Tuesday, November 9, 2010

PS Tip: Wediquette

Check out this Wediquette!

This tip comes courtesy of Brides.com

Be thoughtful and courteous when figuring out where out-of-town wedding guests should stay. That means finding a mid-priced hotel in your area, and reserving a block of rooms -- doing so often ensures a discounted rate for your guests and makes planning their trip a little easier.

Welcome Basket

Here's another tip....consider creating a welcome basket for your guests with information about the city, closest stores, and the itinerary for the weekend. This is the perfect way to welcome guests of both families at start the wedding weekend right!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wish Upon a Wedding Blissful Wishes Ball

Wish Upon a Wedding is the world's first nonprofit wish granting organization that provides weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances. Less than one year old, the organization has 16 active chapters, and will have granted 12 wishes by the end of 2010.

During the month of November, they are hosting several fund raising galas and auctions throughout the country, and would like to invite you to participate.
Whether you are a bride or groom to be, a wedding industry professional, or you simply love the concept behind their mission... YOU can help make Wedding Wishes come true, while raising crucial funding needed to sustain this wonderful, new nonprofit organization.

Here's How:

 A Gala Celebration to Benefit Wish Upon a Wedding

The Blissful Wishes Ball is a festive way to support Wish Upon a Wedding.  Enjoy a nice night out on the town with an elegant dinner, entertainment, music, dancing, and incredible auction items.


Online and Live auctions for a Worthwhile Cause

For the first time in history, couples getting married can plan their entire wedding from virtually any city in the United States, knowing that every penny they spend will go directly towards helping a couple in need.  It's so EASY to bid.  Find everything from invitations to flowers, catering to DJs, photography to wedding planners, honeymoons and more.
Simply visit their online auction site here to choose from hundreds of items from the industry's best vendors.

Even if you are not getting married, check it out for other exciting items, such as dinners in top-rated restaurants, entertainment, sporting events and popular autographed memorabilia. Every cent earned goes towards Wish Upon a Wedding and their mission to provide these heartfelt Wedding Wishes.

About Wish Upon a Wedding

Founded in January of 2010 by CA wedding planner, Liz Guthrie of San Jose Wedding Consultants, Wish Upon a Wedding was
created to help couples who did not have the time, money, resources or strength to plan a wedding on their own, because of terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances. The organization now celebrates the courage, determination and spirit of these couples by
granting their dream wedding wishes. It is their goal that chosen recipients can
inspire other couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength, while raising awareness for terminal illness.
Growing up with a sister who was deaf since birth, and raised by parents who ran a board and care home for people facing numerous disabilities and life hardships, Liz learned early on to value the many blessings in life, and the importance of helping others. Volunteering throughout her life for a variety of nonprofit organizations, Liz was looking for a way to combine weddings and community service. 
After producing the San Francisco Dream Wedding Giveaway in 2009, a contest in which only one couple would be granted a dream wedding, Liz came up with a way to merge her two passions. While going through the process of giving the wedding "prize" to a woman suffering from stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Liz  created Wish Upon a Wedding. Overnight, Liz decided to change wedding history, and the way we give, by launching a nonprofit organization that was totally unique and had never existed before.

Supported by industry leaders such as Sasha Souza, David Beahm, Stella Inserra, Jenny Orsini, Kevin Covey, Stacie Francombe, Sylvia Weinstock, Steve Kemble, Mindy Weiss, Mary Dann, and Ivy Robinson (to name just a few), the organization has experienced rapid growth and seen voracious acceptance throughout the country.

To date, eight couples have benefited from the generous work of Wish Upon a Wedding. Over 4,000 volunteers have signed up to become Wish Granters. Their facebook page has attracted over 10,000 fans. 
None of this would be possible without public support.


In Loving Memory of Wish Recipients who have Passed On


Dani and Tony married in St Louis on September 1. She passed away September 30th. Dani had suffered from Cystic Fibrosis since age 3, and had recently received a double lung transplant.

Florence and Micheal married near Sacramento on March 13. She passed away on September 28. Florence battled stage IV breast cancer, and was diagnosed with six months to live at the time of her wedding.

Shelly and Jay married in Seattle on May 2.  Shelly passed away three weeks later. She had been battling a rare type of cancerous lymphoma, and Jay suffered from Multiple Sclerosis.

Please help Wish Upon a Wedding continue to do great things.

And help them spread the word, by sharing this article with your friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances.
You CAN make a difference in someone's life today!


