Winter is coming… Part 1.

1-2   Whether you are a fan of Game of Thrones or not,  winter is coming, and with it come the holidays. It is now more than ever the time to gather around meals and the time to have pleasant moments with love ones. Many agree that this is one of the most important and beautiful times of the year. However, this can become stressful; the challenge is that the magical moment can quickly turn into disaster. But don’t worry, SWANK is here to help you get through this. First, our focus turns to Turkey (or tofurkey) Day.

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This is a great time to share your home with friends after a long and stressful year and to have a pleasant time with them. This year is your year to host a big dinner party by inviting everyone!

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The first advice we can give is not to skimp on food. Put on a great spread, and forget about diets! Cook some mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots, dinner rolls, why not a pumpkin pie, and last but not least, the turkey! Remember when grandma left you her secret recipes? But that out! Get every ingredient you could possibly need so Dad doesn’t have to run out minutes before dinner; plus, Thanksgiving grocery stores are a total jungle!  You can even order things from your merchants to have them ready to pick up the day before Thanksgiving. If you don’t have the time to cook, to order your ingredients and everything, you can hire a personal chef for one night, too. Either way, your friends will be impressed and will go back home the belly full of turkey and the head full of memories.

2e2fdc20f27d81315dd321bdd74b19c6-2To make this moment even more beautiful, you should decorate your living place. The key to all ambiance is lots and lots of candles; it is cheap and super effective. You can choose little ones, big ones, cylindrical ones, round ones, buoyant ones in water/vases, and so on… You can be creative on your candle choice and use them as table centerpieces too. You can also add some freshly picked leafs, it will add an autumn touch, and absolutely have yams and pumpkins. We love vinery, goblets for wine, and make sure to bring out whatever you feel comfortable washing at the end of the night. Check out disposable nice plasticware. Your guests won’t even know it wasn’t china and you’ll be able to sit and watch A Christmas Story after dinner with them, too.

Things to remember: place cards are a perfect way to eliminate the hassle of who sits where. We know Aunt Cathy thinks Aunt Jan’s new boyfriend is a gold digger, so this way, they can’t give side eye all night because they are at complete opposite ends of the table! But don’t forget to leave enough places to put all the food on the table. Decoration is good, but not having places for the food can be a mistake. Now you are ready to host your best thanksgiving ever.

And, don’t forget that SWANK is here to help you if you don’t have the time to get through these big events on your own!

Celebrating Gay Pride in New York City

It is Swank’s pleasure to celebrate another happy Gay Pride with New York City and the rest of the world.

 

It began on June 28th in 1969 when the gay community fought back against a police raid at Stonewall Inn. The Stonewall Riots marks the start of the revolution in bringing equality to gay people. The next year, the first ever Gay Pride March was held to commemorate the riots.

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We have come a long way since the Stonewall Riots with New York becoming the 6th state in America to legally recognize same-sex marriage. Other states include Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia.

Pride is celebrated throughout the world and grows more every year, bringing more and more support. Some celebrities that have performed and brought attention to the celebration include Cher, Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper , Madonna and Whoopi Goldberg.

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While although we still have a long way to go before complete equality, each year at Gay Pride, we celebrate how far we’ve come since the riots and the positive direction that we are heading in. We are making progress one year at a time.

At Swank Productions, we want to be part of the equality movement.  We are proud to be part of the change and we will keep supporting LGBT equality. If you have an upcoming wedding, or know of anybody who recently got engaged, make sure you get in touch with Swank and we will be more than happy to start planning your special day.

 

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Beautiful Chandeliers

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Because it is Wednesday, (being the middle of the week, we like to call it hump day!) today’s blog will focus on a fun and interesting topic: Chandeliers.

Most of our events will include one type of chandelier, sometimes maybe two, but for one couple, that just wasn’t enough. This couple decided to go all out and have the venue covered in different types of chandeliers hanging over the dinner tables, almost like hanging centerpieces.

The best words to describe this wedding is Extravagant and Glamorous!

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Chandelier 3These chandeliers are really elegant. We had so much fun using these chandeliers to create a gothic and romantic wedding atmosphere at Edison Ballroom.

