Friday, February 25, 2011

PS Sighting: Crave Houston

Hey Socialites,

I hope you're all having a wonderful Friday because I have some goodies to share with you! Wednesday night I had the pleasure of attending two very interesting yet very different events. The first event was the Buzz Party for CRAVE Houston and the second was the Grand Opening of The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom!

The Buzz Party for CRAVE Houston

CRAVE is finally coming to Houston! For those of you that have never heard of CRAVE...listen up because this is news for Women Entrepreneurs and Urbran Gals alike! The Buzz Party for CRAVE Houston took place last night at One Green Street, the chicest green boutique in Houston. Lite Bites were provided by Marian Bell Healthy Meals, a wonderful cleansing tea was provided by Supple Skin Boutique, and the coolest photobooth was provided by PhotoboothMINI. The Buzz Party allowed women to learn about the concept behind this amazing City Guide and how to become a part of Houston's first edition.

CRAVE is all about women business owners. We host business chats, symposiums, and other fabulous parties to connect you with savvy entreprennesses. We spread the word about the need-to-know women in your city with our CRAVE guides. Our blog and social media provide valuable forums for sharing business tips and learning what women all around the world crave. CRAVE is your one stop shop for connecting with smart, successful women business owners and discovering new, innovative ways to boost your business!
CRAVE innovatively connects urban gals to the sassiest, gutsiest, most inspiring people they need to know in town. Soirees, gatherings and online networking—we are your guide to everything you CRAVE in your city.

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 To learn more information about the CRAVE movement check out or contact CRAVE Houston's City Leader, Alicia Brownell, at

Stay tuned for PS Sightings: The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom!


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wedding Wednesdays: The List

Hey Socialite Brides,

Lets talk about the guest list. This could possibly be more stressful than everything you've done so far but if you've already picked your venue the good thing is you know your limit.


These steps should make it a little easier for you.
  1. Bride, Groom, and Parents write your list of guests. 
    • Don't forget to include yourselves
  2. Add up all the list in an excel sheet and remove duplicates 
    • You will almost undoubtedly see that you have exceed your count and your cost already
  3. Everyone revisit your list and start cutting down your list.
    • Your wedding should be filled with people you want to be surrounded by and not people you feel obligated to invite.
    • Yes, this is a tricky step but Mindy Weiss offers this tip: Think about after the wedding...if you ran into this person on the street would you feel regret for not inviting them or just a pang of guilt. Let your reaction guide your decision.
  4. DONE!
    • You can't stop here or move to step 5.
  5. Create a B-List for those you would like to invite but they didn't make the first cut. 
    • You will start getting some advance notices from those that can't come once you send out your save-the-dates and this will allow you room for guests from your B-List. At this time you can either send them a save-the-date or if its too late for a save-the-date just send an invitation.
Stay tuned next week for Save-the-Date!


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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: Save-the-Dates

Hello Socialite Brides,

You've finally gotten through the headache of the guest list and now its time for the fun task of giving your guest the heads up about the Big Day! Save-the-Dates can be as formal or informal as you like and do not have to match the style of your invitations.

Its best to send out Save-the-Dates about six to seven months before the wedding and the earlier you send out the Save-the-Dates the less information you need to include. Generally, you include the name of the couple, the date of the wedding, time of day, and the general location- leave a little mystery for the actual invitation.

Any guest who receives a save-the-date card must be invited to the wedding so hold off on sending these out until you've finalized the guest list.

Last but not least - before printing make sure you figure out the number of HOUSEHOLDS you are sending save-the-dates to and NOT the number of guests. This can be a very costly mistake.

Happy Planning!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wedding Wednesdays: Make Room For The Bride and Groom

Hi Socialite Brides,

We hope your wedding planning is going smoothly and you still have all your hair and all your bridesmaids. This little idea should help those of you with huge guest counts...

We know it is terribly hard to have a moment to speak to each guest at your wedding but here's an sweet little idea. When setting up your table chart try to leave space for the bride and groom at each table. Instead of doing a receiving line you'll have the chance to sit at each table and talk to your guest in groups of 8 or smaller depending on your table size.

Trust me, your parents will be very thankful that you took the time out of YOUR great day to speak to everyone!


