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how to use pinterest.com for your wedding

It’s the latest wedding crack for all you lovelys planning weddings. Welcome to the fray, pinterest.com

We know you’ve heard of it. Who hasn’t? It’s a plethora of photos and information for anything! Recipes, books you may want to read, clothing, photos, and of course, weddings.

So here are some points on how to use pinterest.com to gather ideas for your wedding:

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  • Start your own board for your wedding. That way you can keep it separate from all your other fascinating pins.
  • Share your pinterest with your wedding vendors! We immediately follow our clients because it helps us get to know their tastes and aesthetic views. Encourage your event designer and photographer to follow you as well. They don’t have to be on pinterest, you can just send them a direct link to your board.
  • Remember … this is open to the public. So if you find a super cool idea and “pin” it in your wedding folder, well your 45 friends will see it as well. So if you want to keep some of your wedding ideas secret, then save the photo to your computer.
  • You can download an app for your smart phone. Because we all know that inspiration for your upcoming nuptials can happen at any moment of the day. Multi-tasking while standing in that long line at Target just took on a whole new meaning!
  • You can download “pin it” extension in your browser for pinning photos as you peruse the internet. I told you this is crack for the creative.
  • Do NOT link every pin that you do to your Facebook account. It’s too much and clogs your feed.
  • CAUTION: You can have TOO MANY IDEAS. Seriously. You can’t do them all for your wedding. Even IF money was no object. So pin away my friend, but learn to edit when it comes down to final decisions.
  • As always, I remind our clients who have exquisite taste, but are planning their wedding on a  limited budget … that floral arrangement that you adore, may cost triple of what you are willing to pay. That’s why it’s so darn gorgeous.

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We’ve actually starting pinning photos from our real events and table scape designs. We plan to grow this as we move forward.

And of course, you’ll want to follow us:

saundra on pinterest
kerry on pinterest

So are you on pinterest? Do you love? Let us know!

 

 

deadlines are a good thing…

Ever have one of those projects that you think about getting done, but there is always something else to do? Like planning events, weddings, traveling across the country speaking at conferences, family time, watching Bravo network … you get the drift.

Well I finally got a project done that has been on my list for over a year, because of a deadline!

Last week we repainted and spruced up the PFE studio!

We meet our clients at their homes, offices, venues or at other convenient locations that serve yummy food and drinks. This is a “working” studio. So sometimes it’s super clean and most of the time there is a little creative mess. That’s okay it all sparks imagination. The real solid work comes from an original, kitchen wood table that I use as my desk. My son learned to eat on this table. I just couldn’t get rid of it. Sure Ikea would be awesome in this area, but I’m a firm believer of reusing and repurposing furniture, mixing old with the new. Note: if you want some inspiration in this area, check out my latest design blog crush cleverlyinspired.com , she is nine kinds of awesome.

So here are the photos. My desk is exactly how I left it at 9pm last night. We did not stage this photo (like so many you see on the internet), however I will agree it is a lot cleaner than it will be in about 30 days!!! HA!

My three favorite things about this studio are:

  • The super, duper, cool magenta purple walls which happens to be my favorite color
  • The NINE windows that let stellar light in
  • A tile floor

So what do you think? Would love to hear your feedback. I know that a lot of our clients often ask me what my office must look l like. So here you go, after nine years I’m finally showing you!

plan on!

 

 

dessert table at your wedding

Move over wedding cake, here comes the dessert table.

Nothing says yummy like a Donut Bar … the whole room smelled like one big ball of yeast, sugar and sweet deliciousness.

Our clients, Angie and Travis Wayne were excited about not having a traditional wedding cake at their reception, they love donuts.

We were thrilled with the idea!

If you are up for doing something different like this then be sure to keep these few tips in mind:

  • Remember DISPLAY is where it is at …. this isn’t a picnic. Go for the upscale platters (you can reuse them at Thanksgiving), rent the vintage cake plateaus, go above and beyond.
  • Use SIGNAGE to display what the dessert items are so people don’t get confused. (Hello food allergies)
  • Remember LOGISTICS in planning. Where are you going to store all these pies or the ice cream? How will you keep it cold, warm, etc?
  • Make sure someone is SERVING or a waitstaff is monitoring the table. You wouldn’t want your guests cutting their own slices of pie or scooping ice cream.  This also keeps the guests from “grazing”. Definition: graz·ing/ˈgrāziNG/ – An clueless guest who picks up food off a platter on a catering table and proceeds to eat said food over other untouched and sanitary food. Please escort them from the premises.
  • Make it PERSONAL. Imagine getting a baker to make your deceased grandmother’s special chocolate chip cookie. You could proudly display that AND include recipes to give out to your guests. Unless of course your grandmother’s recipe is top secret.

I’m not done looking at donuts…

 

Wow. My mouth is watering. Wouldn’t you love to have a Donut Bar? Any other ideas?

photo credit: Chris Berneking the official Wayne Wedding Photographer

featured photo credit: pfe iPhone

Watch the Local 7 Wedding Planner Saundra Hadley discuss this subject on TV.

plan on!

 

 

patriotic garters

Fourth of July is coming up soon! It’s my favorite holiday for many reasons, one of which it is also my wedding anniversary.

So I was intrigued when I stumbled across these beautiful Patriotic Garters designed by The Garter Girl (Julianne Smith). Her garters are so awesome, we featured her designs on Fox 7 Wedding Planner segment.

She makes the most incredible garters…quality, detailed and beautiful.

You MUST visit her etsy store …. It is full of garter goodness.

plan on! 

save-the-date :: video style

I was reading one of my favorite bloggers and friend’s (Khris) website, DIYbride.com and came across the super Save-The-Date video by Tim and Jane.

press play… from tim and jane on Vimeo.

Creative + Fun + Interesting + Techie = Awesome. Really nice job!

plan on!