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KDE Offers “Wedding on a Budget” Class!

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Courtesy of Zack Wilson Photography
Courtesy of Zack Wilson Photography

Since time is running short to mail a check, please call the Findlay Township Recreation Department at 724-695-0500 x 246 to register for this class, or send a text to KDE at 412-498-1607. There is still time to attend!

Recently Engaged? Ready to start planning the wedding of your dreams and need some direction? Join Joanne Jamis Cain and Michelene Cain of Katherine’s Daughter Events for this informative class that will help you choose and manage your venue, caterer, florist, wedding attire and theme for your special day. Learn where you should spend money and where you can cut corners to make your day the most fabulous ever. 

If you are a newly engaged bride or just planning a wedding in the near future, take advantage of this opportunity. Katherine’s Daughter Events has partnered with Findlay Township Recreation to offer an evening class on “Wedding Planning on a Budget.”

This class is only two hours but yet covers many of the points necessary for a beautiful, yet reasonable wedding celebration. Held on Tuesday, February 24th, at the Findlay Township Activity Center, 310 Main Street, Imperial, PA. from 6:30- 8:30pm, the class is just $10. Please call 724-695-0500 x 246 today to reserve your spot or text KDE at 412-498-1607.

Event Cakes PGH will be providing delicious wedding cake for the evening snack. Dress casual and bring your questions for the Q & A period to follow the class. In case of inclement weather and/or cancellation, you will be contacted via the phone and email address you provide. 

Feel free to send us any questions through our contact tab that you would like addressed that evening. Share this post with other members of your family and brides We look forward to meeting you and your friends for this informative class!

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What Does A “Day of Wedding” Coordinator Do?

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The beautiful couple. Photo by Dalton Photography
The beautiful couple. Photo by Dalton Photography

We’re offering a $50 referral bonus this summer of 2015 to anyone who refers us to a bride for “day of wedding” coordination service!” Please use our handy contact tab above to send us a message. Thank you!

It’s easy for us to know exactly what to do on your wedding day. But we know this is not always clear up front. These days, your venue or caterer promises to make it all happen on your special day. That may be so. We want to provide a list of what we actually do for brides and grooms (and their families) on the Big Day. This is a good list to take to your venue or caterer. If they don’t do all or most of this, consider letting us help you.

Many brides tell us they do not want their own families setting up table decorations the morning of the wedding. We agree. The morning should be a relaxing time to get ready for what’s going to unfold!

Here’s a great list of what we really do:

2-3 Months Prior to Wedding Day

  • Meet with Bride and Groom at least twice to review all details and logistics planned for the wedding day
  • Touch base with all vendors in the month leading up to the wedding to confirm arrival time and any special needs (electrical, etc)
  • Go with Bride and Groom for their final walk through at the venue before the wedding day
  • Email all vendors a timeline the week of the wedding
  • Attend the rehearsal and coordinate all ceremony details with the officiant

Wedding Day:

Prior to Reception

  • Greet vendors and instruct them as to where to set up (i.e. band/DJ, florist, baker and caterer)
  • Make sure Cocktail Hour and Reception décor is set up according to plan
  • Make sure all flowers are set up according to floral order
  • Make sure reception décor is set up according to plan
  • For outdoor tents, make certain that lighting is arranged and working appropriately
  • Meet with catering staff to confirm food timeline
  • Arrange escort cards
  • Set up guest book, cake cutting utensils, and champagne flutes
  • Set up table numbers and menu cards
  • Set up any amenities baskets in guest restrooms
  • Set up favor table or place favors at individual seats
  • Assist catering and/or venue staff with remaining setup needs
  • Look over guest tables and head table to confirm they are set up properly
  • Review final set up before guest arrival

