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The Ballroom at ProvidenceG

A modern, light-filled ballroom with historical influences right in downtown Providence. The Ballroom at ProvidenceG offers a metro-glam vibe that is unmatched. Rebecca Miller, Director of Sales & Events at The Ballroom tells us more about this beautiful event space…

1. Tell us a bit about the history of the Ballroom at ProvidenceG.

The Ballroom was built back in the 1920’s and originally housed the Providence Gas Company. When our company bought the building to convert the space into an event facility, great care was taken to preserve many of the historic features. The gorgeous marble floors were restored, along with the intricate Greek key and dental molding adorning the high ceilings.

2. What services do you provide when a bride books their wedding?

We provide full venue coordination services and I personally assist each couple throughout the whole planning process. I help with vendor recommendations, venue logistics, custom floor plans, and any other questions or concerns that pop up before the wedding. If the couple is doing their ceremony on-site we also assist with the ceremony rehearsal and day of ceremony coordination. One of the best parts of a wedding here at the G is all of the unique venues that we offer within the building. They can do a cocktail hour up on our Rooftop with crystal fire pit lounges and a skyline view, a wedding after party downstairs in our GPub with pool tables, shuffle board, and air hockey, or a rehearsal dinner in our new restaurant Sarto which has a private mezzanine level for intimate gatherings. We can handle it all, making planning a breeze!

3. How far in advance to you recommend brides to book?

Most couples book a year or more in advance, and I do recommend that if they are set on a particular date. However, we are seeing a trend towards shorter engagements with couples booking 6 months or less in advance. If the couple is flexible with their dates they can often save quite a bit of money! We offer discounted rates on remaining dates within the 6 month window, and many other vendors do the same. This is a great way to be able to have your dream wedding at a venue that might otherwise have been out of the budget.

4. Do you have an exclusive or preferred vendor list? 

We do have a preferred vendor list — this is a list of industry professionals whom we know do a fantastic job and are familiar with our space. But we are open to work other wedding professionals as well! Our industry is constantly changing and adding fun new options for couples, so I think having an exclusive vendor list is just too limiting. I really want to help my couples bring their vision to life, even if it means stepping outside of the box.

What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?

Prioritize! I always tell my couples that booking the venue is the most important piece of the puzzle, not only for securing a date, but also because the space you choose and time of year will help guide your style and color choices.  Next, make a list of all the vendors you’ll need for the wedding and put them in order starting with what is most important to you. Do you both love music and absolutely have to have an amazing DJ or band? Perhaps you love good food so the meal has to be stellar? Do you dream of having hundreds of magazine worthy photos? Maybe having gorgeous floral arrangements and décor is most important to you? Then, work on booking vendors from the top of your list first. With weddings, everything ends up being a little bit more expensive than you think, so if you are working with a budget then this can help ensure you don’t end up having to compromise on what means the most to you!

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The Ballroom at ProvidenceG

A modern, light-filled ballroom with historical influences right in downtown Providence. The Ballroom at ProvidenceG offers a metro-glam vibe that is unmatched. Rebecca Miller, Director of Sales & Events at The Ballroom tells us more about this beautiful event space… 1. Tell us a bit about the history of the Ballroom at ProvidenceG. The Ballroom […]

Mount Hope Farm — Venue Spotlight

If you’ve dreamed of having a farm wedding that is anything but ordinary than Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, RI is the venue for you. Charming rustic appeal combined with sweeping views and exclusive catering by Russell Morin Catering & Events, Mount Hope Farm has it all. Learn more…

Photography: Erin McGinn

1. How long has Russell Morin Catering & Events been the exclusive caterer at Mt Hope Farm?

Russell Morin Catering & Events has been the exclusive caterer at Mount Hope Farm for the past three years. We’re excited to announce that this past December, we renewed the contract!

2. Do you offer full event services or strictly catering? 

We offer full event services at Mount Hope Farm! From the time you book your event, you’re working with our team for guidance throughout the whole process. We assist with your menu, your rentals, and your day-of coordination. In addition, we communicate with any outside vendors on your behalf to ensure a flawless finish!

3. Is the entire farm available to rent or only certain areas? 

In addition to our historic twelve-room bed & breakfast, we have multiple locations on-site that are available for events. Our two wedding venues, The Barn and Cove Cabin, are separated by 1.25 miles. We also have an Education Center, that is perfect for a corporate gatherings! However, we do offer a rental of the entire property for anyone who is interested in a really exclusive and unique experience.

4. How far in advance should clients book the venue? 

We have had clients book with us anywhere from 5 months to 2 years in advance of their wedding.  If you’re set on a specific date, we recommend booking sooner than later, especially if that date is in June, September or October as those are the most popular wedding months!
Our winter months are also starting to fill up quick now that winter weddings are becoming so desirable. The Barn is the perfect location for a cozy and romantic winter wedding, although the space is really great for any time of the year!

5. What makes Mt Hope Farm unique? 

If you’re looking for the perfect outdoor venue in the Bristol area, Mount Hope Farm offers a unique experience that your guests are sure to remember forever!

Our historic Barn, accompanied by beautiful lush gardens, is charming, cozy, and rustic. Enjoy your ceremony and cocktail hour outdoors, while hors d’oeuvres are passed to your guests as they play lawn games in our field. Join us indoors for the reception, while the Barn’s door remains open to allow the aesthetic of the property to decorate your entire evening.

