Wednesday, April 30, 2014

James & Tracy's Cocktail Reception

When Tracy and James approached us last year about helping with their wedding, they were adamant about planning a wedding outside of the norm (for Western Mass that is). We are so glad they asked us to help, we love helping couples create a wedding that really speaks to their personality and style!

They had their heart set on a cocktail-style wedding reception where guests spent time mingling, dancing and enjoying delicious food without the formality of a sit down event. Their wedding had many personal touches and their guests had a blast!

The venue had the industrial look they loved, providing the perfect backdrop. Photos of the couple were taken in the old First National Bank and the Pushkin Gallery in Greenfield.

Enjoy these wonderful photos taken by Matthew Cavanaugh Photography.

Photo © Matthew Cavanaugh Photography
Photo © Matthew Cavanaugh Photography

Photo © Matthew Cavanaugh Photography

Photo © Matthew Cavanaugh Photography
Photo © Matthew Cavanaugh Photography

Photo © Matthew Cavanaugh Photography

Photo © Matthew Cavanaugh Photography

Photo © Matthew Cavanaugh Photography
Photo © Matthew Cavanaugh Photography
Photo © Matthew Cavanaugh Photography
Photo © Matthew Cavanaugh Photography

Photo © Matthew Cavanaugh Photography

Photo © Matthew Cavanaugh Photography

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Shopping at Eventiques Flea Market

We are just days away from Eventiques Flea Market and attendees are in for a real treat! We are bursting at the seams with items for sale. We have linens, silver-plated flatware, vases, votives, Mr. & Mrs. signs, rustic signage, birch votive holders, cake stands, craft supplies, gift bags and boxes, glassware, chandeliers, vintage china, the list goes on and on and on! We have over 2000 items to sell!!

To help make everyone's shopping experience a smooth and successful one, we thought it would be useful for us to post some tips and tricks for attending Eventiques.

Create a Wish List
Make a list of the things you are hoping to find. This will help give you a guide for what it is you need. Keep an open mind as well. Having an idea of the style event you are having and the color scheme will help you in making decisions about what items might be best for your event.

Knowing roughly the number of tables you will have will help in knowing how many you might need of centerpieces, votives, table numbers, etc. Typically, a wedding of about 120 people might have anywhere between 10 to 15 tables depending on whether or not you have 8 or 10 people seated at one table.

Table Sizes
For those of you planning an event at your home or at a location that requires rentals, you will need linens. We have a ton of linens available for sale! Napkins, runners, and tablecloths. Purchasing these will likely be less than the cost of renting depending on the look you are going for. Knowing your table dimensions will help you select the right size. We'll also have a designer from Eutopia Events available to answer questions regarding linen sizes.

Bring Reinforcements
If you can, bring a friend or family member who can help you collect and carry things. There is a lot to look through and you might miss things at first glance. You'll also want an extra set of hands for collecting and carrying items. There will be staff available to assist but we may not be able to help everyone due to the large number of people attending.

Enter the Raffle!
We're going to have a raffle with some great prizes! Be sure to register at the ticket booth so that you can enter for a chance to win! 

Have fun and stay a while!
Come with the intention to browse and enjoy the shopping experience! Meet with our designer and talk about ideas for the look of your event. Connect with vendors about lighting, video, photography, cakes, etc. Get a chair massage, listen to music, or watch a silhouette artist. Enjoy some coffee or grab a drink at the bar! There will be many things to enjoy!

Some other important things to know...
  1. All sales are final. We will not issue refunds for any reason. It is up to you to inspect the item to ensure it is a good fit for you. All items are purchased As Is.
  2. We take cash or credit/debit card, no checks. There is a $20 minimum for credit/debit cards. There is an ATM in the Eastworks building so you can get cash if need be.
  3. We will be displaying as many items as we can but we may have to keep some overflow of inventory in a storage area onsite. Please be sure to ask if you are looking for a certain quantity of an item.
  4. When checking out, we ask that you kindly be patient with our staff. We have a lot of people working the event but there will be far more customers than staff. Each tag has to be removed to ensure we are accounting for all of the inventory for our consignors. In addition, our staff will want to ensure your newly purchased items are wrapped and/or boxed up so that you can take them with you 
  5. You can also review our FAQ on the website for other important details. 
Our goal and hope is that you all are able to come and have a fun time shopping at the same time be inspired! We're so excited to host this event again and we hope you will all enjoy your experience. After the event is over, we encourage you to email us with feedback. We will continue to try and make each event even better than the last! Thank you for joining us at Eventiques Flea Market!

Photo © Cronin Hill Photography

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Eventiques Flea Market Sponsors

Eventiques Flea Market is only 2 weeks away and we can't wait! We begin our event set up April 28th and we'll be putting together some beautiful displays in addition to putting out all of the wonderful inventory for sale.

Doing an event like this would not be possible without the involvement of some pretty spectacular sponsors. We are thrilled to have some talented professionals on board for our May 2014 event!

Let's introduce you to everyone...

Cronin Hill Photography will be providing photography coverage for the event throughout the weekend. Not only are Paula and Rick talented wedding and event photographers, they are two of the sweetest people you could ever work with! They make you feel as though you are having your pictures taken by two of your closest friends. They are friendly, funny and so easy going. They care so much for their clients, it shows in everything they do. They've worked all over New England and beyond, their photographs are amazing and we always love working with them on any wedding or event!

