Indeed, Jim Thorpe is a small town. But even in small towns there are very few places you can go where a chain store isn’t an “anchor” of the town or its landscape. But , Jim Thorpe is different. Every major business in our small town is truly a Mom & Pop (Subway is nationally known, but as a franchise that is individually owned, still counts!). Even our largest hotel is family owned and operated, the Inn at Jim Thorpe. Just about the ONLY operation in town that can be considered a large chain is the Turkey Hill Gas Station. That doesn’t just apply to the tourist side of town either, because all the business on the other side of town are also individually owned including Jim Thorpe Market, a grocery store just over the bridge.
So, in our new video blog (vlog) series counting down the top 10 reasons to book a wedding in Jim Thorpe, here is our first installment and our #10 Reason to Book a Wedding in Jim Thorpe: You’re helping to support Mom & Pops.
I love what I do and when I meet a great vendor or great idea that has to do with parties, and particularly, weddings I get super excited. Combine that with learning of a cool product and vendor that has moved and settled right into Jim Thorpe, well you can imagine!
The wedding business is mostly, by nature, an area that is ruled by small and often creative entrepreneurs. With exception of outfits like David’s Bridal and Men’s Warehouse that are large chains, most of the people you book for your wedding consider themselves artists and are often one-man (or woman) operations. In a day of mass production, that’s a pretty awesome thing. Weddings and parties are places where people like to let their personality shine and that is only often done through finding unique, rather than mass produced, items for your event.
With that in mind, I’m excited to introduce you to a pretty awesome business that offers unique and hand crafted products to make your wedding or just any event all the more memorable.
Jocelyn & Megan were intent on making their wedding intimate, elegant, yet simple. As a matter of fact, they approached me saying that they wanted a non-wedding wedding. It would be a small gathering with a ceremony followed by dinner and that they didn’t want all the traditional pomp and circumstance that went with a wedding reception. They very much wanted this dinner to reflect them as a couple and they managed to bring their love of wine and books through their ceremony and with the decor they chose.
It goes without saying, or at least it should, that the wedding day is YOUR day – as a couple, of course. Ultimately , all the activities should be centered around you. And, that includes makeup and hair.
Well , duh right?
But it sometimes happens that others around you tend to be focused on themselves. Okay , we get it, they want to look good too. But , their ability to get their own hair and makeup done by the hairstylist or makeup artist should be secondary to the Bride. Case in point, at a recent wedding family members were up and getting ready early. The makeup artist was bombarded with hair/makeup from family members; and the Bride did not get into the chair to begin the “getting ready” process till 1/2 hour before the scheduled start of the wedding nuptials. And, the couple had first look photos still to do. Oh boy!
This has been a blog I have wanted to write for so long. I get busy, and then forget… until I’m faced with the same issue at another wedding and say.. okay, this time I have to write it. Well, at one of my weddings this past October the wedding photographer (Josh of Josh Finsel and Amber Breiner Photography) captured the moment and so I knew.. this time, it would get written! So YAY! Here it is.
Bridesmaids have many things that they can and will do to help their dear friend navigate their day. But, there is one task that is really really important that I think tends to get overlooked; attending the Bride’s final fitting. It may sound ridiculous, but there have been times where the Bride’s entrance has been delayed by nearly 1/2 hour because me, the bridesmaids, the bride’s mother or a combination thereof have all been fishing for those hidden hoops and loops and buttons.
I met Cassie and Rob early in the spring of this year. They had originally wanted to do an outdoor wedding on their beautiful farm property in Walnutport. But, as does sometimes happen with outdoor receptions, they were overwhelmed with all that is involved in having an off-site outdoor event. Not only that, the time of year, November, might be just a little too chilly for what they had in mind. So, the couple came up with another idea; on location ceremony at their barn on their property and a beautiful reception at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom only minutes from their farm. And, they came to the right venue because not only was I able to provide them with service at the Ballroom, my staff and I also have experience working off-site ceremonies. As a matter of fact, we’ve done it a few times before.