With a menu of classic favorites like filet mignon, Chilean sea bass and crème brulee, Daveen and Brian chose The Palm Restaurant in Boston to host their wedding reception. Bright floral arrangements popped against the dark mahogany in the restaurant adding a touch of modern to the overall design aesthetic. A barrel casing a fine wine from their favorite winery, Nashoba Valley Winery served as the drink of the night. Setting the rhythm of the night was a live band that performed songs from classic Sinatra to top forty hits, a favorite among the guests. Favors were given in the form of a donation to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. A note card explaining the donation we set upon a champagne cork along with a St. Jude’s key-chain.
With a menu of classic favorites like filet mignon, Chilean sea bass and crème brulee, Daveen and Brian chose The Palm Restaurant in Boston to host their wedding reception. Bright floral arrangements popped against the dark mahogany in the restaurant adding a touch of modern to the overall design aesthetic. A barrel casing a fine […]
Countless blush peonies adorned gold sequin covered tables bringing Erin’s vision for her wedding to life. “I wanted a style that incorporated my girly side by selecting pink, but also
adding an edgy twist to the whole palette with gold sequins.” When the time came to hire a
florist, she didn’t have to look far as her soon-to-be mother-in-law, Arlene, is a floral designer. Erin was concerned that the sequin linens would be overwhelming, but juxtaposed with the blush peonies created an elegant balance. Erin’s favorite day of the year is New Years Eve,
which also happens to be her birthday and was the inspiration for this beautiful wedding.
“Chapel Grille helped to enhance the style of our event with their rustic and metallic colors of
gold. We knew we wanted something that worked with the room, so using the gold sequins as
the main color in our wedding helped to stay consistent with the atmosphere.” Mini succulent
plants were given as favors and added a modern organic touch to this classy celebration of
Countless blush peonies adorned gold sequin covered tables bringing Erin’s vision for her wedding to life. “I wanted a style that incorporated my girly side by selecting pink, but also adding an edgy twist to the whole palette with gold sequins.” When the time came to hire a florist, she didn’t have to look far […]
This you know: Wedding planning is a lot of work. But when you rely on help from experts that are total pros at what they do, it can feel like a breeze (not to mention, a lot of fun). We rounded up the best advice we’ve heard from top wedding vendors in the New England area to help make your big day one you’ll never forget.
ON ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS: “Bring an outfit change.” It’s totally normal to switch clothes during your shoot, according to M. Studios. You can bring one that’s dressy and one that’s a bit more casual, cofounder Melissa Lacouture shared in this post.
ON WEDDING PHOTOS: “For the most natural pics, go for a walk.” At least, that’s what Rebecca Arthurs had to say when it comes to achieving wedding photos where you feel totally like yourselves. She shared her tips for looking natural in every pic here.
ON BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: “Don’t be afraid to add a bit of sparkle.” According to Bella Bridesmaids, it’s a top trend for 2016 when it comes to your bridal party. They filled us in on how to get the most from your shopping experience — and appease every single one of your bridesmaids.
ON CAKES: “You want to see actual images of the cakes the bake shop has made in the past, not stock photos.” Great advice from Artisan Bake Shop in Rochester, Massachusetts. They spilled more tips for picking out the perfect confection here.
ON HIRING A PLANNER: “Even if you think it’s not in your budget, it’s worth asking to find out the cost.” That’s what Scott Connery of Scott Connery Events suggests — in fact, he first offers a complimentary consultation to the bride and groom to find out if working together will work within their budget and meet their needs. Read about his services here.
ON LIGHTING: “Proper lighting is essential to any event.” That’s what we learned from Ryan Designs, a lighting and décor company based in Narragansett, Rhode Island. According to them, the options are endless for what you can do to reimagine any space.
ON TENTS: “Don’t forget to think through all the logistics.” That’s what Daniel Chase, cofounder of Chase Canopy, had to say about making arrangements to host your wedding beneath a tent. Logistics include power, running water, restroom trailers–planning ahead will save you tons of money in the long run, he said.
