Love in the Golden Age

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Unique Floral Ideas for Your WOW Worthy Wedding

We love everything about wedding floral arrangements! We could talk about flowers all day long, and believe us we have!! One of our favorite new trends of 2016 is floral arrangements that take things to the next level;  hanging arrangements, … Continue reading

Inspire Your Ceremony Decor: Magical Mandaps

There is so much to think of when planning a wedding! Often Brides and Grooms get overwhelmed with all the reception planning: the decor, the food, the cake, the music! One thing that often gets overlooked is the ceremony decor! … Continue reading

Engagement Season Prep

Football season, Pumpkin Latte Season, Fall Season but Engagement Season? Is that a thing?? Great question, and Engagement Season is most certainly a reality!! Every year between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day there seems to be a rush of proposals. WeddingWire.com estimates that approximately one in three of all engagements take place during this time frame. At Touch of Elegance we want you to be ready to drop to one knee, so we put together a list of some of the most awe inspiring proposals on the net; cause let’s be honest you are going to be telling this story for YEARS.  LET’S MAKE IT FABULOUS!!!!!

1. Over a Cup of Coffee

We love the idea of a surprise attack!! Sip a morning coffee with your loved one and when they finish it off they will be blown away, and most importantly fully alert to answer “YES!!”

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2. Between the Pages of Their Favorite Book

We are obsessed with proposals that sneak up on you!! Opening your book to do some reading and finding a beautiful ring is definitely most unexpected. Bonus points for a romantic book or for highlighting letters to spell out “WILL YOU MARRY ME.”

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3. A Cute Puppy is Hard to Say No To!

Who could possibly say no to that adorable face?! Using your puppy to help with the proposal is a great way to get the whole gang involved.

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4. Photo Booth “I DO”

Getting your proposal on camera is always a plus!! A photo booth is a great way to show the progression of the proposal. Your significant other will not be expecting it!

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5. Spell it out with a magical Hot Air Balloon

Have your special someone look to the sky for the big proposal. This engagement idea has such a big wow factor that no one will be able to resist saying YES!!

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6. A Fabulous Fortune!!

A cozy night in with chinese becomes a night of a lifetime with a special fortune!!

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Not Your Cookie Cutter Wedding Venue!

Selecting the location of your wedding is a HUGE decision! Perhaps you are looking for something a bit different from your typical wedding venue? Touch of Elegance Event Planners can help you find the perfect place for your once in a lifetime day. We believe your wedding venue should reflect who you are and your own personal style! Make a statement with one of the unique and WOW-worthy wedding venues below!

Be Royalty for a day with a Mansion Wedding!

A beautiful mansion insures incredible wedding photos. Your guests will be blown away! What we love about mansion weddings is the ability to explore! Cocktail hours can be held in several rooms to give your affair an intimate feel with your main dinner being held in an impressive ballroom.

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Love the Rustic vibe?? Us too!! Choose to say “I do” in a Barn!Frank_Brush_Barn

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These photos are from two different barn venues on Long Island. Take the earthy and rustic feel of a barn and add the elegance of a wedding and you have one amazing event! These venues are picture perfect and will match your pink cowgirl boots!

You’re a Wino and a Foodie! This Venue is for  you! Go with a Chic Restaurant

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If you’re all about the food this venue is for you! Specializing in sushi and steak, your guests will be floored by the quality of the food and the cool edgy decor.

You’re a Party Animal!?! Have Your  Wedding at the Zoo! 

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New York City has some of the most beautiful zoos. Not only can your guests enjoy the gorgeous architecture all over the property but they will also get to gorilla watch during cocktail hour! Make your wedding not just an event but an adventure!

Love the Great Outdoors? Vineyards are a Gorgeous Place to Get Hitched!!

Good wine, good food and the great outdoors make a lasting impression.  Include a wine tasting at your reception and your guests will be thrilled to sample some of the grapes while taking in the beautiful backdrop.

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These are just a sample of the wonderful places to get hitched in our area! Give us a ring and we can help you select the perfect venue! Happy Wedding Planning!!

