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HOW TO POP THE QUESTION… The bridesmaid question that is!

From the desk of Kristen Kaneb

Looking for a creative way to ask your girlfriends to be your bridesmaids? From quirky to simple ideas, there are endless ways to ask for your BFF’s support on your special day. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

  1. Message in a Mug: As you are at home or in a café enjoying some much needed caffeine, surprise your friend with the exciting news at the bottom of a mug.

You can buy this exact mug here.

  1. Solve The Puzzle: Have your friend piece together a puzzle to reveal the message. This idea is fun and unique, not to mention it will get the brain working a little bit!

This puzzle is available at Etsy.

 

  1. Balloon Burst: Send over a special package to your friends’ houses. Inside the box they will find a balloon labeled “Pop me!” Once they follow the instructions, there is an explosion of confetti and a small note asking them to be your bridesmaid.

This arrangement is available to ship to directly to bridesmaids, with an option for customizable messages on the note.

  1. Cards with a Hidden Message: Ask your girlfriends by sending them a unique card. Have them scratch off the heart to reveal the exciting note.

Purchase this card here.

 

  1. Tasty Treat: All you need for this idea is a cute little box and a fresh donut. On the outside of the box is the phrase, “I donut want to get married without you,” and after they open it they see you are asking them to be your bridesmaid. And, as a bonus, they get to enjoy a delicious donut in celebration of being selected as a bridesmaid!

This box can be purchased at Etsy.

 


Panama Fever

Typically it happens right about January 15th, I start to feel the itch – or should I say the cold – and I know it is time to seek warmer weather.  Traveling is one of my greatest pleasures…it affords me the opportunity to meet new people, see new places and learn the history of another country.  This year we set a few parameters for our trip – we only had one week so the flight had to be less than 6 hours, nonstop  (layover + winter = disaster!), temperature greater than 80 degrees, and an interesting history.

Panama it is!  Located in Central American with direct flights from Boston on Copa Airlines – average temperature 85 degrees – decision made.

First stop – Casco Viejo – Old City.  Destroyed in the 1600’s by Captain Henry Morgan (yes – there was a pirate Captain Morgan before he became the name of a famous brand of rum!).

Panama is the wealthiest country in Central America.  The new city showcases some of the most interesting architecture that I have seen.

 

You cannot go to Panama and not go through the famous locks of the Panama Canal. The canal was started by the French – but they were unable to survive yellow fever and have the engineering skills – enter the USA.  The canal was opened officially in 1914! The US retained ownership until 1999 when the Panama Canal was transferred from the US back to Panama.

Panama is a country of 4 million people – 2 millions of these folks live in Panama City – the city is bustling!  They do have some work to do on their infrastructure …their traffic jams made Boston look good.

It never fails while on vacation I seem to always find a wedding.  This beautiful bride had a “never ending” party on the roof top next to our hotel.

Now time for some peace and quiet…we had our history lessons, met some wonderful people, listened to great jazz so it was time to board a plane and head west – to paradise – Isla Palenque.  Located in the Pacific, off the coast of David, this eco -resort was breathtaking.

This was the perfect way to end our vacation – pool, sun, beach, cocktails – repeat!

Cheers

 


Leaping Greenly….

From the desk of Partner Jana Gimenez

As a kid growing up in Alabama, one of my fondest spring memories is my mom announcing each year in early February that she could see the green in the trees.  It became the annual family joke, of course, “Mom’s seeing green again!”  Sure enough, though, the forsythia bushes were budding in her backyard during my visit last week…

I’ve lived in Boston for most of my adult life, so now I have to wait much longer for the green.  Most of the year my sworn favorite color is red, but when the fresh new achingly gorgeous green leaves emerge, my frozen winter heart melts.  What could be more beautiful?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even though the green is not yet peeping through here in New England, this glorious shade can be found in many places that make me happy.  My table at home…

Our events…

 

 

And other happy places soon to come…

 

 

Keep looking, it will be here soon!

I thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

e. e. cummings

 


When challenges arise…who ya gonna call??

