Category Archives: Weddings

Happy Shindig 2014

Happy new year! Did you have a good celebration? Are you recovering well? You know, getting the rest you need to feel pumped for the new year? Well hopefully you answered, yes, yes, and yes.

Stars, party blower, Style This Shindig

The beginning of the year is a hopeful time of year. Because we tend to make a decision to improve something or other with ourselves. At the very least we have intentions, if not an entire strategy, to edit aspects of our lives that we don’t like. If you’re one of those without a thing to improve or to change, well lucky you! Could we hang around you? Seriously!

For the rest of us, whatever your plans or intentions are, you have our backing 100%. Before you go a little wild with your new year resolutions, here’s something to think about: A Ted Talk by David Steindl-Rast.  He talks about the secret to being happy.  That’s gratefulness.  It’s an inspiring talk that got us thinking about all the things we have already.  While we focus on changing the things we don’t like about ourselves, let’s look back at all the things that we’re super pleased with.

Looking into the new year.  2014.  Style This Shindig.

Being grateful for family, for another birthday, for another anniversary, for deepened relationships, and for good health (hence another birthday and another anniversary) is what makes us happy.  These are all the reasons to celebrate, don’t you think? It’s really about showing how grateful and pleased we are with life.  Right?!

Here at Style This Shindig, we strive to embrace  all that we have in life, all the people we love, and all the stories we create in the moments that we’ve been given.  We’re all about visually capturing and retelling stories.  It’s why we LOVE to style events and help you style yours!

Gold rimmed champagne glass, Style This Shindig

Whether you’re retelling a special story, standing up for a just cause, celebrating a special moment (a born day, a wedding, a union, a still-in-love-with-each-other-day), or simply being present, let us be your cheerleader.  You know, help you celebrate, in style!

On this blog, this year, you’ll find wedding decor how-to’s, event styling ideas, kid’s party ideas, floral how-to’s (of course!) and a whole lot more.  We hope you’ll find the thoughts, tips, and ideas helpful as you plan your next event.  Can’t visit the blog often?  Sign up for email and you’ll get the info delivered to your inbox.

Happy New Year Banner (Meri Meri), Style This Shindig

Won’t you come along for this ride, this adventure?  Let’s look ahead into the party future together!  It’d be more fun!

Tell us, what events or parties are you planning this year?

 

P.S. If reading blog articles isn’t your style and you still want doses of inspiration, find us on Instagram.  It’s an intimate space.  We tweet.  We pin.  You’re awesome!

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Styling: Roaring 20s Inspired

Have you seen the 2013 version of the Great Gatsby?  We’ve finally watched it when it came out on DVD.  That’s when we drooled over the set, the flowers, the mansions, and the costume designs.  The movie served eye candy that we couldn’t get enough of and we didn’t try to say no.  It captured all the feelings we had about the roaring 20s.

When we think of that era, some of the things that come to mind are wealth, extravagance, and over indulgence.  Leveraging these inspiration, we designed and styled a set.  When inspiration hits, everything just flows smoothly.

Styling and Blooms: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn PhotographyWe love the details here.  The side table is our interpretation of Art Deco design.  The hourglass represents waiting, waiting for the past to align with the present.  Will that ever happen?

Styling and Blooms: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha VornThe dark and rich blooms represent depth and complexity.  Something we feel when we think of Daisy Buchanan and her love triangle.  Can you picture this as a wedding bouquet?

Styling and Blooms: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn

All of this wouldn’t be possible without help.

Together with Sitha Vorn, our Style This Shindig team, and Lowell’s United Teen Equality Center (UTEC), we had a chance to capture this inspiration.

Styling and floral design: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn

Sitha Vorn is our talented photographer who has a keen sense of style.  She always captures the vision we’re looking for.  It’s no wonder we love working with her.

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UTEC has a special home.  We’re so pleased we get to utilize their function space because it’s housed in a LEED certified building.  They are currently ramping up their facilities rental program as part of their social enterprise efforts, which support youth programming.  All of their events are staffed by youth participating in our culinary and building trades programs.  Anyone interested in more information should email Keelyn Sebeny at rentals@utec-lowell.org.

