Thursday, July 13, 2017

Simple and Easy Wedding Speciality Drinks

Cheers, you're getting married!  Consider trying one of these cocktails for your bar. All of them contain most of the ingredients you would have in a traditional wedding bar anyway!

Lavender - Love - & - Lemon Libation

With just this one organic, locally made cocktail syrup, you can turn a normal bar into a one that will win a true mixologists heart at your wedding.

Pope's Kitchen has an array of delicious syrups, but today we want to talk about their amazing Lavender Lemon Cocktail Syrup. Simply mix this with some champagne for an elegant toast with a twist or have it at the bar and splash to your everyday vodka soda. Easy as (lemon) pie!

Take note that Pope's also sells their cocktail syrups in larger sizes, which make serving a drink like this at your wedding more cost effective.

Sweet Cherry Limeade

How does a little rum, lime, lemonade, some sort of bubbly wash, and some cherry's on top sound?  Like a delicious sonic alcoholic Limeade, right!?!?! So Refreshing! Talk to your bartender and see what they can add to the bar to make this.  Lemon Lime soda / lime juice w/lemonade or limeade, grenadine.  These ingredients can easily be used as washes or add ins to other drinks too!

Vanilla, Ice, and ..... Anything

Have you thought about adding a flavored vodka?  Vanilla Vodka & Ginger ale; Tastes like cream soda! Vanilla Vodka & Pineapple Juice; Umm Yesssss Please.  Vanilla Vodka & Coke; Duh! Vanilla Vodka & Coffee; Keep drinking and stay energized, Yayy!

Hopefully I have helped provide some inspiration on how you can expand your bar into something fun with just one or a few simple ingredients.  Let us know what you come up with or feel free to ask us help create something perfect for your wedding!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A New Service from AEP

This weekend we had the pleasure of helping our friends at A Budding Tree with some setup for a wedding.  We loved helping and LOVE weddings but this was our first experience with a wedding WITHOUT a planner and I was in SHOCK!  
This wedding had a few issues in the very few hours I was there (all would have been solved by having a planner)
  • Layout was never completed so no ideas on how room was setup or where DJ should be placed in terms of the entrance and then also with the lighting he was providing
  • DJ had no playlist OR timeline
  • No one was in charge of setting up menu cards or favors
  • Venue said there was no cake on their sheet BUT bride had provided cake topper and cutting utensils 
  • Guest book was there but there were no pens available for signing (and they were going to need to be specialty pens based on the guest book.

The venue coordinator CALLED the Bride directly with these issues. (a HUGE no-no as far as I am concerned as a planner, we NEVER bother the bride on her day) 

These issues were apparent to me in the very FEW hours that I was there setting up and this was even before the wedding started!!  Who knows how it went once the evening started.  

I left the wedding (after attempting to fix a few of these issues since I was there and able) dismayed at how someone's wedding day could end up going so terribly and wondering HOW could I help?  How can I help the bride who doesn't have the budget (or interest) in hiring a full planner for her wedding.  I have to be able to stop this from happening so that EVERY bride can have an easy time with their wedding.

I met with the Manager of AEP and we discussed what could be done to save the planner-less bride.  What was created from this meeting was our very new service!

Wedding Planning Express- $250 
This service will provide a 2- hour meeting with all of the people involved in your wedding plans (mom, bridesmaid, friends).  We will review the full details of your wedding as well as provide you with a rough timeline to determine how your day should look and a check list of items that you will want to check and review before the big day.  This service will allow for you to take all of the information and manage the details and expectations ALL without a planner.

While, my plan isn't to have a bunch of brides NOT hiring a wedding planner, I couldn't help but think there needed to be something for all of the brides who just don't have the budget for full services.  My preference is that you do have a planner to manage your day, so that family and friends aren't working but I know that some brides won't/can't or don't want to hire a planner.  

My hope is that this service will save all of those weddings (like the one I mentioned above) and all of those brides from the chaos and mess of mistakes, oversights and missing items.  

If this sounds like something you'd like, please email us today! 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

A Brides Design in Avon Ohio

As a little girl have you ever dreamed about the day that you would finally find that perfect dress? Did you imagine specific details like pearls or lace or sparkle or tulle? Did it have sleeves or was it strapless? Who was there with you?

Well, at A Brides Design, you can custom make that dress you have been dreaming of since you were a little girl because Laura, the designer and owner of A Brides Design, has literally dreamt of making this wish come true for brides since she was a little girl herself. She said she always knew it was what she wanted to do, there wasn’t any doubt or anything in particular that make it click. It was as simple as growing up she knew she wanted to be a designer and that she wanted to design wedding dresses. Laura has helped countless brides feel beautiful on their wedding day. She has worked very hard to get where she is today and her business is thriving because of it!

