wedding gifts

Best of Wedding Gifts

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 | Filed under: bridal registry, thank you notes, wedding gifts, wedding registry | author: By Paul Keenan,    

Best of Wedding GiftsThe amount of gifts you receive on your wedding is most likely totaled to be the most amount of gifts you will receive in your entire life. To better help you plan accordingly to ensure you receive what you expected on your wedding registry, we’ve gathered our most popular wedding gift-related blogs, carefully wrapped them all up, and tied them in a nice big bow, to give you, our Manor blog readers, we present to you our Best of Wedding Gifts.
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10 Essential Post-Wedding Tasks

Thursday, February 11th, 2016 | Filed under: thank you notes, Wedding etiquette, wedding gifts, wedding planning, Wedding Venues | author: By BLG,    

10 Essential Post-Wedding TasksWhen your wedding is over, your wedding planning tasks are most definitely not over. There are still some important wedding To-Do’s to complete. Many come from the world of wedding etiquette, and some begin your happily ever after with smart, protective steps to help ensure your peace of mind and financial health.

Here are the top 10 essential post-wedding tasks:
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Wedding Etiquette: Engagement Party

Thursday, December 10th, 2015 | Filed under: Engagement party, Wedding etiquette, wedding gifts, Wedding Invitations, wedding registry | author: By BLG,    

Engagement Party

Wedding etiquette may have changed a bit in recent years, with some of the stricter rules relaxing to allow for more personalized weddings, but there are still many wedding etiquette rules still in play, and many also apply to engagement parties.

An engagement party is an exciting kickoff to your wedding planning season, and our NJ wedding couples come to us with exciting plans for their party to be held in our top NJ event venues. Restaurant settings are a new top engagement party trend, since it allows for the best catering in NJ, a stunning setting and views, and the hosts get to relax and enjoy the celebration more than they would at an at-home engagement party.

To help you plan your engagement party in fine style, and to impress your guests, we’ve collected the following engagement party etiquette tips:
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Ways to Choose Your Wedding Favors

Sunday, August 25th, 2013 | Filed under: wedding gifts, wedding ideas, wedding planning, wedding themes | author: By BLG,    

Best Way to Choose your Wedding Favors

Wedding favors can be much more than just a way to thank your wedding guests and leave them with a memento of your marriage. They offer yet another way to be creative with your wedding planning process. Wedding favors can be an extension of your wedding theme, be a way to share part of who you are as a couple, or generally personalize your wedding reception. Here are a few ways the brides and grooms at our New Jersey wedding venue have chosen their favors to give to wedding guests: Read more…

Registering for Wedding Gifts

Friday, April 12th, 2013 | Filed under: gifts, wedding gifts, wedding registry | author: By BLG,    
Register for Wedding Gifts

Wedding Gifts

According to 2013 wedding surveys, brides and grooms create an average of two to three different wedding registries. Guests don’t see this as a greedy grab for presents; they know that couples have different preferences and needs for their home. Perhaps they like the Crate and Barrel glassware and party serving platters, and the Macy’s bedding. Your different gift lists at each of the stores where you register for wedding gifts will show your style, and guests appreciate knowing what you love, so that they can give you presents you’ll adore and use often. Read more…

Proper Etiquette for When to Send Out Your Wedding Thank You Notes

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 | Filed under: gifts, Wedding etiquette, wedding gifts | author: By BLG,    

As a popular New Jersey wedding venue, we’ve received so many gracious thank you notes from our many lovely couples. Some have come quite quickly and others in good time. Regardless of the timing or the manner in which they come, we were are always appreciative, but never expecting to receive these thank yous.  Your wedding guests, particularly those who have given you a wedding gift, however, will most likely be anticipating a thank you in response.  And proper wedding etiquette dictates that sending a timely thank you note is a must.

Because the note writing process falls after the day itself, it is one of the more overlooked parts of your wedding duties.  But it is no less important, because your response is a direct reflection on you (and if you wait too long, you may soon start hearing from your mother or mother-in-law that it is a reflection on them as well).  Good timing also goes a long way to show your guests that you are genuinely appreciative that they were part of your special day. Read more…

• Top Wedding Ideas: New Favor Trends

Monday, September 17th, 2012 | Filed under: Wedding etiquette, wedding gifts, wedding ideas, wedding menu, wedding planning | author: By BLG,    
Wedding Favors

Wedding Favors

Guests at a wonderful wedding, having enjoyed fine cuisine, top entertainment, top vintages of wine and champagne, and the joyful company of friends and family for your happy occasion would say the experience itself was all the gift they need, but it’s a top wedding etiquette idea to offer a take-home wedding favor they’ll love.

In years past, brides and grooms gave our small wine bottles with their personalized labels on them, and now the top wedding trend for weddings in our Northern New Jersey area is edibles…particularly something sweet.

Here are the top trends edible favors, welcome at the end of your wedding reception: Read more…

Wedding Favor Presentation

Saturday, June 16th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, earth friendly weddings, Party Planning, reception planning, Wedding Décor, Wedding etiquette, wedding gifts, wedding ideas, wedding menu | author: By BLG,    
Wedding Favors

Wedding Favors

Among the most popular wedding ideas, a category that many of our New Jersey wedding planners say is an important reception décor element is a beautiful presentation of the wedding favors. With today’s favor trends including edibles such as chocolate truffles, cake pops, and especially New Jersey shore salt water taffy, and with non-edible favors including wine bottle stoppers and other pretty-yet-inexpensive useful take-home gifts, our New Jersey and New York City wedding couples are designing creative, enticing wedding favor displays to complement their reception venue’s décor plan.

