We have been mentioned on Martha Stewart Weddings!

We have been blessed again, to have been mentioned in an article on Martha Stewart Weddings!!  Thank you, Jenn Sinrich!

https://www.marthastewartweddings.com/619474/how-to-choose-rehearsal-dinner-venue

How to Choose the Perfect Rehearsal Dinner Venue

Plus, other planning tips.

Contributing Writer
natalie jamey rehearsal dinner tables

Photography by: KT Merry

The second most important event of your wedding weekend will undoubtedly be your rehearsal dinner. Typically, this is a less-formal event during which close friends and family come together (generally following some form of wedding rehearsal) in celebration of the big event. It’s especially beneficial if many of your guests are coming from out of town, as it’s a nice excuse to spend more time together.

 

“The rehearsal dinner is one of the most anticipated and cherished traditions of a wedding celebration,” says Kimberly Lehman, wedding and event planner at Love, Laughter & Elegance. “For many couples, this will be the first opportunity that their friends and family members will have to meet each other.” To make the most of this treasured evening, we asked twp wedding planners to explain how you should go about selecting the right venue for this important pre-wedding event.

 

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING REHEARSAL AND REHEARSAL DINNER CHECKLIST

 

Step 1: Determine your budget.

First and foremost, figure out how much money you have to spend on the rehearsal dinner. This will help you figure out what kind of event you’re able to have, and how many guests you can invite. Setting your budget also means figuring out who will be shouldering the cost. “Traditionally, the groom’s parentsare the hosts of the rehearsal dinner,” says Lehman. “Today, however, as more couples are paying for the expenses of the wedding themselves, the cost of the rehearsal dinner is often included in the overall budget.” Be sure to allow enough time to scout out the perfect venue, taking into consideration the overall cost of enough food and drinks for guests.

 

Step 2: Settle on a theme.

This is the fun part! Just as you likely chose a theme for your wedding, be it nautical, vintage-traditional, or rustic, you can have fun with the vision you choose for your rehearsal dinner. The food you choose can play a role in this effect as well. Are you big on Italian food? A lover of guac and chips? Don’t feel the need to go fancy just because your wedding day is upscale. “A rehearsal dinner can also be as casual as a pizza party or barbecue in the backyard of the couple’s home, or a local park,” says Lehman. “Generally, whoever hosts the dinner has creative control, taking into account their budget, and the tastes of the couple, aesthetically and gastronomically.”

 

Step 3: Find the right venue.

The rehearsal dinner is often held at a local restaurant or country club, but Lehman points out that any location will do. “A rooftop with a great view in the city, a nostalgic bowling alley, a private home, or a clambake or a bonfire on the beach are all great ideas,” she says. Though she does warn that it’s wise to choose a venue that’s close enough to the wedding ceremony that it provides guests the convenience of not having to travel too far. “Visit several venues to see if there are enough areas for seating and standing, clean restroom facilities, and friendly, well-trained wait staff,” she adds. Will the venue allow the wedding party to bring in decorations, entertainment, and catering as needed?  Will the venue be able to accommodate special dietary needs of guests? Will there be a dress code? These are all things she suggests considering when finding the right venue.

 

LITTLE WHITE LOOKS FOR EVERY WEDDING EVENT

 

Step 4: Finalize your invite list.

Just as your guest list for the big day is important (and likely involved some cutting), you can expect the same when it comes to your rehearsal dinner. “If you’re having a traditional rehearsal dinner, your guests are your VIPs: your immediate family, bridal party, and their dates,” says Tessa Brand, wedding and event planner and owner of Tessa Lyn Events. “A party this size should be able to fit in a private room in a restaurant.” However, if you are extending the invite to all guests, she says this is more of a “welcome party,” which means you will need a larger space. Knowing your approximate guest count will help you determine the price per guest. “Keep in mind, that even if you invite all your wedding guests, the acceptance for a welcome dinner will be lower than your wedding, as people arrive from out of town at different times.”

 

Step 5: Pick your ideal menu.

