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Thursday
Jul302015

Winery Weddings: Helpful Hints and Tips

A winery wedding can be so intoxicating.  These romantic, memorable, unique and timeless venue locations are ideal for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners or bridal and couple showers.  With Washington quickly becoming of the nations largest producers of wine and host to four major wine country areas, it has become the destination for a wedding winery.

Winery wedding venues and reception sites can range from grand tasting rooms to within in the vineyards themselves.  Some offer complete packages including everything from an onsite consultant to the linens and catering, while others provide the picturesque setting and require all additional décor, catering, and planning to be hired from outside sources.  Despite what type of packages are offered, ask for their “Preferred Vendor” list to see which companies they recommend working with.

9 Questions to ask when planning a winery wedding:

  1. What are their beverage policies? Can other alcoholic beverages be served?
  2. What areas of the venue are open to you, your wedding party and guests? Some wineries have banquet areas, bridal rooms, barrel rooms, or outdoor spaces available.
  3. What wedding packages do you offer?
  4. Do they offer a discount for weekday or off-season venue rentals?
  5. Do they have enough parking, offer valet parking services, or management?
  6. For outdoor weddings, what are the local noise ordinances?
  7. Are there any decoration restrictions?
  8. Is there a discount on wine purchases?
  9. If a tasting room is apart of the venue space, what are their hours? 

Winery weddings beg to have the wine theme carried throughout the event.  Pour on the fun with these Wine-Themed wedding ideas:

  • Wine Bottle Labels – Create custom wine labels, featuring your engagement photos or to function as the menu
  • Guest Book - Instead of a traditional guest book have guests sign a Magnum bottle (in gold or silver Sharpie) or on a wine barrel or have them sign the wine corks themselves, which will be stored in a cork holder to display (and add to) in your home.
  • Wine Cork place cards – use wine corks as a base to hold the name cards so your guests know where to sit
  • Table Numbers – break from the traditional table numbers and use wine bottles featuring numbers, wine types (Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, etc.) or even photos of the couple
  • Cork Boutonniere – use corks as the “vase” for the groom and groomsmen boutonniere
  • Wedding Favors – wine bottle stoppers, wine keys, wine(!) the possibilities here are great.
  • Photos – make sure your photographer captures a ring shot with wine corks
  • Vases – fill wine boxes with flowers or empty bottles for an alternative to the traditional floral vase
  • Décor – use wine barrels for tables, create a wine cork monogram of your new initials, or use wine barrel platters for serving antipasto

BanquetEvent.com’s Lucky in Love's "Wedding 101", offers practical and inspiration wedding planning tools, advice, and connects you with the vendors who can make the wedding of dreams a reality.  

 

Wednesday
Jul292015

Wedding Associations: Why they are important to you and your partner

As an engaged couple, finding the right resources to assist in the wedding planning process is key.  Wedding Associations are one option. These associations are made up of a network of professional wedding industry vendors who are committed to ethical and creditable business practices.  Many hold monthly member meetings that offer continual training and education so that your wedding vendor is up on the latest trends, safety requirements and best practices.  Wedding associations are also a way in which vendors collaborate and support one another, widening the network available of you finding the perfect wedding service provider.

These associations can be especially great references for when you are planning a destination wedding. 

BanquetEvent Lucky in Love's Helpful Hints and Tips, offers practical and inspiration wedding planning tools, advice, and connects you with the vendors who can make the wedding of dreams a reality.  

Tuesday
Jul282015

Wedding photo booths: Helpful Hints and Tips

Photo booths are a fun way to entertain guests during your wedding reception. They give your guests something to occupy their time while your finishing up photos or need a break from getting down on the dance floor. Also, they make great keepsake wedding favors. These strips of photos are fun alternatives to the traditional guest book. With so many different photo booth styles, you can really incorporate them into your wedding theme and decor.

Photo Booth Styles:

  • Stand-alone photo booths: these curtain style booths can accommodate up to 4 guests conformably, and traditionally feature black curtaining.
  • Green-screen photo booth: this booth uses green screen photographic technology by taking photos of people in front of a green background and then replaces the green background with a new background image, such as the Louvre or the Superbowl.
  • Classic arcade-style photo booth: ideal for 1-4 people, these full-enclosed metal booths offer a bench for seating.
  • Open air photo booth: open all sides, this style allows for the most amount of people to be captured in one frame and versatility for location, as this booth style uses its surroundings at your wedding as the backdrop. This option is popular for those couples wanting to customize their backdrop for the photos with such things as vertically hanging garlands or fabric and outdoor weddings, as you can take advantage of the natural surroundings.  

Props:

Grab a prop and strike a pose! From mustaches to fun hats, picture frame cutouts, boas, stick props, masks, chalkboard to bubble signs, jumbo or sunglasses, photo booth props are a fun element to add in to the fun of the photo itself.  

7 Questions to Ask:

  1. Does the photo booth company offers custom headers? Many let you personalize your photo strips with custom logos, wedding dates, initials and so forth.
  2. Do they offer social media integration with instant email, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram feeds?
  3. How much space will they require for their set up? 
  4. Will there be an attendant operating the booth? And if so, what attire will they be in?
  5. What is included in the price? Many companies offer "Add-ons" such as guest books.
  6. How can you access your photos? Will you receive them on a DVD or via an online gallery?
  7. Do you carry insurance? Remember you get what you pay for more often than not.

