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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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“We Eloped” Nothing but love

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Not every couple wants the big white wedding, some would prefer a smaller more intimate ceremony of close family and friends, while others would embrace just having only themselves.  Yes, you can still dress up even if your wedding is going to be at City Hall.  Honestly, some cities and towns have beautiful public buildings that will make your ceremony not only convenient, but also provide a unique aesthetic to your special day.

 

Photo by Of Dots & Things

Photo by Of Dots & Things

 

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Photo via percyhandmade.com

 

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Photo by IQPhoto

 

Photo by Deann B Photography

Photo by Deann B Photography

Some couples opt to have a small dinner with those close to them.  When you are planning a dinner celebration for 8-12 people vs 100-150 your options are somewhat limitless.  Maybe you host a dinner on the beach or at an eclectic restaurant.

 

Photo by Lauren Fair Photography

Photo by Lauren Fair Photography

 

Photo by Kelly Williams

Photo by Kelly Williams

 

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

 

If you chose to do nothing, that is fine too because you can be creative when you announce that you eloped!

 

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

 

Photo by Amanda Marie Portraits

Photo by Amanda Marie Portraits

 

Photo by Bit of Ivory Photography

Photo by Bit of Ivory Photography

 

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

I’m not going to lie, I was the bride that wanted and did have the big white wedding, but after seeing some really charming elopements I may have just changed my mind.  Clearly, I will not be getting a “do over” with my wedding, but I have a new perspective on how maybe intimate is a valuable option to consider.

While looking for inspiration for this blog I discover that the San Francisco City Hall by far is the most beautiful building and very popular with Elopements…I can see why!

{Industry News} Bridal Fashion Week

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

I love everything about weddings, but one of my favorite parts is the wedding gown.  This week in New York City as the spring flowers bloom wedding designers have descended to showcase their new collections at the 2017 Spring Bridal Fashion Week. Below are just a few of our favorites from the runways of New York, but to see more click HERE.

You can expect to see a lot of skin via cut outs and plunging necklines.

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Sottero and Midgley – Photo By KURT WILBERDING

 

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Sottero and Midgley – Photo By KURT WILBERDING

The use of the “BOW” is making a fierce come back and has a whole new stylized look.

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You will see the use of 3 dimensional florals that are elegantly applied throughout numerous designer’s collections.

Dress by Lela Rose - PHOTO BY MARIA VALENTINO/MCV PHOTO

Dress by Lela Rose – PHOTO BY MARIA VALENTINO/MCV PHOTO

 

Dress by Monique Lhuillier

Dress by Monique Lhuillier

 

Dress by Angel Sanchez - PHOTO BY MARIA VALENTINO/MCV PHOTO

Dress by Angel Sanchez – PHOTO BY MARIA VALENTINO/MCV PHOTO

 

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Dress by Angel Sanchez – PHOTO BY MARIA VALENTINO/MCV PHOTO

Keep an eye out for “Pastels” you will see rose, peach, lavender and ice blue amongst all the designers and you will even see some bold ombre looks as well.

PHOTO BY MARIA VALENTINO / MCV PHOTO

PHOTO BY MARIA VALENTINO / MCV PHOTO

{INDUSTRY NEWS} The Billion Dollar Wedding

As wedding planners, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t at least acknowledge the billion dollar wedding that took place this past week in Russia.  The groom, Said Gutseriev, the son of a Russian oil tycoon, and the bride, Khadija Uzhakhova, a dental student, took extravagance to a whole new level with their wedding.  The bride and groom transformed Moscow’s opulent banquet venue, Safisa, with walls of floor to ceiling fresh flowers,  and stunning  lighting displays all for their 600 guests who were delivered to the venue by a fleet of Rolls Royces.  But the decor wasn’t the only show-stopper.  The bride wore a custom jewel encrusted Ellie Saab gown that weighed  more then 25 pounds!  And as only a billion dollar wedding can, the entertainment for the night consisted of live performances by Jennifer Lopez, Sting and Enrique Iglesias.  We will all have to stay tuned for part 2 of these extravagant nuptials as there is rumored to be a second reception taking place in London very soon.

 

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Iconic Wedding Gowns

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

I love all aspects of design especially iconic wedding gowns as the most well known designs hold a significant spot in history.  I think the top 5 that everyone could agree on would be Jackie Kennedy, Princess Diana, Grace Kelly, Mabel Wisse Smit and Kate Middleton (now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge).  If you actually look at the designs you can see quite a few elements that resemble these gowns in today’s market…except Diana, although beautiful for the era she was married in I really don’t see that design resurfacing, but it will always hold a special spot in design history.

