Food Trends with Michael Lodge

The Association of Bridal Consultants had their monthly meeting at Westgate Lakes Resorts this past week and the topic of the day was “Food Trends.” Corporate Director of Food and Beverage Michael Lodge shared the 2017 trends of the year.

The trends that are showing up for this year include creating a theme with the food selections that are made for the wedding.

Having Brinner( Breakfast for dinner) for example why make a plain waffle, how about adding chicken and turning it into a gourmet dish good enough to serve at a wedding.

The food color for 2017 is purple.  You will see a lot of eggplant, purple potatoes and cauliflower to name a few.

Food trucks are still in from 2016, with the different types of foods that they offer, if the wedding venue allows them onsite, this is a great way to do something different at a wedding.

Donuts and donut holes as a give away at the wedding or as the dessert in exotic flavors is an up and coming 2017 trend.

Mini appetizers and dessert shooters, salads in martini glasses and other vegetables such as a cucumber wrap are showing up at weddings.

Food stations are taking a step up from the food already placed out for the guests to serve themselves, now the food stations are becoming interactive with the chef preparing it right there in front of you so that it is fresh instead of pre-cooked.   Now you can still have DIY guest stations for instance, a Smores station lends itself to a perfect after party treat as the party is starting to wind down in the last hour of the night.

Edible forks and spoons in appetizers is trending now so that silverware is not needed for appetizers.  This goes along with comfort foods for mini appetizers.

Cocktails are at times named after the bride and groom at a wedding.  Some of these cocktails are nonalcoholic and contain fruit in them, for example champagne and blueberries.  Some cocktails are named after the event instead of a person.  These are  signature drinks.

With all the trendy chefs coming out of LA, Chicago and New York, they are creating a dining experience that you will never forget.  As a wedding and event planner, it behooves the planner to get with the catering management at the venue to discuss the meal for the event.  The one thing that makes or breaks a wedding is the kitchen staff.  The staff only has one chance to make a memory for that couple.

So as a bride, when you get engaged, after the family is aware,  contact your wedding planner so that together you can plan a unique wedding that says “this is your day.”

The Association of Bridal Consultants would like to thank Corporate Director of Food and Beverage Michael Lodge of Westgate Lakes Resort for sharing “Food Trends” with the wedding industry professionals.

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We would also like to Thank

Photography:   Captured by Belinda

Videography: Treasured Moments

Flowers: The Flower Studio

Linens: RJ Glamour and Innovation

Cupcake Dessert: Sprinkles

Media Photography: Orlando Style Magazine/Brion Price

Venue: Westgate Lakes Resort

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Posted by Association of Bridal Consultants Central Florida East on Friday, March 24, 2017

Please feel free to contact your local ABC Co-Directors with any questions.
Rosie Moore, MBC 407-905-5454
Diane Jenson, PBC 407-927-9245
Sharon Baragona 407-921-7733
Victoria Van Pelt, CWP 407-913-2893

Beauty and the Bride

As a wedding professional do you often get asked by your brides what should I do for my make up and my hair on the wedding day?  Or do you think my make up looks good now so that I can do it myself on the wedding day?   My friend does hair and make up and we are going to save a ton of money because she is doing it for free, as you glance over at her friend’s make up that she is referring to in sky blue eye shadow with red lipstick and hair matted with hair spray (all you can think about is, we are stuck in an 80’s nightmare!) Those are the questions that can make any wedding professional look like a deer caught in headlights.  But it does not have to be that way.  Once you sign your bride up to work with you as your client, have a checklist of the things that you will go over with the bride for instance selection of photographer, videographer, dress shopping and all the other needed services, but most important  have a category on your planning forms called health and beauty.  This is where you can discuss with your bride about proper nutrition so that she has the energy that is needed on the day of, exercise to help her look the best that she can, skin care with a professional esthetician and lastly professional hair and make up that will make her look natural but beautiful on the day of the wedding.

