Casino Resort – AWedding Venue Winner?

Why You Should Choose a Casino Resort as Your Wedding Venue

By: Guy Renzi


If you’re planning a wedding, why not give your guests a memorable experience? Have your wedding at a casino, and no one will be at a loss for how to enjoy his or her time. Casinos have many activities, and are the perfect venue for group fun. While you’re at it, have your bachelor and bachelorette party at the casino.

Casino resorts have nightclubs, bars, and several restaurants on site for guests who want to enjoy some evening fun. These are great activities for pre and post wedding celebration.

Casinos also have a plethora of daytime activities, from golf and spas to shopping. Wedding guests won’t have to sit around all day — you can even incorporate some daytime activities into a bachelor or bachelorette celebration.  The resort group planner can step in and help you create an itinerary for a bachelor or bachelorette party. You may also benefit from special group resort discounts.

Gamblers will find both high stakes and less intimidating tables at most casinos. If you’re too scared to bet big, take a class for the table games or ask for a discount for free or match play to get started.  Many casinos like Turning Stone Resort, one of the larger New York casinos, offers weekly promotions and themed tournaments.

Casinos will often offer comps, or complementary items if you play a lot or bet big.  The way casinos keep track of your playing time is by player club cards.  Be sure to sign up for the card so you can earn points every time you play.  You can receive discounts on dining, shows, spa and even rooms.


While a wedding at a casino can be entertaining, don’t let the important details slip your mind. When you’re getting prepared for your special day, keep these planning tips in mind:

  • Choose a date early. It’s wise to have a few in mind when you call to book, in case your first choice is not available.
  • Book hotel rooms for your guests. Before you make your reservation, you will need to know how many guests will be invited. A casino’s group department can assist you, and you should always ask about a group discount.
  • Don’t forget about document logistics. You will need to get a wedding license in the state where you marry. You will need the following items to get a marriage license:

Photo ID
Proof of Age
Social Security Cards
Divorce papers when applicable
Death certificate if widowed
Any proof of health from your doctor

A casino wedding can be the time of your life! You and your guests will create memories that they will go on to talk about for years after and you might even win big money in the process.


If you are interested in a casino event or have questions feel free to contact:

Guy Renzi

5218 Patrick Road

Verona, NY 13478



Q & A with Makini Regal Designs




Tell us a bit about yourself and when you first became interested in becoming a Floral Designer… what/who inspires you?

Both my grandmothers are avid gardeners and flower enthusiasts, so I always appreciated the beauty of flowers. Watching them tend to their gardens with such affection made me appreciate their fragility and my interest in flowers bloomed into a passion. A desire to learn coupled with a great respect for floral artistry inspired me to enroll in a floral design program. Upon completion, I relinquished my tenure as a Senior Analyst for a Management Consulting firm and launched Makini Regal Designs, a boutique floral and event design company.


What is your favorite flower?

It’s so hard to choose and varies often! Orchids are a staple in every corner of my home. They have a simplistic beauty that makes them such a great statement piece. I am especially fond of Phalaenopsis and Cymbidums and use them in my designs as often as I can. Peonies are also another favorite and make exquisite, fragrant bouquets. Ranunculi are lush, happy and add a touch of gaiety to every occasion.


Where do you get inspiration for your floral designs?

My Brooklyn upbringing and Trinidadian roots are deeply woven into me and inspire everything I do. I also find inspiration daily, from nature, to fashion to colors and textures. My design process, however, is organic – I don’t always fully conceptualize the pieces until I arrive at the flower market, right before an event. Once I choose my primary bloom everything else falls into place, almost magically. I approach each design with an open mind and a fresh approach and try to incorporate even the smallest of detail that will compliment each, unique event.


How would you describe your style?

Makini Regal Designs fuses both classical and contemporary elements with just a touch of whimsy. The result is a unique design suitable for any event, from traditional to avant-garde. We take the needs of our clients very seriously and strive very hard to conceptualize their style and ideas and deliver a stunning final product.


What advice would you offer to brides looking for a great florist for their wedding day?

 Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, so every detail has to be perfectly executed. Flowers play such a huge part of your wedding decor so it is important that you choose someone who understands design and can execute your vision. Be prepared for your consultation. Photos of your wedding dress, swatches of your table linen and magazine clippings of your favorite designs can all be helpful in understanding your wedding style. The more information that you can provide your floral designer, the easier it will be for them to create floral artistry that will be sure to wow you and your guests.


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How to Choose the PERFECT Centerpiece!

Whether you are having a wedding, bridal shower, birthday celebration or corporate function centerpiece is a very important aspect. Centerpieces help tie together the entire décor of the.

Here are some tips on choosing centerpieces:

1. Numbers! If you are using more than one item in the centerpiece go with odd numbers it is eye catching.

Odd # Centerpiece

2. Layer! Positioning is everything.


3. Height! Creates great visual!


4. Space! Do not over crowd your table with favors, place cards, formal place settings. Make sure you have room for the centerpiece.

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5. Venue! Make sure you are aware of ALL the restrictions of your venue.


6. Setting! Take into consideration your environment. Surrounding and temperature is key.


Centerpieces add a special touch to an event. Be sure to think your ideas through in order to have an event that is a vision of excellence.

The Proposal: Valentine’s Day Edition

The Proposal: Valentine’s Day Edition


Regardless what day of the week Valentine’s Day falls on: Couples all around the world chose this

romantic day to declare their L O V E to each other and the world.

Here are four proposal ideas for anyone looking to make it official on February 14th, 2013

Proposal # 1- Scrapbook It!


Create a scrapbook of memories – Gather ticket stubs, photos, restaurant takeout menus, and event programs – anything that represents your journey of love. On the last page of the scrapbook, have the words “Will You Marry Me” at the top and then present the ring.  Be sure to take a picture after the proposal to complete the last page of the scrapbook.

Proposal # 2- Dining In


Create an intimate and personal setting in your home. Sprinkle roses from the doorway leading into the dining room where there is a romantic table set for two. Have her take a seat. Enter the room with a serving tray with a bottle of champagne or wine with two glasses and the ring box.

Proposal # 3- Menu of Love


Make reservations at a romantic restaurant. Plan ahead and ask the manager for his cooperation. Print up a “special” menu that lists 10 reasons why you love her. After the final number, instruct her to turn over the menu where she will read the words, “Will you marry me”?

Proposal # 4 – Love is in a box of chocolate


Purchase a Valentine’s Day Box of Chocolate. Replace one of the chocolates with the engagement ring. Leave the box of chocolate with a bouquet of flowers on the bed.


Orange: The Fall “IN” Color

Choosing wedding colors can be a difficult decision unless you are getting married in the Fall. As the weather and leaves change, there is no better color than ORANGE to incorporate in your Fall Wedding. Here are a few color schemes we like: 





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Save the Date!

Do I really need to send out Save the Date Cards?

What is the purpose of sending out Save the Date Cards?

If you will have guest traveling long distance or are you having a destination wedding then YES you should send out save the date cards. Even if those do not apply save the date cards are simply a way to announce to family and friends your wedding date and to ask them to respectfully reserve the date for your union. Typically save the date cards are mailed out at least 4 to 6 months before the wedding and maximum 12 to 15 months. Giving all guest ample time to make arrangements.

Save the Date Cards are not meant to be formal.Most brides prefer the Save the Date Magnets because your guests can put it on their refrigerator and it serves as a constant reminder. And the best part  about picture personalized save the date magnets you do not have to throw them away.

Little Borrowed Dress

If you are a bride who is concerned about your bridesmaid’s pockets and closets space: Little Borrowed Dress is the wedding boutique for you!!!

Little Borrowed Dress is an e-rental business that was built to help brides plan a more practical wedding without compromising their style. We offer stunning bridesmaid dress rentals for a fraction of the price to help ease the financial burden of being part of a bridal party

How do I rent from Little Borrowed Dress?

Find your favorite bridesmaid dress looks while browsing our online look book.

RSVP online for a trunk show in your area.

Bring your girlfriends to try on your favorite dresses.

Place your rental order and we’ll send you a confirmation.

