Full of plaid, woodsy, rustic decor, and an amazing hot chocolate bar, this baby shower was amazing! Our Coordinator, Natasha Learn, brought in fresh winter greenery, birch logs and faux-fur to create the ultimate, warm and inviting winter baby shower theme for this mom-to-be. The baby shower was hosted at the New Castle Country Club and they also provided the freshly cooked breakfast buffet that was simply delicious. From a fresh made omelet station to the best crispy breakfast potatoes, the food was spectacular. For games and prizes, Natasha decided the guests would enjoy “Name That Baby” the guests answered the baby name for each animal listed. Along with this game, she created a “Marshmallow Guess Game” for the guests to guess the number of marshmallows in the jar, the person with the closest guess won a prize. For favors, plaid onesie, bear and monogram cookies baked by Little Lovies Cookies were at each place setting. Not only were the cookies adorable – they were tasty! This shower was exactly what the expecting mama wanted and beyond perfect for the time of year.
We are weighing in on the age old question: if the party favor is a must. Giving your guests party favors at your wedding or special event is a generous gesture, however, it is not necessary. Favors can add up to a lot of money and it could possibly be something your guests might not even want. But of course, if you have favors in mind that are cohesive with the theme of your event, unique, or something your guests will cherish forever – then you should do it! If you decide that a typical favor is not something you want for your event, think of the favor more like a souvenir or even a post-event snack that everyone will enjoy. Here are our top 5 picks of alternative favor ideas from some of our local Pittsburgh vendors.
There is no better memory than those caught in a moment on camera. Whether picture perfect or silly and fun, a photo strip of your guests is something everyone will love and keep forever. Love a little retro and vintage? Check out this unique vendor, Pittsburgh Camper Booth. A vintage retro photo booth on wheels!
Donuts or Breakfast
After a long night of dancing and celebration, everyone always wakes up hungry! Wrap up a donut, fresh scone or pastry by Oakmont Bakery for your guests the next morning.
Caricature Art makes for a fun and exciting take-home favor. This is always a hit at every event, your guests will be talking about it for weeks! Call The Pittsburgh Caricature Co. to book your premier caricature studio for your next event.
Who wouldn’t want to exit a wedding venue and find fresh, gourmet waffles as their parting gift? Have your guests leave your event with an unexpected and delectable treat by The Waffler Truck.
Instead of purchasing your typical monogram napkins or paper coasters, why not get creative with calligraphy by Gardner Ann’s by Katie Harbison. The coasters don’t have to have the event date for your guests to remember they received it on your special day. This is something your guests will keep forever and use often.
Hooray – You’re Engaged! Now What? January 8, 2017
He popped the question and you said YES! Now you are engaged – congratulations! There are so many things to think about, but don’t get overwhelmed! Here is what to do next.
Call your parents, siblings, family and best friends:
Don’t let your family and best friends find out on social media. Give them the honor of hearing the fantastic news first. Don’t hesitate to get creative with a mock save-the-date, unique photo of the location where you were engaged, surprise them with a facetime call for a first-time look at your new ring, or better yet, surprise them in person so you can witness their priceless reaction!
Photo from theknot.com
Make sure your nails are on point:
Your hands will be in the spotlight for quite a while! So be confident and show off that ring with a brand new manicure.
Photo from brides.com
Get your ring appraised and insured:
This might not be one of the most exciting things about the engagement or one of the first things you think about, but it could seriously save you (especially him!) in the long run. Ring insurance can be purchased as an extension of your renters or homeowners policy. Another option is to insure your ring through a company that specializes in jewelers insurance.
Photo from brides.com
Get your ring resized:
Your new ring might fit like a glove or it might be slipping right off of your finger. If it is not a snug fit, make sure you go to a jeweler ASAP to get your ring sized to fit you correctly. If not, you might be utilizing your ring insurance sooner than you thought!
Photos from everafterguide.com
Start thinking about a potential date and set your budget:
Wedding venues get booked far in advance so it is wise to set a date as soon as possible. Plus, everyone will be asking if you set a date, so you will be prepared with an answer! Also, think about the kind of wedding you want to have and crunch some numbers to set the budget for your wedding day.
Photos from marthastewartweddings.com
Have an engagement party:
People will want to congratulate you and your fiance on the engagement. This is a great time to introduce family members who haven’t met and will be seeing a lot of each other during all of the wedding festivities. The engagement party should be held within a few months of the proposal.
Photo from weddingpaperdivas.com
Go on a date night and have fun:
Relax, spend time with each other and remember why you got engaged in the first place! Enjoy every moment of your engagement and the exciting feeling of calling your man your fiance! Embrace the moment of being engaged before all of the planning begins. When you are ready to start planning, don’t forget to call us at Hello Productions to help you plan your dream wedding day from beginning to end!
Photo from marieclaire.com
Wedding Keepsakes: Remembering the Feeling September 7, 2016
Your wedding is a big day filled with big moments! How to remember those moments can feel overwhelming, so we are here to provide some advice. Check out four ways to lock in those special moments for years to come.