When you think of the Roaring 20s, what comes to mind?

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Prop styling and floral design: Style This Shindig

Makeup, hair, photography: Sitha Vorn

Location: United Teen Equality Center (UTEC)

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{Good to Know} Difference Between Event Stylist and Event Planner

Ever wondered what a wedding/event stylist does versus what a wedding/event planner does?  There may be a little overlap in what we do.  Both are significant.  Both will help you carry out successful events.  Both will make your life in hosting events easier.  Both will help you make a positive impact!  Both will make you look like the hostess with the mostest.  Both will make your event photos look good on Pinterest.  Both will help your photos get featured on wedding and event blogs!  It’s HOW we achieve the goals that are different.  But let’s look at the overlap first.

Overlap

Some of the things we may do that overlap are:

  1. Venue suggestions
  2. Budget management (planners for the whole event, and stylists for the decor aspect).
  3. Rentals

Although there are overlaps in what we do, there are key differences.

blooms - floral design by style this shindig

Wedding/Event Stylist

Wedding and event stylists’ responsibilities are to create a positive impression, to stir up positive past memories, and to create a new memorable experience for guests and event go-ers through aesthetics.  Making visual impact is one of the goals of stylists.

Stylists meet with clients to go over all things aesthetically related such as theme, color story, interests, vision, and vibe.  We achieve the look by designing/crafting/using elements such as (Not an exhaustive list at all):

  1. Hand made props
  2. Backdrops
  3. Flowers
  4. Paper goods
  5. Rentals (chairs, linens, napkins, etc)
  6. Dessert table
  7. Photo booth props

We put together these elements to achieve the desired cohesive look and impact.

Wedding/Event Planner

Think of the wedding/event planner as the project manager.  Their responsibility is to accomplish a project at a set budget.  Throughout the cycle of the project, the project manager (PM) manages multiple teams, logistics, time, resources, human resources, and the budget.  They will always take into account the stakeholders, those interested and invested in the project.  Having had the opportunity to work with planners, we must say that they are so much more and can be so much more!

Much like a project manager, the event planner oversees the entire event.  He or she does the following to successfully carry out an event (not an exhaustive list whatsoever):

  1. Understands the client’s goals (hopes and dreams)
  2. Handles scheduling logistics
  3. Manages the budget
  4. Coordinates with vendors
  5. Handles contracts
  6. Provides a list of preferred vendors (i.e. Event stylist)
  7. Scouts venues

Wedding stylists and planners we may work together shoulder to shoulder.  After all, a stylist is a vendor that planners may go to for help in achieving the event goals.  If a client does not work with a planner, they may work with the stylist directly.

blooms - floral design by style this shindig

You see, we play different roles and we do different things.  But in the end, we work with clients, brides, and couples, to make their event, the most memorable ever!

* Disclosure, we are speaking from the point of view of event stylists.  Event planners, please feel free to add on.

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{Styling} {Floral Design} Backdrops

Photos, people will always take photos at events says Captain Obvious!

If you score a wonderful venue for your wedding, photo backdrops wouldn’t be a challenge to spot.  Sometimes, you have to create that special photo spot for your guests.  You can have your stylist create a space that’s not only the designated photo backdrop but a spot that flows with the entire space.   It’s an element that can add to the event’s aesthetic for sure.

Styled backdrop - Stylist/Floral Designer: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha VornEvent stylists can create these backdrops to add to the decor of your event.  (You might have seen our model Linda in our previous post. =)).

Stylist/Floral Design: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha VornShowing off a simply styled prop.

Wearable Blooms: Stylist/Floral Design: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn

Floral design piece that adorns the hair.

Wearable Blooms - Stylist/Floral Design: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha VornAnd it could be used to dress your outfit.

Thanks to Sitha and Linda for all your help with this concept shoot.

~ Enjoy

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Styling & Floral Design: Style This Shindig

Photography: Sitha Vorn

Model: Linda Moore

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