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Five Things To Do When You First Get Engaged

Have you or someone you know recently get engaged? First of all, congratulations! It’s such an exciting (and often overwhelming) time. Here are five things to do put on your checklist. You will have plenty of time to figure out all the other details later!

1. Start a notebook.

From the moment you get engaged, your friends and family (and probably some strangers!) will immediately start sharing their ideas and you will want to write them down (or at least the good ones). It’s also not a bad idea use a binder or a notebook with a pocket to save pictures, clippings and samples.

2. Set the Date.

It may seem early to narrow down the date right away, but you will need the date for almost all aspects of planning. If you both have your hearts set on a certain venue, you may need to be flexible with the date. Popular venues often book events more than a year in advance. If you’ve picked a particular day or weekend, you will want to have several venue options in case your first or second choices aren’t available.

3. Set the Budget.

It’s important to sit down and decide on your budget at the beginning of the planning process. If your parents or other people are contributing to the wedding, make sure to include them in the conversation. Once you have your numbers in mind, you can steer your planning in the appropriate direction and be mindful before things get out of hand (and over budget!).

4. Set the Style.

Even if you’re not sure of the venue or any other details, you and your fiancee should start to discuss the type of event you want to have, such as formal or casual, indoors or outdoors, or perhaps a theme. Knowing the style of wedding you want will help you ask questions when choosing a venue.

5. Celebrate!

It’s so exciting to get engaged. Take time to write down how it happened. You may want to use your story for a wedding website or as part of your ceremony. Tell your family and friends so they can share in the excitement with you.

Bonus Tip: Consider a Consultant.

With so much research and planning, many brides and grooms opt to have help. Consider hiring a wedding planner (like Hello Productions!). Not only can they save you time researching venues, caterers, florists, photographers and bands, but they also offer support and alleviate stress on the actual wedding day. Most wedding planners offer a range of packages, from full wedding planning to day of help. You can request a quote from Hello Productions here!

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Use WeddingDresses.com To Find The Perfect Wedding Dress

If you’re looking for a new car, there are tons of websites to help you in your search. You can narrow down your selections by year, color, price, features, etc. – so convenient! The creators at WeddingDresses.com realized there was a need for this type of search for wedding dresses as well, one that includes all types of designers and styles.

Created in 2014 by a group of wedding-lovers, WeddingDresses.com is a way to search and filter thousands of dresses by options such as silhouette, color, neckline, train size, and sleeves. The search includes over 140 designers.

Keep in mind, your local bridal store may not carry every designer and dress you find on the site, but it is a great way to start your search! Take any pictures you like to your dress consultation because your bridal shop may be able to help you find the exact or a comparable dress.

We think this is a great resource for new brides to start their wedding dress search so we played around with the filters and picked some of our favorite wedding dress trends. Remember the less filter options you use, the more dresses the search will return.

We searched Fabric: Lace and Neckline: Illusion

Left to right: David Tutera for Mon Cheri, Cristiano Lucci, Moonlight Collection

Left to right: David Tutera for Mon Cheri, Cristiano Lucci, Moonlight Collection

We searched Style: Cap Sleeve

Left to right: Lela Rose Wedding Collection, Eugenia, Moonlight Collection

Left to right: Lela Rose Wedding Collection, Eugenia, Moonlight Collection

We searched Color: Blush and Style: Dramatic

Left to right: Moonlight Collection, Ian Stuart Bride, Vera Wang

Left to right: Moonlight Collection, Ian Stuart Bride, Vera Wang

Whether you’re a bride or just a wedding-lover like us, head over to weddingdresses.com and search away!

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Find Out What Hello Productions Has Been Up To!

Hello Productions has been busy recently and we thought we’d give our readers a peek at some of our recent events! From baby showers to weddings, Hello Productions has been busy planning and executing events in both Pittsburgh and Raleigh. And keep in mind that our planning services don’t stop there! We are happy to help with destination event as well!


Laura & Bill’s Wedding

Photography by Michael Will Photography


Natasha’s Baby Shower

Photography by Debra Brody

baby shower collection

Megan and Erik’s Wedding

Photography by Betty Elaine

megan and erik collection

Want more details and photos? See more from these events (and others!) on Hello Production’s Natasha’s Facebook Page. You can also find more past events in our Hello Productions Portfolio!

