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Fantastic Wedding Transportation!

Written by Tania Atkinson

Most of our blogs are about trends in weddings, and this one is no different!  One trend we’ve noticed in almost every wedding we’ve done is the new and creative ways couples are getting their wedding parties and guests to and from the ceremony and reception sites.  Though we do still see the traditional Rolls Royces and stretch limos, more often than not, we are seeing more creative modes of transportation in weddings.  Part of this trend is the result of creative couples putting a new twist to their wedding theme, but, it’s also due to the increasing number of safely conscious couples wanting to ensure their guests make it home safely after a fun night out, without having to drive!

School buses are a great, and rather inexpensive way to get all of your guests to and from their destination, and they definitely add a kind of “throw-back” element to a wedding!

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With the ever growing trend of rustic, barn weddings, a horse drawn (or even tractor drawn) wagon is a perfect way to get your wedding party or guests from the ceremony to the reception site.

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We are seeing a steady increase in ski resort weddings, in winter as well as the warmer seasons.  Why not take advantage of the transportation that is already there to get your guests and wedding party to the mountain top ceremony!

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A fire engine, or parade of them, is a charming way to transport the wedding party of a fire fighter.  Besides the fantastic photo opportunity, the use of fire engines is just another way to add a personal touch to a couples wedding.

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The trolley has to be one of the most popular modes of wedding transportation for the past few years.  It’s a fun ride for guests and perfect for almost all climates and wedding themes!

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For an ocean front wedding, why not go with a vintage tug boat?  This is another fun way to transport the wedding party to the ceremony and of course, makes for an adorable photo op!

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Your wedding transportation is just another way to add a creative and practical element to your special day!  The options are limitless!

Vintage Finds For Weddings

Written by Jennifer Hansen

“Vintage” is the buzz word in our industry right now, especially when it comes to decor!  We love when our clients decide to think outside the box and check out their local second hand stores to find inexpensive, meaningful items for their wedding or event. We have found amazing barn doors, vases (cheaper then Michael’s), frames, centerpieces, seating and so much more at these great local businesses.  So grab a cup of coffee, your friends (or your better half if you can convince them) and go have some fun.

And just to show you how easy it is to find great items, Erin our savvy and creative intern, went on a walking excursion through downtown Newburyport to see what she could find that could be creatively implemented into a wedding.  Her finds are incredible and as always she exceeds our expectations.

 

Metal Tin ($16.50) Used to hold beverages at reception Found at Flukes & Finds

Metal Tin ($16.50) used to hold beverages at reception. Found at Flukes & Finds

 

“Love” Sign ($24) used to be hung up at wedding reception found at Ivy Lane

“Love” Sign ($24) used to be hung up at wedding reception. Found at Ivy Lane

 

Air Plants (No Price Listed) A very different type of decoration for a wedding, but these plants are extremely popular now and could be used in the middle of tables or on food tables if it’s buffet style. Found at Ivy Lane

Air Plants (No Price Listed) A very different type of decoration for a wedding, but these plants are extremely popular now and could be used in the middle of tables or on food tables if it’s buffet style. Found at Ivy Lane

 

Glass Sparkly Candle Holders ($10) Used to fill with candles on tables. Found at Vintage Chic Boutique

Glass Sparkly Candle Holders ($10) Used to fill with candles on tables. Found at Vintage Chic Boutique

 

Brown Circular Centerpieces ($19.99) These are less fancy but they could be used in big vases for a rustic wedding. Found at Vintage Chic Boutique

Brown Circular Centerpieces ($19.99) These are less fancy but they could be used in big vases for a rustic wedding. Found at Vintage Chic Boutique

 

Mr. & Mrs. Pillow Set ($95) these could be used on the chairs of the bride and groom. Found at Ivy Lane

Mr. & Mrs. Pillow Set – these could be used on the chairs of the bride and groom. Found at Ivy Lane

 

Mint Dessert Holder (No Price Listed) used to hold cupcakes, desserts at reception. Found at Vintage Chic Boutique

Mint Dessert Holder (No Price Listed) used to hold cupcakes or desserts at your reception. Found at Vintage Chic Boutique

 

Decorative Clothespins & Twine ($9) used to hang up pictures of the bride & groom. Found at Ivy Lane

Decorative Clothespins & Twine ($9) used to hang up pictures of the bride & groom. Found at Ivy Lane

 

“Every Day I Love You” Sign ($29) used to be hung up at wedding reception. Found at Ivy Lane

“Every Day I Love You” Sign ($29) used to be hung up at wedding reception. Found at Ivy Lane

 

 

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!

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Photo by Jay Studio

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Photo by J.May Photography

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Photo by Landon Jacob

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Photo by Jamie Lauren Photography

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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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Photo via pacificweddings.com

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Photo by Chris Spira Photography

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Photo by Babb Photo

 

 

{Venue Spotlight} Granite Ridge Estate & Barn

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Gracious Events had the pleasure of spending the last week touring “all things wedding” in the State of Maine.  We started out at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine for Brand Camp 2015 put on by Tide Creative.  It was an amazing experience to not only listen and learn from the incredible speakers but connect with some really FABULOUS creative professionals throughout the Wedding Industry.  Here is New England we get a lot of interest from couples wanting to plan a rustic barn wedding but depending on the barn it can come with challenges as some have been around for years and may lack certain amenities that you would like for your guests.

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GEM is so excited that we now have a NEW barn venue to share with all of  you!  While at Brand Camp we met Jill Fratianne co-owner of Granite Ridge Estate & Barn located in Norway, Maine.  Jill was so nice and shared all about the barn and how it’s actually brand new…YES you read this right, we now have a NEW barn venue in the New England to work with. Before our conversation with Jill was even over I knew I would be featuring Granite Ridge Estate & Barn in our “Venue Spotlight” this week.  There are no words to express how beautiful this venue is so I will let the photos and VIDEO TOUR be my words but wanted to share a few key points.

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CEREMONY OPTIONS:
•  Inside the barn
•  Wooden wedding site (onsite)
•  Classical New England white church

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BARN AMENITIES:
•  Spacious newly constructed rustic bathrooms
•  Seating accommodations for up to 233
•  Side patio for cocktail reception
•  Panoramic mountain views
•  Ample room for dance floor
•  Wall of windows
•  28ft cathedral ceiling
•  Hand crafted timber frame Construction

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ESTATE AMENITIES:
•  Outside hot tub
•  Commercial grade stainless kitchen
•  Large granite fireplace
•  18ft cathedral ceiling
•  Timber frame construction
•  Comfortably sleeps 13-18
•  Panoramic mountain views
•  128 Private Acres
•  Caretaker on-site

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 All photos courtesy of Granite Ridge Estate & Barn website

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