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Picking the Right Attire

Not all bodies are created equal. It doesn’t mean they can’t look fabulous on their big day. Make sure you have the right team in place to help you choose the right style of dress for your body.  This is important for Brides, Grooms, Bridal Party and Moms of the Bride and Groom too….

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Wedding Website 4-1-1 – How to Create a Wedding Website That’ll Get Your Guests Excited for the Big Day

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Wedding websites can be a great way for couples to share info with wedding guests — especially in real time and with up-to-date info. Here some of the top resources for building free wedding websites and the information you should share on the site.

What to include – Short answer: Anything that you don’t want to be asked on the day of the wedding

A wedding website is the best way to  let your guests know the important details about your wedding, like where it is, and when, so that they don’t come and bug you for directions to the reception when they lose the invitation (cough, me). But don’t confuse informing with instructing. Informing means giving people all the important details they need to make an informed decision about how to approach your wedding (e.g., the grass is going to be like quicksand, so it might not be friendly for stilettos and other high-heeled shoes). Instructing is telling people how they should approach your wedding (e.g., we’re getting married outdoors, so no fancy shoes allowed). No matter how nicely you phrase it, or how helpful your intentions are, no one likes to be told what to do, especially older guests who have been going to weddings for longer than you’ve been alive. So think of your wedding website as this emoji: 💁. Not this one: 👮.

Here are my two favorites!

Photo courtesy of www.techadvisor.co.uk/

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Seasonal Trends

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall…all you have to do is call…Depending on the season, the theme and colors of your event can change…however the color of the year can be woven through each for a nice POP of color

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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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Photo by Blake Newman on Pexels.com

 

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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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Dream Girls Project Reloaded

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When I was in high school in DC, the one for the Arts in NW, the term “dream girl” was a double edged sword. If you were a coke bottle dream you usually were the subject of dirty fantasies. The play Dream Girls was the epitome of the right girl, wrong time, who becomes the slighted girl ultimately getting the upper hand. Beauty, power and brains: every man’s dream.
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SHAOLIN JAZZ – DREAM GIRLS has managed to capture that same raw, gritty power and keep it so sexy and sensual. It is everything that a woman is! Now imagine all of that with a touch of New York, that real soul, HIP HOP. City streets, DJ booths, and records, and I’m talking vinyl, not synths and studio tricks!

SHAOLIN JAZZ-DREAM GIRLS is just that! It’s official, it’s the the stuff dreams are made of…..DREAM GIRLS – SHAOLIN JAZZ-DREAM GIRLS, to be exact!

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Sex meets streets, dreams meet reality, SHAOLIN JAZZ-DREAM GIRLS.

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Dequan’s Orthopaedic Bicycle Fund-Raiser Bake Sale

MDM is proud to support this remarkable young man in his journey!

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Dequan was able to ride a bicycle for the first time at the age of 11 and he has been pedaling ever since. The current bike Dequan has was given as a loaner until his new bicycle was approved by his insurance. The insurance has denied the purchase twice but Dequan and his family are determined for him to have it. The bike is for orthopedic & recreation use and is used daily for his physical therapy.

Please support us so that we can help his wish come true.

To place your order call:
240-876-9568
(Pre-Orders Suggested for Guarantee)

Dinner Menu – $12
Fried Fish or Fried Chicken
Sweet Potatoes or Potato Salad
Mac n Cheese
Collard Greens
Corn Bread

Dessert Menu – $2
Cupcakes
Cake Slices
Banana Pudding

Drinks – $1
Homemade Sweet Tea, Lemonade, Soda, and Water

*Dequan and Family thank you in advance for your support*

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HELP YOU HELP ME

How do you help a client, who doesn’t know what they need help with? The first thing you do it listen – somewhere in their conversation is a challenge…one that they may not even know is a challenge. It could be something as small as not knowing what style shoes to wear – or which silverware to use with which course…. in the words of Judge Judy, you have to have your on at all times!

MDM is an expert at listening and HEARING the hidden messages in our clients words….we make the connection and put it all together for you…at MDM Associates – The Difference Is In The Details!