December 17, 2014

Welcome to the NEW A Polished Plan website!

What an exciting and highly anticipated day for A Polished Plan as we launch our redesigned brand and website for the world to see! This project has been a labor of love since this past July when we decided that our hardworking little logo could use a make-over. And of course, like any sensible OCD, Type A, over-planner, we couldn’t just stop with a new logo since obviously everything needs to match! Soooo….6 months later and partnerships with some seriously creative people, we are incredibly excited to unveil the finished product!

www.apolishedplan.com

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The biggest transformation was our little logo, formerly known as “aPp”. It has served us well over the past 4 years and this break-up did not come easily! But once we discovered the incredibly talented artist in Abany Bauer of Brown Linen Design we knew that she could create something that more accurately reflected the style and scope of A Polished Plan. And we are absolutely delighted with our new logo, her grown-up big sister, simply known as Polished.

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And then came the huge, monster sized, all-consuming task of tackling the website. We wanted to update the overall appearance and offer our users new and fresh content and imagery with a sleek and streamlined user experience. BUT, and this was a big BUT, we wanted to stay true to our original brand that was set in motion back in 2010. This meant that our friendly little Polished tree, our color story, and the overall mood and ambiance of the Polished story had to stay in tact. Sounds easy, right?! Wrong! The only woman crazy enough, errr incredible enough, to take on the task was the lady who made it all happen back in 2010. The magnificant Deb Wagner of dstripe.

And well….the rest is history! 6 months, hundred of photos, pages and pages of copy, one thousand emails and phone calls, and countless “what do you think about this?”, or “how about we try this?”, and more patience and technical talent than one single person should probably ever have….and we’ve got ourselves the new Polished website! Deb, thank you for making the process for the second version of the Polished website just as wonderful as the first time around. See you in another 4 years?!?!?

We hope you enjoy it and can’t wait to hear what you all think!

xo,

the Polished team

September 5, 2014

Entertaining Essentials: Bridesmaids Ask Gift

Wedding engagements are exciting! They’re filled with encouragement from loved ones, toasts galore and the thrill of that shiny new sparkler. After the initial process of putting together a guest list, establishing a budget and choosing a venue, next on the list is to determine the wedding party! Ask your ladies to stand by your side in style with a gift bag that will show your love and just how much you appreciate their friendship.

We’ve gone ahead and put together a handy dandy collage to inspire your bride-to-be juices. Look for the perfect card at Rifle Paper Co, Sugar Paper or Hello Small World. Dogeared makes the cutest charm necklaces that together with your favorite nail color, a collection of sweets and a bit of bubbly perfectly packaged in this chic bag from Ban.do – your bridesmaids will be sure to thank you for including them in your special day!

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Until then….aPp

July 30, 2014

Featured on
Style Me Pretty
DIY Glitter & Gold Lace Factory Wedding

The gorgeous wedding of Rachel & Ben at the Lace Factory is featured on Style Me Pretty today! We are delighted to see it get the press it deserves, after recently being featured in The Connecticut Bride magazine too. This wedding was surely one of our favorites from the 2013 season and we think it will be one of your favorites too!

Feast your eyes HERE to see it all in person!

 

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Until then…aPp

 

July 28, 2014

Featured On
The Connecticut Bride
DIY Glitter & Gold Lace Factory Wedding

A beautiful wedding is beautiful no matter how you shake it. But when you see it in PRINT, beautiful takes on a whole new meaning!

That is exactly the case for aPp’s stunner of a wedding this past October at The Lace Factory (one of our favorite venues ever). It is currently featured in the Fall/Winter issue of The Connecticut Bride and we are so excited to see this wedding get the press it deserves. Rachel & Ben’s wedding exudes all of the qualities that aPp is so proud of when it comes to producing and executing events. Thoughtfully designed (seriously….this bride thought about everything- every.little.thing….and we loved it), personalized (guests kept saying that it just “felt” like Rachel and Ben…music to our ears), creative and budget friendly (DIY was the name of the game here), and organized (it went off without a hitch…seriously….even Mother Nature followed the plan).

