PSA: Snapfish


Until Friday, Snapfish is offering their 20-page 5X7 photobooks for $5.99–yes, $5.99. They’re normally $11.99, so it’s a deal! The PROMO CODE: PHOTOBOOK07.
These would make great gifts–especially for those who have children–for grandparents and family. There are a ton of layouts to choose from and you can fit numerous photos on one page, if you’d like AND add text to create a cute story/narrative.
And I’m SURE you enterprising brides can come up with a way to use them for your upcoming wedings. Maybe make a book of your engagement photos, etc…
Have fun!

November 28, 2007. vendors. Leave a comment.

Flowers…Check!


So…over Thanksgiving weekend you know I met with two florists in addition to the lighting company.

Well, I am glad to say, I have found my florist! And it was such an easy an obvious choice!

ABOUT HELENE
Helene of Brunswick Ohio-based Hosanna Designs will be doing floral for the wedding. (She created that mandap pictured).
I first chatted with Helene last month and got a great feeling about her over the phone.
That feeling was confirmed upon meeting her Saturday over the Thanksgiving holiday.
She works from her home studio on the west-side of Cleveland, so we met half way, near downtown, for lunch (which she’d offered to treat me to).
As soon as I saw her we connected and bounced ideas off of each other for about an hour.
What I loved about Helene is that she was very upfront about what flowers cost and had great ideas on how to save money. She actually showed me catalogs of her wholesalers and was clear about pricing. Most of all, she is clearly passionate about what she does.
Very excited to be working with her!
**One thing I must note about Hosanna Designs is that they don’t charge a deposit. I was certainly prepared to give her one, but…according to Helene: “I’ve raised kids. Spend that money on vendors who need it now..”
Just like a mom!

OTHER FLORISTS
In all, I interviewed three florists. Maybe I should have talked to more, but interviewing vendors is tiring and I believe you know when you’ve found the right one.

The others I met with with were Lynn from Creations by Lynn, Broadview Heights and Amy of AC Designs, Westlake (well, didn’t actually meet her but communicated via e-mail).
Both Amy and Lynn could be good choices for floral and I have nothing but good things to say about them both.
Lynn’s shop was very organized. She even had fresh orchids, mokara and cymbidium, by the stem– a huge plus for an orchid-lover like me!
Her prices are reasonable but she said she does 4 weddings in a weekend–which seems like a lot and kind of turned me off).

Amy is a fast and excellent communicator. She worked with me via e-mail for a few days and created sketches of ideas she had and was able to quote me this way. Amy’s prices are very reasonable and she is good at thinking outside of the box. I just wished I could’ve seen more of her work…

November 27, 2007. decorations, vendors. 1 comment.

Let there be Light!: Part II

Let there be Light: Part I
So, I went to Cleveland for Thanksgiving, super excited to meet with the fourth and last lighting company for reasons explained in Part I.
I have already received quotes from three other Cleveland-area companies–two who had actually visited my venue and one who , without seeing the location, gave me a ‘rough quote.’
So fiance, toddler and I woke up early Friday morning in some very frigid and blustery and typically Cleveland weather to meet John from RCS Corp. at Starbucks in the BP Tower. (The BP Tower houses several businesses and on the first floor has about a dozen storefronts and small shops).
We headed up to the third floor so John could check out our space and tell us all of the amazing ways he could transform it with fabulous lighting.
But as he scoped the venue, he looked perplexed…
“I would love to take your money,” he said. “But this is going to be a very difficult space to do much with.”
Why, I asked?
The answer: Power.
There was not enough power–as in power outlets–in the venue to accomodate any significant lighting set-up.
He said he even remembered working in the space once before for a high school gala and having the same issues.
Further, he explained, with an August wedding and the sun not setting until around 9 p.m., natural light would be a huge obstacle to lighting.
One reason we love our venue is because one whole side of the room is open and overlooks an atrium. The building it’s housed in is, on the front side, made entirely of windows. And although our space is set back from those windows, I was assured that natural light would clash with any man-made lighting–and we may only have two hours where lighting would even be noticeable…
I can’t say I hadn’t heard this before. Two of the other lighting companies told me it would be a “difficult room to transform.”
I guess I was just waiting to meet with that company that would tell me they had some fabulous idea on how to get past the obstacles!
So, I’m sad. The very reasons why we chose our venue–the windows and the view–are working against my plans!
A few good things from our meeting with RCS:
1) John had a GREAT idea for our ceremony space!
2) John talked to us about a new designer RCS recently hired who is young and really good at thinking outside of the box on how to use lighting; he plans to send him to our venue next week to see what he comes up with…
To be continued!

November 25, 2007. cleveland, lighting, vendors, venue. Leave a comment.

What’s Your Color Inspiration?


