While looking for design inspiration I often go back to my roots, interior design. A lot of trends in the event planning field evolve from trends found within the interior design and fashion industry. I am one who loves color, textiles and fashion! The best part of my job is when I can infuse elements from interiors and fashion into my special events.

While searching for fresh new blogs to follow I came across 2 different blogs written by 2 very talented and lovey ladies Erin from elements of style and For the love of design by Kelly Moore. I loved their segment from runway to room and from runway to tabletop so much that I've decided they were too good not share and have decided to mesh the two together so that you can see the original inspiration translated into 2 different mediums. Who knows maybe it will inspire you too :)

Fun Stripe from Marc Jacobs


Ideas for a Royal Wedding Party from Elite Events

The Royal Wedding final Countdown

Almost 2,000 guests will file into Westminster Abbey tomorrow, to witness the marriage of
Price William to Miss. Catherine Middleton

In honor and preparation of this grandiose event we were asked by our favorite local news station NBC24 to come in and Share with them some of our "Elite" tips on
How to host a Royally Elegant Event

We were honored and beyond excited to share our ideas!

The 3 points that we discussed:
  1. How to Look like Royalty
  2. How to feel like Royalty
  3. How to treat your guests like Royalty
Please view the live taping below

1. How to look like Royalty!

One of the most discussed parts of any royal wedding is what exactly everyone will be wearing on their heads. Bridal Hats are the newest craze. The Bridal hats featured today were from Atlas Bridal. They provide a vgreat selection of headpieces to choose from. In spirit of the "Royal Wedding" we opted to feature a few Fascinators one that incorporated Flowers, Feathers and tulle. Depending on your personal style you can choose anything from a less is more approach with a simple feather and cageveil like what was shown on the segment or really make a statement with a large hat.

  • Hats aren’t just for the brides, guests can wear them too. The vintage piece that Kelly Heibreder was wearing was a fabulous vintage piece that we picked up from the Maumee Antique Mall

2. How to Feel like Royalty

A great way to really feel like a princess on your big day is to appointment a Lady in Waiting, which is a female personal assistant at a noble court, attending to a queen, a princess or other noblewoman. Because you want your closest friends and family to be relaxed and enjoy the days events we recommend hiring a wedding coordinator.

  • At Elite Events as part of our Day of Coordination Service we provide you with a “Lady in Waiting” Where one of us will stand by you as you get ready for your “big day”
  • We always come armed with our emergency kit, which can include anything from breath mints, to a sewing kit, a steamer down to dress socks. As well as tons of invaluable experience in the wedding industry.

3. Lastly and most importantly you want to treat your guests like royalty

What we created is a youthful take on what a royal wedding or event could look like.

We opted for a sapphire blue and gold color scheme pulling inspiration from the blue in kates ring and the gold that is used predominantly thought out buckham palace.
  1. Utilizing elegant linens and chair covers is a great way to set the tone for any event. The gorgeous linens and chair cover we displayed were provided to us by our friends at Wildflowerlinens.
  2. Bring in Fresh Flowers and create a STATEMENT centerpiece. The beautiful arrangement shown on todays news segment was created by our friends at Bartz Viviano. Ann does such an amazing job! What I loved about this particular piece is that it added just a bit of drama to our table scape still while appearing very ROYAL!
    No matter how large or small of a gathering you have, it is the little details that help unify and differentiate your event.
  • For this particular occasion I custom designed Menu cards that coordinated with the "Royal Invitation" they can be placed at each place setting allowing each guest to know exactly what is going to be on the menu.
  • Keep in Mind the menu should look just as good as that 7 course meal will taste
  • How you display your napkin is another way you can be creative! We opted to use a fun napkin ring that was custom designed exclusively for Wildflower Linens to look exactly like Kate's engagement ring. How fun are they!!!! ( I wonder if her's is as big as the napkin ring? They did say it is a 18k Sapphire!
  • The final details to a regal place setting are your chargers and fine china. What I love about the ones shown below is that they work beautifully with the gold accents that we have thought-out our setting. This particular china was rented from Meredith Party Rentals.
After the news segment we headed downtown to The Toledo Club were we set our Royal Table for a Photoshoot with the fabulous Mary Wyar. The Toledo Club was the PERFECT setting for this ROYAL Table Scape, and Mary captured it's beauty wonderfully! These Photos are breathtaking!

