Archive for August, 2012

iPhone and iPad Apps for Wedding Planning

Friday, August 17th, 2012

If you are planning your wedding and have an iPhone or iPad, you have some great tools available to help with the process!  Of course all the old standards have apps (hello to The Knot, Brides and Vera Wang) but here are a few of my favorite apps you might not have heard of that might useful to you during planning and even on the wedding day itself:

Evernote – Evernote is an app which you can access on your phone, iPad, internet and desktop that will help keep you organized – create notebooks with your to do list, vendor contact info, even notes about guest seating.  Everything syncs across platforms and is completely mobile.  I adore Evernote and use it in my personal life as well as for my business.

Flowerwheel – So often brides and grooms come to me with no idea of what types of flowers they like, let alone what they want for their wedding!  Or they bring in a picture of a gorgeous bouquet but only like one or two of the flowers – the listing names all the flowers but they don’t know which flower is which!  Flowerwheel is a great visual of all different kinds of flowers sortable by date and color.  Be warned, there is some frustration in that the flowers aren’t named until you click on them and it isn’t searchable by name but overall this is a great tool.  I use this app in client meetings quite often!

Pinterest – Okay so you have probably heard of Pinterest but did you know that it is now available to anyone with no invitation needed?   Pinterest is basically the ultimate bulletin board and a HUGE help in wedding planning.  They just added an iPad specific app that is gorgeous – now you can pin from anywhere!  Make group boards with your bridal party to pin attire ideas, DIY projects (that you’ll likely never do but you want to save anyway. 🙂 ), and decor ideas.  This app is also AMAZING for bringing your ideas to meetings with your florist, rental company, designer, planner, etc – being able to show them a picture rather than trying to describe things you love is so very helpful!!!

WineStein Pro – If you love good food and wine, you know how much the right pairings can enhance a meal.  Creating those pairings can be tricky so unless you have a sommelier in your bridal party, this app can help you decide what wine to serve with the first meal of your married life.

 AppyCouple – AppyCouple is still in beta but you can request an invitation.  AppyCouple is basically a wedding website in the form of an app!  You set up the site, your guests download the free app and your guests can access info about your bridal party, your proposal story, directions to your ceremony and reception, even your registries.  You’ll get a matching online website for those guest without a smartphone.  It is a great way to keep your guests informed!

Wedding Party – Cameras on phones are so common nowadays, your guests are bound to capture some fun moments but how do you gather all those pictures for yourself?  Sure some will be on Facebook spread among your friend’s pages but they won’t be gathered in one  spot unless you put in a considerable amount of work, right?  Not with this app!  Wedding guests download the app and when they take a picture, it gets downloaded to a central album for you and you can create a Facebook album with a click.

While Wedding Party is free, there are a couple of apps that offer similar services for a fee that you might want to look at as well – these include Wedding Snap and Photo Opp.

How to Tie a Tie – here’s one to slip onto his iPhone in case his wedding day jitters get the most of him and he forgets how to tie a Windsor knot or that bow tie isn’t pre-tied.  The pro version also has a section on different folds for pocket squares – not going to lie, I use this app pretty much every wedding.

While all these apps are for the iPhone and/or iPad, many of them have Android counterparts as well.  Any apps that you love that I missed?  Feel free to let me know!

Capital Style Bride Styled Shoot – Winter/Spring 2012

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

I realized the other day that I never shared the styled shoot I had the honor of producing for the now defunct (*sad*) Capital Style Bride Magazine.  I was asked to produce a rustic style shoot for the magazine’s Winter/Spring 2012 issue and I had a blast putting it together!

The shoot took place on a drizzly, very chilly day last year in the barn at Jorgensen’s Farm – trust me, our bride might look warm but she had space heaters pointed at her at all times!  We used the farm’s gorgeous wood farm table and their collection of chairs.  We dressed the table with simple runners, chargers and tableware from Event Source and added lovely glass candlesticks and bright, cheery flowers from Rose Bredl.

We had pretty stationery from Print Julep and we added an extra bloom to each place setting and finished it off with an antique broach from Ritzy Rose.  Amanda from Bakery Gingham created a wonderful assortment of different cakes (I got to take one home and can attest it was quite yummy!)

