Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

The Elms all dress up for the Holidays!

Next year think about planning your wedding in the month of December. It's not only a value but the town is simple stunning.
In between house hopping and caroling, you can do some venue site inspections and meet some of the wedding talent in town.
has a calendar of all the holiday events and happenings.
Do think about incorpirating some of these activites in to your wedding weekend.

Merry Christmas
Newport Wedding

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

And pearls are a brides!

The Camrose & Kross Kennedy Collection was created by Jackie herself.
Now managed by Caroline,
I think this is the perfect wedding gift for the Newport Bride, Maid or Mother.
Each pieces of jewelry comes gift boxed in velour-covered case and with a Camrose & Kross Certificate of authenticity. Also included is a romance card with some fascinating information about Jackie and her life.

Wedding Bracelet
JFK and Jackie designed this bracelet together before their wedding in 1953. Jackie contributed the pearls and diamonds, while John added the two nautical ropes, representing his family's love of the sea.
The bracelet was a perfect addition to her wedding gown. A small drawstring bag is included for travel.
The Wedding Bracelet has 25 Swarovski crystals, 18 simulated pearls, box and tongue clasp.
It is available in 7" or 8" with platinum plating. $70.00

Engagement Bracelet
John was so elated that Jackie had accepted his proposal of marriage that he purchased this very special engagement present for her on July 11, 1953. She was very moved by her fiance's thoughtfulness.
This Engagement Bracelet has 38 Swarovski Crystals with a box and tongue clasp.
It is available in 7" or 8" with platinum plating. $70.00

You can find the Camrose & Kross wedding collection at

To Order Call 917 355 0689
or email me at
Newport Weddings

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Pantone's Color of the Year Is...

According to The New York Times December 20 2007
Pantone’s choice of color is blue iris other wise known as No. 18-3943.

Leatrice Eiseman,the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said
“Blue Iris brings together the dependable aspects of blue, underscored by a strong, soul-searching purple cast. Emotionally, it is anchoring and meditative with a touch of magic.”

When I was at Special Event last year,
I took these photographs of the booths for a lecture on
The Trends of Color at the Waldorf=Astoria.
And yes iris blue, and fern green were defiantly being shown.
But are brides renting it.

Are you going to use this color palette?

I look forward to see what colors will be happening this year!

Hear about Color Trends on
The Wedding Podcast Network
Bridal Scene Show #24

What Was HOT for 2007 and NOT

As I tie up
the ends of 2007,
Here is my list of
what was HOT
and was NOT
in Newport.

Colored water glasses were in.
Clear ones are out.

New England Icons such as Sail boats,Pineapples and Sea Shells are always in.
Hearts and Doves and Swans are out.

Gobos with the couples Monogram are in.
Disco Lighting is out.

Welcome Bags are in.
Non edible party favors are out.

Real food is in.
Watermelon swans are out.

Pink and Line Green was still in.
(Thank You Lilley)
Bold red is out.

Chocolate Fountains are out.
But Chocolate Bars are in

Antique cars and Trollys are in.
Extra long Limos are out.

A Get Away Dress is in.
Hang out in your wedding dress after the wedding is always out

Ribbon from the Ribbon spot

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Spectacular Weddings of Newport are held at non for profits!

Does your venue offer you the opportunity to do a Mitzvah or Tithe?

Newport RI can make you a philanthropist on your wedding day.
With over 100 non-for profits in the town, many of them have event spaces available for rent.
So instead of having your wedding in a hotel ballroom or a venue owned by a
corporation,take part of your wedding budget and support a non-for profit.
Here are some of the museums and venues that are available for rent.

Marble House
The Colony House
The Eisenhower House
Fort Adams
Eastons Beach Ballroom -The Rotunda
International Tennis Hall of Fame

Above photo of Rosecliffs Ballroom
Newport Weddings

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Advantage Newport by The Wedding Podcast Network

I want to thank Robert Allen and Holli Ehrlich
for being my advocate and friend on my venture in New York and Newport RI.
They are doing so much for the wedding Industry.
I am so honored to be part of the Meet the Masters Edition.
I hope you enjoy the Podcast,

Your Wedding Destination: Newport, Rhode Island. Wedding Podcast Network is proud to feature information that will help you plan your wedding with style. Listen to our expert participants and learn about one of the most scenic places in the country. We talk with savvy Newport wedding planner Nancy Swiezy; two unique and beautiful venues to create your memorable event
Tim Thuell, General Manager of The Chanler at Cliff Walk
Susan Verge, Marketing Director Longwood Events’ Belle Mer
Howard Prince, owner Synergy Entertainment, Newport’s number one dance orchestra Kathryn Farrington, Vice President of Marketing of Newport’s Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, tells us why Newport is such a popular destination with its breathtaking coastline, unparalleled history, mansions, sports and cultural resources. You and your guests will fall in love with the City by the Sea.