Photography: Erin McGinn

Photography: Erin McGinn

Cove Cabin, a 1930’s Adirondack style structure located directly on Mt. Hope Bay, overlooks the stunning view of the Mount Hope Bay Bridge. This unique space offers a waterfront ceremony location and cocktail hour on the back deck of our Cabin as the sun begins to set directly in front of you. Whether you’re looking for a gorgeous tented reception or a more intimate affair with the historic structure, Cove Cabin does not disappoint.

Photography: Erin McGinn

Photography: Erin McGinn

 

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Mount Hope Farm — Venue Spotlight

If you’ve dreamed of having a farm wedding that is anything but ordinary than Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, RI is the venue for you. Charming rustic appeal combined with sweeping views and exclusive catering by Russell Morin Catering & Events, Mount Hope Farm has it all. Learn more… 1. How long has Russell Morin Catering & Events been […]

BLISSbash 2018 – a party to remember!

New England’s top event professionals, stylists, and visionaries alike gathered for BLISSbash at the newly renovated Waterfire Arts Center for the unveiling of our 2018 issue.

With infinite ceilings, vast windows, and raw industrial architecture, the event space at the Waterfire Arts Center was the perfect location to host BLISSbash. Greeted with their choice of our signature cocktails of the night; the Hi-Bliss-Cus Sparkler or the Forbidden Cocktail and a copy of the magazine, guests made their way inside. Two weathered iron beams framing a massive white wall provided a canvas for Ormonde Productions to project the pages of the magazine so everyone could see their breathtaking contributions on the big screen.

Savory passed hors d’oeuvres like duck confit sliders, avocado toast topped with fire-roasted corn, and buffalo chicken rangoon crafted by Russell Morin Catering & Events whet everyone’s appetite as they mingled and flipped through the pages of our 2018 issue. Lush floral arrangements in vibrant spring hues and soaring areca palms designed by Sayles Livingston Design softened the space making guests feels as though they were attending a swanky outdoor soiree in the tropics. Cozy lounge areas mixed with high-top tables from Party Rental LTD offered a variety of places to sit while guests feasted on the ethnic cuisine from each of the serving stations. A retro silver Airstream trailer-turned-mobile-bar by Hive Events offered a whimsical spot to get a refill on cocktails, beer, and wine. Decked out with marquee lights, a reclaimed wood bar, and a comfy seating area — once guests got in they didn’t want to leave! It was the perfect, unexpected touch of nostalgia that completed the night.

 

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BLISSbash 2018 – a party to remember!

New England’s top event professionals, stylists, and visionaries alike gathered for BLISSbash at the newly renovated Waterfire Arts Center for the unveiling of our 2018 issue. With infinite ceilings, vast windows, and raw industrial architecture, the event space at the Waterfire Arts Center was the perfect location to host BLISSbash. Greeted with their choice of our […]

Vendor Spotlight On: Smith & Wollensky

Vendor Spotlight is on Smith & Wollensky; known as America’s Steakhouse, the location at Boston’s Back Bay Castle is like no other of its kind.

1. How did your business come be?

Smith & Wollensky opened in the Back Bay “Castle” in 2004, and is one of the most unique dining experiences and venues in Boston, indulging guests’ sense of history and feeling of luxury in its grand architecture and space, and rich furnishings.  The historic stone and brick castle was built in 1891 and originally served as the headquarters for the First Corps of Cadets, and is now listed on the National Historic Register. The first floor gun room, social hall and museum floor now feature the bar and main dining room. With four floors and 26,000 square feet of space, The castle boasts an expansive selection of private dining and event rooms, including the “Battle Room” ballroom – with features such as working fireplaces, a balcony, high ceilings and historic artifacts.  The uniqueness and history of the venue make it one of the most coveted settings in Boston to host corporate and social occasions.  The venue hosts groups from 20 to 150 for seated dining events and up to 250 for receptions.

2. What are the services you offer?

As your in-house event planners, we’ll support and accommodate all of your needs in creating a spectacular celebration for you and your guests. Whether it is florals, music, specialty linen or just a hand to hold, we would be honored to be your partner in planning your wedding. With over 20 years of event and wedding planning experience, we’ll guide you through the planning process with the utmost professionalism, courtesy and attention to detail. Our flawless execution, coupled with award-winning food and wine selections and our one-of-a-kind event spaces, will create all the elements for an unforgettable occasion.

-Onsite Event Manager

-Complimentary Menu Tasting for up to Four

-Complimentary First Anniversary Dinner for Two

-10% Discount for Military / Veterans

3. Where are you located?

101 Arlington Street | Boston, MA 02116

4. How far in advance to you recommend clients to book?

Typically 8-14 months out, but we just booked a wedding for 100 guests 6 weeks out! If we have your date we can make it happen!

5. What is one piece of advice you give to brides?

It’s important to be able to connect with your event planner. This leads to trust and when you have trust you can sit back and relax and really enjoy your special day. Because we all know, it goes by in the blink-of-an-eye!

 

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Vendor Spotlight On: Smith & Wollensky

Vendor Spotlight is on Smith & Wollensky; known as America’s Steakhouse, the location at Boston’s Back Bay Castle is like no other of its kind. 1. How did your business come be? Smith & Wollensky opened in the Back Bay “Castle” in 2004, and is one of the most unique dining experiences and venues in […]

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