Monday, December 14, 2009
The best way to describe the changing nature of receptions
is to notice that they have evolved into more than
just a formalized event as the term “reception” implies.
More and more couples are choosing the term “celebration”
to describe the party atmosphere and events they
are planning for themselves and their guests. Instead of
having the day slip away in a blur, brides and grooms want
to have a good time at their party and take away wonderful
memories. This is one of the biggest parties that
most couples will ever give. They want everyone to have
fun – themselves included.
Whether the celebration will be in a church basement
or outdoors, one thing that is changing is the seating of
guests. Reception “rules” have had the bridal party sitting
at formal head tables, lined up according to one’s role in
the wedding. But more and more couples are choosing
not to have a head table and instead seat themselves with
special family members or friends in the center of the eating
area. Sitting in the middle of things – among family and
friends – not apart from them,will help the couple to better
enjoy their first meal together as husband and wife.
The remaining people in their wedding party and families
are scattered at tables with other guests to encourage
the celebration tone. They can talk about the wedding
and events leading up to it that other guests may not
know. It can make good mealtime conversation and is a
way to involve guests more intimately with the event.
You may still choose to have special place cards/table
numbers for guests. For some brides and their mothers,
trying to engineer the “perfect” mix of guests at each
table is the hardest thing they do for the party. Others
give up and let groups find their own places. Whether
you are having a formal sit down dinner or a buffet, the
best bet is to select round tables. These always allow an
easier flow of conversation among guests. Providing a
centerpiece for each table also places each guest at a decorated
space at your party.
If you can’t have round tables and must use rectangular
ones, request that they seat no more than six per table.
At least with this number, everyone can hear everything
that is said and conversation can flow. There is more
space for each person to enjoy his/her food and beverage.
For more celebration ideas, stop in and talk with one
of our experienced consultants. We have party plans we
know you’ll love. Ideas on music, cakes, decorations and
favors can help you plan a party to remember.
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Thursday, November 5, 2009
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
In these difficult times, couples are celebrating their big day by giving. More couples are incorporating a charitable element into their big day. While your wedding day is a true expression of you, couples are showing that expression by instead of thinking of themselves; they are thinking of others. They are doing this by making a donation to a charity of their choice in the name of their guests as wedding favors. For a wedding gift guests are being asked to donate to a charity of the couple’s choice or a cause that is important to them. Here are a few ideas that will help you implement kindness into your wedding day: when registering, look for offers that donate a percentage of all gifts purchased to a charity of your choice, make arrangements to donate left over food to a food bank or homeless shelter, donate leftover flowers to a nursing home, donate your wedding supplies to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
It has become common for the mother of the bride/groom and other female honorees to be given a nosegay to hold or a flower instead of a corsage, which can look beautiful and make them feel special. Ask them what the prefer; some may like having something to carry, while others may find they enjoy the convenience of wearing a corsage and being hands-free.
Monday, September 14, 2009
I got the opportunity to meet and listen to a very successful destination wedding planner by the name of Lisa Light yesterday. She is the founder and driving force behind DestinationBride.com. She is also the author of “Destination Brides: How to Plan Your Wedding Anywhere in the World.” Destination weddings represent the fastest-growing segment of the wedding industry and are cheaper than a traditional wedding. You can have all in one: wedding, reception, honeymoon, and vacation.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
For those of you who are married. I am sure when you think back on your wedding day, there are some things you would have done differently. I know when I think back on mine there are several things I would have done different. I am not trying to take anything away from my wedding day but of course with time things change. The number one thing I would change is the number of bridesmaids I had. I am guessing I would have had 5 instead of 9. I have no clue how I would have done it because the people I had in my wedding played a part in my life some time or another and are very special to me. I would have begged and pleaded with my husband to change the guys’ suits to white. I would have taken my wedding pictures somewhere else instead of just the church and had some nontraditional pictures taken also. I would have had more candid pictures also. I would have made sure my husband and I both went over the selection of the music for the reception. Oh and I would have forgotten to mail Aunt Evelyn’s invitation. I am just kidding. I love you auntie. I am interested in hearing somethings you would have changed and if possible send a picture.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Candy stations are a new trend at wedding receptions, bridal showers, and anniversary parties. You can take it further and go back into your childhood and use your favorite cereals, candies, cookies, or any other sweets you or your guest enjoyed. Imagine a cereal bar with a variety or your favorite cereals. I am thinking of a few I enjoyed as a child: Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Lucky Charms, Frankenberry, Frosted Flakes and Rice Krispies. Can you imagine. How about candies you enjoyed as a child like: Now & Laters, Boston Baked Beans, Lemon Heads, Laffy Taffy, Kits, Toosie Rolls, Vanilla Caramels. The sky is the limit. Be creative and have fun with it. Here are a few websites to will help you get started: http://www.balboacandy.com/cafr6070and8.html, http://www.candyfavorites.com/index.php, http://www.scoops-scoops.com/candy_for_candy_buffet.html
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Add a little glamour to your wedding by having Adesso Albums. You have to have a guest book anyway, so why not have pictures with a personalized message from your guests? You can have both photos and a guest book as a keepsake. Its also something fun for your guests. As your guest arrive their greeted by your host, instructed to sign the guest book/adesso and take a picture. http://www.adessoalbums.com/abc.html
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Congratulations! The love of your life has finally popped the big question and now you are not sure what to do. Today, a couple's decision to marry will be made together. Even though a man no longer needs to ask the father's permission to marry, he should have the courtesy to discuss the planned marriage with the family of the bride-to-be. The couple should then discuss their future plans together. The goom should discuss any potential problems he may face such as health concerns or obligations from a previous marriage. Whatever you do, make sure you inform your parents of the decision before spreading the news. Although there is no specific rule about how long a couple should be engaged, an ideal period is usually at least six months.