Katie Couric is Calling all Brides-to-be!!!!!


Are you planning your big day or did you just get engaged and have a ton of questions about your wedding day?! Well you’re in luck because this February, Katie will host an hour long wedding show where the audience will be filled with ALL brides-to-be!

Whether you’ve been engaged for months or just a few days, get your ticket requests in for this wedding show! The ticket maximum is two (2) for this show and all tickets are for brides-to-be only so visit www.katiecouric.com/tickets to request tickets for Katie’s wedding show! Hurry because invites will be sent out first-come-first-served and you won’t want to miss this!

Happy New Year!!


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! I’m not a resolution kinda girl.  Yes, I could stand to lose my last 10 pounds and read more books that aren’t just about weddings but I figure, all in due time.  Instead, I choose to reflect on the year prior, listing both the learning lessons and accomplishments, and that is what I try to build on in the new year.   Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from 2012.

IMG-20120228-00329SocialBFly participated in the first bridal showcase hosted by Weddings For Heroes – a NJ charitable organization that provides dream weddings to Combat wounded military personnel, Combat Veterans and active duty military facing hardships at no cost to them. Did I mention this was also our first time participating as a vendor in a bridal showcase?  See more from this experience in SocialBFly About Town: Weddings for Heroes Bridal Showcase.

We were featured and included as a contributing author in the 2012 wedding book: Insiders Know-how: Planning Your Perfect Wedding.  We were honored to be listed among some of our esteemed wedding colleagues including Ariane Fisher of Storymix Media and Desiree Mondesir of Desired Assistance Weddings.  The e-book is currently available on Amazon.  Why not, read an excerpt.

The presidential race wasn’t the only race being run in 2012.  We were fortunate to be included in the Wedding Industry Experts annual Wedding Planner of the Year competition and you voted us #1 in Roselle Park (Union County). I know I’ve said it before but, Thanks guys…you make a girl feel good!

Looking back at our year in numbers – 14 events and special projects were flawlessly executed and 27 new blogs were posted on Behind the Veil, Beyond the Vows – our most popular post of the year was Hostess How-To: Setting The Perfect Table for A Dinner Party. We ended the year with 188 LIKES on our Facebook page, 1458 followers on twitter, and 142 amazing inspiration boards on Pinterest.  Thanks to everyone that makes our social media efforts worthwhile!

Last but not least, 2012 also marked the second straight year that SocialBFly has been Wedding Wire rated!  Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

This is where we will build from in the new year.  2013 has an exciting horizon and we promise there is more in store for our readers, partners and clients.  Look out for our new website coming in February as well as our series of NJ and PA wedding workshops, feature guest bloggers, and bridal showcase appearances throughout the tri-state area.  Stay tuned…if you aren’t following us, you really should be.

We’re also happy to welcome new couples N&T, P&R, N&D, and L&B into the SocialBFly family and are looking forward to being a special part of their 2013 nuptials.

So cheers to a 2013 that is filled with enormous success, energy and gratitude….and, CHEERS to love!!  Happy New Year!

xoxo, tasheea

Pollen-Proofing Your Wedding Day

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I don’t know about you but my allergy symptoms usually start around March, last until mid April, and are unforgivable.  I spend most spring days alternating between sneezing until I’m winded and blowing my nose just to relieve the sinus pressure building on my brain.  And I’m not alone – it’s estimated that some 14 million people also suffer the same runny,  watery, itchy, scratchy, pressurized existence that I do and fall and spring  – the peak allergy seasons – show them no mercy.  If you’re one of those people and are planning your wedding, be it set for any time of the year, the following are some tips to minimize the possibility of your nose interfering with your “I do’s”:

Okay, no-brainer here but your biggest allergy trigger will come from your wedding flowers.  It’s not so much the fragrance of a flower that makes us sneeze but rather the pollen.  Large, brightly colored flowers such as roses, daffodils or daisies have large pollens that are too heavy to be airborne and therefore, less likely to cause allergies. Here are a few wedding flowers that you can use for your wedding that have low pollen. Other low pollen flowers that would be suitable for bridal bouquets, bridegroom boutonnieres, and other floral embellishments, include:

  • Spray Roses – Tiny roses with less than 10 tiny heads on each stem. They grow in a huge variety of different colors and have a light fragrance.
  • Begonias – An odorless evergreen flower that can come in a variety of colors, including pink, yellow, red, orange, white, and a rose color.
  •  Camellias – A pollen free flower that has a very light fragrance and grows naturally in shades of white, red, or pink.
  •  Orchids – A beautifully radiant and durably versatile flower that grows in over 25,000 species; all of which are edible.

Other floral alternatives include using dried or silk flowers or perhaps, a brooch bouquet but if you are a traditional bride and real flowers are a must, I’ve read tips that suggest using the freshest flowers available help minimize the amount of pollen that is released.

