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A Popular Question When Planning Events: Party Favors or No Party Favors? February 12, 2017

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.

Photo Booth

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.
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Caricature Artist

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.

Waffle Truck

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.
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Custom Coasters

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.
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Pictures from pinterest.com and Hello Productions

 

 

Feel Like a Movie Star on Your Wedding Day May 7, 2011

We’re excited to announce Syncopated Pictures, a collaboration of the very talented Randi Voss, Nicki Dembski, and Christina Montemurro. Syncopated Pictures is introducing Pittsburgh brides and grooms to wedding cinematography, a new type of wedding film that we think deserves attention!

 

Instead of your traditional wedding video that recaps the day, Syncopated Pictures’ features are short, story-based movies that put all the focus on the couple – the true stars of the day!

 

For those who want to capture their memories without feeling like they’re actors are on a set, these cinematographers know how important it is to stay in the background without missing a moment.

 

Visit their website, www.syncopatedpictures.com, for more information and to see their portfolio.

 

In the mood for a love story? Syncopated Pictures captured Kayt and Harry’s wedding, which Hello Productions helped plan, and turned their story into this sweet production: http://syncopatedpictures.com/2011/04/kayt-and-harrys-wedding-cinema.

 

 

For help with booking Syncopated Pictures, please contact us at info@helloproductions.com.

 

Hello Productions’ Couple Featured in WHIRL April Issue April 7, 2011

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Have you picked up your copy of the April 2011 WHIRL issue yet? If not have, be sure to check out the WHIRL WEDDING section, where one of Hello Productions’ couples is featured!

 

Photo Credit: Yos Wisnu of Yos Photo

 

After a whirlwind engagement, Amy and Ron were married at Tara—A Country Inn, located in Clark, Pa. The venue may have been less than two hours from the city, but they felt worlds away, which made their wedding day with family and friends feel like a mini-vacation.

 

Photo Credit: Yos Wisnu of Yos Photo

To purchase an issue of WHIRL online, visit their website. For more information on Hello Productions, visit us at www.helloproductions.com!

 

Photo Credit: Yos Wisnu of Yos Photo

 

Hello Productions’ Spotlight Couple: Kim Betcher & Dave Lewis March 29, 2011

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Wedding Date: September 10, 2011

Location: Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel

 

1. How did you meet?

 

We met in Fairview Beach, VA in 2005 over Memorial Day weekend. I was visiting friends and Dave, who was living in Northern Virginia at the time, was in town visiting his parents. My friends and I had gone out to a place called Tim’s Rivershore that Friday evening and Dave was there with his friends. After hearing me quote a line from one of my favorite movies, Tombstone (which happens to be one of his favorites, as well), he “bumped” into me. We chatted for a while and made plans to go kayaking the next day. However, after a few more drinks we lost each other in the crowd that night.

 

My cell phone battery was dying so I turned if off the next day thinking he wasn’t going to call and went out for the day. That evening my friends and I went out to a different bar and the first person I saw when I walked in was Dave. He told me he’d tried to call me to go kayaking, but kept getting my voicemail. A group of us built a bonfire on the beach later that night and he and I talked for most of the evening. When Dave called the next day to go to lunch, I answered my phone. We’ve been dating ever since.

 

2. How did he propose?

 

It was a 70 degree day in November so Dave suggested we take advantage of the warm weather and spend Saturday afternoon having some food and drinks on Redbeard’s patio. (Redbeard’s was the first place I took Dave on his initial visit to Pittsburgh when we first started dating.) As we were riding the incline to Mount Washington he suggested we stop at the overlook. However, when we got to the overlook it was overly crowed and I just kept walking to Redbeard’s instead of dealing with the crowd. Unbeknownst to me, Dave was fumbling to pull the ring out his pocket as I kept walking.

 

A few drinks later, he tried (unsuccessfully) to get me to go out the other overlook, again. By this time, he had made up his mind that this day was not meant to be the day to ask me to marry him. About 20 minutes later we started talking about my aging grandma and if we were going to get married we’d have to do it sooner than later. Dave swears that the next words out of my mouth were “Well, you better hurry up and buy a ring. My gram isn’t getting any younger.” His response was along the lines of “Kim, I have a ring in my pocket and I’ve been trying to ask you all day. You keep ruining every opportunity I’ve had.” To which I still didn’t believe him until he finally pulled the ring out of his pocket and showed it to me. I don’t think I even said yes. I just grabbed it and put it on my finger.

