BMI Gears…

What do you get when you take a baker with a creative mind and the Baltimore Museum of Industry’s logo? (Photos provided by Balance Photography)

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Cupcakes and a cake so unique no one wants to eat it!

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Confessions of a “real” bride!

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1. Why did you choose the BMI for your wedding and reception?
We chose the BMI because it is a unique venue and has beautiful waterfront views. I am a fan of Baltimore history and we thought our guests would enjoy coming to a museum. From the feedback we received, our guests loved the BMI and they were impressed with the exhibits and the staff.

2. Did you have a theme for your wedding, or was the museum (Baltimore History) your theme? We did not have a theme for the wedding. We decorated with a few flowers, but not too much. You really do not need too many decorations or props; the museum already offers so many interesting things to look at.

3. The museum has a list of Preferred Caterer; how did you choose? I read and heard many wonderful things about Atlantic Catering. They offered tastings so we went; the food was delicious and the staff was very friendly.

4. How was your experience with your caterer, Atlantic Catering? Kristin and her staff were amazing. Kristin was easy to communicate with and very creative. The day of the wedding her staff was very courteous and friendly. Kristin even gave my Husband and me a quick lesson on how to cut the wedding cake and make it picture perfect!

5. Describe working with the BMI staff throughout the process? Jessica was very friendly and helpful from day 1. We picked the wedding day about 23 months in advance of the wedding, so booking was not an issue. The contract and final invoice were sent in a timely manner. Jessica answered all of my questions (no matter how silly they were).

6. Did you attend one of the BMI’s Bridal Shows during your planning; did it help? I did attend the bridal shower. It was great. I met some of the Preferred Caterers (and sampled the yummy food of course!). The vendors gave me great ideas for the wedding from floral arrangements to gifts for the bridal party.

7. What would you change about the venue, if anything? I would add more lights in the Decker Gallery near the windows, but that’s about it. Everything was wonderful!

8. What advice would you give to brides planning their special day? Don’t stress out. A wedding is only one day, a marriage is a lifetime.

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Bride’s Choice Awards 2013

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WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, is thrilled to announce that the Baltimore Museum of Industry has been selected as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® 2013 for ceremony and reception venues in Baltimore, Maryland!

The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The Baltimore Museum of Industry’s selection as a Bride’s Choice Award 2013 winner was selected based on the positive experiences expressed by past clients on WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site with over one million reviews. While many industry awards are given by the host organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Congratulations BMI!

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BMI and Brio Tuscan Grille

Brio Fundraiser brides

The BMI is hosting another exciting event for you; wine and food at Brio Tuscan Grille Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Call Penelope Fallon for tickets and additional information, 410-727-4808 ext. 129.

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2013 Bridal Show Vendors

The Baltimore Museum of Industry’s Annual Bridal Show is tomorrow, Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. FREE admission. The following vendors are expected:

Publications
Perfect Wedding Guide
Offering Maryland and DCs top wedding professionals!
http://www.pwg.com or stacey.dorman@pwg.com

Wedding 411 on Demand
Offering Maryland’s top wedding professionals; in our magazines on our website and viewable downloadable podcasts on our iTunes and YouTube channels, Facebook and Twitter.
http://www.wedding411ondemand.com or Karen@wedding411ordemand.com

Premier Bride
Magazine and postcards from local wedding professionals to have a dream wedding.
http://www.premierbridemaryland.com or tula@premierbride.com

Photographers
Artful Weddings by Sachs Photography
Natural and beautiful wedding photography and portraits.
info@artfulweddings.com

Balance Wedding Photography
Balance is green certified; an eco-minded photography company.
http://www.balanceweddings.com

Eric Stocklin Photography
Eric Stocklin’s photojournalistic approach to wedding photography is to pursue images that are pure and honest portraits that tell a story of the events as they really happen and go far beyond traditional wedding poses.
http://www.ericstocklin.com or eric@ericstocklin.com

Barnett Photographic Service
Unobtrusive, discreet coverage of your event, great customer service.
http://www.barnettphoto.net or barnettphoto@yahoo.com

Grace and Elegance Photography
We are a Maryland based wedding photography company that specializes in a unique blend of photojournalist and traditional.
http://www.graceandelegancephotos.com

Skin care/Makeup
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Professional skin care and glamour leading up to and including your special day and beyond.
http://www.marykay.com/donna-rueppell or donna-rueppell@marykay.com

American Laser Skin care
Laser based skin care!
http://www.americanlaser.com or msullivan@americanlaser.com

Entertainment
Five Star Amusements
We offer the ultimate in luxury photo booths for the bride who wants the very best on her special day.
http://www.photoboothmd.com

Bruce Pike/Bruce Pike Productions
We service DC/MD/VA region with classic and artistic wedding music services with a touch of Southern elegance.
info@brucepikeproductions.com or http://www.brucepikeproductions.com

Absolute Entertainment
Our DJs work with the bride and grooms to set the spiritual tone they are looking for, suggesting music guaranteed to create the perfect mood in which to begin their lives together.
http://www.absoluteentertainment.com or absolutekkb@gmail.com

