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|Posted on December 24, 2010 at 10:59 AM||comments (55)|
We here at Rain Wedding Planning would like to extend heartfelt wishes to all our current and prospective clients. To the couples we have worked with; it has been an honor to be a part of your lives, the friendships that were formed are very special to us. To our prospective clients that we have been meeting with, we look forward to helping you make your wedding day and the days leading up to it truly special for you.
Last but not least.....to all wonderful vendors we have gotten to work with and meet this past year. Thank you for your love and support as we grow this new company. The welcome into the Ohio Wedding Community has been so warm, and more then we could have ever imagined. We feel so blessed to be apart of something so wonderful.
Happy Holidays from Meredith & Becky
Wishing you the very best in 2011
|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 December 1, 2010 at 12:45 PM||comments (27)|
There are so many professionals that title themselves "Wedding Consultants", we thought we would run through the true professional differences to help in your planning processes.
Catering Manager aka Wedding Consultant: Your catering manager is there to make sure your menu is correct on the day of your wedding and the venue is properly staffed. The catering manager makes sure your place settings are set up correctly, and serve your food to your guests. They usually re-fill buffet, attend to beverage needs, and overall , just make sure the venue's rules are followed. If they want to attend all of your vendor meetings, go to the rehearsal organize and orchestrate that as well.... just make sure they know what they are doing. I am sure than make a mean Top Roast, but can they handle mean Aunt Martha?
Church Director aka Wedding Consultant: Your church director is there to make sure the rules of the church are followed, and it is their job to ensure that your wedding planner pulls all of their hair out. In addition, they know the minister's needs and where he likes to stand, talk, and rule the house of God.
Private Events Director aka Wedding Consultant: The Private Events Director handles the needs of an exclusive club, they make sure their members are treated as VIPs, however, they also make sure that the club member's events don't get in the way of the members golf game.
Florist/Designer aka Wedding Consultant: Obviously, handle your florals, sometimes rentals, linens, lighting, and design. Your floral designer can make sure you know the difference between and peonies and a carnation. But sometimes doesn't know the difference between Fuchsia and Raspberry.
Fashion Consultant aka Wedding Consultant: Sells you a dress. Rents you a tuxedo, knows the difference between Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta. Or Calvin Klein and J. Crew. Has amazing taste in fashion and knows what not to wear.
None of these are Wedding Consultants, although they can call themselves a Wedding Consultant, because, well they consult the bride.... on very limited topics (their own business). But, YOUR realWedding Consultant /Wedding Day Coordinator is there for YOU through all of these issues, and knows the difference between a Peonies and a Carnation and what time they should be delivered. They also know all the little details that you have taken the time to plan to make YOUR wedding day special and unique. We are there to organize and orchestrate through the tremendous amount of details and make sure it all happens perfectly because you are our business.
source: Adventures is Wedding Planning
|Posted on November 18, 2010 at 9:23 AM||comments (48)|
Coffee Wedding Favor
The coffee wedding favor is gaining in popularity. This can be due in part to the availability of flavored or gourmet coffee, or because of the many ideas available. If you’re looking for wedding favor ideas, you might consider a coffee wedding favor.
Coffee Wedding Favor Ideas:
Coffee Mugs – The great thing about coffee mugs is they come in different styles, ranging from cozy to elegant. They can also be imprinted to commemorate the special day, or even with the Happy Couple’s picture. A bag of gourmet coffee can be placed inside, and the whole package wrapped in tulle or colored cellophane. The nicest thing about this gift is that your guests will still have the mug as a reminder long after the coffee is gone.
Bags of Gourmet Coffee – Bags of gourmet of flavored coffee can be imprinted with the Happy Couple’s details and wrapped in decorative packaging. There are many personalized blends and roasts available to choose from.
Coffee Tins – Instead of giving out bags of coffee, your wedding guests can receive their coffee in decorative tins. These, of course, last longer and can be used again.
Accessories – In addition to mugs or coffee, guests can received chocolate dipped spoons or coffee stirrers and sticks. These add additional flavor to an already delicious cup of coffee. Heart shaped coffee scoops make a romantic, and whimsical addition to any coffee wedding favor package.
The cost of a coffee wedding favor can vary depending on the packaging and the blend of coffee. Upscale blends and roasts will cost more than a generic blend. If accessories are added to the package, the cost of the favor will increase substantially. Many packages of wedding coffee can run from $1.50 to $5.00 per personalized 10 cup package.