The Association of Bridal Consultants had the pleasure of hosting their meeting at Marilyn Monroe Spa.  At this meeting we had an opportunity to hear from each person that works at the salon to explain the process of taking care of the bride’s skin, hair, and nails in order to prepare for the wedding day.  One of the take aways that stood out was to not wait for the week before to start planning the regime of hair, make up and skin.  The bride’s skin should start preparation almost simultaneous to the day after engagement so that it does not become an expensive last minute process. As a wedding professional, feel comfortable talking about these beauty tips.  Don’t forget to discuss teeth whitening and tips to maintain those pearly whites.  One of my personal favorites, if you have to have that cola or tea, use a straw and do not swish your drink in your mouth, use whitening toothpaste and whitening mouthwash.  Lastly if you are going to preach beauty, as a wedding professional don’t forget to check your own after all, our clients look up to us to be the best that we can be.

Thank you to our sponsors that made our meeting a success at Marilyn Monroe Spa.

Venue: Marilyn Monroe

Video: Treasured Moments

Photo: Captured By Elle

Floral: Peddles

Favors: Florida Candy Buffett

Linens: Connie Duglin

Dessert: Yogurtland

Chivari Chairs/Tables/Chargers: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals

Catering: Rock n Brews

Your ABC Co Directors

Rosie Moore, MBC 407-905-5454

Diane Jenson, PBC 407-927-9245

Victoria Van Pelt, CWP 407-913-2893

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ABC Meeting Design Concepts for Your Weddings and Events

The planners at the Association of Bridal Consultants want to be at the forefront of education at all times so they can have fresh new ideas for their clients.  What better way to stay ahead of the game than to have a meeting in one of the largest warehouses there is in Central Florida;  A Chair Affair where they have every imaginable chair, charger, cake stand and so much more! But you can’t leave out the linens, color and texture combined with the accessories to make a tablescape gorgeous on your event day.  Jennifer from Over the Top Linens had a fabulous presentation that included show and tell for all the planners and designers present that day.

Jennifer spoke about the Five Fabulous Design Tips:

  1. Keep your key words in mind
  2. Have faith that all your efforts will be worth it and you selected the right vendors
  3. Share something personal and unique
  4. Tell the story
  5. Prioritize what is important and keep the look consistent
  6. Be a dream team, but remember the bride(client) is the BOSS!

Jennifer touched on the trends that we are seeing in 2016:

  1. Going glam
  2. Shades of treasure
  3. Dramatic fashion
  4. Geometric patterns
  5. Exotic elegance
  6. Simple photography
  7. Tourist for a day

See the pictures of some of the designs created right there at A Chair Affair with Jennifer from Over the Top Linens and Sharon from A  Chair Affair. Tracey from Enchanting Events tied all of the information together and took us to the planner’s favorite moment when she gets to put the design ideas  together with the client’s vision for the presentation to the client of what is “THE VISION” the moment that a bride awaits to see her dream wedding come true!

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We all enjoyed a great Italian buffet dinner from Del Dio’s Restaurant on the beautiful china from A Chair Affair.  Following our presentation, came the dessert reveal, WOW! Bedazzle your eyes  with cake and desserts from Cut the Cake and Macaroons from the Macaroon Place!

Despite the torrential downpour that evening, nothing could keep the planners from attending this fabulous event that would enrich the lives of their future clients. Planners are like the mail carriers, neither rain, sleet or snow will keep them away from learning and planning your beautiful event.  It’s a good thing we just deal with heat and hurricanes in Florida!

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Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

Over   the Top/Linens

Casa   Del-Dio/Catering

Captured   by Belinda/Photography

Treasured   Moments/Videography

Enchanting   Event Designs/Decor

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If you have a question or want to be an ABC member Contact:

Rosie Moore, MBC 407-905-5454

Diane Jenson, PBC 407-927-9245

Mark Kingsdorf, MBC 215-421-1295

 

 

ABC Orlando Learns About Themed Weddings and Events

Have you ever met with a client and they come to you with the craziest ideas?  They want to have Star Wars or Batman movie theme songs in their wedding?  The songs are okay, but what happens when the bride wants to dress her entire bridal party in Star Wars theme including her and the groom, what do you do?  Well for starters, eventhough as a planner it may not be your vision, learn to do a lot of listening, a lot of focusing on your bride and plenty of research  to get the theme right.  If that bride is coming to you trusting in your expertise to pull this wedding theme off perfectly, as a planner we must  research everything about that theme.

