Engaged But Can’t Be Legally Married?  Consider a Commitment Ceremony Instead!

Engaged But Can’t Be Legally Married? Consider a Commitment Ceremony Instead!

Are you engaged but can’t be legally married for one reason or another? No worries! There are alternatives to paying for a piece of paper that ultimately gets filed with your city, county or state. A commitment ceremony can be performed exactly like a wedding and, for...
Industrial Meets Victorian Charm: A Styled Photo Shoot

Industrial Meets Victorian Charm: A Styled Photo Shoot

I recently had the honor of designing and planning a styled photo shoot that took place at The Brightside Music & Event Venue in Downtown Dayton, Ohio.  Here’s the story behind this Industrial Meets Victorian Charm shoot. The Victorian Era Dinner Party The...
Purple Isn’t Just a Summer Wedding Color Anymore!

Purple Isn’t Just a Summer Wedding Color Anymore!

Simple, Yet Whimsical Wedding Photo Shoot As a new planner still building my clientele portfolio, I decided to work with a local venue this past summer on a photo shoot – also known in the wedding industry as a styled shoot – to be able to show you some of my design...
Wedding Decor:  Linens & Fabrics & Tents – Oh My!

Wedding Decor: Linens & Fabrics & Tents – Oh My!

Determining the colors or theme of your wedding can be one of the most enjoyable tasks in the long list of things that need to be done before the big day. These days, weddings can have simple centerpieces and minimal décor — or you can go over the top and be...
Engaged?  Celebrate with Cake — And Then Do These 12 Things!

Engaged? Celebrate with Cake — And Then Do These 12 Things!

Congratulations, you said YES and are engaged!! Let the engagement parties begin and then celebrate with cake! (Of course, it will be followed by months of dieting!) So what’s next? Here are 12 things you can do: Tell Your Friends & Families About Your Engagement...
Wedding Day Disaster:  Don’t Let Your Day Turn Into a Horror Story!

Wedding Day Disaster: Don’t Let Your Day Turn Into a Horror Story!

I was chatting recently with Michelle Miskell of Glamorous Weddings about a wedding day disaster at one of my weddings last year, and we started comparing stories. She was telling me of her concerns about a client hiring a small, little known restaurant to “cater”...
Vow Renewal Celebrating 25 Years of Marriage

Vow Renewal Celebrating 25 Years of Marriage

Planning weddings are my passion — and when someone comes to me asking if I can plan a 25th anniversary vow renewal for him and his wife, who never had a wedding, a myriad of emotions begin welling up inside me.  And when the groom is my own brother-in-law, it...
10 Must Haves For Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit

10 Must Haves For Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Your wedding day is almost here! You have the dress/tuxedo, your shoes, and jewelry and accessories. The entire wedding party has had their final fittings and scheduled pickup of their tuxedoes and dresses. All of your vendors have been confirmed and everything is set...
Venue Coordinator vs. Wedding Planner:  The “Real” Differences!

Venue Coordinator vs. Wedding Planner: The “Real” Differences!

As I talk to engaged couples about how a wedding planner can help them in numerous ways, the one thing I am hearing more and more from them is …. “We don’t need a wedding planner because our venue is providing a coordinator for our wedding...
Wedding 101: What You Need to Know About Rentals

Wedding 101: What You Need to Know About Rentals

Planning a wedding can sometimes be overwhelming, especially when it comes to decorating the ceremony and reception venues.  You may need candles and aisle decorations, chandeliers, columns, centerpieces, table linens, and dinnerware — or even a tent.  Well, you...