If the coffee is packed in tins instead of foil packaging, it will be more expensive. Most tins start at about $3.00.
Packages of flavored stir sticks and dipped spoons are available in packages of 20 or 30 for $5 to $10 each. In many cases, you’re responsible for individually wrapping each spoon or stick.
Coffee mugs start at about $2 to $3, but the price will go up depending on your needs and the style. A basic ceramic mug will cost less money. Glass, china or hand painted mugs will cost more.
Keep in mind, you will have to make a minimum purchase for each coffee wedding favor package to receive certain discounts. If you only order one or two of each favor, you’re destined to pay full price. The more coffee wedding favors you purchase, the greater your discount will be.
Where to Find
Isn’t technology grand? Thanks to the Internet, there are plenty of places at which a couple can purchase coffee wedding favors.
Brides Village offers 28 label designs to choose from. Each coffee wedding favor comes in a foil package with enough coffee to brew 8 to 10 cups.
Favors by Serendipity offers a wide assortment of coffee wedding favors. Favors range in price from .99 cents to $4.00.
Weddings by Design not only offers coffee and tea wedding favors, but also some very cool accessories as well Stir sticks, imprinted sugar cubes, coffee tins and more can be found here.
The Rosemary Company offers elegantly packaged coffee with a demitasse spoon or heart shaped scoop attached.
Wedding Favors, Etc. Offers coffees, teas, chocolates, mugs and accessories all at affordable prices.
|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 11, 2010 at 10:16 AM||comments (108)|
We found this post on Weddingbee.com. I could tell you all the reasons why I hired a DOC (Day of Coordinator) for my June 2011 wedding, but here is a story from a Bride who regrets not having a DOC. This is only part of "Mrs. Penguin's" Blog, you can find the entire post HERE
With Pleasure we present DOC-Less and Regretful
"Despite almost every bee before me advising that their day of coordinator was one of the best investments they made in their weddings, I just refused to listen. I considered myself a laid-back bride. I definitely thought that if things went wrong during our wedding day, I would just be able to roll with the punches. This is NOT what having a DOC is about. Anal or not, someone will have to take on this task on your wedding day, whether you pay them or not, especially if you’re a DIY bride. This is my experience, and I hope that if you’re on the fence as to whether or not to hire a DOC, this helps you make your decision!
Our wedding was very DIY in almost every aspect. Our florist was not on-site, our friend was our DJ, and other than the cake and groom’s cake bakers delivering our cakes, the only real vendors on site were people associated with our reception venue. With so few vendors on site at our wedding, someone had to take the reins and make sure everything was in place… and that person was NOT me. Don’t delude yourself (like I did) into thinking that you can swing by the ceremony site in the morning and run around and set everything up as a DIY bride. It’s unrealistic, and really, it takes away from the experience of your day, I think. At crunch time you should be spending time with your closest friends and family, primping and preening!
I was pretty selfish when it came to planning out the setup of our wedding day. There were so many people that told us that they were available to help set up the wedding, that I was just oddly confident we could all just throw something together at the last minute. After all the sweat I put into all those DIY projects, I thought, ‘we’ll just throw it all out there.’ I have no idea why. Finally, during the week of the wedding, I realized that it was unrealistic to send out a massive gang of my family members out to the site (most non-English speaking) and have them just throw it all together. They really had no idea what I had been planning all along, and describing it to a gaggle of Thai relatives just didn’t seem like the right thing to do. So, I realized I had to put someone in charge; someone who already had a real idea of what I’d envisioned.".......continued
" I showed up early to the site—although by then I had my hair, makeup, and dress on, and couldn’t really help. I unrealistically thought I’d show up to the site in work clothes to help set up, but it just didn’t work out.
On the day of, our friends and family (officiant, my dad and a couple uncles, Jenny, our DJ) showed up to set up. None of them were professionals, but I was confident that whatever happened, I’d be happy with it. And they did a fantastic job. There were small hitches, but none big enough to revisit nor dwell upon. To me, it was perfect. But to our “friendors”, it was a different story, and being good friends, they hid it from me, but the truth came out once it was all said and done, and I was really upset about it.
