CROWNING CELEBRATION: Intimate Bridal Shower

Having known my bride for over 20 years, I have come to appreciate her love for monograms and traditionalism. Visiting her hometown from Manhattan, it was important that the bridal shower included her favorite little luxuries.  

I designed her bridal shower in the home to give an intimate atmosphere with fineries such as Francis First flatware, Waterford crystal, Aynsley Pembroke china, lace linens from Italy, antique silver vessels for flowers and touches of gold in the chargers and chairs. 

As a surprise, I monogrammed all the Battenberg napkins with her new monogram along with a chair drape, which was then re-created into a table runner for the newly married couple. 

Antique silver vessels were filled with garden flowers and fresh herbs. 

Guests were served beverages with monogrammed coasters during lunch, followed by coffee and tea with macaroons and desserts. 

The couple has a mutual love for Polar Bears - an inside love joke of sorts between the two of them. So I dressed up these two bears and placed them at her placesetting as a surprise.

Vendor Recognition:
Bartz Viviano Flowers & Gifts
Toledo Chiavari Chairs
Meredith Party Rentals
Sylvania Country Club
KF Sweets


CROWNING CELEBRATION: Bridal Shower at Toledo Museum of Art

I love it when clients let me design for them and then totally let me run with it! And its even more fun when its a break from the usual and plan an intimate party such as this one. 

This bridal shower for 12 lovely ladies at the Toledo Museum of Art was designed around the bride's profession as a profession art auctioneer at Sotheby's in Manhattan. The hostess, the bride's sister, wanted to use coral and touches of turquoise and gold.

Great events deserved to be photographed by a professional. Thank you to Mary Wyar who captured my tablescape design, along with the entire event. 

 Don't you just love the gold flatware - totally completes the look!!! I luckily have a connection with fabulous taste and really good estate sale shopping skills. Thank you, Dale, for loaning us your fabulous finds!


Sneak Peak: Gretchen & Matt

How cute is our couple from last weekend's wedding at Nazareth Hall?! You would never know it, but the groom is almost 2 feet taller than the bride. Choose a photographer that knows the tricks to a good photo! 

