What does your escort card table say about you?

Earlier we talked about how invitations or save the date cards are often the first thing your guest visually receives for your event. The escort card table is one of the first things guests see when they enter a wedding reception and therefore must make a statement about the couple’s personality and the event itself. Here are just a few different ways to approach putting together the perfect table.

Backyard Bash – using a clothespin and writing your guests names in penmanship is a rustic way to tie your event together. Use a colored patterned ribbon for a splash of color and create a shape for your choice in the paper for a little quirky fun.

Favorite features – have something in common with your significant other that you want to incorporate into your wedding? In this photo, for instance, a couple shared a love for the art of wine and wine making and chose to incorporate this passion into their escort card table. Incorporating little personality traits like this into your event goes a long way with not just clients, but their guests as well. It gives everyone a little insight into the beautiful matrimony that is being made.

Feminine Fete – white is always a great foundation to start with for your wedding. Not only is it traditional, feminine and classic, but it also provides a nice landscape to build lighting on. There’s no limit to what lighting can do with a simple color like white as it’s backdrop. If you do choose white as your color centerpiece, don’t forget to add some texture to make it pop as seen in the photo above.

Glamourous Ground – there’s making an entrance and then there’s making an entrance. We always strive for the latter and this escort card table sums it all up. A sophisticated, chic, over-the-top luxurious first reception impression, this escort card table has sequins, crystals, touches of pink and romantic lighting. Without a doubt, this presentation is inviting and something guests will remember from your event.

 {Photo via Lily Spruce}

Thinking of a more laid-back event? You can choose not to have an escort card table and use a chalk board instead. Perfect for a wedding in a backyard, estate or barn, using a chalk board and listing your guests names and their table numbers can ignite conversation. Guests see their sitting with friends or new acquaintances and it sparks dialogue.

Whatever your taste may be, let your escort card table speak for you. Have fun with designing it. You may be surprised to see what it has to say.

All photography is by Person & Killian unless otherwise noted.

Three Things We're Loving This Week

Another holiday weekend is upon us – a time to be with family members, give thanks and entertain guests. It’s also a time for all of us to recharge without our beloved Blackberry, iPad or laptop! There’s no better time to recharge than with friends and family around the holidays. Tradition plays such a big role during the holidays and this allows us to reflect back and see how far we’ve come throughout the years. This weekend, we challenge you to completely recharge and celebrate your life with the people in it! In addition to the excitement of Easter and Passover coming up, here are three things we are loving this week (and hope you are too)!

Image via Martha Stewart
1. The ever-so-crafty folks at Martha Stewart always bring some quick, easy and fun recipe and decoration ideas for the holidays. Candy nests, marbleized eggs, eggshell votives among others are featured here. Plus, many of these items can be created with a lot of household items. No muss, no fuss, these decorations for Easter and recipes for Passover are sure to win over even your pickiest guests.
Image via Country Living

2. Spring is in the air and nothing says spring quite like flowers blooming. Inspired by bright colors and flowers, Country Living has a few crafty ideas to get you in the mood for spring. Floral lampshades, DIY vases, rose napkin rings and flower cookies are just a few things to make your house, condo or apartment spring-ready. Rustic, feminine and full of personality these simple crafts will brighten up any room.

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3. There is no question Oprah is a huge part of American culture and a large influence of women in the media. Always inspirational, selfless and wise, she is an ideal role model for women in business everywhere. Remember to be thankful for what you have each and every day. If you want a different life, all you need to do is change the way you look at it.
From all of us here at Amy Kimball Events, have a wonderful weekend a very happy holiday!

