Wedding Reception Décor: How to Pick Pictures for your Family Photo Table

Thursday, August 14th, 2014 | Filed under: reception planning, wedding photography | author: By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Chateau   

How to Pick Pictures for your Family Photo TableOne area where wedding décor has evolved into an even more personalized and creative feature is the table of family photos. In years past, wedding couples set framed photos from their parents, grandparents’ and siblings’ weddings, as a tribute to the inspiring married couples in their lives, perhaps a tradition of long-lasting unions that warms the heart of all wedding guests and means so much to the family members shown in the photos.

Now, the family photos table might not have wedding photos at all. The couple may decide to skip those wedding portraits, especially if one or both sets of parents, or several siblings, are divorced or widowed. If it hasn’t been too long since your parents’ divorce, for instance, your mother might be saddened to see every other relative’s wedding day portraits and she doesn’t have a presence on the photo table at all. Read more…

New Jersey Wedding Venue Trends: Amazing Architecture

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 | Filed under: dream wedding, Wedding Venues | author: By Mary McGill, Banquet Manager, Ram’s Head Inn   

Amazing ArchitectureWhen searching for your perfect wedding venue from among the top wedding venues in New Jersey, you likely have a wishlist of the features that your wedding location will offer, perhaps a wedding garden, a pond, fountains, only hosting one wedding at a time. But there is another category that’s become a big trend among New Jersey wedding couples: architecture.

Having seen breathtaking wedding photos on Pinterest and on the top wedding blogs, wedding couples want to have those same images of themselves standing in front of a dramatic floor-to-ceiling window, and they want the same manor or castle feel on their wedding day. So they’re looking at wedding venues that are sights to behold, with architectural details that resemble a royal wedding setting. Read more…

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: Garden Weddings

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 | Filed under: Garden Wedding, Outdoor Wedding | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor   

gardenweddingsGarden weddings bring the beauty of a wedding out into the beauty of nature, and the best garden wedding venues in New Jersey offer flawlessly manicured grounds, gardens bursting with floral colors, majestic trees and the added beauty of fountains and footpaths welcoming you and your wedding guests into a breathtaking wedding setting for your Big Day.

For many wedding couples, it’s a dream come true to marry outdoors, warmed by the sun, surrounded by nature’s loveliest creations, and your garden wedding venue improves upon nature’s bounty with spectacular architecture in the buildings beyond the gardens. 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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Top New Wedding Trends 2014: Wedding Gowns

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 | Filed under: wedding dress, Wedding Trends | author: By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Chateau   

weddinggownsWedding dress trends for fall and winter 2014 include some of the prettiest, most romantic wedding dress elements ever, with top wedding gown designers creating dream dresses featuring the following:

  • Vintage wedding dress styles. Think opulent gown styles inspired by Downton Abbey and The Great Gatsby, long, flowing dresses with intricate beading and lots of sparkle. When your wedding takes place in a manor, a vintage-style wedding dress fits your wedding setting perfectly.

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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…

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