Attracting and Working With the Luxury Bride

Have you ever wondered what it takes to work with a luxury bride?  What is considered a luxury bride? In this market managing a luxury bride means managing large budgets and planning events for clients that have high expectations.  It is not enough to have a degree in wedding planning services to call yourself a luxury wedding planner.  The luxury wedding planner must have experience, etiquette and knowledge of what a luxury wedding entails along with exceptional service.

Luxury brides most of the time come referred to a luxury wedding planner through word of mouth.  One rarely sees a luxury bride at a bridal show or being contacted through any of the online forums.   To work with a luxury bride, you will need to learn where  these brides eat, shop, get their hair done and work out.  It is a circle that you would have to be willing to frequent.  Most wedding planners starting out do not have the finances to invest in to their business right away so they start small which is okay as they develop their company.

If you are going to cater to the luxury bride, your prices will need to reflect that to the client, but with that will come a certain expectation of expert quality care.  Ask yourself, does your website reflect luxury? Are the pictures that you are showcasing considered luxurious? You won’t appeal to the luxury bride if your pictures and videos that are being showcased reflect a DIY or budget conscious bride.   For the right wedding planner the DIY or budget conscious bride is perfect,  but for the luxury bride,  from the moment they look at your website to the moment that they meet you, needs to say luxury.

A luxury wedding planner does not take on as many clients in a year due to the time that is invested in each client.  The luxury bride is usually a very busy high-profile bride that will not have a lot of time on their hands;  their expectation will be flexibility and trust in you as the luxury planner to plan their wedding seamlessly.

As a luxury wedding planner, you must always look and sound your best.  From the location that the client meetings take place , to the purse and  attire that is worn.  When meeting the client it is not an option to be in slacks and a sweater or a shirt.  The luxury planner should in a nice suit, dress, or pant suit.  It does not matter if the bride and groom come in jeans and a polo, they are looking at you and how you fit in their inner circle. Think about your hair, is it professional looking in style, is your make up, professional, are your nails done? You might say all of that is vain and yes it can be if not looked at in stride, however,  in order to capture that circle of clients, a certain level of expectation is going to be required.

Now  dress code and professional attire should always be a must regardless of what client any wedding planner is meeting because you only have 60 seconds to make a first impression when you walk into a room to meet a client.  Let the attire speak first, then what comes out of your mouth in the next few minutes is part 2 of selling yourself to the client and finding out if you are a good fit for them and if they are a good fit for you.

These are great tips to think about as you mold your business to the type of clients that you want to work with.

Heather Snively, Master Bridal Consultant spoke at our Association of Bridal Consultants luncheon recently.  We wanted her to bring us a few points on working with the luxury bride.  When coordinating the venue and the wedding professionals for the meeting,  it was important to think of the topic and who we needed to obtain to showcase a high-end event.  One of the points that Heather brought up in the meeting, was about meeting the catering manager of the high end venue for the first time.  When the planner comes to the luxury venue to meet the catering manager, it is important to have an established relationship prior to the meeting, even if it is on the phone.   When walking in to the venue with the client, exude confidence in who you are as a planner and have the knowledge to know the client’s budget, even though a luxury client may have a high budget, there is always an amount in their mind of what they are willing to spend but will most of the time spend much more because they go with a want and must have vs a need.

Listen to Heather talk about the luxury budget.

Our Luxury Wedding Professionals at our Association of Bridal Consultant Meeting:

Venue: Citrus Club

DJ/MC/Lighting: White Rose Entertainment

Floral/Linen/Chivari Chairs/Chargers: RJ Glamour and Innovation

Photography: 123 Photography

Videography: Treasured Moments

Harpist: Christine MacPhail

Our Speaker: Heather Snively, Master Bridal Consultant

Listen to some of the points that Heather had for the wedding professionals:

Thank you on behalf of the Local Association of Bridal Consultants for attending the meeting on Working and Attracting the Luxury Bride.