 

Bridal portrait of Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (1929 - 1994) shows her in an Anne Lowe-designed wedding dress. (Photo by Bachrach/Getty Images)

Photo by Bachrach/Getty Images

 

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Princess Diana

 

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier

Grace Kelly

 

Mabel Wisse Smit

Mabel Wisse Smit

 

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton

In my quest to find the most iconic gowns I came across quite a few celebrities (some with multiple weddings), but I felt only 3 really qualified as “iconic”.  The dress worn by Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) in the movie ‘Sex In The City’ was designed by Vivienne Westwood and can actually be purchased for $9,875.  Kate Hudson’s gown worn in ‘Bride Wars’ was designed by Vera Wang and can also be purchased for $6,000.  The last and my most favorite is the gown worn by Portia-de-Rossi when she wed Ellen DeGeneres, designed by Zac Posen.  It’s amazing how design really does depict certain eras, in my search I could actually guess the year based on the look of the gown.

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Kate Hudson

 

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Portia-de-Rossi

Wearing Color for your Wedding Dress, Why Not!

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

 

I often talk about trends and how things in the wedding industry now change by the month instead of by the decade. Seventeen years ago when I was looking for my wedding gown I wouldn’t have dreamed of wearing anything, but white or maybe ivory.  I LOVED my wedding gown and still would want to wear it today the only thing I would change is I would want pockets. I remember the first true color to come onto the wedding dress scene was champagne, followed by a soft blush, blue and grey. Now, there really isn’t a color or style you can’t wear.  I would say wearing a colored dress was probably the last of the traditions that brides have been changing.  All of our TEAM members are a bit of Pinterest junkies (ok really it’s just me)…I could and do spend hours seeking out beautiful pins for our GEM boards and one of my favorite boards is the Wedding Attire. I have pulled together some of our favorite wedding gowns in various colors.  Rest assure WHITE is still in, just know that if you choose to not wear it the world will not fall apart.

 

Dress by Vera Wang

Dress by Vera Wang

 

Photo by Jose Vila Photography

Photo by Jose Vila Photography

 

Dress by Christian Siriano

Dress by Christian Siriano

 

Photo by Kelly Anne Photography, Dress by Ca-Rousel

Photo by Kelly Anne Photography, Dress by Ca-Rousel

 

Dress by Christian Siriano

Dress by Christian Siriano

 

Dress by Ralph & Russo

Dress by Ralph & Russo

 

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

 

Bohemian Wedding Photography

Bohemian Wedding Photography

 

Dress by Alana van Heerden

Dress by Alana van Heerden

 

Photo by Love Bird Studio, Dress by Modern-Trousseau

Photo by Love Bird Studio, Dress by Modern-Trousseau (CLICK HERE) for more images of this gown.

Untraditional, but Brilliant!

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

 

As planners we get a lot of questions from our clients…one of the biggest one is “do I have to?” and the answer is no, you do not have to do anything you don’t want.  Clearly, you want your guests to be comfortable, but if we’re speaking of “traditional” customs when it comes to weddings then you are good.  Remember, it is “YOUR DAY” not your mothers, fathers, cousins, sisters, aunt…this list can go on forever.  It seems when it comes to weddings and children EVERYONE has an opinion or advice.  My mother always told me when someone gives you advice that you did not ask for simply smile and say “that is a good idea, I will think about it” then do what YOU feel is best.  So today’s blog is to inspire those couples that were thinking of incorporating untraditional ideas, but was afraid they shouldn’t.  I found some downright brilliant inspiration that is honestly, pretty creative, elegant and above all fun!

 

Photo Credit: Justin Pocta Photography

Photo Credit: Justin Pocta Photography

 

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Image found on FlutterbyePrints

 

Photo Credit: Jake and Necia Photography

Photo Credit: Jake and Necia Photography

 

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Photo via ElloThere

 

Photo Credit: Kaysha Weiner

Photo Credit: Kaysha Weiner

 

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Photo via Lovethispic.com

 

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Photo via Pinterest

 

Photo Credit: Tasha Seccombe Photography

Photo Credit: Tasha Seccombe Photography

 

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{VENDOR SPOTLIGHT} The Holy Donut

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Gracious Events is always exploring new places wherever we go and when we find something we LOVE, we SHARE!  This past week our TEAM was in Portland, Maine excited to celebrate our long overdue company holiday outing.  We were thrilled to be staying at the newly opened Press Hotel as we’ve been fans of it!  On our travels throughout Portland we were told to go to The Holy Donut, as their donuts are amazing and made with real Maine potatoes.  Honestly, this could not have come at a better time as I recently wrote a blog about our “Top Favorite Wedding Trends For 2016” and yes, number 5 was “Donut Bars”. Clearly I felt the need to have our team further research this just to make sure we had gotten it right.  After dinner while walking back to our hotel we happened to pass by The Holy Donut and I was excited to look in because the lights were on…I thought “oh they must be making the donuts” NOPE, NO DONUTS because they were actually redoing the floors and would be closed for the next few days…the look of sheer shock and sadness on my face was undoubtedly apparent because the two gentlemen working on the floors actually opened the door.  Sadness immediately turned to happiness after finding out they actually had another location…THANK YOU GOD!