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What Do You Need in Life? air, food, and High Heels: Welcome High Heel Junkie

High Heel Junkie is Professional Socialites newest PR client and this company is truly a force that will draw any fellow “junkie” in with its WOW power!

High Heel Junkie, established in the fall of 2010, will soon be the words on every woman’s lips and the shoes and every “junkie’s” feet. Featuring elegant heels, wedges and boots characterized by classic silhouettes with modern details, each pair is lovingly hand-picked by High Heel Junkie shoenista's. 

Are you a junkie? Ask yourself this…Do you love instantly becoming 3 to 5 inches taller? Do you own more high heels than any other kind of shoe? Do you feel you only need 3 things in life…"air, food, and HIGH HEELS?" If you are screaming "YES" at this point...you might just be a junkie!

High Heel Junkie's company philosophy is based on the great words of Manolo Blahnik - "You put high heels on and you change"

Expect great things from this up-and-coming company! "Watch out your socialite is showing!"

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Inspiration Story: The Texas Wedding

This is our first Inspiration post so bear with us. Awhile ago Megan and I were watching TV and say a Texas bride having a very "Texas" wedding that covered every stereotype there is about Texas. We have lived in Texas our entire lives and we know a much different Texas. This little inspiration post is going to show you how you can have a Texas wedding, still be chic, and having the special things about Texas that you love thrown in.

Let's start with the location. Whenever I think of a Texas style wedding I see a wonderful outdoor wedding that reminds me of why I love Texas so much.

Let's imagine a Texas Spring Wedding with about 50 to 100 guests to share your wonderful day with.

Let the inviation be something reflective of Texas charm. Wildflowers, sunflowers, bluebonnets and neutral colors like yellow, cream, beige, etc. You don't have to have cowboy boots to prove you're a Texan.

Centerpieces and tablescape
Mix in elements of old Texas. Mason jars, mixed tableware, light linens. Try family style sitting instead of the traditional 10 top tables. Since its only 50 to 100 guest consider Family style serving as well.

Find cool ways to add to your table. These napkin rings were made of burlap.

The Goodies
Everyone loves a picnic and you can't beat fresh teas, lemonades and cold beers. Since  you are seated with those closet and dearest to your heart keep the spirit going by doing family style serving in the center of the table.

The Attire
We all know how the heat in Texas can be during the spring and summer so a tea length wedding dress is a cute and fun alternative.

The Cotton Bride dresses are perfect light weight dresses and still super chic

Add a little pop of color on your feet with some fun shoes.

Your bridesmaids should be just as comfortable as you. A flirty tea length dress is the ticket.

We can't forget about the Groom and his pose. Linen suits, button downs, an vest look very dashing in the Texas heat.

The FavorsConsider something close to the heart like grandma's secret recipe for Lazy Day Lemonade. You can create personalized labels for cute glass bottles.

You wedding day is about the memories you make with your family and those dearest to you. Make your day memorable and your guest will talk about it for years to come.


P.S. The entry will get better but this is the first. Love ya!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

P.S. Insider Tip: The Perfect Flower

For some brides flowers are the most important aspect of their wedding. They’ve dreamed of this day their whole life but then reality sets in and they realize that Peonies don’t bloom until the spring and the wedding is set for January!

How do you avoid this stress? Here’s the insider tip: Know what flowers are available during the time of your wedding.
If you have a year until your wedding date take a trip to your local florist during the time of year you want to get married and see what flowers are in season. Find out how expensive certain flowers are and how long they are bloom. If you don’t have the luxuries of time talk with a florist or do your homework to know your options during each season. You’ll be happy you did.

Helpful links from MarketFresh.com

That’s today’s Insider Tip!
Watch out! Your Socialite is showing!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The After You Say "Yes" Seminar


Hey Everyone,

We just wanted to give you a heads up about an event we'll be participating in this October. The Saks Salon in the Houston Galleria will be hosting The After You Say "Yes" Seminar on October 2, 2010 from 4pm to 7pm.

Top Vendors in Houston as soon on Keepin up with the Joneses, David Tutera's My Fair Wedding, Party Mamas III. As seen Seen in fashion top magazines .. Will be there to answer your questions and demystify what to do after he proposes and the date is set! Come join us there will be food, information, give aways, door prizes and more! So if your getting married or know someone that is come join us!!

See ya there!


