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I have enjoyed getting to know these two ladies more over the past year. They always have a beautiful smile and are ready to work and have fun! They helped us with a recent styled photo shoot and were so wonderful to work with.

When and how did Elegant Whims start working with weddings?
Cousins, Patti & Melinda grew up playing dress up, Barbie’s and with their baby dolls.  One day bored with all that, they created a make believe business, “Bills Incorporated”.  At the ages of 8 & 6 they vowed to one day own their own business together.  Fast forward to 2012 when Elegant Whims was born.  They started the business creating custom designed, wedding accessories.  They both felt this was not fulfilling the dream business they envisioned.   Being a wedding planner was always in the back of both their minds, as they had enjoyed planning many weddings and events.    In 2013 they traveled to Orlando Florida to become Certified Wedding Planners through the Bridal Society.

Why do you all like being involved in weddings? 
As Wedding Planners we meet with many clients who are overwhelmed with the idea of planning a wedding.   Watching these clients relax and smile as we chat about the details that our packages cover, is one of the reasons we love weddings.  Researching, matching vendors to our clients, designing layouts and table décor, putting together timelines and the wedding day look makes this our dream job.

How long have you been in business? Where are you located?
Patti was asked the other day if she realized her cell phone area code was in Northeast OH,   “Why yes” she replied “and it is memorable, isn’t it”.  True she kept her old phone number, but no worries,  Elegant Whims is based in Maineville, OH.  Always happy to travel.

What is your favorite part of a wedding? 
There are so many wonderful parts of a Wedding……       

Patti’s favorite:  I love to watch the Groom as his Bride comes toward him.   This is probably because I have 2 sons; I am more focused on their reaction than the Bride’s.

Melinda’s favorite:  The excitement build up in the Bride & Attendants’ room and also in with the Groom and Groomsmen.

Where do you and your team go for inspiration?
Inspiration comes from many sources, our family traditions, blogs, websites, magazines and many networking sites.

What are your favorite upcoming trends? 
One of our favorite upcoming trends is the Gatsby look with its elegance and sophistication. The décor of this era include pearls, opulent floral centerpieces and a touch of glitz added in.  Bridal gowns shown in a 20’s romantic style add to the debonair look of the groom’s fitted tux with a shawl collar.

Do you have any new favorite products or services?
Elegant Whims is thrilled to offer a new package for those couples that want to plan their wedding, but are unsure where to start. The “You Said Yes” package is priced at $700.

What is one thing you wish brides knew while planning a wedding? Or what is one thing you wish brides new about hiring a wedding planner?
Our wish is that couples understand the value of hiring a Wedding Planner and everything that Elegant Whims offers their clients.     

Anything else you want to share with us?
Read what our clients say about their Elegant Whims experience.   Call today and schedule a Free 30 minute consultation. 
Get to know us at
www.elegantwhims.com
We invite you to “like” us at www.facebook.com/elegantwhims
Don’t miss Tips & Trends with Elegant Whims at www.elegant.wordpress.com
Keep up with all the fun at www.pinterest.com/elegantwhims

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Fall weddings are so inspiring! And when you have a great couple who doesn’t mind having fun in Ault Park with their bridal party – it’s a great day! St. Aloysius Chapel and 20th Century Theatre were wonderful locations for their celebration!

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Whenever we need linens for a party or photo shoot we call Prime Time Party Rental. They have an amazing selection of décor items and really know how to make a statement! Plus their advice for matching styles and colors is very helpful. And if you need a little inspiration – check out their gorgeous show room. Thank you to Jennifer for taking the time to answer a few questions so we could highlight this local favorite! 

When and how did Prime Time start working with weddings?
Prime Time Party Rental came to be in 1997, when the owner had a mishap with his own wedding.  On his wedding day, all the items that they had rented for their wedding were wrong, damaged or dirty.  When he and his bride-to-be called the rental company to see if they could fix things, they were basically told ‘too bad.’  After going through that stress, he knew that their had to be a better way.  He started Prime Time Party Rental so that other couples didn’t have to go through the ordeal he and his wife did on their wedding day.

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How long have you been in business? Where are you located?
Prime Time started with just 3 employees, 5,000 square feet of space and 1 delivery truck in 1997.  Today, Prime Time has a year round staff of over 60 people and a seasonal staff that expands to over 100 employees to handle the busy demands of the summer event season.  Our new showroom and warehouse is over 100,000 square feet and features a 15,000 square foot showroom where clients can see all of our inventory on display.  The new location is right off of I-75 at the West Carrollton exit and is located at 5225 N. Springboro Pike.

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What is your favorite part of a wedding?
We work with clients all throughout their planning process from finalizing their color palette to designing tablescapes or tent layouts.  Depending upon the event, that process can be several weeks, months or even a year.  The most satisfying part of the process is seeing it all come together at the end.  Its wonderful knowing that all that hard work has paid off and that couple’s vision for their dream day became a reality.

