Candice tells about The Role Your Maid of Honor Plays In Your Wedding

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Have you ever wondered what your Maid of Honor's role should be during your wedding planning process, or what she might be thinking as she helps you prepare for your big day?  Take a look at the article "Code of Honor" on, written by our very own Event Consultant Soroya, where Candice breaks things down.

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Soroya’s Twins Baby Shower-A Festive Lavender and Pink Carriage Themed Affair

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Tamiko and Jay

On Saturday, October 10, 2009, I attended my co-ed baby shower for our twin daughters.  The festive lavender and pink carriage themed event was thrown by two of my very close friends who I consider my sisters, Arlene (my sorority sister, college roommate at SU and mother of twin boys and a daughter) and Shaunee (a Ph.D. who I grew up with in Ossining, NY, and met when we were teenage summer camp counselors who has younger twin sisters).  My younger sister Tamiko (who just gave birth to her daughter on Labor Day and has a two year old son) was also involved in the planning along with my wonderful husband Shawn (who woke up bright and early the day of the shower to do lots of running around).  Their attention to detail and to keeping me out of the loop (difficult with me being a very curious and detail oriented Event Planner) was outstanding.

Although I knew the date of the event in advance, I did not know about the details of the shower.  I was more than pleasantly surprised when I walked into the event room at the Woodbridge YMCA in NJ.  It was absolutely beautiful and the décor was perfect.  My loved ones really focused on my personality, and planned an event that I would not have enjoyed any more if I had planned it myself.

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Soroya and Sisters 


Raquel and Auntie Gloria

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The shower was attended by about 40 adults and roughly 15 children which also included my Mom, older sister Raquel, nephews Anthony and Jay, cousins and aunts, my Goddaughter Nichole and my dear Auntie Gloria (my Dad’s older sister) who was one of the day’s best surprises.  There were also my husband’s friends, my close friends, line sisters (Jennifer, Jeannette, Meka, Denise, Naima and Laura) who helped with decorating and set up, and sorors of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., former colleagues including Jacleen, Shon, and one of my great marketing mentors Stephanie, and of course, Candice and Priscilla of The Finishing Touch, Wedding and Event Planning who were there to celebrate this special occasion with me.






The room was decorated with pink and lavender balloons, carriage helium balloons, a beautiful diaper cake topped with two pink carriages and a traditional white wicker baby shower chair which were both from Fiesta Party Center in Jersey City, NJ. The centerpieces were pretty pink and lavender flowers set in glass vases with crystals, and there were bowls of pink and lavender custom printed M&M candies with sayings including “Shawn’s Girls” and “Soroya’s Blessing” which were such a special and delightful touch on each table.   I had also created a vision board for my daughters which was displayed at the shower, along with a scrap book on my pregnancy with silly captions, and framed pictures of Shawn and I.  Of course we threw in pictures of our Cockapoo puppy Irie as well, who is a special part of our family.

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The beautiful and delicious pink and lavender two layered Dominican Cake was decorated with carriages and pink and lavender bows.  It was made by Gladis Bakery in Jersey City, NJ and the top layer had a fresh pineapple filling, while the larger bottom layer was filled with caramel.  Click here to see the cake on Gladis’s site where it has been added as the first twin baby shower cake.  Gladis specializes in unique event cakes and will create your confection to match any theme.





Shower guests were encouraged to bring diapers for a chance to win a door prize which was a gift certificate.  Games included the purse game, where one guest surprisingly actually had a picture of twins with her, a competition to see who could finish the juice in their bottle the fastest (Priscilla was a good sport and participated), and guessing games where attendees had to figure out how many cotton balls, Q Tips, etc. were in various baby bottles.  Fun prizes were awarded, and everyone had a good time.  Attendees also wrote special advice cards, and were video recorded leaving us loving and supportive messages that we will treasure forever.

