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Maribelle Cakery’s New Cake Classes!

I don’t know about you, but I watch those cooking and dessert shows on TV and it inspires me to get creative in the kitchen. I feel like I’ve been able to successfully pull off some new things when it comes to cooking ….but baking is another story.

My team at Cincy Chic has been working with Maribelle Cakery lately to promote their wedding and special event pastry business, and they just told us about new Cake Classes that they’re launching 2014. So, it’s like having the cooking shows come to you!

Here are there two upcoming events and you can click here to contact them for booking if you’re interested!

Fondant Intermediate Course
January 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th 2014.

Maribelle Cakery fondant course will teach you how to cover a cake in fondant. The class starts with the basic fondant techniques, basic piping, use of crimps, textures and tracing a design on to fondant. The week will end with your presentation of your completed three tiered cake with a completed class certificate.

Where: Maribelle Cakery 3704 Cheviot Ave. Cincinnati, Oh 45211
When: Jan. 5th -9th 2014
Time: 9:00 am- 4:30 pm

Cost: $890 includes snacks, 1 hour lunch break, fondant/dummies for decoration and booklet with detailed instructions. Tools available for use.


Garden Flowers, Sugar Flower Course

January 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st 2014

Maribelle Cakery is known for their beautiful sugar flowers and we will be teaching some of our most requested flowers. Students will learn roses, peonies, ranunculus, French tulips, magnolias; Hydrangea, dogwoods, several types of leaves, filler flowers, buds, and berries.

Coloring techniques and arranging your sugar flowers on a cake will be explored as well proper storage techniques. Students will learn production tips in the making of sugar flowers that will increase their productivity. This class is suitable for all levels. A class kit is included in the registration. Each student will take home the cutters and veiners used in class.

Where: Maribelle Cakery 3704 Cheviot Ave. Cincinnati Oh 45211
When: Jan 27th -31st 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Cost: $1450 includes light lunch, snacks, class kit, as well as cutters and veiners used in class. The Students will also receive an instruction booklet on flowers made in class. Students will also receive a certificate of course completion.

Meet the Mafia

Nidhi Bedi
Nidhi Bedi, Founder of A Bride’s Mafia

Being a young entrepreneur myself, I always love it when I see other local ladies reaping the benefits of their hard work and dedication. My friend Nidhi Bedi is one of those gals. I initially met her through a friend and we immediately connected. She has one of those contagious smiles and an unbelievable work ethic that I wish I could bottle and mass produce.

For the past several years, she’s helped to run Elements Event and Conference Centre in Sharonville (which is awesome — we held a Cincinnati.com event there a couple years ago actually!). Then, she opened a clothing and bridal shop called the Black and White Exchange, which she sold. And about a year ago, she launched A Bride’s Mafia, which is a SUPER SUCCESSFUL wedding concierge service. Several of my friends have gone to her bridal networking events (which are less of a bridal expo and more of a cocktail hour with people in the wedding biz), and have been helped by the concierge service — they said it’s a dream come true, plus it’s FREE!

Cincy Chic’s “brother” publication, Cincinnati Profile, originally featured her in this “2011 Single & Successful” story. Then, last year, she was voted to be one of our Cincy Chic Women of the Year. And just recently, we covered A Bride’s Mafia in Cincy Chic, and coined the nickname “Bridal Mafia Boss” for Nidhi, which is absolutely PERFECT! haha!

Like I said, I’ve just loved following her and all the success that’s come her way. I check her site occasionally to see what she’s up to, and thought her last post “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” was a great one to share. She reflects on her very first event, and how this business has grown. She also shares a little about her upcoming event “Battle of the Wedding Bands” on Aug. 11, and gives an overview of all the “Mafia” members and how they can help you if you have wedding bells in your future! I knew about that she worked with several different kinds of vendors, but it was neat to learn who they are and what makes each unique.

Click here to check it out! Also, if you would like to go to the Aug. 11 Battle of the Wedding Bands event, click here to RSVP and use the code CINCYCHIC to get in free! See you there!

The Wedding Experience


We just wrote about the owner of the Cincinnati Bride & Groom Planner here in Cincy Chic. Well, the owner of the Columbus Bride & Groom Planner is up to some fun stuff, too! She’s planning event called “The Wedding Experience” so future brides and grooms get to truly experience potential vendors before hiring them for their weddings.