Ceremony Management

  • Ensure florist has delivered and set up all Ceremony floral arrangements
  • Distribute all flowers to remaining bridal party and family members
  • Set up programs and other Ceremony items i.e. guest book, unity candles, and send off items
  • Ensure that Ceremony musicians have arrived and direct them as to where to set up
  • Ensure that Ushers/Groomsmen arrive on time and are ready to escort guests
  • Ensure designated attendants arrive on time and are ready to pass out programs and assist with the guest book
  • Alert Ushers/Groomsmen as to when to begin escorting guests to their seats
  • Coordinate with the Ceremony officiator to determine signals or cues that will begin the Ceremony
  • Communicate a ‘Countdown to I Do’ with the wedding party members as the day progresses
  • Handle any emergencies that may arise
  • Line up the bridal party for their entrances down the aisle
  • Cue Ceremony musicians when bridal party is ready to begin processional
  • Gather family and bridal party for photos after the Ceremony
  • Transport items from the Ceremony location to the Reception venue and store any items not needed at the Reception (If needed)

Reception Management

  • Ensure proper flow of Cocktail Hour food and drinks
  • Encourage guests to take their seats at the appropriate time
  • Help guests locate their escort cards and dining tables
  • Locate Bride, Groom and wedding party and instruct them to stay to the side of main dining room until they receive cue for their introduction
  • Cue band, DJ or designated emcee when the majority of guests have found their tables and Bride and Groom are ready to be introduced
  • Cue band/DJ, photographer, videographer and immediate family members of the Bride and Groom when important events take place at reception (i.e. first dance, parent dances, cake cutting, and toasts)
  • Cue Father of the Bride, Best Man and Maid of Honor when they are about to be announced for toasts
  • Know the catering service’s schedule, and help ensure that guests are served at the appointed time
  • Distribute final payments/gratuities to vendors at the end of the night
  • Prevent and fix any problems that may arise during the event
  • Remain easily accessible through the entire event in case there are any details the Bride & Groom would like attended to
  • Collect gifts and personal décor items and ensure they reach the designated family member, room and/or vehicle
  • Coordinate Reception departure transportation and/or send off

Our fee for services is relatively small compared with what the true cost of a wedding is these days. Please check our services tab and if we can be of service to you, send us a note through our contact tab. We’ll respond within 24 hours.

Melissa and Steve
Melissa and Steve

 

 

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Free Gift for Brides!

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Katherine’s Daughter Events and Kata Banko Couture have joined together to make a sparkly New Year’s offer to brides. Book your wedding day coordination with KD Events and choose one of the beautiful hair flowers or ribbons below!

Natalie Hair wrap by Kata Banko
Natalie Hair wrap by Kata Banko
Greta Hair Ribbon by Kata Banko
Greta Hair Ribbon by Kata Banko
Monica Hair Flower by Kata Banko
Monica Hair Flower by Kata Banko
Arden Hair Wrap by Kata Banko
Arden Hair Wrap by Kata Banko
Allesandra Hair Wrap by Kata Banko
Allesandra Hair Wrap by Kata Banko

Kata Banko Couture is a local, Beaver County company and their products are offered by Glitter and Grit, Pittsburgh and Ribbon Bridal Salon, Beaver. These beautiful hair pieces would be fabulous even under a veil and would certainly add panache to your wedding attire.

Sign with Katherine’s Daughter Events by January 31 for your 2015 or 2016 wedding*, and choose your hair piece. Check out our services page on this website for all the info on how we can make your special day stress free! Then email us easily through our contact page and we promise to be in touch within 24 hours.

*For weddings booked with Katherine’s Daughter Events in the month of January 2015, held in 2015 or 2016, based on our availability. A  non refundable deposit of $250 is required for all weddings. Limited to the first ten brides who sign with us in the New Year so don’t delay! You do not need to have a definite date booked for your wedding if you’ve just become engaged.

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Contest Giveaway! Cuttings Flower and Garden

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Win this Holiday Tea Towel from Cuttings!
Win this Holiday Tea Towel from Cuttings!

We loved this tea towel the moment we laid eyes on it! Katherine’s Daughter Events and Cuttings Flower and Garden in Sewickley Pennsylvania have joined together for a fabulous giveaway. Win this awesome tea towel plus a $50 gift card to purchase anything else you’d like from their beautiful store!

