Eventista: Weddings at homeWritten by Brittany Craig | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Home is where the heart is. Since your heart is in love, why wouldn’t your celebration of love be at home, too?
For many Northwest Ohio born and raised brides and grooms, home is where they return to get married. Not only does it follow tradition that a man marries a woman in her hometown, but it is also economical and less stressful. As a wedding coordinator, and one-time Toledo bride myself, let me give you a little insight on why staying local or returning to your hometown is the best option for your nuptial celebration.
Oh ya, babe, we’ve got it. We are creative, innovative and cutting edge. You have to be in order to be successful in this business. And believe me, we are successful. We can prove it with our many “Real Weddings” featured in The Knot magazine.
The entire state of Illinois’ wedding professionals are bundled into one resource page on TheKnot.com. But Ohio is the heartland, and not just geographically. Ohio is packed full of wedding professionals, so much that its resource page is divided, with Toledo having its own section. And while not all vendors are listed, they still grace the pages of national publications like The Knot, Grace Ormande’s Wedding Style, Ultimate Bride, and Brides magazines. But I am pleased to say, Toledo has finally put out a guide with top notch Northwest Ohio professionals. And if you are reading this article today, you are holding it.
With social and professional avenues of Internet and print media, we can be inspired and inspire others with creative ideas and trends. Not only are we innovative with our ideas, but our clients are as well. It’s you, the brides and grooms, who tell us your story and share your love to inspire us to create a one-of-a-kind event. Toledo is not the kind of town that offers a cookie-cutter wedding. There are very few venues in town that will force you into a one-stop-shopping deal. Instead, we refer you to the cream of the crop.
When you hire a local wedding professional, they know you expect a certain level of quality and value. Well-seasoned pros will want a flawless event just as much as you do and wouldn’t steer you to anything less. Therefore ask for professional and client referrals.
Call around to former brides and their mothers and you will quickly notice a network of who’s who in Toledo weddings.
Not only do we know who to refer you to, but we also know where to go. Take your wedding photography for example. If you bring in an “outside” (meaning not from Northwest Ohio) wedding photographer, it will take them some time to get familiar with not just the ceremony and reception venue but also your offsite photo shoots.
It will actually entail more of your time as the client to instruct them on where to go, how to get there and the look you require. Additionally, some venues such as the Toledo Museum of Art require certain qualifications. Because of its investment in fine art and one-of-a-kind valuables, florists and photographers must be pre-approved and provide a certain level of insurance.
If we don’t have it, we can get it. Toledo is a suburb of Detroit and just a drive from Chicago. Specialty products are a truckload away. If we don’t have the goods, we bring them to you without the resale hike paid in larger cities.
As a coordinator, I know that last minute changes and unexpected details arise, but I am confident that my solution is either a local phone call away or a 20-minute drive. If I need extra linen, or notice that a rental was damaged, its replacement is just around the corner.
Just because wedding professionals fees are less than one from a larger metropolis doesn’t mean you are selling yourself short on a great product. Professionals from this area attend the same conferences, learning workshops and use the same equipment as professionals in larger cities.
Aside from hiring local professionals, let’s fast forward to the week of your wedding. Where are you staying? How did you get there? How did your family get there, let alone your guests?
If you get married outside your hometown you are incurring additional expenses in travel and accommodations for not only yourselves, but for your family and guests as well. Money spent here could have been used toward the specialty linens you favored, the imported orchids, or luxurious honeymoon suite.
As they say, bloom where you are planted. Why not let your wedding blossom into a beautiful celebration right here in Northwest Ohio?
Brittany Craig is the principal event designer and coordinator for Crowning Celebrations. She specializes in wedding and social celebrations. Follow her Eventista blog at www.crowningcelebrations.blogspot.com.