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Let us save you money and a headache

Many people end up conducting their whole wedding because they believe they are 1. saving money and 2. can’t afford the wedding planner. Well we are here to help debunk these myths and explain the whole system of why a wedding planner/event planner/ travel planner is the best choice you can make.

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Often we act with multiple hats and can do the decor, flowers, linens, as well as acting as the middle man to the venue. With experience in the business we are familiar with different venues, what they offer, what they are most likely to look like, and how they operate. We can help direct you towards ones that will be in your budget and help maximize what you want, understanding that your budget may be top priority. Since we are familiar with venues we may be able to get different prices knowing the ins and outs of their pricing.

The average wedding of 175 people costs 29,000. Now looking at that may shock you, but when looking at venue, cake, chairs, linens, china, catering, flowers, decor, time, man power, it all costs money and time.This is where we come in to help keep your budget where it should be, make sure you’re not getting the run around, and keep everything in check and on time. Think about all the time you would be placing into this, taking away from the time of enjoying being engaged. We will save you stress, money, headaches, frustration, and the best part… We do free room blocking for your out of town guests. So what are you waiting for? 


So you want to be a wedding planner?

craftdb-1195She gave me a chance when she didn’t have to, welcome to event planning 101

I took a chance by emailing Katherine Shaw one evening in December after perusing Pinterest and pinning things-leaving myself satisfied and feeling like a “designer” (c’mon we all do it, I’ll admit to it). I was less happy with my current job and needed to find myself, and more importantly, find something that made me happy each day.

Fast forward to a day in January when I received an email asking if I was interested in an internship or a job opportunity. Through emails we corresponded, and she trusted me to be who I said I was. So, I showed up on her door step to start learning.
Learning happened quickly-how she ran her business, how the event planning world really works, and the ins and outs of being a bridal consultant as well as a travel agent and the world of Destination Weddings.

Through this whole process I can tell you the most fascinating thing I have noticed and learned about Katherine…she wears her heart on her sleeve and if you go to her for help with an event, wedding, or travel plans, she will take you under her wing and you will feel incredibly loved and understood at the same time.

So this is how I turned my 2017 into a fabulous year, let us help make YOUR 2017 unforgettable!

My name is Brooke Craft and I went from a social worker with a Masters in Education to navigating the social world of event and travel planning. I can ensure you-the entire team has your best interests in everything they do. ❤️


All Star Event

One thing us “Pittsburghers” are known for is our love of sports.  When we met Ronald and Reba, we knew right off the bat it was going to be one spectacular wedding.  Reba certainly hit a home run while attending the University of Pittsburgh, because as she was playing softball, she was also falling in love with a star basketball player!  This All Star Duo decided to tie the knot on May 27th, 2012.  They said “I Do” in the Smithfield United Church of Christ, a gorgeous historic church filled with magnificent architecture.  They then made sure that none of their guests rode the bench for their stunning reception!  The reception was held at Jay Verno Studios in the South Side.  This venue is one of our favorites because of the creative freedom that is available!  It’s similar to a blank canvas and allows each event’s true colors to show and every little detail to really pop!  Speaking of colors and details, the whole room was adorned with deep pink lighting, complimented by the soft glow of candlelight.  The couple’s true passions were also seamlessly incorporated into the night.  Their team jerseys were hung on display for guests to admire as they chowed down on some delicious late night ballpark food!  Their escort cards were designed to look like admission tickets to a basketball game, and all of the table names were places on the University of Pittsburgh campus.  Even their menu cards were tied into the subtle sports theme!  The colorful flowers displayed throughout the room added that extra pop of color to really add to the glamorous atmosphere.  The couple’s very own cheering section {their friends and family} were able to dress up and take some candid photo’s in the photobooth, which were then able to be watched in real-time on the flat screen TV in the ballroom!  They then enjoyed the perfectly made pink cupcakes, created by a friend of the Bride!  Trends to Traditions Event Coordinator for this event, Kim Peters, said: “The sports theme was so perfect for the couple. With Ronald being a professional basketball player and Reba being a professional softball player all of the details were perfectly attuned to their style. Ronald is from the Dominican Republic and everything from their food to the music had a little Dominican flavor to it. Between the Dominican influence and the sports background their special day really accentuated who they are. Their guests had a wonderful time and didn’t want to leave at the end of the night.”

We think this event was definitely in a league of its own with all of its creative details and stunning outcome!

If you want to see more photo’s from this beautiful event, make sure to stop by and like our facebook page!

http://www.facebook.com/TrendsToTraditionsPittsburghWeddingPlanning

Venue: Jay Verno Studios / Event Coordinator: Trends to Traditions /  Photography: Lady of the Lens Photography/ Lighting: Jay Verno Studios / Linens: Pittsburgh Linen Rental/ Flowers: Wedding Design North / DJ: DJ Carlton / Videographer: Heartsong


We Are a 2012 “The Knot” Winners!

