Hello Productions

Pittsburgh Wedding and Event Planners

Ditch the favors… and bring on the Swag! October 16, 2017

Chocolate, bubbles, candles, and even butter spreaders… the list doesn’t stop there! Way too often, couples spend tons of cash on wedding favors that are either eaten on the spot or stashed in a drawer. We would like to introduce to you “The Swag Bag.” Filled with useful and fun accoutrements, this welcome bag can include a variety of items to make your guests feel right at home as they travel for your big day!

Start simple… select your carrier.

  • To stay basic and budget-friendly, go with a kraft paper gift bag. Each bag is less than $0.10 when bought in bulk. You can add ribbon, custom calligraphy, or a fun label to go with your wedding theme.
  • Keep it Green with a reusable tote! A bit pricier at $3 a tote, guests can reuse so it’s worth the fee. Go wild on Etsy with custom printed totes for around $6 a tote.
  • Above and beyond… enter the wooden box! This small token will surely wow your guests. Wrapped in a silk bow, it is the perfect sentiment for your friends and family. These little guys start at $7 a box.

blog1

Now… let’s fill it with awesome goodies!

  • Stay hydrated! Your guests are just arriving from a long day of travel. Bottled water is key (or a sports drink for an extra boost!) If you want to upgrade, pack a mini bottle of champagne!
  • Snack attack! Light treats are perfect for guests staying in a hotel. From an apple to peanut butter crackers, a small assortment will save them from getting ‘hangry.’
  • Get minty! This is for the wedding day. Mints and gum are lifesavers for guests to slip in their pockets… or beautifully beaded clutch.
  • Custom touch! Incorporate maps and trinkets from your hometown so guests learn a little more about the bride & groom. Popcorn from your first movie date. Your favorite candy bars. The latest issue of your city’s tourist magazine.
  • Where to go and what to do! Add a weekend itinerary for your guests. Not only should you include the ceremony and reception times/locations, but guests will appreciate a list of local museums, coffee shops, and things to do around the city!

 

Two Hello Couple Swag bags!

Jessica & Phil – J&P’s guest list was made up of mostly out-of-towners. Introducing everyone to The Burgh, they included a postcard of their fine city as well as the native language… ‘Pittsburgh-ese. They also included the famous Clark Bar, apples and oranges for breakfast, and a bottle of bubbly!

blog2

Lauren & Reid – To show off their Harvard pride, L&R included #crimwin koozies, Capecod Chips and personalized bottle openers. The groom, from Texas, incorporated his favorite Lonestar brew while the Burgh bride added a mini Smiley Cookie from Pittsburgh’s own Eat’n Park. Guests loved the goodies, which were all wrapped up in a custom calligraphy gift bag!

blog3

Your guests will thank you for welcoming them with such wonderful goodies to enjoy. Swag Bags range from $8-20 per bag. Whether you keep it basic or go above and beyond, it is a great touch that will always be appreciated.

Blog by Hello Productions Intern: Caylyn Oliver

 

Advertisements
 

Our 5 Favorite “Getting Ready” Photos September 25, 2017

***Photos courtesy of Leeann Marie Photography, Joey Kennedy Photography, and Dawn Derbyshire Photography

 

Some of the most precious moments happen while you and your bridal party are getting ready for your wedding day. Here are our 5 favorite photo moments to capture on the morning of your special day!

 

1)   Accessories, please!

Considering the time and energy you’ve put into selecting the perfect accessories for your big day, it only makes sense to photograph them! We love photos of the bride’s jewelry, shoes, nails, and even the garter!

 

For an elegant backdrop in your jewelry photos, bring a decorative tray with you! This monogrammed jewelry tray available on Etsy is perfect. https://www.etsy.com/listing/506143131/monogrammed-acrylic-tray-jewelry-dish?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=jewelry%20tray&ref=sc_gallery_1&plkey=6fe41db62fb87725b4c7f834714e98b320ffcc02:506143131

 

 

2)    Pop… Fizz… Clink!

Enjoy some time with your bridesmaids by popping mini bottles of champagne in cute matching satin robes or even PJ’s! Trust us, the photos will be adorable.

 

 

3)    The DRESS

Your dress deserves a spotlight of its own – at least for a minute! For photos of your dress, be sure to have a large window or another well-lit backdrop.

 

Pro Tip! Buy a customized wooden hanger for polished photos of your exceptional gown. This customized hanger (available on Etsy) is chic and classic. https://www.etsy.com/listing/111274165/wedding-hanger-bridal-hanger-with-date?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=customized%20gown%20hanger&ref=sr_gallery_1

 

4)    Strike a Pose

Recreating some of your “getting ready” moments for your photographer can make for the most precious photos. While you are putting on your dress or fastening your necklace, take a minute to pose!

