Lunar Ink at the Elder-Beerman Bridal Event in Springfield, OH

Thank you to Elder-Beerman and their staff for putting on a local Bridal Event at the Upper Valley Mall in Springfield, OH.  This free event was today from 12-3PM and wedding vendors from the Springfield, Ohio area came to meet with brides and grooms-to-be.

This was the first Bridal Event for Lunar Ink and I will hopefully attend another bridal event in the near future.  Today, I brought our Blue Album, DIY Papers Album, and Quite Personally Album from Carlson Craft Social Stationery.  If you attended the Bridal Event today and live in the Springfield, OH area, you can contact me by email or phone to arrange an appointment to view our albums in depth. or 513-696-6006.  Thank you to everyone who attended today and best wishes!

Top 10 Columbus, Ohio Wedding Reception Sites

Getting married in the “Heart of it all”

Are you looking for the most unique wedding reception sites in Columbus Ohio?  Then look no further.  We have ten ideas just for you in Columbus, the heart of Ohio!

Outdoor wedding sites:

Indian Run Falls, one of Dublin, Ohio’s many parks, is the perfect place to plan your outdoor wedding fete.  Two shelter houses are available as well as walking trails, a bridge, and observation decks.  The natural beauty of the falls and surrounding wildlife make this small park a unique reception site.

The Topiary Park in downtown Columbus is a whimsical reception venue that is sure to captivate.  Create your vision here at this public park. You and your guest can stroll around the interpretation of Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte!

The Chadwick Gardens located on OSU’s agricultural campus is a beautiful place to wander and drink in nature’s beauty.  The North Arboretum includes many tree specimens and gardens of interest.  The Ohio 4-H Center is in the heart of these gardens and would make a great space for guests to escape inclement weather.

Indoor Wedding Sites:

Signature Wines is a working winery located in Columbus.  Imagine your guests sipping a selection of locally brewed wines while exploring the winery.  This is a connoisseurs treat!

BoMA is a turn of the century church turned into a reception hall.  Its tall cathedral ceilings and unique decor make this venue worth checking out.

The Columbus Athenaeum is a venue like no other.  This multipurpose space has multiple rooms to offer.  From grand theaters to cozy quiet sanctuaries the Athenaeum can accommodate any size and style of reception.  Take a an online tour and sample all of the pics they have to offer and you will be impressed!

Unique experiences:

Boltonfield Airport is one of Columbus’s most unique wedding reception sites.  Bring your vision of your reception and create a beautiful and unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

Columbus Zoo is a great place for  a truly wild party.  Show your enthusiasm for conservation with this unforgettable venue and have an elegant event too.  The Zoo has multiple spaces to accommodate you and your guests indoors or out.

Franklin Park Conservatory is where art and nature meet to create beautiful and engaging exhibits.  This venue can provide you with both indoor and outdoor spaces in a variety of sizes.

So get inspired by these unique Columbus, Ohio wedding reception venues and get planning for your wedding today.

Destination Wedding: Mansfield, OH?

Destination Wedding: Mansfield, OH?

The Destination Wedding:

So most of you are probably wondering how you can have a destination wedding in Mansfield, OH?  When most people think of a destination wedding, they think of exotic locations and a weekend of never ending fun celebrating the marriage of a new couple.  If you live in Ohio and are on a budget, you still want the excitement of exploring a new place while celebrating with your friends and family.  Mansfield, Oh has all of the excitement of an exotic location but is still budget friendly for you and your guests.

Why marry closer to home.

So why not plan a destination wedding that isn’t that far away.  The benefits far out weigh any inconveniences.  For example: no passports or travel visas are needed, and none of your vaccinations needed to be updated either.  Mansfield, OH is toward the center of the state which makes for an easy drive no matter where you live, eliminating costly airfare.  There are a wide variety of places to explore including: Snow Trails for skiing or snowboarding, Mohican State Park and Lodge, or Richland Carrousel Park.  The city of Mansfield’s website has a detailed listing of great places to visit on their visitor’s page.  You can access it by clicking here.

Mansfield can suit any bride’s style!


If you are looking for a cosmopolitan night on the town, try having your wedding reception at the Mansfield Art Center.  This chic modern building has big city flair.  Imagine your guests sipping cocktails while admiring the latest exhibition.

