Spring Decor! Jelly Beans, Bunnies, Birdies, Fresh Flowers & Egg Hunts!

Spring is near! This means the time of the year where the days grow longer and the breeze becomes warmer is almost here. We can’t wait for the smell of the season’s first blooms to fill the air as the dreary remains of winter melt away. I mean who doesn’t love sunshine and color palettes of pastels! With the quickly approaching change of season it’s the perfect time to begin planning your outdoor celebrations. Here are a few fun ideas to get the wheels turning and your festive spring vibes flowing.

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Spruce up your table setting!

With fresh flowers and warm weather why would you ever choose to remain indoors?! With that said why not place a table on the porch or lawn, brighten the seating with cushions in vibrant prints, and jazz it up with mismatched chairs. Take your table setting from prim and proper to relaxed and fun, add a feather tree centerpiece adorned with cookies because who doesn’t love a little sweet treat! Then add some fun décor by capturing the spring breeze with banners cut from coordinating fabrics and embellished with aviary motifs.

 

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Get creative!

If you’re looking for a way to add a personal touch to let your guest know that they’re appreciated then get artsy with personalized place cards. Not only are these DYI ideas fun for you but they are a pleasant surprise for your guests. Everyone loves to feel welcome and that you’ve personalized a little something for them.

 

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Spring sure is sweet!

Event furniture is becoming a fast-growing trend! How incredible would it be to have a candy station for kids like the one below or even have a mimosa station for adults? Old furniture painted in fun and bright pastel colors will make your party that much more special! You can even add in some fun lounge groupings with decorative throw pillows to provide your guest with a cozy seating area for conversation as they enjoy these sweet treats or sparkling bubbly.

 

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“There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.” – Linda Grayson, “The Pickwick Papers”.

Marsala–2015 Color of the Year

Every year Pantone announces a “Color of the Year”, this color embodies the zeitgeist at that current time in addition to predicting a theme of the use of that color for the coming year. Twice a Pantone hosts, in a European capital, a secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups. After two days of presentations and debate, they choose a color for the following year; for example, the color for summer 2013 was chosen in London in the spring of 2012.

The 2015 Color of the Year is Marsala.

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

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The full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.

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What kind of lighting company would we be if we didn’t suggest lighting colors that look best with the color of the year? In our professional opinion, amber would look best with Marsala. It’s a warm, inviting lighting reminiscent of candlelight, and who doesn’t love a good wine with a candlelit dinner. It really brings together the feel and warmth of the event and the color scheme.

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Holiday Table Decor

The holidays are a time to get together with family and friends and spread love and joy. What better way to get together than at a beautifully dressed table with all the fixins’ of a great holiday meal! Here are a few of our favorite ideas of beautiful holiday table decor for this holiday season:

Centerpieces
Centerpieces are always a great idea and they brighten up any occasion! They turn a regular table into a work of art worthy to be the focus of your photos of the night! Take a look at some ideas for inspiration and let us know how you dress your table up!

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Placecards

The best way to make your guests feel welcome and appreciated is to create personalized placecards. These don’t necessarily have to break the bank either, the best ones are DIY! That handmade touch adds extra love to the occasion.

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On behalf of EVoga Event Productions, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Be sure to follow us on pinterest for more holiday inspiration! www.pinterest.com/evogaevents

Halloween Events

Halloween is the beginning of the big holiday season that everyone loves so much. And what’s not to love? Any excuse to dress up and eat candy is a great idea in our books. And why not throw a party while you’re at it? Here are some ideas to get you started. But first, where did Halloween come from?

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
To commemorate the event, the Celtic priests built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

On May 13, 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honor of all Christian martyrs, and the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established in the Western church. Pope Gregory III later expanded the festival to include all saints as well as all martyrs, and moved the observance from May 13 to November 1. By the 9th century the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands, where it gradually blended with the older Celtic rites. In 1000 A.D., the church would make November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead. It is that the church was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. All Souls Day was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels and devils. The All Saints Day celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.
The American Halloween tradition of “trick-or-treating” probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.

The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.

Now the fun stuff, parties!

Here are a few ideas to get your ideas stirring to put together a fabulous Halloween event that would make the ghosts jealous.

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Have a spooktacular Halloween!

Fall Trends

With summer coming to an end and our favorite season just around the corner, we wanted to get a sneak peek of some fall trend ideas so that we know what to expect. Take a look at what we found and see how you can incorporate some fall trends into your wedding planning!

