Behind the Scenes with A Cookie & A Cupcake
We love getting to know more about our favorite vendors as well as getting to see "behind the scenes".  We created this series more than 7 years ago and are thrilled to start presenting some new interviews with area vendors.

First up, A Cookie & A Cupcake


Q: What is the biggest misconception about your industry?
A: So the truth is there is only one big misconception about baking in general, and I know I speak for many pastry chefs and bakeries when I say this.....There are not unicorns and puppy dogs magically baking our product  lol. People think that an 8 tiered cake can be whipped up in no time and can be completely custom, let alone that you may have any other previous projects due, but it will cost next to nothing. This sometimes disappoints many bakeries but truth is, its all about educating the client. So, we at A Cookie and A Cupcake will always try and fit whomever into our schedule with any project but we may have to adjust the design a bit. Our suggestion to clients is to always be well prepared, ask questions, and be reasonable about your budget expectations.

Q: Describe your "brand" at A Cookie and A Cupcake
A: A Cookie and A Cupcake has always prided ourselves on our handmade, from scratch baking....we don't keep a freezer full of cakes, but we make everything to order. This not only helps with the freshness of our cupcakes but it extends the life for our client to be able to buy them and enjoy right away or in a few days. We love making and creating and our heart is in everything we do. 



Q: What are some mistakes you see couples make when choosing their baker? 
A: I don't think its necessarily about mistake in choosing a vendor, but more of being realistic. You often see people using their "aunt who has a  friend that bakes" or a friend who will do it for free.....this doesn't always work. So being realistic about your budget and your expectations is the key in choosing a vendor. We are not the cheapest around nor are we the most expensive, but we are "seasoned", with amazing product that your guests will enjoy and remember.

Q: What should a client look for in bakery? 
A: Well, I may say the same thing over again for this question....Always know your budget ( a realistic budget) and your expectation of product before choosing a vendor. So many brides are burdened with keeping in a certain budget and have Walmart prices in mind but want a amazing cake or cupcakes. Now, we do not think that Walmart is bad, but we are a boutique bakery using amazing local ingredients with care and are able to produce a much better product. So if you need to evaluate what you want versus what you can truly afford. 



Q: What are some benefits to working with A Cookie and A Cupcake?  
A: The bride can count on not having a bunch of small fees with A Cookie and a Cupcake. We have a package that includes the delivery fee ( up to 20 miles), and display stand. Also, when choosing A Cookie and A Cupcake you get a large flavor list to choose from for the same price. 

Q: What is something that you think a client should splurge on with their wedding cake?
A: Well a couple should feel like they are in good hands, from custom designs to amazing product. So you should always feel like using the endless list of flavor combinations to your advantage. Whether your choosing a tiered cake or a cupcake wedding, enjoy having a dessert not just plain cake, pick flavors you would like and this will be something your friends and family will appreciate. Now I always say splurge on design as well. there are plenty of ways that you can get an amazing cake if you don't have the budget, and that's what I am here for, but if you had to choose I would say spend the money on designing a one of a kind cake!



Q: What would you do with a client who had an endless budget for cake? 
A: We love helping our clients with creating the most amazing cake for their budget, but we have had a few lucky times when their is not a set budget...and this is a great opportunity for our client. We love designing one of a kind cakes and cupcakes. many times we draw up sketches and work together to create something that is just for the couple. This also included unique flavors as well as unique edible favors. 

Q: What should clients pay special attention to in their cake contract? 
A: I think the fine print is what many people forget to read. The feed back I get from clients about their other vendors is they forgot or didn't see the fine print and end up paying much more then intended. We are very open (as many bakeries are) about out policies and costs. there are no hidden fees or taxes and gratuities to worry about. But I have heard couples say they have run out of money because they didn't see something in their contract and it added "blank" amount of money. So, my advice is not only to read the fine print but take notes and right down reminders. Couples are too busy the last week of their wedding to get hit with hidden fees, so if you are prepared it will go smoothly. 



Q: What are some things a client should know to make working with you an easier experience? 
A: I think its mainly that we want you to feel like you are the only client but we do have many clients and most bakeries are hands on owners. We work extreme hours and most of the time we have endless days. We do this because we love it and we want to make people smile when they enjoy our product....which we never get to see them enjoy lol. So the more time you give a baker the better....it helps us manage our production schedule and our personal schedule .

Q: What do you love most about working with clients? 
A: I love when a client is excited about their special event, they are enthusiastic and want to have a wow piece as their dessert. These clients acknowledge the time put into their product and choose us because we can make that happen. These clients are usually back every year for birthdays, anniversaries etc.....and that's why we love them. 



You can see from the answers that A Cookie and A Cupcakee is a company that loves what they do and enjoys the process.  I hope that you have a great wedding cake for your big day, if you aren't sure who to book, be sure to check out A Cookie and A Cupcake!  

Happy Planning!
Simple and Easy Wedding Speciality Drinks
Cheers, you're getting married!  Consider trying one of these cocktails for your bar. All of them contain most of the ingredients you would have in a traditional wedding bar anyway!

Lavender - Love - & - Lemon Libation

With just this one organic, locally made cocktail syrup, you can turn a normal bar into a one that will win a true mixologists heart at your wedding.

Pope's Kitchen has an array of delicious syrups, but today we want to talk about their amazing Lavender Lemon Cocktail Syrup. Simply mix this with some champagne for an elegant toast with a twist or have it at the bar and splash to your everyday vodka soda. Easy as (lemon) pie!

Take note that Pope's also sells their cocktail syrups in larger sizes, which make serving a drink like this at your wedding more cost effective.