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Like most of Ohio, Mansfield has several farms that can be visited.  Malabar Farm State Park allows visitors a taste of farm life with an eco-friendly eye.  Enjoy the elegant tended gardens at the Kingwood Center.  Both Parks have been homes to famous Ohioans and are worth visiting for your outdoor wedding ceremony and reception.

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From the quirky like the Richland Carrousel Park to the thrilling Snow Trails skiing, Mansfield is filled with family fun.  So plan your wedding to incorporate swimming at Mohican State Park Lodge, or touring through one of Mansfield’s many museums.  There is something to do for everyone in Mansfield.

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The New Destination Wedding:

So use your imagination and you can create the best destination wedding while traveling closer to home.  Mansfield, Ohio has many great places to visit that will suit your style from elegant, cosmopolitan nights to family fun on the farm.  Check Mansfield out today and plan your destination wedding!

Wedding Trends – Fallen Leaves Guest Book

Wedding Trends – Fallen Leaves Guest Book

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We’re always looking for the newest trends for your wedding day.  So why not get inspired by the Fall trees and make your guest book with these leaf shaped tags.  Brides have been creating family trees by having their guests complete their name, wishes and even adding a thumb print to these multicolored leaves.  Then they are attached with ribbon to a branch making a family tree guest book!  This is a unique way to have your guests participate in your festivities.

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The new glam for jewelry

If you are looking for your bridal jewelry, this is the site you have to visit. offers everything from earrings, pins, and necklaces to watches and handbags.  There is something beautiful for everyone.  The prices are also great if you are watching your budget.  So check them out today is you are looking for something for you, your girls or whoever!

Spring wedding invitation trends

Spring wedding invitation trends

Looking for the latest trends in wedding invitations for Spring?  We’ve got ’em!  As seen in the Spring 2010 magazine, butterflys are in.  Check out our butterfly wedding invitations and your heart will be aflutter.  Here are some of my favorites.  What’s yours?

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Beautiful Butterfly

This beautiful magnet invitation is perfect for a spring wedding! It features a lovely spring scene with two butterflies at the top and your wording at the bottom.  4 3/4″ x 6 1/2″  The price of 100 magnets is $172.00.

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Wildflower Extravaganza

This bright white card features an extravagant wildflower design with a single butterfly beside your wording. Enclosures are printed on white cards with matching designs.  $261.00 for 100 invitations.

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Simple White

A white card features a pearl border with a pearl butterfly-like design enclosing the bride and groom’s names.

5 1/2″ x 7 3/4″ The price of $145.90 for 100 invitations includes double, blank white envelopes.

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Butterfly Wishes

Graceful, pearl-embossed butterflies pull apart to display your invitation wording. Please indicate names to be printed on the front. At the top of your enclosure is a matching pearlized butterfly. 5″ x 6 5/8″ (Gate-Fold Invitation)  The cost of 100 wedding invitations is $159.90.

Vintage Style Bridal Gowns by SHE Fashions

Vintage Style Bridal Gowns by SHE Fashions

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Are you looking for unique or vintage styled bridal dresses, jewelry and accessories?  If you live in the Dayton, Ohio area try SHE Fashions on the lower level of the Fairfield Crossing Mall.

This store offers gorgeous must have dresses for everyone in your wedding party.  No matter what your style is, SHE Fashions has something for you.  They offer sleek contemporary styles, lacey romantic styles, and vintage wedding gowns.  Mothers of the bride or groom can also find dresses that are figure flattering and beautiful.  Bridesmaids will be astonished at your fashion flair in a dress from SHE Fashions.

SHE Fashions also offers wraps, gloves, purses, hair accessories, hats and jewelry.  All of their accessories are extremely affordable and elegant.  Preview their jewelry on their website by clicking here and selecting menu.

You can also follow SHE Fashions on Twitter by clicking here.  Or view the Dayton Daily New’s recent article on SHE Fashions by clicking here.  She Fashions is also listed on Facebook.

SHE Fashions will be hosting a Fashion Show on February 27 from 1-3PM.  The show will be held at the Center Court of the Fairfield Crossing Mall.

February 2010 Ohio Bridal Shows

February 2010 Ohio Bridal Shows

Did you just get engaged over Valentine’s Day?  Or did you miss the January 2010 Bridal Shows?  If so, check out these shows in February, March, and April.  There’s one near you, where ever you live in Ohio.