Please note Synergy R.I. in Now closed

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy

The Quintessential Newport Bride

What can I say that hasn’t been said before about this most remarkable woman.
15 years ago or so had the opportunity to tour Hammersmith Farm just before it closed.I remember taking a pause on that beautiful stairwell and just for a just moment, I became Jackie Kennedy tossing her bouquet.

At my web site A Newport Affair
There is a collection of photographs, articles and a slide show about the wedding.
I hope they become an inspiration to you in planning your wedding here in Newport.

Hammersmith Farm is now close to the public and is now a private residence. One can best see it today from Newports grand harbor.

If your looking for the view that Jack and Jackie had for your wedding,
You will want to look at:

The Eisenhower House

Ocean Cliff

Castle Hill Inn

Photo of Jackie by Toni Frissell The Library of Congress and The JFK Library

What’s with that Pineapple ?

The Pineapple is a symbol of welcome derived from the practice of placing a real pineapple at the door to announce that the sea-captain owner had returned from his long voyage and was ready to receive guests.

Newport has hundreds examples of wonderful colonial homes.
Make sure you visit “The Point” section of Newport on your next trip.
Facing the harbor Its just to the right of the Visitors Center.

So when the New England Society of NYC asked me to design the decor for the annual holiday party,the pineapple simple ruled.

My next bride plans to hang a pineapple on the front door of her venue.

Why don’t you?
The New England Socity in the city of New York is a Scholarship Program, established in 1953, awards scholarships to bright and deserving students from the New York City area attending New England educational institutions.

The Ultimate Welcome Bag!

I found this bag for a NY bridethis summer.
It is an insulated tote bag that comes in 3 Blue and White fabric patterns.
Every one just loves them !


Fill it with a local map, and free Newport magazine that you can find it at the visitor’s center.
Add water bottles, mints, salt-water taffy and any other nautical Newport seafaring goodies.
The Christmas Tree Shop is a great place to find these things.
Aquidneck Shopping Center
19 East Main Road
Middletown, RI 02842
(401) 841-510

For Free Maps and Magizines
Visitor Information Center
23 America's Cup Avenue
Newport, RI 02840

The Eisenhower House

The Eisenhower House is a charming victorian farm house at the top of the hill in Fort Adams State Park.

It in now one of my favorite venues for a tented event.

Here is the History of the House.
Eisenhower House is a historic late nineteenth-century home that served as the residence for the Commandant of Fort Adams. Newport architects George C. Mason and Son designed the house in 1873, and General Henry Jackson Hunt was the first in a long line of military officers to live here.
The most famous resident was President Dwight D. Eisenhower, for whom the house is named. President Eisenhower vacationed here during the late summer of 1958 and 1960. At first, the president was quartered at the Naval War College on Coasters Harbor Island. But golf was Ike’s passion, and given Eisenhower House’s location near the Newport Country Club golf course, this became the president’s Summer White House.
The United States Navy transferred Fort Adams and Eisenhower House to the State of Rhode Island in 1964 for use as a state park. Today Eisenhower House is a historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the property is the scene of many public and social events.

A Newport Affaires Selling Points
1. A reasonable rental fee.
2. You can bring in any legitimate catering or tent company.
3. You’re the only wedding that day.
4. Your decorator and catering don’t have to wait
for the tours to finish be for they start working on your wedding.
5. Its has one of the best water view of Newport Harbor.
6. No porta potties needed to be rented for an event fewer than 200 people.
7. No problems with the town sound ordnance so
go for that big band!
8. Lots of parking.

Contact: Joan Kelley
1 Lincoln Drive
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI 02840
401-847-6740 (t)