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Our 30 Fave First Dance Songs for Your Wedding

With every other song written as a love song, it’s tough to pick the right one for the first dance at your wedding. You can’t go wrong with any of these faves.
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Jerry Bruno Productions Joins Panel of Experts for Wedding Planning Workshop

DJ Scott Jones of Jerry Bruno Productions will be the entertainment expert on a panel of Cleveland wedding professionals at Something You…An Evening of Bridal Style! on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

This very exclusive wedding planning workshop is limited to just 40 savvy brides and their guests. Brides can register today with the following options:

  1. Call: 440-623-3822
  2. Email: info@shi-shievents.com
  3. Or visit http://somethingyoucleveland.blogspot.com/ and follow the instructions.

Those attending the panel will get chance to mingle with Cleveland’s top wedding planning professionals, gain from their years of experience, and ask questions. Other panel members include:

  • Gina Jokilehto-Schigel of Shi Shi Events
  • Chris & Julie First of Z Media
  • Heather Thomas of HeatherLily Floral
  • Marianne Carroll & Lauren Bozich of White Flower Cake Shoppe (who can be seen on the current season of WE TV’s Amazing Wedding Cakes)
  • Katie Pickard of Paper Trails

Visit the Something You website more more details.

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Wedding Planner Offers Tips on Getting Your Marriage License in Ohio

On 03, Apr 2009 | 4 Comments | In Wedding & Event Planning | By CMG

Our friend, wedding and event planner Ginny Sukenik, wanted to share some information you should know about applying for a wedding license in Cleveland and Ohio.

“You must apply for a marriage license within the county of the state in which you are being married.  Apply at the probate court located in the courthouse of the county in which you will be married.  A blood test is not required in Ohio.

There is no longer a waiting period to receive your license in the state of Ohio, although it still would be wise to apply a few weeks early.  Licenses are valid for sixty days.  You will want extra copies of your license since you will need an original when reapplying for an updated social security card and driver’s license with your new married name.

You must apply in person and each county requires applicants to provide either/or both forms of identification: 1) a valid drivers license, and 2) social security number.  All counties require you to be 18 yrs of age or you will need parental consent as well as a counseling certificate.  If you are remarrying, bring a certified divorce decree or death certificate.

Requirements vary from county to county, so please call the Marriage License Dept. at your issuing county courthouse for fees and hours of operation.

For Cuyahoga County Probate Court, Ohio please call 216.443.8920 or go to: http://probate.cuyahogacounty.us/marriage.htm

Here’s a list of county marriage license offices in Northeast Ohio. Please call ahead to validate current business hours:

* Ashtabula County Probate Court
25 W. Jefferson St.
Jefferson, OH
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm
440 576-3453

* Cuyahoga County Probate Court
1 Lakeside Avenue Room 146
Cleveland, OH
Hours: Monday – Friday: 830am – 430pm
216 443-8922

* Geauga County Probate Court
231 Main St.
Chardon, OH 44024
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 415pm
440-279-1830

* Lake County Probate Court
47 N. Park Place
Painesville, OH
Hours: Monday – Friday: 730am – 5pm
440-350-2784

* Lorain County Probate Court
226 Middle Avenue
Elyria, OH
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm
440-329-5176

* Medina County Probate Court
93 Public Square
Medina, OH
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm
330-725-9703

* Portage County Probate Court
203 W. Main Street
Ravenna, OH
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm
330-297-3870

* Summit County Probate Court
209 S. High Street
Akron, OH
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm
330-643-2345

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Three Top Wedding Planning Tips from Tricia Dever of “Always Eventful”

On 28, May 2008 | 2 Comments | In Wedding & Event Planning | By CMG

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!

Booking Vendors:
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!

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Developing A Theme For Your Event

On 18, Apr 2008 | No Comments | In Wedding & Event Planning | By CMG

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.

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A Wedding Planner’s Top 5 Tips For Making Your Wedding Your Own

On 15, Feb 2008 | No Comments | In Wedding & Event Planning | By CMG

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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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! 

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