Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

February 11, 2018

We’re celebrating the most romantic holiday of the year by sharing some of our favorite gift ideas for your special someone. The best part? These gifts are all local to Pittsburgh – our favorite city.

Delightful Desserts
If you’re buying for someone who loves sweets, you won’t want to pass up the beautiful hand painted chocolate truffles from A519 Chocolate (who now have a pop up store in Lawrenceville) or the colorful macarons at the new Macaron Bar in Ross Park Mall. Sweet treats are a simple yet thoughtful gift, and Pittsburgh is full of awesome dessert vendors who are looking to help you find the perfect indulgence.

Edward Marc Chocolatier is another great option for a sweet gift. This company is owned and operated by the same owner of The Milkshake Factory. It’s no surprise that their desserts are irresistible; they use only sustainably-sourced ingredients for their delicious products. They not only sell hand-made chocolates, but a delicious variety of caramel dipped apples as well.

Fresh Flowers
Flowers are feminine, fun and fragrant. They’re a feel-good gift that reminds your loved one how much you care. Visit Allison McGeary Florist’s storefront in Lawrenceville for a beautiful bouquet or call Hens and Chicks in the Strip District for an impressive arrangement! Want to surprise your loved one with a flower delivery? Both Hens and Chicks and Allison McGeary can deliver one-of-a-kind arrangements right to your door.

Blissful Beauty Products
Pamper your loved one with a hand-crafted product from Una Biologicals in Lawrenceville. Their shop features organic lotions, soaps, essential oils and much more. Not sure which product to buy? You can also purchase a gift card for one of Una’s upcoming workshops!

Maggie & Chase’s New Year’s Eve Wedding

Maggie & Chase’s New Year’s Eve Wedding

December 31, 2017

What better way to ring in 2018 than with a jaw dropping wedding with your closest friends and family? Maggie & Chase celebrated their marriage at the Four Seasons in Chicago over the New Year, and we’re still swooning over the details. The Perfectly Planned by Shari team had the privilege of collaborating with HMR Designs, an event design company in Chicago, to create Maggie & Chase’s dream wedding.

From the revolving champagne table to the stunning centerpieces, this wedding truly brought the couple’s vision to life. Here are just a few of our favorite things:

Elegant Ceremony Space
A 40+ foot floral and candle lined aisle with dripping gladiolus florets overhead met by a custom coordinated gladiolus chuppah.


Candlelit Cocktail Hour
Custom-designed bars and back bars, candle-lit etageres for escort card display, lounge seating and fragrant florals.

cocktail hour

Reception Vibe
Ballroom entrances with vertical gardens of magnolia, white pine, cedar and oregonia.
Three unique centerpiece styles including 7’ tall magnolia trees and white pine trees aglow with “fairy” lights and glistening “bubble” candles.
A veritable garden of mixed evergreens and white king protea, hydrangea, roses and orchids accented with votive candles.


Personal Touches
Marble place cards done with dye cut gold lettering and a custom printed marbleized dance floor.
A sculpted cake made to look exactly like Maggie & Chase’s beloved dog.
Late night pizza that the Four Seasons made from Maggie’s grandmother’s recipe, presented in military style service and fanfare.


Just before midnight the guests joined in on a countdown and were surprised by confetti canons that launched at the stroke of the New Year.

Thank you to the many fabulous vendors that helped us make this wedding so amazing: HMR Designs, Frost Lighting, Imagination Designers, Kent Drake Photography, Chicago Players, Nota Bene, Four Seasons Chicago.


Allie and Cameron’s Wedding

Allie and Cameron’s Wedding

Congratulations to Allie and Cam! Their wedding was held on May 11, 2013 at the stunning Westin Convention Center Hotel. The color palate was afresh mix of off white, pale peach and turquoise accents. The bridesmaid dresses and ambient uplighting at the reception provided the “pop” of bright turquoise.

The ceremony, held in the Westin’s Grand Ballroom conveyed complete romance. The aisle was lined with rose petals and candles and the guest sat atop a crisp white dance floor that was later used for the reception.  Allie’s father walked her down to the aisle to Cameron who was waiting for her under a canopy of she white fabric to an instrumental rendition of Christina Perry’s “A Thousand Years”. The altar was sat against an illuminated white fabric drape which later reflected a lighting gobo of the couple’s initials. Both lighting and backdrop were provided by Grey Phoenix Designs.

After the ceremony, guests were welcomed into the cocktail reception outside of the ballroom.  During the cocktail hour guests contributed to Allie and Cameron’s guestbook by taking fun photo booth pictures and pasting their pictures into a photo book  and righting personal messages for the Bride and Groom.

