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Pinterest Tip: Use the Description Space Wisely!

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

{It is very snowy and cold outside but I have a cup of tea (hello Chai Latte, where have you been all my life?!), and Pinterest is fired up on my computer so I’m good – the perfect way to waste a Saturday off!}

A quick tip for all you Pinterest using brides and grooms out there – make sure you use the description space wisely!  Pinterest makes it so easy to save anything and everything with very little brain power needed.  That’s the great and not so great thing about Pinterest.  Great because you can always have your ideas at your fingertips, not so great when it comes down to having to share your pins with your vendors – anything and everything is overwhelming and can lead to confusion and misunderstandings!

Often I see pinners pinning a picture for one element – say the candles but not the flowers or the napkin fold but not the color of the napkins.  Unless you clarify what you like and don’t like about your pins, it is easy to forget down the road and then that pin is just another pretty picture.

Simply try to make a point to clarify what you like and/or what you don’t like about each pin so it is clear to someone viewing your boards.  Here’s a great example – what does the original pinner like about it?  The ribbon on the handle – easy peasy!  Of course if you like the pink flowers but not the ribbon, you should change the description!  Simple, right?

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Another tip?  Every once in a while, go back and clean up your pins.  The easiest way to do this is to create a new board, go through your old boards and anything you still love, move or repin to the new board.  This is an especially good idea if you have a long engagement – sometimes the old pins are good for a laugh.

Stay warm and happy pinning- I’m off to make more tea!

Is Alcohol Returnable in Ohio?

Friday, January 17th, 2014

I got a phone call the other day from a bride who is considering having her reception at a venue that allows couples to bring in their own alcohol.  The venue provides the bartenders but the couple supplies all the liquor, beer, and wine.  This bride was worried about running out of liquor during the reception and wanted to know if they should overbuy and then return any unused, unopened bottles to the store.  Apparently one of the bride’s friends did it for her wedding in another state and it worked out well but a different friend tried to return alcohol in Ohio and…let’s just say, their liquor cabinet is stocked for years to come!

So, can you or can’t you return liquor in the state Ohio?

Genevieve-Todd-Wedding-225Photo from Ely Brothers

To get the answer once and for all, I made a phone call and got the story straight from the people who know – The Ohio Division of Liquor Control.  Here’s the scoop:

  1. Here in Ohio, all hard liquor (anything over 42 Proof) is controlled by the state and all sales are final!  You CANNOT return unopened bottles of liquor.  This includes vodka, rum, whisky, tequila, gin…you get the idea.  If you bought it, you own it – plan wisely!  Your caterer or venue should be able to help you determine what and how much to buy.
  2. Lower proof spirits (for instance Bailey’s Irish Cream, Godiva, and Chambord – basically the alcohol the grocery store sells) are owned by the store that sells them so it is up to them to decide if they want to accept returns.
  3. Beer and wine are also owned by the store that sells them so it is up to them to decide if they want to accept returns.

To sum it up, hard liquor is NOT returnable in Ohio.  Beer, wine and other alcohol MAY BE returnable in Ohio.  Call the store and talk to the manager as to whether they will take unopened bottles back or just buy super awesome wine and beer that you won’t mind drinking copious amounts of for weeks/months to come!

So, what do you do if you live in Ohio and plan to buy hard liquor but are still afraid of buying too much?  There are some neighboring states (to the south for instance) that may allow returns so a day trip could be beneficial to your bottom line however you might want to check the laws on transporting alcohol across state lines as well as check with the store you pick to confirm they allow returns.

Cheers and enjoy your weekend!

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!

Non-Traditional Prelude Music: VSQ

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

This past weekend, Kasey from Bliss and I took a roadtrip to Cincinnati and had the pleasure of coordinating a fellow planner’s wedding!  Alison from Aviva Events married her longtime love, Seth at the Contemporary Arts Center.  It was a beautiful day and I was honored to be a part of it – I will try to borrow some pictures and post them for soon.

One of my favorite discoveries from the day was the prelude music which was provided by the outstanding DJ Toad.  Seriously, he was amazing – the dance floor wasn’t empty for a second all night.  And he travels to Columbus.  Just saying.

If you weren’t listening very, very closely to the prelude music, you likely would not have noticed it wasn’t your usual music.  There was no Canon in D, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring or Trumpet Voluntary.  There was ‘Nightswimming’ by REM and ‘Today’ by Smashing Pumpkins but I am willing to bet that most of the guests didn’t realize they were listening to instrumental versions of those songs.

A group called the Vitamin String Quartet has taken songs from just about anyone you can think of – from 311 to Adele to Elton John to Metallica to Radiohead to The Cure to Van Morrison – and done instrumental versions.  If you have always wanted to walk down the aisle to ‘Like a Prayer’ or ‘Jane Says’ but didn’t want your parents to flip out and grandma to have a heart attack, look no further!  Vitamin String Quartet has you covered.

A quick search iTunes produces literally thousands of covers of songs available – if you aren’t a classical fan or are looking for an interesting alternative to the traditional prelude and processional music, you must check out Vitamin String Quartet!

Useful Tool: FiftyFlowers.com

Friday, April 8th, 2011

It seems that one of the most anxiety inducing meetings that my couples have is the floral appointment!  So often they have pulled pictures of flowers they like but don’t know what those flowers are or if they are available in their wedding colors.  I stumbled on a great site with a very nice, comprehensive listing of flowers by color!

With 41 different colors plus bi-color flowers, you are sure to find flowers that will suit your vision and match perfectly!