 

Pro Tip! Schedule your photographer’s arrival to coincide with the start of your eye makeup. Capturing your base makeup isn’t too exciting.

 

5)    Guaranteed Tear-Jerkers

Who doesn’t gush over a photo of a father helping his son tie his tie on his wedding day?  Or a photo of the flower girl gazing up at the bride and her dress? Here are some of our favorite gushy getting ready moments:

 

 

Hello Takes The Pittsburgh Wedding Network Challenge March 6, 2016

Filed under: Hello Faves — Hello Productions @ 1:48 pm

Recently, Natasha and Kim, two of our Hello team members, took the Whirl Pittsburgh Wedding Network Challenge in the heart of Southside Works in DeStefino Beauty Bar! They chatted with so many fun and creative vendors and got to dish on everything WEDDING — invites, flowers, chocolate, murals, photography, apparel, hair and makeup, and so much more… not to mention champagne was flowing!!

 

Here are a list of vendors that participated and some photos from the very talented Lavender Leigh Photography. Enjoy!

 

Vendors:
WHIRL Magazine (whirlmagazine.com)
DeStefino Beauty Bar (destefinobeautybar.com)
Diva Gone Domestic (divagonedomestic.com)
Stems By Syd (www.stemsbysyd.com)
Burgh Brides (burghbrides.com)
Lavender Leigh Photography (www.lavenderleighphotography.com)
NECK & TIE co (www.neckandtieco.com)
Mixed With Love Cake & Cookie Co. (www.mixedwithlovecc.com)
A Little Guilty (alittleguilty.com)
A519 Chocolate (www.a519chocolate.com)
PA Brew Tours (www.pghtoursandmore.net)

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Hello’s Favorite Things 6.19.15 June 19, 2015

Filed under: Hello Faves — Hello Productions @ 10:19 am
Tags: , , , ,

fave things pic template
 

1.) How cute are these printable straw flag place cards? Almost as cute as the ombre meringue parfait deserts! Find both at WeddingChicks.com!

 

2.) We love this honeycomb wall idea and think it would be a fun pattern to use in your home or to theme your next event!

 

3.) For all you DIY-ers out there, we love this collection of the 50 Best Fonts for Wedding Invitations from Snippet & Ink!

 

4.) Looking to add some bling to your wedding dress? Add a shoulder accessory like this one from the Etsy.

 

5.) If you’re looking for something unique for your wedding (or next event), keep an eye on Pittsburgh’s new artisanal wedding Website and blog, Hitchburgh. They focus on local small businesses with unique and custom ideas for brides!

 

Hello’s Favorite Things 5.1.15 May 1, 2015

Filed under: Hello Faves — Hello Productions @ 8:42 am
Tags: , , ,

Here are just a few of the things we’re loving this week …

 

1.) This color combination – especially the hot pink and teal! (Source: http://www.afloral.com)

afloral
 

2.) These cute printable coupons for the special mom in your life – click on the photo to download! (Source: https://brightnest.com)

content_mom_day_coupons_preview_image
 

3.) This adorable starfish headpiece for a beach-inspired wedding (bride or flower girl!) (Source: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeSomethingNew)

il_570xN.727335833_b2gv
 

4.) These bridesmaid “prep kits” to ensure preparation and fun! (Source: http://www.minted.com)

wedding-ideas-creative-ways-to-say-thank-you-2
 

5.) Looking for a really unique font for your event or wedding invitations? We love Creative Market’s selection! p.s. Sign up for their weekly newsletter for free downloadable items every week! (https://creativemarket.com/fonts)

creative market font collection

 

Hello’s Favorite Things 3.29.15 March 29, 2015

fave things collection 3.29

1.) Looking for a fun wedding guest book idea? We love this Mason Jar of Hearts Guest Book by Etsy’s Strangely Yours shop.

 

2.) Need a wedding gift for a couple who loves the outdoors? Check out Ranger Doug’s collection of National Park posters!
 

3.) This Chambord Margarita recipe is a fruity twist on a classic! In case it’s new to you, Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur.

 

4.) Ask your bridesmaids with these cute Will You Be My Bridesmaid? Balloon Messages from Etsy’s Saturday I’m In Love shop.
 

5.) With the help of an expert tailor, the Stella Valle Sisters transformed one wedding dress into another’s dream wedding gown!