The site coordinator (included with our venue) was extremely rude to my friends and family. I don’t know if she thought that our friends and family were actual professionals, and therefore she felt that she could treat them like “workers”, or what, but I heard from several people that she was yelling at them and treating them really poorly. At the last minute, I emailed our DJ friend, Chris, a playlist of ceremony music, and for whatever reason, he didn’t get it. No worries, he thought… he would just talk to us (by now it was an hour before the ceremony) and ask us if we had any ideas for alternative music. The site coordinator had other ideas. For some reason, she said, under no circumstances, was he allowed to talk to us. I guess this was a communication error on my part, but I never expressed to the site coordinator that these were my friends, not wedding professionals, and I was absolutely available at any time for them to chat with us about logistics. By that time, we were just hanging out, waiting for the ceremony to start, in a room off to the side. We weren’t doing ANYTHING and frankly, I didn’t give a crap if our guests saw me before the ceremony. If someone needed help, I wanted to be there. But the site coordinator acted as a barrier to my friends and family. I had no idea because I was behind closed doors. Chris ended up in a panic, being yelled at by the site coordinator, and was forced to play a 20 second loop of the non-instrumental version of our ceremony music. It sounded awful, and had he been able to run in and ask us what we wanted, we could have easily told him that he was free to just play the full vocal version of the song that he happened to have on hand. After all, it was my fault for emailing him the set list so late… but instead, he was being punished. Jenny reluctantly reported (she didn’t tell me, but her sister told me) that she was also treated the same… and that the reception was much more work than we both thought it’d be to set up.
I was devastated. This was not how I wanted a good portion of my closest friends and family to remember our wedding day… being barked and yelled at by some inexperienced site coordinator. Honestly, if they’d all been professionals, and the site coordinator treated them poorly, I would have probably felt a little bad, but not that bad. After all, it wasn’t my fault that the lady was less-than-cordial. But because these were our closest friends, doing us tremendous favors on our wedding day, I was crushed.
I think what I learned was that if you have your friends and family setting up your wedding, let EVERYONE know that you’re available to talk, chat, and answer questions, at any given moment during the setup process. If this isn’t something you’re willing to do, and you want to be unavailable to “help” on your wedding day, then a DOC is definitely for you. It was my fault for failing to alert the site coordinator of the fact that I was happy to be available to work logistics, even though this wasn’t something I even thought to tell her before the wedding. I understand her reasoning—she felt it was her job to make sure that my day was stress-free, and didn’t want “vendors” bugging me with pesky questions, and in a way, she did a great job. I had no idea that all this was going on. But, in the end, not just hiring someone to be our DOC was something I’ll always regret. I feel horrible that our friends were yelled and snapped at on our wedding day. Plus, we were a bit in over our heads with setup. I was convinced that having Jenny on site 3 hours or so before the ceremony was supposed to begin would be enough time for her to set up the tables. What did I know? This is something that a good DOC would know—and she/he would have probably realized that this was not enough time. Everything got done, but not without a lot of panic on Jenny’s end."
|Posted on November 5, 2010 at 9:31 AM||comments (30)|
|Posted on November 4, 2010 at 10:51 AM||comments (44)|
Grand Opening at The Invitation Studio this weekend!
Friday, November 5th 12pm-6pm & Saturday, November 6th 12pm-4pm.
The Invitation Studio at La Place - Upper Level
2101 Richmond Road, Beachwood, Ohio.
Invitations Studios offers custom announcements for all occasions from weddings, engagements, showers and anniversaries. Let Invitation Studios help you find the perfect invitation or announcement for your event.
|Posted on November 3, 2010 at 12:42 PM||comments (42)|
The Perfect Bow
During this time of year we all tie lots of bows! But do you know how to tie the perfect bow? At Papersource.com we found a great step by step on how to tie, just the perfect bow!
1. Measure ribbon by wrapping the ribbon around the box twice. It is helpful to use a sharp pair of scissors when trimming your edges. Make sure to leave enough ribbon so you can trim the edges again, if necessary, after your bow is tied.
2. Tighten the ribbon around the box and with your right hand pull the length of ribbon on the left over and under to create a single tie, as you would when tying your shoe.
3. Place your thumb on your left hand to hold the tightness and pull the ribbon length of the right side up to create a loop.
4. Pull the loop over to the right as you use your left hand to take the ribbon length around the loop.
5. Pull ribbon through and under. Then pull up to create a second loop over the first loop.
6. Pull the two loop ends to create a even bow.
7. Tighten the bow to your desired length.
8. To create even edges, take both ribbon lengths on left and right, pull together to measure them at the same place which ensures they will be cut at the same length, and then cut at any angle you please.
From Becky and Meredith