Debra Shea Roberston, wedding decor designer was our speaker at our ABC luncheon held at the Wyndham Orlando Resort.  The room was decorated in fall colors for our themed fall event of the month.  AV Media did a fabulous job with the falling leaves and up lighting to create that beautiful atmosphere, while the MC Andres Roque from Roque Productions, got us in the fall mood with some mood enhancing music as we prepared for fall. The centerpieces brought in the fall colors to enhance the crushed linens selected by Connie Duglin  and the tablescape  with  A  Chair Affair’s chargers .

The day was captured( pun intended) by the talented photographer Elle, from Captured by Elle.  Treasured moments was there to record this fabulous training on themed weddings and events as Debra Shea took us through memory lane of themed weddings  she has done in her many years of experience as  floral designer.

The afternoon ended with dessert from Cakes by Design to tempt the taste buds with an apple cinnamon cake and candied apples from Davimar Cakes.

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Our wonderful sponsors on this day :

Wyndham Orlando Resorts

Treasured Moments Videography

Captured by Elle/Photography

Cakes By Design

Atmospheres Floral and Decor

A Chair Affair

Connie Duglin Linens

Roque Productions

AV Media

Davimar Cakes

Planning A Tented Wedding

Planning a tented wedding takes a lot of planning for sure.  Susan Southerland of Just Marry and Darrin Shiffril of Orlando Party Rentals shared their best practices with the wedding professionals at the Association of Bridal Consultants meeting at the quaint Celebration Golf Club, in beautiful Celebration, FL.

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First of all to plan a tent wedding there are many considerations to think about, per Susan and Darrin, location, location , location! The weather, feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!! Yes, you will be if the correct amount of air conditioning is not reserved in the tent. Clear tents are trending with up lights to enhance the look.

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Planning a tent wedding is costly, but when hiring the correct wedding specialists, they will walk you through every step that you need to be in compliance with permits, noise ordinance and decor to enhance the tent.

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On May 21,  Celebration Golf decided to see just what we could do with a tent, so to plan we went with the help of many wedding professionals………….

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Now for The Association of Bridal Consultants, the evening started with a signature drink of white refreshing sangria to cool everyone off from the hot spring evening in Florida.  They had Passed Hors d’ oeuvres of Cold Smoked Shrimp Mousse on a Garlic Crostini and Minced Blackened Beef Tenderloin drizzled with Cajun Aioli.

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As the wedding professionals milled around they were able to see the beautiful grounds at Celebration Golf.  There are a few sites for doing their ceremonies.

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Some couples want the beauty of the outdoors,  but at the same time want to enjoy the coolness of the indoors, so the best way to satisfy that is a clear tent as provided by Darrin from Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals.  Darrin educated the planners on knowing the best times to use tents, types of tents and when air conditioning is needed vs heat and how to best cool the tent down. Look also at the beautiful chivari chairs provided here by Chair Affair, a perfect match for the outdoor garden theme.

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Today we looked at a clear  tent open to air with beautiful up lighting for an evening of dancing under the stars.

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As the tour ended it was time to go inside the quaint ballroom perfect for a Southern or beach themed wedding.  The wedding professionals came in to the ballroom and were serenaded by music from White Rose Entertainment!  Their amber lights brought a nice warmth to the ballroom and the perimeters of the property.

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The centerpieces and linens provided by RJ Glamour and Innovation,  invited everyone in to a romantic setting where a feeling of coziness allowed the guests to relax and enjoy the night.

