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Cleveland brides, the time is here….bridal shows! Come out and meet your vendors face to face. Interview for that one last wedding vendor opening you have. See what Cleveland wedding vendors have to offer, who you gel with, and who speaks your language!
We met tons of brides last week at the Today’s Bride Bridal Show at the IX Center. Here are the shows we’ll be attending in the upcoming weeks:
Sunday, Feb. 6 – The Bertam Bridal Show 1-5 pm. The Bertram Inn is in Aurora. More Info.
Saturday, Feb. 19 – Club at Hillbrook 11 am – 3 pm. Club Hillbrook is located in Chagrin Falls.
- Complimentary cocktails and appetizers.
- Meet and greet with over 25 vendors including musicians, photographers, hotels, floral designers, hair and makeup stylists, dress shops, rentals, invitations and stationery, and bakeries.
- Brides – bring your friends!
Sunday, Feb. 27 – Shoreby’s Bridal Boutique show, 1-4 pm. The Shoreby Club is in Brattenahl. More Info.
Sunday, Mar. 27 – A Wedding for All Seasons Bridal Show at Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls, 1-4 pm. More Info.
Once again we’d like to thank professional wedding & events planner Brandi Hamerstone for providing our readers with wedding planning tips! Brandi is the owner of All Events Planned and holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the Pittsburgh Culinary Institute, so she is the perfect wedding planner to discuss dinner detail with! Today, Brandi gives us some food for thought on buffet menu options.
When deciding on how many items to have on the buffet you must consider the amount of time you have for the meal, how many guests you plan on having go through the buffet line, and if your caterer is willing to offer multiple choices. In my previous work for a catering company, buffet-style meals were decided on as you would decide on a plated meal:
- You should offer salad, possibly soup, a vegetable, starch and a meat.
- Rolls are always acceptable but can also be part of the table setup to allow for more space on the buffet and faster service.
- When choosing your meat selection, you should go with no more than three options.
- If you are having an extensive buffet with three entrée selections, then you must allow for a substantial amount of time for people to get through.
Three protein options are a red meat, white meat and a fish. This will typically cover the needs of each guest and the vegetarian group will have the option to load up on salad, vegetables and the starch. On average, clients will choose just two entrées and have a red meat and a white meat. Fish is always a sort of “wild card” in the catering world. Some guests love it and others may be turned off by the sight/smell of fish.
You will want to sit down with your fiancé and your caterer to get a feeling as to what options will work with your reception guests. Another good way to decide on options is to have a theme menu or allow the caterer to choose items that are in season.
If you are interested in a full buffet with lots of options, ask your caterer to make smaller portions of the entrée choices. Instead of a 9oz steak, have them offer a 4oz steak along with smaller portions of the other meats. This way, your guests will actually be able to sample all of the items but not end up wasting as much food. Try to keep in mind that with buffets, the more options you give, the more food people will put on their plate and the more money you will be spending.
A BIG thank you for ProjectWedding for posting almost 16,000 pictures of JUST wedding hair styles! One site, click, browse, find your style. Print and take to your hair salon. HINT: You may want to take a few pics with you to discuss the stylist’s strengths, your hair type and length, and any other factors.
Wish Upon a Wedding is not even a year old yet, but already over a dozen chapters across the U.S. have contributed to the cause. This non-profit organization helps provide wedding services for couples facing life-altering experiences and terminal illness, regardless of sexual orientation.
Jerry Bruno Productions has signed on as a Wish Granter with the Ohio Chapter, and on Wednesday, Sept. 29, manager and DJ Scott Jones sponsored the event, acting as emcee.
Wedding planner Heidi Baumgart of Heidzillas recapped the meet and greet beautifully on her blog.
40 years ago today, Senator Gaylord Nelson’s many years of grassroots efforts paid off and we celebrated the first ever Earth Day.
So in planning your wedding, are you thinking green? Will you have more items that are “something borrowed” than “something new?” Will your invitations and thank you notes go out on recycled paper? Will the bridesmaids really be able to wear their dresses again?
Here are some wonderful green wedding planning web sites to give you inspiration and education in the world of eco-friendly wedding planning:
At EthicalWeddings.com you can talk with other environmentally conscious brides in the forums and read about real eco-friendly weddings. There’s also tips and a busy blog!
EarthlyAffair.com offers eco-friendly wedding invitations, yes. But another inspiring offering is their blog, Earth Friendly Weddings. There’s a huge blog roll for more earth friendly wedding browsing, and tons of thought-provoking articles on topics like reception tableware, DIY, and well being.
One lucky engaged couple will win $10,000 toward their wedding and a trip to San Francisco! While there, the lucky bride and groom to be will meet Chef Aida Mollenkamp, host of the popular food show, “Ask Aida,” and with David Mirassou of Mirassou Winery. David is a 6th generation winemaker from America’s oldest winemaking family.
Highlights of the trip to California will include a tour of wine country and dinner. Together with Aida and David, the winning couple will plan a winning personalized wedding menu and learn about dessert and wine pairings.
Winners will be chosen out of five finalists, who will win a Mirrasou gift package and be featured on mirrasou.com for an online vote from July 16 – August 8, with the winner selected in August 2010.
Enter the contest at mirassou.com. Good Luck!