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August 25

Some Things are Just Sacred! from Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

I have been blessed to have received a great deal of positive media in my career. The majority has centered around my client’s weddings or events where I have received credit or my tips for an entertaining or design story. However, as I anticipate the premiere of I Do Over, the trajectory of my press is changing with more and more coverage solely focusing on me and this new chapter in my life. When a recent mention and photo appeared in Jet Magazine it was amazing. My family was so excited and I could hear the pride in their voices as they boasted about it to everyone that would listen. “Diann is on page 13 in the new Jet,” went on for weeks. You see, for black families and black households, Jet is legendary. They have told our stories of triumph and heartache for years and I too am proud to have finally graced their pages.

Nothing in life is owed or promised to me so I am careful to remain humble and grateful for every single blessing—big and small and most importantly to enjoy the journey of life. Now, I would normally just crop my portion of a story but it also felt good to be featured underneath Jay Z… one of the people whose hustle I admire! Don’t forget to tune in on Sunday, November 13th at 10pm on WEtv for the premiere of

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August 4

Enjoying Every Single Minute! by Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

I knew that the heart of wedding season was the perfect time to introduce I Do Over to my respected colleagues in the wedding industry but deciding on the best city was my quandary.  Atlanta had been good to me over the years and always embraced my presence so it seemed like the best logical choice. And with my birthday being in early July, it also seemed to be the perfect excuse to throw a great party and offer an early preview of I Do Over.  And a great party is exactly what transpired in Atlanta on July 14th. Unlike all DRV productions and personal parties I have hosted myself, I was able to actually be a guest and simply enjoy every single minute of it!

I’ve prepared so long for this moment!

The invitations were created using my signature collection from Wedding Paper Divas. I altered the design and the colors to create a custom version of the Artistic Waves suite to coincide with the design of the party.  Mike Colon gave us great images from the show to offer guests a sneak peek of some of the design perspective they can expect when I Do Over premieres.

Artistic Waves Suite from the Diann Valentine Wedding Stationery Collection!

There was no chance of a great party without my I Do Over team and entourage with me to celebrate. My stylist Jason Sky could not attend but he made sure I represented for the night in this gorgeous Angela Dean gown! Tiffany Pompey was our Design Coordinator and carefully executed my vision for the design of each wedding. Cece Counts was our Entertainment Coordinator and worked tirelessly to book all sorts of talent including R&B crooner/Actor Chaz Shepherd. D. Micah Lindsey was our Family Coordinator and attended to all of the needs of the families of our brides. Stephanie Scribner was our Logistics Coordinator and worked hand in hand with our Wedding Producer Paula Bond to ensure that every detail was planned to perfection. Leo Eley was my one man glam squad who worked tirelessly on my hair and make-up and created the best wedding night looks I’ve ever had. And my baby-girl Riann Valentine was our Guest Coordinator and worked closely with our Supervising Producer to ensure our brides guests made it to each wedding especially since they were only given 5 days notice.

The ‘I Do Over’ Entourage

Cece Counts, Leo Eley, DV, Riann Valentine, D. Micah Lindsey, Tiffany Pompey, Stephanie Scribner

WEtv’s Suzanne Murch

I have produced several high-profile celebrity weddings in Atlanta so I thought it would be a good market for me to introduce I Do Over in an intimate setting. However, I had no idea that the event community would embrace us with such a phenomenal show of support. What started out as a simple conversation with my friend Stacie Francombe of Inspire Smart Success turned into a wonderful experience with all sorts of blossoming friendships.

Stacie Francombe and DV

To read the rest of Diann’s post, visit her Project Love Blog.

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July 28

Hello Essence Music Festival! from Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

This year has been full of wonderful surprises, developments and changes in my career. In July, I joined WeTV at the Essence Music Festival in a very new role. During the pre-production of this activation, I was able to design the WE tv booth and give them a fresh perspective on a corporate exhibit booth.  An inviting environment where women could come and experience the WE tv brand in a comfortable and engaging space using my favorite, delicious hot pink sofa from Form Décor as the centerpiece of the space. However, once I hit the ground I was not a designer but the host of WE tv’s newest wedding show, I Do Over!

This love symbol from Rrivreworks completed the look!

On Saturday, I was interviewed by Uptown Angela and hung around for a meet and greet with festival goers and seized every opportunity to tell someone about I Do Over!

DV interviewed by Uptown Angela

I also carved out some time for some silly photos in the HD Photo Booth.  Sean Spencer has developed a great evolved photo experience that makes everyone look fabulous.  And I especially love the black and white images and that no one was shoving a sign or a boa on me.  I personally don’t need any props to have fun with a photo booth!

