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How to Budget Your New England Wedding and Still Get Everything You Want

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In the form of the game “Never Have I Ever”

Everyone loves a good love story, especially when you’re the star, and your wedding is the ultimate portrayal of one. But will wedding debt become a costly factor that interferes with “happily ever after?”

When The Fear of Debt Starts

“Future you” returns from your honeymoon with a new tan, new spouse, and a whole lot of OnDemand to catch up on. And while it seems there’s no moment in life that can’t be improved with a good movie and loving companion, debt can be an awkward third wheel. Such as when you two finally agree on a comedic horror flick (with an underlying romantic storyline of course) but argue over the cost of HD. All because of the mucho dinero dropped on the wedding.

The looming horror of wedding debt will extend beyond weeknight TV decisions, but is preventable when following our suggestions on how to budget your New England wedding.

Never Have I Ever Had Fun Budgeting…

So 10 fingers up! Let’s play “Never Have I Ever” to “altar” your spending habits.

From past to future, the debt game is about to change when it comes to the happiest day of your life.

  1. Never Have I EverHad Too Much Money Saved

Never Have I Ever Had Too Much Money SavedIf you don’t put a finger down for this, you’re probably good to go.

As for the rest of us…

The fairytale image of a wedding usually exists as if money’s no object… Etta James comes back from the dead and sings “At Last;” Magnolia Bakery provides a customized cupcake tree. The serious montage of events, each one more important than the next and, is like deciding which shoes to give away from your giant collection — each one’s necessary for a hypothetical occasion that probably won’t happen.

And to that effect, even if the date is far off, start saving. Now. You know, just in case reviving legendary soul artists becomes a thing. But it won’t. Still (back to reality) recreate your fantasy by over-saving and under-spending; Vet the best soul singer in your area, who may still even be in music college…

Slowly commit to purchases. Weigh decisions thoroughly. Just because you step outside your fantasy slightly doesn’t mean you aren’t creating something out of a dream; your wedding day will come together in a new imagined way, one that you won’t have to pay forever for, and one that’ll still serve cupcakes.

2. Never Have I Ever Asked Someone For Help

Never Have I Ever Asked Someone for Help

Find out if either families or friends want to help. Don’t be afraid to suggest specific options of how they can contribute.

You: Boy Uncle Joe, I wish we could eat Magnolia cupcakes at the wedding.

Uncle Joe: Me too, I remember eating them with you when you were a kid, you had like 10 in one sitting and —

You: — Anyway, if you haven’t gotten me a gift yet, maybe we can make this tasty dream happen.

Uncle Joe: What a wonderful suggestion! A gift we can all enjoy, especially me, and even more, especially you.

The sentiment is a shared experience. These days, not all contributions are ironclad to the registry. In fact, older, more traditional wedding rules tend to be more costly than necessary.  Businesses capitalize on… well, tradition, and do — cough cough Hallmark. An extra blender pales in comparison to an extra hour of open bar.

Cut out traditions you don’t care about. When the wedding industry is overrun with a high demand for certain products, those products become more expensive… ahh the beauty of supply and demand.

The solution?

Don’t be afraid to invent new traditions — ones you’ll pass along for generations to come.

If he’s a little bit country and she’s a little bit rock and roll, an edgy, inexpensive farm to table will satisfy all tastes, and keep costs low. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the next innovator in the industry… look out Anna Wintour, balling on a budget is the new Vogue.

Other Wedding Crowdsourcing Tips:

  • Consider using a site such as honeyfund.com to crowdsource your honeymoon. This site is setup to make your ultimate honeymoon possible with the help of loved ones. Just pick and choose features such as swimming with dolphins and Saturday morning all-you-can-eat buffets. Then, thank your coworker Cindy for supplying you with a romantic dinner for two when the website kindly spells out who did what for you.
  • Take a gander at GoFundMe.com. While this site does solicit strangers for money, it can work in your favor if you have a story to tell.
  • Make a website. Might sound lavish, but with platforms like Wix and Squarespace, it’s super easy to do. A website also keeps everyone incommunicado. Post updates on your planning endeavours, and thank those who help along the way. An Internet community of supporters encourages a team effort, which in the end bonds everyone involved.

