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March 14, 2012

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner | Wednesday Wisdom

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Hi everyone!  Today I have am thrilled to announce that we have a guest post from Kristin Spear who the owner and all around awesome wedding planner for Soiree Productions - and, might I add, even more thrilled that she selected so many GORGEOUS images to send us from Culinary Crafts's FAVORITE photographer, Pepper Nix! Anyhow, back to the subject!  Ever wondered if you need to hire a wedding planner?  Well, besides simply planning the wedding, Kristin is here to tell you the many ways a wedding planner will make your wedding day the stuff of dreams!  Take it away, Kristin! Having a professional wedding planner can help in so many ways. Most importantly, it allows the bride  to truly enjoy the most important day of her life.  In the past, having a planner was only for the privileged, and it was viewed as a luxury. Fortunately, this is no longer the case. Brides in 2012 are lucky to have many choices for professional wedding planning services. Here are our top 5 ways a wedding planner can help you and your wedding:
  • Budgeting
       An experienced wedding planner knows how to work with your budget in the right perspectives. She can see the big picture, and focus on prioritizing the details.  She will make sure all of your vendors and selections are in line within your dreams and your means. Be honest about your budget and your priorities- with your planner-and yourself. It will help in every way.
  • Vendor Referrals and Contract Negotiation
       A great wedding planner is extremely skilled at personality matching and will assist in proper vendor selection for you and your expectations. You can really see your wedding planner’s experience by their vendor relationships. This helps save everyone time, and creates a dream team for your perfect day.        Because of your planner’s great working relationships, she will be the best resource to negotiate contracts with vendors, suppliers, and very importantly-your venue. Work with your planner in contract negotiations. This will benefit you and your wedding day more than you may ever know.        Every day, your wedding planner works with contracts. She will be very familiar with contracts, and will be able to spot red flags immediately. Your planner is going to be your greatest ally in ensuring that contracts work to make your day the best it can be.
  • Organization & scheduling
       Your planner’s main responsibility is to keep things simple, organized and on track for you. They will help to schedule tastings, design mock-ups, and site tours all around your personal schedule. She will pay close attention to your vendor’s payment schedule and deposit requirements. She can handle all of your final payments and gratuities the day of the wedding so you and your family can simply celebrate. In so many ways, a planner removes the stress and helps to make the process fun!
  • Stress & Crisis Management
       There are simply so many factors in planning your wedding; it naturally can be overwhelmingly stressful. Your planner will know the answers, and it will seem almost effortless for her to handle the many situations that will arise. She will be your go-to person and will have the advice and support that you need throughout the process, and especially on the day of the wedding. She will be your professional problem solver.
  • Set Up and Strike
       As a little girl you imagined your wedding day as a day of beauty, getting ready with your bridesmaids, stepping into your perfect dress, walking down the aisle and seeing your future husband waiting for you... A great wedding planner will help ensure that you not only enjoy your day-but that it all comes together how you imagined. Without you having to worry about the actual set up process and take down process. This means that you get to simply relax, and enjoy your first moments as a Mrs! There are wedding planners for every bride and every budget. The moment you find yourself engaged, you will also find yourself focused on your special day. Hiring a planner will absolutely be the best investment for your day. Allow yourself to enjoy your day and focus on being a bride. Thank you Kristin!  As always, you are fabulous and make such an amazing point for the AWESOMENESS that is a wedding planner!  Brides, definitely think about how a wedding planner can make this process so much easier and so much more fun for you!  Also, if you are a destination bride, a planner can definitely be your ally here while you are out of state.  Happy planning everyone! Check out our NEW website at www.culinarycrafts.com! Photo credits: All photographs credited as marked, Kristin's headshot by Pepper Nix Photography

March 1, 2012

Roaring 20s Event | Wednesday Wisdom

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Happy Leap Day everyone!  Today, I have a one-of-a-kind event that is perfect for this very unique day - a Roaring 20s themed event chock full of style, panache, and, of course, delicious food!  We at Culinary Crafts couldn't wait to showcase this event!  The McCune Mansion set the scene perfectly and the Culinary Crafts servers dressed to the nines with bow ties, spats, and arm bands (plus, slicked back hairstyles and mustaches were encouraged!)  Our flapper girls mingled with the crowd serving our Speakeasy's home brew in mason jars while the jazz band took us back to yesteryear.  Not to mention, we parked Something Vintage Something Blue's Dazee to welcome guests in a timeless fashion!  Culinary Crafts doesn't get to do themed events like this very often - so we definitely took the chance to go all out!  Take a look! How amazing is this event!? Guests were invited inside to peruse the dinner stations in true 1920s fashion.  The Chicago Pasta Bar, New York Ice Bars, Beef Bourgignon and Waldorf Salad stations were a hit and, of course, everything that could be was served in a martini glass! The Culinary Crafts signature prohibition themed finger dessert display was also true to the theme with each of the desserts spiked with just a bit of liquor.  Love it!  Top it off with an authentic Speakeasy (complete with a required password to enter) that hosted a casino and bar and if that wasn't quite what you were looking for, the Cordial and Cigar bar on the second floor was a fantastic alternative.  What an unforgettable evening!  And wouldn't this make a perfect one-of-a-kind wedding or rehearsal dinner?  Happy planning everyone!!! Check out our NEW website at www.culinarycrafts.com!

