Friday, February 19, 2016

Wedding Signs at "The Commons 1854"


Signs can be a great addition to any wedding reception.  They help to create your wedding theme and provide direction to guests. 

Outside the ceremony site
Can double as a program
Suggests where to sit to help the ushers
For the head table
The chairs



Randomly placed signs, super cute





For the photos
The thank you sign
The flip flop signs

Places you have visited
The gift to your fiance
Whether you are getting married inside or out, signs are a a great addition to your wedding ceremony and reception.  Just make sure your signs match both your back up plan and your good weather plan.  Happy Planning!

Blog Post by Johanna Esposito PWP®

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Private Bridal Suite at The Commons 1854

Every Girl needs a place to retreat to on their wedding day! Here are some great photos in the moments leading up to the wedding!

Chaise Lounge to showcase the gown

Jacuzzi tub to do as you please

Its almost time

Gorgeous black and white

The Venue is rich with architecture


The final touches

"Pretty" relaxing



Blog Post by Johanna Esposito PWP®

Thursday, February 4, 2016

10 Wedding Escort Card Tips | The Commons 1854


The Escort card selection is so important and often overlooked until close to the wedding. When should you start this process? Select the cards when you select your invitations, then set your RSVP date one month prior to the wedding. Once the responses are in, plan your seating chart and place the order.  My first tip is to work with a competent stationary company. This way, when a guest asks last minute to bring their new boyfriend, you are delegating and not stressing.  
Almost every couple experiences at least one major change to the seating arrangement weeks if not days before the wedding.  We like Carlson Craft for all of our stationary needs but there are many reputable companies out there to help. 

Tip #1: Use the same vendor for all of your wedding stationary to keep cohesive with your theme.

horizontal wine cork escort card
Tip #2: When using wine corks or other escort card stands, make sure the cards are at an approximate 45 degree's in angle.  There is nothing worse than to have your guests bending down to find their escort card and the photos will be better.

vertical wine cork escort card

grey satin with embellishment 
Tip #3: The guests name should mimic the outer invitation envelope for a semi formal, black tie or white tie wedding reception.





Tip 4: Use your wedding colors. If your escort card table has a neutral colored linen, pop your color to enhance the photographic prospective.






Tip 5: Plan decor for the escort card table. Consider re-purposing a floral from your reception or ceremony to the table to save.  This only works if you have someone to discretely move the piece for you.  Our coordinators at the Commons 1854 do this with pleasure.
cheery blossoms and muted grey and silver tones
Tip 6: Show your personality.  This digital seating chart is what I used for my wedding.  My husband has a background in computer engineering so we had a "tech" element to our reception.  At first I was reluctant. HOWEVER, when the changes needed to be made, my amazing wedding planner Holly from In the Pink Ink was there to take care of it digitally!!!
think out of the box

unique escort cards can indicate the precise meal selection

Tip #7: Be unique and incorporate your meal selections for each respective guest.  This starts with the wedding invitations.  Be sure to promote the meal selection indication for the exact guests. Your stationary vendor can help with this and your caterer will provide a better service in doing so.




Tip #8: Hire a calligrapher. A formal wedding lend itself perfectly to traditional calligraphy. DIY calligraphy is stressful for the couple so be leary.  The personal touch achieved with wedding calligraphy is an element that that will impress all generations.






Tip #9: Consider the linens.  This delicate neutral pattern was daring and yet softly balanced the ivory silk damask linens. Sometimes, taking a chance on contrasting patterns pays off. The real tip here is "sometimes" so try the juxtaposition at home or at your venue to ensure it will be pleasing to the eye.




blue love birds and navy pintuck linens



Tip #10: Show your love. You two love birds will be joined at the hip for your ceremony, cocktail hour, reception and the rest of your lives. Like you, these love birds add an extra smile to your guests face on your wedding day!







Remember, be yourself when your planning!  You have only one day, one love and one happily ever after! Enjoy!!!!!!
blog by Johanna Esposito PWP®










Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How to choose your wedding bouquet...simple tips from The Commons 1854


Your wedding bouquet is your most unique and largest accessory you will wear on your wedding day, so choose wisely!  Here are some tips on how to select your wedding bouquet.

