Very often, your team of vendors can make all the difference in the way YOU enjoy your wedding. Your guests? They may not know if your photographer drove you insane or your DJ forgot your first dance song. But you will know ,and it will nag at you.
I was the officiant for a lovely wedding at Liberty House, in Jersey City last weekend. Of course the view is heart stopping, but the staff there is simply amazing and they are on top of every detail (while being warm and professional). the food is inventive and delicious and for this weddingn, signature drinks (named after the couple's dog!) were on trend and buzz-worthy (Moscow Mule-ish again!). Add to that Joann, from Elegant Occasions who kept us all on time, Susan Baker, our photographer who captured all the glorious moments both grand and intimate (and there were dozens of them!) and Posh who soundtracked the ceremony and kept the dance floor humming! While it wasn't at all effortless, it certainly seemed that way to the couple and the guests. And THAT, loyal readers, is the dream!
So the 'Real Wedding Monday" takeaway? People will remember the experience, and you'll treasure the mementos. Hire the very best vendors you can (including your NJ Wedding Officiant, lol) and then trust them to do the work. (That's why you chose them!) They will truly give you an event to look forward to and memories to treasure. Then try to relax, enjoy the celebration, and bring comfy shoes for the party!
Let's talk drinks. Yes we love them. And every party should have some. (One fabulous tableau that comes to instantly to mind is the amazing martini bar that is a surprising and delightful feature of The Westmount in Woodland Park, NJ. Their ace bartenders create a panorama of martinis, served in elegant, oversized glasses and nothing says "great party ahead" like that! I'll have that chocolate one, please)
But there are all kinds of variations on 'signature drinks"; vodka flumes, artisanal and craft beer flights, and my personal fave, a prosecco bar (which is very easy to set up if you're in a venue that allows BYOB; more on that at a later date).
The point is this; a great, distinctive bar at your cocktail hour is a great welcome! (And sometimes, it can even be even be budget friendly!)
So, we were at a fabulous wedding showcase at the gorgeous Olde Mill Inn in Bernards Towship NJ recently. We had the chance to talk to some of our current couples, some new couples and many of the pros we love to refer. Some buzz? Well, food wise? Lots of ethnic stations. Signature cocktails. Rose. Prosecco. Music? Different kinds of live music for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hours. Ceremony? Brevity, humor, personalized stories and fun rituals (our tequila sharing is SOOOOOOOO popular now!)
But the biggest trend? Micro weddings. Our 'almost done' website is at Micorweddingnj.com . If you have a group under 50, we can lead you to all the beautiful NJ wedding venues and amazing pros you need to create a beautiful, intimate celebration! That's what WE'RE really excited about! Lots more to come!
Caroline , married on 12/08/2018
5.0 View moreUnforgettable ceremony
I got married last Friday at 26 Bridge in DUMBO, Brooklyn and Celia was our officiant. From our first Facetime call with Celia my husband and I loved her! We were both raised Catholic but did not want a religious wedding. She worked with us to create a ceremony that was personal, unique to us, and entertaining for our guests. Leading up to the big day we had multiple conversations and she really got to know our love story and what brought us together. Our guests are still talking about our ceremony and asking how long we've known Celia - people literally thought she had known us our whole lives. Some of my friends loved the way she spoke so much that they said she should have her own podcast. Also, when we signed a contract with her she sent us the cutest little box of sentimental items and just sent us a card saying congratulations again. She just makes you happy throughout the whole process.
If you are looking for a completely custom, personal, AWESOME, heartfelt ceremony...and want to work with an overall cool person, hire Celia.
Sent on 12/14/2018
I know, I know, it's Tuesday but time flies in January, plus it's WEDDING SHOWCASE SEASON! (More about that next Monday!! ). So I'm behind... We had the pleasure of officiating at a fabulous wedding for one of our cool, cool couples this weekend; the setting? The definition of 'fabulous'...the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, NJ. It is well known as one of New Jersey's most iconic settings for celebrations of all kinds, but 'fairytale wedding' comes to mind immediately as you enter through the gates and discover the secluded estate. It really is magical and all the creative details they tuck into their weddings make each event so memorable, grand and impressive but somehow intimate and personal, all at the same time. It's a little like having a fabulous party at your personal estate. If you owned one. Much of this magic can be traced right back to Fred Fogg, who oversees a warm and professional staff who make sure the evening runs seamlessly for you, your guests and all the professionals who contribute to the fun.
It is an almost overwhelming (in a fabulous way!) experience but I noticed two details from the cocktail hour that really set the tone for a delicious and exciting evening ahead! The first was a mozzarella station, complete with an accomplished, jovial chef twirling fresh mozzarella around the most delectable and visually stunning fillings. That station was jamming for the whole cocktail hour (despite some serious competition from all the other amazing and creative food). Caviar and finger-tip size blinis anyone? Yes! That's me, behind the giant potted palm!
But.....wait for it.....then there was.....a Moscow Mule Bar! Fully customizable with different flavors and served in those adorable copper mugs. Genius! It's a stylish, trendy drink, the mugs are wintery and cute and judging from the number of people happily mingling with those mugs in their hands, it was a giant hit and a real conversation starter. (And it kept the traffic at the bars to a minimum, which, to me, is the sign of a venue that really knows how to throw a great party! And this party? It was all that.
Cheers!!! And congratulations to my couple; what a fantastic way to kick off the new year!!
Happy Monday! Today, we're going to talk about kids. Many of my couples have children and they wonder how to include them in the wedding ceremony in ways that are fun for them and the guests but also comfortable for the children. Of course, having them walk down the aisle (as flower girls and ring bearers if they're young; escorting the brides or grooms down the aisle), maybe including an appropriate simple reading if they're willing and not too terrified. (I always have a back up reader, which is usually me, just in case!)
One of the other popular ceremony elements is the sand ceremony, and this works beautifully for families with several children of ranging ages. Your NJ wedding officiant (okay, your any-state wedding officiant, lol) can help you decide on the colors for each of you to pour. You might choose colors that match your home, your ceremony or pick colors that match your personalities, since each of you will bring distinct points of views to the family! My lovely couple last weekend is expecting, and since we don't know what that child's personality will be, we DO know that they will be another jewel in the family. We added a little charm to represent them!
I also tell my couples to give the family vessel a little shake every year on their wedding anniversary. The pattern they created on their wedding day will evolve every year, just as their family will!
And don't worry if there is sand everywhere....life is messy!