Crowning Inspiration: New Year's Resolutions

If you're planning a wedding and are about to get married, you know this is going to be an unforgettable year-- that's certainly something to toast to!
As you think about your New Year's Resolutions, why not include some to make wedding planning a little less stressful?!

1. (Cardinal Rule) I will not do anything... before I contract a wedding coordinator. She will be my right hand and guide to a fabulous celebration!

2. I will not end up on YouTube for the wrong reason nor will I let others dampen my mood with their crazy horror stories or silly dramas.

3. I will take good care of my nails. They are jewels not tools.

4. I will not use my Facebook status as a personal wedding journal.

5. I will trust my vendors.

6. I will not feel guilty about having an "adults-only" reception.

7. I will attempt (at least a little) DIY and remind myself now and then its not DYI (Drive Yourself Insane).

8. I will acknowledge that some people might not want to be the "guest book attendant."

9. I will eat the dinner at my reception and take more than just a bite of my scrumptious wedding cake.

10. I will look on the bright side no matter what. My smile is my best accessory.

Happy New Year to all the Brides out there!
For event planning and designing services, contact Crowning Celebrations
T. (419) 297. 1133
E. Brittany (at) CrowningCelebrations.com

Crowning and Cunning: Honeymoon Scrapbooks and Journals

Recently we posted a Crowning Celebrations Engagement Tip on Engagement Journals. While searching for the perfect handmade journal, we came across these fabulous finds perfect for scrapbooking or journalling your honeymoon!
Each cover features a location. Pick the location you honeymoon to, or if you are cruisin' the high seas, there's one for that, too!

These journals are designed by a Brazilian artist and are a steal for just under 20 bucks! The artist's love for Vintage Travel Art inspired him to put it on leather. It gives it the journal a vintage appearance and beautiful texture. The journal is made from natural ox leather and colored with leather inks screened onto the surface. Inside there are 200 pages made from medium weight recycled paper attached with cotton cords where you can draw, design, write or scrapbook your adventures. Also there are two inside pockets to store photos, maps, etc. The journal becomes more beautiful with the passage of time. It is a work of art and it makes unique gift, unforgettable souvenir of your honeymoon!

You can find these journals from TravelOnArt on Etsy.


Crowning Celebrations: Engagement tips

Its the season, and whether you just got engaged or have been for a few months, there is no better time than to start a journal! In fact, its a fabulous winter project or New Year's resolution.

The journal of your engagement, from planning, to celebrating to those few moments of shock or bridezilla-ness, it will be a priceless treasure to pass onto your daughter, or open at your 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Check out these cute journals found at Etsy

Fantasy Bloom - Nubuck Suede Playful Journal
2CheekyMonkeys - Sleeping Beauty Journal (who doesn't love this classic!)
Indigosome - Love Crown (gotta love the crown!!!)
PeregrineArtsBindery - Floating Feathers
BurgandyDistrict - Indigo Bloom Book

I love these handmade books. As an art major I took a class in bookmaking. Its not as easy as it looks. There are many steps and fine details into proper bookmaking.
Whether you choose a handmade book from Etsy or a journal from a bookstore, pick one up that expresses your style, relationship, proposal or wedding colors. Just a few notes every couples days or weeks will be something to treasure down the line.


Crowning Celebration: You're Engaged!

Congratulations, You're Engaged!!!!
I bet you are on Cloud Nine and still glancing down at your shinny new ring and savoring the moment!

Now that you are engaged, what do you do first, you may ask. Well, hire a planner!

Whether you are thinking of tying the knot in 2011 or 2012, hiring a planner will help you guarantee the best wedding vendors and professionals for your date, location and style.

With Crowning Celebrations at your wedding planner you can use our services as much or as minimal as you would like to help you plan your wedding day. We have resources and connections to over 600 wedding professionals. And we pass the deals onto you! Saving you money and time on your wedding day is one of our top priorities.

Call or e-mail today for availability.
P. 419.297.1133
E. brittany (at) crowningcelebrations.com


Crowning 'Holiday' Celebrations

Fifi’s Restaurant
Fashions by Elegant Rags, Perrysburg
December 2nd
11:30 Social Hours...12:30 Show

Tuesday, December 7, 2011
5-9 pm
Navy Bistro

20 North Gallery
18 N. St. Clair Street
Now through January 15, 2011
Toledo, OH—October 21, 2010 20 North Gallery proudly announces their annual Holiday Exhibit, “All Gifts Great & Small”, featuring bright and beautiful work by more than two dozen local, regional and international artists. The exhibit opens Friday, November 5, 2010 and continues through January 15, 2011. The exhibition is comprised of a wide range of media and prices—with each work being a perfect choice for a holiday gift.

