A Drink with Paige


Vote for PaigeChenault Events!
June 3, 2009, 1:47 am
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We are thrilled to be listed with some of the top wedding planners in Dallas for the WFAA’s “A LIST” contest! We would love the chance to show our strength to Dallas!

Please vote for PaigeChenault Events and help us spread the word!

 

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Check out some photos from our past events. We love our jobs-these moments make us so happy!

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Perez Weddings shot Gillette and Zack (above)

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Huy at F8 Studio took photos of Sara and David

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Edward at BluDoor Studios captured Rachel and Brian’s wedding

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Andrea Polito  took the gals above and Kristi and Vince’s wedding

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Kwong at Timeless Portraits of Elegance captured Lorin and Nathan’s wedding



Hula, Hula, Hula!
June 1, 2009, 3:58 pm
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We had a great time celebrating Amanda’s Bat Mitzvah last weekend! Talk about a great family. Amanda did an exceptional job on the bima-we were all so proud of her!

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The celebration of Amanda’s accomplishments continued as the kids boarded the bus and headed to Brookhaven Country Club for the LUAU. A Stylish Soireeset the mood with tiki torches greeting the guests. Of course, every guest got a lei and pina colada upon arrival, too!

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The kids were entertained by DJ John Stem while Cindy Markman provided tattoos and PicFlips provided plenty of entertaining laughs! Winn Fuqua at Imagine Studios did a FANTASTIC job capturing the excitement of the crowd.

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MAZEL TOV, Amanda!



a new twist on traditional
May 27, 2009, 3:53 am
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I was browsing Etsy recently (my favorite site!), and came across a couple of killer ideas for those “out of the box” brides.

If you’re looking for a fun keepsake for your family and wedding guests, I love this idea by Artful Beginnings.  Share your favorite quote, wedding vows, or even your wedding weekend details on this unique handkerchief.  It’s the perfect blend of personal, unique, and traditional.

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 Another brilliant way to add that special spark to your reception: Cootie Catchers ! (Yes, the Cootie Catcher from elementary school!) These Cootie Catchers offer your guests a great opportunity to engage in childhood fun while discovering the evening’s menu. I absolutely adore this idea!

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 I think a fabulous cake topper is the perfect treat for your delicious and beautiful cake.  It’s a great way to show your style and attention to detail.  I love the whimsy of this little bride and groom.

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We’re in PARTY PLANNING MODE!
May 12, 2009, 8:09 pm
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I’ve had emails from some asking where the next blog post is….hang tight! PaigeChenault Events is busy creating gorgeous weddings, unbelievable new details, bat mitzvah memories, and more!  Photos and new ideas will be posted SOON!

In the meantime, if there’s something you’re interested in reading about-let us know!  Can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on!



Lauren + Max
April 18, 2009, 3:27 am
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I know that some of you have a similar dilemma to Lauren and Max: “How do you have the intimate ceremony that we want while including everyone in the celebration?” Let me tell you, this couple did an awesome job of just that!

Lauren and Max dated for some 13 years before Max popped the question.  Once they did, Lauren began planning their memorable wedding.  One of my favorite qualities in Lauren is her discerning taste and attention to detail. She did a great job planning their wedding-and Paige Chenault Events was thrilled to be part of the fun!

What makes Lauren and Max so unique is their weekend festivities. They kicked off the weekend with a wonderful rehearsal dinner at Marie Gabrielle.  On Saturday, the girls lounged in the Penthouse of the Stoneleigh Hotel, while the boys enjoyed lunch at TABC before Max headed to the Crescent Hotel to dress.

The Wedding Ceremony included 50 of Lauren and Max’s closest family and friends.  After this intimate ceremony, the couple danced their first dance as husband and wife while 300 guests celebrated with them in the Crescent Hotel Ballroom.  But that’s not all! Lauren and Max love to have a good time-and so do their friends!  After the reception, they headed over to the Stoneleigh Penthouse Suite for a rockin’ After Party!

Thanks to the great photography from Joseph Mark, you can see the evening unfold below:

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Did I mention it was Max’s birthday?! Lauren surprised him with his favorite cake from Dallas Affaires! 

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Talk about the perfect ending to a PERFECT NIGHT!

