Archive for May, 2012

Inside Scoop on Planning a Wedding at The Taj Boston, Massachusetts

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Taj Boston

From the engagement to the joyous day and all the important milestones in between, Taj Hotels can handle any wedding function with flawless aplomb. Their wedding planners collaborate with the bride and groom to create an event that will delight the couple, the parents and all friends and family who attend. Whether a couple chooses a traditional ceremony or a themed extravaganza, the Taj team ensures that the day is nothing short of perfection. Here is what the team at the Taj Boston had to say about planning a wedding there.

GO: What is your unique role when it comes to a couple’s wedding day and how does your property distinguish a couple’s experience as opposed to getting married somewhere else?
TB: Taj Boston is a boutique luxury property with an array of diverse venues – From a contemporary rooftop looking out over the Boston skyline to a luxurious ballroom with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the famed Public Garden. Each venue is very unique affording any couple will find the perfect setting for their wedding celebration.
GO: From start to finish, what can a couple expect if they choose to get married at your property?
TB: A couple can expect to make their vision of their dream wedding a reality with high quality and innovative cuisine, contemporary or classic presentation, high staffing levels, and fine dining service standards. Our talented and experienced team will help as much or as little as desired to create the perfect wedding.
GO: If you had to describe your property in three words, what would they be?
TB: Luxurious. Private. Elegant.

GO: What are the unique locations that a couple can host their ceremony and reception at in your venue?
TB: The Grand Ballroom: This is the largest venue in the hotel and holds 250 guests for dinner and dancing, and 500 for a reception style setup. With sparkling chandeliers, elegant drapery, and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows – this venue is perfect for couples who are looking to make a statement. It is surrounded on three sides by balconies with a spectacular staircase leading down to the ballroom.
The Dining Room: Overlooks Newbury Street and the Public Garden. Its classic décor make it the perfect location for an intimately elegant wedding. It can hold up to 175 guests for dinner and dancing, and 200 for a reception setting.
The Roof: Located on the 17th floor, this venue has a modern look and feel, with breathtaking views of the Public Garden, the Back Bay neighborhood and other cityscape views. It is open from April-November and can hold 130 guests for dinner and dancing, and up to 200 for a reception.

The Taj Room, the Petite Ballroom, and the Adam Room are ideal locations for a smaller, more intimate wedding, engagement party or bridal shower. The French Room, where we hold our classic Afternoon Tea, is a unique spot to host a bridal shower – where guests can toast champagne over a selection of delicately prepared tea sandwiches, pastries, and exquisite loose-leaf tea.
GO: Do you have areas where a couple can elect to take their wedding pictures at your property?
TB: Many couples will have their wedding day pictures taken across the street in the beautiful Public Garden – with an elegant landscape filled with plants, flowers, weeping willows, and also home to the famous Swan Boats, one of the most popular attractions in Boston. We also have three grand staircases within the hotel which provide the perfect setting for the wedding pictures.

GO: Do you have customizable packages? Tell me a little bit about them?
TB: Each wedding package is different and is created to reflect the couple’s taste. In addition to having a wedding at Taj Boston, we provide the bride and groom with a special wedding gift: their honeymoon. Taj Boston will give them a complimentary 6-night honeymoon to their choice of one of our selected Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces located around the world. Whether they want to site-see in London, relax on a secluded island in the Maldives, or be pampered at a luxurious Palace in India – couples will be sure to find their dream honeymoon location. Conditions apply for the special wedding gift.

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
TB: Our diverse culinary team will create the perfect menu for any wedding. Our Executive Chef, Michael Mandato, takes classic New England cuisine and adds a subtle hint of Italian, French, and Mediterranean flair. Our Indian Chef has created a vast array of dishes for couples to choose the perfect menu for a lavish Indian wedding. Our on-site Executive Pastry Chef has a team of six Pastry Designers who can help design the wedding cake made entirely from scratch, as well as an array of pastries to perfectly compliment the wedding cake.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting married at your property?
TB: They should visit and preview the different venue options at Taj Boston and express their vision in as much detail as possible for their perfect wedding day. We can then help them choose their ideal setting and explore menus as we begin the wedding planning process.

