This evening, Kaden’s Cove Yacht Club in Trenton, Ohio, will be having an open house for the public, engaged couples, and wedding professionals from 7 to 9pm. Kaden's Cove Yacht Club is located at 4983 Kennedy Camp Road has a beautiful ceremony area that overlooks the harbour, and a building that can seat up to 250 people for a wedding reception. This venue is centrally located between Hamilton and Middletown, off I-75.
Complimentary food and drinks will be served at the event. To learn more about Kaden's Cove Yacht Club, call 513-893-5585 or visit www.kadenscove.com
Receiving lines give a bride and groom the opportunity to greet every single wedding guest that has come to celebrate their big day with them. For many couples, this may be the only chance they get to talk with all of the guests. However, receiving lines do take time.
On average, a receiving line will take 30 minutes per 100 guests. A formal receiving line happens outside the church (or other ceremony location) after the ceremony has taken place, or as guests enter into the evening wedding reception. Typically, the newlyweds, their parents, and their bridal party participate in the receiving line.
An alternate idea to a receiving line is a row dismissal. This can knock the time of 30 minutes per 100 guest to as little as 15 minutes per 100 guests. The reason -- the couple is able to control how much they speak to a guest and can set the pace for how long the greeting takes. After the processional of the newlyweds, bridal party, and parents, the bridal party is whisked away to a 'safe location,' while the bride and groom go back up to the ceremony area (altar, trellis, gazebo, etc), greet each guest by row, and dismiss them to leave. Once the guest is dismissed, they exit the church or ceremony location. If you plan to do a special exit photo with bubbles or ribbon wands, this is an excellent opportunity for your bridal party (that is in the 'safe location' to begin handing those out to guests and get them excited about the couple's grand exit.
If you have a limited amount of time at the ceremony location, AND you still have a lot of photos to do, it may be best to make a point of visiting all of the tables at your wedding reception instead of doing a receiving line. The amount of time it takes, however, is that 30 minutes per 100 guests figure. Make sure to budget your time accordingly. Your guests are genuinely happy for you and just want to say hello to you on the big day.
In the wedding industry, we always joke about 9-5ers and wedding time. During the week, most of us work evening hours to accommodate our brides' and grooms' 9-5 work schedules. Wedding and event professionals typically work nights and weekends.
Which means -- wedding vendors typically work weddings on Saturdays. With a few exceptions, odds are they will be delivering flowers, rentals or cakes, DJing a reception, presiding over a ceremony, shooting photos, playing music, or directing a wedding that day. If you need to talk to a wedding professional on a Saturday, be sure to schedule an appointment in advance. Saturday appointments are hot, so be sure to schedule it several weeks in advance. If you walk in to a flower shop, bakery, or photography studio on a Saturday unannounced, there is a good chance that vendor is out doing a wedding and you won't be able to talk with them.
Did you know that Cincinnati is the happiest marriage city in the entire country? Channel 9 On Your Side interviewed our friends down at Bridal and Formal this week to discuss what makes a happy marriage.
Watch to see their answers!
This scene still brings tears to my eyes! This is a classic song, performed by Adam Sandler, from the movie "The Wedding Singer." It was a huge first dance song at wedding receptions for a number of years. But... it offers some great marital advice too!
So besides telling Drew Barrymore's character wedding planning advice, like asking other wedding professionals he works with to offer her good deals on her cake and food (Wedding planners can do that for you too! Remember, we are a frequent referrer, you are hopefully only doing this one time!), what other advice does he offer?
"I wanna make you smile whenever you're sad
Carry you around when your arthritis is bad
Oh all I wanna do is grow old with you"
That is what marriage is about people -- growing old together. When you get older, you get arthritis! You may be diagnosed with cancer or some other chronic illness. You will have moments of happiness and sadness. It's the ups and downs of life and marriage is no exception. Marriage isn't easy. If it was everyone would be married.