“The menu is probably the single most influential factor when debating where to have a rehearsal dinner,” says Lehman. “Many couples choose to host their rehearsal dinner in the location they met or where they had their first date.” This is cute and all, but remember that your rehearsal dinner can hold as much or as little meaning as you want. After all, you have a whole wedding dedicated to your love for each other the following day. Have fun and be adventurous! “Sharing the experience with those closest to the couple is what it’s all about,” Lehman adds.

 

Step 6: Plan your décor.

Once you’ve locked down your rehearsal dinner venue and selected from the menu options, your next to-do is décor. Brand suggests going with a completely different color scheme for your flowers, and switching up the décor from what you’ll have at your wedding. “While the idea of having one cohesive wedding weekend may sound ideal, it is much more fun to switch it up and will show you put thought into each event,” she says. “Plus, this leaves an element of surprise for your guests to see on your wedding day.” Floral additions are great, too, as they will easily last a few days and can be repurposed for a farewell brunch at the end of the weekend.

 

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Audrey Hepburn – Funny Face Inspiration Board

Image may contain: 1 person(Disclaimer:  Pictures are not my work, just inspiration. )

I love, love, love the movie “Funny Face”, with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire!  It was the perfect combination of story, song, dance, and fashion!  The fact that the majority of the story took place in Paris, France, just adds to the charm of the movie.  The scenery was amazing.  I highly recommend that you view it sometime! 

This is my take on a wedding inspired by this iconic cinematic masterpiece.  I would love to create this for a couple, or even a styled photo shoot.  If anyone would like to work on this with me, please feel free to send me a message!

Enjoy!

We have been mentioned on Martha Stewart Weddings!

We have been blessed again, to have been mentioned in an article on Martha Stewart Weddings!  Thank you so much to Jenn Sinrich!!  Please enjoy!

http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/618253/what-to-do-during-wedding-planning-disagreements

AUGUST 14, 2017

What to Do If You and Your Partner Disagree Over Wedding Planning

Don’t let it get the best of you!

Contributing Writer
Couple Arguing

Photography by: Getty Images

Disagreements and arguments are normal—even healthy—aspects of any relationship. That’s especially true when you’re dealing with something as stressful as planning a wedding. Appeasing both families, creating the guest list, and choosing the venue can leave you feeling pitted against each other rather quickly. “Emotions are running high, way too many people are meddling in your life because of the event, and the logistics are crazy-making—if you didn’t have a fightbefore the wedding, it would be unusual!” says April Masini, New York-based relationship and etiquette expert.

 

But even if it’s normal to disagree while planning your wedding, no couple wants to feel resentment towards their partner. To help minimize fighting, we reached out to relationship and wedding experts for their best tips for keeping the peace.

 

WHAT YOU & YOUR FIANCÉ WILL FIGHT ABOUT BEFORE THE WEDDING ACCORDING TO REAL COUPLES

 

Listen to one another.

This involves more than simply hearing what your partner has to say (even when you don’t like it.) You should also try to understand what your partner is trying to say and how he or she truly feels. “If you can’t listen to each other now, this will most likely be an issue in the future,” says Cristen Faherty, wedding and event planner at Cristen & Co Event Coordination & Design. And it’s not just about listening, but also about communication patiently. “This will help you better understand one another and resolve big and small issues quickly so you can move on to happier moments.”

 

Make a list.

“Whatever the topic of debate is, write it down,” says Kimberly Lehman, wedding and event planner at Love, Laughter & Elegance. “Break it down into sections for discussion and go over each subject individually.” For example, if the argument is over the budget, list out your individual priorities for the celebration and then discuss how you can come to an agreement on what’s most important. Another helpful strategy is to rate each item on your list on a scale of one to ten (ten being a very strong preference) to show its importance to you, suggests Claudia Six, Ph.D., clinical sexologist and relationship coach. For example: “I want my ex-wife’s parents to attend, and that’s an eight for me. I feel pretty strongly about it.” The other person may say: “My objection to your ex-wife’s parents being there is a two, so let’s invite them.” You rate your preferences and go with the highest rated option.