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Five Fun Ways (Plus 5 Free Ways) to Promote Your Business or Event

At Hello Productions, we do more than just plan events – we also handle marketing and promotions for companies and their events. We are often asked to design and print flyers, signs, banners and other marketing pieces. With online and in-store print services, it is easier than ever to get the word out. Here are some of our favorite new ideas to promote your company or next event. And keep reading for five free ways to promote your business or event!

Clockwise from top left: Mason Jars, Custom Gum, Tshirt Sponsor, Calendar Magnet and Die Cut Postcard.

Clockwise from top left: Mason Jars, Custom Gum, Tshirt Sponsor, Calendar Magnet and Die Cut Postcard.

Promotional Mason Jars
Mason jars are in right now so they’re the perfect way to have your logo be seen. These 16 oz mason jars with threaded tops (lids optional) are available from Adco Marketing.
Promotional Gum
Put your name or logo on a 12-piece sugar-free gum pack, like the one available through Staples.
Promotional Magnets
Magnets, such as calendar magnets from Vistaprint, are a fun giveaway at trade shows or just to thank customers (and encourage new business). If you are going to use them to promote your company, make sure to include your name, phone number, website and hours (if applicable).
Die Cut Postcards
We’ve all seen business postcards that come in the mail. Some catch our eye and some don’t. Make sure yours do with these unique die cut postcards from ShipShapes. Send these to new customers to encourage new business, as well as existing customers, to invite them to a special event or send them a reminder.
Sponsor An Event
Whether it’s a 5k walk/run event or a beer tasting, you can give your company exposure by being a sponsor. Make sure you submit an attention-grabbing logo for their materials and don’t forget to advertise the event on your own website, blog or Facebook page. You can also hold an event and get other business partners to sponsor. Advertise their logos on tshirts, like the one above from Rockwell.
Promotions don’t have to be pricey! Here are five FREE ways to promote your business.
20-social-media-iconsSet up an online presence. Promote your business using Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Set up a free website. Sites such as WordPress.com have themes for all types of businesses.
Write an article for submission to a local newspaper, magazine, blog, and/or website. Include new business (such as new locations or employees), events, and other topics that demonstrate your expertise in that particular field. You can also offer to be a speaker at a conference, community event, or local business group.
Network! Take advantage of any local or online networking opportunities to share information about your business and increase your potential client list.
Hold a contest to collect Facebook “likes” or emails for your newsletter distribution. You can offer a product or service from your business, or partner with another local business that may be willing to donate something in exchange for the exposure.
Offer a free consultation. Once you narrow down prospective clients, offer a no-obligation consult where you can find out more about their needs and suggest how your business can help them
Looking for more help promoting your business? Give Hello Productions a call today (412-298-7333)!

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Tips To Get A Bright, White Smile For Your Wedding Day (Or Any Day!)

crest whitestrips

As you’re scheduling appointments for your hair, makeup and gown alternations, you may be considering whitening your teeth before the big day as well.

There are a few options if you want to try teeth whitening. Keep in mind that different shades of teeth whiten differently, so it’s a good idea to ask your dentist before you start. Bleaching strips on the market, such as Crest Whitestrips, often have good results with many patients and are a good, inexpensive way to try bleaching. You can find them in grocery and drug stores.

There are many versions of Crest Whitestrips available, from Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects to the Crest 3D White Whitestrips 1 Hour Express. Check out their coupon page for current discounts and promotions: http://www.3dwhite.com/crest-coupons/.

If the results are not what you expect, you may want to try an in-office bleaching system. Systems can vary from office to office, but you can typically expect a combination of at-home and in-office bleaching.

crest results

The first step is to have impressions made of your upper and lower teeth and customized bleaching trays are made for you to wear. These trays will hold the beaching gel against your teeth. You will be instructed to wear these trays for approximately two weeks before your in-office bleaching appointment, where a higher concentration of bleach is applied under a special bleaching light.

The second step is to come into the office for an hour, where your gums will be protected by a shield and a bleaching agent is applied to your teeth. For the next hour, your teeth are bleached using a special light. After this visit, you are instructed to continue using the custom trays at home for another two weeks.

The final step is to reevaluate the results. Make sure to talk to your dentist if the results aren’t what you expected; you may need to try the bleaching light a second time.

A few other tips to remember:
– Minimize coffee, tea and red wine before your wedding, as these items are prone to staining.
– Drink dark sodas or iced teas with a straw.
– In combination with a whitening system, use a whitening toothpaste to help with surface stains.
– If your teeth feel sensitive while using whitening products, you can try sensitivity toothpaste. If that doesn’t help, discontinue their use and talk to your dentist.

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