Tips for Toasting

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 5:45pm

A Foundation of Love & Friendship

Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 4:32pm

 

I was honored to work with Mary Beth and Bill for their beautiful outdoor ceremony at The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota. The breezy backdrop set the perfect tone for a couple who loves spending time outdoors. Guests gathered for an intimate ceremony where the officiant noted how important it is for this couple to simply enjoy life. This playful enthusiasm of the bride and groom shone throughout the day.

The ceremony included a Hands Ceremony with the words, “These hands will comfort you when you are sick and console you when you are grieving. These hands will lose strength and become wrinkled as the years pass, but they will always be there to grab a hold of your hands and guide you along the way.”  That is genuine friendship.

What better way to love your wedding than to experience it with your best friend?  As a planner, I was reminded of how important a foundation of love and friendship is. With that as a beginning, you can truly have fun on your wedding day, enjoying every moment together. Mary Beth and Bill’s joy shine in their photos. I hope you like them as much as I loved working with this wonderful couple!

Photos courtesy of http://renderphotography.com

 

Your extra ordinary event specialist,

Lynn Edwardy

My new favorite thing…

Posted on Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 11:03pm

My new favorite thing in social media is Pinterest! I can’t get enough of this feature and being able to share inspirations that I find online.

It is so easy to download the Pin It app and pin the photos that I come across in my blog reading.  Let me tell you, there are some amazing inspirations online from extraordinary wedding planners, designers and couples.

Pinterest also allows me to create specific boards categorized by my interests.  I look at Design Elements, Attire + Beauty, and Photography to name a few.

I’m able to leave comments on what I think of the photos, the source of the photo is credited, and I’m able to share all of this on Facebook and Twitter.  What more could a girl want?
Make sure to follow me on Pinterest and find out what inspires me!

Your extraordinary event specialist in Chicago,
Nicole

3 Questions Answered

Posted on Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 7:42pm

 

I really enjoy meeting couples for the first time – talking about how they met, the proposal, and their dreams for their wedding.  Once we discuss all of those topics, they inevitably want to ask me questions about my skills, service packages, and how our business is run.

In today’s blog, I’m going to answer 3 frequently asked questions.

1. For your service packages, do you charge a flat rate or a percentage of the budget?
At Premier Planning Services, we charge a flat rate for all of our packages.  All of our clients receive the same amount of attention and we devote whatever time is needed to help plan and coordinate a couple’s wedding.  We also create custom packages based on customer needs.

2. How many weddings do you coordinate on any given weekend?
When you hire a planner at Premier Planning Services, that planner will only have one event per weekend that they manage.  We believe that, as a planner, we need to be completely focused on that couple’s needs and expectations for that weekend.  After all, that is why you’ve hired us.

3. Do you receive discounts from other wedding vendors?
Because of the nature of our business, we become "repeat" buyers, which is a great reason to work with an event planner!  In those instances, the vendor is kind enough to extend a discount to our company.  We in turn pass that discount to our clients.  We work hard to establish relationships with vendors who we know will offer the best service and quality for our customers.  Those vendors are also willing to work with us, when needed, to reduce costs in creative ways.

For those of you planning a wedding in Chicago, I’m excited to meet with you and discuss your dreams and how I can help make them a reality on your special day!
Your extraordinary event specialist in Chicago,
Nicole

Kate and Garnet: Modern Love

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 11:44am

 

I had the pleasure of working with Kate and Garnet this summer for their modern marvel of a wedding at the Walker Art Center.  The city was the décor for their event, starting with invitations that featured a cutout of the Minneapolis skyline. 

 

The real skyline provided a stunning backdrop for the ceremony on the Walker Terraces.  Fresh song choices began the ceremony—the bridesmaids walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of “Lay Lady Lay,” and the bride entered to a string quartet performance of “Yellow.” 

