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Monday, May 31, 2010

Great American Bake Sale

A huge heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who baked, donated, volunteered, and to those who stopped by and bought our baked goodies at the Great American Bake Sale this weekend! With your help, we turned some cupcakes and cookies into $150 for Share Our Strength!

Here are the list of participants! THANK YOU all so much for your contributions!

**If you saw the awesome custom cornhole board we had there and are interested in purchasing one, contact Kevin at the email address below! Mention STRENGTH.ORG and $5 of your purchase will be donated to Share Our Strength! Thanks Kevin!

Becky's Photography
Becky Workman
(440) 366-5189

The Cleveland Cupcake Company
Megan Jenny
(330) 714-9692

I Do Cakes
Sherry Orndorff
(419) 433-2412

Sherry's Classic Cuisine
Chef Sherry Letzelter
(216) 905-8559

The Grand Finale
Anna Weisend
(216) 536-7628

Whole Day Cafe
Theresa LaDu
(330) 335-0085

Anjanette Arabian-Whitman
(440) 333-9171

Kevin O'Connell
Custom Cornhole Boards

Amy Nixon Events
Jamie Nixon & Kathy Cunningham
(440) 320-3255

Find more photos like this on The Bake Sale Neighborhood

Happy Anniversary Ericka & Craig

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wedding Regrets

I came across this in the new issue of Brides Magazine and thought it was something I should share....I especially wanted to share this because if I was personally asked how to solve these "regrets", my answers would be exactly the same. All these "regrets" are things a planner/coordinator would handle or oversee for you. Don't end up like the poor bride in the photo!

Just like these brides, I tried to take on too much on wedding day. My first thought after getting engaged was hiring a planner and/or coordinator, but my husband-to-be talked me out of it. "You can do this, you do it for a living". Eventually I let him convince me not to hire help.....and then on wedding day there I was, standing in the garden, wearing hair curlers and a bathrobe, signing for chairs and directing the ceremony setup....while my 'maids were inside drinking mimosas and getting ready. I missed half the day because I was off somewhere else checking details...that's no way for a bride to spend her special day! Anyway, I can relate, that's why I wanted to share....and on to the article with the "regrets" and the "fixes"!

You can talk to a dozen wedding experts, but there are some things you can learn only from brides who've been there. We asked recently married women to share their wedding mistakes, then came up with smart solutions to make your own day regret free.

The Regret: Being the event planner at your wedding.
The Fix: Your focus should be on having a great time, not keeping the seating chart straight. Spring for a day-of coordinator, or appoint someone responsible to be the go-to person should any problems pop up.

The Regret: Neglecting to do a seating chart.
The Fix: To avoid a musical-chairs style free-for-all, take the time to plan table assignments. No need to have place cards -- which assign a specific seat to a person -- but letting guests know which table to sit at will eliminate chaos and confusion as the party is getting underway.

The Regret: Spending practically 24 hrs a day for a year planning an 8 hour event.
The Fix: Put things in perspective. There's more to life than debating whether to serve chicken marsala or chicken cordon bleu. Allot no more than an hour a day to planning duties.

The Regret: Going into debt to finance the wedding.
The Fix: Chocolate fountains and designer gowns may cause rational thought to fly out the window, but there's no excuse for starting married life in debt. Create a realistic budget and stick to it. First, add up how much you can spend, including parental contributions. Then prioritize, putting the biggest amount toward the elements that you value most -- flowers, photos, menu, whatever. Use a spreadsheet to keep rack of every expense as you start paying vendors.

The Regret: Leaving your wedding famished.
The Fix: Plan on eating at least part of the meal -- the hors d'oeuvres may be your best bet, since you can sample them and socialize at the same time. It'll be harder to find time to eat the rest of it; you'll get busier and busier -- dancing, chatting, posing with guests -- as the party progresses.

The Regret: Not booking a professional photographer.
The Fix: Find a pro whom you can hire for his minimum amount of time -- usually four hours -- to capture the highlights (ceremony, first dance). You won't end up haunted by badly lit shots or that missed photo with Grandma.

The Regret: Tackling too many DIY projects.
The Fix: It's tempting to give in to your creative jones and spend all of your free time with a hot-glue gun and a pair of scissors. Curb your enthusiasm, and pick just a few endeavors that will have the largest impact on your budget (such as invitations) and decor (centerpieces).

-Marina Khidekel
Brides Magazine

Monday, May 24, 2010

Daily Inspirations :: Baby's Breath

Baby's breath is a love it or hate it type of flower. If used wrong, it could scream 1984 in a bad way. But if you use it creatively and in large amounts, it can create a visually stunning effect. It's popularity is coming back around these days, and here's why: here are a few examples of event designs I love using baby's breath....

Ruffled Blog

Ruffled Blog

Ruffled Blog

Ruffled Blog

Sedona Bride

Sedona Bride

Sedona Bride

Sedona Bride

Sedona Bride

Sedona Bride

Happy Anniversary Stefanie & Jim

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Congratulations Saad & Manar

We did some flowers for Saad & Manar's wedding yesterday, and I loved how they turned out! Yellow + Gray + Silver is a beautiful color combination! Here are a few photos...more coming soon!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Great American Bake Sale Supporters!

We have one week left until our Great American Bake Sale, and we are still adding participants and donors! Thanks to the following businesses and individuals who are contributing!

Don't forget to mark your calendars and join us for some goodies from the best bakers around!

Sunday, May 30, 10am-3pm
Becky's Photography
37300 Detroit Rd.
Avon, OH 44011

A special thanks to Kevin O'Connell who is bringing his custom cornhole sets for us to use!

Daily Inspirations :: Yellow + Gray

Lately I've been seeing a lot of yellow. I have several weddings coming up that are using yellow in their color scheme. It seems to be pretty dominant this year and next, so all my "daily inspirations" lately have been from looking at pretty yellow things!

Inspiration board from Every Last Detail

TheKnot's Best Of Weddings 2010

More exciting news! Back in January, the winners for TheKnot's Best Of Weddings were announced. I never received any notification that I made the list, so I had no idea! I was actually scheduling a consult with a bride on the phone last night and she mentioned that she saw me there. At first I was a little confused and thought she meant another Amy event planner (there are several of us!), but she said she was sure it was me. So I checked the website and sure enough, there I was. Better late than never!

Featured on WeddingWire's Blog

Exciting news! Today one of our 2009 weddings at the Catawba Island Club in Port Clinton, Ohio was featured on WeddingWire's blog!

Photography by Z Media

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cupcakes Take The Cake

One of my favorite baking & eye candy blogs, Cupcakes Take The Cake, posted a blurb about our bake sale on their blog! That's really exciting for me! Thanks to Nichelle for posting our flyer and helping us spread the word!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Happy Anniversary Stacy & Chad

Happy Anniversary Emily & Kevin

Congratulations are also in order for Emily & Kevin on the recent birth of their baby girl!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Great American Bake Sale Supporters!

Announcing some of our supporters and donors for the Great American Bake Sale on May 30th in Avon! Click here for Bake Sale location & info!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Daily Inspirations :: Old Vegas

I am absolutely in love with these engagement photos taken at the Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas. It makes me want to sneak away with my hubby to renew our vows for the pictures alone! Love love love love love.....♥♥♥

See the entire gorgeous session at Artistique Photographie

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