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|Posted on March 6, 2011 at 9:21 AM||comments (31)|
Have you thought about your guest with children? Or, do you as a couple have children of your own? What to do with the kids???
This past weekend we got the honor of meeting up with Trish Davis owner of Elegant Event Sitters, Inc. while she was in town working for Army National Guard.
When we arrived at the Hilton in Beachwood we were not sure what to expect. We were shown the way to the "child care area" were the tables were all set with different toys and games for the kids to play with, the children were with their parents for the lunch break. As we met with Tish, her staff was busy cleaning the room and getting ready for the second half of the afternoon. For this event, Tish and her staff were caring for 60+ children, some of them just a couple of months old (as mom's we were swooning over the little ones) We were so impressed with the standards upon Trish holds when it comes to hiring her staff, and her expectations of them. When the children were coming back from their lunch break with their parents each of them came up to the care givers giving them hugs and telling them how much they missed them. As parents ourselves child care is very important to us!
Elegant Event Sitters, Inc. has been offering babysitting solutions for special occasions since 2002. The concept of their business is simple they allow the kids to be kids. They offer the adults at your event a chance to enjoy themselves “kid-free”. Parents are able to have an enjoyable time knowing that their children are close by in a safe and secure environment. They offer care for weddings, parties, reunions, funerals, conventions, corporate functions, sporting events, retail establishments and so much more!
The best thing about our service is that they come to you! You provide the location and leave the rest to them. While the adults are dancing the night away, the children will be entertained with age appropriate games, face painting, crafts, toys, story time and activities. The party space is decorated in our basic wedding theme. For an additional fee upgrade to a themed party or a professional entertainer that will delight the children with magic tricks and balloon animals. They can customize the services to meet the needs of your young guests.
All staff members are First Aid/CPR certified and understand that safety is their number one priority!
Services are available in Ohio, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee!
A sample of some of the services they offer are:
Hotel and Resort Child Care
Out-of-town guests often need a sitter to watch the kids for a few hours for a night on the town or maybe just an extra pair of eyes to watch the kids at the pool. They work with several of the major hotels in the area. Want to take the kids to the beach or pool? Sitters that are certified lifeguards are available for an additional fee.
There are times when the presence of the children is welcomed but supervision is still required. Hiring a Wedding Nanny is the perfect way to allow the children to be a part of the ceremony and reception while giving the parents the freedom that they need to mingle, dance and have dinner with the other adults.
Are you in need of supervision for your child's bar/bat mitzvah? Their professional staff ensures that the kids are in the appropriate places during your event. Staff is also available to provide supervision on the bus while traveling from one venue to another. At the end of the night, the chaperones make sure that the children are released to their parents and depart safely.
To find out more information about Elegant Event Sitters, Inc.
Contact Trish Davis at 888-262-2838
or email [email protected]www.eleganteventsitters.com
|Posted on January 17, 2011 at 2:29 PM||comments (73)|
|Posted on January 6, 2011 at 4:21 PM||comments (52)|
The topic that is hard to talk about...
Marriage and Pre-Marital Counseling.It is important to remember that the word “counseling” can sometimes be misleading. Premarital counseling is not a form of therapy. Premarital counseling is educational and will help couples learn the skills they will need to support them in having a happy, healthy and lasting marriage.
Premarital counseling will help a couple to identify and communicate about their fears, desires, beliefs, values, dreams, needs, and other issues and baggage that was previously avoided or denied, never discussed before.
Today, 50 to 67 percent of marriages end in divorce. About 20 percent occur in the first five years of marriage.
Research has shown that premarital counseling helps to decrease the incidence of divorce by as much as 30 percent.
When Should a Couple Seek Pre-Marital Counseling?
The basis for the following criteria has been suggested by Marriage Family Therapists:
Additional reasons to enter pre-marital counseling may include
Other Considerations in Preparing for Marriage
Marriage, and family, can be among life's greatest assets. If we strive to protect assets that mean less to us than our loved ones, why not explore the issues ahead of time to "damage-proof" the precious gift of marriage?
Many couples stay unhappily married and feel hopeless about the future. As the couple grows apart, their marriage unravels, and they experience anger, boredom, fear, grief and loss, embarrassment, hopelessness, loneliness, pessimism, resentment, and worry.
But there is a solution. Your marriage can be saved.
If you are just starting your new married life together- congratulations!. Now is the perfect time to learn the essential building blocks of a successful marriage. Marriage counseling can help you avoid potential problems and save you much heartache in the future.
You deserve a loving marriage that will last a lifetime.
The Marriage Clinic i c
3659 S. Green Road, Suite 100
Cleveland, OH 44122
|Posted on December 14, 2010 at 7:48 AM||comments (33)|
Cynthia Marie Photography
Your photographs will never be rushed as we prefer to capture your life's natual moments without telling you to "smile this way" or "to pose that way." Most of the time, the best photographs are the ones when natural expressions and emotions are captured. These are the photographs that will bring you back to that exact time and place whenever you look at them. There are the moments we want to capture for you.
We want you to enjoy this moment!