Wear the dress on the big day

Simply place the dress in the return shipping envelope provided and drop it at your Post Office or in the nearest blue USPS mailbox—simple!

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Fairy Lens: Q & A Interview!

Q & A Interview with Iryna

Lead Professional Wedding Photographer of 

Located in the heart of New York

Tell us a bit about yourself and when you first became interested in photography… what/who inspires you?

Today I have 7 years of experience in professional photography. My father used to be a very good photographer when I was child. I guess I inherited it.

What was your #1 favorite photography moment from this past year?

I cannot choose #1 favorite moment from all photo sessions. Moments of happiness from smile to tears are unique! I enjoyed every photo session I had.

Black & white Vs. Color photography -your thoughts

I love colors. Since the evolution of digital cameras people can enjoy the bright colors of photographs. However, if my clients like Black & white photos, I always do Black & White. Some photos can be beautiful in monochrome because Black & white gives a real sense of a classic moment and a photojournalistic approach.

Whose wedding (dead or alive) would you have liked the opportunity to photograph and why?

If I had a chance I would take photos of wedding of my grandmother and grandfather. I do not have their wedding photographs at all. I think photographs are very important for every family because they help to remember the happiest moments of their life. FairyLens makes your memories last forever!

What advice would you offer to brides and grooms looking for a great photographer?

Bride and groom should choose the photographer after checking photographer’s portfolio.  The couple has to be sure they like their photographer’s work. Once they have found a photographer whose style they like, they should contact that photographer.

Bride and groom should meet their photographer face to face before the event to discuss details. Photographers of always make a free presentation for the clients. During the presentation, bride and groom can see more photographers’ works and ask all possible questions about photography.

Another advice is the budget process. Couple should determine their budget for the wedding, how much they want to spend on their photography. always customizes its packages according to the clients’ needs.

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Q & A with A Floral Story

A Floral Story is a full-service floral design company based out of Lindenwold, New Jersey servicing the greater Tri-State Area. We offer custom floral design for all size and type events – weddings, parties, sweet 16s, funerals, and more.

Owner & Lead Designer Carolyn and daughter Annie,

Tell us a bit about yourself and when you first became interested in becoming a Florist… what/who inspires you?

My mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother have always loved and appreciated flowers and I just grew up watching my mom working tirelessly in her garden. Each of them always spent countless hours maintaining their gardens, which were full of wild flowers and had a natural feel. I suppose I just grew up with that same appreciation having been around such talented women with such green thumbs! Later in life Ion one of my frequent visits to Longwood Gardens in Kenneth Square, PA I instinctively decided to enroll in floral design classes, more out of the desire to work with botanicals and flowers than as a career. I loved what I did so much, here I am today!

What is your favorite flower?

Currently my favorite flower is the dahilia. They come in so many vibrant colors and are very versatile in wedding work – pinks and purples for spring weddings, burnt orange and burgundy for fall and creamy white for winter weddings. They are less traditional that the familiar rose, and lily and just add a beautiful unexpected touch to every arrangement.

Where do you get inspiration for your floral designs?

I get my inspiration from the bride. I really listen to her “vision” and then try to translate that as best I can with the flowers. I love creating non-traditional, almost whimsical designs, ones that truly mimic the themes and ideas a bride desires.

How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as asymmetrical and artistic, deriving from my art background – I was a design major at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. I like to treat my work as individual pieces of art – each is unique and aims to convey a message or idea. I also often incorporate different mediums into the floral designs for extra details, anything to break the traditional mold of “flower arrangements” and offer a new take on floral design. What advice would you offer to brides looking for an amazing florist for their wedding day?

A bride’s vision of her “big day” will never become a reality unless the vendors hired truly understand and share that vision and can use their expertise to translate those ideas into their work. Bride’s should hire a florist who is willing and able to comprehend a bride’s conceptual ideas and use floral design to express them. If a florist seems unwilling to think outside the box with their designs, is dismissive of a bride’s ideas, or pushes a bride into a pre-designated “wedding package” – stay away! Every wedding is an entirely unique event and the creative designs that help make it such should be too.