From the desk of Amy Goldberg

As much planning as event planners do, day-in and day-out, there is always something that comes up during the process that makes you have to pivot on a dime.  It is part of the job to be able to anticipate each and every possible outcome, snag and snafu and have the perfect way to solve it in a moment’s notice – it is a big part of how and why a client can relinquish the control and pass things into your capable hands.  These are the the behind the scenes kind of things that keep you on your toes and keep your skills sharp.  But none of this is a surprise to anyone that has been in the business for more than a minute.

The question is how do you create strong relationships with vendors, venues, clients (both current and past alike), colleagues and friends that will pitch in when needed to help save the day.  At the end of the day, everyone likes to feel like the hero if possible.

In my opinion, you need to be the same authentic version of yourself in business as you are in your personal life.  While we are “working”, we are also sharing an enormous amount of time in our week creating a rapport with one another and building a sense of trust and understanding.  Transparency in your interactions and remembering that everyone you come in contact with is either a colleague or client in some manner or another sets this ball in motion.  Creating a personal connection with people I think is easiest when we connect face to face, or by telephone…but today so much is done in a face-less, name-less kind of way.

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(Remember when your mom would always say, “be sure to send a hand-written thank-you note”!)  Try giving yourself a goal of picking up the phone 3 times a day instead of emailing or texting.

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Ask when you get on the phone if they have a quick moment or if this is a good time to chat…the person on the other end will appreciate your consideration of their time and responsibilities and if they can’t talk, they will often give you another time they are available.  You may be surprised at how this easy exercise can help you build life long connections.

Let me tell you a short story of how this helped me one day.  In a prior lifetime, I worked on the vendor side of things working on a gala with an event planner.  When the event planner wanted more lighting impact at the entrance to the gala within an hour of guest arrival, I wanted to help be part of the solution (even though I was the florist).  I quickly dialed a friend working for a lighting company (P.S. a different lighting company than who was already onsite hired for the event) to see if they could help.  Much to my wonderment, they were actually working around the corner on an unrelated event and had some extra equipment with them.  They not only offered to drive right over to set up their accent lights for use throughout the evening, but they didn’t even charge for the product or service!!  I repeat…at the end of the day, everyone likes to feel like the hero if possible.

The other moral to this story, is to be sure to “pay it forward”.  One day someone you know is going to call you in a dire situation needing rescue before guests arrive…be sure you answer the call, and  rise up and be their hero too!

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How to survive event flu season

From the desk of Jamie Donovan

Winter…

For me, that word brings a few things to the top of this Bostonian’s mind: freezing temperatures, snow, and, of course, flu season. Here are my favorite tips and tricks for staying healthy year round – but especially during event season!

1. Eat well! Load up your diet with fruits and vegetables to make sure you’re getting a heavy dose of vitamin C, which gives your immune system a nice boost.  Tip… when I start to feel a little under the weather, I add some lemon to a cup of hot water with a bit of honey! Lemons have antibacterial properties that can help fight off infections, and the honey adds a bit of sweetness.


2. Self-Care! This is a little bit different for everyone, but I think the most important things about self-care is setting time aside to do something nice for yourself. Enjoy a yoga class, put on a face mask, maybe take a hot bath – or all three! Give your body the R&R it needs.

3. Sleep! Aim to get 8-10 hours of sleep in each night. This will keep your body stonier and less susceptible to colds and the flu. Finding a nightly routine to do before bed is the perfect way to unwind and get your mind ready to sleep. Be sure to put away all electronics!

4. Flu shot! While you are still at risk of getting a cold, this will lower your chances of coming down with a the flu. Children and elderly are at a greater risk for serious complications, so make sure you do your part and get your shot!

5. Wash your hands! Am I starting to sound like your parents yet?! This may seem like a trivial point, but it is so important that everyone helps to limit the spread of germs. It’s amazing (and sometimes scary) how many surfaces we come in contact with each day, and the germs that come along with it! Tip… hide a bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse, car, or desk for convenience and peace of mind!


Welcome Intern Hanna!

Greetings! My name is Hanna and I am the new spring intern for AE Events. Currently, I am an almost graduate at the University of New Hampshire and majoring in Recreation Management and Policy, and will graduate at the end of the year.

