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November 16, 2017

Selecting the Right Musical Entertainment for Your Wedding

The pros and cons of Live Music versus Disc Jockey for your reception

Before you choose a DJ or select that perfect band for your wedding celebration, reflect on the thoughts and visions you have for the ceremony, reception and beyond. Specific consideration to your own musical tastes, theme or style of the wedding and of course your budget are critical first thoughts. Once you have that figured out Consider the following:

Atmosphere

The type of music you select should complement the intended ambiance of your wedding. For example, if you want a subtle, yet romantic atmosphere, then a harpist or string quartet might be a consideration. Maybe you are having a toes-in-the-sand beach-side wedding where a calypso band would fit right in! Whatever your intention, set the mood with the right kind of music, but remember this is one of the things most people will remember about your reception.

Audience

Everyone is there to help you celebrate your big day, but they have expectations too! Carefully review your guest list to better understand who will be in attendance for your wedding. Based on the demographic, you will want to consider the type of music that will keep them entertained and enjoying the festivities. If your affair will be mostly family, with a high number of them being over 50 then the latest alternative rock band may not be the best choice.

Space

There are some very unique spaces which make great venues for your special day. Consider the space you have available to work with. If the space is segmented and chopped up, or if there is not ample space to house a band then a DJ may be the best way to go.

Variety

When your wedding guests are multi-generational assume that music requests will be wide and deep. Assuring that a vast selection across genres and time-periods are available. If your attendees are all similar in age and musical taste, then you can consider a music selection more targeted for those expected to be in attendance.

Bands

Pros

  • Live music is entertaining, even to non-dancers.
  • Great bands can bring a lot of energy and excitement to an event

Cons

  • Bands tend to be more expensive than DJs.
  • Bands are also unable to provide the variety of music you receive with a DJ.
  • If space is limited it might be tough to squeeze the entire band into one area.

DJs

Pros

  • DJs tend to be more budget friendly
  • DJs come prepared with special requests and can have all your favorite songs in queue.
  • Charismatic DJs can also act as emcee and keep the event rolling along
  • DJs require less space for set-up and performance than most bands.

Cons

  • For guests who don’t dance a DJ can be a bit underwhelming
  • A DJ with little personality, or who fails to click with the vibe of the audience, can bring the event down quickly.

Labels: blog series, venues, wedding planner, weddings

October 25, 2017

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue…

Today, modern couples planning a wedding are focused on adding unique elements to the event and keeping their guests entertained. Over the past decade many NEW traditions have been introduced to weddings, including the use of live performers, engaging guests through social media and paring down the size of the bridal party for a more intimate affair. Along with some of the new traditions, are the age-old rituals which remain staples of even the most modern weddings.

 

Below see our Top 5 wedding traditions that never go out of style.

Ring Exchange & Vows

Throughout history the rings have symbolized the unending circle of love and are usually exchanged immediately following the recitation of the vows. The ring serves also as the promise that the couple makes to each other for a lifetime of fidelity, love and partnership.

Modern twist: While spoken vows may be untraditional the exchange of the rings remains true to tradition.

First Dance

This tradition dates to royalty, when the ball or special event was opened with a “first dance” to be completed by the guest of honor. This evolved into the newlyweds sharing their first dance (which also symbolizes their first act as a married couple) to officially start the wedding reception.

Modern twist: Many couples are now investing in ballroom dance lessons to ensure the dance goes off without error and will wow their guests with their dancing abilities.

Cutting the Wedding Cake

There are many historical rites with cake, including smashing it over the bride’s head. Thank goodness that tradition did not stick, but the cutting of the cake is still an important part of the modern reception. Couples cut the cake together to symbolize their commitment to provide for each other and signify the continuity in their relationship, but rarely is it fed to one another anymore.

Modern twist: The cutting of the cake at many modern weddings is seen strictly as a photo opportunity for the newlyweds. Frequently this activity is not highlighted to reception goers, but rather a low-key “ceremonial” act for the photo albums.

