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    Wedding Season is about to kick into high gear. We chat with a local expert for the best ways to plan for the big day, while still keeping your budget and sanity in check. Read on (and watch an exclusive webcast) for all her helpful hints!

    Kathy Piech-Lukas, Owner of Your Dream Day (right).

    Kathy Piech-Lukas spent much of her past “career life” working in corporate marketing and event planning. But she found her passion while planning her own wedding when other professional planners encouraged her to venture out on a wedding planning business of her own.

    “Fourteen years ago there were no reality shows, so I assumed wedding planners were like those in the movies for wealthy people,” she explains. “I didn’t realize that wedding planners could be so helpful to an average person like me.”

    Piech-Lukas is the sole owner and planner at Your Dream Day, a wedding planning company that serves brides and grooms in Cincinnati and Dayton.

    Because everyone is different, wedding planning is also different for each client. “Wedding planning means different things to different people,” she says.

    But at Your Dream Day, no matter your preferences, you’ll find everything from event design, personalized vendor selection, timeline management, task checklists, rehearsal coordination, and day-of wedding management.

    Thanks to the wants and needs of brides and grooms across the area, no day is the same for Piech-Lukas at Your Dream Day, and that’s exactly what she loves the most about running her own wedding planning business.

    “Every story is original and every client is unique,” she adds.

    Those clients bring their own inspiration for each event, and give Piech-Lukas her own inspiration for their big day as well, so no two weddings are the same.

    What makes Your Dream Day stand out among other wedding planners is the attention they give each client. “We take pride in our work and develop close relationships with our clients during the planning process,” says Piech-Lukas.

    To help ensure that couples are happy and doing well, Piech-Lukas likes to stay in touch with the majority of her brides and grooms after the wedding.

    “Many of my brides think of me like an impartial big sister figure during the planning process, and parents consider me to be a translator, helping their children understand why they may want a certain thing done at a wedding,” she says.

    You can look forward to more wedding planning from Your Dream Day in 2017. Piech-Lukas says she also plans to give her blog more emphasis this year, featuring nothing but weddings including real wedding vendor stories, real local weddings, wedding planning tips, and pertinent information to planning a wedding in Southwest Ohio.

    “Planning can get so overwhelming with all the websites and bridal shows, and it’s hard to know what an honest (versus paid) referral is or who truly is the best,” she says. “We want to help brides navigate that process and make wedding planning more fun and less stressful.

    To learn more about Your Dream Day, visit www.yourdreamday.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. Also, watch the exclusive webcast below as Cincy Chic’s publisher Amy Scalia chats with Lukas about several more helpful wedding planning tips.

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    Learn about the new downtown venue, overlooking the Aronoff, that just opened their doors and is filling up quickly!

    The Backstage Event Center just opened a newly expanded location across from The Aronoff.

    Cincy Chic: What is The Backstage Event Center?
    Kelly Schneider, Sales Manager at The Backstage Event Center: The Backstage Event Center is a loft-style event center located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. It features hardwood floors, exposed brick, and a 40-person terrace that overlooks Downtown’s Theater District. We have recently finished our expansion, which featured a second patio with a fountain.

    Cincy Chic: Who owns The Backstage Event Center?
    Schneider: The Backstage Event Center is the newest addition to Nicholson’s Tavern & Pub and The Horse & Barrel, locally owned by Nick Sanders, founder of Tavern Restaurant Group.

    Cincy Chic: What inspired The Backstage Event Center?
    Schneider: Nicholson’s has been hosting private events since its opening in 1997, but we were limited to the size of events that we could accommodate. When the space connected to us became available, we jumped at the chance to be able to do what we love, hosting events, on a larger scale. We are now able to accommodate up to 220 seats, 130 with a dance floor, and 300 at a cocktail/reception style event.

    Cincy Chic: What types of events can be held at The Backstage Event Center?
    Schneider: We host an assortment of events, from corporate meetings and happy hours, to brunches, rehearsal dinners, and weddings.

    Cincy Chic: What makes The Backstage Event Center a unique place to have an event?
    Schneider: At The Backstage Event Center you will enjoy excellent service in a beautiful space. We offer an open, rustic-modern feel in a downtown venue. Every event is special to us and treated as such. Our team will make sure your event is exactly as you envision.

    The Backstage Event Center can host weddings, receptions, and other special events.

    Cincy Chic: How are you getting ready for wedding season 2017?
    Schneider: Although we are not hosting any upcoming wedding expos, you can find us proudly displaying The Backstage Event Center in bridal shows throughout the city.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for The Backstage Event Center in 2017?
    Schneider: Since we have recently finished our expansion we are spending 2017 enjoying and sharing the Cedar Room. But we may be bringing along a few surprises in 2018!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about The Backstage Event Center, follow along, or book an event?
    Schneider: You can visit us on The Knot, Instagram, Facebook, or on our website, backstagecincinnati.com. Please feel free to contact our Sales Manager directly at 513-550-1869 or kschneider@dinetrg.com. I’ll be happy to answer any questions and set up a tour to view The Backstage Event Center.

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