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Welcome to my blog where it's all about The Finer Details! I am Jennifer Kontomerkos, the Owner and Lead Planner at The Finer Things Event Planning. I hope that you will spend some time reading all about the latest trends, learn about fabulous vendors and get to know some of our real brides!

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Time to Be Thankful…

11/18/15 1:19 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:jennifer | Posted in Advice, Home, News, Uncategorized

I cannot believe next week is Thanksgiving! Where has this year gone??? After putting the kiddos to bed tonight, I began putting the finishing touches on notes for our New Year’s Eve wedding and planning guest accommodations for a Fall 2016 wedding. I feel like I live constantly in the future and have to remind myself daily to live in the present. Which brings me to write this post… a time to be thankful. So let me count my blessings one by one:

1) I am so grateful for all of the wonderful clients I have been blessed with over the past almost 7 years!!!  I love that I have “brides” that I call friends…. I get family Christmas cards from them, their parents and so on. Thank you!

2) I am so grateful couples choose me to be a part of their special day. What an honor… and I am so blessed you give me that honor. Thank you!

3) I am so grateful to work for myself! Being a business owner is a dream come true. It is the most rewarding, most stressful, most exciting, roller coaster and I love every minute of it!

4) I am so grateful for my awesome event assistants Meghan, Demi and my right hand Brooke. You girls rock! Brooke, thank you for being my sanity…and keeping me in check.

5) I am so grateful to be the wife of Tom and mom to Demi, Andrew and Alexandra. You are my world. I am so blessed God gave me each and every one of you. I love you all more than anything.

So I hope my list of thankfulness inspires you to take a moment, live in the moment and count your blessings!

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!







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Picking the Perfect Venue

10/27/15 8:35 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:jennifer | Posted in Advice, Columbus Wedding Planner, Columbus Weddings, Home, News, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

Happy #WeddingTipTuesday! This week we wanted to share our top 10 considerations that you should have when booking your venue. Booking your venue is one of the most important steps in planning your perfect day and therefore should be one of your top priorities! So while you are on the hunt for the venue space of your dreams take into consideration these 10 things!

10. Location- Picking the perfect location that is easily accessible will be very much appreciated by guests who may be driving there! If you know you are going to have a lot a out of town guest then consider looking at venues close to an airport so that it is more easily accessible for your guests to fly to and from their location.

9. Parking- If you do not intend on providing shuttle service to and from the hotel, wedding venue and reception then make sure your perfect venue has enough parking for your guests. It will lower amount of chaos in the parking lot and also ensure that all of your guests are on time to your wedding and reception if they are in separate locations.

8. Restrooms- Although most venues have easily accessible restrooms, some wedding venues do not. If you plan on having an amazing outdoor wedding then you want to consider renting nice portable bathrooms if the venues restrooms are a long walk. You want to make sure your guests can get back out on the dance floor as fast as possible and enjoy the party!

7. Catering Stipulations- When considering your venue you will want to take into consideration their catering stipulations. Make sure you find out if you have to use their in-house cater or if you can hire an outsider cater to provide your needs for the cocktail party and reception dinner. Lastly, it is great to make sure you know when your contract and initial deposit is due, when you should have your first tasting and when your final guest count will be due too! All of these things will help you and your venue’s staff stay organized.

6. Bar Options- If you want to host the “party of the year” then you must make sure you know what your bar options are when venue shopping. Make sure you ask what the bar minimum is or if you have to purchase the alcohol upfront and take home the leftovers at the end of the night. Knowing this will help you plan ahead if necessary to make sure you keep the party going for your guests! 

5. Lighting- Lighting is one of the most important decorations at your wedding! Therefore, when you are looking at venues make sure to take note on the lighting structures and how bright or dark they can go. This will help you make the necessary decision if you want to add more lighting to your wedding reception and ensure the ambiance of the night! (The Finer Things Event Planning ALWAYS suggests more lighting; it makes everything look more beautiful!)

4. Capacity and Back Up Space- Outdoor weddings can be absolutely beautiful but weather does not always cooperate. The most important thing to take into consideration when booking an outdoor wedding venue is to make sure the indoor back up space will fit the number of wedding guests and still fits your wedding venue needs. You cannot always guarantee how Mother Nature will be on your perfect day but with the perfect venue that has a great outdoor and indoor space everything will still be perfect!

3. Decor- Picking a wedding venue can be a difficult decision and picking decor to fit with that venue can be even more difficult. Make sure to ask what decor is or is not allowed in your dream venue. Some venues have specific stipulations such as no loose flower petals or they only allow LED light candles rather than real candles. These small details are very important to making all of your decor decisions.

2. Vendors- When booking a venue you always want to make sure if you can bring in vendors or if you have to work with a venue’s preferred vendors. This is important especially if you have already booked you florist, cater, etc. 

1. The Fine Print- Signing venue and catering agreements is not like pressing ‘Agree’ to Terms and Agreement when you want to update your electronic device. It is very important that you carefully read through the fine print of all contracts and take note of any additional fees that may be included. By taking the time to carefully read the fine print can ensure that you are not surprised by anything at the end of the night!

At The Finer Things Event Planning we have worked with a lot of different venues around the Central Ohio area. Through our vast experience we believe that these are the top 10 considerations when picking your perfect wedding venue. We always enjoy working with new brides and grooms and helping them pick the perfect place for their perfect day! Happy venue shopping!

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Bridesmaid Trends of 2015

At The Finer Things Event Planning you could say we help plan and execute a lot of weddings every year (of course we do!). From year to year new trends come and go but others tend to stick around for awhile! This year we had our classic bridal parties and we had those setting the trend! We loved them all but we thought we would share the biggest bridesmaid trends that we have seen in 2015!