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Monday, February 7, 2011

PS|PR: Making The Most Out of Your Publicity

Welcome back for this week's edition of PS|PR. This feels a little like story time with Mister Rogers in my mind. Is that weird? Probably, but just go with it and imagine a trolley with puppet people behind you as you read this.

This guy is still getting free publicity decades after he went off the air. You can't buy that kind of PR!

After last week's figured out you needed PR. You got yourself a publicist. What do you do now? The answer is definitely NOT to sit back and wait for results. Professional Socialites suggests that you:
  • Communicate with your PR pro! Let them know what you need from them, and always try to return their calls and e-mails in a timely manner as some things they need from you may be time sensitive and could help (or hurt!) your company. 
  • Know what to expect, and be realistic! The manner in which Return-on-Investment (ROI) in PR is measured varies, and is mostly based on placement and exposure. It doesn't exactly equal dollar amounts in sales, as with marketing and advertising. Do your research and know what you should expect before you begin.
  • Be visible! Your publicist should be working diligently to get you and your brand noticed, but nothing can sell your brand better than you. This is especially important for small businesses and brands like those that Professional Socialites represents. The theme song to Cheers should play when you walk into a room "Where everybody knows your naaaame..."
  • Enjoy the experience! Publicists are often de facto confidants, friends and psychologists to clients due to the sheer fact that they entrust us with helping them build their brand, and the amount of time spent working closely with them. Nurture the relationship with your PR pro with mutual respect and kindness. This may sound a little "after-school special-ish," but it is definitely an important factor in your working relationship. Mister Rogers would expect nothing less. 
PR pros and clients, feel free to comment and let us know what are some important things you think are important in a publicist-client relationship!

Friday, February 4, 2011

PS Sighting: CoupleCake Wars

Hey Socialite Couples,

Does this picture look familiar to you?


This would be Cupcake Wars, a delicious little show on comes on Food Network and has me wanting to run to Sprinkles Cupcakes every time I see it!


Cnadace Nelson of Sprinkles Cupcakes is bringing the first annual CoupleCake Wars to Houston this Valentine's weekend to benefit the Houston Food Bank! How can you get involved?
Couples of any kind can enter by submitting a short essay, photo and potential cupcake theme by Feb. 4. On February 12, those selected will complete several love- and cupcake-themed contests in hopes of winning a weekend stay at the Four Seasons Houston, a couples massage at the Four Seasons Spa, dinner for two at Gigi's Asian Bistro and a "day of beauty" at Salon CerĂ³n. Each selected couple will decorate their own CoupleCake as part of the competition. -CultureMap

 If you're celebrating Singles Awareness Day this year, don't worry, check out the schedule of events, join the audience, and win some special prizes.

Check out all the information on CultureMap and learn more about how Sprinkles is supporting the Houston Food Bank.


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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wedding Wednesdays: Dress for the Venue

Hey Socialite Brides,

Are you feeling overwhelmed yet? Did you read our post about the 30 day rule? If you didn’t listen to us here’s a little tip to smooth your frizzled nerves and hopefully you’ll take a moment to read the 30 day rule and save this tip for later.

 Don’t take that trip to the dress shop until you have decided and booked your wedding venue. Why you ask… your gown should feel appropriate for the space. A Cinderella ball gown would not look as appropriate in a garden wedding as it would in a grand old hall like The Corinthian in Houston, TX.

Wedding Gown / The Corinthian / Garden

 Take a moment and really soak in this'll thank us later and you'll look like the savvy bride when you go gown shopping! Consider it a gift from your Fairy God-planners at Professional Socialites!


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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Zenovea & Harvey's Vow Renewal

We had the pleasure of working with Zenovea and Harvey as they celebrated 46 years of marriage. What a wonderful love story! They have known each other since they were 10 and 14 years old...can you imagine?

Event Luxe & Co. served as the back drop for this momentous occasion.

A special thank you goes out to Erika at Event Luxe & Co. for allowing Zenovea & Harvey to be the FIRST couple to hold a ceremony at this wonderful new venue!

The coolest part of the night was when their nieces and nephews presented them with a trip to the Bahamas for a second honeymoon!

It was truly a magical night!

To see more pictures visit our gallery!

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