About one week ago, All Events Planned visited Laura’s store in Avon, OH. Laura gladly made time for us during her busy season and made us feel right at home. In fact, Laura operates A Brides Design out of her home. You literally pull into her driveway and enter into the storefront entrance. From the moment you walk in you can feel love and passion that goes into what she does. I can only imagine the WOW experience her brides have. Every little detail from way the walls are decorated to the creative chalk painted antique furniture that displays all of Laura’s beautiful accessories. The bridal shop takes up two full rooms; The first one you walk into has a large variety of designer gowns and the second room has more selections along with some prom and bridesmaid dresses and of course plenty of windows that allow the room to be filled with great natural light so you can see yourself in the beautiful floor length mirror.

Laura only schedules one appointment at time so that the bride and her loved ones have the opportunity to have a special and private experience without feeling rushed due to any other hustle or bustle going on around them. Laura has gowns to choose from that can be ordered without any changes. But, she also works with flexible designers that allow Laura to make changes on their gowns. So, if you fall in love with that dress but there is just one or a few things you want to do differently, you can! Not only that, but being a designer herself, Laura can work with you to make a totally custom one of a kind gown just for you down to the cut, material, everything!!!! Best of all Laura’s custom gowns are not any more expensive then the other dresses in her store, nor do they take any longer to come in so there is no reason you can’t have that gown that you have always been dreaming of!

If you are in the market for a wedding gown, give Laura a chance, it may be one of the most relaxing and rewarding parts of your wedding planning experience. And, who would love to say that literally no other bride has your dress!

Thank you for letting us visit your adorable shop, Laura!  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Where are they Now? - Beth and Bobby!

We had the honor of being a part of Beth and Bobby’s wedding almost 7 ½ Years ago, in September of 2009! We are so Happy that we got to take the time to interview Beth and Bobby and see where they are now. This Blog is a must read; you are going to love hearing about their first dance song, wedding advise and all the amazing places they have traveled!

Questions about the Wedding: 

Flowers By: Neil Lesson
Q: What was one of the things that you disagreed about the most about the wedding or during the planning? When you look back now and think it was silly?
A: I pretty much did all the planning. He didn't really have much input and trusted my judgement, so we really did not disagree about anything.

Q: How did you feel the day after your wedding?
A: I remember thinking…I cannot believe it was over?!? I spent a year of my life planning this one day and It went so fast.

Q: How did you feel the day of your wedding? Example, calm, overwhelmed, emotional, like a natural host?
A: Super Calm. My bridesmaids kept asking me if I was ok as I am generally not a 'calm' person. We were on time, actually ahead of schedule, for everything. We had plenty of time for pictures and just hanging out. I really thought I would be running around like crazy the day of, but it was the exact opposite.

Q: What was your first dance song and why did you choose it?
A: We did the Cha-Cha to Lady Gaga's- Just Dance…which included a standing back flip by my husband. We picked it because quite frankly, who wants to watch 2 people slow dance to some sappy song that is only special to the two dancing??

Q: What do you wish you would have spent more time/money on or less time/money on when planning the wedding?
A: Looking back I wish we would have spent less time and money on everything. A more intimate affair with about 50 of our closest family and friends vs. 300 acquaintances and random family that we have not seen in 5+ years would have been way better all around.

What is the one thing you wish you would have done differently?
A: Downsized everything, especially the guest list.

All Wedding Photos for Beth and Bobby By: Spencer Photography
Q: What did guests comment about most after the wedding was over?
A: The candy bar, the flowers (Thanks Neil Leeson) and the DJ's (Thanks Marino Brothers). I must admit, I loved all 3 as well. I have yet to attend another wedding that rivaled my flowers, candy bar and DJ's.

Q: Did you have a wedding cake? If so, were you nice about feeding each other, or did one of you smash it in the others face? (uh-oh!)
A: We did have a cake, a beautiful one actually. My husband was on his best behavior but I attempted to smear it on him. I wasn't very successful.

Q: What advice do you have for brides planning their wedding?
A: Just breathe. Everything is going to be ok. The things that are not ok, you probably won't even know about :)

Questions About Now: 

Q: How did you celebrate your first anniversary?
A: While honeymooning in Bora-Bora, we met another couple from Dallas, TX that was also celebrating their honeymoon. We hit it off and decided to make sure we stayed connected. For our first anniversary, we all decided to celebrate together on the Amalfi Coast in Italy for 2 weeks. We have celebrated our anniversaries together ever since. We have been to Italy, Ireland, Costa Rica, St Lucia, and Aruba to name a few. We also get together multiple times each year to just catch up.

