Mark Your Calendar: Ames Wedding Event

Photograph by Joseph Prezioso

Whether you’re newly engaged (congrats!) or just haven’t had the time to start planning your wedding, consider checking out the Ames Hotel / lolagraceEVENTS wedding event next Thursday (January 12).

Here’s the scoop: Organizers will transform the second floor of the Ames Hotel into a design gallery, where 20 of Boston’s top wedding planners and vendors will show off their work. Look for bouquets from Dogwood Floral Design, specialty linens and china from Rentals Unlimited, and lighting from Creative Uplighting.

Whereas traditional wedding expos leave you walking up and down aisles and waiting in line for a chance to chat with a pro, this event will be set up like a reception. You’ll receive a program with contact info for all the featured vendors — you can either track them down at the event or contact them later.

Rachael Gross, owner of lolagraceEVENTS, encourages attendees to take advantage of the expertise that will be in the room. “Since this is a multi-faceted cocktail party we will be encouraging guests to network with one another. In addition, guests will have the chance to take part in an intimate guided tour of the Ames. Think wedding reception meets networking event.”

One of the Ames’ private event rooms, Apartment 9, will be set up as a ceremony space, thanks to wedding décor from participating vendors. There will also be giveaways throughout the evening.

Additional participating vendors include Beantown Bride, the Bo & Bill Winiker Band, Elevin Studios (with an automatic photo booth in tow), 5 Star Events DJs, hair and make-up artists from Demiche Beaute, and Jenny’s Wedding Cakes.

The event is free, but you have to register in advance to reserve your spot. Get more info and sign up (before January 9) at

6-9 p.m., Ames Hotel, One Court St., Boston, 617-979-8100,


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