Co Directors Association of Bridal Consultants:

Mark Kingsdorf, MBC

Diane Jenson, PBC

Rosie Moore, MBC

Blog Post by : Rosie Moore, Master Bridal Consultant

A Love that Lasts Forever….Gabby and Frank

What does it mean when you say a love that lasts forever?  Is it a love that lasts until the first fight? A love that lasts until one gets bored with the person they are with? Or is it a love that withstands the test of all times?  Let me share a love story that surpasses the fairytale romance of the wedding day.  For those that don’t know the story of Gabby and Frank, read their engagement blog here to see their story https://27miracles.com/2016/03/31/high-school-sweethearts-fall-in-love-gabby-and-frank/

Today, a man and a woman stand before God and their families to declare their love.  Neither of them have any idea what the future holds, but does anyone?  However that did not matter to either of them. They were best friends and they were in love.

If you recall in our engagement story, the Orlando wedding community joined together to give this deserving couple the wedding of their dreams.  With the many challenges that they faced financially for all the medical care that Gabby had to have, their would not be anything left to plan a wedding.

April 2, 2016 the day had arrived.  Thunderstorms were not going to keep this wedding from happening.  The day started out hot, muggy and stormy, but no one seemed to notice, all that mattered on this day was that hundreds of people were coming together to make a couple’s wedding dreams come true!

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First the mothers came in and lit the candles, it was a touching moment as they entered. to the song Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion.123-59 123-63 123-65 123-67Now it is time for the groom to enter accompanied by the best man and the officiant. The song that they selected was A Thousand Years- Christina Perri

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The ceremony has begun and as Officiant Marcus Moore,  takes the couple through the wedding ceremony…123-112 123-129 123-133The bride and groom share their own special vows…there was not a dry eye in the church, it was so moving..

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As they entered in to prayer and the ring ceremony they lit the unity candle, uniting their marriage to one another.

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Congratulations to Gabby and Frank as they take their special family pictures…

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The bridal party celebrated with Gabby and Frank as they know the struggles this couple went through…

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The reception was held at First Baptist Orlando Faith Hall, the catering was provided by Oley’s Catering, the decor by RJ glamour and Innovation.  The up lighting was provided by Roque Productions and Orlando DJ and Lighting.

Juan Carlos and Rigo Lugo of RJ Glamour and Innovation captured the Bride’s vision to the last detail.

123-360 123-362 123-368 123-371The cake a 4 tier Amaretto flavored cake was made  by Cut the Cake.  The bride had always dreamed of having a 4 tier cake that would be taller than she was when she was cutting it……..123-548Gabby and Frank, could not believe their eyes when they entered in to their dream wedding…123-377

As Gabby and Frank walked around the ballroom, they wanted to take it all in and not miss anything.  They started by the photo booth with Eddie from Just for You Photo Booths.

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Frank had a special person in his life that could not be there for him on his wedding day and that was his Godfather.  A special place setting was created for Frank’s Godfather in his memory as well as a picture collage placed on the gift table.

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It was time to let the guests inside the ballroom and get the festivities started.

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123-438Gabby found her mother to be such a huge support for here she did not want to pass a moment to dance with her mother.

The happy couple had many well wishers as they toasted to their new life together.

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Before the night slipped away, Gabby wanted to thank all her guests and wedding professionals for making her dreams come true.

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The bride had always dreamed of a 4 tier simple white cake with flowers around it.  Sharon Haller of Cut the Cake captured the vision as the happy couple cut the cake.

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No one wanted the night to end, but it came to that time and yet another surprise, a chauffeured driven car from Southern Elegance Limousine to take them to a downtown Disney hotel for their honeymoon for a few days.

