Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 | Filed under: Party Planning, Wedding Cocktail Party, dream wedding, reception planning | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 | Filed under: Party Planning, Wedding etiquette, dream wedding | author: By Lars Johnson,
Without question, the food at a wedding is a highlight of the celebration, and a tasty collection of diverse food stations lets guests enjoy the celebration more when they have so many different menu options to choose from, according to their dietary programs such as vegan, gluten-free, no dairy, kosher, etc. Guests with allergies, which is becoming more common now, also like having a wide range of foods that they can eat, since they know from the food ID cards at each station what’s in each dish. Many brides and grooms are adding to their station signs allergy-thoughtful notes such as ‘may include nuts,’ or ‘gluten-free.’ Read more…
Friday, August 16th, 2013 | Filed under: dream wedding, wedding music, wedding planning | author: By Rschick,
Simple ideas for deciding who to invite to your wedding
Guest List. These can be two of the most dreaded words in the wedding planning process. When you start to seriously consider all the variables and people (along with their feelings and personalities) that creating a wedding guest list will involve, the entire exercise can be daunting. There is no way to avoid the hard decisions you may have to make, but if you approach the process with a plan in mind, then you’ll have a better chance of simplifying the process and avoiding any hurt feelings along the way.
At our New Jersey wedding venue, we can help you make the most of your wedding budget and of the reception space you’ve chosen, but the hard work of putting names to the seats available will come down to careful planning.
It may not be the first thing on your mind after getting engaged, but preparing for a less stressful guest list begins right then. You likely won’t have a true idea of how many people you’ll need to–or be able to–invite to your wedding at that point, but keep in mind that managing expectations is crucial for avoiding complications. Read more…
Thursday, August 1st, 2013 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Bright Ideas for your wedding, For the Bride, Honeymoon ideas, Party Planning, Style Alert, Wedding Décor, Wedding Fashions, dream wedding, wedding ceremony, wedding ideas, wedding menu, wedding planning, wedding themes | author: By Lars Johnson,
DJ V Band as a Wedding Performer
As a New Jersey wedding venue that’s hosted countless wedding receptions, we’ve heard the full spectrum of performers, from the smallest wedding DJ to some of the most talented wedding singers, wedding bands and orchestras. We’ve seen first-hand that even similar weddings in size, location, theme, décor, etc. can have an entirely different feel and energy depending on the type of wedding entertainment. It’s an integral part of setting the mood, whether it’s serene and refined or upbeat and a footloose free-for-all. The wedding music helps your guests to let go and enjoy the celebration; whether that’s due to the music itself, or the encouragement of the DJ or band leader acting as the MC.
Choosing between a wedding DJ or a live wedding band is often first a matter of budget. In general, DJs typically cost less. Of course this doesn’t mean that wedding DJs are any less skilled at what they do. But a live wedding band has more people to pay, more equipment, and of course there’s the added consideration for the talent of incorporating instruments and vocals. Costs will typically increase on the size, experience, and breadth of the skill set of the band as well as the time of year and how long you want them to perform. Read more…
Thursday, July 25th, 2013 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Bright Ideas for your wedding, dream wedding, wedding ceremony, wedding planning | author: By Lars Johnson,
Wedding Pins on Pinterest
Pinterest is so much more than a collection of pretty pictures; for brides, Pinterest provides a look at the top wedding trends (so that they can decide if they’d like to follow the trends or avoid them!) in every wedding planning category from wedding gowns to wedding flowers, décor, photography, rings, and especially wedding locations and wedding food and drinks.
When you’re researching and booking wedding vendors and sites, it’s important for your wedding experts and wedding site managers to get a crystal-clear understanding of what you want for your wedding day. And as they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” When you can present to your wedding experts and wedding site team a collection of images of what you want, and what you don’t want, the experts to whom you entrust your wedding vision get that clear picture of what you both would like, and they can then start creating it for you, right down to the garnish on the appetizers you call a Must. Read more…
Thursday, July 11th, 2013 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Style Alert, Wedding Proposal, dream wedding, wedding ideas | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor
Two Religions and One Wedding Ceremony
If you’re planning an interfaith wedding ceremony, you’ll likely want to incorporate elements of both of your religions into your wedding ceremony. This is most often accomplished, and very beautifully, by inviting religious officiants from both of your faiths to officiate at your ceremony, or by selecting an interfaith wedding minister to help you create your personalized ceremony including all of the meaningful sentiments and rituals you desire.
