Lisa & Casey

Tamara & Katrina

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5 Reasons Why You Need a Photo Booth at Your LGBT Wedding

Your wedding is only one day of the many that will make up your marriage, but it’s the day that all your loved ones gather together to celebrate you and your long awaited union. If you’re looking to throw the party of the year, we know just the thing that will guarantee a good time – a photo booth!

Who hasn’t struck a pose for the photo booths in malls and arcades? These instant printing picture machines have been reinvented to make sure your wedding is anything but boring. Here are five reasons why your guests will be thanking you for hiring a photo booth:

Break the Ice

Consider this – you’re bringing together a group of people who don’t have anything in common other than their love for you. There will be plenty of awkward small talk but a photo booth breaks the ice and creates a relaxed atmosphere. Before you know it, complete strangers will be posing for silly pictures together.

Fun for all

When it comes to photo booths, age ain’t nothing but a number. Everyone from toddlers to grandparents will be lining up to smile for the camera. Photo booths strike the perfect balance between novelty and nostalgia that appeals to every generation.

Show off your personality

Silly hats and glasses are a no-brainer but the photo booth is also an opportunity for you to infuse your pride and personality into your wedding day. Are you a booklover? Create a backdrop out of books! Love to sail? Let your guests play dress up with themed props! Get creative with your props, photo strip logo, and backdrop to add flavor where it’s least expected.

Share the love

Welcome to the twenty-first century where photo booths can post your pictures to social media on the spot! If you have guests who can’t attend your wedding, they can follow along on Facebook as your pictures post in real-time. Capture POD Photo Booths in Miami also has technology that lets you text and email photos to yourself or others!

Favors

Wedding favors get a bad wrap, and we understand why. No one finds a bag of coated almonds very appealing. Most often, they’re left behind on tables and your money ends up wasted! Luckily you can skip traditional favors when you hire a photo booth. Your guests will leave with handfuls of photo strips that they’ll treasure forever. Be sure to work with your photo booth vendor to customize your prints with text and graphics!

Carlos Pacheco | Photo Booth Innovator 

Capture POD Professional Photo Booths 

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Hank & Andy

Osmany and Lior

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The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Wedding Planner

At some point in everyone’s life, the thought of getting married has come across their mind. Within the LGBT community the thought of having a wedding presents unchartered challenges in this new age of acceptance. Some thought it would never be a possibility, but there were those who have fought long and hard for marriage equality. I myself have always believed that this right should be afforded to everyone. As the mother of two gay children myself I have witnessed the strides that we have been taking towards true equality where marriage is in question, and we’ve certainly come a long way. I’m impatiently looking forward to planning my own children’s weddings in what I hope to be the near future. (Grandkids soon to follow).

Weddings are a great opportunity to bring families together and to express the love and joy of a committed couple. Gay, straight, bisexual or transgender a wedding is a lot of work from day one of planning to the moment vows are exchanged. Taking on the challenge of planning your own wedding is not an easy task. Therefore, hiring a wedding planner will save you from a lot headaches and heartbreaks.

Here are some of the benefits of hiring a planner.

  • Wedding Planners are trained professionals who are available to help you with all of your planning needs from beginning to end.  They are experienced and have the knowledge to make your day come together so that you and your guest can sit back and enjoy.
  • Planners do all the legwork for you, from finding your venues to choosing the vendors that best fit your needs and budget.
  • Planners help you score the best rates available therefore saving you money.
  • Planners schedule all of your appointments and act as the liaison between you, your vendors and venue, all you have to do is show up for the appointments.
  • Planners are there to provide a wealth of ideas, designs and information which in turn will save you time.
  • Planners help create and design your day, deal with all of the back end details on the day of to make sure your day is flawless.

When hiring a Planner –

Make sure your planner is involved with a professional organization and has professional credentials. Here are a few organizations you may want to research when choosing a planner:

  • National Association of Wedding Professionals (NAWP) There are various chapters nationwide, so search the chapter in your city or city you will be getting married in.
  • Association of Bridal Consultants also a national organization where you can find reputable consultants.

Having good chemistry with your planner and feeling comfortable is key, since you’ll be spending a lot of time together, and they will basically become your best friend for the length of your planning, so feeling at ease is definitely a must.

I highly recommend hiring a wedding planner for your special day, whether it’s full, partial or day of planning. A planner will save you money, time, and reduce stress so that you are able to truly enjoy your day. “We bring your visions to life!

Bobbie Outerino
Fortuna Event Management & Promotions
FortunaEventsMiami.com
786.479.3220

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How do we choose a caterer?

Marriage equality is finally here! My sister just walked down the aisle with her partner of 27 years. Although long overdue, the sense of joy and meaning will be forever cherished by all of us who shared in their very special day. Every couple deserves a very personal and inspired wedding celebration that reflects their love and tells their unique story. The processes, the planning, the research and the expenses can be daunting at first, but if you take a deep breath and break down the process into digestible segments, you will be just fine. Couples have been successfully planning their weddings for hundreds of years, now it’s your turn.

