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It’s Bridal Show Season!!!

August 9, 2017
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Well that special time of year has come……

IT’S BRIDAL SHOW SEASON!! 

The biggest and most well known event in our area for more than two decades is Bridal Spectacular, and we are so excited to be there again at

Booth #109 this August 18th and 19th.

Bridal conventions and show are a great opportunity to get some serious day dreaming and planning done in a short amount of time, but with all those vendors and attendants the job can be a bit over whelming.

So we’ve put together some tips on how to get the most out of your time there.

HAVE A PLAN

When you first walk on to the bridal show floor it can be a little bit overwhelming. The space is gigantic, the crowds can be crazy and there are literally hundreds of different vendors there that provide dozens of different wedding services- from caterers to makeup artist……they are all going to be there.  

Have an idea of your the colors you are loving at the moment. Are you wanting to be a spring bride and planning for possible showers or envisioning your first kiss under the trees as the fall colors change to deep reds and yellow? 

What about your budget? Is this something that you and your partner are going to foot the bill for? How many guests are you thinking? A small ceremony with a few dozen guests enjoying an intimate dinner? Or a rocking party with hundreds taking over the dance floor.

It will help you tremendously to keep some of these things in mind. 

ENLIST YOUR A TEAM

Unless you’re planning private and romantic elopement  (which so many of our clients do as well) you’re almost guaranteed to have a “team” or “squad” of people in your life that want to be part of your day and will do just about anything to see you and your future spouse happy at your wedding.  

Whether it’s your mom, aunt, cousins, soon-to-be-mother/sister-in-law, best girlfriend or……heck……even your brother or dad!!!!! Make these folks feel special and ask for their help and support. Walking up and down the seemingly endless aisles can be intimidating and daunting to say the least- having people by your side, who love you and have been filled in on your vision for the wedding will help keep you focused and eliminate a lot of the of the extra noise. 

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS 

In the days leading up to the bridal show, before you even step foot in the convention center, think of what you are going there for. Great questions to ask your self are “What have I already got planned/booked/paid a deposit on?” , “What am I still missing?” , “What is my over all budget?” and “What are my “splurge” items/services?

By asking your self these questions (and really thinking about the answers) you can save a HUGE amount of time and focus your efforts at the bridal show.  If you’ve already booked your dream photog, then you can easily eliminate a few booths. If you are ordering a delicious custom cake to be delivered from your favorite bakery in your home town, then make sure to keep that in mind.

MAKE REAL CONNECTIONS

As has been mentioned, there are A LOT of vendors to see and people to meet at these mega shows, there is absolutely no possible way you are going to get to know and connect with all of them. 

Just like a networking event it’s easy to make your rounds at a bridal show, shake plenty of hands, collect lots of business cards and then get home to start looking over your look and realize you don’t even remember any of those names or what it is that they do.Makeup In The 702 Lipstick Bar-Casey Jade Photography

Once you’ve asked your self about your budget, time line, colors, theme- make the most of your time by focusing on the vendors that meet your remaining needs but are also people you genuinely like!!! As there are dozens of different services offered to brides there are also dozens of different personalities, its important to work with vendors that you vibe with. Those that see the vision for your special day. 

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS 

In the days leading up to the bridal show, before you even step foot in the convention center, think of what you are going there for. Great questions to ask are “What have I already planned/booked/paid a deposit on?” , “What am I still missing?” , “What is my over all budget?” and “What are my “splurge” items/services?

By asking your self these questions (and really thinking about the answers) you can save a HUGE amount of time and focus your efforts at the bridal show.  If you’ve already booked your dream photog, then you can easily eliminate a few booths. If you are ordering a delicious custom cake to be delivered from your favorite bakery in your home town, then make sure to keep that in mind.

 

ENJOY YOUR SELF!!!

There are countless resources- be they magazines, blogs, forums or bridal shows- go mine through while you are planning your wedding. It is important to remember what the whole celebration is about. While planning a fabulous party is always at the front of mind the most vital part of this experience is remembering that two people who love each other endlessly are coming together to celebrate that devotion. 

