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The Bridal Fairs are Coming! See FasTrack Live this Weekend!

FasTrack will be performing at “The Bridal Party,” Weddings In Cleveland’s newest Bridal Show.

The party will be held on Sunday, Jan. 4th from 12-4 pm at the Sheraton Independence Hotel. Visit Weddings In Cleveland for more information.

Also take note that Jerry Bruno Productions’ staff will be at four upcoming bridal fairs! They are as follows:

Jan. 4th – The Bridal Party by Weddings in Cleveland – Sheraton Independence Hotel, 5300 Rockside Road, Independence; noon – 4pm, call 800 272-4537 for information.

Jan. 11th  – WQAL Bridal Fair 2009 – Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Sq., Cleveland; call 216 696-0123 for information.

Jan. 18th – Today’s Bride Show at the IX Center. More info here.

Feb. 1st – Bertram Inn. Visit the Bertram site for details.

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Enjoying Your Wedding Planning Process by Hiring a Wedding Planner

On 30, Dec 2008 | No Comments | In Wedding & Event Planning | By Leigh

Trying to decide whether or not to hire a wedding planner? You might want to read this article by Denise Shaw, owner of “Brides Best Friend” Wedding Planning. She’ll help you understand why having a wedding planner can be so priceless.

As a wedding planner, my suggestions for all our wonderful brides is to remember that this is YOUR day.  Get SOMEONE to help you, whether you are very organized or not so organized!!

Most of us need guidance, direction and support during the wedding planning process. Many brides are working or going to school, juggling the details of their home and trying to find time to spend with their fiance let alone plan the biggest event they have ever coordinated on top of all of this.  Some brides even try to change jobs, move or buy a house!!  The stress of it all can be more than most of us can handle. Read more…

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Ask Jerry: What If The Band Is A No-Show?

On 28, Oct 2008 | No Comments | In Wedding & Event Planning | By Leigh

Q: My wedding is in December, 2008 and I booked a band through another agency (sorry!). Now I’m worried because the band doesn’t return my calls. What if they just don’t show up at my wedding?

Mary M.

A: First of all…next time book the band through us 🙂

Seriously though…I guess it’s a little late to be sure you always have a contact number that’s direct to the band leader. Even though we communicate with our brides through the entire process, we always supply contact info of the “go-to” person in the band.

Since you booked through an agency and they’re obviously not co-operating with you, I think it’s important to get a little demanding at this late date. Insist on a phone call or email from the responsible party. Demand a little attention. It’s part of the package and this is your big day, not just another gig for the band.

Remember your “ace in the hole:” This is a referral business and any reputable band, DJ, or agency will want to keep their client happy and saying only nice things about them. Don’t hesitate to mention all the people you know who might (or might have!) used their services in the future.

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Come See Us at the Today’s Bride Bridal Show!

You’re invited to attend Ohio’s largest Fall
bridal show in Northeast Ohio!

Sunday, October 19th
Embassy Suites
5800 Rockside Road, Independence
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact us for FREE tickets or you can purchase them at the door for $10.00. 
If you pre-register with Today’s Bride they are only $5.00 at the door.  Or, buy tickets online for 50% off!

To pre-register or purchase tickets go to
or call 330.670.9545 or 216.393.5677

See you at the show!

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A Wedding Planner’s Tips for Choosing a Florist

On 11, Sep 2008 | No Comments | In Wedding & Event Planning | By Leigh

Today’s wedding tip comes from Ginny Sukenik, Certified Meeting Planner with GS Special Events, Ltd.

1. Meeting with each and every florist in the search engine is an undertaking no sane person could handle.  Pare down your list by doing brief phone interviews.  Ask how many weddings each florist has a month, the size of their average wedding, their pricing structure and if a person is assigned to handle your account.  This should shorten the list considerably.

2. In addition to seeing pictures of previous weddings each florist has done, ask to see flower samples.

3. Be honest about your budget and clearly outline your vision for wedding flowers in great detail.  Show pictures of what you like as well as what you do not like.  A good florist will find a balance between your wants and what you can afford.

4. Have your florist break down the price of each product or service in your package.  This will be a menu from which you can then pick the items you want.

5. Be wary of floral designers who suggest several fragrances for the wedding.  Too many scents cancel one another out.  It is wiser to choose one or two fragrant groupings, such as lilacs or roses, that will delight the senses, but not overwhelm.

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Ask Jerry: Your Wedding Music Questions Answered by An Expert!

On 10, Sep 2008 | No Comments | In Wedding & Event Planning | By Leigh

This post marks the beginning of a new blog category, where Jerry Bruno publicly answers your wedding music questions for the benefit of all brides and planners.

Q: I am having an outdoor ceremony in September and would like a harpist, but my fiance thinks the harp sound won’t be heard. Our wedding is at Hillbrook Club.


A: You’re fortunate that you booked an outdoor venue without a lot of ambient noise. Hillbrook is completely private and devoid of traffic noise, other weddings, waterfalls, etc., so you should be in good shape. However, I highly recommend having the instrument amplified, especially if it’s a bigger wedding. The sound of a harp, strings, or any other accoustic instrument is enhanced in a setting with reflective surfaces (think The Courthouse or Severance Hall), but can get lost in the great outdoors.

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