{CUE Real Wedding}: Elizabeth + Robert

New York City is a destination favored by all – whether you come for a vacation, Broadway show or to live here. There’s also no doubt that many newlyweds choose this unique city as their wedding destination. Many dream of venues around Central Park or at prestigious hotels, but what if the girls at CUE were to say that you could find just as amazing of a space right outside of Manhattan? Newlyweds Elizabeth and Robert surely found a hidden gem when selecting their ceremony venue. Located at Brooklyn Bridge Park, they had the city itself for a back drop as well as the river surrounding it. Add a gorgeous day, friends and family plus a hotspot called reBar for your reception and you’ll have one of the best days of your lives!


                            

                   

                    

                      

Ceremony: Brooklyn Bridge Park

Reception: reBar

Dessert Bar: Nine Cakes

Photography: Elisabeth Millay

String Quartet: Through Hire Conservatory Allumni

Coordination: Curtain Up Events

xoxo,
Kiki

{CUE Real Wedding}: Martina + Michael

Romance is the central theme of any love story and red roses are a universally recognized symbol of romance. When many fantasize about their perfect day they envision it abundantly adorned with those scarlet petals. Newlyweds Martina and Michael were thrilled to realize their dream. Using plentiful pops of red and retelling their romance by replacing table numbers with the names of places meaningful to them, Martina and Michael successfully created a wedding based on the true reasons for their happiness.


The girls at CUE had a blast planning this wedding as well as executing it. Congratulations to Martina and Michael and may you create many more rosy memories together as husband and wife!

Ceremony:  St. Luke in the Fields

Reception:  The XChange

Floral Design: Martin Jobes

Photography: Jenny Ebert

Live Music:  Michael Arenella 

Catering & Cake:  Dish Food & Events

Coordination: Curtain Up Events

xoxo,
Kiki

Valentine Inspiration

As the smell of chocolates, perfume, and candy fill the streets this Valentine’s Day take a few minutes to step back and simplify yours. Here are a few tips to inspire you.

If you have kids, do what Danielle is doing and throw a Toddler Valentine’s Day Extravaganza! Find fun activities for the kids such as arts and crafts or baking cupcakes!


Instead of going out to an overbooked restaurant, eat in! Nothing is more romantic than having a secluded, candle lit dinner cooked exclusively by you. Spend the evening proclaiming your love for one another without any interruptions from a waiter eager to bring the check and get the next tip-payer seated.

It’s easy to run into a store and pick up yet another generic gift. This year, to give that special someone something truly original and from the heart, try making something yourself. Find out what they like and work from that. Here is an idea we spotted from a crafter online who loves cherry blossom trees:

craftster.org

The girls at CUE hope these ideas help spark your own romantic creativity and wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

xoxo,
Kiki

{CUE Real Wedding}: Rani + Jay

Many people dream of having a New York City wedding, so why not do it in style? Rani and Jay held their unforgettable wedding at Gotham Hall and totally transformed the space into one of the most festive weddings we’ve seen! By incorporating their Indian heritage into all the fine design details of the ceremony and then proudly displaying their New York attitude in a rocking club-style reception, Rani and Jay treated their guests to two stunning and completely contrasting experiences – and made turning over the space an ambitious but fun adventure for the CUE girls. From setting up the programs and escort cards to inflating a giant monkey, all while directing over five hundred guests, this event was one that will surely be remembered.

Ceremony and Reception: Gotham Hall

Floral Design: Martin Jobes

Photography: Jenny Ebert

Lighting: Bentley Meeker

Coordination: Curtain Up Events

We can’t thank the vendors enough for all of their hard work, dedication and commitment in making this wedding so outstanding. Congratulations on another successful collaboration!

xoxo,
Kiki

Project Holiday Organization

The holidays have FINALLY arrived and there is still so much to do! It starts with brainstorming for those perfect gifts, then braving the holiday hoards of mall madness, and culminates in executing the most gorgeous gift wrapping since Buddy the Elf walked through the Lincoln Tunnel. Gifts: check! What did you forget?

Decorating. Some may ask, “What’s so hard about placing a little holly here, a few lights there, picking out a tree, setting out the menorah, or finding the right candles for the kinara?” Well, actually finding those decorations tucked way in the back of the closet, stuffed in a box with other holiday miscellanea, can be a bigger headache than hunting down that one bad light keeping half of your tree unfestively dim. Organization is key when tackling such a project because you don’t want to have to deal with a mess before and after you set up.