Stationery Overload

You only get one chance to make a first impression. An expression many of us have heard before. Save the dates or invitations are the first concrete thing your guests will receive for your event and therefore it should visually do the following:1. Spark intrigue

2. Be short, sweet and to the detailed point.

3. Immediately prompt you to put the date in your iCal.

4. Overwhelm you with excitement. (this is a little out of our control)

Stationery, like the decor of your event, should be appropriate for the occasion and reflect your taste. For instance, if you’re thinking of having a more rustic wedding then you may want to try a chunkier font or even a funky cursive. You may also want a bit of texture instead of the standard card stock. If you’re having a traditionally formal wedding, you may want to stick to script and card stock. Whatever your desire or taste may be, there are always a number of options.

Save the dates, invitations, escort cards, place cards, menu cards, programs and any other signs you may need to direct your guest all require thought and a touch of personality. Without speaking, it gives you the chance to express yourself in a creative manner. Here are just a few of our favorite examples…

All photography by Person and Killian unless otherwise noted.

Three Things We’re Loving This Week

Boston continues to pretend like it’s Los Angeles with sunshine and 70 degree temperatures and we couldn’t be happier. The power the sun has to affect our moods is quite spectacular, but that’s not the only thing keeping us smiling this week. In addition to the weather, here are three things that are currently inspiring us.

It should come as no surprise that as wedding planners we are constantly inspired by the women we work with. This incredibly fabulous jacket by Reiss was worn by our very own bride, Caroline, tossed over her shoulders when taking photos outside. The light mauve feathered jacket was the perfect color and texture to compliment her white dress.

Photos by Person & Killian

few days ago we talked about “the obvious choice” versus “the conversation starter” and this jacket is a wonderful example of the latter. All of Caroline’s bridesmaids were in stunning black fur to match their dresses as well. How fabulous?

Entertaining for St. Patrick’s Day, but don’t have a menu? Looking to get in touch with your Irish roots in other ways besides drinking Guinness and wearing green? Martha Stewart gives you 30 ideas ranting from irish soda bread, corn beef, shamrock cookies and more! And if you’re feeling crafty and want to put a personal touch on the holiday, check out these easy art projects. Here at Amy Kimball Events we believe it takes a little effort and a lot of heart to put some personal touches in your home for any given holiday, St. Patrick’s Day included. It doesn’t matter if you $5 to spend or $100; use already existing materials in your home that you may have forgotten about, those in storage and even those already existing in plain sight to create something new.

Image: DeBuzz

Last week, Apple unveiled “The New iPad” in San Francisco and we followed all of the live blogging for the event. It’s going to be impossible to witness these new products and not think of Steve Jobs’ legacy. It’s truly incredible how one person has really shaped the world we live in. He was an extremely wise man and this quote is just one of our many favorites.

Follow your heart and intuition and forget the rest.

What’s inspiring you this week? Tweet us or post on our Facebook wall and let us know!

The Art of Presentation

We’re not sure what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but the weather in Boston has been quite delightful lately. We’ve traded thunderous winds for warm air and spiraling snow for shimmering sun. It’s nearly halfway through March and already we’re seeing signs of Spring. The next few months will bring outfits sans coats, outside gatherings, unconventional bubbly drinks and of course delicious seasonal foods.

As designers we’re always trying to figure out how to present food and drink in a fun, unique and conversational way. When it comes to Spring and Summer months, sometimes the best way to present your food and drink should be a reflection of our mood when those warm days and cool nights roll around – refreshed and relaxed.
Photography by The Blonde Tulip. Catering by The Catered Affair.

Now that we’ve officially made you hungry, try thinking outside of the box when it comes to food presentation whether it’s at home, at the beach or at your next event. There is always an obvious choice, but choose the conversation starter.

A Woman's Right to Shoes

We’ve all seen the episode; Carrie’s Manolo Blahnik’s mysteriously go missing at a friend’s party after she is forced to take off her shoes upon entry. Carrie’s friend, Kyra, “shoe-shames” her by stating that the shoes are much too extravagant and only offers to reimburse her for a little less than half of the cost. Carrie figures out that she’s spent close to $2300 to celebrate Kyra’s marriage and children, but yet she hasn’t received a gift to celebrate her since graduation. So she takes a stand for single womankind, registers herself at Manolo Blahnik and eventually Kyra buys her a new pair. The episode ends with a typical Bradshaw inspirational conclusion:

“The fact is, sometimes it’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.”

