• The Symbolism of Wedding Flowers

    The flowers that you see at weddings aren’t just there to look beautiful—each of them carries its own symbolism. Roses, of course, stand for love and beauty. Daisies symbolize innocence. Tulips represent passion, and gardenias symbolize pure joy. Lilies symbolize purity and honor, while lilies of the valley simply stand for happiness. Magnolias represent nature, while irises stand for faith and wisdom. Lilacs represent the freshness and innocence of newfound love, which makes them a perfect flower for any wedding. The same goes for daffodils, a flower strongly associated with spring and new beginnings. If you’re planning a wedding, you should be sure to take the time to think about what each flower you pick means.

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  • Don’t Make These Mistakes When Planning Your First Corporate Retreat

    If you’re planning a corporate retreat for the first time, there are some common missteps that you’ll want to be sure to avoid. If you’re just getting started with your business and you don’t have a client list or any other network you can fall back on, it’s probably too soon to host a retreat. Another common mistake is not planning far enough in advance; you should start preparing for your first retreat at least six months—or even a year—before the date of the event. For more tips, watch this video.

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  • Inspiration for Brides Who Would Rather Skip the Traditional Dress

    No two weddings are the same. Whether you’re planning the wedding reception , trying to select a menu, or making the guest list, your special day will inevitably be a unique and personal event. One of the most visible aspects of any wedding, of course, is the wedding dress. We all know the traditional white dress that has been worn by countless brides down the years—but what if you’re looking for something different? Here are some tips for rethinking the traditional wedding dress:

    Go with Bold Colors

    White may be soothing on the eye, but that might not be the effect you’re going for. If you’re bored with the traditional look, why not try a more eye-catching color? Forest green, ocean blue, and even canary yellow are all terrific, attention-grabbing colors that will make your bridal dress as memorable as you want it to be.

    Try Something More Casual

    Wedding dresses tend to be formal and elegant in their style, but that’s not what everybody wants. If you want to go for a looser, more informal look, what’s to stop you? A sharp-looking cocktail dress—the kind you’d normally wear to the reception—could be just the thing you need to give your wedding that shaken-up, idiosyncratic atmosphere you want.

    Find the Right Shoes

    If the dress you have doesn’t seem quite right, try pairing it with the right pair of shoes—you might be surprised at the difference it makes. Whether you’re leaning toward heels or flats, try out as many different sets of footwear as you want with the dress you’re considering until you find the pair that perfectly complements it.

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  • FAQs and Answers About Professional Fireworks Displays

    If you really want to make sure that your next corporate event, wedding reception or other special event goes off with a bang, a professional fireworks display can be the perfect addition. No matter how old you are, who doesn’t love a fireworks show? However, there are strict regulations governing the use of fireworks, and you need to be aware of what they are. Here are the answers to some questions you may have about fireworks displays.

    Who can operate the fireworks?

    For genuine fireworks—rather than just backyard sparklers—you’ll need somebody who has experience handling them. That’s why it’s best to hire a professional pyrotechnician to put on your fireworks display for you. A pyrotechnician will have the training and state certification necessary to use the fireworks safely, and to put on an impressive show for you and your guests.

    Would you like to reserve a space on Ellis Island for an upcoming event featuring impressive fireworks? Evelyn Hill Inc. is the official concessionaire for all Ellis Island events, from wedding receptions to corporate retreats. Whatever type of event you’re planning, Ellis Island offers a wonderful location with a fantastic view. If you have any questions about how to book a date for your event , call (630) 894-5992.