First Look: Capturing the Moment
Brides have told us that one of their favorite wedding day moments is seeing their groom’s reaction for the first time. Seeing your dress and veil. Sharing an intimate kiss. Wiping away a small tear. These are perfect reasons why you should schedule your photographer during this moment. To take it one step further, hire a videographer to capture footage of both parties getting ready, then finishing with the moment of the reveal. This gives the other person an inside look at what the other did to get ready and their emotions in the process.
Photo from onewed.com
Saying “I Do”: Remembering Your Wedding Vows
Your vows are the promises you are making to your partner, so having a way to remember your words is a reminder of your love for each other. Framing these vows in a beautiful script is a great way to showcase a unique part of your wedding day in your home. Thinking outside the box? Frame the actual sound byte of your “I do” and make it into a picture.
Photos from wedpics.com and swannsoirees.com
Tossing the Bouquet: Preserving Your Flowers
Your bridal bouquet is as important as your bridal gown. It’s perfectly crafted to fit your frame, style, and vibe! There are many different ways to remember the flowers that kept your day fresh – shadowboxes and bell jars are ways to preserve the actual flowers, while artistic renditions can be commissioned to capture the beauty of your bouquet.
Photos from stylemepretty.com and letsgetweddy.com
First Toast: Celebrating with Champagne
Wedding toasts are a long standing tradition, and they give friends and family a chance to express their love and wishes for the bride and groom. One way to remember the champagne toast is to use the corks in a 3D art project. You could also incorporate your guests and celebrate in the years to come by having guests sign anniversary champagne bottles! One year, five years, 10 years down the road… you can toast to the memories of your wedding day with a bottle of bubbly!
Pictures from pinterest.com and Hello Productions
Cutting-Edge Wedding Decor Trend That’s a Gem June 28, 2016
WOW, Look at that Rock! (And No, Not the One on your Finger)
Looking for something bold yet classic? Colorful yet simple? Natural yet elegant? This new trend is on the cutting-edge of wedding decor – literally. Agates and geodes are specialty cut stones, sliced and shined to reveal their natural beauty. As it turns out, they fit right into weddings.
Here are six ways to incorporate these glamorous gems into your wedding design.
Invitations: Set the tone of your event with an agate inspired invitation! By establishing this bold style in the invitation, guests will be sure to remember this theme and take note of similar elements throughout the day.
Escort Cards and Table Numbers: Grab your gold paint pen and welcome guests with a personalized agate favor! Table numbers can be inscribed on the front or back of these escort cards to indicate seating arrangements. Color coding is also an option – encourage guests to find their seats by matching their escort “rock” to the color of their table number!
Eating and Dining: Agates can play as sweet accents when it comes to decorating dinnerware! Larger, circular stones can be used as charger plates while smaller cuts can accent napkin holders or just stand alone details.
Tasty Treats: So the agates are NOT edible, but they make any dessert sparkle! The natural pop of color adds a beautiful touch to a simple frosted cake or cupcake.
Room Decor: Desiring more drama? Hang agates from the ceiling for an “enchanted garden” look. Roll out an agate-inspired cloth as a textured table runner. Make a statement with an agate backdrop for an amazing and totally unique look!
Rings and Keepsakes: These pieces truly are timeless. Pick your favorite colors and styles to feature your rings and other keepsakes. Not only can you use them in your wedding, but they can be taken home and used as interior decorations that will forever remind you of your special day!
Our Top 5 Favorite Wedding Dress Trends of 2016 May 1, 2016
1. Halter Necklines
We’re seeing this trend everywhere! If you’re looking for a dress that makes a statement, a halter neckline may be for you.
2. Plunge Necklines
If the halter isn’t your style, try going the opposite direction with a plunging neckline! This neckline is another great way to stand out in the crowd with a sexy, yet elegant look.
3. Details, details, details!
Every aspect of the wedding planning process requires attention to detail, why stop at the dress? Whether it’s lace, florals, pearls, or jewels, wedding dresses with some extra detail will keep all eyes on you!
4. Casual Elegance
Simplicity is often the key to elegance. A non-traditional, casual wedding dress is perfect for a garden, beach, or even backyard wedding and will keep you feeling beautiful and comfortable.
5. Touch of Color
For a bride who is looking to stray from tradition in a bold and tasteful way, wedding dresses with hints of color are a huge trend on the rise.
Hello Celia Millard!
Spring Intern 2016
Celia Millard is a student in her junior year at the University of Pittsburgh working towards a degree in Communication & Rhetoric with a certificate in Public & Professional Writing. In hopes of pursuing a career in public relations or event planning, Celia is excited to join the Hello Productions team as the Spring 2016 intern under Natasha Brody.
In her free time, Celia explores new passions in photography and filmmaking. She enjoys capturing the beauty Pittsburgh has to offer with photos of landscapes and everyday life, and also creates candid videography of her friends and family. On the weekends, Celia likes to eat, shop, and see movies with her friends or visit her home in Harrisburg, PA to spend time with her parents, her sister Olivia, and her dogs Charlie and Annabelle.
Hello Takes The Pittsburgh Wedding Network Challenge March 6, 2016
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!
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)