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123-622Today we keep Gabby in our prayers for health and Frank for strength as they embark on this journey together. Do not marry the person that you can live with, marry the person that you cannot live without.  Enjoy your love with the person you are with for tomorrow is never promised.  Take the example of Gabby and Frank, best friends in love,  riding the waves of life together.  Some days the waves are crashing high and they hold on to the boat of life a little tighter as they ride the wave, other days they can sit back and relax in the boat as they rock gently back and forth.

Thank you to all our wedding professionals that donated time and service to make Gabby and Frank’s wedding day special.

On the Wedding Day…
1. First Baptist Orlando/Venue for Ceremony and their staff
2. Faith Hall/Venue for Reception Robin and her staff
3. Wedding Officiant/Marcus Moore
4.RJ Glamour and Innovation/Decor/Linens/Floral/Chivari Chairs
5.Pianist at Ceremony/Teresa.
6.123 Photography
7. Treasured Moments Videography
8. Oley’s Kitchen/Catering
9.Orlando DJ and Lighting/Adam Rubman/Uplights,DJ and MC
10.Roque Productions/Andres Roque/Uplights/DJ and MC
11. Our Volunteer Catering Servers, Alyssa, Anderson, Krystin Lapage, Enrique, and Jose
12. UCF Wedding Planning Students Shaye Glover, Tony-Ann Walker, Harriett Whitcombe, Moriah Tate, Kelli Hanrahan
13. Wedding Coordinator:  Rosie Moore/27 Miracles                                                                       14.  Day of Wedding Planners: Diane Jenson( The Wedding Party), Alla Vinnikova, (ABC Member) Elizabeth Fontaine ( First Baptist Orlando and 27 Miracles)
15.Hair and Make up for Bride and Wedding Party: Professor Maria Ivette Hernandez, Eric Clark and her senior students at Florida Technical College
16. Dessert Station/Pastry Chef Students at Florida Technical College
17.Wedding Cake/ Cut The Cake/Sharon Haller
18.Southern Elegance Limousine/Miguel Hernandez
19. Photo Booth/Just for You/Eddie Lebron
20. Entertainment/Cirque Kalandra/Vitaly Vinnikova
Without this team none of this could have been accomplished! I don’t say this to boast of what we did, but of what a community of wedding professionals is capable of doing when they put their heart and mind to help someone in need. On Behalf of 27 Miracles We want to say thank you for being who you are! God Bless your businesses always.

 

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A Surprise Rehearsal Dinner for Gabby and Frank

Today was the start of a special celebration for Gabby and Frank. They traveled to Orlando from South Florida for their wedding. They had their rehearsal at Henry Chapel at First Baptist Orlando.

After the wedding rehearsal was completed, we started the celebration with a rehearsal dinner at the Star Island Resort.  It was beautifully decorated in the bride’s favorite color of pink.

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The couple did not have any idea that this was being planned for them while they were at First Baptist Orlando for their wedding rehearsal. Eric Clark with 27 Miracles coordinated the rehearsal dinner set up, while Adam Rubman of Orlando DJ and Lighting set up draping and uplights ( in pink of course) to accent the room.  Nick Sabatino of 123 Photyography and Bruce Reynolds of Treasured Moments awaited the arrival of the happy couple for their grand entrance.

The time arrived for the couple to be told why they were at Star Island Resort.   Rosie Moore of 27 Miracles welcomed the couple in and said, “this is your night with your family, a night with those that love you the most.”

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Gabby and Frank were surprised.  A strawberry flavored cake awaited them from Party Flavors with pink butterflies ( a sign of new life).123-14The couple was taken back with the beauty of the island resort as they celebrated their love for each other. They wanted to explore and have a moment to dream about love, about their unique love.

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Gabby shared her story about the terminal illness that she was enduring.  She started to tell us the long ordeal she has been going through since 2013 until a doctor finally figured out what was wrong.   Listen as Gabby shares her heartfelt story in her own words.  Listen to the strength and faith that she carries in her heart, but most importantly the love and gratitude that she has for the man that will soon be her husband.  It is a love that is often only seen in the movies, but this here is true love…..

