New Memories, Old Trends

1You know that saying about absence making the heart grow fonder? Well that’s pretty much my connection with the outdoors. I was born and raised in Queens so I quickly learned to cherish my family’s excursions to scenic areas like our timeshare at the Shawnee Inn near the Poconos. Swimming in the Delaware River was fun and so was learning about the different plants and animals but I was an only child. My fondest memories there consist of running around with other kids and constantly getting into trouble! A few months ago, we performed at our friend’s wedding at that very same Shawnee Inn. While her and her hubby created new memories, all of my childhood ones resurfaced along with some new realizations.

On the long drive back home after the wedding, Sadiki and I chatted about how different the same place can seem with a new perspective. The venue’s historic charm was so much more apparent, especially during the gorgeous wedding ceremony. Outdoor wedding ceremonies are always nice when the weather cooperates but this one felt particularly magical. As we started setting up under the protection of a majestic tree, I noticed a huge scar that I’m guessing was caused by lightning or a violent storm. I wish I had taken a picture of it but we still had to sound check and then setup for Cocktail Hour and the First Dance so time was limited. The scar was incredibly deep and almost as tall as the tree itself. We were absolutely stunned that the tree survived, somehow managed to heal and even continued to grow. Chills ran through my body as my inner child imagined the stories this tree would tell me if we were able to communicate… and perhaps it did communicate. Our sound that day was noticeably different and we haven’t been able to duplicate it since. Sadiki is the more scientific2 one of our duo so he thinks it was the combination of warm, humid air and the strange acoustics of being under the tree’s canopy but my inner child has some other ideas. Later on, we entertained during Cocktail Hour on the Inn’s porch and then returned to a pavilion near the river to perform during the First Dance. Moving our equipment back and forth across the breathtaking lawn while wearing an uncomfortable dress and painful heels is a new Shawnee Inn memory that I can’t forget soon enough but it was well worth it. The romantic afternoon transformed into an unforgettable evening of celebration and we were honored to be a part of it.

After wishing our love struck couple goodbye, I ended up chatting with one of the Shawnee Inn employees while we were packing up. I couldn’t help but tell her that I felt like there was something sacred about the area next to the tree where we performed. She said that there actually was. Apparently, Native Americans considered it to be a sanctuary and would gather there every year for a special religious ceremony. It’s easy to understand why they did and why our friends chose that exact location for their wedding ceremony. There’s something powerfully fitting about getting married under an enduring tree that has weathered several lifetimes’ worth of storms and still remembers to flourish beautifully. Watch out. Having nature officiate your wedding may become the “new” trend! 😉


Three Tips to Make Halloween Charity Events Stand Out

Charity events are important social gatherings. Each year, the community gathers to raise funds for worthy causes by holding parties and other income-generating activities. More than just showing how deep your pockets are, attending charity events or fund raisers is a way to show solidarity with the community. When very busy business people, heads of companies, socialites and influencers pause from their hectic schedules to attend your party, you must be sure that the event is nothing but stellar.

A lot of you may be asking, why hold the charity event on halloween? It may seem unusual, but it’s actually a very good idea. With all the festivities and celebrations associated with the occasion, it’s the perfect to get everyone dressed up and happy to become a generous donor. Here are three tips to make it a successful one:

  1. Hold a Masquerade Ball

    Instead of dressing up in creepy costumes, you can make the fundraiser’s theme as masquerade ball. This gives your guest more creative license on their masks and costumes. They can be as bold and daring as they wish, or whimsical and imaginative if they choose to go down that route. The good thing about masquerade balls is that people who don’t like dressing up can simply use a mask. You can prepare several sets at the registration area in case some guests forget to create or bring one.

  2. Make it an Auction

    A Halloween auction may is not common but isn’t totally unheard of. With everyone in costumes, it will be more exciting when a bidding war arises. Some people are more bold and adventurous when the crowd doesn’t know who they are. Proceeds from the auction will help support the charity’s projects or activities for the next few months.