February 22, 2012

A Deal on the Grand Hall | Wednesday Wisdom

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Let's face it, planning a wedding is expensive, and sometimes, picking the perfect venue is made that much harder when your budget just won't stretch for that 'Grand' vision you have in mind.  Well, check out this deal!!! All Culinary Crafts's clients will receive $200 off their weekday rental of the GORGEOUS Grand Hall at the Gateway!  Seriously, who doesn't want to save $200!?!?  So, if you are racking your brains for the perfect venue, you should definitely check out The Grand Hall!  Happy saving everyone! Check out our NEW website at www.culinarycrafts.com! Call The Grand Hall at 801.456.0008 for full details and restrictions.  Must present the coupon for the discount.  Expires 12/31/12.

February 1, 2012

DIY Backdrops | Wednesday Wisdom

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Today, I am thrilled that our newest addition, Holly Fowler, wanted to share some of her favorite ideas for a fun and creative DIY backdrop/accent wall!  Take it away, Holly! "One of Culinary Crafts's favorite things we've seen is when an event uses a fun or creative backdrop to set off a space at an event location.  Whether its a pinwheel wall behind the bride and groom during the ceremony, a wall of lights and fabric behind the bridal party table, or even a fabric ribbon garland to amp up the dessert table, each makes a very definite focal point at the event and guests will be drawn to the important areas in the room!  Not to mention, each of these elevate your overall design in infinite ways.  Even better, each of these ideas are simple and could easily be created by you as a DIY!  For example, the fabric ribbon garland is super easy to create.  All you need is varying fabrics in the color and patterns you like, then you cut or tear the fabric (depending on the feel you want) in differing lengths.  As soon as you feel like you have a good amount to create your 'wall', randomly attach the fabric lengths to a string or wire the width of the table you are dressing.  Remember to mix colors, patterns, and lengths to create a evenly weighted look.  Use all of the fabric and add as needed to fill in the spaces.  Remember, you can use more or less fabric, again, it is all about the look you are going for.  Hang the string or wire from the ceiling and voila!  You have a DIY fabric garland wall that takes your table from ordinary to extraordinary!" What a fabulous idea, Holly!  Happy crafting everyone!!! Check out our NEW website at www.culinarycrafts.com!

January 25, 2012

Inspiration Boards | Wednesday Wisdom

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Starting at top left and moving clockwise: Poptone Naturals board via Culinary Crafts, Lilac Love inspiration board via Green Wedding Shoes, and Color Me Happy board from 100 Layer Cake Today, I'd like to share one of the most important tools that any bride can have while planning her wedding: an inspiration board!  Inspiration boards allow you to create a color palette, choose a style, and put it all together so you get a sense of what your perfect day will look like (and if its what you have been dreaming of).  Then, you will have a way to show your wedding planner, florist, or caterer what you are wanting!  Having photographs and a visual board will help everyone get on board with your vision!  How awesome is that?  Plus, in today's modern world, the tools available to create inspiration boards have never been easier to find and use.  From Style Me Pretty's free account that lets you create boards from the thousands of images in their database to Pinterest that allows you to pin everything you've ever looked at on the web and piece your perfect board together - it seriously is AMAZINGLY easy (not to mention FUN) to put together all sorts of possibilities!  We at Culinary Crafts LOVE when a bride comes in with an inspiration board, because we definitely get a sense of her taste, style, and what she's hoping for at her wedding and then we can hit the ground running with ideas to help create her dream day.  So, if you are a bride, definitely check out Style Me Pretty or Pinterest (or make your own!) and have fun!!!  Happy planning! Check out our NEW website at www.culinarycrafts.com!

January 18, 2012

Dramatic UMFA Wedding | Wednesday Wisdom

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Today I'd like to share with you one of our favorite weddings of 2011!!!  Held at the UMFA, we were bowled over by this bride's dramatic and GORGEOUS ceremony.  Classic black and white with bold punches of red gave this event an air of sophistication, drama, and elegance.  And, of course, Culinary Crafts made sure to keep that feeling alive with DELICIOUS food!!!  From butler-passed hors d'oeuvres to a four course plated dinner service, each guest was sure to be dazzled!  Take a look! I love, love, LOVE this wedding!  The UMFA was the perfect backdrop and the reception design (courtesy of LMG Events) was immaculate!  It was gorgeous and we congratulate the stunning couple and wish them many years of happiness and love!  Happy planning! Check out our NEW website at www.culinarycrafts.com! Photos courtesy of Jessica Kettle Photography and Logan Walker with ZumaPhoto  