Color is perhaps one of the key things I think about when considering the feel and vibe of any event. A good way to start is to figure out a color pallete that suits your style. It doesn’t have to be rigid, but it’s a good way to begin.
So…
1. Gather a few images that inspire you. They don’t have to be pictures of flowers, attire or anything wedding related, for that matter. In my opinion, they should just be pictures that make you “feel” something and set a mood.
2. Go to: Colorhunter.com or DeGraeve.com.
3. Enter the URL of your image (s) and VOILA! Your own custom color palette!

November 21, 2007. decorations, inspiration. Leave a comment.

What’s Your Color Inspiration?


Color is perhaps one of the key things I think about when considering the feel and vibe of any event. A good way to start is to figure out a color pallete that suits your style. It doesn’t have to be rigid, but it’s a good way to begin.
So…
1. Gather a few images that inspire you. They don’t have to be pictures of flowers, attire or anything wedding related, for that matter. In my opinion, they should just be pictures that make you “feel” something and set a mood.
2. Go to: Colorhunter.com or DeGraeve.com.
3. Enter the URL of your image (s) and VOILA! Your own custom color palette!

November 21, 2007. decorations, inspiration. Leave a comment.

What’s Your Color Inspiration?


Color is perhaps one of the key things I think about when considering the feel and vibe of any event. A good way to start is to figure out a color pallete that suits your style. It doesn’t have to be rigid, but it’s a good way to begin.
So…
1. Gather a few images that inspire you. They don’t have to be pictures of flowers, attire or anything wedding related, for that matter. In my opinion, they should just be pictures that make you “feel” something and set a mood.
2. Go to: Colorhunter.com or DeGraeve.com.
3. Enter the URL of your image (s) and VOILA! Your own custom color palette!

November 21, 2007. decorations, inspiration. Leave a comment.

Dollar Tree Direct

The other day I wrote about the fabulous damask-inspired votive holders I found at the Dollar Tree. Turns out between two local Dollar Tree locations I was able to buy enough of them for what I needed (about 60). But apparently, for people planning large events, Dollar Tree recently started up Dollar Tree Direct, where you can buy ANYTHING you see in a store, in bulk.
I don’t think I need to explain why this is is useful to event planners and brides planning wedding!

I think this service is fairly new. Here is a write-up from the press release on Retail Net.

Dollar Tree has launched an e-commerce site called “Dollar Tree Direct” (www.dollartreedirect.com) designed for customers who want to purchase large quantities of items from the store.
Customers can submit orders via electronic submission, fax or by phone. No matter what method they choose, shoppers will have the chance to speak with a customer-service representative who will check on availability of requested items and process payments.

It doesn’t look like a whole lot that I’ve seen in the stores is on the web site yet, but as long as you have the product number you can call-in an order.

November 18, 2007. decorations, vendors. 1 comment.

Stamps & Pretty Paper



Today I bought some art materials online to play around with!
I ordered:
**Two clear stamps–one damask, one a double scroll
**12, 12X12 sheets of Anna Griffin Dorothy Graphic Black Damask Paper from Memory Villa store
**4X6 Acrylic Stamp Block from an Ebay store called ‘Heart-Shaped Rock Cottage’, who by the way, is super fast and emailed me to say she’d shipped my order within an hour after of me placing it!

The damask print paper, I may use as bellybands for the invitations.
A bellyband is simply a decorative element you can use to embellish invites–pictured in orange at right—->

I bought the stamps and stamp block to use on our printed materials. Stamping–particularly clear stamping–is a whole new world for me, so I had to do some research. But from what I’ve seen they work really great and will undoubtedly be a fabulous accent to my new Print Gocco that I have asked Santa for as a Christmas gift!
More on stamps and gocco later.

November 16, 2007. art projects, vendors. 2 comments.

For those who love Damask….


A Walmart run and a trip to the Dollar Tree landed me these fabulous damask-inspired votive holders and a damask box that I may modify and use as a card box. I’ve seen these same/very similar votive holders elsewhere for like $29.99 for two! Look here! and The votive holders were two in a pack for a buck. Lets just say I cleared the shelves. The box was $4. More on my love affair with damask.


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November 15, 2007. candles, decorations, inspiration. 2 comments.

Free Orchids!!

So, I was having a flower attack today–an uncontrollable feeling I get now and then when I have to get my hands on some fresh flowers. So I broke down and went to the flower stand to buy some more orchids. The guy wanted $15 for 10 stems…and while I know that’s not bad for orchids generally, I have bought them for $10 from another local stand, SO I talked him down to $12. That’s when the FLOWER ANGEL– some random city worker– strolls up and asks who the flowers were for. When I replied they were for me he whispered something to the flower man and told me to put my money “back in my pocket.”
He freakin’ bought me the flowers and then disappeared. I swear. Now you KNOW free orchids made my day!
Here are some photos of one stem I submerged. (I’m considering some sort of sunken orchid centerpiece…)





November 15, 2007. candles, centerpiece, decorations. Leave a comment.

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