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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:
  3. Or visit 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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Tricia’s Top Ten Wedding Planning Tips

On 06, Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | In Wedding & Event Planning | By Leigh

This guest blog post is courtesy of Tricia Dever from Always Eventful Wedding & Event Planning. She has been kind enough to share her top wedding planning tips with our readers.

Tricia’s Top Ten Tips!

10.  First things first:  make a budget

9.  After budgeting, book your major vendors:  Wedding Coordinator!, Location, church, Photographer, Videographer, Florist, Wedding Music!

8.  After major vendors are booked, you can spend months thinking and planning the details!  The cake, the dress, the linens!  That is the fun stuff, so look around, gather ideas and take your time in making decisions.

7. Save the Dates – these are great but be aware that if you are crunched with space, sending Save the Dates will increase your guest count at the wedding.  When you send Save the Dates, that is what people do, SAVE THE DATE! Read more…

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A Wedding Planner’s List of 2010 Wedding Trends

On 11, Feb 2010 | One Comment | In Wedding & Event Planning | By Leigh

Thank you to Brandi Hamerstone, an amazing wedding planner and owner of All Events Planned, for sharing with us her thorough list of 2010 wedding trends!

Wedding  Planners

I know I might end up sounding biased on this one, but wedding planners seem to be a hit in 2010.  Not just full planning packages, people of all budgets and all service levels are seeking out planners to fit their needs.  I don’t know many weddings being planned without SOME level of assistance from a planner.

Wedding Cakes

I’m happy to report that fondant is going away and buttercream is back and better than ever.  After too many appointments with brides trying to explain that fondant does not taste even half as good as it looks, they are all heading back to the ever-popular buttercream, phew!

Bridesmaid Dresses

Matching color, but not matching style bridesmaid dresses.  Brides are now just giving a few specifications to their bridal party (blues, nothing above the knee or backless) and letting them make the choice of the dress.  This always seems to end in a huge success.  Your bridal party tends to be friends that think JUST like you so you end up with different, fun styles of dresses that still fit with your perfect wedding day style.

Dessert at the Reception

Dessert Buffets.  Finally, the bride and groom “get it” and their traditional parents have accepted that the cake isn’t usually a big hit at the wedding.  Candy bars have gone away (phew) and now dessert bars with wonderful, colorful and elegant varieties of miniature desserts are making their entrance.  Yummy!

Favors Are So Last Season

Favors are no longer favorite.  So many couples are using the money that would be spent on favors to donate to their favorite cause or to a different cause based on the passion of each of their guest.  While choosing a foundation that best represents every individual takes lots of time, the bride and groom feel good about doing something special for their guest while helping out those in need.


Memories are made in pictures.  Finally, finally the bride and groom are understanding the importance of good pictures.  Good pictures, not staged, not poorly lit, not portraits, just GOOD pictures.  The skill level of some photographers is well beyond that of even the greatest hobbyist that the money you spend will always be worth it.  Uncle Jim might love taking pictures, but he can’t convey the elegance, emotion, love and celebration through photos like a good wedding photographer can.

The Guest Book

Guest book changes are coming in 2010.  I am not seeing the generic white book with the “classic” white pen in stand at the sign in table.  Now there are memory stones, photo journals, photo booth books and even the engagement book as the signing book.  They are all great changes and fun ideas from the bland and basic book of past generations.

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A Wedding Planner’s Day-Of Checklist

On 04, Feb 2010 | No Comments | In Wedding & Event Planning | By Leigh

Thank you to wedding and event planner Eileen Benson of Elegance by Elm for these wonderful day-of wedding planning tips.

One of the most important tips is to have a plan for a time-line for the day of the wedding. But, leave it up to the planning professionals that you hire and just enjoy your day.

Make out a checklist of everything you need for the wedding and reception. Have a safety kit or tool box, and circle the things you want someone to gather at the end of the evening and put with the wedding gifts.

Regarding the tool box, I never do a wedding with out my emergency kit. Have these things set up ahead of time in case something should occur.  Just a few of the items include:

  • Tylenol
  • sewing kit
  • super glue
  • moleskin
  • band aid
  • mints
  • Shout wipes
  • scissors
  • double sided tape for dresses (sold at dress shops)
  • safety pins

I also always pack up cake to go for the bride and groom, as they never get to eat the cake.

If all the bridesmaids go to Church or a Synagogue to dress, have large, white shopping bags with the girls names painted on them and have the girls bring all the items they need in these bags. Once dressed, they can put all their items back into their bag and nothing is lost. The bags can be loaded into a limo and taken to the club or hotel, and it is so much easier to keep track of everyone’s things.

Eileen Benson’s Sample Day-Of Checklist

  • rings
  • marriage license
  • wedding programs
  • guest book
  • favors
  • seating list and floor plan (copy)
  • cake knife and server
  • place cards
  • menu card

BONUS TIPS from Eileen:

  1. Never let the toasts last longer than 3-5 minutes and limit the number of toasts. Do the long ones the night before. I once had a best man do a toast that lasted 17 minutes.
  2. Do not try to serve a five course meal if you want to dance and have a lively reception. Your guests will get antsy and some may start leaving before its time to hit the dance floor.

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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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