happy birthday, dear blog…

Today is our planning…forever events blog 5th birthday. Which in blogging years that’s about 35 years.

Now with so many wedding bloggers, it can be over stimulating to say the least. But I embrace them all! Because every reader wants something different.

Here’s our blogging philosophy:

  1. We love to show photos from our REAL weddings first, before scraping another photo.
  2. Humor will always be used. Because planning weddings isn’t curing cancer.
  3. Keep it real. What else?
  4. REAL tips that you can use to help your wedding go smoother.
  5. Always provide general info and wedding goodness for people that live in our Tri State area. We love looking at outdoor, rustic, weddings set for 40 people in the wine country. But that is hard to translate here in our hot, humid summers.
  6. We love a little controversy and tongue in cheek. See #2.
  7. Shorter the posts, the better.
  8. We don’t do inspiration boards. It’s not our thing. There are enough bloggers that do it better than we would.
  9. It’s not a necessity to blog every single day, or a three day week schedule. Instead, when there is something to say then … here comes a blog post.
  10. We love comments and wish you would more often.

Thank you for reading, dear reader. We puffy heart you.

p.s. Tomorrow there will be some super cool news that we want to share with you!

p.p.s. Is it suppose to be p.p.s. or p.s.s. ? I think the former.

plan on!


official wedding planners for the bachelor ABC 25

Okay… We are not the official wedding planners for the show ABC The Bachelor, but we could be. Here are the requirements:

  • Full payment for our services (which are non-refundable) and are required at the end of The Final Rose ceremony. No exceptions.
  • Mandatory full psychiatric testing to ensure that you are indeed, of sound mind. Although you actually being on the show would prove the opposite.
  • You will agree to not have the wedding outside, even for TV ratings like The Bachelor Jason and Molly’s wedding. Saying your vows in the rain is only cute if you’re wearing shorts and a t-shirt.
  • Whomever cancels the wedding agrees to spend a year with the Unicef organization donating your time to the underprivileged women and children in Guinea, Africa. Those people actually have problems and challenges. Perhaps this will give your life, a much needed perspective.

plan on!

…BEST LOVE movies…(but just the last 30 minutes)

This weekend is Valentine’s weekend….lots of love in the air. Including on TV. Today I caught some of the best love movies…just the last 30 minutes. You know the BIG ending that no matter if you watched the whole movie or not, it can make you tear up or clap with happiness.

So here are my picks…

Dirty Dancing – “Nobody puts Baby in the corner”… the last 30 minutes Baby shows courage, stands up to her father and finally has the guts to do that running flying thing in the air for Johnny Castle (sigh, Patrick Swayze) to catch her. Didn’t your heart just jump a little with excitement?

An Officer and a Gentlemen – Even though the last 30 minutes of this film does show Sid Worley killing himself because of his lying, trashy girlfriend; it also includes an awesome kick-boxing fight between Mayo (sigh, Richard Gere) and Sgt. Foley. But the BEST part, is when Mayo struts into that paper factory and picks up the love of his life, Paula, (literally) while wearing his “dress whites” (double sigh). Heart is still skipping….

Maid in Manhatten – What is not to like? We have a Hispanic and sassy maid, Marisa Ventura, who has met the love of her life, Christopher Marshall (sigh, Ralph Fiennes) but they are from two very different worlds. With the help of Marisa’s cutie-pie son, they are reunited for a superior passionate kiss. Reaching for the tissues…

Sixteen Candles – A quirky movie that brings us back to the pains of high school friendships, relationships, partying and ignorant peer pressure. Quite a cult classic and a little drawn out, the last 30 minutes is eventful! Samantha Baker, the heroine finally gets her man, Jake Ryan (sigh, Michael Schoeffling) as she leaves her sister’s wedding. Extra points for the hideous bridesmaid dress she had to wear and the awesome sports car Jake was leaning against.

Pretty Woman – Is there any need to explain this one? Call girl (nice word for hooker) Vivian Ward, gets the whole “fairy tale” she always dreamed of when Edward Lewis (sigh, Richard Gere) climbed the fire escape (even though he is deathly afraid of heights). Extra points for Vivian who make us all aware that girls who get paid for sex still have dreams, morals and ideals for their lives.

