10 Questions to Ask at your Wedding Menu Tasting

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 | Filed under: wedding planning, wedding receptions, Wedding Venues | author: By Andrew Kronengold,    

10 Questions to Ask at your Wedding Menu TastingWhen you meet with your wedding venue’s chef to create your sumptuous wedding menu, you get the advantage of the chef’s many years of culinary expertise, plus your wedding chef’s best advice on how to please all of your wedding guests with a cocktail party menu and reception dinner menu featuring the best foods of the season, and the top trends in wedding catering. Read more…

Wedding Entertainment Trends for 2016

Monday, November 2nd, 2015 | Filed under: First Dance Song, Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Entertainment, wedding music, wedding planning, Wedding Trends, Wedding Trends 2016 | author: By admin,    

Wedding Entertainment
From live musicians performing at the wedding ceremony, setting a tone of formality and celebrating the heart of the wedding day itself, to a spectacular-talented live band or deejay filling the dance floor at the reception, your wedding entertainment is an essential part of your wedding planning, so we’ve collected some of the top trends in wedding entertainment for 2016: Read more…

Wedding Seating Chart Trends

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 | Filed under: Wedding guests, wedding planning, wedding receptions, Wedding Seating Chart | author: By admin,    

Trends for your Wedding Seating Chart
Wedding couples often struggle to create their reception seating chart. Many wedding surveys report that this is one of the most stressful wedding planning tasks, since so many people’s feelings and requests have to be taken into account, other people’s relationships factor into your big day (such as seating exes far apart,) and making sure that divorced parents are seated comfortably if one or both take a date to your wedding. The ‘family issues’ and diplomacy angle of creating a seating chart also joins up with the desire to make sure that groups of friends and family members can sit together and enjoy themselves more.

The question of ‘how do I make a wedding seating chart?’ gets solved much more easily due to the trend of planning your ballroom layout with different sizes of tables, such as some 14-seaters and some 8-seaters. There’s no rule saying that all of your guest tables have to be the same size, and in fact, it’s far more on-trend to have different sizes, shapes and even heights of guest tables at a wedding. Read more…

What are the Most Popular Entertainment Ideas for Corporate Holiday Parties?

Thursday, October 15th, 2015 | Filed under: Corporate Events, Corporate Holiday Party, Party Entertainment, Party Planning | author: By admin,    

Entertainment Ideas for Corporate Holiday Parties
Northern New Jersey is home to many Fortune 500 companies and large corporations with big budgets for their holiday parties, and we’re seeing smaller companies whose budgets may not be exorbitant wanting to treat their employees to the best holiday party possible. In addition to a fabulous menu that guests will enjoy at one of the best event venues in NJ, a standout corporate holiday party also features excellent entertainment to make the party festive, high-energy and enjoyable for all age groups.

Here are some of the most popular entertainment ideas for corporate holiday parties:
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What are the Most Popular Menu Ideas for Corporate Holiday Parties?

Thursday, October 8th, 2015 | Filed under: Corporate Events, Corporate Holiday Party, Party Planning, Popular Menu Ideas | author: By admin,    

Most Popular Menu Ideas for Corporate Holiday Parties
If your corporate group has always planned the same holiday party year after year, with the same menu year after year, it’s time to make a change. The best holiday gift you can give to your company’s employees and guests is a fresh, new holiday party with a showstopping new menu. Think about what your group has always served – perhaps lemon chicken, baked ziti, eggplant rollatini, and other top NJ catering staples. Then talk to your event venue’s chef to dream up an entirely new menu that may still fit within your holiday party budget. Top venue chefs can work magic with a chicken dish, and present you with options to serve pleasing seafood dishes, garden-fresh options, and new twists on the usual chicken, beef, pork and lamb dishes.

Some of the most popular menu ideas for corporate holiday parties that we’ve planned in our venues include: Read more…

What are the Top Fall Wedding Ideas for 2016?