The food was a huge hit with everyone in attendance, and was catered from Sisters of Soul in Linden, NJ.  My husband worked with their manager Taikwon to create a menu that consisted of trays of both grilled and fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, potato salad, yellow rice and candied yams.  My Auntie Angie also made a delicious potato salad, and a fresh vegetable salad was available. 

Kids Face Paint 

One of the special highlights of the day was when a professional face painter, who was hired through the YMCA, showed up to surprise the children at the party.  The kids gathered to have their faces, arms and hands decorated with hearts, flowers, and any design they desired.  The children had a great time and left with special painted decorations and big smiles.

Guests also left with fun favors including pink carriage photo frames with custom labels that read “thanks for strolling by.”  There were also custom carriage shaped butter cookies trimmed with pink and lavender icing and sparkles from the bakery at Wegmans, with custom made “recipe for parenting twins” tags which were created by my friend Lorena, and bags of Hershey kisses tied with carriage ties that were a nice surprise from my line sister Jeannette.

Soroya and Andrew

My cousin Andrew Mark, who is a professional photographer, was there to capture it all.  Click here to check out his creative style. He is fun to work with, and loves taking pictures of all of the details and special memories of any occasion.  He is responsible for the lovely pictures posted here, and was a big part of making the day a success.



Arlene and Maia

Thank you to all of our loved ones who traveled from near and far for showering us with love, support , encouragement, well wishes and gifts.  We received goodies ranging from a much needed double stroller, gift cards, great items from our registries, and tons of beautiful and adorable matching outfits for our girls.  Thanks also to my Dad for everything! 

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This was one of the most special days of our lives, and a truly memorable event.  Our daughters have already received such a warm welcome, and they will always know about the excitement that has been generated for their arrival.  Thank you also to those who could not attend, but who have sent us their love.  We really appreciate it. I can’t wait to share more after our little angels make their big debut.


Lots of Love and Gratitude,

Soroya and Shawn


More Great Press In Contemporary Bride Magazine

As always, we are very proud to be featured in Contemporary Bride offering tips on how to plan the perfect wedding.  Pick up a copy today and enjoy!

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Guest Blogger: Creative Wedding Cinematography From Sharrone of Fiore Films


All the girls at The Finishing Touch Events are so incredibly talented, and it was such a pleasure getting to work with them for their event at the W Hotel in Hoboken! We are also grateful to have the opportunity to guest blog here today! Thank you ladies!

As a husband and wife team, we have been behind the scene players in the wedding industry for quite some time. Having so many fresh ideas that we otherwise would not have had the chance to execute, we launched our own Wedding Cinematography biz…Fiore Films. We have quickly developed a reputation of having an edgy, sexy, progressive vibe, and have come to attract a very distinct clientele.



Our brides and grooms especially are very appreciative of our "outside the box" goodies…and we love them all!

We invite you to have a look at two of our favorite "Save The Dates"

Stephanie & Dave
Sivanne & Omer

Today, we would also love to share our most recent wedding trailer.
Please enjoy below!

Click here to visit Fiore Films

Embrace Creativity,


Ines & Dave ~ A Boston Affair




Saturday, August 15th: Not only a day with record-breaking heat for the summer, but also a Finishing Touch wedding outside! Candice and I made our way to Boston for our couple Ines and Dave’s wedding at the Museum of Science located on the Charles River. It can for sure be said that Ines and Dave have their own style, and the couple showed that by basing some of their theme on dinosaurs ~ intertwining it with their invitations such as ‘reply yes, I can’t wait to evolve with you, reply no, I will be suffering from extinction!’  It was super creative and very them.





The beautiful full-mass ceremony was held at St. Ignatius, slightly outside of Boston, in Cambridge on the Campus of Boston College.  Guests and Ines and Dave’s “Wedding Peeps” (aka Bridal Party) were greeted by ushers with programs, detailed on ivory cardstock and navy blue scroll writing, created by the Finishing Touch Event Design. The bride entered in her beautiful Madeline Gardner wedding gown which was seen by only her mother prior to the wedding day and provided a stunning entrance!


