We have been featured on Wedding Colors blog!

We have been extremely blessed to have our work published on the Wedding Colors blog!  

We recently produced a styled photo shoot, with a Lilly Pulitzer inspired theme.  Working together with the talented Brittany of Brittany Shelley Photography, our gorgeous models Lauren and Brandon, we spun the story of a surprise  Engagement Brunch.  Original artwork was provided by the gifted young artist Annika Lehman, the beautiful stationery was provided by Angela Marie Giaco of A Pink Sunset, and adorable cake topper was provided by Lexi Eveleth of Ever Laser.  Baked goods were provided by the talented staff at our local Giant Eagle Bakery.  We shot on location in Sippo Lake Park, in Canton, Ohio.  Please enjoy!

http://weddingcolors.net/lilly-pulitzer-inspired-engagement-brunch.html

We were mentioned on WeddingWire.com!

We have been blessed to have been mentioned in an article on WeddingWire.com!  Thank you, Jenn Sinrich, for your great work!

(https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/wedding-etiquette-dos-most-people-forget)

9 Wedding Etiquette Must-Dos Most People Forget

Written by Jenn Sinrich  Photo: Anna Simonak Photography

The concept that there’s a right way to do something (and a wrong way), a.k.a. etiquette, has been around since the dawn of time. But, in today’s day and age, especially when it comes to weddings, much of the old-school protocol has gone out the window. Sure, it may have to do with changing times, or type of wedding you’re attending—i.e. a ceremony in a church with hundreds of people will likely hold you to a higher standard than a beach wedding with a handful of the bride and groom’s close friends—but that doesn’t mean etiquette in its entirety no longer exists (at least we hope not). “Etiquette was created so people would know how to act and be accepted by the rest of society, which, when you get right down to it, is no different than trying to get a ton of likes or hearts on your social media posts,” says Larissa Banting of Weddings Costa Rica in Santa Ana, Costa Rica.

So what rules should you remember at your own wedding—or as a guest? We talked to top wedding and event planners to get the inside scoop on which elements of wedding etiquette still matter today.

If you’re getting married…

Treat your guests like guests.

“Since you’re inviting people to celebrate your passage into wedded bliss, it’s your responsibility to make sure they are taken care of and made comfortable,” says Banting. “That means having enough seating for the ceremony so people aren’t left standing, having fans or cold drinks available if it’s hot, and having sufficient food and drink for all.” Of course, this is why you hire a wedding planner—to make sure you can sit back enjoy on your big day while ensuring your guests are taken care of. “It may be your day but once you’ve included other people along for the ride, you need to worry about their comfort too,” Banting adds.

Don’t keep people waiting.

You’re going to be pulled in a million and one different directions on your big day, which is why it’s crucial that you create a realistic timeline that you can stick to — and one that won’t keep guests waiting. “Hair and makeup is usually the area that can send the best-laid plans off the rails, so pad in an extra hour to ensure you’re ready on time,” suggests Banting. “If you have a long photo session between the ceremony and reception, offer guests a cocktail hour to keep them occupied—and, if you’re planning on having touchups done or changing into another outfit before or during the reception, just be aware of the time.”

Play music that will appeal to all guests.

You and your crew might be into Beyonce’s latest single, or those 90s throwbacks that you mentioned to your band or DJ in your pre-wedding meeting, but remember that you’ve likely invited guests of all ages. Consider what some of the older crowd (your grandparents, uncles, aunts) might want to listen to as well. “Select a wide range of music to be played so everyone has a chance to get up on the dance floor and have some fun,” says Banting. “Save the hip hop for later in the night once the older crowd has cleared out.”

Be thankful for your toasts.

As the focus of all the wedding toasts, the couple shouldn’t toast to themselves, says Banting. “Proper etiquette is to remain seated, smile and not raise your glass, then thank the person who made the toast.” Although it’s not required, she points out that it’s a nice gesture to finish the toast session with a small speech from you and your bride or groom. “Make sure to thank your guests for coming, your parents for their support and then say something gracious about your newly betrothed before raising a glass to all and taking a sip.”

