6 Degrees of Celebration Real Wedding Published in The Knot

The Knot Red Bank WeddingWe are thrilled to have one of our real weddings featured in a recent issue of The Knot NJ. Our happy couple, Liz and Adam, chose the oh so talented Allan Zepeda to capture the beauty of their wedding and amazing 80 acre property.  The quaint town of Red Bank, NJ is where Liz and Adam call home and have designed the most stunning landscape.  Initially they were unsure that a wedding of 180 guests could be planned and executed with paying particular attention and care to their home and grounds.  Kate Duffy partnered with Joan to design an event that was rustic, romantic and lush, all without using one cut flower.  It was of utmost importance to Liz and Adam that the everything surrounding the plans be sustainable.  Kate also designed and built the natural wood chandeliers used in the dining tent.  Several guests have asked where they could purchase these!

Liz and Adam brought us onboard for our full-service wedding and design planning package, which, as part of, we also provided oversight into the many food and beverage details.  Adam is a co-owner of the popular Triumph Brewery in Princeton, NJ and we made sure to incorporate a few of their craft beers into specialty cocktails as well as menu items.  The chickens they raise did their job by providing all of the eggs the caterer required.  We hand-plucked leaves from their majestic magnolia trees to hand write the guest seating arrangements.

One of the main reasons I love to plan tented weddings at private estates is that we have the luxury of truly having a customizable palette.  And what a tent it was, thank you to Sperry Tents.

Many thanks again to all of our vendors who assisted in making this day exactly what Liz and Adam had dream about.  And thank you as always to The Knot for choosing this gorgeous tented wedding to be highlighted!

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100,000 Welcomes in IRELAND

What an honor it is to have been included in the opportunity to join a handful of top wedding planners and media at next week’s visit to Shannon, Ireland. We will be touring a select group of destination wedding venues. Read on for the details of this amazing trip— I feel blessed!
A very special thank you to Michelle McDermott from Dream Irish Wedding and Bernard McMullan from Tourism Ireland for all you have done to make this happen.

TRIP ITINERARY


Cead Mile Failte!
Day 1: Tuesday 14th February 2012
7:30 am Transfer to the Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club

Doonbeg

8:30 am Arrival at the Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club, tour property
10:30 am
Short hop to the world famous Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher

11:30 am Photo opp at the Cliffs
12:15 pm Depart the Cliffs
1:00 pm Sample smoked Irish salmon at the Burren Smoke House; traditional Irish pub lunch in the Roadside Tavern
2:30 pm Drive through the stunning Burren region, land of fertile rock
4:00 pm Return to the Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club
6:45 pm Pre-dinner reception in the Members Bar
7:15 pm Dinner in the Tea Room
Overnight at the Lodge in Doonbeg Golf Club

Day 2: Wednesday 15th February 2012
8:30-9:30 am Enjoy an Irish breakfast overlooking the ocean in the Long Room
10:15 am Depart the Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club
11:30 am Visit the Wedding Castle at Knappogue

Knappogue Castle

12:30 pm Short trip to the village of Bunratty
1:00 pm Explore the Bunratty Folk Park & Medieval Castle
2:00 pm Traditional Irish scones & tea in the Golden Vale Cottage
3:30 pm Travel to Dromoland Castle
4:00 pm Show around & check in
7:00 pm Pre-dinner cocktails in the cocktail bar
7:30 pm Dinner in the Earl of Thomond Restaurant
Overnight in Dromoland Castle

Day 3: Thursday 16th February 2012
Feeling energetic have an early morning swim!
8-9:00 am Breakfast served in the Earl of Thomond restaurant
9:30 am Depart Dromoland Castle
10:30 am Visit King John’s Castle in Limerick city or spot of shopping
12:00 pm Have an Irish Coffee in Paudis bar
1:00 pm Arrival at Adare Manor hotel; show around of the resort

Adare Manor

2:00 pm Lunch will be served in the drawing room; check in
3:30 pm Stroll around Ireland’s prettiest village of Adare and experience the quaint shops, wonderful boutiques and thatched cottages
7:00 pm Pre-dinner drinks in the cocktail bar
7:30 pm Farewell dinner in the Oak Room
Continue the party in the Tack Bar!
Overnight Adare Manor

Day 4: Friday 17th February 2012
6:15 am Depart Adare Manor hotel with breakfast pack to go
7:00 am Arrival at Shannon airport & check in
9:00 am Depart for New York
Slan Abhaile!

Will You… Celebration

Will’s January Bar Mitzvah was a true blue event thanks to our friends at Jersey Street Furniture.

Will Bar Mitzvah Dance Floor

The venue was decorated in blues to represent Will’s love for his two favorite New York teams: the Giants and the Yankees. Giant W’s adorned the lounge while guests partied all night on the “Will” dancefloor.

Will's Bar Mitzvah

It was truly a fun night and a celebration to remember! Will you… check back for more photos of the event? Photography by Wendy Rosenberg.

A 40th Birthday Surprise at Natirar

It is rare that we do not get the opportunity to meet a guest of honor until the day of an event. That is exactly what happened, however, when we offered our gifted event planning services at Natirar in Peapack-Gladstone, NJ for the celebration of Meaghan’s Surprise 40th Birthday.

The historic estate is tucked away in the lush hills of Somerset County, where guests enjoyed its rustic elegance set aside the luxurious tranquility of the natural landscape. This exquisite setting is one of our favorite venues and the ideal location for this gorgeous party!