A VERY special Thank you to all of my FABULOUS vendors that I am so lucky to work with on a regular basis.

Venue: The Toledo Club (Thanks Jenn)
Photographer: Mary Wyar
Flowers: Bartz Viviano (Special thanks to Ann, who always goes above and beyond! You are a creative genius)
Linens, napkins, napkin rings and chair covers: WildFlower Linens
Chairs: Central Park West
Chargers, China and Flatware: Meredith Party Rentals ( a special thanks to Michelle who actually let me use her own personal gold flatware set)
Crystal Glasses: A special Thank you to Karen Kerekes for allowing us to use her own personal and gorgeous crystal glasses.
Invitation, Menu, and table number: Designed by "yours truly" Nikki @ Elite Events
Bridal Facinator shown in picture is from Atlas Bridal and worn by our very own Kati Kerekes.

And a special Thanks To Kati for assisting me in pulling this concept on paper together to a beautiful reality!

And special thank you to the crew at NBC24 for inspiring us with this creation!


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Spring accessories

Etsy Find Linden Lovebirds Handmade Shoe Clips

Do you have Spring fever yet? Check out these adorable handmade shoe clips by Etsy store Linden Lovebirds. Perfect addition to your wedding day shoes. They come in lots of colors to match your wedding day palette. Not only for you but great for your bridal party. A sweet stylish touch, these handmade wedding shoe clips are for sure the perfect accessory.

©2011 Linden Lovebirds



Classy County Venue

This past Sunday we had the pleasure of Accompanying Katie and David one of our fabulous couples on a site tour of their venue County Line Orchard. County Line is located in Hobart Indiana roughly 45 minutes outside of Chicago. This picturesque setting is the perfect backdrop for Katie and David's Classy Country wedding. I took a few pictures during our visit, I hope you enjoy!

Photography by Elite Events

Image 1: Tractor Pulled Wagon to transport guests to the ceremony site
Image 2: Within this beautiful Silo is the Bridal suite, (which has a balcony) and on the lower level, it is used as the main bar for events.
Image 3: View of the beautiful Chandelier in the bridal suite
Image 4: The beautiful ceremony site located in between the Orchards nestled within a cozy field
Image 5: Apple Orchard
Image 6: The backside of the Barn
Image 7: The bridal Suite located inside of the silo

I cant wait until July, this is going to be one FUN wedding!



Bridal Showers: 10 Bridal Shower Ideas WE LOVE!

1. Send funky bridal shower invites

Skip the Evite for something with more panache. We love these ultra-modern pictogram

2. Make your own perfume bar

You read right -- set up a bar of oils and pretty perfume bottles so guests can craft their own signature scent! You can actually buy DIY perfume bar kits with customizable scent options and full instructions online

3. Set up a frozen yogurt buffet

Forget cupcakes. Rent a frozen yogurt machine and set out a buffet of fixings, from candies to cereal to fresh chopped fruit, for a shower dessert that’s delicious to eat and fun to create.

4. Create a colorful juice stand

Mimosas are tasty, but a whole bar of cocktails is a treat for the eyes and the taste buds. Set up a bevy of colorful beverages in vintage glass decanters. Stock them with fresh fruit and create small hanging signs to label each flavor.

5. Give out themed totes

Give your girls a gift they’ll actually use! Canvas totes are stylish and practical -- stuff them with extras that fit the party theme (think: bottles of wine, flower seed packets, or beach towels). You can even have them monogrammed in The Knot Shop.

6. Cheese up the menu

We're so over dainty tea sandwiches and petit fours. Consider filling up your menu with fondue and all the extras for dipping. Toothpick labels and a cute “Cheese Please!” sign will add to the fun.

