wedding planning

To Have an Open Bar or Cash Bar For Your Wedding

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 | Filed under: Wedding Drinks, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Keith Sly,    

Open vs Cash BarIts time to raise a glass to bride and groom’s happiness! But wait, how are the guests going to end up with that drink? This is one of the many questions that lead to the inevitable discussion between you and your betrothed: open bar or cash bar? While your guests will love the open bar, you will likely be looking for a place to make budget cuts, and that’s where the cash bar comes in. Read on further for the merits of both a cash bar and an open bar, so you can decide which is right for your wedding.
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Best-Of Our Wedding Rehearsal Tips

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 | Filed under: Best Of, wedding planning, Wedding Rehearsal, Wedding Rehearsals | author: By Paul Keenan,    

Best-Of Our Wedding Rehearsal TipsYou’ll gather your bridal party members, officiant, and other important participants in your wedding ceremony for your rehearsal, which is usually held the day or night before the wedding, giving everyone the chance to walk through all of the steps of the ceremony so that everyone is familiar and comfortable with the proceedings during the actual ceremony. Your wedding coordinator may lead the lessons, or you may ask a trusted friend or relative to assist, for a few run-throughs. If you have any questions about who should attend the rehearsal, and especially how to help child bridal party members learn their roles, we’ve collected some of our Best-Of blog posts about what goes on at the rehearsal and how to manage yours the best ways possible:

Wedding Rehearsal

What is a Wedding Rehearsal?

Wedding Rehearsal Planning provides start-to-finish guidance on planning your wedding rehearsal, including who gets invited to the rehearsal, who runs the wedding rehearsal, and how a rehearsal is organized so that you and everyone in your wedding party is comfortable with each step of your ceremony.

How to Plan The Best Guest List

Who Attends the Wedding Rehearsal? We help answer this important question with guidelines on who is the best to invite to your rehearsal, from bridal party members to the people who will do readings during your ceremony, and especially child bridal party members and their parents, who can help motivate the little ones to listen and practice their steps and the tossing of flower petals.

How to Best Guide The Kids

Kids at the Wedding Rehearsal helps you guide the littlest members of your bridal party with their roles, and we also provide some smart tips to help prevent tantrums (note: make sure their outfits and hair décor are comfy!) We help the smallest stars of your bridal party shine on the big day.

Make it the Best it Can Be

Requesting Changes at the Wedding Rehearsal The practice run-though of your wedding ceremony is important also to bring to your attention any detail that needs changing, such as how to pair up your bridal party members, how to group odd numbers of bridal party members, timing the ceremony steps, and positioning where people will stand. You may think you know exactly how your ceremony will go, but in this rehearsal, you and your wedding planner or wedding venue site manager can spot essential changes to be made for the betterment of your perfect wedding ceremony.

Best-Of Our Wedding Budget Tips

Monday, June 11th, 2018 | Filed under: Best Of, Wedding Budget, Wedding Budget Mistakes, Wedding Décor, wedding flowers, Wedding Invitations, wedding planning | author: By Rolf Shick,    

Best-Of Our Wedding Budget TipsNo matter what your wedding budget, you’re likely interested in getting the best wedding for your money, using your wedding funds wisely to bring each of your wedding wishes to life for your ultimate dream wedding experience. We’ve worked with NJ wedding couples on every type of budget you can imagine, and we’re always impressed when our couples and their NJ wedding coordinators make magic from the wedding budget in so many areas of the plans. The best wedding budget-saving tips help you create the details you’ve always wished for, without any savings showing. Your guests will never be able to tell that a particular wedding menu decision, or wedding décor choice, was made with savings in mind. The grand effect of your big day is one of opulence and the best wedding catering in NJ, a fine dining experience for all of your guests in a beautifully-designed ballroom or wedding gardens, with the best champagne flowing, and elegance in every detail.

