Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 | Filed under: For the Bride, wedding ideas, wedding planning, wedding themes | author: By Christopher Gellings, Banquet Manager, Highlawn Pavilion
Thursday, November 8th, 2012 | Filed under: Party Planning, Wedding Videography, dream wedding, reception planning, wedding planning | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor
Wedding Hair via Flickr: CoreyAnn
We’ve certainly seen our fair share of bold colors and wedding elements derived from statement pieces and color blocking recently. And we anticipate seeing more influences from the neons (especially pinks and oranges) and fuchsias that are walking the runways. But for those with a more classic aesthetic, you’ll be reassured to know that we’ve also been noticing already this year–on the other side of the spectrum–softer wedding trends. We expect wedding trends to drift even further in this direction. While over-the-top weddings will remain popular for sure, look for them to share the spotlight with more natural, less overstated affairs.
Though various nature-inspired wedding trends have popped up in previous years, following the ever-growing interest in eco-conscious weddings, today’s natural wedding trend is less focused on being “green” specifically and more attentive to highlighting softer, more classic, and less ornate wedding styling.
But what does this mean for the average bride? Read more…
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, wedding flowers, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Mary McGill, Banquet Manager, Ram’s Head Inn
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…
Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By Christopher Gellings, Banquet Manager, Highlawn Pavilion
Wedding Reception Centerpiece
The top floral designers create masterpieces for reception ballroom guest tables, and there’s a new wedding design trend calling for floral arrangements on additional tables, such as the place card table, the family wedding photo table, the gift table, entryway tables and in the restrooms. Wedding venues are being transformed into flower-filled dream settings for our New Jersey and New York City wedding couples, with the highest levels of artistry and design. Read more…
Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 | Filed under: wedding ideas, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Kurt Knowles, Director of Corporate Affairs
The top trend in wedding venue lighting is colorful washes of hued light, perhaps a pink hue during daytime weddings, and a warmer blue or purple wash of color during the evening hours. The entertainers will light their stage with vibrantly-colored lighting and effects, and the dance floor is often lit with gobo lights in patterns that stay put more often than nightclub-style moving patterns that can dizzy some older guests. Read more…
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, wedding flowers, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Kurt Knowles, Director of Corporate Affairs
Winter Wedding Trends
In addition to winter wedding flowers mentioned in our previous post, a number of top wedding décor trends have emerged this year. Again, our wedding couples like to avoid cliché red and white décor for their elegant winter wedding designs, choosing instead to use a blend of red, cranberry and plum to add more depth to their wedding décor style. The richer tones convey a more styled effect that our New Jersey and New York City couples prefer for their wedding celebrations.
Winter Wedding Colors
In addition to the red/cranberry/plum motif, a top wedding décor trend is using deep jewel tones such as purples, blues, and greens. A top trend in weddings now is the peacock feather combining these three shades, and we see more peacock-inspired effects for winter wedding designs.
Cream colors are also more in vogue, and to convey a sense of romance, wedding trend reports say that a trio of cream and champagne colors may be accented with deeper navy or auburgine. Read more…
Monday, September 24th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, Wedding etiquette, wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By Kurt Knowles, Director of Corporate Affairs
Winter Wedding Flowers
With winter weddings picking up in popularity among our New Jersey wedding couples, we see our wedding venue decorated in beautiful wintry splendor. A top wedding trend we’ve noticed is that the cold months don’t limit the types of flowers and greenery used in wedding décor. In fact, we’re seeing a beautiful array of winter-season flowers, and creative use of lighting and color to make a winter wedding gorgeous in a wedding ballroom.
A key to your wedding planning ideas is using flowers that are in-season, plentiful and lower-priced so that you can incorporate more of them in your wedding décor. Our top New Jersey floral designers suggest the following seasonal flowers for winter months: Read more…
Thursday, September 20th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Wedding etiquette, wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By Kurt Knowles, Director of Corporate Affairs
Restroom Amenities Baskets
Offering an attractive, well-stocked amenities basket in your wedding venue restrooms allows guests much-appreciated comforts during any type of wedding celebration. At any time during your reception, a guest might get a stain on his or her clothing, and be very relieved to find stain-remover packets in the ladies’ or men’s room. In the past, these comfort amenities baskets included just a half dozen basic products, and now the new wedding trend in amenities baskets is to fill them with dozens of different items, all arranged on an elegant platter, or in a wedding theme-matching basket, even a tiered display holder fronted with your wedding logo. Read more…
Monday, September 17th, 2012 | Filed under: Wedding etiquette, wedding gifts, wedding ideas, wedding menu, wedding planning | author: By Kurt Knowles, Director of Corporate Affairs
Several years ago, brides and grooms looking to plan a budget wedding cut out many of the prettiest details from their day, thinking that would be a smart strategy. They soon regretted not having these extra-special wedding décor ideas and sentimental pieces. Now, wedding couples are back to including such items as wedding programs in their ceremony plans. Read more…
Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Bright Ideas for your wedding, Cost Saving Ideas, wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By Kurt Knowles, Director of Corporate Affairs
Guests at a wonderful wedding, having enjoyed fine cuisine, top entertainment, top vintages of wine and champagne, and the joyful company of friends and family for your happy occasion would say the experience itself was all the gift they need, but it’s a top wedding etiquette idea to offer a take-home wedding favor they’ll love.
In years past, brides and grooms gave our small wine bottles with their personalized labels on them, and now the top wedding trend for weddings in our Northern New Jersey area is edibles…particularly something sweet.
Here are the top trends edible favors, welcome at the end of your wedding reception: Read more…
Wedding etiquettemay have relaxed in some areas, but the long-held ‘rules’ still hold true with invitations. On this blog, we talked about giving guests a +1, and now we’re focusing on the art, and etiquette, of addressing your invitations.
- The number one rule of wedding invitation etiquette is that it’s a Don’t to print out guests’ names and addresses on labels. Guests are not impressed when they see labels on the formal invitation envelopes, so be sure to hand-write yours out. Read more…