Consider these factors: Dress, Veil, bouquet shape, size, color and cost.  Now you know partly what your fiancĂ© went through when he bought your engagement ring!!!

There are many different types of bouquets to choose from for your wedding ceremony and reception this blog focuses on Round, Hand-tied, Posy and Cascading.





The Round Bridal Bouquet...


This is a very clean look which can incorporate one or many different types of flowers.  This wedding dress had no embellishments, Dupioni silk textured material and a cathedral veil. The satin wrapping of the bouquet covered the entire bouquet and the embellishment was the perfect balance to the look.  The bouquet has the ability to add or in this case soften up the texture in a wedding gown. White hydrangea, white calla lilies and antiques roses were incorporated into this gorgeous brides ensemble.






Crystal embellishments throughout red roses
Rhinestone embellishment at the stem base of multi colored peonies and rose bouquet





The Hand Tied Bouquet...



Organic and natural, the hand tied bouquet is a great fit for many different styles and always incorporates a variety of flowers.  This dress perfectly balanced lace and silk and the hand tied bouquet was the perfect accessory.  The veil was a Butterfly style.  The flowers are different in shape making the look more natural.
















Posy Bouquet...


The Posy bouquet is composed of one flower or several of the same flowers bunched together. This look is on the casual side and paired perfectly with a simple Sheath dress and no veil. The simple tennis bracelet was polished off the look.
Simple White Calla Lilies in a Posy style Bouquet 

Posy is a nice look for the bridesmaids even with a round or hand tied bridal bouquet







Cascading Bouquet...



The waterfall or cascading bouquet is a classic and traditional option for brides.  While they are quite heavy, they add dimension and drama to a brides look.  A simple A-line, no veil and a tiara was a great look to pair with this bouquet.  A smile is the best and most important accessory and this bride nailed it!



















Blog Post by Johanna Esposito

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

“Beauty and Elegance” A Garden Inspired Wedding at The Commons 1854

Our Garden Terrace was the inspiration for this Wedding!  Think whimsical, vivacious and sophisticated. The classic and understated elegance of the outdoor ceremony space lends itself to numerous wedding themes and styles.  The question is always, will it work in your venue?  If not, this theme can be a disaster. Read this blog until the end to help with what to, and what NOT to do when planning a Garden Inspired Wedding.

The "I Do's"

Michelle waits in the calming comfort of the bridal suite as the guests start to arrive.
The sun peaks through the window, its almost time.
Only those of us who have been there, know her indescribable feeling!

Her white lace embroidered Trumpet gown was perfectly accented by a simple angel veil.
The shades of blue were appropriate to the wedding theme and complimented the brides attendants.

The ceremony aisle boasts 75 feet of orange hand-laid brick, she flawlessly glides down the aisle.

          The ceremony is surrounded with calming green and classic white tones.

 The pops of color derive from the wedding party attire and flowers.

The towering maple trees in the ceremony background make the design easy and inexpensive.  Less was perfect within this garden inspired theme. 

In true Classic New England fashion, the wedding party headed across the street to the historic Gould Barn and Parson Capen house and enjoyed the preserved beauty that historic Topsfield has to offer.  
The escort card table boasted a towering floral design which was the perfect transition from the outdoor garden ceremony into the lively cocktail hour.
A tip toe down the stairs to give her new groom a kiss!
The bride and groom head toward the Grand Ballroom to view their Reception space and the impeccable details that helped to create their theme.
Organic flower boxes and whimsically placed candles were the perfect accent to the large farm tables. 
Alternate rounds and Farm tables for an asymmetrical floor plan..
Rod Iron and clear glass cylinders mixed a bit of modern into the garden design.
The cake incorporated the multitude of colors which tied the wedding decor together nicely.
As the base of event design, the up-lighting color is very important to the theme.  The linens are a very understated silk damask embroidered cloth. 
Above are the "I Do's" with your Garden Inspired Wedding Theme at The Commons 1854

Here is what "I Object" to when planning your Garden Inspired Wedding
Mason jars, vintage ivory lace, birdcages and birdcage veils, cathedral veils, paper aisle runners, cascading bouquets, Sheath wedding dress's, chalk boards, tuxedo's and small windows and 
low ceilings. 

Blog by Johanna Esposito












Photo credit Dave Benoit