The Details:

The Crescent Hotel hosted the ceremony and reception, Chris Carrington played for the rehearsal dinner and ceremony, The Stoneleigh Hotel hosted the After Party, Freesia Dallas made the day gorgeous, Cuvee had us dancing, Kelly Taylor let loose at the After Party, Lite Dallas set the mood, Jackie Coleman baked a mean cake, Marie Gabrielle hosted the Rehearsal Dinner, Write Selection handled the details, Joseph Mark Photography captured the moments, and Lauren and Max made it happen!

CONGRATULATIONS, YOU TWO!

 



Let’s Get Personal!
March 22, 2009, 10:38 pm
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Anyone that knows me well knows that I like anything personalized!  For weddings, it’s a perfect way to create an intimate feeling and atmosphere for your guests.  For parties, it’s a great way to carry your theme through the entire event. I was shopping on ETSY recently and came across great ideas for weddings and parties!

Having an Outdoor Wedding?  Direct your guests to your perfect spot with a great sign in your honor from Funki Folk Art:

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Cupcakes are definitely on the Wedding Scene: they are used as a Groom’s Cake, a Favor, or a Late Night Snack.  To make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck-think about adding a personalized cupcake topper from Bug & Boo.  Let me tell you, these are awesome and she has such great ideas for any occasion!

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If you really want to shake things up, consider using a funny photo of your Groom, or even the two of you!

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For unique favors or late night snacks(you know you love a good Krispy Kreme after a fun night out), try a personalized caddy for your guests to leave with.

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In the weeks to come, I’ll show you some of my favorite personalized flair from weddings past-so be sure to email me any of your favorites to include!



Bar Mitzvah Boogie!
March 15, 2009, 3:22 am
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Any of you that have children about 12-14 know that Bar Mitzvah season is officially upon us! That’s right, it’s time to: choose a theme, make your guest list, talk about favors, study Torah portions, and try to keep it all kosher while juggling a million other family tasks. “Oy!” I said it!

There is so much to c0nsider when planning your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah Celebration-especially now.  I’ve put together a list of items I think are important when managing your and your child’s expectations for the evening.

1) Get a GREAT DJ.  At my parties, it’s amazing how much the kids connect with their DJ and Dancers.  Most DJ’s have dancers on their staff that will help motivate and relax the kids and encourage them to dance, dance, dance!  I have a lot of clients that want the adults and the kids to BOTH have a great time dancing-so make sure you communicate to your DJ in advance of your entertainment expectations. (like: when to toast?, how many adults in attendance vs. how many kids?, will there be a cocktail hour for adults?, do the kids want games?, are there any prizes to hand out?)

2) Look for a PARTY VENUE without many restrictions.  I’m telling you-sometimes jumping through hoops to make a venue work makes your budget increase dramatically!  There are so many wonderful venues in Dallas-you’re bound to find one that fits your family’s style and personality.  A few things to consider: 1) Are the tables and chairs included in your rental fee? 2) Do they allow outside catering and bringing in your own alcohol? 3) How many hours does the rental fee include-and what’s the cost to extend that time? 4) What other charges should you consider-valet, security, etc? 5) Are there restrictions with power or decorations?

3) THEME, THEME, THEME! In my world, it seems to be all about the THEME! Sometimes themes work great for kids (Maddy loves to shop-let’s make it “Maddy’s Mall”! or Blake loves tennis-“Everything Tennis” it is!), other times my clients simply want a fun party that all their guests can enjoy.  Whatever your preference, there are a few ways to make sure this special day makes ALL of your guests feel welcomed and appreciated. 1) Start with your stationary.  Stationary is a relatively easy way to continue a theme or feel from the first glance of the invitation to the hotel hospitality bag welcome note, place cards, and favors. Each of these touches allows you to carry on a color or theme that will enhance your guests experience. 2) Light it Up! It’s a great way to make your room feel like a party without spending a fortune for small “filler” decorations. 3) Consider centerpieces that are interactive: do they pose questions on cards? Are they part of the guests take-home favor? Perhaps they are part of the Mitzvah Project or another Tzedekah.  Whatever you choose, make it count.

 

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4) How many ACTIVITIES are too many?  In my experience, activities are a great way to break the ice and get the kids interacting with one another-not to mention serving a dual purpose of providing a party favor! But how many is too many?? I think it’s entirely dependent on the personality of the family. If you like to dance, then less is more.  If you think the kids want to be busy-bring them on!  Whatever you decide, I think it’s important to remember that space will play a big role in this decision.  Be sure to consider your power outlets and common areas before signing the contracts.

