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Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Buffalo Wedding Planning, Shannon, WEDDINGS | 0 comments

PEARwedding | Michelle & David | Buffalo New York | Botanical Gardens

PEARwedding | Michelle & David | Buffalo New York | Botanical Gardens

PEARwedding

Wedding Planner: Shannon M. Lach PEAR, www.pearplanning.com

Venue: Botanical Gardens & Asbury Hall

Photography: Foto Impressions

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www.pearplanning.com  |  event@pearplanning.com  |  716.512.9166

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PEAR: photo cred: Paul Van Hoy

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Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Buffalo Wedding Planning, Venues New York, WEDDINGS | 0 comments

10 Ways to Save on Your Venue and Menu | PEAR | Buffalo, New York Wedding Planning

10 Ways to Save on Your Venue and Menu | PEAR | Buffalo, New York Wedding Planning

 

Whether your budget is little or limitless every bride deserves the wedding of her dreams! Here are a few tips to help save on the venue and menu and make those dreams happen.

1. Get married on a Friday or Sunday.

    If you get married on an off peak day (aka not Saturday) or a less popular time of the year (fall and winter) you can usually score an awesome venue for a nice deal.

2. Slash your guest list.

    When the guest list starts adding up so does every aspect in your wedding, food, venue space, tables, and chairs. So it isn’t easy, but you might not be able to invite all of your sorority sisters from college or that one friend you went to summer camp with in middle school.

3. Go with a venue that is ready to roll.

    Sure having a wedding at the home you grew up would be intimate an heartfelt but prepare to have your parents even more stressed and your rental budget to be through the roof with extras such as toilets and tents.

4. Exchange vows and celebrate in the same place.

    It is as easy as that. You will save on venue fees, cost of transportation, and even flowers. (Have a day of coordinator move everything from your ceremony to the reception while guests enjoy cocktail hour.)

5. Consider a plated dinner.

    As crazy as it sounds since this is considered a fancier option. Food stations require the caterer to allot for Uncle Bob to take 3 servings of the beef station and none of the fish, so the caterer prepares enough food for that which equals a huge budget for food.

6. Opt out of he open bar.

    Offer your guests beer, wine, and a signature cocktail. Since your caterer won’t have to uncork tons of different bottles, you’ll save money without having thirsty guests.

7. Serve comfort foods.

    Everyone loves macaroni and cheese and BBQ chicken. So just create a display of it all and let your guests be comfortable and enjoy. Besides we all know everyone lves these classics over a fancy chicken breast with a fancy sauce.

8. Skip the champagne toast.

    Lets face it, some people just take a sip and leave the rest in their glass for the duration of the night. So you have two choices; let your guests toast with whatever drink they have whether it be a coke or a beer. Or toast with champagnes cheaper sparkling cousin, Prosecco. Same idea, just saving money.

9. Think Seasonally.

   If you are having a wedding in the fall or winter, fruits and veggies are out of season, therefore more expensive and less tasty. So forgo those options and stay in tune with the season and pick  a pecan pie for dessert. But if your getting married in July by all means have a strawberry shortcake as a staple of your dessert table.

10. Throw a brunch reception.

    Having a midday brunch will surely keep your budget down while giving your guests a fun wedding. Besides who doesn’t love breakfast food? This will also cut down on your alcohol costs a ton. Just fancy up your menu with a lobster eggs Benedict, roasted breakfast potatoes sprinkled with truffle salt, an a Belgian waffle bar. And don’t forget the endless mimosas.

 

 Happy Wedding Planning!

XOXO,

Samantha Lucenti

PEAR Event Coordinator Intern

 

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Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Buffalo Wedding Planning, WEDDINGS | 0 comments

5 Simple Ways to Change your Last Name After You Say I Do | PEAR | Buffalo, New York Wedding Planning

5 Simple Ways to Change your Last Name After You Say I Do | PEAR | Buffalo, New York Wedding Planning

Congratulations! You have now married your best friend and get to share their last name for the rest of your happy lives together. So you signed your marriage license with your new last name and think you are all set? Sorry to break it to you but you have much more to change!

