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Wedding OoO Wednesday: Las Vegas!

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Vegas Baby!!!  (Sorry, I had to!)

Please welcome Juliet Douglas from Green Orchid Events, Inc. in Las Vegas, Nevada.

blog: The Vegas Wedding Planner
Facebook: Green Orchid Events
Twitter: Green Orchid

Why do you love doing weddings in Las Vegas?
The majority of my weddings are destination weddings (probably 8 out of 10). I think couples are more daring when they get married in Las Vegas – anything goes! It’s rare that we get couples who want a “traditional” wedding. They will always throw in a fun and unique element into their wedding day or wedding weekend.

What venues would you consider to be uniquely Las Vegas?
I think people now think of the Bellagio Las Vegas when they think of an elegant venue in Las Vegas. The Wynn Las Vegas is also definitely on the top of the list of venues that are uniquely Las Vegas. Because of the movie The Hangover, I’m sure Caesars Palace comes to mind as well.

What elements would you say really make a wedding quintessentially Las Vegas?
When couples come to Las Vegas to get married, a majority like to get photos at the world famous Las Vegas sign. Photos at the Boneyard (home to all of the old Las Vegas signs) are also popular.

Tell us about this perfectly Vegas wedding:
Amber and Bill were winners of our Wedding Day Coordination contest.  Amber is originally from Las Vegas and met Bill in NY where they currently reside. Amber wanted a wedding that was “Vintage Vegas” yet modern with all the glitz and glamour of 1950s Las Vegas.  No cheesy Las Vegas here! We had the wedding at the Red Rock Casino which is in Summerlin in Las Vegas and close to Red Rock Canyon.  Here are a few elements that made this SO Las Vegas:

We had it in a casino/hotel. But, Red Rock is off the Las Vegas Strip and super modern, hip, and trendy.

Showgirls greeted guests as they entered the reception

One of the best Frank Sinatra impersonators showed up and entertained the guests and guests did a showgirl “kick line” during one song.

Table names were frames of old Las Vegas casinos

It was a glitzy wedding that was reminiscent of old Las Vegas

Photographer: Chelsea Nicole Photography
Florist: Enchanted Florist

Anything else you want to share about weddings in Las Vegas?
Las Vegas really has it all! When couples plan weddings here, they have to plan for a majority of their invited guests to show. Do not invite 150 and expect only 75 guests to show up! Everyone wants an excuse to come to Las Vegas! There’s no need for babysitting your guests. They can entertain themselves with gourmet meals, fabulous shows, nightclubs, relaxing pools and spas, plenty of shopping, and obviously, the casinos. There really is something for everyone here. And if the Strip is not their cup of tea, we have the wonderful Springs Preserve, Red Rock Casino or Green Valley Ranch, or Lake Las Vegas.
Thanks to Juliet for sharing this gorgeous Vegas wedding – I really need to come visit you!

Wedding OoO Wednesday: Newport, RI

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Please welcome Stephanie Frazier Grimm from Couture Parties in Newport, Rhode Island!

Why do you love doing weddings in Newport?

I LOVE being a Newport Wedding Planner because I am a  true “islander” I am born and raised here, and I love to share all the quaint spots and share some history of them with my couples.  Couples enjoy this seaside town, that I am fortunate enough to call home. Also because we are the smallest state, we offer a lot or traditions of family owned businesses and couples appreciate that and usually incorporate them into their reception.  From Del’s lemonade, to Newport Creamery Awful Awfuls to Coffee Milk and Quahogs, Rhode Island is happy to share their finds.

What are some of your favorite Newport wedding locations?

When you think of Newport, RI you think beach, boats, navy blazers, traditional New England,  and historic mansions.  Most couples wedding photos are taken around Ocean Dr on the cliff side ocean front with historic homes in the distance.  The Newport Bridge (you have to go over a bridge to get to Newport since we live on an island) Newport is a GREAT destination spot for weddings because we offer every type of venue.  Beach front, Sailboats, farms, historic mansions, vineyards all with an ocean view make Newport so desirable. There is not one venue that says “Newport” they all offer different elements, all with the ocean within a mile of them. Rosecliff Mansion may be our highest valued venue, offering a gilded age authentic mansion as well as museum with strolling lawns with a cliff side setting of the Atlantic Ocean. Breath taking.