Follow us on our wedding blog for the continuation of Gabby and Frank’s wedding.

Thank you to all our wedding professionals who gave of their time and service to make this day special.

Rehearsal day:
1. Star Island Resort/Venue
2. Orlando DJ and Lighting/Adam Rubman/Uplights and draping
3.Orlando Harpist/Christine MacPhail/Harpist during dinner
4. Party Flavors/Priscilla Lucas/Cake and Gillian Duddy who gave her the cake
5.RJ Glamour and Innovation/Juan Carlos Lugo S, Rigo Reyes, Andie Sifontes /Decor
6. 123 Photography/Nicholas Sabatino
7.Treasured Moments Videography/Bruce Reynolds
8. Coordination/Room Set up/Catering set up/27 Miracles/Eric Clark/Rosie Moore
9.Oley’s Kitchen/Catering

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The Winter Wedding of Jingshu and Xingyuan

When Jingshu and Xingyuan decided to get married, they wanted to come to Florida from China to plan their special day.  They wanted to have the time-honored traditions from China.

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They started their wedding day having a traditional wedding ceremony.  Jingshu looked beautiful in her wedding dress selected by Xingyuan.

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There was a red carpet brought from China for the bride to walk on as she stepped out of her limousine.  The red color represents a good future in China.  In the Chinese tradition, the groom taking the bride from bride’s house on a red carpet will be good luck for the new couple on their wedding day.  When the bride walked out of the limousine this started the tradition of the red carpet for this day.

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The red carpet was also placed at the ceremony site where the bride and groom were to be married.  The ceremony was translated by the best man in to Chinese. The couple’s ceremony included traditions such as lighting of the unity candle and warming of the rings.

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Now that the ceremony was done, it was time for some romantic pictures in downtown celebration and on the golf course as they watched the sunset.

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The happy couple returned to Celebration Golf to admire their reception decor and preapre for the fun.

After the ceremony, the bride changed in to her traditional red dress so that they can have their tea ceremony.  This is the first time that the bride addresses the groom’s parents as mom and dad and the same for the groom.  The tradition is that the bride serves a special blend of Chinese tea to his mother and father and the groom serves it to her mother and father.  They bow at their feet as a sign of respect because they are the elders that should  be respected and sought after for advice.

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The bride then changed in to her party dress to enjoy the evening reception.  After dinner there were many toasts with traditional wine brought from China. This was followed by the cutting of the cake. They followed the time honored tradition that they will respect each other’s faces and feed each other without smashing the cake.

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The happy couple enjoyed Karaoke all night with dancing. Look at the smiles on this group of folks, enjoying the best day of this couple’s lives.  There was not a language barrier here to help share in this couples wedding day.   A great time was had by all…..

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The night ended with Karaoke by the 3-year-old flower girl singing Let It Go from teh movie Frozen!

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Recap of the wedding day:

Best Wishes to Jigshu and Xingyaun

Thank you to the wedding professionals involved in making this couple’s wedding dreams come true!

Venue/Celebration Golf

Photographer/123 Photography

Video/Treasured Moments Videography

Cake/Party Flavors

Decor/Linen/Chivari Chairs/Chargers/Florals/RJ Glamour and Innovation

Limo/Southern Elegance Limousine

Hair/Make up/Shakyra

Coordination/27 Miracles Rosie Moore and Ashley Bliss

Officiant/Marcus Moore

DJ/MC/Roque Productions

Harpist/Christine MacPhail

Market Lights and Dance Floor/Taylor Rentals

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High School Sweethearts Fall In Love Gabby and Frank

Love stories are always great to read and talk about especially when there is a wedding to be planned.  That is the love story of Gabby and Frank, high school sweethearts that fell in love. You can see the love that they have for each other in the pictures as 123 Photography captures those moments.

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Gabby and Frank were the  typical high school sweethearts, until one day…..