 

The attire of the bridal party perfectly complemented the modern venue.  Kate was a work of art in a chic dress with a romantic texture.  The dark frocks of the bridesmaids were picture-perfect for a formal affair in the city.  The striking bridal bouquet was made of peonies and green dianthus that (almost) stole the show!  For the reception, guests arrived inside the spacious, light-filled landmark of the Walker to find simple table settings with the same peonies and dianthus of Kate’s bouquet. 

 

Kudos to this amazing couple and to members of their team, including Anne and Jake from Ingman Photography, Lisa from Flora Bella, and Tia from www.silvercocoon.com—it was amazing to work with all of you.  And be sure to check out this wedding on the Style Me Pretty blog!

Your extraordinary event specialist,

Lynn

Purple – 5 Ways

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 - 3:33pm

The hot color in 2011 is shades of purple, so I thought I would share some of my favorite combinations.

 

  1. Pantone colors – Concord & Ice Yellow.  For this color combination, I would choose Ice Yellow for the table linens, with Concord chargers and napkins.  I would also use Concord as the predominant color in the table centerpieces.  I believe this color combination would be most striking for a Fall or Winter wedding.
  2. Pantone colors – Pansy & Oyster.  For this color combination, I would choose Oyster for the base color of the wedding cake, adding a little shimmer quality to it.  Then, the design elements on the cake would be in Pansy…including actual purple pansies.  I believe this color combination would be most striking for a Winter or Spring wedding.
  3. Pantone colors – Bordeaux & Pistachio.  For this color combination, I would choose Pistachio as the dress color for the bridesmaids, with Bordeaux as the predominant color in the bride’s bouquet.  I believe this color combination would be most striking for a Spring or Summer wedding.
  4. Pantone colors – Tahiti & Appletini.  For this color combination, I would choose Tahiti as the ceremony décor (floral, ribbons, etc), with Appletini the primary color in all of the stationery.  I believe this color combination would be most striking for a Spring or Summer wedding.
  5. Pantone colors – Ice Lilac & Navy Blue.  For this color combination, I would choose Navy Blue for the attire of the entire wedding party, with Ice Lilac as accent colors for vests, handkerchiefs, floral accessories, or hair fascinators.  I believe this color combination would be most striking for a Fall or Winter wedding.

Not only is purple a color of royalty and elegance, it is also a color that is sacred in nature.  It is the perfect color for couples wanting a more formal, elegant theme in their wedding, as well as a perfect choice for couples wanting a natural, organic theme in their wedding.  What colors are you using in your 2011 wedding?

Your extraordinary event specialist in Chicago,
Nicole

The Ceremony Checklist

Posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 9:30pm

 

Admittedly, one of my favorite aspects of helping a couple plan their wedding is to help them plan the details of their ceremony.  I’m not sure if this comes from my religious background or the fact that I love the actual moment when the couple declares their love for each other in front of family and friends.

Here is my checklist for a couple’s ceremony:
1. Invest in some premarital counseling.  Whether you’ve been together 6 months or 6 years, it never hurts to work with a trained professional to discuss your hopes, dreams, fears, values, beliefs, etc as individuals and as a couple.  This counseling works on strengthening your relationship and constructively preparing for future challenges and conflicts that will inevitably come up in your marriage.
2. Choose a location and officiant that represents you as a couple.  This could mean your church, synagogue, temple, or non-religious setting.  Get to know your ceremony location because this is the place where you will begin your married life together.  Get to know your priest, rabbi, judge or other officiant because this person will set the tone for your ceremony and can also be a part of your support group throughout your marriage.
3. Sit down together and discuss the readings and music that you want at your ceremony.  Your music and reading choices will set the tone of your wedding and reveal aspects of your relationship.  Again, make these decisions together, because after all, this is your wedding day.  You will also want to make sure that the people you choose to read, sing or play instruments are comfortable to do so in a public setting.

It’s important to remember that your ceremony is the most important part of your wedding day.  Yes, the reception is fun, exciting, and a celebration of your love; but the ceremony is where you begin your married life together.

Your extraordinary event specialist in Chicago,
Nicole