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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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    A local wedding planner announces the launch of her new online lifestyle publication for brides-to-be, and a healthy living blog as well. Keep reading for all the details.

    Kathy Piech-Lukas, owner of Your Dream Day, has been planning events for more than 20 years and specifically focusing on weddings for the past 12. So, it’s safe to say she knows how to plan a great wedding, and has connections with the right people to make it all happen.

    “While finalizing the details for my own wedding, I had five vendors ask me if I had ever considered being a professional wedding planner,” Piech-Lukas recalls. “My first response was ‘What is a wedding planner?’ I had no idea it was a career. My husband and I decided to give it a year, and 12 years and more than 200 weddings later, I am still standing! So those vendors must have saw special something in me and I am so thankful they did.”

    Kathy Piech-Lucas, owner of Your Dream Day
    Kathy Piech-Lukas

    That something special, in addition to being honest and genuine with her clients, is what Piech-Lukas says makes her different.

    “I have a philosophy that wedding planning should be fun, Piech-Lukas says. “People get so bogged down in all of the details like flowers, colors, guests lists and seating charts. My goal is to keep couples focused on the reason why they’re planning the wedding in the first place. We also offer an honest referral for each individual client about who is best for their specific needs, style and budget. No vendors pay to be on my list and I don’t accept kickbacks. Most of my couples think of me like the big sister who keeps them – and their parents – sane and in check!”

    Over the years, Your Dream Day has earned several accolades, including The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” four times, Bride’s Choice, and recognition from Cincinnati Wedding Magazine.

    “For me, the award that means the most to me was when we were inducted into the Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame,” Piech-Lukas says. “It is an exclusive club that requires four wins. Those wins are determined by reviews left by our couples. I consider myself a professional people pleaser, and knowing that I made such a positive impact on their day touches my heart.”

    In fact, making a positive impact is what inspired Piech-Lukas to launch a new online lifestyle publication for brides-to-be. Going live this week, YourDreamDay.com will now feature a variety of wedding-related lifestyle topics, vendor interviews, and behind-the-scenes spotlights on local weddings.

    “Inspired by Cincy Chic, this new e-zine will feature real local wedding professionals, real local weddings and wonderful content,” Piech-Lukas says. “My goal is to create a blog and newsletter that couples can read that is informative, gives readers a chance to know why specific wedding professionals are experts at what they do and that the content is strictly editorial.”

    That’s not all. Piech-Lukas is also launching a healthy living blog, PeachyKeenLife.com, inspired by her wellness journey where she lost 40 pounds and transitioned to an organic diet, all while battling an autoimmune disease. “I wanted a place that gives insight into my life — not just my wedding planner life, but everything else,” she explains. “ I enjoy speaking to groups and inspiring people to live their lives to the fullest despite any obstacles that may come your way. That’s what PeachyKeenLife.com is all about.”

    Visit www.PeachyKeenLife.com and www.yourdreamday.com to learn more.

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