Don’t rush it. Don’t stress it. Take a breath and take it all in. These moments will absolutely fly by, so be sure to slow down and absorb the moment that you are currently in. 

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DIY Bridal Shower With A Little Help From My Friends

August 18, 2015
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Picture3First and foremost I must admit I am no planner or event stylist but planning this bridal shower was so much fun I just may rethink my career. Just kidding!  I could not have done it without a little help from my friends!  Photographer Matthew Schenk from MPlace Productions, Kathryn Starrett, Catering Director, Siena Golf Club,   Tiffany Scheree Jones from Peridot Sweets, Cake and favors, Flowers from Trader Joes and of course hair and makeup for the beautiful bride to be from Makeup in the 702, favors from Williams Sonoma Designer and of course the wonderful staff at the Siena Golf Club.

A few months ago we blogged about Kylie and Jace’s engagement session with Mackenzie Taylor. Today I’m here to share Kylie’s bridal shower.

Since their wedding is in Pensacola, Florida and of course we are in the desert, I wanted to bring a bit of the beach to them with the table design and decor for the room. My inspiration for the color scheme came from the goldfish which when I started planning I knew would be the main focal point.

I accented the table with white flowers, skipping stones and orange candles to carry along the orange theme. Of course this theme was carried through on the gift table, cake table and the brunch buffet.

Throughout the planning process Kathryn kept in contact with me always willing to lend advice and a helping hand. During setup no only did she help but offered glass wear, cake stand and valuable advice to help keep my vision in line.

Thank you to all that helped make Kylie’s day as success! Stayed dialed in for Kylie & Jace’s wedding premiering in late September. Until then you can see all of us including Kylie at the Bridal Spectacular bridal show on August 21 and 22 at Cashman center. Makeup in the 702 will be sponsoring the hair and makeup for the fashion show and showing the latest trends for your wedding day. See you there booth #533!

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It’s your day! Have fun!

August 7, 2015
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Summer is engagement season and wedding season is in full swing in Las Vegas.  This time of year is always a thrill for us as we gear up for the Bridal Specular  on August 21 and 22.  We get to meet so many planning couples this time year and get to hear so many great love stories so now is the perfect time for us to pause to take a look at a real life wedding. These photos are amazing and tell a story in and of themselves, they also remind us of the reason all of us at Makeup in the 702 do what we do!  No one tells a great love story better than a blushing beautiful bride here’s what Denise shared with us about her day and her groom.

We met on Match.com 7 months ago and have been inseparable ever since…we knew we were perfect for each other in the first few weeks and knew we were meant to be…he proposed under a tree, at our favorite park surrounded by fireflies…

We wouldn’t have gotten married any other way…he had always said if he got married, it’d be in Vegas, by Elvis and that was exactly what I wanted!  The helicopter was a double bonus to boot!!!  We had so much fun, even we couldn’t believe how awesome it was.

My advice to couples is: if you’re gonna get married, elope!!! Do the wedding for yourselves and no one else. It is YOUR day and it should be fun and stress free!!! If you want to include family and friends in your happiness, celebrate throwing a party for them later…

If you’re planning your day please stop by our booth #533 at the Bridal Spectacular on August 21 & 22 we’d love to meet you and hear your love story!

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Orange Soda Photography The “Pop n Fizz” in Photography

May 15, 2015
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Can I just start by saying how much fun it is to work with Orange Soda Photography!  Chris and Alicia are as cool as an ice cold orange soda on a hot summer day.  They make you forget you are even at work.  During a photoshoot there is little time to really get to know the backstory of all of the incredible people we get to work with in Las Vegas so we are truly grateful today to be able to share a little bit with you about Chris and Alicia from Orange Soda Photography.

I asked Chris and Alicia to share a little bit about their business and a memorable experience they have had with Makeup in the 702 and this is what they had to say.

We are a husband and wife team here at Orange Soda Photo. We both owned our own photography business before we met. We met at a wedding show in 2008 and it was true love at first sight. We knew we belonged together so we immediately combined our businesses and Orange Soda Photography was born. Photography is all we do, and we have a great passion for the field of photography, continually trying to improve our knowledge and skill.