Tell us what makes this wedding so quintessentially Newport:

You know when you meet a couple, and you just know they were meet to be together? Well this was John & Emily.  Her being “please do not draw any attention to me” and him “the brighter the colors the better!”  The couple went to high school together in Connecticut, and went separate colleges in Washington DC, and now are back in NYC.  Newport is a favorite location of the bride and had many memories there because her and her family summered there. So when it came time to plan their wedding there wasn’t a doubt to get married at the exclusive Bailey’s Beach. (Private Beach Club in Newport)

The bride was very enthusiastic to make this wedding as personal and traditional as possible.  All of their mutual high school and college friends were in attendance as well as many family members.

The ceremony was held at historic Salve Regina University in Newport. Emily’s dress was by designer Monique Lhuillier.  She carried a bouquet of hydrangeas and peach/white roses (peach roses were what her mother and grandmother had carried so she wanted to incorporate them) The bridesmaids wore chartreuse short strapless dresses.  Though you usually see the groom in a bow tie and madras blazer, he and his groomsmen (all twelve of them and the brides dad and grooms dad) wore white cotton pants with embroidered whales on them with navy blue blazers and a green silk tie to match the bridesmaids.  The groomsmen passed out programs with the couples monogram on it that was designed by the brides Aunt. The monogram was also on each place card and the table numbers.

All guests were then transported to the reception by trolleys.  John is an avid golfer so Emily wanted to incorporate Golf into the reception some how. We got personalized green golf tees, and I made paper “golf balls” and glued each one on top of the tee. I then wrote each guests name on them with their seat assignment. These were the escort cards.  I displayed them in fresh wheat grass.

After the cocktail hour, a bag piper played (to honor their heritage) to the guests as they were taking their seats for the couple’s first dance as husband and wife.  The guests feasted on filet mignon, an ice cream bar, basket weave cake that resemble their Tiffany’s China, and baseball cookies to look like the grooms favorite team, The New York Yankees.

Guests danced the night away to the Band Right On out of Washington DC.   The only way that the band stopped playing was when the police came and told us we were breaking the noise ordinance!  Upon the guests departure they were served mini grilled cheeses, water bottles and treats from the navy blue and green candy bar.

Venue- Baileys Beach Newport, RI (private venue)
Florist- Bellevue Florist
Coordination/Décor- Couture Parties
Catering- Bailey’s Beach (private venue)
Cake/Cookies- Fatulli’s Bakery
Transportation- Viking Newport Trolleys
Band- Right On
Thanks to Stephanie for sharing this perfectly preppy, perfectly pretty wedding!  Newport is on my list of places to visit!

Wedding OoO Wednesday: Colorado

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Please welcome Debbie Orwat from Save The Date Events in Denver, Colorado.

Website: Save The Date Events
Blog: Save The Date Blog
Twitter: DebbieOrwat

Why do you love doing weddings in Colorado?

We work throughout the entire state which is an absolute joy. We are incredibly fortunate to travel to all the mountain towns to plan fabulous events for our clients.

What are some of your favorite Colorado wedding locations?

Aspen Wedding Deck, Vail Wedding Deck and the Maroon Bells are amazing locations for wedding ceremonies. There are so many fabulous mountain towns with great venues for Colorado weddings.

Tell us what makes this wedding so quintessentially Colorado:

Carrie and Ben live in Florida and have always loved coming to Colorado for ski vacations. Carrie’s style was rustic mountain elegance with a modern flair.  SaddleRidge at Beaver Creek was the perfect wedding venue for their Colorado destination wedding.   All the wedding guests traveled to Colorado and enjoyed the mountains for a full weekend of activities.

Location: SaddleRidge in Beaver Creek, Colorado
Photographer: Karie Mclain –

Thanks so much to Debbie for sharing!  Love that it is SO Colorado!