ON INVITATIONS: “Some couples opt to put a wedding hashtag on their save the dates.” Seems like a fun way to spread the social media love, according to advice from Emily Hostetler, founder of Paper Moss. She shared this tip (and lots more) about wedding invitations here.
This you know: Wedding planning is a lot of work. But when you rely on help from experts that are total pros at what they do, it can feel like a breeze (not to mention, a lot of fun). We rounded up the best advice we’ve heard from top wedding vendors in the New England […]
The toughest part of wedding planning? Sorting out all the logistics. Case in point: Transportation the day of the event. It can feel like a major challenge to sort out how to shuttle guests between the ceremony and the reception and, also, to make sure you and your hubby arrive in style. That’s why we caught up with Meagan Leste, Wedding Sales Manager for Rockstar Limo in Rhode Island. She shared her best advice to ensure all your transportation needs go off without a hitch.
Remember, you have a ton of transportation options. We can get as creative as necessary and as creative as the client would like us to be. The most common forms of transportation are as follows. For the wedding party and family, you can choose from limos, trolleys, specialty cars and party buses. For guest shuttles, we recommend vans, mini coaches, motor-coaches, school buses and trolleys. Some out-of-the-box options that we have arranged for clients with tricky venues or unique requests: Golf carts, bicycles, pedicabs and water taxis. If we don’t have it, we are always willing to try and find it!
Leave the logistics to the professionals. The real experts will ask all of the necessary questions about the event details and times, they will know which vehicles work for certain venues and suggest best routes and shuttle times for everything. Wedding party transportation is typically provided to the ceremony and then the reception, but at the end of the night it is most common for the wedding party to leave with their dates that have either driven to the wedding or have taken the shuttle that the couple provided. Guest shuttles are often provided to and from the reception only, giving guests the opportunity to freshen up between ceremony and reception and/or check into hotel rooms. However, depending on the location of the wedding, those in touristy areas or those with mostly out of town guests choose to provide transportation to all events and offer activities like a driving tour between ceremony and reception.
Unless your event is taking place in a major city, it’s good to offer options. There is no long lost rule book for transportation that I am aware of, but I can say that there are a lot of venues who offer open bar for long period of time and require some form of transportation for guests to get home at the end of the night. I often tell my clients that if they are not planning on providing transportation for a large group of guests to the wedding, don’t expect a large group of guests to use transportation only from the wedding. This is because not many people will leave cars behind without a guaranteed way of getting them in the morning, not to mention there aren’t many venues that allow a large group of cars to stick around. Some clients may encourage guests to take public transportation or car service to the wedding and offer a ride back, but this is extremely difficult to keep a safe estimate on head counts and plan ahead for. Plus if the wedding is not taking place in a major city (and by major city I mean Boston), the availability of cabs and the dreaded Uber is extremely limited—especially for large groups of people! For those on a tight budget who still want to offer something, there are options available. They can always provide something smaller like a backup car, SUV or van that is onsite “just in case” someone needs a ride at the end of the night.
Notify your guests early that transportation will be available. Invitations and save the dates can say something as simple as “transportation to be provided”. Exact shuttle times and schedules cannot really be determined until the date approaches and there is a final guest count at all hotels, times are all finalized and even the weather is known. These are all factors that can affect loading times and shuttle times. To announce this information to guests, I always suggest welcome bags/notes, wedding websites, rehearsal dinner announcements, and even signage at the hotels.
Ask these questions before booking transportation for guests. 1) Is the wedding party getting ready at various locations that are further from the wedding sites? 2) Is it a holiday weekend? 3) Are guests from out of town and/or unfamiliar with the area? 4) Does the wedding city have a large event taking place (like a festival or parade) that can cause heavy traffic delays, road closures, or detours? 5) Is there a long distance between hotel, ceremony, and reception sites? That should cover it!
The toughest part of wedding planning? Sorting out all the logistics. Case in point: Transportation the day of the event. It can feel like a major challenge to sort out how to shuttle guests between the ceremony and the reception and, also, to make sure you and your hubby arrive in style. That’s why we caught […]