Send thank-you notes.

Even if you had the chance to thank someone verbally for attending your wedding or giving you a gift, handwritten thank-you cards are still definite dos. “Guests spend considerable amounts of time and money in choosing a gift, selecting attire to wear, finding child care, and traveling to and from all of the wedding-related events,” Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance in Massillon, Ohio, points out. “A heartfelt message, written to the giver of the gift, is much appreciated—just a few lines stating how nice it was to see them and spend time together at the shower or wedding, and how much the gift is appreciated and may be used is fine.”

If it’s not your wedding…

Give a gift at each event you’re invited to.

Traditionally, as a guest, if you are invited to the shower and the wedding, then yes, you should bring a gift, says Lehman, though the bachelorette party is usually more informal so a gift is not necessarily required. “If you are a member of the wedding party, you are expected to contribute financially to the shower and bachelorette party, as well paying for your attire, accessories and/or grooming for the wedding,” she adds. Of course, this can be a bit overwhelming for some, especially when you’re still in school, but Lehman points out that it’s your choice to say yes or no to being a part of the wedding party. “Another solution is to have the wedding party contribute one large gift, for example the stand mixer the bride has had her eye on for months.”

Don’t assume you can bring a plus-one.

“Many guests don’t realize that when they are invited to a wedding, the couple and families are paying for each individual person to attend, to eat and drink and be entertained, rather than one blanket fee,” explains Lehman. “This is why accurate head counts are so crucial to keeping the budget under control.” In other words, if the invitation sent reads “Mr. Jim Smith and guest”, then yes, bring said person, but if the invitation is addressed only to “Mr. Jim Smith,” only Mr. Smith himself is invited to attend.

Always RSVP by the deadline.

There’s a good reason invitations, especially ones to weddings, have a deadline for when you can RSVP by. Head counts are important people! Whomever is planning (and paying for) the wedding seriously needs to know how many people to expect far before the one-month countdown. “If you happen to see the bride before the wedding and end up telling her your RSVP in person, don’t think that got you out of sending your response in,” says Jessica Janik of The Invisible Bridesmaid in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “As soon as you know you will or will not be able to make it, be courteous and send back the RSVP card if that’s what is requested.”

Don’t get in the way of the photographer or videographer.

You might consider yourself the master photographer, thanks to your skills on Instagram, but the couple hired professionals for a reason. “Don’t stand in front of the hired personnel so you can get the perfect shot of the bride and groom on their big day,” warns Janik. “And, if you did happen to take that perfect shot, wait until the ceremony starts to post a photo—you don’t want to beat the bride and groom and post before they have a chance to.”

Why you need to hire a Wedding Planner

Educating yourself about a wedding planner (or consultant or coordinator), and what they do, is quickly becoming a required part of planning a wedding.   Many couples these days are planning long distance affairs, or have demanding work schedules that do not allow for endless meetings with vendors and locations for their wedding.  Often, couples have to make decisions quickly, and without as many choices of locations, materials, or referrals of vendors as they would really like.  This is where the knowledge and practical experience of a wedding planner becomes invaluable.

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Perhaps you have already heard or read some reasons why it is beneficial to hire a coordinator.  It’s true that we wear many hats in this industry.  We must be able to take on a wide variety of duties in order to serve the needs of our clients.  We are able to recommend vendors and service providers that we have worked with before.  We also help a client stay within their budget, often saving them money, and may advise them on wedding etiquette questions.  We can help clients shop for their wedding attire, as well as that of their wedding party.  We generally coordinate all of the client’s plans.  Of course, the biggest service we provide is to keep your rehearsal, wedding day and reception on track.  But I believe the most valuable service we provide is that of stress relief.  We are there to lift the burden from the clients’ shoulders, whether it is just making sure that the vendors have all arrived on time and are setting up the party to specifications, to calming any last minute nerves and offering words of encouragement.  We take care of any details that our clients wish, from just a sounding board when they are starting to plan, to searching out the best deals on locations, vendors, and materials.  We are the people that pick up the ball and run with it, to paraphrase a sports metaphor.  Our only job is to make sure our clients are completely happy, and that the event goes off flawlessly!

