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Hire Me As Your Wedding Planner

Since so many people have said something to me about going into wedding planning, especially lately, I figured I would give it a shot. Many of you know that I am completely obsessed with everything bridal (and Kate Middleton) and have been for years. In planning my own wedding, I have discovered that so many brides really are lost and overwhelmed when it comes to planning their big day.

With so many of my own friends and family getting engaged these past few months, wedding season is really in full swing, and I would love to be a part of it all day, every day.

I have the creativity, passion and a decent amount of resources (aside from being in Editorial/PR, I know event-planners, bakers, jewelers, etc.) to help brides and grooms execute their dream wedding with as little stress as possible. Let me take on the stress for you. I’m a type-A, detail-oriented, organized person with more than enough ideas to keep you completely satisfied.

Whether you have dreamed about this day since you were 8 years-old, or just want to have a memorable day with family and friends, I would love to help make this experience effortless, fun and truly unforgettable.

I can:

-Give you a crash course in Wedding 101. Do you know when the least expensive time of year to get married is? Do you know the difference between a trumpet and a mermaid dress? How about the difference between fondant and buttercream?

-Provide you with several different wedding scenarios that fit your vision and budget

-Make a list of, call and schedule all of your appointments from venues, photographers and florists to DJ, cars and, of course, wedding dress shopping.

-Help you put a personal stamp on your wedding day by making or assisting you in DIY, flowers, save the dates, invitations, favors and more.

You tell me what you envision for this journey, from the minute that ring goes on your finger until you head off for your honeymoon. I’ll do all the research and you can reap the rewards. You choose the amount of help you want from me: boss me around or let me take the reins.

Why should you hire me? Wedding planners have to start somewhere. I would be infinitely less expensive than any wedding planner you could ever find, you get to pick and choose what you need help with and how much help you need and I truly love everything about this industry.

For $100 – $1,000, depending on how many of my services you would like, I can make this time as stress-free as possible.

For those interested, please message me for details or email jenfauci@gmail.com.

MaryLou

Photo courtesy of David Tutera

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Oheka Castle (Photo by Jennifer Fauci)

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Wrestling with Writing…

I have never killed off a character in any of my stories…yet. When wrestling with the idea of how to kill them, when, if it’s even necessary, or what that means for the rest of my story, I try and think of other stories that have dealt with this issue.

First, I think of The Lovely Bones. This is not a spoiler alert because Alice Sebold tells you in the book jacket description in the opening cover, that Susie Salmon is dead. She dies in the first chapter. I have never read a more gutsy book where the author kills off her main character right away, only to resurrect her in the form of a ghost, to tell her story. Some of you may think that there isn’t a difference. It’s still Susie and she is still speaking in first person, so why treat it like it’s something special that she died in the first few pages? What’s the point?

The point is that in her moment of death, Susie instantly became burned in your brain as a tragic character. The same goes for Skeeter Phelan from The Help, who is branded a heroic character when she voices her determination to reveal the truth about the treatment of household help.

The hardest job for any writer is to make a memory. It isn’t the writing itself that is most difficult when putting a pen to paper. Instead, it is how the writer will make an imprint on the mind of the reader. The best way to do that, in my opinion, is to have a memorable character. You can have five, ten, even twenty memorable characters if you can manage it, but as long as you have one who stands out above all of the other words in the book, you have done your job well.

I am currently struggling with that right now. How do you focus on your main character, but have a chorus of others who need to be heard as well? How do you devote enough time and attention to the main character without making the rest of the cast seem like an afterthought? My issue is that I want certain characters to be remembered, and others to be known, and yes, there is a difference.

That being said, I can’t wait for the day when a publisher picks up my book, wants to work on it, and then changes the exact things I have wrestled with for months. Just giving you all a little insight to my writing life right now. It’s not so much writer’s block as it is smashing the crap out of a block until there is nothing left but tiny bits and pieces of fragmented ideas, and I am the only one who will sit there with a glue stick, putting them back together again.

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Lady Luck is a Whore…

Job fairs are the biggest waste of time. No really. Unless you want to wait on line for an hour to get into the building, are only going for sales position or eager to get rid of hundreds of copies of your resume, don’t waste your time. Fortunately for me, I met a friend at one of these horrible functions and she has asked a favor of me. So in turn, I am asking a favor of you. My friend, Susanne Pinedo is currently doing PR for a performance titled Lady Luck is a Whore. The show is to be debuted at the United Solo Festival in NYC on Wednesday, October 17.

