wedding planning

How to Make your Wedding Menus Fresh and Fun

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 | Filed under: wedding menu, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor   
Kids Wedding Menu Trends

Wedding Menu

A fabulous wedding has the best catering options, the top trends in stations, fresh and healthy menu options, elaborate station displays, and delicious food that guests love and rave about for long after the wedding. You could choose the most beautiful reception venue, but if the food isn’t delicious and unique, the wedding itself will be disappointing to all.

It seems like a lot of pressure to put on yourselves about choosing the best wedding menu, but you’ll have plenty of help from the top wedding catering manager who will work with you to arrange the perfect collection of cocktail party stations and sit-down dinner menu choices, according to the dishes you both love. Here’s how to build your menu to co-create with your catering team a fresh and fun menu: Read more…

Ways to Choose Your Wedding Favors

Sunday, August 25th, 2013 | Filed under: wedding gifts, wedding ideas, wedding planning, wedding themes | author: By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Chateau   

Best Way to Choose your Wedding Favors

Wedding favors can be much more than just a way to thank your wedding guests and leave them with a memento of your marriage. They offer yet another way to be creative with your wedding planning process. Wedding favors can be an extension of your wedding theme, be a way to share part of who you are as a couple, or generally personalize your wedding reception. Here are a few ways the brides and grooms at our New Jersey wedding venue have chosen their favors to give to wedding guests: Read more…

Should I Choose a DJ or a Band for My Wedding Reception?

Friday, August 16th, 2013 | Filed under: dream wedding, wedding music, wedding planning | author: By Rschick, Private Dining Manager, The Manor   

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…

Choosing a Wedding Videographer

Friday, August 9th, 2013 | Filed under: wedding ideas, wedding photography, wedding planning, Wedding Videography | author: By Lars Johnson,    
Wedding Video

How to Choose the Right Videographer

Not all couples hire a videographer to cover their wedding day, opting instead to focus their wedding budget on their wedding photographer, wedding flowers, wedding cake, and wedding reception site amenities. That said, with the ever increasing production value of wedding videos, helped by the reduced cost of quality equipment and editing tools, combined with the popularity of video sharing across social media, the importance couples place on having a video record of their wedding day is as popular as ever. Most brides that have chosen not to hire a videographer for the wedding admit to regretting it afterwards. Read more…

Using Pinterest as a Wedding Planning Tool

Thursday, August 1st, 2013 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Bright Ideas for your wedding, dream wedding, For the Bride, Honeymoon ideas, Party Planning, Style Alert, wedding ceremony, Wedding Décor, Wedding Fashions, wedding ideas, wedding menu, wedding planning, wedding themes | author: By Lars Johnson,    

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…

Integrating Two Religions Into One Wedding Ceremony

Thursday, July 25th, 2013 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Bright Ideas for your wedding, dream wedding, wedding ceremony, wedding planning | author: By Lars Johnson,    


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…

Wedding Receptions: Formal Sit-Down Dinner vs. a Buffet

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 Dinner

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…

How to Choose a Wedding Theme

Thursday, June 20th, 2013 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, dream wedding, wedding ceremony, Wedding Décor, wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By Lars Johnson,    
 Wedding Theme

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…

Picking a Unique Wedding Venue in New Jersey

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 | Filed under: Style Alert, wedding ceremony, wedding planning, wedding themes | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor   
Wedding Venue

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…

Wedding Planning Organization Tips

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 rings

Wedding Rings

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…

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