The Holy Donut was our last stop as we headed home from Portland and well worth it.  After trying the donuts TEAM GEM concluded that they were in fact, very YUMMY.  My favorites were the ginger sugared sweet potato and the sea salt chocolate. I’m a little sad because even though I bought a half dozen, they’re already gone (YUP, only lasted 24 hours), but at the same time I’m feeling BLESSED that I only live an hour and a half away from Portland, Maine!  #welovemaine #welovetheholydonut

 

Photo via The Holy Donut FB Exchange Street Location

Photo via The Holy Donut FB Page, Exchange Street Location

 

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Photo via The Holy Donut FB Page, Toasted Coconut with Coconut Milk Glaze

 

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Photo via The Holy Donut FB Page, Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut and Coconut Milk Glaze

 

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Photo via The Holy Donut FB Page, Chai Glazed

 

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Photo via The Holy Donut FB Page, Cinnamon Sugar

 

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Photo via The Holy Donut FB Page, Fresh Lemon (hand squeezed)

 

Photo via The Holy Donut FB

Photo via The Holy Donut FB Page

GEM’S Favorite Wedding Trends 2016

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Come January, of any given new year, you’ll find countless websites listing the “top trends” for weddings.  This year is no different, except I’ve decided to pick our top 5 favorite from the hundreds that are out there.  If you are in this business long enough you start to realize what’s “old” is “new” and what’s really old is “rustic vintage”.  You name any trend and I promise you it will come back around, it’ll be different and most likely modernized, but rest assured what “goes around, comes around”. That being said, let’s hope for all those involved in the wedding industry that NOTHING from the 80’s comes back,  except of course if its your classic 80’s “one hit wonders” that you want your DJ to play.  Listed below are our chosen 5 with some beautiful inspiration to help get you started.

1.) Canine Companions: I’m not going to lie this is my favorite by far…YES, I am a major dog person, our event manger Tania, is also one and Jen, well she doesn’t live with any four legged friends, but welcomes them with open arms.

Photo by Tana Photography

Photo by Tana Photography

Photo by Maddie Peschong

Photo by Maddie Peschong

Photo by Leah Haydock Photography

Photo by Leah Haydock Photography

Photo by Hailey Tash Photography

Photo by Hailey Tash Photography

2.) Wedding Dress Separates:  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised while researching for inspiration.  I was afraid the options would be limited, but there are some very classy and elegant options.

Photo by Shane Shepherd

Photo by Shane Shepherd

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

Photo by Erich Mcvey

Photo by Erich Mcvey

3.) Loose Organic Bouquets:  It is refreshing to no longer see a tight ball of flowers and I really do love the look of this style of bouquet and hope it sticks around for a while.

Photo by Darling Photography

Photo by Darling Photography

Photo by Darling Photography

Photo by Darling Photography

4.)  Seating Options:  Along with anything from the 80’s,  I need to add the standard round table and ballroom metal rimmed chairs to the list of things that “should not ” come back around.  Most brides are now bringing in their own style of seating. They are using farm tables or square tables which gives your room a whole new look and feel.  There are all types of chairs, cushions and coverings to choose from.

Photo by Caitlin Maloney Photograpy

Photo by Caitlin Maloney Photograpy

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

5.) Donut Bars: Last but certainly not least…gone are the mini-cupcakes and cup cake towers, in are the donut bars or displays.  I think this is one item that really deserves coming back into the limelight.  I love a glazed donut and really thought there wasn’t anything better until we happen to attend a KNOT event last spring where we stumbled on Black Bird Donuts in Boston. I never knew a donut that was made of lemon and lavender could taste sooooo incredible!  Our team LOVED their donuts so much, I wrote a BLOG about them.

Photo by Christinakarst Photography

Photo by Christinakarst Photography

Photo by Shannon Elizabeth Photography

Photo by Shannon Elizabeth Photography

Photo by Christinakarst Photography

Photo by Christinakarst Photography

 

 

 

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