Month: August 2019

Cincinnati: The Top Places to Visit in One Weekend


Cincinnati, the Queen City, rising from the banks of the Ohio River, a great place to spend a weekend away…

If you’re heading to Cincinnati for a short break, this Top Places Guide will cover everything you need for a weekend of wonder! Let’s begin.

Where to Stay

For art lovers or anyone who wants a quirky place to stay, the 21c Museum Hotel is a great find.

Located right in the heart of Cincinnati, next to the Contemporary Art Center and opposite the Aronoff Center for the Arts, this is an award-winning boutique hotel and restaurant. They have pet-friendly rooms, free Wi-Fi, and a spa. What more could you want?!

If you’re looking for the best-recommended hotel, then the Best Western Premier Mariemont Inn takes the number one spot. It is a boutique hotel with historic charm and excellent customer service. There is a fitness center, restaurant, and pub. What’s more, it is located near to the zoo, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Riverbend Music Center. There is also the Mariemont Theater close by.

Where to Eat

Of course, there’s the option of the Metropole restaurant in the 21cMuseum Hotel but there are lots of other great places to eat in Cincinnati.

The Maplewood Kitchen & Bar is a cheery place that has a vibe reminiscent of the West Coast.

If it’s Italian you fancy, then Sotto is perfect! This is a wonderful place that is open on Sunday evenings when many Cincinnati restaurants are closed.

For those of you with a sweet tooth, don’t miss out on sampling Holtman’s Donuts. There’s one on Vine Street and one on Madison Road.

What to See

There’s the Contemporary Arts Center, which is certainly worth a visit. Then there’s Findlay Market in Over The Rhine that has been around since 1855.

Here, you will find a hubbub of stalls, gourmet shops, restaurants, and cafés. At the weekend, there is also an outdoor farmers’ market, which has producers from all over Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

“Exterior of the Zaha Hadid-designed Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art”

The Cincinnati Bell Connector, the tramway, is a fantastic way to get around the city. Vine Street is a wonderful place for a shopping expedition and has lots of independent stores.

Cincinnati has lots of excellent green spaces. In particular, you will find lots of outdoor places along the riverbank.

You can even rent a Cincy Red Bike and take a ride on the cycle lane alongside the river.

For those into structures, visit the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge that leads to Covington. When it was built, in 1867, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

It kept this title until 1883 when Roebling then built the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, which became much more famous.

So, as you can see, the home of the “flying pigs” and the famous Purple People Bridge has an array of things to do for the whole family.

Cincinnati is a wonderful place to spend a little weekend getaway!

Contemporary Versus Vintage Weddings

The most important task after getting the ring is finding the right venue. To do this you have to ask yourself are you a traditional couple with the black tux, white dress, and church venue?

Or are you the “step out of bounds” couple with the bright color dress, James Bond tux, and the vintage hall? Both wedding styles are beautiful and make the most of their historic value in different ways.

The Monastery Event Center in Cincinnati, Ohio is a great example.
True to its name this venue embraces its history in the best way.

How to choose the right venue and overall style for your wedding!

If you’re more traditional and you hear church bells when you think of your wedding The Monastery is the venue for you. A unique setting that can house both a ceremony and reception. Their courtyard is perfect for invaluable photos and even those who opt for an outdoor ceremony. They have also resurrected the historic “Golden Wedding Champagne” for their guests. In fact, couples who book with the venue receive free personalized champagne flutes. What better way to help commemorate your big day?

Starr Gennett Building
Richmond, IN

On the flip side is the vintage Starr Gennett Building, rich in jazz music history. They keep the music alive through live concerts but also through music education sessions. If you’re in the area you can see The Walk of Fame recurring every September and even their tributes to Shakespeare throughout July. Ultimately this open venue is a distinctive choice and the ideal venue for those dreaming of a vintage venue with a bit of nature. It is located in a public park right by a river for lovely photos. With its already perfect location, you can decorate and make it yours!

No matter what you choose the most important part of any wedding is the people you share your special day with. The love, the laughter, and unforgettable memories. Of course, we here at Picture Perfect are also happy to help you make memories and make it a perfect day!

The booth this couple was a great addition to their wedding!

What Makes a Great Wedding?

For many, their wedding day is the single most anticipated event of someone’s lifetime. It is a day when attention is focused on the bride and groom. To some extent, attention is focused on individual aspects of the celebration itself, as a reflection of the bride and groom.

This is where much of the anxiety associated with weddings arises from; the idea that if any part of the wedding does not go as planned, that bad apple may “spoil the bunch”.

I am part of a company that has spent 10,000 hours at weddings across the country. As someone who has spent over 1,000 hours at weddings, on behalf of Picture Perfect Photo Booth Rentals, I can say that ‘conventional wisdom’ about what makes weddings ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is categorically untrue.

What makes a good wedding, then?

I can’t define a perfect wedding in abstract terms- yet. However, in the words of Justice Potter Stewart, “I know it when I see it”.

Let’s start off by listing what a great wedding is not:

A great wedding is NOT an event where every last detail goes as planned, where nothing is left to chance. I’ve been to weddings where bad weather threw a wrench into the works. I’ll never forget a wedding I attended with a Photo Booth, where a storm was threatening to bear down on what was supposed to be an outdoor affair.

During the ceremony, the wedding officiant asked if “anyone can show just cause why this couple cannot be lawfully joined together in matrimony”. A booming thunderclap filled the air, seeming to be a sign of almighty disapproval. I’ve scarcely heard harder laughter at a wedding in my life. In fact, mishaps at weddings are more often the highlight of a wedding. These moments anchor memories of the event to a feeling of ironic humor.

As Carol Burnett said, “comedy is tragedy, plus time”. Whether it’s during your wedding day or during a big speech, never forget that if it’ll be funny later, it’s funny now.

A truly great wedding is also NOT an event where no expense is spared. I’ve been to extravagant, forgettable weddings as much as I’ve been to low-budget, seemingly legendary weddings. Many people have the idea that more beautiful objects make for a more pleasant and notable event. However, this is not a rule that proves true every time. What do you remember most about the last wedding you attended?

Was it the decor? The intricate centerpieces? An ice sculpture? Or was is that one memory you have with your family and friends? When Aunt Lou busted a move on the dance floor. When Cousin Dave made that unforgettable speech. When you saw your old friends from the other side of the country.

So, what is the thread that runs through these memorable weddings?

It is the memories that are made that help make your special day unforgettable. It is people, not objects, that contribute to a memorable day. This is why it has been such fun to work with a company like Picture Perfect Photo Booth Rentals. While a proper photographer is a must-have at weddings, it is the photo booth that encourages guests to let their hair down and have fun.

When else would you see Mom and Dad happily dress up as Spider-Man and Darth Vader to take pictures throughout the night? Not at a time when the open bar is out of arm’s reach, perhaps, but with a photo booth, it is almost guaranteed. With the complimentary scrapbook and online gallery that Picture Perfect provides with every Photo Booth rental (in addition to the unlimited print-outs during the event), these memories will be with you for life. It is one of the few gifts you will receive at a wedding that can be looked back on for decades.

Whatever it is that you choose to have on your special day, focus on the memories that will be made, not the gilded appearance of the event. Nobody has complete control over what takes place, despite what some “Bridezillas” may lead you to believe. Above all, be mindful of what happens throughout the day. You’ll only have your first wedding once. If you focus too much on what you think things should be like, you’ll miss out on what is truly important.

Good luck!