I have lots of friends from Cincinnati, who met the men of their dreams at school at OSU, and are now getting married in Columbus, so I thought I’d tell you about this event in case you or someone you know is getting married in Cbus any time soon!

From the reviews on their site, it just looked like a fun event that’s different than your typical wedding expo. It’s on April 14, from 12-4pm at the NorthPointe Hotel & Conference Center. Click here for more  details!


Afterhours Bridal Event Nov. 14 at Music Hall + Free Event Space for Charities

One of my dear friends Nidhi Bedi (we recently featured her here in Cincy Chic!) is hosting a HUGE bridal event on Nov. 14. It’s called “Afterhours” because it’s a more relaxed approach to meeting with and learning about local bridal vendors (think less bridal expo and more cocktail hour). At past Afterhours events, she’s attracted more than 1,500 attendees and she expects to do the same at this event. So it’s a big party and you leave with lots of new connections to make the day of your dreams come true! Below is the event invite and press release if you’d like to learn more!

Also, on a related but unrelated-to-weddings note: Nidhi runs the Elements Conference Events Center and she just told me that she’s looking for non-profit organizations who need a place to host their fundraising events. She is donating the event space to 10 charities, so contact her if you’d like to be one of them: nidhi@elementseventcentre.com. She’s AMAZING to work with!!


A Bride’s Mafia Hosts Fifth Annual Afterhours Bridal Show


Cincinnati, Ohio – A mob of matrimony experts will help more than 1,500 local brides-to-be plan their special day.


A Bride’s Mafia will host its fifth annual Afterhours Bridal Show at the Music Hall on November 14 from 6-9pm. This free event is designed for engaged couples and their families to meet and greet with more than 75 premier local wedding vendors in a fun, social setting.


Both brides and grooms are encouraged to attend, as the event will feature a service called the “game plan,” which gives grooms advice on how to make their wedding day special.  For the brides, the event will feature two pampering rooms that brides and guests can visit to receive complimentary hair, nail, and makeup treatments as well as free massages to ease their wedding planning stress.


Launched by local wedding industry guru, Nidhi Bedi, A Bride’s Mafia is now one of four divisions to Bedi’s concierge services:

1) A Bride’s Mafia — an online service where clients can shop for wedding vendors

2) A Bride’s Gallery — includes a free consultation with Bedi

3) A Bride’s Social — meet and greet cocktail events

4) A Bride’s Gala — a bridal show featuring the latest wedding fashion trends


“The last two Afterhours shows have brought in more than 1,500 people each,” says Bedi. “We hope to exceed that with 2,000 attendees on November 14!”


Those interested in learning more about the Afterhours Bridal Show or A Bride’s Mafia can visit http://www.ABridesMafia.com or www.facebook.com/ABridesMafia.



Nidhi Bedi




Wedding Dress Preservation = Chic Swag!

Even though it’s hailing out right now (what’s up with that by the way…wasn’t it just 80 in March?) Spring is officially here, Summer will be here before we know it, and that means wedding season is upon us!

If you or someone you know is getting married or recently got married, make sure you let them know about this super awesome new program I created and partnered with Widmer’s Cleaners for. The concept is super simple, bring in your wedding dress for cleaning and preservation after your Big Day and you’ll get a bunch of free Cincy Chic swag (reusable tote bag, drink tumbler and coffee travel mug – valued at more than $50)!

Check out the graphic below for more details and go to the Widmer’s site to see where you can find a location near you!

Diamond Dash July 16

I just found out about this event and it sounds like a lot of fun for all you future fiances out there!

More than 200 local couples looking to be engaged will be running around downtown playing a high-tech treasure hunt, solving clues sent via text message to their cell phones. The team with the most points walks away with a $15,000 RITANI diamond ring!

