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Contest News "Make it Rain"

Posted on March 20, 2011 at 9:41 AM Comments comments (294)
On March 8, 2011 Rain Wedding & Event Planning celebrated our first year in business. 
To our brides, please accept our heartfelt thanks and sincere appreciation for your patronage.  We have made many new friends and reestablished contact with many old friends in our first year.  The results of our first year in business far exceeded our goals and expectations for the first year. THANK YOU.  Without you our loyal and new clients, it would not have been possible.
~Meredith & Becky
To celebrate we are going to "Make it Rain"..... Rain great prizes for brides-to-be that is...
"Make it Rain" Contest:
Starting March 28th and running till  April 30, 2011.  
Bride's who want to enter for a chance to win some great wedding prizes. HERE to "Make it Rain"  
Four winners will be drawn at random and will be contacted via email on May 4, 2011.
The prizes will be given in the order that the names are drawn.
First two names pulled will win a Goodie Baskets filled with gift cards and prizes.  Both baskets are valued at over 300.00.  To make it even better!  We still have vendors donating...and we are letting vendors continue to donate. (Why not who does not love winning stuff you can use for your wedding!)
Prizes to include: (and we still have people asking to sure why not)

Gift Basket 1
Outdoor Photo shoot and free 8x10 from BCR Studio’s
            *This includes hair & makeup done by independent makeup artist Aimee Knop
$ 150 Gift certificate to Pink Tomato Invitation Studio
Wish Tree delivery and set up by Amy Nixon Events, LLC
Favor Sampler from Favored Occasions
Bridal Boot Camp courtesy of Fit Works
Free motorcycle oil change and safety inspection $90 value from United Cycle & Sled (for the guys, did not want the grooms to feel left out)
 Gift Card to Ladies and Gentleman’s Salon
$25 Gift certificate to The  Pretty Pixie
$150 Gift certificate to Hufford Photography
Gift Card for a custom banner by Barbara A Ryan
Gift Basket 2
$50 Gift certificate to Clearly You Event Design
Arbonne Bridal Package and Spa Party valued at $250
Favor Sampler from Favored Occasions
Gift certificate to Chagrin Valley Entertainment
Free motorcycle oil change and safety inspection $90 value from Untied Cycle & Sled (for the guys, did not want the grooms to feel left out)
$60 Gift Card to All About You Salon
 $25 Gift Card to Airbrush Studio
Custom Guest Book Tree by Absinthe Custom Print Design
$100 Gift Card to Kristen Nicole Photography
$40 Gift Card to Creative 1000 Cranes
Custom personalized wire wood bridal hanger  from Aressa

Third name pulled will win a custom wedding or grooms cake donated by Sarah's Stylish Sweets valued at $350.00

The last name drawn will win...
drum roll please.........
Our Sweet and Simple Package
 Our signature “Day Of" Coordination
For couples who want to be worry free the “Day Of” 
 And now the bad news.....
***If you are currently booked with a Wedding Planner; we are sorry but, you will not be able to enter into our contest.  Since our grand prize is our services, and the winners are drawn at random. We are sure you understand.  ***
 Once again thank you for a great first year and we look forward to helping you many years in the future.  Happy Planning!

Adult only reception? What about your guest with children?

Posted on March 6, 2011 at 9:21 AM Comments comments (31)
Adult only reception??

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. 
Wedding Nannies
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. 
Mitvah Monitoring
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

Happy Valentine's Day

Posted on February 14, 2011 at 10:04 AM Comments comments (39)
We put together some of our favorite quotes of love for all times. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do (and guys...feel free to use some of these on your women.....we know they will love them too, and love you even more for taking the time to think of them today)
Happy Valentine's Day everyone
Meredith & Becky

What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined... to strengthen each other... to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.
     ~ George Eliot
In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
     ~ Mignon McLaughlin
For one human being to love another that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof; the work for which all other work is but preparation.   
   ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.      ~ Mother Teresa
Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart, or its flame burns low.
     ~ Henry Ward Beecher
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.
     ~ Henry Drummond
  Treasure the love you receive above all.
It will survive long after your good health has vanished.
     ~ Og Mandino
The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
     ~ Pearl S. Buck
  Love works in miracles every day: such as weakening the strong, and stretching the weak; making fools of the wise, and wise men of fools; favouring the passions, destroying reason, and in a word, turning everything topsy-turvy.
 ~ Marguerite De Valois

All love that has not friendship for its base,
is like a mansion built upon the sand.    
 ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love is the emblem of eternity: it confounds all notion of time:
effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.    
~ Germaine De Stael

Love is the history of a woman's life; it is an episode in man's.
   The loving are the daring.   
   ~ Bayard Taylor   

