Friday, March 19, 2010

Welcome to the South Shore!

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Allison DeLorenzo, owner and chef at The Plated Gourmet. She just relocated her catering business from Arlington to Norwell. Renovations are nearing completion in the little cape in Queen Anne's Corner where the business will now make its home.

Allison was great to meet. She describes the food as Mediterranean with a French influence. All I can say is YUM! Check out her website at

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Bachelor Wedding

I tuned in eagerly to watch Jason and Molly's wedding last night. It was spectacular.The flowers! The gown! The ballroom with lighting and trees decked with flowering branches! Too bad about the rain.

Can you imagine standing out in the pouring rain, your hair and gown getting soaked (not to mention your guests!) while you exchange vows? Ugh. What happened? Why didn't they have a rain plan?

An outdoor wedding can be wonderful. And there is nothing more personal than having your wedding at your home. I've coordinated beach weddings, garden weddings and weddings on lawns overlooking the ocean. I've also had to move weddings inside or set up a last minute rain tent. What I have not done is sent a bride and groom out into the rain for their ceremony. We always have a backup plan. You just cannot plan an outdoor wedding without one. It's asking for trouble.

There are always unforeseen hiccups in a wedding. And that's why you work with a planner: so that someone else can handle these problems as they arise and you, the bride, groom or family of the happy couple, can enjoy your special day.

The moral of the story: plan for the unexpected.