Wedding Tents 201: How to Accessorize Your Wedding Tent

Now that you are familiar with the various types of tents from our previous post, Wedding Tents 101, let’s accessorize! There are plenty of additions that you can make to your event tent to change its look and feel, but today we will focus on two types: Draping and Lighting.

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In the context of event tents, draping is typically broken into two categories, ceiling draping and side pole draping. Both styles serve similar purposes, hiding the structural components of the tents (think big aluminum support poles and guide wires) and creating a particular style and atmosphere. Draping the ceiling of the tent is a great way to cozy up the atmosphere, providing a more elegant and tailored style. This style provides distinct softness to the lighting and the additional benefit of warmer acoustics inside the tent. The style of side pole draping is a great technique for disguising the harsh looking side poles in a sophisticated and beautiful way and smoothing out the roughness of the tent’s outer perimeter. In both cases, ceiling and side pole draping can be customized in a variety of ways ranging from color and material choice to full or partial draping.

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When it comes to lighting, your options are nearly endless, bounded only by budget, available power, and imagination. A good place to start though is with a favorite throughout the times: chandeliers. Chandeliers can range in style from antique, to crystal, to an ultra-modern look and vary equally in price. Elegant yet functional, they provide both excellent lighting and beautiful decoration. Opposing the solitary light sources of chandeliers, many people are using LED rope lights or fairy lights for more distributed lighting that invokes a whimsical storybook feel. This style is perfect for less formal events that want to incorporate a “natural” feel. For customers that value practicality and versatility, floor or pole mounted spotlights are a great alternative because they throw off plenty of light, are directional, and can have their color variation selected to best match the style of the event. A more recent trend in tent lighting has been hanging lanterns from the ceiling of the tent as various heights. The natural candle light (or fake electric candles depending on local fire code) not only provides a warm, romantic, glimmering light to your event, but they create an interesting visual aspect too.

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Brand Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah

As an event planner, I feel strongly that every party has its own unique identity.  When we work with our Bar and Bat Mitzvah clients, we want to ensure that the child’s personality is reflected throughout the event. One of the ways we achieve this is by creating a custom logo and possibly a tag line that brands the party.  It can set the tone for the entire occasion.
These Bar Mitzvah logos are incorporated into many aspects of the event, from the invitation to the décor as well as the swag that the guests take away at the end of the party.  The logo ties together the many details and provides a cohesive look.

A Bar and Bat Mitzvah logo usually incorporates the colors palette of the part, the name of the person being honored, the date and the theme, if there is one.

Here are a few fun examples that our creative graphic designers have

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Kristen Green of Greenbean Designs, www.greenbeandesigns.com

 

Chairman of the “Board” is a reference to Daniel’s love of skateboarding and snowboarding.  We carried the theme throughout the event.

 

 

 

 

Kristen Green of Greenbean Designs, www.greenbeandesigns.com

Kristen Green of Greenbean Designs, www.greenbeandesigns.com

Noah’s party theme was Cirque du Soleil with an emphasis black, red and the white. This logo was used on the invitations and on the sweatshirts that were in the favor bags. We also used different iterations of this logo on the food station menus, the cake and other signage throughout the party.

 

 

 

 

Sheri Finver of Sfinver Design, www.sfinverdesign.com

Sheri Finver of Sfinver Design, www.sfinverdesign.com

Ayla, a lovely 12 year old with an old soul wanted to have an old fashioned ice cream parlor theme for her party.  But for her logo, she wanted to have something very feminine and age appropriate, using the color palette of the party.  We carried both the logo and the coral and lime color theme throughout the event.

 

 

 

Here are some more Bar Mitzvah Logos for inspiration:

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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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Will You… Celebration

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

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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.

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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.

Zak & Kate: A Giants man and his beautiful bride-to-be

We are delighted to be entrenched in the wedding details for Kate and Zak whose big day is just under 100 days out.  As shown in these sneak peek engagement shoot images (credit Ahmet Ze Photography) Kate and Zak are simply the perfect combination of gorgeous, FUN, and brilliant.  Well you don’t see the brilliant part but we do in our work with them.  And to top it off, the 6 Degrees of Celebration team has even more of a reason to root for the NY GIANTS since Zak is their long snapper.  GO ZAK!  GO GMEN, you can do it!  Apologies to our clients who root for the Pats… we are not anything if not honest.

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Real Weddings: KC & Greg at Crossing Vineyards

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KC and Greg’s wedding totally makes my heart happy with its carefree attitude and super pretty surroundings. Creative KC infused rustic meets vintage meets vineyard combining whimsical elements that blended so perfectly in what can only be described as one of my favorite weddings of the year.

Tania Lezak Photography visually documented up all the goodness in this amazing wedding, click here to go to our Facebook page to see even more details…

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Megan & Zach’s Vineyard Wedding

Like many of our clients, Megan came to us initially to help find a unique wedding venue that had a combination of traditional elegance with touches of organic and rustic elements. She and Zack chose Crossing Vineyards, a spectacular venue in Washington Crossing, PA. And the ‘no rain’ prayers all worked because it could not have been a more beautiful day.  Amazing how the sun set at just the right moment for their portrait session.  The temperature was ideal for an outdoor wedding in September. Their happiness glowed… just look at their smiles.  Tania Lezak Photography was a dream to work with. We are already planning another Crossing Vineyards wedding,but this time for one of our 6 Degrees planners!  For more of the delicious details go to our Facebook page or www.tanialezakblog.com
 
 
 

 

Kimberly & Anthony’s Wedding

I am a sucker for a good old fashioned love story.  I married my childhood sweetheart!  So suffice it to say that when  the opportunity arose to work with Kimberly and Anthony who grew up next door to each other, I jumped at it.    While you will see gorgeous images, look at the emotion in their faces.  Simply breathtaking and beautiful.  A testament in a way to not having to worry about any of the wedding details.  Thank you to Ahmet Ze Photography for providing these amazing photographs.  What a pleasure he and his team were to work with.  Anna from Flower Elegance in Fair Lawn did an amazing job at transforming Kimberly’s vision into a stunning reality.  And of course the entire team at the Palace at Somerset Park was spectacular to work with as always