The Great Lakes Mall Bridal Show will  be held on February 06, 2010 from 10.00AM – 9.00PM.  A fashion show is planned for 2PM on both Saturday and Sunday.  There is no cost for parking or admission.

On February 20, 2010 from 10:00 AM-9:00PM, the Summit Mall will host the Summit Mall Bridal Show.  A fashion show is planned for 2:00PM on both days of the show.  There is no charge for admission or parking.

The Winter Bridal Extravaganza is on February 21, 2010 from 12.00PM – 5.00PM at The Makoy Center.  Product demos, prize and grand prize giveaways, food tasting and entertainment await you.  A fashion show is also planned.

On February 28, 2010, the Battelle Hall Bridal Expo will begin at  11AM and conclude at 4PM.  Battelle Hall at the Columbus Convention Center will host this event.  Admission is $8 and $2 off coupons are available by clicking here.  The Trumpington Bridal show will take place in the newly renovated Battelle Grand Ballroom at 12:30PM and 2:30PM.  Hundreds of dollars in gifts and door prizes will be given away including a free cruise.

The Cincinnati Premier Bridal Expo will be hosted at the Manor House Banquet Center on March 7, 2010, from 11AM-4PM.  Admission is $8 per person and a coupon for $2 off is available by clickinghere.  David’s Bridal and MWTux are sponsoring a bridal show at 12:30PM and 2:30PM.  Gifts, door prizes and a free cruise will be given away.

The Dayton Marriott Bridal Expo will be held on April 18, 2010 from  11AM-4PM at the Dayton Marriott Hotel. Admission is $8 and a coupon for $2 off admission is available by clicking here.  A Linda’s Bridal & Formal attire show will take place at 12:30PM and 2:30PM.  A free cruise, door prizes and gifts will be given away.

January 2010 Ohio Bridal Shows

January 2010 Ohio Bridal Shows

If you are in need of inspiration for your wedding check out one of these Ohio Bridal shows.

The first show is The Dayton Bridal Spectacular on January 9th and 10th from 11AM-4PM located at the Dayton Convention Center.  Admission is $8 but coupons for $2 off are available by clicking here.  Fashion shows featuring attire from David’s Bridal and MWTux are at 12:30PM and 2:30PM. Gifts and door prizes including a cruise are also being offered.

On January 17, 2010,  the NWAP Southern Ohio Wedding Trade Show will be held from 12.00pm – 5.00pm at the Jackson Area YMCA.  Entertainment, prizes and a grand prize will be offered.

The Winter Bridal Gala in Springfield hosted at the Courtyard Hotel by Marriott will be held on January 17, 2010 from 12.00PM – 5.00PM. Parking will be free and over 30 door prizes are being given away.

The Dayton Bridal Connection Catering Cookoff! will be held on January 24, 2010 from 2.00pm – 5.00pm.  The Catering Cookoff is a competition for the best overall and best displayed appetizers.  Your vote counts because if your favorite vendor wins so will you.  Enjoy live music, entertainment, and dove releases.  Admission is free.

The Winter Bridal Gala in Dublin will be hosted by the Crowne Plaza Hotel on January 24, 2010 from 12.00PM – 5.00PM.  Door Prizes and a grand prize will be offered along with product demos, food samples and a fashion show.

The Westfield SouthPark Mall Bridal Show will be held on January 30, 2010 from 10.00am – 9.00pm.  A Fashion show will take place at 2:00PM Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is free.

The Columbus Premiere Bridal Expo at the Aladdin Shrine Center is the next bridal show.  This show is on January 31 from  11AM-4PM.  Admission is $8 and $2 off coupons are available by clicking here.  An Alan Ray Bridal Attire show will take place at 12:30PM and 2:30 PM.  Door prizes and gifts will be given away including a free cruise.

Another Top 10 Places in Ohio to Get Married

Since there are so many great places in Ohio to get married, I thought I would share some more of them with you.

