Thursday, November 10, 2016

Wedding Venues & Color | 2017 Color Trends

2017 color trends will be bold and bright with vibrant shades of yellow, orange and bright coral accented by gorgeous blues and Kale green.  

You MUST always consider color when selecting your wedding venue!

It is impossible to design your wedding theme if your venue does not have clean lines and neutral colors. The days of planning events around unsightly chairs, rugs with a pattern or colored curtains are over.  The Commons 1854 is a boutique wedding venue designed to accommodate all colors.

Soft pinks & gold, organic and natural was the styled theme in this late fall wedding in 2016.  The decor was sophisticated, understated and perfectly complimented the ceremony, cocktail hour and ballroom at The Commons 1854.

Whimsical gold pumpkins flanked the card box with natural twine and clothespins.

The ceremony site! Ivory rose petals and simple lighting helped to create the romantic ceremony space! The Commons 1854 has light maple flooring, gold chairs with ivory damask pads, ivory sheers and curtains.  How can you go wrong with a venue like this?

The recessional moment is priceless!!!

The wide aisle with simple Maple Flooring help to create the perfect picture the moment that the couple realizes they are married!!!

Gold, ivory and cupcakes work well, especially with a neutral backdrop. 

We love the height of the 36" trumpet vase!

Natural menu cards in a simple pocket folded ivory satin napkin is a fitting addition to the tablescape with lenox bone china and reed and barton flatware.

Natural wooden table numbers added to the whimsical feel. For more of a f

The centerpieces were a mixture of highs and lows.  This design works well at The Commons 1854. 

Romance and bliss! 

Smores were the wedding favor!  

Love the purple uplighting for the dancing!

The photo opportunities outside The Commons 1854 are extensive!  This historic Gould Barn and Parson Capen House on site in the historic district of Topsfield make for a gorgeous backdrop regardless of the time of year.  


We loved the pop of purple from the bridesmaid dresses!

The sweetheart table was set in front of the ballroom fireplace which was the perfect backdrop for the toasts and speeches! 

October Wedding at The Commons 1854

Blog post by Johanna Esposito, photo credit 617 Weddings Photographer John LoConte.

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®