I’m sure I have missed LOTS of great movies that all the action happens in the last 30 minutes…. what’s your favorite?

watch on!


a little Christmas poem …

Guest blogger …

Craig Sumsky, Director of Cutting Edge Entertainment
Twitter: cuttingedgedjs


‘Twas the night before Christmas, when he asked for her hand,

And shortly thereafter a wedding was planned.

They first looked at places for a reception so grand,

Then pondered the question “A DJ or Band?”

They wanted things festive, classy and fun,

And with that thought in mind the search had begun.

They first shopped for bands and their music was nice,

But they took pause to book them because of the price.

So they met with a DJ and booked him with haste,

With a wide range of music for everyone’s taste.

So they planned and they planned for the big wedding day,

And they picked out the songs for the DJ to play.

The DJ had all of the tunes that they chose,

With the radio versions that everyone knows.

And when the time came for the big wedding night,

The DJ introduced them and said the names right.

The guests all were dancing and then danced some more,

And they danced the whole evening til’ their feet were sore.

And when it was over, and the music was done,

The guests all agreed it was sure lots of fun.


Thank you Craig, that was an awesome poem!

happy holidays everyone!

ten reasons why santa sucks…

Christmas is an enigma to me because I never grew up celebrating it. And since it’s been awhile since I bummed you out by poking fun at this hectic and crazed holiday…

Ten reasons why I think Santa sucks

Santa is not the healthiest dude. In this day and age, when The Biggest Loser is one of the most watched TV shows on prime time and a President who is promoting a healthier lifestyle by setting the right example, in December we celebrate and an extremely overweight and facially unkempt old man. I love that we are cutting a little slack to the elderly, personally I plan on putting on an extra 20 lbs and wearing it proudly in my twilight years. But we all know that  “fat” around the middle is one of the most unhealthiest areas to gain additional weight. Santa is about 2 chocolate chip cookies away from stroking out in some unsuspecting child’s living room.

Santa is an animal abuser. You would think that after all these years, Santa would retire the reindeer:  Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolf (yes, I had to look those names up). How old do you think they are? Like a gazillion years? Those poor little reindeer have wore their little hooves to the quick and deserve to chew on grass in a pasture that is warmer than the North Pole. Besides, after doing ALL the work on Christmas Eve and pulling that jolly, ‘ole, fat dude — their backs, DEFINITELY need a break.

Santa is discriminatory. I know that I can’t put a bunch of people’s names on a list and walk around touting that they are “bad” or “good”. Seems to me it’s a lot like a Mafia hit list and completely unfounded. Who’s to say who is bad or good? Why are we listening to a man who has no children. (Don’t get me started on the elves, that’s just weird).

Santa pretends he’s poor. I know he wears JUST that red suit, belt buckle and funky hat/shoes every single year as if he can’t afford to go out and buy a new wardrobe. But think about it.  This guy has more marketing products that sell his name, face and goods. Santa has GOT to be getting some unaccounted residuals and probably making him some serious bank.

Santa is a recluse. Look, this guy comes out ONCE a year. ONCE. For 24 hours. Don’t you find that odd and a bit creepy? What goes on up there at the North Pole? This country is not tolerant of super private groups, remember Waco and Neverland Ranch? I’m surprised the Feds haven’t made a visit.

Santa is taking over other holidays. We get so pumped up for Christmas (well, retailers) that Christmas decorations are starting to come out around Halloween. I think it’s a little selfish of Santa. What next? We’ll be singing Deck the Halls while watching a fireworks display on the Fourth of July?

Santa is not eco-friendly. Christmas pine trees, plastic decor, lights sucking wasteful energy and tons of wrapping paper that get used one time. I rest my case.

Santa appears to be uneducated. He really has a limited vocabulary. “Ho-Ho-Ho”, “Meeeeerrrrry Christmas”, “Have you been bad or good little girl/boy?”. I’d like to find out his thoughts on the theory of relativity or the crisis in the Middle East.

Santa is a sexist husband. Talk about keeping women in the dark ages. He doesn’t even take Mrs. Claus out for a sleigh ride. She doesn’t even have a first name! Nope, she’s just the little woman who stays home and cooks his meals.

Santa encourages lying. Don’t be hatin’, cause you know it’s true. That fat, jolly dude couldn’t walk on a roof much less fly down the chimney. But that’s what we tell our kids.

featured photo credit: pfe iPhone

Merry Christmas! *snicker*