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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wish Upon A Wedding Ohio Launch Party

Last night Jamie and I attended the meet & greet for the new Ohio chapter of Wish Upon A Wedding, an organization that grants wedding wishes for couples facing terminal illness and serious life altering circumstances. I'm so excited to volunteer for such a great organization and offer my services to Cleveland couples! Unfortunately traffic and parking caused us to be late, so we didn't get to take full advantage of the meet & greet... but we did get the chance to have a few drinks, talk with a few vendors, take a few photos, try some cupcakes and check out the photo booth...

Cupcakes donated by Wild Flour Bakery

Card box donated by Marni Gold, Creative Custom Card Boxes

Flowers donated by Heatherlily

Flowers donated by Heatherlily

Photo booth donated by Shutterbooth

More Halloween DIY Inspiration

This afternoon I plan to take some ME time and decorate my living room for Halloween. I've got the boxes out in the basement ready to unload my goodies. I've been soaking up inspiration from every blog I read, and occasionally I run across something that really stands out! Of course Martha Stewart always has the best ideas!

Martha Stewart - Forbidden Flowers
I love how it incorporates flowers to keep it moderately elegant, but with a creepy Halloween twist...

Martha Stewart - Bat Garland
These are definitely going on my mantle this year!

Martha Stewart - Pumpkin Basket
I love using pumpkins for things other than Jack-O-Lanterns!

Happy Anniversary Cathy & Stefan

September 26, 2009
Photo by: SK Photography

Happy Anniversary Jaime & Adam

September 25, 2009
Photo by: Terra Sol Studio

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Glam Halloween Party

Another great Halloween candy table I found on Hostess With The Mostess! I love the purple and lime color combo for Halloween!

See the rest of the photos here.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Halloween Dessert Table

Hostess With The Mostess is one of my favorite blogs to check out on a regular basis! I love their party ideas! Today I found these awesome photos of a Halloween dessert station there. I'm keeping my eye open for dessert table inspiration because we have a Halloween wedding this year with a dessert/candy table. This one is definitely inspiring!

See the rest of the photos here.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Welcome Whitney to the team!

This Saturday was the first wedding for our newest intern, Whitney. She did an amazing job and we're so happy to have her! She has experience with corporate event planning, and I'm looking forward to collaborating with her on our weddings and social events for the next few months. She is currently attending Cleveland State for her second bachelors degree, and this internship will count towards one of her courses. We're so proud to have her as part of the Amy Nixon Events family. Welcome to the team, Whitney!

Congratulations Shelley & Ray

I had the pleasure of being a part of one of the most special weddings I've ever attended this weekend. During a small, intimate ceremony overlooking the Black River, Shelley and Ray exchanged vows in our last outdoor ceremony of the year. Shelley's brother, Rick, officiated the ceremony and it was standing room only as all of their friends and family watched them become husband and wife. This was probably the most emotionally charged ceremony I have ever witnessed, and I myself even got a little teary eyed at the outpouring of love for Shelley and Ray.

The ceremony was followed by a dinner reception at the West Lake Yacht Club, also located right on the Black River. Fligner's catered a wonderful lasagna dinner and friends contributed desserts for the dessert table. We provided the linens and flowers for the event, along with our day-of coordination services.

I feel so blessed to have been a part of such a special day! Shelley and Ray are such a wonderful couple, and we wish them all the love and happiness their hearts can hold! Mazel tov!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Anniversary Vicki & Heath

September 13, 2008
Photo by Sabrina McQuade

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Happy Anniversary Katie & Tyson

September 12, 2009
Photo by Z Media

Friday, September 10, 2010

Disappointing Vendors & Customer Service

I'm not the kind of person to talk badly about anyone, and I certainly don't ever post negative comments on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, or any other place. I'm of the philosophy that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. That being said, this summer I had the unfortunate opportunity to work with some of the worst and most unprofessional vendors I have ever worked with....EVER. Bad quality work, negative attitudes and horrible customer service. I feel so strongly about my experiences with these few vendors that I felt like I had to express the importance of hiring QUALITY people to work with you on your wedding day.

I watched a wedding officiate giving advice to a professional photographer and tell my staff how and where to set up the decor. (Mind you, this was a non-denominational ceremony NOT in a church, and we had worked out specific decor details with the bride beforehand). I'm of the impression that people don't tell you how to do your job (and if they did it would bother you) so please don't tell us how to do ours.

I worked with a photographer who was not only extremely unfriendly, but the photos I saw from the wedding were horrible. One of them rudely told me to step out of the frame so I wouldn't be in the photo as I was fixing the bride's dress to walk down the aisle. As I browsed through the unfortunate mess of photos from the wedding, I noticed they got a photo of the bride with everyone else...and I mean, EVERYONE. I don't even know how they had time for all those photos between ceremony and reception. Bad photos, bad editing, unfriendly people....and just all around unprofessional.

I worked with a caterer who literally screamed at me during our first conversation on the phone, over some VERY minor changes the bride wanted done to the bar. I actually had to tell them that these are clients that paid you to do a job, and the customer is always right. If they want it, and they're paying for it, what's the problem? Then on wedding day, they made our day a nightmare by complaining from the first minute and demanding more money mid-way through the event. The catering staff rolled their eyes at us if we asked for their assistance or asked questions, and they made fun of the bride & groom for having us bring in doughnuts later in the evening. I can only imagine that they would have ruined the bride & groom's day if we weren't there to intercept their complaints.

For the life of me, I can't understand why some vendors are SO against working with wedding planners, and have no clue what the term "customer service" means. If you actually let us do our job, we make the day easier on EVERYONE....bride, groom, family, wedding party, AND vendors. I realize that I can't speak for every wedding planner out there, and I'm sure there are planners who aren't so great at their jobs and have maybe left a bad taste with someone....but we don't all operate that way.

We work with dozens (maybe hundreds) of vendors, and we have the ability to connect brides with those vendors. If you're rude, have poor customer service and generally treat us like dirt on your shoe the first time we work with you, we won't likely recommend you to any of our clients in the future. In fact, we'll do the opposite. If a bride mentions that you're one of her choices, we'll advise against it and share our previous experience(s), then recommend someone else.

Sometimes brides come to us in the middle of the planning process and they have already hired vendors. In those cases, we deal with the hand we're dealt and make the best of it. However brides, please keep in mind that part of a planner's job is to recommend QUALITY people for you to work with on your wedding day. People who come highly recommended. People who can be trusted to deliver quality products and services. If you're going to hire a planner to help with your wedding, take advantage of the vendor recommendations. Don't hire someone blindly! Ask for recommendations, ask for samples of their work (not just a couple, a LOT), and make sure they can provide the services you expect before you give them a deposit.

I'd like to ask for everyone's comments on this post... brides, planners, photographers, everyone. I think customer service and professionalism in the Ohio wedding industry is seriously lacking, and I'd like to hear others thoughts, opinions and advice on the matter.

End rant. Have a nice day! :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Early Halloween Inspiration

I'm a Halloween enthusiast, so I'm starting on my Halloween inspirations early! I was just doing some mulching in my front yard yesterday, thinking about where I can put pumpkins and hay bales and scarecrows...I get so excited when fall gets here!

I always try to have a Halloween party, so I'm sure this year will be the same...and this year I'll be sure to feature some of our new cupcakes! Check out this absolutely adorable Halloween party from Tomkat Studio. See more delicious photos and get the entire printable collection here.

Celebrate Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! The outdoor grilling season is coming to and end, so get out there and take advantage while you still can! Here's a cute outdoor Labor Day party I came across on Pepper Design Blog. See more of this party at Celebrations at Home.

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