January, 2013

Creative Ways to Invite People to Join Your Bridal Party

Your bridal party is going to be your greatest support system from the beginning to the end of your entire wedding process. Finding creative ways to invite people to join your bridal party can be a challenge. Aside from wearing beautiful dresses and hanging on the arms of handsome groomsmen, your bridal party is there for you for whatever it is you’ll need. You could simply call up your closest friends and ask them but what’s the fun in that?

Here are some cute and creative ways to ask your girls to be a part of your big day:

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered”
Grab some of your favorite scrap paper, perhaps with the colors you intend on using on your wedding day, and print an inviting phrase on it with a complimenting font. Use the example, “I’ve found my man but I still need my girls,” or “I couldn’t say ‘I do’ without you.” This is very easy and you have to freedom to get as clever with your words as you want.


“Bridesmaid in a Box”
Send a small package to your bridesmaid-to- be equipped with all she needs on the big day. Think about having a miniature bottle of champagne so she can celebrate with you properly, a monogrammed glass to remember her day with you by, and of course her bridesmaid gift that will separate her from the rest of your guests.


“Remember When…”
Incorporate a small photograph with your invitation, one that really speaks on behalf of your relationship. Let her know that you want nothing more than to share your biggest moment with her by showing her just how much she means to you.


“Destined for a Destination”
Maybe your plans are to say “I DO” in another state, or country for that matter, surprise your bridesmaids with personalized baggage tags or a map of where the wedding ceremony will be taking place.



Let us know what you think and share with us some of your own ideas.

We Won WeddingWire’s Bride Choice Award 2013!

{Pittsburgh, PA} – January 10, 2013 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, is thrilled to announce that Perfectly Planned by Shari has been selected as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013 for Wedding Planning in Pittsburgh!

The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Perfectly Planned by Shari’s selection as a Bride’s Choice Award 2013 winner was selected based on the positive experiences expressed by past clients on WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site with over one million reviews. While many industry awards are given by the host organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Perfectly Planned by Shari .

The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013 are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on professional achievements from the previous year. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients. As a Bride’s Choice Awards winner, Perfectly Planned by Shari is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

“Each year, WeddingWire looks forward to celebrating the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Now in its fifth year, the Bride’s Choice Awards™ program continues to recognize the elite wedding professionals who exemplify a commitment to quality, service and professionalism. These businesses were chosen by our bridal community for their responsiveness and dedication to their clients over the past year. We are honored to recognize Perfectly Planned by Shari for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

Perfectly Planned by Shari is thrilled to be one of the top Perfectly Planned by Shari in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the WeddingWire Network of sites, which include leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding,, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ for 2013.

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Perfectly Planned Weddings Bridal Brunch- January 6, 2013

Perfectly Planned Weddings Bridal Brunch- January 6, 2013

The first Perfectly Planned Weddings Bridal Brunch was held at the Fairmont Pittsburgh on January 6, 2013. This event was produced by Perfectly Planned by Shari with the featured speaker being Shari Zatman, Owner and Chief Inspiration Officer of Perfectly Planned by Shari introduced by DJ Kelli Burns. The event was designed for the luxury bride and her family to learn some important planning tips for the early stages of planning as well as gain valuable advice on wedding planning mistakes not to make and be inspired by ideas for customization and personalization of their own weddings.

This was no typical bridal show which can often be an overwhelming cattle call of bride and vendors trying to meet and gather information as quickly as possible. This was a lovely, relaxed environment where guests could enjoy delicious bites and beverages provided by the Fairmont and BellaChristie Sweet Boutique.

Chapel Hills Jewelry was on site to show guests bridal jewelry and gorgeous options for wedding day jewels, wedding bands and ideas to turn heirloom jewelry into re-designed creations. Glassworks and Cheeks had an array of items on display available at their stores and through bridal registry.

Guests sat down at dining tables set for a wedding. Embellished turquoise linens and chair covers were provided by Lendable Linens and the beautiful floral centerpieces which were later raffled off were provided by Allison McGeary Floral Design. Perfectly Planned by Shari provided favors at each place setting of candy rings in a gift box with a favor tag reading “Now that you have the ring…Let’s Plan the Wedding.”

The program concluded with a raffle drawing of prizes including Tacori earrings, glass platter, wedding planning books, free engagement portrait session by In-Vision Studio and the floral centerpieces on all of the dining tables.
Here’s what guests who attended had to say about the event: “Great chance to get in the wedding spirit”, “I learned that good planning is everything”, “(the program provided) Helpful information and eases you into the planning process” and “I would recommend this program to friends and family because it does offer a lot of information”.

Robert Charles Wedding Films was at the event taking video of the whole day including the full presentation. Perfectly Planned by Shari will be posting the event video soon. Please contact us if you are interested in attending a future Bridal Brunch.