Destination Wedding in the Catskills

A short while ago, I had the opportunity to teach another seminar for the Association of Bridal Consultants ( This time it was hosted by a resort called Carey Conference Center (   in upstate New York. I was so impressed by the location, I wanted to share it with those couples seeking a destination wedding/honeymoon location stateside.

“Picture  your destination weekend wedding at our beautiful country estate, only 27 miles southwest of Albany, New York, overlooking the Catskill Mountains. What a wonderful way to bring families and friends together for a special and memorable occasion.

Why plan for a year and have it last only four hours when you can spend three days together and have exclusive use of our estate at an affordable price. visit our website and take a tour of our property, or give us a call so we show you around in person.”

The wedding weekend usually includes:

…exclusive use of the property

…fine dining, to include the rehearsal dinner

…picturesque wedding ceremony on the estate

…a reception in one of the gardens

…dinner and dancing in the rolling meadow beneath a magnificent white tent

…overnight lodging for the bride, groom, family and guests

The estate also includes:

…walking trails

…Lake Myosotis

…tennis, volleyball, horseshoes, snowshoes, cross-country skiing and fishing

…fitness/recreation room

…beautiful gardens

…fireside settings throughout

…historic Rensselaerville

…golfing and skiing available nearby

Can’t say enough about this venue…call me at 513-742-1645 or email at for more information on pricing and number of guests.

Add a comment April 3, 2013
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Pinterest is Bride’s Best Internet Friend

If it is true that is the bride’s best Internet friend, I decided that I needed to get my boards refreshed and updated. If you log on and go to Joyce Smith, you can see that I am including boards that show the passion that I have for the wedding industry. I started a few months ago with creating a board for a destination client. I let it lay idle for too long, while continuing to see notices that someone was following my boards. So, today I spent time creating new ones.

Head Over Heels has a contemporary peek at headpieces, veils and shoes.  Boy, do I love those shoes!

All About the Back comes from a fashion article on gown trends for 2013. Just look at what the guests will view during the ceremony.

Luck of the Irish comes  with an Emerald Green Wedding..color for 2013

Just let me ( know your thoughts, and what you would like for me to create in the way of a wedding board on

1 comment February 26, 2013

Wedding Industry Education Comes to Ohio

March 15 and 16 is the date set for the ABC Ohio State Meeting to be held in Dayton at the Event Connections on US HWY 35 and Woodman Ave. ( Friday, will be an all day Novice training session for those new to the industry, and Saturday’s agenda will be filled with the best and the brightest speakers in the wedding industry. Five Master Bridal Consultants will share their wisdom on topics we all could use to enhance our businesses. E-mail, the ABC State Coordinator for ABC ( for a registration form. Hurry, don’t miss out on a great weekend.

Add a comment February 20, 2013

Wedding Industry Praises Its Own!

imageRecently I had the privilege of attending the 6th Annual Photographers’ Awards Night hosted by Images by Daniel Michael, Inc. (  In my 20 years as an event planner, this was a first of its type for me… An employee recognizing his employees for a job well done!  The awards were two-fold: humorous and serious, with the presentations ending with the photographer of the Year  for Daniel’s company. Even the guests were engaged in helping with a “People’s Choice” selection of best photo of the year. My choice came in second. I think the vases  may have been stacked!

Kudos go to the Bell Event Centre ( for its fabulous and unique venue and food. And Party Pleasers ( kept the evening on a high note.  Not often as a vendor do we get the opportunity at a party to get down and boogie. I even tried it a few times.

Because I personally like to gussy up now and them,  I was so impressed with the dress code for the evening. Daniel requested that we don our best outfits; and I can say  just about everyone did, with a few exceptions of those that may have missed the cue.

Overall, it was a fantastic evening where we vendors and planners  actually got to be “a guest” at a function. Dinin’, drinkin’ and  dancin’ was all  just for us!

Thanks Daniel..hope to see you next year.

Add a comment January 28, 2013

Sandals’ Caribbean Night

sandals2011 004sandals2011 075If you are seeking a beach location for your destination wedding and/or honeymoon, sign up for our Sandals’ Caribbean Night at the Cincinnati Event Connection in the bridal district on Benson Street set for February 27. Call Joyce to register at 513-742-1645.

Add a comment January 16, 2013

So You Think You Want to Be a Wedding Planner

Class is offered again at University of Cincinnati. Feb. 21-March 7 from 6:30-8:30. Three Thursday sessions. $129 and taught by Master Bridal Consultant, Joyce Smith. Course #1119-01 Call: 513-556-6932 for more information on registration.See past posts for class description.

