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…

Advantages of Evening Weddings

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 | Filed under: dream wedding, reception planning, Wedding Dinner, wedding receptions | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor   

When you first start looking for the best wedding venue in NJ, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is: ‘will you have a daytime or evening wedding?’ In addition to availabilities and price, there are important factors regarding the look and feel of your wedding to consider:

To help you make your decision, we share some of the top advantages of evening weddings: 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…

Top Trends in Wedding Shoes for 2014

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 | Filed under: For the Bride, Wedding Fashions, Wedding Shoes | author: By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Chateau   

At our northern New Jersey location, with such close proximity to New York Fashion Week and the epicenter of fashion trends, as well as to shopping meccas like the Short Hills Mall, our brides have their fingers on the pulse of the latest trends in bridal fashion. And one of those trends is for the bride to wear sensational shoes on her wedding day. Designer shoes are in demand, with Jimmy Choo and Christian Laboutin shoes leading the trend.

The bride’s wedding shoes are of such great importance that some brides are choosing their wedding dress style for its ability to show off their shoes. For instance, the big trend of short wedding dresses shows off the bride’s shoes, and there are even wedding dresses that are knee-length in front, draping gracefully to full length in the back to frame the bride’s choice of dazzling shoes.

Gorgeous wedding shoes are such a valued part of the bride’s wedding day look that professional wedding photographers are taking the same kinds of close-up spotlight photos of the shoes that they do of the wedding rings. Read more…

Wedding Etiquette: When to Send out Save the Date Cards

Friday, March 14th, 2014 | Filed under: Party Planning, Wedding etiquette, Wedding Invitations | author: By Mary McGill, Banquet Manager, Ram’s Head Inn   

Save the Date Cards arrive in the mail, letting invited guests know when and where your wedding will take place, so that they have plenty of time to make their travel and lodging arrangements and be present for your wedding day. It’s become a new Must in wedding planning to send Save the Date cards or magnets, and many couples in northern New Jersey and in New York City are among those across the country investing a tremendous amount of thought, time and money in their Save the Dates, to make a grand first impression and set the tone for the wedding to come.

No matter if you’ll order Save the Date cards online or order custom Save the Date cards, you’ll need to know the answer to this top wedding planning question: when should we send out our save-the-dates? Read more…

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