3. Never Have I Ever Paid for a Service I Could’ve Done

Never Have I Ever Paid for a Service I Could've Done

DIY: Not just the popular trend clouding your Pinterest, but actually a fun/useful time-killer, primarily when paired with a Netflix marathon and cocktail of choice.

Figure out what projects will be fun to get your DIY on with. Do you have a friend that makes heart-shaped pinatas in her free time? Invite her over for some wine and extra candy you don’t use.

Or scout out a graphic designer friend to design invitations. Fancy designs and lavish creations, when done professionally, can be bolstered by the cost of vendor reputation, added service fees, or the company’s busy schedule.  

You may think you can’t compete with professionals, and we’re not saying your self-glued centerpieces will be sturdier, but they will be yours.

 

Don’t have time?

Ever heard of Fivver?

4. Never Have I Ever Not Followed A Schedule Perfectly
Never Have I Ever Not Followed A Schedule Perfectly

As your wedding date nears, scheduling the day faces increased complexity: When will grandma get tired, and who is going to keep your boss away from the photo booth long enough to make a toast?

The day you got engaged, scheduling probably wasn’t on the brain. But it is now.

Here’s a quick and dirty tip from us:

A schedule, if not followed, can incur extra fees. Even though you’ll want to extend every special moment of the day, not wanting it to be over like the jeggings trend of 2003, your wedding will have to end at a predetermined time.

Avoid time gaps. Remember, you always have the after party, and that can only be interrupted by the morning.

Designate someone to be the time police, whether they work at the venue, or are the DJ or esteemed maid of honor, give them the same speech you gave your girlfriends when Nordstrom had their last blowout sale, “No matter how much I put up a fight, when the mall closes, lead me out the door and quickly take me to get fro-yo.”

So now, let’s keep you up to speed with more wedding budgeting…

5. Never Have I Ever Skipped the Bread Basket

Never Have I Ever Skipped the Bread Basket

The proverbial piece of cake being not-so-easy is enough of a burden when it comes to deliberating which carbs need to go and which can stay. You gotta have cake, but the bread, eh — if the salads hit the table soon enough, hunger growls won’t alert guests that you may have skipped the tiny matter of the bread basket.

Breaking bread with new in-laws will happen, whether dough has risen or is scarce in your pockets. Some venues and caterers have package deals, and believe it or not, eliminating bread is one of the little things that adds up. Also, guests will enjoy the super amazing entree you had planned that much more.

We all fill up too much on the bread basket.

Now let them eat cake!

 

6. Never Have I Ever Been Excited About Practicality

Never Have I Ever Been Excited About Practicality

It’s no secret that champagne is an accessory for the moneyed, but lavish accessories can be consolidated with rentals to make them (gasp!) practical.

Wedding rentals make life easier by providing you with royal amenities just for one day — the exact compromise your wildest dreams were looking for.

Technically, each item you rent should serve more than one purpose, meaning aesthetically pleasing should combine with usability, like a privacy wall that’s also rustic. No matter what you choose to keep or nix on the wish list, you’ll see that every cent that’s consolidated into multiple items is an extra one in your pocket. And you still get everything you want — which is what we promised remember?

 

7. Never Have I Ever Re-Used Flowers

Never Have I Ever Re-Used FlowersImagine all the things you could do with $1,000:

Swim with dolphins twice or maybe three times on the honeymoon.

Get 1,000 life refills on Candy Crush.

Buy a moped.

That’s the average cost of wedding flowers.

What many don’t know is that brides can reuse their ceremony flowers at the reception. Entrust someone with the task of transporting them over to the venue before guests arrive.

 

Also, choose flowers that are in season and are from local vendors.

