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…
Monday, February 25th, 2013 | Filed under: reception planning, wedding planning | author: By Kurt Knowles, Director of Corporate Affairs
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…
Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 | Filed under: Wedding Cocktail Party, reception planning, wedding ideas, wedding receptions, wedding songs | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor
With so many steps to take in planning your dream wedding, including touring the best wedding venues in the state, finding unique venues, searching for the best wedding vendors and of course finding your ideal wedding dress and wedding rings, you’re likely wondering how long it takes to plan a wedding. According to the wedding industry survey company TheWeddingReport.com, the average couple spends 14 months planning their Big Day.
That survey reveals that couples are tackling the biggest, most important tasks of their wedding plans very soon after their engagement, starting their research right away via talking to other engaged wedding couples about their favorite outdoor garden wedding venues, elegant wedding venues, wedding professionals and wedding details. They’re also searching Pinterest and top wedding blogs to get inspiration for their wedding day vision. Read more…
Thursday, November 29th, 2012 | Filed under: Party Planning, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Cocktail Party, reception planning, wedding dinner party, wedding menu, wedding planning | author: By Mary McGill, Banquet Manager, Ram’s Head Inn
In the past, parents were seen as the hosts of the wedding, based on their names being featured on the wedding invitation. They may have participated in the ceremony, and stood in the receiving line, and the father danced with the bride.
Now, according to top wedding trends, there are even more ways to honor your parents, and their lifetime of love and support, at your wedding celebrations, regardless of how much they may be paying for the wedding itself. Today’s bride and groom are more likely to pay for much of the wedding themselves, but they still want to pay lovely tribute to their parents and step-parents, as the case may be. Read more…
Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Bright Ideas for your wedding, Party Planning, Wedding Cocktail Party, reception planning, wedding dinner party, wedding menu, wedding receptions | author: By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Chateau
When thinking about your wedding menu – for your cocktail party, your wedding reception dinner, and your wedding cake and desserts, be sure to keep in mind your guests’ special dietary requirements.
It’s now become far more prevalent for our New Jersey and New York City wedding couples to customize their wedding catering choices with a large selection of food items that their gluten-free and vegetarian guests can enjoy. Brides and grooms have read horror stories on wedding websites, wedding blogs and wedding message boards about weddings at which dietary-restricted guests could only pick on a small number of foods. They certainly don’t want that for their own wedding guests, nor do we. Read more…
Thursday, November 15th, 2012 | Filed under: Party Planning, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Cocktail Party, reception planning, wedding dinner party, wedding menu, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Christopher Gellings, Banquet Manager, Highlawn Pavilion
Kids Wedding Menu
If you think that kids’ menus at weddings consist of just chicken fingers and mini pizzas, think again. Today’s kids actually enjoy more adventurous foods in their everyday lives, so they’re perfectly happy with most of the items on your fine cuisine wedding menu. Perhaps with the exception of the raw seafood bar, and of course with parental supervision over kids’ food allergies. (Which is why we suggest placing food ID cards by each of your cocktail party menu items and carving stations.)
Here are some of the top trends in kids’ wedding menu choices:
- Sushi. Since many parents prefer cooked sushi choices over raw for their kids, arrange with your wedding caterer to provide displays of cooked-item sushi choices.
- Crab cakes, salmon cakes, lobster cakes, cod cakes…in sizes big enough to require two bites, not small balls posing choking hazards for kids.
- Hummus and pita bread
- Pastas with classic or creative sauces
- Sliders, either as burgers or pulled pork, and we’ve seen requests for veggie burger sliders for the kids’ choices as well as the adults.
- Macaroni and cheese is always a hit with kids.
- Mashed potato and mashed sweet potato bars let kids create their own creamy ‘sundaes’ with their choices of toppings.
- Chicken tenders with a trio of kid-friendly sauces.
- French fries cut in spiral styles or with unique flavors.
- Mini pizzas topped with a variety of combinations, from four-cheese to vegetables to tiny bits of sausage.
- Crudites and cooked vegetables served with fun flair at cocktail party stations.
- Fruits cut into kid-friendly shapes, such as smiles, stars, and cartoon characters. Read more…
Thursday, November 8th, 2012 | Filed under: Party Planning, Wedding Videography, dream wedding, reception planning, wedding planning | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor
Your wedding cocktail party menu is one part of your Big Day that guests look forward to the most, and they have great expectations that the food will be excellent, the presentation elaborate, and the choices plentiful. Since guests travel so far to attend weddings, it’s smart to talk with your wedding caterer about creating a cocktail party menu that will surprise and delight your friend and family. Read more…
Saturday, August 18th, 2012 | Filed under: Wedding Décor, reception planning, wedding ceremony, wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By Kurt Knowles, Director of Corporate Affairs
Wedding Video Trends
Wedding videos have never been more beautiful and stylized, thanks to the talent of our top wedding videographers in New Jersey. While your wedding video style will have a lot to do with the creation of your footage – you may prefer classic footage, or you may prefer footage with more of a sense of humor – one main rule exists: you want to capture everything about your Big Day, from the ceremony to the reception ballroom to the scenery to the food and décor. Read more…
Personalized weddings feature décor touches that bring the bride and groom’s personalities and the style of the wedding into your Big Day, so consider a new top wedding idea: decorating with signs. Here are some of the top ways that you can design and display signs all around your wedding location:
- A large sign at the entrance to your wedding ceremony or reception ballroom can feature your custom monogram
- A large sign at your entrance can feature not just your names, but a romantic quote you’ve chosen as an inspiration for your day
- Signs can direct guests to your garden ceremony area, to your reception room, to your cocktail party or other areas
- A sign can direct guests to your smoking section at the far end of your venue
- Use framed signs on your guest book table, again featuring your monogram or a romantic quote
- If you’re using an alternative to the guest book, such as cards on which guests write their wedding wishes, your sign instructs them as to how to use the cards Read more…