Friday, August 22nd, 2014 | Filed under: First Dance Song, wedding songs | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor
Thursday, August 14th, 2014 | Filed under: reception planning, wedding photography | author: By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Chateau
No dance will ever be as special or as important to your love story as the song you choose for your First Dance at your wedding. It’s sure to be meaningful, perhaps the first song you ever slow-danced to together during your earliest dating days, and the lyrics share with your wedding guests a very special message about what makes your love so strong.
Each year, wedding entertainers blog about the most popular wedding songs for the current year, and when you see those lists, you may be inspired to choose from among them…or, you might be an independent, alternative wedding couple who likes to depart from any ‘most popular’ list to choose a completely unexpected and original song for your First Dance. Read more…
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 | Filed under: dream wedding, Wedding Venues | author: By Mary McGill, Banquet Manager, Ram’s Head Inn
One area where wedding décor has evolved into an even more personalized and creative feature is the table of family photos. In years past, wedding couples set framed photos from their parents, grandparents’ and siblings’ weddings, as a tribute to the inspiring married couples in their lives, perhaps a tradition of long-lasting unions that warms the heart of all wedding guests and means so much to the family members shown in the photos.
Now, the family photos table might not have wedding photos at all. The couple may decide to skip those wedding portraits, especially if one or both sets of parents, or several siblings, are divorced or widowed. If it hasn’t been too long since your parents’ divorce, for instance, your mother might be saddened to see every other relative’s wedding day portraits and she doesn’t have a presence on the photo table at all. Read more…
Friday, August 1st, 2014 | Filed under: Cutting the Cake, Wedding Cakes | author: By Chef Robert Albers, Executive Chef, Pleasantdale Chateau
When searching for your perfect wedding venue from among the top wedding venues in New Jersey, you likely have a wishlist of the features that your wedding location will offer, perhaps a wedding garden, a pond, fountains, only hosting one wedding at a time. But there is another category that’s become a big trend among New Jersey wedding couples: architecture.
Having seen breathtaking wedding photos on Pinterest and on the top wedding blogs, wedding couples want to have those same images of themselves standing in front of a dramatic floor-to-ceiling window, and they want the same manor or castle feel on their wedding day. So they’re looking at wedding venues that are sights to behold, with architectural details that resemble a royal wedding setting. Read more…
Thursday, July 24th, 2014 | Filed under: reception planning, Wedding Dinner | author: By Chef Robert Albers, Executive Chef, Pleasantdale Chateau
You may know the top wedding cake trends of 2014 related to how the cake looks – ruffled frosting layers, naked wedding cakes, all-white cakes – but do you know the top wedding cake flavors for 2014 and 2015?
A wedding cake has to taste wonderful, as well as being beautiful to look at, and wedding guests have very high standards for wedding cake flavors. They love the classics (a top-quality, moist vanilla cake with not-too-sweet vanilla buttercream, for instance,) but they also love to be surprised by exotic flavors and culinary combinations.
Cake bakers shop at farmer’s markets to acquire the freshest berries and other fruits for their creations, knowing that the all-important cake flavor is what makes or breaks the perfect wedding cake. Read more…
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 | Filed under: wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By Christopher Gellings, Banquet Manager, Highlawn Pavilion
The best New Jersey weddings end with spectacular desserts. Guests have feasted on your sumptuous wedding menu throughout the event, but they always make room for desserts, especially with the new top trends in wedding cuisine offering so many tasty options. In fact, some couples love the idea of dessert variety so much that they may skip the grand wedding cake and just offer a dessert buffet or Viennese table covered with sweet indulges that make their wedding unforgettable. Read more…
Friday, July 11th, 2014 | Filed under: Wedding Fun, Wedding Trends | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor
The best weddings include many personalized touches that share not only the wedding couple’s personalities and favorite things, but also meaningful elements that pay tribute to the couple’s parents and families, beloved relatives and their love stories, the couple’s cultures and religions, and the depth and beauty of love and partnership overall. The wedding trend site TheWedingReport.com says that 66% of wedding couples say that their top wish is to have a Meaningful wedding, and here are some of the top ways that you can fill your wedding day, and your wedding venue, with extra-special meaningful elements:
- Choose a wedding venue that’s special to you, or to your family. It’s a top trend to choose a wedding location that plays a part in your love story – perhaps you got engaged at the venue’s restaurant, or perhaps you met at a friend’s wedding at that same wedding venue. There’s no longer an unspoken rule that you have to be First to marry in a particular wedding venue, but you certainly could be! Your wedding décor and perhaps time of day can make that top wedding venue look entirely different from past weddings you’ve attended there, and you get the advantage of having experienced a wedding at that wedding ballroom or in those same wedding gardens, so you know the quality of service and the location well.
Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 | Filed under: Garden Wedding, Outdoor Wedding | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor
Wedding couples say that their top wedding priorities include a particular trend: they want their wedding to be fun. For themselves and for their guests. (According to the wedding industry survey site, TheWeddingReport.com, 68% of wedding couples say they want their wedding to be ‘Fun’, a greater number than couples who wish for their wedding to be ‘meaningful’ as their top wish! So Fun is definitely a popular wedding trend.)
At the top wedding venues in New Jersey, couples plan unforgettable weddings, tying the Knot in style and elegance, with a big dose of Fun added to their wedding day details. They want joyous, laughing, smiling guests who are happy they traveled to attend the nuptials. They want to show their friends and family a terrific time, and they want photos and video to capture all the action and joy of everyone in the room, from the youngest guests to the oldest. Among the top trends in upping the ‘Fun’ quotient at your wedding are the following: Read more…
Friday, June 27th, 2014 | Filed under: dream wedding, wedding dinner party, wedding menu | author: By Mary McGill, Banquet Manager, Ram’s Head Inn
Garden weddings bring the beauty of a wedding out into the beauty of nature, and the best garden wedding venues in New Jersey offer flawlessly manicured grounds, gardens bursting with floral colors, majestic trees and the added beauty of fountains and footpaths welcoming you and your wedding guests into a breathtaking wedding setting for your Big Day.
For many wedding couples, it’s a dream come true to marry outdoors, warmed by the sun, surrounded by nature’s loveliest creations, and your garden wedding venue improves upon nature’s bounty with spectacular architecture in the buildings beyond the gardens. Read more…
Thursday, June 19th, 2014 | Filed under: wedding dress, Wedding Trends | author: By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Chateau
Brides and grooms put a very high priority on their wedding menus, wanting their guests to enjoy delicious foods in a great variety, but they also want their wedding menus to be personalized, themed, and, especially, fun.
The top trends in wedding menus at the top wedding venues in New Jersey include:
- Interactive stations. Delectable gourmet foods become even more exciting to wedding guests when a chef or server stands behind the station, preparing foods to order or serving guests’ choices of plated hot or cold hors d’oeuvres. Guests who consider themselves to be foodies, or who are fans of shows like Top Chef, find it very enticing to watch the chef in action, putting on a show, and making their food choices an experience.
Wedding dress trends for fall and winter 2014 include some of the prettiest, most romantic wedding dress elements ever, with top wedding gown designers creating dream dresses featuring the following:
- Vintage wedding dress styles. Think opulent gown styles inspired by Downton Abbey and The Great Gatsby, long, flowing dresses with intricate beading and lots of sparkle. When your wedding takes place in a manor, a vintage-style wedding dress fits your wedding setting perfectly.