Toledo Zoo
2700 Broadway
Now through December 31st
Monday - Thursday: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Zoo closes at 9:00 p.m.)
Friday - Sunday: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Zoo closes at 10:00 p.m.)
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Each year, The Toledo Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with The Lights Before Christmas! Featuring over one million lights, hundreds of lighted animal images, and all sorts of Yuletide fun, The Lights Before Christmas is a one-of-a-kind holiday tradition for countless families.
This year marks the 25th Lights Before Christmas and to celebrate, your Toledo Zoo has a whole lot of new features that are sure to make this year even more special!
Old West End
December 5, 2010
7 p.m.
Five beautiful homes are decorated for the holidays and on display.

Toledo Botanical Gardens
5403 Elmer Drive
December 3, 2010 - December 5, 2010 on
Friday 5 pm to 9 pm
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday Noon to 5 pm

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park
5100 W. Central Ave.
December 5, 2010 - December 12, 2010 on
Hours: 10 am to 8 pm
"Holidays in the Manor House" features 28 areas magically transformed for the holiday season.

The holiday season is perfect for tea with friends. And the goodies are too good to pass up. Here are some area tea rooms:

Sweet Shalom Tea Room

Clara J’s Tea Room
“Proper Tea” served Thursday, Friday and Saturday and request reservations to ensure a table. Savories, Sandwiches and Sweets including a pot of Harney & Sons Fine Tea.


Crowning & Cunning: Judith Leiber Wedding Collection

Don't you just love this!!!!
According to Women’s Wear Daily, Leiber’s wedding bags will be lined in blue silk (something blue, get it?) and retail from $995 to $7000, with silk, crystal-hardware accented bags falling at the lower end of the range and full crystal pieces ringing in closer to the $7000 mark. The line will debut in February, in time for the spring wedding season.

Check out the story in WWD


Crowning & Cunning: Custom Silk Sashes

Aren't these FABULOUS?!

The sashes from Bella Bride Designs can feature "Mr." and "Mrs" or "Bride" and "Groom" embroidered in the middle of the sash to be prominently displayed when the sash is tied around a chair. A monogram or last names may be added to the sash in most cases for an additional fee.
Silk and thread colors are custom.
These will look gorgeous on wedding day, but they are something special to keep throughout the years, and even pass down to friends, siblings and children.


Crowning & Cunning: Convertible Dresses

These are all the same dress! Don't believe me?

Check out these fabulous satin jersey dresses from Erin Leigh Heart on Etsy.
These one-size-fits-all dresses can be worn casually or dressy chic. Create a unique look for each bridesmaid while still having a uniform look. Its easy to pack and can be worn again for many different occasions! Available in Purple, Gray, Red, Turquoise and Black. I am thinking this could become my new favorite LBD (little black dress).


Crowning Celebration: Ragazza at the David Broadway Salon

Halloween is here and gone... and what does that mean? The holiday season is here!!!!
And with the holidays comes PARTIES!

Wheather you shop, socialize or fundraise at this year's parties, you have to look your best. So no better time than to kick off the season than with the GRAND OPENING of RAGAZZA BOUTIQUE at the David Broadway Salon and Spa.

Stop in anytime today. Grand Opening Celebration begins at 5pm!


Crowning & Cunning: "Mrs." Wedding Gown Hangers

I received a wonderful phone call today from a bride in Maryland who follows my blog and wanted more information on one of my designs! So sweet - I love hearing from followers!!! And I was happy to point her in the right direction.
It also made me realize with all the busy planning I have been up to, I have not blogged much. So I thought I would share something fun and festive for wedding day: if you haven't seen them yet, they are called "Mrs. Hangers" or Wedding Gown Hangers. The original hanger was created and designed by Lila Frances based in Nashville, TN.

Each order is custom. And there is a 8-10 week waiting list. You can buy her designs on Etsy and also follow her on facebook.
This is a great gift for Spring Bridal Showers!!! Or if you know a mother-to-be, you could do "Baby Smith" or "junior" or the child's name (if that's been revealed).


Crowning & Cunning: Calling All Wine Lovers!!!!

This is one deal you do not want to miss!!!!
For $50 a ticket you can win over 55 vintage wines
from private collections 
valued at $10,000!

Contact me for tickets, or the Toledo Opera office: (419) 255-7464
Need not be present to win.

