Sunday, September 17, 2017

How to Make Flower Petal Toss Holders

For one of our weddings this summer we made these super cute and super easy flower petal holders.  Let us know if you need help with yours.  We can work it into your package if you are an All Events Planned bride that needs help assembling them or for anyone that would like us to actually make and design custom holders for you. There are many different ways you can make these to compliment the personality and style of your wedding, which we will mention a few below.

For these particular holders, you simply start off with some paper doilies and double sided tape.  yes, that is it!!! Don't be fooled by the other crafting supplies in the photo. 

Substitutes: Instead of doilies, you can use any type of paper product like a cute piece of scrap book paper or brown Kraft paper.  You can add your monogram to it, your wedding date or a cute saying. You can also make or order little bags or something else already assembled. Instead of the double-sided tape, get cute washi tape in a fun pattern or a metallic foil, or order stickers with your names on them. 


Next, create a cone with the doily.  Make sure the open part on the bottom is small enough that the petals will not fall out.  Then simply secure with the double sided tape.  After doing one or two, you will probably find a strategy that works best for you.  Some people might find that it is easier to put the tape on one side first.  You just have to be careful to not let it get in contact with the doily until its in the place it is supposed to be because it will stick and may rip if you try to lift it off. However, of course the best way is to have a helper!!

Substitutes: In this picture, we show the doily filled already, you don't necessarily have to have them filled already, you can always create a cute little 'station' where guests can fill their own doily pocket, because who doesn't love a station / activity for guests to do?


Another item you will need are the flowers! We would recommend asking your florist to order some extra petals for you.  We also recommend real petals and not the fake ones from the craft store because you don't want to have to pick those up, especially if you are outside as simply sweeping them will be hard to do.  Lastly, check with your florist that they will come in petal form, and not still on the stems or you may have to factor in time to pick off the petals. (That would be a lot of "he loves me, he loves me not's" and who wants to risk that and play that game on their wedding day!?)

Substitutes: Any other flowers, lavender, sprinkles, or something biodegradable.  Basically think about the clean up, and what will be ok to toss into the air?  You don't want anything that is dangerous (obviously) or anything that will get in peoples eyes.




Look how pretty!!!  In this picture you will see that we reused this box to hold our finished doilies so they would stay upright during transportation.  For the actual ceremony, put them in a cute basket or everyone has their own chair and your holder can support it, attach a ribbon to it and hang them on the chairs.



As you walk down the isle, the end result will be so much fun and be great for photos!!!! Make sure you have the officiant tell your guests throw the flowers.  It might also be a good idea to make sure the your bridal party and family sitting in the front row know as well so they can start the trend. Another way to let guests know when it is tie to sprinkle you with love is a good ol' sign! Last by definitely not least, make sure your photographer and videographer know!  You will want them to be prepared to capture the moment and may have some input too.

Here is what it can look like! Unfortunately, this is not the actual image from the wedding we did.  We found this photo on Pintrest.  But its a pretty accurate of the fun and excitement ahead!!! Cheers!









 


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Behind the Scenes with Thomas Limo


Here is another of our Behind the Scenes series and it features Thomas Limo.  When I started my career, I was based out of Akron and this was one of the companies that I worked with then (15 years ago!!!) and still work with now!  Transportation doesn't get the attention it deserves when planning your wedding but the wrong company can ruin everything.  From being late to not even showing up, you need to make sure you get a reliable and professional company that has a great reputation!