Bringing us to our next point…

8. Never Have I Ever Stuck to Local Only

Never Have I Ever Stuck to Local Only

Keep an eye peeled for local vendors: Caterers who also support seasonal products, venues that don’t typically host weddings (rustic barns, beaches etc.), and wedding photographers who capture that money shot right away. The more you develop a relationship with vendors, the more they’ll be willing to work with you rather than just for you, and that includes on pricing.

Tip for the tip: Most local vendors are going to expect a tip! Add that into the budget.

 

 

 

 

9. Never Have I Ever Considered the Offseason

Never Have I Ever Considered the Offseason

Once nicknamed Yankeeland, settlers were less concerned about money and more concerned about staying warm. Now that we’re settled, the opposite is true. But you don’t have to be cold to beat down your wedding’s price point.

Any New Englander is hyper-aware of the frigidness September brings, but there’s more than one way to stay warm — and that’s not just an innuendo. A fall wedding makes for both a nice outdoor cocktail hour and a comfortably sweaty evening of getting your groove on — all just in the knick of time before freezing temps take over our land!

A heated tent and some extra beer for added warmth forgo the no-no of spending more. The overall budget evens out: When booking in the offseason, you’ll pretty much get everything at sale price.

 

 

Need some not-poisonous antifreeze?

A signature drink at an open bar saves you money and amuses guests. Put a little pep in their step with a warm cocktail.

You picked a good time to be in love.

Congrats! We Got Through This Together

 

Even though “Never Have I Ever” tends to be translated into “Don’t Judge Me But…” here we are, at the end of the road, hands formed into fists, ready to punch through financial woes.

And although tradition suggests that now you must drink, instead, let’s celebrate the glory of the game: The loser essentially gets rewarded.

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Before You Go

We want to leave you with this quote from Sharon Stacks, international event planner and blogger for Huffington Post:
“There are many ways to have a wonderful celebration; cost should not be the factor. Love and shared values are most important. If your budget doesn’t allow for an elaborate celebration, the important thing is to surround yourself with loved ones and friends.”

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NECR Featured In WellWed

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We were very excited to receive our copies of WellWed – Cape Cod + Nantucket + Martha’s Vineyard! We loved seeing NECR throughout WellWed. The pictures look gorgeous!

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Well Wed- Cape Cod + Nantucket + Martha’s Vineyard Issue No. 9 featured some of NECR’s favorite pieces that look beautiful for summertime events! Many summer events are beach themed and many of NECR’s pieces add a fresh summer look to these events. The Burlap Tufted Chair looks stunning when paired with the Parson’s Barn Board Table. The burlap tufted chair is a perfect summer color and looks nice with blues and whites! Another chair that looks great at summer time events and looks nice when pair with the Parson’s Board Table are the Walnut Chiavari Chairs, as shown below. They bring out the lighter wood topped on the Parson’s table. Our Vintage Trunk adds decoration and serves as a place to put your favorite desserts at your event. It looks nautical when placed at a beach themed wedding or event.

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Playing around with different pairings of tableware is a great way to bring color and character to the table. The Vintage China adds an extra pop of color to the table, with bright colors you cannot go wrong with a boring table when using these! The Fiesta China is simple and white, and add a fresh look to the table. These two different types of china look elegant when paired with the Copper Flatware. The copper is a neutral color that adds warmth to the table during any season!

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We would like to thank WellWed again for featuring us in their issue this month! We hope you love the photos as much as we did! All of our products featured can be seen on our website, http://www.NECRentals.com.

Summer Wedding Inspired Photo Shoot

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This stunning photo shoot featured on  Wedding Chicks. will without a doubt have you craving summer! (If you aren’t already) Prepare to get lost in natures beauty after taking a look at these breathtaking photos thanks to Sandra Costello Photography. The photo shoot designed by By Emily B. included  flowers done by Forget Me Not Florist that added the perfect touch to the overall look of the photo shoot. The flowers were popping with color and cascading through NECR’s products flawlessly, don’t believe us? See for yourself!