Event Entertainment
Providing experienced, high quality disc jockeys for your wedding or special event!
dave@eventdjs.com or http://www.eventdjs.com

Invitations and Flowers
Lynae’s Designs
Lynae’s Designs is a small studio specializing in creating custom invitations for the bride who wants to make a statement. We will customize your invitations to coordinate with any theme, mood or style of your wedding. ‘Since the invitation is your guest’s first glimpse of your wedding….let’s make it special’
http://www.lynaesdesigns.com or lynaedesigns@hotmail.com

mlc designs
mlc designs is a full service invitation design studio that brings professional design + style to each client’s original wedding invitation.
mlcdesigns@mac.com or http://www.mlcdesigns.net

Violets Florist
Creative Floral designs for your wedding day.
ccviolets@verizon.net or facebook/connieclark

A Brides Fancy Floral Design
Custom floral designs for wedding and events.
http://www.abridesfancy.com or Pecolia@abridesfancy.com

Flowers by Judy Inc
Where the magic happens; a special event florist serving Baltimore/Annapolis areas creating custom floral designs for any budget.
http://www.flowersbyjudy.com or judy@flowersbyjudy.com

Planners
An Xquisite Affair
Wedding and event planning specialist providing impeccable service.
http://www.anxquisiteaffair.com or mozellescottbey@gmail.com

Nouvelle Wedding and Events
Full service wedding planning company offering custom packages, ranging from full-planning to day-of coordination.
http://www.nouvellweddings.com or info@nouvellwedding.com
(Not in attendance)

Caterers and Desserts
Dudley’s Desserts
Dudley’s desserts are dedicated to creating specialty cakes, cupcakes, and sweets customized to reflect your taste, vision, and personality. We strive to satisfy your sweet tooth by creating the tastiest treats using the finest ingredients. We specialize in Dairy-Free and Vegan desserts; other Dietary desserts can be made to order.
http://www.dudleysdesserts.com or info@dudleysdesserts.com

Sascha’s Catering
With over 25 years, Sascha’s Catering is passionate about working with our clients to perfect the taste and style of each event.
http://www.saschas.com or jane@saschas.com or felicity@saschas.com

Zeffert and Gold Catering
Full service catering that can handle all your event needs from start to finish.
http://www.zeffertandgold.com or iris@zeffertandgold.com

Putting on the Ritz Catering
Full service catering company.
http://www.puttingontheritz.com or cab@puttingontheritz.com

Biddle Street Catering
We have been serving the Baltimore/Washington area over 32 years offering creative and tantalizing menus to fit every occasion.
http://www.biddlest.com or gkearns@biddlest.com

Rouge Fine Catering
Great food and wonderful presentations!
http://www.rougecatering.com or ajohngrose@rougecatering.com

Area Hotels
Residence Inn by Marriott Baltimore Downtown
Newly renovated hotel, located just 2 blocks away from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
http://www.marriott.com or Alexandra.felts@marriott.com

Hampton Inn BWI
Transportation, sleeping room wedding packages offered.
http://www.hamptoninnbwiairport.com or kneill@vistahost.net

Rentals
ABC Party and Tent Rentals
From tables, to chairs; we have it all!
http://www.abcpartyandtent.com or nate@abcpartyandtent.com

Miscellaneous
Slumber Parties
Slumber Parties offers adult-only in-home parties for women aimed at allowing ladies to laugh and learn about romance-enhancing products in the comfort of a friend’s home. Our consultants provide entertaining, classy demonstrations that describe our unique product line of lotions, lingerie, and bedroom accessories.
http://www.slumberpartiesbydebbiejones.com

Pure Romance
Pure Romance offers the best in bath, beauty, massage, and romance accessories. Our bachelorette parties are educational, entertaining and empowering. Best of all, our parties are completely free to host and we spoil the bride with tons of free gifts of her choice. http://www.MelissaN.PureRomance.com or partiesbymelissaN@gmail.com

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Mark your calendar, 2013 BMI Bridal Show

It’s that time of year again; the Baltimore Museum of Industry’s 2013 Bridal Show, Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. FREE to the public! Vendors to expect this year: Dudley’s Desserts, Five Star Amusement, Sascha’s Catering, Biddle Street Catering, Rouge Fine Catering, Artful Weddings By Sachs Photography, Residence Inn by Marriott Baltimore Downtown and more!

If you’re interest in becoming a vendor at the 2013 Bridal Show contact jwilliams@thebmi.org.

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Why do you need Private Event Insurance?

Whether you are planning the wedding of your dreams, a private party or a corporate event, insurance protects your financial investment.  Peace of mind is priceless and accidents do happen.  Extreme weather, no-show vendors, alcohol-related accidents, can and do happen.  If the unforeseen occurs, there’s insurance!

Private Event Insurance liability coverage protects you if you’re held responsible for alcohol-related accidents, property damage, or bodily injury at your event or arising from it. This type of insurance is now required by many venues!

For additional information visit www.wedsafe.com, www.privateeventinsurance.com or contact your homeowners insurance carrier.  Have a safe event!

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