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Where do you and your team go for inspiration?
We pay a lot of attention to industry trends and have a multitude of resources to keep us up to date.  We attend numerous special event shows, trade shows and markets all over the country.  By traveling, this helps us see trends that are emerging nationally and not just regionally.  We also follow many blogs and Pinterest boards like The Perfect Palette and Style Me Pretty.  We also get a lot of inspiration from our clients.  No two events are ever alike, and we love seeing the infinite ways they use our inventory to create their events.

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What are your favorite upcoming trends?
We are loving the Boho Chic and Rustic Lux trends that are starting to emerge.  Both looks use a multitude of color palettes, textures and finishes to create looks that are the ‘matchy-matchy’ weddings typically seen.  Boho Chic is definitely not afraid of color or pattern and can be glam or casual.  Rustic Lux is a fusion of nature and a little glamour.  Think birch branches in gold vases or burlap mixed with sequins.

Be prepared to see a lot of vivid colors and pattern this year as well.  After having blush muted tones around for the last two years, bold color palettes will be back soon!

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Do you have any new favorite products?
Prime Time adds new products throughout the year so the best place to see the new inventory is on our social media.  We have added new linens this year that reflect the up and coming trends of texture and pattern.  We have also added new gold and silver mercury glass vases and candle holders that work with so many different event themes.  We also have some new event lighting that will look amazing with our lounge furniture or in tents…but you will have to stay tuned for that.
 

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What is one thing you wish brides knew while planning a wedding? Or what is one thing you wish brides new about rentals?
Here are a couple of pointers that will help make the event rental process easier!

1. When you come in to place your order, we will need the following information:

     -The name of your venue, event date, and your estimated guest list number

     -What size tables does your venue have: 6, 5, 4 or 3 foot round tables or 6 or 8 foot banquet tables

     -Don’t forget to include linens for: cake table, gift table, buffet or dessert bar and DJ.

     -Double check with your caterer/venue to see what linens, china, flatware and barware they provide and what you would need to get from Prime Time

2. While we have a BIG inventory, it is not infinite.  In season, we do 200-250 events per week, which means we do sell out.  When placing your order, we highly recommend that you reserve more than what you think you will need.  That way those items are reserved for you.  Two weeks prior to your event, when all of our RSVPs have been returned, you can lower your reservation number without incurring any additional charges.

Prime Time Party Rental
www.primetimepartyrental.com
937.296.9262
513.504-9611
Facebook.com/PrimeTimePR
Twitter.com/PrimeTimeRental
Instagram.com/PrimeTimePartyRental
Pinterest.com/PrimeTimePR
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You can plan all of the details, like the food, flowers, entertainment and photography, for the wedding day. One thing you can’t always depend on is mother nature. She can throw you a curveball days or hours before your wedding. If your ceremony is taking place outside, that requires quick strategic thinking.
‘Imagine yourself as one of your guests,’ says Kathy Piech-Lukas of Your Dream Day. Would you want to sit in a chair outside in the cold, wind and rain for 30-45 minutes? ‘I certainly wouldn’t, and neither do your guests.’

Kathy had this scenario not once — but twice — last fall. In both instances, it was 50 degrees with light drizzle and 15 mph winds. In both instances, neither bride wanted to move the ceremony indoors. Luckily, she had warning in the few days leading up to the wedding that the weather might not cooperate for the outdoor ceremonies. To prepare, she had the clients purchase small throw blankets, which cost around $3 each at Wal-Mart, to put on every third chair. As guests arrived, they were escorted to an indoor welcome reception which served water, iced tea, coffee, and the open bar. They stayed there until ten minutes before we were to begin the ceremony outdoors. By the time everyone found their seat, it was time to begin the ceremony, which lasted 15 minutes. As guests left the ceremony area after the nuptials were done, Kathy’s ‘dream team’ (as she calls them) collected the blankets and folded them up for the family to take home later that evening.
Guest feedback was positive — she says that, ironically, she didn’t have one complaint about the weather. Guests thought the blankets were a great touch, and they were pleased that the couple kept their comfort in mind and that they thought to do that for them. Kathy also thought that because guests were able to relax beforehand, they weren’t in a state of mind to complain about the weather. Both welcome receptions cost the couple less than $100 combined — very few guests wanted alcoholic beverages before the ceremony! Most wanted coffee and tea to warm up. One father of the bride said the blankets and welcome reception ‘was some of the best money he spent that day because it set the tone for the rest of the event.’

It is always a good idea to have a ‘plan B’ for your outdoor ceremony ready to go, but you can also make slight accommodations with early planning to still keep it outdoors. Other ideas? Hand and feet warmers for your guests, umbrellas, or special heel covers for the ladies’ shoes. (Moist grass and ground mean shoes with heels will sink into the ground. Depending on the style of chair, it too can sink into the ground if it is too moist.) Under no circumstances should you have an outdoor ceremony during a thunderstorm or tornado — postpone the ceremony until it passes, or have it in the same room you will have the reception. Weather.com has a great app that can show you within 10 minutes of what the weather will be like on the wedding day as far as 12 hours in advance.

If you need a wedding planner be sure to contact Kathy, she is wonderful!

Kathy Piech-Lukas
Your Dream Day
www.yourdreamday.com

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