More and more we meet couples looking to put together a "backyard" type of wedding. Whether it be in a rented barn, field, or their actual backyard, they often think this is the easiest way to achieve their rustic wedding dreams while saving money!
I hate to break it to you, but i'm here to report that it is never as easy or cheap as you think. Don't get me wrong! I fully support this trend and they actually have become my favorite weddings to coordinate because the opportunities for personalization are endless! But with all those opportunities for details comes the task of how you actually can make them happen out of thin air. Before undertaking this massive wedding project, let me share some tips with you that save you from day-of chaos and that it has all the comforts of an existing venue.
DISCLAIMER: These tips may come off negative and as though i'm trying to persuade you not to do this. That's not the case! I just want to be honest and frank with you so that your wedding planning process is as enjoyable and seamless as possible.
Hire a Planner
I fully recommend that you hire a full-service planner to be by yourself during the whole process, but if this isn't in your budget, a day-of coordinator atleast is necessary to make this all happen. A full-service planner can help you along the way to ensure that you've thought of every logistics. Trash, power, lighting? Maybe your tent company is installing lighting so your tent looks gorgeous, but have you thought of how people will be able to see getting back to their cars? A planner can remind of these things AND make them happen. If a day-of coordinator is more your speed, just think of this, when you're sitting in the chair getting your hair and makeup done for the most special day of your life - are you going to be able to answer vendor calls looking for directions or setup your escort cards? Perhaps you may be able to, but let me promise you, you don't want to and you shouldn't! It's YOUR day.
Full Service Caterer
Full-service catering can mean many things, but mainly, make sure that you are bringing in a caterer who is going to help clean up plates, trash and clear left over food. This is not the case with all caterers, especially for these types of events, so ensure that you've talked through these details with them so your family isn't the clean-up crew at the end of the night.
Take a 360 View of Your Venue
When you're planning the floorplan and guest flow, make sure you are looking up, down and all around. What is the ground like? Will people be able to walk on it or do we need flooring? Again, lighting, will people be able to see where they are going?
Also in this category is your neighbors. Be conscious of noise and disturbances that may not go over well with your neighbors. Be sure to talk to them ahead of them (maybe even invite them!) so that nothing disrupts the party!
Prepare for Weather
This may sound obvious, but ALWAYS have a plan B. Any portion of your wedding that could be affected by rain (or even wind or cold) should be addressed and have a backup plan. Tents are great, but does your tent come with sides? If it's cold, windy and rainy, a tent overhead won't solve all your problems. It's also important to talk these through with your vendors. Entertainment such as DJs and Bands who have instruments will be very sensitive to the elements, so ensuring they feel comfortable with your plans in place will prepare you for a lot of day-of concerns.
Let it Go and Remember what Matters
Weddings in general are vulnerable to stress and obstacles, but "build your own venues" come with their own folder of challenges. The key is to remember what is important to you and being flexible to help make that happen. Do you want to have a bumping 3-hour dance party? Make sure your dancefloor is secure and your DJ is comfortable. Do you have a family of foodies? Make sure your caterer has a great workspace and everything they need to deliver a seamless experience. At the end of the day, you are marring the person you love and it is the start of an amazing next chapter. If you can focus on that, you can handle your wedding :)
Over the past 5 years, Nashville has exploded as one of the top Bachelorette destinations in the country. Groups of girls have been packing up their cowboy boots and heading for the country music capital of the world. Whether a country music fan or not, there is something for everyone that will guarantee to leave a lasting impression of this colorful city.
Here are our Top 5 insights with something for everyone in no particular order....
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One quick trip to Michael's and $5.00 + 10 minutes at home and I had an even higher rush than the one I would have received from buying that adorable one at Home Goods.
So here's what I did to create a seasonal bulletin board. Keyword: SEASONAL! You can change the look of it as much as you change your attitude and design space.
What you Need
Set just 35 minutes north of Boston is Lynch Park. The expansive park lies in the middle of a residential neighborhood which makes it hard to stumble upon unless you are directed. In addition to multiple picnic tables, walking paths and a small beach, you'll find a gorgeous rose garden, enclosed by a beautiful brick wall and looking out to ocean views. Even though the park is very busy especially during peak season, the rose garden can be reserved for private events.
Location: Beverly, MA
Associated Costs: Permit, Chair Rentals (if needed)
Transportation: Parking Lot (Parking can be arranged for free for your guests)
Bonus Selling Points:
- Steps from the waterfront!
- Photos, photos, photos. In addition to taking advantage of the beautifully landscaped floral garden, literally steps away you can have a waterfront shoot. Best of both worlds!
We have been lucky enough to plan events all over the world. Even if we are traveling for professional reasons, we always try to slip in some fun and explore as much as we can.
Las Vegas is one of our favorite places in the United States. That's definitely a personal preference because we understand it's not for everyone, but if you enjoy food, entertainment, gambling, shopping, adventure, recreation - literally just about anything - you can find something for you!