  • Copper

Copper is more than just a penny. Copper details are everywhere! We happen to love them as glamorous dinnerware and spectacular statement pieces on tables. The best part is that this color meshes well with any wedding style: Polished copper can look glamorous and elegant, but aged copper accents add to a rustic or vintage feel.

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  • Vintage

We all saw this one coming, didn’t we? Vintage. It screams fall and we can’t wait to see the life it takes on this season. From the colors to the mood, vintage is the quintessential fall theme.

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  • Sequins

I must admit, this might be my favorite trend! Sequin linens are gorgeous and add a glamorous touch to any event! There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, so keep that in mind. These linens look best with simple flower arrangements and not much bling anywhere else.

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  • Cafe Lights

Ok, this might be a year-round trend and we must admit, we love it! They add such romance and elegance to any event. Especially those gorgeous outdoor fall weddings that we are oh-so excited to contribute to this season!

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Chairs at Events

Chairs are sometimes an afterthought at weddings and events. Sure, they’re all about convenience but if you choose the right chair, it can really enhance the look and feel of your event, it can even be a statement piece. Here are a few examples of chairs that can take your event from drab to fab.

  • Chiavari

The staple wedding chair. Chiavaris are everywhere! They class up any event and add a touch of luxury. They come in several colors: acrylic, mahogany, natural wood, white, black, cherrywood, gold, and silver. The best part about chiavari chairs is that you can pick practically any color to have as a cushion. It’s a perfect way to tie in your wedding colors without going over the top. Chiavari chairs add subtle elegance to any event.

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  • Napoleon

The close cousin of a chiavari, the napoleon is fairly new and had it’s own unique look that it can contribute to any event. Just like the chiavari, napoleons come in acrylic, mahogany, white, black, gold, and silver. The chiavari cushions also fit the napoleons so they have a variety of colors to choose from as well!

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  • Ghost Chairs

Ghost chairs are becoming ever more popular. They are acrylic and most people prefer them because they blend in but are still sophisticated. Also, who doesn’t love pretending to levitate? Check out some of the photos and try not to fall in love.

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  • Pop Chairs

“Pop” Chairs are on the more sophisticated side. There are several color options for these chairs as well and they’re incredibly comfortable. These chairs look best with simple décor because they speak for themselves.

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  • Tuscany Chairs

For a more rustic look, we would suggest Tuscany chairs. These chairs are timeless, simple, and lovely. They can easily fit in at the ceremony or at a reception along a farmhouse table.

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What To Expect From Your Wedding Vendors

Your wedding vendors will become your most cherished friends throughout the wedding planning process. You have to put a lot of your trust in them to make your special day all that you’ve dreamed it would be. It can be tough for some brides to make a decision when it comes to who to work with so here’s a short list to guide you through that decision-making process and assist you in choosing the best vendors.

  • Professionalism

As previously mentioned, your wedding vendors will become your friends throughout the wedding planning process because of the amount of trust you must put into them. This, by no means, is to say that they should treat you as a friend. There should always be a level of professionalism at meetings, on phone calls and through emails. This is not to be confused with formality. It is possible to be casual and professional; it’s just about the conversation points. Keep it about their job and what you’re requesting.

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  • Quality

Make sure you have a deep understanding of the quality of products and services that your vendors are offering. Schedule appointments to see their products at their warehouse or showroom in person so that you are confident in what they are bringing and point out anything you don’t like about what they’re offering you i.e. dirty couch, stained dance floor, ripped linen, etc. they will most likely do what they can do ensure your happiness.

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  • Fair pricing

All vendors should have pricing that is competitive. In any case, definitely let your vendor know what budget you are working within for their specified area. This will allow them to have a better idea of what they can offer based on what you can afford and they are more likely to work with you in accommodating that budget.

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  • Availability

A good vendor makes sure to be available for their clients. They either always answer your phone calls or they get back to you in a timely manner. They are accessible by email and text message as well, in some cases. This is your special day and vendors should treat each client as if they were the first.

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  • Follow through

This is so, so important! After your countless meetings, phone calls and emails, it is imperative that the vendors you work with follow through on their promises. The best, and really only, way to ensure your vendors will deliver is reviews and referrals. This one requires a bit of research but is well worth it in the end when everything is as you had dreamed it would be.