Carrying Flowers

Traditional bouquets were made up of wildflowers, grasses and strong-smelling herbs. The flowers were thought to denote fertility, while strong smelling herbs, such as garlic, were used to ward off evil spirits and bad fortune. Today, brides select bouquets made up of favorite flowers, seasonal accents or those that complement the look and feel of the ceremony (casual, beachy, formal, etc.)

Modern twist: Some couples have opted for “floral” bouquets made of paper, origami, burlap and felt flowers. Notice – the clear majority still carry bouquets whether live flowers or other.

Honeymoon

This tradition began as a holiday that newlyweds would take following the wedding to learn about each other and become intimate while in seclusion. The traditional honeymoon began in Britain during the 1800’s as a post-wedding voyage of the newlyweds, frequently accompanied by family or friends, for the purpose of visiting relatives who were unable to attend the wedding. Today the honeymoon is typically a dream vacation which serves as a rest following the hustle and bustle of the wedding planning and celebratory events.

Modern twist: Many couple are opting for post-wedding vacations with friends. Honeymooning in groups adds a new social element to this modern tradition.

As couples prepare for their wedding day they rely on traditions, particularly family based customs, which provide a sense of romanticism, comfort and familiarity. Luckily those traditions can be made more modern through the introduction of elements which highlight the couple’s interests, allow for their unique sense of style to shine through and provide a vehicle for personal connections with guests. The bottom line is that the idea of tradition will not be lost on the newlyweds anytime soon.

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September 25, 2017

Top 25 Unique Wedding Venues

This 18th century Barn is nestled in Jackson NH and provides accommodations for 85 to 200 person weddings.

Selecting your wedding venue is one of the first things you will do in planning your big day. Many couples are looking for something unique and memorable. Whether rustic charm, vintage elegance or modern chic, the location of your wedding will need to align with your vision of decor, budget, number of attendees, food styling and service, etc.

Beginning to plan a wedding is exciting and can be very emotional. Often a couple might feel the need to choose a wedding site on the spot without considering all of the other details of the wedding. While you might love what you see at each venue be cautious of jumping in without considering how all of your other plans might fit into that space and the flow of the event.

We have assembled the Top 25 unique NH venues to assist in your decision-making process. Of course, we are also available to answer other questions for you regarding planning and day-of management.

 

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September 5, 2017

Top 10 Exciting Wedding Trends

 

Image Mapping on cakes is only one of the elements trending in wedding events right now.

Weddings have long been a day to celebrate the couple. Ceremonies involving family and friends are as important today as they were fifty years ago. But, don’t think that the same wedding styles, venues and traditions apply to the modern nuptials of today. Couples are more focused on incorporating their own special touches into the big day; including their childhood memories and family traditions; and also another important element is providing each guest with an “experience.”

Regardless of budget, couples are more conscious of their guest’s comforts and needs, providing options in meals, parting gifts and comfortable spaces / atmosphere. Still there are trends guiding the industry sure to influence wedding trends for the next year.

  1. Vintage glamour

    There is some debate as to what makes a wedding truly vintage, but suffice it to say that many couples are incorporating items and elements from bygone eras. Add antique or vintage tableware, accessories and even wedding dresses, paired with glamorous detail and elegant touches. This combo classifies it as “vintage glamour” a hot new trend in 2017.

  2. Neutral color palette

    Wedding planners in 2017 have made great use of the neutral earth-tones, and palettes marked with beige, taupe, ivory and muted greens, blues and yellows. Calming and comfortable, these colors and tones provide the perfect backdrop for other surprise elements. Best of all, they do not compete with the sprinkling of brilliant color bursts becoming popular again this season.

  3. Surprise Settings (venue)

    From art galleries and rooftop patios, to historic buildings and local breweries, couples are opting for the non-traditional space. Modern couples seem to be moving away from the conventional hotels and function halls and selecting sites that are better representations of their personality and interests.

