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!

BizBash 2014

Last Wednesday, we had the privilege of attending the 2014 BizBash 2014 Expo. It was great to see industry friends and learn even more about this ever-growing industry we are all a part of.

We attended the workshops in the morning, the forum, and the trade show floor. Safe to say we took advantage of the planned activities and tried to get as much out of it as possible.

The morning workshop was concerning social media marketing, which is HUGE and we are all trying to stay ahead of the curve. We definitely learned a lot and will be implementing some of those learned strategies on our own social media pages from now on.

Next up was the first forum, we heard several great speeches from well-known and important people in the industry. One that particularly stuck out to us was Todd Fiscus from Todd Events. The photos he shared with us of his past work were beyond impressive and we were frantically taking notes to one day achieve the caliber of events he is achieving and executing. We also learned a lot about sponsorships at events from a panel discussion that included Pam Dzierzanowski from Patron, Dianna Craven of Sunfest, and Warren Dale Moore of Warren Moore events. All of them are either sponsors themselves, or deal directly with sponsors so it was great to get firsthand knowledge from both sides.

Next, we toured the tradeshow floor. It was great to walk around and see so many familiar faces! We even got to play in a life-size snow globe, which is always fun! We also saw many new trends including props and theme decorations, the growing and expanding Hora Loca trend, and some new catering and signage trends.

Finally, we went to the second half of the forum which, in my opinion, was the best part. We played a really fun game with the CEO of SwarmWorks using really cool, new technology. Additionally, we heard from the Vice President of Challenges, Special Events, and Sponsor Relations at Best Buddies, Scott Tracy. This especially interested us because we are currently working on several non-profit fundraising events and want to learn how to make it a success for us and the organization.

All in all, this day was filled with fun and information all rolled into one. We were very excited to attend and are looking forward to next year’s event!

 

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Prom Season

We are coming up on Prom Season and we couldn’t be more excited! Its such a magical experience in a teen’s life and we are lucky to be able to be apart of them. It’s the one special night when girls in colorful gowns and boys in tuxedos for the first time pose awkwardly for photos that they will cherish or hide for the rest of their lives. The night when curfews are broken and limousines are taken for joyrides. The night when the punch bowl might contain more than just punch.

The word prom is short for promenade, the formal, introductory parading of guests at a party. Prom can be traced back to the simple co-ed banquets that 19th century American universities held for each year’s graduating class. A growing teenage culture pushed proms younger and younger, and by the 1940s the dance we know today had evolved. In the 1950s, high schools traded in the traditional gymnasium in favor of hotels or country clubs. President Kennedy rescheduled a 1963 $1,000-a-plate fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton to accommodate a local school whose prom had been booked for the same time. In 1975, President Ford’s daughter Susan held her high school’s senior prom at possibly the best location ever: the White House.

And don’t think proms are limited to graduating seniors heading off to college and partying one last time with their hometown friends. Middle school dances are becoming more and more common. They can be very fun and offer more of a relaxed atmosphere than it’s older counterpart.

We happen to love contributing to proms all over Miami and contributing ideas to themes and bringing visions to life. Check out some photos from years past and see if you can guess some common themes.

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Gobos

A gobo projector – also referred to as monogram lighting – is one of the latest trends for weddings and special events. In general terms, a gobo is an image that is projected onto a wall or dance floor, usually displaying the names of a bridal couple, wedding date, or monogram.

The word “gobo” stands for “Goes Before Optics.” There are specific lighting instruments that can accept gobos. Gobos can be used for multiple projects; for example they can project breakup patterns to create texture on walls or even project your company logo. Most gobos are made of steel but more complex patterns and colors can be achieved using glass gobos. The quality of the projected image varies based upon the type of material used for the gobo.

Gobos are so versatile and there are so many options! They can even be in color. And gobos don’t stop at weddings and social events, they’re ideal for corporate events and branding.

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Trend Alert: Chandeliers

Chandeliers have long been a status symbol and exclusive to the wealthy. It is instantly synonymous with class; ornate hanging lights that are just as much decoration as they are light sources. And when the first appeared, that was about it. Nowadays it’s more about timeless elegance and how sparkly and beautiful they can be, to some a reflection of the owners.

Lately, we’ve had a significant increase in requests for chandeliers. Chandeliers at weddings are elegant, timeless and classy and we love them. Whether it be a single one hung in a chuppah for the ceremony, a special structure built to hold several over the dance floor, or hanging several in a beautiful large tree over the cocktail area, chandeliers are versatile and can be used in any part of your wedding. Check out a few photos from recent events that we’ve produced and let us know which chandelier atmosphere you like best!

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We happen to love this trend and really hope it sticks around because chandeliers are so versatile and timeless.

 

Photo credits: (1) and (2) A Fisher Island wedding planned and designed by Miami’s Luxury Event Planner, Lourdes Milian of Lourdes Milian Productions.

Surprise Weddings

Surprise weddings are an increasing trend. They’re fun and quick and no fuss. People want surprise weddings for many different reasons. It can be a way of holding the reins over what happens, it may be a way to keep the costs down, for others they just don’t want any fuss; and well, some people just like to stage a big surprise. Here are some tips to help you take the plunge!

For both celebrities and regular people, the key to pulling off a surprise wedding is coming up with a strong excuse to lure guests to the bash. LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian told their guests they were hosting an engagement party at a private home, in 2011, but when people showed up, the couple revealed it was actually their wedding. In 2009, Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady used their son’s christening at St. Monica Catholic Church in California as an excuse to get their group gathered.

Consider whether the surprise is actually going to be a pleasant surprise and not a disappointment to your family and friends. Some guests may feel left out, confused or overwhelmed. Sometimes guests feel they would have liked to dress up a little more or close friends and family may feel like they had missed out on sharing the planning with you.