Chandeliers can be used to exaggerate and bring out a theme. The following are examples of non-tradition, creative chandeliers that we have used in the past to make the theme and color stand out:

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You can view more pictures of the Chandelier Wedding here.

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If you, or anyone you know, has been recently engaged or thinking of finally preparing for their big day, make sure you get in contact with Swank Productions to ensure your dream wedding blossoms to reality.

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Non-Floral Centerpiece Ideas

Centerpieces 2While although floral arrangements are the most common centerpieces in formal dinners, there are a number of other alternatives that are equally as stylish and fabulous. You can go for these alternatives if you have allergies and you don’t want them bothering you (or your guests) during dinner. Some classic centerpieces include paper flowers, candles, candelabras and themed decorations.

Sometimes people decide that they don’t want to do floral arrangements for their event. It is important to keep in mind that these alternatives are not always cheaper and can be sometimes even more expensive.

Luckily, Swank Productions are experts in this area and have put together a list of alternative centerpieces:

Paper Flower Arrangements

Centerpieces 3It’s hard to believe, but in this picture we have a paper flower arrangement. This is an ideal solution for anyone that suffers allergies. These paper floral arrangements are the perfect alternative to real flowers and unlike real flowers, they last forever!

 

We even organised a whole wedding dedicated to this idea. Be sure to check out more pictures of our Paper Flower Wedding.

Themed Decorations

A centerpiece is an ideal feature that helps express an events theme. A centerpiece can be a decoration that represents a theme. Below is an example of a centerpiece for a nautical wedding. The yacht centerpieces also had the table numbers written on them.

A decoration will allow you to get creative with your centerpiece and lets you express and exaggerate your theme.

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Herbs 

Herbs imitate flowers very well with the green colors and the beautiful smells. Like in the picture below, herbs can be placed in creative glassware and this is very good money-saving alternative.

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To create a romantic and more intimate centerpiece, why not try using some candles. The candles can be on own their own or you can pair them up with some other decorations. There is an un-ending amount of centerpieces that you can use with candles and there light._DSC3548 copy2 copy

This is all about thinking outside the box and making your centerpiece unique. If you’re engaged or planning on getting married and want your wedding brought to the next level, be sure to get in contact with Swank Productions.

Also, check out our Swank Decor Sale on pinterest to purchase decorations for any event that you may be hosting.

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You’ll find a ton more photos and learn more about us

8 Reasons To Hire An Event Planner/Designer For Your Corporate Event

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It is common for people to think that professional Event Planners are going to be expensive. But the reality is that planners know the tips, tricks and contacts that could save you time and money in the long run without sacrificing the quality of your event.

Here are some of our reasons to hire an Event Planner/Designer for your corporate event:

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A Planner’s rolodex is a gold mine. From lighting to décor to power and more, all the right contacts are at our fingertips. No more web-searching required when we can speed-dial the best canopy vendor to serve your location, or obtain a liquor application for a City park. Because of the number of events we’ve done with tons of different companies, we know the pros and cons of each and can help me make the best choices and stay on-budget.

 

7. You’ll host your event at the right placeSwank Productions Studio 450 Corporate Holiday Party Table Set-up (2)

Where you should host your event- what city and where in the city- depends on the kind of event you’re hosting and what your goals are for the event. Your event planner will help you choose a venue that can actually help you meet your goals for your event. This is something that can affect attendance, sales, and tons of other details.

6. You’ll save time

Nobody has enough hours in the day anymore, so why spread yourself too thin doing something that someone else can do for you more efficiently and effectively? Planners thrive on this activity, and they can organize and execute your event in less time than you ever could, allowing you to focus on other responsibilities.

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5. You’ll save your company money

Event Planners build relationships with suppliers, and we receive discounted rates from vendors that a quality planner will pass on to the client. When you call the same supplier, you are likely to pay their standard rates, which can be higher by as much as 20 percent or more. You’d think because you have to pay the event planner, you’re spending more money, right? Not so. Once we  know what your budget is (and how strict you are about sticking to it), we can work with vendors to save you money on all kinds of things. In the long run, an event planner can actually save you the money you spent hiring him/her, and then some.

