10 Trends for Winter Weddings

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 | Filed under: wedding receptions, Wedding Trends, Wedding Venues | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor   

10 Trends for Winter WeddingsNorthern New Jersey wedding venues are quite fortunate to take place in our region that more often has pretty winter days, rather than oppressive winter storms. When the snow falls, our New Jersey scenery gets a blanket of pristine white snow, pretty icicles in the trees, a clear blue sky, and temperatures that still allow for wedding photos to be taken outside on a sunny afternoon. With such pretty winter scenery surrounding our wedding venues, it’s no wonder that winter weddings are a popular NJ wedding trend now. Read more…

What to Let Guests Know About Your Wedding Venue

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 | Filed under: Wedding Favors, wedding ideas, wedding themes | author: By Mary McGill, Banquet Manager, Ram’s Head Inn   

What to Let Guests Know About Your Wedding VenueThe more your wedding guests know ahead of time about your NJ wedding venue, the better they’ll be able to enjoy your big day. You already know to include your wedding venue’s URL on your personal wedding website, so that guests can easily get to your wedding site, and on that same page, it’s wise to provide some additional information about your venue, as well as about what your wedding will be like at that location. Read more…

15 Ways to Make the Most of Your Wedding Venue’s Grounds

Monday, February 9th, 2015 | Filed under: wedding ideas, wedding planning, Wedding Venues | author: By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Chateau   

15 Ways to Make the Most of Your Wedding Venue’s Grounds 15 Ways to Make the Most of Your Wedding Venue’s GroundsThe best wedding venues in New Jersey feature beautiful outdoor spaces like wedding gardens in full bloom and stately fountains, as well as an elegant ballroom and refined gathering spaces. You’ll surely want to make the most of everything your wedding venue has to offer, so we suggest planning to experience and capture your wedding venue’s grounds in the following ways for your New Jersey wedding: Read more…

Is it Smart To Use Your Wedding Venue for More Than Just Your Wedding Ceremony and Wedding Reception?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 | Filed under: wedding planning, Wedding Trends, Wedding Venues | author: By Lars Johnson,    

Is it Smart To Use Your Wedding Venue for MoreEvery couple inviting their guests to a New Jersey wedding wants to create additional wedding dinners and parties that treat their wedding guests to the best dining in New Jersey, since we’re known for our fine cuisine, in stunning event venues that set the stage for an enjoyable and unforgettable event during the wedding weekend. So for your welcome cocktail party, rehearsal dinner, wedding after-party and even your morning-after breakfast, your wedding venue can be the perfect place for all of those celebrations. Read more…

Should We Use our Wedding Venue’s Recommended Photographer?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 | Filed under: wedding photography, wedding planning, wedding receptions, Wedding Trends | author: By Kurt Knowles, Director of Corporate Affairs   

Should We Use our Wedding Venue’s Recommended PhotographerThe best wedding venues know the reputations of the top wedding photographers in New Jersey, wedding professionals who have impressed us with their photography styles, talents and professionalism, and in an effort to help our NJ wedding couples plan the perfect wedding day, we offer a list of recommended wedding professionals for our couples to consider. With so many wedding photographers in New Jersey, it’s important to choose a photographer who has a sterling reputation, years of experience, professional association membership and training, and many happy NJ wedding couples pleased with their work. Read more…

The Top Trends in Wedding Cocktail Hour Menus

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 | Filed under: Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Trends | author: By Christopher Gellings, Banquet Manager, Highlawn Pavilion   

The Top Trends in Wedding Cocktail Hour MenusNew Jersey wedding couples have phenomenal taste in food, having experienced the best restaurants in New Jersey and top restaurants in New York City, among other culinary experiences around the world. This foodie lifestyle leads wedding couples to focus in on their wedding catering, working with their NJ wedding venue’s chefs to create a custom wedding menu that thrills every guest. Read more…

The Top Bar Mitzvah Themes for 2015

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 | Filed under: coming of age party, Party Planning | author: By Chef Robert Albers, Executive Chef, Pleasantdale Chateau   

The Top Bar Mitzvah Themes for 2015Ironman, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk – these Marvel Avengers are showing up in one of the top bar mitzvah themes for 2015. And we’re impressed at how the event planner and creative team put together a superhero themed party without it looking like a child’s party. Decorations are clever, using prop styles from the Avengers movie or other superhero movies, the menus for adults and kids stand out in their creativity (and in our best catering style and taste,) signature drinks tie into the movie’s theme, and a costumed supervillain might just make an appearance to do battle with the bar mitzvah boy or with ‘Thor.’ Since adults and kids alike are comic book and superhero movie fans, this is one bar mitzvah theme that is a big hit with guests, and captures an interest that the bar mitzvah boy will have for a long time.

Interestingly, we’re seeing at our northern New Jersey event venue a return to a love for comic books in today’s bar mitzvah planners. Since comic books are so popular, with their bright, primary colors, the message bubbles like ‘Zap!’ ‘Kapow!’ and ‘Ooof’ that make great signs for a bar mitzvah photo booth, they’re now one of the most popular bar mitzvah themes, with oversized comic books in the centers of guest tables, bar mitzvah menu items themed to the comic book hero or story arc, desserts designed with comic book hero logos, and even video of classic comic book character TV shows playing in the bar mitzvah teen lounge with its flat-screen TVs and separate kids’ snack menu for the later hours of the bar mitzvah.

