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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.

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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!

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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!

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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

 

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Pittsburgh’s National Aviary Is Perfect For Love Birds August 17, 2015

We couldn’t help but share this recent Hello Productions’ wedding at The National Aviary, located in Pittsburgh. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises more than 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild.

 

We of course went wild over these two “love birds”. Photo credit to Tara Petro Photography.

 
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Looking for more information about having an event at the Pittsburgh Aviary? Visit their website at http://www.aviary.org or give Hello a call!

 
 
 

 

Tips To Get A Bright, White Smile For Your Wedding Day (Or Any Day!) September 19, 2014

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As you’re scheduling appointments for your hair, makeup and gown alternations, you may be considering whitening your teeth before the big day as well.

 

There are a few options if you want to try teeth whitening. Keep in mind that different shades of teeth whiten differently, so it’s a good idea to ask your dentist before you start. Bleaching strips on the market, such as Crest Whitestrips, often have good results with many patients and are a good, inexpensive way to try bleaching. You can find them in grocery and drug stores.

 

There are many versions of Crest Whitestrips available, from Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects to the Crest 3D White Whitestrips 1 Hour Express. Check out their coupon page for current discounts and promotions: http://www.3dwhite.com/crest-coupons/.

 

If the results are not what you expect, you may want to try an in-office bleaching system. Systems can vary from office to office, but you can typically expect a combination of at-home and in-office bleaching.

 
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The first step is to have impressions made of your upper and lower teeth and customized bleaching trays are made for you to wear. These trays will hold the beaching gel against your teeth. You will be instructed to wear these trays for approximately two weeks before your in-office bleaching appointment, where a higher concentration of bleach is applied under a special bleaching light.

 

The second step is to come into the office for an hour, where your gums will be protected by a shield and a bleaching agent is applied to your teeth. For the next hour, your teeth are bleached using a special light. After this visit, you are instructed to continue using the custom trays at home for another two weeks.

 

The final step is to reevaluate the results. Make sure to talk to your dentist if the results aren’t what you expected; you may need to try the bleaching light a second time.

 

A few other tips to remember:
– Minimize coffee, tea and red wine before your wedding, as these items are prone to staining.
– Drink dark sodas or iced teas with a straw.
– In combination with a whitening system, use a whitening toothpaste to help with surface stains.
– If your teeth feel sensitive while using whitening products, you can try sensitivity toothpaste. If that doesn’t help, discontinue their use and talk to your dentist.

 

Looking for Local Wedding Invitations or Save-the-Date Cards? March 23, 2011

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Look no further than LiLoLa Designs!

 

In case you missed our March newsletter (and if you did, sign up here), we sat down with Lauren Norris, owner of LiLoLa Designs. Her company specializes in invitation design, but she’s willing to cater to any personal or business designing needs. We asked her things that every bride should know before starting the invitation process.

 

1. Tell me a little about you and your business.

 

I started doing wedding invitations back in 2005 – and my sister was my first client! I did everything for her wedding, from start to finish, and it turned out to be a great invitation package. After that first one, it just took off from there. I received my B.S. in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh back in 2004, and have lived and worked in Pittsburgh ever since.

 

2. How far in advance do you recommend meeting with the bride?

 

Nine months to a year in advance once they have their date and venue set.

 

3. Would you say most brides send out save-the-dates nowadays or skip them?

 

Today, the save-the-date is one of the most important pieces. So many couples have out-of-town guests, and having hotel and transportation information to your guests nine months in advance is very beneficial for their travel planning.

 


4. Do you have any tips for brides on a budget who still want beautiful invitations?

 

If you’re on a limited budget, there are still creative ways to have elegant invitations. One suggestion I would have is to look into colored or textured paper, with black and white ink. Black and white printing is less expensive than color printing, and you’re able to keep a color element involved. You can also add colored or textured envelopes for an additional touch.

 

5. Have you seen any new trends for save-the-dates and invitations recently?

 

The square-shaped card is becoming more popular, and I’ve also seen custom made boxes for invitations with fabric overlays. Both are very elegant looks that set the tone for your event.

 

6. Anything else you want us to share with our brides and readers?

 

The stationery pieces for your wedding are so important. Carrying your color scheme and personal style through each event (Save-the-Date, Shower Invitations, Wedding Invitations, Thank You Cards, Place Cards, etc.) looks so nice, and you end up having a great set of keepsakes from your wedding day!

 

For help with booking LiLoLa Designs, 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!

 

Candy Buffets Make a Sweet Impression February 15, 2011

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Want to make a sweet impression on your guests at your wedding? Why not have a candy buffet? Guests will have lots of fun picking out their favorite candy and edible favors are always a hit!

 

You can create a display that really makes a statement and save money by buying the candy in bulk. Consider doing candy and desserts that match the colors of your wedding or having a theme to your candy buffet, such as delicious Pittsburgh treats!

 

Here are two local vendors that can really sweeten your big day.

 

Pretzel Crazy

www.pretzelcrazy.com

 

 

Pretzel Crazy offers delicious pretzel treats for all types of events, celebrations and holidays. They start with a 4″ fresh baked pretzel rod and cover it with all kinds of toppings, such as creamy caramel, milk chocolate, white chocolate, various nuts, cookies, candies and more!

 

Pretzel Crazy can provide individually wrapped pretzels as favors or you can have Pretzel Crazy decorate trays of pretzels for your dessert table. Pretzel Crazy even makes bride and groom pretzels – one in a wedding dress and one in a tux!

 

 

For more information, contact: Sheri Powell at 412-526-1300 or info@pretzelcrazy.com.

 

Sweetendipity

www.chairendipity.com

 

 

Sweetendipity, which is a part of Chairendipity (and soon to have its own website: http://www.sweetendipity.com!), can help with everything, from ordering candy and sweets in your colors to handling the set up and take down of the whole candy buffet.

 

 

In addition to matching the buffet tablescape to your wedding or event colors, Sweetendipity will also help you with the sweets, containers, scoops and take away bags.

 

For more information, contact Jenn Russell at (412) 377-8696 or jrussellinc@aol.com.

 

For help with booking one of the listed vendors, please contact us at info@helloproductions.com or visit www.helloproductions.com.