We have had the privilege of working often with Make Up in the 702, however, one of our most memorable experiences together was when we used Make Up in the 702 for our own maternity session. We are so accustomed to working together on events, that it was an awesome experience to be the one being pampered. They did an incredible job on Alicia’s hair and make up, and only solidified even more why we love them so much.”

 

What would you like a planning couple to know about Orange Soda Photography?

We love everything we do. For us, every aspect of this is positive. We get to meet cool and fun people who are excited about their wedding, or their creative portrait or family session. We get to photograph and experience people coming together to celebrate and share with each other and then we get to edit those images and deliver them to excited people who always love their images. How can you not love doing something like that?”

Do you think people have misconceptions about professional photography?

The most common misconception is that people think they’re not photogenic, when in reality is has more to do with the photographer, lighting and posing than the subject.

One of the statements we often hear is usually a variation of “I really don’t like my photo being taken” or I don’t look good in photographs”. We overcome that by engaging ourselves into the situation, we never see people as a job. We see the actual people with their own stories and backgrounds and bring that personality out. It’s one of the things we love, being part of the human experience on some of the happiest days of people’s lives.”

 

What are some of the benefits of choosing Orange Soda Photography?

A truly positive experience and photographs that aren’t like the norm, but still tell the story without being dated. We both started in film photography in the 80s and carry much of that over today. We’ve been photographing people since 1986 in one form or another and you don’t keep doing that unless you absolutely love what you’re doing. Chris started with his camera in the Army in Central America and Alicia traveled Europe and the US with her SLR and 3D cameras and combined we bring a set of experiences like few have.”

You’ve been doing this a long time, where do you two find your inspiration?

We find inspiration everywhere, but two favorites are high fashion and film noir. Chris’s grandfather worked in the movie industry during the depression as a cameraman, and that’s definitely carried over. Alicia often finds inspiration in the joy of family life and the strong bonds it brings.”

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Any final thoughts for our readers?

Every time we see that Makeup in the 702 is the MUAH for a wedding or shoot, we’re so happy because we know that our brides will be well taken care of, and will look truly amazing.”

Awwww now you have me blushing like a bride…. thank you so much for sharing with us today.

If you’d like to see more images from Orange Soda Photography please visit their website and subscribe to their blog.

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Meet New Media Vegas-A Vendor We Love!

April 4, 2015
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2014 RockGosz Hall of Fame Awards Vamp’d Vegas Photo courtesy of Photography of Leah Burlington

In today’s world and in business things change everyday.  It can be quite overwhelming to keep up with it all and even more challenging finding some one you can trust with your website especially when your website is your lifeline.  I struggled to find the right people for quite some time.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think that when I picked up the phone and called Genie that these two amazing people would come into my life with such exuberance and passion and a love of all things rock and roll. Today I want to share with you another Vendor we love at Makeup In The 702.  It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Duane & Genie Forkner from New Media Vegas our webmaster and the creators of Sin City Presents Magazine.

Any time I reach out for help they are there. They never laugh at my silly questions or think a task that I ask them to help me with is to big or to small or not worth their time.

A few weeks ago I received a text from Genie when I was on location with a client and she said “Congratulations on hitting 15,000 hits to your website. WHAT?!?!?! Are you kidding me- unbelievable!!  Just a small thing but it was quite a feeling of accomplishment in my day and something for my team to celebrate.

I did manage to get these two to sit still for a couple of minutes for few quick questions about their business and this is what they had to share with us.

Typically the vendors we get to share with our readers are others in the wedding services industry yours is a little different, what do you want a planning couple to know about your business?

Let’s see, well for a happy couple planning their special day we can build them a website to share with their friends and family.  Not every couple is comfortable with posting all of their special plans on a social media site so a wedding website is a nice option.  It offers the couple a central location to share milestones with friends and family, list links for their registries, post photos, collect RSVP’s and post maps.  A website offers a little more protection and privacy that you can’t get with social media.  Another benefit of having a website is that it can grow with you and become a great family sharing point as you begin to build your life together. We can also offer planning couple a place to announce their engagement in our magazine, Sin City Presnets. Some say the tradition of an engagement announcement is a nostalgic practice that has seen its time pass, I think it’s pretty cool to be able to share your happiness with the world somewhere other that Facebook.