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4. Experience

Over time, Event Planners gain extensive knowledge and wisdom regarding events and parties; they know the latest trends, newest venues, the hot colors, budget-saving secrets and details that you may not be aware of if you plan only one or two events annually.

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3. Crisis Management

Despite all the planning, preparation and management, almost every event inevitably encounters an unforeseen problem. You don’t want guests aware of this obstacle and you certainly don’t want to appear panicked. This is when you need a Planner at your side because they know who to call and how to remedy a situation quickly. Whether it’s a missing limo or a fallen wedding gown hem, your Planner can secure the resources necessary to resolve an issue seamlessly and keep the event on track.

 

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Event planners know that part of what makes for a great event is that it looks and feels great. There are tons of details that you may not think of on your own or even from browsing Pinterest. Things like, did you know that if you angle your audience chairs a certain way, it makes them feel more involved and engaged? Or that if you have different sized vases it can make a room seem more dimensional and have different levels? Event Planners know the tips and tricks to make an event wow your guests.

 

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When you’re planning an event, doing everything yourself is a very, very big job. And it gets stressful. As soon as you hire an event planner, you can breathe. You can step back, regroup, focus on the things you know the most about, and get a lot of work done. Because someone else is handling the details of the event itself, you can be more productive on the things you do best. Plus, when the event begins, Swank Productions will be monitoring and making sure the logistics are handled so that you can focus on making my guests feel welcome and comfortable and maybe even eat the awesome food you chose!

Remember these the next time your company decides to throw an unforgettable party!

Top 11 Reasons Why You Need A Wedding Planner

Swanky Blogging: Weddings

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You’ve been dreaming about your wedding ever since you can remember, and now that you’re engaged, you’re excited to start the planning process. But planning a wedding isn’t all fun and games. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider hiring a wedding planner.

A wedding planner is a professional consultant who will help you with most (if not all) of the tasks involved in planning your wedding. From vendors, accessories, etiquette and even the smallest of details, this expert has the skills and contacts necessary to make your day come together seamlessly.

Here are our top reasons why hiring a wedding planner could be the best decision you ever make!

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11. We Got Your Back:

We will be with you for those times where decisions seem impossible and we will also be there to solve them. When you book your wedding venue, you will generally be in touch with the venues on-site wedding coordinator so that they can assist with logistics for your wedding day. This is not the same as having an independent wedding planner. It is the job of the on-site coordinator, or catering manager, to ensure that the logistics and facilities are running smoothly. It is the job of a wedding planner to encourage your creative flow and to explore any ideas that make this the happiest day of your life. Your wedding planner will create a truly personal and unique experience to tailor your needs. Weddings require a lot of decision-making on hundreds of small details. These decisions will need to be made quickly so that the planning process moves forward. If you and your groom ever find yourselves struggling or having a “creative difference”, your trusted wedding planner can help weigh the pros and con’s so that the planning process becomes an enjoyable experience.

 

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10. Insider Information

As wedding planners, we spend much of our time researching and building relationships with only the best vendors the city has to offer. It is our job to know who to work with and who not to work with. The relationship that a wedding planner has with vendors allows the wedding planner to become a strong negotiator. Wedding planners provide repeat business and loyalty to vendors, and so the vendors are easier to deal with and more flexible.

We deal with vendors so that you don’t have too.

 

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Planning your own wedding will completely consume your time. We understand that you have a very unique idea for your special day and that every detail counts. The endless amount of bridal magazines can be overwhelming. You may know exactly what you want but are finding it hard to put all your ideas together. Your wedding planner will help you focus and piece everything together for you.

 

 

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Down the line during this journey, difficult decisions can lead to a build-up of stress. Sometimes arguments occur between couples or family members. This is where we become the mediator. We have dealt with family conflict and know exactly what works and what doesn’t. We are here to make sure that the soon to be mother-in-law still invites you around for Sunday dinners and special occasions. It is easier to say “the wedding planner thinks it is best for us to…” rather than to upset anybody.