Hiring the right caterer for your special day is one of the most important aspects of your planning process. After all, the venue, food, drink, service staff and table settings will consume the largest portion of your wedding budget. Your first step is to determine what you want out of a catered meal and what you want your guests to experience – level of formality; plated, buffet or stations; type of menu and food; and level of creativity and innovation. Once you have determined what you want out of the catering program, the next step is to determine your budget.

Budgeting can be one of the most challenging aspects of planning a wedding. Decide how much you’re willing to spend upfront and clearly communicate this when vetting potential caterers. It is important to understand that there are many other aspects beyond the food that contribute to a successful catering experience, and it is important to have a handle on what services and items are integral but not necessarily included in a caterer’s price. Don’t waste your time looking at pricey caterers who are clearly outside of your budget range. Be certain to have a clear understanding of what the quoted price covers to ensure you are comparing apples to apples. If you have to add the cost of cake-cutting and coffee service or set up and breakdown to the least expensive caterer’s quote, it may end up being comparable in price to the most expensive! This can feel overwhelming. Look for a caterer who will assist you early in the education process.  Potential costs should be laid out upfront.

In order to avoid costly surprises, find out exactly what is included; for example,

  • Tables, chairs, tableware and linens
  • Service and culinary staff and bartenders
  • Cutting and serving the cake
  • Pouring champagne for the toast
  • Providing coffee service
  • Set up and breakdown of reception
  • Transportation, trucking and equipment
  • Liability insurance

Do your research! Look at their menus and their photo galleries. Check out their Facebook page, where professional photographers may have tagged them in photos. Read their reviews – WeddingWire, The Knot and even Yelp are great resources to find out what other couples have shared about their experience with the caterer.

The most important questions are those you ask before you select your caterer. Make sure they are not only gay-friendly but sensitive to the needs of the LGBT community. Some qualities to look for and questions to ask:

  • Flexibility with menu and presentation requests
  • Ability to accommodate special diets and needs such as      vegetarian, vegan and children’s menu options
  • Dessert and wedding cake options
  • How and where the food is prepared – ideally on location so     it is fresh and maintains the highest standard of quality
  • Staff-to-guest ratio
  • Ability to assist with other aspects of the wedding like     providing wedding cakes, floral arrangements and décor or a   photographer. Is their wait staff able to help with some of the    day-of details like setting out place cards and party favors?
  • Good communication, organization and response time
  • Longevity and reputation

Check to see if the caterer offers a tasting experience. A tasting will allow you to fully experience the quality, style and presentation of their food.  Caterers usually require a small fee to cover a tasting that occurs in the discovery phase, but they should give you a credit towards the total cost of your event catering should you book their services for your wedding.

Expect a lot from your caterer. Remember, this is your wedding day so do not hesitate to ask lots of questions! A good caterer should understand your overall vision for the day and listen to your ideas. They should be able to use their wealth of experience and talent and build upon your ideas to go above and beyond your expectations for your special day. So do your research, communicate your budget and your vision and your particular needs, and most importantly, have fun in the process! Happy planning!

Eggwhites Special Event Catering
305-892-2066
EggWhitesCatering.com

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Do We Need Entertainment?

Do we need an event planner?

What would you like to achieve with your wedding? The answer should be to entertain my guest and ensure they have an awesome experience. Most importantly, a wedding or event planner will allow the couple to enjoy the planning process without the “headaches.”

All events, whether a wedding, birthday, anniversary, corporate function, bar-mitzvah – the  goal  is to make sure your guest feel taken care of,  special and entertained. You can provide your guests with spectacular menu items, while offering them elements of surprise that keep them visually excited. All of these can occur with or without music and entertainment – but music no matter how subtle, makes the difference. An enchanting string quartet can enhance the flavor of the mood and add so much. A mime can place a smile on your guests face. A live band guarantees that your guests have just attended the best event ever.

We need to save money on our wedding – why not cut the entertainment?

Absolutely not. Your wedding won’t be the way you have dreamed it would be. An experienced DJ can take care of making sure everyone has a good time. It is essential that there is music. Your guests need to be engaged with you and your wedding. If they were entertained -your event will be talked about for a lifetime. You will have unforgettable pictures, one of a kind memories and ensure smiles that speak for themselves and show everyone’s joy.

Choosing the right entertainment for each event is crucial. Asking the right questions to make sure that a Drag Diva is for you or A Spanish Flamenco dancer will take your dinner guest on an international journey, is where the professional planner’s experience comes into play. Creating the right package and matching it to the right guests sets the tone of your special day.

This is your day and a lot of planning and detail goes into making it flawless. Leave it to the professional to achieve what you have dreamed of.

UME Productions
954-243-3751
UniversalMusicEvents.com

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POP IT OR DROP IT? That is the question!

