December 31, 2014

A very Polished 2014…the year in review!

We have been compiling this blog post for quite some time! Where to begin? How do we even attempt to summarize and wrap up the incredible year that was 2014?! We had the privilege and honor to plan and design some truly spectacular events and celebrations. Each and every event was unique, personalized, and distinctly Polished! Our clients were some of the best we have ever had (ok, ok, so we say that every year but we always mean it!) and each and every event was an absolute joy to be a part of.

Here is a wrap up of a very Polished 2014, starting in sequence from April to October, as we traveled around the state and beyond to create some seriously fabulous events for some seriously fabulous clients!


Maya & Lucia’s 1st Birthday Party

Private Residence, Weston CT


Katie & Colby’s Wedding

The Belle Haven Club, Greenwich CT


(photo credit: Orchard Cove Photography)

Stephanie & Michael’s Wedding

Private Residence, Branford CT


(photo credit: Steve DePino Photography)

Luna & Carlos’ Wedding

The Washington Club, Washington Depot CT


(photo credit: Leila Brewster Photography)

Margaret & Brian’s Wedding

The Metropolitan Building, Long Island City NY


(photo credit: Sidney Morgan Photography)

Melissa & Robert’s Wedding

Private Residence, Westport CT


(photo credit: Maly Blomberg Photography)

Barrett & Sean’s Wedding

Sankaty Head Golf Club, Nantucket MA


(photo credit: Jordi Cabre Photography)

Jamie & Juan’s Wedding

Private Residence, Manchester CT


(photo credit: Jag Studios)

Kate & Patrick’s Wedding

The Belle Haven Club, Greenwich CT


(photo credit: Kathi Littwin Photography)

Kate & Charlie’s Wedding

The Stanwich Club, Greenwich CT


(photo credit: Bruce Plotkin Photography)

Elizabeth & Ryan’s Wedding

The Belle Haven Club, Greenwich CT


(photo credit: Bruce Plotkin Photography)

Ellen & Matt’s Wedding

Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven CT


(photo credit: Sidney Morgan Photography)

Mary & Mike’s Wedding

The Laurel Beach Clubhouse, Milford CT


(photo credit: Katie Slater Photography)

Jess & Rob’s Wedding

Private Residence, Pawcatuck CT


(photo credit: Dave Noonan for C10 Studios)

Eric & Xin’s Wedding

Keeler House Tavern, Ridgefield CT


(photo credit: Dreamscape Photography)

Gail’s Surprise 50th Birthday Party

Wee Burn Beach Club, Rowayton CT


Blair & Ethan’s Wedding

(at the time of this post, the professional photos were not available, so here is a little iPhone snapshot!)

Wee Burn Beach Club, Rowayton CT



Over the next few months, we will be posting each and every event on the blog to highlight all the gorgeous details and stories of each celebration! While there is much beauty to see in the details of the tents, tablescapes and everything else, we wanted to make this post about the people, our wonderful clients, who are the reason it all happens!

So what lies ahead in 2015? I’m not sure that it can really ever compare to 2014 but we sure are excited and ready to get started! With new, and bigger, challenges than ever including many gorgeous weddings, celebrations, charity events and a very personal Polished event (the destination wedding of our very own senior planner, Jess in the Fall 2015) we CAN.NOT.WAIT!

With a gracious heart for 2014 and an optimistic outlook for 2015, we wish you much love, joy, and happiness for a wonderful new year. Heres to making it count…each and every day!



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!

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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!


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 – your bridesmaids will be sure to thank you for including them in your special day!

Bridesmaid Ask Gift

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!





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!

Wedding Lawn Games

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!


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



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