The guests returned to the ballroom which was transformed for the reception after the cocktail hour.  The Bridal party, complete with groomsmen wearing matching superhero socks, helped to get the party started by dancing their way back into the ballroom with introductions and tunes provided by DJ Sosa.  The tables were adorned with an array of high and low centerpieces by Allison McGeary Floral.  After dinner guests enjoyed not just one, but two delicious  dessert tables filled with mini cupcakes, desertinis, personalized sugar cookies, chocolate dipped strawberries  and other sweets by Bella Christie Sweet Boutique.

Allie and Cameron were not only a gorgeous couple, but they were filled with joy and happiness and were surrounded by the love of family and friends which was felt by all throughout the entire night.



Ways to Use Ombre in your Wedding

The idea behind ombre is the graduated variation in saturation of one color.  The trend has since made it’s way into other aspects of life including events.  There are different ways you can incorporate the ombre trend into your wedding.  Whether you envision a fade in color when picking out bridesmaid dresses or your flower bouquets, there are several ways you can use ombre.


Wedding Cakes

The wedding cake will always be a signature part of a wedding.  However, couples are becoming more creative in their choice of cakes.  Rather than choosing the traditional white wedding cake, which will always remain elegant and beautiful, people are going down an alternative path with ombre themed cakes.  You could make the gradient very light creating a subtle effect or go from extremely dark colors to white making a bold statement.  Either choice is going to make for a creative yet elegant wedding cake display


Bridesmaid Dresses

Whether your bridesmaid dresses are all of the same or vary in style, ombre can be used depending on what colors were chosen for your event.  These pink dresses vary from light pink to a very saturated hot pink.  The wider range of color variation the more dramatic the ombre effect will be.


Flower Arrangements

Ombre flower arrangements can be used in bridesmaid bouquets, centerpieces, or placed in spots around your venue.  Where you place the flowers is a decision all your own, however it is best visually that the flowers are placed closely together.


Ombre can be easily accustomed to any wedding depending on how little or how much ombre is desired.  Whether you want centerpieces that go from the darkest shade of red to pure white flowers or perhaps you only go a few shades lighter, the effect will still be visibly beautiful and interesting.  Share with us how you would incorporate ombre in your bid day!


“Forces of Nature” Fundraiser Event

“Forces of Nature” Fundraiser Event

Perfectly Planned by Shari was excited to have the opportunity to participate in the first “Forces Of Nature” Fundraiser Event in Pittsburgh on Friday, April 5th at Bakery Square! This fundraiser was to benefit Event Pros Take Action (EPTA) and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the International Special Event Society (ISES).

A talented group of Pittsburgh area event professionals created the “Forces Of Nature” Fundraiser Event and transformed a raw space, not meant for holding special events, into a remarkable representation of 4 elements of nature- Water, Fire, Earth, and Ice.

Shari and her team, participated in a tabletop gallery competition using an 8′ x 8′ area choosing to represent her own interpretation of ice in a show piece called “Frozen Fantasy”.

The construction of the backdrop started with close to 100 feet of sheer white fabric on a pipe and base frame. Overlapping the hanging fabric were approximately 150 feet of sparkling crystal strands in varying lengths and nearly 350 yards of satin ribbon collectively, in alternating colors of white, icy blue and silver. Additionally, there were vertical strips of Murano glass wallpaper that were each uplit from below to reflect in the light.

The table itself was entirely acrylic with a blue LED light illuminating from the center of the base.
The stools were hand constructed with bases made of stacked glass block and constructed chair pads upholdstered in white sherpa fabric.

The table centerpiece container was at an elevation of about 3 feet. The opening of the centerpiece was a crystal sphere vase. Snowy white branches were constructed to overflow the crystal vase and create a tree-like structure with acrylic icicles hanging from the branches. The glamorous centerpiece was nearly 8 feet wide! Around the base of the centerpiece were broken pieces of Carerra white marble with sparkling candles to represent a shattered iceberg effect.

Setting a table is all in the details. The dinner dishes were double layers of clear glass plated with crystal pieces in between the two layers. The top plate had the name “Frozen Fantasy” in vinyl lettering applied from underneath. Each setting had custom made napkins with the Frozen Fantazy logo applied and detailed with some “bling”. Sitting on the plate was a representation of the dessert course, frozen Coconut Snowballs, displayed in sugar frosted martini glasses. The full dinner menu was displayed on coordinating custom table menus.

Many thanks to our vendor partners! Festivities, Keystone Ribbon and Supply, ADS Lighting, All Occasions Party Rental

Check out our photos for all of the details.

The Glamour of Emerald Green

Are you selecting a color palate for your big event? Try The Glamour of Emerald Green. It is chic and timely beyond St. Patrick’s Day.