  3. Dine in the Dark

    Instead of elaborate, thousand dollar dinners, you can offer your guests a different experience by serving them dinner in the dark. A pitch-black venue evokes mystery and uncertainty. Plus, it has been discovered that when one’s senses are dulled, the other ones kick in and go on overdrive. In short, when your guests are diningat a pitch-black room, their taste buds will be heightened and so will their sense of hearing.

These three scenarios aren’t the easiest to accomplish, but it will certainly make an impact on your guests and donors. Don’t forget the basics, though: good food, great music, and always keep the wine flowing!

The 5 Best Halloween Wedding Ideas

Weddings and Halloween may not seem like an ideal combination. However, today’s modern times have eased up a little on wedding styles and themes. Since some people just love playing dress up, couples who wed in late October, have the option to make their wedding reception a Halloween-themed one.

It doesn’t have to be gory and gross. With proper planning, this can turn into an elegant and tasteful affair that people will talk about for months to come. Here are some tips to help you pull it off:

  1. Bring Out the Dark Color Palettes
    No. You don’t have to limit yourself to just orange and black. Contemporary Halloween themes do use a touch of glitter and glam. It’s safe to use jewel tones and pair it with deep reds and blacks. You can also play around with fabrics and textures. Just because it’s dark-themed doesn’t mean it has to be drab and boring.
  2. Try a Mystery Theme
    One way to elevate your Halloween-themed reception is to veer away from common scary themes. Lose the cobwebs and coffins. Instead, play around with backdrops and lights. You can make your venue look sophisticated by making use of a woodsy theme. This will make your guests think that they are walking through a mysterious forest at night. Alternatively, you can go the “whodunit” route and pretend that there’s a murder mystery to solve during the reception.
  3. Make the Bridesmaid Dresses Elegant
    Reds, emeralds, navy blues are alternative colors to black. Your bridesmaids can wear different styles in the same color, or different colors and various styles depending on their preference. You can elevate this theme by adding accessories like lace veils, double stands of pearls, and long, black gloves. If you prefer the goth look, use dark eye and lip makeup. For a modern twist, add sparkle with a glossy lip finish and diamond accessories.
  4. Celebrate Apples
    People naturally associate fall with pumpkins. Most parties or weddings during this time feature pumpkin pies or cakes. But, apples are also big during the fall and they make for good desserts. Instead of the common apple pie though, why not try serving caramel apples? They can be in small bars so guests won’t have a hard time eating them. You can also try mixing apple juice with champagne for an interesting and refreshing cocktail. This can be the signature drink at your reception.
  5. Create Souvenirs
    With this kind of theme, expect long lines at the photo booth. Everyone will want to remember your Halloween-themed party with plenty of souvenir photos. You can have these photos printed on magnets and make them your wedding giveaways. Just ask the guests to choose one photo to turn into a ref magnet so you don’t go over budget.

These are just five basic tips for planning a unique and elegant Halloween-themed reception. Don’t forget to tie in the rest of the wedding essentials such as invitations, flowers and music with the general theme. Plan everything early and make sure all your guests play along. This will be one big celebration to remember!

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Throwing a Fabulous Fall Party? Here Are 5 Things to Remember

Celebrating fall with an elegant soiree requires a lot of attention, and time. The golds and browns associated with autumn is a great theme to start with whether you’re throwing a corporate event or a fund raiser. But where you go from there is totally up to what you have planned.
Here are 6 Tips for an amazing autumn party:

  1. 1. Choose the right venue.
  2. The venue is one of the first things you need to consider when planning a party. If you host events like these regularly, you more or less have an idea of the size and location you need. However for most people, they book the venue with a firm idea of how many people are attending.

    Additionally, since this is a party with a Fall theme, it’s also important to consider if your guess will be more comfortable in an outdoor or indoor venue.

