Menu Monday ~

Greetings ~

Since coming back from East Africa last month I have had the fabulous opportunity to attend a number of tastings for some up coming weddings.  I have shared the photos on facebook and instagram but wanted to make  sure you my faithful readers were able to see all the yummy goodness.

Choosing a menu is hard and tastings are a great way to see how the food looks, how it will be presented and what it tastes like!  Here is a sampling of some of my recent tastings


Tasty Hors d’oeuvres from G Catering

A twist on cheesecake from G Catering

Yummy Roasted veggies and a twist on the black and bleu salad

Salad options side by side created by the Gaylord Opryland Resort

Decisions decisions what would you choose?

Salad options on display

Salad display plates – which would you choose

The final version of the entrees

The final version of the entrees


No other words needed – it’s CAKE time

Want to know more about these 2 awesome caterers?  Check out their sites and tell them A Magical Affair sent you!

G Catering

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center Weddings


Wishing you a MAGICAL day ~



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This is the WEEK ~

September 23, 2013 by Leave a Comment

Greetings ~

Well it is hard to believe but in just 5 short sleeps it will once again be time to film with the amazing production crews from

Can’t wait to share when we will air!!


Stay tuned and we will do our best to share some sneak peeks!!


Wishing you a MAGICAL day ~


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21st Century Wedding Etiquette: What not to wear

August 1, 2012 by Leave a Comment

Throughout my internship I have attended numerous weddings. What surprises me (and frankly annoys me) the most is how improperly dressed most guests are at the weddings they attend. To prevent anymore wedding day attire faux pas, I have written this blog to give wedding guests guidelines of what they shouldn’t wear to a wedding and how to select proper attire.
Do Not Wear White- It’s the most commonly known wedding faux pas but you would be surprised at how many people break it. Even if you want to intentionally spite the bride, you should never wear white to a wedding and detract from the bride. Not only is it rude but to other wedding attendees you will appear inconsiderate or unknowledgeable.

Dress Appropriately- When selecting an outfit for a wedding, especially for women, be sure the outfit is not too short or revealing. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is its better to over dress than under dress. Do not dress too casual and whatever you do ensure that flip flops and tennis shoes never make an appearance at a wedding.
Get cues from the wedding invitations- Most wedding invitations will give you a cue to what to wear ex. “black tie”. Even if it doesn’t, you should be able to get a feel for what’s appropriate based on the ceremony and reception location. Also keep in mind the time of year the wedding is taking place and what is appropriate for the season.
Wishing You A Magical Day
Mary Kelsey

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Why Wednesday-Schedules

June 27, 2012 by Leave a Comment

Often bride’s question why we as wedding planners suggest adhering to specific time schedules for certain events. What we want our brides to know is that we plan everything with the bride and groom and their guests in mind. You may be annoyed at your wedding planner for trying to adhere to such a strict schedule, so we have decided to explain the reasoning behind certain decisions we commonly make.
Photos before the ceremony: We suggest that photos taken prior to the wedding conclude 30 minutes before the seating of the guests. Why? We want there to be plenty of time for you to be out of sight from guests who may arrive early, allow you to freshen up before the ceremony, and take a few deep breaths before you walk down the aisle.
Cocktail hour: We suggest that cocktail hour be only 30-45 min long. Why? All of your guests have come to your wedding to celebrate you and your marriage. Drinking a cocktail and eating some appetizers can only entertain your guests for so long. During this time you will be taking photos and although you may feel rushed documented your memories, your guests will be anxiously waiting your arrival and the start of the reception. This is why we suggest a first look.

First Look: We highly suggest a first look. Many brides are against first looks because they feel that going against tradition it is bad luck and that they won’t get to see their grooms’ reaction. What brides don’t realize is a first look is a special moment between the bride and groom that they will never get back. And you will be able to get the majority of photos done before the ceremony so you won’t feel rushed during cocktail hour.

Dances: Most brides would like to have their first dance, father-daughter dance, and mother-son dance all in one time. However, we suggest breaking them up by having the first dance at the beginning of the reception and the other dances after dinner is served. The reason for this is to break it up so that guests don’t have to watch dances for 15 minutes straight. Breaking up the dances makes it more entertaining for the guests and gives the evening a better flow.
Stay tuned for more Why Wednesday Blogs!
Wishing You A Magical Day!
Mary Kelsey

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21st Century Etiquette

June 12, 2012 by Leave a Comment

As mentioned in a previous blog, traditions from your parents and grandparents era may not apply to your vision for your wedding day. However, 21st century etiquette must still be followed! Here are some 21st etiquette tips from A Magical Affair Team.
Alcoholic Drinks- While you may not be able to afford an open bar with your budget, I would not consider a cash bar. Think about it this way: If you were having friends over to your home would you charge them a cover at the door? If you aren’t able to afford an open bar, another option is to offer beer, wine, and a specialty drink. This way you are still giving your guests complementary beverages without breaking the bank.
Thank You Cards- A modern trend is to have a basket of envelopes when your guests arrive to your ceremony or bridal showers. The guests are supposed to fill out their own addresses so that all the bride has to do is put in the thank you card and mail it to the guest. This may seem like an easy way to get all of your thank you cards done however, it is in poor taste. Just take the time to write out the addressed yourself!
Money Registries- Most modern couples live together before walking down the aisle and already have a lot of household items that are traditionally on a bridal registry and ask family and friends to deposit money on a money registry instead. However, having your guests deposit money without the option of a gift is tacky! There are plenty of wish list items you could register for and chances are some guests with just give you a card with money anyway.
Ensure that every aspect of your wedding is not only planned to your specifications but also keeping in mind how your guests will perceive it. While you might save a few dollars and a little time cutting corners you do not want to diminish the experience your guests are having. Stay tuned for more 21st century etiquette tips from A Magical Affair.
Wishing you a Magical Day!
Mary Kelsey

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