 Now, there’s a real sense of importance in how the wedding favors will be displayed, so we suggest the following top wedding trends for favor presentation:

Setting Up a Favor Table

  • A favor table creates an artistic opportunity for your display, with a top wedding trend of using a gorgeous tablecloth on the wedding favor table. Wedding planners now suggest favor table linens that coordinate with guest table linens for a uniform look, but may be a few shades lighter or darker than the wedding reception hall guest table linens. The tablecloth may be shimmery, embroidered, pearl-dotted or other wedding décor style-matching design, setting a lovely foundation on which the favors will be displayed. Read more…

Wedding Décor – Gift Table Trends

Thursday, April 12th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, dream wedding, Wedding Décor, wedding gifts, wedding ideas | author: By BLG,    
Wedding Trends

Wedding Trends

Our Northern New Jersey wedding couples most often find that their families and friends give them wedding gifts in the form of a check in an envelope, but with weddings bringing friends, family and work associates together from all corners of the globe, we are seeing more wrapped wedding gifts at today’s wedding celebrations. That calls for a decorated wedding gift table in the reception ballroom, where guests may place and display their beautifully-wrapped wedding presents for the bride and groom.

Wedding décor methods apply to every detail in the wedding ballroom, large and small, so we and our New Jersey wedding coordinator contacts pay special attention to both the design and the functionality of the gift table. Here are the top trends for making your wedding gift table more attractive and fitting to your wedding theme and décor style:

1.      Your gift table linens can have a style of their own. They do not have to be the same color, fabric, texture and style as the wedding guest table linens. Many of our wedding couples choose an alternative color and style of linens for the gift table, guest book table and other wedding venue entrance display tables, and these might be accented, shimmery, crystal-sewn, even patterned linens that reach the floor on all sides for the most polished effect.

  1. Add a table runner. Just like the wedding guest table décor, add a length of décor fabric to extend along the table to create a colorful, decorative effect.
  2. Decorate the front edge of the table. An extra garland from your wedding floral décor can be strung along the front of your gift table. A fabric drape might have your monogram on it, in a color matching your guest table décor accents.
  3. Place your wedding gift box or wedding gift birdcage on this table, ideally in the center, for guests to use and wrapped-gifts to surround.
  4. Allow the gift display to take its own form as guests place their presents there. Don’t worry about arranging gifts on the table.
  5. Skip the votive candle holders. Even though these are pretty accents, you don’t want a gift ribbon to fall into the flame and create a disaster. If you like the look of candlelight on the gift table, a top wedding idea is to set up flameless candles or LED light cubes in glass vases for a budget-friendly wedding décor look.
  6. Provide room on either side of the gift table for guests to place extremely large wrapped gifts that cannot be placed on the table itself. When you allow room for these boxes, they will not pile up around the table, jutting into high traffic areas.
  7. When you bring your wedding reception supplies to us prior to your wedding, bring a few large, empty, plastic-lidded bins in which we can securely pack your wedding gifts for home transport. We’re happy to help bring your gifts to your car, but we recommend these bins for easy use on your big day and also for organizing systems in your home after the wedding.

Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Chateau

Kids at the Wedding Rehearsal

Thursday, March 17th, 2011 | Filed under: wedding gifts, wedding planning, wedding receptions, Wedding Rehearsal | author: By BLG,    

While some wedding websites advise choosing child attendants who are no younger than six years old, we know that your adored nieces and nephews may be younger than that, and you very much want them to be your flowergirls and ringbearers. Here at our wedding banquet hall and wedding gardens, we’ve seen children as young as two perform quite well as child attendants, and the key is smart preparations for the little ones at the wedding rehearsal.

Our wedding staff, as well as the top wedding coordinators and special event experts in the New Jersey region, has helped many brides and grooms during their wedding rehearsals, offering our expertise in helping flowergirls and ringbearers prepare for their big moment at the wedding. The key, we’ve found, is making sure kids are comfortable, know what to expect, and know what they might earn by behaving well.

Here are some top tips for helping kids at your wedding rehearsal, improving your odds of a tantrum-free day:

• Be sure that child attendants will be comfortable in their wedding day clothing. Itchy lace collars and shirt tags that poke, too-tight bow ties and other wardrobe issues are the #1 cause of kids’ acting badly at weddings. So be sure the kids’ dresses and tuxes have been checked and adjusted to allow for the little ones’ comfort.

• Be sure that kids have eaten before the wedding, and that they’ve had plenty of water to drink. Hunger and thirst are also top causes of kids’ misbehavior. So practice the same Musts for the rehearsal.

• Tell kids what they’ll see when they walk down the aisle. A practice walk down empty rows is very different than the people-filled rows, flashbulbs, flowers and other distractions. From the youngest kids to the teens, spell out the things they’re likely to see as they walk down the aisle.

• For small children, have a treat waiting for them at the end of the aisle. A grandparent might be holding a big, colorful lollipop or a (silent) toy that they can have when they reach the end of the aisle.

• Allow kids to sit down during the ceremony. This big trend provides for kids’ comfort, they can sit with parents who can shush them if needed, and kids won’t be tempted to wander around, fidget or panic in the face of so many people looking at them.

• Let kids practice their walks down the aisle a few times, and test out who they’re most comfortable walking with. There’s no rule saying the flowergirl has to walk alone. If she’s happiest walking with the maid of honor, that adjustment may be made.

• If children are frightened, talk with them privately to ask what they’re concerned about. A child is more likely to open up about her shoes being slippery on the aisle runner than she might be with a dozen strangers looking at her.

• Prepare children for what happens after the ceremony, that they’ll pose for photos, then be introduced into the room at the reception, dance and sit with the other kids. When children know what to expect, they don’t act out as much.

Keep these tips in mind, and your child attendants will have more fun, be happier and more comfortable and thus be a wonderful part of your wedding day.

Best,
Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Château

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