It’s Wedding Season!

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Despite a dreary forecast, yesterday’s wedding was sunny and warm. We supplied on-site coordination, while a family member of the couple supplied the gorgeous decor and flowers. Such a lovely day with lovely people!

Word to the wise – even when the forecast says 60 degrees and rainy, wear sunblock. Please. Learn from my mistake.

Side note – I know we’ve been very quiet around these parts! Thank you for being patient with us and sticking around – We’re re-thinking the structure of the blog and will be back soon with great things!

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Planning a wedding? Need on-site help or help with any other part of planning? Well then I think we can be friends! Shoot us an email at info@favoritedayevents.com!

 

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Boston Week: Welcome, Friends!

One of our favorite ways to welcome out-of-towners to an event is to have a nice gift waiting for them in their hotel room. This week we put together some good ideas for your very own Boston welcome bags.

welcome bag finalPhoto credits, Clockwise from top right: Flour Bakery Granola bars from here; Bruins bottle from here; Boston Cookies from here; Charlie Card from here; Map from here; Pretty things beer from  here; Boston Common Coffee Company (cropped) from here; Tote from here.

 

First and foremost – the bag. We featured the graphic from One Heart Boston on the pictured tote last week. All proceeds from sales of merchandise go to One Fund Boston, benefiting the folks most impacted by last week’s attack. We love the design of it as well. Unfortunately it’s currently sold out. Crossing my fingers that they restock!

The contents of this particular tote are meant to encourage folks to pack up and head out and explore the city. We included a laminated map we found at Barnes & Noble, a pre-loaded Charlie Card (Boston’s subway pass available through the MBTA), and a Boston-themed water bottle (Go B’s!). This one’s from Target, but you could also consider creating your own customized water bottle with your event logo or your monogram at Sigg’s  bottle design page on CafePress.

What would a city adventure be without snacks? And caffeine to fuel the day? For the coffee, we went with Boston Common Coffee Company, which gets rave reviews from some of our favorite locals. You can either encourage people to go out to one of their three locations (Downtown Crossing, Financial District and the North End) by including a coffee card, or you can include a bag of ground coffee for them to brew in their hotel room. We’ve also included some Boston Cookies (Laurie’s favorite, and also vegan!), and some homemade granola bars from Flour Bakery.

And nothing is much better after a day of sight seeing than a  bottle of Pretty Things beer. The bombers are big enough to serve two, and the beer is brewed by MA’s very own gypsy brewing company (they’re based in Somerville, but rent breweries around the area to create their fine product). Not to mention, it’s pretty delicious and something that is hard to find outside of the state.

We hope this gave you some good ideas! Are you putting together a welcome bag for your event guests? Tell us about it in a comment! Or email us at info@favoritedayevents.com!

~The ladies at Favorite Day

Mood Board Monday: It’s Boston Week!

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As I mentioned last week, we are dedicating this weeks posts to Boston. Maybe we’re a bit biased, but we think our city is pretty fantastic. And this past week has proven that the people living there are doubly so. Want to throw a party here? Well we have you covered. Check out some lovely inspiration and resources!

Boston Board Final1. Boston skyline from here; 2. Public Garden from here; 3. Trolley from here; 4. Duck Boat from here; 5. View from Top of the Hub from here; 6. Cake from here (check out the whole amazing wedding – a special guest of Boston Bruins fame makes an appearance!); 7. Save the Date from Etsy; 8. Dress from here; 9. Sports jersey table numbers from here.

Let’s imagine your event is stretching out for an entire weekend. If our lit up skyline and public gardens don’t draw you in at first glance, you can always delve into the city a little more with a group tour. It may seem incredibly touristy, especially if you live here, but we recommend a trolley or duck boat tour. I (Renee) personally lived in the city for 4 years before I took a tour, and I learned so much! You can purchase group tickets for the duck boats here. For Boston Trolleys, you can either book a tour or charter a whole trolley for your own private event transportation. More information here.

If you’re feeling more like walking, take a walk down the Freedom Trail. Your event guests – especially the out-of-towners – will appreciate the opportunity to get out and take a look around. You can organize a self-guided tour yourself and walk around on your own (maybe plan a scavenger hunt?), or you could have the folks at the Freedom Trail Foundation set one up for you – private tours also available.