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27 Miracles received a letter from Gabby that read like this:

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“Hello Rosie, thank you so much for taking the time to write back to me and ask me about my illness.  I spoke to Ivonne and was amazed by the incredible weddings you’ve done for others. So I am really excited that you wrote to me! I would love to explain my story to you.

In 2013 my fiancé and I were celebrating our second anniversary of dating,  when we got back home I became sick. It started with a cough and gradually turned into pneumonia and a virus.   The doctors gave me antibiotics but I did not get better.   I became paralyzed and wheelchair bound; I lost all my independence. I went from a normal 19 year old girl into someone that didn’t know what was happening; I felt lost. The doctors didn’t know what was happening.   They operated on my left lung to determine what was happening but still no answers.  The doctors kept saying the same thing, I just had a bad case of pneumonia.

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My health problems were overwhelming.   My mom and my fiancé became my caregivers.   I couldn’t do the simplest of things like brushing my teeth or combing my hair. I became oxygen dependent.  Many days I wanted to give up, but my faith kept reminding me to keep fighting. After a year of fighting, in December of 2013, I decided to get up on my own from the wheelchair.   As I got out of the wheel chair I blacked out and was rushed to the hospital.   While at the hospital, they ran tests and found fluid surrounding my heart.  The doctors decided that an emergency surgery to remove the fluid was necessary.   The doctors removed over 600cc of fluid inside and outside of my heart.  They stated that if I had waited two more hours, I would have passed away. The next day while in ICU,  I was told I had to have another surgery to figure out why my lungs weren’t capable of functioning on their own. They did surgery on my right lung this time.

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I felt drained, but I kept fighting, I needed answers.   I was diagnosed with three chronic autoimmune diseases. Dermatomyositis,  this  is a rare muscle disease that affects the heart and lungs, the breathing muscles, swallowing muscles and skeletal muscles.  This disease depending on the day, debilitates me to the point where some days I can walk, while others I am confined to the wheelchair.  I was also diagnosed with sjogrens syndrome, a chronic autoimmune condition characterized by degeneration of the salivary and lachrymal glands, causing dryness of the mouth and eyes.  This condition also affected my teeth; sadly I am missing most of my teeth.   The doctors also told me that I have pulmonary fibrosis, a respiratory disease in which scars are formed in the lung tissues, leading to serious breathing problems.  I am on chemotherapy medicine to control the diseases, prednisone and acthar gel injections as well. All these illnesses made the type 1 diabetes that I have had since age 8 worse.

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Despite all of this happening in my life, my fiancé proposed to me while in the hospital in front of my family and favorite nurses on December 13, 2013.  I didn’t know if I was going to live or die, I was  hanging on to my faith. Saying YES to him was without a doubt my desire,  he’s an amazing man and best friend.


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The doctors have told me that I have 3 to 5 years to live because of the pulmonary fibrosis and the other conditions involved make the pulmonary fibrosis worse.    My lung specialist stated that I have to be put on a lung transplant list.   It’s a scary thing for me, but also for my fiancé, my mother, my younger brother and the family.   There is a chance of rejection, but I truly believe God does things for a reason. I believe throughout my journey God made me  into the woman I am,  I see life differently,  I appreciate the little things.

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My goal is to marry the man of my dreams,  to walk to him and not be in a wheelchair, even though I don’t know if this illness and its complications will take me away from him. I just want  to  finally marry the one I love.   We have been engaged for two years and saving for a wedding has become impossible due to the medical bills.

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Getting in touch with you is amazing.   I truly believe God put Ivonne and you in my path for a reason.  I do have so many ideas in my mind, one example is dedicating the song “Mamas Song” by Carrie Underwood to my mother,  she’s been my rock through it all and dedicating a special song to my fiancé.