 

7. Crisis Management

Let’s be honest, whether we like it or not, most big events involve crisis.  Who really wants to deal on their wedding day with the bakery not delivering the cake on time or the flower girl throwing a tantrum? Wedding planners know how to handle all unforeseen circumstances. On your special day, you should enjoy getting your make-up perfected and having your hair done with your friends and family, not on the phone to the band who will be running 30 minutes late.

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You’re excited and you have so many ideas that it’s hard to focus on any one idea at a time. It is the job of the wedding planner to listen carefully to your personal vision. Chances are that you have a theme in mind and an idea of the colors you want to use. Wedding planners bring your creative ideas to the next level and inspire you so that your vision becomes a reality and every detail is perfect. We understand that this is your wedding day and you want it to be the best wedding possible. Let your wedding planner inspire you and give you ideas that will make this wedding a reality.

 

5. Paper Pusher

Planning a wedding is not always as fun as it sounds. The whole process can be a paper disaster and involve a huge workload of paperwork. How many vendors do I have? What’s their email? When is the contract due? What dates are the payments due? When is our next appointment? Who do I still need to book? When is my fitting? Keeping track of this can be a nightmare for any couple. Your wedding planner will keep all this work and simplify it into an itinerary so that it is easily read and easy to follow.

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Does your family have a different idea of how your wedding should look? Many brides have to deal with a plethora of conflicting opinions from their friends and family about how the wedding should unfold, and it can be hard to please everyone. Not to mention stressful. A wedding planner will deal with your family’s expectations, show you the available options and can be relied upon to give you expert advice so you make an informed decision.

 

3. Turns Dream into Reality

We can understand and interpret your vision. Wedding planners’ jobs are to listen to what you want and make it happen in the most realistic terms. No matter whether you know exactly what you want, have a vague idea, or no idea at all, a wedding planner can help you define the look, style, mood and emotions you want to create. We know the latest trends and are inspired daily by other brides, suppliers and the industry. We can visualize what will work in your venue and know how to bring your desired mood to life.

Most have been dreaming of their wedding day their entire life.  Wedding planners work for the couple and ensure that all desires are met and often surpassed!

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It’s daunting to know how many suppliers are out there and how many people it takes to make a wedding a success. Knowing who to trust and who is right for you is one of the hardest tasks of planning a wedding. A professional wedding planner will have worked in the industry for quite a number of years. An experienced planner can help you navigate around all of the confusions of wedding vendor price tags and create a balanced budget that revolves around your personal wedding priorities. Your wedding planner has the knowledge and experience to advise you and your family on everything from addressing invitations to dealing with uninvited guests. Wedding planners orchestrate from rehearsal through the end of the reception, ensuring everything goes off without a hitch!

 

1. Minimizes Stress and Maximizes Fun

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We can give you peace of mind that things will get done, and done properly. Knowing that you have an advocate there coordinating your day allows you to enjoy the moment and be a relaxed guest at your wedding, not a stressed-out problem solver. Remember, you are the bride! You don’t want to also act as the go-to person for the day-of issues and questions that inevitably come up. Hiring an experienced wedding planner allows you and all of your beloved family and guests to live in the moment, watching your wedding day unfold beautifully as your planner works behind the scenes to keep all the wheels turning. Your wedding will be one of the most unforgettable days of your entire life! Remember it as a joy and enjoy it to the fullest! On the morning of your wedding day, you should be relaxing with your bridesmaids, sipping champagne, and thinking about just one thing: marrying your best friend.

 

 

 

 

Mad Men Themed Party

Mad Men Theme Party

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Fans are gearing up for the new season series of Madmenthe widely popular groundbreaking TV show.  Set in the 1960’s the show circles around the extraordinary life of Don Draper, a talented ad executive at a prestigious advertising firm.

What makes this show so wildly successful is the sharp styles, the outstanding class and the pure “sexy-ness” that surrounds every character.  Audiences of all ages and genders can relate to this perfect combination of power, control, sex and glamour.

