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5 Creative Ways To Put More “YOU” Into Your Wedding

Happy Tuesday!

There’s more snow on the way for New England today and I’m a rare one since I’m loving it all! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend with your sweetie! Did you get engaged?! Woo Hoo…Congrats!

Let the planning begin and here are a few tips to put a little “YOU” into your wedding.

1. Table Names
A great way to make your tables stand out from the rest is to change the traditional table numbers to something that is uniquely yours. For example, are you a fan of reading, use your favorite book titles and/or authors. Or, if you both like to travel, how about the different places you’ve been too? Are you a wine lover, use the many different types of wines. 
Check out this image from The Mountain Millers Dream Wedding that shows a special place this couple visited.

Or, how about these for the book lover…

2. Shoes
Nowadays, it’s all about the shoes! And, what a fabulous way to change it up. Your shoes could be you’re wedding colors instead of matching the white/ivory of your dress. For example, if your favorite color is purple & you’re wedding colors happen to be plum or eggplant, than picture a pair of gorgeous purple shoes peaking out from under your pretty dress!  

Thanks to my friends over at Black Thumb Studio for the picture of my pretty shoes.

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Need your ‘something blue’ that everyone can see. Check out this stunning image from Milton Gil Photography. {FYI…there is music on this website, so turn your volume down if your at work.}

I couldn’t resist this one from Niki Rossi Photography. I LOVE the different colored shoes and the flowers matching them!

If heels aren’t your thing, wear sneakers, flip flops or even cowboy boots! The sky is the limit!

Image courtesy of Simply Southern Photography.

Image courtesy of  Daniel Doke Photography.

3. Centerpieces

Flowers are definitely the most popular centerpieces, but if you don’t want flowers to be the main focus of the table, add something that you both love. Going back to the suggestion of book titles/authors being your table names, you could have old books as your centerpiece with candles/tea lights surrounding them. To add a little more flair, you could add a couple of bud vases {tall or short} in between the candles/tea lights.  

Check out this stunner from Erin McFarland Photography.

If you’re a sports fan, especially a Boston one, use some memorabilia from any of the 4 Boston teams! Check out this one from Marrero Events for our Boston Red Sox!

4. Music
Music is certainly a great way to personalize your wedding and not just with your ceremony or first dance. When you’re being introduced into your reception for the first time, have something that represents you both. For example, one of my clients’ families both came from New York, the bride’s grandmother was a huge Sinatra fan, so to pay tribute to both their backgrounds and her grandmother, they entered into the reception with “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra. Are you huge Patriots fan? “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff would be right up your alley!
5. Signature Cocktail or Coffee Blend
Last, and definitely not the least, is to have a signature cocktail or coffee blend designed specifically for you’re wedding day. For your signature cocktail, take you’re wedding colors, a favorite or seasonal drink that flows or resembles your overall theme.

Thanks to Daisies & Pearls Merry Making for this great idea.

If you’re not a cocktail kind of person, but love coffee or tea, create a coffee or tea blend {yes, there is a place that does just that…The Cozy Tea Cart!} that is uniquely yours.

I hope these tips gave you some inspiration on how to add a little more “YOU” into you’re wedding.

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Pantone 2014 Color of the Year–Radiant Orchid

Happy Tuesday!
The sun is shining and it’s a bit brisk outside today, so what better way for me to stay warm than to look at all the pretty ways the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year can be incorporated into a wedding. If purple is your favorite color {like me} you’ll be ecstatic about this year’s color & all the selections you’ll have!

Here a jumpstart for you to see just how you can use it.

Check out this gorgeous cake via Pinterest

Or this stunning ombre look from Maggie Austin Cakes via Pinterest

A pretty tea-length from style 6687…

Or this full length halter/grecian looking one from as well, Style 2908

Love these bouquets! Image courtesy of Pinterest.

I just love how the colors of this stunning bridal bouquet pop. Image courtesy via Pinterest

Can’t forget about the boutonniere’s…check out this radiant orchid colored hydrangea. Image courtesy of Pinterest.

And, who would I be if I didn’t include shoes….check out these beauties. Image courtesy of Megan Lynn Photography.

All good things have to come to an end, so what better than to look at these pretty Jimmy Choo’s.

Hope this gives you some inspiration! I can’t wait to see how this gorgeous color will be trending this year.


Game On!

Happy Thursday!

If you don’t know, Bostonians are HUGE sports fans and if you know me at all, you’ll know, that I am NOT.  But, I do have to say, that I do love a good hockey game and the Bruins are truly giving us just that!

