Bash Weddings & Events opens Greenwich branch

Madalene Benoist d’Etiveaud celebrates the opening the East Putnam Avenue Greenwich branch of Bash Weddings & Events. —Photo by Jen Badalamenti (Jen Lynne Photography).

Madalene Benoist d’Etiveaud celebrates the opening the East Putnam Avenue Greenwich branch of Bash Weddings & Events. —Photo by Jen Badalamenti (Jen Lynne Photography).

With summer — and wedding season — upon us, what better time to seek advice from party pro, Madalene Benoist d’Etiveaud, owner of the Darien and now, Greenwich-based event planning firm, Bash Weddings & Events ( Benoist d’Etiveaud has executed elegant weddings and custom celebrations throughout Fairfield County and the greater New York area since 2011. The success of Bash prompted Benoist D’Etiveaud to expand, and recently unveil her Greenwich division, located at 34 East Putnam Avenue.

Madalene Benoist d’Etiveaud’s penchant for event design was sparked in her youth, when she discovered a stunning table and inviting ambiance brought her a sense of accomplishment. She went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Columbia University and held positions in marketing management, but her penchant for party planning and flawless execution remained. Returning to her calling, Benoist d’Etiveaud channelled her passion by chairing local fundraisers and galas. She became the go-to, consummate hostess, artfully developing and carrying out indelible events. The word was soon out — she was a natural.

Inspired by her experiences and buoyed by encouragement, Benoist d’Etiveaud launched Bash’s Darien showroom and catering kitchen and has since shared her spot-on expertise with the community. A winning mix of people skills, European flair and an insightful grasp on local culture, has made Benoist d’Etiveaud the ultimate entertaining guru. She welcomes brides and beyond to visit the Greenwich office to peruse a expansive portfolio and photo gallery, showcasing ideas Bash has brought to life.

“I’m thrilled to bring Bash to Greenwich residents and customers in neighboring areas. We specialize in weddings this time of year and welcome brides, grooms and their families to call for a complimentary consult,” said Benoist d’Etiveaud.

What sets Bash apart is their flexibility — they accomodate the specific level of planning needed via attractive packages. Their range of options includes “full,” “partial” or “day of coordination” state-of-the-art services, promising a dazzling wedding or occasion to remember — both that double as lifelong keepsakes. Bash handles planning, catering, decor and vendor sourcing so clients are not bogged down with details. Be it a bar mitzvah, golden anniversary or corporate function, Bash will make it happen, to a customer’s specific liking.

“Maddie was absolutely amazing! From the moment I met her, she was warm, friendly and very helpful. We hired her as the ‘day of’ wedding coordinator, and she and her team truly went above and beyond. She was always reachable and extremely reliable — my wedding day went so smoothly thanks to Bash,” said Shantal Ginsberg of Manhattan.

Bash also caters to customers seeking one-of-a-kind event design. Known for her impeccable taste, Benoist d’Eteaud has an unmatched feel for the asethetic and a laser-like sense of style. She can thread a clever motif, craft a theme-inspired atmosphere or fashion the exquisite to meet a client’s vision. Bash captures the sought-after vibe with a defining combination of lighting, texture and color to convey a convincing message. Eye-catching rooms or outdoor spaces are adorned with accoutrements expertly selected for custom events.

“We meet the client’s needs and perfect their desired look, be it a James Bond-themed milestone birthday, a gaming graduation party or, of course, the traditional romantic wedding. We recently brainstormed a specialty cocktail, the “Tiffany-tini,” for a private function at Tiffany & Co. in Westport. If you can dream it, Bash can capture it,” said Benoist d’Etiveaud.

In addition, Bash’s Darien tasting room is home to many a delicacy. The staff rises to every culinary challenge — be it zesty appetizers, mouth-watering entrees or desserts to rave about. Benoist d’Etiveaud and her chefs pen a menu that is two-fold — reflecting both a customer’s sensibility and taste. Popular hors d’oeuvres include a polenta tower with roasted red pepper and pesto, manchego and quince quesadillas, sausage, feta and swiss chard flatbreds, and an all-time summer favorite — watermelon, feta and mint bites. Sample entrees include a miso-glazed halibut with black rice and mandarin with a fennel/arugula salad with champagne vinaigrette and the palate-pleasing sweet and sour ribs served with parsnip puree and crispy shallots. Hosts and guests long remember the sublime flavors marking their hallmark event.

Vendor relationships are also Bash’s specialty. With multiple connections to a vast array of Conneticut and Metro New York vendors, Bash can source reliable team players to shape unsurpassed, personalized events, creating the usual or the unique. In addition, Bash does the leg work — contract negotiations, site visits and managing day-to-day details. Benoist d’Etiveaud can research and tap wedding officants, to photographers, to florists, to musicians who elevate personalized weddings and special occasions, garnering customer satisfaction.

“Bash is truly full-service — we aim to deliver desired results through our custom events, and hopefully, spur lasting memories in the process,” said Benoist d’Etiveaud.

To schedule a consultation in the Greenwich office or to set up a tasting at the 7 Tokeneke Road, Darien locale, call 203-202-7780 or email [email protected] For more information, visit All are invited to ‘like’ Bash on Facebook at and/or follow them on Twitter

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