Earlier this month we had the pleasure of producing an event for Agrana Fruit US, Inc. to celebrate the opening of their new fruit preparation plant in Lysander, NY. This, the company’s fourth plant, is the first in New York State and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to formally open the facility. The plant manufactures fruit preparations from fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, or peaches to be used in fruit yogurt, bakery items, and ice cream. The company has brought 60 jobs to the area and hopes to double that in the next three years.
To design this event, we used Agrana’s brand colors of a cheerful berry red, bright blue and white. We kept the look open and fresh and evoked the idea of a farm or orchard with a large wood table and fruit baskets as part of the decor around the tent and in table centerpieces. We worked with Karen’s Catering to customize a buffet lunch incorporating fresh fruit, yogurt, and local favorites to welcome the company to the area: Fruit bruschetta on toasted wheat baguette, Lively Run goat cheese, watermelon, and arugula salad, chicken spiedies, and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que were all on the menu.
Here are some highlights from the event: (slideshow below)
Photos: James Peluso
To me, a wedding is one of the most intimate things in life because it’s the joining of two people during the happiest time in their lives. The love and the emotions create this feeling or atmosphere that is hard to describe, but you almost want to put it under a glass to save and protect it because it feels so lovely.
And regardless of the size of your wedding, you want to be surrounded by the people closest to you and who have had a special place in your lives.
So the idea of social media playing such a big role in modern-day weddings is fascinating to me. I got married before social media took off, though I am on Facebook and Twitter a lot. I find it hard to say whether or not I would have embraced the social media craze with regard to my wedding day. (Though if I had, we probably would have used #104goodbuddy as our hashtag – we got married on October 4.)
Have you thought at all about whether you want social media to play a part in your big day? There’s also a difference between planning to have it be a big part of your day and/or hoping something clever from your wedding goes viral, and having a wedding guest post something and later being caught off guard by the social reaction. We’ve all seen at least one “amazing choreographed wedding dance” video, right?
This sweet wedding handshake is a very personal act for this couple. I wonder if they wanted to share it with the world or if it just happened (via their wedding photographer). Do people welcome the subsequent inquiry from a reporter or does it feel intrusive? It’s certainly a cute thing that would put a smile on most people’s faces, but does it need to be made public?
A HuffPo article addresses some of the pros and cons to having everything posted or live-tweeted. In one case, a Facebook update ruined the groom’s first look at his bride. On the other hand, as one bride stated, she got to see a ton of photos right away that she normally would have had to wait weeks for once her photographer sent proofs.
What if your social efforts don’t go viral or land you a few minutes on a morning chat show? Does that mean your wedding is a failure? Do we really need validation from society at large to say our wedding was wonderful and we must be a very special couple indeed?
I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with having your wedding posted on social media platforms, but I do think it has become something you and your fiancé might want to discuss during the planning stages. Do you want to create a social presence or keep it restricted and ensure that everyone has good old-fashioned human contact? Depending on your feelings about it, you may want to make some social media etiquette requests of friends and family.
No matter what you decide, #goodluck!
Long banquet tables and rounds are the most traditional and popular options for events, but if you want to really mix it up and make a statement, consider more eclectic options.
Why not rent vintage tables and iconic chairs to create groupings perfect for conversation or networking? Depending on the decor you use to complete the look, your event can have a vintage feel or be very modern and design-minded.
Along those same lines, offering a mix of upholstered seating for your guests to sit on during a presentation or ceremony will make them more comfortable and your event will take on a totally different look.
Hay bales have become a popular way to create a casual lounge space both indoor and out. Just remember that hay can be pretty scratchy, so keep in mind that you may want to cover the bales with throws or cushions.
Grass-covered seating is certainly unexpected and will definitely have guests talking. Because green is a neutral, any color scheme you’re working with can be paired with this type of look for a fresh feel.
If you are not ready to move that far out of the box, maybe more traditional tables and chairs used in a different way is more your speed. Here chairs are mixed with lounge-like booths for a cozy atmosphere.
Instead of round high boy tables or the usual banquet set up, tall Lucite Parsons tables are positioned end-to-end with coordinating seating. The arrangement of the seating itself is traditional, but the modern material creates a clean look and the height adds visual interest.
And if you truly prefer the look of a more traditional event but are looking for a small way to spice it up, mix and match the table shapes. Here an event is set up with linens, lighting, and decor much the way you would expect, but just by alternating between rounds and a cross set up, the layout feels less staid.
Tweaking details like the seating and layout of an event can make it more lively and memorable.
Frilly frosting and towering confections – wedding cakes are one of the most iconic parts of a wedding and one most couples spend a lot of time thinking about. Brides magazine posted a pretty definitive list of all the questions you should ask potential bakers when you’re considering them for your wedding.
The questions range from basic information about the professional experience and background of the baker to the more nitty-gritty details of the design of the cake, plus payment and logistics. It’s important to ask as many questions as you can so you can be sure you’ll be happy with the result. You never know when an odd situation might come up like a baker saying they won’t (or can’t) make a certain shape.
If you can, go into your meeting with a baker with some images of what you like and don’t like. This is one area where Pinterest can be a godsend. I wish Pinterest had existed when I got married. We asked our baker for a cake with turned square layers in chocolate fondant and I wanted gold luster powder dusted on top of each layer to look a little warm and glittery. When I asked my baker for that, I said I wanted gold leaf sprinkled on the cake. What I got was something else: actual squares of gold leaf paper plastered a bit haphazardly around all sides of the cake. People walked by it not even realizing it was our wedding cake. I was disappointed but at least it tasted delicious.
There was a breakdown in communication between me and my baker: either I didn’t explain myself clearly or she missed what I was saying. I wish I had had some images, or I wish I’d asked her to sketch it for me, because if she had drawn the squares, I would have immediately caught the problem. If you have any concerns about specific requests, patterns, or materials you want used on your cake, do your best to research the proper terminology of that pattern (Greek Key vs trellis, for example) or material (luster dust powder vs gold leaf sheets) and bring any images or even sketch it yourself so you can be sure the baker understands what you have in mind.
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