Weddings OoO Wednesday: Gainsville, FL

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the first Weddings Outside of Ohio (OoO) Wednesday!  I feel the need to point out that yes, Melissa is from Gainesville, Florida and this wedding was at University of Florida but you Buckeyes still need to be nice to her!

Please welcome Melissa DiStefano from Masterpiece Weddings in Gainesville, Florida.
Website: Masterpiece Weddings
Blog: Masterpiece Weddings Blog
Twitter: WeddingPlanner1

Why do you love doing weddings in Gainesville?

I love weddings in Gainesville, Florida!  There are so many cultures that come to Gainesville to go to school, fall in love and want to involve the University into their wedding. Gainesville is still considered a small town (albeit with attitude), and I feel so honored to be a part of our clients once in a lifetime event! Lots of our clients live out of town and come back to get married. Gainesville sort of sucks you in like that (in a good way).

I love that The University of Florida brings together so many different nationalities and walks of life. We work with clients of all Religions and Cultures. A lot of our clients aren’t native to Gainesville, but have absorbed the “Southern Way of Life”, they care a little more, are so genuinely sweet, talk a little slower and know what real sweet tea is. I really think we work with the nicest, sweetest, most amazing, coolest, most genuine, clients ever! I’d even bet money on it! (Editor’s note – I’ll take that bet!)

I’ve done weddings in New York, Los Angeles, Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, back and forth across the world, but there is something about a Gainesville wedding that is different… I can’t quite put my finger on it, a little sweeter, a little more something. And I can’t get enough.

What is one of your very favorite Gainesville wedding location?

Gainesville Florida has some incredible locations for weddings, The Thomas Center is full of history.  Mr. Thomas had the most elegant hotel in all of Gainesville in the early 1900s and when he died suddenly, he didn’t have a will and the State took his building and turned it into an office building, and now they rent out the old dining room for weddings. It’s beautiful, and so full of history! There are also several gardens for a beautiful outdoor ceremony.

Tell us what makes this wedding so quintessentially Gainesville:

One of our favorite clients, Kristina and Darren, both grew up in Gainesville and moved away after graduating, but couldn’t imagine not getting married in Gainesville. That’s one thing about this town, it draws you back. It’s a part of you, you just can’t help it. Gina Leigh ( did an amazing job documenting the love, the beauty and the fun! We’ve taken pictures at University of Florida Football Field (The Swamp) a bajillion times, but this time, there were members of the band there, and I asked them if they would plllleeeeeasssse take pictures with the wedding party, they were as excited to say yes as I was asking them! Plus Darren and Kristina are so full of life and love, it’s contagious! You can just tell, you can feel it!

Darren and Kristina were married at The Baughman Center and their reception was at The Thomas
Center.  Their photographer was Gina Leigh Photography and their flowers were from Pranges Plantscapes.  Celebrations provided catering and their cake was from KB Kakes.  Now, onto the pictures!

Anything else to share?

But remember no matter where you are getting married, it’s about the love you feel for each other. And about what happens the day after your wedding and the day after that. Your wedding will be amazing, I promise! But don’t forget to make sure your marriage is amazing too!


Thanks so much to Melissa for sharing!  Gorgeous wedding (even it is was a University of Florida wedding)

2 New Blog Series Coming Next Week!

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I am working on two new series starting next week that I am so excited for!  Make sure you check back every Monday and Wednesday at noon for these fun features:

Mini-Moon Mondays – fun things to do in nearby cities that would either be a nice weekend away during wedding planning (remember, it never hurts to walk away from the guest list once in a while!) or immediately after the wedding when a big honeymoon must be delayed (lots of my teacher clients do this). All the mini-moon locations will be an easy drive from Columbus – 3 hours or less.  We’ll be looking at Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and more!

Wedding OoO (Outside of Ohio) Wednesdays – I am lucky enough to count wedding planners from across the country and around the world as my friends and colleagues.  Some of these fantastic wedding pros are going to share some of their favorite weddings with us and what makes their cities so fantastic!  It will be a fun look at what makes a wedding so perfectly Philly or Seattle or Southern Florida – I can’t wait to share them with you!  I think you’ll love them!