Wedding TIMELINES are a must have for any newly engaged couple.

Planning a wedding is fun and crazy all at the same time. In order to make sure everything gets done smoothly and perfectly you will want to follow Gloria McCune’s top ten tips on wedding planning timeline.

As she says, Wedding Planners are the greatest gifts to give to yourselves as a newly engaged couple!

Three ways that Pinterest can help you plan your wedding…

Pinterest is a fairly new social media site that has recently gained many users and attention. It is like we are back in 2008 when a little social media site called Facebook rocketed to popularity. Pinterest is a website used to post “pins” or pictures and links to different topics people are interested in. Hence the name PINTEREST.

So how can this be used to plan your perfect wedding? Well it can in in these ways…

#1. Pinterest users can search and look for certain categories of interest such as, surprise surprise, Weddings and Events.

#2. Users can also choose to post their own “pins” in what they call “boards.” These can be categorized in specific themes. At Party in a Package, we have a board themed Unique Color Combinations, which you can use to explore what colors look best together.  (Look for our pins at Party in a Package) :)

#3. Pinterest is a great way for brides to share their own unique ideas. You can find money saving tricks through the site but you are seeing what can be done with the pictures posted.

Overall Pinterest is a great new way for brides to gain ideas. Make sure to take advantage of the great possibilities that can be explored through this website!

Flowers, what will you be seeing ?

Spring : Again this year of 2013 we are seeing a very strong vintage theme.  Tim of Timothy’s Florals, located at 207 West Benson , Reading, Ohio, says he is providing hand tied  bouquets with lace, fabric and ribbon incorporated.  One tone bouquets, or even extreme bright colors will be seen. We love the classic and clean look of of yellow and white flowers. Floral and interior designer Rebecca Cole, author of Flower Power, co-host of Discovery Channel’s Surprise by Design and a regular contributor to the Today show, says, “Wedding flowers follow fashion trends,” Cole said, “and today, individuality, rather than convention is in style. No longer do the bridesmaids’ bouquets need to match the bridal bouquet, the boutonnieres and centerpieces.” In some cases, each bridesmaid may have a different bouquet, according to Cole.

3 hidden but pricey wedding costs

Every bride likes to work with a budget. We all work to make the most beautiful wedding for a reasonable price. Sometimes there are costs that force us to go with less than what we want. There are many hidden costs many brides to plan into a budget: shipping costs, photo/video overtime, and rental transportation.

Decorating a wedding on your own time and dime requires most to shop online. Buying in bulk is definitely the only way to go, but getting the items shipped, PRICEY!

Sometimes the party just gets too exciting and fun, so you want the photographer to stay to capture those candid moments. It is a valid request but we often times forget that overtime is most expensive. Instead of paying for a time slot, you are paying for the extra hours that were unplanned, photographers expect compensation, PRICEY!

Renting tables, linens, chairs, or other decor can be cost effective when you need to make a place look extraordinary. And no one wants to buy all these items, who needs to own twenty low-top 5 foot round tables? What you need to look out for is how all of these decorative extras are getting to your venue. Transportation fees, PRICEY!

Make sure when working on your budget that you factor in these small but pricey details. You want to make sure you can afford what you are looking at, total cost!

Your biggest event expenditures…

There are three big buys for any event or wedding that must be completed at the beginning of the planning process. Location, Photographer, and Entertainment. If you do not lock in these products early you will miss out on the best vendors in the industry. No event can occur without a great location. Photographers and bands or djs for entertainment all have limited availability. Most entertainers and photographers can only book one event per day. In order to get what you want you need to act EARLY and FAST.

These are some of the biggest expenditures for any event, but these choices are the difference between a boring/drab event and an extraordinary event.

Bridal shower theme. Cookbook! personalized.

Compile a personalized online cookbook for all those recipes you’ll receive as a new bride. At, you can select details like book style and paper color—and submit up to 250 recipes. In three weeks, you’ll receive a beautiful hardcover book to preserve your much-loved meals and kitchen traditions.

Where brides in Cincinnati are finding their wedding IDEAS!

Engaged, now looking for ideas! most brides are overwhelmed by the vast amount on the internet, friends and families opinions, OH MY…. brides are visiting the Knot, or searching for hours google images, vendor websites, magazines. Do you have time for the additional job now? Did you know that the professionals in CIncinnati, have experience to assist you in visualizing your wedding day.

how do you select a venue for your wedding in cincinnati?

A panel of brides answered this question recently at the Cincinnatian hotel .
Here is what the Cincinnati wedding planners and vendors learned:
Our brides are looking for a location to suit the size of their wedding.
Our brides are looking at accessiblity for their guests-parking, elevators, kid friendly, with amenities to suit their tastes
What the venue offers, as far as china, tables, linens, chairs, menu options, reasonable pricing, packaged deals.

Professional Makeup Tips

Trying to do your own makeup for your wedding think twice! It’s worth the investment to have a professional on your wedding day. Find out more tips this February 8th 2012. We’re holding a mini seminar to enlighten you on makeup tips. Erin McDonald will be providing insight. Two lucky brides and one member of your bridal party will win a free makeup consultation. Are you having a 2012 wedding?