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Entertaining Children at Your Wedding

It’s very easy to get wrapped up in all the planning for the wedding of your dreams and forget some of the smaller details. When you’re planning your romantic dance and you look into each others eyes do you really want a child screaming in the background of your wedding video or running in between you? Probably not.

As much as children are a major part of any wedding, you don’t want them to take the focus away from any of your intimate and tender moments with the usual sulks and tantrums. Consider hiring an entertainer or adding a special section with a fun menu just for the kids. The wedding day is very long and, through a small child’s eyes it is quite boring, that is until you cut into the cake! If your guests include children and your budget can afford it, show the kids you’re happy they could be a part of your special day by providing something fun for them to do!

An entertainer will keep them interested and amused with crafts, face painting (after the main photos have been taken!), designing t-shirts and caps, magic tricks, anything you can imagine. Your venue may even be able to provide you with a separate room to keep the entertainment quieter and the children don’t have to sit through all the ‘boring stuff’.

Talk to your caterer about a kid’s only menu with things like chicken fingers, mac-n-cheese, french fries, etc. Maybe add a chocolate fountain, party bags with crayons, small games, or a candy buffet to keep the kids happy (and some of the adults too). A chocolate fountain is always a nice addition to any wedding but it will definitely win over the kids if they have their own special treat to enjoy.

Having something for the children also means a few parents can relax and enjoy themselves to and it will make a real difference to the ambiance of your wedding day and especially how it is remembered in years to come.

How to Make Your Male Guests Feel Special at Your Wedding

It is a commonly believed myth that men do not like to receive favors at weddings.

I mean, men are far too cool to enjoy personalized chocolates, receive silver bottle openers, down whiskey miniatures or blow bubbles in the shape of wedding cakes aren’t they?

Of course they’re not! In fact, men are increasingly feeling more and more ousted from wedding receptions as their female partners and children are munching through the Jordan almonds, whilst they have nothing to enjoy!

The ancient tradition of brides favoring their female guests has been part and parcel of wedding celebrations for so long that it’s about time this changed.

Research shows that providing they are not too girlie, men adore getting favors at weddings and brides who are already adopting this idea are finding it very well received by all their guests.

Even in terms of the table settings, by giving every guest a favor it adds uniformity to the reception tables and at the same time makes all your guests feel special, which they are!

So, what should you favor your male guests with? Is there a particular favor to give? Well, there is no set favor to give a male guest especially and as it is a very modern idea, the possibilities are endless!

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Chocolate in any form is always a winner; whether it is personalized, heartshaped, on a lollipop, in a box, on a plaque, in a box or in a bag, most guests don’t seem to mind what format it takes as long as it is plentiful!!!

Wine wedding favors also qualify as excellent choices. These may be bottle openers, corkscrews, bottle stoppers, wine sets, wine charms, coasters etc.

Personalized matchbooks are also a great choice for your male guests.

An increasingly popular choice is also the alcoholic miniature; these can be personalized too and look great at place settings. Don’t expect these to be the kind of favor that ends up going home with your guests, they are guaranteed to be consumed there and then!!!

Tuxedo Shaped Boxes and Top Hat shaped boxes are also an excellent idea as these can be filled with your choice of confectionery or, if you want to go for something a little different, why not go for a lottery ticket?

Favors such as these are guaranteed to raise a smile!

Whatever your choice of favor on your big day, just spare a thought for those male guests who more often than not, leave weddings empty-handed. Splash out on gifts for your male guests and you’ll be so glad you did!

Visit the following Favor companies for more “male-friendly” favor ideas CLICK HERE

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Fun New Traditions – Groom’s Cake

By: John Newcomb

What were they thinking?

Reeves Cake Shop

That’s probably your first thought when you heard of a wedding with a groom’s cake. “A groom’s cake? Really?”

You can’t really be blamed, though. Most of us have grown up with the idea that a wedding is the bride’s day – a day when the groom just has to show up, stand in the background with his buddies, and let the bride be the center of attention.

All that is changing these days, however. The modern groom cares as much about the wedding as the bride, and wouldn’t want to be less involved in it than her. The idea of the groom’s cake, thus, doesn’t seem that alien after all.

Kathy's Cakery

What’s interesting is that the groom’s cake is actually a centuries old tradition. Down south, the groom’s cake was a regular part of wedding ceremonies – a tradition that lasted well until the 1950s, after which it slowly went out of fashion.

But like everything retro, it too is making a comeback (and thankfully so!). A groom’s cake can be a nice, unique touch to your wedding. It can make the ceremony, shall we say, a little bit more unique.