Eventista: First Impressions

Eventista: First impressions

Written by Brittany Craig | | brittany@crowningcelebrations.com
It’s said that first impressions are everything. The same can be said for love at first sight. So why is the wedding invitation — the first impression guests receive — becoming substandard?
Craig,-BrittanyAs a planner and an occasional wedding guest, I can understand both sides of the playing field. I know many couples have budget concerns and that often one of their first ideas is to cut cost on invitations. On the other hand, as a guest looking forward to a fun night out, there is nothing more disappointing than flimsy card stock, a rushed handwritten address and Scriptina font. There, I said it. Scriptina font. Don’t do it.
“They just end up tossing it anyway” — I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that. But actually, the wedding invitation often gets hung in the kitchen or tucked into a daily planner. It’s looked at repeatedly with anticipation. As stationery designer Kim Collins of Fiddle Stix Boutique at Levis Commons says, “The wedding invitation sets the tone for the entire event and helps give the guests an idea of what to expect. If a bride is having a gorgeous, extravagant wedding but sends something that looks less than impressive … guests are not going to anticipate something as extraordinary as they should.”
Beautiful is more affordable than you think. “Brides and grooms do not have to skimp on these details; they just need to find the right fit,” said Kelly Henry, stationery designer and owner of UpperCase Designs in Toledo. Thanks to sites like Pinterest, brides can find a plethora of ideas. But by working with a local stationery designer, you can make that “pin” come to fruition. For an invite with a lot of color go for digital printing versus off-set printing, suggests Henry. Referring guests to a wedding website for more information cuts down on clutter and costs, Collins suggests. Postcard response cards are another cost-saving tip. By working with a local designer, you can give that postcard a unique, upscale look that will compensate for its ease and convenience.
What’s felt in the hand is just as important as what’s seen by the eye. Oftentimes invitations ordered online use a lighter weight of card stock. Always request to see and feel a sample. Lighter stock in both the invite and the envelope do not mail well. They are often eaten up by the postage machines and arrive to your guests torn or marked. One way to avoid this is to also handstamp each of your invites at the post office. While you’re there, double check to make sure you have enough postage on your envelopes, if you haven’t done so already. Always bring a completely assembled invite when buying stamps.
Carrying consistent fonts, colors and design for your wedding programs, escort cards, menus, table numbers and signage gives the event an overall appearance that is more memorable and enjoyable. But don’t be afraid to assemble these items yourself. “This takes a little bit more time for the bride, but it saves on the cost of the vendor’s assembly process,” Collins said.
The wedding invitation is one of the most traditional parts about a wedding, but you can still have a little fun while being socially appropriate. One way to do this is with the RSVPs. “One of the most requested RSVP responses is, ‘We’ll dance if you play this song.’ Newlyweds want to see their guests out on the dance floor having a great time. One of my favorites is ‘We’ll have to miss all the fun’ and ‘We’ll be there to dance and dine,’” Henry said.
Finally, don’t forget the attention to detail when it comes to addressing your invitations. “The smallest of details really stand out throughout the entire event, starting with the invitations!” Collins said. Calligraphy is the most popular way of addressing envelopes. If you cannot afford hand-addressed calligraphy, opt for having a stationery designer print the addresses on the envelopes with a font that matches the invitation suite, suggests Henry. Then dress it with beautiful stamps. Buy a collection of vintage stamps on Etsy and include four to five different kinds in your color scheme to reach your required postage.
The wedding invitation doesn’t have to be a budget-bleeder. And it doesn’t have to be dull to be affordable. With a little personal style and attention to detail, you will be sure to excite your guests!


Crowning Celebration: Anna + Kevan

Maternity Leave has been full of joyous occasions, including that of our very own Crowning Celebrations' Anna's wedding to her high school sweetheart, Kevan! Check out this trailer from Fordham Footage.

Anna + Kevan | December 7, 2013 Sneak Peek | filmed by Fordham Footage

Event Coordination: Crowning Celebrations
Photography: Jennifer Mott Photography
Videography: Fordham Footage
Ceremony: Historic Church of Saint Patrick
Reception: The Secor Building
Catering and Bar: Registry Bistro
Dress: The Gown Shop Ann Arbor
Flowers: Lia Colapietro Design
Lighting and Decor: Magers Designs
Linens & Chiavari Chairs: Toledo Chiavari Chairs and I Do Chair Covers & Linens
Music: Decorative Sound
Desserts and Cake: Sugar Shack Specialty Sweets
Stationery: UpperCase Designs
Bridal Make-up: Bridal Make-up by Natalie



We loved working with this super cute couple this September! Can't wait to share the photos from Jennifer Mott Photography. Until then, savor this video trailer from Fordham Footage.

Leah and TJ | 9.7.13 Sneak Peek | filmed by Fordham Footage

Dress: Pronovias from Belle Amour Bridal
Church: Historic Saint Patrick



We're back! This summer season was fabulous! So fabulous that it really didn't allow too much time for blogging. But I want you to know we are still here and there is so much to share!

In addition to a wonderful spring and summer season, I am excited to share that I am going to be a "Mother of the Groom".... well, one day. I am expecting our first, a boy, in November. So one day, 20-something plus years later (or even later than that) I will be an "MOG"! Between feedings and naps I plan to share all this year's goodness and then some. 

In the meantime, here is a look at one of our June weddings that was featured in the Toledo City Paper's, City Weddings guide. More from this gorgeous wedding will be blogged. It will probably take a few posts just to get all the details shared. But we cannot say enough wonderful things about this couple. And it was so kind of them to share their great experience with us. Check it out! (and you can read the guide online here.)