The best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts, Of kindness and of love.  
    ~ William Wordsworth  

Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.     
~ Robert Browning  

Love is a thing, well, its kind of like quicksand:  The more you are in it, the deeper you sink.  And when it hits you, you've just got to fall.    
 ~ UB40  

Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each include the other, each is enriched by the other.   
  ~ Felix Adler   

Think about it, there must be higher love Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above Without it, life is a wasted time Look inside your heart, I'll look inside mine.     
~ Steve Winwood
  Love is an electric blanket with somebody else in control of the switch.      ~ Cathy Carlyle
Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction.    
 ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love.      ~ Benjamin Disraeli
Find the person who will love you because of your differences and not in spite of them and you have found a lover for life.    
 ~ Leo Buscaglia
Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's too much fraternizing with the enemy.    
 ~ Henry Kissinger
To laugh often and love much... to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to give one's self... this is to have succeeded.   
   ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.   
   ~ Lao Tzu
Be careful, it's my heart.      ~ Anyone in Love
  The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.   
  ~ Jacques Benigne Bossuel
Love is the true means by which the world is enjoyed: our love to others, and others' love to us.   
  ~ Thomas Trahern
  Love is always bestowed as a gift -- freely, willingly, and without expectation.... We don't love to be loved; we love to love.     
~ Leo Buscaglia  
  It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.   
  ~ William Thackeray
  Love is a mutual self-giving which ends in self-recovery.   
   ~ Fulton J. Sheen
We find rest in those we love, and we provide a resting place in ourselves for those who love us.   
   ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away.   
  ~ Elbert Hubbard
The dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart.   
  ~ Anne Dillard
Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.   
  ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.     
~ Sam Keen
What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.   
   ~ Henry Ward Beecher
Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.  
    ~ Franklin P. Jones

Color trends for 2011 we love

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 10:34 AM Comments comments (53)
A few color combos we love for  2011 weddings
Diamond Blue and Coral
Purple, Teal Blue, Emerald Green, and Gold
Peapod Green, Blue, and Mocha Brown
Apple Red and Black
Hot Pink and Black
Hot Pink and Navy
Gold, Mauve, and Blush Pink
Lavender and Sky Blue
Red and Blush Pink
Sky Blue, Light Coral Orange, and Light Yellow
Warm Gray and any Pink or Coral or Blue or Purple
Rustic Brown and Pink

Your wedding + Your favorite colors = Creating a truly unique and elegant wedding theme and color scheme is easy.

Following are some ideas for color schemes for you:

If you like purples try ~ Lilac, Lavender, Periwinkle, Purple, add Sky Blue as an accent.

If you love bright pink try ~ Hot pink, Fuchsia, Light pink, Red, add Lime or Tangerine as your accent color!

If you adore warm oranges try ~ Tangerine, Coral, Red, add soft Violet, Sky Blue or Fuchsia as your accent color.

If you like burgundy or reds try ~ Dark Green, Golds, Champagne, Creams, add any of these as your accent.

If you love blues try ~ Deep Ocean Blue, Navy Blue, Sky Blue, Periwinkle, add Tangerine, Silver or Sandy Brown as your accent.

Season color trends:
Fall colors ~ Burgundy, Dark Green, Navy Blue, Silver, Gold, Creams, Burnt Orange, Taupe, Brown and Plum.

Winter colors ~ Red, Silver, White, Cream, Burgundy, Sky Blue, Navy Blue, Purple, Plum and Gold.

Spring colors ~ Pink, Tangerine, Lilac, Periwinkle, Hot Pink, Fuchsia, Lime, Yellow, Cream, Soft Violet and White.

Summer colors ~ Red, Yellow, Orange, Coral, Fuchsia, Blue, Sky Blue, Green, Lime, Lilac, Lavendar.

Go with your heart. Match all pieces of your wedding stationery, favors, guest book, napkins, table clothes, etc. This will make your special day visually appealing and reflect your personal creativity. It’s your special day! Enjoy!

The 5 Most Common Wedding Guest Complaints

Posted on January 21, 2011 at 6:16 PM Comments comments (28)
You’re getting married and your ultimate goal is to make your wedding day 100% perfect. The last thing you want is for your friends and family to have a terrible time and spend the next 50 years whispering about the things that should have been done differently.   Most people have attended at least one wedding that was really bad. By knowing the common complaints, you can ensure that your wedding is a beautiful experience for you and your guests.

 1. Not Knowing Where to Go  One of the most common complaints of wedding guests is being unsure of where to go or what to do. This is usually accompanied by awkward moments of looking right and left, hoping that someone will step in and direct them to the correct area. To avoid this problem, enlist help by designating someone as the “point person.”   Have your point person greet guests and let them know where to go or what’s happening next. This way, your guests will not be left wondering where they should sit and what they should do.

