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Guest Post – Photo Booths August 14, 2013

This post was written by the newest member of our team, Grace Sweeney.  In addition to helping coordinate weddings at the Oasis, many of Grace’s friends are recently married and she is helping us keep an eye on wedding trends in the rest of the Cincinnati market.

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The Photo Booth Trend Is Here To Stay!

Start planning ladies, because photo booths are proving to be their own staple at weddings these days.  The countless ways to customize a photo booth for your special day are endless.  Gone are the days of a basic backdrop and random props thrown into a dark corner of your reception venue. Make way for the creatively themed, color coordinated and even DIY options that you can create for you and your guests to play with throughout the evening.

Recently, we were all pulled into a booth by one of our new favorite photo booth vendors (Smiley Photo Booth) and had an absolute blast! We spent just as much time coordinating our props as we did goofing around in the booth.  This particular experience was reflective of the usual set-up you might expect when you first think of a photo booth.  There was a draped off square booth where you enter through the curtain, and pose for the camera for a series of pictures.  Then let’s not forget the enormous selection of props to choose from which included a Batman mask, Elvis sideburns, feather boas, giant glasses, and signs with funny phrases on them (“Single”, “Hot”, etc.).  Booths of this sort are a surefire way to get the creative and crazy sides of your guests going all night.  We bet you’ve never seen a picture of your grandma wearing devil horns and a hot pink feather boa before!

Oasis Sales Team

Oasis Sales Team

If you are anything like us though, you might be looking for new ideas, current trends, and a way to add personal touches to your wedding.  The photo booth is a great way to pull in customized ideas and memories that will always remind guests of your wedding day.  Depending on which route you take for arranging your photo booth, you might hire a vendor who is strictly a photo booth company.  Or your photographer may offer their own services for a photo booth.  Either way, you should have some freedom when it comes to the props that are used. You can tie your props into the theme or overall décor of your wedding! Having a Parisian themed wedding?  Use Parisian props!  Maybe you and your future spouse are huge fans of a sports team, or love superheroes.  Whatever it is that strikes your fancy, share it with your guests, and they’ll be sure to enjoy themselves.  Take a look at these photos for some inspiration.

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We would love to see your photo booth pictures!  Post them to our Facebook page here.

 

Real Oasis Weddings May 29, 2013

Michelle & Ted

We love the photos from this Oasis wedding reception!  The couple had a great vision for their dream wedding, and their vendors made that dream a reality.

A private moment at sunset before the party starts.

A private moment at sunset before the party starts.

Gorgeous bouquets...and dresses!

Gorgeous bouquets…and dresses!

The uplights and pin spotting made this ballroom pop.

The uplights and pin spotting made this ballroom pop.

The first dance as Mr. & Mrs.

The first dance as Mr. & Mrs.

Classy ivory and gold.

Classy ivory and gold.

We loved the alternating centerpieces.

We loved the alternating centerpieces.

How adorable is this flower girl?!

How adorable is this flower girl?!

Photography by: Sherri Barber

Flowers by: Blossoms Florist

Lighting by: Goodwin Lighting

Cake by: Tres Belle Cakes

Rentals by: Camargo Events

 

Real Oasis Weddings April 26, 2013

Jillian & Justin

This was a classy black and white wedding done right!  The pops of red were perfect, and the wedding party kept our staff and the guests entertained all night.

The lovely bride.

The lovely bride.

The handsome groom.

The handsome groom.

The bride spending time with her dad before the ceremony...

The bride spending time with her dad before the ceremony…

...while the groom was practicing his poker face.

…while the groom was practicing his poker face.

It's all in the details.

It’s all in the details.

Beautifully displayed hors d'oeuvres.

Beautifully displayed hors d’oeuvres.

While the guests enjoyed cocktail hour, the happy couple had a private moment.

While the guests enjoyed cocktail hour, the happy couple had a private moment.

The gorgeous and fun wedding party.

The gorgeous and fun wedding party.

The candy buffet went on for miles.

The candy buffet went on for miles.

Everyone's favorite part of a wedding!

Everyone’s favorite part of a wedding!

The life of the party - and look at the pretty uplights!

The life of the party – and look at the pretty uplights!

Photography by: Brittany Brooke Photo Art Design

Flowers by: {say i do}

Cake by: Friend of the Bride & Groom

DJ & Lighting by: Party Pleasers

 

Real Oasis Weddings December 13, 2012

Meaghan & Tim

This couple was too cute!  There was no doubt that they are in love, and very loved by their family and friends.  The reception was a blast, and the bride’s parents even surprised her with a popcorn and candy bar!

Straight out of a fairy tale.

Straight out of a fairy tale.

So happy...and we love the bride's veil!

So happy…and we love the bride’s veil!

Working on their swings.

Working on their swings.