What is the biggest misconception about your industry?
With technology what it is today, a DSLR camera is very easy to come by and many people own them today. A lot of people think that if you own an expensive camera you can take pictures like a pro. A lot more going into being a photographer than just pressing the shutter button. I don’t let the camera take the pictures for me, I tell it what to do. It make a big difference in the percentage of shots that turn out and how creative you can be with your photographs.
What are a few mistakes brides make when choosing a photographer?
One big thing is price. It kind of goes along with the last question. Just because someone owns a camera doesn’t mean they can shoot a wedding well. If you pay someone $500 to cover your wedding day, you may not be very happy with the results. There are a lot of really inexpensive photographers out there now, you should really spend time talking with photographers and looking at there work. You don’t just want to hire the most inexpensive person you find. That being said, everyone has to start somewhere and when you are starting, you may be more inexpensive than well seasoned veterans. If you do your homework and research your photographer you should be very happy with the outcome.
What things should a bride look for when hiring a photographer?
A couple of things. There are different styles of photography. So you want to make sure that what you expect from your pictures on your day is something that coincides with the way your photographer shoots. You should also be comfortable with your photographer. I love meeting potential clients over a cup of coffee and going over their wedding day details. I like asking them more about how they met and just taking the chance to get to know them a little bit more. Based on our first meeting a couple can either mesh with the photographer or they can leave not feeling totally comfortable with them. If you aren’t comfortable with them, even if their pictures are amazing, you may want to keep looking. Being comfortable with your photographer is important. This is another reason I give an engagement session to all my brides and grooms to be. It’s a great chance for us to spend more time together with them in front of the camera. Some people are uncomfortable in front of the camera and doing this eases that feeling on the wedding day.
What is the worst story you have heard about a mistake someone in your industry has made?
Recently in the news, we heard of local, well established photographer whose camera and memory cards were stolen from a wedding venue where they were shooting. Not only were the days pictures on those cards, but a wedding from the night before. Thankfully everything was returned, but I couldn’t imagine being in their shoes or their brides and grooms had they not been. I do carry my camera and cards on me all day and night when shooting. I also always download and back up my cards after every event. So I would never have an extra weddings worth of memory cards on me at another wedding.
I think reviewing the entire contract with their photographer is very important. All of it. And make sure you understand everything that is stated in it. If you have any questions or are hesitant about anything, make sure you ask about it. It is all very important.
We interviewed ourselves! Get to know the girls of Rain a little bit better; and you'll be glad it Rained
|Posted on December 7, 2010 at 11:45 AM||comments (116)|
Here at Rain Wedding Planning we LOVE getting to know people, and hearing love stories. We have been interviewing local wedding professionals the past couple of months so that you can learn more about the amazing talent we have right here in North East Ohio!
We decided to interview ourselves so you too can know a bit more about us here at Rain.
Q: What is the biggest misconception about wedding planners?
A: The first is that most people believe that wedding planners are expensive; but actually our rates are pretty reasonable, and in the long run wedding planners can save you money! The second is that a wedding planner will come in and try to take over your special day. That is not true at all we are there to make your Wedding Day as stress free as possible! We are there to handle all those tiny details so that all you have to do is enjoy! How nice would it be to just "be the bride" on your wedding day and not a "bridezilla"???
Q: What are a few mistakes brides make when choosing a wedding planner? A: Before booking a wedding planner definitely talk to the planner ask about past work make sure that they have a clear picture of what YOU want for your big day. Remember it is all about you!
Q: What is one of the worst things that can happen when booking a wedding planner?
A: That the planner has a reputation for being difficult or that venues/vendors prefer not to work with them or that a planner double books, etc. They just do not have the time to invest in your wedding. Before you book, you should talk to your planner multiple times, if your planner can only talk to you between certain times....the likely hood of them not having the proper time to invest in your wedding.
Q: What is the worst story you have heard about a mistake someone in your industry has made, anyone, ever?
A: We heard once of a local planner who decided they were going to be in complete control of the whole event. They argued with the manager at the venue, told all the vendors how to do their job, etc. It ended up being a disorganized fiasco. A professional wedding planner is there to support venues, vendors, and the bridal party, making your day the very best and stress free.
Q: If a client had endless funds what unique idea/service or products would you offer them?
A: Oh there are so many ideas that come to mind obviously we would recommend the platinum package which takes care of ALL of your wedding details but we could handle the planning of the shower, bachelorette party, and arranging travel plans for the honeymoon! Wouldn't we all love to have an unlimited budget? But in reality most everyone is on a tight budget, there are so many great ideas for brides. We have so many tips and tricks to make a wedding elegant without breaking the bank!
Q: What is the one thing bridal clients should review in contracts with their wedding planner?A: Definitely make sure to check how long the planner will be available to you, how much it will cost if you go over the contracted time, will they be at the rehearsal or is that an additional fee.
Q: What is the one thing you wish all of your clients knew when working with you?