James Free Diamond Dash
– When: Saturday, July 16th
– A one-day, real world treasure hunt through downtown
– Prize: $15,000 RITANI diamond ring
– Where: Fountain Square @ 10 am
– Teams of two will answer riddles and complete challenges right from their cell phones as they follow clues throughout the downtown area
– Its completely free to play but spots are limited
– Register and find more information at www.JamesFreeDiamondDash.com

Here’s a video of a similar event they recently did in Houston


Win a Wedding and Meet “My Fair Wedding” Host

David TuteraGetting married, helping someone plan a wedding, or do you just like to win free stuff? If you said yes to any of the above, keep reading.

As John Kiesewetter wrote about in his blog yesterday, David Tutera (hunky host on “My Fair Wedding” is coming to Kenwood Mall this Saturday. He’s coming as part of a big tour of WE tv stars across the country (we got the cutest celeb, I have to say). For this one-day only event on June 26 (12-6pm), they’ll have a bunch of national sponsors, and a bunch of local hand-selected vendors, doing demonstrations, offering discounts and giving away great prizes (like a KitchenAid mixer, $100 gift cert to NinaShoes.com, and a $1,000 shopping spree you can use at Kenwood Mall).

They will also have a fashion show featuring White House Black Market’s new wedding party dress line. I didn’t know WHBM launched this new collection, so I’m excited to see it up close and personal. Check out their limited edition bridal gown! I love love love it!

I did a video interview with a rep from Kenwood Mall to chat about this exciting celeb appearance and bridal event, so check it out!


And while I was planning this blog post, two more wedding-related items landed in my inbox. First one is a Bride’s Night Out with Snooty Fox, which looks super cute and fun. The second is news that the Cincinnati Art Museum is doing a fab wedding giveaway. Check out all the details in the press release below!

Cincinnati Art Museum to Host Wedded Perfection Giveaway

CINCINNATI – Calling all lovebirds: your fairytale ending awaits you at one of Cincinnati’s finest wedding venues. To celebrate its upcoming exhibition, Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns, the Cincinnati Art Museum is giving away a complete wedding. The Art Museum will host a competition in partnership with Cincinnati Wedding Magazine. WLWT-TV will air the entire process, from applications to the live announcement of the winning couple.

We invite couples to send in their application forms and videos to the Cincinnati Art Museum, as well as upload them to WLWT-TV’s special ULocal.com page. The deadline is September 1.  Applications and contest information are available at www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

The Cincinnati Art Museum will choose four finalist couples, with the winner to be voted on by Cincinnati Art Museum visitors. The four couples will be announced on October 9 in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition. WLWT-TV morning news will introduce the couples the week of October 11-14, 2010. Their application videos and updated voting results will be available to view on WLWT-TV’s ULocal.wlwt.com. Friends, family and the public can cast their votes October 9, 2010 through January 4, 2011 at kiosks set up within the Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns exhibition.

The Wedded Perfection giveaway, a value of more than $25,000, includes in-kind gifts from the Museum as well as a dozen wedding vendors, including:

Facility – Cincinnati Art Museum (three dates in 2011 from which to choose)
Food & Beverage – Cincinnati Art Museum catering
Invitations – Margot Madison Stationary
Flowers – Courtney Lambert Floral
Music – J. Griffin Entertainment
Rehearsal Dinner Dress and Bridesmaid Party – Saks Fifth Avenue
Wedding Cake – The Bonbonerie
Lighting – Goodwin Lighting
Wedding Rings – Richter & Phillips
Valet Service – Blue Chip Parking
Linens – All Occasions
Make-up Artist – Brideface
Photographer – Blue Bird Photography

The winning couple will be announced on January 6, 2011 and can then choose from three dates in the Spring/Summer of 2011 for their wedding at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Their wedding will also be featured in Cincinnati Wedding Magazine in the Winter of 2011.

Timeline for Wedded Perfection Giveaway:
·       Applications are being accepted from now until September 1, 2010
·       The four finalist couples will be announced October 9, 2010
·       The four finalist couples will be introduced on WLWT-TV morning show October 11-14
·       “Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns” exhibition opens on October 9. Public voting for the four finalist couples begins that day. Each couple will have a video introduction on display within the exhibition. Voting runs through January 4, 2011
·       The winner will be announced on January 6, 2011 on WLWT-TV’s morning show
Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns will run October 9, 2010 through January 30, 2011 and will feature nearly 60 stunning wedding gowns from the 18th century to the present day.  It will feature classic designs as well as the work of Christian Dior couture, Vera Wang, Worth and an avant-garde Yohji Yamamoto gown.