Lisa Zaslow, founder of Gotham Organizers, is known nationwide for her expertise in organization. She helps her clients find customized solutions that help them become more organized and, therefore, more productive. She shared some tips with the CUE team on how we all could be more organized throughout this holiday season.

Gather

Go through your house and collect all the different holiday items that you have stored in a variety of places: the jack-o-lantern cutting knives in the kitchen, the menorah in the hall closet, the ornaments in the basement. You’ll probably have to open a bunch of “mystery boxes” in the process. This is a good thing. Have a thick black marker handy so you can label the carton with your high school memorabilia when you come across it in the attic.

Prune

Now that you see your complete holiday stash, toss or give away the items that you’ll never use: the lady bug costume that your daughter wore four years ago, strings of bulbs tangled beyond any chance of liberation, impulse-purchase ornaments that you have never once displayed, and wrinkled wrapping paper that you wouldn’t use even for the anonymous office grab bag.

Contain and Store

Now that you know how much space your decorations take up, treat yourself to some new containers to store them in. Sturdy plastic bins that stack will save space and protect your decorations from dust, water and breakage. They even make color-coded containers for this purpose – orange for Halloween, red and green for Christmas, etc. Label the containers so that you can see at a glance what’s in each one.

Designate an out-of-the way place to store your seasonal stuff since you don‘t need to get to it often. The basement, attic, or garage is perfect, if you have one. Apartment dwellers can use a high shelf in a closet or under-the-bed boxes.

Congratulations! You’ve solved a major holiday headache. Now if there was only an easier way to deal with all those relatives who‘ll be visiting …

Thanks Lisa, for all of your wonderful tips! They have already made my holidays less of a mess and allowed me to spend more time on the things that are more important in life.

To find out more on how Lisa Zaslow can help your organizational skills, check out her website at gothamorganizers.com.

If some of you are still having difficulty finding time to juggle work or school, decorating, and holiday gift shopping, the CUE team is here to help YOU! We can take care of all your holiday decorating, home or office. Need inspiration? We have plenty! And don’t worry about the dreaded post-holiday undecorating. Not only will we set everything up, but we will also break it down and stow it all away again.

You can e-mail us at info@curtainupevents.com. We look forward with working with you soon!

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Xoxo,
Kiki

Happy Horror Madness

Halloween is creeping around the corner and as you work your way around the crowds, through the mess they’ve left behind in the costume store, and pick out your last minute costume, you might’ve forgotten a vital component in making Halloween such a wonderful holiday – a party! The greatest thing about this day is that you can get away with doing anything from different themes to activities to food selection. Do you want to make it kid friendly? Or scream-at-the-top-of-your-lungs scary? If you are still deciding and need some inspiration or just need some last minute tips, the CUE team is here to save the spooky.

As the tricks of planning are over, the treat of seeing your guests flow through the door shows off your dedication in making an unforgettable night. Now it’s your turn to relax and party like there’s no tomorrow!

xoxo,
Kiki

1st Presbyterian Church Pre-School Fundraiser

Who says you need an extravagant venue to hold an event? With the right planners, rentals, lighting, and bartenders, you can take an empty space and make it your own!

CUE helped plan and design a low key Pre-school Fundraiser located at 1st Presbyterian Church on 5th Avenue. Some may question how could we possibly hold an event in a Church where the guests wouldn’t be reminded of all the Sunday sermons they’ve missed? The simple answer is paying a great attention to detail in decor.

A silent auction was the best way to go in making this fundraiser function smoothly. The walls were all covered with bid sheets where guests would write their offer. A square bar was placed in the middle of the room and draped in grey table cloths. Yellow ribbon was purposely set along the borders and crisscrossed with another strand of ribbon creating a grid-like look. These grids symbolizes a grid of New York City’s streets. The unexpected color contrast between the grey cloth and yellow ribbon draws attention due to the pop of color it gives out.

Fresh branches with small buds growing out of them were placed in steel cylinders were positioned on the bar as well. The branches were picked up from stores located in the Flower District here in Manhattan. The branches moved the eye to bring attention to the floral garland strung from the chandelier in the center of the hall. The garland generated warmth to the room and brought things together creating a unification.

Decor is everything. Whether it might be the smallest detail to a big centerpiece, decor sets your event apart from the next. It sets the mood and is the first thing guests see when walking into your event. Just remember, it’s not about where you have it, it’s how you present it.

We would also like to give a big thanks to jewelry designer, Sarah Radford from Chic Gems, etc., for providing the beautiful jewelry that Danielle wore to the event.

xoxo,

Kiki