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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Hot Off The Press!

We are excited to announce that This Friday at 6:30am we will be appearing on NBC 24 with Kelly Heidbreder and our friends at Atlas Bridal. You will not want to miss our discussions on hot new wedding trends and creative ways to improve wedding traditions. This is a fun segment you wont want to miss! After you tune in, be sure to visit our blog where we will have more details and downloads on our fun topics!


Elite Events stands among top five percent of Wedding Professional in the Industry!

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce Elite Events has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Wedding Planning!
Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds.

Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest
wedding review site in the nation. Elite Events stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud
Elite Events for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that
Elite Events is among the very best Wedding Planning within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

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Did You Hear?

Hi Friends!

Lots of wedding BUZZ from the weekend Thanks to our friend Mindy Weiss for sharing!

Biggest news:

1. VERA WANG for David’s Bridal
Her “White collection” is launching soon and you can see a preview and behind
the scenes peek here:

2. In other VERA news rumors are swirling that her next HIGH/LOW collaboration
will be with Zale’s jewelry… Sounds engaging

3. One of my favorite design houses LANVIN is opening on Rodeo Drive
I love their whimsical ultra romantic bridal confections and bridal accessories
they offer among their glamorous Ready Wear Collection.
Can’t wait to visit and see the surprises in store.
260 North Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210

4. Also up the street from Rodeo Drive on Canon Drive is the recently opened
Priscilla of Boston boutique.
It is in the former location of Smith and Hawken garden store, though I was sad

to see the ivy covered store go, I am excited for some new Bridal designs in
the neighborhood. Especially loving floral blossom chandelier that hangs over the front door!
Priscilla of Boston
370 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210

5. And lastly another favorite Anthropologie is launching Bridal …my heart literally started pounding when I saw this.( can i where one of their wedding gowns to work?)..check this
space for pictures of the full collection
See a sneak peek at their site (line launches February 14th)


Here’s all the news you need to start the week…..
Have an inspiring one!
Enjoy!… xox NIKKI