Q: What is the biggest misconception about your industry?
A: Our biggest misconception would be what type of vehicles we offer. Before our company name change a few years ago we were known as Thomas Limousine Service, which lead everyone to believe we only offered “limousine” type vehicles. Which is/was farthest from the truth. We actually have a fleet size of over 90 vehicles and growing! Which is why we made the decision to re-name the company TL Worldwide Transportation, to hopefully eliminate that idea of our service being limited to just limousines. We offer sedans, SUV’s, vans, shuttle buses, mini buses, Sprinters, and Limousine Buses.
Q: How you describe your style, your personality, and/or your brand?
A: Best word to describe our company would be “professional.” We have many years of experience, and offer a true experience rather then just a “ride” from point A to point B.
Q: What are a few mistakes brides sometimes make when choosing their vendor?
A: Over the years the biggest mistake we have seen when choosing a limousine company is the bride/groom/family NOT going to visit the company before booking. We encourage everyone to GO to the facility, meet the people, see the building, and most importantly see the chosen vehicle in person!!! Anyone can put anything on the internet these days, and unfortunately, we know that some companies use “stock” photos of their vehicles. Its important to go see the vehicles in person, so there are NO surprises on the most important day of your life!!

Q: What things should a bride look for, look at, when selecting a vendor?
A: As previously stated its important to go to the company before making a deposit, in order to have seen first hand what will be arriving the day of!! Smell the vehicle, sit inside and judge just how much room you are going to have, look at how the cars are taken care of (Are they parked outdoors, or in a garage), and etc. Its important to research!!! Find reviews, ask around, and one of the most important things to ask would be if that company is fully insured. Do they do driver background checks before hiring? How often are their vehicles maintained?
Q: One thing a bride could save on when booking with you?
A: All of our vehicles have a “hourly minimum” in order to book. We always try to find ways to help the bride/groom maximize that time.

Q: What is the one thing a bride should splurge on when booking with you?
A: GUEST SHUTTLING!! If you have room in your budget, shuttling your guests to/from the reception to make sure everyone has a safe way home is an amazing gift to offer your guests, and give you peace of mind that everyone can have a great time and not worry how to get back to the hotel.

Q: If you had a client who had endless funds what unique ideas/products/services would you offer them?
A: Rehearsal dinner transportation and honeymoon airport service!! Rehearsal dinner night you could have everyone ride together and sometimes this is the first time people in your bridal party are meeting for their first time, so it gives everyone a chance to bond. Secondly, I would say airport service to/from the airport for your honeymoon. After an amazing wedding weekend, frankly you’re exhausted!! Most flights leave really early, and it would be nice to just get picked up right from your front door, and dropped off right at your departure gate. Q: What are a few things that bridal clients should review in contracts?
A: Deposit policy. We make sure all of our future clients read over the contracts in detail and ASK any questions if there is any confusion on the terms. Q: What is something you wish all of your clients knew, or a certain thing you wish all of your clients would do to make working with them easier?
A: We can never have too much information!! Sometimes, we have clients book with us months before their wedding date, and we are actually calling them the week of asking for details! We know it’s a crazy/busy time planning a wedding, but the more information we have the smoother the day can go. Our drivers are EXTREMELY experienced and so professional. We are truly blessed to have them apart of our TL family!!! They are going to give you the experience that you deserve and will never forget! I cant count how many “thank you” cards or emails have come to us WHILE people are on their honeymoons because the experience was just that memorable they took time out of their honeymoon to send a thank you!!



Well, that was some great information and again, I can't stress enough how important it is to be sure you know what you are getting from your transportation company! If you are still looking to book, contact Thomas Limo today!

Happy Planning!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Behind the Scenes with A Cookie & A Cupcake

We love getting to know more about our favorite vendors as well as getting to see "behind the scenes".  We created this series more than 7 years ago and are thrilled to start presenting some new interviews with area vendors.

First up, A Cookie & A Cupcake


Q: What is the biggest misconception about your industry?
A: So the truth is there is only one big misconception about baking in general, and I know I speak for many pastry chefs and bakeries when I say this.....There are not unicorns and puppy dogs magically baking our product  lol. People think that an 8 tiered cake can be whipped up in no time and can be completely custom, let alone that you may have any other previous projects due, but it will cost next to nothing. This sometimes disappoints many bakeries but truth is, its all about educating the client. So, we at A Cookie and A Cupcake will always try and fit whomever into our schedule with any project but we may have to adjust the design a bit. Our suggestion to clients is to always be well prepared, ask questions, and be reasonable about your budget expectations.