  3. 2. Make your set-up WOW.
  4. In a venue or event space, you have to be able to decorate the stage and provide social areas where people can gather and talk. Assigned tables may limit them mingling with other guests. Formal events provide cocktail tables before the actual dinner to facilitate conversations. Choose an elegant backdrop, embellish the lights, and make the room sparkle and shine. Don’t overdo it though.

  5. 3. Feature what’s in season on your menu.
  6. Your menu will highly depend on the profile of the guests you will be having. However, offering the best produce in season will tie up the fall theme. Plan the menu with your caterers and showcase the sweetest pumpkins, carrots, apples and more. For protein, you can geese and turkey prepared in a variety of ways.

    For drinks, you can serve champagne during dinner and have an open cocktail bar during appetizer and after dinner.

  7. 4. Souvenirs or mementos.
  8. Fancy parties need not be boring. For corporate events and parties, make sure you give out small tokens or souvenirs. It can be a paperweight, a card holder, or dainty cupcakes. Having a photo booth is also a great idea. It’s a good thing to give your guests something to remember the evening by.

  9. 5. Elegant and tasteful entertainment.
  10. For formal events, you can have a string quartet or a jazz duo to provide entertainment for the evening. It’s important that the music be tasteful and fitting to the event. However, it is expected that they’d accept some requests from the audience at some point in the evening. While you don’t need to ask for their entire set, you can ask for a general idea of what type of songs or tunes they will be playing.

Fall parties can be dreamy and fanciful. Well-planned events are not only well-appreciated, they also play a big role in raising funds or generating awareness for various causes. Make your autumn soiree a celebration of life and success!

6 Things to Consider When Planning a Wedding Proposal

Who does not want a romantic proposal? Wedding proposals are intended to express utmost love and affection to one’s partner. The main key to a successful proposal is to keep the focus on the main characters, the couple.

To help you with this, these are 6 things to consider when planning a wedding proposal:

  1. It’s all about her

    There is no such thing as perfect partner or perfect proposal. But you can still make it perfect for your one true love. Make your proposal very intimate and personal. It has to be all about her. You definitely know what will make her smile, so go for it. Design and organize a proposal that is personalized and tailored fit to her wants.

  2. Be yourself.

    Proposals are definitely nerve racking, and it pays to be comfortable and at ease at all times. One of the most effective secrets is to just be yourself the whole time. Sometimes, long speeches will not work. It’s better to just keep it short and sweet. Refrain from memorizing your script, rather speak from your heart. Your genuine message will definitely come through no matter how nervous you are.

  3. Have your family and closest friends around.

    Since this is considered as a special day not only for you and your partner, but for your family and closest friends as well, make sure that you make them a part of this most special day. Send out invitations at least 1 week ahead to give them enough time to arrange their schedules and secure their presence. Make sure to warn them that this is a surprise. It would be a major let down if someone squeals or blabs.

  4. Get someone to take photos or videos.

    A special day like this should be immortalized through photos and videos. Make sure that someone is recording this special event. These memorabilias will be a wonderful reminder of this romantic and intimate part of your marriage.

  5. Make sure that you have your engagement ring ready.

    Among all the things you need to prepare for, getting the perfect wedding ring is the most important one. It doesn’t have to be too expensive, most especially if you are working around a budget. But make sure that you will spend enough time in choosing the best ring for your future wife.

  6. Throw a Party.

    A few days or weeks after the proposal, it would be nice to hold a small gathering for friends and family. You can hold it a hotel or a restaurant to keep it intimate. Just formally make the announcement and ask your guests to save the date for your wedding. Make this gathering more romantic and memorable by inviting Acute Inflections to be your entertainment for the evening.

  7. These are just basic tips for you to consider when planning a wedding proposal for your special someone. Bear in mind that sometimes, the simplest preparations are the sweetest ones. So focus more on what will make your future wife happy and give it your best!

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