Over the years mint has been a popular color but in 2015 it seems to be even more popular! This beautiful shade of green is a great color for outdoor weddings or paired with ivory and lace!

Same color, same fabric, DIFFERENT styles.

One of the most popular trends in 2015 is having the same color and fabric but each bridesmaid wearing a different style of the dress. This is a great option for your bridal party if you want to mix things up a little! Also, it allows your bridesmaids to choose a style that best fits their body shape so that everyone feels gorgeous standing next to you on your perfect day!

Monochromatic Dresses

A fun way to make your wedding unique is to have monochromatic dresses, meaning various shades of one color. This is a great way to give your matron of honor(s) the opportunity to stand out a little with a different dress or give each of your bridal party members the option of wearing the shade they like best!


Blush has been a very popular color choice over the years but has been one of the stand out colors this wedding season! Although some might think blush is perfect for spring and summer, it is also a beautiful color for all seasons!

Long Dresses

Outdoor or indoor venues, long dresses have been a dominant trend during this 2015 wedding season! Although there are so many different styles of long dresses, our 2015 brides each picked unique and beautiful long gowns for their bridal party to wear on their perfect day!

The PERFECT outdoor wedding

A wedding in the great outdoors can be amazing and stunning BUT there are more details to take into consideration for your perfect day! Through our experience with outdoor weddings, we have various tips and tricks to keep your wedding day absolutely perfect!


  1. Keep an open mind. With Mother Nature, you just never know how she’s going to feel on a given day OR in a given moment. The best thing to do is to Keep Calm and Trust Your Wedding Planner! “Crisis Management” is our middle name at The Finer Things Event Planning and we will do our best to keep every thing running smoothly. There’s always a risk when deciding to have an outdoor wedding but keeping an open mind and trusting us will help keep your day as stress free as possible!
  2. Inform your guests. Being the most proactive you can be for your big day is a great way to prepare if Mother Nature does not want to cooperate. By informing your guests in a creative way on your wedding website or on your invitation will ensure that your guests come prepared wearing weather-appropriate clothing, shoes or umbrellas! Also, having small baskets of fans and mini water bottles can help keep your guests comfortable during the hot summer days!
  3. Prepare your bridal party. To ensure that your bridal party and parents are prepared, organize weather-appropriate items. Some ideas could be personalized gloves, scarves, sunglasses or umbrellas! Places like Etsy, have different vendors that specialize in items like these that will make great presents for everyone!
  4. Be smitten, not bitten. One of the most important details to remember for your perfect outdoor wedding is bug spray or citronella candles. Make sure to place bug spray and bug bands in a visible space for guests to access easily. Lastly, be sure to check with your venue on what is allowed and not allowed on the property before purchasing your necessary items!
  5. Trust the experts. At The Finer Things Event Planning, we want you to know that we do our best to make sure your day is absolutely perfect. We will help guide your decision-making and provide the necessary help and suggestions throughout the process. We want to ensure that you and your significant other are pleased with the end results and will do whatever it takes to get there!

Kimberly Potterf Photography



Picture The Love

Rethink Your Planning

01/23/15 4:10 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:jennifer | Posted in Advice, Home, News

As many of you are embarking on the adventure of wedding planning I am sure you have heard countless opinions and advice, solicited or not from family and friends.
As a professional planner, I wanted to take some time to share some of the most common mistakes I hear the newly engaged making. Hopefully this list will make you rethink your planning strategy over the next 12-18 months.

1. Not establishing a budget from the start!
Budget is the end all be all to everyone. Regardless if you are spending $20,000 or $200,000 a budget is incredibly important. Budget and guest list go hand in hand. I always remind couples to think big picture when establishing a budget. For every 8 guest you add to the list, it is not just another $50 per person for food, it is another table, set of linens, centerpiece, paper goods, chargers etc… Keeping your guest list in check from the beginning is the first step to determining a realistic and functional budget.

2. Doing your own decor!
Yes, the dreaded DIY Bride. The countless hours of Pinterest tutorials, trips to Michael’s Craft Store and Hobby Lobby, your fiance believing you are officially a bridezilla.
I am about to say something very profound here… hiring professionals to handle the decor for your wedding DOES NOT make you any less of a bride. I promise. That is all I have to say about this topic… you are welcome.

3. Hiring vendors based on lowest price quoted.
Yikes. This can be summed up by the very cliche saying, “You Get What You Pay For” and in my experience I can say, “If you think hiring a professional is expensive, just wait until you hire an amateur” Please do your homework, it is called planning for a reason. Research your vendors, meet with them, make sure they are the BEST fit for you. I always tell my clients I want them to love each and every vendor that they work with. I want them to feel that the vendor really came through and did their part to make the day perfect. Trust me, this will make or break your planning process.

4. Not letting go.
Let it go…let it go… (singing to the tune from Frozen) Brides need to realize that at some point in the process it is okay to Let it Go. Whether you want a companion guiding you from the beginning or executing your planning in the end. You have to learn to Let it Go at some point so that you can relax and enjoy your day. Which brings me to my favorite point of all….

5. Not focusing on being engaged but planning a party.
You are engaged to be married!!! The person of your dreams has asked you to spend your lives together. This is your engagement time. Time to focus on taking your relationship from separate lives to starting a new chapter as a married couple, a new family. It is so easy to get distracted day in and day out with all of the planning hoopla and forget about planning for a future together as husband and wife. I challenge you to spend at least half the time you dream about your reception, communicating with your fiance about your future together…

Congratulations & Happy Planning!



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