Atlanta Wedding Reception Trends

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Atlanta weddings bring together friends and family to celebrate marriage and the start of a new life together. The wedding reception is an opportunity for couples to show their appreciation and support for all attending. Many couples want to create an enjoyable reception experience as an important aspect of the wedding. Read on to learn more about wedding reception trends for Atlanta.

Fresh Colors

Selecting the perfect colors for your Atlanta wedding and reception requires an exploration of capturing the spirit of your personal style and taste. For others, it is simply the matter of choosing your lifelong favorite colors. Fresh colors trends for 2014 include joyful brights and blissful pastels such as mint, orchid, coral, teal and yellow. Trendy combinations include peach and blue, coral and teal, plum and gray and pink and black.

Elegant Lights

Lighting helps set the mood and character of your wedding reception. Lights lend to creating a subdued ambiance and romantic atmosphere. Ideas for elegant lighting include arranging multiple elongated white wax tapers in silver candlesticks along the center line of banquet tables. Scatter tea lights in clear or colored glass around the centerpieces displayed upon the reception tables. For outdoor receptions, wrap clear string lights around trees and overhead for a starry night effect or use round paper lanterns strung from branches or hanging from above providing a dreamy quixotic environment.

Southern Charm Venues

Atlanta offers many beautiful options for your wedding reception from graceful gardens to stately mansions. Plan a beautiful garden wedding reception at Glendalough Manor, a facility dedicated to offering an environment of peace and tranquility. Enjoy the metropolitan elegance presented by The Peachtree Club featuring a skyline terrace with city views amid an intimate setting. Host your wedding reception at the historic Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, a Gothic-Tudor style home built in 1920 featuring a grand staircase and great hall. The Atlanta Botanical Garden features include an enchanting rose garden, terrace, canopy walk and outdoor kitchen.

Fascinating Centerpieces

Showcase your Atlanta wedding reception with eye-catching centerpieces. Popular trends include submerging orchids or a single rose inside water-filled glass cylinders. For a rustic southern charm look, fill mason jars with wildflowers. Floral arrangements never go out of style; trends include tall crystal vases filled with a mixed assortment of flowers in your wedding colors. Create a custom look with decorated wine bottles, each glowing from small portable LED lights placed inside.

Planning a wedding and need some great ideas or inspiration? Be sure to attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national touring bridal show featuring current wedding trends, two New York style fashion shows, an informative honeymoon showcase, a live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

 

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July 21, 2014 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

First Time Exhibitor Tips On Color And Interactivity

Participating in a bridal show for the first time creates many positive opportunities for your business. Maximize your success and investment by creating a compelling presence at the show. This helps you to attract new customers, network and present your business to the wedding marketplace community. Lay down solid groundwork and create realistic goals before you exhibit. Read on to learn tips about color and interactivity for first time exhibitors. The sooner you make arrangements with your show producer, the more time you will have to properly prepare.

GBE NYC 2012 #022The Importance of Color

Make a big impact with visuals by adding colorful visual interest to catch the eye of your potential customers. One of the best ways to achieve this is to use the colors from your company logo and branding identity. Choosing the right color combinations for your booth is very important; you want to draw people to your display and provide a unified first impression that captures their attention.

Color appeals to the senses visually as well as emotionally. Try not to choose an array of too many colors: in some instances this may give the illusion of confusion and disorganization. Color affects how we perceive things, for example lighter brighter colors give the feeling of space and openness. Bright colors used minimally add pop and highlight attention. Always choose colors that best represent your wedding business.

Selecting Tablecloths

Decorate your exhibit booth tables with colorful tablecloths, a great way to incorporate large areas of color into your booth design. This is one of the easiest and fastest ways to decorate your booth. Types of table coverings include fitted, standard, convertible, runners and skirts. Tablecloth coverings come in many types and sizes such as fitted, convertible, standard, skirts, round and runners. Consider solid colors in your company color. If possible avoid prints as they might appear too busy for the eye.

