“Back Stabbers” A Book Review!

“Back Stabbers” A Book Review!  One of my favorite book series is the ‘Country Club Mystery Series’ by the talented Julie Mulhern.

If you’ve yet to read any of Mulhern’s books, you’re doing yourself a disservice.  “Back Stabbers” is the eighth book in the series, and my favorite.  I don’t know how Mulhern does it, but each book gets just a little bit better, a little bit more interesting, a little bit funnier.  Yes, funnier.  Because even though the series is about a 1970’s socialite/mother/painter, she is incredibly funny; laugh out loud funny.  I think Ellison and I would be great friends.  I’d enjoy solving a mystery or two with her, and laughing.

If you’re interested in pre-ordering, you can click on either link below.  You won’t have to wait long for your book to arrive!  The book debuts Tuesday October 23, 2018.  If you order an e-book, it will arrive automatically to your device on that date.

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So what is this book about?  You may ask.  Well, just take a look at Barnes and Noble’s website description:

“All Ellison Russell wanted was an update on her stock portfolio. Instead, she found her broker dead.

With an unexpected out-of-town guest at her house, Ellison is too busy for a murder investigation. Only this time, Detective Anarchy Jones wants her help, and she can’t deny the handsome detective. Can Mr. Coffee supply her with enough caffeine to keep her brain sharp and everyone else happy?

Juggling bodies (one, two, three, four), two-faced friends, her social calendar, and a cat (yes, a cat) is taxing but Mother might be the biggest challenge of all.

With a killer drawing closer, can Ellison put together the pieces or will she be the one getting stabbed in the back?”

Below, the beautiful author Julie Mulhern.

And what would my wedding blog be without a wedding photo of the lovely Julie and her new husband many moons ago?  🙂   Love her dress and hair!

 

Wedding Disasters, Natural and Otherwise…

Wedding disasters, natural and otherwise…are you prepared?

You can look at the weather, and plan for the inclement.  You can call all your vendors and try to make sure all are on-point.  But no matter how much you plan, there is usually something at every wedding that strikes the  unexpected cord.

Take the royal weddings for example.  Below, we have a photo of Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding to Philip of Greece.  The then Princess  Elizabeth had her heart set on wearing her Grandmother’s Fringe Tiara.  But as she was putting the finishing touches on her wedding ensemble, including the tiara, the tiara frame broke. Who would have known?  The royal jeweler was called in, and it was repaired, rather imperfectly.  If you look closely at the tiara, you’ll see it’s slightly off kilter.

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What about the wedding of Prince Charles to the Lady Diana Spencer?  When saying her vows, she flubbed his many names and said them out of order.  Oh well, what are you going to do?  It mattered not.  They were still married.

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On a more serious note, what to do when there is a medical crisis at a wedding?  I have had to call an ambulance only once at one of my weddings.  It was for a vendor, which raises a crisis situation all it’s own.  Who covers when a vendor is unable to fulfill his duties?  This is something you may want to look for in the contract the vendor asks you to sign. Is a contingency provision outlined in case of a medical or natural disaster?

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The biggest, unexpected problem I have at weddings is with deluxe portable-potties.  There always seem to be some sort of issue… water not turning off, smells, power not turning on.  Be prepared if you have a venue which requires porta-potties, and know whom to call if service is needed.

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Weather is your great unknown.  All you can do is prepare for the worst case scenario.  You can’t change the weather by sheer worrying.  Your take-away for this?  Worry about what you can change, and prepare for, not about what you can’t.

 

More… “How To Be A Good Wedding Host”

I have written quite a few blog posts on being a good ‘Wedding Guest’, but thought it was time for another post on “How to Be a Good Wedding Host”.  It is not hard.  I don’t think I have worked with a bride yet who hasn’t been thoughtful and considerate of her guests’ comfort.  But sometimes, it’s a good idea to check-in with some on-line resources, (such as this blog!  🙂  ), and you may run across something you haven’t thought of yet.

The next five photos are mine from a lovely “Camp” wedding I was the ‘Day of Event’ Planner for.  The bride and groom thought of everything.  Above, the female guests are invited to choose a pair of flip flops in case their party shoes began to pinch when it came time for the dancing to begin.

It was a lovely warm day, but as day turned to night, it DID get a little chilly.  Not to worry!  The wedding hosts had a basket at the ready with shawls to borrow if needed.

And why would I post the photo above?  Because the bride and groom at this wedding thought of everything.  They had an elderly grandfather, (we should all be so lucky!), and wanted to insure that he had an exceptionally comfortable seat with the dark chair above.

Serving ice cold drinks in the late summer heat?  How about a cozy to keep that beverage cold, and your hands comfortable?

With an outside wedding, you just might encounter a pesky mosquito or two.  Never fear, the wedding couple had bug spray conveniently located for their guests.  I love the novelty of it hanging in the tree.

This photo was from a wedding last summer.  When guests walked into the wedding venue area, they were greeted with a cocktail to keep them cool as they waited for the lovely couple to make their appearance.

And finally… you may not always have this option, but if you anticipate a hot day for your outdoor wedding, try to choose a time of day when it will not be as hot, and place your guests’ chairs in the shade it there is any.

Feel free to send me ideas you have used for your own wedding to make your guests comfortable!

Unusual Wedding Veils

Unusual Wedding Veils… Wedding Dresses move in trends. Remember the “Mermaid” gown? In the 50’s, tea-length wedding dresses were all the rage.  But what about wedding veils? The biggest trend I see these days regarding wedding veils, is brides are choosing NOT to wear them.  I find this a little sad.  To me, the wedding veil makes a bride look like a bride.  But remember, there is no right or wrong when it comes to a bride’s attire; just what YOU like.

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But…enter onto the world stage, Meghan Markle, the newly minted Duchess of Sussex.  When I think of her wedding attire, what stands out for me is her fabulous veil.  Her wedding gown was very elegant, but was almost too plain.  But the dramatic veil she wore sky-rocketed her ensemble to the level she needed as a royal bride.

Not sure about the above veil.  I think one would have to be careful with the gold.  It would be a limiting color scheme, although it IS beautiful.

How about the veil below?  While dramatic, I think it over-powers the bride’s dress.  It’s just too much.

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The above veil would definitely require a dress that was simple in design, like Meghan’s was.  It doesn’t appear to me that was this bride’s choice.  Too much of a good thing in my opinion.

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This veil is along the same lines of Ms. Markle’s.  Bigger than life, coupled with a simple, yet elegant gown.  I like the look.

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Directly opposite to the last photo, is the gown and veil above.  Wow!  Talk about over the top. While it’s awe-inspiring, it’s just too much for my taste.

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The last photo above, is my favorite.  It combines just the right amount of umph to an classic, unadorned gown.