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Rather than doing what everyone else does (boring white wedding, the same old cake, the same flowers, etc.), why not spice it up a bit with a large wedding cake (as per the bride’s directions), and a smaller, more “fun” groom’s cake. Usually, the groom’s cake is built around the groom (duh!), and reflects his interests or hobbies. If the groom is big on football, a cake shaped like a football helmet would be wonderful. If he’s into music, why not get a cake shaped like an electric guitar?

Little touches like these can really add tons of color to your wedding and make it all the more memorable. Besides, who wouldn’t want to eat a gigantic electric guitar shaped groom’s cake?

Interested in having a Groom’s cake at your wedding? Contact any of our fine Wedding Cake vendors for more information – Akron/Cleveland Bakeries

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Ice Sculptures – The “Coolest” Decoration for Your Wedding

We have all seen those crystal-clear, intricately carved ice statues at weddings and corporate events. Although they might shout “rich and famous,” they are a good deal more affordable than you might expect. For your next event, select an ice sculpting company that can translate your ideas into frozen works of art.

Step 1

Decide when you need the ice sculpture. Whether a company can make your ice sculpture depends on the day and time that you need it. Some companies will take next-day orders while others will require you to order up to a month in advance.

Step 2

Find out whether your banquet facility has a preferred vendor before you start your search. The venue might require that you hire its preferred ice carver instead of finding one on your own.

Step 3

Choose a company that includes everything that you need to display your ice sculpture. This should include delivery and setup, a tray to hold it in, a hose for drainage, lights to show off the detail and perhaps some greenery or flowers for around the base of the sculpture.

Step 4

Select an ice sculpting company that can create a unique statue or centerpiece for you. If you are going for a traditional shape such as a heart, wedding bells or a swan, then using an ice mold might be okay with you. However, there are plenty of skilled artists who sculpt custom designs. If you want something unique or personalized, find a company that can do that for you.

Step 5
Order through a company you can afford. You might have thousands of dollars to spend on an ice bar, or you might just want an ice punch bowl. Improved transportation methods have lowered the price on ice sculptures so that you can now get more for your money than in the past.

Tips & Warnings
  • Ice sculptures are not limited to weddings. You can also select sculpting for your anniversary party, birthday party or corporate holiday gathering.
  • Most studios will provide you with a tour of their facilities before you sign a contract with them.
  • Speak with the venue where you are having your ice displayed. They need to know what type of linens to provide and they will also need to set up a table that will hold the weight of the ice–often 200 pounds or more.
  • Ask the person who makes your sculpture how long it should last. Depending on the size and detail, sculptures can last anywhere from three to eight hours.
Information courtesy of eHow.com
Photos courtesy of BCR Studios
Ice sculptures by Elegant Ice Creations

Today’s Bride Announces 2010-2011 Bridal Show Schedule

CLEVELAND OCTOBER 2010 SHOW
Sun, Oct 17, 2010
Embassy Suites, Independence
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, OH
Doors Open:  10am – 4pm
Fashion Shows: 11:30am, 1:00pm, & 2:30pm

AKRON/CANTON OCTOBER 2010 SHOW
Sun, Oct. 24, 2010
Sheraton Suites
1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Doors open: 10 – 4pm.
Fashion Shows: 11:30am, 1:00pm, & 2:30pm

Each event has OVER 80 Exhibitors, Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Battle of the Grooms, Make-Over Bride, Prizes, Discounts, and Giveaways!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last)
$10 Admission.  Purchase Tickets online at http://www.todaysbride.com at 50% off!

AKRON/CANTON JANUARY 2011 SHOW
Sun, January 9, 2011
John S. Knight Center, Akron, OH
77 E. Mill St., Akron, OH
Doors open: 10 – 5pm.

Fashion Shows: 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm, American Commodore Tuxedo Dancers, latest fashions in Bridal gowns, Veils, Mother-of dresses, Bridesmaids dresses and more!

Over 150 Wedding Professionals to help you plan your BIG day!  Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Gallery of Reception Table Ideas, Gallery of Wedding Cakes, Portrait Gallery, Prizes, Discounts, and so much more!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last).
$10 admission.  Purchase tickets at 50% off by registering at www.todaysbride.com

CLEVELAND JANUARY 2010 SHOW – Now 2 Days!
Sat. & Sun, January 15 & 16, 2011
I-X Center, Cleveland, OH
One I-X Center Dr., Cleveland, OH
Doors open: 1/16/11 from 4-8pm
1/15/11 from 10 – 5pm.

