wedding party planning

Planning an LGBT Wedding

Friday, November 9th, 2018 | Filed under: LGBT Wedding, Same Sex Wedding, wedding party, Wedding Planners | author: By Keith Sly,    

Same-Sex-WeddingThe wedding industry overflows with traditions and roles specifically for brides and grooms. The bride walks down the aisle with her father while the groom waits patiently for her by the altar. The best man says a toast while the maid of honor always has bobby pins and lipstick prepared. But what if you have two brides? Or what about a wedding with two grooms? On a day that is already complex and hectic to plan, this situation brings a different set of complexities. But don’t worry!

The wedding planners at The Manor are here to help you prepare for your special day no matter whom you are marrying. Here are some tips for planning a stress-free Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) wedding.
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Photo Booth Trends and Tips for Weddings and Parties

Thursday, April 21st, 2016 | Filed under: Party Planning, Wedding Fun, wedding photo booth, wedding photography, wedding receptions | author: By Keith Sly,    

Photo Booth Trends
Wedding and party guests love discovering a photo booth at a celebration, since this creates such wonderful opportunities for fun and guest interaction, plus fabulous photos from your event. Photo booths themselves have been around for a long time, but as with most things in the entertaining sphere, they have evolved into far more festive appearances, and innovations in technology have also given them new life.

Here are the top new trends in photo booths for weddings and parties:
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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…

Reception Menu: Appetizer Trends

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, wedding ideas, wedding menu | author: By Keith Sly,    
Reception Menu

Reception Menu

Wedding guests may say they couldn’t eat another bite after all the fine cuisine at your wedding cocktail party, but your excellent wedding menu they discover on your menu cards when they take their seats in the reception ballroom always seems to get them hungry again.

After your first dance and the toasts, guests look forward to the first course coming their way. Among the top trends in wedding reception menus is unique appetizers chosen to complement the cocktail party menu you provided, and raise the bar in fine cuisine as the wedding reception begins.


Here are some of the top trends in wedding appetizers:

 A Sensational Salad: Outdated wedding budget advice has advised couples to eliminate the salad course, but we’ve found wedding menu trends to embrace the salad once again. Given the gourmet menu offerings in salads, it’s no wonder. Now, you’ll find burata and citrus salads mixed with baby arugula, fennel, watercress and frisee. Mixed lettuces are now paired with red and yellow beets, aged Vermont goat cheese, roasted pears, and spiced walnuts. Salads are now part of fine cuisine, and are welcomed by guests who wish to eat lighter, healthier fare as part of a vegetarian wedding menu selection or an organic wedding menu. Read more…

Cocktail Party Menu: Hot Buffet Station Trends

Saturday, July 14th, 2012 | Filed under: wedding ideas, wedding menu, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Keith Sly,    

As you read in our recent post, wedding cocktail party catering begins with the selections of fine cuisine at stations, and now it’s time to look at the top trends in hot buffet stations:

 Carving Station: Wedding menu trends offer twists on the usual wedding fare,  and today’s carving stations go beyond the usual prime rib and glazed ham. Now, you’ll find mouthwatering selections such as tequila lime marinated flank steak, roasted leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary, pork tenderloin with mushroom duxelle, New York Style pastrami or corned beef, roast turkey breast with cranberry orange compote, peppercorn crusted sushi grade ahi tuna, orange and rosemary scented whole roasted suckling pig, boneless rib eye of bison, and more. Our wedding chefs perfect the art of adding a gourmet element to the carving station, making this a top reception catering trend once more, even for budget wedding couples who are pleased to find they don’t have to cut out the carving station if they don’t wish to.

Pasta Station: Again, wedding cocktail party menu trends have given the pasta station a makeover. While you could go with plain pomodoro sauce or vodka sauce on your penne, here are some of the top trends in cocktail party buffet menus for your pasta station: gemelli pasta with broccoli rabe, wild mushroom and shaved parmesan risotto, Louisiana crawfish risotto, spinach agnolotti with artichoke and marscapone cheese and garlic cream, campanelle with saffron cauliflower, crab meat and roasted yellow tomatoes and seafood nage. Read more…

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