Perhaps, then Ms. Bradshaw, the most special shoe is the one you that brings you from your past-single life to your future married one. Your wedding planning is full of important decisions, but which pair of shoes you’ll wear is a without a doubt a fun one. Sure, we see silver, ivory and rhinestone encrusted pairs, but we also see flip-flops, bright colors, glitter and if you’re a Father of the Bride fan, the occasional sequin-laced sneaker. Take a peak at the photos below to see what our brides are sporting down the aisle.

Photography by Person & Killian
Photography by Person & Killian
Photography by Gigi De Manio

So go on, declare your right to shoes. Whether you want to be comfortable in flats or glamming it up in bedazzled heels – it’s YOUR day and it should be as perfect as possible. Every woman at one point or another wants to walk in a bride’s shoes. But if you so desire, you can even walk in a married Carrie Bradshaw’s shoes. No, really, you can. See below for some of the latest pairs from the runway an about-to-be married gal can walk in on their own white runway. 

Manolo Blahnik ‘Something Blue’ Satin Pump at Bergdorf Goodman

Jimmy Choo ‘Nova’ Slingback Pump at Neiman Marcus

Jimmy Choo ‘Salt’ Platform at Nordstrom

‘Slim Crystal Bow’ Flip Flop at Havaianas

Three Things We're Loving This Week

Gywneth Paltrow and Tom Ford. Now, that folks is a GREAT marriage. Just the two of them in the same sentence is enough to make your jaw drop. This dress is not helping our post-Oscar haze this week, but we’re not complaining. Classic white isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the seemingly trendsetting pieces we’re used to seeing on the red carpet. The color white, while classic, may appear safe. Don’t get us wrong, we love immersing ourselves in the latest trends, products and services, but once in a while the “freshest” thing is to just bring it back to the basics and add your own twist. Hats off to you Gwen for doing just that.

(photography by Person & Killian)

Our friends at Tantawan Bloom helped us take over the iconic venue that is The Plaza in New York City for a night. Feminine, rich and undeniably classic, these flowers compliment the quintessential old New York venue. For more designs from Golf and his team at Tantawan, check out their extremely informative and utterly inspiring blog.

(image via 10connection)

The essential aspect of anything really is not being afraid to fail. Believe in yourself. Know that you can do anything you put your mind, heart and soul into. Be a go-getter. And most importantly, be fearless. The best chance you can take in life is one on yourself so face your fears, put on your armor and go to bat. The outcome will be worth the battle.

Three Things We're Loving This Week

We’re having a fantastic week in the office and we hope you are too. Here are three things we’re loving right now:

    photo credit: Cupcakes and Cashmere
If you’re not familiar with Emily Schuman, owner of the blog Cupcakes and Cashmere, then allow us to introduce you. Emily is a full-time blogger and fashionista, but is also in the process of writing her first book that will include some similar content featured on her blog – fashion, cooking, entertaining, etc. She’s also getting married in two months and in one of her latest posts she gives some wise advice to those currently planning their own wedding:

“The best advice I received when we first got engaged came from a dear friend who reminded me that as soon as the planning process became stressful or unenjoyable, to take a step back and regroup. There were certainly times throughout the past year that we considered eloping or just driving down to the courthouse, but in the end, I think we did a good job of truly savoring our engagement.So instead of worrying if my mascara will be waterproof enough, if we’ll have beautiful weather, or what will happen if I completely forget my vows, I’ve finally come around to the idea of letting myself be undeniably thrilled about our wedding.”

We completely agree. If her voice, fun DIY projects, beauty and perfect grammar don’t win you over, her overwhelming accessories collection will. After a week of reading, you’ll be hooked. We promise.
You’re welcome.