 

TRENDS TO TRADITIONS NAMED TOP PICK IN

THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2012

 

Pittsburgh, PA (January 26, 2012) – Trends to Traditions is pleased to announce they have been selected as a 2012 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section in The Knot Pittsburgh magazine and on theknot.com. Weddings from The Knot (NYSE: XOXO; www.theknot.com), the number-one wedding resource that’s most trusted by brides. This is the third year Trends to Traditions has been voted the top pick for The Knot Best of Weddings.

 

The Knot Best of Weddings 2012 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country, and is a must-have when it comes to selecting the best-of-the-best wedding resources. From New York florists and Seattle bridal salons to DC makeup artists, engaged couples will find detailed feedback on local wedding businesses reviewed by thousands of newlyweds who had great things to say.

 

 

 

About XO Group Inc.
XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO; www.xogroupinc.com), formerly The Knot Inc., is a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Our family of premium brands began with the #1 wedding brand, The Knot, and has grown to include WeddingChannel.com, The Nest, The Bump and Ijie.com. XO Group is recognized by the industry for being innovative in all media – from the web to social media and mobile, magazines and books, and video – and our groundbreaking social platforms have ignited passionate communities across the world. XO Group has leveraged its customer loyalty into successful businesses in online sponsorship and advertising, registry services, ecommerce and publishing. The company is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange (XOXO) and is headquartered in New York City.

For more information, please contact weddingreviews@theknot.com.


Peacock Inspired Linens

One of the best ways to add color and class to your event or wedding is to select the perfect linens.  There are so many linen choices out there that it can be overwhelming!  One of the great aspects about weddings is that there are always plenty of tables to cover!  If you are looking to pinch pennies, use less expensive linens for guest tables and more pricey ones on individual tables like your cake table.  Make sure you have exciting fabric for your candy table and escort card table also!  Here are some of our favorite “peacock inspired” linens:

Here are a few pretty linen choices to help create your look!

These are a sampling of our favorite purple linens that would look great for any peacock themed event!

Green, blue and teal make a beautiful peacock linen palette.

Like our blog?  Then you’ll love our Facebook page!  Make sure to “Like” us while you’re checking out all our wedding photos!  We also have a Twitter, so follow us at @TTTWeddings for updates and everyday wedding topics.  One last thing… Remember to enter our January peacock linen contest!  We just enhanced the prize.  The winner will get to see their design used in a real mockup wedding tablescape!  Winners are picked at the end of January so email your designs straight from our linen tool to socialmediattt@gmail.com.  Check out this blog post for more info!


Foxley Farm

Foxley Farm is a charming farm located in the middle of fox hunting country, 2 miles south of Ligonier.  Once owned by the Mellon family, this farm combines a cottage house from the 1800’s and a ballroom built in the 1970’s.  Set on a stunning 58 acres, there are numerous buildings on the property.  There is a grand ballroom, cottage house, barn and separate spring cottage to name a few.  Each building is unique and in the process of being renovated to be enjoyed by brides and their guests.

We were greeted by one of the owners who actually lines on the property.  THe owner gave us a full tour of the estate and pointed out all the great renovations they are doing.  We started in the kitchen, which held its colonial charm.  Following a peek at the kitchen we were given a tour of the guest rooms and the many bathrooms.  I was very immersed by the closet space in the house!

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DIY Peacock Flower Girl Basket

Sometimes the little details of a wedding can make all the difference.  Paying attention to accessories like the guest book and ring pillow can really pay off in “wow factor”!  If you don’t have the money to buy jaw dropping accent pieces you can make them!  Making different things for your wedding lets you get exactly what you are looking for.  Also, you will put a personal touch on your special day.  One simple craft project for you is to make your own flower girl basket.  This DIY is simple because you start with a basket and build on the accessories.

  1. I started with a simple basket that had plenty of openings for me in which to weave various decorative items.  I purchased this basket at Michael’s for about $7.00
  2. I chose a pretty string of garland with purple and pearl bead accents.  I also bought one peacock feather.  I also bought these at Michael’s for around $12.00.
  3. I used a royal blue ribbon that I had to weave around the bottom.

I simply started by weaving the garland through the holes until it gave the wrapped effect I desired.  You can zip tie the garland in place if you want to ensure that it won’t move!  Next, I weaved in the peacock feather and bent it until it was at the angle I wanted.  Finally, I wove a thin royal blue ribbon around the bottom to add more blue to the basket.

So for about $20.00 I was able to make a unique flower girl basket!  Much better than a boring one from the bridal store.


Incorporating Pets In Weddings

For many brides, the thought of including family pets in their big day isn’t even a consideration.  While they love their pets, they prefer to keep them at home.  But what about those brides who treat their pets like children?  Is it considered “okay” to include pets on your big day?  While many people frown at the idea of animals in a wedding, there are definitely ways to include them!

