Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Below is a list of our recommendations:
Aspen Social Club
157 West 47th Street
Very rustic yet has a touch of modern chic. It’s a great place to take your guests out of the busy New York City scene and enjoy a relaxing meal.
Has a great ambiance for dining and your guests can move about freely and mingle with one another.
InterContinental Barclays Hotel
111 East 48th Street
This grand hotel offers a number of wonderful spaces to accommodate your guests.
301 Park Avenue
The touch of old New York with its grand clock in the middle of the Peacock Alley dining room.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Here are some of our favorite venues on the island:
The Ritz Carlton
Friday, May 27, 2011
On the website, you can see all the great bridal deals they offer including Bridal Couture, Wedding Saris, Platinum Bridal Lenghas, Bollywood Blouses, Cocktail Gowns, Bridesmaids Lenghas & Saris, Men’s Kurtas and Indian Wedding Outfits, Wedding Jewelry, Wedding Books and Gifts for Guests. They have a huge selection to pick from and their prices are amazing. We highly recommend this site to all our brides.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Many of our recent brides have purchased reusable welcome bags which are a great way to help the environment in a cute and stylish way. A portion of the proceeds for some of the bags even goes towards charity. Below is a list of links that we have suggested to our brides.
1.) Canvas Maptote - “Manhattan Bag”
2.) Jonathan Adler Love Dove Canvas Small Book Tote
3.) Merona Print Tote - Pink or Black
4.) Multistripe Reusable Shopping Bag
5.) Scroll Tree First Come Love
6.) Eco Friendly Canvas Tote Bag-Blue Elephant
7.) Cotton Canvas Tote Bag - Vintage LOVE
8.) Reusable Grocery Bag Small/Lemon
9.) Carry All Recycled Organic Tote-Chinese Butterfly
Glittering lobbies, spacious event space, amazing restaurants and nightlife, and a spectacular staff describe the Fontainebleu Hotel. This past weekend, we held a wedding at the famous hotel in Miami Beach and we could not have been more pleased with the venue.
The various events throughout the four days all took place in different areas of the hotel. The ceremony was held outside at the Oasis Pool, where the cabana located in the center of the pool served as a beautiful Mandap for the couple. The Fontaine Ballroom, located near the lobby, was spacious and easy to get to for the guests and was the perfect location for the reception.
The hotel hosts a variety of upscale restaurants that serve amazing food and live up to the high standards you would expect. Gotham Steak, Hakkasan, and Scarpetta are perfect for evening meals. Blade Sushi, Fresh, La Cote, Solo, and Vida are great for more casual dining. A personal favorite of ours was Scarpetta, where the spaghetti is legendary.
A big thank you to the staff at the Fontainebleau, especially Aaron and Jennifer, for making this event a magnificent and memorable occasion.
Friday, May 20, 2011
One question that we repeatedly get asked is aside from the bride and groom, who else should be included in the grand entrance? The answer is simple: it is up to the couple. On most occasions, it would be the bridal party and immediate family members of the couple (grandparents, siblings and parents).
If you choose to include your bridal party and family in your grand entrance, we suggest you follow this order:
Start with the bridal party. You can announce them all at once or individually. After the bridal party, come the siblings, first from the groom’s side and then from the bride’s side. Next up are the parents; again first the parents of the groom followed by the parents of the bride. Finally are the guests of honor - the bride and groom.
When announcing guests, take into account the formality of the wedding and what you are comfortable with. “Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mann” or “Amy and Joseph Mann” are both valid options. If the bride is retaining her maiden name, the couple may choose to be introduced by their full individual names, such as “Amy Kennedy and Joseph Mann”. Or the couple may choose to be introduced by their first names only, which is more informal but also an option.
However you choose to be introduced, always remember that the #1 rule for grand entrances is to HAVE FUN!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Imagine a venue that can host events, provide bridal suites, has an exceptional staff, and has the versatility to hold a ceremony in the afternoon, cocktail hour in the early evening, and a reception that night in three different rooms. The Palace at Somerset Park is that venue! And in addition to all of that, it is a great location, near hotels, restaurants, and prime highway exits.
The Palace has tremendous experience hosting weddings, which means couples can rest assured their event will be flawless. You can rent the entire first floor, which includes several rooms, insuring that other events will not interrupt yours. On the second floor are two large suites that can accommodate the bridal party in one and the groomsmen in the other. The rooms are beautifully furnished and decorated.
A big thank-you to the staff at The Palace for a wonderful wedding this past weekend; it could not have gone any better.
A popular Indian dish consisting of a potato based curry, diced tomatoes, grilled onions, green peas, capsicums (green peppers), cauliflower and carrots in a spicy gravy. The dish is typically garnished with coriander, lemon, and chopped onions and enjoyed with bread.
A common street snack consisting of a fried crisp shell with a hollow middle filled with a mixture of water, tamarind, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion, and chickpeas. It has both a sweetened and tart taste.