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As the guests were seated they were able to read what was being served for dinner on the beautiful menus designed by Anni Muniz of Anni Muniz Events, tempting the taste buds!

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1st Course

 Chilled Tomato Gazpacho topped with a Cucumber Sour Cream and an Herbed Crouton

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 2nd Course

Baby Spinach Salad topped with dried Cranberries, toasted Pine Nuts, and Crumbled Blue Cheese drizzled with a Bacon Herb Vinaigrette

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 3rd Course

 Seared Grouper with Grape Tomato and Roasted Corn Relish

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 4th Course

 Herb and Dijon Mustard crusted Rack of Lamb with Minted Lamb Jus and Spaghetti Squash Stuffed Tomato

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Now one thing we want to point out, did you see the mismatched china from A Chair Affair?  This really set the tone for the evening, letting you know that you were going to be dining in style in all of the southern charm that Celebration Golf could provide.  What better way! And top that with some iced tea, you knew on this day that you were in the South! 0111_SY5_3111

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Susan Southerland of Just Marry and Darrin Shiffrel of Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals educated the wedding professionals on all the ABC’s of planning a wedding or event in a tent.  So many things that have to be well thought of when planning a wedding or event in a tent.  Many people think it is a piece of cake, but as the professionals learned that night, planning a tent event, is strictly an event that to make it a success you need professionals to execute it.  The dynamic entertaining duo brought us stories of success, stories of nightmares they have heard of , how to plan these events, costs, permissions and so much more!

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We had a visit from our state coordinator Carmen Mesa from South Florida.  It is always a treat to get to hear what is happening at ABC on a bigger scale than what we here monthly at our meetings.  Carmen was able to touch on the many benefits of becoming an ABC member, what happens at our state conference and our national conference.  Carmen encouraged everyone to contact anyone of the co-directors for membership information.

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The sunset came shortly after as we were able to view it right through the picturesque windows in the ballroom.  This led straight to dessert time to the tunes of BB Kings, playing those jazz blues as we watched the chef attended bananas fosters a la mode station.

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As a special treat pastry chef Lucy Martin of Soffelle Confections, tempted us with some gourmet cupcakes to take home in our little bags of treats!

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As the wedding professionals bid their good byes,  they each received a little sweet treat from Lorraine owner of the Lake Nona Candy Company.

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For a quick wrap up of the evening, watch our video here by Bruce Reynolds of Treasured Moments

Thank you to our amazing team of vendors that made this night extra special!

Venue: Celebration Golf http://www.celebrationgolf.com/

Photo: Yanman Photography http://www.yanman.com/  

Video: Treasured Moments http://tmvphdfilms.com/

Dessert: Sofelle Confections http://sofelleconfections.wix.com/sofelle  

DJ/Uplighting White Rose Entertainment http://www.orlandodj.com/

Floral/Chivari Ballroom/Décor/Linen/Chargers in Ballroom/RJ Glamour

RJ Glamour and Innovation http://www.glamourinnovation.com/#!/RJ_GLAM  

Chivari Chairs in Tent/China: Chair Affair http://chairaffairrentals.com/

Tent: Orlando Wedding and PartyRentals http://www.orlandoweddingandpartyrentals.com/

Candy Buffet: Lake Nona Candy Company www.lakenonacandycompany.com

Lounge Furniture/Chivari Chairs in Ballroom: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals http://www.orlandoweddingandpartyrentals.com/

Menus: Annie Muniz http://anniemunizevents0.wix.com/anniemunizwednevents

Coordination: 27 Miracles www.27miraclesbyrosie.com

Speaker:  Susan Southerland Celebrity Wedding Planner http://susansoutherland.com/

Speaker: Darrin Shiffrel /Orlando Wedding and PartyRentals http://www.orlandoweddingandpartyrentals.com

 You don’t want to miss the exciting monthly meetings bringing you something different and exciting every month….Watch us on facebook  Association of Bridal Consultants Central Florida East 