And so there’s never been a more opportune time to hold a Madmen Themed Party!  Especially perfect for any Milestone Birthday Party! 

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Here are a few steps to ensuring that your theme is as glamorous as the TV show:

Create the Setting – 1960’s

It is important to remember the theme should be based on New York in the 60’s. You’re going to want it sharp and glamorous so to do this, keep colors as neutral as possible. Be sure to include Bob Dylan, The Kingsmen and of course, the early Beatles.

If you want to host your party outside, a good tip would be bringing your indoor furniture outside to create that ‘living room’ or ‘office’ lounge area feel. Some necessary decorations include:

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  • Vintage Bar Carts
  • Jukebox , Old Radio or Old TV
  • Typewriter
  • Ashtrays & Cigarette Holders
  • Mahogany-Wood Furniture
  • Patterned Rugs & Pillows

 

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Powerful Drinks Reception

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A Madmen theme party is nothing without the eloquent and prestigious cocktail reception. Some suggested cocktails would include the popular Manhattan, Old –Fashioned and Martini’s of all types.  Everyone at your party is going to want to have their specialized cocktail that brings them back to the elegant era. Nearly more important than the drink, is the glass that it is served in and the garnish so make sure to include the Martini glasses with an olive on a toothpick.

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Dress Code

With a Madmen inspired theme party, it’s all about the fashion.

For the men, you won’t go wrong with a blazer, white shirt and a skinny tie. A vintage plaid or tweed blazer, hat and thick rimmed glasses would all be a bonus.

For the women: Pencil skirts, a big bright lip color and Accessorize!  A hostess apron for that sixties homemaker look will give the party that extra detail along with BIG hair. You just can not be overdressed for this theme.

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TIP! The most important tip for a REAL Madmen party experience: Try to keep technology to a minimum. This can include hiding any modern TV’s or computer equipment that can spoil your atmosphere.

We hope you have an incredible party, and if you feel you’d like the real deal, contact us for some help! Any of these decorations are available for rent.

For more photo’s of our Madmen theme party, be sure to check out our Pinterest. 

 

NYC Gay Pride

Gay Weddings

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Here at Swank we are getting SO excited about this weekend’s LBGTQ PRIDE festivities! Although we support pride all year long in our office, what is better than having a whole city come together to celebrate on the same day?! Anybody who has been to the parade can attest to the amazing energy the event contains!

This year’s New York Pride is extra special because it marks the completion of one full year since New York legalized gay marriage. Last year at the parade, gay marriage had just passed and the excitement in the air was amazing. Now we will get to see many couples who have already tied the knot, and others who are planning on doing so.

Luckily for Swank we have been able to be a part of some truly special gay wedding celebrations. These weddings were special not just because of their amazing design (After all, who is more stylish than the gays?) but because of what they meant to the couples involved. Take for instance, a wonderful same-sex couple who were finally able to marry after more than TWENTY TWO years together. Their wedding was gorgeous and incredibly meaningful to everybody who was involved.

Then there was the beautiful lesbian couple, Felicia and Kim, who were lucky enough to solidify their young love by being married on a yacht in a wedding sponsored by MTV. But we’re trendsetters at Swank. We didn’t wait for formal support from New York and Obama to show our pride. Check out pictures of the amazing Fire Island party we worked on well before gay marriage was legal.

Whatever your reason for celebrating Pride, know that we’re right there celebrating with you!

After all, what’s more Swanky than equality and fabulous weddings for everyone?

Thank you to Bliss Productions & Sharon Schuster for the photos!

Same Sex Weddings – Beautiful Ketubahs & Marriage Licence

Same Sex Weddings – Beautiful Ketubahs & Marriage Licence

Today, as (I’m sitting on my patio is the sun) :) and I finish the final details of what will be a GORGEOUS Same Sex wedding for an amazing gay couple this weekend, I recieved a very cool email.

Judaica Collection has a HUselection of BEAUTIFUL Same Sex Ketubahs AND they are giving 10% until Wed June 6th.

In addition to the beautiful images I LOVE the text.

 

xoxo!