Monday, February 28, 2011
Baked by Melissa is a local vendor that satisfies everyone’s palate, whether in the greater New York area or nationwide. And since the miniature cupcakes are about the size of a quarter, they are especially appealing to all dessert lovers who want to enjoy their great flavors in a guilt-free way. Baked by Melissa has 10 signature flavor cupcakes and one special flavor each month. For February, the ‘flavor of the month’ was coconut cream; you can find out the special March flavor by logging on to their website at www.bakedbymelissa.com.
The one thing that really stands out about this great cupcake shop is that you can customize your cupcakes. All you have to do is go to their website and, right before your eyes, you can create your own delicious treat. If you are not sure exactly what you want, just go into their gallery and look at what others have created.
These miniature cupcakes are a great way for your guests to end a wonderful event by giving them something sweet to take home and enjoy.
Friday, February 25, 2011
1.Empire Hotel Rooftop
44 West 63rd Street
New York, NY 10023
Accommodates 400-700 people cocktail seating
All season room with glass rooftop
2. Press Lounge
Part of Print Restaurant at Ink 48 Kimpton Hotel
653 11th Avenue
New York City
Panoramic City views
Accommodates 300 people cocktail seating
Thursday, February 24, 2011
A photo booth can be set up for the cocktail hour, however this may not allow enough time for all your guests to enjoy it. An ideal time to set it up is after dinner when all the formalities are over so you and your guests can really let loose and have a great time. The rental period can range from 2 to 4 hours, which is enough time for everyone to enjoy.
Sometimes your photographer may offer this service, but if not, you may need to reach out to a photo booth vendor. The average cost is $900- $1800 for a standard 2-4 hours. Here are some details to keep in mind when looking to book a photo booth:
Types of Photo Booths:
1.Classic Photo Booth: Provides a 3-4 picture photo strip and accommodates 1-4 people.
2.Collapsible Photo Booth: Provides a 3-4 picture photo strip and can accommodate 1-6 people. Normally they have curtains set up as the walls of the booth.
3.Back Drop: Normally this service is provided by your photographer.
Details to Ask:
1.Is there an attendant(s) to be with the photo booth all night? If so, how many?
2.Can the photo strips be customized with a logo or the couple’s name? Is there a fee for this?
3.What color options are available for the photo strips (e.g. full color, black and white, and sepia)?
4.Are props included? If not, can they be included and is there an additional charge?
5.Is set up and break down included?
6.Does the host need to provide a meal for the attendant(s)?
7.Does the service come with a cd or thumb drive with all the pictures?
8.Will there be an online gallery?
9.What other options or services are available, (i.e. guest book, extra hours)?
10.Are there unlimited pictures or a contracted amount?
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
There are so many great flower options; here are some of our favorites:
These are all great options and can work together or on their own. Make sure to speak with your florist about different vases and heights to achieve the look you are going for. Go for a taller centerpiece if you want to create something very dramatic. If you are looking for a more subtle yet modern look, go for a cluster of shorter vases.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
There are a lot of great options for entertainment, from singing groups to acrobats. Here is a list of our favorites:
1. ALIZMA TRIPLETS
Best known for their appearance on America’s Got Talent, this trio of identical triplets is originally from Poland and now reside in Las Vegas. The sisters combine vocal performance with violin improvisation. They have toured Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, and Brazil as well as numerous places in the United States. Some of their most memorable performances include: the National Anthem for the Lakers at the Staples Center, The Academy Awards Governor’s Ball, the Opening of the Rose Bowl Parade with Leann Rhimes, and a Christmas Performance for the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden. They play all of their own original music.
If you want to add a fun over the top element to your wedding, make sure to reach out to Acrobacks. This NYC based firm can provide you with all types of crazy entertainment from contortionists, acrobats, tap dancers, even LED Hula Hoop dancers. For your big day, make sure to check out their bouncing bartenders and their human mobile.
3. ASCEN DANCE PROJECT
Ascen Dance Project is a company founded in January of 2006 by German born performance artist and rock climber Isabel von Rittberg to create work that explores the aesthetics of climbing. Movement on a vertical stage, without the use of ropes, has a beauty and grace that will leave your guests in awe.
4. GREGORY HANCOCK DANCE THEATER
If you are looking for an elegant performance, look no further than GHDT. They are a contemporary dance company that performs in a wide variety of styles that combine modern dance, ballet, pointe, ethnic dance forms and theatre to create a unique style of movement and sense of drama. Their repertoire extends to more than 100 pieces that are sure to satisfy any guest.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Turks and Caicos is a great location for a destination wedding. Not alot of people have experienced it so your guests will appreciate going to a new place. Since the island is so small they have a very tight nit community and everyone is great to work with and very professional. Make sure you check out The Seven Stars Grace Bay Hotel; their level of service is incomparable.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Here are some questions to ask your pandit:
-Does he have a contract- most don’t but it is important to have an agreement in writing to refer to if any questions arise.
-Do you have to provide travel and accommodations or will he take care of that on his own?
-Does he need meals provided to him?
-Will he have anyone with them (i.e. an assistant)? Sometimes the pandit comes with one or two assistants.
-Does he have a set program that he follows and can he give you the order of events? Each pandit follows a slightly different order of events.