It is well worth telling immediate family – children, parents, elderly grandparents… or anyone who might be emotionally upset and even physically challenged if not told (ie have a heart attack at hearing the news!).

One way to ensure the guests arrive on time is to say that some other special event is about to happen at that time. For example if it is a ‘birthday’ party people may be very casual about arriving on time. Let guests know that you have special entertainment booked that is going to commence right on the dot and you wouldn’t want them to miss it.

The best way to announce that a surprise wedding is about to take place is to have the MC state what is about to happen and then give time for the guests to digest the news, chat and laugh.

Have you ever had a surprise wedding or been in attendance for one? We’d love to hear about your experience!

Backyard Wedding

This past weekend we were given the opportunity to contribute to a fabulous backyard wedding, planned by “Wedded to Perfection”. We were awed to find out that this “backyard wedding” wasn’t as simple and plain as it sounded. We arrived at this magnificent house in Coconut Grove, ripped from the pages of a magazine. We were escorted to the backyard where the ceremony and reception would take place. The yard was HUGE, like football field huge. Needless to say, we had a lot of work to do to transform that space. We built a stage in the pool, on which the couple was married.  We provided large royal tables and beautiful ruffle linens for the reception and so much more! Check out a video of the finished product and let us know what you think! Who knows, maybe your event could be the next one we blog about! 🙂

Rustic Elegance

It’s been a crazy week at EVoga! Events on top of events on top of rentals, we are crazy! But we’re exciting about our growth.

In keeping with the trend to grow, we are trying to stay on top of the curve when it comes to new wedding trends and one that we happen to love is the shabby chic, rustic elegance trend.

We are working on expanding our furniture inventory to include more vintage pieces and we got a few new ones recently that we’re oh so excited to share with you all! Introducing our Boutique Vintage Collection! We even went on a site visit to an outside venue that is perfect for a rustic wedding.

Check out some photos from our site visit and of our new furniture and see why we love this trend and cant wait to expand our collection even more!

 

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History of Valentines Day

There are so many legends and myths about the history of Valentines Day. We aren’t necessarily historians, but we do think the most widespread, well-known story happens to be incredibly interesting.

The holiday’s roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration celebrated annually on February 15. Pope Gelasius I reinstated this pagan festival as a Christian feast day circa 496, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day.

Which St. Valentine this early pope intended to honor remains a mystery: according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by that name. One was a priest in Rome, another a bishop in Terni, and of a third St. Valentine almost nothing is known except that he met his end in Africa. Rather astonishingly, all three Valentines were said to have been martyred on Feb. 14.

Most scholars believe that the St. Valentine of the holiday was a priest who attracted the disfavor of Roman emperor Claudius II around 270. It’s here where the facts and myths intertwine. According to one legend, Claudius II had prohibited marriage for young men, claiming that they made better soldiers than husbands. Valentine continued to secretly perform marriage ceremonies but was eventually apprehended by the Romans and put to death. Another legend has it that Valentine, imprisoned by Claudius, fell in love with the daughter of his jailer, whom he healed of blindness. Before he was executed, he allegedly sent her a letter signed “from your Valentine.”

It was not until the 14th century that this Christian feast day became definitively associated with love. According to UCLA medieval scholar Henry Ansgar Kelly,  it was Chaucer who first linked St. Valentine’s Day with romance.

In 1381, Chaucer composed a poem in honor of the engagement between England’s Richard II and Anne of Bohemia. As was the poetic tradition, Chaucer associated the occasion with a feast day. In “The Parliament of Fowls,” the royal engagement, the mating season of birds, and St. Valentine’s Day are linked: “For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every fowl cometh there to choose his mate.”

Whatever may be true, we love this holiday and all it represents. Sharing love for others is always beautiful in our minds, and a day basically dedicated to chocolate isn’t bad either. 🙂

Event Entertainment

Event entertainment is becoming more and more popular. It’s no longer enough to have just a DJ, sure, it’s still fun, but why not engage your guests? Live bands, Hora Locas, performers, Mariachis, theatrical performances…the possibilities are nearly endless. Having live entertainment creates an experience, not just an event.

Live Bands

Probably the most common form of live entertainment at events is a band. I mean, who doesn’t love a concert? They’re fun and engaging and get people dancing. Of course, they cant play for the entire event so a DJ is necessary as an accompaniment, but that’s just it, just an accompaniment. The real entertainment is the band. It’s exciting and there’s so much variety, you could find a band for any theme; big bands, latin bands, crossover bands, mariachis, string trios, anything you can think of, there’s a band for it.

 

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Hora Loca

It began as a tradition in Latin weddings, but like most things that are outrageously fun, the Hora Loca has quickly spread to other cultures. A party within a party, La Hora Loca is meant to be a high-energy transition from the first part of the reception, which focuses on wedding traditions like speeches and the first dance, to the bona fide, no-holds-barred party, which often goes into the wee hours. There are so many options with La Hora Loca, it can be simple with just music and a few masks, boas, and other fun accessories. Or it can be incredibly lavish with Carnival dancers, stilt walkers, fog machines, confetti cannons, and other fun things to really get your guests engaged and on their feet.

 

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Acrobats, Aerialists, Fire Performers, Live Statues, Shadowbox Dancers

For a real WOW factor, we definitely recommend a theatrical performance such as acrobats, aerialists, fire performers, live statues, and shadowbox dancers. All of them are incredibly impressive and keep guests entertained, even from their seats. The shows can be short, sweet, and to the point or present throughout the night for a special touch. We definitely recommend these for galas and other large, corporate events where guests usually wouldn’t intermingle and dance so easily.

 

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