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Niyi & Dami: July 24, 2009

In July, Professional Socialites got the opportunity to be coordinators AND guests at the wedding for our college friends, Dami & Niyi.
The couple was wed in the chapel of The Centrum, then the party headed to Chateau Polonez for an outdoor cocktail hour followed by the opulent, gorgeous reception. The fashion-foward couple showcased their style with several outfit changes that included Louboutin heels for the brides, the groom's beloved pocket squares, and traditional Nigerian garb. This grand affair included lots of DIY work from the couple, from the invitations (done by the bride...who is now starting an invitation company!) to the favor bags to the candy buffet.

Thanks to the wonderful vendors Darryl & Co., Ral's Fine Catering, Supreme Kakes, both venues, and a special thanks to Collins Metu Photography for the wonderful photos!

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Okuboyejo! We wish you the best of luck, and we're sure you're the hottest married couple in Manhattan!

Go to our website to view the entire album!

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Sneak Peek and Dami and Niyi's Wedding

Hey Everyone,

Collins Metu, one of our favorite photographers, has been teasing us with just a few pictures from Dami and Niyi's fabulous wedding. He finally created a slide show so we can share it with you! Check it out by clicking the link above the picture!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"A Drink & A Smile" Professional Happy Hour



Professional Socialites and Urban Nites Entertainment introduce a new happy hour for the upwardly-mobile professional. Come mix, mingle, network and unwind every Friday (starting August 20th) at Blue Label Lounge.

This Friday is our Teacher Appreciation Edition. We know this is your last weekend before the school year starts again so come enjoy "A Drink & A Smile" with us at Blue Label from 5pm to 9pm!

If you're a teacher, if you ...appreciate the work that teachers do for our youth, or if you just enjoy a good drink with a good crowd we hope to see you there!

Powered by Professional Socialites and Urban Nites Entertainment

Sponsored by Grey Goose!

Free Admission all evening!


Exquisite Catering by Houston's Top Culinary Talents

Sounds by DJ LAROSE

$4 Wine Specials


Monday, August 9, 2010

Happy Hour with Professional Socialites? Could it be true?

I know you're dying to know what we're talking about, are you? Well details will come very soon and you're going to love it. Get ready to spend your Happy Hour with Professional Socialites and Urban Nites!

More details soon!


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Big Changes Allowing More Couples A Dream Wedding

San Francisco, CA
July 22, 2010
  Six-month old nonprofit organization Wish Upon a Wedding announced today that it will broaden its scope of services, in order to assist more couples in need. Although its primary focus continues to provide weddings for terminally ill individuals regardless of sexual orientation, the organization will soon help those faced with other personal burdens, such as serious emotional, physical or other debilitating issues.

Due to a significant number of requests, Wish Upon a Wedding will now provide a limited number of weddings to inspirational couples that have experienced these catastrophic life-altering circumstances.

Beginning July 22, 2010, the nonprofit will grant these wishes on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will undergo a detailed screening process, and will be required to provide medical proof of their situation.  Because the organization is new and still in growth mode, Wish Upon a Wedding will only be able to grant a limited number of wishes per year, at chapter discretion, and only the most compelling cases as determined by chapter boards will be considered.

“By partnering with Wish Upon a Wedding, Get Married’s goal is to help connect talented, local wedding professionals in order to offer couples in their communities with a dream wedding and turn tragedy into triumph,” said Stacie Francombe, national public relations chair and founder of Get Married Media.  “By opening up new doors to more deserving couples with a variety of life-changing challenges, the wedding industry is sharing their commitment to their profession, to these individuals and to the idea that dreams do come true for any couple in love.”

Until now, the 501(c) 3 nonprofit has provided weddings for individuals diagnosed with less than three years’ prognosis. That stipulation has been adjusted to a five year diagnosis. The organization will also allow couples seeking vow renewal celebrations to apply for wishes.

Wish Upon a Wedding is looking forward to this change and believes this will have a positive impact on hundreds of lives, by providing the opportunity for a celebration of life and love with those most important to them.

Wish Upon a Wedding is now accepting applications from:

* Couples where at least one individual has terminal diagnosis of less than FIVE years to live

* Couples faced with situations that have caused serious emotional, physical or financial stress (approved on case by case basis)

* Married couples seeking vow renewals, who have faced serious life-altering circumstances including but not limited to terminal illness (approved on a case by case basis)

All applicants must be over the age of 18 and legal U.S. Citizens

Mission Statement:
Wish Upon a Wedding is the world’s first nonprofit wish granting organization, providing weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and life altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.

