Swank Events Welcomes Stephanie Querzoli to the Team!

Please help us welcome Steph to the Swank Events Team!

Stephanie Querzoli, Marketing & Communications Specialist

Querzoli-resizedStephanie discovered her passion for event planning and communications when she interned for the Starlight Foundation in Australia and then with the Boston Bruins Foundation. After graduating from Boston University with a Communications degree, Steph began her career in event planning and communications at a small nonprofit in Boston. She has a wide range of experience from public relations and marketing to executing both small and large scale events. Steph loves learning about others and helping them create their dream event.

5 Fun Facts about Stephanie

  • Steph loves the show Friends and can quote entire episodes.
  • Her favorite sport is football and she has even won her fantasy football league.
  • She loves all things weddings and enjoys taking calligraphy and flower arranging classes.
  • Steph loves sweets, especially s’mores.
  • Her favorite place to be in the summer is at the beach – sometimes you can find her surfing!

 

Cheers,

The Swank Team

Betsy LeBlanc Joins the Swank Events Crew!

We’re thrilled to have Betsy join the Swank Events dream team!

LeBlanc photoBetsy LeBlanc, Assistant Event Planner

Betsy is the go-to of her friends and family to make any event come to life. From surprise birthdays, anniversaries, going away parties and even camping and skiing trips, she takes on the responsibilities of planning with great enthusiasm, extreme organization, and unwavering accountability. She isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty if it means the flawless execution of an event!

5 Fun Facts about Betsy

  • Betsy loves the wintertime. Snowboarding, hot chocolate, and strolls in the snowfall are some of her favorites.
  • She would rather exercise than go shopping and is training to become a Barre Instructor.
  • Pickles are one of her favorite snacks but she can’t do enough to satisfy her sweet tooth.
  • She loves to get creative baking cakes, cupcakes, and cookies for her coworkers.
  • She once recorded five tracks on a Christmas album for her family.

 

Cheers,

The Swank Team

Jeanette Patenaude Joins the Swank Events Team!

We are so excited to announce a new member has joined the Swank Events Team!

Jeanette Patenaude, Event Planner

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After graduating with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from UMass Amherst, Jeanette began her career in events with a Boston based non-profit. Over the past five years, she has grown her expertise in all aspects of event planning. Jeanette has a true love and enthusiasm for all events. She is creative, a problem solver and will do whatever it takes to make any event successful!

5 Fun Facts about Jeanette

  • Jeanette enjoys spending her summers on Cape Cod.
  • She is obsessed with kickboxing and is currently training to become an instructor.
  • Jeanette loves to draw – she actually designed her own wedding stationery and has created custom invitations for her friends.
  • She loves her Shiba Inu named Lilly (named after Jeanette’s love of Lilly Pulitzer).
  • Her favorite TV show is Mad Men, even the theme song is her ringtone!

 

Cheers,

The Swank Team

Spring Wedding at Boston’s Cyclorama

We had so much fun working with Rachel and Drew to plan their spring wedding at the Cyclorama in Boston!

We love that all of Rachel and Drew’s friends jumped in to help make their day special. The printed materials were designed by the Groom’s talented sister; the couple’s friends played fantastic music during cocktail hour, while other friends personalized their first dance by singing and playing the ukulele; and yet another friend designed and baked their Dr. Who inspired wedding cake. All night family and friends were commenting, “This is so Rachel + Drew!” We love hearing that! Below are a few of our favorite pics. Click here to see the full gallery.
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We feel great knowing that we helped Rachel and Drew plan their dream wedding. This is what they had to say about owner Kristin Healy and the Swank Team, “We really could not have been happier with how things went, not only on Saturday, but through the whole process. Working with you was really a pleasure!”

Additionally, the couple said, “Kristin and her team at Swank Events were an integral part of making our wedding exactly what we wanted! Kristin and Jeanette worked seamlessly with the vendors we already had and gave us excellent recommendations for the vendors we still needed. Swank provided multiple options within our price range for each vendor. Kristin was always professional and kind as she carefully listened to what we wanted, and offered advice as to what we should consider adding. Swank staff had everything running smoothly throughout our wedding. My husband and I both highly recommend Swank Events.”

R + D, the pleasure was all ours. We’re going to miss our daily emails!

A huge thanks goes out to all the wonderful vendors that helped to make this day so successful: Mei Mei Street Kitchen, Gelfand-Piper Photography, Rentals Unlimited, AUX Boston, Revolution Cocktails, Press Play Studios, Seacoast Events, Simply Serving and The Urban Grape.

We also could not have pulled off this fantastic wedding without the help of our amazing team, so thank you Jeanette, Stephanie & Colleen!

Contact us today to see how we can make your event unique, creative and extraordinary!

Happy Planning!

The Swank Team

Alternative Guest Book Ideas

While we love the inspirational and heartfelt messages a traditional guest book encourages, sometimes it’s nice to mix it up a little bit! Why not consider one of these creative ideas for your big day?

 

Photo Guest Book
This is a great way to share those gorgeous engagement photos!
Photo Credit: The Lucky Penny

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Wooden Heart Keepsake Frame
Ask your guests to write a message for you on a wooden heart and place it in the frame. The end result will be something meaningful that can be displayed in your home!
Photo Credit: Etsy

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Photo Puzzle
This is our all time favorite guest book idea. If you’re a puzzle lover, this one’s for you!
Photo Credit: Bella Puzzles

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Wishing Stones
Have your guests write well wishes on stones like these. They can be displayed in a vase, basket or another way to fit in with your theme!
Photo Credit: Wedding Bee

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Photo Booth
So this one is not an original idea & a lot of couples have photo booths nowadays, but that’s because it’s FUN!
(If you opt for the DIY photo booth, we are obsessed with the custom made backdrops by The Keep Collective, so be sure to check them out!)
Photo Credit: Wedding Chicks + Smiley’s Photo Booths

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Jenga!
Have your guests leave a little message on a Jenga piece that you can revisit on game night!
Photo Credit: A Magical Affair

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Of course this is just a sampling of all the great ideas out there, but we have so many more so contact us today! Your guests will sign anything you ask them to so the possibilities really are endless!

If you did something creative with your guest book, we’d love to hear about it!

Happy Planning!

The Swank Team