.

In addition, your placecards will state the table name rather than the table number, so your guests will know where they will be seated.

Image provided by- Omar Lopez Photography-
Centerpiece/Table name- My Bridal Budget-
Event- 50th Anniversary