If you’ll invite two different religious officiants to perform your wedding, you’ll make an appointment with each as far prior to your wedding as possible, to discuss the requirements of performing a wedding ceremony at your choice of wedding venue, such as at outdoor wedding gardens, and then delve into the details that will be included in your personalized wedding ceremony. An early meeting is also advised with a single interfaith officiant so that he or she too can assess your wedding venue and wedding wishes before working with you on your wedding ceremony elements. Read more…
Thursday, July 4th, 2013 | Filed under: For the Bride, Style Alert, Wedding Fashions, dream wedding, wedding ceremony | author: By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Chateau
Man proposes to a woman
Every one of our New Jersey and New York City wedding couples has a marvelous, creative marriage proposal story, and we’re impressed at the lengths to which grooms are going to pop the question in the most imaginative and personalized ways. Here are just some of the marriage proposal ideas we’d like to share to inspire you or someone you know: Read more…
Thursday, June 20th, 2013 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, Wedding Décor, dream wedding, wedding ceremony, wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By Lars Johnson,
Woman with beautiful wedding hairstyle
Every bride wants to look stunning for her wedding celebration, and truly enjoys the pre-wedding preparations that include planning her wedding day beauty look. To design your perfect wedding day hair and makeup styles, it’s important to remember that wedding hair trends and wedding makeup trends are only guides to helping you choose the loveliest styles for your unique look. Your skin tone, hair personality and condition, and comfort with more dramatic wedding makeup and elaborate wedding up-do’s will greatly determine what your wedding look will be.
As the well-known wedding beauty adage goes, “You’ll look like you, only better.”
The first step in determining your wedding hair and makeup styles, you’ll first consider the style and location of your wedding. If you’ll have a formal outdoor wedding, your hair might be swept up in an elegant fashion or left loose and flowing in a romantic style. A daytime wedding calls for more natural makeup, while a nighttime wedding that’s more formal calls for dramatic makeup. According to top wedding makeup trends, bold, red lips can be worn in any wedding style, since it is a signature style of today’s weddings. Read more…
Sunday, May 26th, 2013 | Filed under: dream wedding, wedding ideas, wedding planning, wedding themes | author: By Mary McGill, Banquet Manager, Ram’s Head Inn
Wedding Theme Photos
The first thing to know about selecting a theme for your wedding is that you don’t have to. Many brides are happy to simply decide on a general color palette and then base their decisions about wedding floral arrangements, reception table settings, wedding invitations, and all of the other details on their preferred color scheme. At our NJ wedding venue, we found this can make choices both easier and more difficult. The range of options available to you makes it simpler to get what you want and at a cost that is more reasonable, but at the same time, an endless amount of choices can make it difficult to narrow down what you want and keep a cohesive design together.
When considering a wedding theme, many brides simply start with a basic seasonal concept and go from there–whether it’s a spring wedding theme, summer wedding theme, fall wedding theme, or winter wedding theme. From there we’ve seen brides narrow it even further. For example, if it’s a spring wedding, they may choose to base their theme on cherry blossoms, incorporating actual cherry blossom branches into their centerpieces, taking wedding photographs with cherry trees as a backdrop, and working with the pink and white cherry blossom colors and images as part of their wedding décor, invitations, wedding favors, wedding cake, and so on. You can almost picture exactly what the execution of this theme would look like. Within a seasonal wedding theme, the options are many — from a summer picnic theme to a winter wonderland, and so much more. Read more…
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 | Filed under: dream wedding, wedding ceremony, wedding ideas, wedding music, wedding themes | author: By Lars Johnson,
As a top NJ wedding venue, we’ve hosted countless successful weddings and receptions. What we know is that each and every wedding is different. But what we’ve also learned in helping the wedding planning of our many brides- and grooms-to-be is that there are a lot of things in common that make for a less stressful and more enjoyable wedding experience. Top among these is organization. We helped plan last minute weddings and elaborate weddings that were years in the making. But overall, the couples who first started with a plan, set their calendars, and stayed regimented about sticking to their schedule, found themselves more relaxed, were able to enjoy the wedding planning process, and had a stress-free wedding day. Read more…
Music is such an important part of your wedding day, from the first notes of your processional song to the song you choose for your First Dance to the music that keeps your dance floor filled all night long. The big question for you is: do you want a live band or a deejay as the entertainment at your wedding?
It all depends on the style of entertainment you prefer, which many of our wedding couples say they decide during other weddings they’ve attended. If they have been guests at a wedding that had an energetic, talented live band, they may decide that a live band is the style of entertainment for them. If they’ve experienced the hip, clublike energy of a great deejay, they may choose that style of entertainer to fill their wedding venue with fabulous music that sets the tone for each stage of their wedding celebration. Read more…