A: That we absolutely love what we do! We will do everything possible so that all they have to do is relax and have fun. We are also there to assist the bridal party AND Parents. The greatest compliment we ever received was from a Bride who had such a tough planning process, at the end of her wedding day she was not even able to speak to us with out tearing up she was so over joyed with how her day turned out! Both of us are hopeless romantics at heart...
|Posted on November 11, 2010 at 11:07 AM||comments (103)|
We first met Tomi Kazarovich at the Ohio launch of Wish Upon A Wedding. She like us launched her company in 2010; it has been an honor getting to know her. It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to Favored Occasions; they are a reseller for Kate Aspen & Fashioncraft favors, Weddingstar wedding accessories, and also Carlson Craft & eInvite invitations.
Why I started my business:
I love being creative and enjoy seeing the pieces of a big picture come together. I’m very detail-oriented and to me the “little things” mean a lot. It’s always exciting to help a bride by suggesting favors and accessories to compliment her upcoming wedding. Knowing that my passion is contributing to making someone’s day a bit more special is very rewarding to me.
My take on favors:
A very important point I’d like to mention is that favors are still a key piece when planning. They’re not only meant to be a keepsake from the celebration, they’realso a token of appreciation to those who shared your special day. Today there are so many options for wedding favors. Not only can they can match the color of a wedding, they can also be used to help pull together or even inspire a theme, such as floral, Asian, romantic, or fairytale, just to name a few.
DIY and Pre-packaged options:
For those with a creative flair, I have everything for the DIY bride-to-be including bags, boxes, tins, ribbons, and labels – you name it.
For those looking to save time, but want something unique, I suggest favors that pre-packaged with a ribbon and tag. They can also be ordered with personalized tags and some even offer custom box color options. All are very reasonably priced and most do not require minimum quantities. This is a wonderful alternative.
Some of my favorite favors:
I’ve always been partial to giving gifts that are what I like to call “practical.” Something that’s just not put away and forgotten, but is functional and provides a reminder of the original reason it was given. Some of my favorite favors include: bottle stoppers, photo coasters, luggage tags, and letter openers.
Other items I also suggest include favor box labels, table numbers, place cards, and wine bottle labels. They can be personalized and are offered in a wide variety colors and design options.
|Posted on November 5, 2010 at 9:31 AM||comments (30)|
|Posted on October 29, 2010 at 8:26 AM||comments (31)|
October Vendor Spotlight
Rain came by Sarah from Sarah's Stylish Sweets in the most random of fashions, we found a card for her at a local store. We are always keeping our eyes out for vendors to whom we can match our clients with; and this vendor took our taste buds to new levels! Not only are her cakes and cupcakes (Cuppies as she calls them) tasty, they are each crafted to the theme of her clients creating an edible piece of art for your guest to enjoy. We highly suggest you check out Sarah's sugar flowers...we had to do a double take when we seen them, they look that real. We asked Sarah some questions that Brides should keep in mind.
A little bit about Sarah
Sarah specializes in designing creative and stylish cakes and cupcakes! She have been designing since 2006 and is an art student graduate. "I love my cuppies & am constantly inventing my own unique combinations!"
How soon should you start looking for a cake/caterer?
For the sanity of your cake creator, booking at around 4-6 months is a good idea to make sure you get the date you need and the designs and creativity you want!
What made you want to make wedding cakes/ own a wedding shop?
I am graduate of fine arts from youngstown state university and I love to bake! So, I put two and two together and started doing cakes for friends and it became a hit! And I love it too! It is my art outlet!!!!! Plus, I love "love" and wedding so why not add more love into a day FILLED with LOVE!
Do you personally make the cakes?
I personally do ALL the baking and ALL the decorating myself. From top to bottom! Cake, Frosting, Flowers and ALL!!!!!
What are the most popular cakes you make or sell?
Most popular is "The Woodstock" which is a tye-dyed cake and also my "Reeses Revelation". I gotta tell ya, cupcakes (cuppies....) are "hotcakes" when it comes to these flavors!!
Do you have any memories linked to wedding cakes?
Deliveries are always memorable.... driving the cakes is also always memorable :-) but delivering and seeing the bride and grooms happy faces and actually getting to see the guests enjoy it and be in "awe" of it and take photos of it is amazing to me.......
If you could, what would you change about how you make the cakes/ display the shop?
The only thing I would want to change is to have an assistant to help me!!!!!
Is it your passion to make wedding cakes/ be a wedding shop owner?
It is DEFINITLY my passion, I love "LOVE" and love "ART" for my passions fit nicely into the world of wedding cakes & cuppies!
What is it about weddings that draws you to that type of career?
Loving "LOVE"! and the love of being creative and making people happy!
How long does it take to make and decorate a wedding cake?
2-3 days prior to the date. If it involves handmade sugar flowers weeks in advance those are created!
What part of your job do you enjoy the most?
I love being able to do beautiful cakes and flavors that people will talk about and remember. I also love it when people I don't know talk about a great cake they saw on facebook and it was mine & they didnt know it was me... That has happened a few times and it is the BEST feeling!!!!!!
Check out Sarah's WebsiteHERE
To contact Sarah Ritchie