  1. Dawes Arboretum Newark – This is a great outdoor site with its cultivated gardens.
  2. Alexandra’s Bed and Breakfast London – The B&B offers both indoor and outdoor settings.
  3. Galleria at Erieview Cleveland – is a modern space that can accommodate larger weddings.
  4. Mansion View Inn Toledo – This Victorian style B&B is just minutes from the Toledo Museum of Art, a favored photography setting, and can also cater for your bridal shower or reception.
  5. Mary Nelle’s Windswept Farm Lebanon – offers a beautiful country style wedding site with all the charm and space you’ll need.
  6. Pro Football Hall of Fame Canton – For the die hard football fan this site is uniquely you.
  7. Dayton art Institute Dayton – The Institute offers many choices for your ceremony and is a must see.
  8. Sister City Garden Sylvania – This smaller garden and gazebo is a great choice for a more informal outdoor ceremony.
  9. Ravenwood Castle New Plymouth – Who new there was a 12th century Norman style castle in Ohio?
  10. Pine Lakes Lodge near Cambridge – The log cabin style lodge offers intimate indoor and outdoor weddings.

If you haven’t already seen my first article Top 10 Places to Get Married in Ohio check this article out as it has more unique ceremony sites. Also some more sites to visit can be viewed in my article Top 10 Places in Ohio for Wedding Photos. Those of you getting married in Cincinnati check out – Top 10 Locations for Cincinnati, Ohio Weddings.

Top 10 Locations for Cincinnati, Ohio Weddings

So Christmas is past and you are engaged. Where are you getting married? Why not in Cincinnati? The Queen city is known for some beautiful locations for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Check out some of these locations. Cincinnati has something to offer for every person and budget.

  1. Cincinnati Art Museum. What more can I say but to check out the museum. It has a lot of grandeur and sophistication.
  2. The Funny Bone comedy club at Newport on the Levee is a great place by the Ohio River.
  3. East Fork State Park located in Bethel is the place for an outdoor wedding with its hills and natural beauty. This beautiful state park offers many activities including swimming, and hiking.
  4. Weller Haus Bed and Breakfast The B&B is located on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River is the perfect place for a small, intimate wedding. The Weller Haus B&B offers two locations for weddings, outdoors in their English style flower garden with fish pond or indoors by the fireplace.
  5. Garden Park Unity Church This church located in Cincinnati, is nondenominational and offers indoor and outdoor weddings depending upon size. Officiants can be provided by the church and membership or classes is not required.
  6. The Golden Lamb established in 1803 is one of Ohio’s Oldest Inns and has provided accommodations for 12 presidents. This is a must see in downtown Lebanon.
  7. 20 Century Theatre is an unusual choice for weddings. This theater has a Friday Night special for the budget conscious and features announcing your wedding on their marquis.
  8. Vinoklet Winery located in Colerain Township is available for both ceremonies and receptions. This site includes beer, wine and soft drinks in their pricing along with cake cutting.
  9. Oasis Conference Center offers many time saving amenities with flowers and cake selections built into their pricing. They can also accommodate large and small wedding sizes.
  10. Grandeur Hall located near Florence, Kentucky just across the river from Cincinnati is a great place for receptions. This venue also has dance floors, DJs, catering and more.

If you haven’t already seen my first article Top 10 Places to Get Married in Ohio check this article out as it has more unique ceremony sites. Another Top 10 Places in Ohio to Get Married has even more suggestions for ceremony sites. Also some more sites to visit can be viewed in my article Top 10 Places in Ohio for Wedding Photos.

Top 10 Places to Get Married in Ohio

Here’s my top 10 list of places to get married in Ohio.

  1. Sauder Village in Archbold is home to the Sauder Heritage Inn. This beautiful rustic hotel is at the heart of all the fun at Sauder Village. This is a great option for those who want to have a destination wedding without the cost of leaving the state.
  2. Put-in-Bay located on South Bass Island is a great place to have the beach wedding of your dreams and to honeymoon. There are numerous Bed and Breakfast Inns and tons of things to see and do.
  3. Punderson State Park and Punderson Manor Resort are both located Southeast of Cleveland and are open all year. The park offers sledding, snow mobiling and cross country skiing in the winter and hiking swimming and golfing in the summer. The Punderson Manor Resort is an English Tudor style mansion with large dinning room, conference center and guest accommodations.
  4. The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland is a beautiful place for a Fall, Spring or Summer weddings. Gardens and tall trees await your exploration here.
  5. Cincinnati Art Museum located in Eden Park, downtown Cincinnati offers some of the most beautiful indoor venues. The Great Hall is particularly beautiful.
  6. Colonel Taylor Inn Bed and Breakfast located in Cambridge is a Victorian styled mansion located close to downtown Cambridge.
  7. The Historic Church of Saint Patrick in Toledo features beautiful stained glass and a friendly community.
  8. The Franklin Park Conservatory located in Columbus is one of my favorite places to visit and has won The Knot’s The Best of Weddings 2007 award.
  9. Ohio University in Athens is a beautiful campus with many historic buildings and gardens. A must see in this area.
  10. A Georgian Manner Bed and Breakfast located in Logan is close to Hocking Hills and offers Southern style hospitality.