A mixture of puffed rice with various vegetables and a tangy tamarind sauce. It is typically made with juices from tomatoes, chutney and garnished with onions, coriander, and lemon juice. This dish can be either sweet or spicy depending on how you like it.
A stuffed chappati wrap filled with chicken, shrimp, paneer, or vegetables and garnished with cilantro, chutney and more.
A spicy paratha roll filled with various combinations of egg, potato, paneer, mixed vegetables, curried chicken and mutton.
Falooda with Falooda Ice Cream
A cold beverage prepared by mixing rose syrup with vermicelli and tapioca pearls along with either milk or water. It is often enhanced by adding vanilla or other flavored ice cream to make for a refreshing dessert .
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
For our brides, Sanchali offers a PowerCamp Package using high-intensity interval training for two or three 35-minute express workouts per week. The workouts target stubborn fat in your abs, hips, thighs, and lower back and eliminates them from your body. For more information, please visit her website at http://www.sanchalifitness.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Once your reception ends, the celebration doesn’t have to stop. Many of our couples have decided to extend the night and keep the party going. There are several options for an after-party and below are some of our recommendations.
1.) Rent the Hospitality Room at your Venue
Here you can order the food you want from an outside restaurant. You can also have your own DJ and selection of music. However, you may have to pay the DJ for the extra hours and supply your own alcohol.
2.) Get Table Service at a Bar or Club
With this option, you won’t have to extend your DJ additional hours or provide alcohol for the party. However, it will not be a private event and you won’t be able to select your own music. Arranging transportation to and from the club can also get costly.
3.) Rent a Penthouse
This can be a real nice surprise for your guests. You can bring your own food or even order food from outside. You can also choose the music you listen to and have your own personal DJ. As with the hospitality room, you may have to pay the DJ for extended hours and supply your own alcohol. Renting a penthouse can also get costly.
These are just a few suggestions. The possibilities are endless for continuing a memorable evening and keeping your guests entertained well into the night.
Monday, May 9, 2011
You should discuss with your venue what their policy is regarding upgrading to a higher package and find out what options are available. If you choose not to upgrade your entire bar, you may be able to upgrade only certain aspects that you know your guests will appreciate. If your guests are mostly scotch drinkers, for example, you may consider upgrading to Johnny Walker Blue. We have found that many venues will also let you bring in bottles of your own alcohol and simply charge a corkage fee (generally about $50 per bottle).
So ask yourself, when was the last time you went to a wedding and were served Dom Perignon champagne? I think most of us would be very impressed.
Here are some options when it comes to upgrading your beverage package.
Premium alcohol options:
- Jack Daniels Bourbon
- Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey
- Bacardi Silver and Captain Morgan Rum
- Dewars White Label Scotch
- Absolute Vodka
- Absolute Citron
- Di Saronno Amaretto
- Glenlivit Scotch Whiskey
- Johnny Walker Blue Whiskey (normally not on a bar but you can ask)
- Johnny Walker Black Whiskey
- Grey Goose Vodka
- Grey Goose Citron
- Maker's Mark Bourbon
- Kettle One Vodka
Thursday, May 5, 2011
As always, we are here to help so we have put together a list of 5 questions you must ask every videographer you interview.
1. What is the videographer's style -- cinematic, documentary, or a mix of both?
Some videographers only offer one format while others will give you the option to choose. It is important that you understand the different video styles and choose the one that will not only capture your day but also your personality as a couple.
2. How do they coordinate with a wedding photographer? Has the videographer worked with your photographer before?
Photo and video go hand in hand and it is very important that your two vendors communicate well so that they both get the shots they need without getting in each other’s way. If they have not worked together before, make sure to introduce them beforehand so they can go through the day’s timeline and be on the same page.
3. Will the videographer you have been speaking with be the one who will be shooting your wedding?
If not, make sure you speak to whoever will actually be shooting your event. The last thing you want is to be in communication with one person and then have a different person show up on the day of your event. Make sure you are aware of who will cover your event and how many people will be with the team.
4. Have they handled events of your size and your culture?
If your wedding will be full of cultural traditions, ask your videographer if they have worked this type of wedding. If they have, ask for references. When your wedding includes cultural traditions, there are lots of details that can be missed if you are not aware of what is happening next. If the videographer has not done your type of wedding before, make sure you give them a list of all rituals and when they will be happening so nothing is missed.
5. Ask how long it will take to get your video.
Make sure you ask how long it will take to edit your video. The last thing you want is to have to wait over a year to receive your final product. Once you discuss a post production timeline, make sure to include it in your contract so that there is no confusion later.
Monday, May 2, 2011
I recently spoke with Melina from the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas and we talked about all the amazing facilities with breath taking views this venue offers. The ballroom can even hold up to 300 guests. The Mandarin offers outstanding packages and of course impeccable service, which we experienced first-hand having worked at their property in New York.
We look forward to working with the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas!