Tuesday, March 29, 2011


 On Monday, March 21st Baltimore NACE held the seventh annual Uncorked! event. This year’s theme was “A Night of Mystery” and the local designers definitely displayed their talents! Some of the table designs included Phantom of the Opera, Clue, The Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, Ameila Earhart, and the oh so common mystery of the missing sock….I mean really where did it go? LOL!! Overall, it was a great night of food, wine, dancing and a little friendly competition.

We want to say congratulations to the following winners:
Best Interpretation: "Amelia Earhart," by Boutique Events
Most Creative: "Bigfoot," by Crimson & Clover and Artful Weddings by Sachs Photography
Best Overall: "Voodoo," by Table Toppers
People's Choice: "Into the Night," by Perkins Productions
And we can’t forget our honorable mention “The Mystery Machine” by Wessel’s Florists.

This year’s event supported the NACE National, the Baltimore chapter of NACE, as well as, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. For further information on either organization please check out their websites: http://www.baltimorenace.net/  and http://www.mealsonwheelsmd.org/

I want to thank everyone who helped make this event a huge success; we could not have done it without you! Looking forward to next year already!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Thin Bride Syndrome

To help our brides that are interesting in getting fit prior to the wedding we have asked our resident personal trainer to provide some guidance.

So it’s your big day. You have the right venue and you are marrying your best friend but you are worrying about one thing -your body. The fear of looking perfect has plagued many brides causing crazy crash diets that leave may brides feeling faint, irritable, and more stressed.

A panic-induced diet and exercise program is the most commonly seen side effect of Thin Bride Syndrome. Depending on the timeline, it can often be too little too late. Now, I want everyone to understand, I get it. Brides, bridal parties, and moms all want to look good for the wedding day. And I am all for using this day as an inspiration to start living a healthy lifestyle. But dieting and exercising to look better, only to gain the weight back plus a few bonus pounds is a facade.

Why not start “till death do us part” with a lifelong healthy notion? A notion that allows you to be healthier for all occasions because the unfortunate news is weight gain is inevitable.

For my soon to be brides here are a few of my tips to get you started.

Access Yourself

The average weight loss is about 1-2lbs per week. So be realistic with yourself and your goals. Start by evaluating what a healthy weight for you will be and for what goal.

The Time Line

So when is the big day? Are you planning a month, weeks, or a year in advance? Asking yourself this question is important to understand how much time you need. So if you need to lose 50lbs you will probably need about 6 months. So time is important for bridal dinners, food tasting, and an occasional slip up. Set a deadline to reach your goal and stick with it!

Weight Loss = Work

So some gym time is in order. This means devoting a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio three times per week and one hour of strength training for a total of 4.5 hrs a week of physical fitness. The more weight to loss the more time you want to spend on cardio – the more to toning and sculpting for those great arms and back, more time is needed for strength training. Remember when reaching your goal all activities are good. Those occasional walks, random push-ups, and sit-up won’t hurt your goal but a plan will give your real results you can track. Just try to stay active, and cut down on at least the worst of your high-calorie eating habits. Remember old habits breathe old results. Want to make more progress? Then you'll need to push yourself a little harder.

Pump a Little Harder

To stick with the program, increase the intensity of your cardio and strength-training programs every week. Brides should not be afraid of increasing the weight load. This is required to challenge your body and take it past a plateau. DO NOT BELIEVE THE MYTH - strength training does not equal a masculine physique. Rather it equals a higher metabolism – letting you eat a little more :)!

Track Your Progress

Keep track by recording your goals in a journal -- having them in writing is a fantastic motivator.

For example:
Week One: Work out at least twice and be sure to strength train; then also do cardio two times during the week for at least 20 minutes.

Week Two: Repeat your fitness regimen from week one, but add 10 minutes to your two cardio workouts. Also, cut out all soft drinks for the entire week.

As you reach each goal, record it -- you'll find it's not so tough to build on your successes.

Eat Smart

Instead of looking at food choices as another chore, think of smart eating as cheating to good health. Try eating often, from rise till about 2hrs before bed time. Food choices should be full of fruits and veggies. If your diet plan is far from a plan here are some quick and basic suggestions:

• Eat Breakfast, everyday – Breakfast should be balanced and light

• Have health snacks between your 3 major meals. Fruit, nuts, dairy, and veggies are nice snack options

• Lunch think of this meal and your energizer. Push through the day with filling meals, mixing veggies, lean protein, and carbs that fuel you not drag you.

• Dinner. Remember for most dinner ends the day right before primetime television. So if the evening ends on the coach pick meals that are light and full of veggies and protein

• Portions on your plate are for you! Not everyone so remember it’s okay to share, leave things behind, or come back to your favorite foods. This is better than overeating at any meal.

• Water heaps so drink it! Add lemon o try flavored waters to boast your intake.

