8.20.2010

Baby Shower

Absolutely Beautiful Baby Shower!
LOVE LOVE LOVE! This event! From Concept Design to Completion we transformed this backyard into a beautiful " B is for baby Breininger" baby shower, that guests are still raving about! From the baby Bottle Bellini's to the lounge furniture, the amazing Hors d'œuvres,the wish tree, the decedent dessert table, ultra fun fauxto booth and reading my Janet Amid, this party was exploding with coolness! A HUGE thank you to my clients Mr. and Mrs. Smith for inspiring me and allowing me to make your event an Elite Event!

Concept Design:

Space Planning:
Mood Board


Dessert Table Concept:
Completion:




Planning a baby shower, bridal shower or any celebration? We would love to help!

8.17.2010

08.06.10



Brittany & Chris
Can I just say how much I LOVE it when couples think outside the box and truly try to implement unique ideas for their wedding! Brittany & Chris's wedding was no exception. Their Colors Scheme was bold and vibrant just like the 2 of them. Brittany's ideas and concept for her
wedding were truly unique and in my opinion implemented very well! She selected some of the best wedding vendors in the city and as a result the day was virtually flawless, making our job even that much easier :) She looks absolutely fabulous and MARYWAR did a great job of capturing not only her beauty but the fabulousness of the entire event! Thank you

Brittany,Chris & Mary ( Brittany's mom) you 3 were a true pleasure to work with! Also a special Thank you to Mary for hooking us up with this spectacular couple :)




Ceremony + Reception: Maumee Bay
Photography: Mary Wyar
Flowers: Bartz Viviano
DJ: Decorative Sound
Cake: Estons
Coordination: Elite Events (Nikki & Kati)


8.11.2010

Nicole & Dennis~07.31.2010

Nicole & Dennis
What an amazing couple! I was fortunate to meet this wonderful couple last June and assist them with their wedding planning! Right from the very first meeting I fell in love with them and all of their inspiring ideas! Beginning with their color scheme! Wasabi Green and Pumpkin Orange! What a vibrant and fun color selection, very suiting for this couple I may add:) As I mentioned I met with Nicole in Dennis back in June of 2009 and from that day forward we began working on all of the details that would bring this fun loving event to life. Elite Events was involved in the concept design as well as day of coordination. It began with a mood board in which told the story of their event. From there we created a custom design motif specifically for Nicole and Dennis inspired by their engagement story, and created sphere inspired elements to reflect this beautiful story. This design was then used in their, Save the Dates, Invitations, (which were the most adorable pocket fold invites) programs, seating chart, table numbers, and all signage. Both Nicole and Dennis are heavily involved in the art scene in Toledo, so it was a no brainier when selecting the venue for their wedding and reception. It was a perfect match! The reception took place in the beautiful glass pavilion and what a beautiful place! The streamline and minimalistic aesthetic of the pavilion and the colorful details of the event worked synergistically together . Details were a very important part of this event, so we made sure not a single one would be overlooked by any of the guests! One of my favorite details of the wedding were the caricature artists that were there to sketch the guests:) then there was the ring bearer pillow constructed exclusively of green button mums......adorable:) Another one of my favorite parts of the evening was the glass blowing demonstration that was begin performed during the cocktail hour, (very suiting for the event :) and then there was the AMAZING cookie buffet and the late night snack (Miles Pizza) which was passed for guest to enjoy! For all of you BGSU grads, you know that it does not get much better than Miles Pizza! It was a great end to a fabulous evening! I hope you all enjoy the sneak peak of this extraordinary event almost as much as I enjoyed designing it!




Picture of our gift to the Bride & Groom: "It's all about the details" Necklace and Key-chain

Nicole & Dennis it was such a pleasure being apart of your wedding day!

