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Trend Alert! 5 Ways to Feature Succulents In Your Wedding

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 3:40 PM

Succulents: you may not know them by name, but there's no doubt you're familiar with their delightful appearance. And when it comes to weddings, this family of tiny green plants offers a refreshing alternative to flowers. They're perfect for the couple looking for something elegant but nontraditional on their big...

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5 Surprising Ways to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 11:31 AM

Oftentimes, we're as close to our pets as we are to our own family members, so it only makes sense we want them with us when we tie the knot. But the question remains: How? Sure there's the ol' tie the ring around the dog's neck, but that's been done...

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What Flowers Do I Get Mom for Mother's Day?

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 10:37 AM

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Mother's Day is quickly approaching and flowers are always the perfect way to recognize Mom on this very special day. As the creative director of Matthew David Celebrations, the big question I'm always asked is "What are the perfect flowers to get...

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8 Ways to Add a Philanthropic Angle to Events

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 1:20 PM

As event designers and marketers, we're always looking for a way to make our productions more memorable and personal. As the creative director of 360 Design Events, I'm a big proponent of incorporating a philanthropic angle into your event -- it takes the occasion beyond one night (or...

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Hot Wedding Trend: Collage Floral Centerpieces

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 11:07 AM

Want a centerpiece that captures attention and looks different from every angle? So do lots of us. Lucky for you -- the collage centerpiece is a style that is in right now.

A collage centerpiece is created from a number of different elements that look gorgeous together. Collage centerpieces often...

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5 Surefire Ways To Avoid A Wedding Disaster

(4) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 1:15 AM

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Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography

Planning your wedding day can be one of the most stressful moments of your life. But it doesn't have to be...so long as you know what you're doing. No matter what type of nuptials you have in...

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"Marry Me!" A Sweet & Simple Way to Pop the Question on Valentine's Day!

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 1:30 PM

With Valentine's Day around the corner, scratch the idea of lavish and pricey planning. Instead, indulge in this sincere and creative way to say "I Love You" -- and pop the question! -- without breaking the bank.

As a celebrity event designer who knows the importance of...

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I'm Engaged! Now What?

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 12:44 AM

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Congratulations! You just got engaged! While it should be the happiest time in your life, inevitably panic and fear have set in. What should you do first? As the Creative Director and Founder of Matthew David Celebrations, I've seen this moment of...

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New Year's Eve: Smaller Is Better

(7) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 10:36 PM

What are the first things that come to mind when you think of New Year's Eve? Crowded parties, noisemakers, funny hats and copious alcohol -- are these really anyone's idea of a good time?

New Year's celebrations can be truly fun and even meaningful. But to get there, it can...

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Christmas Tree Tips: How to Make Your Decorations Rock

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 12:57 PM

Once a year, the Christmas tree makes decorators and designers out of all of us. For me, tree-trimming is an occasion for some over-the-top fun. Whatever the tradition means for you, here are some tips to make your tree a beautiful and stylish centerpiece for holiday celebrations.

How to make your Christmas tree memorable and fun!

Go ahead -- get the big tree (you know you want to):
Without fail, kids always want to pick the biggest tree in the lot. You know what? They're right: in this case bigger is better. Choosing a tree that's oversized for the space it's meant to stand in gives it an irresistible, look-at-me presence.

Go beyond traditional colors:
Red and green? Well, the tree gets you halfway there -- so what else are you going to do? For my tree, I've chosen a palette of bold, modish colors. For your tree, don't feel bound by tradition - -put your favorite colors on display!

Lights do more than twinkle:
Lights bring your tree to life. If you use different size lights, as I've done here, you can also give an added sense of depth to your tree's branches. Wind larger and brighter bulbs around closer to the trunk and inner branches in addition to draping smaller bulbs over the outer boughs. Of course - the goal is always to hide the cords and show the lights.

Divide and conquer:
Use oversized ribbons and ornaments to divide the tree into three or four zones -- I've used hot pink pinecone wreaths, but any big, bold ornaments will do. This gives the tree various focal points to guide the eye.

Ornaments -- work your way up:
Once you've established your zones, give your tree an overall sense of balance and structure by generally placing larger ornaments on the lower branches and smaller ornaments up top.

Save the best for last:
We all have a few ornaments with special meaning -- the ones that were presents or that have been handed down from grandma's tree with the greatest of care. Add these last, in places where they'll have a chance to be seen and admired.

Have fun:
Understatement? You must be thinking of another holiday. Christmas is a celebration of light and wonder amid winter's dark. Decorate your tree accordingly, and don't be afraid to break these and any other "rules" you might imagine are holding you back. Start a new tradition today!


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How to Have the Wedding of Your Dreams

(3) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 11:24 PM

In nearly 20 years as an event planner, I've put together countless weddings -- big, small, and everything in-between -- in town and country and exotic destinations, with budgets that ranged from extravagant to relatively modest. For all their differences, though, all these celebrations started from the same...

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Thanksgiving, Remixed: Giving Thanks with Style

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 4:12 PM

Is there a way to bring a more sophisticated, cosmopolitan sensibility to Thanksgiving?

From the main course to sides and dessert--even to the table dressings--Thanksgiving comes to us, year after year, prepackaged and prescribed. I think tradition is great, and obviously a big part of what makes the holidays special....

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Living in a Pop-Up World: Plus, 8 Inspiring Pop-Up Shops

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 10:47 AM

"Pop-ups," or temporary installations created to connect with customers at specific sites or events, are, well, popping up more and more these days.

From the very beginning, there's always been something inherently fun about the pop-up phenomenon. Pop-ups are, by definition, fleeting, a special event, a happening of sorts....

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9 Ways to Make Your Event Interactive

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 6:42 PM

"Interactive" is a big buzzword these days, and that usually refers to some kind of technology: the latest app, online service or micro-blogging platform. But if you think about it, events are the original interactive "application." They're where people come together to experience an organization beyond the fundraising letter, to...

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How to Create a Fundraising Event Packed With Personality

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 9:03 AM

Looking for creative ways to bring your service organization's fundraising event to life? Recently, our team designed and planned an annual fundraising event for the Friends of Hudson River Park. The Hudson River Park Spring Gala raised $2.2 million for the 5-mile long park in Manhattan. Today, I'd like to...

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Memorial Day Celebrations: 4 Tips for the Perfect Soirée

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 9:22 AM

Want to throw the party of the season, but feel fresh out of ideas? With Memorial Day this weekend and many more reasons to celebrate this summer, try my "perfectly imperfect" approach to entertaining and your guests will remember your celebration for years to come.

Here are my 4...

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5 Tips for a Mother's Day Breakfast She'll Remember Forever

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 8:28 AM

What's the first idea that pops into your head when you think of Mother's Day? If you said breakfast in bed, you're not alone. Though the concept behind it is great (let Mom be waited on for once), the execution can often be iffy. Sure, letting the kids "make" her...

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