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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.

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Photo via LA Circus

 

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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.

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Photo via Nimbi Creative

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

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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.

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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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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!

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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!

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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.

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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”.

 

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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.

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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).

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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

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

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

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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

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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.

 

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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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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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“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.

 

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Photo by Of Dots & Things

 

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Photo via percyhandmade.com

 

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Photo by IQPhoto

 

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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

 

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Photo via Pinterest

 

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

 

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Photo via Pinterest

 

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Photo by Amanda Marie Portraits

 

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Photo by Bit of Ivory Photography

 

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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!

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

 

 

{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)

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Princess Diana

 

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier

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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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{VENDOR SPOTLIGHT} Pretty Poppy

Written by Erin Budzyna, Intern

Have you ever wondered where you could purchase inexpensive bridal party gifts and accessories locally?  Pretty Poppy located on 43 Pleasant Street in Newburyport, MA is a perfect place to purchase bridesmaids gifts, bridal jewelry, and wedding decor.  Listed at low prices you can find beaded sashes to accent bridal dresses, or even sterling silver initial necklaces to hand out to your bridesmaids and maid of honor.  You will also find bride/bridesmaid tote bags, wooden frames to capture the day, and cake testing sets printed with MR. & MRS.  If you are planning to purchase a bigger, sophisticated gift there are beautiful dish options from Mariposa, elegant pieces made with recycled aluminum and handcrafted glass.  All of the wedding products at Pretty Poppy will help brighten your wedding day and accent the decor of your venue.

 

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