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Taj Boston
15 Arlington Street
Boston, Massachusetts
02116
www.tajhotels.com/boston

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Editor’s Daily Pick – H.Stern Earrings

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Pastel gems and diamonds, oh me oh my! Love these stunning H.Stern Moonlight Colors Earrings in 18K Gold with assorted gemstones and diamonds. Perfection!

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Editor’s Daily Pick – The “GO” Ring by Baxter’s Fine Jewelry

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

A few months back, Grace Ormonde jokingly asked Paul Messerlian, a dear friend and also the owner of Baxter’s Fine Jewelry in Warwick, RI, “Paul, you should design a ring for me!” And indeed he did… He surprised the savvy Editor-in-Chief with this stunning ring that has 147 round diamonds totaling 2.20ct with a 22x15mm emerald-cut lime quartz center set in platinum. The “GO” logo also had to make an appeareance on this ring which really makes it quite unique and personalized for Grace. Thanks Paul for an amazing job done!


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Editor’s Daily Pick – Ben-Amun Necklace

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Loving the geometric design of this stunning necklace by Ben-Amun.

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Inside Scoop on Planning A Wedding at The Museum of Science, Massachusetts

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Perhaps more than any other occasion, weddings are a reflection of personality, and every couple makes choices that are uniquely their own. The Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts is a unique setting that is sure to not go unseen. Offering a matchless riverfront location and the vitality of a contemporary science center, the Museum presents a complete range of options for any bride and groom. Sheryl White Vincent is the wedding coordinator at the Museum of Science and she gave us the complete inside scoop on what’s it like planning a wedding at the Museum of Science.

MOSGO: What is your unique role when it comes to a couple’s wedding day and how does your property distinguish a couple’s experience as opposed to getting married somewhere else?
SV: When booking at the Museum of Science it is just like getting a personal wedding planner – we take care of all the details. From discussing the wedding flow with you, working directly with all your vendors, handling floor plans – from start to finish we take care of all the details.
GO: From start to finish, what can a couple expect if they choose to get married at your property?
SV: Details are handled so the couple doesn’t have to worry! All-inclusive options, no nickel and diming. Fully customized catering to fit their vision.
GO: If you had to describe your property in three words, what would they be?
SV: Truly Unique Experience
GO: What are the unique locations that a couple can host their ceremony and reception at in your venue?
SV: The Washburn Pavilion and tent is the only location located directly on the Charles River Basin. Inside ceremonies can take place in front of breathtaking views of the Charles River and Boston skyline as well as inside the Theater of Electricity! Our spaces are truly unique offering elegant surrounding and fun playful atmospheres. Or you could incorporate the best of both worlds and have the ceremony and cocktail reception in an area with beautiful views before moving to your “night at the museum” reception.
GO: Do you have areas where a couple can elect to take their wedding pictures at your property?
SV: Pretty much all areas of the Museum. The dinosaur, inside Science in the Park, down our spiral staircase. The couples imagination is our playground.
GO: Do you have customizable packages? Tell me a little bit about them?
SV: We customize all events here at the Museum of Science. Working with our exclusive on site caterer Wolfgang Puck Catering.
GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding, tell me about your menus/culinary team?
SV: The Museum is fortunate to work with Wolfgang Puck Catering. The Museum was the first venue to launch Wolfgang Puck Catering in Boston. Our team is dedicated to customizing each innovate menu explicitly to your request.
GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting married at your property?
SV: Call us! – 617.589.0125

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Editor’s Daily Pick – Bvlgari “I. Rossellini” Handbag

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The chevron print is one of the hottest designs for the upcoming season for home decor and fashion. This gorgeous “I. Rossellini” handbag by Bvlgari is a vibrant yet functional piece for the bag connoisseur.

