Eco weddings

Best-Of Our Green Wedding Trends

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 | Filed under: Best Of, Eco weddings, Going Green, Green weddings | author: By James Levinsky,    

Best-Of Our Green Wedding Trends
We’re so pleased to bring you our Best-Of green wedding trends, specially-selected from our blog archives to help you plan your NJ wedding with eco-friendly choices and sources for your dream wedding that fits with your sustainability values. A great many of our NJ wedding couples come to us with their eco-friendly wedding plans in décor, menu, invitation and other wedding planning categories, and top NJ wedding planners also help bring green wedding wishes to life in fabulous ways.

We’ve long been co-creators of beautiful green weddings at our NJ wedding venues, so we’re right there with you in your wishes to have your big day fulfill your green wedding goals.

We invite you to check out our top-viewed wedding blog posts on the following eco-friendly wedding topics:

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Guest Welcome Baskets

Thursday, August 9th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, earth friendly weddings, Eco weddings, gifts, Green weddings, Party Planning, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By BLG,    
Welcome Baskets

Welcome Baskets

When out-of-town guests arrive for your wedding weekend, welcome them with a wonderful basket of treats. Some of the top wedding trends for welcome baskets include:

  • Starting with a stylish gift bag, such as an eco-friendly tote with a print design, one that can be used again and again, instead of paper gift bags.
  • Provide several bottles of water, each encircled with your personalized wedding logo, as well as bottles of iced tea (one sweetened, one unsweetened,) or several sodas. A new wedding trend is choosing a retro soda, such as a root beer or ginger beer, orange soda or other unique taste.
  • Provide a bottle of wine, and have the hotel put wine glasses and a bottle opener in each guest’s room. Read more…

Top 10 Green Wedding Trends

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Cost Saving Ideas, Cost Savings Ideas, dream wedding, earth friendly weddings, Eco weddings, Going Green, Green weddings | author: By BLG,    

More brides and grooms are incorporating green wedding decisions into their big day, so that their big day is kind to the environment, and reflects the couple’s values. Many of our green wedding couples have planned garden wedding ceremonies and celebrations, choosing to marry outdoors in garden splendor, which is a top wedding trend for 2012.

Green Wedding Trends

Green Wedding Trends

 In addition to eco-responsibility, some green wedding trends actually save on your wedding budget, which you’ll see in our list of the Top 10 Green Wedding Trends:

  1. Ordering locally-grown flowers. A recent survey by TheWeddingReport.com showed that flowers were the #1 area of interest of green-minded brides and grooms, at 62%, since locally-grown flowers most often cost less than imported wedding flowers. A lower carbon footprint is another benefit of choosing local flowers.
  2. Choosing a local wedding venue. When guests and vendors don’t have to fly or drive long distances to your wedding location, a tremendous amount of energy is saved, not to mention money saved by a shorter trip to attend your day. Included in this is the trend of one-location weddings, marrying at the same venue where your wedding reception will take place. You’ll only have one locale to decorate, and you may not need to spend a lot on additional décor when the site’s natural garden wedding décor or ballroom setting are so beautiful. Green wedding couples love to choose already-gorgeous wedding locations to create the setting for their dream wedding. Read more…

2012 Wedding Trend: Top Choices in Wedding Rings

Sunday, June 24th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, Cost Saving Ideas, earth friendly weddings, Eco weddings, Going Green, Green weddings, Wedding Décor, wedding planning | author: By BLG,    


Your wedding ring will stay with you for the rest of your life, so it’s important to give plenty of thought to matching your ring style to your personality. With so many gorgeous wedding ring designs out there, you’ll need to explore a wide range of rings to find the one that suits your wish for a romantic ring, or a classic ring, a modern ring, or an artsy ring.

Here are the top trends in wedding rings to help you make your decision:

  • Choose a ring made of metals that have been ethically-sourced, not the metal equivalent of ‘blood diamonds.’ Many of the top jewelry companies, such as Tiffany and other luxury jewelers have signed onto a ‘No Dirty Gold’ campaign that advocates avoiding any jewelry mined in unsafe, inhumane locations and conditions. Ask your New Jersey jeweler about rings’ classification, to help you avoid ‘dirty gold’ rings.
  • Look into lightweight metals, such as tungsten, which is a top wedding trend for couples on a budget. Read more…

Wedding Invitation Etiquette: Giving Guests a +1

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 | Filed under: dream wedding, Eco weddings, wedding dinner party, Wedding etiquette, wedding ideas, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By BLG,    
Wedding etiquette

Wedding etiquette

When making your wedding guest list, you’ll have to decide if you’ll allow all of your single guests to bring a date – commonly known as a ‘+1.’ Wedding etiquette rules used to state that all single guests over the age of eighteen are to be given permission to bring a date, but today’s brides and grooms prefer to surround themselves with guests they know.

To eliminate wedding stress, make it a rule that you will give a +1 only to single guests whose boyfriends or girlfriends you know and have socialized with in the past. This creates a boundary that single guests cannot argue with when you explain it politely to them.

Of course, engaged couples and longtime couples must receive a +1, and it’s good form to give a single or widowed senior citizen a +1, so that he or she may bring a friend or a health aide.

