August 04, 2017
We are nominated this year for Boston’s Best Wedding Planner 2017 for A-List Boston! To prove to you why we deserve your vote… here are some pictures that definitely speak louder than words.
Winter in the City
Photographer: Zev Fisher
Florist: Stapleton Floral
A Colorful Touch
Photographer: Cambria Grace
Florist: Marc Hall
We can bring Tuscany to you
Photographer: Ned Jackson
Link to vote: http://boston.cityvoter.com/best/wedding-planner/weddings/boston
Thank You 🙂
July 28, 2017
Growing up, most girls envision a picture-perfect moment…the marriage proposal! I never really had something specific in mind, but knew that when I met Joe, things were different. We understood each other’s jokes, had similar interests, and awkwardly (or awesomely) operated on the same wave length the majority of the time. Here’s a summary of what has happened on our adventure, and where it all stands today.
Joe was gearing up for his graduation from business school at Boston College in 2017. Little did I know, Joe called my parents (who live across the country) ahead of time and asked for my hand in marriage. After receiving my father’s blessing, Joe began the process of secretly getting a ring made that was reflective of who I am. Always a fan of the fabled “two-for-one” deal, Joe was planning on proposing to me right after his graduation ceremony. I had no idea, but his mom, my parents, and a couple of his close friends knew what I was in for.
After the ceremony, Joe dragged me around campus to take pictures together. I grew a bit frustrated and annoyed (it was cold out!) and wanted to just get in the car and to warm up. Finally, as I began to walk to one of the dozens of locations, Joe instead grabbed my hand as I was walking away and when I turned around, he was on his knee in his cap and gown!
Moving in was a crazy concept to us….and finding a place in Boston in June is difficult! Joe went to see an apartment in Quincy, MA, and before I knew it, he had locked us into a two-bedroom apartment near the red line in a brand-new building. We love our new apartment!
The hardest part about venue shopping is figuring out what type of experience we want our friends and family to have. Given the size of my family, we knew the wedding would be in Seattle to make it as easy as possible for everyone. We flew out to the West Coast figuring we would end up at the winery that we had a soft hold on. But little did we know that the “wildcard” venues we threw in would actually win us over! We still have a bit of discussing to do, but are getting close to a decision. We are so excited to plan our wedding and have the time of our lives! Stay tuned for updates on our journey.
June 30, 2017
Looking for a way to spruce up your kitchen, bed-side table, or even your whole garden? Look no further, succulents are 110% the way to go. They are beautiful, they don’t need a lot of attention, and they are fun to touch. Big, small, on a window sill, in the middle of your dining table, wherever they may be, we can guarantee your guests will love them.
Add some small touches of succulents around the house…
Incorporate them into your wedding!
If we are really going crazy here, why not make them an entire wall in your back yard.
We just love succulents all around!
Check out our Pinterest page surrounding them:
June 23, 2017
From the desks of Jana and Christine
In taking a moment to reflect on the past few weeks of events, all we have to say is WOW. Seriously. We’ve worked with zoo animals, young musicians, public radio hosts, and authors. A company that has transformed social media marketing. A bride who journeyed from an immigrant background to a Harvard Law degree. Graduates who celebrate with sushi, then go out and change the world.
We are continually awed and inspired by our clients. So it’s important in these moments that we re-state and re-affirm our mission…so that we always remember.
To bring to life the singular, unique vision of each client, every time
We celebrate diversity.
To build positive, constructive, lasting relationships with our clients and vendors
We celebrate collaboration.
To design and produce innovative, evocative events
We celebrate creativity.
To balance profit with social responsibility
We celebrate community.
Today and every day.
June 16, 2017
26.2 miles. On a (incredibly and unexpectedly) warm Monday in April, I ran 26.2 miles. To put that in perspective – I crossed through eight Massachusetts’ cities, ran for just over five hours, took approximately 33,000 steps, and burned about 2,600 calories. Why did I do this to myself (other than the guilt-free beer and fries I ate afterwards)? The answer is pretty simple…I did it for the Boston Children’s Museum.
AE Events had the privilege of partnering with the Boston Children’s Museum on the planning of their 2016 Wonder Ball Gala held at the Museum in November.
This evening of delicious food and drinks, lively entertainment and an engaging program raised over $550,000.00 to help the Museum ensure their ability to welcome all children regardless of any physical, developments, or economic challenges.