Five Considerations Before You Propose

Marriage equality is fast becoming a reality for all Americans across the country. Before you “pop the question” or answer it, engage with your partner and explore these five areas that can contribute to the start of a long, healthy and happy relationship.

1. OH,  BY  THE  WAY…MOM’S  STAYING  FOR  A  FEW  MONTHS.

Life Priority Issues

Are you willing to fully welcome your partner into your life and make them a priority? What are your current life priorities in addition to your relationship? We all juggle many different priorities including work, family, friends and social life, volunteering, etc. How does committing to and nurturing your relationship with your partner rank in your priorities? This is a critical consideration, especially for couples who may have existing children and/or other family responsibilities. Write down your top 5 priorities in your life and make time to have a serious discussion to explore and examine how the dynamics of your priorities will impact your decision making as a couple.

2. AN APPLE A DAY WON’T REPLACE MY VIAGRA.

Health and Wellness Issues

What are you and your partner’s current health concerns – physical, psychological and emotional? Full disclosure of what is going on for you and your partner is an essential step in starting off on a successful relationship. How might health and wellness concerns impact your relationship in terms of work, family, friends, social interaction and intimacy? Have a full, open discussion so there are no surprises.

3. WE’RE GOING ON SIX MONTHS WITH THAT “HEADACHE”!

Intimacy and Sex Issues

While you think you might already have this covered, we’ve all known couples who say “the magic is gone” far too soon for one or both of the partners. What is the distinction between intimacy and sex for you?

How important is sex and intimacy to both of you? Does one partner have a higher sex drive? Examine and discuss how will you keep your passion alive on a daily basis including date nights, sexual roles and preferences and when it’s ok to say not tonight.

4. WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON’T WATCH ‘SCANDAL’???

Living and Lifestyle Issues

How will you define your current living situations? Will you keep separate residences or combine? Can both of your style preferences be honored in the combined space? Does someone snore? There could be life changes down the road that you should both be aware of (having a child or a surviving parent move in). Keep track of areas of concern from who really puts the control in the remote to who hogs the blanket.

5. MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING

Financial and Economic Issues

Money may not be able to buy happiness but it can destroy it in a heartbeat. How will you define your economic and financial well-being as a couple? What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is yours? Split everything 50/50? This doesn’t have to be a “one size fits all” policy.  In fact, it’s healthy to decide how you will balance, barter, and bargain your way to a better budget!

While there are many other considerations that need to be explored and examined, these five areas are a good starting point to establish a solid foundation of understanding and mutual respect in core relationship areas. So grab your pad and pencil and start engaging before the engagement!

Doug Cureton is the Founder and Lead Consultant for CreativiTEAM, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He designs and presents interactive workshops and seminars in many areas including this new workshop  ‘POP IT OR DROP IT?’ Visit his website at CreativiTEAM.com.

Love is in the Air

It’s no secret that destination weddings offer you a way to combine your love for one another with your love of travel. Destination Weddings allow you to have a family and friend reunion as well as a more affordable grand event* (compared to the average hometown wedding).

If you are interested in a cruise or resort-style wedding, you’ll want to ensure all your needs, traditions, and wishes are honored. You want to make sure that your special day is handled by people who are knowledgeable in the LGBT industry as well as knowledgeable in emerging wedding trends.  It’s your special day, and planning it should be a breeze for you.

As you push full steam ahead on your wedding plans, make sure the specifics are being handled such as legal marriage license details, venue location, wedding meals, design, photography, favors and more. Plus you’ll need an experienced travel advisor to help you find the perfect venue and location as well as your transportation and accommodations – you can fly or sail.

Finally, the big day! Make sure all pre-event planning and day-of-event-coordination is handled by a professionally trained and certified wedding experts.

  • You want your special day to be stress-free.
  • If family and friends have to travel, why   not travel to a beautiful destination? Work   with your travel advisor to find the perfect   location for your special event.
  • Combining a wedding and a honeymoon is cost-effective. On average, a destination wedding currently costs $20,890 vs. over $30,000 for a traditional wedding.

Whether it’s an intimate celebration for just two or a grand ceremony and reception for 150 guests, together there is a perfect destination for your event.  Whether you desire a sandy beach in the Caribbean, a glacier in Alaska, or a castle in Ireland, a destination wedding offers you the opportunity to do something extraordinary while saving money, escaping stress, and enjoying a vacation with family and friends. Don’t forget about vow renewals, birthdays, anniversaries, and more for destination events!

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, partners with Imagine Weddings and Events to provide the “Sea of Love” destination weddings program, a full service program designed to be a one stop shop for you with featured exotic and picturesque venues worldwide – all in either legal or LGBT friendly symbolic locations.

Contact your Cruise Planners Travel Professional today to get started. We look forward to serving all of your destination wedding needs.

Cruise Planners
888-535-4074
MyCPVacations.com