Even the most organized person will not wish to deal with lots of details on what is the most special day of their lives.  They may only want to go with the flow, and enjoy the day with family and friends.  That is where a wedding coordinator comes in.  We do the worrying for you!

Happy Engagement Season!

Happy Engagement Season! Check out our Holiday Specials!!

Engaged Couples: Take advantage of our best deal! Save 50% off of our Full-Service Wedding Planning Package!! This is only good until December 31st, 2016. Hurry!!

We offer Gift Certificates! Starting at $25 and up, these can be used for supplies or services for your next event!

Christmas Special: Book any wedding, party, or other event before December 31st, 2016, and receive either a FREE Candy Buffet or Popcorn Buffet for your guests, or save $200 on Planning Services! Please message us for more details or questions. Cheers!

Phone: 330-313-6030 or email: lleweddings@aol.com

 

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Rick and Jan’s Wedding – July 9th, 2016

On July 9th, 2016, we had the pleasure of hosting the wedding of Rick and Jan Lehman.  This was a very special occasion, as this was the first wedding we have planned for family members.  Rick and Jan wanted casual and fun, with the feel of a family picnic.  We had great music, delicious food, cornhole games, and karaoke in the evening.  All in all, a great day!  

We provided planning and coordination, stationery, decorations and florals.

Videography:  Joseph Testa Films

Photography:  Shannon Stambaugh

Officiant:  Rev. Jeffery Witherspoon, A New Way of Hope Weddings

DJ:  B-Man

Bartending:  Kerri Everly

Bakery:  Fishers Foods – Bakery

Rick and Jan’s Wedding – Click here to watch the highlight film!  Enjoy!

Photos by Shannon Stambaugh

 

 

Stylized Bridal Photo Shoot – July 2nd 2016

We collaborated with several awesome vendors on our very first Styled Bridal Photo Shoot, which took place on Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 at Spring Hill Historic Home in Massillon, Ohio.  Formal pictures and post to come soon, but first we wanted to share with you the video feature that our video partner, Joseph Testa Films, put together for us.  All vendors are credited in the comments on their blog.  Enjoy!

Vendors: (facebook.com/Love-Laughter-Elegance-Wedding-Event-Planning-294354135708/ JosephTestaFilms.com jsonmore.com/facebook.com/SpringHillHH/ facebook.com/hadleydesigns facebook.com/ChiavarisBakery/ facebook.com/SDE-Designs-Ltd-386698294748118/ facebook.com/bkystudio altimuspond.zenfolio.com/)

Video:  http://josephtestafilms.com/stylized-bridal-event/

 

Love, Love, Love – Valentine’s Day!

 

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!  Why not celebrate your love with friends and family?  We would love to help you plan an awesome party for your children, with cookie decorating, candy, games, crafts and fun!  Or plan an afternoon of sweet desserts and drinks with your friends or coworkers.  We can set the scene for a memorable event!  We can even create wonderful gift baskets for your sweetheart!

Perhaps you have considered getting married on the most romantic day of the year!  Why not book our Bright Beautiful Beginnings Package:

This package is for the couples who just want a small intimate ceremony with a few close family and friends, or an elopement.  We can arrange for an officiant for you, or you may bring your own.  We can provide cake or cupcakes, beverage of choice, paper goods and decorations for up to 15-20 guests.  We will even take pictures of the festivities for you!

Please contact us for pricing.  We would love to help you celebrate love in all its glory!

Phone or text:  330-313-6030   Email:  lleweddings@aol.com