I was so excited to get asked to be on the WGN TV Channel 9 news at 5pm last night. Lourdes Duarte and I got to speak about less traditional wedding registry items.
The New York Times does it, Time Magazine does it and this year, Engaging Events by Ali does it. Yup, a look back in pictures at the year 2010. The below photo montage looks at highlights of the amazing year that 2010 was. I was able to meet new people, see old friends, make new friends and got to travel speaking at wonderful conferences in amazing locations. It was a great year and thank you too all my friends, vendors, brides and grooms, pilots who got me there safely, cab drivers who got me there safely (this one was questionable at Bridal Market in NYC-cabs in NYC are just scary), and all the hotel employees who took care of me when I was traveling away from home. I especially want to thank my husband for holding down the fort when I was gone.
A question I get asked a lot as a wedding consultant is what should the order of the processional be? It is a great idea to think about this in advance of your wedding rehearsal. While rehearsals are for that, rehearsing, it is important to have a plan in place before you arrive to your rehearsal. I go thru a worksheet with my clients so I know who is paired up with who so I know the order the bride and groom want when we are practicing.
Six-month old nonprofit organization Wish Upon a Wedding announced last week 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.
Last week my assistant, Kristin Weis, and I traveled to her hometown and alma mater, West Lafayette, Indiana to Purdue University. I was asked to present at the Purdue Event Planning Society which is an organization that students started two years ago. There were fifty people in attendance and I had a great time sharing stories about Engaging Events weddings, my background and how to succeed in the event planning world.
Happy 4th of July!! This is one of my favorite times of the year. I will probably spend it out on the lake with good friends, good food and a good bottle of wine. I was looking for some fun party favors and snacks when I came across these really cool patriotic cupcakes on Martha Stewart! What a cute and adorable centerpiece. Enjoy the wonderful festivities, be safe and god bless America.
On Wednesday, January 20th, I was asked to be the speaker for ISES/ABC Weddings with Wow Luncheon in Indianapolis. I felt so welcomed by my host, Lee Johnson of Chair Covers. Inc. The luncheon was so gorgeous I really did say "WOW!" when I walked into the room. Different designers and florists designed tabletops which were so impressive. I did a presentation on the Top Weddings Trends for 2009, supported by many pictures of past events I have done. It was a lively discussion and people had some great questions following my presentation. Below are some pictures from that event. I have to remember next time to have someone snap a picture of me when I am presenting.
"Ali Phillips did an amazing job at helping us plan the wedding of our dreams!!! On the actual day of our wedding, we had nothing to worry about and could just enjoy each other during this special occassion. When it comes to planning, Ali is very efficient, calm, detail oriented and gave us honest and TRUE advice on what vendors to hire for our wedding. Ali also is extremely creative and helped us create the most beautiful old hollywood glamour wedding. In my opinion, Ali Phillips is the best wedding planner in the city and my husband Mark and I were very lucky to have her as our wedding planner!!!"
These lovely wreaths would be perfect hung from the doors of your ceremony or reception location. Or, just to hang on your front door with your new last name's initials.
Click here to find these adorable wreaths
Meet Jaclyn Goris
After graduating from Purdue University in Lafayette, IN, Jaclyn moved to Chicago. Jaclyn joined the Engaging Events by Ali, Inc. team and was Ali’s “right hand executive assistant”, from May to September. She currently works in Convention Services at The Fairmont Hotel. She has made herself available to assist Ali with weddings almost every weekend.
Can not wait to share my blog about my AMAZING time at the Association of Bridal Consultants Annual Conference that I attended from November 9th-12th. Check back on Tuesday for a full blog of my couple days at the amazing event!
Boutique Sample Sale
View the latest couture bridal fashions from top bridal designers and enjoy markdowns on all your favorite styles.
I LOVE my job!!!!!! I am so excited to post these pictures today that Glen Abog sent me of my wedding with him and his team on June 14th, 2008.
If you are not sure what to piece of jewelry to give your bridesmaids for your wedding day, why not finish off a simple sleek dress with Pear Drop Chandelier earrings? This is a really cool vintage look for not only the bridesmaids but for the bride herself! I have seen these at a wedding and the girls just sparkle. As for the bride, if you want to keep it simple at the church, don your chandelier earrings for just the reception!
These and more fun accessories can be found by hitting this link.
Here is a sneak peek at Kate and Michael's Wonderful July Wedding. Check back next week for their story and wedding pictures!
I often get questions about where the Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom should shop! And here is a great Trunk Show to help them pick that perfect dress!
This starts off my NEW Blog Posts, "Honeymoon Wednesdays". Every Wednesday I am going to post a new location for honeymoons! So come back every Wednesday to learn about the amazing locations in the world you and your new husband can celebrate your honeymoon!