In two words: perfectly Polished.

Feast your eyes HERE to read the full article and see all the gorgeous photos. Or better yet- go out and pick up a copy of the current issue!

 

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If those photos aren’t enough to satisfy your love of all things that are glittered and gorgeous and autumnal, scroll down to see a full line up of pretty by the super talented husband and wife team of The Melideos.

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Rachel and Ben, your love story is ah-mazing (be sure to read the full article for the story of how they met, the bet they placed when they first met, and it’s appearance on the wedding day) nevermind your general adorable-ness as a couple completely and totally in l.o.v.e. Thank you for letting aPp be a part of such an incredible wedding celebration. Much love and best wishes for a beautiful life together!

 

Until then…aPp

– Vendor Roll –

Venue:The Lace Factory // Photographer: Sweet Little Photographs // Floral Design: Stems Flower Design // Wedding Cake: Cloud Nine Catering // Stationery: DIY by the Bride // Beauty: Simply Gorgeous by Erin // Lighting Design: Social Decor  //  DJ: Play Something Good // Trolley: Jolly Red Trolley

June 13, 2014

Entertaining Essentials: Lawn Games

We all know that a classic photo booth is a great way to entertain guests at an event and produce a film strip of memories that can last a lifetime. But if you’re really looking for a way to get guests mingling and families laughing together, a great way to do so is to incorporate a few lawn games into any outdoor celebration!

We’ve recently been researching vendors that carry the classics as well as exploring some new game options that have been becoming wildly popular. From corn hole, croquet and horse shoes to hoola hooping, ring toss and giant Jenga, below is a collection of some of our favorite options for you to explore.

Be sure to check out vendors on Etsy as they are really leading the way in both antique and custom lawn games. Many of the games suggested are also perfect DIY projects. Regardless of age, guests are sure to be entertained!

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Until then…aPp

June 4, 2014

Polished Highlights: Pretty Pink & Gold Fall wedding in Greenwich

We are so excited to share with you the wedding of Sarah & Alex from this past October at The Stanwich Club. Sarah was one of the most organized brides I have ever encountered. When we started working together, and she handed me a stack of excel worksheets to rival my own, I knew I had met my match! Sarah’s vision for the wedding day was very clear. While they were getting married in mid October, the peak of the amazing Fall foliage, she did not want a color scheme of oranges and browns (I mean really…does any bride want that as her color story?!?!) Instead she chose soft shades of pinks and golds and we anchored it all with neutral linens and pops of elegant black. The colors fit in perfectly with the design of the gorgeous Stanwich Club in Greenwich, where both the ceremony and reception were held. The images were all captured picture perfectly by the lovely Anna Sawin who took every advantage of this adorable couple and amazing Fall day!

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And how about that bouquet?!?! WOW! That gem was created by the super talented Ann from Dirt in Greenwich. Stunning!

Sarah and Alex, thank you so much for letting us be a part of your special day! xo

Until then…aPp

 

– Vendor Roll –

Venue: The Stanwich Club // Photographer: Anna Sawin Photography // Floral Design: Dirt // Wedding Cake: Sweet Lisa’s // Stationery: Rifle Paper Co //  Beauty: Beauty Entourage // Lighting Design: Shindig Lighting//  DJ: A Perfect Blend Entertainment // Rentals: Smith Party Rental // Ceremony Music: Millenium Music

 

 

May 29, 2014

Featured on
Carats & Cake
Nautical Prep Beach Club Wedding

The wedding of Chandler & Ryan was such a gorgeous represenation of Nautical preppiness and sophistication at its finest. We played with the classic shades of navy blue and white and the every-popular blue Hydrangea but incorporated some really interesting patterns and accent florals to really make this wedding stand out. And it all took place at one of our favorite seaside locations, The Wee Burn Beach Club, with incredible photos by our good friend Amanda from Orchard Cove Photography.

We are so delighted to see this fabulous wedding featured on Carats & Cake today!

Feast your eyes HERE to see the full link of beautiful photos and vendors who made this event really shine!

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Until then…aPp

 

 

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