Gracious Events Blog

Pumpkins, not just for halloween

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

It’s no secret that FALL has become a very popular season for weddings, the rich colors and textures that one could incorporate to their vision are endless.  An elegant and accessible item you should consider using when designing for a fall wedding or event is the pumpkin…as it’s “not just for Halloween”.  Whether you chose to use them in your centerpieces or as added decor in your venue or ceremony they are extremely beautiful.  You will find that they are cost effective especially in New England as they are in season in the Fall.  You might also consider incorporating Gourds, Ornamental Cabbage and Kale too!  Clearly, orange is the most common pumpkin color but most farms now have white or off white.  Think about lighting the pumpkins and placing them throughout your venue or use them to line the the aisle for your ceremony.  Another fun idea is to use them as signage…paint your initials or a welcome message.  If you can’t find the right color you can always spay paint them and even add glitter. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite inspiration to help jump start your vision.

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All photos via pinterest

GEM’s Fall Tablescape Design

Peterson Party Center is like a playground for Event Planners, and our GEM team has spent many hours there looking at linens, tables, chairs, silverware, glassware and place settings.  Each month they ask vendors to come in and design a table for their showroom.  Gracious Events was thrilled to be asked to do the October table and had an amazing time designing our elegant fall tablescape.  Our color palette was a rich burnt orange, graphite and Tiffany blue.  Most tables have a centerpiece of florals but we decided a cake designed by Jenny’s Wedding Cakes would be more “out of the box”, after all, you normally do not see a cake as a centerpiece! But here at Gracious Events we like to be different.  Our custom signage was hand embellished with glitter to give it a little extra sparkle and coordinated flawlessly with our overall table design. Huge thank you to John Caplice for photographing our amazing table!

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It’s more than just a chair

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

As planners we look at all the details, therefore, we encourage our clients to look at those same details.  When it comes to your reception the right chair can change the entire look of your room.  The options are endless and we always encourage our clients to actually try out the chair…yes, we care about the look but everyone knows it needs to be comfortable for your guests. Most venues now have what used to be the “upgrade” Chiavari Ball Room Chair which is stylish, but sometimes the color may not align with the overall look of your wedding.  When that is the case, we are usually off to our friends at  Peterson Party Center, Rentals Unlimited or New England Country Rentals.  It is great that they are always coming up with new options for us planners to share with our clients and we love how helpful everyone is when we come to visit.  Many clients just choose to upgrade the chair and maybe add fun signs to the back of their chairs only.  Others reach out to their florist to design something custom to be used on the backs of their chairs…honestly, the creativity is endless!  I found so many amazing chairs designs I am thinking GEM needs a NEW Pinterest board dedicated to just chairs!

Photo by Jay Studio

Photo by Jay Studio

Photo by J.May Photography

Photo by J.May Photography

Photo by Landon Jacob

Photo by Landon Jacob

Photo by Jamie Lauren Photography

Photo by Jamie Lauren Photography

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

Photo by Rahel Menig Photography

Photo by Rahel Menig Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marquee Lighting

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

This is one my NEW favorite options for event lighting…MARQUEE LIGHTING. This has been huge in the UK for the last couple of years and has recently made its way across the pond to us!  In our quest to find more information about marquee lighting we stumbled upon Your Love In Lights, a Needham, MA based company.  I had the pleasure of speaking with Helen about her and her husband Tom’s company.  Ironically Helen is actually from England (one of my favorite accents) so when she discovered that the US was missing this market they decided they would offer some options.  They are so fun and can truly make a statement at any event…even corporate!  Another market to use these marquee lights would be in business offices, I know we would LOVE a pair that spells out GEM to have in our office…maybe we can ask Santa!

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All above photos via Your Love In Lights

Photo via pacificweddings.com

Photo via pacificweddings.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography

Photo by Chris Spira Photography

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Photo via Pinterest

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Photo by Babb Photo

 

 

{VENDOR SPOTLIGHT} Soakology

 

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Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Gracious Events is BIG on sharing, we LOVE when we find a really unique service, location, product or really anything that we know our followers would like to hear about.  If you have not been to Portland, Maine to Soakology I recommend reading this blog and then planning your adventure.  I recently found myself in Portland celebrating my 40th Birthday with friends, based on a recommendation from another friend we started our day out at Soaklology.  The minute you walk in you can immediately feel yourself relax into this tranquil environment, you would not think a business that is a foot sanctuary spa and tea house would go together, BUT I am here to tell you first hand it does.  The staff was so gracious and helpful, the location is very convenient with plenty of parking and the “LITE BITES” menu of snacks you can have while your feet soak are amazing.  I am not a huge fan of Hummus…hands down they had the most amazing Hummus with warm pita breads.  As for the teas I went with a cold green tea with honey…again amazing!  If you are a tea enthusiast the Tea House portion of  Soakology will not disappoint you.  Whether you want to plan a day with your bridesmaids, friends or just to go by yourself for some quiet time I highly recommend you do.

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