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Using Pinterest as a Wedding Planning Tool

Thursday, August 1st, 2013 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Bright Ideas for your wedding, dream wedding, For the Bride, Honeymoon ideas, Party Planning, Style Alert, wedding ceremony, Wedding Décor, Wedding Fashions, wedding ideas, wedding menu, wedding planning, wedding themes | author: By Keith Sly,    

Pinterest is so much more than a collection of pretty pictures; for brides, Pinterest provides a look at the top wedding trends (so that they can decide if they’d like to follow the trends or avoid them!) in every wedding planning category from wedding gowns to wedding flowers, décor, photography, rings, and especially wedding locations and wedding food and drinks.

When you’re researching and booking wedding vendors and sites, it’s important for your wedding experts and wedding site managers to get a crystal-clear understanding of what you want for your wedding day. And as they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” When you can present to your wedding experts and wedding site team a collection of images of what you want, and what you don’t want, the experts to whom you entrust your wedding vision get that clear picture of what you both would like, and they can then start creating it for you, right down to the garnish on the appetizers you call a Must. Read more…

Integrating Two Religions Into One Wedding Ceremony

Thursday, July 25th, 2013 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Bright Ideas for your wedding, dream wedding, wedding ceremony, wedding planning | author: By Keith Sly,    

If you’re planning an interfaith wedding ceremony, you’ll likely want to incorporate elements of both of your religions into your wedding ceremony. This is most often accomplished, and very beautifully, by inviting religious officiants from both of your faiths to officiate at your ceremony, or by selecting an interfaith wedding minister to help you create your personalized ceremony including all of the meaningful sentiments and rituals you desire.

If you’ll invite two different religious officiants to perform your wedding, you’ll make an appointment with each as far prior to your wedding as possible, to discuss the requirements of performing a wedding ceremony at your choice of wedding venue, such as at outdoor wedding gardens, and then delve into the details that will be included in your personalized wedding ceremony. An early meeting is also advised with a single interfaith officiant so that he or she too can assess your wedding venue and wedding wishes before working with you on your wedding ceremony elements. Read more…

Creative Marriage Proposal Ideas

Thursday, July 11th, 2013 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, dream wedding, Style Alert, wedding ideas, Wedding Proposal | author: By Keith Sly,    

Every one of our New Jersey and New York City wedding couples has a marvelous, creative marriage proposal story, and we’re impressed at the lengths to which grooms are going to pop the question in the most imaginative and personalized ways. Here are just some of the marriage proposal ideas we’d like to share to inspire you or someone you know: Read more…

Creating A Pinterest-Perfect Wedding

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, dream wedding, wedding ideas, wedding planning, wedding themes | author: By Keith Sly,    

Tips For Brides About Using Pinterest for Stress-Free Wedding Planning

As we discussed in a previous blog post about Pinterest (, this virtual pinboard is a great way for brides- and grooms-to-be to collect wedding style ideas all in one place, organize your thoughts, learn wedding tips and trends, and share your wedding planning with those you love. To that end, here are a few more tips for using Pinterest to help gather creative wedding ideas and plan your ideal wedding: Read more…

Kids’ Wedding Menu Trends

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Bright Ideas for your wedding, Party Planning, reception planning, Wedding Cocktail Party, wedding dinner party, wedding menu, wedding receptions | author: By Keith Sly,    
Kids Wedding Menu Trends

Kids Wedding Menu

If you think that kids’ menus at weddings consist of just chicken fingers and mini pizzas, think again. Today’s kids actually enjoy more adventurous foods in their everyday lives, so they’re perfectly happy with most of the items on your fine cuisine wedding menu. Perhaps with the exception of the raw seafood bar, and of course with parental supervision over kids’ food allergies. (Which is why we suggest placing food ID cards by each of your cocktail party menu items and carving stations.)

Here are some of the top trends in kids’ wedding menu choices:

  • Sushi. Since many parents prefer cooked sushi choices over raw for their kids, arrange with your wedding caterer to provide displays of cooked-item sushi choices.
  • Crab cakes, salmon cakes, lobster cakes, cod cakes…in sizes big enough to require two bites, not small balls posing choking hazards for kids.
  • Hummus and pita bread
  • Pastas with classic or creative sauces
  • Meatballs
  • Sliders, either as burgers or pulled pork, and we’ve seen requests for veggie burger sliders for the kids’ choices as well as the adults.
  • Macaroni and cheese is always a hit with kids.
  • Mashed potato and mashed sweet potato bars let kids create their  own creamy ‘sundaes’ with their choices of toppings.
  • Chicken tenders with a trio of kid-friendly sauces.
  • French fries cut in spiral styles or with unique flavors.
  • Mini pizzas topped with a variety of combinations, from four-cheese to vegetables to tiny bits of sausage.
  • Crudites and cooked vegetables served with fun flair at cocktail party stations.
  • Fruits cut into kid-friendly shapes, such as smiles, stars, and cartoon characters. 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…

Winter Wedding Trends: Flowers

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, wedding flowers, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Keith Sly,    
Winter Wedding Flowers

Winter Wedding Flowers

With winter weddings picking up in popularity among our New Jersey wedding couples, we see our wedding venue decorated in beautiful wintry splendor. A top wedding trend we’ve noticed is that the cold months don’t limit the types of flowers and greenery used in wedding décor. In fact, we’re seeing a beautiful array of winter-season flowers, and creative use of lighting and color to make a winter wedding gorgeous in a wedding ballroom.

A key to your wedding planning ideas is using flowers that are in-season, plentiful and lower-priced so that you can incorporate more of them in your wedding décor. Our top New Jersey floral designers suggest the following seasonal flowers for winter months: Read more…

Trends in Wedding Programs

Thursday, September 20th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Wedding etiquette, wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By Keith Sly,    
Wedding Programs

Wedding Programs

Several years ago, brides and grooms looking to plan a budget wedding cut out many of the prettiest details from their day, thinking that would be a smart strategy. They soon regretted not having these extra-special wedding décor ideas  and sentimental pieces. Now, wedding couples are back to including such items as wedding  programs in their ceremony plans. Read more…

Wedding Invitation Etiquette: Addressing Invitations

Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Bright Ideas for your wedding, Cost Saving Ideas, wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By Keith Sly,    

Wedding etiquettemay have relaxed in some areas, but the long-held ‘rules’ still hold true with invitations. On this blog, we talked about giving guests a +1, and now we’re focusing on the art, and etiquette, of addressing your invitations.

Wedding Invitations

Wedding Invitations

  • The number one rule of wedding invitation etiquette is that it’s a Don’t to print out guests’ names and addresses on labels. Guests are not impressed when they see labels on the formal invitation envelopes, so be sure to hand-write yours out. Read more…

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