 

Delegate whenever possible.

“There will be wedding-related tasks that one person, or both, just do not wish to take on, such as choosing table linens or floral arrangements,” says Lehman. Her quick-fix? Consider the interests of each partner and then divide and conquer. “If your fiancé is a fan of local breweries and pub food, consider having him choose a craft beer as part of the cocktail hour, or selecting favorite appetizers to delight guests with.” When neither party feels compelled to decide on a certain aspect of the wedding, be it the flowers or the napkin fold, divvy those decisions up to family. Bottom line: Not everything has to be decided together.

 

Take a break for a while from planning.

In addition to being exciting, wedding planning comes with its fair share of stressful moments. If you and your partner find that wedding stress is getting in the way, or leaving you with less time to enjoy being engaged, plan an escape. “This could be something as simple as a romantic dinner together or taking off on a weekend trip,” says Lehman. “Rediscover all of the parts of each other’s personality that made falling in love so enjoyable.”

 

Focus on the big picture.

“Remember that you’re planning a day, but it’s the life beyond that day that truly matters,” says Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC, a clinical psychologist and couple’s counselor. “This day is a celebration, and it is symbolic, but it is only a day, and the planning and execution of it is something that you are supposed to enjoy.” Her advice is to not let it create undue stress or drive a wedge between the two of you. Remember that it’s the rest of your life after that day that matters. “Keep things in perspective and don’t let too much weight be on this event, enjoy it, because hopefully you will only do it once.”

 

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

 

A LILLY PULITZER INSPIRED ENGAGEMENT BRUNCH

Bright and colorful, with floral prints  and a bit of tropical flare – this Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch captured by Brittany Shelley Photography, and planned by Love, Laughter & Elegance, intrigued me at first glance. What a fun way to announce your engagement to your family and friends. An outdoor engagement party filled with vibrant color, fun accessories and yummy food. And when cocktails topped with mini paper umbrellas are being served you know you’re in for some fun.

From the photographer, Brittany Shelley Photography: This album story is about Lauren and Brandon, a real couple who were the perfect fit for this styled session. Lauren and Brandon plan on getting married soon so a perfect surprise engagement brunch was much needed with friends and family by their side. Their friends and family have not arrived yet. Lauren loves bold and bright colors so a Lilly Pulitzer theme was perfect for this brunch. Lauren gathered together her bridesmaid gifts in the colors that matched their table settings. These gifts were a way of asking her friends to be her bridesmaids. Lauren and Brandon are the sweetest! We wish them and their family the best as they celebrate their new life together 🙂

 

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

A Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Engagement Brunch|Photographer: Brittany Shelley Photography

 

Day of Wedding Coordination Giveaway!

img_20161203_191019***Special Announcement!***

We are giving away a FREE Day of Coordination Package to one Lucky Couple! May be applied to any wedding in 2017 or 2018. All you need to do to enter, is send us a brief essay of 300 words max., of why you should be chosen. Please email entries to lleweddings@aol.com.

Contest is limited to weddings in Ohio, and immediate surrounding states. Entries must be in by midnight, April 1st, 2017. Winners will be announced by April 3rd, 2017. Those who are not selected as the winner of the Free Package, are still eligible for an offer of a discounted price on above stated package, or any other services that we offer. Good Luck!

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!

Massillon High School Craft & Vendor Show – 12/3/16

On Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, we were pleased to participate in the 2nd Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Show at Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio.  This show is a huge fundraiser to benefit the Choral Program.  There were over 60 unique crafters, bakers, and direct sales vendors at this show, which was well attended.  We were happy to assist the organizers in preparation of the show.  Below are some pictures from our booth, which was elegantly dressed in navy and gold.  We offered information on our services, as well as gift certificates for sale, which always makes the perfect gift.  We also provided a raffle basket giveaway.  We are looking forward to assisting again for the next event.  Go Tigers!

 

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