Wednesday, October 15, 2008

"Planning a wedding is like coloring when you're 4;

There's no right or wrong way to do it. And everyone will love it because they love you!".

This quote is from groom Joel Daly who was featured in this seasons One Thing I Learned section of Martha Stewart Weddings.

In my line of work, I have had the opportunity to attend many weddings and, although there are still rules of ettiquite that need to be followed, there isn't much stopping a couple from planning a wedding that is truely "them". There are so many choices out there right now, from ceremony sites, to invitation colors, and even to the type of food served at your reception.

Because of all of the choices available to couples now, there isn't really such a thing as a traditional wedding. When planning your wedding, make sure to take the time to sit down together and find out what aspects of your wedding are the most important to you and where you are wanting to focus most of your budget.

At the end of the day, you want to be able to look back on your photos and know that the feel of your wedding really did capture the two of you as individual and also as a couple.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Brides Against Breast Cancer

I don't remember how I heard about it but the Making Memories Foundation is a wonderful group whose mission is to "grant wishes, including memory-making events, for metastatic breast cancer patients, while continuing to support, educate and increase resource awareness."

Two sub-groups of the Making Memories Foundation are Brides Against Breast Cancer and The Pink Envelope Project. One of the Brides Against Breast Cancers larger events are their large gown sales used to raise money to grant wishes through the Making Memories Foundation. For more information on these events or to learn more about donating your gown, please visit their homepage at http://www.bridesagainsbreastcancer.org/.

The Pink Envelope project is another great group that encourages brides to host pink envelope bridal showers, or even receptions. There is, of course, no obligation but through the Pink Envelope Project, brides can purchase small envelopes for their guests to make a contribution. For more information, and to learn how to host your own Pink Envelope party, you can register at http://www.pinkenvelopeproject.org/.


Monday, October 13, 2008

Jon and Amanda's wedding pics are in!

Since I did promise you that I would begin filling you in on this summer's wedding, I thought I would start with one of my favorites.
Jon and Amanda got married at the Columbus Museum of Art on June 21, 2008. From the very beginning Amanda was a do-it-yourself bride. She made all of her invitations and programs, created two beautiful wish trees, and painted gorgeous runners for her gift table and sweetheart table. Every detail came together wonderfully for their pink and champagne wedding. Also, before I go any further I would like to thank Valeri Hoffman-Bradford for the beautiful pictures.



The ceremony was originally supposed to be in the sculpture garden at the Columbus Museum of Art but about fifteen minutes before the ceremony a huge storm front moved through, forcing us to move inside. Derby Court was decorated beautifully for the ceremony that featured a bagpiper leading the bride and her father down the aisle.


A great surprise to the groom and rest of the guests was when Buckeye Brass started playing the Ohio State fight song to mark the end of cocktail hour and the start of dinner. A surprise to the bride was a special "Buckeye Bride" tribute the group played for Amanda.

Jan Kish baked a beautiful five tier wedding cake that was topped with Amanda's grandmother's 65 year old cake topper. Jan also baked two smaller cakes for Amanda and Jon's two young children - Ariel from The Little Mermaid for their daughter and Lighting McQueen from Disney's Cars for their son.



After a night of dining, drinking, and dancing, the happy couple ran through an arch of sparklers to a waiting Rolls Royce.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Trends

Before I started a blog, I had a page on my website where I listed current trends or just interesting things I came across that dealt with the wedding industry. My hope is to continue doing that here as opposed to directly on the site but I still wanted to feature a few that I already had posted.

This first is the opportunity couples have to ship their luggage to their honeymoon destination. If you timeline is tight and you are planning on leaving for your honeymoon the day following your ceremony that means there is the potential that you will have to transport your luggage with you the entire day, find a place to store it during your ceremony and reception, and then carry it all throughout your hotel that night. The companies http://www.luggageforward.com/ and http://www.luggageconcierge.com/ allow you to ship your luggage to your honeymoon destination and then all you need to worry about is a small overnight bag for your wedding night.

Another great opportunity out there is Dial Directions. By posting directions on the website http://www.dialdirections.com/ your guests can then call the phone number 347-328-4667 and have turn my turn directions sent directly to their cell phones.

Last, but not least, is a great new social networking site for brides at http://www.bridalfever.com/. This website is still in the building processes but it will soon be a wonderful way for you to connect with brides and vendors in your area. Two other great sites to check out are http://www.theknot.com/ and http://www.weddingwire.com/.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My First Blog

So, since things are finally starting to slow down I decided to use this time to perfect the art of blogging. Or, at least write some stuff down so that you can get to know me and my business a little better.

It was a whirlwind summer this year, starting with my sister's destination wedding on Bald Head Island


and ending with my daughter's 1st Birthday Party at Mary Nell's Windswept Farm.



Everything in-between is a little bit of a blurr but I hope to recap it for you over the next couple of weeks.

This past wedding season, I did have the opportunity to work with some really great couples who planned weddings in some beautiful locations, such as the brand new Savannah Center at Chapel Crossing (Amy and Darren's wedding was actually the first wedding every in their gazebo), the Columbus Museum of Art, and Cox Arboretum.


One of the things I love so much about this business is that you get to share in one of the most important days of a person's life. During the time that I work with a couple, I learn so much about them and it is fun to see those little details that make them unique incorporated into their day. Such as, Emily and Brendan whose favors were smoothies from Tropical Smoothie Cafe, accompanied by a little note describing how Emily and Brendan met in line at Tropical Smoothie when Brendan offered Emily one of his coupons.


Another one of the things I love is how much you can learn about a couple from the guests at their wedding. Sarah and Adam are a great couple and from the moment they entered their reception, they truly were the center of attention. Every one of their guests got out of their seats to watch Sarah and Adam cut the cake and then made a circle around them on the dance floor during their first dance. I don't think anybody even left the reception until after Adam and Sarah did. You could just tell that they surrounded themselves with friends and family who loved and supported them. I think it was at that reception that I learned how much the people you choose to have in your life reflect the kind of person you are.



I could go on and on forever but I won't. Have no fear, I will be back soon to fill you in on all the great details of weddings, past - present - and future!