Fashion Shows on Sunday:  11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm, American Commodore Tuxedo Dancers, latest fashions in Bridal gowns, Veils, Mother-of dresses, Bridesmaids dresses and more!

Over 200 Wedding Professionals to help you plan your BIG day!  Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Gallery of Reception Table Ideas, Gallery of Wedding Cakes, Portrait Gallery, Prizes, Discounts, and so much more!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last)
$8 parking, $10 Admission. Purchase Tickets at 50% off online at www.todaysbride.com.

Experienced Wedding Planner Can Save You Valuable Time & Money

An Experienced Wedding Planner Can Save You Valuable Time & Money, All the While Making Your Dreams Come True

As couples begin thinking about their wedding, they are often overwhelmed deciding how much to spend, where to obtain specialized services, and how to choose vendors. These worries can mount as quickly as the cost of the wedding does. And after the euphoria wears off and the reality settles in, it’s shocking to discover of how much preparation is involved in planning a wedding.

Faced with decisions about everything from invitation wording to planning their honeymoon, combined with full-time careers and limited time to devote to planning details, couples often find they want the help of a professional wedding planner.

Not long ago, a wedding coordinator was thought of as a luxury, only considered practical for couples with unlimited budgets. Now wedding planners are nearly essential to a well planned affair, having become indispensable today to many brides and grooms who find their services well worth the investment.

A wedding consultant guides you through the planning process and the wedding day itself, assisting in whatever capacity you need. He or she can help you refine your ideas, connect you to the appropriate vendors, advise you on proper etiquette, and suggest ways to use your budget wisely.

Read more about Wedding Consultants and Planners HERE

For a list of wedding planners & consultants in the Greater Cleveland and Akron/Canton areas, visit our website

Brides-to-be…What to do After the Bridal Show

Ok, so you went to the bridal show and talked to a lot of people, picked up a lot of literature, saw great fashions shows with the latest in wedding and bridesmaid gown design, awesome wedding cake ideas and so much that you are getting dizzy.  Hold on!  We made it happen, we will help you through it!  Great organization, follow through and planning can turn piles of brochures into a well thought out and perfect wedding day. 

1) Dump & Categorize

Dump your bag out and separate the brochures by category; DJs, cake companies, photographers, bands/live music, flowers, reception halls, etc.  Once you’ve done that, take each pile and pull out the company, or companies,  you actually had the opportunity to talk to.  These will be the first people to review.  From that group, chose one to three companies from each category, paying attention to any coupon or show pricing deadlines, that made the biggest impression on you when you spoke, i.e. personality of the representative, overall look of their booth – samples, photos, etc – and any offers they presented.  These will be the first people you want to consider for your wedding.

2) Contact them

Now that you’ve narrowed it down, the next step is to contact them and set up an appointment to talk about what you’re looking for, what your budget is for that particular service, availability on your date, etc.  The one thing we do not recommend is just calling up a company and asking what they charge.  That doesn’t give you a true idea of what that company can offer you.  Here’s something to think about, just because a company may LOOK expensive, i.e. high quality ads, brochures, booth displays, etc. doesn’t mean they are expensive, that they aren’t willing to work within your budget.  You’d be surprised how many companies can offer you their best work and still won’t break the bank.  Give them a chance. 

3)Research what you need to ask

After you set the appointment, print out  a copy of our wedding
planner  http://www.todaysbrideonline.com/planning_tools.phtml.  It contains great information and just about every question you should ask.   You may want to check out their website too.  Many companies will list their services and possibly a price list.  But don’t let that be the end of your research.  A true measure of a company is not necessarily what they look like online or what their brochure look like, it’s the people and how they interact with you.  Which brings us to the next step…

3)Get to know them personally

While talking with the vendor, make sure everything they will do for you will be written in the contract and that every aspect is covered.  Yes, they know what they need to do, but you need to know too!  They do this for a living and it’s second nature to them.  What you might assume will be included, often times is not and could be an issue later on down the line.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask for it in writing!

4)  Time to Make a Choice

You’ve “interviewed” your top choices. Now comes the hard part, choosing that one company that will make your day perfect.  Review all of the information you collected when you spoke.  Take into consideration the personality of the person you spoke to, the atmosphere of where you met, any testimonials or recommendations from others that have used their service, etc and the choice should be obvious.

5) File It Away

Once you have made your final decisions and booked your wedding professionals, don’t throw away your research!  File it away for a future use.  You never know when you’ll need the services of a company you talked to or received literature from but didn’t use. 

Your wedding day is the most important day of your life and the companies you choose to help you celebrate play a big role in making it perfect.  Follow your heart, after all, it brought you to this point and hasn’t been wrong yet.