Open House – The Steel Barn Event Center – Meeting Oklahoma’s Wedding Professionals!

By TWS | 01/22/2023

Save the Date! Looking for a wedding vendor/professional to make your day the best ever, check out the Tulsa Wedding Society professionals at The Steel Barn Event Center Open House, sponsored by The Steel Barn Event Center! Goodies Catering Savastano’s Pizzeria JAG Photo + Video Soft Touch Draping Green Country Wedding Minister Tulsa Weddings & Design Platinum Event Services Faccia Bella Red Line Entertainment

Savastano’s Pizzeria – Catering

By TWS | 01/15/2023

Savastano’s is turning 20! Our story begins: A dream of Frank’s since 1971, when he spent a few months assisting his cousins in opening their brand-new pizzeria on Chicago’s Southeast Side. There, he met Jane, his true love, and fell in love with pizza. Frank’s family relocated to Bixby in 1993 as a result of his tech work. He brought his passion for pizza along. Without Frank’s pizza pies, celebrations would not be complete. Frank chose to launch his pizzeria, Savastano’s in 2002. On January 17th, 2003, he inaugurated Savastano’s first facility at 111th and Memorial. Because of Frank’s passion for cooking and his family’s backing, the restaurant was consistently full. Savastano’s quickly outgrew their little hole in the wall in 2009, therefore, the new and current facility, which is a 3-floor building was designed at 106th and Memorial. On the first story, we have our bar, take-out section, and kitchen. On the second floor, we have our main dining room. On the third floor, we have extra seating that is available for public use which is often reserved for private events. With the assistance of their six children, Frank and Jane co-ran the business. Their operations manager was Jennifer, who was the oldest. The family business legacy continues with 13 grandchildren Frank sadly suffered a stroke and passed away in August of 2020. Since then, Jenny and Jane have carried out his vision and managed the business. What a great legacy to carry on! What are the great offerings from Savastano’s? Savastano’s has a lot to offer couples. Think about the events we can arrange for you, such your engagement party, wedding shower, and rehearsal dinner. Our third-floor private area is a wonderful location with seating for 60–70 people. It is fully equipped with a salad bar, audio and video hookups as well as private restrooms. For any event, including your wedding reception, we can even provide off-site catering. Pizzas, pastas, salads, and more are available. The combo of thin crust pizza, pasta, and salad is our most popular pick. We enjoy being able to make your special day personal with wonderful foods!

Featured Newson6 – Sharon Holm – Tulsa Wedding & Design

By TWS | 01/03/2023

One of Tulsa Wedding Society’s premiere wedding planners was featured on Channel 6 News on Six. Our very own Sharon Holm, of Tulsa Weddings & Design, met with Kaitlynn Deggs of Channel 6 and discussed the upcoming 2023 year. Below is a transcript of that featured story by Deggs with Sharon. Oklahoma Wedding Planners Prepare For Busiest Time Of Year ( OKLAHOMA WEDDING PLANNERS PREPARE FOR THE BUSIEST TIME OF THE YEAR Wedding planners are getting ready for what they say is the busiest time of year. The time between Thanksgiving and New Year is when the most engagements happen. That surge means wedding planners see more couples coming through their doors. “Typically next week is when we’ll see our busiest outpour when everybody is back to work, they have shared all the news with their friends and family, and now they’re ready to jump into the wedding planning,” said Sharon Holm, the Owner of Tulsa Weddings and Design. Holm said the first step of wedding planning should be getting the guest list nailed down. “Once you have that guest list made, then you have to talk to everyone who is going to be involved with the budget, and establish a budget that is fair, that you guys can work within,” said Holm. She said that even though many of the people who got engaged before the pandemic were married this year, some venues are still booked up. “If you are looking at a 2023 wedding date, please note that most Saturdays at venues have been reserved for a while, part of that is due to COVID, but also look at other dates of the week,” said Holm. “I didn’t think many people would come to a Wednesday wedding at noon, but they show up, and they come.” Holm also wants couples to consider how inflation could impact their big day, and to be prepared during their planning. “Travelling, having your guests come in, hotels, everything has increased, and does not look like it’s going to go down anytime soon,” Holm said. “Many prices will go up for 2023.” One of the best ways to tackle the rise in prices is to cut down the number of people who are on the guest list. “Don’t be afraid to make those hard choices and decisions to make sure your budget stretches that you want and that you have the wedding day you envision,” said Holm. While couples often feel a sense of urgency before the big day, Holm said to try to slow down and take it one step at a time and enjoy the process.

