Advantages of Evening Weddings

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 | Filed under: dream wedding, reception planning, Wedding Dinner, wedding receptions | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor   

When you first start looking for the best wedding venue in NJ, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is: ‘will you have a daytime or evening wedding?’ In addition to availabilities and price, there are important factors regarding the look and feel of your wedding to consider:

To help you make your decision, we share some of the top advantages of evening weddings: Read more…

Special Wedding Décor Trends 2014

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, dream wedding, Green weddings, Wedding Trends | author: By Christopher Gellings, Banquet Manager, Highlawn Pavilion   

Each wedding season, the bridal industry shows off the newest trends in wedding décor, and at our top wedding venues in New Jersey, we see them all shown off in splendor. Brides look to celebrity weddings, the top bridal magazines, wedding blogs and top wedding pins on Pinterest for inspiration, and the best wedding designers in NJ bring the latest décor trends to life. Read more…

Top Trends in Wedding Shoes for 2014

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 | Filed under: For the Bride, Wedding Fashions, Wedding Shoes | author: By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Chateau   

At our northern New Jersey location, with such close proximity to New York Fashion Week and the epicenter of fashion trends, as well as to shopping meccas like the Short Hills Mall, our brides have their fingers on the pulse of the latest trends in bridal fashion. And one of those trends is for the bride to wear sensational shoes on her wedding day. Designer shoes are in demand, with Jimmy Choo and Christian Laboutin shoes leading the trend.

The bride’s wedding shoes are of such great importance that some brides are choosing their wedding dress style for its ability to show off their shoes. For instance, the big trend of short wedding dresses shows off the bride’s shoes, and there are even wedding dresses that are knee-length in front, draping gracefully to full length in the back to frame the bride’s choice of dazzling shoes.

Gorgeous wedding shoes are such a valued part of the bride’s wedding day look that professional wedding photographers are taking the same kinds of close-up spotlight photos of the shoes that they do of the wedding rings. Read more…

Wedding Etiquette: When to Send out Save the Date Cards

Friday, March 14th, 2014 | Filed under: Party Planning, Wedding etiquette, Wedding Invitations | author: By Mary McGill, Banquet Manager, Ram’s Head Inn   

Save the Date Cards arrive in the mail, letting invited guests know when and where your wedding will take place, so that they have plenty of time to make their travel and lodging arrangements and be present for your wedding day. It’s become a new Must in wedding planning to send Save the Date cards or magnets, and many couples in northern New Jersey and in New York City are among those across the country investing a tremendous amount of thought, time and money in their Save the Dates, to make a grand first impression and set the tone for the wedding to come.

No matter if you’ll order Save the Date cards online or order custom Save the Date cards, you’ll need to know the answer to this top wedding planning question: when should we send out our save-the-dates? Read more…

2014 Trends in Wedding Cake Toppers

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 | Filed under: Cutting the Cake, Style Alert | author: By Chef Robert Albers, Executive Chef, Pleasantdale Chateau   

Wedding cake toppers have turned into a great way for brides and grooms to personalize their wedding cake, and the current trends in wedding cake toppers give wedding couples very creative options for topping their gorgeous wedding cakes elegantly…or amusingly.

Here are the top trends in wedding cake toppers 2014:

  • Words. The cake topper is a sign, in wooden, metal, acrylic or other material letters, saying “Mr. & Mrs,” “We Do,” “Blessed,” and a top design shown on Pinterest wedding pins: “Best Day Ever.” In a separate style of cake topper, Words are displayed on paper flags stuck into the top cake layer.

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When to Cut the Wedding Cake During Your Reception

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 | Filed under: Cutting the Cake, reception planning, wedding ceremony | author: By Rschick, Private Dining Manager, The Manor   

For many years, weddings held in the top event venues stuck to a well-worn timeline, including the plan to stop the dancing music abruptly when it was time to wheel out the wedding cake. Guests cleared the dance floor and encircled the bride and groom for the cake-cutting ritual, and after the wedding couple exchanged bites of cake – or smashed cake in each other’s faces – the deejay or wedding band began the music again, hoping to regain and surpass the Fun Factor momentum he or she had built at the reception. The interruption in the dancing hours of the night very often brought the celebration to a screeching halt, the energy level plummeted, the dance floor never filled back up again, and guests began departing early…thinking that cutting the cake was a signal saying ‘this party is over.’ Read more…

Most Popular Wedding Songs for the Mother-Son Dance

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 | Filed under: Mother-Son Wedding Dance, wedding music, wedding songs | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor   

During the spotlight dances in the wedding ballroom, the Mother-Son dance is a special moment, as their choice of perfect Mother-Son dance song plays.

Here are some of the most popular Mother-Son Dance Songs 2014 from many of the best-songs lists and top NJ entertainers’ playlists: Read more…

Most Popular Wedding Songs for The Father-Daughter Dance

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 | Filed under: Father/Daughter Dance, wedding ceremony, wedding songs | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor   

The father-daughter dance at a wedding is one of the most sentimental moments of the event, filling the best wedding venues with emotion and smiles (and perhaps some tears) when this spotlight dance pays tribute to the lifetime of love between the bride and her father or stepfather. Their wonderful relationship is honored with a few turns on the dance floor and the spotlight on them, as they dance to the perfect song.

Here are some of the songs that appear on many ‘best songs for the Father Daughter Dance’ lists:

  • “The Way You Look Tonight,” by Frank Sinatra (A version of this song was playing in the Steve Martin remake of ‘Father of the Bride’ as he gazed across the tent as his daughter, new bride Annie. Brides fell in love with that wedding music moment.)

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The Top New Wedding Favor Trend for 2014

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 | Filed under: Wedding etiquette, Wedding Favors, Wedding Trends | author: By Mary McGill, Banquet Manager, Ram’s Head Inn   

When you’re looking at the top new wedding favors on bridal websites, trying to decide between the same-old tiny photo frames (that you’ve seen at so many other weddings) and yet another wine bottle stopper (that your guests have seen in NJ gift shops and at Williams Sonoma) consider taking a different direction and following the biggest trend in wedding favors 2014: edible wedding favors. Read more…

New Trends in Wedding Dresses 2014

Friday, January 31st, 2014 | Filed under: wedding dress, wedding themes | author: By admin,    

New Trends in Wedding DressesThe new trends in wedding dresses for 2014 are described as being timeless, classic, elegant, and romantic. At our NJ wedding venue, we see so many brides arrive looking like they just stepped out of a bridal magazine’s photo shoot, or right out of Downton Abbey. Each bride is a vision, wearing the top 2014 wedding gown trends beautifully. Here are some of the leading trends to keep in mind as you search for your perfect wedding gown:

  • Lace wedding dresses. Inspired by Kate Middleton (now the Duchess of Cambridge), at her royal wedding, brides love the look of a full lace dress with a high lace neck and long or three-quarter lace sleeves to make the most of this timeless and elegant wedding dress trend. Brides at our wedding venue in New Jersey often arrive wearing gowns with an heirloom lace feel, or modern lace designs that the top bridal fashion designers are using in their 2014 wedding gown collections.

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