wedding planning

Ways to Make Cutting Your Wedding Cake a Special Moment

Monday, November 3rd, 2014 | Filed under: Cutting the Cake, Wedding Cakes, wedding ideas | author: By Christopher Gellings, Banquet Manager, Highlawn Pavilion   

Ways to Make Cutting Your Wedding Cake a Special Moment(1)It’s the big moment at a wedding – the cutting of the cake.

With weddings being so personalized now, and so many top wedding traditions given modern spins, it’s only natural that the cake-cutting ritual also gets a personalized and modern spin. This is a moment, after all, when every guest in your wedding ballroom is looking at the two of you, ready to cut your beautiful wedding cake and feed the first bites to one another Read more…

Top Wedding Rental Trends

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, wedding ceremony, wedding planning | author: By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Chateau   

Top Wedding Rental TrendsWhen you book your wedding at a top wedding venue, you enjoy many wedding perks, including having access to your wedding venue’s supply of china, stemware, tables and chairs, table linens – often in a variety of beautiful, designer styles and colors. Top wedding venues’ wedding packages will let you pick from a sizeable menu of tabletop choices and other wedding reception essentials, without needing to spend any extra money from your wedding budget on these particular items. Read more…

Tips and Ideas for your Wedding Placecard Table

Thursday, October 9th, 2014 | Filed under: Style Alert, Wedding Invitations, wedding planning | author: By Christopher Gellings, Banquet Manager, Highlawn Pavilion   

Your wedding guests enjoy being handed a cocktail or champagne flute when they first enter your wedding venue, but one thing they’re looking for is their placecard telling them which table they’ve been assigned to.

In the past, guest placecards were quite basic, names written on tented papers, set up on one big table. That often caused a logjam of guests looking for their names, turning this early moment of your wedding into a bit of a stressful experience, and not much of an impressive one. But now, wedding designersTips and Ideas for your Wedding Placecard Table have turned the guest placecard arrangement into an art form, creating a stunning display as well as making the process easier for guests.
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How to Organize your Wedding Guest Seating Arrangements

Friday, September 12th, 2014 | Filed under: wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Chateau   

How to Organize your Wedding Guest Seating ArrangementsCreating a wedding seating chart causes many couples a great deal of wedding stress. You’ll want your guests to have a great time at their tables and enjoy the company of the people they’re sitting with, you’ll Want your guests to be comfortable and have easy access to the buffet, bar, and dance floor, and – this is where wedding stress often arises – you may have to tackle some tricky family dynamics such as seating divorced parents and keeping feuding relatives apart.
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A Groom’s Guide: Quick Tips for The Man’s Role in Wedding Planning

Friday, May 16th, 2014 | Filed under: dream wedding, wedding planning, Wedding Trends | author: By Mary McGill, Banquet Manager, Ram’s Head Inn   

groomsguideIn helping our couples plan their weddings and receptions at our New Jersey wedding venue, we’ve noticed that the grooms have started taking an increased interest, if not an increased role, in the details of planning their weddings. This for us has been a good sign. Taking an active part in the preparations for your special day with your significant other shows the importance you place on your wedding and also improves communication, lightens the workload for the other partner, and makes for a celebration that both the bride and groom will enjoy

While it may be easy for the groom to simply say “I want her to get whatever she wants” and take a hands-off approach by thinking he just doesn’t know or care about wedding details, and he won’t want to get in the way, the truth is that once a groom does participate, he often finds at least a few things that are of interest to him and on which he can actually offer some valuable input. And even if not, it’s always a positive to at least make the effort rather than to make the excuse. Read more…

Special Wedding Décor Trends 2014

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, dream wedding, Green weddings, Wedding Trends | author: By Christopher Gellings, Banquet Manager, Highlawn Pavilion   

Each wedding season, the bridal industry shows off the newest trends in wedding décor, and at our top wedding venues in New Jersey, we see them all shown off in splendor. Brides look to celebrity weddings, the top bridal magazines, wedding blogs and top wedding pins on Pinterest for inspiration, and the best wedding designers in NJ bring the latest décor trends to life. 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…

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