Other top bar mitzvah themes that we’ve seen in our New Jersey event venue:

  • Fantasy. Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit lead the list of top bar mitzvah themes inspired by fantasy books and movies. Party servers may wear elf costumes ala Legolas, found easily at Halloween stores in New Jersey, and décor may include plenty of faux boulders and other mountain journey props that can transform a corner of the ballroom as a new trendy open air photo booth.  Star Wars is also going to be a big bar mitzvah theme, with the new movie on the way, and guests young and old captivated by the Star Wars saga and characters.
  • Video games. Of course, video game-themed bar mitzvahs need to be based on a game that’s not too violent, suitable for guests of all ages, but there’s a lot of creativity going into video game-themed parties, from the décor to themed bar mitzvah menus to what goes on the dessert bar for teens, to video game-themed party favors.
  • Sports. Of course, our northern New Jersey bar mitzvah themes trend heavily toward the New York Giants, New York Jets, New York Yankees, New York Jets, Rangers and Devils, as well as other teams the bar mitzvah boy may have loved since birth, practically, a great interest for him and perhaps your family is also passionate about your favorite team. In addition to the logo-themed décor and colors of our local New Jersey/New York sports teams, we’re also seeing the bright yellow of the Los Angeles Lakers, the purple of the Minnesota Vikings, and other teams from around the country. And to expand from the expected team logos in décor, the top NJ bar mitzvah planners are incorporating the region of the sports team in question, such as a Texas barbecue menu for a Dallas Cowboys themed party.
  • Western/Ranch. A bar mitzvah boy who loves Big Sky Country may choose a ranch-themed party. With so many décor possibilities to transform a New Jersey event venue into a five-star western resort – like wooden fences, roping stations, saddles and cowboy boots for décor – as well as crowd-pleasing ranch-style menu items like barbecued ribs, a pig roast, sliders, ranch-style vegetables prepared by some of the top chefs in New Jersey, and for the adults a cowboy-style whiskey bar – everything about a ranch-themed bar mitzvah offers unique party style and tastes to this celebration. Western style dancers and lasso artists can be hired to perform at this party, raising the ‘bar’ to a new level of unforgettable bar mitzvah theming.
  • The Walking Dead. Bar mitzvah guests have so much fun with a Walking Dead –themed party, even if they don’t watch the show. Guests may be invited to come dressed as a ‘walker,’ or the party may feature a special staging room where guests can have their makeup done to zombie appeal, then stop in the photo booth for a gruesome group photo. Event venue chefs have terrific ideas for creating the perfect menu for a Walking Dead-themed party, and you’ll also find plenty of Waking Dead merchandise to use within your décor or give out as a party favors.
  • Space. With great stellar backdrops and illuminated ‘planets’ and ‘stars’ hanging from the event venue’s ceiling, plus neon-colored drinks from a cantina on another planet and ‘astronaut food’ added to the candy buffet, this bar mitzvah theme shares the bar mitzvah boy’s fascination with the universe, and can share some fun FYIs – such as planet factoids shared on signs at the different themed food stations creatively paired to stars and planets. And since stargazing is such a big part of space fascination, we suggest setting up a telescope or two on our grounds, with a tip to use a free starfinder app, so that guests can view the heavens on a clear night.

The Top Bat Mitzvah Themes for 2015

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 | Filed under: Bat Mitzvah, coming of age party, Party Planning | author: By Andrew Kronengold,    

The Top Bat Mitzvah Themes for 2015Our venue has been home to some of the most lavish bat mitzvahs in New Jersey, each filled with sensational décor, a sumptuous menu, exciting entertainment, and of course a bat mitzvah theme that guests young and old enjoy to the fullest. At such a momentous occasion as a girl’s bat mitzvah, every detail has to be perfect, all stemming from the theme the bat mitzvah girl selects. Read more…

What is a Quincenera?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 | Filed under: Guest Books, Quincenera Planning, Quincenera Themes | author: By Christopher Gellings, Banquet Manager, Highlawn Pavilion   

What is a QuinceneraQuinceañerais a Spanish word that has two meanings: It refers to a girl who is 15 years old, and it’s the word for the coming-of-age celebration for when a girl turns 15 years old.

Historically, quincenera has a many centuries-ago origin when both boys and girls celebrated rites of passage, and young girls were prepared to enter womanhood by learning from the elder women in the community lessons about their future roles as members of the family and of the community. Later, missionaries transformed the ritual into a personal affirmation of faith, and a pledge to become good Christian wives and mothers. Then a church celebration comes next because it is an important part of the ritual. Read more…

How and When to Follow Up With Wedding Guests Who Have Not RSVP’d

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 | Filed under: Wedding etiquette, Wedding guests, Wedding Invitations, wedding planning | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor   

How and When to Follow Up With Wedding Guests Who Have Not RSVPdWhen your wedding invitation RSVP date rolls around, hopefully you will have received all of your guest responses and can then submit your official guest count to your wedding venue. However, it’s most often the case that wedding couples are left waiting for a handful of non-responders’ answers, which can be very frustrating. You might think, “They received their invitations weeks ago! How could they not respond?” Read more…

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