Wedding Trends: Types of Wedding Venues

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 | Filed under: Destination Wedding, Events Venue, Outdoor Venue, Outdoor Wedding, Wedding Venues | author: By Keith Sly,    


Choosing the right wedding venue is a critical decision when planning one of the biggest days of your life. From holding a small reception in a vineyard to a savvy city rooftop, a church ceremony to an exotic beach destination, to indoor or outdoor, how can couples easily decide on their ideal wedding location? The wedding planners at The Manor can best help couples sift through pros and cons of each venue finding couples an ideal wedding venue for their upcoming wedding.
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How To Select Your Wedding Floral Centerpieces

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 | Filed under: wedding floral designers, wedding flowers, wedding receptions | author: By Keith Sly,    


From upscale lavish rose arrangements in gold painted vases to a simple cloud of baby’s breath nestled in a clear cylinder on tables, wedding the floral centerpieces set the tone for your wedding reception décor. There is a fine line between being a nuance and obstructing the view during a toast to being too mediocre. Floral centerpieces catch the guests’ attention and unite all flower arrangements no matter the style or placement. Gorgeous floral centerpieces sitting on top each table are an important design element and wedding planners at The Manor’s can help inspire you to have an unbelievable and visually appealing wedding day. Read more…

How To Decorate Your Wedding Aisle

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 | Filed under: wedding ceremony, wedding ceremony aisle, Wedding Décor, wedding flowers | author: By Keith Sly,    

How To Decorate Your Ceremony AisleAs guests gather and the music starts, your ceremony aisle is the focus of attention as loved ones excitedly wait for the procession and bride. Picking the right aisle decorations can change the feel of an entire ceremony, making your wedding extra memorable. From deciding between the aesthetic of bows, flower petals, tiebacks, ribbons or having a runner, your wedding aisle serves as an extra touch of personalized beauty to awe your guests and help set the mood for the bride’s big day. Wedding planners at The Manor can help couples best select and coordinate your aisle décor with your wedding’s theme.
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Top Bar and Bat Mitzvah Trends for 2018

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 | Filed under: Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, coming of age party | author: By Keith Sly,    

Bar and Bat Mitzvah TrendsPractically a full-time job these days, planning a bar or bat mitzvah comprises a myriad of party planning decisions to make the milestone event go just right. From choosing invitations, to hiring entertainment, to renting a venue, the event planners at The Manor consider all the latest party trends, color, décor, live entertainment, as well as the little details when designing your child’s extravagant celebration.
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How To Plan A Winter Wedding

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 | Filed under: Seasonal Wedding, Wedding Date, wedding planning, winter weddings | author: By Keith Sly,    

Winter WeddingsTemperatures are dropping, snow is falling, and your wedding day is steadily approaching. The magic, beauty, and stillness of the season make winter an ideal time to marry. With a backdrop of glistening icicles, a snow-kissed bride, and the warm glow of your devoted lover to keep you warm, the wedding planners at The Manor can help create a romantic and sentimental winter wedding. Couples, use this guide to bring your dream winter wedding to life.
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Wedding Trends: Tanning Before Your Wedding

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 | Filed under: wedding dress, Wedding Fashions, Wedding Tanning | author: By Keith Sly,    

Wedding tanningThe perfect bridal glow can complement any blushing bride on her big day. Nonetheless, if you are getting married in the near future, you can avoid appearing washed out or having the color of your skin color blend into your wedding dress, by darkening your complexion through indoor tanning, spray tanning, and self-tanners. The Manor offers you the latest beauty trends and tips to achieve a healthy golden by tanning before your wedding.
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Wedding Decoration Checklist

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 | Filed under: Wedding Décor, Wedding Decoration | author: By Keith Sly,    

Wedding DecorYour wedding is an exciting milestone and all the planning to pull off your big day can be just as memorable. But how can you be sure that you remember every last detail? The Manor’s wedding planners can ease the overwhelming tasks every bride and groom faces, with this go-to checklist. As your wedding day approaches, use this helpful list to ensure you have everything you need at the ceremony, reception and every detail in between.
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Top Cocktail Trends For 2018

Thursday, January 4th, 2018 | Filed under: Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Dinner, Wedding Drinks | author: By Keith Sly,    

CocktailsWhether celebrating a business deal, toasting to a milestone or romancing your loved one, there is a signature cocktail for every occasion. Each year, mixologists and bartenders concoct new delicious beverages as well as add their own twist to old standbys. From trends in skinny cocktails, muddled flavor infused to frozen cocktails, sit down and pour yourself a glass, as the event planners at The Manor share the top cocktail trends for 2018.