Natirar Party

Meaghan’s gracious and generous husband Ken called upon the 6 Degrees of Celebration team to pull off this event in just a couple of months.  The surprise party started out with cocktails in the beautiful mansion that showed photos of Meaghan throughout her life while a five-piece jazz ensemble serenaded the crowd. After cocktail hour, the guests were invited into the dinner tent where a combination of wood farm tables, tall cocktail tables and lounge seating overlooking the dance floor provided maximum mingling. A fourteen-piece high energy band entertained the guests while they were served delicious and wonderfully fresh gourmet food.

Natirar Party

We utilized Meaghan’s favorite colors such as soft slate blue, lavender and pale pink in the fabrics for table linens, sofas and chair covers. Her favorite flowers which included pink peonies, blue hydrangeas, lavender lilacs and cherry blossoms were also incorporated into the décor.

Natirar Party

The photos above are by Lauren Rutten Photography.

Visit our Facebook page to see more highlighted photos from this event! For more information on our event planning services, call Joan Glenn at 908-928-9093 or 212-537-9485.

Natirar Estate Weddings

6 Degrees of Celebration is pleased to announce that we have been selected as a preferred event planner at Natirar, a 500-acre estate in Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey.

Natirar Estate

This English countryside venue is nestled on the grounds of a 90 acre historic estate. Surrounded by lush landscape, rolling hills and the flowing Raritan River, Natirar is certainly one of the most spectacular venues on the east coast.

The 6 Degrees of Celebration planning team looks forward to scheduling a private tour and the opportunity to discuss all of the amazing possibilities of planning your wedding or special event at Natirar.

The photos above are by Berit Bizjak of Images by Berit and Lauren Rutten Photography.

Jasna Polana Weddings

We are excited to share the news that the gorgeous Jasna Polana Country Club in Princeton,
New Jersey is now available for weddings and special events.   The grand clubhouse is the
centerpiece of this elegant and historical venue.  As the former private estate of John Seward
Johnson, the adjoining grounds, gardens and reflecting pools provide opportunity to incorporate
stunning outdoor spaces with the unique and elegant ballroom.  

If you are interested in scheduling a private tour of the mansion please contact us at 6 Degrees of Celebration, info@6degreesofcelebration.com

The images below are just a handful of highlights of Maryam and Brett’s wedding which
we planned and was captured by the talented photography mother and daughter team,
Pam and Jane Greksek of Greksek Photography, www.janegreksek.com

Why Choose a Wedding Planner?

Let’s face it, weddings and other events are planned quite often without the help of a professional planner.  Some think our services are a luxury.  Gosh, I have even been in meetings where a catering manager tells a client (in front of me) that they do not need a planner.  WOW.  Those are the people who have no idea what a professional experienced event planner offers to a client.

For one thing many of our clients are super busy professionals who have a vision of what they want their wedding to be but do not have the time to dedicate to bring that vision to life.  The process of venue and vendor research is extremely time consuming.  The last time I checked the Knot there were almost 100 photographers in the NYC / NJ market.  How can a busy couple distinguish between someone who bought a camera last year and threw together a website, from seasoned professional who has photographed hundreds of events in the style that the client is asking for.  My team has developed relationships with vendors we are confident in recommending because they are talented, reliable, and essentially the best in the business.  I have a knack for partnering certain vendors with certain clients.  The personalities have to click.  There is nothing worse than experiencing a brides annoyance with a particular vendor.  If a planner does her job correctly this should not happen.

Who wants a cookie cutter wedding?  None of the brides I work with.  I constantly get calls from couples who are looking for something unique, whether it be the venue, design, or simply one detail that makes their wedding different from the 10 others they will attend this year.  My team makes that happen.  We spend the time to get to know you as a couple so that we can incorporate your personality into the event.  Perhaps there is something unique about where you met, where you got engaged, college, family.  Whatever it is, our focus is to make this about you, not about us.

My team will do WHATEVER it takes to keep you calm, cool and oblivious.   Sometimes things go wrong that are out of our control.  Mother Nature does not always provide a sunny 60 degree day.   Blizzard?  We have been there.  The officiant had to cancel, he could not get to the hotel.  I called the local mayor, explained the situation and jumped in my Jeep to pick him up to perform the ceremony.    The band could not make it either.  This could have been a disaster but fortunately I have solid relationships with some fantastic musicians and was able to pull together a band at the last minute.  If this bride did not have 6 Degrees of Celebration as her planner and tried to do it herself, what would have happened?  She would not have had a wedding that day.  This is a worst case scenario but things happen.  We fix them and for the most part you will not know until after the wedding if at all.

Support… there are weddings that happen where I do not meet the groom until the wedding day.  Many men are not all that interested in selecting flowers and discussing seating arrangements.  Sometimes the mother of the bride lives far away and cannot help with these details or is busy with her own professional life, or as some have told me, would like to keep the peace and therefore do not want to become overly involved with the plans.  We are your planning partner.  We do not make your decisions but provide you with the tools needed to make the right decisions.   The catering manager who told my bride that she does not need a planner leaves the office at 5:30pm every evening.  She will not go to your bridal gown fittings with you. She will not attend the sample centerpiece meeting.  Her experience is limited to the events she sees at venue at which she works. If your wedding ceremony is held off site at a church or other location, the catering manager is not there to set this up or to line up the bridal party or to cue the musicians.  Only a planner will do that. 

Experience…Well known and respected planners have been doing this successfully for quite some time.  I am amazed by the increase in “planners” in the market lately.  Some brides enjoy the planning process to much they try to make it their living.  Planning one event does not a wedding planner make.  I cannot recall a time when I or anyone on my team was unable to provide a client with something that was  needed in the planning process regardless of how unique the request may have been.  Inexperienced planners will cost you time, money and in long run perhaps the memory of a perfectly planned and flawlessly executed event.  Ask for referrals, both from former clients and industry professionals. 

More to come….