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Summer Wedding Tips

Thinking about traveling to Miami for your wedding? Strongly reconsidering the summer months? Think again! Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when planning your destination wedding.

  • Budget-savvy brides

The summer is usually the slow season in Florida, for the simple fact that it’s either scorchingly hot or raining. Brides who aren’t willing to risk the “luck” of rain on their wedding day usually steer clear of Miami from June-August. This is great news for brides who are in a pinch with their budgets. Some vendors are willing to be more flexible during the slower months, it doesn’t hurt to ask!

  • Indoor venues

Miami has some spectacular indoor venues that offer picturesque views of Miami, without being exposed to the elements. These are ideal during the summer when the weather is so unpredictable. There are also venues indoors that are jaw-dropping all on their own.

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  • Tents

Another option to shield your guests from the drastic weather in Miami during the summer is tents. Tenting seems like a tacky, last minute piece of a wedding, but with the right planning and vendors, a tent can be transformed into a beautiful and integral part of a wedding.

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  • Fans

If you absolutely must have an outdoors wedding, considering cute personalized fans to hand out to your guests for the ceremony. Each fan can have a little ceremony timeline, a background about the couple, fun facts, anything that can keep guests entertained while waiting for the ceremony to begin. This tip applies to a Florida wedding pretty much any time of the year. They’re relatively inexpensive and your guests will be forever grateful.

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  • Attire

If you would love a summer wedding, make sure your guests are informed of the attire. It may seem like a no-brainer but you don’t want to have unhappy and uncomfortable guests on your wedding day. A beach wedding may seem like a bad idea during the summer, but the attire lends itself to summer weather and is actual ideal.

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Amigos for Kids Domino Night 2014 Highlights

This year, we had the pleasure of planning, producing and executing all aspects of Amigos For Kids’ annual Domino Night gala. Amigos For Kids is a non-profit corporation founded in 1991 to respond to the diverse needs of abused, abandoned, neglected and less-fortunate children. The organization creates awareness for its cause through public service campaigns and high-profile fundraising events. Domino Night is one such fundraising event. The benefit features a celebrity orange carpet, celebrity domino players, a bar by Bacardi, silent auction, food, and live entertainment. The Celebrity Domino Night has been Miami’s most popular fundraising event since 2005.

We had big expectations to live up to and we were ready for the challenge! Here are some highlights from the 2014 gala at Jungle Island.

The night kicked off downstairs at the Sabal Palm Plaza with food, music and, of course, drinks!

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Guests made their way upstairs for the night to begin! An awards presentation by the Amigos For Kids Board Members reminded us that we were there for a great cause and all this fun was even more meaningful because of the kids we were helping. Next up, was salsa crooner Willy Chirino. He sang his heart out and we danced our hearts out! He truly brought out the Domino spirit!

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A surprise appearance by, perhaps, the most famous puppet in Miami, Pepe Billete followed Chirino’s performance and further emphasized the spirit and fun of the event. In his iconic voice, Billete reminded us all of the cause we were raising awareness and funds for, in between cheering on the Heat and the occasional curse word that has come to define his personality and style.

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The night got even more exciting when DJ Irie came on stage, in the midst of the Heat playing in the finals, the atmosphere was electric. He had a great set and pumped up the party atmosphere.

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The night finally came to an end. Guests made their way out of the ballroom, picking up their silent auction winnings and making one last stop at our candy station before heading home for the night.

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Overall, the night was a great success and raised $400,000 for Amigos for Kids. Thank you to all the sponsors of Domino Night along with all of our guests. We hope you had a wonderful time and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

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Rustic Wedding Inspiration

A rustic wedding has all the beautiful and intimate pieces of a downhome wedding but with some chic and trendy touches. We finally had the opportunity to branch out our market to include not only modern brides but rustic brides and in order to show what we can do, we brought out A-game to a recent bridal show!

We had the pleasure of contributing to the Great Bridal Expo at the JW Marriott Miami! Our booth was definitely a hit, I mean we brought our very own wall! In addition to the fabulous grass wall we had a chandelier, string lights, a GORGEOUS farmhouse table surrounded by vintage, shabby chic chairs, beautiful pastel pink flowers adorning the table and a coordinating lounge set complete with a burlap “Mr. and Mrs.” pillow.

The pictures below speak for themselves!

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The team at EVoga would love to show off more of our rustic talents! Feel free to contact us for all of your wedding needs, now ranging from rustic to modern and everything in between! We would love to bring your vision to life!