It’s easy to enter. Sign up for our IDEAs! posts by entering your email address along our sidebar. That’s one entry. Comment below and tell us your favorite part of the holiday season. That’s two entries. Follow our Facebook link and comment there. Three entries! So easy to win!

Cross the last gifts off your list by visiting Cuttings. Beautiful ornaments and decorated trees, stylish gift and entertaining ideas, wall hangings, vintage finds you will not see anywhere else. Please go and check them out!

Cuttings Flower and Garden, 524 Locust Place, Sewickley PA. 412-741-7227

Christmas at Cuttings 3

Christmas at Cuttings 2

Cuttings at Christmas The Silver Room

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Ten Tips to Being a Spectacular Holiday Hostess!

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Courtesy of Cuttings Flower and Garden, Sewickley
Courtesy of Cuttings Flower and Garden, Sewickley

Thinking of hosting a special event over the holidays? Here are some tips to help you focus on what’s important.

  1. What type of event are you thinking of? Whether you are inviting guests to your home for a quiet evening or a big holiday party, clearly define your vision. Cozy dinner and drinks, large holiday soiree or hot chocolate party; think it out beforehand and decide exactly what you’d like to do.
  2. Decide on your budget. Easier said than done but this is an important step in the process. This will help you decide whether or not to spend hundreds of dollars on those special favors or if you’d rather put your money elsewhere. Put a bit of a buffer in there too, just for things you might miss from the get go.
  3. Decide on a theme. Themes are really fun and there are so many ideas floating around out there on the web and on Pinterest, etc.Since it’s Christmas, choose shades of red, white and green, go for pine and pomegranates and make a splash.
  4. Make a list. Do you need a bartender? Write that down. Using real plates and glasses or plastic? Do you need to rent linens? Do you need to find the perfect dress? Write it all down.
  5. Get more specific. Make a menu and if you are doing the cooking, start writing down your shopping list. If you’ve hired a caterer, list everything you will need from start to finish of your event, including the napkins, paper products, wine, candles.
  6. Recognize your limits and ask for help. If you are having a large event, consider recruiting family members or hiring a “day of “ or part time event planner. You can only do so much and you will run yourself ragged before the big day.  (Give me a call and I’d be glad to help you out!)
  7. Do as much as you can beforehand. Make a timeline for the day of the event and do as much as you can in the days leading up to and including the morning of. The more you do beforehand the easier your life will be. Imagine taking a hot bath a few hours before the event. You can do that if you plan ahead.
  8. Set things up so all you have to do is minimal maintenance. If you have to constantly heat appetizers in the oven, it will be hard for you to enjoy your party! Think of ways to prepare, serve and replenish food that does not involve constant kitchen time. Or, hire someone to be in the kitchen, taking care of food and other necessities.
  9. Enjoy your own event! Put your favorite dress on, light the candles, and pour the bubbly. Time to enjoy the fruits of your labor and enjoy your guests. Do the best you can to keep an eye on things, but also expect that things may occur that no one anticipates. Spills, unexpected minor disasters can all happen but be a sport and smile and solve the issue. Don’t be a drama queen if things fall apart.  Just keep going!
  10. Have a plan for the next day. Do some clean up but also have a good day of rest. Heat up any leftovers for dinner and save a bottle of wine for yourself. Don’t give in to the urge to put everything away in a single day. Just relax and reflect on your great party!
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Shop Local This Christmas

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Cuttings in Sewickley - The Silver Room
Cuttings in Sewickley – The Silver Room

Years ago I owned a gourmet coffee shop in Sewickley called Cappuccino City. It competed directly with a national chain only a block away (we were there first) and I tell you, it was tough. We lasted seven years and in the end, sold our business successfully. Since then, I have always had a soft spot for local business.

There is easy attraction to the big box chains- national advertising, sleek displays, lures of deep discounts- especially at the holidays. Honestly, I do shop one or two chain stores at Christmas. But I always stop at my favorite local businesses and complete my shopping there.

Why? Because there are unique finds among the small shops. They carry items that the big boxes will not have. Beautiful items to decorate, to give, and to adorn your packages.