Interactive Entertainment

Get show attendees involved by offering interactive games and contests. Have fun with social media and host a Twitter or Facebook contest live at the show and giveaway prizes. Drive traffic to your booth with a more hands on approach and give your potential customers fun games to play such as the classic spin-the-wheel, treasure key or raffles. If giving away prizes, ensure that your company colors, name and logo are stamped on them.GBE NYC 2012 #013

A simple but effective way to create interactivity is to place a large bright colored bowl of wrapped candy on your table. Bridal show attendees often appreciate a small freebie snack and it is an inexpensive way to generate goodwill.

Exhibit at the Great Bridal Expo®, a national bridal  show touring major us cities and featuring all things wedding related and then some. The event attracts brides, grooms, couples, friends, families and anyone planning a wedding. The many benefits for exhibitors include high-quality venues, a comprehensive bridal show marketing plan, complete contact database, pre and post-show advertising and the opportunity for professional presentation of your business

Remember, when it comes to marketing to the wedding industry, face-to-face, rocks!

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July 18, 2014 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Washington, DC Venues

Say “I do” by celebrating your wedding in a historic venue located in Washington DC, the nation’s capital. History abounds in DC, where many important past events have occurred. There many picturesque locations found in the Washington DC area and if you are a couple that appreciates the past and looks to the future choosing a romantic setting will be a piece of “wedding” cake. Read on to learn more about historic wedding venues of Washington DC.

3027-6Washington National Cathedral

Located in Northwest Washington DC, the Washington National Cathedral is an architectural marvel and spiritual respite for all. Built in 1907, the structure features an austere neo-gothic design and is the sixth largest cathedral in the world. Couples wishing to be wed at the National Cathedral must adhere to eligibility guidelines. The magnificent stain glass windows on the South side feature a piece of lunar rock.

Lincoln’s Cottage

Celebrate your nuptials at President Lincoln’s Cottage located on the Armed Forces Retirement Home Campus. President Abraham Lincoln lived there from 1862-1864 and developed the Emancipation Proclamation while living in the gothic revival style residence. Couples may choose from several event packages for their wedding at Lincoln’s Cottage. The cottage is surrounded by 276 acres featuring scenic vistas, rolling hills and forest woodlands.

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Get married at the Jefferson Memorial, located in the heart of Washington DC along the southern portion of the National Mall. Built in 1939 and designed in a neoclassical style, the structure is modeled after the Pantheon of Rome and dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. A permit is required to have your wedding at the Jefferson Memorial. The Jefferson Memorial sits on the edge of the Tidal Basin and Potomac River. The memorial; presents many great opportunity for photos especially during the cherry blossom season and the twilight of early evening.

Woodrow Wilson House

Exchange vows at the Woodrow Wilson House located at 2340 S St NW on Embassy Row, it’s the third building from the corner with the American flag. The house is representative of Georgian Revival architecture and is the former home of Woodrow Wilson, the twenty-eighth President of the United States. Rates and availability vary; couple wishing to get married at the Woodrow Wilson House should inquire in advance. One of the things that make the Wilson House an exceptional choice for a wedding is that it has been maintained to historically represent life during the 1920s.

Planning a wedding and need some great ideas or inspiration? Be sure to attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national touring bridal show featuring current wedding trends, two New York style fashion shows, an informative honeymoon showcase, a live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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July 16, 2014 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

New York Proposals

10002-8New York is one of the world’s largest and most iconic cities offering no lack of places to get engaged. Proposing to your beloved in New York represents a significant moment in your life and presents a variety of wonderful places to choose from for this life-changing event. The most important thing to remember is to choose a location that best reflects your togetherness as a couple. Read on to learn more about great places to propose in New York.

Timeless Tourists

The City of New York is associated with many landmarks that make great places to propose. Take a ride in a horse drawn carriage around Central Park. Places to consider in Central Park include the Loeb Boathouse, Shakespeare Garden and Belvedere Castle. Get down on one knee and propose on the Brooklyn Bridge. Add a touch of film magic and meet at the top of the Empire State Building a la “Sleepless in Seattle and “An Affair to Remember.” Grab your ice skates and head to the Ice Rink at Rockefeller featuring a golden statue of Prometheus.

Romantic Restaurants

Surprise your special loved one with a dinner proposal. Known for some of the best restaurants in the United States, New York offers something for everyone when it comes to eating out. Almost every cuisine in the world may be found in New York including classics such as American, Italian, Asian, European, Latin, Indian, African, Jewish and Middle Eastern. If you prefer romantic and upscale try making reservations at Corton, GILT or Le Cirque. For a casual couple consider cozy and casual places such as The Meatball Shop, Luke’s Lobster or the Boathouse Café in Central Park.

