Archive for May, 2010

DIY: Simple Bow Tie

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Maybe it is the fact that I was born in Mobile, Alabama or that I saw many grooms wearing them while in Lexington, Kentucky (bow ties are oh so Southern!) but there is something about a groom and his guys in fun bow ties.  Before you scroll right by because you think I have been kidnapped by the 80’s, I am NOT talking about plain black bow ties with cumberbund!  I am talking about polka dots, stripes, bright colors and patterns – fun bow ties that would make fabulous accessories for the men in your bridal party!

I am aware that most rental places offer solid bow ties and that is about it so I was tickled when I ran across this great DIY tutorial on making a snazzy bow tie from a regular tie on Make It and Love It.


It actually looks pretty easy – just pick out a tie you love in a fun color or pattern and then after some cutting, snipping and stitching, your guys will have a fantastic (already tied) bow tie!  Click the picture above for all the details and have fun!!

J. Crew's Opens Bridal Store!

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

I know where I am heading next time I am in New York City: 769 Madison Avenue in Manhattan.  Why you may ask?  Because that is the address of J. Crew’s new bridal store!

To celebrate the new store, J. Crew and Martha Stewart Weddings are teaming up to give one lucky bride a wedding planning consultation with Darcy Miller (the MSW Editorial Director, a private shopping trip to the brand new store and $2500 to spend on their dream dress from J. Crew.

What can $2500 buy you from J. Crew?  How about these?  They are $1100 and $1500 respectively.


You could easily be a two dress bride or just imagine the shoes you could buy with the rest of the $2500!  Or the veil or jewelry or lingerie or yummy cashmere wrap to go over your gown.  The Madison Ave store will offer all those items plus more.

To enter go here: Say I Do to J Crew Sweepstakes and those of us not in the NYC area can always find the J Crew Bridal Line online as well!  Good luck!

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

I stumbled onto not long ago and have spent WAY too much time planning trips to places all over the world!  The premise of the website is that people around the world open their homes to travelers much like a bed and breakfast or small inn.  The selection of places to stay ranges from a private room in a house or apartment to the entire apartment or house and most at much less than a hotel would probably run per night!  Some are…interesting to put it nicely but many look really cool especially for larger cities like NYC or London. Plus, since they are often entire apartments or houses, you would have a kitchen so you would be able to do some meals at home as a cost saver.

The site has a section with really unique hotel rooms as well.  I found more than a few that would be amazing honeymoon destinations – take a look at these:


727 Fuselage Home in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica – you MUST look at the pictures of this refurbished 1965 Boeing 727 airframe.  What a perfect honeymoon suite!


The Green Windmill in Santorini, Greece


Ancient British Castle in Cumbria

Have fun planning your honeymoon – or dreaming of your second honeymoon like I currently am!  Enjoy!!

Proposal Photography

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

A new trend (if you want to call it that) that I am in love with is when very smart grooms-to-be hire a professional photographer to capture their surprise marriage proposals.  If you haven’t seen one of those sessions check out these from some awesome Ohio photographers:

Chaz and Lauren by CoreyAnn Photography

April and Paul by Genvieve Nisly Photography

Love, love, love this!   If you are planning a proposal, consider hiring a photographer to capture it – how amazing would it be to have that moment on film?  Priceless – really and truly priceless.

As an added bonus, I give you the perfect song to set a slideshow of your gorgeous surprise proposal photos to!

Just Say Yes by Snow Patrol

I’m running out of ways to make you see
I want you to stay here beside me
I won’t be okay and I won’t pretend I am
So just tell me today and take my hand
Please take my hand
Please take my hand

Just say yes, just say there’s nothing holding you back
It’s not a test, nor a trick of the mind
Only love

It’s so simple and you know it is
You know it is, yeah
We can’t be to and fro like this
All our lives
You’re the only way to me
The path is clear
What do I have to say to you
For Gods sake, dear (x5)

Just say yes, just say there’s nothing holding you back
It’s not a test, nor a trick of the mind
Only love

Just say yes, cause I’m aching and I know you are too
For the touch of your warm skin
As I breathe you in

I can feel your heart beat through my shirt
This was all I wanted, all I want
Its all I want (x4)

Just say yes, just say there’s nothing holding you back
It’s not a test, nor a trick of the mind
Only love

Just say yes, cause I’m aching and I know you are too
For the touch of your warm skin
As I breathe you in

Kind of perfect, yes? Oh and if you would like helping planning the most perfect proposal ever just call (614.678.6320) or email us – Emilie Duncan Event Planning would be THRILLED to help!