BanquetEvent Lucky in Love's Helpful Hints and Tips, offers practical and inspiration wedding planning tools, advice, and connects you with the vendors who can make the wedding of dreams a reality.  

Tuesday
Jul282015

A Toast to Happiness: Catering, Food & Beverage Services – Serving Drinks At Your Wedding

Liquor laws and liability
With today’s strict liquor laws, it’s always advisable to check into who assumes the liability for any alcoholic beverage service. Although the event facility and/or the caterer may carry liability insurance, the host or coordinator of the function may still be considered liable. Make sure all parties involved with the event are properly insured, and consult with an insurance agent to make sure you have appropriate coverage for yourself.

Banquet permits 
In Washington, functions with private hosted bars featuring hard alcohol, beer, and wine are required to have a Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Banquet Permit. Many banquet sites are already registered with the State to serve alcoholic beverages, while others are not. If your banquet site requires you to purchase a liability waiver or banquet permit for the day, do it! It’s for your protection. Remember that only WSLCB licensed food and beverage establishments can provide no-host bars. For more information, see http://liq.wa.gov/licensing/special-licenses-and-permits. (Banquet Permits can be obtained one week in advance of your function online only at http://liq.wa.gov/licensing/banquet-permits.)

Hotels and off-premise licenses
Most hotels do not have off-premise liquor licenses, and their on-site licenses do not apply to events held on other properties. When planning an event at another site, make sure to obtain a one-time only license for any off-premise event.

Private hosted bars
If you are serving hard liquor (alcohol other than beer or wine) at a hosted bar, you should consider having a state-licensed bartender. Licensed servers have a permit from the WSLCB.  

If you have a no-host bar where money changes hands, the law requires that you have a server with a permit from the WSLCB showing the completion of alcohol-server education.

Advantages of hiring professional beverage servers.  Beverage or catering service companies provide professionally trained staff who can handle complete bar services at your event. They take care of the purchasing, bar setup and setup, serving, and liability. It may be worth the extra cost to ensure that the bar will be handled in a professional and legal manner. These people are trained to detect if someone should not be served more, or if someone is underage. This service also allows you to enjoy the event without worrying about your guests.

Beverages in bulk or case discount 
How do you get a good selection of beverages on a budget? Distributors, wine shops, and some stores offer variety and savings when you purchase in bulk. In some instances, unused beverages may be returned for a refund.

Area wineries 
Touring Washington wineries can be a great place to find wines and champagnes. Spend a Saturday touring some of the wineries near the Seattle, Bellevue, Woodinville, and Tacoma areas. You’ll be able to sample the different varieties and select one that you and your fiancé will both enjoy.

Beverage-service equipment rentals 
Rental stores carry a variety of beverage-service equipment, including portable bars, kegs and taps, champagne fountains, and coffee makers.

Tired of punch and soda?
Try alternative beverages with a flair. Espresso bars feature a variety of drinks that you and your guests are sure to enjoy. They are also very “budget-friendly” in comparison to alcoholic beverages. Juice or smoothie bars feature a wide selection of fresh-squeezed or specially mixed juices, everything from orange juice to exotic tropical concoctions.

Fun Game 
Every time one of your guests taps their glass with their fork as if they are going to give a speech, the bride and groom must stop what they are doing and kiss. It is a cute tradition that keeps you by your partner’s side!

BanquetEvent Lucky in Love's Helpful Hints and Tips, offers practical and inspiration wedding planning tools, advice, and connects you with the vendors who can make the wedding of dreams a reality.  

Tuesday
Jul282015

Decor, Themes and Props: Helpful Hints

Why use a theme? Themes provide interest and romanticism to your wedding. Planning is also incredibly efficient when you have a theme to your wedding. Can you can coordinate colors, cake design, floral arrangements, stationary and music to a theme, which makes organizing your décor a breeze.

How is a theme chosen? Every couple has a memory or activity that they love to do with just each other. These special interests should be used as the foundation of your event. If you love to take picnics together, an outdoor wedding in the park may be the way to go. If you love the watching movies together, perhaps an evening wedding stylized after a 1940’s classic is the way to go. Whatever theme you chose, it should reflect your personality as a couple.

Decorating tips for theme events. Consider three main areas of focus when decorating for your wedding...

First, focus on the ceremony site where you will be performing your “I do’s.” Use fabric, flowers, lanterns, candles and or any other type of dramatic prop to highlight your ceremony site. Focus heavily on the area where you will be standing, and always remember to light this area with extra lighting. You’ll notice that a good majority of your photographs and video will focus on this area so be sure you decorate it well. 

The second area to focus on is the bridal table at the reception. When choosing decorations for your table pieces, try to incorporate props at different heights. Use some low-lying table decorations, and accent them with dramatic tall items.

The third area to draw attention to is the cake table. Cakes are work of art in and of themselves, but it is very important to highlight the detail of its design.  Always arrange extra lighting for the cake table. Not only does this lighting highlight the cake, but it also creates a romantic centerpiece for the room.

Consider one of these themes for your wedding.

• Tuscan •  Paris • 1940’s • Winter wonderland • Fairytale • Medieval • Tropical • International themes •     Vineyard • Seasonal