Feelin' the burn without burning up {SportBody Pilates}

When it comes to “good workout”, your mind automatically imagines dripping sweat, being out of breath and really feeling the burn. When it comes to our next adventure in the workout world, I learned that there are a variation of “good” workouts. After really getting into yoga the past few months we decided to switch it up and continue on our journey through Milwaukee’s best workouts. Next up: Sport Body Pilates Located in the Third Ward in a window front shop at 159 N. Jackson Street, the studio has sprawling windows that you can’t help but smile in on sunny days. And in the recent frigidness, the studio is still nice and warm. You may be thinking, “Oh my gosh, everyone can watch me work out!” but that isn’t the case. Random passersby may see you after parking their cars in the Italian Community Center parking lot, but they’re probably envious of you. Pilates was a whole new experience for both Amanda and myself and our teacher, Krista, was so accommodating to ease our jitters. A lot of yoga moves are implemented in pilates, but where you used to rely solely on your body and a mat, there’s now this carriage involved. A carriage with springs and straps and bars…how do I even approach this thing? Kind of intimidating at first. Krista warmed us up and took us slowly through different moves and reps of each. She wanted us to get a feel for the carriage and being able to rely on our body for balance. You see, I’m NOT coordinated and my balance is always off kilter. I...

Nickles & Dimes-The Real Cost of Signature Drinks

Signature drinks are always a fun touch at wedding festivities; they are all over Pinterest and wedding magazines and add a personalized touch to the day. The thing the magazines don’t tell you is that they are pricey. You may think you have open bar so it will all be included, right? Unfortunately, that isn’t usually the case and it surprises a lot of our couples. Typically a signature drink costs extra. You can usually pay per drink that guests order or have a bunch made and ready to go, but you will pay for unused drinks that way. Either way it can add up to an extra chunk of change you didn’t plan for, so we have some tips to have your signature drink and sip it too. First, if you are doing a wine and beer bar and not offering liquor, a signature drink can be a great way to give your guests a hard alcohol option. You can do a his and her favorite drink or a drink that has special meaning to you. This will give guests insight into your story as a couple and give them something tasty to sip on during cocktail hour. Make sure to explain your pick in a sign or on cocktail napkins. You can say something like “Sip on a Moscow Mule, the drink Tom introduced Anna to on their first date!” Second, to make sure you aren’t paying double for an open bar and a signature drink you could pick a drink that isn’t included in your bar package. We always think it is a good idea to...

New Kid on the Block {Lizzibeth}

When I first caught wind of Lizzibeth I remember coming across a bridal photo with these amazing accessories. Having to often come up with accessories and jewelry options for brides, I always seem to have my eyes peeled and that’s what landed Lizzibeth on my Radar. There wasn’t (and still isn’t) a picture that I have come across from her shop that I don’t want something from. Right then and there I knew I had to check it out; I looked into Lizzi’s shop and it was mobile-such a neat idea! Orders were placed online and picked up near Marquette University’s campus, which later I found out is her Alma Mater. After catching wind that she was opening a storefront located at 550 E Menomonee Street in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, I knew I needed to get in there STAT. Being granted the opportunity to meet, I remember walking into the store and being nothing short of dazzled. Right away I had to touch everything within eyesight. Even the displays were gorgeous. I was like a kid in a candy store who had already had too much sugar; I couldn’t focus on everything in front of me because it was all to die for. From brides to be, to maids, to everyday accessories, there is something for everyone there. I hate saying that as we all know one size does not fit all, but if you’re looking for something glitzy and glam, you’ll find it. The best part about Lizzibeth is the price point for the jewels doesn’t go above $40. Seriously. What you see in the magazines for hundreds...

DOiNUT the Right Way {Trending Desserts}

As wedding planners, we are always trying to come up with quirky, fun alternatives to typical wedding day traditions. Dessert bars have been trending through the years with mini cupcakes, macarons and other sweet treats. We’ve even done our fair share of ice cream sundaes and gelato cups. Lately though, we’ve been thrilled with another bakery item popping up out of the fryer. Donuts! Last season we had a few brides ahead of the trend, using donuts for dessert from Cranky Al’s and the Doughnut Vault. We couldn’t have loved it more. The thing with donuts (or doughnuts) is they are fully customizable-from strawberry champagne to s’mores. They really allow brides to go above and beyond with customizations; if you can fill it, you can at least frost it, or at the very least top it. So for the sakes of our brides to be, we teamed up with Heather and Sara from Heather Cook Elliott Photography and tried a few. And by a few, I mean 15…different…kinds…from the likes of Holey Moley, Sweet Perfections and Cranky Al’s all here in Milwaukee. We tried everything from old fashioned to long johns and everything, truly everything, in between. {Cronut, Gingerbread, Chocolate Long John, Lemon Old Fashioned, Egg Nog, Strawberry Champagne, Nutella, Black & Tan, Bourbon & Vanilla, Apple Fritter, Maple Bacon, Cranberry Orange, Hazelnut Latte, Apple Pie, White Cake} After tasting, we rated each donut in 3 categories: Taste (being the most important), Creativity/Expectation (for classics) and Presentation. A favorite all around ended up being Holey Moley’s seasonal gingerbread. The flavor was intense and the donut was perfectly cakey. It...

Leave it to the Pros {Blushing Blog Feature}

A question that we often receive during meetings when explaining the importance of our services is “Well, why exactly should we hire you? Can’t we do this ourselves?” Sure, you could technically plan your wedding by yourself. You could blindly attend vendor meetings, blindly sign contracts, not exactly knowing if you’re getting a great deal or a great vendor. You could plan out your timeline, follow every move of dinner service-has everyone been served?, make sure the bar is serving your guests in prompt manner. You could monitor the gift table and card box. You could corral guests, cue your officiant, not to mention the musicians and readers. When a problem arises, you can be the point of contact, having any and all vendors approach you when they don’t have a go to plan of solution. If it rains, you can take care of moving all of the items into a safe place. Oh and did you remember set up and clean up? Sure you can do it yourself, but we can do it, too! While taking all of the pressure off you. Julissa and Ayodeji’s wedding was recently featured on Blushing Blog. After reading such kind words provided by the bride, you might have even more “PROS” as to why it is a great idea to hire a wedding coordinator. Best use of budget? “The best use of our budget was our amazing photographer, Heather Cook Elliott. Also our wedding coordinator, Tailored Engagements, and videographer, One Fine Day.” Is there anything that didn’t go as planned? “There were a couple of things that didn’t go as planned; however,...