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.
Mad Men Theme Party
Fans are gearing up for the new season series of Madmen, the 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!
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:
Powerful Drinks Reception
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.
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.
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.
Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against flowers! LOL
- some of my best friends are florists!
BUT I DO LOVE non floral wedding centerpieces
because it shows a real desire to be different (and sometimes quite budget friendly)
(and I say ‘sometimes’ because not always will flowers be less than some of the non floral centerpiece ideas we’ve come up with!)
One of my favorite non floral wedding centerpiece ideas is the Candelabra.
They can be purchased or rented. You can find them is all different shapes, sizes, materials and finishes. And like the ones we used for this wedding at The Edison Ballroom they can be painted any color that goes with your decor vision!
(these were a strange chipped antique gold so we sprayed them high gloss black)
This one is a particularly fun DIY centerpiece because the bride is a jewelry buyer for a popular chain store and so we used the necklaces she sells as embellishments on all the centerpieces! (which some of the guests that worked with her realized as they were complimenting us on the decor -too funny!)
While this particular wedding was very much a black & white theme
(as well as feathers – which will be another non floral centerpiece blog)
We used white taper candles (make sure to ask your venue about flame rules) BUT in the past to really jazz things up you can buy (or even spay paint!) taper candles any color you want! (with non flammable paint)
Picture sunshine yellow, a soft violet….any color or combo of colors that you may find hard to buy. OR if you wanted to get really crafty and ombre would be outrageous!
Whatever you decide, just know that centerpieces do not have to include any flowers and can still be magical and elegant.
And as always, your wedding decor should be an expression of YOU!…. so be chic, be sassy, be be bold…be YOU.
Cheers to getting married in NY!
SWANK Productions has partnered up with fine china distributor Michael C Fina for what will certainly be an eventful and swanky year. Between in store table designs and bridal events, Swank will be showcasing new designs and events at the magnificent flagship store on 5th Avenue about once a month for the coming year!
If you have not been to their flagship store on 5th ave in NYC you must! Michael C Fina is the world-class retailer of the worlds most beautiful diamond and gold jewelry, flatware, crystal, and other fine gifts and home accessories. Known for always being at the forefront of glamor and luxury this is the first stop for discerning couples celebrating their nuptials and clients who love to entertain.
Rather than the traditional china table displays… Swank will be doing what we do best, creating custom designs using Michael C Fina’s extensive stock of breathtaking china, home goods, bath goods (and of course some fun props and gadgets) to produce one of a kind masterpiece table scape. This month, check out our elegant rendition of the chic gypsy life. Our “zodiac” inspired tablescape features an opulent array of Baccarat crystal stemware, Waterford vases re purposed as crystal balls, Royal Copenhagen statuettes of the zodiac signs and a porcelain cougar just to name a small fraction of the details! Our designs will change monthly (and dramatically) so make sure to come by (and come often!) We know this stores clientele are used to the best of the best and we plan on delivering exactly that! We promise each display table more memorable than the last!
More info about bridal events to come as well as more photo!