Cycling Sports Group July Tradeshow

The Cycling Sports Group is one of the leading global suppliers of bicycles and accessories. With dealers in the US and the UK, CSG is making sure that cycling enthusiasts are provided unique and vast options to cater to their cycling wants and needs. We were given the opportunity this July to provide the structure for their annual trade show. And any time we get to use a crane for an install, we jump at the chance. 

For a week, booths were lined up in the 20m x 25m air-conditioned clearspan structure for dealers to take a look at the numerous brands and products CSG has to offer in the coming year. Presentations from vendors highlighted the newest and best products in the industry through out the week. By the end, I was thinking about becoming a cyclist myself! 

We were thrilled to partner with CSG, Ride Cannondale, GT Bicycles, Sugoi Apparel and mostly Worldstage Inc. to make this event possible! 

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An Evening Beneath the Stars

A summer evening spent indoors is a summer evening wasted. So why not bring the indoors out and dine beneath a starry sky? Our wonderful clients decided to celebrate in one of our clear top 50' wide Navitrac frame tents from Anchor Tents at the Round Hill Club in Greenwich, CT this past June. With the planning skills of Eloquence Events, the gorgeous flowers by Greenwich Orchids and draping by Social Decor, the tent was transformed into a gorgeous outdoor dining experience. 

Twinkle lights cascading throughout the canopy illuminated the guests as they danced the night away on our dark walnut hardwood floors. It was truly a sad moment when we had to break down this event, but we are so glad we were able to set the stage for our clients' most wonderful memories that evening. 

Other vendors who made the event a success are: 

Photography: Ann Billingsley
Video: Magic Flute Video
Linens: La Tavola Linen
Band: The Sultans
Music: Highline Quartet
Stationary: Fourteen-Forty Design Studio
Dessert: Palmers Bakery

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How to Write Your Vows

I tell every bride and groom that once they make it through the vows, the rest of the night is just a party. But getting to the vows is tricky. Especially if you're writing your own! But writing your own vows gives you the chance to tell you future spouse just how amazing they are and how much they mean to you. 

So before you begin I suggest sitting down, pouring a glass of wine and making a list of all the reasons you can't wait to say "I Do" and then use those bullet points to write your vows. 

Keep it pithy. This isn't the time to take your guests through every critical moment you two have shared over the course of your relationship. Hit the high points and try to keep the vows to a minute or so. Remember you will probably need a bit longer than the rehearsed time due to inevitable tears or laughter. If you want to include more details about your relationship in your ceremony, consider writing your ceremony. Your JP can give you some guidelines and check everything before the big day for you too. 

Cliches are ok. For years your teachers have told you to stay clear of cliches. But this is the time to use them. If a cliche is the best way for you to say what you feel, then go for it! These words aren't going to be graded. Speak your mind and if your mind keeps saying a cliche, then use it! 

Keep them close to your heart. This tip is two-fold because you should want to keep your vows a secret (although one proofreader is ok especially if that proofreader is your JP) and you want to keep them true to you. If you guys are a goofy couple, insert some humor. If you're loving and romantic, bring on the tissues. Follow your heart and speak from your soul and the vows will flow naturally onto the paper. 

Multiple drafts are key. You might write your vows and thing they are the best thing you've ever written and they just may well be, but be sure to take a step back and review them. Do you think your spouse would appreciate that embarrassing anecdote? Will your Nana care to know that bedroom detail? Write and review. And then review again. Which is why it's also important to write them early. Do not wait until the morning of. You want to alleviate stress of your wedding day and enjoy family and friends. You don't want to be rushing some of the most important words you will ever say just so you can get it done. 

So you have the tips and the tricks, but where to begin? Here is a general structure of how most vows are written

1. Begin your vows with a special moment or memory. Recount when you knew that you wanted to spend the rest of your life with your spouse (as long as it's appropriate).

2. Tell your spouse how much they mean to you. And how important they are to you. 

3. Say thank you. I have no doubt that your partner deserves a lot of thanks whether it was supporting you through a hard time, helping with the planning or agreeing to watch all of Gilmore Girls on Netflix. We both make sacrifices in relationships and this is the time to say thank you.

4. State what you promise - what you vow - to be and do for your spouse. 

And if you follow these simple rules and speak from your heart, you'll be golden. I promise! 

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DIY Child's Wedding Activity Giftbags

Children make for some amazing photos at weddings. They are happy and carefree and usually adorably dressed to the nines. But come dinner time or even cocktail hour, they can get a little bored with the speeches and the eating and the dining table small talk. These DIY activity bags placed at their seats will surely keep them content and occupied.

Activity or coloring books are always a win/win since kids love to create and they are usually inexpensive. You can purchase different themed books at your local dollar store or you can print this adorable wedding-themed activity book from Lovely Indeed. You can include some blank pages for freehand drawing or even some tic-tac-toe. But children like things to have a goal, right? How about a little scavenger hunt? Martha Stewart has an adorable "I Spy" free download to keep your kiddos hunting around the reception. The first one to spy them all gets a free Shirley Temple or bag of candy. You can also create your own printable games customized to you and your beau or the venue location. Attach a small package of crayons to the printables and your kiddos will be entertained for sure. 

But what about the wee ones who maybe can't color just yet? Wikki Stix are the answer! A lot of high-end venues won't allow toys that could be potentially harmful to furniture and walls such as stickers or play doh. But wikki stix are a fun and mess-free toy that will allow the kids to be creative and build their own shapes. 

Other fun additions are mini games, puzzles and small toys. Package them up in a cute brown bag with some ribbon and the kids will be thrilled to find them at their seats. 

Don't have the time to put together your own bags? There are places like Kids Wedding Fun who will put together and ship kids bags for you. All you have to do is place them at their seats. 

Cheers to children at weddings! 

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