Kayla’s Bat Mitzvah – Westin Waltham, MA

Karen’s daughter’s Bat Mitzvah celebration was at the Westin in Waltham.  I love this space for it’s privacy and it enormousness!  If you have a large guest list, be sure to check it out!  Plus, it’s easy to get to and has plenty of parking and the staff is wonderful to work with!

This family certainly knows how to throw a great party.  Choosing a color pallet is always a great place to start when deciding on decor! All her decorations, lighting, and her delicious cake were in her daugher’s favorite colors, hot pink, navy blue and silver.   The adult cocktail hour used fun pink tinsel linens and for the reception there were navy blue linens with a combo of candles and fun centerpieces.  The lobby area and ballroom were aglow with pink uplights.  As you arrived you could see and feel the energy with color radiating in a tasteful but warm and welcoming way.  While the adults enjoyed cocktail hour in the lobby of the reception space, the teenagers got right to it with the DJ and kids entertainment, inside the ballroom.

After cocktail hour, friends and family were invited to gather around on the dance floor for a beautiful Havdalah service.   Then the grandfathers said the blessings over the challah and the wine.   And when the blessings were complete the celebration began with a super fun Hora followed by a dance set with introductions.  This was the beginning of high energy activity.
Salads were plated while guests were on the dance floor, so when they took their seats, they were able to enjoy their first course right away. Toward the end of salad the parents welcomed their guests and spoke proudly about their daughter and all she had accomplished.  This lead into another fun dance set before dinner.
Once dinner was complete, it was time for the classmates song (all the kids do this for each other…which I think is too cute), some very special speeches from Kayla’s closest friends and a wonderful video montage…which was followed by more dancing.  Dessert was served buffet style so the dancing was continuous and people stayed on the dance floor until midnight.  T-shirts were arranged alphabetically by name in the lobby area for the kids to pick-up as they left at the end of the evening.  It was truly a wonderful, fun celebration and I am looking forward to working on their younger son’s upcoming Bar Mitzvah!
A few words from Karen:
 “Michelle was a wonderful partner in the planning process, right down to advising on table linens and table setup.  She executed my vision flawlessly.  There were some crazy, unexpected situations that happened that we never could have foreseen even with a tremendous amount of advance planning — seating changes, unexpected guests arriving for the reception, a boy using an epi pen that was not his.  Michelle and her staff were unbelievable in handling each and every element of the evening as it unfolded so that we could concentrate on our family and guests.  They took care of everything in a professional, seamless and unseen manner that was incredibly appreciated.”

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Event Coordinator: The Day Of

Hotel: The Westin Waltham Boston

Cake: The Icing on the Cake

Reception Music: Northern Lights Entertainment

Photographer: Rick Bern

Videographer: Perpetual Motion Media

Sage + Sam – Arlington Town Hall, Arlington, MA

What makes Sage and Sam unique?  They hired us close 2 years prior to their wedding…I LOVE a good planner!   Sage had recently begun Grad school when they got engaged, so while they were certain to book their core vendors, the wedding planning was expected to take a bit longer so she could really focus on her studies.  We met for the first time about a year before the wedding.  We stayed in touch during their engagement, and we were delighted to help with some vendor recommendations, which turned out great!

On to the wedding day!  Sage and Sam chose a private first look…or so they thought.  Take a look at the candid photo I snapped with my iPhone, as the bridal party  peeked through the bushes in to see the big moment.   Soon after, the bridal party and family joined our couple for photos.  Once the photos were done, they went inside as guests arrived.

Originally, the ceremony was set to be near the fountains, but during our meeting, I spotted a magnificent tree and suggested it to Sage.  She immediately fell in love with the idea, and it was just a perfect, natural backdrop for their ceremony.

As their guests arrived, there was a table set with lemon water, programs and signage reading “Choose a seat, not a side”.   The prelude and ceremony music was very special because it was played and sung by Sam’s siblings.   There was a chance of rain, but we decided to stick with the plan and have the ceremony outside.  Thank goodness it was the right decision!  Though it was partly cloudy, the rain held up.  Even better?  Right before the couple said, “I do” the clouds cleared away and it was a bright sunny sky.  The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  And for cocktail hour, we were still able to make great use of the fountain area which was set the bars and stationary food, making for a wonderful mingling area.

Their dinner reception was set with long tables, configured in different directions, which really helped to fill the space up nicely.   The tables, which were designed by Sage, were eclectic and unique.  They used various scrapbooking paper, votives and florals, which were simple and rustic, in recycled mason jars that the couple had collected.  Their table numbers coincided with photos of Sage and Sam’s ages, which as you can image were adorable.  They also had a wonderful keepsake, a “Wishing Tree”, for their guests to write them a special wish.  And just like this sweet couple, their entire day had the most wonderful and relaxed feeling,  filled with happiness.  We were so honored to be part of such a joy filled day!

A few words from Sage:

Michelle,

The single best decision we made was hiring a day-of coordinator. I was adamant about this from the start, despite being very budget conscious — everyone kept asking me if I had “an organized friend who could help,” and I kept reminding them that *I* am the organized friend. I’ve done professional event planning, I love logistics spreadsheets and timelines, and organizing this sort of thing is my idea of a good time. I wanted to do most of the planning myself, but there was no way I would be able to relax and fully enjoy myself unless I had someone I trusted to take everything over the day of the wedding. We hired Michelle at The Day Of, and it really was the best decision we could have made (even though we truly loved all our vendors) — she allowed us to fully enjoy the day and go with the flow, while knowing that everything was proceeding according to plan (and problems were being fixed without us even knowing about them).

All of these photos were taken by Orlando with the exception of the bridal party photo which was taken with my iPhone.

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Event Coordinator: The Day Of

Hair + Makeup: Hair and Makeup by Natalie 

Venue: Arlington Town Hall

Officiant: Have Your Wedding Your Way – Officiant Melinda Drew

Caterer + Dessert: Capers Catering

Ceremony Music: Brother and Sister of the Groom

Reception Music: Ipod Playlist

Photographer: Orlando Claffey

Florist: AD Floral Design