What are some of the misconceptions about your service?

That question is probably more applicable to the type of clients we serve as opposed to a planning couple.  The biggest misconceptions in the web industry these days are anyone can build a website for free and the one we hear all too often is “I have a website how come I am not on page one of Google?”  Nothing is FREE!  There are costs involved in having a website and there are a lot of tricksters out there that will hold your domain names and content hostage.  We place the power back in your hands by making sure our clients have complete access and control of their online assets.  Educating our clients is our greatest tool.  Next, getting on page one of Google takes a lot of work there are no shortcuts.  SEO (serach engine optimization) is an investment of both time and financial resources.

What are the benefits of using your service?

Accessibility, integrity and we’re local. That may sound simple but it’s true. We answer the phone! Not everyone, especially in Las Vegas works 9-5 so we work when our clients need us to. We’re both from Las Vegas so we understand this unique marketplace. We won’t try to buffalo you, and believe us when we say we have seen every type of scam and hustle out there we have.   If we can’t do something we’ll tell you and we’ll do our best to find someone we trust to refer you to. We don’t make promises we can’t keep and we strive to over deliver every time. If you succeed we succeed!  We’re not interested in transactional relationships we work hard at establishing and maintainig long term business relationships.  We do that by being active in our community and participating in business networks that have a solid foundation and reputation in Las Vegas.  Organizations  such as the Las Vegas Wedding Network and the Convention Services Association of Las Vegas where we serve as board members.

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Photo courtesy of Christie’s Photographic, Convention Services Association of Las Vegas Luncheon annual state of the industry report with the LVCVA.  V Venue:  The Border Grill inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino

 

Where do you find your inspiration?

The people around us. When it comes to web design and marketing for our client it’s our job to bring it life. Every website we design and every piece of content we create reflects the personality of their brand not ours. Nothing we do is cookie cutter. The content for the magazine is driven by the people as well. The core of the content is centered around entertainment, business and community. We were able to take things we both love and create a platform to share the things that make others happy with the world.

It’s really the little things that matter and the undeniable support that I have from these two that make me want to wrap my arms around them and say- THANK YOU!!!! Thank you for being you. Thank you for being genuine and thank you for supporting my dreams.

If you are in need of updating your website, need one for your wedding or are starting a new project please visit their website at www.newmediavegas.com to get to know more about the services they offer and be sure to check out Sin City Presents Magazine it’s a great resource for both locals and those planning a destination wedding or event in Las Vegas and don’t forget to subscribe, it’s FREE!

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A Spectacular Time!

February 6, 2015
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It’s always fun to start the year and the wedding season in Las Vegas by participating in the Las Vegas Bridal Spectacular.  Not only do we get to meet and chat with hundreds of newly engaged brides and their loved ones we also get to kick of the year with our friends in the Las Vegas Wedding Network.

We had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with more than 250 Brides with our “What do your lips say about you” event. We read each clients personality by evaluating the lip color they chose as well as the lip shape.

Lip products we sponsored by Fashion Show Macy’s Shiseido

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This years event was made even more extraordinary by our peers in the Las Vegas wedding industry with the winning of a Dazzle Award.   The Bridal Spectacular Dazzle Award is a peer to peer award and is given based on the votes cast by the exhibitors in the show.   It was an honor to be recognized by our peers in the wedding industry. This vote meant that not only was our event extraordinary but that our presence was felt by the wedding community and that the design of our booth was sought after.

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Each season we are selected by Bridal Spectacular to sponsor their fashion shows. Our attention to details as well as being the beauty trendsetters in Las Vegas land us this honor every season. quite honestly we would not have it any other way. It’s more than enough to host an event at the booth, but then add 9 hair and makeup in a 2 hour time frame to the mix and what do you get- PURE BLISS!

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Behind the scenes at the Bridal Spectacular!

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The incredible Makeup In The 702 Team! Without these amazing ladies this wouldn’t be possible!

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A very special thank you to!
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Adam Frazier
Paper and Home
Naakiti Floral
LED Kevin Cordova
Shisedio
Macy’ sFashion Show

 

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