Sampling of the Cellar:
*1982 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild
*1989 Baron Pichon-Longueville
*2000 Chateau Gruaud Larose
*1947 Cave de Banyuls Grand Cru
*2001 Paloma Merlot
*2003 Fisher Vineyards Coach Insignia
*1982 Cos d’Estournel
*2005 Sterling Vineyards
Diamond Mountain Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
*2006 Newton Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon
*Vertical Collection of Tignanello
1988, 1990, 1998
*Vertical Collection of Dominus Estate
1983, 1984, 1986, 1989
*1998 Chateau Les Rivaux
*2005 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon
*2008 Orin Swift The Prisoner
*2006 Five Star Cellars Stellar
*2003 Parusso Barolo
*2003 Mauro Veglio Barolo Castelletto
*2007 Clos Mont Olivet Cotes du Rhone
*2006 Domaine Chaume Arnaud Cotes du Rhone
*2004 Domaine de L’Oratoire St. Martin Cotes du Rhone
*2006 Domaine Robert Chevillon Bourgogne 2 of 3
*2000 Le Dame de Montrose J.L. Charmolue
*2000 Grand Vin du Chateau Bernadotte
*2004 La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino
*2004 Mas de Gourgonnier Reserve du Mas
*2005 Chateau Moulin de Blanchon
*2005 Opus One
*2004 Schild Shiraz Barossa
*2006 Stag’s Leap “Artemis”
*2001 Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon
*Vertical Collection of Chateau Montelena
2004, 2005, 2006
*2007 Briar Rose No.1471
*2006 Marilyn Merlot
*2005 Trefethen Merlot
*2003 Dry Creek Somers Ranch Zinfandel
*2005 Mollydoocker Two Left Feet
*2001 Flaccianello della pieve
*2005 Chameleon Petite Sirah
*2005 Chameleon Carignane
*2006 Five Star Cellars Merlot
*2007 GAJA Ca’Marcanda Promis
*1990 Chateau LaTour
*Ca’Montini Prosecco
*2006 Pierre Andre Ladoix
*1990 Chateau des Graviers
*2006 Doneder Cabernet Sauvignon 3 of 3
*2004 Doneder Merlot
*2001 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve


Crowning Celebration: Amanda & David

Ceremony Site: St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Maumee
Reception Site & Catering: The Pinnacle, Maumee, Ed van Lueven
Coordination & Lighting: Crowning Celebrations, Brittany & Marcy
Photography: Shutter Love Studio, Carli & Joe Felix
Floral Design: Hafner Florist, Beth & Dan Hafner
Linens and Chair Covers: Meredith Party Rentals
Save-the-Dates, Invitations, Escort Cards & Programs: Fiddlestix Boutique, Janelle
Cocktail Music: Matt Poland, Pianist
Transportation: Childers Limo
Make-up: Dara Hays
Bridal Gown: Elegant Bride, Dublin, Ohio
Bridesmaids Gowns: La Jeune Mariee, Worthington, Ohio
Rehearsal Dinner: LaScola Italian Grill

*Pictures taken by Crowning Celebrations. All Rites Reserved*


Crowning Inspiration: Todayshow Modern Wedding - Shades of Purple

If you've been watching NBC's The Today Show for the past few weeks you know that today was the day for Melissa and Jeremy.

Designer guru Colin Cowie took the viewer's-pick venue on the Hudson River and created a beautiful and classic white and lavender wedding.

Here's an inspiration board I created on commercial break!

White linens are classic and easy to come by. Accent them with lavender flowers, napkins and glassware. Use glassware in different heights and styles, and compliment them with various shades of purple and white. This will give your table dimension and it won't
break the bank!

Add some height with purple Chinese lanterns in round and square. As the day progresses add some ambient lighting in purple and fuchsia to bring the party alive!


Crowning Inspiration: Top Fall Trends

Fall is here! And as the leaves change color, do be afraid to embrace it on your tablescapes!

And just because hints of burgundy and brown are in nature, doesn't mean you can't keep your table lush in vibrant color and full of eclectic accents.  Mix and match plates, centerpiece styles and containers, chargers and dishware.

Stay tuned for more fall trends!


Crowning Inspiration: Celebrating 1 - 100 Years Anniversary Gifts

My husband, John, and I are celebrating our fifth Wedding Anniversary this Friday, September 24th. In honor of our Anniversary, I thought I would post a list of traditional and modern Wedding Anniversary gifts. My husband and I try to follow the traditional gift. It's really fun and you have to get super creative sometimes!
From 1 to 100 ...