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5) The SHABBAT DINNER, KIDDUSH LUNCHEON, HOSPITALITY BASKETS and SUNDAY BRUNCH. Before you have a panic-attack about ALL the activities and responsibilities that come with a Bar Mitzvah Weekend, remember to rely on your friends!  If any friend or family member offers to help you with your celebration, encourage them to team up with others to help with some of these expenses. Besides, don’t you prefer a nice dinner with friends and family on a Friday night? Keep them as intimate as you can, and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

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6) Remember the true PURPOSE of this celebration, and keep it sacred. This is such a special and important time for your family, remember to enjoy each moment as you celebrate the tradition and efforts of your Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Be sure to tell them how proud you are of them!

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The Wedding Party Studio Opens!
March 5, 2009, 5:19 am
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We’re incredibly excited about the unveiling of  The Wedding Party Studio in uptown Dallas.  

Just think: a one stop shop for EVERYTHING WEDDING. 

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Can you imagine?: Thumbing through all the dresses, shopping for sussies, sipping champagne, and flipping through books of premiere Dallas wedding vendors while you dream of your perfect day. *sigh*    

Paige Chenault Events was selected to participate in this unique collection of vendors, and we’re excited to be part of such a great crew! Click here to see all of my friends in the Library.  Not only is there a library and shop just around the corner from you, but they also host a killer bridal show twice a year-and it’s almost here!

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Here’s the scoop: The Wedding Party Event is March 29, 2009 at Third Space. You’re sure to walk away with new inspiration and a rejuvenated spirit for your wedding day. For more information, check out The Wedding Party Studio.



Kristin and Patrick!
February 25, 2009, 12:14 am
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So, it took me a while, but I’m finally posting the photos from my first wedding of 2009.  Kristin Hart married Patrick McComber on January 10, 2009.  I originally met this great couple while I was working on Patrick’s cousin’s wedding last year.  Needless to say, we all hit it off!

I had a great time working with them to capture that “Winter Wonderland” feel.  Of course, when you work with great families and great vendors-the best is bound to happen.

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Details are the best way to make your wedding unique and personal.  Sometimes it takes a little extra effort-but it’s usually worth it!  Check out the beautiful ring bearer pillows!  After the wedding,  use them as an accent pillow in your bedroom-it will be a perfect addition to your new home.

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The bride and groom went to Su Vino Winery in Grapevine and personally made each bottle of wine as a gift for their guests to take home and enjoy. Love it!

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The lighting makes a huge difference in your event space! Astounding Sounds took care of all the lighting and entertainment. (Check out the gobo that framed the sweetheart table!). Junior at The Garden Gate transformed Northwood Country Club into a perfect Winter Wonderland.

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Talk about awesome photography!  David and Luke Edmonson ROCKED this wedding.  The ceremony shots are endearing; the reception shots show how much fun everyone was having-they were a perfect match for this couple (Oh! Not to mention personal friends!)

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. McComber!

The Details: Ceremony Site: King of Glory Church,  Reception Site: Northwood Country Club, String Quartet: Aria Strings, Photographer: David and Luke Edmonson, Florist: The Garden Gate Floral Design, Entertainment and Lighting: Astounding Sounds.



E + E = P
February 19, 2009, 12:10 am
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Erin Pascuzzi (a PaigeChenault Events staffer!) married Eric Pastore on February 7, 2009.
Perhaps I’m biased because Erin works for PaigeChenault Events, but I would say this was one of the best weddings I’ve ever had the privilege of being a part of.  Talk about being in LOVE!  Erin and Eric are so fun, so happy, and so in love-and so are their families! Everyone joined in the celebration of this great Italian couple. We had an incredible team of vendors working on this wedding—and it showed during the day!  All the guests had a great time as they celebrated this couple.

Congratulations to Erin and Eric!

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The fun started early with the stationary in hues of navy, green, and ivory.  They carried this through each detail of the weekend. 

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 PicFlips entertained the guests during the reception–a great party favor!  But really, can I brag?! We had to keep the PicFlips station open AFTER the bride and groom left-it was so popular!

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Cymbidium transformed The Ritz ballroom into a romantic, contemporary backdrop for Erin and Eric’s guests. It was so comfortable and charming!

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The Details:  Ceremony: Perkins Chapel  Reception, Food, and Cake: Ritz-Carlton Dallas; Photography: David and Luke Edmonson; Videography: Soulbox Productions Stationary and Florals: Cymbidium; Grooms Cake: Sprinkles Cupcakes; Party Favors: PicFlips; Band: Signed, Sealed, Delivered