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This photo shoot will instantly have you planning a summer wedding; it is a true inspiration! The Honora Winery and Vineyard looks to be the perfect whimsical escape! Set in a sea of lush greens, our 60″ Square Walnut Farm Table fits right into the scene. Accompanying the Walnut Table is our Walnut Crossback Chairs; an amazing duo.
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An unbelievable photo! Capturing everything in the scene from the clouds forming in the sky and the endless trees off in the distance to the flower filled candelabra hanging above the table.  The  Copper Flatware sits besides the china and Gold Charger. Gold and copper are great choices to pair with the bold colors seen in the napkins and floral arrangements.

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The Amber Goblet looks festive when used with the floral straws. The vintage goblets do not have to just be used at the table for glassware purposes, they can be used as decoration as well while also bringing in more color.
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Our vintage Yellow Wood Chair is used as decorative seating in the photo. The chair looks elegant as a spot for the bouquet of flowers to sit!

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The 40 inch Square Walnut Table is a great option to display desserts- the perfect amount of space. Set the scene with a bright runner underneath an elegant wedding cake.
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 Now who is ready to start planning their summer weddings and events? We sure are! Especially after seeing these inspiring photos. Get in touch with a Sales Representative at NECR today to discuss items you are interested in and learn more about all that we can do! Thank you again to all who contributed to making this photo shoot turn out so incredible!

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ISES Rhode Island 2013

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This year NECR was lucky enough to sponsor the International Special Events Society (ISES) Rhode Island! Not only was this year extra special because NECR was able to sponsor the event, but many of our items were also featured throughout the event! Take a look at how everything came out and say hello to a couple of our hard workers from NECR that attended ISES Rhode Island.

Our Faux Fur Lounge Bed brought guests a warm and inviting place to sit. With Snowflake lights illuminating the room along with a glowing fireplace this looks like the perfect spot to unwind. What do you think?
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The crackled pew bench and the customized ISES RI cutout sit in between custom light boxes. The light boxes with snowflake cutouts to add to the wintry theme of ISES RI. We love this look! Using the red light in the light box make the snowflakes stand out and truly catch your eye.

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The Tavern Tables were dressed with red and silver decorations. They looked very festive with the ornaments and candles on them. The long tables provided extra space for decorations and as well as a place to put your drink down!

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The photographer below is shooting our silver lanterns! The lanterns were filled with red ornaments to give off a holiday inspired look. Filling the lanterns with different decorations, other than candles, allows for added decorations that can fit perfectly with the theme of any event! Using the Parsons Barn Board Table looks great with the red ornaments and silver lanterns!
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The lounge area next to the fireplace was filled with more NECR products. The white crackled pew provided additional seating. The Parsons Natural Bench looked great accompanying the white crackled pew and coffee table. Everything tied together flawlessly to bring a warm and cozy experience to the event during the chilly holiday season.
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Thank you to everyone who attended. We had a lot of fun this year and we hope everyone had a great time too! Thank you to Eloquent Images Photography for sharing the photos with us!  We look forward to the future events.

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A Look Back at 2013

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As the year comes  to an end, we would like to take this time to reflect back on New England Country Rentals 2013 experiences as well as give our sincere thanks to all who have contributed to making this such a great year! We truly appreciate all the support! NECR has had a very busy year… let’s take a look back at some of the highlights:

