Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 | Filed under: Party Planning, Wedding Cocktail Party, dream wedding, reception planning | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor
Monday, November 18th, 2013 | Filed under: Party Planning, gifts, reception planning | 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…
Thursday, November 14th, 2013 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, Party Planning, reception planning, wedding ceremony | author: By Andrew Kronengold,
A quincenera is the biggest bash in a young girl’s life and a rite of passage that calls for a spectacular celebration, often with hundreds of family and friends invited to share in the festivities, from the quincenera ceremony to the changing of shoes before the first dance. At the top banquet halls in New Jersey, quincenera celebrations are growing more elaborate, more stylish, and trendier as girls and their families key into the top quincenera trends for an unforgettable party. Here are the top ‘quince’ trends to consider for your upcoming celebration: Read more…
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 | Filed under: Guest Books, Party Planning, Wedding etiquette | author: By Lars Johnson,
We’ve had our share of dramatic storms here in New Jersey, and especially when those storms create travel havoc and power outages, brides and grooms can go into a panic about their wedding day. So the best way to help keep Mother Nature from ruining your wedding is to choose a wedding venue that offers both outdoor gardens and celebration spaces and indoor reception ballrooms that can allow your experienced venue staff to move your outdoor ceremony into a gorgeous indoor space, and also provide you with a sensational cocktail party room to precede your reception. So no matter what the weather does on your wedding day, you know that all of your wedding settings will be stunning and perfectly arranged and decorated without your guests ever knowing there was a different Plan A before your wedding Plan B. Read more…
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 | Filed under: Party Planning, Wedding etiquette, dream wedding | author: By Lars Johnson,
With so many of your guests used to posting every beautiful thing they see on their social media pages, you can expect that most of your friends and family members will be sharing images of your gorgeous wedding dress, wedding cake, wedding venue, even your wedding menu items to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media platforms. Even wedding coordinators are posting images of your wedding venue decorated in its full glory onto their social media pages, and sharing the most spectacular details of their brides’ and grooms’ wedding décor online.
Recently, though, social media etiquette for weddings has become a hot topic, since wedding photographers might miss that first kiss shot when an overzealous wedding guests jumps out into the aisle to capture the moment via an iPad. And the numbers of those aisle-crowding guests started to grow, with guests noisily moving up toward the bride and groom as the wedding ceremony was occurring. 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,
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, July 18th, 2013 | Filed under: Party Planning, Style Alert, Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Dinner, wedding dinner party, wedding menu, wedding planning | author: By admin,
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, January 31st, 2013 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, Party Planning, dream wedding, wedding ideas, wedding planning, wedding themes | author: By admin,
Fine dining in the Terrace Lounge
The question, “Which is better for a wedding reception, a sit-down wedding dinner or a buffet” can only be answered by you. The two styles are different, but each offers elements of indulging your wedding guests with the finest wedding menu items. Your personal decision on which style of wedding dinner serving style depends only on how you’d like your guests to delve into their delicious wedding fare.
A sit-down wedding dinner, of course, consists of several plated courses served to your seated wedding guests. You select from a first course, perhaps a soup, salad, entrée, perhaps an intermezzo, and each course is brought to your guests’ tables, with friendly, experienced wedding servers bringing guests the entrees they desire. Read more…
Thursday, January 24th, 2013 | Filed under: Party Planning, Wedding Décor, wedding flowers, wedding themes | author: By Lars Johnson,
New Jersey Wedding Venue at the Manor
For those who already use Pinterest, the image-oriented social media platform, you know how addictive it can be–for brides especially. By giving users a way to easily catalog their interests by “pinning” ideas, information, photos, and more found across the web or uploaded on your own to a virtual pinboard–or even “re-pinning” favorites from other users–the site has opened up a new universe where creativity and new ideas can be discovered and shared. Read more…
Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 | Filed under: Party Planning, Wedding etiquette, wedding dinner party, wedding ideas, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Christopher Gellings, Banquet Manager, Highlawn Pavilion
Wedding Bouquet via Flickr: jenniamigo
Tips For Brides to Bring Nature & Romance Into Your Special Day
In a previous post about natural wedding trends we discussed wedding gowns and bride’s maids dresses, wedding invitations, and table card ideas, as well as wedding hair and makeup that we have seen gaining increased popularity in our NJ weddings. But natural wedding trends extend to so much else, especially flowers and décor. Read more…
Wedding Cocktail Party
When guests travel in from out of town to attend a wedding, it’s become a new wedding must to plan several additional activities and events for them to enjoy during their stay. While your beautiful wedding will of course be the centerpiece of the weekend, there are many more hours to fill with fun events that give guests (and you!) more quality time together. Read more…