Cakes by Amanda is owned by Amanda Russell and to say that she is talented is an understatement. Her cakes and desserts not only look phenomenal, they taste fantastic!! We've known Amanda for years and have seen her business grow. She's professional, fun and incredibly creative. She will be displaying some of her cakes at the event as well as providing some nibbles for attendees to enjoy.

Forget Me Not Florist in Northampton has been creating gorgeous floral arrangements for weddings small and large throughout the Pioneer Valley. When it comes to floral designs, we know Rebecca and her staff will exceed our expectations and produce stunning arrangements. We've seen their business flourish over the years and enjoy working with them on weddings and events.

Durocher Florist is another incredibly talented florist who has been designing and delivering flowers since 1948! Hundreds of flowers have passed through their shop and each piece is a work of art. They are professional, and work with your vision to make it come to life. We love working with this talented group!

We're thrilled to have JPod Productions as the official Eventiques Videographer. They have won awards and produce wedding films that are heartfelt. Jamie and his staff are professional, courteous and super friendly! They'll be onsite covering the event but they'll also be available for questions about Videography for a wedding or special event.

As Event Designers, we know the value of really good lighting and how it can dramatically transform a space. CJC Event Lighting has been providing specialty lighting for weddings and events all over New England for years. We're honored to have these talented and seasoned professionals as a sponsor this May! They push the envelope when it comes to lighting, keeping things fresh and new! We are excited to see what they come up with for our event space!

Our Musical Sponsors...

SuperChill Entertainment is owned by Andrew Parker-Renga, an incredibly talented musician who is fantastic to work with! This group is able to cater to many musical styles and tastes. We were fortunate to have Andrew and his crew perform for our November event, everyone loved them! We're very much looking forward to having him play at our Spring event this year. 

Viren Entertainment is owned by Shawn Santanello. He provides entertainment as a DJ but also plays acoustic guitar. We have worked with Shawn many times over the past few years and every client has raved about him! We are so fortunate to have such a talented DJ/Musician in our circle and we love recommending him. He is fun, sweet and really easy going. We love that he has offered to provide musical entertainment once again at Eventiques. We look forward to having him!

Our Food Sponsors...

Hillside Catering will be providing delicious samples of their food at this Spring event. They have been providing catering service for weddings and special events in the area for years. They are well-known for their Pizza at Hillside Pizza located in South Deerfield, Hadley and now Bernardston. They do so much more than pizza though! Their food is delicious, locally sourced, beautifully displayed and their service is top notch!  

We will also be welcoming Western Woods Coffee to Eventiques Spring 2014. The owner, Patrick, will be at the event providing delicious coffee samples to guests. He provides exceptional coffee service for weddings and events, a unique and special service that will surely impress guests!

You can visit our Sponsor page on Eventiques Website to read more about each of these sponsors. You can also visit our Facebook page to see images of their work.

Special Guest...

We have a very special guest who will be at Eventiques on Saturday from 9am to 12pm providing photo booth service, Sandra Costello Photography. Sandra has been providing photo booth and photography services for years in the area. She's a talented photographer, we really love working with her! She's fun and energetic and is a great addition to the event! We'll also be doing a very special promotion through the photo booth so be sure to stop by and see Sandra. You won't want to miss out!

Eventiques Media Sponsor: Bliss Celebrations

Bliss Celebrations is a beautifully designed print magazine chock full of gorgeous real weddings and inspiration pages, a resource for those planning their wedding or celebration in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. What we love most about them is that they include more than just weddings, since we know that celebrations come in all shapes and sizes. The first time we picked up one of their magazines, we fell in love with its beautifully designed pages!

Bliss Celebrations is based out of Rhode Island. When we met with Amy, the editor, it was like meeting with a longtime friend, we hit it off immediately. Bliss Celebrations has joined our team as a Media Sponsor and we couldn’t be more thrilled about this relationship! We are excited to team up with them for Eventiques and share with all of you this beautiful magazine. Each VIP ticket holder will receive a Bliss Celebrations magazine in their swag bag!

Below is an image of the cover and some examples of inside pages you can find in Bliss Celebrations magazine. Stunning!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Media Sponsor: WellWed Magazine

We're very fortunate to have some fabulous media sponsors for Eventiques Flea Market this Spring. WellWed magazine has been publishing books filled with gorgeous weddings and inspiration for years. We were fans of WellWed long before we had started our Wedding and Event Planning business. This year, we were excited to have one of our styled shoots featured in The Cape & Islands magazine. We're so grateful to have them as a media sponsor for Eventiques Spring 2014!

WellWed offices are located in Burlington, Vermont but they have Magazines throughout New England. They own Vermont VowsWellWed New York, WellWed The Cape and Islands, WellWed The Hamptons, and WellWed Maine and New Hampshire. You can flip through one of their issues here.

VIP Ticket holders will get a copy of this magazine in their Swag bags at the event. A beautiful book full of inspiration and gorgeous real weddings! What a treat! 

Here a just a few samplings of the weddings that have been published by WellWed.

WellWed Cape Cod & The Islands Cover

WellWed The Hamptons

WellWed The Hamptons
Eutopia Events Styled Shoot, WellWed Magazine, The Cape & Islands