  4. Unique Invitations

    According to Wedding Wire and The Knot, the hottest trends for invites are deep dark colors, metallics, both paper and imprint, watercolors and geometric shapes. Regardless of your preference, the theme seems to be attention grabbing and fun.

  5. Interactive food stations

    Make your food memorable without breaking the bank. Offer guests an experience they will remember through food stations that allow for each person to customize their selections. Whether a mashed potato bar where hand-selected toppings are available or fondue station offering several items for dipping, and a variety of “dips.” For other ideas…

  6. Image mapping

    A new method of decorating your venue, this image projecting technology allows you to transform a space with lighting and moving pictures. Ever wanted a destination wedding? Maybe budget prohibits it, but with this technology you could literally bring the “destination” to you. This is also a very popular technique for blinging out your wedding cake. Check it out.

  7. Metallic dresses

    From shimmering highlights, sheer overlays or full-bodied metallics, this season’s dresses are including the glamour of precious metals. A great way to incorporate eye-catching elements to a bride’s gown and – and you can even carry it over the bridal party’s dresses and suit ties and vests.

  8. Gift lounges

    It’s not often that popular trends in weddings equals less work for the couple and her planner, but here is one. The Guest Gift Lounge provides a variety of favors that your guests can choose for themselves. This concept can also be used for welcome bags at destination wedding or for out of town guests. Simply provide an assortment of snacks, beverages and local goodies and let each person fill a customized bag of their own choosing.

  9. Pet Friendly Ceremonies

    If you are a pet lover, or have been considering including your furry family member in your ceremony you are not alone! Many couples want their cherished critters to be present for the big day. There are many logistical items to consider, but more and more venues are making accommodations.

  10. Unusual Entertainment

    Couples are trying to be creative when it comes to keeping guests entertained during the cocktail hour  between the ceremony and reception, and even during the lulls throughout the evening. Many have taken to hiring unusual live entertainment, including magicians, acrobats, and even actors and impersonators.

If you love tradition, there is nothing wrong with a beautifully decorated hall, and classically elegant attire, but if you are feeling adventurous or creative, today’s couple are proving that the sky’s the limit. Go ahead and add your personal touch!

Labels: blog series, wedding ideas, wedding planner, wedding planner nh, wedding planning

June 28, 2017

Guest Blog: Have you tried Arbonne yet?

I love when I have the opportunity to help & support a fellow boss lady, who also happens to be one of my past brides & is now a very close friend of my mine! So, of course, when she asked me if my clients would be interested in a product that she loves, I thought having her write a guest blog post to tell you all about it would be a great idea! I hope you enjoy….

Meet Darci Flynn … 

I am so excited to be guest blogging for Inked Events & my dear friend, Tracy. I met Tracy like many of you probably did (or will) — she was our rock star wedding coordinator extraordinaire for our Portsmouth wedding in September 2015. We live in Chicago, so having a wedding coordinator in NH that was helping us, was a LIFE SAVER.

Image courtesy of William Tangorra Photography 

We still may be 1,000 miles apart but Tracy has remained a friend. We catch up every time we’re home for the holidays and of course, chat in between. If you’re new to the Inked Events family and have heard her say “you’re a friend for life,” she means it and it’s oh so worth it.

So, my wedding is over and you’re probably wondering why is this girl blogging? Aside from my full time job as a social worker in Chicago, I run my own health and wellness business through a company called Arbonne. I launched my business in 2014 as I was in the middle of planning my wedding and thinking about my future. Having residual income to put towards our wedding, honeymoon, future plans of having children (someday!) and buying a home (purchased July 2016!) was something that really intrigued me. Three years later, I am loving having this financial freedom and get to work alongside some amazing people…. PLUS I still get to partner with Tracy! Great life, right?

So what is Arbonne? We are a botanically based health and wellness company that has fostered pure, healthy lifestyles for over 35 years. From skincare to cosmetics to a whole nutrition line including Sports nutrition, Arbonne has something for everyone. Whether you are planning your wedding, attending a wedding or recently married, there are dozens of ways to utilize Arbonne’s products. They make great gifts (for bridal parties, Mother’s/Father’s Day, graduation presents or simply a birthday) and of course, there are must-haves for yourself. But, this is a wedding blog, after all, so let me share some of my favorites that I swear by for your big day!