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Editor’s Daily Pick – Miu Miu Cat Eye Sunglasses

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Release your inner spunk with these sexy cat eye, glitter frame sunglasses by Miu Miu!

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Editor’s Daily Pick – Kwiat Emerald and Diamond Ring

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Love this vintage inspired ring by Kwiat!

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Inside Scoop on Planning A Wedding at Bellagio, Las Vegas

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Everyone knows the Bellagio for their fountains, but today they are much more than that. They host wedding to couples from all over the world. Aida Bouaon has been working with the Bellagio for 14 years and she LOVES her job! “I enjoy interacting with people. Working with couples to make their dream come true is one of the most difficult tasks but very rewarding when the goal is reached and the results are achieved. Nothing is more rewarding than to see how happy and appreciative your guests are,” says Aida. She was also gave us the inside scoop on what’s it like planning a wedding at the Bellagio.

Bellagio 2GO: What is your unique role when it comes to a couple’s wedding day and how does your property distinguish a couple’s experience as opposed to getting married somewhere else?
AB: I manage the department with two great assistant managers. Our department consists of 9 dedicated wedding coordinators whose job is to take care of our couples and to ensure a flawless experience. A wedding coordinator is appointed to each couple and can assist them from start to finish. She services the booking and takes care of all the details including room reservations, floral, photography, videography, spa and salon, restaurants and will also guide the guest with ideas regarding their wedding reception. Because we work as a team, every couple feels special and will always find someone to answer their questions in the event their wedding coordinator is not available.
GO: From start to finish, what can a couple expect if they choose to get married at your property?
AB: Bellagio is the place to be. It is all about romance and sophistication. Exceptional service is very important. Efficiency and knowledge play a huge role in the planning process of a stress free wedding. Going above and beyond is our motto. Good communication and follow through are a must. These are key factors to a successful event. We have seen guests shop around and once they visit us, they let us know that Bellagio is the place and that’s where they want to be. Believe it or not, Bellagio is a magnet to guests from all over the world and we are lucky to be in such a beautiful and exclusive setting.

GO: If you had to describe your property in three words, what would they be?
AB: Breathtaking, Romantic and Classy!

GO: What are the unique locations that a couple can host their ceremony and reception at in your venue?
AB: We have two beautiful chapels and two outdoor locations facing our famous Lago di Como. We host the ceremony part and our guests can have their reception through Catering, in a restaurant or in their suite through In-Room Dining.

GO: Do you have areas where a couple can elect to take their wedding pictures at your property?
AB: Our couple and their families/friends are appointed a photographer who is familiar with the property and can take them anywhere around the grounds for beautiful pictures namely the Pools, the stunning conservatory, and the front entrance by the fountains and inside the casino.

GO: Do you have customizable packages? Tell me a little bit about them?
AB: We have several different packages that are created to meet all budgets. . We perform weddings in suites so we have created a suite package and most of our packages can be upgraded to the Terrazza di Sogno facing the lake. We also have an outdoor location called the Courtyard with “the Just the two of you” wedding package. I am attaching our packages for review. Our Packages are set so there is no customization but the guest can upgrade to a higher package or amenity if they choose to.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting married at your property?
AB: The first thing the couple would do is tour the venue and then sit with a wedding coordinator to go over the floral and photography books or even tour our outdoor locations for a better view and more personable service. Once they book with us, the coordinator assigned to the couple will go above and beyond to understand their needs. We are committed and work proactively to ensure a positive outcome for our guests.

Thank you Aida for sharing the great services Bellagio offers couples!

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3600 Las Vegas Blvd S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
www.Bellagio.com

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Editor’s Daily Pick – Charlotte Olympia Pandora Feather Perspex Box Clutch

Monday, May 7th, 2012

This box clutch by Charlotte Olympia is just too precious for words. I love its simplistic and chic design and the delicate feather detailing. It is the perfect addition to your Spring evening wardrobes!

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