 The dress was a gorgeous hemp silk number from White of Dublin.

Hope you like this rustic wedding shoot as much as I did!

Just this week did a Pretty Preppy Shoot with Worthington vendors and some past clients of mine – I will share those pictures as soon as I can and I promise not to wait so long!

Site Visit: The Ivory Room

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

I was treated to a sneak peek today of the newest venue in town, The Ivory Room.  This gorgeous space on the 6th floor of the Miranova Building will be managed by Cameron Mitchell Catering.  The space is still under construction but will be ready for weddings and events in early September – the pictures you see are from August 14 but I will update in another post once the space is finished – I just couldn’t wait to share!  I am thrilled that we finally have another option for large weddings and with some of the best views of the city, The Ivory Room should be fantastic!

The Ivory Room

The Layout

The space is one large room set up in a U-shape.  In my mind, the only major drawback to the space is that the cocktail area has no separation from the reception area.  In the picture below, the guys are working on the huge glass wall that will lead into the space and separate the hallway from the cocktail space.  The entire area to the right is the cocktail area and as you can see, no separation from the rest of the room – I would advise draping or screening the area to create different room spaces otherwise guests will be sitting down at their tables during cocktail hour.

The reception area from the same corner.  You can see how open and large the space is – it continues with the other branch of the U shape on the other side of that middle wall area.

An artist rendering from the opposite corner showing the wall and way the room is completely open from cocktail area to reception area.

Another rendering from the opposite side of the room looking toward the cocktail area:

So in my opinion, the views are what makes this space so special!  The space is ringed with 3/4 walls of windows and the views include the downtown bridges (which are gorgeous when they are lit up at night) and the skyline including Lavec Tower as well as the Scioto Mile.  The view from the cocktail area (forgive the iPhone photo and reflection on the window – I leave the photos to the pros on wedding day!):

The Details

Room Rental Fees and Minimums
As of August 14, these have not been set but my guess would be they will be comparable to Darby House.

Catering and Alcohol
Catering and alcohol must go through Cameron Mitchell Catering so the sky is the limit as far as choices and options and the service will be outstanding.

Vendors
Other than CMC being the exclusive food and beverage vendor, there are no restrictions on any other vendors including planners, florists or rentals – you have complete control in selecting your wedding team.  Because the building is all commercial offices with no residents, there is no worry about the band or DJ being too loud.

Capacity
350 guests seated at 60″ rounds with 8 people per table.  If you seat an extra person or two per table, you could likely fit up to 375 or 400 although that would be extremely tight and I would not recommend it.  For a cocktail reception, the space will hold significantly more people – up to 450.

Included in the Rental Fee
Six hours of rental time, fruitwood Chivari chairs, 60″ round tables (generally these seat 8 people), floor length white linens and white napkins are included in the rental fee.  While I am still not 100% as to whether they are adjustable, there are tracks for pin spot lights around the room.  If we’re able to use those to pin spot the tables, that would be a huge decor point.  The rental fee and minimums will likely be a bit higher than other large venues in town but the chairs and the possibility of using that pin spotting will offset some of that.

Ceremony and/or Reception
You could do both the ceremony and reception at The Ivory Room but with no divider between the cocktail space and the reception space, it really wouldn’t be practical as you and your guests would be watching the whole set up.

Indoor and/or outdoor spaces
No outdoor space – the venue is completely inside but with the huge 3/4 wall windows all the way around, the views make up for it!

Parking
There are several options for parking on site including valet, pre-paid self park in the garage or the guests can pay to park in the garage with plenty of spaces.

Decor
Urban and clean with dark wood floors, ivory walls under the windows and ivory columns, lots of windows and dark exposed ceilings.

Contact Info

Cameron Mitchell Catering
877.491.1267 or 614.848.4700

I am very excited to see a great downtown venue with views of our gorgeous city – the fact that it is a great venue with a large capacity is just icing on the cake!  CMC has said that the Ivory Room is already booking quite well for 2013 so if you are interested, I would suggest calling them soon!