1st Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Paper
Modern Gifts: Clocks

2nd Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Cotton
Modern Gifts: China

3rd Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Leather
Modern Gifts: Crystal

4th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Fruit or Flowers
Modern Gifts: Appliances

5th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Wood
Modern Gifts: Silverware

6th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Candy or Iron
Modern Gifts: Wood

7th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Wool or Copper
Modern Gifts: Desk Sets

8th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Bronze or Pottery
Modern Gifts: Linens or Lace
9th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Pottery and Willow
Modern Gifts: Leather

10th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Tin or Aluminum
Modern Gifts:Diamond Jewelry

11th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Steel
Modern Gifts: Fashion Jewelry

12th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Silk or Linen
Modern Gifts: Pearls

13th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Lace
Modern Gifts: Textiles or Furs

14th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Ivory
Modern Gifts: Gold Jewelry

15th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Crystal
Modern Gifts: Watches

16th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Silver Holloware

17th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Furniture

18th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Porcelain

19th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Bronze

20th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: China
Modern Gifts: Platinum

21st Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Brass or Nikel

22nd Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Copper

23rd Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Silver Plate

24th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Musical Instruments

25th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Silver
Modern Gifts: Silver

26th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Original Pictures

27th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Sculpture

28th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Orchids

29th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Furniture

30th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Pearl
Modern Gifts: Diamond

31st Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Time Pieces

32nd Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Conveyances

33rd Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Amethyst

34th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Opal

35th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Coral
Modern Gifts: Jade

36th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Bone China

37th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Alabaster

38th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Beryl or Tourmaline

39th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Lace

40th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Ruby
Modern Gifts: Ruby

41st Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Land

42nd Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Improved Real Estate

43rd Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Travel

44th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Groceries

45th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Sapphire
Modern Gifts: Sapphire

46th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Original Poetry

47th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Books

48th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Optical Goods

49th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Luxuries

50th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Gold
Modern Gifts: Gold

51st Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Blue Sapphire

52nd Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Ruby

55th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Emerald
Modern Gifts: Emerald

60th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Yellow Diamond
Modern Gifts: Diamond

65th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Star Sapphire, Gray

67th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Star Sapphire, Purple

75th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Diamonds, Diamond Like Stones, Gold
Modern Gifts: Diamond, Gold

80th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Diamond, Pearl

85th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Diamond, Sapphire

90th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Diamond, Emerald

95th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: Diamond, Ruby

100th Wedding Anniversary
Modern Gifts: 10K Diamond

Love is a gift that lasts a lifetime! I hope that I am lucky enough to celebrate 100 years with my love. Sure, a 10 carat diamond would be fabulous, but sharing 100 years with the love of my life would be the best gift I could ever receive!


Crowning Celebration: Sapphire Social - Junior Mixer

2010 Sapphire Ball – 50th Anniversary

Junior Mixer Event
Wednesday, September 22, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Table Forty4
610 Monroe Street (across from The Blarney)
If you’ve ever thought the Opera was for old people, then you’ve never been with this group. Several of Toledo’s most prestigious young professionals are having a pre-party of sorts – all in celebration of the Toledo Opera’s 50th Annual Sapphire Ball.

The free event, organized by the Sapphire Ball’s junior committee, caters towards Toledo’s 35-and-under crowd. Appetizers will be provided – and a signature Sapphire Ball drink will be unveiled and available at the cash bar.
And there’s more:
Opera tickets will be raffled off, as will two tickets to this year’s Sapphire Ball.
Several of the Sapphire Ball’s raffle and auction items will be on display – including a one-year lease on a Cadillac (courtesy of Taylor Cadillac).
Check out the top-notch evening wear with a fashion show provided by Sophie’s Sister. For guests age 35 and under, Sapphire Ball tickets will be available at a special rate of $175 each.

Thank you for your help spreading the word about this tremendous event hosted by the future business leaders of Toledo. We hope you’ll be able to join us.
About the Sapphire Ball:
The Toledo Opera’s 50th Anniversary Sapphire Ball
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Crown Plaza

· Raffle and silent auction items include a wine cellar comprised of donations from prominent area collectors, including a 1982 Chateau Lafitte-Rothschild (valued at more than $1500), a pearl and sapphire necklace designed by Lisa Barrow of Barrow Jewelers and more than 200 other items.
· Commemorative 50th anniversary dessert created and prepared by Wendy Kromer, pastry chef to Martha Stewart.
· Entertainment provided by Intrigue.
· Tickets are available by calling the Toledo Opera at (419) 255-SING (7464).


Crowning Celebration: Sapphire Social - Junior Mixer

Join us
Wednesday, September 22nd
from 5 - 7 p.m.
Table Forty4
Toledo, Ohio

No RSVP needed.
Table Forty4 will be offering complimentary appetizers
A signature drink will be available at the cash bar

Look for the Facebook page and "LIKE" the Sapphire Social!