How to select the right officiant for you.

By TWS | 10/01/2022

The couple begins planning the wedding attire, the wedding party, the flowers, the venue/location, the wedding cakes, the food, and so much more! Then we realize that we must select the right officiant for our ceremony. This is the individual that is going to “marry” us! These hints and recommendations will make the process of finding the ideal officiant for your event easier as the officiant is the one that can legally marry you, 1. Consult the pastor, priest, or rabbi at the church or other place of worship for information on the rules of the location. Are you a member of this religious house/church or has this stunning site been a dream of yours ever since you were a little girl? Before booking an outside officiant, ask them first! 2. Should I select a male or female officiant? Discuss your partner’s or fiancée’s preferences as well. Doesn’t that seem a little quaint? Keep in mind that the officiant will recite the vows to each of you in front of your guests. Decide if a man or female is more appropriate for you. In either case, a male or female officiant is there to recite the vows that focus on you! 3. How do I select if I know no one? Check out trustworthy websites like Tulsa Wedding Society, or inquire with family and friends to see if they recently attended a wedding and can recommend anyone. To find the person that best matches you, check out their websites, and reviews, and speak or meet with them first. 4. What should I bring up with the celebrant when we first meet? Learn about one another! Is the officiant curious about how you two met? Is the officiant speaking confidently or hesitantly with you? As you get to know one another, you’ll realize that you two have a unique “connection”! Inquire with the officiant about prior indoor or outdoor weddings they have officiated. If you’re unsure, tell the celebrant what you want to see in your wedding vows or, if they have any samples, ask. 5. But what if you want a relative or acquaintance to do the ceremony? Do they have any previous officiating experience? Are they authorized to officiate at lawful weddings by the state and have they received the necessary training? Will there be awkward moments at your wedding? Once upon a time, a father desired to officiate, but when he arrived at the altar, he was overtaken with emotion to the point where the attention was now on him as he had trouble saying the vows. After reading the vows, a couple decided against having their friend officiate because they were “canned” and did not reflect them as a couple or an individual. The vows were too personal when the friend modified them! When you are certain that this is the one, reserve the date with the officiant! However, don’t wait too long as they might already be scheduled since this officiant might be quite well-liked. Obtain a contract and pay the relevant fees. Officiants are legal representatives that want to marry you and be a part of this magical day as you join your lives together. Want an elite officiant, check out the link below! Tulsa Wedding Society Officiants

Visit The Steel Barn Event Center

By TWS | 09/27/2022

Title: Visit us at The Steel Barn Event Center Location is an important part of choosing your venue. Too many twists and turns, driving through construction, detours, and more, are all things to consider when choosing your venue. The Steel Barn Event Center is conveniently located in Talala off Highway 169, not far from Tulsa, Bartlesville, Stillwater, Claremore, and the surrounding states. The Steel Barn offers both an inside/outside ceremony option as well as complimentary decor to use on your special day. Take a look at their website to see for yourself that they are thoughtfully priced, offer amazing amenities, and while you are there, schedule a tour. Gallery The Steel Barn Event Center

Five Steps of Wedding Planning

By TWS | 09/14/2022

First 5 Steps of Wedding Planning XO Event Co. Congratulations on this exciting, whirlwind occasion! We know how easy it can be to be swept up in all of the little details, so let us help you figure out a few key items before you and your sweetheart decide on a date. One Decide upon our budget. Numerous judgments will be aided by the budget’s design. Who is responsible for covering certain costs (parents, grandparents, etc.)? Determine what matters to you the most and how much money you want to spend. Food, flowers, a venue, alcohol, cake, décor rentals, photography and videography, and invitations. *Hair/Make-up, Songs/entertainment, a honeymoon, and clothing. Visit this site for a great budget tip sheet. Two Consider your wedding or reception’s theme, such as modern, bohemian, classic, or western. Are kids permitted? Is the clothing formal or informal? Is the ceremony small-scale or elaborate? Talk to your fiancé about the dreams you share. Three Time to compile a guest list! Start out easy! Make 2 columns for guests of the bride and guests of the groom. Are there any additional guests to the invited party? When looking at venues, consider the number of guests. Four What time, when, and where will your ceremony be? When: Consider the season you are yearning for! Choose the season, then check your calendars to see if any other events coincide with it. Where: Will the ceremony take place in the city or somewhere else? Keep in mind that this is your special day, but can your visitor travel easily and affordably? When is it? Do you want the ceremony at dusk or is it a daytime wedding? Five Consult a planner! Planners have experience working with you and your budget, plus they are experts in this area, which is a bonus! Find out more about how a planner may assist you in realizing your dreams by speaking with them.