13 Events from 2013
Here is a look at some of the events from 2013 that NECR’s products were apart of!

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Art Cetera: NECR created many light box cutouts for the event and got to decorate our Biergarten Table with brightly colored shapes and lines!
Goth Friday the 13th Holiday Party: NECR’s Gold Chiavari chairs were used at this gold themed Friday the 13th event!
Mass General Hospital’s Storybook Ball: NECR made a crayon tower and decorated the event with 21,000 purple crayons to bring the story, “Harold and the Purple Crayon” to life!
Kid’s State Dinner: this was NECR’s first trip to the White House! We were delighted to be part of an event with the president!
The Unicef’s Children’s Champion Award Dinner: this gala event took place at the Museum of Fine Arts! NECR provided the event with Walnut Crossback Chairs and Barn Board Parsons Tables!
Firefly Music Festival: NECR created the beautiful green Vineyard sign!
See and Be Scene: many different vendors attended this event to showoff their best products! NECR had a beautiful tables cape which featured our most popular tableware including our Barn Board Parsons Tables, Zinc Parsons TablesWalnut Farm Tables, Whitewash Farm Table, Vintage china, Modern chinacolored Goblets, Black Wrought Iron Chairs, Antique White Wrought Iron ChairsWhite Chiavari Chairs, and even more!
Camp Harbor View Beach Ball: NECR worked with Rafinelli Events to create a spectacular event! Our White Crossback Chairs added a  summery look to the event.
Seth Meyers’ Wedding: this Martha’s Vineyard wedding included our Walnut Crossback Chairs and our signature Walnut Farm Tables!
BCBG House Party: NECR provided this designer event with Zinc Parson Tables and Walnut Crossback Chairs!
Mass General Hospital’s the One Hundred: Mass General’s annual fundraiser featured NECR’s White Chiavari Chairs and a “100” cutout!
Spero Into the Wild: this fundraiser event with a wild life theme featured NECR’s Parsons Barn Board Tables, Parsons Natural Benches, and Lounge Bed covered with animal fur!
BizBash IdeaFest Boston: NECR showed off our favorite table scape and our favorite trending items of the season in this years BizBash!

2013 Custom Creations
Our favorite cutouts of 2013 were featured in Art Cetera, ISES Rhode Island, Mass General Hospital’s Storybook Ball, and the One Hundred, BizBash, and a cutout bar for South Shore Hospital. Anything is possible with the cutouts and it is very simple to create exactly what you want! We loved customizing your cutouts!

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NECR was featured in:
In 2013, NECR was featured in the White Dress in Color, Vogue’s November 2013 issue, WellWed Cape Cod + Nantucket + Martha’s Vineyard, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, BizBash Boston, the Scout Guide, and Seacoast Weddings.
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NECR Accomplishments:
NECR had many accomplishments in 2013! We won the Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Awards, the Knot’s Best of Weddings, and even the Boston A-List award! We are very excited to have these awards and would like to thank everyone who voted!awards 2013-2 copy

Thank you to everyone who made this year so successful! We could not have done it without you! We are ready for what 2014 has to bring, so don’t forget to check out our new 2014 collections with our recent launches with the Alchemy and Fusion Collections!

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Be Inspirational.
Be Bold.
Be NECR.

A VINTAGE RUSTIC HOPKINS VINEYARD WEDDING

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Elegant and classic is the perfect way to describe this romantic Hopkins Vineyard Wedding in Warren, Connecticut. The decorations had a vintage and rustic look to them thanks to our signature pieces! Amy Champagne Events did a spectacular job tying in the two cultures of the couple with the bride, having Brazilian roots, and the groom, having American roots.

The pastel colors of the flowers made the classic decorations feel warm and inviting. All of the colors that were apparent in the flowers were subtle enough to compliment everything placed on the table, but beautiful enough to catch your eye. The flowers were perfect for the vintage and classic look of the wedding.

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The use of our signature pieces helped to complete the rustic and vintage look at the reception. The tables that were used at the wedding were our classic Walnut Farm Tables and the Tavern Tables. Our white runners always add a classic touch to the tables along with our Battenberg White Napkins. Below is a picture of how some of NECR’s pieces looked at the wedding:

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The NECR Lounge Couches  created a relaxing environment for the guests to unwind. A lantern surrounded by candles upon a trunk adds to the soothing environment. Trunks and coffee tables are stylish items to include at a lounge area!  They add to the classic vintage feel and look great with the colors used in the flowers in this wedding! Another NECR piece to consider using at a wedding with a specific look like this would be the Rustic Plank and Wine Barrels for the bar. This piece is perfect for any rustic, vintage wedding!