7. Gift wrap the favors

Even if the take-away is something simple like cookies, dress them up by gift wrapping favors and arranging them at each place setting. Bonus: This simple touch makes for instant decor.

8. Play lawn games

Yes, toilet paper bride and bridal bingo are classics, but that doesn't mean they have to make an appearance. Instead, get physical with active party games like croquet, lawn darts, or badminton.

9. Add pretty hanging decor

Lose the stuffy floral centerpieces in favor of whimsical hanging decorations. Dress up the space with ribbon streamers, paper hearts, homemade banners, or fabric pennants.

10. Accessorize with stylish bridal shower labels

Instead of boring pink cups, trick out your party goods with pretty personalized labels. Stick 'em on everything from the wine bottles to the favor boxes. You can even create custom drink stirrers by wrapping two around a wooden stirrer or straw.


McCall & Ben

Back in January I had the sincere pleasure of attending one of my closest friends wedding in Charleston, SC. McCall and I met back in 2006 when we both moved to California. McCall actually attended The Southern California Institute of Architecture with my husband. We decided to catch a movie one night together downtown, and the rest is history! We have been very close friends ever sense. McCall is the sweetest and most loving person I know. She is a incredible friend and I am so lucky to have her in my life. I cannot tell you how much joy it brings me to see her so happy. McCall and Bens wedding took place on Sullivan's Island at the Church of the Holy Cross. It was a beautiful intimate ceremony and reception.

Below are some detail photos that I was able to take. This was a first time ever visiting SC, and needless to say it was just as beautiful as McCall described.

Professional images courtesy of : B. Mullinax Photography



I'd like to introduce you to Jen Cummins, owner of Beautiful Blooms by Jen. Beautiful Blooms by Jen features the latest and greatest in floral design. As the only Ohio Certified Florist in town she strives to keep up on the most modern trends and share them with her clients! Come check out our her new shop downtown Sylvania.

photo courtesy of: Blue Martini Photography

We had the sincere pleasure of designing a tablesscape for Beautiful Blooms by Jen's first ever open house! When deciding on a color scheme for this tablescape we wanted to select something that would both complement the room that it was going to be in, as well as reflect the personal style of Jen Cummins the owner of Beautiful Blooms by Jen. Considering that we have been hired to provide concept design for Jens own wedding we arrived at a color scheme very quickly, navy and pink, the colors that Jen has selected for her very own wedding. These colors are beautiful, elegant, modern and chic and look absolutely fabulous together.

Below is a little collage that I put together. Thank you to Julie from jp photography for allowing me to use some of your beautiful photos.

Linens, Chair covers and sashes: Elite Events
Table, chairs, china, flatware, glassware and chargers: Meredith Party Rentals
Menu Design: Elite Events
Centerpiece : Beautiful Blooms by Jen

Here is a peek of the mood board we created for Jen inspiring the above tablescape, as well as the save the date we designed for her.

Stop by her new Shop!

Beautiful Blooms by Jen
5646 Summit St
Sylvania OH 43560

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Join The Elite Events Team!

It’s that time of year again—wedding season is around the corner and Elite Events is accepting applications for interns (Event Assistants) to assist us during our 2011 wedding season.

What You’ll Do :: Event Assistants will assist with all day-of wedding tasks including: setting up decor at ceremony and reception sites, assisting vendors with deliveries (ie. cake, flowers, linens, rentals), assisting with ceremony management, assisting vendors as needed throughout the day, ensuring time lines are being followed, trouble shooting problems that arise, communicating with vendors & bridal parties, ensuring accuracy of layouts, and much more. Event Assistants are always working alongside an experienced Event Planner or Coordinator who is there to direct & teach you!