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 | Filed under: Fall weddings, Outdoor Wedding, wedding ideas, Wedding Trends | author: By admin,    

Fall Wedding Ideas for 2016
Fall weddings have grown in popularity for NJ wedding couples, since the weather is so comfortable in our region, the fall foliage so beautiful (especially at outdoor wedding venues and on the grounds of scenic wedding venues,) and fall wedding trends including gorgeous décor and food inspirations.

According to the wedding industry survey site The Wedding Report, the most popular months for weddings in New Jersey include September at 14.0%, October at 13% and November at 8%. If that doesn’t sound overly impressive, keep in mind that April weddings in New Jersey are at 7%, May weddings are at 12% and June weddings are at 13% — which makes October weddings equal in popularity to June weddings, and September beats them all as the top month for weddings in New Jersey.

To help inspire your fall wedding plans, here are some of the top new trends for fall weddings in 2016: Read more…

How to Personalize a Bat Mitzvah

Friday, September 25th, 2015 | Filed under: Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, coming of age party, Party Planning | author: By admin,    

Ways to Personalize a Bar Mitzvah
In recent posts, we listed the top bar mitzvah themes and top bat mitzvah themes, and now we turn our attention to the top ways to personalize a bar or bat mitzvah celebration to put the spotlight on your child as well as on the theme he or she wants for the party.

At our NJ event venues, we’ve welcomed fabulous, unforgettable mitzvah celebrations, filling our ballrooms and grounds with impressive and on-trend spotlights on the child being celebrated.

For instance, here’s a photo gallery of bar and bat mitzvahs at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange to give you some visual inspiration: http://www.pleasantdale.com/events-gallery-nj-bar-bat-mitzvah-photo.html, and here is a look at photo booth photos from a bar mitzvah held at the Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange: http://blog.sweetdreamsstudio.com/2015/04/photo-booth-for-alexs-bar-mitzvah-party.html.

As you’ll see, many of the mitzvah celebrations feature personalized details that pay tribute to the guest of honor, and provide excellent photo opportunities for a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah that will be talked about for a long time to come.

To help you plan your NJ bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah, here are the top ways to personalize your party details: Read more…

Wedding Photography Trends for 2016

Monday, September 7th, 2015 | Filed under: wedding ideas, wedding photography, wedding planning, Wedding Trends 2016 | author: By admin,    

Wedding photography
Your wedding photos are of so much importance. It’s important to hire one of the best wedding photographers in NJ, one whose work delights you and whose eye for detail and ability to be everywhere on your wedding day captures so many of the special moments you may miss during your reception. Top wedding photographers’ work will create masterpiece memory captures of your day that you’ll surely frame, and that will take you back to your wedding all the days in your future. And the best wedding photographers’ images go a long way to getting your wedding published in bridal magazines, if you wish to see your wedding in print or on bridal websites.

Here are the top trends in wedding photography for 2016: Read more…

Wedding Invitation Trends for 2016

Monday, August 24th, 2015 | Filed under: wedding ideas, Wedding Invitations, wedding planning, Wedding Trends 2016 | author: By admin,    

Wedding invitationsWedding invitations have never been more gorgeous, as top wedding invitation designers are offering lovely, detailed designs on luxury papers, turning each invitation into a work of art. (In fact, many of our NJ wedding couples have their wedding invitations professionally-framed to display in their homes! So they truly are designing invitations with Forever appeal in mind.)

To help inspire your wedding invitation design, we’ve collected the top wedding invitation trends for 2016: Read more…

Wedding Transportation Trends for 2016

Monday, August 17th, 2015 | Filed under: Wedding Day Transportation, wedding ideas, wedding planning, Wedding Trends 2016 | author: By admin,    

Wedding TransportationWhile the classic limousine arrival and departure is part of most NJ wedding couple’s dream transportation, and continues to be a top 2016 wedding trend with the choice of a regular or stretch limousine and white or black cars completing the wedding vision, a variety of transportation options have emerged as choice picks for VIP-style grand entrances and exits. We’ve collected some of the top trends in wedding transportation: Read more…

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