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Gabby and Her Mom

I would love to do my wedding if possible around February because my birthday is on Valentines Day.  I don’t know how to sign the HIPAA form could you explain that to me. I don’t have an exact count on how many people will be there, but could I give you an estimate if possible? If my dream wedding is possible it would be a dream come true for me. Thank you again for taking the time to write to me! ”

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When 27 Miracles planner Rosie Moore received this letter, she was touched by Gabby’s story.  She spoke to a few wedding professionals who without even thinking, after she shared the story said count me in. There are many who are surprising the bride and groom with their services, so we shall have to keep everything a secret for now…but if you follow us on facebook , you will be sure to see many pictures of the beautiful day.

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On Saturday, April 2nd 2016 at 2:30pm, Gabby and Frank will be married with all of their friends and family at First Baptist Orlando Church.  The wedding professionals involved are all eager for this day to come so that they can give of themselves to make a bride’s dream come true.  There will be a private reception for friends and family after the ceremony. On this day  a community will join together to help make Gabby and Frank’s wedding dreams come true.  27 Miracles thanks all of the wedding professionals that have been involved in planning this blessed event.

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February 29 Leap Year!!!

According to the calendar today is February 29, 2016 known as leap year.  27 Miracles has their special for leap year today.  Call us today to take advantage of it 407-905-5454 as the offer expires today at midnight!

https://27miracles.wordpress.com/category/tid-bits-for-brides-and-grooms-to-know-about/page/2/

Today is the day when you were in school that they would have Sadi Hawkins day .  See some of the traditions as written by columnist Bob Driver for the Clearwater Sun describes it.  Click the link for the full article.

http://www.tbnweekly.com/editorial/viewpoints/content_articles/022812_vpt-01.txt

In olden days, Feb. 29 was also celebrated as Sadie Hawkins Day, the time when girls were permitted to ask the boys of their choice for a date or whatever else the girl might have in mind.

Sadie Hawkins was the invention of Al Capp, a brilliant cartoonist who for 40 years or so drew the comic strip Li’l Abner. In the strip, Sadie was the homeliest girl in Dogpatch. She never had a date or a boy friend. Finally, as she reached the desperate age of 35, her father decreed that on a given date every spinster in Dogpatch would be entitled to pursue any unmarried male of her choice. If by sundown she could drag him across the finish line, the man had to marry her.

Capp invented Sadie Hawkins in 1937, as one more colorful character in the Li’l Abner cast. By the early 1940s the idea of an annual Sadie Hawkins Day had swept the nation. Each February, hundreds of colleges and high schools held Sadie Hawkins dances and carnivals. At one point an estimated 40,000 events took place. A related tradition sprang up which decreed that every four years – on Feb. 29 – women were free to propose marriage to their sweeties. I’m not sure anyone knows how many weddings were generated by this Leap Year custom.

Read about some Leap Year Traditions below.  Click on the link to read the full article:

http://www.timeanddate.com/date/leap-day-february-29.html

Leap Day Traditions

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I do! Traditionally, women take the ring into their own hands and propose on Leap Day.

’Leap Day’ is February 29, which is an extra (intercalary) day added during a Leap Year, making the year 366 days long – and not 365 days, like a common (normal) year. Nearly every 4 years is a Leap Year in our modern Gregorian Calendar.

Ever since Leap Years were first introduced over 2000 years ago with the transition from the Roman Calendar to the Julian Calendar in 45 BCE (Before Common Era), Leap Day has been associated with age-old Leap Day traditions and folklore.

What is a Leap Year and when is the next one?

When and what is Leap Day?

Women propose to their men

According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every 4 years. This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar.

In some places, Leap Day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day. In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. During the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition.

