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?

Happy Holidays!

Are you newly engaged over the holidays? We would like to take this time to congratulate you on this special occasion!

 Remember not to stress, make sure you enjoy the many exciting days ahead. Consider hiring a planner! Whether it be for planning your entire wedding, or just having a day of coordinator to manage the fine details, think of hiring Party in a Package.

Have a Happy Holiday and New Year!

EVENTS AT PARTY IN A PACKAGE

Thursday, December 22, 2011 from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Have a fun night at Party in a Package with

 your Bridesmaids!

Lip & Eyebrow Waxing ~ $15.00 per service

(purchase both & receive $5.00 off)
 

Be one of the first 15 to reserve your spot and your will receive free admission into the hottest new club in Cincinnati, PLAY (for Dec. 22 only)

We will have vendor discount drawings, suggestions on hair and makeup styles for you wedding day, and much more!  Have a light bite and try Cupcake Crazy’s Cake Pops for dessert!

Is it possible to find a perfect venue?

Finding a venue can be one of the biggest decisions you must make to set the wedding planning wheels in motion.

In order to begin your search, determine your budget.  The venue with your reception will be the largest expenditure, so be sure to look at locations you can afford.  Many venues supply you with their packaging prices and you forget that the last page of their contract contains the 6-7% sales tax and 20% service charges, which then adds a bit of money to that overall packaging price. Do make sure you know what you are paying for.

Your venue wants your business and all you need to do is ask, if you are considering different foods or special recipes. Negotiating is key to getting what you want out of your wedding venue.

If you are planning on many out of town guests, don’t forget to consider their travel time to a close and comfortable hotel before and after your reception. You may need to provide guests with direction cards, if they are unfamiliar with the area.

Consider hosting your reception at a hotel, where your guests will stay after your wedding. Not only do hotel weddings take off the stress of room and board they may also have some perks you may have overlooked when looking for a venue. Many hotels offer the newlyweds a free overnight room or suite. If you are lucky with your negotiations or have a great planner, you may be able to swing free parent’s rooms or a hospitality room.

Wherever you choose to have your wedding reception be sure that it fits your style, be considerate of out of town guests, and don’t let hidden costs and fine print steal away from your overall budget for your wedding.  Be clear of what you want ahead of time and you’ll find the best fit for your special day.

Invitations

The date has been set, and everything is going smoothly, the next step is the invitations. So, when is a good time to send your invites out?

Get organized about a month before your desired send-out date. This should be six to eight weeks before the wedding, allowing your guests adequate time to respond and ensuring that you will get a reliable head count a week or two before the event. The address on a wedding invitation should be handwritten; printed labels are not appropriate (though calligraphy done by computer directly on the envelope is gaining popularity and acceptability).

Confused about addressing?

Though etiquette for addressing and assembling invitations has relaxed, there are still some requirements, which we will outline.

Names and titles:

Your guests’ names should be written in full on outer envelopes — no nicknames or initials. Use the appropriate social titles as well, such as addressing married couples as “Mr. and Mrs.” If a man’s name has a suffix, write “Mr. Joseph Morales, Jr.,” or “Mr. Joseph Morales IV”; “Junior” can be spelled out on a more formal invitation. It gets a little tricky when husband, wife, or both have different professional titles. If the husband is a doctor, for example, the titles will appear as “Doctor and Mrs.”; if the wife is a doctor, her full name would come first, as in “Doctor Sally Carter and Mr. John Carter.” If both are doctors, write “The Doctors Carter.” If they have different professional titles, list the wife first: “The Honorable Pamela Patel and Lieutenant Jonathan Patel, U.S. Navy.” If a wife has kept her maiden name, her name should appear first and be joined with her husband’s using “and.”

Addresses:

Spell out all words in an address on your envelopes. Rather than “St.,” “P.O. Box,” and “Apt.,” use “Street,” “Post Office Box,” and “Apartment.” This applies to city and state names as well; instead of abbreviations, write “Saint Paul, Minnesota” and “Washington, District of Columbia.” House numbers smaller than 20 should also be spelled out.

Return Addresses:

Write out all words here, too. The preferred place for printing the return address is on the envelope’s back flap. Traditional etiquette called for blind embossing, or colorless raised lettering, for wedding invitations; the idea behind this was that guests would get their first glimpse of the fancy engraving on the invitation itself. Blind embossing is still available, although the United States Postal Service discourages it, as it is difficult to read; today, most couples have the return address printed in the same method as their invitations.

Happy Wedding!