This may not be a glamorous topic, but Bathroom Baskets are a hot topic amongst a lot of our Brides. Especially those hosting a Wedding in a non-conventional venue (AKA - anything outside of a hotel) that may not have a concierge or easy access to last minute items. These pesky baskets are always on the bottom of the to-do list, but the top of the priority list from a guest experience. We often are putting these together for our clients, so we've compiled some tips for getting them together as painlessly (and budget-friendly) as possible.
Mixed Feelings Items:
Depending on the location of your wedding, some of these additional items may be helpful:
Wow. What. A. Year. This year we went a little bit out of our comfort and stretched our Wedding schedule over the whole year. We were able to pack in a lot of love of 19 Wedding into this crazy year! We never compare Weddings, because each occasion is so specific and personal to the couple and their families (hello! why we love our job!), but as the year comes to an end - we love reflecting back on all the moments we shared with couples and their families and appreciating all the love we got to witness. Here's some highlighted pieces of our year! Want to learn more? Read through to some of our other posts as we dive deeper into some of these days.
An epic walk with all your Wedding guests
Caitlin and Corry certainly set the tone for the rest of the night when they walked all their Wedding guests across the Seaport bride from the Church to their Reception lead by then non-other but a bagpiper. It was the perfect way to get their guests hyped up for the epic party that was about to commence at the Intercontinental Boston.
The hottest day ever. Like EVER.
Any room can become your Wedding
We love a transformation! This is why when Ilana and Kevan brought us on to help them transform the Sharon Community Center into a Wedding Venue, we were ALL IN! The Center is not your typical function hall. The Community Center used to be a hotel back in the day and has a beautiful oversized front porch, large white columns and oh yeah - a front row lakeview. On a limited budget, we brought the tropical, fun feel that the Ilana wanted to have into the room and turned the standard ol function room up a notch. After dinner we turned the lights down and they partied the night away to all their favorites. All the components of Wedding dreams!
The one where the Bride and Groom won the Wedding Favors game forever.....
We like to think of ourselves as thoughtful people, but Roxanne and Zach brought it to a whole other level. We always feel that Wedding Favors are only worth the time and money if they are something that people will actually use and feels personal to you, but the books that they picked out for each individual guest, tied with their name at their place wins ALL the awards. Guests were blown away with the thoughtfulness and we were blown away with how they even managed to present them in a visually adorable way that served a double purpose as place cards. BRAVO!
When the cool factor hits 100
Maddie and Jamie's Wedding at Warehouse XI was in one word and one word only - COOL. All of the personal details that Maddie designed and created herself (she's a UX designer) - were completely original and personal to them and their undeniably cool vibe. Everything little thing was thought out so that guests truly felt like they were hanging out in their living room. The example below of their guest book - custom branded records (Maddie and Jamie are The Babes) - is just a sliver of the touches that filled the day.
A venue with never-ending inspiration
This year we were so thankful to Lauren and Chris for introducing us to one of our new favorite venues! The Barn at Bradstreet Farm is not only a beautiful, rustic property featuring a gorgeous barn, gardens, a cornfield, goats - yes, goats! But the staff their is amazing to work with and are creating one of the up and coming venues in the area. We can't wait to be there again in 2020! Please enjoy this amazing photo of Chris and his groomsmen taking advantage of the corn field photo-op.
A vacation to remember
Jessica and Victor's destination Wedding in Florida kicked off our Wedding season with a bang. We are partial to Destination Weddings (what we planned for ourselves!) but the intimate celebration Jessica and Victor shared with their friends was not only a blast on the night-of, it spanned over 5 days of fun in the sun! Even a quick rainshower in the middle of their ceremony - yes - didn't keep them from having the night of their lives. This photo truly captures the love that surrounded them.
With any celebration, a signature cocktail is a great way to add a personal touch reflecting the personality of the guest(s) of honor or even a play on the theme. If something doesn't come immediately to mind, here are tips to help you coming up something something special!
1. Use local cocktails from one of your favorite places to travel
For couples with a case of wanderlust, you can make your signature cocktails unique and memorable by using cocktails from some of your favorite places that you and your spouse have traveled! This is a great way to also introduce you guests to some delicious cocktails they may have never been able to try before. Some of our favorites are a refreshing Caipirinha from Brazil or some yummy Red Sangria from Spain!
2. Use unique glassware for your cocktails
Rather than using typical glassware for your signature cocktails, try mixing things up with some unique glassware! For a more vintage feel try using mismatched antique glassware from local antique shops to give each of your guests a more unique experience. Even better, let them keep the glass at the end of your wedding to help them remember your special day!
Served Straight From Our Events:
3. Name your cocktails after your furry best friend
4. Brew your own
5. Custom Beverage Accessories
We're so lucky to love what we do - so when asked to share some insight into our jobs and what continues to motivate us each day by EventPlanner.com, we were happy to give them a peek behind the curtain! Read our interview and why we do what we do here!