That being said, the game last night was a NAIL BITER!  Yes, I watched it, when I caught Game 3 during the middle of the 2nd period (did I mention I wasn’t a sports fan?!) and, quickly got sucked into it. The Bruins were leading the series against the Penguins 2-0 going into this game. Let me tell you, I was on the edge of my couch for the reminder of the game and than it went into overtime since the score was still tied at 1-1!

I watched intently the first overtime period and again, was on the edge of my couch, hoping they’d scored, but I just couldn’t take the suspense anymore, so off to bed I went, not knowing the final outcome…. Music to my ears when I heard on the radio that the….

…in the second overtime period! 
I know, I know, what does this have to do with weddings, you might be asking yourself.  As I mentioned, Bostonians are huge sports fans & what a great way to showcase that part of yourselves at you’re wedding.
Check out how some fans showcased their love for the Bruins at their wedding…
Our neighbors at Dessertworks, located in Westwood, MA, created these two beautiful Bruins cakes….
And, Montilios Baking Company, located in Brockton, MA, made this masterpiece, in honor of the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup back in 2011.
But, going that “big” into declaring your hockey love isn’t your thing…how about some cute cake toppers instead?
And, because as you know, I am a SHOE LOVER, I just had to show you these…
Game 4 is tomorrow night….Believe me, when I say, I’ll be watching that game during our Friday night cocktail hour! 🙂
GO B’S!!
Are you a sports fan? How would you show your “love” for you team? Leave a comment to tell us!


Vendor Love — Harrington Flowers, LLC

I had the pleasure of meeting Brad Harrington of Harrington Flowers, LLC a few weeks ago at his shop for a little chat. Than, got to know him better when he attended our Vendors 4 Vendors Networking Launch Party last month. I was completely blown away by the creativity that Brad possess and I’m counting down the time until I can work with him on an event!

I was in awe when he told me he created a shoe out of flowers(did I mention I LOVE shoes?!)….and, YES, it can be worn too!!!

Pretty amazing, isn’t it??!!

Brad was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to have a little interview with me, so you can get to know this amazing talent yourselves.

Here’s what he had to say…and a small teaser of the magic he creates…

1. How did you get into the floral business?

I started in the floral industry delivering flowers when I was 19. It was love at first sight for me, I just loved the way flowers made people feel.
2. Tell me about yourself & your business?

I would go in on my days off to learn from the designers and slowly worked my way into a full time floral designer position. I have worked many events over the past twenty years from weddings to ring ceremonies plus other high end events. My passion is for weddings, as this is where my clients allow me to be the most creative and romantic. I would define my designs as romantic.
3. Where you located?
Harrington Flowers, LLC is located at 16 East Broadway in Derry, NH.
4. Your work is completely different from other designers, where do you get your inspirations to create such beautiful pieces?

I started HF to have the freedom to express myself thru my design work. I love to help people create unique romantic designs, using there ideas, colors and style. There is a language to flowers, they can express emotion and set a mood. That is the difference between a floral design and floral art. 

5. Do you have a favorite type of flower? If so, why?

My favorite flower would be the hydrangea and that goes back to the many summers I have spent on Cape Cod.
6. Is it better to work with seasonal flowers?

There are many myths about using seasonal flowers to keep your flower budget down. I think, the person that came up with that, may be the same person that suggests booking your florist three months before you’re wedding. The truth is, products are grown all over the world and can vary in cost, due to shipping costs and of course, labor costs. Local products are great, but may be more expensive, as it is grown in a greenhouse… like anything in life, if you want quality, it costs more.
7. What should brides look for when searching for a florist?

When looking for a florist start with their online reviews and presence. Is their work online their own? Or is it a Tele-flora or FTD site. You want creativity from you’re wedding floral designer. Never book your florist on price, since price is something that can be adjusted or negotiated in most cases. Book the designer you felt most comfortable with, the one that helped you envision your floral designs for you’re wedding
8. What are your price points for wedding flowers?

Flowers have different prices and everyone has different likes and dislikes. It is hard to give a price for a wedding because we do not know what flowers the bride will choose until after a consultation. However, most of our weddings average around $2,000-$4,000 dollars.
9. Tell me about your favorite piece you created?
My all time favorite design was a floral vanity I created for a beach shoot. Check out the video here
10. Do you have a favorite wedding design? Tell me about it.
All my wedding work is very personal, it is impossible to pick or single out any of them as my favorite.