 

3. What is the thing that has surprised you the most while planning your wedding?

 

I’ve been a bridesmaid 13 times so I’d like to think I’m pretty well-versed as to what goes into a wedding. However, being the bride this time around, the devil definitely is in the details and many of the smaller aspects of my friends’ weddings that were once lost on me are becoming more apparent. I can now understand why brides feel overwhelmed.

 

4. What is the one thing you are most looking forward to on your wedding day?

 

We’re looking most forward to saying our vows to each other and becoming husband and wife. We’re also very excited to spend the weekend with our friends and family and celebrate all of the moments that make the memories.

5. What is the one thing you are most nervous about on your wedding day?

 

Dave’s a bit nervous to be in front of the crowd. I’m more concerned about spilling something on my dress. (White clothing is typically not my friend).

 

6. What made you hire a wedding planner?

 

I work 60 hours/week and do not have time to plan a wedding. Furthermore, I had absolutely no idea where to start as far as researching, locating, and interviewing potential vendors.

 

7. Has it been helpful to have a wedding planner?

 

Ashley has made the process, to this point, almost too easy. It literally has been virtually stress-free. From recognizing the type of wedding we wanted, setting up meetings with vendors that fit our personalities, and offering advice and recommendations when we’ve got the deer in the headlights look, she has been an essential part of our day. I would highly recommend hiring a wedding planner, if not for your own sanity, but for the others around you.

 

To book Hello Productions for your big day, please contact us at info@helloproductions.com!

 

Spotlight Couple: Kim Stoyer & Jack Whetsell March 2, 2011

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Wedding Date: May 29, 2011
Location: The University Club and the Pittsburgh Zoo

 

We sat down with one of our couples, Kim and Jack, to learn more about their story, what they’re nervous about and why hiring a wedding planner has been their best decision so far.

 

 

1. How did you meet?

Jack and I both grew up in Harrisburg, PA. From age three, Jack has been best friends with Devon Ozehowski, who was also my neighbor. While I’m convinced we probably played together as kids, I didn’t officially meet Jack until high school. Jack was a senior and I was a sophomore when we met. We started out as just friends, and didn’t start dating until after
Jack graduated and moved to Pittsburgh with his family.

 

2. How did he propose?

Our four-year anniversary started like any other morning at our apartment. After eating breakfast and talking about how we wanted to spend the day, we got ready and were on our way out the door to run a few errands. I was waiting for Jack at the car, when all of a sudden he called me back inside. I went back into our apartment, thinking he needed help with something. Instead, I found him on one knee and he asked me to marry him, and of course I said yes and then thanked him for not embarrassing me by proposing on the JumboTron at a hockey game.

 

3. What is the thing that has surprised you the most while planning your wedding?

When we started planning the wedding, we never knew how many small details go into the big day. Planning a wedding is more than just picking a venue, ordering a cake, and finding a dress. It’s a big time commitment and requires a lot of decisions!

 

4. What is the one thing you are most looking forward to on your wedding day?

Kim is most looking forward to the ceremony and actually seeing all of the small details come together. Kim is also looking forward to seeing what guests think of all of the fun elements that we have planned (the photo booth and animals at the cocktail hour.)

Jack is most looking forward to finally seeing Kim in her wedding dress. Jack is also looking forward to finally being done planning the wedding and being able to relax on the honeymoon.

 

5. What is the one thing you are most nervous about on your wedding day?

We are writing our own vows, so we are both a little nervous about actually saying them in front of all of our guests. Also, we are nervous that something embarrassing will happen that will land us on YouTube.

 

6. What made you hire a wedding planner?

Jack promised me that the day wedding planning stopped being fun would be the day that we hired a planner. After a month of searching for a ceremony location with no success, planning stopped being fun, and we contacted Ashley with Hello Productions.

 

7. Has it been helpful to have a wedding planner?

Ashley has been extremely helpful with planning our big day. She is able to answer all of our questions, coordinate meetings with vendors, and keep our budget under control. Hiring a planner was the best decision we’ve made for our wedding. With Ashley, we have been able to have fun and enjoy the planning process with no worries.

 

To book Hello Productions for your big day, please contact us at info@helloproductions.com!