What advice would you give a couple trying to decide whether hiring a wedding planner is within their means?

By TWS | 08/26/2022

Naturally, we are great proponents of hiring a wedding planner to reduce stress on the couple and their family when it comes to planning the wedding. Are you concerned that hiring a planner would break the bank? One of the most widespread misunderstandings about using a wedding planner is this one. Many people believe that hiring a wedding planner will raise the stakes and increase the cost of the big day. It turns out that the situation is reversed: a wedding planner will frequently help keep things under control and ensure that you get the most for your money. It’s my responsibility to manage your budget, negotiate prices, and assist you with important financial decisions. With the aid of a wedding planner, we can help keep you and your partner accountable when it comes to your budget. Next, calculate how much your peace of mind is worth. – Realizing that a professional, not a friend or family member, is handling the money you are spending on your wedding. The couple’s entire vision may be ruined if they choose someone who is easily distracted or does not completely get the mechanics of all the vendors working together as a team. Last but not least, a wedding planner might not always concur with you, but that’s only because they want to make sure you’re choosing the ideal things for your special day. Naturally, a good planner will endeavor to realize your dreams. However, it is the planner’s duty to intervene if you are making an impulsive decision or a decision that may lead to logistical problems in the future. A planner is essentially your voice of reason. And frequently aids in resolving a disagreement when weighing the advantages and disadvantages. Sharon Holm Tulsa Weddings & Design

Meet Tabor & Emily Warren – Tabor Warren Photography

By TWS | 07/12/2022

Tabor Warren Hey, there!Tabor here– First of all, congratulations on your engagement!!! I am thrilled that you are looking to make this the best time of your life, and want to do everything I can to help make that happen! A bit about me, I bust out “amazing” dad jokes on the fly, am always up for a foosball challenge, am very competitive, love all sports, and listen to music or podcasts at least 12 hours a day. I’m also an avid reader, guitarist, and outside enthusiast! I was born and raised in Tulsa, Was a lifer at Jenks, and went to OSU-Stillwater for my undergraduate and graduate work in Veterinary Medicine. I love being raw and prefer when people tell it how it is. When it comes to engagement and wedding photography, I am an open book and am committed to making sure every photo-related aspect I come across becomes the timeless heirloom quality your story deserves. Emily Warren Hey there, guys!I’m Emily– born and raised in Tulsa with a five-year detour in Stillwater, OK (Go Pokes!) On a standard day, you can find me at home, snuggling one of my six kiddos and throwing back cup loads of coffee. Photographing weddings and families are my specialty, but I also have a background in accounting. Handy, right? I’m a lover of lists, Harry Potter, sports (particularly football and basketball), The Office, vacations, and good conversation. I’d absolutely love to connect with you and figure out how we can serve you! Chances are, if you click the “Contact” button, I will be the one on the other end. 🙂 Be the best Bride you can be with the Tulsa Wedding Society. Let TWS make your day!  Tabor & Emily Warren, Tabor Warren Photography – 2022 Tulsa Wedding Society President