We invite you to check out our top-viewed, Best-Of wedding blog posts on the following wedding budget topics:
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Skin Care Steps For Perfect Wedding Day Skin

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 | Filed under: Wedding Day, wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By Keith Sly,    

Skin Care Tips For Brides
With months of wedding planning the décor, cuisine, and floral arrangements, if you are a bride-to-be, you may be neglecting the importance of self-preservation, moreover, taking care of your skin for the big day. Most brides do not wake up the morning of their wedding with radiant and glowing skin. Instead, the secret lies in the preparation leading up to your nuptials. The wedding planners at The Manor share the following skin care tips for every bride-to-be to ensure you look your absolute best for the big day.

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Wedding Trend: Not Having A Bridal Party

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 | Filed under: Bridal party, wedding planning, Wedding Trends | author: By Keith Sly,    

Traditionally, couples consider bridal parties a necessity for their wedding. Whether for legitimate or more superstitious reasons, the bridal party became interlinked with most ceremonies for centuries. Bridal parties started because weddings required witnesses to make a marriage official but the necessity of a wedding party extended into folklore as well. Bridesmaids also wore white to “trick” the evil spirits away from the bride-to-be, warding off any bad luck that could potentially enter the bride’s life.
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Including Tweens In Your Wedding Party

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 | Filed under: Bridesmaids, wedding ideas, wedding party, wedding planning | author: By Keith Sly,    

Tweens In Your Wedding Having young teenagers (or tweens) in your wedding is very exciting for the junior members, but can become challenging for brides and grooms alike. It can be particularly difficult to exclude eleven through sixteen-year-old if they are close family members or the child of an important friend. Certain couples may feel tweens may lack the maturity necessary to fulfill the role of the bridal party, but that children are too old to be a traditional ring bearer or flower girl.

Wedding planners at The Manor can include youngsters into your wedding to make for the most memorable, enthusiastic and energized attendees. By entrusting preteens with unique roles, couples give them a chance to help you shine in the center spotlight.
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How To Plan A Winter Wedding

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 | Filed under: Seasonal Wedding, Wedding Date, wedding planning, winter weddings | author: By Keith Sly,    

Winter WeddingsTemperatures are dropping, snow is falling, and your wedding day is steadily approaching. The magic, beauty, and stillness of the season make winter an ideal time to marry. With a backdrop of glistening icicles, a snow-kissed bride, and the warm glow of your devoted lover to keep you warm, the wedding planners at The Manor can help create a romantic and sentimental winter wedding. Couples, use this guide to bring your dream winter wedding to life.
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Best of 2017 Wedding Tips

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 | Filed under: Seasonal Wedding, wedding ideas, Wedding Planners, wedding planning, Wedding Trends, Wedding Trends 2017 | author: By Keith Sly,    

Knowles-2017 Wedding TipsAs the days wind down in 2017 and we approach 2018, The Manor reflects on all the happy newlyweds who tied the knot in 2017, and excited couples who plan to wed at The Manor in 2018. In 2017, our wedding planner delivered our readers popular trends and new takes on old traditions for you to enjoy.
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How To Choose Your Wedding Venue

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 | Filed under: Wedding guests, wedding planning, Wedding Venues | author: By Keith Sly,    

Wedding VenueWhere you choose to hold your wedding ceremony and reception helps set the tone for your big day. Whether you dream of a beach wedding, a comfortable vineyard, or an elegant ballroom, the experts at The Manor want to share important factors to consider when selecting the perfect venue to celebrate your marriage.
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How To Set The Date Of Your Wedding

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 | Filed under: Holiday Wedding, Wedding Date, wedding ideas, Wedding Invitations, Wedding Planners, wedding planning | author: By Keith Sly,    


After the blissful excitement of getting engaged, not too soon after will friends and family begin to ask, “When’s the wedding?” With the national average engagement lasting about 15 months, selecting the date of your wedding can be stressful. Before you mail out your save-the-dates, the wedding planners at The Manor share important factors to consider in this step-by-step guide to selecting the date of your wedding.
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