Until next month…don’t be a birdie on the side wondering what you will miss, because you may not get everything from a single tweet!0098_SY5_3108

If you woudl like to become an ABC Member, visit us at https://www.bridalassn.com/ 

Your Co -Directors

Mark Kingsdorf/Mission Inn

Alan Saltman/Alan Jay Images

Diane Jenson/The Wedding Party

Rosie Moore/27 Miracles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the Difference Between a Venue Coordinator and an Outside Wedding Coordinator

The age-old question is always, what is the difference between the venue coordinator and the outside wedding planner?  The Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) invited Zhay Robles/Catering Manager at 1805 on the Boulevard and Caitlin Lawler/Wedding Planner/Owner of Plan It Event Design and Management to answer those questions.  Mark Kingsdorf Master Bridal Consultant and Co Director for ABC facilitated the discussion.

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As everyone checked in, the wedding professionals were welcomed to the Crowne Plaza Hotel by Kirk Schenkel,  Director of Catering and Convention Services .  Our wedding professionals were welcomed with a refreshing Mardi Gras Mojito Cooler and the Chef’s appealing choice of appetizers; while we took a moment to network with some new friends and mingle with some old friends.

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Master of Ceremony, Andres Roque of Roque Productions welcomed everyone in to the ballroom with  a festive array of  Mardi Gras  music to get our meeting started.  As everyone found their seats, we had a chance to see the beautiful linens, chairs and centerpieces provided by RJ Glamour and Innovation. The up lights provided by Roque Productions,   enhanced the Peacock theme that we had going throughout the room.



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Allan Saltman ABC Co Director, welcomed all the wedding professionals to our first ABC meeting of 2015.  Allan  took a moment to introduce new Co Directors Mark Kingsdorf, Master Bridal Consultant and Wedding Sales Manager at Mission Inn and Rosie Moore Master Bridal Consultant with 27 Miracles.  After some brief intros we were ready to taste the succulent lunch that The Crowne Plaza prepared for us.

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Rose Robinson of The Invitation Lounge tempted our taste buds with the lunch courses on her peacock themed menus.  The first lunch course was  Herb Seared Duck Breast with Strawberry Risotto and Wilted Arugula.  Once that was completed, our second course was Grilled Petite Filet Mignon and Roasted Jumbo Shrimp with American Sauce, Potato Gratin and Grilled Asparagus.  What a treat for lunch!

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After lunch, our speakers  provided some very good insight to the wedding professionals that attended the meeting on the difference between a wedding venue coordinator and an outside wedding coordinator.

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If you missed this meeting, no worries, we have educational meetings every month.  If you are not on our email list to receive information about upcoming meetings, contact us through our Facebook page and we will be glad to get you on our list. This year is jam-packed with some fabulous meetings that you do not want to miss out on.  Sign up early as soon as the meeting comes out so that you are guaranteed a seat at all our events!

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To end our meeting we had the pleasure of trying the sumptuous cupcakes from Party Flavors.  They showed us their creativity with a Peacock Cake that was too beautiful to eat!!!

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Our dedicated photographer for this meeting Nicholas Sabatino of Michael Anthony Photography and our Videographer Bruce Reynolds of Treasured Moments captured this beautiful peacock/mardi gras themed meeting at the Crowne Plaza.

If you are interested in becoming an ABC member, please let us know and we will be able to help you or you can call ABC directly

Association of Bridal Consultants 

Association of Bridal Consultants Central FL East 

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

Venue & Food – Crowne Plaza Universal

Co-Presenter – Caitlin Lawler – ABC Member – Plan It Events

Co-Presenter – Zhaydrix Robles – 1805 On the Boulevard

Floral – RJ Glamour and Innovation

Linens – FL Event Rentals

DJ & Lighting – Roque Productions

Photography – Michael Anthony Photography

Video – Treasured Moments Video Productions (ABC Member)

Dessert – Party Flavors

Menus-The Invitation Lounge

Until next month!

 The Standard for Wedding Excellence……………………………