Wedding Décor

Natural Wedding Trends that Bring Nature and Romance Into Your Special Day

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 | Filed under: For the Bride, wedding ideas, wedding planning, wedding themes | author: By Keith Sly,    


We’ve certainly seen our fair share of bold colors and wedding elements derived from statement pieces and color blocking recently. And we anticipate seeing more influences from the neons (especially pinks and oranges) and fuchsias that are walking the runways. But for those with a more classic aesthetic, you’ll be reassured to know that we’ve also been noticing already this year–on the other side of the spectrum–softer wedding trends.  We expect wedding trends to drift even further in this direction. While over-the-top weddings will remain popular for sure, look for them to share the spotlight with more natural, less overstated affairs.

Though various nature-inspired wedding trends have popped up in previous years, following the ever-growing interest in eco-conscious weddings, today’s natural wedding trend is less focused on being “green” specifically and more attentive to highlighting softer, more classic, and less ornate wedding styling.

But what does this mean for the average bride? Read more…

Wedding Budget Tips for Flowers

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 | Filed under: dream wedding, wedding ceremony, Wedding Décor, wedding flowers, wedding planning | author: By Keith Sly,    
Wedding Budget TIps For Flowers

Wedding Flowers

If your dream wedding design features thousands of flowers, in full bloom and creating spectacular décor for your ceremony and reception, you can get an even more dramatic floral effect on a budget by following these top tips:

  • Always buy flowers that will be in-season at the time of your wedding. In-season flowers are more plentiful and therefore cost less.
  • Choose more locally-grown flowers. Your wedding floral designer can show you images of terrific, unique flowers and wildflowers grown native to our area, which will often cost a lot less than flowers that have to be imported from exotic areas.
  • Choose non-bridal flowers that may cost less. Some flowers are considered more ‘bridal’ than others – such as white roses, gardenias, calla lilies, stephanotis, and others – and at certain times of the year may cost more. Instead, look at unique flowers such as zinnia, ranunculus, and especially the top trend peony for beautiful effect on a budget.
  • Loosely-bunched wedding bouquets are in for a more romantic look, which means fewer flowers may be needed. Read more…

Top Wedding Trends: Reception Centerpieces

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, wedding flowers, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Keith Sly,    
Wedding Reception Centerpiece

Wedding Reception Centerpiece

The top floral designers create masterpieces for reception ballroom guest tables, and there’s a new wedding design trend calling for floral arrangements on additional tables, such as the place card table, the family wedding photo table, the gift table, entryway tables and in the restrooms. Wedding venues are being transformed into flower-filled dream settings for our New Jersey and New York City wedding couples, with the highest levels of artistry and design. Read more…

Top Lighting Effects

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By Keith Sly,    
Wedding Lighting

Wedding Lighting

The top trend in wedding venue lighting is colorful washes of hued light, perhaps a pink hue during daytime weddings, and a warmer blue or purple wash of color during the evening hours. The entertainers will light their stage with vibrantly-colored lighting and effects, and the dance floor is often lit with gobo lights in patterns that stay put more often than nightclub-style moving patterns that can dizzy some older guests. Read more…

Wedding Décor: Restroom Amenities Baskets

Monday, September 24th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, Wedding etiquette, wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By Keith Sly,    
Restroom Amenities Baskets

Restroom Amenities Baskets

Offering an attractive, well-stocked amenities basket in your wedding venue restrooms allows guests much-appreciated comforts during any type of wedding celebration. At any time during your reception, a guest might get a stain on his or her clothing, and be very relieved to find stain-remover packets in the ladies’ or men’s room. In the past, these comfort amenities baskets included just a half dozen basic products, and now the new wedding trend in amenities baskets is to fill them with dozens of different items, all arranged on an elegant platter, or in a wedding theme-matching basket, even a tiered display holder fronted with your wedding logo. Read more…

Wedding Décor Trend: Decorating With Signs

Saturday, August 18th, 2012 | Filed under: reception planning, wedding ceremony, Wedding Décor, wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By Keith Sly,    
Wedding Signs

Wedding Signs

Personalized weddings feature décor touches that bring the bride and groom’s personalities and the style of the wedding into your Big Day, so consider a new top wedding idea: decorating with signs. Here are some of the top ways that you can design and display signs all around your wedding location:

  • A large sign at the entrance to your wedding ceremony or reception ballroom can feature your custom monogram
  • A large sign at your entrance can feature not just your names, but a romantic quote you’ve chosen as an inspiration for your day
  • Signs can direct guests to your garden ceremony area, to your reception room, to your cocktail party or other areas
  • A sign can direct guests to your smoking section at the far end of your venue
  • Use framed signs on your guest book table, again featuring your monogram or a romantic quote
  • If you’re using an alternative to the guest book, such as cards on which guests write their wedding wishes, your sign instructs them as to how to use the cards Read more…

Guest Welcome Baskets

Thursday, August 9th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, earth friendly weddings, Eco weddings, gifts, Green weddings, Party Planning, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Keith Sly,    
Welcome Baskets

Welcome Baskets

When out-of-town guests arrive for your wedding weekend, welcome them with a wonderful basket of treats. Some of the top wedding trends for welcome baskets include:

  • Starting with a stylish gift bag, such as an eco-friendly tote with a print design, one that can be used again and again, instead of paper gift bags.
  • Provide several bottles of water, each encircled with your personalized wedding logo, as well as bottles of iced tea (one sweetened, one unsweetened,) or several sodas. A new wedding trend is choosing a retro soda, such as a root beer or ginger beer, orange soda or other unique taste.
  • Provide a bottle of wine, and have the hotel put wine glasses and a bottle opener in each guest’s room. Read more…

Second look for The Wedding Reception

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 | Filed under: Party Planning, reception planning, wedding ceremony, Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Décor, Wedding etiquette, wedding ideas, wedding photography, wedding planning | author: By Keith Sly,    
Gown and Accessory Trends

Gown and Accessory Trends

Inspired by celebrity wedding trends, today’s brides wear not one wedding dress, but two or more, changing from a ceremony dress into a chic, stylish dress for the reception. At our wedding venue, we’ve seen brides wear cultural wedding dresses for the ceremony, then change into either a traditional wedding dress or shorter, sleeker dress for the reception.

Here are some additional 2nd-Looks for your wedding reception, garden wedding, or cocktail party wedding:

  • Go romantic and lacy with your first wedding dress, then change into a sparkly dress suitable for the nighttime reception lighting.
  • Wear a sleek, fitted wedding dress for the ceremony, then change into a dress that’s easier to dance in for the reception.
  • Wear a traditional white wedding dress for the ceremony, then change into a colorful dress for the reception.
  • Wear a traditional wedding headpiece and veil for the ceremony, then remove it and change into a tiara or jeweled hairclips for the reception Read more…

Reception Décor: Menu Cards

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 | Filed under: Party Planning, reception planning, wedding ideas, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Keith Sly,    
Reception Décor

Reception Décor

Among the most popular wedding décor ideas is the menu card, which is printed up elegantly on thick card stock, designed in the wedding colors with beautiful fonts, and displayed near the wedding centerpiece. When guests arrive at their tables, they find this printed wedding menu card awaiting them, announcing and describing the courses on the way as part of the wedding meal.

 Many wedding coordinators say that couples order their menu cards at the same time as their wedding invitations are ordered, to create a unified print design that matches the menu card to all of the print items in the wedding couple’s collection. Other wedding coordinators say that couples like to print up their own menu cards as part of a wedding DIY project (DIY means ‘do-it-yourself.’) 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 Keith Sly,    
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

To make an appointment with a banquet manager, please contact us at 973-731-3100.