Add a comment January 16, 2013

Destination Brides Have Expectations

Any bride wanting to have her wedding in a culture other than her home culture expects to retain “the best”. Planning a destination wedding is complicated and includes many seen and unseen details that she knows she doesn’t know. When she comes to us, she will expect us to know what is needed. Our job will be to make her experience as easy and uneventful as possible, just as it would be if she lived in the country she chooses for her wedding. Expectations are critical – yours, hers, the families, the grooms….Fees will need to be discusssed early in the process. Total transparency with everyone involved is mandatory for a successful wedding. Not all couples getting married in the chosen country have traveled there, while some may be very comfortable in that culture. It will be our position to connect up with the international consultants to make our clients feel as comfortable, relaxed and happy as possible.

Who will be responsible for the various decisions? Everyone (client & vendors) needs to be in agreement about the services our clients are expecting, and it is important that they understand exactly what we are offering. Misunderstanding while dealing with great distances can be disastrous for everyone involved. Everything will need to be carefully addressed in a contractual form. Each client should be prepared to sign the agreement, plus providing us with copies of passports and drivers licenses. They may  also be expected to sign a privacy consent.   

With that being said…come to us with your dreams of planning a destination wedding. Contact us: joyce@weddingsunltd,com  or call at 513-742-1645.  


Add a comment October 15, 2012

Weddings in the Countryside of Ireland

It appears that many of my wedding followers love to read my entry on Ireland’s Castles; so I felt it time to mention another fine location in the countryside. The BrookLodge Hotel and Wells Spa.

The BrookLodge Lodge is a four-star luxurious country house hotel situated in beautiful Macreddin village and surrounded by spacious Wicklow Countryside. The hotel is comprised of sixty-six bedrooms, including Junior and Mezzanine suites with all the latest accessories of the 21st  century.  A chapel, seating up to 120 guests is located on the property.

The main restaurant is Ireland’s only certified organic and wild food restaurant and winner to be listed in the Food and Wine Magazine’s Best Leinster  Restaurant.

The Wells Spa is ready to offer the ultimate pleasure of true relaxation to you and your guests. Features include, but not limited to: double treatment rooms, a flotation room, heated relaxation loungers, mud chamber, aroma steam room, indoor-outdoor pool reminiscent of Cleopatra’s days.

With partnerships with some of Ireland’s top event planners, many activities can be arranged for you and your guest’s during their stay at the hotel. Some I would suggest are:

…4×4 off-road driving to view some of Ireland’s great views.

…Organic vs Conventional wine tasting.

…Bubbles & Bubbly Champagne tastings

…All Year Round Barbie (what we call BBQ) at an off site Macreddin Brewery.

And for the adventurous ones:

…Laser skirmishing - a combat simulation

…Rope courses-a team contest with your guests.

2 comments August 28, 2012

Senior Protraits Can Empty Your Wallet

Last fall I had the opportunity to take some awesome senior photos of my granddaughter and her cousin. Both were so happy with the results, and commented that I should advertise and offer this service to other seniors. I am by no means a professional, but do have a passion for photography. Nature is my calling, but I got more inspired to work with people after being the soccer photographer for St. Ursula last year. Those photos ended up in a video, on posters and albums for the players.
Patti Needham of Take-One Productions has been a partner with doctoring up and processing the senior photos. Tell me what you think and if you would like me to take your senior on a local shoot.


2 comments August 16, 2012

Same-Sex Marriages in Ohio Could Boost Industry Economy

A recent article in the Cincinnati Enquirer and Columbus Dispatch (Alan Johnson) reports that if Ohio’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages is overturned, it could likely benefit the state economically in at least one way: more weddings.

According to the 2010 census, half of the almost 20,000 same-sex couples living in Ohio would marry. That would produce about $165 million economic impact over three years in money spent on weddings and wages paid to people like us in the wedding industry. 

Bill Lafayette of Regionomics LLC calculated that up to 740 jobs would be created. The study was commissioned by FreedomOhio, the group backing a proposed 2013 constitutional amendment aimed at rolling back Ohio’s 2004 same-sex marriage ban.  

The above figures are estimates, but think of the impact this would make on our Ohio industry!  Same-sex Weddings would no longer be exported with dollars leaving Ohio. Mayor Michael Bloomberg of NYC shared some same-sex marriage statistics after the first year it was legalized there. “$275 million in economic benefits, including city tax revenue. More than 7000 marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples in the city in the past year.”

To see how your county can be affected, go to

As a Cincinnati wedding planner, I support the movement!

Add a comment August 8, 2012






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