Category Archives: New Hampshire event planner

3 Fabulous Gift Ideas for your Bridal Party

Wondering what to get the lovely ladies that will be standing by your side on your wedding day? I want to share & introduce you to one of my new vendor friends, Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique that can help you find the perfect gift for your gals.

Here are a couple of ideas to start the search:

Dazzling Duo

As I mentioned, they are new friend as I always love meeting new vendors & sharing them with our clients, so when they graciously asked me to pick a sample of my very own to have my name & initials on it, I of course said yes, please!

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I was very impressed with the packaging box. It had my name beautifully scripted on the front then when I opened it to see the sparkly tumbler {who doesn’t love a little sparkle with their favorite beverage} and comfy floral robe both initialed with the first letter of my name. I was in heaven with all the prettiness!

Being that purple & silver are my favorite colors, I chose those for both the robe & vinyl colors. You can choose from an array of colors they have to offer that fits your style & personality. I love using the tumbler with my morning to-go ice coffee & the lovely box is sitting pretty in my office. I’m waiting for the warmer weather to sport my robe!

Now, onto a few others that I thought would be great ideas.

Vintage Leather Journal

This would be the perfect gift for the writer in your life. What’s impressive about this journal is that it can be personalized on both sides with the specific details of your bridesmaid {or anyone else for that matter} and comes in a beautifully crafted wooden box.

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nh wedding planner inked events

Precious Pearl

Want something simple to go with their dress and that they can have forever to remember the day? This necklace just may be your answer!

The delicate pearl necklace comes with an engraved initial pendant that they will treasure for years to come.

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They have so many other options that you can choose from based on the personalities of your gals! Hope this helps in giving you some inspiration for your gals!

Enjoy!

5 Tips on What to Look for in a Wedding Makeup Artist

The process of booking a wedding makeup artist can be quite the exciting experience for some, while for others, it can be very daunting. Many of today’s brides aren’t very big makeup wearers and are worried about looking too overdone up. Therefore, it’s very important for the bride to do their homework before just booking any makeup artist.

New England Professional Makeup Artist, Nancy Gorman of Makeup by Nancy gives her thoughts on what she feels every bride should know while starting the process of booking a makeup artist. Photo Credit: Ebacher Photography

1. Do your research
Even if a makeup artist is referred to you by a friend and/or another wedding pro, you want to do your due diligence and make sure he/she is the right one for you. Be sure to read reviews, look at their website and portfolio. Make sure that their style is something you like and resonate with.

2. Book a consult
Make sure they offer a pre-wedding consult prior to booking as an option. The last thing you want to do is book an artist without trying them out first. Think about it, would you purchase a car without giving it a test drive?

One of our fabulous brides, Colleen getting even more gorgeous on her wedding day! Photo credit: Casey Durgin Photography

3. Personality Check
You will be spending the hours right before your wedding with your beauty team. You want to be sure you have a good relationship with your makeup artist. This doesn’t mean we need to become best friends, not that it hasn’t happened before, as I have become super good friends with many of my past brides and bridal parties. Having a sense of comfort with your beauty team during a nervous time right before your wedding is super helpful since they will help soothe your nerves and get you through them right up until you put your gown on.

4. Written Agreement
Never book a wedding vendor based on a verbal agreement. Be sure there is a contract in place and you read all the small print. You want to have a full understanding of all the terms and conditions, as well as if there are any hidden fees.

5. Quality Check
Find out what products are used, have an awareness ahead of time of any sensitivities you may have to something. This is also why it’s good to have a pre-wedding consult, so that you will know ahead of time if something irritates your skin or eyes. You certainly don’t want to be itchy on your wedding day! If the artist uses professional grade makeup, most irritations can be avoided.

Always get proof of education! Nowadays, anyone can learn to be a makeup artist just by watching YouTube, but there’s SO much more to learn than what you see in a video. For example, what makeup is suitable for wedding photography and how to correctly apply makeup for black and white photography. There is so much to consider, hopefully, this is a helpful step in the right direction for you.

Happy Wedding Planning!

Inked Events Receives 2017 Best of Salem Award

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Inked Events Receives 2017 Best of Salem Award

Salem Award Program Honors the Achievement

SALEM March 2, 2017 — Inked Events has been selected for the 2017 Best of Salem Award in the Event Planner category by the Salem Award Program.

Each year, the Salem Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Salem area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Salem Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Salem Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Salem Award Program

The Salem Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Salem area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Salem Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Salem Award Program

CONTACT:
Salem Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@onlineawarded.org
URL: http://www.onlineawarded.org

2016 Business Recap

How is it the end of January already?! Oy-vey…

One of my many goals this year is to provide valuable information through our blogs and share what I know about all things wedding & events. Quite honestly, I’m not sure how three weeks has already passed since I wrote about the fabulous wedding season we had….time passes way too quickly! I certainly have a lot in my brain that I want to share with you, so I promise that I will work on blogging on a more regular basis. 🙂

With that being said, I wanted to share some of the exciting things that happened at Inked Events from a business perspective in 2016.