Thanks Brad for taking the time to chat with me & allow my readers to get to know you better!

Here’s more of his amazing creations:

And, my personal favorite…

I hope you enjoyed my little chat with Harrington Flowers, LLC. Be sure to check out his site & other amazing creations here.  Than after you call him, call or email ME, so I can help you create your vision right along side him!

Now, I leave you with a quote from Brad…

“Let me design something for you!”


Who IS behind Inked Events?

I wanted to give you a glimpse into I am and what makes me tick. I’m Tracy, Owner & “The Tattooed Planner” (literally & figuratively) of Inked Events. The name of my business came to me in a dream because it really speaks to who I am & what I represent.

Three things you should know about me… I absolutely LOVE Shoes, Tattoos & Weddings!  And no, they are not in any particular order.

I’m a big believer that the universe sends you “signs”and that sometimes you see them and other times, you just might not be open to them.  After a difficult 2012, where I left my corporate job of 13 years to make a career change that would allow me to work for a more established wedding planner, I got laid off two months later. Yep, the universe was certainly sending me some BIG signs there! I looked at it that now, my two biggest fears are gone and I could focus on MY brand. The universe has lead me on a path that allows me to embrace my love of weddings & tattoos while still being true to myself.

I always wanted a tattoo and got my first one when I was 18 years old.  I’m now in the double digits with the amount I have of them.  I don’t “look” like the type of person that has any, so I’m sure it’ll be a shock when you learn just how many I actually do have.  I’m not saying how many I have here, so when our paths cross, you’ll be curious enough to ask me “how many tattoos do you have?”.

For that last few years, I’ve been getting inked on my birthday. I’m not sure how that tradition started, but I feel it’s a great present to myself. I put a lot of thought into each & every one of them since they all have a special meaning & story behind it.

I truly love when I see a bride show off her tattoos on her wedding. It’s such a representaion of who they are as a person and as a couple. Thanks to Allebach Photography for the gorgeous picture!

I even decided to show off mine on my wedding day!

When I was looking to find a picture from my wedding day that it was showing, I realized that my professional photographer didn’t capture many pictures of it! Thankfully a friend got the one above. My original photographer didn’t really “get” us, so on our 5 year anniversary, we decided to  have a “Take Two” shoot. My hubs & I are pretty laid back and definitely don’t take life too seriously. We’re just two goofballs! We love to laugh and make fun of ourselves! Thanks Black Thumb Studio for my gorgeous updated pictures!

I’ll be honest, I actually did plan on covering up my armband on my wedding day, but the universe had different plans for me.  The makeup that we were going to use wouldn’t stay on and it just didn’t look natural, so I decided to just scrap the idea and let it show!  I’m glad I did because it’s a part of who I am and should be shown off.

I see tattoos as a beautiful piece of art and they can really tell a story about a person, so that’s why I want to cater to the tattooed couple and be known as “The Tattooed Planner”.  I wouldn’t judge a couple who has tattoos, I’d embrace them!  Another gorgeous shot from Allebach Photography.

Shoes are my other big love. Yeah, I really do get all giddy about shoes and my closet is certainly full of different styles.  I was excited to find these beauties for my “Take Two” shoot with Black Thumb Studio!

Have tattoos and looking for the right planner for you? Call me, so we can chat on how to show them off!


Bridal Boot Camp


We’re gearing up for a major snow storm on Friday here in the New England and I’m pretty excited about it!! Probably the only one for that matter, but hey, it’s New England and snow is expected! And, to top it off, it’s the day before MY BIRTHDAY!!! All around great day in my book!

This picture was taken along Charles Street during a nor’easter winter snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts back on December 20, 2009. Full Credit to REUTERS/Brian Snyder.

To contain my excitement, I’ve been tweaking my presentation for the first of my 2013 projects, which is happening this Sunday!

I’m pretty excited to be one of the Guest Speakers at the Boston Wedding Boot Camp, hosted by the Easton Country Club! I’ll be teaming up with my colleague Jennie Dee from JD Designs to explain the difference between a Wedding Planner, Designer & Venue Coordinator. The outfit & of course, the SHOES will be killer since they’ve all been under wraps till the big day! But, our goal is to educate couples on the differences and why hiring a wedding planner will be not only be a benefit, but money well spent!

Stay tuned for pictures of my gorgeous table (the linens & candelabra were provided from Exquisite Linens & Floral), the outfit and yep, the shoes!