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Don't Forget the Monster Montrachet!

Is a party even a party if you don't have two magnum bottles of Montrachet? 

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The answer is probably not. Such was not the case for our friends at Stella Day Events who threw a perfect wedding for a wonderful couple on June 24th at a private home in Greenwich, CT. The 40x90 clear top tent made by Anchor Tents was turned into a gorgeous summer fete by Kerri-Lynn of Stella Day Events and a top notch list of vendors. The weekend was a nerve-frazzler as the weather turned from sun to rain to sun to down pours, but with all the smiles of the beautiful people of Social Decor, Winston Flowers, Gather and Lounge, Vali Entertainment and the incredible Chef Daniel Boulud. Meg Barlow took some incredible images of the day, but we're pretty fond of these behind-the-scenes pics of the top notch vendors, some giant Montrachet and even some amateur photography action from our own Zachary Wilson. 

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Featured Venue: The Belle Haven Club

Location. Location. Location. The most beautiful part of The Belle Haven Club is its beautiful location and unparalleled views. The Belle Haven Club is a private beach club where around 300 families enjoy the sandy beach, a stocked bar and delicious dining and classic summer activities such as tennis, sailing and swimming. Founded in 1889, Belle Haven sits on the southernmost tip of Greenwich overlooking Captain Harbor providing those killer views.

Although you have to be a member to use the Club for private events, it’s worth it to join if you love the space as much as we do. This year we installed a custom Sperry Tent nestled on the patio with 10′ eaves so guests could take advantage of the ocean views. The Club caterers all events so you know your food will be amazing! Contact the Club for more information on membership and possible events and follow us on instagram to see all the stunning events under our Sperry this summer!

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Photograph by Vicki + Erik
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How Much Should You Gift at Weddings?

The age-old question is finally answered and it's all based on your relationship to the bride and groom. 

I used to keep track of all of the wedding gifts we had given to our friends and family. This was mostly to make sure it was kept even amongst everyone so as to avoid an awkward moment when two couples realized they received two (possibly drastically) different amounts for their nuptials. I was constantly utilizing my handmade formula that weighted the value of our relationship, the estimated cost of the wedding per plate and what our personal out of pocket costs were. This was a lot of work and completely unnecessary. So instead, I have begun referring to this handy chart of what to gift and to whom broken out by the dollar amount. 

Remember this is only a rough guide and you should only gift what you can comfortably afford. Your friend or family member will hopefully be grateful just for your presence and never hold you gift amount against you. These suggestions are per guest. 

$50.00 - $100.00
These people are your acquaintances, coworkers and distant relatives. If you are more than just a coworker and spend extensive time outside drinking wine and pinning, then err on the higher end of this spectrum. 

$100.00 - $150.00
Close friends fall into this category. These are your besties, your sisters from other misters, brothers from other mothers, your gal pals and your bosom buddies. It is very important to consider in this category what your personal expenditures for the wedding were whether they were travel or bachelor/shower related. 

$150.00 - $200.00
Close relatives weddings' require you to dig a little deeper into your pockets. Although your gift doesn't have a direct correlation to how much you like the couple under the chuppah, it does unfortunately have some indication of how excited you how for their union. Never got into debt, but be sure to share the love with a little extra green for your close relative's wedding. 

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