-Does he follow the program exactly or is it more of a guideline? Check if he bounces around the program or if he follows it exactly. This may affect the length of the ceremony.
-How long is the ceremony? Can he do a shorter ceremony?
-Do you have to provide the items needed to perform the ceremony or will he bring everything?Ask him for a list of items needed for the ceremony and ask him what he will bring so there is no confusion on the day of the wedding.
-What is the agreed upon price? Although the pandit may leave this up to your discretion, you don’t want him to come back with a price out of your budget that he says is his “normal” fee.
-Can he perform your pre-wedding pujas?
-Consider how well he speaks English if that is an important criteria for you.
Whomever you choose, make sure you are comfortable with his services and you both understand what has been agreed upon for the ceremony. Choosing the right pandit is the hard part; after that, he will then guide you through the rest so you can enjoy your day!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
2. Flip Flops (especially if wedding is on the beach)
3. Hand sanitizer
4. Change of clothes in their carry on-just in case their luggage gets lost.
5. Passport and original documents
6. Snacks (some hotels are very expensive in terms of food)
7. All necessary medicines
8. Bathing suit and cover up
9. Power converter 110 to 220
10. Powder drink mixes- crystal light, or lemonade mixes (small packets)
11. Lavender scented oils or candles (in case they feel jet lagged)
Friday, February 11, 2011
Here are a few suggestions:
- Donate Your Flowers:
Check with your local nursing homes or assisted living centers to see where your centerpieces could be put to good use. The following websites will help you locate a nursing home or assisted living facility in your area.
- Use Centerpieces as Gifts
One way to honor those who helped make your wedding a special day is to give them a bouquet, perhaps a centerpiece, as a gift. Everyone loves fresh flowers, and with the right care those flowers will stay beautiful for a week or two after your wedding. The people that helped make your special day such a success can relive the beauty of your wedding every time they look at your beautiful flowers.
- Preserve Your Bouquet
You can have your wedding bouquet freeze dried to preserve it after your wedding day. Be sure you have this professionally done, as it takes special equipment to remove all of the moisture from your bouquet and preserve its shape and beauty. Once it is preserved, you can have it mounted to display in your new home. As long as you do not touch the bouquet, it should stay beautiful for several years. Imagine being able to show your children your wedding bouquet one day!
- Start a Compost Heap
Composting is probably not on your mind on your wedding day, but if you intend to have a garden in your new home, your wedding flowers are the perfect way to start your compost heap. You can designate someone to collect the flowers after the party and take them to your home where the compost area is set up.
Once the flowers are in the compost heap, they can remain untouched until you return from your honeymoon. Then, you can add your kitchen waste and gardening waste to the compost heap as you begin your new life together. Soon you will have healthy compost that you can add to the soil of your next garden. Whether you want to grow food or plant flowers, compost, created with your wedding flowers, will help the plants grow big and stay healthy
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Destination weddings are very popular and are a wonderful experience for all those who attend. Whether a short trip or a week long stay, it is fun to have some preplanned activities for your guests to participate in. Here are some ideas:
1. Yoga on the beach
2. Group Hike
3. Dance lessons with a local instructor to soak up the local culture
4. Scavenger hunt, especially to involve any children in attendance
5. Sightseeing tour
6. Fitness boot camp on the beach, to stay fit on vacation
7. Limbo contest
8. Golf Tournament
9. Ice cream social
10. Local wine or beer tasting
Whatever your plans, your guests will have a great time. Remember to enjoy your destination wedding.
Monday, February 7, 2011
The hottest trends, whether fashion or cuisine, often begin in big cities. In Paris and New York, dessert right now is all about macarons. It’s a soft, airy and chewy pastry that holds a layer of something flavorful and rich, like a chocolate ganache, or a flavored buttercream. The macaron combines the best of all the trends—it’s a small bite, with a lot of flavor, and it is unusual enough to be a special occasion dessert.
2. Ice Cream Floats
This will bring out the inner child in all of your guests! Everyone can choose their favorite ice cream flavor and mix it with milk, soda, beer or even wine! With so many mix and match options everyone will be happy.
This is a very interesting twist on your typical strawberry bar! Guests can choose from different liquors (Baileys, Kahlua, Amaretto, etc.) and have them infused via syringe into the strawberry. After that they can dip them in white or dark chocolate. To finish this already delicious treat they can choose from a different selection of toppings (nuts, coconut, sprinkles) to top off the treat.
4. Mochi Ice Cream
Not a lot of people have heard of this yummy dessert yet, but by the end of the year everyone will be loving it! Mochi ice cream is a Japanese confection made from mochi (pounded sticky rice) with an ice cream filling. With many flavor to choose from (chocolate, red bean, green tea, among many others) your guests will love this tiny yet refreshing treat.
If you want a dessert with a WOW factor this is the one for you. Guests can choose from a selection of brownies (blondie, chocolate, etc.) which will be cooked in butter and infused with rum. Once the rum is added to the pan this will create a fire effect leaving your guest speechless. Finish off the dessert with their choice of ice cream and this will be a dessert they will never forget.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
We previously mentioned that her character on "Royal Pains" on the USA Network is also getting married, so they decided to create a series of webisodes to help fans with planning their own weddings. We did an amazing interview with Reshma late last year and the webisode was just posted on the USA site. Click here to watch.
Let us know what you think.