Many of you may already know by now that emerald green was selected as Pantone’s color for 2013. When planning your wedding or special event, you can incorporate it glamorously in the details from dresses and accessories to even your eye makeup! This chic and gorgeous hue of green will make your special day elegant and sophisticated no matter where or how your choose to incorporate it.


Make sure to accessorize…

Whether this glamorous green is the color of your wedding gown sash, shoes, or jewelry, adding a touch of emerald green will make your look stand out.  Additionally, the great part about this color is that you can wear it even after your wedding day. So don’t be afraid to treat yourself to your favorite designer pair of shoes or favorite emerald jewels.

Incorporate into your makeup routine…

Emerald green isn’t just a beautiful color to enhance you and your bridesmaid’s on your wedding day, but is also an accessible and easy color to integrate into your everyday makeup routine. It is universally flattering, so don’t be afraid to experiment with it and even add a metallic eyeshadow to really open up your eyes. Remember that emerald green is a bold color, so compliment your eyeshadow with peach or violet toned lip gloss that will make your look complete!


Use in event decor…

Use gold, silver, or ivory to highlight emerald green in your table decor.  Whether you choose to use it sparingly by spreading the color throughout your flowers and centerpieces or make a larger statement by using the green in your chairs or linens, it doesn’t matter how much of the color you incorporate into your decor, it will add a bold and beautiful statement.

Please share with us how you would incorporate emerald green into your wedding or special event.


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.

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Getting the family together is always a celebration, especially around the holiday season.  Thanksgiving kicks off our holiday festivities and it’s nice to have everyone over for a big meal.  What is the main attraction for your Thanksgiving – is it your mouthwatering recipes, your fun and unique traditions, or is it your Thanksgiving décor and centerpieces? 

You will certainly have a feast for you meal; we would like to suggest a feast for your eyes. You can really impress the family with a creative statement centerpiece for the table!

You could do something very traditional by stuffing a cornucopia with seasonal fruits and veggies, or use flowers.  If you want more of a modern setting, filling tall glass vases with decorative items is popular.  Take the tall vase and fill it with autumn items such as acorns, leaves, pine cones, or cranberries. 

Adding a candlelight will set a relaxed mood too!  Just don’t use scented candles, it conflicts with all of the aromas in the foods on the table and in the kitchen.

If you are using pumpkins as a focal point, think about adorning it with lace, or by painting it with unusual colors you can really embellish it to make it more atypical!  Branches have become very popular in décor, even replacing the use of flowers!  Go outside and find several branches to spray paint and display in the center of your table or use them as-is!

There are plenty of fun ways to create an incredible centerpiece year after year that will ‘wow’ your family!  Please share with us some of your ideas!

Savanna’s 5th Birthday Party

Savanna’s 5th Birthday Party

Happy Birthday to Savanna!  We put together a very “sweet party” for a sweet little girl!  Savanna’s birthday was a child’s wonderland, full of sweets and treats! The birthday was held at Seabase in Greensburg, PA, where kids were free to play in the ball pit, climb through the jungle gym, play mini- golf, ride the indoor train and play arcade games. Bright colors filled the room with lighting by Gray Phoenix and linens by Lendable Linens in hot pink, lime green, blue, orange and yellow. Tons of fun twisted balloon sculptures and polka dot balloons with ribbons hung from the party room ceiling and a balloon arch bareing Savanna’s name were created by Festivities.

The real showcase of the party were both a feast for the eyes and the palate, by Bellachristie Sweet Boutique.  There were all kinds of treats imaginable – candy displays of gumballs, giant lollipops, jellybeans and more, as well as sweet treats including mini cupcakes, decadent marshmallow pops, pink iced donuts, decorated cookies, push-up cake pops, and rice krispie treat popsicles, just to name a few. Flanking the display were an ice cream bar on one end and a cotton candy station on the other! 

Mini jars of various child-friendly beverages were served with straws decorated by glittered paper mustaches and lips. Guests also enjoyed a popcorn station with three varieties from Pittsburgh Popcorn Company. 

All the kids went home with a gable box of treats and toys.  Guests enjoyed themselves in Savanna’s own little “candy-land”!  Happy Birthday Savanna!


Halloween Wedding Inspiration

For the couples wanting to embrace the Halloween holiday on their special day this month, here is some fun inspiration. To refrain from the obvious Halloween references of ghosts and goblins, try to incorporate the fall season.  This is a beautiful time of the year, the dark and warm colors of this season bring sophistication, elegance, and that touch of spooky.

The inspirational photos display a gorgeous, nontraditional black wedding gown paired with a gorgeous bouquet, dark but stunning deep purple calla lilies, mysterious and creative save the dates, and stunning table arrangement.

Let this October holiday, get your creative ideas bubbling. “Boo!” to the typical ghost and goblin décor, and say “I Do” to this elegant mysterious holiday wedding.