SIT-DOWN OR BUFFET?

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Weddings are very hard to plan, there are many different choices that need to be made in the planning process. Some can be quite tough, while some are quite easy. When it comes to the dinner reception, a lot of brides get confused if they should have a sit-down meal or a buffet meal.  Here is a list of pro’s and con’s for both that can help you decide on which one is suitable for you and your guests. Remember, at the end of the day it is what is best for you and your groom.

Sit-Down

Sit-Down meals are very popular and brides are usually drawn to this, as it is very formal, and a wedding is a very formal function, however, sit-down meals can create a stuffy feeling and be quite long as there are many courses to be served. The downside to Sit-down dinners is that your guests may leave after the meal is completed because they have been sitting down for a few hours.  Seating charts can become quite hectic for the bride and groom, as they need to be made precisely so the right people are sat together.  The benefits to the sit-down meal is that they are less costly in price compared to a buffet meal, and if you do not want the feeling of a long wait between courses, add in some entertainment t or speeches during each course to make the time pass by faster for your guests.  Some couples even have slow dancing between courses so the guests can get up and exercise during each course which will help them not to feel so full.

Buffet

Buffets are perceived as less formal, however, they do provide more flexibility for guests with special dietary needs and food preferences.  Buffets tend to cost more, however, you save some money on the number of wait staff you will need for your wedding. Some brides do not choose the buffet style simply based on the long lines of people, however, this can be simply avoided.  One idea is to name each table by a song name when that song plays, that table gets up for their food. This can help eliminate long lines at the buffet tables. Also, by having stations instead of a long buffet line this can help reduce the line-ups as people will gravitate towards their preferred table. Make sure you have the DJ announce when the buffet is open so your guests are aware.

Best of both worlds

Some brides may opt for both, which is totally fine and actually a great idea. Antipasto bars are very popular at weddings and they allow your guests to have a preference as to what they would like to eat before their main course arrives. This provides a great help as sometimes it is hard to pick out the best antipasto options for your guests, as some prefer fish and cheese and others prefer grilled veggies.  Make sure the antipasto bar is open right when guests arrive at the reception so they have enough time to eat and mingle and it reduces the line ups as guests come in few at a time.

Whatever you do choose make sure to speak with your catering manager at your reception in regards to menu and options, if you are doing a buffet table please make sure to recognize dietary needs for your guests. Having a section that is lactose-free, or gluten-free is something that you should include, your guests will thank you later.

Until Next Time

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Natasha

Events by Natasha

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The importance of lighting


The one thing a lot of people tend to not pay  attention to in the planning of their wedding is the lighting. Lighting is one very important aspect that sets the tone and mood for your venue, if it is done right, it can make your $30,000 wedding look like it is $100,000. Here are some tips on planning your lighting.

Contact a professional: You want to make sure that you contact the right person for this job, ask other brides what company they used, or ask your venue on what vendors they can recommend. You want to ask to see pictures of previous events that they have done to see the lighting arrangements they can create.  Do your research! You want to make sure that this person knows exactly what they are doing, as lighting is a very important aspect.

After you find your professional you must…

Assess the Venue: As most receptions are held during the evening, paying visits to the venue in the evening will help you get a feel of what tone and mood you would like to have made with the lighting. Take a walk around the room; bring a friend or a family member that has a keen eye for detail as well as your professional of course, as you want to look for the spots that need to be focused on the most. Ask your coordinator at the reception if any service doors will be kept open, or if the pot lights will be dimmed, or if there is any florescent lighting as this could take away your lighting and ruin your effect.  Remember: too little, will make the room seem dark and your guests will have a hard time seeing, and too much can flood the space and look less appealing.  You also want to make sure you are not drawing attention away from the centre of the room, where your head table will be, you want to make sure everyone can notice the tables, the dance floor, each other, and of course your head table.

Use Colour: Think outside the box, sometimes people are not as brave when it comes to adding colour into their lighting, but this is a must and there are plenty of advantages in doing so.  Different colours set different tones and moods, so you want to make sure you pick the right one for the mood you are trying to create. You also want to make sure you have different lighting for different parts of the night, during dinner soft lighting is suitable, as it portrays the atmosphere of candlelight, after dinner for the duration of the night that is where you start to get bold and daring, you can even be very dramatic with your lighting as well. When transitioning between different colours make sure you are doing ones that won’t hurt the eye, a tip is to find colours that go together, take a look on a colour wheel. You want to make sure that the transition between the colours flow.