I am from the state of Massachusetts and my hometown, Edgartown, is located on Martha’s Vineyard. From living on the Vineyard for the past 11 years, I cherished the beautiful beaches, the local business and farms, and the kind and warm-hearted people. My favorite childhood memory is going fishing and clamming with my dad on Sundays.

My main hobbies are listening to music, hanging out with my best friends, and taking creative photographs. Recently, I designed my own photography website and Instagram account. This specific hobby has motivated me to travel more, so in the past two years I have taken beautiful photographs in Greece, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. I am also expanding my experience by taking portrait photographs of friends, and family members. I want to be able to take my artistic and creative eye for design and photography and incorporate it to my future career. AE Events is a great opportunity for me to step into the world of Event Planning and Design!


Welcome Bags

From the desk of: Phoebe Allen

You may have noticed that wedding welcome bags are becoming more and more intense these days, with customized items and bits and pieces from the couple’s lives…so we are here to help you decide what to put in and what to keep out of them!

First, we want to also point out that the only people who should receive them are your guests staying in hotels and your bridal party! The group of friends that wanted to save some dollars and rent an air B&B does not need a welcome bag. You should not have to drive around the city delivering these bags… this weekend is about you, not them!

For starters, a welcome bag is a gift basket (so to speak) that is put in a hotel room upon arrival, usually filled with goodies to get them through the weekend. Which brings us to another point…we only suggest one per room. Couples are quite good at sharing, and the only reason we see the need to have two bags in one room is if there are a set of children and they each would want one….as children do!

We have seen just about everything these days, from bags costing up to $100 each all the way to creatively created at $20 each. We want to help you through it all!

What to have IN your bag:

The bag! You can have this be a reusable bag or just a super cute bag that you love.  It can be customized or not, all up to you!

 Favorite beverage(you can pick between flat waters or sparkling waters.) Some hotels do not allow you to bring in alcoholic beverages, no matter how small, so be aware of that.

Favorite sweet snack. We have seen all pink starburst, salt water taffy, and cotton candy! Be careful to not use a lot of chocolate as it may melt…

Favorite savory snack. Perhaps you love Cape Cod chips, or popcorn, or even kale chips! Who doesn’t love a good health snack.

A hangover kit – or any version of it! These are super easy to make on your own and much cheeper. You can buy the 2 pack of Advil, an Emergen-C, and a small pack of gum.

A welcome letter – We always suggest having a welcome letter! Even if you are not even doing a bag, a welcome note is still a lovely touch. We recommend including all the details your out-of-town guests need to know. Maybe your favorite coffee shop and breakfast spot, a thank you note for them traveling to you, and then the details for your big day! Now, yes, this is all probably on your website, but it can’t hurt to have it right in front of them as well!

What you can add in as extras: None of this is necessary, just fun!

A piece of fruit

Another type of water – if you want both sparking and flat

A luggage tag (because they are traveling!)

More sweet or savory snacks!  If your partner and you have very different tastes, add in both!

We also love working with companies that make them for you! LuxBox is an amazing company that helps you design your perfect welcome bag, and they also have pre-made ones ready to buy!

 


How Pre-Wedding Jitters Hurt Your Sleep (and How to Get Some Rest on Your Honeymoon)

Written from the desk of Tuck:

Stress is a natural part of life and should be expected when you’re preparing for a wedding. However, wedding stress can lead to sleeplessness, which can put your stress levels over the top. You can start to develop healthy stress management techniques before your ‘I do’s’. Those same techniques can help you catch up on your rest and relaxation once you hit your honeymoon too.

Watch Out for Stress and Sleep Deprivation

We’ve all done it—laid awake tossing and turning while worrying about a big event. As one of the most important events of your life, some amount of sleep loss is to be expected around your wedding. However, sleep deprivation and stress can feed one another until you’re physically, mentally, and emotionally out of balance.

Without at least seven hours of sleep, the brain’s emotional processing center goes into overdrive, especially when it experiences negative thoughts and feelings. At the same time, the brain’s center of logic and reason reduces it’s influence, leaving you even more susceptible to chaotic emotions. But you don’t have to be held hostage to emotional fluctuations.

