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Vendor Spotlight On: The Ritz-Carlton Boston

The Ritz-Carlton in the heart of downtown Boston is exquisitely iconic. Read all about their history and all they offer as a venue…

1.    How did your business come to be? 

With The Ritz-Carlton, Boston’s ninety year history in the city, it’s safe to say creating weddings is not merely a job, it’s a longstanding passion. With a shared vision and commitment to excellence, we can design a celebration to capture any couple’s unique love story. At our current location since 2001 in the heart of downtown Boston, our hotel offers a truly special collection of spaces to host any wedding or reception.  Our largest venue, The Ballroom, boasts a newly redesigned aesthetic that includes wall sconces and antique decorative mirrors, a hand-printed canvas of botanical design, and a neutral color palette with warm hues of silver and taupe that further enhance the already decadent 3,600 sq. ft. space.  And with views overlooking the Boston Common, this ballroom is the perfect setting to create once in a lifetime memories and romantic moments.  We also offer spaces like the new Studio and Avery Bar which are perfect for more intimate ceremonies, rehearsal dinners and even bachelor and bachelorette parties.

2.    What are the services you offer?

With unmatched personal service being a trademark of The Ritz-Carlton brand, our Ladies and Gentleman are pleased to assist you with the selection of flowers, linens, music, china, and décor to ensure that your wedding celebration is the ultimate expression of your heritage and happiness. Every detail is the result of your vision, which ensures that your wedding day exceeds your every dream and expectation. Our banquet staff executes every event with precise skill, pride, and professionalism. Our wedding specialists will guide you through the important stages of designing your event, establishing a comfortable, confident relationship that eliminates any anxiety and allows you to feel as though you are a guest at your own special event. No request is too large or detail too small for our banquets team, along with our talented culinary artists, who eagerly anticipate impressing you and your guests with dinner menus, cocktails and desserts that will excite all of your senses.

3. Where are you located? 

Perfectly located in the center of the city and only minutes from the financial and theater districts, shops and restaurants of the Back Bay, and cobblestone hills of Beacon Hill, The Ritz-Carlton, Boston overlooks historic and scenic Boston Common, the perfect backdrop for any wedding photos. The hotel’s superior location is in close proximity to Logan Airport and all major train stations for any out of town guests that may be traveling to your wedding.  And, of course, our newly redesigned 193 guest rooms and suites, many with skyline and park views, will welcome your guests in luxurious comfort, and an Exclusive Club Level with additional amenities including a Club Lounge will ensure that all aspects of your wedding day and guest’s stays are flawless and memorable.

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

The hotel recommends that couple book their weddings at least a year out if they have a very specific date, however, we can certainly assist with weddings within a year window.

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

Josephine Gandolfo, Senior Catering Sales Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston says this:  We always tell brides to enjoy the moment.  Have fun with the planning, and don’t get too stressed out over the little details.

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Vendor Spotlight On: The Ritz-Carlton Boston

The Ritz-Carlton in the heart of downtown Boston is exquisitely iconic. Read all about their history and all they offer as a venue… 1.    How did your business come to be?  With The Ritz-Carlton, Boston’s ninety year history in the city, it’s safe to say creating weddings is not merely a job, it’s a longstanding passion. […]

Iris, Cream, and Silver

Iris and cream hues that were represented in the Public Garden in Boston paired with pops of silver inspired this city-chic wedding.

The Ritz Carlton, Boston Common has striking floor to ceiling windows that overlook the gardens so they wanted a theme and color story that added to the historic beauty of the venue. A modern meets classic theme was defined by a sophisticated palette of iris purple, shimmering silver, and pops of cream. “We wanted to create a sophisticated and elegant feel that complemented the venue. Lighting and candlelight made a huge impact in adding warmth to the overall feel. Touches of bling showed the couple’s fun, playful side,” Tasha Bracken of SD Events recalled. Vibrant purple lighting illuminated the ballroom and made the creamy white floral spheres that decorated every table look as if they were glowing. Guests feasted on a delicious dinner served by The Ritz and danced the night away.