This create-your-own mini donut station from our friends at The Catered Affair. Bored of the been there, done that make your own sundae station? Why not donuts? Have guests take their donut on a stick and dip in their favorite toppings. How cute are these?

This quote from Ira Glass inspires us on a daily basis. For any aspiring creatives – event planner, designer or otherwise – this is for you. 

The Candy Man

Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew, cover it in chocolate and a miracle or two?
The candy station can. 

It’s safe to say that event planners emulate certain children’s movie characters – we carry around our own Mary Poppins bags – wide, infinite in depth and often the reason why many of us need to seek chiropractic assistance. There’s the Lasso of Truth (also known as a production schedule), Blasters (steamers) and Pixie Dust (ok, maybe that is an exaggeration) are all in our arsenal. Although clicking our ruby red-bottom heels three times doesn’t turn an event into a fairy tale, we, at Amy Kimball Events, have what we call the “Dream Team” otherwise known as our awesome staff who ensures every woman has her Cinderella moment. One children’s movie that we can’t help but love to incorporate into our events these days is the original candy man, Willy Wonka.

Enter the candy station – a way to give something sweet to your guests as they depart your event. If you’re planning a wedding, stick with the colors you’ve used in the reception’s decor. Buy candy in bulk and purchase vessels of various sizes and shapes to put them in. If your wedding is a winter wonderland say, stick with white – try white M&M’s, yogurt covered pretzels, raisins and almonds, white chocolate covered malt balls, clear jelly beans, white chocolate squares and throw some rock candy in for a vintage surprise.

After hours of tearing up the dancefloor, it’s likely your guests may need a snack for their journey home. Why not something sweet? Regardless of what type of event you’re planning, it’s always a nice touch to give your guests a parting gift. Scatter containers of your choice around your bar, escort card or banquet table and let your guests make their own goodie bag.

You may not find the Golden Ticket amongst the assorted candy, but you can pretend to be a kid again. Even if it’s just for the ride home…

Attention Gents – Last minute Valentine's Day gift ideas!

Hallmark. Chocolate & Flowers. Red & Pink. These are a few choice words many of us associate with February 14th. Valentine’s Day is supposedly a 24-hour period in which we express how much we love one another to significant others, friends, family members, pets and whatever else holds a prominent place in your heart. Here’s the thing, though…expressing your love shouldn’t be restricted to this day only. We, at Amy Kimball Events, challenge you to approach each day as though it were Valentine’s Day.If you are in a relationship, do keep the aforementioned statement in mind, but please fellas, don’t forget the gift. In order to pick a gift for your girlfriend, fiance, wife, please follow these simple rules:

1. LISTEN. More often than not your significant other will mention things she wants, but will forget. Remember! Not only will you present something she wanted, but you’ll also let her know that you’ve taken the time to listen.
2. WANT vs. NEED. There’s a huge difference. Your significant other may have mentioned they need a new vacuum. Today is NOT the day to present this gift. In fact, no day is a good day to present this gift. Do not under any circumstance get your loved ones household items – it doesn’t make us feel special. Always remember to give them something they want versus something they need.
3. THOUGHTFULNESS. Emails. Texts. BBM. Skype. Facetime. When it comes to communicating these days, it’s easy to get lazy. Don’t underestimate the importance of a card. Take the time to write out a thoughtful note on a handmade card. The note can be brief, but make the words count.

If you’re shopping last minute and still clueless, here are a few things the jetsetting gals at Amy Kimball Events are loving right now:

Alexander Wang Prism IPad Case at Net-a-porter
Prada Business Card Holder at Prada
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Satin Knot Clutch at Net-a-Porter
Emilio Pucci Python Passport Cover at Net-A-Porter
Roberto Coin Tiny Diamond Heart Necklace at Nordstrom

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Share with us in the comment section below!