Thursday, June 13th, 2013 | Filed under: Style Alert, wedding ceremony, wedding planning, wedding themes | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor
Thursday, June 6th, 2013 | Filed under: For the Bride, Style Alert, Wedding Fashions, wedding ideas, wedding themes | author: By Mary McGill, Banquet Manager, Ram’s Head Inn
NJ Wedding Venue
One of the smartest ways to plan a fabulous wedding, even if you’re on a budget, is choosing a unique wedding venue in New Jersey. Unlike weddings in the windowless box-like rooms of some hotels, a unique wedding location offers glorious views, grandiose buildings, gorgeously-planted gardens, spectacular scenery, sparkling chandeliers, dramatic staircases and dazzling details of every sort.
A unique venue, in all of its spectacular style, will make each of your wedding design elements from your centerpieces to your table settings to lighting and more look even more impressive – and give the impression that you spent more – as they’re magically transformed by the beauty of the wedding venue itself. Read more…
Thursday, May 30th, 2013 | Filed under: Style Alert, Wedding Fashions | author: By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Chateau
Your engagement ring will always be with you, as an ever-present reminder of the moment you became engaged, and as a symbol of the deep and beautiful love between you. Since this ring is such a focal point on your hand, and since it will be one of your most treasured possessions, a great deal of care must go into choosing the perfect engagement ring. That’s why a top wedding trend right now is for the bride to be involved in designing or selecting her engagement ring.
Our stylish New Jersey and New York City brides say they definitely had a say in the choice of their ring style, without ruining any of the magic of the proposal itself (that is most often still a surprise!) and their grooms are very happy to give their brides the experience of trying on rings at the ring shop. That’s a bride’s dream come true! And you get to try on different styles to pick The One for you. 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
Today’s bridesmaids have a lot more say in the dresses they’ll wear on the wedding day. We’re no longer in the era where bridesmaids had to wear matching dresses; now, bridesmaids can choose the type of top and skirt that best flatters them. They can go strapless if they’re comfortable with that style, or choose straps or even trendy one-shouldered dresses if that style is more their style. 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…
Sunday, May 19th, 2013 | Filed under: Wedding Invitations, Wedding etiquette, wedding planning | author: By Lars Johnson,
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…
Thursday, May 16th, 2013 | Filed under: dream wedding, wedding menu, wedding planning, wedding themes | author: By Christopher Gellings, Banquet Manager, Highlawn Pavilion
Children Attending a Wedding
As a popular NJ wedding venue, we’ve answered our fair share of questions for brides-to-be over our many years of partnering with happy couples to plan their special day. But when it comes to wedding invitation tips, one of the questions we get asked most, whether planning a large NJ wedding or a small NJ wedding, is “How do I let my wedding guests know their children aren’t invited?”
You’ll be glad to know that the answer is simple. Well, not quite. Read more…
Sunday, May 12th, 2013 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, Wedding Décor, Wedding Fashions, wedding photography, wedding planning, wedding receptions, wedding themes | author: By Christopher Gellings, Banquet Manager, Highlawn Pavilion
Finding the perfect wedding venue is one of those magical moments in your wedding plans. As you stand in an elegant, romantic ballroom, or find yourself in a beautifully-bloomed outdoor garden wedding locale, your wedding vision will come to life. Many of our northern New Jersey and New York City brides say that when they found their dream wedding location, they just knew it was The One. They could see all the elements of their dream wedding, see their guests having the time of their lives, and see themselves enjoying their gorgeous celebration.
To choose your perfect wedding venue, begin your research by talking to recent brides and grooms you know who married at the New Jersey banquet hall you have in mind. This is a top way to get the inside story on what it was like to plan with the wedding venue’s staff, what they loved about their setting, what they enjoyed most about the planning process. Talk also to people who have planned bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs or other big celebrations at your ideal wedding venues, since they’ll have valuable input, too. Read more…
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 | Filed under: dream wedding, wedding ceremony, wedding floral designers, wedding flowers, wedding planning, wedding themes | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor
Vintage Wedding Photo
All brides have something old and something new on their wedding day, but more and more, we’ve seen a trend toward more fully incorporating retro and vintage-inspired elements into our NJ wedding couples’ celebrations. Whether it’s Gatsby glamour or 50s finery, brides are putting a touch of classic elegance back into their unique NJ weddings and receptions.
Whether you want a top to bottom vintage theme or just want to bring a bit of yesterday’s style into a modern wedding, here are a few tips we’ve noticed might be helpful to get you started. Read more…
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 | Filed under: Cost Saving Ideas, Cost Savings Ideas, wedding photography | author: By Mary McGill, Banquet Manager, Ram’s Head Inn
Beautiful Wedding Flowers
Filling your wedding venue with a sea of beautiful flowers may be part of your dream wedding vision, perhaps a vision you’ve had for a very long time. After viewing so many inspiring images of flower-filled wedding banquet halls on bridal blogs, wedding websites and Pinterest, you’re likely very excited to start planning your own floral décor and wedding bouquet designs.
In order to choose the perfect flowers for your wedding, you must first think about what your wedding floral style is. Do you prefer a grand, opulent look with thousands of flowers arranged all throughout your wedding ballroom, with oversized floral centerpieces, florals draped at ceiling height and flowers arranged on the bar and all throughout the setting? Or is your style more subdued with preferences for a smaller number of beautiful, exotic flowers that make a big impression in smaller numbers, such as in low-set centerpieces? For your garden wedding, do you wish to add more florals to the already-bloomed garden wedding setting?
Some brides are very inspired by the luxe colors and textures of fabric, such as on their guest tables and draped throughout the ballroom, with flowers playing a smaller role in their wedding décor. They may want just a modest number of florals, with crystals draped around the displays to capture the lighting in the wedding ballroom. Read more…
After your wedding, you’ll want to share both the gorgeous collection of photos taken by your wedding photographer during your Big Day, and the photos you took at your pre-wedding parties, your after-party, the morning-after breakfast and all of the moments in between. Your guests will be eager to see your wedding portraits, and guests too will want to share the photos they took.
With so many photos to share, you’ll find there are two different sharing plans to establish. The first is the traditional photo-sharing method enacted by your professional wedding photographer. He or she will create an online gallery of all of your photos, categorized into pre-wedding, ceremony, reception and portraits, and post it with an access code so that only you and your guests can view the photos from your event.