The festival provides one performance to each production and if the initial performance sells-out, the performer is scheduled for an additional performance. Lady Luck is a Whore has not sold-out yet so there is still time to grab a ticket and support the arts.

    Here is a link for the promotional video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gts5SUHuyXc. Below is the flyer for the performance. I’d greatly appreciate it if you could try to make it, or at least spread the word around. Thanks so much!

 

-Cheers

 

 

 

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Tablets…

THIS IS NOT READING!Image

BE SMART. CHOOSE PAPER.

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Getting to know me…

   I figured I’d spare you all with my witty rants about how much of a pain in the ass life enjoys being for me, and decided to tell you more about myself. Today’s topic: my fears. I think you will find that the compiled list of some of my fears below is awkward, random and just plain weird. Most of them I can’t explain, but I would love to hear your comments. Enjoy.

My Fears

1. Costumes on mannequins Whether outfits from historic battles or fashion ensembles from a singer’s music tour, costumes on mannequins is my number one fear. I have no idea why but it creeps me out to no end. Needless to say I HATE the Hard Rock Café. Whenever I go there (I have been there twice), I need to sit as far away from the wall of costumes as possible. If I must be seated at a table next to the ledge, I need the outside seat. I think what gets me the most is that the clothing was actually worn by a living, breathing person at one point. Who knows.

2. Suits of Armor – Similar to the whole costumes on mannequins thing, suits of armor scare the shit out of me as well. Every time I go to the MET, I avoid walking through the armor room at all costs. The life-size metal men that sit atop horses covered in even more armor gives me the chills. I’m convinced that they will move. And the ones with the giant feathery plumes sticking out of their helmets? Forget it. When I visited England and Scotland, I had no way to escape the towers and dungeon rooms that housed multiple collections of these metal men. From the largest knight’s suit of armor (7 feet tall) to the smallest (about 2 1/2 feet tall), I couldn’t wait until the class moved back above ground on to the beheading block at the Tower of London. One day, they WILL move.

3. Black and White photos of ordinary people from the 1920s-1940s – Don’t ask me about the time frame, I just find that period most haunting. And it’s weird because I do love black and white photographs of many subjects and landscapes. Just not the ones full of people going on about their day and then there he is, some unknown man in a hat in the corner. Or the average family portraits where everyone has a blank stare on their face and no matter which way you move the picture, their eyes follow you. I think every picture tells a story, but it seems to me that the black and white images from the 20s-40s contain certain stories that don’t want to be told. 

4. Bugs –  I know this is a common fear among many but if it walks, crawls or flies, I hate it. All types. From spiders, beetles, and flies all the way to lightning bugs, lady bugs and butterflies, I hate them all. I’m convinced I have a sixth sense for bugs. They sense my fear. They know that they can evoke terror with the simplest of movements. They enjoy waiting for me to find them just so they can see the look of horror on my face as I run out of the room half-screaming, half-awake, or sometimes half-naked. When I am left alone with them (meaning that no one is around to kill them for me), I do the best I can. A flip-flop seems to work best. Thanks to the bugs not passing the message on to their friends that I don’t want them here, my ceiling now looks like Starry Night. Only I didn’t use paint to decorate it.

Stay tuned for more…

Cheers,

The Duchess of New York

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Cheers!

London, England                                                                                                                                                                                 March 21, 2011

 

Dear Diary,

I have just finished Jane Austen’s romantically profound novel, Pride and Prejudice for the fifth time in A row.  Oh, how I wish I could live the life of Elizabeth Bennet!  Every girl wants to meet her Mr. Darcy in a manner most charming and memorable…

Alright, I confess.  I’m American.  I wish I was British.  I live in New York but would give anything to be in England, hence the name “The Duchess of New York.”  As you can tell, I am way too obsessed with everything British.  I figured I’d tell you upfront how crazy I am so you can decide for yourself whether or not you want to follow me.  Although my mind has no filter and I am way too passionate for my own good, I will tell you right now that I will NEVER live in a world of reality.  It is my hope that the readers of this blog will travel down my path, even for a moment and escape into a world of  literature, art, travel and food.

I’m looking forward to blogging about what I love and gaining a following of people who enjoy my writing.  Until my next post!

Cheers!

-The Duchess of New York

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