Monday, March 28, 2011

Amy Nichols Special Events Featured on Daily Candy's San Francisco Wedding Guide


I am ecstatic to be featured on today's San Francisco edition of Daily Candy! Click here to see our feature and the other awesome wedding vendors featured in the Spring 2011 Wedding Guide. Daily Candy highlighted our idea for healthy dessert bars, a fun but health-conscious way to indulge and celebrate! We of course can help you with a not-so-healthy dessert or candy bar for your wedding or event too!

Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

This week's Purple Pug Crush

The Purple Pug Blog is written by a hilarious and fabulous Kristy, who specializes in spectacular children's partyware and events. I am totally tickled to be featured as one of this week's "Pug Crushes!" Check out my feature on The Purple Pug Blog to read some fun facts and silly trivia about yours truly. 


Pug Crush of the Day



Thanks, Kristy!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Five Quick Tips with Carley Roney, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheKnot.com

Photo Credit: Daniela Stallinger
I am so excited for today's Five Quick Tips from Carley Roney, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheKnot.com. Carley and her husband David started The Knot after planning their own wedding and seeing a need in the marketplace for online resources for brides. Women like Carley are among my wedding industry role models --  having started with a core business and then truly built it into an empire! TheKnot.com changed the way brides plan weddings, and in addition, it has made it seamless for guests to give couples gifts.  About five years ago, they acquired their biggest competitor, WeddingChannel.com.  They also have expanded their community and now stay relevant to couples after the wedding through their sister sites TheNest.com and TheBump.com.

Without further ado, here are Carley's Five Quick Tips:

1.  Start organized; stay organized. Whether you’re hiring a planner or going DIY, you’ll save yourself a lot of stress if you get off on the right foot.  There are fantastic resources online to manage everything you need from budgets and checklists to guest lists and registry, ensuring no detail goes unturned. My favorite new little gadget is the Scan & Add iPhone app from GiftRegistry360.com, where you can add items from anywhere to one, complete, ultimate registry list that’s all your own!

2.  Bounce ideas off other brides. Hop onto Twitter, Facebook and community message boards to get those creative juices flowing. I know you want to share every intimate detail with your bridesmaids, friends and family, but unfortunately not everyone is as excited to talk about chiavari chairs as you are.  The beauty of message boards is that other brides love this stuff.  They’re going through the exact same things and can be a really supportive sounding board, even if you only need to bitch about your future mother-in-law.  And who doesn’t love making new friends?!

3.  Trust your own intuition. This is your one and only wedding day, and its style should be uniquely yours (and your fiancĂ©’s!). Your families will inevitably want certain things and while you should definitely be open to compromise, keep in mind that your wedding is an expression of yourself as a couple.

4.  Take a moment during the reception to grab your new hubby, step back away from the dance floor and just take it all in. It’s so easy to get caught up in working the room that you forget to simply take pride in the killer party you’ve planned. Even if for a minute or two, it’s worth the memory of seeing everyone enjoy themselves.

5.  Remember what’s most important – your future as husband and wife. My dear friend Marcy Blum has a great motto: “You’re not getting wedding-ed. You’re getting married!” Keep in mind that you are starting a life together, not just planning an event. Brides, be good to your grooms. And grooms, be good to your brides! Some tension between the two of you (and among members of your family) is inevitable due to the sticky subjects that weddings stir up, but don't ever let things get out of control. Remember why you decided to take this leap in the first place!

Carley answered a couple more questions about her wedding....

What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
Dancing, drinking and laughing with our favorite people in the world!

If you could change one thing about your wedding, what would it be?
Hmmmm… advanced planning! David (my husband and co-founder of The Knot) and I originally planned on eloping, but friends convinced us we would be happier having friends and family around. So we decided to go for a traditional wedding. Well, sort of. We were young, naive, know-it-alls, and this led us to pick a wedding day about 25 days from the date we decided to get married. ‘How hard could it possibly be?’ we thought. You pick a place, call a florist, tell your friends and order the food. Done. Let’s just say, the wedding was a bit of a disaster… and that’s actually what sparked our idea for TheKnot.com!

Thank you, Carley, for these fantastic tips!

If you would like to be featured in our Five Quick Tips column, please contact me at info AT amynichols DOT com.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Display Your Cake in Elegant Clara French Style!

   
 
Photo credit: Clara French

Clara French Ceramiques offers chic cake stand designs in lush colors to beautifully complement any celebration!

They specialize in custom ceramique wedding cake stand design, multi-tiered cupcake stands, and dessert plates.

If you're on a tight budget, one of these cake stands can still be a unique addition to your big day because they offer wedding rental services! 

Clara French cake stands will become a one-of-a-kind heirloom that can passed on from generations to come.

Photo credit:  Bella Cupcake Couture



Photo credit:  Clara French



  
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Monday, March 7, 2011

Five Quick Tips with Bernadette Coveney Smith of 14 Stories

Today's 5 Quick Tips are from Bernadette Coveney Smith, the founder of 14 Stories, the country's first gay wedding planning firm. They are based in Boston but work with couples from all over -- visit Bernadette's blog, 14 Stories Blog to learn about marriage equality updates, see some real wegaddings, and hear what's on Bernadette's mind . One of their cool service offerings includes small elopement/destination wedding planning for gay couples traveling to Boston to make their union official. If you're a wedding vendor and interested in learning more about how you can work with gay couples, be sure to check out the newly launched Gay Wedding Institute -- they recently announced that they're offering a Gay Wedding Certification Course!

Thanks Bernadette for sharing your tips today!

Photo credit:  Closed Circle Photography
1. Don't travel for hair and makeup! The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is run around and deal with traffic and parking. Have your hair and makeup done wherever you are getting ready.

2. Personalize your wedding ceremony. Everyone is there for your actual marriage, right? Well, make the marriage part just as important, meaningful and personal as the wedding/party part.

3. Take your formal photos before the ceremony so you can actually enjoy cocktail hour with your guests.

4. No more than 4 toasts, and no more than 3 minutes each. Two toasts should go after the first course and 2 should go after the second course.

5. Entertain your guests! Especially if it's a sit down dinner and especially if you skip traditions like a garter and bouquet toss, your guests will be looking for something to see, experience or interact with so they don't get bored. Don't let there be more than 2.5 consecutive hours at the wedding without anything happening besides pure dancing. In our case, right after our cake cutting, we had a drag queen performance kick off the dancing part of the evening! People are still talking about it.

And a couple more questions for Bernadette...

What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
My favorite thing was walking down the aisles (we had 2 aisles) and seeing all the people who literally came from around the world to be with us. Even my 80 year old aunt from Scotland was there. It was amazing having all those people in the room at the same time, for our wedding, a gay wedding! I'll never forget that.

If you could change one thing about your wedding, what would it be?
I would have upgraded my linens to make our dinner tables even more blingy!

Thanks, Bernadette for your fantastic tips!

If you would like to be featured in our Five Quick Tips column, please contact me at info AT amynichols DOT com. 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Martha Stewart Names Amy Nichols Doer of the Week!

A few weeks ago, I was doing cartwheels of excitement when I learned I was going to be featured as the Doer of the Week on Martha Stewart's Dreamers Into Doers website! The Dreamers Into Doers online community was created by Martha Stewart to celebrate talented and creative women who turn their dreams into careers they love.

Yesterday, my Doer of the Week interview went live. Take a look at it here!

Thank you so much to Caitlin Losey at Martha Stewart for this opportunity!