To fill out an application, click this link:
With 12 active chapters and 2,500 Wish Granters, we are ready to grant wishes today!

Contact Information
Liz Guthrie, Founder cwo@wishuponawedding.org

Spread the Wedding Wish Love
Thanks from reading!!
Crystal Milton
Marketing Chair
Wish Upon A Wedding Houston Chapter 

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Professional Socialites "Schools" Brides-To-Be In The Science Of Wedding Planning

Press Contact:
Megan Ford
Professional Socialites, LLC
Office: (713)581-0486
Fax: (713)583-1386

Professional Socialites “Schools” Brides-To-Be In The Science Of Wedding Planning


Who: Professional Socialites Event Planning & Public Relations
What: “Planning Your Day 101” bridal wedding planning class
When: July 20th, 2010 6:30pm-8pm  
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Houston (1300 Lamar St. Houston, TX 77002)
RSVP: Registration is $25 - log on to http://psplanyourday101.eventbrite.com to register

Houston, TX– Boutique event planning firm, Professional Socialites, has a thing or two to teach newly-engaged or simply frustrated brides-to-be. The frantic post-engagement stress of beginning to plan the wedding can be overwhelming, especially when a bride wants to have their dream guy, dream wedding – and dream budget – all in one. This is where the “Professor” Socialites step in.

Professional Socialites University presents: Planning Your Day 101, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Houston. In this class, the brides-in-training will be guided through those frantic initial steps, given pointers on how to make the most of a wedding planner's expertise, and gain access to Professional Socialites exclusive class notes for bridal do's and don'ts. Unlike other “wedding planning information sessions”, this course is interactive and the ladies will get real world tools for making their wedding day spectacular. They will also link up with other brides-to-be to share ideas and experiences, enjoy lite bites, take home a swag bag full of goodies…and a few other surprises.

At the end of the class, the ladies will enjoy a special tour of Houston’s glamorous Four Seasons Hotel, its world-class amenities, and the fabulous perks they have for brides-to-be.

To register, log on to http://psplanyourday101.eventbrite.com. Tuition for the class is $25, registration must be completed by Saturday, July 17th, 2010.

Professional Socialites is a boutique event planning and public relations firm based in Houston, Texas. Professional Socialites Consultants, Crystal Milton and Megan Ford, specialize in wedding planning, corporate special event planning and social event planning, as well as providing public relations consulting for events and vendors within the wedding and special event industries. We cater to savvy, chic clientele through the use of innovative approaches to event management and publicity.

For more information on Professional Socialites, visit www.professionalsocialites.com

Monday, June 21, 2010

Wish Upon a Wedding: Granting wishes to couples facing terminal illness

Hey Lovelies,

Sorry it has been a while since our last post but we've been busy building our business. I wanted to take a time out to inform everyone about an amazing non-profit foundation called Wish Upon a Wedding. I, Crystal, was recently honored as Marketing Chair of Wish Upon a Wedding, Houston Chapter. Please take a moment to read the press release below and we would love for you to come out to the Wish Upon a Wedding Houston Launch Party on June 30th!

June 2, 2010

Contact Information:
Wish Upon a Wedding - Houston
Heather Hamilton-Sims, President
Tel: 713-443-2588 ext 250

Wish Upon a Wedding Launches in Houston, Texas

Non-Profit Grants Dream Weddings to Couples Facing Life-Threatening Illnesses

HOUSTON, TEXAS - Wish Upon a Wedding, a new non-profit organization, dedicated to granting weddings and civil union ceremonies to couples facing life-threatening illnesses, has officially launched in Houston, Texas in June 2010. Wish Upon a Wedding Houston will produce weddings & civil union ceremonies for individuals facing terminal illness residing in or wishing to get married within 300 miles of the Houston Metropolitan area. Couples must be over the age of 18, unmarried, legal citizens of the United States, where at least one individual has been diagnosed with having less than three years to live.

Founder Liz Guthrie of San Jose Wedding Consultants explains, “By giving the gift of a dream wedding, we will grant some of the most intimate moments of these people’s lives, and help them share these memories with their closest friends and family members.”

Industry leaders who have joined the cause so far, by leading chapters across the country, include renowned wedding planners Sasha Souza (Founding President), Ivy Robinson, Elisa Delgardio, and Kevin Covey. The Board of Directors for Wish Upon a Wedding Houston is comprised of established professionals, in their respective industries, that have been tasked to work with and for the Houston community to assist people facing such situations to find their own sense of strength and hope. The Wish Upon a Wedding Houston board members are:

Heather Hamilton-Sims, President
Simply Jubilee Events, Inc.

