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A Wedding Under the BIG Circus Tent!

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Here at Gracious Events we LOVE a good theme!  Never would I have thought that I would like the idea of a circus/carnival themed wedding, but the minute I saw this incredible Tent via LA Circus I was sold. A circus/carnival themed wedding is not for everyone, but for the couple that really likes to be “out of the box”, this is one theme that is creative, colorful and has unlimited options for fun.

Photo via LA CIrcus

Photo via LA Circus

 

Photo via LA Circus

Photo via LA Circus

Again, I can’t talk enough about this tent…just look at how perfect it is…the colors, the stripes, your guests will actually feel like they are really at a circus or carnival.

Design via Sarah Ritter

Design via Sarah Ritter

A great way to set the tone for what’s to come, is with the invitation. Check out these beautifully designed invites that will have your guests excited about the look and feel of your wedding.

Photo via Nimbi Creative

Photo via Nimbi Creative

How amazing is this Ferris Wheel that acts as the place cards for your guests?!

Photo via Wedding Creative Blog

Photo via Wedding Creative Blog

An easy favor, of course, is PEANUTS, but, you could also have a fun candy bar.

Photo by Ingrid Bonne Photography

Photo by Ingrid Bonne Photography

The sky is the limit when it comes to a signature drink! I loved this lemonade stand which would be nice for guests to have prior to the ceremony.

Photo by Your Home Based Mom

Photo by Your Home Based Mom

A wedding would not be complete with out a kiss…instead of guests clinking their classes for the couple to kiss you could have this kissing booth which would allow everyone to do a kiss.  Add in an extra photographer to capture the moment and each guests could get a copy of the photo as a favor.

Photo via Gracie Pie

Photo via Gracie Pie

Need a fun game?  How about trying to win a goldfish…again just another creative favor idea.

Photo by Sam Hughes Photography

Photo by Sam Hughes Photography

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Be Inspired…

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Our team at Gracious Events loves sharing information with our followers and clients.  Our goal is to inspire and maybe show you something that you may not have thought was your style or taste.  If you follow us on Facebook then you know we share weekly inspiration for wedding cakes, color palettes and wedding dress designers.  As we head into summer what better way to celebrate than with some wedding inspiration that is perfect for this summer season.

 

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New York Stationery Show 2016

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Every May in New York City the National Stationery Show  is there to showcase all things paper.  You will find the latest designs in greeting cards, custom invitations, gift wrap and journals, to lifestyle gifts – and everything in between.  I’ve had the pleasure of attending NSS three times and it never disappoints and always is so much fun.  I was not there this year, but was following via social media to see and read about all the new designers, veteran designers and of course fun new items that you will now see in the market.  I picked a few of what I consider “fabulous finds” and are so excited to share it with all of you.

How fun are these wine tags by Design with Heart Studio, you could use them for the wedding party!

Photo via company website.

Photo via company website.

 

This whimsical wrapping paper from My Mind’s Eye, has some incredible color combinations going on. I recommend checking out their site…there is so much more!

Photo via company website

Photo via company website

What I love best about NSS is that it’s not just paper, I am over the moon about Spartina 449 there’s not one item on her site I would not want.  Amazing fresh and clean patterns for bags and just about everything else. LOVE that they even have a bag pattern just for us in the Northeast.

Photo via company website

Photo via company website

Photo via the company website

Photo via the company website

Who doesn’t love a unicorn…leave it to Waste Not Paper to come up with this line of course everyone needs a “spirit animal”.

 

Photo via company website

Photo via company website

While at the NSS you’ll see tons of inspiration from the designs to the 1000’s of  show booths you can visit.  I feel it’s fitting to end with this “inspiration” from holstee.com…I think we all need to remember what really matters in LIFE.

Photo via company website

Photo via company website

 

Wedding Registry Trends

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

I can’t believe how much the wedding registry industry has changed since the early 2000’s.  It use to be that a couple would register at a major department store or a kitchen store for the basics like flatware, china, pots & pans, and linens.  Fast forward to the present and you’ll find limitless options for couples to choose from.  Everything is now online and there are even downloadable apps so couples can be notified when something is purchased or have it held to ship at a later date (I am not sure I like that one, seems rude).  So the options are as follows; traditional store registry like Macy’s, William Sonoma and Pottery Barn, where couples can find all of their “household” items.  There are also online registries like Newlywish.com and Zola to help couples curate a registry that aligns with their lifestyle.  Then for the couple that is high-tech you can register at Best Buy or for the trendy couple there is now Anthropologie.  If none of these appeal to you, there are even options like registering for your honeymoon at Honeyfund.com, or how about help with the downpayment on a home you want to buy via Hatchmyhouse.com. I’m by far not a very traditional person and consider myself someone that is open to new things and with every new generation comes change.  I will refrain from making the statement “when I got married…”, but some of these “new options” just feel a bit impolite and presumptuous.

In my research for this blog post I came across some really fun items that I think all couples would find useful…they’re modern, trendy yet somewhat traditional.

 

I will start with the Kitchen Aide Mixer which was actually popular in 1998 when I got married…I registered for the cobalt blue one (not sure what I was thinking on that color, but I do love it).

Photo via Company's Website

Photo via Company’s Website

I’ve always been a fan of  Kate Spade who started with just bags…of course she now has a full line of items for the home.  I love her overall esthetic which is clean, modern and somewhat whimsical.

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Photo via Company’s Website

Photo via Company's Website

Photo via Company’s Website

Another beautiful item is this clear glass pot available at the MoMA Store which of course has an option for couples to register!

Photo via Company's Website

Photo via Company’s Website

In case you missed it Juicing is HUGE…therefore why not register for one of these via William Sonoma.

Photo via Company's Website

Photo via Company’s Website

Every home should have WINE and a WINE CART, did you know there is a registry for wine…(I have no issues with this of course) check out Bottlenotes.com

Photo via Company's Website

Photo via Company’s Website

 

Photo via Company's Website

Photo via Company’s Website

Can’t go wrong with a blender and a toaster, I fell in LOVE with the entire line of SMEG products…all of which have a sleek streamline design that would remind you of the 50’s.  As an added bonus they come in quite a few beautiful color palettes.

 

Photo via Company's Website

Photo via Company’s Website

 

Photo via Company's Website

Photo via Company’s Website

 

Photo via Company's Website

Photo via Company’s Website

The growing use of Succulents

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

I personally fell in love with Succulents forever ago, but lately you will find them throughout many weddings and events. Couples are using them in their centerpieces, boutonnieres, bouquets and as favors for their guests.  Succulents come in various shades of green, soft pinks, grey and purple.  

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Image via Pinterest

 

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Image via Pinterest

 

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Image via Pinterest

Perfect for any season, but are ideal for summer because they are very durable and hold up in the heat due to the fact that they naturally store water.  An added bonus for the couple that is trying to have a sustainable wedding…succulents can be replanted!  If you don’t want all your florals to be succulents ask your floral designer how they can coordinate them with other blooms you may love.

 

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