Posts from — August 2009

Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Corey Barnett

Just want to say congratulations to Corey and Ebony who were married this past weekend at Saint Paul’s Baptist Church! Such a beautiful bride and humble groom. Best wishes, you are a great couple ;-)!

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WeddingWire is a very helpful website for brides. It has lots of gadgets and tools for budgeting, floor plans, seating charts and much more. The best thing on this site is reviews for lots of vendors in your area. The reviews come from brides who have actually worked with those vendors. There are also reviews, or endorsements, from other vendors which are helpful as well because you do want to know how your chosen vendor “plays with others”!

Click here to see reviews from our past clients!

Sweets and Soirées was also awarded the 2009 Bride’s Choice Award by WeddingWire for demonstrating “excellent quality of service, responsiveness, professionalism, value of cost and flexibility”.

Contact us today for your free consultation! We’re sure you won’t regret it!

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Historic Kinloch Open House

Come out and meet Sweets and Soirées!

Looking for a venue for your wedding? Attend an Open House at Historic Kinloch, October 18, from 1PM – 4PM. We are a preferred vendor for this site. Meet us there and have a look at our flowers and decor and even taste some cake! Other vendors in attendance will include Pick-Ups Plus Catering and Pink Photography.

Kinloch is wonderful for outside wedding and can accomodate up to 350 guests. For smaller weddings, you can even have a beautiful ceremony inside.

They offer a wonderful inclusive package for weddings at a price that cannot be beat!

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See you there!

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From the mouth of Martha Stewart…

This month in Martha Stewart Weddings, there is a long article with 50 tips on how to save money for your wedding. Here are a few of the highlights:

*Rank your priorities.
*Think out-of-the-banquet-hall.
*Say YES to all-inclusive.
*Think monochromatic (all one color).
*Supersize your flowers — choose larger buds so that you will need less flowers.
*Give a newbie a break.
*Eat family style.
*Limit your bar — perhaps beer, wine and a signature cocktail.
*Cut the cake — serve other less costly desserts.
*Lose the limo.
*Hire an expert — a wedding planner/coordinator.

The last one is one our favorites! It might seem crazy but hiring a planner or coordinator can actually SAVE you $$. How you ask? By using their connections with vendors, by negotiating on your behalf for lower rates and because they have worked with brides on a budget before, they know how to help you! Let us put our expertise to work for you, I know you won’t be sorry ;-).

Other suggestions we especially like:

Give a newbie a break! Just because a company is new, doesn’t mean they don’t know what they’re doing! Check out their work, have a meeting with them, you could be pleasantly surprised!

Say YES to all inclusive! Find a venue with a package. For instance Historic Kinloch offers an all inclusive package which offers you the venue, food, flowers, cake, etc, for one low price. With most deals like this, you can pay a bit extra and upgrade the elements that you care about most. Also look for vendors who offer packages as well. For instance flowers and cake.

Cut the cake! Consider cupcakes or a dessert bar. This could prove to be less expensive than a multi-tiered cake with intricate details.

When all else fails, talk to your vendors about your budget up front. If you find that what you want initially is too expensive, ask them what they can do for the money you have! Ask about substitions, etc.

And if we can help at all, let us know!

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Previous Winners


“Raegan is awesome. She hung with me through SEVERAL changes of mind about the design of our cake. In the end when I became flustered and decided to leave it up to her, by just giving her our wedding colors and the theme she came up with the perfect design that matched our decor to a T. Not only did she do this, but because she is a planner she also calmed my nerves and counseled me when things were not working out with the planner that I hired. And our cake was the most delicious cake that I have ever tasted!! I can’t wait to thaw out our top layer. We won our cake in a contest, and paid a little more to upgrade it, however I would have easily paid full price for this cake if I had to do it again.”

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