January 4, 2012

Scenemakers : Vendor Love | Wednesday Wisdom

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At Culinary Crafts, we have catered hundreds of events and one of the most important things that we have found to make an event flawless is hiring the top notch vendors.  One of those vendors is definitely Scenemakers!  We work with them all the time and they continually astound and AMAZE us!  We love them so much, they even did ALL of the florals for Mary's wedding reception (which is featured in the new Utah Bride and Groom Magazine)!  Their talent doesn't stop there.  From site design, event design, planning, set up, florals, and concept, they do it all.  And they do it FLAWLESSLY.  We'd like to showcase the florals they've provided on two of our favorite events ever, Lauren Magelby's vintage romantic wedding, and Mary Crafts-Homers fantastic wedding reception (natch)! Scenemakers has always been one of our favorites, but recently, working with them has gotten EVEN better!  Freddie Kessler (who actually worked with Scenemakers previously) is back!  She is AMAZING and year after year, Mary and Freddie carefully craft the most divine and most gorgeous of Utah weddings.  They easily create THE weddings of the year - every year.  We hope you check out what Scenemakers could do for you.  You won't be disappointed!  Happy planning!  

December 28, 2011

New Year’s Eve Look Book | Wednesday Wisdom

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New Year's Eve is fast approaching and it's always a fantastic excuse to get dressed to the nines, wear some serious sparkle, and have an AMAZING party!  This year, I'm loving a gold and champagne themed event, which the hostess outfit to match!  Take a look! Love this?  Well, wait until tomorrow when we unveil our Culinary Crafts's menu ideas for the PERFECT New Year's Eve soiree!  Our delicious offerings complete this sparkling night and make sure that your guests will be talking about the party of the year - and years to come!  Make sure to check back tomorrow!!! Check out our NEW website at www.culinarycrafts.com!

December 21, 2011

Give The Gift of Goodwill | Wednesday Wisdom

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At the holidays, for many, there is a feeling of love, hope, and compassion for mankind.  It's a time of giving gifts and love in the spirit of the season.  There are some, however, who struggle to stay warm, provide meals, or give their families gifts at Christmas.  For them, the holidays are not always the happiest of times.  I believe that one of the greatest things you can do for the holidays is donating your time, used clothing, monetary gifts, or Christmas gifts to those in need.  We are so fortunate for all that we have and helping people out just reinforces that gratitude!  Plus, in Utah, there are some pretty fantastic organizations that make it super easy to help!  One is the United Way of Utah County's Sub for Santa! Sub for Santa provides gifts for children between 18 months and 14 years of age in Utah County.  You can make a financial donation or sponsor a family.  It's a great way to provide someone with a fantastic Christmas who may have otherwise went without.  Last year, Sub for Santa provided nearly 2,000 families and more than 5,400 children with assistance.  How cool is that?!  Such an AMAZING organization and definitely one close to Culinary Crafts's heart!  In fact, Culinary Crafts participates in Sub for Santa EVERY year!  This year, they sponsored a big family with a lot of need and they'll be delivering their Christmas surprise tonight!!!  So EXCITING!   Another great organization is The Road Home.  Located in Salt Lake City, they provide assistance and programs to help the homeless get back on their feet and back into the workforce.  As they say, "It's not a hand out, it's a hand up!"  One of the really awesome programs they have during the holidays is the Candy Cane Corner.  They take donations of new, unwrapped toys (up until Friday, December 23) and put them in the Candy Cane Corner.  Then, the families at the Road Home get to "shop" for presents for their families and can take their selections and wrap them to provide a Christmas surprise for their loved ones.  Such an AMAZING program! They are also doing the Holiday Radio-a-Thon right now, which is a giant drive for in-kind donations, monetary donations, or you can volunteer your time to help with the drive.  Many corporations are doing really awesome monetary matching programs too if various radio stations meet donation amounts - which makes your donations go so much farther! During this season, there are so many opportunities to help our communities and give the gift of goodwill towards our fellow man.  There is so much need, and we must remember, its not just at Christmas.  May this inspire more people to go out and help in any way they can all throughout the upcoming year!  Happy Holidays!

December 14, 2011

New Venue Bella Vista | Wednesday Wisdom

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We are always looking for new and beautiful venues for our clients and let me tell you, The Bella Vista is a gorgeous gem in Lindon!  We were so fortunate to be asked to cater a Women In Philanthropy event - the "In Her Shoes Gala".  Even luckier still that it introduced The Bella Vista to us!  Take a look at this FANTASTIC new space! Such a fabulous space and such an AMAZING event with wonderful people.  We are so thankful to be involved with the Women In Philanthropy and continually amazed by the acts of selflessness of the WIP and United Way.  No wonder such an awesome group of people chose such an AWESOME venue!  The Bella Vista is beautiful!  Definitely check it out if you are planning an event in the Lindon area!  Happy Planning! Check out our NEW website at www.culinarycrafts.com! Photo credit: Logan Walker, CAKE photography

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