You’ll find, as many of our recent wedding couples do, that your single friends accept your decision and look forward to attending the wedding solo, joining all of the other solo guests in unencumbered mingling, dancing, flirting, fine dining and perhaps meeting a future romantic interest. Not every single guest is going to be offended at the lack of an ‘And Guest’ on the invitation. Some are even relieved that they do not have to find a date, nor do they have to give a more generous wedding gift check from two guests.

If a guest calls to ask for a +1, simply explain that your wedding plans do not allow for additional invitations, and you wouldn’t want to offend any other guests who also requested to bring a date. If parents call to ask if their teenager can bring a friend, that too is best met with, “I’m sorry, but we can’t make any exceptions to our guest rule, since we don’t want to offend other guests who have asked to bring others.” It’s best to avoid the temptation to blame your budget or wedding venue space issues; simply place the reasoning on your boundaries and consideration of other guests.

Be firm and confident in your boundaries, since one exception made by you will quickly hit the grapevine, and other guests will start calling to request their own +1s.

Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Chateau

Wedding Favors: Edibles

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 | Filed under: earth friendly weddings, Eco weddings, wedding ideas, wedding receptions | author: By BLG,    

A great many of our New Jersey wedding couples have gone back to the tradition of offering wonderful wedding favors for their guests to take home as they leave our wedding reception venue. (In the past few years, some couples chose to skip the favors as a way to save money, but thoughtful take-home favors are now back on the Must list!) What the couples choose to give as wedding favors has evolved from those tiny photo frames and wine glasses embossed with the bride and groom’s name to a new trend that makes guests much happier – edible gourmet treats.

Your wedding reception lasts several hours, and the wedding cake and desserts may have been served an hour or two before the close of your celebration. So when guests find that their wedding favors are delicious frosted brownies or theme-decorated cupcakes, they very often treat themselves to these treats before they even leave your reception! That’s the mark of a great edible wedding favor. Guests can’t wait to enjoy them.

Here are some of the most popular edible wedding favors that we’ve seen, and made, for our New Jersey wedding couple’s take-home treats:
  • Frosted brownies
  • Frosted cookies, in heart-shapes or cut into wedding theme shapes like a bride’s dress or a wedding dove
  • Chocolate-chip cookies
  • White macadamia nut cookies
  • Gourmet truffles
  • Theme-shape chocolates, such as hearts or butterflies
  • Pastel sugar-covered Jordan almonds (a traditional, symbolic favorite of our New Jersey wedding couples!)
  • Gourmet flavored wedding cupcakes
  • Hazelnut cream-filled cookies
  • Personalized candies, such as M&Ms sporting the initials or names of the bride and groom
  • Wedding color-matched jelly beans
  • Chocolate bark
  • Fudge squares in a variety of flavors
  • Seasonal-matched wedding favor treats, such as maple brownies for a fall wedding
  • Baggies of gourmet-flavored popcorn or kettlecorn, the couple’s favorite snack
  • And more…

Presentation is key for wedding favors, so package each edible treat in its own ribbon-tied box or cellophane baggie, and affix a thank-you message label right to the package, expressing your gratitude that guests came to share your day with you.

All the best, Caitlyn Bradley, Director of Private Dining, Ram’s Head Inn

Going Green: Earth-Friendly Weddings

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 | Filed under: earth friendly weddings, Eco weddings, Green weddings | author: By BLG,    

By Rolf Schick, Banquet Manager, The Manor

There’s a popular new color for weddings: Green. More couples are making their weddings eco-friendly. Just a few small changes to traditional nuptials can have a big impact on the green quotient of a wedding. And since many ingredients to a great wedding have green alternatives, couples can make their ceremony and reception whatever shade of green they want. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Flowers and centerpieces: Locally grown flowers don’t use as much energy to transport as those shipped from overseas. Talk to your florist about the availability of locally grown flowers. You’ll also be supporting local growers and plant nurseries.

2. Wedding invitations and stationery: Specifying recycled paper for your invitations is a great way to set the tone for an eco friendly wedding. Invitations can also be made from tree-free paper. Talk to whoever is handling your printing about your eco-options.

3. Donating Food: No one leaves a wedding hungry. There’s usually an abundance of leftover food that goes home with members of the wedding party. But you can donate the extra food to local food banks or other charities. Check with charities in your local area to learn about organizations you can help.

4. Wedding rings: Even wedding rings can be eco-friendly. Some jewelers now feature rings made from recycled stones and metals. And some couples are taking heirloom jewelry and having it restyled into a more contemporary design. Considering what it takes to mine metals and gems, this can be a giant eco step.

Another way to have a green wedding: get married outdoors, in a beautiful garden or other natural setting filled with greenery! The Manor has been hosting outdoor ceremonies in our formal gardens for years. And our other properties – the Ram’s Head Inn, the Pleasantdale Chateau and Highlawn Pavilion – also have beautiful outdoor areas for weddings and civil ceremonies. If we can help with your wedding, whatever shade of green you’re planning to make it, we look forward to hearing from you.

Yours,

Rolf

To make an appointment with a banquet manager, please contact us at 973-325-2060.