I'll get your medicine when your tummy aches
Build you a fire if the furnace breaks
Oh it could be so nice, growing old with you
Who hasn't had to make trips to the bathroom? Guess what ... taking care of your fiance is one of the duties you agree to when you get married. It is possible that room may not always smell nice! But your fiance is human just like you.
"I'll miss you, Kiss you
Give you my coat when you are cold
Need you, Feed you
Even let ya hold the remote control"
I know my hubby misses me when I travel and kisses me on my forehead. (Forehead kisses are a sign of protection and caring.) He would give me his coat if I was cold. He needs and feeds me, but I am still working on the remote control part. Not sure if I will ever get that off ESPN or the Food Channel.
"So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink
Put you to bed when you've had too much to drink
I could be the man who grows old with you
I wanna grow old with you"
My hubby does do our dishes now, but hates it when I drink too much. (He says I get silly.) But he is the only man I ever dated that I could see today and how he would look in 40 years. That's when I knew I wanted to grow old with him.
Do you feel this way about your fiance? If so, it's time to start growing old together!
You may remember this catchy infectious tune from one of my favorite movies (and musical)
Legally Blonde, starring Reece Witherspoon.
So how do Hoku and Elle Woods provide couples with subtle wedding planning advice?
"Sun's up A little after twelve, Make breakfast for myself
Leave the work for someone else
People say, They say that it's just a phase
They tell me to act my age, Well I am"
That's right -- that's why you hire wedding professionals and not friends! It's just that -- work!!
"On this perfect day, Nothing's standing in my way
On this perfect day, When nothing can go wrong
It's the perfect day, Tomorrow's gonna come too soon
I could stay, forever as I am..."
You better believe it! Tomorrow is going to come to soon, and your photo and video will allow you to stay forever as you are that day. But nothing going wrong?? No wedding goes 100% perfectly. Events by nature are not flawless. My job as a wedding planner is to troubleshoot any issues as best I can before they become a problem, and that the bride and groom think that it was a perfect day.
"Sun's down, A little after ten, I pick up all my friends, In my Mercedes-Benz"
Well maybe not a Mercedes Benz, but how about a limousine instead???
"I'm in the race but I've already won, and getting there can be half the fun
So don't stop me till I'm good and done,
Don't you try to rain on my Perfect day, It's the perfect day"
Getting there (and planning the wedding) is half the fun. It is supposed to be fun. If it isn't then you need to take a step back, have a date night with your fiance, and remember why you got engaged to begin with. \
Because your wedding day will be the perfect day .... and yes, it will be!!!
The first song of 'song lyrics inspiration week' as it relates to wedding planning tips is "Drive" by The Cars. An oldie but goodie, this song provides some great wedding planning tips.
"Who's Going To Tell You When It's Too Late?" Let's see, your reception venue, your DJ, your photographer and your videographer for sure. You have a contract for a specific amount of time with them being at your event providing their service. If it is too late they will charge you for extra time.
"Who's Going To Drive You Home Tonight?" Great question to ask the guest who has drunk too many spirits at your wedding reception. Truth is, because you hosted the event, you may be held liable should that particular guest drive under the influence and get into an accident on the way home. Several hotels, including the Dayton Marriott, offer a complimentary shuttle service within a five minute drive of their hotel.
"Who's Going To Pay Attention To Your Dreams?" Hopefully your new spouse, and all of the wedding professionals you've contracted. It's their job to make your wedding dreams come true.
"...Can't Go On, Thinking Nothing's Wrong...." Before you walk down the aisle or up to the altar, you should have no aching gut feeling that you shouldn't be doing this. You owe it to yourself and your fiance to have no qualms going into a marriage. A wedding formally establishes a legal binding agreement of matrimony. You should have no doubts. It is much easier to call off a wedding than go through a divorce!
"Who's Going To Drive You Home Tonight?" For the bride and groom, figure out if you will be leaving your reception by limo, a special car or your own personal vehicle. If your personal vehicle, make sure that you have made arrangements for it to arrive there or drop it off earlier in the day. Same goes for anyone in the bridal party that will be riding around in a limo all day.
Who knew The Cars could provide subtle wedding planning advice???