Another Top 10 Places in Ohio to Get Married has even more suggestions for ceremony sites. Also some more sites to visit can be viewed in my article Top 10 Places in Ohio for Wedding Photos. Those of you getting married in Cincinnati check out – Top 10 Locations for Cincinnati, Ohio Weddings.

An Ohio Wedding

Do you think you need a lot of money to have the wedding of your dreams? Most brides are looking for ways to get married, keep costs low and have a dream wedding. If this is you, try getting married in Ohio. Ohio is one of the few states that has a wide variety of places to be married. From large cities, to lakeside, to a country wedding, Ohio really is the “Heart of it all.”When my husband and I were engaged, we had to choose where we wanted to be married. We could have married in California or Ohio. For us, our choice was to marry at the college we both attended in Ohio. Wittenberg University is set in the rolling hills between Columbus and Dayton. This college campus offered us everything we were looking for: an intimate setting with the perfect mix of history and modernism. We were married in Hollenbeck Hall (the newest campus building at the time) and held our reception at the President’s house (dating from 1860).Wittenberg’s catering and facility staff were great to work with and helped us to solve all of our planning problems with ease. Our wedding was beautiful and friends and family still talk about how much fun it was. So if you are looking for just the right place to be married try out some of the places we’ve featured in Ohio. Whatever you are looking for you will find it here.

Top 10 Places in Ohio for Wedding Photos

Getting married in Ohio? Well the “Buckeye State” offers more than just beautiful scenery for your wedding day photo backdrops. Check out some of these sites. Who knows there just might be a hidden gem in your hometown!

  1. Toledo Museum of Art – This location is very popular for weddings but try getting your pictures inside. The many halls and galleries offer art of all forms to compliment your sense of style and admission is free.
  2. The Frankiln Park Conservatory – This public botanical garden has two great exhibits that are thrilling for photos and for receptions. Both the Chihuly and Blooms and Butterflies exhibits are worth exploring some amazing photos.
  3. Fountain Square Cincinnati – The newly reopened Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati is the new cultural center for the Queen City and is also close to all of the action downtown.
  4. Hocking Hills State Park – At this state park there are a multitude of caves that you can explore for some original wedding photos. Be prepared if you do go to this location. Scout out where you want your photos first and have some fabric cleaner incase your dress does get dirty.
  5. Kings Island Eiffel Tower – If you can’t get to Paris and you want to have a fun reception Kings Island is the place to be.
  6. Clifton Gorge – Is the photographic site for the adventurous Bride. This state nature preserve offers a chance to find the rare snow trillium along with spectacular waterfalls. It is located in Greene County close to better known John Bryan State Park.
  7. Cincinnati Observatory – This astronomical observatory is steeped in history and is a treasure in Cincinnati.
  8. Tallmadge Church – Located in Tallmadge, OH is a beautiful white church built in 1825. It is great place for pictures and is available for wedding ceremonies.
  9. Kelley’s Island – This island in Erie county offers breath taking coastal views and charm.
  10. Bryn Du Mansion – The federal styled mansion located in Granville, Ohio sits atop a forested hill overlooking a polo field and is an ideal site for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

If you haven’t already seen my first article Top 10 Places to Get Married in Ohio check this article out as it has more unique ceremony sites. Another Top 10 Places in Ohio to Get Married has even more suggestions for ceremony sites. Those of you getting married in Cincinnati check out – Top 10 Locations for Cincinnati, Ohio Weddings.

For anyone who is now engaged, check out my scavenger hunt, assassins style wedding game – Wedding Wars. There is a $75 gift certificate offered for the winner of the game. All rules can be viewed in my discussion forum under Wedding Wars Clues and Hits.