We have traveled there professionally, in our 20's with 9 other girls, even with our parents for their 60th birthday, so we like to think we've seen a little bit of all the sides of the city.
Here's our Top 5 insights that work for ANYONE planning a trip to lively destination. In no particular order.....
Cirque du Soleil - ANY
Larz Anderson Park is a gorgeous option for anyone looking for a peaceful outdoor ceremony. The location options within the park are endless and you can't pick a bad spot for a bad backdrop.
Associated Costs: Permit, Chair Rentals (if needed)
Transportation: Free Parking Lot
Bonus Selling Points:
- Swans, SWANS! There are swans that live in the park. People pay extra for that!
- Photos, photos, photos. The park covers 5+ acres and includes natural options for you and your partner to venture off with your photographer and photos of a lifetime.
In the world of Pinterest and Etsy, some type of unique banner is almost required when hosting a celebration. Through the years, we have have put our crafting gloves on and created many burlap triangle banners for our clients. They're so easy and fun to make, we thought we should share it so anyone can have at their next occasion.
What You Will Need
1. Lay out the vinyl on a flat surface.. When you go to peel the vinyl, you will notice one side is clear plastic and the other is the actual vinyl. Make not of which is which. I find it best to draw on the plastic side because any residual lines will come off when you peel the plastic.
2. Draw your first shape and cut it out.
3. Place your shape on the middle of one of the banner pieces. Be sure to place with the clear plastic side facing up.
4. Heat your iron to about 300 degrees. I like to use a piece of wax paper between the shape and the iron to protect both. Cut a piece of wax paper and place on top of your shape.
5. Place your iron on top of the wax paper and hold for approximately 30-45 seconds.
6. Remove the wax paper and peel up a small corner of your shape. The vinyl should stick to the burlap and cleanly separate from your clear plastic. If it doesn't clearly separate, put the iron back on for another 20 seconds.
7. Your shape should then be adhered to the banner. If your shape still seems like it needs additional heat, you can place the wax paper and iron directly onto the vinyl for another 20 seconds.
TIP: Do not leave the iron on there for more than 20 seconds to avoid bubbles or over-melting of the vinyl.
Voila! Now you have a beautiful custom burlap banner! Enjoy.
This may be one of the cheesiest titles we have written but there are not enough adjectives to describe the feels we had creating this magical birthday party. When our client first approached us and show where they wanted to host a dinner party in the the garden behind their Brookline home. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.. When I arrived, just one block over from one of the main streets in Boston lied a piece of heaven full of tall trees, greenery and lush surroundings. An even decorators dream space!
The guest of honor enjoyed the finer things in life their home was full of incredible artwork, literature and the MVP of our evening, an endless collection of candleabras. Playing off of the existing majesty of the home, outside and in, we added simple touches to create an Urban Garden Oasis. So much so, they decided to keep all the lighting up to enjoy for evenings to come! One for the books <3
The Importance of the Right Venue
The success of every event starts with the venue. The venue determines the atmosphere and sets the tone for the event. Some events want energy and a location in the heart of the city, and others require serenity deep in the country. No matter what type of setting you need, Kelly Elizabeth Events puts great care into scouting the right venue.
Experience with local venues is important. We know local venues, because we have hosted events all over Boston and New England. Our relationship with different venues makes for a smooth process, and our knowledge of different spaces means we can find you just what you are looking for.
There are many different things to consider when choosing a venue. A venue needs to be convenient enough for your guests to arrive at easily. Parking, traffic, noise levels, budget, space, and services can all come into play. Some corporate events may need local foot traffic. Some, more intimate events need privacy. Other events need a highly specialized service, or at least the ability to accommodate one. For instance, have planned events with cigar rolling, an indoor display for a car, and even a rented yacht!
We can suggest different types of venues, or find a very specific type to fit your exacting needs. At Kelly Elizabeth Events, we combine our unique experience and connections with local venues with a keen instinct for knowing exactly what a client is looking for.
Your Home as a Venue
For many types of events, your own home or space is a wonderful place to host! Many birthday parties, cocktail hours, and even corporate functions have been planned in one of our client's lovely homes. Kelly loves taking a client's space and tailoring the decor for the perfect atmosphere!
Hosting an event in your home can provide a more intimate setting, save money, and provide ample flexibility for anything you might want. Don't be afraid to bring in catering, bartending, lighting, tents, or any number of other services right into your home!
Whether you need full planning and coordination services, or you need us to provide some knowledge of local venues, or if you want us to scout locations in other markets, we are happy to assist to find you the perfect space!
When Pam and her husband were chosen to host a Dine Around with their local organization, they were thrilled but overwhelmed with how to transform their expansive home into an intimate dining venue to fit 20 guests. Their beautiful dining room could only seat 8 (as most homes), however their family room provided an blank canvas for us to play with. After removing their family room furniture and bringing in some great rental pieces, we were able to turn it into a candlelit setting perfect for a feast. With private Chef Chris McFall preparing a delicious 3 course meal, guests shared stories of their favorite gifts as children while toasting to a great holiday season.