Philadelphia Event Planners monthly meetings are Moving and Shaking the Event Industry

If you didn’t already know, Karen Pecora Events has our hands in just about everything.  Between chairing boards and starting up clubs- This Society of Wedding Planners (SWP) meeting was surely something you did not want to miss.  If you have not been to Huntingdon Valley Country Club, we highly suggest you go and take a visit.  This hidden treasure is nestled in Montgomery County.  I was amazed at how big the country club truly was.

Carol Keene, Catering Sales Manager opened up Huntingdon Valley Country Club‘s doors for SWP’s “What’s Hot” Event.   The crowd was buzzing and lively as everyone sipped libations and snacked on coconut lobster tails, lobster spring rolls, sweet potato turnovers and lamb chop lollipops during cocktail hour.   There were dinner stations with salad, shrimp and scallop stir fry with rosemary rice, spring rolls and sirloin steak.

There were some new faces among our regular SWP attendee’s that we would like to welcome to the melting pot!

The educational piece of the night started off with a bang as Tessa Miller of and Jeffery Miller of Jeffery Miller Catering, filled us in on the newest addition to, Registry 10! Most engaged couples now a days already live together so they don’t need a new microwave, toaster or even want a set of fine china.   Registry 10 is the buy local gift registry for Philadelphia allowing couples to register for unique gifts not found on traditional registries. Some really cool gifts include a hot air

Chorus Photography

balloon ride, fine dining, Wine from local vineyards, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Charitable donations,Chocolate fountain for your wedding reception, and best of all you can add a dream gift, such as Phillies season tickets which is on Tessa’s registry.

Our panel consisted of Jeffery Miller of Jeffery Miller Catering, Alana Tosti of Philly Mag, Mike Sardanapoli of EventQuip, Marc Smiler of Marc Smiler Video Artist, Rian Winther of Eventions Productions and Phil Kramer of Phil Kramer Photographers.

Chorus Photography
Jeffery Miller gave his insight on food trends, speaking heavily on the influence of couples of different backgrounds, mixing their traditional foods together to create an  amazing meal and some added creativity on the chefs end.

Marc Smiler filled us in on the latest video trends starting off with movie trailers. Couples can use movie trailers for sneak peaks for their actual wedding day video and even use it for their Save The Date’s and Invitations. What a unique idea!! Videographers are making it easier for all of the wedding guests to see the wedding video by providing a link of the video to share on your thank cards, Facebook, Twitter and your wedding website. Now you can hang on to your DVD or Blue-Ray Disc without the fear of losing it amongst the family.

Phil Kramer shared with us how many couples are breaking the tradition and taking pictures together before the ceremony.  This allows you to calm some of the nerves and actually enjoy your cocktail hour, where the party really starts! Lighting has become a necessity to create that WOW factor.   Rian Winther spoke about intelligent lighting providing ways to spice up the walls of your reception by adding designs, which could later change into a slideshow, your monogram and whatever you could imagine.   Rian, Phil and Marc also shared some valuable information on how LED Lighting may look great in person, however you may not be pleased with the colors showing up in your photos and video. The LED lights can alter the color dramatically, as Marc gave the example of buying a blue sweater at the store and bringing home what now looks purple, so use LED lights sparingly such as uplighting a tree outside at night.

Tented weddings allow for complete customizing including new distinctive floor trends.  Mike Sardonopoli of EventQuip, shared how you can trade out your lawn for wood grain, linoleum, and even real wood such as tongue and groove found in hardware stores.  Now that’s a way to make a statement!

Last but not least, fashion trends….by our only woman speaker, Alana Tosti of Philly Mag. The wedding dress is one of the most important parts of the wedding, lets face it- you can’t get married without it. You’ll find many of the hot trends coming straight from the runway especially ballet inspired including feathers and tulle. The royal wedding has influenced beautiful lace sleeved dresses but make sure you have a party dress to dance in.   Celebrities are always inspiring including recently married Vanessa Minnillo’s, two piece dress. Brides really get to showcase their personality through their wedding gown like never before.

We would like to recognize and Thank Huntingdon Valley Country Club and staff for hosting our event, Choice Party Linens for donating the crinkle linens, Kremp Florist for arranging such beautiful centerpieces, Bri Miller from Chorus Photography and the Marriott.    Thank you again for all of your hard work in making our meeting a success.

Curious about how to get involved or come to one of these meetings?  We strongly suggest you come to mix and mingle with other SWP members and industry professionals.  Try us on for size! Our next meeting is our Annual “Whose Table is it Anyway” table top competition on September 21st at Phoenixville Foundry.  Tickets are now on sale under Events-Whose Table is it Anyway. All proceeds go to Donors are Heroes- Gift of Life Program.

Kassie Budzinski
Lauren Reilly