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I stopped by the Ikea bridal event toward the end of the evening last night and was pleasantly surprised! For some reason I was expecting haphazard tables of DIY projects, but that was far from the case. They had set up about ten different tablescapes, all using 100% Ikea products and nothing else. Each table was completely different… some of them I really loved, some definitely did not match my personal style, but even if you did not reproduce the settings exactly, there was an idea to take away from each table.

Below are photos from some of the tables (they were taken on my phone and under Ikea warehouse lighting, so most of the colors are not true to life), and a few tips on the overall themes and ideas I took away from the event. Each table had a sheet listing all of the products used to create the look, with their tag line “simply perfect, simply affordable”. Are some of the items used and ideas proposed a good value? absolutely. But others? in my opinion, not so much. I promise to elaborate on that in tomorrow’s post. But first – the wedding décor ideas!

Ikea Tables

1. Don’t be afraid of patterns. Incorporating a pattern into your wedding décor will give your reception instant personality. If you feel like patterned linens on every table is too bold for you, consider dressing up just one table: the head table, cake table, escort card table, etc. are all good options to stand out. Or, you might consider a simple patterned ribbon or fabric wrapped around the vase for your centerpieces, a patterned napkin at each place setting, a bold pattern on your cake, patterned lighting on the ceiling or walls… the list goes on.

Ikea Wedding Decor

2. Play with layers and height to add drama and interest. You could be as tame as simply adding an overlay on top of your main table linen (perhaps something in a pattern? or even a simple sheer), or you can use multiple centerpieces of varying heights, candles and frames and other objet d’art to create visual interest on each table. Using a charger (or even a woven or brightly colored placemat or a large plate) under each place setting and/or hanging lanterns, etc. in key spots in the room, will add further interest and more pops of color for a very festive atmosphere.

Ikea Wedding Decor

3. Use things in an unexpected way. One of my favorite things was a really fun, oversized picture frame that was hanging behind the “head table”. Instead of a photo, it framed an imaginary couple’s monogram. So simple, but still so unique. Also, instead of hanging paper lanterns from the ceiling, they stacked them to create tall lighted pillars on each side of a table. That could also be a great way to frame an entrance from one area of a reception to the next. And perhaps the boldest table had no linen at all – it was created by combining six brightly colored side tables, with large pillows for seating. Each of the above are fun and unexpected, and definitely make a statement.

Check back on the blog tomorrow – I’ll run through some of the costs of the items that were used and give my take on whether or not they are a good value. Also, I really couldn’t do three posts in one week on Ikea without including the recipe they shared for Lingonberry Parfait :)

This past August, I had the honor of planning The Knot‘s annual market party for all Cincinnati-area wedding vendors! The party was a great chance for everyone to take a pause from working at events and relax and enjoy one for once! Of course it could never have happened without some of us working behind the scenes…

Photos of Greenacres Arts Center, Knot Party

We chose the Greenacres Arts Center in Indian Hill because in addition to being a relatively new venue, the setting is just drop-dead gorgeous. It is a historic estate that has been updated with all the modern amenities you could want in a venue (central air, wi-fi, an amazing audio-visual system). Plus, it has a moat! (Who doesn’t want a moat?). Jackie and Jim at Greenacres were essential in helping pull the event together. (Contact Jim for details on having your wedding or event there).

Photos of Greenacres Arts Center

Inspired Floral Design and Connie Duglin Linen provided all that we needed to give the historic home a modern look and feel. CSC added to the atmosphere with a touch of lighting, and Camargo Rental, Greenacres’ exclusive rentals source, provided all of the “extras” we needed to supplement what the Arts Center has in-house.

Chef’s Choice Catering provided several stations of delicious food – including a yummy dessert station – and the Mariemont Inn sponsored the bar. Coffee Emporium and Taste of Belgium provided even more treats for the guests and were easily the hit of the party. Phil from DJ Toad kept the music going all night long and the ShutterBooth was busy all night as well – my assistants and I even managed to find time to sneak in for a picture. During the event we collected supplies to donate to Crayons2Computers, a local non-profit that provides school supplies to area teachers and students.