Sweet Cherry Limeade

How does a little rum, lime, lemonade, some sort of bubbly wash, and some cherry's on top sound?  Like a delicious sonic alcoholic Limeade, right!?!?! So Refreshing! Talk to your bartender and see what they can add to the bar to make this.  Lemon Lime soda / lime juice w/lemonade or limeade, grenadine.  These ingredients can easily be used as washes or add ins to other drinks too!




Vanilla, Ice, and ..... Anything

Have you thought about adding a flavored vodka?  Vanilla Vodka & Ginger ale; Tastes like cream soda! Vanilla Vodka & Pineapple Juice; Umm Yesssss Please.  Vanilla Vodka & Coke; Duh! Vanilla Vodka & Coffee; Keep drinking and stay energized, Yayy!


Hopefully I have helped provide some inspiration on how you can expand your bar into something fun with just one or a few simple ingredients.  Let us know what you come up with or feel free to ask us help create something perfect for your wedding!


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A New Service from AEP
This weekend we had the pleasure of helping our friends at A Budding Tree with some setup for a wedding.  We loved helping and LOVE weddings but this was our first experience with a wedding WITHOUT a planner and I was in SHOCK!  
This wedding had a few issues in the very few hours I was there (all would have been solved by having a planner)
  • Layout was never completed so no ideas on how room was setup or where DJ should be placed in terms of the entrance and then also with the lighting he was providing
  • DJ had no playlist OR timeline
  • No one was in charge of setting up menu cards or favors
  • Venue said there was no cake on their sheet BUT bride had provided cake topper and cutting utensils 
  • Guest book was there but there were no pens available for signing (and they were going to need to be specialty pens based on the guest book.


The venue coordinator CALLED the Bride directly with these issues. (a HUGE no-no as far as I am concerned as a planner, we NEVER bother the bride on her day) 

These issues were apparent to me in the very FEW hours that I was there setting up and this was even before the wedding started!!  Who knows how it went once the evening started.  

I left the wedding (after attempting to fix a few of these issues since I was there and able) dismayed at how someone's wedding day could end up going so terribly and wondering HOW could I help?  How can I help the bride who doesn't have the budget (or interest) in hiring a full planner for her wedding.  I have to be able to stop this from happening so that EVERY bride can have an easy time with their wedding.

I met with the Manager of AEP and we discussed what could be done to save the planner-less bride.  What was created from this meeting was our very new service!

Wedding Planning Express- $250 
This service will provide a 2- hour meeting with all of the people involved in your wedding plans (mom, bridesmaid, friends).  We will review the full details of your wedding as well as provide you with a rough timeline to determine how your day should look and a check list of items that you will want to check and review before the big day.  This service will allow for you to take all of the information and manage the details and expectations ALL without a planner.

While, my plan isn't to have a bunch of brides NOT hiring a wedding planner, I couldn't help but think there needed to be something for all of the brides who just don't have the budget for full services.  My preference is that you do have a planner to manage your day, so that family and friends aren't working but I know that some brides won't/can't or don't want to hire a planner.  

My hope is that this service will save all of those weddings (like the one I mentioned above) and all of those brides from the chaos and mess of mistakes, oversights and missing items.  

If this sounds like something you'd like, please email us today!  

www.alleventsplanned.com 
A Brides Design in Avon Ohio


As a little girl have you ever dreamed about the day that you would finally find that perfect dress? Did you imagine specific details like pearls or lace or sparkle or tulle? Did it have sleeves or was it strapless? Who was there with you?

Well, at A Brides Design, you can custom make that dress you have been dreaming of since you were a little girl because Laura, the designer and owner of A Brides Design, has literally dreamt of making this wish come true for brides since she was a little girl herself. She said she always knew it was what she wanted to do, there wasn’t any doubt or anything in particular that make it click. It was as simple as growing up she knew she wanted to be a designer and that she wanted to design wedding dresses. Laura has helped countless brides feel beautiful on their wedding day. She has worked very hard to get where she is today and her business is thriving because of it!

About one week ago, All Events Planned visited Laura’s store in Avon, OH. Laura gladly made time for us during her busy season and made us feel right at home. In fact, Laura operates A Brides Design out of her home. You literally pull into her driveway and enter into the storefront entrance. From the moment you walk in you can feel love and passion that goes into what she does. I can only imagine the WOW experience her brides have. Every little detail from way the walls are decorated to the creative chalk painted antique furniture that displays all of Laura’s beautiful accessories. The bridal shop takes up two full rooms; The first one you walk into has a large variety of designer gowns and the second room has more selections along with some prom and bridesmaid dresses and of course plenty of windows that allow the room to be filled with great natural light so you can see yourself in the beautiful floor length mirror.

Laura only schedules one appointment at time so that the bride and her loved ones have the opportunity to have a special and private experience without feeling rushed due to any other hustle or bustle going on around them. Laura has gowns to choose from that can be ordered without any changes. But, she also works with flexible designers that allow Laura to make changes on their gowns. So, if you fall in love with that dress but there is just one or a few things you want to do differently, you can! Not only that, but being a designer herself, Laura can work with you to make a totally custom one of a kind gown just for you down to the cut, material, everything!!!! Best of all Laura’s custom gowns are not any more expensive then the other dresses in her store, nor do they take any longer to come in so there is no reason you can’t have that gown that you have always been dreaming of!

If you are in the market for a wedding gown, give Laura a chance, it may be one of the most relaxing and rewarding parts of your wedding planning experience. And, who would love to say that literally no other bride has your dress!


Thank you for letting us visit your adorable shop, Laura!  














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