Stay Positive and Well Rounded

Let’s be real! Putting it all together is hard but doing getting fit last minute, too fast, is harder. So get help! Personal Trainers and fitness experts are the “no it all’s” but there here to make this job easier, safer, and maybe even faster. Putting all the keys in your pocket will make opening the doors very easy on your big day. A complete well rounded approach to your training and diet plan will make the dress sizes come down. Remember ladies, the dress eventually comes off!"

Wauseca Briscoe, MBA, NASM, ACE, AAAI

Health Care Adviser/Wellness Coordinator

Resources: Lori Fisccone, Creator for Bally Bridal Bootcamp, NASM, Fitness Guides

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Guest Etiquette


Please RSVP in a timely fashion, whether through mail or via email. Remember the invitation has an rsvp deadline for a reason, plus you wouldn’t want to miss out a great party would you?

Don’t ask to bring other people

If you receive an invitation for one, chances are it wasn’t a mistake. With the economy the way it is a lot of people are cutting back and unfortunately they cannot invite everyone they would like to. Don’t take it personal, be thankful and prepare to have a great time!

Dress Accordingly

If you are unsure of the attire it doesn’t hurt to ask the host or hostess to get clarification and FYI you can never go wrong with a little black dress ;)

Be on time

With an event like a wedding or corporate party the rule of being fashionably late goes out the window. Keep in mind that there is a schedule that needs to be kept, and having guest arrive late is a huge interruption. Plus let’s be honest, do you really want to be the person on the receiving end of a nasty stare because you came in late?…I didn’t think so LOL.

Thank the host

After all the food and drinks have been served, and you danced your heart out and took tons of pictures to download on Facebook, you realized you had an amazing time. Now is the time to let your host know how much fun you had. You can send a handwritten note through the mail, give them a call or send them a quick email just to say “thanks for a great time, can’t wait till the next event!”


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hidden Treasure ...The Kirkland Conference Center

Are you looking for a great venue for a corporate retreat? Have a lot of out of town guests and want to have everyone on site for your wedding celebration? Look no further than The Kirkland Conference Center. Right off New Hampshire Avenue, this hidden treasure boasts 33,000+ square feet of meeting and event space, has onsite catering, hotel accommodations, a chapel, and so much more. There is something for everybody.

The Kirkland Conference Center is located on the campus of the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland. There meetings spaces all host built in projectors and screens. They have smart classrooms that are ideal for distance learning. With a chapel on site you can get married, host your reception, and have all your guests stay right on site. The hotel accommodations are spacious, clean, and most have terrific views of the 45 acres of land surrounding the Kirkland Conference Center. There are game rooms, basketball courts, a baseball diamond, and more…

Whether you need event space for 5, 750, or anywhere in between, the Kirkland Conference Center has it all.

Contact Sherry Joseph at (301) 628 – 5606 or sjoseph@nlc.edu . She would love to assist you in hosting your conference, retreat, or wedding at The Kirkland Conference Center.

The Kirkland Conference Center at the National Labor College
10000 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20903


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Berry Wedding Photo Shoot


*Photography: LaKaye Mbah

*Make-Up & Barbering: MnE Creative Productions

*Styling: Distinctively Yours Event Management

*Hair: Chiffonia

*Female Model: Carla Turner

*Male Model: Anthony Jenkins


*Select Event Rental (all the linen, base plates, flatware, stemware, china, napkins, napkin rings, chairs)

*After Seven Apparel (dress)

*Radebaugh Florist (centerpieces, brides bouquet, flower in brides hair)

*Preston Stationery (stationery)

Monday, March 7, 2011

We're Engaged!

Finally the big question has been asked, now how should you announce your engagement to your family and friends. Lately the trend has been to announce engagements through Facebook and/or Twitter; its quick, it’s easy, and straight to the point. We’ve all seen the relationship status changes and the congratulatory comments by others in our news feed, but if you’re anything like me you’re probably wondering, why am I finding out this way? Have we gotten so impersonal that we now use technology to share one of the best moments in our lives? Yes, this is a simple way to make your announcement, but it tends to dull down this exciting moment. Listed below is a list of creative ways to share your wonderful news with a more personal touch!
  • Place an ad in the local newspaper
  • Host a party or dinner to make your big announcement
  • Create a video announcement
  • Create a postcard with a photo of the two of you and simply say….We’re Engaged!
  • Announce it at the next holiday or family gathering with a personalized bottle of wine announcing your engagement
Whichever way you decide to announce your special day, have fun with it, and make sure the announcements reflects the two of you!


Baltimore UNCORKED - March 21, 2011

Only TWO WEEKS until the @NACE Baltimore Chapter UNCORKED! 2011 event. Do you have your tickets?

Check out our @Baltimore NACE Uncorked page on Facebook and "LIKE" us today!


Distinctively Yours Event Management will be showcasing several table designs for the event. We hope to see you there!