1. Get your marriage license.

Before you can change your name on anything you must have the original, or certified, marriage license with the raised seal and your new last name on it.

2. Change your Social Security Card.

Visit the Social Security Administrations website and fill out the application for a new card. You will still have the same number but now have the last name of your best friend. Simply mail in the application and you will receive your card within 10 days.

3. Change your license at the DMV.

Take a trip to the DMV to get a license with your new last name, make sure to bring every form of identification with you such as your old license, certified marriage license, and most importantly your new social security card.

4. Change your bank accounts.

If setting up a joint accound, head into a branch location of your bank and request new checks, debit and credit cards, and also change your names on your accounts. Just remember, bring your new drivers license and your marriage license!

5.Fill in the blanks.

Once you have a social security card and drivers license in your marriage name, the rest should be fairly easy. Some places may just require only a phone call, some may ask for a copy of your marriage certificate or social security card.

Be sure to notify:

  • Employers/Payroll
  • Post Office
  • Electric & other Utility Companies
  • Doctors Office
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Passport Office

— Or if you want to forgo all of this busy work, you can simply go to Hitchswitch Name Change and choose your options, it can range from $30-$60 but will save you loads of time in the long run.

Until next time!

XOXO,

Samantha Lucenti

PEAR Event Coordinator Intern

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Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in WEDDINGS | 0 comments

5 Naked Cakes Dressed for a Wedding | PEAR | Buffalo, New York Wedding Planning

    One of the most popular trends of 2015 weddings has been the Naked Cake. Sure it is a tiered cake missing blankets of buttercream and sugar detailing, but these simple cakes have taken weddings by storm. They fit well with any theme, whether the wedding may be more rustic and whimsical or traditional ballroom glitz, the naked cake can be dressed up or down.

 naked cake 1

The silver platter that holds this cake gives it a more classic style while the beautiful colors of magenta and light pinks pop from the canvas of dusted powdered sugar and horizontal white lines.

naked cake 2

The contrast between the horizontal lines of the black cake and white frosting gives this naked cake a very crisp and polished look when being dressed with a couple fresh flowers that contrast with the colors as well making it even more elegant.

naked cake 3

This cake is a prime example of simplicity at its best, while letting the stand-out color speak for itself.

nake cake 4

 Having multiple smaller cakes at a wedding has become an increasingly more popular idea for dessert tables at weddings so there are more varieties of flavors and in this case, naked cakes and fully frosted cakes. These simple naked cakes are perfect accessories for whatever may be the main attraction.

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Lastly this naked cake is romantic and simple at the same time, perfect for the more rustic wedding with this cascade of seeded eucalyptus and Juliet roses.

XOXO,

Samantha Lucenti

PEAR Event Coordinator Intern

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in BLOG, Buffalo Wedding Planning, PEARstyle, WEDDINGS | 0 comments

Tradition- Buffalo Weddings {PEAR}

Tradition- Buffalo Weddings {PEAR}

Why aren’t Brides picking the “traditional” Brides Maids dresses? Lately a lot of the wedding will go with the dresses that are all completely different, they may be different shades of one color, they may be all the same color but different styles or even a combination of those and I really think it’s a great trend especially for outside weddings.  It does lose a little bit of formality but pending on how formal you want your wedding to be it may be a great look.  Here are some advantages:

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  • To be different
  • To add contract
  • The ladies can reuse their dresses for formal events
  • Gives them personality
  • You don’t have to worry if they hate their dress

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Buffalo Wedding Planning, Venues New York, WEDDINGS | 0 comments

Hotel Lafayette Buffalo New York PEARbride Jen Rochester Wedding Photographer

Hotel Lafayette Buffalo New York PEARbride Jen Rochester Wedding Photographer

Special thank you to Alexandra for her NYC photography skills and capturing the love between Jen & Adam, dear friends of mine.  We loved working on this lavender and metal inspired vision, complete in the grand ballroom of the Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo New York.

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Hope you enjoy the photos as much as we did!

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