Who We’re Looking For :: We are seeking junior & senior level students pursuing a degree in a related field (public relations, communications, hospitality & tourism, design, etc.), who are excited about learning the ins-and-outs of event planning, work well with a team, and exhibit a high level of responsibility. Weddings can be a stressful and emotionally charged time for a bride & groom and their families—the ideal candidate is friendly, enthusiastic, self motivating, calm under pressure, and a great communicator! Most of our events are located in the Toledo area, however some of our events have us traveling out of state and will require overnight stays. You must be able to travel to Toledo and destination weddings for events on weekends. For events out of state and over 90 miles in distance, overnight accommodations will be paid for.

What You’ll Get :: This is an unpaid internship and must apply towards college credit. You will walk away from this internship with hands-on experience in event planning & execution unlike anything you can learn in a classroom. This internship puts you in the action, working with real clients, professional vendors and beautiful locations throughout Northwest Ohio.

When You’ll Work :: Weddings are scheduled primarily on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Interns will be scheduled to work for a 16-18 week period (approximately June 1-Oct 30) and will assist with 8-10 events. We are happy to take schedules into consideration if given proper notice at start of season. Interns will also be assigned “pre-event” tasks each week, which can often be completed online from home.

How to Apply :: If you’re interested in joining the Elite Event Design Team for our 2011 season, please email your cover letter and resume (.pdf format, please) to nikki@e-l-i-t-e-events.com. We will be accepting applications through March 28th and will be conducting interviews in early April! If you have additional questions, please email

nikki@e-l-i-t-e-events.com (no phone calls, please).


Fabulous Workshop

Calling all Travelers, New mom's, Newlyweds about to embark on their honeymoon or anyone out there wanting to get to know their camera better! One of our Favorite photographers is putting on a fabulous workshop! I am super pumped to attend, and hope a few of you will join me! There are a limited number of seats so be sure to reserve yours today! If I get 6 or more people to sign up the cost will be knocked down to $30.00. As if it wasn't already low enough!!!!

I know I'm excited! Who is interested in joining me?

Details below~

xoxox Nikki


Big ideas for your wedding day

For those of you who were still in bed at 6:40 am this morning and missed our Segment "Big Ideas for your Wedding Day" fear no longer, you can check out our video!! Also be sure to visit our website @ www.eliteeventstoledo.com for a download-able template of the wish tree that we talked about on the segment!

We had soooo much fun!! A BIG Thank You to Tiffany over at Atlas Bridal, our friends at rent the runway, Ticknors and Keith brooks florist for assisting us with this segment. And Thank you to the entire staff at NBC24 for being so welcoming and a lot of fun! We hope you enjoy the video!
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2011 Hot Tips & Trends

Topics discuss on NBC24

At Elite Events everything we do stems from asking OUR 3 C's of Event Design
  1. How can we make this creative?
  2. Is this concept cohesive?
  3. Is Everything Cohesive
With these in mind here are a few different way on how you can use OUR 3 C's to put a creative twist on classic wedding traditions.

1) Wedding Wands

  • Are a creative way to congratulate the Bride and Groom at the end of any wedding ceremony and a great substitute for boring birdseed, bubbles, bells & flower petals.

o They can be a cost effective DIY project, or if you are short on time ordering them is still affordable since you only need one for every other guest attending.

o Wedding Wands also keep your event cohesive since the ribbons can be made in your wedding colors, they make for great photos as well.

What you will need to Create your own wedding wand:
  • Doll Rods (can be purchased from local craft store)Keep in mind you only need 1 for every other guest attending
  • 3-4 different colors of ribbon (quantity will vary depending on the size of ribbon you select) keep in mind for the base of the wand a wider ribbon tends to cover better.
  • Glue Gun and Glue sticks
  • Thumb tacks
  • Rhinestones (for embellishment)
The steps to creating your wands are pretty simple
  • Loosely wrap your desired color ribbon around the doll rod to get a rough idea of how much ribbon you will need to cover the handle of the wand.
  • Once you have the desired length cut the ribbon from the roll
  • Place a dab of hot glue at the base of the handle to secure the ribbon.
  • Run a line of hot glue up the handle as you wrap the handle with ribbon. (keep the ribbon tight, as you do not want the ribbon to be loose around the handle)
  • As you get to the top of the handle secure the end with a final dab of glue.
  • For the streamer: Measure and cut your ribbon to the desired streamer length.
  • Stack the ribbon streamers and attach with either a dab of glue or thumb tack to the end of the doll rod.
  • When finished embellish the thumb tack with a beautiful rhinestone.