Make Time to De-Stress

Some wedding stress is unavoidable. However, you can take the time to manage stress on a daily basis to keep it from overtaking your life (and disrupting your sleep). Some of our favorite techniques include:

  • Journaling: When it comes to stress relief, journaling is simple yet effective. A journal provides a place to leave your concerns and worries for the night. You might also want to use it to create the next day’s to-do list or as a gratitude journal so you can focus on the positive.

  • Meditation: Mindfulness meditation, in particular, has been shown to cause a relaxation response, wherein the heart rate and blood pressure decrease. Long-term practitioners even show a strengthened connection between the brain’s emotion and logic centers, which is exactly what you want in preparation for your wedding.

  • Exercise Regularly: Exercise can reduce some of the symptoms of insomnia. In the meantime, it improves your cardiovascular and muscular health. If exercise isn’t your cup of tea, it doesn’t have to be vigorous just consistent enough to reduce your stress.

Use Your Honeymoon for Rest and Relaxation

Your honeymoon is the gold at the end of the rainbow. Wedding stress will finally be gone and you get to spend alone time with your favorite person. Depending on your honeymoon destination, you might need to do a little prep to make sure it’s as relaxing as it should be. We suggest:

  • Anticipating Jet Lag: If you’ll be traveling through more than three or four time zones, jet lag will be an issue. Prepare beforehand by moving your bedtime closer to that of your honeymoon destination in 15 to 30-minute increments. Do the same with your meals as meal timing can influence your sleep cycle too.

  • Napping Sparingly: Naps are good. They can reverse the effects of sleep deprivation, but they should be used sparingly. Anything over 60 minutes could interfere with your nightly sleep schedule so try to keep it to 15 to 30 minutes.

  • Heading Outside: How can going outside help you get some extra rest? Exposure to natural light helps your body adjust the release of sleep hormones to match that of the local time zone. Outside time can be relaxing too. Hit the beach, take a riverside walk, or simply sit outside in the sunshine.

  • Be Prepared: Make sure that if you need any medicinal or mechanical sleep aids, like melatonin or a CPAP machine, make sure you’ve got it packed and ready to go.

Conclusion

Keeping stress in check will help you to enjoy your pre-wedding time so you’re ready to start your new life together off right. Come honeymoon time, you’re ready to catch up on a little rest and relaxation.


Welcome Lauren!

From the desk of Lauren Schreiber, Event Manager:

Hi everyone! I am a Colorado girl with a New England heart who has a passion for travel, design and all things event planning, I have worked in promotions and event services for the last 7 years where I have been lucky enough to work domestically and internationally.  Graduating from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a degree in Philosophy and Political Science, I have been able to apply my passion for learning about existence and reason into a career  focused on really getting to know my clients. I am able to see their vision and help curate an experience they will never forget.

After doing freelance projects on weddings and festivals around New England I was introduced to AE Events and it was a perfect match!

When I am not working you can usually find me in a yoga studio,  at a concert, or somewhere en route to my next adventure.


Thankful

We at AE Events wanted to share a little bit about what we are thankful for!  Read below to see what we cherish.

Phoebe Allen: I am thankful for my dog and my family of course!  And I am actually thankful for thanksgiving as it is my favorite day of the year.

Christine Altieri: I am thankful for those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe – thank you especially to the Firefighters in California

Carrie Dirats: I am thankful for being part of a team that buoys each other up and cheers each other on!

Jamie Donovan: Family – both blood and chosen, freshly brewed coffee, puppies – big and small, beach days, a bottle of nice Italian wine, pasta, New Music Fridays, and essential oils

Jana Gimenez: To quote an terrific speaker I heard recently, I am thankful for “heads up” time.  These days it is so easy to be“heads down” digital, so I am grateful for moments of real connection… laughter around a family table, an outing with a friend, a good old-fashioned brainstorm session with a cherished client.  Together time!

Amy Goldberg: I’m thankful to be working with a company that helps to give back to meaningful causes throughout the greater Boston area and for good health.

Samantha King: I am thankful for such a welcoming new group of colleagues that have made me feel at home since the start.

Jessica Mattioli: My family. Because no matter how old I get, my parents can still solve any problem and my older brother is still my protector.  Oh, and red wine!

Caitlin Theall: I am thankful for being apart of a wonderful team that is always willing to jump in an help each other out as needed 🙂

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