Unique Perspectives

Propose at a New York locale with breathtaking views for an unforgettable moment that you want to always cherish and remember. For panoramic vistas, go to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center and enjoy views of the Hudson River, East River and Empire State Building. Charter a sailboat and experience the New York skyline from the water. Take to the skies in a helicopter tour for an eagle eye view of the city featuring sights of the Stature of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Chrysler Building. For baseball fans, consider proposing to your sweetheart at Yankee Stadium. The Metropolitan Museum of Art makes a great location for marriage proposals, especially during the holidays

Important Considerations

New York is often subjected to heavily congested traffic day and night. Allow enough time to get to your destination to avoid delays.

Planning a wedding and need some great ideas or inspiration? Be sure to attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national touring bridal show featuring current wedding trends, two New York style fashion shows, informative honeymoon showcase, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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July 15, 2014 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

Unique Wedding Venues of Boston

14181347108_5bb11ca24e_zCelebrate your special day in Boston, a city known for baked beans, tea party, Harvard and the Kennedys. Boston offers many choices for couples from the sports-loving twosome to the cultural dynamic duo. Weddings may take place year round but it may be helpful to know that August has the most clear sky days. Read on for a look at some of the unique wedding venues around Boston.

The Esplanade

Located in the Back Bay area of Boston, the Charles River Esplanade is a public park that stretches for 3 miles along the lazy shores of the Charles River. Since 1910, residents and visitors of Boston have enjoyed the outdoors and community activities available such as running along the quixotic river to snowshoeing in winter. This beloved park requires a permit for small wedding ceremonies.

Boston Opera House

Situated on Washington Street, the Boston Opera House is a restored performing arts venue influenced by Italian and French architecture. Originally built in 1927, the focus was to create a venue of unparalleled luxury and attention to lavish details. The best bets at the Boston opera House for a wedding include the Grand Lobby, the Fireplace Lounge, the Versailles Room, the Stage or the Walnut.

Fenway Park

Near Kenmore Square is the famous Fenway Park, practically a Boston institution. For baseball fans, Fenway Park makes a unique wedding destination as it is the oldest ballpark in the MLB. Since 1912, Red Sox games have been held here. The park offers wedding packages. Places for a wedding within the the facility include the State Street Pavilion, EMC Club and the Right Field Roof Deck.

Artist for Humanity Epicenter 

Get married at the spacious Artist for Humanity Epicenter on W. 2nd Street. Created in 1990 using sustainable architecture practices, the intention of the Artist for Humanity Epicenter is to bridge social, economic and racial gaps by providing creative programs and apprenticeships in the arts. Couples desiring a wedding may contact the center directly or on the Artist for Humanity Epicenter website.

Lars Anderson Auto Museum

Exchange vows at the castle-inspired Lars Anderson Auto Museum, located in Brookline about four miles from Boston and a dream wedding location for antique car fans. Cool cars abound at this museum. What makes this a unique wedding venue is that the Lars Anderson Auto Museum is home to “America’s Oldest Car Collection.” If hosting a wedding, your guests are allowed access to view the museum exhibits.

Planning a wedding and need some great ideas or inspiration? Be sure to attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national touring bridal show featuring current wedding trends, two New York style fashion shows, an informative honeymoon showcase, a live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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July 11, 2014 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Planning a Small Backyard Wedding

3595800195_a975c337c0_oCelebrate your love with a backyard wedding, a great idea for couples who desire to share their special day with friends and family in an intimate familial atmosphere. Backyard weddings offer sincere meaning and a personal touch as they occur at a private residence. They may be large or small depending on the space. Read on to learn ideas for planning a backyard wedding.

Selecting a Date

The date selection process is very important for couples planning a backyard wedding. Most backyard weddings transpire during spring through the early weeks of autumn. This is when outside temperatures are comfortable and gardens appear lovely. Although, this is not to say your wedding should not be held during the rainy season or snowy winters. If so, simply ensure that the appropriate measures are taken to accommodate the inclement weather. The benefit of backyard weddings is the date you choose will not be booked, a common problem associated with typical wedding venues.