 

 

The Details

Venue & Catering: The Ritz Carlton, Boston Common

Event Planning: SD Events

Rentals: Be Our Guest

Photography: BKB & Co

Makeup: Katrina Hess

Hair: Mary Chheng, James Joseph Salon

Florist: Karla Cassidy Designs

Lighting: Boston Sound & Light

Cake: Cakes to Remember

Transportation Services: Black Tie Limousine

Invitations/Party Goods: Fifth + Ivy

Videographer: BKB & Co

Fashion – Bridal: Romona Keveza

Fashion – Women: Dessy

Fashion – Men: Keezer’s

Officiant: Dr. Rev. Daniel Verrengia

Ceremony Music: Nathan Skinner

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Iris, Cream, and Silver

Iris and cream hues that were represented in the Public Garden in Boston paired with pops of silver inspired this city-chic wedding. The Ritz Carlton, Boston Common has striking floor to ceiling windows that overlook the gardens so they wanted a theme and color story that added to the historic beauty of the venue. A […]

Vendor Spotlight On: SD Events

This week’s Vendor Spotlight is on SD Events! Stay tuned for Wednesday’s blog post featuring their beautiful work.

1. How did your business come to be?

I was public relations for many years and we planned many events for our clients. I realized that I loved the event planning aspect and decided it was something I wanted to pursue.

2. What are the services you offer?

We provide event planning, design and marketing consultation. We plan weddings, nonprofit galas, bar and bat mitzvahs, anniversary or birthday parties – any event where you want a celebration! In working with our clients, we secure the right event professionals, define their ‘couple style’ so we can create a style board and coordinate all the logistics. We recently created a concept board where clients can put up photos they like – either from our library or their own – and stick them to the board to use as inspiration. It’s like an interactive Pinterest, but much more focused so you can really determine what your style is and what makes the most sense. Many times there are too many photos and ideas and it ends up not being cohesive. Clients then get confused as to what they really like and what their style is.

For many of our nonprofits we also help manage their social media and marketing efforts to make sure they have a consistent brand and keeping top of mind with donors.

3. Where are you located and how far will you travel to provide your service?

We are located in Wellesley, MA but we travel! We’ve actually done events in Costa Rica, Miami and Brooklyn, NY.

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

At the very least 3 months. We want to be able to develop the flow, create the design concept together and secure the right team. This takes time!

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

Enjoy the planning process as much as the wedding day. It should be enjoyable, fun and something you’ll look back on as a really special time in your life that you got to spend with family and friends.

Photography: Studio Nouveau

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Vendor Spotlight On: SD Events

This week’s Vendor Spotlight is on SD Events! Stay tuned for Wednesday’s blog post featuring their beautiful work. 1. How did your business come to be? I was public relations for many years and we planned many events for our clients. I realized that I loved the event planning aspect and decided it was something […]

Fresh Greenery

Greenery. A revitalizing hue symbolic of new beginnings; Pantone’s Color of the Year is nature’s neutral. Here are a few of our favorite things in this fabulous color.

1. Flourishing foliage on this invitation suite by Paper and Pearl evokes the lushness of the great outdoors

2. Fresh palm fronds create a clean, refreshing arbor overlooking the serene ocean. Event design by Simeral & Co. Photographed by David Murray Weddings

3. The Milly Tumbler paired with the Roberta Pitcher from Giardini Di Sole adds zest to your table design

4. Pistachio-crusted scallop with spring pea risotto crafted by Blackstone Caterers is the perfect bite-sized treat. Photographed by Erin McGinn

5. Greenery garland intertwined with creamy white flowers by Lilacs decorates the groom’s chair. Event design by SD Events. Chiavari chair from Be Our Guest. Photographed by Joe Mikos.

6. Local romaine greens with sweet potato crisps atop garden vegetables by Forks & Fingers is a crunchy treat. Photographed by Manny Vargas.

7. The latest, chic floral trend is to wear your bouquet, not carry it. This floral arm candy is designed by Marc Hall Designs. Event design by Janie Haas Events. Photographed by Clark Walker

8. Forgo traditions and opt for a vividly colored centered stone for your engagement ring. Available at Long’s Jewelers

9. Textural bouquet of spring blooms designed by Whim Events invigorate the senses. Photographed by Alexandra Roberts Photography.

10. Emerald and diamond halo teardrop pendant is absolutely breathtaking. Available at Long’s Jewelers

 

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Fresh Greenery

Greenery. A revitalizing hue symbolic of new beginnings; Pantone’s Color of the Year is nature’s neutral. Here are a few of our favorite things in this fabulous color. 1. Flourishing foliage on this invitation suite by Paper and Pearl evokes the lushness of the great outdoors 2. Fresh palm fronds create a clean, refreshing arbor […]

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