 2. Left without a Ride  For guests in the wedding, a common complaint is being left without a ride. Many brides and grooms arrange transportation from the hotel to the wedding, but they neglect to provide transportation from the reception back to the hotel. If you can arrange transportation, do so. If not, make sure that there is a way for your wedding guests to call a cab, catch a bus or find some other way to leave the reception.   If necessary, print up cards with phone numbers or other important information. You certainly don’t want to leave your guests wondering how in the world they will make it back to the hotel or home.  

3. The Speech That Never Ends  Speeches can be charming, witty, funny and enjoyable for the wedding guests to hear, but they can also be way too long, boring and conducive to fits of dozing. Make sure that your speech conveys the emotions you’re feeling, but keep it as short and sweet as possible. A good speech should only last a few minutes and should be refreshing for guests to hear.   Gently pass this information to all those giving speeches at your wedding. While you may appreciate the Maid of Honor’s 15-minute trip down memory lane, your guests probably won’t.  

4. A Table of Strangers  Most wedding planners, brides-to-be or maids of honor decide which guests should sit at which tables. This part of the planning is very important because guests will feel uncomfortable at a table with people they don’t know. Imagine sitting at a table where everyone knows everyone else – except for you. Or worse, imagine if no one knows anyone else at their table!   Make sure to plan the seats wisely so that everyone can converse and have a great time at the reception. You should make sure that everyone will know at least one other person at their table well enough to feel comfortable chatting with him or her. This will keep your guests happy and will be one more step toward the perfect wedding!  

5. Time Between the Wedding and Reception  While the bride and groom are extremely busy trying to get their things together, their affairs in order and everything else, they probably aren’t thinking too much about the time between the wedding and the reception. The guests, however, will have to find a way to kill that time, and if it’s a long time, they may be stuck twiddling their thumbs.   An hour or two is about the perfect amount of time between the wedding and reception. If you must, have a few helpers who can help you get everything together so that you can be on your way sooner. If you’re unable to hold the events within an hour or two of each other, try to make other accommodations for your guests.   Can your reception hall or location be opened for waiting guests? Can you have a light snack prepared for those guests who will be waiting? By making sure that your guests are occupied, entertained and taken care of, you will be ensuring that they have a great time at your wedding!   While it’s really difficult to make sure that every single detail is perfect, you can take care of the most common wedding guest complaints. If the major things are under control, things will flow much more easily on your wedding day, and it will be remembered for its beauty and joy rather than for the things that went wrong!

Bridal Shower Game - How Well Do You Know the Bride?

Posted on January 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM Comments comments (132)
This game gives everyone a chance to show how well they know the bride to be! After taking the quiz, the bride reveals her answers. The highest score wins!
1. What is her favorite drink?
2. What is her wedding date?
3. Where is she going on her honeymoon?
4. How did she meet the groom?
5. If she could travel anywhere in the world, where would she go?
6. What super power would she choose?
7. Where did he propose?
8. What is the name of her dog?
9. What is her middle name?
10. What is her biggest pet peeve about the groom?
11. Where did they go on their first date?
12. What does she think is the groom's best feature?
13. What is her high school nickname?
14. What is her favorite ice cream flavor?
15. What was her college major?
16. What's her favorite sport?
17. When did the bride and groom meet?
18. How many countries has she visited?
19. What is her favorite song?
20. What is her favorite food?
21. What is her favorite movie?
22. Who does she think is the sexiest man other than her betrothed? 
23. Who would be her choice for a stripper?
24. How many kids does she want?
25. Does she prefer boy or girl?

Choosing A Reception Venue

Posted on January 17, 2011 at 2:29 PM Comments comments (73)
This past week Rain met Donna Berns.  She is the chef at Chenoweth Country Club and Banquet Center located at 3087 Chenoweth Rd., Akron, Oh 44312. She also handles their banquet sales.
Donna wrote about decisions that come with choosing the right reception hall for your wedding. She hits on all the key points for our couples to consider when they are scouting out the perfect location for their dream day...

Now that the biggest decision has been made, saying “YES”. There come a lot of tough decisions. Choosing where to have the ceremony, reception, who to have as bridesmaids and what they should wear, of course your wedding gown, cake, flowers how the list of things to do goes on and on.
There are helpful recourses out there to use as a guide. Remember this is your day, so they are just a guide to help you. One of the most important is setting the date and coordinating that with your ceremony site and reception site. This is something that you may need to be flexible with if you are planning a wedding less than a year out. Most churches and halls are booking more than a year in advance.
When choosing a reception site the first thing you need to think about is the date, are they available? What type of service, sit down or buffet? You should first and foremost feel comfortable with any vendor you deal with. They should be willing to offer advice and be flexible to your needs. Look for a vendor that is willing to go the extra steps it takes to make this day yours!