If a birds-eye view is more your speed, you can get a pretty amazing one from Skywalk Observatory  or Top of the Hub, the restaurant and viewing area at the tip top of the Prudential tower. Skywalk offers group rates for the observatory and you can find more info here. Top of the Hub hosts events as well in their private event spaces, and we can speak from experience – the food is pretty great. The view isn’t bad either, 52 stories above the city.

Boston Common is the home of the swan boats, lovely bridges, and excellent photo ops for you and your party guests/guests of honor. It can also be a beautiful and very central location for your wedding ceremony. If you want to have your wedding ceremony or photos taken in the Boston Public Garden, you need a permit. Find out more about that here.

Are you from here? If so I bet that none of the above are news to you! For today we chose a few things that we consider quintessential Boston. Look for some off-the-beaten-path stuff later this week!

Awhile back we did some mood boards on what it would be like to hold an event at the Boston Public Library. Check it out here.

~The ladies at Favorite Day

Top photo from Etsy, print on sale for $15.

Favorite Day <3’s Boston.

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We at Favorite Day have been shaken to the core by the events that have been unfolding in Boston all week (and are still unfolding as I type). We have strong ties to the city and have many friends and family who were very close to (or in) Copley Square when things went down. I almost don’t want to mention it on our silly little event planning blog because what we do here seems incredibly trivial after watching real life horror stories unfold next door. We almost didn’t want to post at all. But this blog is also a distraction for us. A good way to let off some steam and put our minds on something happy and hopeful. And what is happier and more hopeful than a party – a gathering of friends and family?

Also, I must add that we are intensely proud of our city and the people in it. We plan to dedicate all of next week to Boston, so please keep an eye out for that!

In the meantime, I know that we promised a cocktail today, but it’s not going to happen. We will save it for later when it feels more appropriate.

If you’re not local, keep your thoughts with our beautiful city.

Much Love,

The ladies at Favorite Day

Photo from here. Proceeds from all sales go 100% to One Fund Boston. Prints, Tees, and Totes available.

Mood Board Monday: Wanderlust Part 2

Oh hey everyone! Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. My life has been taken over by travel and other life events! Most recently, I was in Miami. Now the stark white/art deco/over-the-top style of South Beach is normally not my thing, but I’m a firm believer that when you’re in Rome, you do like the Romans do, so I found myself embracing it. It wasn’t all that hard having ocean-side mojitos, so don’t think that I stretched my boundaries too much. Besides – South Beach has some excellent people watching. So fun!

Now that I’m back in New England, and the weather isn’t a steady 80 degrees with a slight breeze – I’m finding myself missing it. Because of that, and with all of that inspiration still floating around my head, I decided to make it my theme for this week’s mood board. I found a photo that captured the art deco, neon, tropical side of South Beach and went from there.

miami board final1. Miami from here; 2. Coral dress from The Dessy Group – Style LR163 in Firecracker; 3. Wedding dress from Unique Vintage (no longer available); 4. Lounge at Spire Bar from here; 5. Cake from here; 6. Drink from here; 7. Lighting from here; 8. Luminaries from Etsy.

With the Great Gatsby movie coming out, you can find art deco EVERYWHERE. We’re departing a little bit from the 1920’s swank of Great Gatsby, though, and adding details that are very Miami. Think white and coral with neon blue and purple details.

I started with the clothes – both dresses here have art deco touches with the structure on the bodices. They compliment each other without matching exactly. I also like that the white dress has some sparkle in the form of white sequin on the sides.

For the lounge area, I would take a page out of the book of the Spire Bar, which is pictured in the above  photo. I love this place – It is the perfect spot to have a rooftop mojito, and I love  the white furniture with the coral-red pillows and the striped floor.

You can bring the neon details in with light-up cocktails (LED ice cubes do the trick), and possibly some rope light at the bar. If your DJ or venue has other lighting, you can also add pink, purple, or blue uplighting around your party. (side note – I am normally not a fan of colored uplighting, especially at weddings. I think it can get  tacky very quickly. But this is Miami-inspired, so over-the-top it is!). The luminaries that I pictured above for table numbers have an art deco style, and can be lit up with colored lights as well.

I hope this makes you want to run away to the beach. If not, I will have a Miami-inspired cocktail for you on Friday and I’m sure that will do the trick! In the  meantime  – Check out my past travel-themed mood board here (Morocco), and look out for more in the future!

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