On the tables, we colored blocked bright primary colors that fit the youthful feeling of the Museum and used creative branding to be sure the Museum’s messaging was front and center.
Check out the paint cans we customized with labels to highlight art and creativity!
It was such a fun event to not only organize, but to watch come to life. The planning for the 2017 Wonder Ball is well underway and we hope, just as we do for every one of the amazing non-profit organizations that we support, that they raise more awareness and funds to continue to help the children of our communities.
26.2 miles. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t hard, but most meaningful things are. And to be honest, I would do it again in a heartbeat (check back in around November – I’ll be running in the New York City Marathon on the 5th!). It’s incredible organizations like the Boston Children’s Museum that make our city the strong, resilient, and great place that it is, and I was honored to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon wearing their name.
June 09, 2017
In need of a fun summer party theme now that it is actually warm out? Look no further. A Luau is the only direction you need to go in! Get ready to open your mini cocktail umbrella.
Daiquiri tiki bar, hula dancing lessons, leis galore! Who doesn’t love a good backyard bbq? Here is some inspiration to get your mind rolling.
This is a great theme for a backyard bbq or even a high school graduation party. There are so many ways to make it unique.
These pineapple insipired doughnuts are everything..
Tacos! Because tacos…
These DIY pineapples are great as centerpieces or spread out through your backyard.
There are so many creative ways to elevate your party. Tassels are super cute and very inexpensive!
We could use one of these classy Pina Coladas right now.
June 02, 2017
Ready for it to actually be summer?! Us too…
Let’s have some fun in the sun! Look here for inspiration on your next “summertaining” event, whether it’s a casual bbq or an elegant dinner affair – look no further!
Starting with food, because we love food.
There are so many great summer salad recipes. This peach, tomato, and burrata one especially stood out to us. You can also get creative with dessert. Want people to mingle and not have to sit down to eat? Try food on a stick!
Moving on to atmosphere:
Lanterns and candles are a great way to add a special touch to your evening.
Decorating the table:
You can be simple and classy even in the summer with an outdoor setting. Adding flower pieces to your napkins adds a special touch, and matching wine to your flowers is just all out amazing!
And you can’t have a party without some fun summer drinks!
Have a theme for your party? Or just want an easy way for people to grab a beer?
We want to help you make your party one in a melon!
Check out our whole Pinterest page here: Summer Entertainment
May 26, 2017
As event producers we spend a lot of time focusing on the little things. For this corporate celebration in April, it was all about the big ones.
Guests arrived along this enormous industrial pier
Greeted by big bold drumming
Entered the vast raw warehouse
A perfect space for creating an epic Faneuil Hall experience on one end
And an oversized Boston sports baaah on the other.
The event featured substantial drama
And a whopping good time!
May 19, 2017
We have another addition to the AE Team. We are so excited to introduce our newest hire, Carrie!
What was your first job?
My very first job in middle school was as a cleaning lady for my church. My first “real” job was as Marketing & Public Relations / Development / Production Department Assistant at Hartford Ballet….talk about a whirlwind introduction to not-for-profit administration!
How did you get into the event planning industry?
Through my experience as a stage manager in the performing arts world. Many, many performing arts organizations host fundraising galas, donor cultivation events, and milestone extravaganzas. Those events, especially for Production Department team members, become all-hands-on-deck moments.
What is your favorite type of event?
Not-for-profit fundraisers, especially those with an AMAZING performance element have my heart….but all events are special because they mark important moments in the lives of the people and companies that host them.
What brought you to Boston?
I moved to Beantown to work for Boston Ballet
What is your trick to staying organized?
CHECKLISTS….I LOVE CHECKLISTS. Sometimes I even add something that I’ve just done to my list just for the pleasure of checking it off.
How has your first week been?
Exciting and super interesting as I dig into the history of AE and learn about our clients.
April 28, 2017
Hello and happy weekend!
It is currently the end of April and we are now well on our way into warm spring days, we hope! This post has to do with anything and everything beverages. From sleek glassware and drink inspiration, to creative ways to elevate your bar, we want to help bring your vision to life.
First off whoever came up with the idea of cotton candy and champagne we would like to thank you!
You can always elevate your party by bringing in some funky glassware
Summer is here and we love the idea of a lemonade station to cool off
Celebrating something special?! Add a pom pom to your drink.
And finally, what better way to celebrate the warm weather than with popsicles AND drinks!