Wedding & Event Planning | Cleveland Music Group
Our good friend Tricia Dever of “Always Eventful” Wedding and Event Planning sent us this small sample of many of her qualified tips to think about when you begin planning your wedding.
Flower Girls/Ring Bearers:
Kids are adorable as flower girls and ring bearers but they are also unpredictable. To alleviate the stress of, “will they go down the aisle,” have them go down the aisle AFTER the bridesmaids so they can watch others go first, but BEFORE the Maid of Honor – she can then sweep them down the aisle if they stall halfway down. The worst thing is for the brides walk to begin and all the guests are still looking at the Flower girl who is now sitting in the middle of the aisle!
Many brides get engaged and decide that they must do a thousand things immediately. While it is true, that wedding planning can be stressful, it should be exciting too. First thing I recommend is to put together a tentative guest list so you know how many guests you can expect and a preliminary budget so that you know about how much money you have to spend for each area of the wedding. Then start booking your major vendors first – that is the reception facility, ceremony location, photographer, videographer, musicians, florist…and wedding coordinator!
Making a WOW event:
It’s the details that people will remember – the personal guestbook, the menu cards, the toast given by the groom to his lovely bride. Another way to make a WOW event is in lighting – candles and colored lighting really make a reception facility pop!
Today’s Event Planning tip is courtesy of Valerie Kirkbride of Kirkbride’s Wedding Planning & Design.
Developing a central theme for your wedding is essential to holding a unique event. This idea is central to all of the amenities such as the food served, specialty drinks, colors, floral, decor, table names, and much more. Having trouble developing an idea? Think of your heritage, a place you enjoy traveling to, the style of stores you enjoy shopping at, eras of the past, favorite music and your personalities in general. Be careful not to go overboard though, as there is a fine line between cheesy and artistic!
A few examples of themes my clients have used and are using right now include Tuscan Italian, Fate and Destiny, Old Glam, Classic American Love Story, French Jazz Bistro and Russian Ice.
Another of our favorite wedding planners, Amy Shipman, President of At Last Event Planning, wanted to share with us some of her tips for a bride who wants to be a little more creative than traditional. Here are some ideas you may not have thought of before:
- The Unexpected- Give your guests something they don’t expect and you’ll leave a lasting impression on them. A customized out-of-towners gift basket with local flair is the perfect way to welcome your out of town guests. Or perhaps a late night snack–after hours of cocktails and dancing, they’ll appreciate the treat!
- Be Creative- Don’t be afraid to ask your caterer to come up with creative alternatives to the items we have all come to expect from a wedding dinner. Food can be an art form; utilizing local and seasonal products will infuse a more personal feel.
- Lighting Is Everything- In good lighting, everything and everyone looks better. Often under-utilized lighting can transform your wedding space into something magical or downright funky; from a room wash in a dramatic bold hue to hundreds of whimsical paper lanterns or a custom logo projected on the dance floor, the right touch of light will make all the difference.
- Eclectic Style-The days of all round tables with one style of centerpiece are gone and in its place are a mix of round, square and long tables as well as several different centerpiece designs meant to capture your attention and create the WOW factor we all crave.
- Go Green- In a world that is increasingly focused on conserving and the environment, use your wedding as an opportunity to share your love of the earth with your guests…from recycled and/or plantable invitations to organic/local food and sustainable centerpieces, you can create a naturally romantic event!
We’ve contacted some of our favorite wedding planners and asked them to share a bit of their expertise with us.
Our first contributor is Gina Jokilehto-Schigel, owner of ShiShi Events. Gina has seen a lot of weddings from start to finish, and she wanted to share the top 5 tips she stresses with her own brides.
- Make it personal! Your wedding should be completely reflective of the two of you and not a reflection of things you think you should do because your mother, sister, or best friend wants you to. The more personal the wedding, the more memorable it becomes for your guests!
- Location, location, location! Choose a location that shows off your personalities. There are many fantastic venues to choose from in Cleveland and beyond, it’s just a matter of uncovering the perfect one for you!
- Know where to splurge and where to skimp. While choices like entertainment, photography, and food should be splurged on, other items can be skimped on based on your preferences and priorities without the event losing impact.
- Keep everything in perspective. Ideally, this will be the one and only time you plan your wedding – try to take everything in stride and enjoy the experience! Let the little things be just that – little things!
- If you’re going to give favors to your guests, make them edible. I can’t tell you how many couples rack their brains trying to think of a creative little trinket, and the truth is, if they can’t eat it, usually the money spent is wasted. Make your favors favorite treats of yours and they will be a huge hit with your guests!
Thank you Gina!