Q: Describe your "brand" at A Cookie and A Cupcake
A: A Cookie and A Cupcake has always prided ourselves on our handmade, from scratch baking....we don't keep a freezer full of cakes, but we make everything to order. This not only helps with the freshness of our cupcakes but it extends the life for our client to be able to buy them and enjoy right away or in a few days. We love making and creating and our heart is in everything we do. 



Q: What are some mistakes you see couples make when choosing their baker? 
A: I don't think its necessarily about mistake in choosing a vendor, but more of being realistic. You often see people using their "aunt who has a  friend that bakes" or a friend who will do it for free.....this doesn't always work. So being realistic about your budget and your expectations is the key in choosing a vendor. We are not the cheapest around nor are we the most expensive, but we are "seasoned", with amazing product that your guests will enjoy and remember.

Q: What should a client look for in bakery? 
A: Well, I may say the same thing over again for this question....Always know your budget ( a realistic budget) and your expectation of product before choosing a vendor. So many brides are burdened with keeping in a certain budget and have Walmart prices in mind but want a amazing cake or cupcakes. Now, we do not think that Walmart is bad, but we are a boutique bakery using amazing local ingredients with care and are able to produce a much better product. So if you need to evaluate what you want versus what you can truly afford. 



Q: What are some benefits to working with A Cookie and A Cupcake?  
A: The bride can count on not having a bunch of small fees with A Cookie and a Cupcake. We have a package that includes the delivery fee ( up to 20 miles), and display stand. Also, when choosing A Cookie and A Cupcake you get a large flavor list to choose from for the same price. 

Q: What is something that you think a client should splurge on with their wedding cake?
A: Well a couple should feel like they are in good hands, from custom designs to amazing product. So you should always feel like using the endless list of flavor combinations to your advantage. Whether your choosing a tiered cake or a cupcake wedding, enjoy having a dessert not just plain cake, pick flavors you would like and this will be something your friends and family will appreciate. Now I always say splurge on design as well. there are plenty of ways that you can get an amazing cake if you don't have the budget, and that's what I am here for, but if you had to choose I would say spend the money on designing a one of a kind cake!



Q: What would you do with a client who had an endless budget for cake? 
A: We love helping our clients with creating the most amazing cake for their budget, but we have had a few lucky times when their is not a set budget...and this is a great opportunity for our client. We love designing one of a kind cakes and cupcakes. many times we draw up sketches and work together to create something that is just for the couple. This also included unique flavors as well as unique edible favors. 

Q: What should clients pay special attention to in their cake contract? 
A: I think the fine print is what many people forget to read. The feed back I get from clients about their other vendors is they forgot or didn't see the fine print and end up paying much more then intended. We are very open (as many bakeries are) about out policies and costs. there are no hidden fees or taxes and gratuities to worry about. But I have heard couples say they have run out of money because they didn't see something in their contract and it added "blank" amount of money. So, my advice is not only to read the fine print but take notes and right down reminders. Couples are too busy the last week of their wedding to get hit with hidden fees, so if you are prepared it will go smoothly. 



Q: What are some things a client should know to make working with you an easier experience? 
A: I think its mainly that we want you to feel like you are the only client but we do have many clients and most bakeries are hands on owners. We work extreme hours and most of the time we have endless days. We do this because we love it and we want to make people smile when they enjoy our product....which we never get to see them enjoy lol. So the more time you give a baker the better....it helps us manage our production schedule and our personal schedule .

Q: What do you love most about working with clients? 
A: I love when a client is excited about their special event, they are enthusiastic and want to have a wow piece as their dessert. These clients acknowledge the time put into their product and choose us because we can make that happen. These clients are usually back every year for birthdays, anniversaries etc.....and that's why we love them. 



You can see from the answers that A Cookie and A Cupcakee is a company that loves what they do and enjoys the process.  I hope that you have a great wedding cake for your big day, if you aren't sure who to book, be sure to check out A Cookie and A Cupcake!  

Happy Planning!