Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 | Filed under: dream wedding, Party Planning, reception planning, Wedding Cocktail Party | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor
Monday, November 18th, 2013 | Filed under: gifts, Party Planning, reception planning | author: By Lars Johnson,
Without question, the food at a wedding is a highlight of the celebration, and a tasty collection of diverse food stations lets guests enjoy the celebration more when they have so many different menu options to choose from, according to their dietary programs such as vegan, gluten-free, no dairy, kosher, etc. Guests with allergies, which is becoming more common now, also like having a wide range of foods that they can eat, since they know from the food ID cards at each station what’s in each dish. Many brides and grooms are adding to their station signs allergy-thoughtful notes such as ‘may include nuts,’ or ‘gluten-free.’ Read more…
Thursday, November 14th, 2013 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, Party Planning, reception planning, wedding ceremony | author: By Andrew Kronengold,
A quincenera is the biggest bash in a young girl’s life and a rite of passage that calls for a spectacular celebration, often with hundreds of family and friends invited to share in the festivities, from the quincenera ceremony to the changing of shoes before the first dance. At the top banquet halls in New Jersey, quincenera celebrations are growing more elaborate, more stylish, and trendier as girls and their families key into the top quincenera trends for an unforgettable party. Here are the top ‘quince’ trends to consider for your upcoming celebration: Read more…
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 | Filed under: wedding menu, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor
We’ve had our share of dramatic storms here in New Jersey, and especially when those storms create travel havoc and power outages, brides and grooms can go into a panic about their wedding day. So the best way to help keep Mother Nature from ruining your wedding is to choose a wedding venue that offers both outdoor gardens and celebration spaces and indoor reception ballrooms that can allow your experienced venue staff to move your outdoor ceremony into a gorgeous indoor space, and also provide you with a sensational cocktail party room to precede your reception. So no matter what the weather does on your wedding day, you know that all of your wedding settings will be stunning and perfectly arranged and decorated without your guests ever knowing there was a different Plan A before your wedding Plan B. Read more…
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 | Filed under: Guest Books, Party Planning, Wedding etiquette | author: By Lars Johnson,
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…
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 | Filed under: For the Bride, Style Alert, wedding ceremony | author: By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Chateau
With so many of your guests used to posting every beautiful thing they see on their social media pages, you can expect that most of your friends and family members will be sharing images of your gorgeous wedding dress, wedding cake, wedding venue, even your wedding menu items to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media platforms. Even wedding coordinators are posting images of your wedding venue decorated in its full glory onto their social media pages, and sharing the most spectacular details of their brides’ and grooms’ wedding décor online.
Recently, though, social media etiquette for weddings has become a hot topic, since wedding photographers might miss that first kiss shot when an overzealous wedding guests jumps out into the aisle to capture the moment via an iPad. And the numbers of those aisle-crowding guests started to grow, with guests noisily moving up toward the bride and groom as the wedding ceremony was occurring. Read more…
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 | Filed under: gifts, Honeymoon gifts, Honeymoon ideas | author: By Lars Johnson,
Picking the Right Jewelry for Your Wedding Day
Enhancing the beauty of your wedding gown with the ideal accessories
As a popular New Jersey wedding venue, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting countless brides, each with their own unique style, which has extended to the choice of jewelry they wore on their wedding day as well. Some have been extravagantly embellished; others have taken a completely natural approach and worn no jewelry at all.
At the end of the day, your personal style will ultimately be the best guide for selecting what jewelry feels right for you; after all, it’s your big day, so why not celebrate who you are? That said, as the center of attention you’ll still want to make the best choices within your general aesthetic to make sure your beauty can shine through and is not upstaged by your ornamentation. Read more…
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 | Filed under: dream wedding, Party Planning, Wedding etiquette | author: By Lars Johnson,
The hard work of preparing to relax and enjoy your post-nuptial bliss
As much as we love our brides and grooms and as much as they seem to feel the same for us after their special day at our NJ wedding venue, we still somehow never seem to get invited on their honeymoons.
Not that we mind–we love planning great weddings–that’s what we do. But we also know that after all the work and stress leading up to one’s special day, each couple deserves the chance to get away, just the two of them to relax and enjoy the start of their lives as a married couple. Once the wedding floral arrangements, wedding table settings, wedding invitations, wedding gowns, wedding favors, and the endless list of other details are settled and the knot has been tied, it’s your time to finally take a breath and savor your hard-earned reward. Read more…
Monday, September 30th, 2013 | Filed under: Style Alert, wedding receptions | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor
Simple ideas for deciding who to invite to your wedding
Guest List. These can be two of the most dreaded words in the wedding planning process. When you start to seriously consider all the variables and people (along with their feelings and personalities) that creating a wedding guest list will involve, the entire exercise can be daunting. There is no way to avoid the hard decisions you may have to make, but if you approach the process with a plan in mind, then you’ll have a better chance of simplifying the process and avoiding any hurt feelings along the way.
At our New Jersey wedding venue, we can help you make the most of your wedding budget and of the reception space you’ve chosen, but the hard work of putting names to the seats available will come down to careful planning.
It may not be the first thing on your mind after getting engaged, but preparing for a less stressful guest list begins right then. You likely won’t have a true idea of how many people you’ll need to–or be able to–invite to your wedding at that point, but keep in mind that managing expectations is crucial for avoiding complications. Read more…
Friday, September 13th, 2013 | Filed under: Style Alert | author: By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Chateau
DJ V Band as a Wedding Performer
Ways to make your wedding guests feel welcome at your reception
As a popular NJ wedding reception location, we’ve hosted countless couples and their guests. We’ve helped to create everything from elegant, intimate and sedate wedding celebrations to the most raucous and energetic roof raising parties. But regardless of whether you’d like your wedding reception to be more refined or an all-out party, we’ve found that across-the-board, the best wedding receptions and those that are the most fondly remembered after the day have been those that engage and involve as many of the guests in attendance as possible. When you can create a shared experience and a sense of participation, along with giving each guest the feeling that they were truly welcomed as part of the celebration, your wedding will leave an extra-special impression with everyone who attends—even those that you might think are a bit harder to please. Read more…
Autumn inspiration for your seasonal wedding planning.
Autumn is a wonderful time of year for a warm and intimate wedding reception. Many of our brides and grooms enjoy the fall so much they set their wedding date at the heart of the season and design their wedding theme to match it.
By fall, most guests are no longer focused on making plans to get away as during the summer, or booked with weekend activities. As the weather cools, thoughts have turned to the coming holidays and returning home to spend time with family. With a chill in the air, the more lush fashions, and the changing colors all around, it is a romantic time of year, ideal for a fall wedding. Read more…