Tips & Tricks | Expert Advice on ordering wedding cake

By TWS | 07/05/2022

How much cake should I order for my wedding? Submitted by: Laura Talbot, of Ms. Laura’s Cakes Though it certainly seems like a simple question, it’s not as “cut & dry” as you may think.  We actually need to discuss several more questions before we can answer this one. During the wedding planning process you will often hear the question, “How many guests are you planning on having at your wedding?”. Well, if you’re like most, you may not really know exactly how many there will be for sure. What you do know is: you’ve got a lot of people on your list, your future spouse’s list, and your parents’ list.  But, how many guests will actually attend your wedding?  How do you plan for food?  How many servings of cake will you need?  Well, I can certainly help you with that and I truly want to help you figure out how to have enough cake for everyone without having tiers & tears leftover after the wedding. Wedding Guest List? First, lets narrow down your lists. The best advice I can give you is from my own personal experience and that is to go over the list by considering the following thoughts: Consider how many guests are from out of state.  If you think they will not attend then just send them an invitation, but mark them off of your food and cake list. Regarding the guests who are in state, go through and mark off the ones you are pretty sure won’t attend. But, be sure to send them an invite regardless of their expected attendance because, trust me, no one wants to be left out or forgotten. Will your wedding take place in the evening or early afternoon? This question is important! If it’s in the evening of the fall and winter months, it gets dark earlier. Some of your older guests (who may not like to drive after dark) and parents of little ones (who have early bed times) won’t be able to wait around till 9pm or later for you to cut the cake. On the other hand, if your wedding is in the afternoon, say 2 o’clock, your guests usually only expect cake and punch to be served. So, you will want to be sure you have enough cake to feed everyone for the entirety of the event. Next, a question you may have is, “How big is a serving of cake, actually?”.  My cake serving size guide is the Wilton standard, which is a  1″ X 2″ slice.  Your cake is on average 4″ thick, though sometimes a little thicker on request, but never less than 4″. Reception Guest List? So, now that you have an idea of how many guests you think will attend your wedding, here are few more questions for you to consider about the reception: How many guests do you plan on having at the reception? Some couples have a private ceremony, where only a select few are invited, but everyone else is invited to the reception. So, they are gonna need some cake, right? Are you planning to serve alcohol? If you are, then you should only plan to serve cake for two thirds of your guests. Why is this? Typically, most guys are not big sweets eaters anyway and, if they drink beer, they rarely eat cake.  Some of the ladies will opt to consume the calories of an alcoholic beverage over eating cake. Other guests, partaking in alcohol consumption, will often be so busy visiting and partying that they won’t remember there is cake. Are you planning to have a groom’s cake?  If so, then plan to serve approximately 50 servings of his cake. However, if the groom is wanting to showcase something fun and  3-dimensional, such as a 3-D football helmet or any other sculpted cake, you may need to accommodate for the popularity response and plan to reserve more than 50 servings for his cake. Unless you are planning to provide any additional desserts, sweets, or treats for your guests, you should now be able to figure out how many servings are needed for the wedding cake. Need an example? Okay, lets say you are planning to have 200 guests at your wedding and you are also serving beer and wine. While you definitely want to plan food for everyone, you really only need to serve cake for about 150 of your guests. Cake Shapes? Now to decide what shape you would like: round, square, heart, petal, hex, etc… Obviously, the most common are round or square, but there are some unique shapes that affect your overall slice count.  For example, square cakes serve more per tier than a round cakes. Cake Layers? When you envision your dream wedding cake, you may picture a taller and far more grand design than you actually need, but that’s okay too. Let me explain how each tier adds more servings. Let’s consider a round cake that needs to serve 100 slices. You could do any of the following to achieve that desired number:  3 tier, round serving 74  3 tier, round serving 106  3 tier, round serving 125  4 tier, round serving 130 Get the idea?  Pair your wedding cake with the groom’s cake and you will have close to 150 servings of cake total. Take my previous suggestions into consideration and plan accordingly, I guarantee that my concept works pretty well.  Sure, you may run out of cake or perhaps you may have just a bit left over. The question to ask yourself is, “would I rather run out of cake or have extra cake, just in case?”. Now, if you want your cake to look bigger or are just really wanting extra cake, GREAT!  I am happy to add to the brides cake by adding a “faux” layer (for the same price) or by beefing up the size of the groom cake.  You can even opt to add a “kitchen” cake. That is a plain, frosted sheet cake that stays in the kitchen or goes under the cake table to provide extra servings if you should you need them.  That way, if you serve all of the bride and groom cakes and end up not serving the kitchen cake, you will have an un-cut cake to enjoy the next day with family who may be in town for the wedding. I truly hope this information helps you to determine how much cake you will need for your wedding day. I am always happy to serve you and glad to answer any specific questions you may have regarding cakes, food, and treats!  Confectionately honored to be your baker, Laura Talbot, owner of Ms. Laura’s Cakes

Wedding – Aaron & Alix

By TWS | 06/30/2022

June 11, 2022   Photos by:  Doug and Ashley Photography The lawyer and the teacher. Two different families and lives coming together to form one. One of the most incredible couples we have ever worked with is Aaron & Alix! The couple exchanged vows and sealed their union at Sperry, Oklahoma’s stunning Springs Event Venue, despite the early summer heat. Aaron kept grinning and pacing as he waited to see his future wife. The moment Aaron saw his bride, Alix, the anticipation was finally over. Aaron, Alix, and their kids made a unique glass frame, and vows were made.The celebration got underway once the vows were exchanged!   Featured Tulsa Wedding Society Members: Planning & Coordination:  Britney Keirsey – BeYoutiful Occassions Officiant:  Catherine Mack – Green Country Wedding Minister Cake:  Allison Dickens – Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery Catering:  Goodies Catering Photography:  Doug and Ashley Photography