Saturday, December 31, 2011

What do We do Now?

What do We Do Now?
This is a question that every newly engaged couple asks themselves after all the excitement of announcing their prospective wedding. There are so many

decisions to make, so many choices. There is an order that the Bride and Groom should follow that makes the decision process go more smoothly.

Set the Date

The first thing that you should do.You should also pick at least one alternative date in the event that the venue you desire is booked for that time. Get a calendar for the year to determine holidays and birthdays that might prove to be a problem for your event.

Set a Budget

Remember that there are always incidental things that come up along the way. These are things that you may not have thought about or something that you find that will be "just perfect!" Within this budget decision time, you should also determine approx how many guests that you plan on inviting.

Choose a Venue

I know that the first thing a Bride-to-Be wants to do is start dress shopping. Finding that perfect dress is something that most Brides dream of but, finding that special place will be pivotal to the entire event. Do you want to have you ceremony in a church? Do you want your ceremony and reception in one place? Do you want somewhere traditional or do you want somewhere exotic or different? How do you envision your special day? What is the first thing that comes to your mind concerning these things.

Visit as many venues as you can. Determine the things that are important to your event and which things are not as critical.


Begin to interview vendors and sample their products. Many venues require you to use their vendors or certain vendors on their list. This does limit your choices of services. There are other venues ( like Danville!) that are open vendor sites - you choose your vendors to fit your budget and your desires.

Next week we will have some tips on choosing different vendors.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wedding Trends for 2012

Being in the Wedding business can be fun, but there are lots of new trends to stay on top of. One of the new trends that I am really excited about brings me back to my own wedding many (28) years ago. It was a custom in the Pittsburgh area to have a cookie table at the reception. Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, cousins and friends all contributed a few dozen of their specialties that were the favorites of the Bride and Groom. This was always a highlight at the reception to sample some of the different delightful cookies that were made with love for the new couple. Some cookies only made their appearance and weddings and special occasions such as ladylocks and nut tassies.

One of the Trends for 2012 is the Dessert Table. This is a display of some elegant desserts that will tempt your guests. It often is taking the place of having a Wedding Cake altogether. This updated Trend may have a selection of colorful macaroons, mini cheesecakes and tarts and a variety of specialty cookies. It offers a selection that will have something that will appeal to every guest. It is hard to envision a Wedding Reception without the Bride and Groom cutting the cake, so maybe a small tier cake can be the centerpiece of the Dessert Table.  Either way, I think the 2012 Trend of a Dessert Table will add a wonderful variety for guests to enjoy!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Danville Grand Opening

Last night was the Grand Opening Celebration of Danville Bed and Breakfast. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet vendors of all kinds. I talked with many people who work in the wedding/event business that are passionate about making their clients day a truly special one. I look forward to working with these incredible people in making events a memory that lasts!