Gracious Events Blog

The Inflatable Pub

Written by Tania Atkinson

The majority of our posts are about something elegant, lovely or whimsical.  However, this time, none of those words would apply.  While doing a little surfing, I came across this little gem and just had to feature it on our blog.  Check out The Paddy Wagon: the Boston area’s first inflatable Irish Pub.  We’ve all been to parties at local restaurants, functions facilities or bars, but have you been to a party in a completely portable Irish Pub?!

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This creative new way to have a party is heating up the party scene (both corporate and social) and The Paddy Wagon is the first of it’s kind to hit the Boston Market.  They are a full service operation providing the facility, entertainment, food and most importantly… the beverages.  Their T.I.P.S certified staff provides a variety of been and wine and even teaches guests how to pour a “perfect pint” at their taps.  They provide a variety of traditional Irish fare, perfect for a corporate outing or birthday celebration.

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Speaking of celebration, The Paddy Wagon also provides multiple entertainment options from and Irish fiddle to a full band or DJ, Irish Step dancers and even their Irish Wolf hounds.

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This unique operation can provide as little or as much as you would like for an original, fun filled and lively event, right in your own back yard!

The Signature Drink

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a wedding, social or corporate event including a signature drink is a MUST!  Whether you make it a part of your overall look and theme or simply want to offer your guests a personal favorite, there really is no wrong way to go.  You will find if you are going to offer a signature drink it is essential to have a custom sign to highlight what your guests will be drinking.  We tell our clients to get creative with the name…we recently did an event for Salon Bogar their signature drink was named the “Bogar Bellini” which included a coordinating sign that seamlessly fit with the entire look of the night.

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This past Christmas another client was having a “Hollywood” inspired holiday party and their signature cocktail was named the “Hollywood Starlet” and yes there was a custom sign that coordinated with the look of the event.

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You can’t imagine how many types of signature drinks there are…we have highlighted a few of our favorites but, if you need more inspiration check out our Cocktail Bar Ideas & Signature Drinks Pinterest board.

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All photos via Pinterest and Etsy.

I’m NOT the Mother of the Bride!

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Clearly there is nothing wrong with being the MOB except for when you are NOT!  In our travels throughout the wedding industry we have met so many people along the way.  Most recently we met a beautiful women in her early fifties that was getting married for the second time.  We had a candid conversation about her feelings on the lack of wedding attire for the woman who is getting married for the second time or maybe the first but just later in life.  In her search for her wedding dress she felt her only options were the traditional white wedding gown or something that would be perfect for the Mother of the Bride.   I was married when I was 23 and would be the first to tell you my style then is still similar but has definitely changed.  I loved my wedding gown but if I ended up marrying in my 40’s I would not have chosen that dress.  Throughout my research into this market, what I learned was this bride-to-be was correct…unless you are going to purchase a high end designer gown your options are limited.  To all the designers out there you’re missing a HUGE market by not designing for this type of client. In the mean time my advice to the bride-to-be…find a photo of a design you LOVE and search out having it made by a local designer, the amount of time, energy and gas you will spend searching will balance out what you pay for a custom gown.  Here is some of my favorite couture gowns to give you a jump start on your search!

Designer Carolina Herrera

Designer Carolina Herrera

Emily Steffen

Designer Emily Steffen

Designer Collette Dinnigan Photo by www.nikoleramsay.com

Designer Collette Dinnigan Photo by www.nikoleramsay.com

Daalarna Couture 2015

Daalarna Couture 2015

Designer Ralph & Russo

Designer Ralph & Russo

Designer  Stefania-Morland Photo by Tasha-Seccombe-Photography

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Stefania-Morland Photo by Tasha-Seccombe-Photography

Photo via Shopbop.com

Photo via Shopbop.com

Designer Pronovias

Designer Pronovias

Designer Lorenzo RIva

Designer Lorenzo RIva

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Drone or not to Drone at your wedding

Written by Tania Atkinson

The wedding industry is all about change, and that concept of change is primarily driven by the brides (and grooms).  Brides are always looking for that new element that will make their wedding stand out, be more memorable, or have that one thing that is different from anything else they have seen before.

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What better way to capture that special something on their special day then in the the wedding photographs! In this blog, that special something IS the wedding photographs! More specifically, the growing trend of using drones to capture the wedding pictures and videos.  Wedding photographers are adding drones to their a-la-cart menus to capture scenic shots, aerial views of an outside wedding ceremony or just to add a different creative element to the wedding photos.

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Some brides and grooms make sure their guests are aware of their drone as an interactive way to capture the fun and excitement of their special day, while other couples prefer the drone to be more like a “silent guest” capturing candid moments of the wedding party and guests.

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The use of drones is not universally embraced by all wedding photographers.  As Nikki Cole, of Nikki Cole photography states, “I personally, do not use drones for photography.  My work is about telling the story of a special day.  As a result, I strive to be as unobtrusive as possible during a wedding.  I think drones would be far too much of a distraction for guests. “.  Photographers and couples agree, that at a wedding, the focus should be on the couple, not the newest piece of technology (however cool and exciting it may be!) and the “distraction factor” should be considered before deciding to use a drone or not.

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Because the cost of drones has come down so much in the past years, photographers are able to offer the use of them in their packages for an $300 to $600, making it a somewhat affordable addition to the wedding budget.  Of course, couples want to be sure the photographer is experienced in the use of the drone as to ensure the drone isn’t obtrusive, there are no violations of air space and of course, there are not “accidents” which could definitely put a damper on a wedding day!

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So, it looks like drones are here to stay, and just another exciting way to enhance your wedding day.

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