There are a lot of different things to consider when deciding whether or not to include pets.  One of the most important things to take into account is how your pet will react to the setting of a wedding.  If your pet doesn’t respond well to large groups of people, perhaps it is in the pet’s best interest to leave them at home with a trusted guardian.  But if you know your pet will do just fine, follow these TTT tips for incorporating pets:

  1. Assign someone to pet duties and to your pet’s “doodies”.  You will want to have one person to make sure your pet isn’t causing trouble!  Also, this person can help get your little friend to the appropriate area to “relieve” them self!
  2. Determine what role your pet will play.  Will your dog be replacing the traditional ring bearer or will your cat be monitoring the guest book?  This will help you give your assigned pet-person a better idea of their duties!
  3. Be considerate and let your guests know that there will be a pet in the wedding.  Give them some time to reconsider taking that anti-histamine before they leave the house.  Also, make sure your photographer is ready for pet photos.  They may need a little extra preparation time.
  4. Make sure that your pets are groomed and looking their best!  Also, consider if you want them be wearing attire of any kind.
  5. Have a backup plan and be ready to cut the pet’s part out last minute… Since you can’t reason with a misbehaving animal, it’s better to just move ahead without them than let them cause stress!


Cookie Tables: A Pittsburgh Tradition

Let’s take a little break from all our peacock talk to chat about cookie tables!  This lovely tradition is part of every *Burgh Approved* wedding and believe me, it’s a must.  Even Ben Roethlisburger, Steelers’ quarterback, who was wed July 23, 2011 was rumored to have had a cookie table at his wedding.  And whom are we kidding; of course he had a cookie table!  All I know is that when a bride-to-be asks me to bake three dozen cookies, I get a little warm feeling in my heart because I was entrusted with providing for the cookie table.

A tradition that started in South West Pennsylvania, cookie tables are starting to become more of an East Coast tradition now.  Traditionally though, cookie tables were primarily found at Italian and Catholic weddings and were meant to replace the wedding cake!  It’s easy to imagine how all those cookies would suffice as dessert for hungry wedding guests but I just don’t think I could swap the joy of taste testing and cake cutting!  Most modern brides also feel this was and so they do both.  Thus, they end up with a lot of left over cookies!  A great way to get rid of your cookie leftovers it to offer them as a wedding favor!  Put out empty boxes toward the end of the reception and people will happily fill them up and take them home!

Like our blog?  Then you’ll love our Facebook page!  Make sure to “Like” us while you’re checking out all our wedding photos!  We also have a Twitter, so follow us at @TTTWeddings for updates and everyday wedding topics.  One last thing… Remember to enter our January peacock linen contest!  We just enhanced the prize.  The winner will get to see their design used in a real mockup wedding tablescape!  Winners are picked at the end of January so email your designs straight from our linen tool to socialmediattt@gmail.com.  Check out this blog post for more info!


Peacock Bridesmaid’s Looks!

Creating the perfect peacock ensemble for a bridal party has never been so fun!  As modern brides start pulling away from traditions like all-matching bridesmaid’s dresses and black simple suits, it allows a newer market of young and fun bridal party attire to make it’s debut!  Modern brides love using different styles for each bridesmaid dress.  Finally, brides are considering their bridesmaids and letting them select a figure flattering dress that is as unique as they are!  When done right, this idea of mismatched dresses coming together can create a beautiful wedding party.  Using one of our favorite bridal attire designers, Jim Hjelm, we put together some unique bridesmaid looks inspired by this month’s theme: peacocks!

When you are creating a collage of gorgeous dresses there are many ways to do it!  One simple way to make sure all your dresses look great together is by sticking to one length and one fabric!  This dress combination is inspired by peacock feathers and the metallic hue they have.  Also, the common trait of a black accent on each ties the whole look together.   By having two dresses in the same color and two dresses in accent colors all with different necklines, it really emphasizes a fashionable approach to dressing your bridesmaids!

Bolder peacock hues and a burst of volume make these mismatching bridesmaid dresses strike a cord together.   What makes these dresses mesh?  Each dress is above the knee with a similar shine and fabric in different jeweled tones.  Also, each dress has a different section of volume to give your girls that extra pop!  These dresses are sure to give your wedding a unique yet fashionable twist.

Two colors, four amazing Jim Hjelm dresses.  This is a simpler color palette for a peacock wedding but what it pulls from the theme is drama.  Each dress is distinctive and dramatic ensuring you to have four stunning bridesmaids!  The length lends a sense of formality.  Not to mention, the length would help keep your girls warm during the cold winter month of January!  Since these dresses are so dramatic, sticking to two necklines and simple up-dos will really let the dress speak for itself.

Don’t forget that here at Trends to Traditions, we are available to order any of the Jim Hjelm Occasion dresses! Mention this blog post to receive 10% off your order. If you are interested in ordering one of his dresses, call us at 412-267-2108.

Like our blog?  Then you’ll love our Facebook page!  Make sure to “Like” us while you’re checking out all our wedding photos!  We also have a Twitter, so follow us at @TTTWeddings for updates and everyday wedding topics.  One last thing… Remember to enter our January peacock linen contest!  We just enhanced the prize.  The winner will get to see their design used in a real mockup wedding tablescape!  Winners are picked at the end of January so email your designs straight from our linen tool to socialmediattt@gmail.com.  Check out this blog post for more info!