If you are short on time and are interested in purchasing our wedding wands:

Our wands are wrapped with 3-4 strands of ribbon that hang from it. There is also a rhinestone at the top of the wand where the ribbon strands are attached.

When placing the order for the wands you must choose 2 ribbon colors. If you send us swatches of your wedding colors we will try our best to match them as closely as possible.

Size - Wand stick 12", attached ribbons 24"

Price - $3.50 per wand (minimum order - 20 wands). Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.
contact Nikki@e-l-i-t-e-events.com for order placement and more information.

2) Candy Buffet Upgrade / The S’more Station

o Guests used to be wowed by the Candy Buffet as seen in this picture here

o However, with its growing popularity it's lost its luster and is in need of an major upgrade, so we are introducing new interactive sweet stations custom designed for you and your guests.

o Here you can see is one of my favorites: The S’ mores station, offering unique recipes like: Strawberry Cheesecake, PB&J, we even have a vegan S’more. It is fun, creative and great for any event.

3) Guest Book Alternative, The Finger Print Tree *download available via out website www.eliteeventstoledo.com

  • This is a great alternative to the traditional guest book which usually ends up sitting in a drawer or lost on a shelf. The fingerprint tree is interactive, personal and a beautiful keepsake, that is more original than the guest book plates and framed pictures we’ve all seen.
  • How it works: Your guests are asked to leave their fingerprint as a leaf on your tree, if you want you can have them sign their name below for an added personal touch. When it is finished you have a fun piece of art that has a very special meaning!

How to incorporate the 3'c into your decor and wedding fashion.

4) Reusing Ceremony decor in the Reception

  • When it’s done right Ceremony decor can be an effective way to make sure every part of the event is cohesive. The key to being cost effective is versatility. Flower Poms or Pomanders are a beautiful ceremony decor and can easily be transitioned into the reception.
  • If your having an indoor ceremony you can hang the flower poms from a pew or chair. If outdoors you can use a Shepard’s hook or place the poms directly on the grass.
  • During cocktail hour move the poms into your reception and you have:

1. A statement centerpiece

2. Creative table number display

3. Or hang them over your cake table to create a fun chandelier.

5) Tux’s vs Suits

o No one wants to rent a tuxedo and look like they did at prom, but finding afforable red carpet worthy suits are hard to come by, so our friends at Ticknors inside Westfield Franklin Park have developed a wonderful program.

o For $199 (basically the same price as a tuxedo rental) your Tickoners expert will custom design & tailor suits for your entire wedding party in the right colors, textures & sizing. With their VIP program every dollar spent builds towards a store credit that can be applied for the purchase of shirts and ties or in some cases an entire suit.

o We displayed a groom and groomsmen pairing in this season most popular color grey. It works because grey can be worn year round, looks good with several colors and can be paired with new shirts and ties for a completely new look!

6) Rent the Runway

o One of our preferred vendors RENT THE RUNWAY offers high fashion rental dresses & accessories for a variety of occasions at 90% off the retail price. Every order includes 2 sizes for the price of one, to insure you have the right fit!

o The Rent The Runway Weddings division helps Brides find bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and bachelorette party dresses and offers a collection of exclusive bridesmaids dresses like this one from Badgley Mischka.

How it works:

o Rent the Runway also offers free stylist advice and a customer service line to help with any other questions or concerns you might have.

o Make sure to select delivery for 1-2 days before you plan on wearing it to guarantee its arrival. Returning is easy since dry cleaning, return shipping and wear and tear insurance comes with each order, they even throw in a free garment bag!

Visit our blog at www.eliteeventstoledo.com to find more information on our 3 c’s and well as information on today’s tips and trends!

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