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Congratulations to Silvia and Todd from all of us at New England Country Rentals! The wedding was beautiful and we are happy that our pieces contributed to your memorable day! We would like to thank BSC Photo Studio for the amazing photos and Amy Champagne Events for sharing these photos! We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do. Check out our website for ideas about how to create your own dream vintage and rustic wedding! Many of our items are customizable, which makes it simple and unique to have just what you are looking for on your big day!

SUMMER’S BOUNTY INSPIRED SHOOT

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The cold weather is here and snow has started to fall, so we thought we would brighten the day by sharing photos from a  shoot done in the summer, when the weather was still warm and the grass and trees were their brightest greens. The photo shoot was captured by Sarah Jayne Photography and designed by The Little Things featuring some of NECR’s favorite items.

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NECR’s famous Walnut Farm Table gave the photo shoot a fresh and natural look. The Farm Benches accompanied the table with the overgrown grass surrounding the pieces. This pairing is perfect for giving an event an outdoorsy look . It may give your guests the feeling that they are at a picnic!

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The Burlap Tufted Chair adds a fresh and vintage look to any event. The chair gives another option of seating at the Walnut Farm Table, and it looked even more amazing decorated with the bright and colorful flowers. What a beautiful arrangement!

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The Walnut Farm tables were set with NECR’s slate chargers. These looked great with the white china popping out against the wood of the table. The slate chargers are a great way to add texture to the table without taking away from the rest of the decorations and other tablewares. They give a natural and neutral look with their texture and dark grey color. The Embellished Forged Flatware accompanied the chargers, making the two items look as though they were made to be paired with one another!

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Another one of NECR’s favorite tables was used in the photo shoot; the Square Walnut Farm Table  (great as a dessert table). It showed off additional decorations  that added to the earthy themes present in the photo shoot. The tables are also the perfect size to show off your favorite things! These square tables always look great when paired with the Walnut Farm Tables.

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Another way to display decorations and desserts is with NECR’s Market Cart. The cart is perfect for any event that has a natural or rustic theme to it. It can also be used as decoration at the event. The Market Cart stands out with its large black metal wheels and wooden top; an item that is hard to miss! It is also sturdy and large enough to hold gifts from guests at a wedding. The cart is a simple, yet a unique piece that will be sure to compliment any rustic, vintage, or classic event.

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NECR loved looking through the pictures from the photo shoot and thought the colors of the plants and desserts looked simply amazing with our items! We would like to thank Style Me Pretty for sharing the photos and to Sarah Jayne Photography for the taking them! We would like to extend our thanks to The Little Things for incorporating NECR’s signature pieces into the photo shoot. Everything truly looked beautiful and we hope these photos brought some warmth to everyone on this crisp December day!

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Tuesday’s Spotlight: Michaela Ferry

We haven’t posted a spotlight in a while but what better time to start than today! In today’s Tuesday spotlight is our newest intern in the Scituate showroom, Michaela Ferry! She will be helping maintain our social media websites by updating them with our latest photos, trends, and events.

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Michaela is from Scituate, MA (like many of our employees here at NECR!). In Michaela’s spare time, she likes spending time at her favorite place- the beach. She also loves relaxing with friends, family, and her dog. Michaela is a senior at UMass Amherst studying hospitality and tourism management. From studying hospitality management, she aspires to work within the events industry. She is very excited to join the NECR team and to learn about new aspects within the events industry here at NECR. We are very excited to teach her all there is to know within our company and give her new skills, which will include new marketing skills that will come from maintaining our social media websites!

We asked Michaela a few questions:

NECR: What are you most interested in learning NECR?
Michaela: I am interested in learning marketing and advertising skills that will assist me in the future. I think it is important to use utilize the many different social media websites because they help advertise the company and will help people recognize the company, so I am interested in learning about all the different types of social media websites NECR uses. I am also very interested in learning how NECR operates, like how the company operates their rentals and how they determine their trends and what to make for clients.

