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What about registering?

To register or not to register, this is Steeple at Sea Ferry Churchalways a question we hear from soon to be brides and grooms. More than not, their answer is not to register because they “don’t need anything.” That may be the case but gifts aren’t always about needing something. Our advice is to register for something Continue reading


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You need us…

Almost anyone can plan an event when the budget is limitless, but planning the event of your dreams on a shoestring takes a little bit of maneuvering. A recent bride and her fiancé had all the big pieces in place when they called on us to help them pull it all together. They were clearly at the point Continue reading


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Facelift, anyone?

Many of us go to annual events this time of year. Bazaars, fundraisers, dinners are bountiful throughout November and December. I really enjoy looking forward to chatting with people I may only see once a year, wandering through the crowds, smelling the familiar aromas of the season and hearing the sounds Continue reading


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Knock, Knock…Who’s there…Irene Who?

Imagine you are getting married in a few days when someone comes knocking at your back door and says, “Not so fast!” This is what happened to a recent Bride and Groom at the end of August when Hurricane Irene promised to pack a few good punches right in the middle of their southern New England wedding!

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Day of Wedding Coordination

“If I can plan my wedding, I don’t need a wedding planner!” Maybe, but you probably need a wedding coordinator. Stela Parties recently coordinated a wedding that was completely planned by the bride and groom but all of the fabulous details couldn’t have been carried out without a coordinator.

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Jewelry by 4 Nomads

She is quiet, never pushing into the crowd. But don’t let that fool you. Randi Crowe Carroca’s art speaks volumes about her talents. Randi is one of the newest members of the Stela design team. Her creative inspirations have recently influenced Stela’s table centerpieces. In addition Randi creates Continue reading


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Wedding Invitations!

I am as big a fan of shopping online for bargains as the next person but sometimes it just can’t compare with the real deal.

Tonight we met with one of our brides and a member of the Stela Design Team, Patti Murphy of Seed Factory. Patti is a young graphic designer with fresh ideas and a gentle Continue reading


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Your Wedding-Making it Personal

A wedding, is a wedding, is a wedding! Not so if you take the time to add a few personal touches that really speak to who you are as a couple. Paying close attention to a few details will make your wedding stand out in guest’s memories but not completely break the bank.

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Announcing the Stela Design Team!!!

Stela Parties and Events is thrilled to announce the formation of the Stela Design Team! The Stela Design Team has been assembled to provide our clients with the best possible services in all aspects of event planning, coordination, and design. Stephanie and Elaine carefully chose the members of the Continue reading


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Wedding Show Find

As event planners, we are always on the look-out for new trends and interesting services to pass along to our clients. With that in mind, we headed out to “The Wedding Experience”, a bridal show at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick this past weekend.

The show was great- many vendors to talk to, beautiful Continue reading


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“The Talk”

You’re engaged and now it’s time to have the talk. Now you say? Wasn’t that back when I was in Middle School? This talk may prove to be even more awkward than that talk.

I recently sat down with a newly engaged couple and asked the prospective bride what her wedding looked like in her mind’s Continue reading


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How much does that cost?

What is the most important step in planning a wedding? The date, the reception location, the caterer? How about the budget? That’s what I said. Boring, you say? It may prove to be the single most important thing you do before saying, “I do”. Know the dollar amount you can afford to pay for Continue reading


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Wedding “Day of Event Coordination”

Today’s bride knows what she wants her wedding to look and feel like from start to finish. Most can even plan the whole thing. The wild card is putting it all together on the big day. How can the bride squeeze in setting up the ceremony and reception site into her already busy day? How will she Continue reading


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Unique Party Bar

How much attention do you pay to the bar when you are planning an important party? I have always thought about the wine and beer and maybe even a signature cocktail. But the non-alcoholic drinks are usually bottled water, cola, diet cola and maybe a caffeine free option. Not so for the groom at a recent Continue reading


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The Wedding Day

It is always fun to go to a wedding. Butwhen you have been up to your elbows in the planning of a wedding, itis a totally different experience than being just a guest.

On Saturday, our most recent bride arrived early to have her hair and makeup completed by her very capable attendant. Their dressing Continue reading


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Wedding Gowns!

Sometimes I forget the excitement I felt shopping for my wedding gown. But on Sunday, each person at the Westerly Bridal Meet and Greet had a chance to experience a perfect wedding gown moment. We had all been watching off and on while a newly engaged young woman tried on dress after dress. Suddenly Continue reading


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Welcome Bags

With families spread across the nation, it is probable that more than a few guests at your wedding will be arriving from out of town. After going through the trouble of finding affordable and comfortable lodging for your guests, why not make them feel really welcome by leaving a gift bag in their hotel Continue reading


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Wedding Pie?

As people try to make their wedding unforgettable, traditional wedding activities change. Remember when grroms threw garters and brides threw bouquets? You hardly see that anymore. The same holds true with wedding cake. Cupcakes are always a fun and popular change. Well, how about pie? That’s what I Continue reading


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