Settle in, here we go…

I swear, I don’t lie when I say it truly humbles me whenever I receive any type of award or nomination. I love what I do and the couples I have the pleasure of working with certainly make my job super easy. So, when I received word that we won the “2016 Wedding Wire’s Couples Choice Award” for the second year in a row, I was very humbled. This award is truly based on what my couples say about their experience working with us!

I also received word a few weeks later that I received the “Best of Salem” award in the Event Planner category. I was floored when I got the notification for this one. This award recognized us as a local small business in our community for all our hard work and dedication.

OH wait….not done in the award category yet…

I was beyond ecstatic when I learned I was nominated for “NH’s A-List Best Wedding Planner” for the second year in a row … and even more excited when I WON it again! Yep, I was doing the happy dance for that one. I devote so much time and energy to making sure my couples have a stress/worry free wedding that I wear this title proudly.

And then the real shocker came…

When I went to go vote for a fellow planner friend for the “Best of North Shore (BONS) Magazine Best Wedding Planner” only to find out that we were nominated for it as well! Sadly, we didn’t win, but man, that was an honor to have been initially nominated!

I swear winning these awards never goes to my head because I really am humbled by them and work hard to earn them.

It’s not all about the awards….

In the off-season, I like to let the creativity flow and do a few styled shoots with my fellow wedding professionals. I love doing them because it’s a time when I can create something purely for inspirational purposes. They are so much fun too when the creative juices start flowing!

I was excited when one of our styled shoots “Bohemian Chic” was featured in Seacoast Weddings Magazine!

And even though not all the styled shoots I create get into publications, I still have fun doing them….this “Steampunk” shoot had been swirling around in my brain for 2 years before I finally found the right team/time to bring it all together.

Keeping up with my education & connecting with my fellow planner friends….

Did I mentioned I love what I do?! Every year I attend the Association of Bridal Consultants Business of Brides conference to stay up to date on trends, learn new styles and business techniques, meet new planner friends, and especially connect with planner friends I’ve met over the years.

This year’s conference took me to Dallas, Texas where I went solo {left the hubby at home this time} and shared a room with one those planner friends, Michelle of DYV Events, who is a planner in Little Rock Arkansas. Michelle is in the middle and my other longtime planner friend, Jen of Knot Your Average Events from North Carolina is on the right.

Michelle & I also had the opportunity to play tourist in Dallas before the conference started and we saw some interesting things along the way….

Now, to kick off the conference, the ABC planned a spectacular Black & White Masquerade Ball…where we rocked the night away with an amazing band, food, and friends.

After my first full day of learning and being inspired, I attended one of the off-site events at one of the most luxurious hotels in Dallas. I enjoyed a 3 course dinner, the skyline and danced the night away. The “Wizard of Oz” was the theme and everything was quite stunning. Who knew Dallas is considered the “Emerald City”?!

I had an absolute blast all around despite the early mornings & late nights! This was by far the best ABC Conference that I have attended so far. I learned so much as a business owner and planner. The content, decor and overall vibe was so inspiring and emphasized just why I love what I do.

I’m looking forward to heading to the Riviera Maya, Mexico this year!

Last thoughts….

After a few curves in the road from when I first began my wedding planning business journey, I started Inked Events in 2013 with the goal of bringing couples exceptional, fun, professional and pleasant service that would allow them to enjoy their wedding day to the fullest. I also wanted Inked Events to be able to support me financially where I did not have to also work a non-wedding related day job.

I’m extremely proud and excited to say that at the end of 2016 I worked my last day as an employee. I kicked off 2017 as the “Boss Lady” and I’m solely focusing my energies and time on Inked Events!!

I couldn’t have done it with the support from my family, friends, fellow wedding professionals and especially, to the couples who entrust one of the most important days of their lives to me that allowed me the ability to take the leap.

I will continue to build a strong, honest reputation for myself and Inked Events. I will always provide our couples with the same exceptional, fun and professional service that I started with.

Here’s to an amazing 2017 and the few surprises already up my sleeve…stay tuned!

Cheers!

~Tracy

Inked Events Receives 2016 Best of Salem Award

Salem Award Program Honors the Achievement

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SALEM March 1, 2016 — Inked Events has been selected for the 2016 Best of Salem Award in the Event Planner category by the Salem Award Program.

Each year, the Salem Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Salem area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Salem Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Salem Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Salem Award Program

The Salem Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Salem area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Salem Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Salem Award Program

CONTACT:
Salem Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardconnections.org
URL: http://www.awardconnections.org