Primitives at Kathleen's in Beaver PA
Primitives at Kathleen’s in Beaver PA

Supporting local business creates and maintains jobs. It helps keep intact those small towns that would not otherwise survive in the wake of big shopping centers and malls. There is a great flavor to small towns where you can walk outdoors and wander in and out of shops.

The Basket Loft in Sewickley PA
The Basket Loft in Sewickley PA

I patronize each of the stores I’m showing here. At Cuttings Flower and Garden in Sewickley I buy unique gift items such as tea towels and ornaments I use to embellish my packages. At The Basket Loft I purchased Root candles for my Christmas table. Grandpa’s Joe’s Candy Shop has two locations- Beaver and the Strip District- where you can indulge your sweet tooth in old favorites such as Mallo Cups and Mike and Ike candies. I buy bacon flavored treats there- including chocolate covered bacon!- for my niece who loves bacon. During a recent shopping trip to Consignment Cottage in Moon Township, I purchased a primitives- style wall hanging for my dining room (for less than $10) during their 20% Thanksgiving weekend sale. Kathleen’s in Beaver PA was a complete surprise. A mecca of primitives (which I love) and a Santa that I may just head back there for.

Need a new outfit for Christmas Day? Check out Consignment Cottage
Need a new outfit for Christmas Day? Check out Consignment Cottage
Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop in Beaver PA.
Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop in Beaver PA.

Wherever you live, please make a note of what local businesses you can patronize. It is worth the effort to go out of your way just a bit to meet your neighbors and make new friends. Shop local this year and love it.

 

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The BEST Halloween Ideas!

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I’ve scanned Pinterest to find you the best and some of the eeriest Halloween decorating and food ideas! Here are my favorite picks for your home or get together!

 

Create some spook-tacular pumpkins with these creative ideas from The Plaid Palette. I’ve seen many different pumpkin carvings over the years but this is different and unusual! Click HERE for their link and get carving.

Bloody Halloween Cake

Talk about creative! This Bloody Halloween Cake comes to you courtesy of Say It With Cake. They get my kudos for one yuckky looking cake! If you go to their website, they have a picture of it with a big knife in the middle! Won’t this impress your friends? Click HERE for their link.

 

pumpkin rice krispie treats

Awww, I never get tired of Rice Krispies Treats! (and who does?) This recipe received an amazing amount of pins on Pinterest and I can see why. Who can resist these sweet looking treats? They are perfect for kids and adults alike and Nicole of 365 (ish) Days of Pinterest came up with this clever idea! Click HERE for her link.

Vampire Cocktail | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Krissy over at Self Proclaimed Foodie came up with this idea and wow, what an original! Dubbed Vampire Cocktail, it contains raspberry puree, vodka and amaretto for ingredients, just to name a few. Be vampire-ish and check out Krissy’s website by clicking HERE.

For more food and decorating ideas, click HERE for a great link to Pinterest and have a happy and safe Halloween!

 

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Spotlight On: Greek Wedding Shop

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Photo Courtesy of Greek Weddings and Traditions
Greek Crowns – Photo Courtesy of Greek Wedding Shop

Ever been to a Greek wedding? If you have, you may have noticed the beautiful crowns the priest placed atop the bride and groom’s heads. The crowns are called Stefana and are usually joined by a white ribbon.

The significance of the crowns is this: The wedding crowns, or Stefana, symbolize the glory and honor that is being bestowed on the bride and groom by God during the sacrament of marriage. The Stefana are joined by a ribbon which symbolizes the unity of the couple and the presence of Christ who blesses and joins the couple. Through the crowns, Christ establishes the couple as the King and Queen of their home, which they rule with wisdom, justice, and integrity. (source)

Pretty impressive? I think so!

When I first began blogging on WordPress, I found a website with the name Greek Weddings and Traditions. Sia Aristidou and I became blogging friends and I realized what a great source of impressive Stefana and other wedding articles her little Greek website/shop is!

Here are a couple of questions I asked Sia about her business:

1. What are your most popular items?

Definitely the Stefana. However Stefanothiki boxes are also popular and christening sets.