Ceremony Site: Great Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art

Reception Site: Glass Pavilion, Toledo Museum of Art

Photography: Sara J Photography

Florist: Glendale Florist

Dj: Decorative Sound, Michael :)

Cupcakes: Myles Baker Street

Coordinators: Elite Events, Nikki & Kati

8.02.2010

Tipping Cheat Sheet

Often times I am asked by my Brides or my MOB's about tipping vendors. What is the appropriate amount to tip? Who should they tip? SO on and So on. Tipping is optional however highly recommended. I make sure to make my clients aware of this. However, being that this seems to come up very frequently I thought I would find a good article that talked a little more in depth regarding this topic. I found this article via :the knot! Please enjoy!
Wedding Vendors: Tipping Cheat Sheet

With so many wedding expenses, gratuities can add up. Here are the wedding vendors that the knot suggests you need to tip.

Photo: Mary Ellen Bartley

When you're already dipping deep into your (or your parents') savings for so many wedding expenses, shelling out gratuities on top of that can be hard to handle. Well, rest easy: unless a service charge is spelled out in your contract, you're never obligated to tip anyone.

However you can't ignore the fact that some vendors will expect a gratuity, which forces tipping to be considered on a case-by-case scenario. Some general rules: Don't tip business owners, only tip their employees (however, you can/should tip an owner when the service exceeds expectations); tip vendors who offer exceptional service; thank-you notes are always appreciated; and assign the responsibility to a trusted deputy such as your wedding planner, a parent, or the best man. For a breakdown of what's customary for each vendor, read on.

Wedding Planner

Wedding planners won't likely expect anything; however, if yours did a great job you can always offer a token of your appreciation. (Note: Non-monetary thank-yous like professional photos of the wedding for the planner's portfolio can go a long way too.) Approximately 50 percent of couples do tip their planners -- typically those with more opulent weddings.
Protocol: Optional
The $tandard: Up to $500, or a nice gift
When to Tip: The bride should hand off the envelope at the end of the reception, or, she should send a thank-you note with photos or a check after the honeymoon.

Wedding Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist

This is one area where a gratuity is definitely expected. Tip between 15 - 20 percent just as you would in a hair salon, and consider giving a little extra if there's a crisis, like one of your bridesmaids has a meltdown over her updo and it requires a redo at the last minute.
Protocol: Expected
The $tandard: 15 - 25 percent, depending upon the quality of service
When to Tip: At the end of your service

Wedding Delivery and Set-up Staff

Slip a few dollars to anyone delivering important items to the site (wedding cake, flowers, or sound system). And if a lot of gear needs to be brought in and set up (tents, chairs, or port-a-potties), the workers deserve a tip too.
Protocol: Expected
The $tandard: $5 - $10 per person
When to Tip: Drop off cash envelopes the day before the wedding to the catering manager so the person accepting deliveries can turn the tip.

Wedding Ceremony Officiant

If your officiant is affiliated with a church or synagogue, you're often expected to make a donation to that institution. If you're a member you'll probably want to give a larger amount than if you're not. However, if you're getting married there and they're charging you to use the space, feel free to give a smaller amount. If you're using a nondenominational officiant, no tip is required because they will charge you for their time.
Protocol: Expected (depending on officiant)
The $tandard: Donate $500+ to the church or synagogue, or, for a nondenominational officiant, an optional tip of $50 - $100
When to Tip: Most ceremony fees are required prior to the wedding. Otherwise, have the best man pass the cash envelope at the rehearsal dinner if the officiant is in attendance.

Wedding Ceremony Musicians

If you worked with a mini orchestra to come up with the perfect score for your service (and they pulled it off flawlessly), consider showing some monetary thanks for their talent. However, you probably don't have to tip the solo church organist who was required to play.
Protocol: Optional
The $tandard: $15 - $20 per musician
When to Tip: At the end of the ceremony.

Wedding Photographer/Videographer

You're not expected to give your shutterbugs any dough beyond their normal fees. Yet if the wedding photographer or videographer doesn't own the studio, consider tipping each person (or give a certain amount with a thank-you note to disperse to staff).
Protocol: Unnecessary, unless the photographer is not the studio owner.
The $tandard: $50 - $200 per vendor
When to Tip: At the end of the reception.

