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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
You can view more pictures of the Chandelier Wedding here.
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.
While 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
It’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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Starting off as a bestseller book, the Hunger Games was soon directed into a movie that had the world obsessing. The movie sees 16 year-old, Katniss, volunteering herself (replacing her sister) to take part in the annual hunger games. 12 Districts randomly select 2 teenagers from their district to participate in a competition that puts all 24 participants against in each other in a battle to death, which only allows one victor.
“May the odds be ever in your favor” and with this theme, they will be!
Recently, this movie has developed into an unusual, yet a fun and exciting theme for parties for guests of all ages. Luckily, Swank Productions know how to plan the most incredible Hunger Games theme party. So look no further as the following tips will get you started on how to host your very own Hunger Games theme party:
To really give the impression of a Hunger Games theme party, backdrop is very important. There are many scenes that you can choose from but we thought having a forest background fitted well for this occasion. You can use greenery and shrubs as convincing props.
The forest background works best as it goes well with the decorations and food.
It is really important to think outside the box here and to get guests talking
Food for a Warrior
This is where color can come to life and you can get creative for your guests to enjoy.
Make sure to include a range of food from sweet, colorful treats, to rustic, wholesome foods. The intense colors really excite guests.
One of our favorite treats are the flame cupcakes shown below!
Swank Productions are always here to help you with your themed events. If you need advice on how to work with a theme, be sure to get in contact and we will develop a theme that will exceed our expectations.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
It’s a really exciting time for Swank right now. We’ve been thinking about it since we filmed in January and now the airing is finally right around the corner! I’m so excited and proud that one of our weddings will be featured on the new reality TV show “Wedding Day” on TNT!
(Airing Thursday July 2nd & 4th at 8PM! Yey!)
Mark Burnett is back at it again with his new feel good reality TV show. For those of you not familiar with Wedding Day, it’s the live taping of a “dream wedding” given by their “dream team” (that’s us!) to a deserving couple who get the wedding of their dreams (meaning NO expense was spared!) Think Extreme Makeover: Home Edition… same producer but now they’ve gearing up for wedding season. We had so much fun shooting the episode and now I can’t believe the moment is actually here to share with all of you!
Our couple is Christina and Shawn from upstate New York who are both captains in the US army stationed in Iraq. They came to Swank in 2006 a couple years after getting engaged with the hopes of getting married back in 2008!… but each time it looked like a date could be set it was derailed by one of them being called to serve their country. After their most recent tour kept them apart for almost 22 months, they got the surprise they never expected! A call-back that their wedding story had won and that they were soon home-bound for a wedding experience of a lifetime.
Christina was nervous and excited of course. She had won a fantasy wedding but also would get to know absolutely nothing about the planning of it!!! Talk about asking a bride to TRUST HER PLANNER! Lol!
But, she knew that Swank Productions had put together a team of vendors who were the best of the best and the entire team were all eager and willing to donate all their products and services for this lucky couple…. the goal was a Dream Wedding and we designed with carte blanch in mind!
Now if that sounds difficult, try doing all of this in 5 days! In the middle of January up in the Hudson Valley! Countless hours and sleepless nights went into putting this special day together for this amazingly deserving couple (actually two days if you count the rehearsal dinner!). We were so fortunate to have found all the right vendors who understood our cause and our vision for this fantasy transformation!
The end result was a true masterpiece (wait till you see the before and after’s!) and we couldn’t have done it without each and every vendor involved.
Shhhh…. Wanna know an inside secret? If we were to actually do the exact wedding for a paying client, it would have cost well over $1 million dollars!! Yep we pulled out every stop possible for this couple – and it was so worth it to see that there really is amazing good and generosity left in the world.
I can’t say much else so you have to check out this amazing episode!
Here’s a sneak peak preview!
I would love to hear your feedback after the show so send me your thoughts!
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Until next time!
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One of the things I love about this business is you never know who’s going to call and when they’ll need our help.
Last week with only 4 days notice, Swank Productions was called in to fashion and produce and elaborate and intimate dinner party for 34 guests in a newly built, posh duplex on Warren St. The client had just recently closed (that day!) on this unbelievable apartment, which overlooks Tribeca and the Hudson River, and with the shiny new keys, my team was the first to actually enter the space, even before the clients themselves! The party was held in honor of their oldest son’s 17th birthday, and was designed around his colorful and playful personality. The design for the event was spectacular and every detail was intended to accentuate the beauty of the new space but also the birthday boy’s style.
The duplex included floor to ceiling windows that led to an enormous wrap-around balcony. High-top tables, white, wicker lounge ottomans, towering palm trees and small cocktail tables were scattered to provide a chic environment for the cocktail hour as guests overlooked the 3 amazing view exposures.
But as I’m sure you know of the event planning world, there’s never a dull moment! The weather was absolutely unforgiving! It poured all day relentlessly. So while guests could go outside for a smoke (did I mention the patio is covered by 30+ foot ceiling!)… Guests couldn’t really go out there and enjoy themselves on the deck as we had originally envisioned. Always thinking on our feet, another lounge area was created in a second room off the balcony only an hour before the party actually began. The white walls were up lit with blue lighting and therefore giving the room a sort of opulent, Versace feel. Luscious palm trees and contemporary lamps were placed all around the fabulous space (remember there weren’t even lights installed in the apartment yet!). The windowsills were covered with clear votives and the white cocktail tables in the center of the sectionals held striking blue ones. The candles gave the lounge a luminescent glow that the guests really seemed to enjoy and resulted in an immediate party atmosphere.
The main dining room, that overlooks most of the spacious balcony, was the most spectacular. The walls were also up lit with blue lighting and the windowsills that flanked the room on three sides called for hundreds of colorful votives which made a truly magical impression, especially when the sun went down! We set one long rectangular table that stretched out the length of the entire room. The design was inspired from the early 90’s new wave era, with electric colors and of course, the “oh so classic” black and white stripe! We used modern, neon pantone chairs to complement the alternating colorful chargers that were strategically placed on alternating black and white linens. The napkins also carried this 90’s theme with a very sleek, bold black and white stripe. All along the center of the table were purple votives that gave the table a sophisticated and elegant atmosphere, but still playful and fit for a 17 year old guy. To give height and further dimension to the table, eight, perfectly round, four foot in diameter, white helium balloons were tied down the center of the table. The glassware also added flare to the table by alternating black and white stemmed goblets. And did we mention that this family is Russian? So needless to say, the party room would not be complete without having eight fabulous, silver, standing ice buckets filled to the brim with chilled vodka magnums and 8 handsome servers waiting to attend to any guests needs. Although the weather outside was drab and cold, the inside of this luxurious duplex was bright and cheery. The transformation was amazing. We took an empty space and turned it in
to a magical venue to share a wonderful evening with close family and friends.
Take a look at these amazing before and after shots.
Next time it’ll be your Swanky space we transform!
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Until next time, Cheers!
Swank Productions event planning and design main site: http://www.swankproductions.com/
Where you’ll find a ton more photos and learn more about us!