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Top Ways to Recycle Wedding Items

There are plenty of ways to have an eco-friendly wedding, but what about all of the items that you have when the big day is over?!  For those gently used or leftover (and unused) wedding items, it can be beneficial for you as a new bride/groom and new couples that are following in your path.

Try Facebook Marketplace

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Let us work for you

Enjoy every moment as an engaged couple.  Allow us to plan your BIG DAY the way you always envisioned.  We offer full planning, partial planning, “Day of Coordination”, reception design and so much MORE.

We work with a great team of creative vendors, giving us the ability to create any elaborate design www.mdmassociates.net. Feel free to email us desiree@mdmassociates.net #wedding #weddingplanning #eventplanner #bridalshower #bride #groom #planning #love

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How to have a successful event from start to finish!

Step 1—

Know what you have to work with before planning. Remember, family, friends, faculty and staff members, students, and community groups are all resources.

 Step 2—Assess needs and interests

  • Who will attend?
  • What are their interests?
  • What are your goals?
  • What needs are you trying to meet?

Step 3—Brainstorm ideas

Think of every type of event that might fulfill the goals. Don’t evaluate ideas at this point, just list all suggestions. Once this is done, review each idea and assess it for feasibility.  Rate it on a scale of 1-5

 Step 4—Develop a time line

Make a list of everything that needs to be done to plan the event.

  • Sometimes it’s easier to work backward from the date of the event to the present.
  • Make a schedule that shows when each task needs to be completed.

Step 5—Reserve space

Reserve your space as early as possible.

Step 6—Develop a budget

Most likely you have a set amount of money available to spend on the event, or ticket sales may need to cover all the costs.

  • List all associated costs and allocate the available funds.
  • You may have to contact various vendors for cost estimates associated with their services.

 Step 7—The paper chase

Complete all the necessary paperwork including:

  • vendor services
  • room reservations
  • forms
  • permits

 Step 8—The people chase

Contact all the persons necessary for a successful event (many must have advance notice to schedule these individuals to work)

  • Performers
  • Speakers
  • Volunteers
  • Police

 

Step 9—Details

Complete and confirm all details pertaining to the event.

 

Step 10—The Event

HAVE FUN!!

 

Step 11—Evaluate

Write a brief synopsis of the event

  • participant and planner comments
  • attendance
  • suggestions for future events
  • final costs

 Step 12—Start planning the next event!

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How to have a successful even from beginning to end

ImageStep 1—

Know what you have to work with before planning. Remember, family, friends, faculty and staff members, students, and community groups are all resources.

 Step 2—Assess needs and interests

  • Who will attend?
  • What are their interests?
  • What are your goals?
  • What needs are you trying to meet?

Step 3—Brainstorm ideas

Think of every type of event that might fulfill the goals. Don’t evaluate ideas at this point, just list all suggestions. Once this is done, review each idea and assess it for feasibility.  Rate it on a scale of 1-5

 Step 4—Develop a time line

Make a list of everything that needs to be done to plan the event.

  • Sometimes it’s easier to work backward from the date of the event to the present.
  • Make a schedule that shows when each task needs to be completed.

Step 5—Reserve space

Reserve your space as early as possible.

Step 6—Develop a budget

Most likely you have a set amount of money available to spend on the event, or ticket sales may need to cover all the costs.

  • List all associated costs and allocate the available funds.
  • You may have to contact various vendors for cost estimates associated with their services.

 Step 7—The paper chase

Complete all the necessary paperwork including:

  • vendor services
  • room reservations
  • forms
  • permits

 Step 8—The people chase

Contact all the persons necessary for a successful event (many must have advance notice to schedule these individuals to work)

  • Performers
  • Speakers
  • Volunteers
  • Police

 

Step 9—Details

Complete and confirm all details pertaining to the event.

 

Step 10—The Event

HAVE FUN!!

 

Step 11—Evaluate

Write a brief synopsis of the event

  • participant and planner comments
  • attendance
  • suggestions for future events
  • final costs

 Step 12—Start planning the next event!

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The Key to Success

Start small. What needs to be done first. Think of it in small pieces.

Start small. What needs to be done first. Think of it in small pieces.

Start small. What needs to be done first. Think of it in small pieces.

Start small. What needs to be done first. Think of it in small pieces.

Start small. What needs to be done first. Think of it in small pieces.

Start small. What needs to be done first. Think of it in small pieces.

Start small. What needs to be done first. Think of it in small pieces.

Start small. What needs to be done first. Think of it in small pieces.

Thanks Malorie Brooks owner of @mzamobileboutiq

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A New Day, A New Chance

Today doesn’t begin the rest of your life….it begins the start of a new day. Enjoy it, and make the most of it…live today for today and let tomorrow comes it may.

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A New Day, A New Chance

Today doesn’t begin the rest of your life….it begins the start of a new day. Enjoy it, and make the most of it…live today for today and let tomorrow comes it may.

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Ghost busters!

Vampires, ghouls and gobblins are ever present. Waiting to suck the ambition right out of you and scare you from your path! Don’t let these Halloween figments haunt your reality! Surround yourself with positive forces (people) and move out of your own way!


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Cupcakes for you, cupcakes for me….cupcakes for DC

Cupcakes are all the rage now – all around town – folks are eating them, talking about them or talking about eating them. There are trucks and stores with lines and security guards and crazy flavors…these little delectable concoctions are all the rage! Well not to be left out in the crowd is a DC (Native – via a stint a Howard University School of Law) TamiCakes is not only a local favorite – but she has made it into the realm of Cupcake CELEBRITY – by way of the Food Network!

It was only a matter of time before word spread with such prestigious DC clientele as Recess, Josephine, K Street Lounge and the renowned U Street neighborhood requesting her services for their guests and events! Having the word spread around DC is one thing, because as we know in the hip-hop scene being a local celebrity is often hard to turn into main stream celebrity – which is where it matters most – – yet spread it did – especially when she was able to reach outside of DC and can say that she has had the pleasure of providing custom cupcake confections (try saying that three times fast!) to celebs like Jim Jones, Eric Roberson and BET – the big time was only a step away! So this national coverage is a huge fait accompli.

Join MDM Associates as we celebrate her coming out party on Sunday – June 24th 2012 at 7pm at The Tap and Parlour here in DC – to cheer on and try out @TamiCakesDC

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Cupcakes for you, cupcakes for me….cupcakes for DC

Cupcakes are all the rage now – all around town – folks are eating them, talking about them or talking about eating them. There are trucks and stores with lines and security guards and crazy flavors…these little delectable concoctions are all the rage! Well not to be left out in the crowd is a DC (Native – via a stint a Howard University School of Law) TamiCakes is not only a local favorite – but she has made it into the realm of Cupcake CELEBRITY – by way of the Food Network!

It was only a matter of time before word spread with such prestigious DC clientele as Recess, Josephine, K Street Lounge and the renowned U Street neighborhood requesting her services for their guests and events! Having the word spread around DC is one thing, because as we know in the hip-hop scene being a local celebrity is often hard to turn into main stream celebrity – which is where it matters most – – yet spread it did – especially when she was able to reach outside of DC and can say that she has had the pleasure of providing custom cupcake confections (try saying that three times fast!) to celebs like Jim Jones, Eric Roberson and BET – the big time was only a step away! So this national coverage is a huge fait accompli.

Join MDM Associates as we celebrate her coming out party on Sunday – June 24th 2012 at 7pm at The Tap and Parlour here in DC – to cheer on and try out @TamiCakesDC

20120618-145033.jpg