The Skinny On Low-Calorie Cocktails

Shaken? Stirred? Cocktail trends for 2018 feature virtually every signature cocktail without having to drink away countless calories. During those chilly winter nights ditch the traditional apple cider and switch to a spiked beverage. The Skinny Cinnamon Apple Champagne Martini is a perfect seasonal, low-calorie option combining champagne, apple vodka, and cinnamon whiskey. These drinks are not particularly sweet, which allow you to add a dash of simple syrup made with Sweet n’ Low. For additional sweetness, muddle apple slices to add to your glass.

Instead of the go-to vodka and tonic, opt for a more flavorful Skinny Strawberry Mojito made with fresh muddled mint and sweet cut strawberries, Stevia, light rum, and club soda, garnish this cocktail with a lime. This is a delicious and refreshing drink perfect for the upcoming summer season.

Light liquor options can also mean limiting the amount of alcohol in a beverage. To cut calories, it is important to use caution as the following liquors are calorie kings filled with sugar: Schnapps’, Triple Sec, Crème De Menthe, Bacardi 151, Wild Turkey, bourbons, whiskey, Cognac, Champagne, Gin, Vodka, pale ale beers, lager beers. A general rule of thumb is that hard liquors tend to contain more calories, approximately 80-97 calories per shot, more so than wine or beer, which can range greatly.

Coffee Infused Cocktails

Food manufacturers infuse coffee in almost everything from energy drinks to ice cream. Bar and spirits experts predict that coffee flavored adult beverages will gain popularity in 2018. Espresso martinis are a tasty coffee-flavored cocktail that will never go out of style. To create the perfect coffee martini, shake coffee beans, coffee-infused vodka, Kahlua, espresso, and ice together in a shaker.

For a fancy delicacy on your palette try a Brazilian national cocktail called “The Caipirinha”. A classic Caipirinha features a spirit called Cachaça, which is a rum-like spirit made from fermented sugar cane juice and infuses fresh coffee beans for 24-hours to achieve the best taste.

Coffee drinkers do not have to rely on the bartender to enjoy a sweet beverage. Consider adding a dash or shot of the following cordials to your coffee cups: Café Patron, Frangelico, Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Amaretto, Butterscotch Schnapps’ and Grand Marnier. But perhaps the best way to mix in liquor is to add a frothy foam, whipped cream, half and half, drizzle butterscotch, caramel or a drop of vanilla essence.

Infusing Wine Into Frozen Cocktails

The 2017 trend of the blended “Frosé” a frozen rose, swept bars and beach bars across America this past summer. Experts believe this adult slushy will be a staple to quench thirsts for summer 2018. To make your own Frosé, select a dark bodied rose to freeze in a pan. Keep in mind the color will fade and it will become diluted once frozen. Next, boil ½ a cup of sugar with 8 ounces of strawberries before covering and putting aside to chill.  Mix in 2.5 ounces of lemon juice and add 1cup ice into a blender with the frozen rose, sugar/strawberry mixture, puree and enjoy. Similarly, fruity frozen cocktails like strawberry and lime daiquiris and Margaritas will impress and refresh this coming year.

Creating Unique Pairings with Hard Liquor

A top trend for 2018 includes creating a multi-sensory experience in food and alcoholic beverages. While it is common to pair wine with artisan cheeses, new spirit trends will begin pairing Tequila with oysters, Gin with a prawn cocktail, Whisky with beef, Rum with pork, and Vodka with caviar. Pairing specific hard liquor cocktails with signature foods or even cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres to create an over the top and memorable dining experience.

Choosing Your Perfect Cocktail

The event planners at The Manor are sure to think of every last detail for your upcoming event including a specialty his and her cocktails for your wedding, wedding cocktail party tips, a company cocktail for a business lunch, or a Mom-mosa for a baby shower. Consider any of these 2018 cocktail trends when our dining or when bartending a party in your home. Cheers!

Top 10 Exotic Honeymoon Destinations For 2018

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 | Filed under: Exotic Honeymoon, Honeymoon Destinations, Honeymoon ideas | author: By Keith Sly,    

Exotic HoneymoonsNow that you’ve said, “I do,” it’s time to plan your romantic trip of a lifetime. Many couples incorporate their dream honeymoon into their wedding planning, and so the wedding planners at The Manor have the inside scoop on the top hot spots across the world. To give couples a global taste of what each destination has to offer, grab your passport and get whisked away to one of these top 10 honeymoon destinations for 2018.
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Best of Wedding Trends 2017

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 | Filed under: Best Of, Wedding Entertainment, wedding photography, Wedding Trends 2017 | author: By Keith Sly,    

Knowles-2017 Wedding TrendsAs the year winds down and more beautiful couples wed, other romances blossom, with some using the delighting time between the holidays and New Year’s Eve 2108 to announce an engagement. The wedding planners at The Manor reflect on a year filled with love and harmony as we bring you the best of wedding trends of 2017.
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