2. What is the average shipping costs to the USA for wedding crowns and the average length of time to receive them?

This depends on the item. I work with amazing designers from around the world. My products are shipped directly from the designer to the client. Some of my designers are located in the USA so postage time is very fast. However, other items are handmade in Greece or Cyprus or Australia and they might take a little longer.

3. How did you get started in your business? What motivated you to begin?

Great Question! I love Greek Weddings! I have always been fascinated by Greek traditions and Greek culture. So I started to write a blog about wedding traditions. The blog was just a hobby to begin with it but it gained a lot of engagement from Greek people around the world. Many others started to join in the conversation. Soon, I started to receive emails from couples asking about products like stefana and lambathas for their wedding. So I tried my best to help them by connecting the designer with the bride. The Greek Wedding Shop was a natural progression from that. Now I feature beautiful handmade wedding and christening products made by some of the best Greek designers in the world.

Please take a few moments and check out Sia’s great Greek wedding shop! Click HERE to be connected.

My thanks to Sia for being my first SPOTLIGHT vendor!

Photo Courtesy of Greek Weddings and Traditions
Photo Courtesy of Greek Wedding Shop
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Jessica and Jason’s Rustic Wedding

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Thank you to Dalton Photography
The beautiful bride Jessica! Thank you to Dalton Photography

It was a day meant for love. I headed up north, to Camp Lutherlyn with my assistant Leah, ready to GO for Jessica and Jason’s wedding!

Jessica contacted me months ago, after her brother and his fiance had arranged for me to be the “day of” coordinator for their wedding in November (looking forward to that!). Jessica impressed me by saying she wanted her family to enjoy themselves on the day of her marriage. And then, when we met to go over everything she said, “I just want all the guests to have a good time.” (WOW!)

And how could they not? With a gorgeous setting, rustic cabins, tall trees, beautiful sunset, delicious food and sweets- everyone had a good time!

The ceremony was held in the forest amphitheater within the camp itself. It was only a short walk down into the majestic sanctuary where cello and soft keyboard music greeted the guests. Jason’s father officiated the sacred event and participated in the most special day of his own son’s life. The beginning of a life with Jessica.

The Bride Arrives! Photo by Dalton Photography
The Bride Arrives! Photo by Dalton Photography
Photo by Dalton Photography
A Forest Cathedral. Photo by Dalton Photography

After the ceremony, it was all fun and good times on the deck of the reception hall. Music, photo booth, and a fantastic S’mores set up awaited the guests. We swooned over the beautiful twinkly chandeliers that Jason created just for Jessica and this special day.

Photo by Leah Marino
S’more Fun! Photo by Leah Marino
Photo by Leah Marino
Love those Chandeliers! Photo by Leah Marino

I will never forget this beautiful wedding, the family and Jessica and Jason. There was lots of love there that day,among all the friends and family. May they have many joyous years together!

The Happy Bride! Photo by Dalton Photography
The Happy Bride! Photo by Dalton Photography
The beautiful couple. Photo by Dalton Photography
Best Wishes to Jessica and Jason! Photo by Dalton Photography

 

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Hanging Out at Harvest House

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The Front Porch Pumpkin
The Front Porch Pumpkin

I am always on the look out for creative ideas and my favorite place to find them is cuttings flower and garden, located in beautiful Sewickley, Pennsylvania.

I visited the store recently for “Harvest House” and owner Jim Price has his 1860’s house all decked out in the coolest fall and Halloween garb you can imagine! The front porch looked amazing!

The Front Porch at cuttings
The Front Porch at cuttings

I especially loved these hanging children’s games, complete with tiny metal balls you have to carefully roll into place!

Looks like fun!
Looks like fun!

There were a few wicked witches on hand there as well.

I'm Melting!
I’m Melting!
Perfect for the front door!
Perfect for hanging on a doorknob!

Ride a broomstick over to cuttings soon and be inspired. Tell them Katherine’s Daughter sent you!

Gorgeous Fall Wreaths!
Gorgeous Fall Wreaths!

 

 

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