Quick Tip: Packing for Your Honeymoon

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

If you are anything like me, you dread packing for trips.  I always end up overpacking and then having to take a larger suitcase which is overweight and costs me a fortune.  Not awesome.

I saw a recent article on how to pack for a 10 day trip in a carry on suitcase on the New York Times website and had to share – have a great time on your honeymoon!

10 Days in a Carry On

Pampering with a Purpose!

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

I am a huge fan of Aveda – I love their products and services, their business model, their commitment to giving back to the community and the whole experience at their spas and salons.  I think they take great care of their customers and my brides have always had great experiences at their various salons on wedding day.  I get my hair done by the lovely Quinn at 1400 Downtown and I recently had a simply amazing facial at Nurtur (seriously, best facial I have ever had) – both Aveda salons.

I am also a huge fan of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  Nationwide Children’s is consistently ranked among the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country – we are so lucky to have such an amazing place to care for our children right in town.  I have a couple clients who work there and while I have been there only once and sincerely hope to never have to go there again, it is an incredible place.

What do these have to do with each other?  I am on Nurtur’s email list and they just sent this out – great services for a great cause!


Why not schedule your engagement pictures for June 2 in the evening and have your hair and makeup professionally done while benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital?  Seems like an obvious win-win to me!

Happy Mother's Day

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!  Whether you are snuggled up with your kids today, they are waiting to meet you halfway across the globe, they had to leave you all too early or they are still growing in your belly – I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day and feel as appreciated as you are.

A huge thank you to my two gorgeous little girls for allowing me to have the best job in the whole world – their mom.

To all the moms in my life, Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Quick Tip: Reception Budget

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

One quick rule of thumb when budgeting and searching for a reception venue and/or caterer is that about half your budget is going to be spent on the reception.  That includes food and beverage, venue rental fees, any hard good rentals that need to be brought in (i.e. tables, chairs, flatware, china and glassware – linens usually fall under the decor category) and cake.

If your budget is $30,000 and you are looking at venues with a $20,000 minimum, you need to keep looking – even cutting your guest list won’t help if you have a certain dollar amount you have to hit.

Site Visit: Scioto Reserve Country Club

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

I had the pleasure of attending a Columbus Bridal Consultants meeting at the Scioto Reserve Country Club in Powell, Ohio last week.  It has been completely revamped and remodeled into a lovely new wedding venue.  Sorry to say that I have no pictures of the club and there actually aren’t any pictures on the website either but they have architect renderings which will give you some idea of what the space looks like.  I wanted to share my impressions and the details of this new ceremony and reception venue which is hosting its first wedding this month!

Scioto Reserve Country Club

The Layout

The club has a Wedding Garden for outdoor ceremonies – it isn’t quite done but should be completed soon and in full bloom.  Ceremonies will have a backdrop of the waterfall and the area has a view of the golf course.  So many people are looking for outdoor ceremony locations – this could be a very good one.

The reception room is a nice sized space with floor to ceiling windows on half the walls – lots of natural light and views of the golf course.  The room is a little oddly shaped – more rounded with some areas that extend out near the entrance and the bar.  I probably wouldn’t put tables in those areas unless necessary as your guests would feel a little out there.

There is a built in bar area with a large TV that can play a DVDs or regular TV.  Those screens also tie to two large screens which come down from the ceiling in the reception area – great for playing a video or slideshow of the two of you.

One really cool, very well thought out feature of the club is the bride and groom’s rooms.  The restrooms on site are basically large locker rooms with personal lockers for every member of the bridal party to store their belongings.  The ladies room is large and very comfortably appointed with chairs, couches, areas for hair and makeup, etc.  The men’s room has the lockers, chairs and couches, a large TV and a pool table to keep the guys occupied while waiting for the ceremony to begin – as I said, well thought out.