Here are some questions you should ask:
What are your menu choices and what is the cost per person?
Is there a separate cost for beverage service and what is that cost?
How long does the bar run?
How long do we have the hall?
Do you provide linen service and is there an additional fee for this?
Do you provide center pieces and is there a fee for this?
Do you have a cake cutting fee?
Do you have a service fee and how much is it?
How many guests can you accommodate?
What is your staff to guest ratio?
Do you have references?
Is there an additional fee for the hall or room rental fee?
 Are there a minimum number of guests required to have a Saturday reception?
What are the payment terms?
What are your cancellation policies?
What do I need to do to reserve my date?
Are there fees for security?
What if I or my guests have certain dietary needs?
Are there any additional fees to be aware of?
You should ask for a tasting. No matter how beautiful a facility is, if the food is mediocre or less all that beauty will fade away and you and your guests will not be satisfied. Look for a facility that will cater to you and your needs to make YOUR DAY one to remember.
Donna Berns
Chef / Banquet sales
Cell-330 603-3872
office 330 644-0058

Custom hand-painted aisle runners, parasols and wedding banners

Posted on January 8, 2011 at 5:34 PM Comments comments (84)
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Make Your Marriage Last a Life Time

Posted on January 6, 2011 at 4:21 PM Comments 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:
  • When you are young and have never been married
  • When one partner is “commitment-phobic”
  • When a couple cannot resolve significant issues (if a couple has disagreements regarding money, parenting, household responsibility, work, sex, etc. the time to resolve them is before marriage)
  • When one or both partners have a previously failed marriage and want to avoid repeating the same mistakes
Additional reasons to enter pre-marital counseling may include
  • Difficulty handling conflict: No marriage tool box is complete (nor can any marriage survive) without strong conflict resolution skills.
  • History of childhood abuse or domestic violence: Abuse, unfortunately, has been correlated with higher rates of divorce. It is important to seek help from a trained professional to learn alternatives to patterns that have resulted from emotional or physical abuse, or to heal from the hindrances of sexual abuse before marriage.
Other Considerations in Preparing for Marriage
  • Don’t fall for the classic marriage myths: Analyzing the Myths of Marriage before you say “I do” can be good preventative medicine.
  • Educate yourself on marriage in general. Browse the internet or your local bookstore for information on marriage and relationships.
  • If blending families, couples may want to prepare for the transition by following the Help for Blended Families Steps to Success as well as developing a Parenting Plan.
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

Congratulations! You're Engaged! Now What???

Posted on December 26, 2010 at 12:39 PM Comments comments (1496)
Congratulations! You're Engaged!

Now what????

1. Share the good news
Your parents-and any children you may have from a previous union-should hear the news first. Then comes other relatives and close friends. Whether you do it in person or over the phone, do it yourself. Those closest to you will no doubt be hurt to hear the news second hand. Never announce an engagement until a former union has been dissolved, whether by divorce or annulment.

2. Meet the parents
Your engagement should not come as a shock to your parents. Obviously, it's a good idea to get acquainted while you're dating. Your engagement certainly signifies a change in the relationship with your fiancé's/fiancée's parents. Now's the time to lay the foundation for a positive bond with your future in-laws. This is also when the parents of the bride meet-or at least make contact with-the parents of the groom. Traditionally, the groom's parents call the bride's parents to introduce themselves and extend an invitation to meet. However, that first contact can also be made by the bride's parents.

3. Make the guest list & set the budget
Your budget is the determining factor for the shape, size and fanfare of your wedding. But you cannot decide the type of wedding you will have until you have some idea of the size of the guest list. The easiest way to cut costs is to narrow your guest list.

4. Pick the date
The time of year you have your wedding is a key consideration. The most popular months for weddings are June, September, August, May, October and July. Popular wedding sites will be at a premium in terms of availability and cost during these times. Those who want an outdoor wedding will want to be married in the warmer months. If guests will have to travel to attend your wedding, you'll want to select a date that's convenient for traveling.

5. Don't forget the three C's
Not clarity, cut or color. We're talking about consideration, communication and compromise. How you handle your wedding plans can foretell how you will handle the other major decision of your life together. Along with the stress that will accompany the big decisions and little details should be a sense of adventure and fun. You are celebrating one of the most joyous milestones in your lives. Do so with a focus on consideration, communication and compromise and the process is sure to be smoother.

We are here to help you.  This is YOUR Wedding Day. Our team is looking forward to helping you any way we can.
Contact one of our area Planners today.
Now booking 2011weddings.

Source: Emily Post