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  • Nancy Hoehler

5 Essential Details Every Wedding Needs

Featuring Mae & Javi's magical night at the Rainbow Room


Love is in the air, and so is the excitement of planning the perfect wedding! For every couple, their big day is a celebration of love, and bringing that dream to life requires meticulous attention to detail. At Shimmer, we believe in turning dreams into reality, and today we're taking you on a journey of the gorgeous celebration of Mae and Javi's wedding at the iconic Rainbow Room in New York City.


As we delve into the intricacies of this magical event, we'll uncover five essential details that elevate a wedding from special to spectacular. Explore the art of crafting unforgettable moments and turning each nuance into a cherished memory. Let the wedding bells ring and the inspiration flow – because at Shimmer NYC, we know that every detail matters!


Selecting the perfect location for your wedding sets the stage for the entire event. It's not just about finding a pretty backdrop; it's about finding a space that reflects your style, accommodates your guest count, and aligns with your vision for the day.


Imagine Mae and Javi's wedding at the Rainbow Room. Perched high above the NYC skyline, this iconic venue provided a breathtaking backdrop for their celebration. From the sweeping views to the timeless elegance, every aspect reflected what the couple was looking for. But it's not just about aesthetics. The location you choose should also be practical and convenient for you and your guests. Consider factors such as accessibility, parking, and proximity to accommodations. Aim to wow your guests but also makes logistics a breeze.


As you begin the wedding planning process, remember that finding the perfect location is more than just a checkbox on your to-do list – it's the foundation upon which your dream day is built. Choose wisely, and let your love story unfold in a setting that's as magical as the bond you share. If you need inspiration, read our blog on Shimmer's Top 3 Venues in NYC as a jumping off point.


After finding your perfect location, find a trusted photographer who will capture every moment of your special day. As a seasoned event planner, I cannot stress enough the importance of investing in a skilled and experienced photographer. After all, the photographs will be what you cherish for years to come!


Shimmer will recommend different photographers according to your style and budget But equally as important, is if you feel like your style aligns with their photos. There are many different aesthetics for wedding photos, from traditional, to editorial, even down to documentary style. Don't feel rushed to choose just from a recommendation, but make sure that you review their body of work and love the style as well. 


Mae and Javi chose The Totos, a photographer we have worked with many times before, has worked at The Rainbow Room, and who we would recommend to anyone who asks. I mean, look at these photos! Every stolen glance, shared laugh, and heartfelt exchange was expertly captured. We understand that your wedding album is not just a collection of photographs; it's a living testament to the love that enveloped your day. Choose wisely, and view our event galleries for some photography inspiration. If you find one you love, reach out for a connection.


At Shimmer, we always stress the importance of selecting the perfect floral/decor style to our bride and grooms embarking on the wedding planning process. It's about curating a cohesive design that reflects your personality, complements your venue, and enhances the overall aesthetic of your wedding day.


From classic roses to brightly colored dried arrangements, the options are endless. A skilled florist or decor specialist will work closely with you to understand your vision, guiding you through a world of colors, textures, and fragrances to create arrangements that are as unique as you.


Mae & Javi chose Stone Kelly Events for their decor, and opted for beautiful white flowers with accents of blush, pale “nude” and coral to add contrast and give it a warmer feel. You can see that their choices elevated the space and tied together many elements of the vast Rainbow Room. More inspiration below to get your planning brain buzzing!



As we've all experienced, the band or DJ can truly make or break a wedding. Selecting the right band or DJ is not just about entertainment; it sets the tone, ambiance, and energy for the entire celebration. It's an artful balance between the couple's unique style, while catering to the diverse tastes of their guests. Whether it's a live band serenading the newlyweds or the infectious beats of a DJ keeping the dance floor alive, the choice of music can elevate moments, evoke emotions, and keep the momentum of the night flowing.


Mae & Javi went with both options to split up the music for the night. They chose a Hank Lane band, The Bobby Attiko Band, which were incredible and brought the whole evening to life. For the after party they choose DJ  Chuck Barrett, to keep the night going!  So to recap, remember to put thought into the vibe you want for your music. Shimmer can help you narrow down your options and lead you in the right direction!


But perhaps the most significant aspect of investing in the small details is the opportunity it provides for personalization and to make the party truly feel like “you”. 


Mae & Javi wanted to lean into their shared love of NYC and chose New York themed mugs for the after party with hot cocoa and schnapps for a cozy December night, as well as custom New York details for each place setting. Not to mention the entire wedding with the backdrop of the Empire State Building behind them! 


There are hundreds of weddings at every venue each year - consider what you can add that makes your event feel unique to the story you've built together as a couple. At Shimmer, we understand the importance of the small details in creating a wedding that exceeds your expectations. From the initial consultation to the final touches on your big day, we're dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of your celebration is meticulously planned and flawlessly executed, so you can relax and enjoy every moment knowing that even the smallest details are taken care of.



Book your dream event now with Shimmer, and let us guide the way on all the important details for your big day. Contact us to get started.


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