Images from Knot Market Party in Cincinnati

Many thanks to the super-talented Geri Ciulla of Ciulla Photography for providing the images for the event, and also to the following sponsors who provided goodies for our gift bags and raffle prizes: Maribelle Cakery, Lucky Designs, Embassy Suites, Newport Syndicate and Woodhouse Day Spa. And the most thanks of all to my amazing team of planners for helping all day with the set-up, registration, event flow and break down! It was a long day but so much fun. More details and photos from the event are featured in the current issue of The Knot Ohio magazine (page 32).

Say Cheese Photobooth

March 16, 2009

As I was cleaning through my office drawers today for the requisite spring cleaning, I realized I had a problem. I’m an addict. What am I addicted to? Photobooths. Sad but true, I can’t walk past one without jumping in. The problem started young- check out the 1st photo below of me with my dad and sister. But who are my current enablers? The team at Say Cheese Photobooth.

They seem to be everywhere, and with good reason – they are fabulous. Their booths are the highest quality, as are the prints they produce. The booths are “arcade style” rather than pipe and drape. What does that mean and why does it matter? Arcade-style photobooths have a solid wall behind the “seat” of the booth, whereas pipe-and-drape booths have only a curtain. Now, I’m not one to stereotype, but by the end of the evening those who have been living it up the most at your bar are often also those going back for more and more photos at the booth – just imagine your cousin Joe, waiting in line, leaning on the booth to steady himself — I’m sure you can picture the chaos that will ensue as he falls on the curtain — and the guests inside. Just something to think about :)

At Say Cheese, they print duplicate copies of every photo strip, so your guests get a strip, and so do you! For a small extra fee, they’ll create a guestbook on-site, filled with your guests photos and well-wishes. The other reason I love Say Cheese: Frank and Pat – the father/son owners – are just simply great guys. Check out their website and let them know I sent you!

Say Cheese is currently running a contest to win $500 off your photobooth rental – check out their blog for details!

Photos L-R: The addiction begins, A Say Cheese Guestbook (image © Bluebird Photography), Pat and Frank Callahan of Say Cheese Photobooth

The Opposite of Bitter

January 5, 2009
That’s what this video is; whatever is the opposite of “bitter”. (Which, I suppose technically speaking, is “sweet”).
For those who aren’t aware, I co-chair and co-produce the annual Bitter Bridesmaid Bash along with The Bridal Studio and Beth Brigger of All Occasions. The event is a dress drive and benefit for Kenzie’s Closet, which provides prom gowns and accessories to economically disadvantaged high school seniors.


Many thanks to Steve Zugelter of Glass Eye Video for putting this together for us!

Enjoy! We’ll post details about the 2009 Bash sometime soon.

AVIVA las Vegas!

November 21, 2008

Now that I’ve worked in that overwhelmingly clever post title, I can get on with my overdue recap of last week’s fun: CiN Weekly‘s 5th Anniversary Bash at Jefferson Hall! I had a blast working with Reagan (Marketing Partnership Manager at Enquirer Media) on this project – truly, you can’t go wrong with a Vegas theme. We brought in a variety of casino games from Academy Rentals for the VIP portion of the evening, and Courtenay Lambert created some wonderfully over-the-top, showgirl-inspired centerpieces! All that partnered with the lighting from CSC transformed JHall from just a regular bar to a true night in Vegas. Of course, no trip to Vegas is complete without Elvis, so we made sure he was there to snap a photo with everyone. DJ Toad played the first part of the evening (during which a special video by Glass Eye played overhead) and the Rusty Griswolds performed during the public portion of the party. Best of all, two trips to Vegas were given away! Sadly as a behind-the-scenes worker on this event I wasn’t eligible to win. Maybe next time ;)

Please forgive my truly terrible photography! My next two purchases will be a new digital camera and a Flip video. Any recommendations for cameras?? Leave suggestions, please!

There are more pics available on Cin Weekly’s site here and here.

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