wedding trends

Trends in Wedding Cake Flavors for 2014 and 2015

Friday, August 1st, 2014 | Filed under: Cutting the Cake, Wedding Cakes | author: By Chef Robert Albers, Executive Chef, Pleasantdale Chateau   

Trends in Wedding Cake Flavors for 2014 and 2015You may know the top wedding cake trends of 2014 related to how the cake looks – ruffled frosting layers, naked wedding cakes, all-white cakes – but do you know the top wedding cake flavors for 2014 and 2015?

A wedding cake has to taste wonderful, as well as being beautiful to look at, and wedding guests have very high standards for wedding cake flavors. They love the classics (a top-quality, moist vanilla cake with not-too-sweet vanilla buttercream, for instance,) but they also love to be surprised by exotic flavors and culinary combinations.

Cake bakers shop at farmer’s markets to acquire the freshest berries and other fruits for their creations, knowing that the all-important cake flavor is what makes or breaks the perfect wedding cake. Read more…

Culinary Trends for Wedding Desserts in 2014 and 2015

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 | Filed under: reception planning, Wedding Dinner | author: By Chef Robert Albers, Executive Chef, Pleasantdale Chateau   

Culinary Trends for Wedding Desserts in 2014 and 2015The best New Jersey weddings end with spectacular desserts. Guests have feasted on your sumptuous wedding menu throughout the event, but they always make room for desserts, especially with the new top trends in wedding cuisine offering so many tasty options. In fact, some couples love the idea of dessert variety so much that they may skip the grand wedding cake and just offer a dessert buffet or Viennese table covered with sweet indulges that make their wedding unforgettable. Read more…

Wedding Trends 2014: Making Your Wedding Extra-Meaningful

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 | Filed under: wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By Christopher Gellings, Banquet Manager, Highlawn Pavilion   

MakingYourWeddingExtraMeaningfulThe best weddings include many personalized touches that share not only the wedding couple’s personalities and favorite things, but also meaningful elements that pay tribute to the couple’s parents and families, beloved relatives and their love stories, the couple’s cultures and religions, and the depth and beauty of love and partnership overall. The wedding trend site TheWedingReport.com says that 66% of wedding couples say that their top wish is to have a Meaningful wedding, and here are some of the top ways that you can fill your wedding day, and your wedding venue, with extra-special meaningful elements:

  • Choose a wedding venue that’s special to you, or to your family. It’s a top trend to choose a wedding location that plays a part in your love story – perhaps you got engaged at the venue’s restaurant, or perhaps you met at a friend’s wedding at that same wedding venue. There’s no longer an unspoken rule that you have to be First to marry in a particular wedding venue, but you certainly could be! Your wedding décor and perhaps time of day can make that top wedding venue look entirely different from past weddings you’ve attended there, and you get the advantage of having experienced a wedding at that wedding ballroom or in those same wedding gardens, so you know the quality of service and the location well.

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Wedding Trends 2014: Making Your Wedding Extra-Fun

Friday, July 11th, 2014 | Filed under: Wedding Fun, Wedding Trends | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor   

MakingYourWeddingExtraFunWedding couples say that their top wedding priorities include a particular trend: they want their wedding to be fun. For themselves and for their guests. (According to the wedding industry survey site, TheWeddingReport.com, 68% of wedding couples say they want their wedding to be ‘Fun’, a greater number than couples who wish for their wedding to be ‘meaningful’ as their top wish! So Fun is definitely a popular wedding trend.)

At the top wedding venues in New Jersey, couples plan unforgettable weddings, tying the Knot in style and elegance, with a big dose of Fun added to their wedding day details. They want joyous, laughing, smiling guests who are happy they traveled to attend the nuptials.  They want to show their friends and family a terrific time, and they want photos and video to capture all the action and joy of everyone in the room, from the youngest guests to the oldest. Among the top trends in upping the ‘Fun’ quotient at your wedding are the following: Read more…

Top New Wedding Trends 2014: Wedding Menus

Friday, June 27th, 2014 | Filed under: dream wedding, wedding dinner party, wedding menu | author: By Mary McGill, Banquet Manager, Ram’s Head Inn   

weddingmenusBrides and grooms put a very high priority on their wedding menus, wanting their guests to enjoy delicious foods in a great variety, but they also want their wedding menus to be personalized, themed, and, especially, fun.

The top trends in wedding menus at the top wedding venues in New Jersey include:

  • Interactive stations. Delectable gourmet foods become even more exciting to wedding guests when a chef or server stands behind the station, preparing foods to order or serving guests’ choices of plated hot or cold hors d’oeuvres. Guests who consider themselves to be foodies, or who are fans of shows like Top Chef, find it very enticing to watch the chef in action, putting on a show, and making their food choices an experience.

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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…

Natural Wedding Trends that Bring Nature and Romance Into Your Special Day

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 | Filed under: For the Bride, wedding ideas, wedding planning, wedding themes | author: By Christopher Gellings, Banquet Manager, Highlawn Pavilion   


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…

Trends in Wedding Videos

Thursday, November 8th, 2012 | Filed under: dream wedding, Party Planning, reception planning, wedding planning, Wedding Videography | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor   
Trends In Wedding Videos

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…

Top Wedding Trends: Reception Centerpieces

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 Reception Centerpiece

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…

Top Lighting Effects

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By Christopher Gellings, Banquet Manager, Highlawn Pavilion   
Wedding Lighting

Wedding Lighting

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…

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