Outdoor Venues: Lighting for an outdoor wedding is an ultimate must, as it serves a lot of purposes. If your site has a walkway or stairs, you will need to enhance these features with lighting to ensure nobody trips and gets hurt. Outdoor weddings can be a lot of fun when you are incorporating light, as you don’t need to use the typical equipment you would use in an indoor wedding; you can use more dramatic pieces that can also serve as wonderful decorative items as well.

Spending time working with your lighting designer is a very crucial part to your wedding, and it also will be one that is worth-while, although, lighting can be costly, it can also eliminate other expenses in the decoration and floral budget as lighting can create more benefits to the room then most decorative and floral pieces can.

Until Next time!

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Natasha

 

Originally Posted on marketplaceweddings.com- From Natasha to you!

Your Personal Fairy God Mother

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I originally posted this article on MarketPlaceWeddings.com, when I was blogging for them, however, I felt is was necessary to re-post it as brides are always asking ‘ Why Should I Hire A Wedding Planner?’ In this article I explain the benefits of hiring a wedding planner/coordinator so brides can be aware of them.

So you just got engaged, a million thoughts are running through your mind and the thought of it all is starting to stress you out a little, not only that you have your family members adding to your stress with question after question about the planning of your wedding.   You are not sure of where to even begin with all the planning, nor do you have that much time to devote to it. That is where a wedding planner/coordinator comes in.

I truly believe, a wedding planner/coordinator is the bride’s personal fairy godmother and after reading this blog, I’m pretty sure you will too.  The average wedding takes about 250 hours to plan, now throw in your full-time job, your extra-curricular activities, your own personal time, and sleep of course – what are you left with? Stress!  Hiring a wedding planner/coordinator is probably the best decision a bride could make, not only does it save the newly engaged couple time to go about doing their daily activities, but it also helps relieve a lot of stress and with relieving stress, comes eliminating a lot of arguments that may have started between you and your groom, or family members, not saying that the normal quarrels might not happen during the wedding process, but majority of them are eliminated.

When hiring a wedding planner/coordinator you are not only saving yourself the stress and anxiety you are also saving a lot of money – yes, I said it MONEY! Wedding planners have a lot of connections in the industry with qualified vendors and venues, where they offer them certain discounts that you are able to use, not only that, wedding planner/coordinators are very skilled in negotiating so they are always trying to get you the best deal for your money.  Budget Management is one of their strong suits as well, so they will make sure your money is being spent right and you are never going over your budget or spending money in the wrong places.

Majority of Brides have been dreaming about their wedding day, since they were little girls, collecting pictures, visioning what their special day will look like, a wedding planner/coordinator will work for you to make sure that all these dreams are met, and surpassed. They will plan your wedding as to how you want it planned not how they want it planned.

Now, we all know sometimes even during the greatest day of our life emergencies or crisis tend to happen. But, fear no more, your wedding planner/coordinator can take care of them; they are trained in handling any type of emergency and making sure that everything gets taken care of immediately.

Wedding planner/coordinators also create detailed schedules and itineraries for your wedding allowing you not to worry about orchestrating your rehearsal, or ceremony. Your wedding planner/Coordinator will make sure your bridal party and parents are properly lined up and standing in the right places. They can orchestrate the whole wedding from rehearsal right through to the end of the reception and make sure that everything goes as planned.

But, the number one reason as to why people should hire a wedding planner/coordinator is to reduce stress and put the fun back into planning a wedding, more often enough brides forget to enjoy the days leading up to their wedding and have fun because they are so stressed out from planning. Wedding planners/coordinators allow you to throw the fun back into it, and sit back, sip champagne, choose colour swatches, and taste cake.

In the past a wedding planner/coordinator was known to be more of a luxury, today it is more of a necessity to ensure that your wedding is planned smoothly and you are having fun throughout the whole process.

If that doesn’t seem like a bride’s personal fairy godmother-then I don’t know what does.

 

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Natasha

 

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“The 2013 Bride”

“What is the 2013 bride more concerned about? Well that is simple, Today’s bride is very concerned about how she will look on her wedding day she wants to look and feel like a princess both inside and out. She is also very concerned with Price, she wants to make sure she is getting more for her dollar and saving a lot while she is at it. And that is what I give her, the best service and vendors that can have her looking like a princess, and my relationships and negotiation skills to help her save her money while I re-create her dream into a reality.” – Natasha

On What the 2013 bride is most concerned about.