Gracious Events Blog

Event Entertainment

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

When it comes to the type of entertainment you have at your events the amount of options has drastically changed over the years.  Most events you attended 10-15 years ago would have had a live band or DJ, then, the bands and DJ’s started to expanded on their entertainment skills.  All of a sudden bands included dancers and singers with choreographed routines and the DJ now has an interactive booth with lighting and ways for your guests to participate. Gracious Events has been in the event management business for a solid 15+ years and just when we think it can’t get any better, it does.  With every year that passes, new amazing options for your events trickle into the main stream world.  The latest would be LIVE entertainment, and there are some really ingenious options out there to share with your clients.

Let us introduce you to the world of LIVING ART…you will not be disappointed!  One of our recent corporate clients was having their holiday party at Fenway park  in Boston.  As part of the entertainment, we had LIVE bronze sports statues.  The options through Barry Productions are limitless and the bronze baseball players looked so much like real statues you would forget they were LIVE, that is, until they moved. This took a little getting use too, but the guests were blown away and spent the evening taking photos with them.

Live bronze baseball players

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

Live bronze baseball players

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

Live bronze baseball players

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

Live bronze baseball players

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

Live bronze baseball players

The following year the same client had their party at the same venue,  but change the entertainment.  We knew we wanted it to be interactive and decided on a magician. Let me be clear, this is not your traditional magician…meet Eric Walton an AMAZINGLY talented actor and magician, whose skills have take him across 5 continents and his one-man show Esoterica has been produced in New York City, London, Edinburgh, and Brighton!

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Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

Eric Walton Magician

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

Eric Walton Magician

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

Eric Walton Magician

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

Eric Walton Magician

Of course we are always thinking of what we can do next, what other LIVE entertainment can we share with our clients.  In our research we came across two other really inventive options that we would like to share with all of you. Our entire team was a bit scared of these LIVING VINES by Key Artist Group but at the same time found them so beautiful and unique.  Just imagine these vines in your event as they come to life and interact with your guests through choreographed moves.

Living Vines

Now it is time to get a bit SHADY…This live entertainment not only acts as your entertainment but also as your lighting. “So Shady” turns models into human lamps that can be positioned near furniture or sitting on a table.

Tyron Entertainment So Shady

The Color Palette

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

When it comes to planning an event the first thing you start with is the client’s vision, this usually involves what colors, textures or style they want their event to encompass.  Each week we do a {COLOR CRUSH} segment on our Facebook page, the purpose is to inspire our followers and to show them how certain colors can work together that you normally would not pair. We have chosen a few of favorites to share this week but you can view all of them on our Pinterest Board.

 LILAC copy

bluesilver copy

coraltourquise copy

hydrangea copy

silversparkle copy lilly copy

greywhite copy

RAINY copy

taupe copy

nautical copy

The art of the Wedding toast

I had an entirely different blog post planned for today but this morning I happen to see this “off the charts” wedding toast from two sisters that were joint maids-of-honor in their other sisters wedding.  Talk about setting the bar high…what I love about these productions is it gives insight into how creative and fun they truly are as people!

This October I will celebrate my 17th Wedding Anniversary and I can vividly remember the toasts done at my wedding.  The best man got up said a few sentences and toasted his glass to the happy couple, then my maid-of-honor got up and pretty much did the same thing.  This is how it was “back then” in 1998…NOW the wedding toast has become a production and I mean that literally.  Bestmen and maids-of-honor are putting on entire productions that includes choreographed dance moves and scripted speeches that have been practiced months in advance.  This goes the same for first dances with the couples parents and the couples themselves.  Gracious Events believes in “thinking outside the box” therefore we have brought together some of our top three favorite wedding productions!

Greatest wedding toast of all time! from Chair7 Films on Vimeo.

Mother and Son

Groom to his Bride

Pets in the Wedding

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

As planners one question we have heard a lot is, “should we have our pet(s) in the wedding”?  Our answer is always the same,  “if they are important to you as a couple then yes of course”! If your venue does not allow pets we recommend someone bringing your pet to do photos outside before or maybe do some photos right after you get ready.  Another way to incorporate your furry family member is to include them in the Save The Date photo or if they are very well trained they can have a sign and walk down the aisle.  Couples have gotten very creative with their pets, you will see custom made bow ties, collars, leashes, tutus, florals and full wedding apparel.  It is very easy to fall in LOVE with all the pet wedding inspiration out there, but make sure you consider your pets comfort levels, behavior and personality before you decide to have them be a part of the big day…you do not want to end up regretting your decision as not ALL pets will do well in such an environment.

jen huang photo

Photo Credit: Jen Huang Photography

Photo Credit: Isabelle Selby Photography

Photo Credit: Isabelle Selby Photography

Photo Credit: Anita Martin Photography

Photo Credit: Anita Martin Photography

Photo Credit: Stephanie Fay

Photo Credit: Stephanie Fay

Photo Credit: Lauren Ross Photography

Photo Credit: Lauren Ross Photography

Photo Credit: Rebecca Hollis

Photo Credit: Rebecca Hollis

Photo Credit: Sonya Yu

Photo Credit: Sonya Yu

Photo Credit: Nadia D. Photography

Photo Credit: Nadia D. Photography

Photo Credit: Tana Photography

Photo Credit: Tana Photography

 

Need additional “pet wedding inspiration” check out our pinterest board!

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 4th of July!

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

As event planners we’ve seen it all…the good, the bad, and the not so pretty.  When it comes to adding a theme to a wedding you walk a fine line of  doing it right or painful wrong.  If you LOVE something so much that you are willing to have it be the focal point of the most important and remembered day of your life, then you should embrace it.  There are plenty of examples of good and bad wedding themes out there. We want to show how done correctly, a “themed wedding” can be stunningly beautiful!

We are choosing to showcase the “4th of July”,  to show you that the use of red, white, blue, sparklers, stars and stripes can be a perfectly “themed wedding”.  One thing to keep in mind when using any theme for your wedding or event is, you don’t have to use every little aspect of the theme throughout the event.  If you choose to get married in or around the 4th of July it does make sense to include some patriotic elements within your wedding. Below are some great inspirations that will show you how incorporating the right amount of 4th of July inspiration can work seamlessly into your day.

Photo Credit: Kate Osborne Photography

Photo Credit: Kate Osborne Photography

Photo Credit: Emilie Inc

Photo Credit: Emilie Inc

Photo Credit: Dyanna Joy Photography

Photo Credit: Dyanna Joy Photography

Photo Credit: Dawn-Alexandra-Photography

Photo Credit: Dawn-Alexandra-Photography

Photo Credit: Kate-Osborne-Photography

Photo Credit: Kate-Osborne-Photography

Photo Credit: Pursuit-31

Photo Credit: Pursuit-31

Photo Credit: Image found on addicted2diy.com

Photo Credit: Image found on addicted2diy.com

Photo Credit: oh-darling-photography

Photo Credit: oh-darling-photography

Photo Credit: Photogen-Inc

Photo Credit: Photogen-Inc

Photo Credit: jackiewonders.com

Photo Credit: jackiewonders.com

 

Gracious Events Management wishes everyone a safe, healthy and happy 4th of July!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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