I’m such a HAM!

I have too much fun with Leo Eley—my Hair and Make-up Guru!

I was even able to hang with my big sister Julie—don’t I look just like her!

After my appearance, it was time for The Braxton’s and they brought the laughs and great stories of sisterhood.

To read the rest of Diann’s post, visit her Project Love Blog.

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June 23

At Home with Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

This year I had the privilege of teaching a session at Engage 11 in San Diego. I can still remember the day when Rebecca responded to the email request I had sent her almost a year previously and asked if I was available for this year’s conference. I had heard so many great things about the Engage experience but I have not attended a wedding conference in years so I really had no expectations.  All I knew was that I was thrilled to join such an established group of wedding professionals—many heralded as the leaders in our industry and at this year’s Engage, I would be listed among them.



I love working with smart, strong women and Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Ace certainly sit at the top of my list. They are incredibly insightful and have put together an incredible experience that left me in awe!

Rebecca and Kathryn Photo Courtesy of Jessica Claire

Having traveled the world creating so many wonderful expressions of love—I am not easily impressed.  However, the opening night party was my absolute favorite of the entire experience for several reasons:  (1) The Grand Del Mar is one of the most magical destinations on the west coast. It features the perfect blend of Italian elegance and style with a modern edge for the luxury travel experience and I love traveling well!  And Paige Levy-Kouretchian is so genuinely warm and accommodating and always a gracious host.

Paige Levy-Kouretchian and the adorable Todd Fiscuss – Photo Courtesy of Jessica Claire

(2) It was a casual, unscripted gathering that allowed us to relax, network and engage in so many visceral touch points from the food stations, to the photo booth to the incredible entertainment—my senses were fully engaged!

The Gorgeous Elizabeth Messina and DV- Photo Courtesy of Jessica Claire

(3) Edgar Zamora from Revelry designed a gorgeous chic outdoor lounge set against the backdrop of the Aria Lawn and Pavilion.  So often times I see designers go into venues with beautiful concepts that completely fight the architecture of the space. Revelry infused a mix of French Provencial furnishings with natural organic wood pieces and stunning florals from my friend Eddie at Tic Tock that was understated, elegant and edgy. This design showcased a beautiful extension of the gorgeous architecture at The Grand Del Mar with a harmonious rhythm that played like a beautiful melody!

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Claire

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Claire


Photo Courtesy of Jessica Claire

And (4) I was able to bring my best friend and daughter Riann with me to experience my professional world yet again. Success and accomplishments mean so little when the people you love the most are not involved and proud of your accomplishments so I hope that Riann looks back on these times with great pride!

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Claire

Me and My Best Girl!

Want to see what else Diann Valentine has been up to this summer? Make sure to check out the rest of this fun post on her Project Love Blog.

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May 26

What’s Goin’ On? An Update from Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

I cannot believe this is my first post of the new year but it proves that I still write my own blogs.  Also, I feel like we are all bombarded with so much on-line content that I know it is best for me to only share when I am truly inspired to do so.  In January we started shooting the first season of I Do Over for WeTV. Now anyone who knows DV, knows that I am a workaholic and enjoy being busy and even sometimes a bit overwhelmed. However, shooting this show both as the host and one of the Executive Producers was challenging, exciting and mind boggling but more rewarding than any other venture in my career span.

So today I share with you the new images that WeTV will use as we gear up to promote the premiere of I Do Over. I also have posted the new network commercial that is currently running on WeTV to promote all of their new shows for the year and it includes yours truly. Please have a look and tell me what you think…


Promo Photo for WeTV’s I Do Over!

New Promotional Photo for WeTV’s I Do Over

New Promotional Photo for WeTV’s I Do Over!

New Promotional Photo for WeTV’s I Do Over!

We do not have an official premiere date yet for I Do Over but there are rumblings of sometime this summer.  I hope you will tune in because when weddings go wrong, baby – I Do Over!

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May 19

Party In a Box from Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

While engulfed in the hectic pace of shooting I Do Over, I was blessed with my first ‘party planning’ feature in People magazine. I was tasked to provide tips and a stash of entertaining goodies that every woman should keep at home so she is prepared to host an impromptu gathering at any moment. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and it didn’t hurt that I was in the same issue that my favorite Kardashian graced.

So you know I need to hear from you. Please share with me some of your secret supplies that you keep on hand for an unexpected at home bash!

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