Thursday, September 27, 2012

GCVA September Luncheon - Record Breaking Crowd!

Today has been a crazy busy day for me!

Today was the September GCVA luncheon and we had a lot of moving parts to this event.  Normally, we have around 90 to 100 guests register for these events. However, this particular topic/speaker caught the attention of several individuals throughout the city of Cincinnati. We had over 150 guests at our kick-off event for the 2012-2013 season!

We had two start up companies, Lisnr and Physician Referral Network, present their 10 minute pitches to a group of investors, service providers, and entrepreneurs.  The crowd during this first portion was roughly 120 guests.  Then we had to move all the guests to a larger meeting room at The Westin.  We utilized the Taft Ballroom which accommodated our guest count of 150 for the keynote portion of the event.  
Before Jeff Weedman of CintriFuse began his keynote, the GCVA surprised Laura Baverman with the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award.  Laura is getting married in a few weeks and then moving to North Carolina.  She has had such a major impact on the entrepreneurship community over the past 8 years with the Cincinnati Enquirer and she will be greatly missed.  Simply Events, as well as the GCVA wish her the very best!  

Thank you my intern, Laura Neeb, you did awesome; and of course, Sheryl Stolze for your help as always! Overall, the event was amazing and everyone had a great time!

I did not have a chance to take many photos and the ones that I get to capture were taken from my iPhone. So, these are not super great pictures, sorry!

Are you looking to host a corporate event of some kind? Contact me for information on my corporate event planning/coordinating services! 

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How To Assemble the Perfect Emergency Kit

Although us wedding planners often get made fun of for having our 'emergency kits' by our side all day, they really are lifesavers!  Just ask any groomsmen or bridesmaids who ripped their tux or dress! At Simply Events, we provide every bride we work with an emergency kit.  However, I understand if you choose to make your own. So, here are 15 MUST have items to put in your kit!  These items are by no means the only items - just several that have come to save the day in my experience!

You may be wondering about #13 & #14.  Well, drinking mimosa from a straw is so much easier than straight from the glass! Also, having a deck of cards handy will help pass the down time between pictures and the start of the ceremony! :)

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Trend Alert: Look Up & Decorate!

It's becoming more and more common to not only put a lot of thought and detail into everything that is eye level, but also spend time creating beautiful settings from floor to ceiling.  For this week's trend, we are going to focus on the 'ceiling!'

Take this amazing cluster of color created by hanging paper lanterns of different sizes at different heights. Then of course, there is this stunning drapery that frames breathtaking floral arrangements on the tables and the ceiling.

Photo credit: Tanja Lippert Photography
Photo credit: Samuel Lippke Studios

There is also a less dramatic way to draw your guests' eyes upward yet still keep the same impact.  You can do so with simple lighting techniques.  For example, the image below on the left has amazing string lights placed above the guests' dining area.  Creating a ceiling of lights is a sure way to WOW your close friends and family! Then you have the super simple light decor pictured below on the right.  Here the couple opted for hanging globe lights from the tree. A very simple yet still extremely beautiful way to dress up the ceiling!  

Photo credit: Jessica Monnich Photography
Image from Pinterest

Are you having trouble figuring out how to dress up the ceiling space of your big day? Contact us today to see how we can help!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

1st Birthday Party!

This past weekend, I had the honor of throwing a HUGE birthday bash for my son, Grant, and my niece, Astella.  They are cousins and were born just 3 weeks apart! Instead of throwing two parties for basically the same group of people, we decided to team up and host one big celebration!  It was such an amazing day and I am so happy with how everything turned out.  The only thing that hindered the party was the uncontrollable WIND. Other than that, it was perfect!!

We started the birthday party setup on Thursday when Four Seasons Tent Rental delivered and set up the tent, tables, and chairs.

We continued on with the party planning on Friday when we gathered all the decor items that I have been collecting over the course of the past 6 months! Yes, I have been planning this party for a long time! :) 

Once Saturday came, it was time to begin putting all the pieces together.  There were several hands on deck as there were so many things that needed to be done.  We had linens, lighting, cakes, food, beverages, music, games, and decor details that all had to be set up before the guests began arriving.  With so many people people helping, the day went by quickly and we got everything done in time.  Here are some pictures from the best 1st birthday party ever!

What is your favorite part of this 1st birthday party?! 

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Questions to Ask a Wedding Planner

If you're considering hiring a wedding planner, make sure you ask the right questions when you do your interviews.  Unsure of which questions to ask and what responses you are looking for?  Don't worry, many brides feel this way. That is why we have compiled a list of the 4 must ask questions!