NECR: What is your favorite item NECR has?
Michaela: I love the wooden barrels. I like how they are used for different things, like the legs of the rustic table and the wine barrels. They are very decorative!

NECR: What attracted you to want to work at NECR?
Michaela: Being from Scituate, I noticed the decorative store in the harbor. I checked out the website and what type of products NECR offers for events and weddings. Since I was interested in working within events, I thought it would be a great place to start! I never realized how big the company was being in the small town of Scituate.

Welcome to the NECR family, Michaela! We are excited to have you part of the team and think you will be awesome as the social media intern!

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WHAT’S TRENDING: DECEMBER

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WHAT’S TRENDING IN DECEMBER 2013

The holidays have finally arrived and along with the holidays came the cold weather! With this said, it’s a good time to bundle up and bring in the warmth by incorporating NECR’s latest trends into your next event! There are many shivering story lines that can be created this winter with different pairings by mixing and matching the many items NECR has to offer:

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Alpine Lounge: Bring in the warmth of an alpine hearth with natural elements. The Rustic Plank Tables provide a natural feel that will bring in just enough warmth into your next event. Don’t go overboard with woods though, stay classy and elegant with whitewashed tables and classic Louis Chairs. The natural and the classy and elegant items can both be paired with the Gold Rim glass. Whether the event is an extravaganza or small and simple, the Gold Rim will bring the event together with a warm and elegant feel this winter.

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Winter White: Expose the true ice princess in all of us with the hard edge of a glass, the Platinum Rim, with a wrought iron table. Don’t forget to balance your edge with a soft side, the Faux Bois Bench and charcoal linens with keep the winter white feel alive, but also look nice with the hard edge of the glass.

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Crisp and Cold: Provide a crisper feel to your next event with metallics. The winter metallic include zinc tables, silver chargers, ornate steel flatware, and black wrought iron chairs. The Elegance Coupe glass adds a crisp feeling when paired with metallic items. These items are perfect for winter events, for they are sleek, crisp, and cold. But, be sure to bundle up before diving into the winter metallic!

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Mixing and matching chairs and tables is another great way to create a unique event without much effort. Be creative when mixing and matching – try pairing the Walnut Farm table with the Black Crossback chair or the Glass Table with Wrought Iron Base with the Gold Chiavari.

Don’t want to settle for simple when searching for catering and flatware items? Use Chafing Dishes to keep your food and guests warm on a cold evening but impress them with unique options such as the Sampling Boards and Appetizer Glasses. By offering a variety of beverages on Sampling Boards it will allow your guests to chose their beverage of choice – making the event feel even more personalized – and with room for up to eight beverages on one board you will have plenty of options!

Using different flatwares, chargers, and china can assist in adding to the wintery feel during the holiday season or bringing in more warmth during the coldest of nights. Swirl flatware with Silver Chargers and Modern china brings a wintery feel to the table. Or warm it up by showing off the Copper flatware with the Copper Charger and Dutchess china.

Don’t break the bank with custom items – use the Champagne Tower to show off your bubbly and festive glassware that functions both as décor and serving element (it was once used to resemble a birthday cake!). Want a different way to display beverages? Our Box Bar can be used for beverages as well and the front of it can be changed to match the style of your event – another easy way to customize your event. Add even more customized items to your event with our popular Light Box. Many different shapes and letterings can be placed on the light box to illuminate the event.

Add our featured item – the Driftwood Tree – to make your holiday event come to life! This tree not only gets us in the mood for the holidays, but it also adds a natural and nautical feeling with the use of driftwood.
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We hope you enjoy these pairing of items for holiday and winter events! We love putting together our existing items in new ways to fit the theme of the season. Enjoy the rest of your December and New Year’s! We will be back shortly to update you about new trends for the new year!