So we know what you might be thinking…..the Museum of Science? For a wedding reception? And the answer is YES.  It is a hidden gem in the city! Not only was their staff extremely helpful and easy to work with, but the museum has one of the best views in Boston of the serene Charles River.

For decor, we placed dark blue vases in different shapes and sizes displaying a single yellow Gerber daisy on all cocktail tables that sat right on the river. Behind the terrace was a gorgeous white tent with white Chinese paper lanterns hung from the ceiling. The table names, created by our Finishing Touch Event Design team, consisted of significant dates to Ines and Dave, with the explanation on the back. Guests loved the touch and we caught many traveling to each table to check out the personal details.



Table centerpieces consisted of fresh summer arrangements that were made with flowers that could withstand the summer heat. Instead of a guest book, the couple drew a picture of themselves and had it matted so that guests could write their well wishes on the matte with different color pens.  This touch was uniquely Ines and Dave as well.




Known chef Wolfgang Puck provided catering and as expected the food was exceptional. Yummy hors d’oeuvres such as mini cheeseburgers, gourmet pizza, and caramelized onion and goat cheese pastries were passed.

Following their first dance to ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, Ines and Dave thanked their friends and family for sharing in their special day. Once guests had wined and dined the music picked up and even despite the scorching heat, guests got their groove on and danced beneath the white canopy and lanterns.


Their delicious cake with three different layers, including the Bride’s favorite flavor of Red Velvet, was served. Afterwards instead of throwing her bouquet, Ines handed hers and a throw away bouquet off to the next two couples close to our Bride and Groom who are about to be married ~ it added a truly sentimental and heartfelt touch.


We of course LOVE our job and love every wedding we do and in this case there was just something special about sipping Pellegrino riverside on a beautiful summer afternoon, hearing laughter and ‘At Last’ playing in the background. Huge congratulations to Ines and Dave and a thank you to them and their families for allowing us to be part of their special day!

As always, a very special thank you to all the vendors who played such an important role in Ines & Dave’s wedding:

Leigh-Ann and team at The Boston Museum of Science

Michael Loeb at DJ Daigoro

Kelly at Artistic Blossoms Floral Design Studio

Theresa and Maria at Johnson Photography, Inc.

The Icing on the Cake

Happy Planning,

Candice & Nicole


Candice Benson named New Jersey State Coordinator of The Association of Bridal Consultants


The Finishing Touch, Wedding and Event Planning is thrilled to announce that Candice Benson has this month been named the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) New Jersey State Coordinator. Candice holds the designation of Professional Bridal Consultant™ with the ABC and until recently held the role of Co-Director for the ABC’s North New Jersey Networking Group.   Candice has also taken the initiative to help ABC develop their London membership during her recent trips to England.


Candice is an expert Wedding Consultant and Founder of The Finishing Touch, Wedding & Event Planning.  In her new role, Candice will facilitate the growth of the Association within New Jersey, coordinating networking and educational opportunities for members and non-members alike within the Wedding Industry.   She will also focus on building additional business relationships with vendor and media partners throughout New Jersey.  



“I am excited about this new opportunity within the ABC,” said Candice.  “I look forward to building on my prior position as Director for ABC North New Jersey, and working on the state level to help the presence of our organization grow to benefit our members and the industry as a whole.”


Click here to read more about Candice.


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About the Association of Bridal Consultants:


As the oldest and largest group of wedding professionals in the world, ABC has been making wedding dreams come true since 1955.  ABC offers the most detailed and comprehensive training in the industry. As a part of the ABC members agree to uphold the ABC Code of Ethics and Professional Standards of Membership.  Members encompass the entire scope of the wedding industry, including beginner and experienced wedding planners , and a variety of wedding suppliers and entrepreneurs serving the wedding industry.  Click here to learn more about the organization.