27 Miracles 

Valentine’s Day Countdown Day 5….A Scottish Romantic Wedding

When Kevin and Gillian, who are world travelers, decided that they wanted to have their wedding in Orlando, they contacted Rosie Moore, Master Bridal Consultant of 27 Miracles.  They had a vision of creating romance in their wedding with the traditions from Scotland.  They planned their wedding in the summer because they loved the warmth of Florida. She dreamed of having pinks, ivory, lace and peaches with a candy Buffett.  She wondered if it would all be possible planning from Scotland. She also wanted to incorporate Disney accents as she also loved Disney! She wondered if she could walk on a red carpet as she met her Prince at the Gazebo.  Would there be romantic music played as she walked down the aisle?   SO many things that she wondered…Let’s see how her day went…Did her Dreams come true?

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Every table was decorated with beautiful centerpieces and glass beaded chargers for royalty.  Each table had a picture of a place that the couple had been to before, from Thailand, Philipines to New York City, all around the world.  It made for interesting  conversations amongst the guests.

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Gillian’s day started with getting ready for the big day.  She did not want Kevin to see her getting ready, because in Scotland it was tradition that the groom not see the bride.  As she got ready, she awaited her limo to pick her up at her Villa and bring her to the romantic Celebration Golf where she had an intimate ceremony performed by Officiant Marcus Moore. The Groom and the best man were awaiting her arrival….

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But before Gillian’s grand entrance, her bridesmaids adorned the red carpet in traditional pink laced dresses that flowed in the summer breeze.

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It’s almost time for Gillian to take her walk on the red carpet..the flower girls prepare her entrance with petals on the red carpet…

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Kevin catches a glimpse of Gillian as she walks down the aisle and judging from his smile , he is definitely smitten with this Scottish beauty!

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Look at Dad! Happy to walk his daughter down the aisle as Gillian gets a glimpse of her Scottish Prince Charming!

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Dad is about ready to give his daughter away, but first one last kiss ….

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As the vows were exchanged, and a poem from Dr Seuss read…the happy couple was wed!

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Family time pictures!

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A few private moments at Downtown Celebration!

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Gillian wanted to be sure that she got pictures by the antique car that is at home right on Celebration Golf Property!

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Okay to break the news of the tent outside…Gillian  and Kevin, it is extremely hot today, the weather is not cooperating…the guests are hot….but…we have our back up..Ballroom reveal time!!!

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Okay all is good…let’s get this party started!!!

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First Dances…

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Guests joining in!

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Special toast time as is tradition in Scotland…

The toast is traditionally done by four speakers the father of the bride, then the groom replies back to the father of the bride,  then the best man and last the clergy/officiant as we continue in to the celebration!

 

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It’s time to catch the sunset!

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Now knowing that the bride and groom love Disney, the day would not be complete without a picture by the Minnie Mobile( Planner Elayna of 27 Miracles made sure she brought her fun car to work today!)

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It’s time to cut the cake! Time to start the tradition of feeding the cake to each other.  As you know the tradition of cake cutting and feeding signifies the husband providing for his wife financially always and the wife taking care of the husband and the family always, it signifies respect of the relationship that a hand will never touch the face of the woman or the man except to caress it.  Gillian and Kevin observed that time-honored tradition.

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Bouquet toss time!!! Who will catch it?

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It’s time to dance and sing!!!

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DJ Roque, shows the guests some moves…

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The last dance ending the night with  The Circassian Circle( a dance similar to square dancing in the states but to traditional Scottish music)  This group sure knew how to have fun enjoying the traditional dances of Scotland!

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From Gillian and Kevin: ” We had a great day, thanks for everything, it was perfect. The vendors all seemed to enjoy working also which was great and added to the day.”

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Our Wedding Professionals:

27 Miracles/Wedding Planners

123 Photography/Photography

RJ Glamour and Innovation/Linen/Decor/Flowers

Officiant/Marcus Moore

Celebration Golf/Venue

Southern Elegance Limousines/Transportation

Mel’s Beauty Box/Hair and Makeup

Roque Productions/Lighting/DJ/MC

Christine MacPhail/Harpist

Sweet Bliss/Candy Buffett

Party Flavors/Cake

Jerry Alicea Video Productions/Transformation Video