#1: How many weddings have you planned and/or coordinated in the past, excluding your own
  • Be cautious if a planner's answer is, 'We have planned and coordinated x-amount of 'events.'  Even though the logistics of a wedding are similar to those of an elaborate 'event', it's actually an entirely different animal, so to speak.  It's your BIG day, make sure you are putting it into the hands of an experienced wedding planner! 
  • Why excluding your own? Because planning someone else's wedding is completely different from planning your own!
  • Simply Events has experience planning and coordinating 15 weddings since its inception in 2010!
#2: Can I have a list of references and do you have a 'reviews' sheet?
  • If a planner cannot provide you with a list of at least three reference, who are NOT friends and family, this raises a red flag if they are claiming to be a 'professional.' 
  • Simply Events owner, Catie Harris, has a reference list a mile long and her reviews are endless as well! Read some reviews now!
#3: Are the pictures on your website from weddings that you have planned and/or coordinated or are they stock images?
  •  If the wedding planner cannot firmly assure you that the images on his/her website are from weddings they have planned and/or coordinated, most likely they are not.  If they are stock images, then you may want to steer clear because this is a sign they do not have the experience they claim to have.
  • On the Simply Events website, every single picture is from a Simply Events wedding, corporate event, or social celebration!
#4: Will we work well together?
  • Alright. This question you will want to keep inside your own head!! But do not let this one carry any less weight than the other three.  If you get the feeling from your first meeting that you will not get along or that you have different styles, then call it what it is and move on.  Remember, you will be spending a lot of time with your wedding planner and that time will be stressful if you do not work well together.  Being stressed around your wedding planner totally contradicts the purpose of a wedding planner! 
  • Do you want to see if you would get along with Catie? Contact her today for a complimentary consultation! 

I hope this helps as you search for your perfect wedding planner!  

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mismatched Groomsmen

Everyone has seen the mismatched bridesmaids, but what about those guys?!  How do you feel about mixing and matching groomsmen wear for your big day?

Personally, we love it! Caution: it will only work if you are hosting the right kind of wedding.  What we mean by this is that if you are getting married in a very formal setting, uniformed tuxedos are the way to go.  However, if you are opting for a more casual shindig, mixing and matching could be the perfect opportunity for you to showcase each groomsman's personal style! Take a look at these photos found on Pinterest!

Merge Photography

Merge Photography
Image from Green Wedding Shoes

Are some of these too mismatched for your taste? 
You can also simply mix and match the ties!
mismatched groomsmen :) 

We want to hear from you! 
Would ever consider mixing and matching your groomsmen? Why or why not?

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How To Incorporate Something Blue

We've all heard the saying, 'something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.' However, many brides struggle with figuring out clever ways to actually incorporate the last piece of the saying; the something blue.

On this week's 'How To,' we are going to show you 4 of our all time favorite ways to incorporate something blue in a meaningful and creative way!

Ready?! Here we go...

#1: Stitch a piece of your father's and/or grandfather's blue dress shirts onto your wedding dress.  It doesn't even have to be as visible as the image below. However, we do love the look of this! You can also stitch it inside your wedding gown for a more intimate approach!
Image from Pinterest
#2: Mother's and/or Grandmother's blue brooch pinned onto the stem of your bouquet. This will not be as noticeable to all your guests, however, make sure your photographer captures a picture! We were unable to find an image with a blue brooch! We actually love it when that happens because it means we are getting original with our ideas! :)

Image from Pinterest

#3: Have your monogram and your wedding date embroidered onto a label and then stitch it onto the inside of your dress. Somewhere. Anywhere. We love this little trend, even although you're guests won't see it!  Remember, as long as you know it is there, that is all that matters! Plus, who doesn't love a monogram?!
Image from Etsy
#4:  Going bold with your something blue is another favorite of ours and we love these sapphire blue flower hair pins. It would be even more meaningful if you could borrow them, or something like them, from your mother, grandmother, or other special lady in your life!  If not, then these could double as your new & blue!
Image from Polyvore

So, there you have it! Four fabulous ways on how you can add a touch of blue to your big day!

Need more ideas? Contact us today for a complimentary consultation! 

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bridal Show Design

This past weekend, Simply Events was invited to be a vendor at The Metropolitan Club Bridal Open House.  We were truly humbled to be asked to be a part of the show again and we hope we will always be invited in the future.  

One reason we love to do bridal shows is because we are able to get into the design element of a wedding.  Since we have been talking about the color trends of mint and purple (purple will be featured as a trend in the upcoming weeks!), we thought what better way to show our fans how to incorporate these colors into wedding design! So, it's now time for us to walk-the-walk! :)

Purple Table:
We set this old Hollywood glam table with 8 place settings that were showcased by a gold charger. The table number was an old-vintage-looking number '2' that we found at Hobby Lobby and we set it up on an adorable mini-cake stand.  The flowers were provided by Oberers Flowers and they did an amazing job. Oh, and not to mention the fabulous silver stand that is breathtaking! The linens were provided by Connie Duglin and we chose to go bold with a stunning purple damask linen, gold chair covers, and lilac chair sashes. The menu cards were created by Simply Events owner, Catie Harris.

Mint+Peach Table:

We only set this table with 6 place settings so that brides could see a table set for 8 versus a table set for 6.  We wanted this table to be more 'airy' and open.  We love that it turned out very girly, dainty, and light!  Our color choice here was mint paired with peach flowers provided by Oberers Flowers.  These place settings were enhanced with bronze chargers. We wanted to showcase the menu cards designed by Simply Events, so we did the popular menu-napkin-fold.  Lastly, we got clever and incorporated the phrase, 'mint to be' into the favors.  Everyone was raving over the creativity and cuteness! We used a mint colored underlay with a sheer scroll-work overlay, satin ivory chair covers, and imperial stripe ivory sashes!

What is your favorite part of either table?

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