Mia Monroe, Vice President
Independent Planner

Kelly Balfour, Event Planning Chair
Eventology Weddings

Sabrina Patrick, Fundraising Chair
Chic Soiree

Crystal Milton, Marketing Chair
Professional Socialites, LLC

Seresa Carpenter, Volunteer Coordinator Co-Chair
Simply Jubilee Events, Inc.

Samantha Darr, Volunteer Coordinator Co-Chair
soireebliss! events, LLC

Angela Spears, Medical Outreach Chair
A Medical/Legal Entity

Elizabeth Hamburg, Secretary
Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel

Jamila Willis, Treasurer
Invesco Aim Distributors, Inc.

Wish Upon a Wedding Houston is looking for Wish Granters—regional volunteers—to provide all the goods and services required to produce a wedding from concept to finale. If interested in becoming a Wish Granter, please visit the website http://wishuponawedding.org/chapter-locations/houston and fill out the wish granter form. If interested in learning more about how to help and to make a contribution to Wish Upon a Wedding, visit http://wishuponawedding.org/how-to-help/make-a-contribution.

About Wish Upon a Wedding

Wish Upon a Wedding is dedicated to granting weddings and/or civil union ceremonies at destinations across North America to couples who are facing terminal illness. The foundation was created to celebrate the courage, determination and spirit of these couples by granting their dream wedding wishes. The hope is that chosen recipients can inspire other couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength. Wish Upon a Wedding is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

***Note: Position filled after press release

Radhika Day, Public Relations/ Media Chair
Weddings in Houston

Once again, please support this amazing foundation and we'll talk to you soon!


Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Pamper Party Recap

Hey Everyone,

Check out the recap of The Pamper Party at Blissful Tales of Professional Socialites! Just click on the picture below!



Friday, March 12, 2010

A Pamper Party!!


You guys know we always have something fun up our sleeves. Well, this time is no exception.

Our client, Pure Addiction, is unveiling their Spring 2010 fashion line with the help of Pole Party Houston, an alternative fitness company that keeps ladies sexy while they learn sexy moves! The FREE event, Add to that FREE mini-makeovers from feirce make-up artists Tinnell McIntyre and Tasha Renee, FREE Minx nail demos from Athena Elliot, Celebrity Nail Tech, and her team from MINX Houston, and sounds from some of the cutest DJs in the biz, LG Entertainment... and you have yourself a day full of pampering, shopping and all-out self-indulgent luxury!

Come get your fashion fix Saturday, March 27, 2010 at Alden hotel's rooftop veranda from 3-7pm. RSVP to Events@ShopPureAddiction.com by March 16th to be entered into our "Pamper Party Gift Pack Giveaway!" One lucky winner will be awarded at the party. We'll see you there!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Houston Wedding Showcase - Re-Cap

Hey Lovelies,

Ok, I know its almost been a week since the Houston Wedding Showcase so here is a short entry with more pics to follow after I get back to my USB cable for my camera.

First of all let me say that I bow down to those who do 8 shows a year, like our lovely booth neighbors from Butler's Courtyard (we love you Nancy)! Bridal shows are such a tiring experience from beginning to end and each bride should appreciate the time and energy we all put into them. Sheesh. Lol. Megan and I are too very short girls and between packing up the car with everything needed for the show, unloading it, decorating our booth, taking it back down Saturday evening, and packing up the car again...I think Megan and I deserve a HUGE Pepsi and Snicker Bar!

We decorated our booth on Friday and it was an interesting experience but it came out great. We also had some help from LG Entertainers and they truly made our booth shine! The pic below is from Friday after setting up.

Saturday morning we made a few changes to the booth and it was time to begin. We met so many wonderful brides and even a few that were very relieved to find out that they could find hire help to keep them from pulling their hair out.

With today's economy, many brides are taking planning into their own hands and that's wonderful but that doesn't mean there isn't help for the DIY bride. A Day of Coordinator is perfect for the DIY bride. Professional Socialites' Day of Luxury Package starts one month before your wedding and helps tie up all the loose ends so that a bride can be just a bride on her Big Day! Check out Professional Socialites' website and we're sure you'll find the perfect package for your needs! Go to the wedding section and look through our 3 packages for details and pricing!

Hope to hear from all our lovely brides soon!