The exhibition will show the origin of bridal traditions in Western culture, how all the pieces of the wedding, from long trains to jewel-encrusted décolletés, came together, periods when the ‘traditional’ white wedding dress was not worn, colorful wedding dresses, an embroidered felt dress, and influential designers and contemporary artist’s conceptions of wedding attire.

Arranged around these gowns, paintings, photography, and installation pieces will provide visions of the weddings and social settings out of which these designs emerged.

For more information on the Wedding Giveaway or Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns, visit www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

Something Old, New, Borrowed and … Platinum

Me and My Husband
Me and My Husband (Photo: Neysa Ruhl)

Maybe it was the mild winter, or the cool summer. Or maybe it’s just that time flies when you’re having fun. Whatever it is, it’s September already! Last year at this time, I was putting all the final touches on my wedding planning and preparing to say “I do” to my best friend. We got married on September 27 (click here to see our beautiful wedding photos!), on a sunny Indian Summer day. Time sure has flown by!

It’s been a year and I still haven’t had time to change my name legally, finish our registry or unsubscribe myself from all the bridal lists I’m on. I think I’ll eventually get to the whole name changing thing (let’s face it, Amy Storer-Scalia doesn’t have the most appealing initials), and we’ll definitely get the food processor we fell in love with but no one got us. But I don’t think I’ll get around to unsubscribing to these bridal e-mail lists! I secretly like keeping tabs on the fascinating, ever-changing bridal industry. I love the glamor and uncompromising attention to detail. Everything is polished, pristine, posh and pretty. And even though I already had my special day, a girl can dream… even if it’s just of what I’ll wear to our vow renewal ceremony!

Pin Me Up Couture
Pin Me Up Couture

I put together this list for all you chic brides-to-be, Mothers of the Bride, bridesmaids, maids of honor or anyone else out there like me who secretly loves to watch the wedding world from afar.

Something Old…

The 20s  made their way back into mainstream fashion over the past few seasons, and now with Pin Me Up Couture, they’re roaring into the wedding scene as well. This line is a sassy local duo that focuses on modern day glamor — with a twist. From classic retro birdcage veils to funky hair pieces these girls know how to make you look and feel fabulous. Pieces are available on Etsy, The Bridal Shop located on Mainstrasse in Covington and they also do custom creations.

Pin Me Up Couture
Pin Me Up Couture

Something New…

Folchi’s Formal Wear invites you to enjoy champagne and appetizers while viewing the latest in men’s wedding attire.
When: Tuesday, September 22
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Folchi’s Formal Wear
7344 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236
(513) 891-9930

Register to win five free rentals for your wedding party.

RSVP: ellen@folchisformalwear.com or (513) 231 – 9930

Bitter Bridesmaid Bash
Bitter Bridesmaid Bash

Something Borrowed…

The third annual Bitter Bridesmaid Bash is coming to Covington on Sept. 10! Wear your favorite (or least favorite) retired bridesmaid gown for a pub crawl through Covington’s MainStrasse.

Cost of admission is $10 OR the donation of a bridesmaid gown for Kenzie’s Closet (www.kenziescloset.org) All proceeds benefit Kenzie’s Closet. For more information or to see photos from 2007 and 2008’s Bashes, visit www.the-bridal-studio.com. There will be raffles and silent auctions, a photo booth, discount drink tickets and loads of fun!

For more information or to RSVP info@the-bridal-studio.com.

Something Platinum…

Couture Designer dresses, off the rack, marked down by 75%. Sounds unbelievable, right? Well, believe it or not, it’s happening. “The Platinum Event” – which happens only once a year – will be taking place on Monday, September 21st from 5-8pm. Brides need to RSVP (to European Bridal at 513.821.6505) for the event and space is limited. There will be goodie bags and door prizes for all RSVPed attendees!

Speaking of Weddings…

On Cincy Chic, we’re giving away a $25,000 wedding and a $5,000 makeover to local breast cancer survivors. Click here to learn more and see if you could be the lucky lady to get your matrimony or makeover for free!