Yet, in anticipating all potential allergy triggers, couples should think “beyond the bouquet”.   If the wedding or reception is to be held on a lawn, I’d suggest that the lawn be mowed two to three days ahead of time by a really good mower with an even better grass catcher.  Other nasal symptoms can be caused by everyday non-allergic triggers in the environment — such as hairspray, smoke, perfume, strong odors.  No, this doesn’t mean that couples should avoid topping off their look with a good scent but you may want to limit just how much, especially if it’s a new scent and you aren’t sure how you’ll react to it.

When it comes to allergies and weddings the best plans don’t always account for and stand up to mother nature – ragweed can be a you know what – so you’ll want to make sure that your wedding emergency kit includes moisturized tissues and a no-dose allergy medication just in case all precautionary measures fail .  Drink plenty of water to keep the toxins, uh, “flowing”.  Rinse and repeat.

Are you an allergy sufferer who planning their big day?  What precautionary measures are you taking to avoid the “A-choo” when its time to say “I Do!” ? 

The B Side: Intern Sushi

photo credit: internsushi.com

As a small business owner, you know that if you want to grow your business you’re going to need help.  And, as your business grows it will become increasingly harder for you to play the role of CEO, CFO, Creative Director, Executive Assistant, Personal Assistant AND Office Manager.

But when it comes to help, the reality for many small business owners is that hiring a staff of full-time employees just isn’t a reality.  If your budget doesn’t allow for full-time staff, I’ve found  interns to be a very useful and fulfilling alternative.  The question then becomes, where does one find the right talent for his or her business needs?.

Enter, Intern Sushi.

Intern Sushi reinvents the internship application and hiring process to connect the brightest and most talented interns with leading companies in the hardest-to-break-into industries.  The site replaces the traditional paper resume with a digital profile and showcases an internship application dashboard, which tracks every step of the application and hiring process. With an array of organizational and time-saving features, Intern Sushi simplifies, accelerates and elevates traditional hiring procedures.

A statement on their website explains the philosophy behind the name :  It’s simple. The attributes of a great intern match the attributes of sushi. When you choose a sushi restaurant you often consider quality, variety, presentation, sophistication and innovation. You never see a messy plate of sushi. We stress the importance of being raw and transparent to display exactly who you are and what you can do. We encourage interns to be picky about where they intern and companies about who they hire.

Intern Sushi is currently in beta version and sign up for hiring companies is free but there’s no telling how long it will remain that way so create your company’s online profile today!

3 Tips for Writing Thank You Cards

After the cake has been eaten, the champagne has been toasted and the guests have gone home, there’s still one significant task left to do and it’s arguably the most difficult.  I’m talking about sending the ‘Thank You’ cards.  It’s non-optional and it’s not a sexy job – just ask any bride or hostess who has endured it.  Hopefully the following tips (and a bottle of wine) will help simplify the process a little.

  • BLANK IS BEST.  Customized messages are the best messages.  Make the most of a ‘beautifully monogrammed on the outside but blank on the inside’ card to create a meaningful and heartfelt message of thanks.
  • SHORT AND SWEET. Remember, this task involves writing, and addressing, dozens upon dozens of personalized messages.  If ever there was a word of advice I could give, it would be to “K.I.S.S”  – Keep It Simple Sweetheart.  You don’t have to write a book to get your point across so keep your thank you cards sweet and to the point. If you’re writing a short novel for each one you’ll have carpal tunnel syndrome before you finish the first fifteen.
  • SIGN WITH THE TIMES.  There’s a good chance that you’ll receive gifts from the moment you announce your engagement until well after you’ve said your “I Do’s” – a note of ‘thanks’ should be sent for every single one.  Wedding gifts that arrive before your wedding date should be acknowledged immediately while thank you’s for any gifts received during or after the wedding should be sent within two weeks after returning from the honeymoon.  When signing off on your cards keep in mind that notes sent prior to the wedding date should be worded to include both the first and last names of the couple (ex. Mr. Christopher Michael Jones and Ms. Anne Davis). Thank you cards sent after the wedding can use the couple’s married (ex. Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Michael Jones).

If you’re finding yourself with a case of writer’s block, try to apply this method to the process:

  • Mention your spouse’s name
  • Mention the gift
  • Tell them what you enjoy about their gift or briefly say how you will use the gift

We want to hear from our readers:  Do you have more tips and tricks for sending thank you cards or getting over writer’s block? Leave a comment below.

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Etsy Find: Glass Slippers

Any girl would dream of being Cinderella if the missing shoe was this T.L.C. Creation made from recycled and repurposed materials.

This exciting design has shards of broken glass over the toes and lots of crystals on the heels.  The sides of the shoes are covered with a collage of glass, pearl and Swarovski crystal embellishments.

And just like Cinderella’s shoe was made specifically for her foot, you too can customize your glass slipper with or without the spikes. You also have the option of requesting shorter spikes (1/2 inch spikes instead of one inch long spikes).

They have a 5 1/2 inch stilleto heel and are available in UK size 3-8 which will fit US size 5 -10 or EU 36 -41.

Available for $575.oo

Photo provided courtesy of etsy.com