Wedding Reception Staff

This type of staff includes the on-site coordinator, maitre d', and banquet manager. A service charge (typically 2 percent) is almost always built in to the food and drink fee, so check your contract. If the gratuity is not included, tip as follows.
Protocol: Expected
The $tandard: 15 - 20 percent of the food and drink fee (based on labor, not the cost), or $200 - $300 for the maitre d'.
When to Tip: If it's covered in the contract, the final bill is typically due before the reception. Otherwise, have the father of the bride or best man hand the envelope to the maitre d' at the end of the reception since you will need to know the final tab to calculate the percentage.

Wedding Reception Attendants

When it comes to bartenders, waitstaff, parking, bathroom, and coat-room attendants the rules of tipping are dictated by your contract. If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it's not included, ask ahead of time how many attendants will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.
Protocol: Optional, based on contract
The $tandard: $20 - $25 per bartender or waiter; $1 per guest for coat room and parking attendants; $1 per car
When to Tip: Although tips are traditionally passed out at the end of the event, you could alternately distribute them at the beginning of the evening, to encourage all the workers to give you great service.

Wedding Reception Band or DJ

Whether you hire 12-piece swing band or grooving to a DJ, tipping musicians is completely optional. (Depending on the quality of the job and how willing they were to follow your ideal playlist!) And don't forget about any sound technicians they bring with them.
Protocol: Optional, yet preferred
The $tandard: $20 - $25 per musician; $50 - $150 for DJs
When to Tip: At the end of the reception, by the best man.

Wedding Transportation

Again, check your contract, as gratuity is usually included. If it isn't, plan to tip provided they show up on time and don't get lost!
Protocol: Expected
The $tandard: 15 - 20 percent of the total bill
When to Tip: At the end of the night or after the last ride. If you used a separate company for the guest buses, designate a bus captain to hand the driver a tip, otherwise, this duty falls to the best man.

-- Celeste Perron

8.01.2010

Chelsea Clinton's Wedding!

Chelsea Clinton's Wedding Dress - Vera Wang Strapless Gown

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Meet Mr. and Mrs. Mezvinsky. Chelsea Clinton looks radiant in a silk organza strapless Vera Wang wedding gown. Photo: Genevieve de Manio via Getty Images

In what some are calling the closest thing to an American royal affair (since the Kennedy days, of course), Chelsea Clinton married her longtime beau Marc Mezvinsky in Rhinebeck, NY, in a star-studded ceremony.

Chelsea Clinton wore an Vera Wang wedding dress (as we knew she would!) to exchange vows in the interfaith ceremony before a reported 400-500 guests, including Wang herself.

The ivory strapless gown featured a silk tulle diagonally draped bodice with a raw edged laser-cut swirling silk organza ball skirt and train, a spokesperson for the bridal brand told StyleList.

Clinton's tiny waist was cinched with an embellished belt also by the designer, while her hair was pulled back and accented by a long traditional Vera Wang tulle veil. Chelsea complemented her gorgeous gown with a simple bouquet of white hydrangeas.

For the reception, she changed into a Vera Wang silk tulle Grecian gown with a crisscross back and a narrow black grosgrain belt.

Chelsea's bridesmaids donned Vera Wang lavender chiffon strapless bias cut gowns with a side drape and contrasting plum bows.

Mezvinsky wore a custom wool mohair mix peak lapel tuxedo by Burberry, who also designed the groom's shirt, tie, and shoes as well as shirts and ties for the groomsmen. the company revealed to us..

The bride's parents, former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, issued the following statement to The New York Times:

"Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends.

"We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family. On behalf of the newlyweds, we want to give special thanks to the people of Rhinebeck for welcoming us and to everyone for their well-wishes on this special day."

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All in the family. The newlyweds with Hillary and Bill Clinton. Photo: Barbara Kinney via Getty Images

The 30-year-old bride and 32-year-old groom -- an investment banker whose parents served in Congress -- had both their ceremony and reception at the glitzy Astor Courts, a Beaux Arts-style estate built from 1902-1904 for John Jacob Astor IV, one of the most famous early American millionaires.

To suit the dressy event, female guests were seen wearing formal floor-length gowns, including the mother of the bride who looked prettier than we've ever seen her in an elegant Oscar de la Renta raspberry degradé embroidered silk gazar gown. Bill Clinton wore a slim black suit and narrow tie.

Congratulations to the happy couple!