Glowing Skin

On my wedding day, my cheeks hurt from smiling so much and I was overwhelmed by the cameras — professional and friends/family snapping photos. Of course, you want your skin looking its best for the hundreds of photos you’ll be in, not just on your wedding day but at your bridal shower, bachelorette/bachelor party and rehearsal dinner. Arbonne’s skincare lines are free from harsh chemicals and we have a variety of formulas for each skin type.

My personal favorite is the anti-aging RE9 line but if you have super sensitive skin, I would recommend the Calm line. Don’t worry guys, we have an RE9 Advanced skincare line for you too!

Eyes, Cheeks, Lips, Oh My!

Celebrating marriage and a lifetime of love goes far beyond the big day. Engagement photos, celebratory parties, bridal shower, bachelorette party, the rehearsal dinner, and of course your wedding day. The following three products are my go-to’s that quickly make me feel pretty without going over the “simple” look I want to maintain. These also make for GREAT gifts for your bridal party, mother/mother-in-law, or even for the brides in your life to gift for their upcoming festivities.

It’s a Long Story® Mascara

I have tried a variety of mascaras and always found my disappointment was due to clumping, not lasting all day or irritation of my eyes. But then I discovered Arbonne’s It’s A Long Story Mascara® and it was love at first try. It elongates my lashes, making them look full and my eyes pop plus it doesn’t irritate my eyes despite staying on all day.

Glow On Bronzer

A few dabs on the cheeks and I was looking sun-kissed and ready. Doesn’t cake on, doesn’t look like I was trying out for a Jersey Shore remake, and it stays on all day!

Smoothed Over Lipstick

Our newly formulated lipstick was not just a must-have on my wedding day, but it is in my purse every day! These lipsticks glide on so smooth and stay on! They are botanically based so you don’t have to worry about any harsh chemicals every time you lick your lips or eat/drink something.

Healthy life is a happy wife

I know, I know, probably not the saying you’re used to hearing. But health and wellness is something I am passionate about and starting my business three years ago really opened my eyes to what we put in and on our bodies. Arbonne’s vegan, gluten free nutritional line has some of the best products that prepared me to fit into my wedding dress and to feel comfortable and beautiful.

Our plant-based protein comes in vanilla or chocolate and it is my go-to for a quick and easy breakfast. I love mixing it with almond milk, berries, a banana and any greens that I have in the fridge (spinach and kale are always plentiful in our household). Arbonne’s Fizz Sticks are a great substitute for coffee or if you are like me and cannot live without one cup o’ joe in the morning, it’s a perfect pick me up without the caffeine crash at 2pm. They’re delicious, easy (pour one packet into water, stir and enjoy!), and will give you energy to get you to 5pm. After we got engaged, the champagne was popping and the wine kept pouring — everyone wants to celebrate! However, my body was often left feeling run down, so I would turn to Arbonne’s detox tea to fill up on nutrients and re-boost my body.

With over 400 products, I truly could go on and on here, but here are a few more of my favorites: the Liquid Sunshine mineral sunscreen is perfect for your honeymoon in the sun. Our Rescue and Renew detox spa line is a necessity for stressful days of seating charts and picking out linens. Our ABC Baby Care line is perfect once you get the weddings out of the way and your friends start to announce they’re expecting (so fun!).

Intrigued by these products? Contact me about our 30-day healthy living program that will leave you feeling super energized, your skin glowing, improve your sleep and help you to shed a few pounds! I’m here to meet your needs — whatever they may be — and I am so excited to help! Check out my business website anytime, anywhere! These products will arrive on your doorstep in 3-5 days after you order.

Questions? Curious? I’d love to tell you more about why I love Arbonne, feel free to contact me here so we can begin our conversation!

May your life be filled with pure joy. I cannot wait to hear from you.

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