Too Sweet? NEVER!! #Sweet16

Everything about your Sixteenth Birthday should be sweet!! From the gorgeous dress you wear to the cake you serve! Here are some ideas that we love! 1.  Pick a dress that shows off who you are!  You like everything country! … Continue reading

Going Royal?! A Must for 2015

We love to keep up to date on wedding trends. Recently we found this article on the Knot of the best trends for 2015!  Royal Color Palettes? White Glove Affairs?! YES PLEASE!! Here are some photos of an event we … Continue reading

Graduation Party Planning Ideas

It’s that time of year again!! School’s almost out and graduation is near!

With  summer right around the corner, vacations, summer activities and all other planning starts to become a bit hectic.

Whether you are planning a graduation party for a young child or an adult, it should be kept fun and light-spirited. After all, the hard work throughout the years has finally come to an end and it’s time to enjoy it- worry free!

A few tips for planning a worry free (and small budget) graduation party!

1) Decor- keep decoration simple, yet fun.  Whether you are a fan of balloons or not, having bright centerpieces or decorations throughout your venue (at home or not) instantly brings cheer and screams “Celebration”.  Inexpensive decorations, like these below are perfect because you can recuse the glass jars and balloons are rather inexpensive.  Flowers, such as tulips are also a great idea for a little bit more of a mature celebration.

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Simple Mason Jar Cenerpiece

Simple Mason Jar Cenerpiece

2) Food- you want to keep food items very simple and small.  Anything that can be grabbed and put either on a napkin, small bowl or a small plate is perfect.  Now is the time to mingle and enjoy the company of those you may have rejected during your studies- there’s a lot of catching up to do- sit down dinners may take that away from the mood oft his type of party.  Opt for mini sliders, pigs in a blanket, and sandwiches as your primary dishes.  Pasta salad can also be taken in small bowls or cups and may not be as messy as lettuce with dressing.

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3) Dessert- keeping the theme of small bits, opt for cupcakes or cake bites rather than a large sheet cake for a celebration like this. As people are most likely standing around and chatting, cupcakes are perfect for this type of occasion as it also help keeps the sense of movement.

Cupcake Graduation Tower

Cupcake Graduation Tower

4) Drink- have options as far as alcoholic and non-alcoholic.  Feel free to get creative here. Have a bartender come up with a signature cocktail for your special occasion.  Make sure to be able to have alcoholic and non-alcoholic variations of this drink as well. 0f714dff8b463f1d5b9139c1a74503c6

A graduation ion is a grand celebration and should not bring on any anguish or stress.  These simple ideas for planning a care-free event are perfect for the busy individual who does not want to compromise the meaningfulness of this celebration.

Contact Touch of Elegance for more ideas and consultations to plan any event you may have this upcoming season!


Garden Inspired Parties

In light of Earth Day approaching, I thought I would share some garden inspired party ideas.

From small dinner gatherings to large weddings, an outdoor plant infused decor element is as simply chic and refreshing as they come.

Rather than the usual banquet hall or restaurant, an outdoor event allows for personality to shine through and invites your guests to enjoy something out of the norm.

For decor, simple table settings are perfect.  The green background of a yard or a field already adds such a perfect landscape that keeping it minimal is just what you need.

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Decorations around your venue or space can become as creative as you’d like.  Including things like plants and vegetables really adds lots of color and unique flair.

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Keeping with the theme of the “outdoors”  giving goodies such as potted plants to your guests is a great idea that will allow them to remember their experience for a long time

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Potted Plant Thank You Gifts

When it comes to food, you want to keep it very simple and grab-friendly.  Since this is an outdoor event, chances are your guests will want to walk around and mingle.  Providing foods that will require bowls or large plates may not be the best idea.  Keep it simple with mini appetizers such as quiches, mini sandwiches or sliders so that your guests can grab them and continue their movement.

For drinks, providing custom drinks to go with the decor, keeping with color scheme or coming up with names is a fun idea for your guests to enjoy.

Outdoor events can be so much fun and can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like.

As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or to plan your Garden Inspired Event!