The Details

Wedding Minimums/Fees (valid as of May 1, 2010)
Ceremony: $1200

Wedding Reception Minimums:

April 1 through Thanksgiving:
Friday Evening – $7000
Saturday Afternoon (10:30 am – 4:30 pm) – $8000
Saturday Evening (6 pm – Midnight) – $12,000
Saturday All Day – $16,000
Sunday – $7000

Day after Thanksgiving through March 31:
Friday Evening – $5000
Saturday Afternoon (10:30 am – 4:30 pm) – $6000
Saturday Evening (6 pm – Midnight) – $10,000
Saturday All Day – $14,000
Sunday – $5000

*Sundays on 3 day holiday weekends will have the same minimums as Saturdays.
**These minimums DO NOT include the additional 20% service charge and 6.75% tax – that will be added to the food and beverage totals.

The unique thing about Scioto Reserve is that lots of things can be applied to the minimum – not just your food and beverage total.  You can contribute to your minimum with rehearsal dinners at Scioto Reserve or their sister club, Kinsale, child care at the onsite child care room during your wedding, a one year membership at either Scioto Reserve or Kinsale, rounds of golf, spa days at Kinsale or valet service – I really like this, it means that smaller weddings actually have a chance at hitting the minimums and the cost can be spread out throughout the planning process.

Catering and Alcohol
Food and beverage is all done in house.  Plated meals begin at $32 and go as high as $57 per person – that includes 2 stationary and 3 butlered hors d’oeuvres, bread and butter, coffee, salad, choice of entree and wedding cake from The Cake Studio.  Again, you need to add the additional 20% service charge and 6.75% tax – so for realistic budgeting purposes, the prices range from $40.99 per person to $73.02.

All bar packages are 5 hours and start at $18 per person for a beer and wine only bar package.  It goes up from there to a house package for $23, call package for $28 and $33 for their premium package.  You can also do a host bar based on consumption and be charged per drink instead.  The plus/plus of 20% service and 6.75% tax need to be added to this as well so again, for realistic budgeting the packages would be  $23.06, $29.46, $35.87 and 42.27 respectively.

Scioto Reserve says they can seat 270.  I would say 200 would be tight but I am VERY conservative on space planning – I hate a crowded reception room!  150 to 180 would be very comfortable.  It really depends on how many you want to seat at each table, i.e. 8 versus 10, and how you want to set the room.  Using those off shoots I mentioned would be less than ideal for your guests.  Also, it depends on whether you have a DJ or band, how big you want the dance floor to be.

Included in the Rental Fee
The Ceremony Fee includes ceremony site, rehearsal time, white padded chairs and sound system.

The Wedding Reception minimums include 60″ round tables (comfortable for 8 guests), basic linens in either ivory, white or black (although not floor length), metal Chivari Chairs (they look like fruitwood and the pads are light ivory vinyl but you can easily rent covers for them), other basic tables like DJ and gift tables and a champagne toast for all your guests.

Indoor and/or outdoor spaces
Ceremony could be inside or outside.  An inside ceremony would require a room flip during cocktail hour which would impede on the space you have to play with for cocktails.  Cocktail hour could be inside or out as well but the only reception space is indoors.  I will say the large windows do give lots of light and a nice view so it does feel very open.

I do have to mention the location because while the club is beautiful and would be a nice wedding site – it is really far north.  It is about 8 miles or 15 minutes north of the Sawmill Road exit off 270.  There are no hotels nearby – the closest are actually up in Delaware.  Otherwise, Polaris, Crosswoods or Dublin would be the best choices.  It is a bit of a hike up to the club but if you are doing everything in one spot, it isn’t that big a deal.  I would suggest a shuttles for your guests from the hotels to the club so no one gets lost.

Contact Info

Scioto Reserve Country Club
7383 Scioto Parkway
Powell, Ohio 43065
Phone: (740) 881-9082

Watch for more Site Visits coming soon and if you have any sites you would like to see featured, just drop me a line!