Q: Does married life feel different to you?
Cake By: The West Side Bakery
A: Not really, it is still pretty comfortable in terms of a relationship and we are still really busy with our careers.

Q: Most exciting thing that’s happened since you’ve gotten married?
A: We have had a lot of exciting things happen, but it just seems like everyday life to us. My husband was featured in Forbes Magazine and I won CFO of the Year from Crain's Magazine.

Q: Have you moved since the wedding day?
A: Not yet, but we are in the process of building a new house. We should finish and move by October 2017.

Q: How have your careers or family changed?
A: We now work together, something we vowed never to do.

Q: Have you traveled anywhere fun as Mr. & Mrs.?
A: We are so fortunate and travel a lot. We have been to Portugal, Bora Bora, Moorea, Italy three times, Nice, Cannes, Monaco, Aruba twice, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, a Silver Seas Cruise (the best vacation ever), Prague, St. Lucia, Los Cabos and many more. Did I mention we are super blessed to be able to travel?

Q: What have you learned about weddings or planning that you didn’t know before going into it?
A: That everyone considers themselves experts, from cousins, to random friends, to strangers. I finally had to tune out other people's opinions as they were driving me crazy and causing me to second guess what I knew I really wanted.

Q: What advice do you have for newlywed couples?
A: Where do we start…although we are so happy together and our wedding was fabulous, we wish we would have done something on a much smaller scale. I was so obsessed with every little detail. Today, I couldn't tell you a single thing that I worried so much about!

If you are going to hire a planner, even if it is just for Day Of Coordination, bring them in sooner rather than later. Things that I spent days pondering, Brandi had solved in 2 minutes. Planners know this industry. They live it, breath it and die for it. There is an extremely high chance that they have encountered whatever it is you are struggling with or stuck on. If you are like me and have Type A-OCD when it comes to wedding planning, it will save you so much time and effort to have her, especially sooner rather than later..

Beth and Bobby!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Our Inside Scoop on the Boutique Bridal Bazaar

Last Week we had a really great time at Something White’s Boutique Bridal Bazaar. After about two months of planning we ended up with a refreshing winter wonderland display. Many of the elements were hand crafted, such as our actual table, curtains for the backdrop, hanging sign, etc. Check out our Facebook and Instagram for some behind the scenes photos! Besides the way, the whole look came together, it is hard to decide what our favorite part of the booth was. We can say that the beautiful flowers by Sue Bernhard (Tin Can Design Studio) and our custom-made hair ties by Love Mia + Co. on Etsy that said “Let us help you tie the knot” were definitely a big hit.

Out of all the wedding shows in Northeast Ohio, this one was very unique. The vendors are told to bring their “A” game in booth display. It’s truly a sight to see. No matter who the vendor is, you can bet that they will have a presentation that is trendy and inspirational. The show usually attracts about 300 brides each year, which we found to be absolutely perfect. Each bride that we had a chance to engage with, was truly interested in learning about All Events Planned and what we had to offer. The three of us had a wonderful time working with each other and learning about the brides and their needs. Dare we call this work… “fun”!?

We had the chance to catch up with and network with a few of the great vendors at the show. Molly Taylor and Co., as well as Kew Floristry each had a very impressive flower display. We met Sweet Bean, they had the most delicious handmade Mr. and Mrs. chocolates. They are known for their salted caramel chocolates – Yumm! Something White brought such a great collection of dresses. They also had creative little touches all throughout the space, such as whimsical paper background displays and unique balloon arches, bringing it all together so well. Borrow Rentals had the most awesome mirror top table that I still cannot get over. Spice catering had the most eye catching and mouthwatering Smörgåsbord board I have ever seen! Back to dessert - The Bees Knees Custom Cakes and Piccadilly Artisan Creamery ice cream were of course both must haves! (I’m starting to feel like we focused a lot of food!) J But to say the very least there were so many great vendors and I wish we could mention them all! But you’ll just have to go check out the list or the show yourself.

This show meant so much to us and we are so grateful to all of the great couples getting married that we got to meet. This wedding show has inspired us to begin doing more for our Style and Design Department of All Events Planned, which we are excited to announce for 2017! Keep a look out for all of the great things coming this year. Please do not be afraid to reach out to us and ask us any questions, Brandi Hamerstone founded this company in 2009 and has been planning since 2000. We are eager to help and … heck, I would even say really fun to talk to!

Congratulations to everyone getting married in 2017! This is going to be a great year!