We truly love offering a variety of services to our clients. This includes our Wedding Day-of Coordination packages when we can come in and help bring to life all the amazing planning done by our couples in the months ahead. Sometimes, this also includes setting up a lot of DIY touches that they have crafted with love to celebrate their day.
If we gave out client awards, Roxanne surely would win for the most creative, thoughtful and honestly, successful! DIY bride. Not only was everything personal and perfectly executed - she was extremely organized and trusted us with taking her vision over the finish line! From individually chosen books for each guest, hand tied with a personal label - to planted succulents (planted by the bride and mothers herself!) with each guests table and table number - guests left not only feeling appreciated, but in awe of the creativity and attention to detail Roxanne put into her Wedding. Enjoy these highlights and hope they get your juices flowing as much as ours!
P.S. the Bride handstiched these table numbers herself! check out her Etsy page: Beantown Stitch
Venue: Peirce Farm at Witch Hill
Photographer: Graham with Once Like a Spark
Bouquet: MKedra Weddings
Caterer: Vesta Pizza and Cookie Monstah
Hair/Makeup: Erick Vargas Beauty
In all the excitement and fun of planning your wedding day, sometimes it can be easy to forget the impact your choices will have on the environment. There are so many ways to plan the perfect wedding day to reflect you and your future spouse, while keeping Mother Nature in mind too! Here are some of our favorite eco-friendly wedding ideas to help you create the perfect wedding day while keeping your impact on the environment to a minimum:
1. Provide Transportation for your Guests
2.Use Electronic Invites
3. Serve Local and Seasonal Foods
4. Use Natural Materials for your Décor
While planning your décor, try and use natural elements where you can to help create a vibe that is not only esthetically pleasing, but also eco conscious! Here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate natural elements into your design:
Natural Material Confetti: Instead of having your guests throw confetti during you and your spouse’s big send off, try using natural materials like dried flowers, leaves, herbs or even bird seed.
Succulent and Potted Plant Tablescapes: Rather than using traditional floral arrangements for your table décor, instead try using potted plants or succulents that guests can then bring home and keep or replant in their garden! By using potted plants and succulents, you can reduce the number of cut flowers used and then tossed after your big day. You can also ditch the florals and go for a more unique centerpiece, like our bride did with old vintage glass bottles and books!
Roxanne wedding centerpiece photo
Natural Material Table Numbers and Escort Cards: Instead of printing table numbers and escort cards on paper, try using leaves, pine cones or potted plants as escort cards, which can also double as the guest’s favors! One of our brides used succulents planted in teacups as escort cards so guests could find their table and then had a cute and eco friendly favor to bring home at the end of the night!
5. Reusable Signage
Ilana and Kevan were one of those couples that new their priorities - they wanted everyone to have dance, feel loved and enjoy great food. They initially were planning on having a backyard wedding at her parent's pond-front home in Sharon, MA - but when the guest count climbed and seemed a little too much to handle, they found a great local spot that checked everything off their list. They still could have the waterfront views with a chill vibe - enter the Sharon Community Center. The venue that used to be a lodge where families summered - is off the beaten bath but impresses with this grand front porch and beautiful gardens.
We were so thrilled to transform this local gem into a tropical dance party for Ilana and Kevan. They kept photos limited to keep people focused on the party - but we are pleased to share some highlights from their special day! Many happy years Ilana and Kevan!!
Photographer: Ronnie Saini Photography
Working in Weddings, we get to be a part of so many different traditions and learn about cultures from all over the world! Last month, we were so thrilled to help Rati and Ipsit transform the oversized stage in their banquet hall into a gorgeous focal point for the evening. The stage had to serve multiple purposes: offering a grand centerpiece for their receiving line and a location for a family traditional dance to take place later in the evening. In addition to creating a beautiful backdrop, we had to make sure it was moveable and allowed enough space for their dancers. With some creativity and lighting tricks, we worked within their budget to create the stage of their dreams!
We have special place in our hearts for destination weddings. When we met Jessica and she told us the reasoning behind wanting to have her Wedding as a vacation for her friends and family, I knew we'd get along! It took us awhile to find the perfect location in Florida - but once we did, Hammock Beach was definitely the place! In beautiful Palm Coast, it's a spansive property with beautiful views and plenty of opportunity to relax! You'd never even know that the sky opened up and it started to downpour halfway into their ceremony. They danced the night away as if it was all apart of the plan!
Photographer: Two Hearts Photography
Venue: Hammock Beach
Florist: Art Among the Flowers
Mother’s Day is right around the corner and that means its time to spoil our mommas like they deserve! What better way to do that than to make her a yummy (and Instagram worthy) cocktail? Here are a few of our favorite bubbly cocktails for you to incorporate into your Mother’s Day celebration!
1. Prosecco Margarita
This is a fun twist on a traditional cocktail and super easy to make in large batches!
2. Raspberry Mint Fizz
This is one of our favorite fruity and bubbly cocktails, that we know your mom will love too!
3. Strawberry Lillet Spritzer
This refreshing drink is not only delicious, but so pretty too!
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