Category Archives: tips to a good wedding

Wedding Planning Tips, What Are Necessary Items to Track in Your Wedding Guest List
April 12, 2012

This post answers the question on what is information should you be tracking on your wedding guest list. Here are some of the items you will need to track in a spread sheet program.

1. First & Last Name. Keep these in separate columns so that this way you will have an alphabetized list that you can give to your planner, hotel personnel or if the venue requires a list of the guests for security, you have it! It is also good to have to give your stationery an alphabetized list to do your place cards/escort cards so they can be easily placed on the day of the wedding.

2. You will want to keep track of their mailing addresses so you can easily send out the invitations.

3. Columns denoting if they are coming to the wedding or declining the invite.

4. If you are serving a plated dinner, what choice of entree will they be having. Keeping these choices in separate columns, ie, Chicken, Fish, Beef, Vegetarian, and denoting for each guest or couple what entree and how many of them they will have. This will be an easy way to total how many of each item so you have a count!

5. Finally, what table will they be sitting at so you can easily create a list that denotes the guest list by table number and entree selection which is something most hotels and caterers will want!

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Wedding Planning Tips, What Are The Options of A Plated Dinner at a Wedding
April 10, 2012

This week we are talking about how to serve your guests at your wedding a plated, sit down dinner. The Tweet came from Wendy Pashman, the owner of The Entertaining Company , and asked me to talk about the importance of giving options to the guests when you decide to serve a plated, sit down dinner. Great topic to talk about Wendy!

You can see my thoughts above in the video, but in short, if you are serving a plated dinner, I think the best way to do this is to offer your guests a choice of entree or you have to offer them a duo plate to accommodate as many palates as possible! Check out my thoughts on this in the video!

I also had to share this photo as this was from a tasting I was at last week at The Entertaining Company. It was so delicious, I could not pass it up to post it! Monk Fish in a Butter Saffron Sauce, Smoked Corn Souffle, Medley of Sauteed Wild Mushrooms!! It was outstanding!!

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Wedding Planning Tips, What Makes The Guests Have a Good Time at the Wedding
April 2, 2012

This question came in from one of our Facebook followers who is also one of my brides! She asked what are some of the essential things that you should do in order to have the guests have a good time at the wedding. Here were my thoughts!

  1. 1. Provide transportation they do not have to worry about getting themselves to and from the hotel. This might be a reach on the budget, but it does help make it more enjoyable for people to not have to worry about going to and from the wedding. If you decide not to provide transport, which is OKAY TOO, make sure you tell the guests how to get around to and from your venue!
  2. 2. If the wedding is in a unique venue, you should still “sprinkle a little wedding” into the evening. What I mean by that if your venue is so unique and so non-hotel or club like, you should make sure that there are familiar wedding elements like toasts, first dance, cake cutting, things like that that will make people be reminded that even though they are in a really unique space, that they are still at a wedding.
  3. 3. If you have great food, a fully stocked bar, and rockin music, they will have a great time no matter what!

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