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8 Tips to Celebrating Outdoors

8 Tips to Celebrating Outdoors

From cocktail hour rooftop soirees and all white poolside parties, to rustic vineyard weddings and picnic style backyard barbecues, I’m sharing “Tara’s Tips” to plan the perfect outdoor event (with extra bonus tips that you may not have thought of 😃) to help you host an outdoor celebration full of style and substance – without a hitch. There’s a nostalgic charm to outdoor events that has a way of brightening spirits and warming hearts. Whether it be the wafting aromas of freshly grilled cuisine, the energizing rays of sunlight peeking through patio shades or the casual breeze as you mill...

6 Must Do’s to Help Newly Engaged Couples Thrive during the Wedding Boom of 2022

6 Must Do’s to Help Newly Engaged Couples Thrive during the Wedding Boom of 2022

2022 is the year of the wedding BOOM, with an expectation of over 2.6 million weddings to take place – a record 40-year-high! In addition to this resurgence, there are still the repercussions of the COVID carryover of postponed weddings from the past two years placing extraordinary demands on current availability and access.  Imagine weddings being on pause and, suddenly, the world pressing the “play” button all at once – then, fast-forwarding through 2 years of pent-up wedding industry demand. I don’t want to make it seem like the sky is falling (not even the ceiling😄), but the reality is...

“Say I Do” to The Top Wedding Trends for 2022

“Say I Do” to The Top Wedding Trends for 2022

  One of the top 2022 wedding trends that I’m loving is INDIVIDUALITY! Increasingly, couples are casting aside traditional wedding conventions, making their own mark, and placing greater emphasis on customizations that are unique expressions of their love.  This compelled me to write today’s blog, “Say I Do” to The Top Wedding Trends for 2022: Style, Decor and Entertainment Trends that Celebrate Individuality.” This year, it thrills me to see an emergence of couples choosing progressive, extraordinarily imaginative themes, and incorporating engaging activities to make their wedding a truly inclusive, guest-centric experience. These bold statement makers are breaking the mold...

Exquisite 50th Birthday Nassau Bahamas

Exquisite 50th Birthday Nassau Bahamas

“Living My Life Like It’s Golden”: Reflections From Tara Melvin’s 50th Birthday Celebration in Nassau Bahamas + 5 Tips to Create Your Very Own Caribbean Birthday Tribute My 50th birthday celebration (also featured on PARTYSLATE) is a moment in time that will indelibly be etched in my mind. As I reflect back to my remarkable 5-day birthday getaway, the memories elicit feelings of gratitude, joy, and, most of all, reverence. I am truly blessed to live a life that I prayed for, and, most of all, planned for.  Party planning being my superpower, it was only natural for me to...

3 Things to Consider about COVID when Planning a Wedding

3 Things to Consider about COVID when Planning a Wedding

At a time when coming together is more important than ever, COVID-19 (and its variants) is playing a significant role in what the future of wedding planning might look like. What’s paramount during this time is for me to help couples navigate this uncharted territory with standards that ensure we all stay safe and healthy – as well as happy. If you are at a loss for where to start and unsure of what to do, pause. Do not fall prey to the perils of this pandemic, but instead be positive. Focus on moving forward with a plan! BE AWARE:...

What Will it Cost to Plan a Wedding in 2022!

What Will it Cost to Plan a Wedding in 2022!

It is that pinnacle time of year, engagement season! From Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day, the most celebrated holidays, is the time when couples get engaged and embark on a new chapter of their lives. For most Couples, it is their first time getting married and even if it is not, the burning question of knowing how much to spend on their wedding is puzzling.  In this blog, I will provide you with useful pieces of practical advice to will cost to plan a wedding in 2022 with a realistic outlook for big ticket items and how the pandemic  has affected...