Choosing a Location

Deciding on a location for your backyard wedding may be an easy task for some homeowners. No backyard? Ask a close friend or family member if they are willing to allow use of their backyard for the occasion of your wedding. Before making your final decision, determine if the backyard is large enough for the amenities and number of guests you plan to invite.

Helpful Tips  

Make sure you have all the logistics in order for your backyard wedding including such things as the number of restrooms, parking and electrical outlets. Create a list of items you need to rent, buy or borrow. Show consideration to your neighbors by notifying them in advance that you are planning a special celebration. Do your best to keep the late night noise level respectable. Have a backup plan for your wedding in case of bad weather or unforeseen occurrences.

Decorations Ideas

Set the mood for your wedding by adding touches of your wedding colors into the surrounding area in the form of tents, ribbons and candles. Do-it-yourselfers will delight in the opportunity to create wedding decorations such as hand-stamped invitations, hand-painted watercolor programs, aisle garlands, handpicked flowers, hand-sewn seat cushions and altar embellishments.

Reception Suggestions

Many creative options abound for your back yard wedding reception. Offer an old fashioned barbeque or host a potluck buffet. For a romantic effect, string twinkling white lights above the tables and hang colorful paper lanterns from trees. Decorate tables with centerpieces composed of mason jars and wildflowers. Remember, it is your wedding, make it as special as possible.

Planning a wedding and need some great ideas or inspiration? Be sure to attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national touring bridal show featuring current wedding trends, two New York style fashion shows, informative honeymoon showcase, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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February 24, 2014 at 9:05 am Leave a comment

Elegant Wedding Tips

36871442Getting married is an important life event for an engaged couple and one of the first tasks involved with planning a wedding is choosing a theme. Of the many wedding themes available from which a couple may choose for their ceremony, an elegant wedding is by far one of the most popular. More than about choosing quality over quantity, an elegant ceremony is about the expression of simplicity, stylishness and gracefulness. Read on to learn more about elegant wedding tips.

Elegant Invitations

Set the tone of sophistication with your wedding invitations by choosing designs that immediately evoke a sense of minimalism and gentle austerity.  Imbibe a sense of artfulness into your wedding invitations by choosing subtle color combinations such as modern black and white or romantic-inspired pastels from the Victorian Era. Add coordinating envelopes and personal touches such as simple silk ribbons, delicate decorative lace or embossed initials.

Sophisticated Ceremony Location

Whether you choose indoors or outdoors for your ceremony, an elegant wedding may be enhanced by location. Transform an ordinary venue into an elegant one with a few simple flourishes such as a beach wedding at sunset when the sky is ablaze with fiery colors or a garden wedding at the height of flowers in bloom. Twinkling icicle light strands may change a plain room reception venue into a sparkling magical wonderland. Elegance may be found in the charm of a rustic country church or in the avant-garde attitude of a metropolitan hotel.

Wedding Gown Elegance

Elegant bridal gowns often feature clean lines and simple designs, a hallmark of most wedding dresses. Walk down the aisle in elegance by wearing a gown highlighting understated details such as simple necklines and minimal decorations. Choose long length gowns in classic colors such as white or ivory. Elegant wedding dress fabrics include tulle, silk, satin or chiffon. Add to your elegance by wearing a bridal veil.

Chic Signature Drinks

Create an original concoction for your guests to enjoy at your wedding reception, an alternative to a beer and wine bar. Get creative with ingredients by infusing your drink with elegant flavors such as julep, passion fruit, honey or ginger. Hire a professional mixologist to create a drink based on your personal preferences.

Refined Centerpieces

Make an impression at your reception with splendid and refined tabletop centerpieces. Ideas for an elegant romantic reception centerpiece include classic silver vases filled with white roses in full bloom or pink orchids submersed in tall clear cylinders of water or hurricane lamps glowing elegantly from the flickering flames of large candles surrounded by a circle of river stones.

Planning a wedding and need some great ideas or inspiration? Be sure to attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national touring bridal show featuring current wedding trends, two New York style fashion shows, informative honeymoon showcase, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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February 17, 2014 at 7:34 pm Leave a comment

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