Who says the groom can't carry a bouquet?

Who says the groom can’t carry a bouquet?

This was one proud poppa!

This was one proud poppa!

We are famous for our bridge photos!

We are famous for our bridge photos!

Stunning.

Stunning.

The lighting in the reception room set the mood for the party.

The lighting in the reception room set the mood for the party.

Gorgeous and delicious!

Gorgeous and delicious!

Photos by Christina Littleton Photography

Centerpieces by H.J. Benken

Cake by DessertWorks Cakery

Lighting by Hey! Mr. DJ

 

Real Oasis Weddings August 31, 2012

Katie & Larry

This classy black and red wedding reception wasn’t just gorgeous, it was also a blast!  Thanks to Katie & Larry and their friends and family for a great night.

First Dance

Head Table

Cookies Favors!

Love the modern centerpiece.

Alternating centerpieces are a great way to get some varying heights in your reception room.

Love the cake – and the bride’s dress!

Photos by Ron Shuller’s Creative Images Photography

Cake by DessertWorks Cakery

Centerpieces by H.J. Benken

 

Unique Honeymoons (Part 2) July 5, 2012

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We are in vacation mode at the office with the mid-week holiday, and we promised you more ideas for unique honeymoons, so here they are!  Be sure to leave a comment and let us know where you went, or where you are going, for your honeymoon.

  • Unhotel Honeymoon: Don’t want to stay at an everyday hotel on your honeymoon?  Try an unhotel!  There are several resources to rent people’s homes, condos or cabins instead of a chain hotel.  You can search by city, type of home, number of rooms, amenities…the list goes on.  If you are looking in New York City or London, One Fine Stay looks like a great resource.  They offer home rentals, and you can add maid service as an upgrade.  All of their rentals come with wifi, fancy sheets and towels, and an iPhone to use during your stay!  If you’re looking for a rental in other locations around the country and around the world, try HomeAway Vacation Rentals.  They have listings everywhere from Gatlinburg to Key West and Fiji.
  • Foodie Honeymoon: Foodies will enjoy seeking out cities known for their culinary scene.  Book a chef’s table dinner one night, take a cooking class and sign up for foodie tours.  We’ll list a few to get you started, but most any major city will have one.  Did you know our fine city of Cincinnati even has a foodie tour?

Cincinnati – Flavors of the Queen City

 Boston – Boston Foodie Tours

 Michigan (several cities) – Pure Michigan

 San Francisco – Gourmet Walks

  • Festival Seekers: If you and your fiance share a love of something, chances are there is a festival that celebrates it.  Browsing the internet, we came across Garlic Festivals, Film Festivals, Blues Festivals, German Festivals, Horseradish Festivals, Yoga Festivals, Christmas Festivals, Hot Sauce Festivals…the list goes on and on.  Depending on the location of the festival, you might be able to plan a week long honeymoon around it, or at least make it a stop on your travels.  To start your search, check out these websites: Top Events USA and Festival USA.  We do recommend contacting festival organizers or local Convention & Visitor’s Bureaus or Chambers of Commerce to find out the scope and size of the festival before planning your trip.

Happy Honeymooning!

Oasis Wedding Central

 

Unique Honeymoons May 25, 2012

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It’s our 2 year anniversary!  We want to thank all of readers for supporting Tie the Knot at Oasis.  We hope you love reading it as much as we love writing it!

Are you and your fiance untraditional?  Does the idea of laying on a beach for  a week sound too boring for you?  Not everyone is looking for a resort honeymoon.  If you’re considering something a little more off the beaten path, here are some ideas for unique honeymoons.

  • Ballpark Tour Honeymoon: Baseball fanatic couples love to see different ballparks.  You can plan to follow your favorite team to a couple of cities, or just hit as many ballparks as possible on your honeymoon.  Choose a part of the country and start planning!  A great resource is ballparkchaers.com.  They give tips on every stadium including where to park, what seats have the best view, and where the best food vendors are located.
  • Music Fan Honeymoon: If you love a certain type of music, immerse yourself in it for a week!  Schedule walking or bus tours of the music history of a city, and go to a few concerts.  Find out where the best local music is played and soak it up.  Here are some city tours we found (Editor’s Note: We have not used these companies and do not endorse them).

New York City – Rock Junket Tours

 London – London Rock Tour

 Nashville – Viator Discover Nashville

 Memphis – Backbeat Tours

  • VolunTourism: Have you ever thought about combining travel with charitable work?  There are ways you can see the sights and do some good in the States or abroad.  There are plenty of service organizations and mission trips you can sign up for, but we came across a group, VolunTourism, who seems to include a good balance of travel and work.

Do you have something different planned for your honeymoon?  We will be posting more unique ideas soon, and would love to include yours!

Oasis Wedding Central