Artful Dinner Services

  Artful Dinner

One of the things that I also do as a wedding planner is make sure that the food looks good and is served correctly. There is nothing like having someone throw down a pile of mess in front of you to eat - or having to get up and go through a buffet line to see piles of terrible looking food!

I see a lot of brides trying to short change this area and save money.  Saving money is always great EXCEPT when it comes to good food and service on your wedding day!  It is the biggest point of memory your guests will have.

Start with setting the table correctly.

Basic Table Setting

This is a basic table set up and very elegant. It is also very easy for wedding guests to understand.

Most importantly make sure the food tastes and looks good!  There is a HUGE difference between a CHEF and a COOK!

Grilled Cheese

Which bride will allow me to do this at her wedding?

I found something that I so want to do at an outdoor cocktail hour!  I think it would be so much fun for your wedding guests and you (the bride & groom) and me (your planner)!  We would build this backdrop of canvas attach balloons filled with paints (your choice of colors) and then your weddings guests each get a dart to throw to burst the balloons (or not!) and then you have a great piece of art for your home – and a great memory of all the fun everyone had busting balloons on your wedding day! wish451

Planning good activities or making sure that you guests are well fed - and hydrated are crucial to a great cocktail hour!

What do you have planned for your wedding guests?

Happy Planning!

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Venue Visit: Suite 300 & Kress Terrace

At least once a month I will go through and re-visit some of the area venues and give you some really great ideas to use them for your own wedding. Disclaimer: Not everyone can pull it off - AND don't sign a contract without reviewing it first!  That doesn't mean sit there and skim - it means take it home read it, highlight the areas of question and then ask the questions!  If you have a planner, they do this for you!  If you don't have a planner.  Quickly call us 336-25-9331 and we'll be your planner!

Suite 300 is a beautiful room - and the decor is nice, but it needs a little help.  Look at these photos:



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This is a little bar - away from the party that blocks a hallway to the bride room.  I don't like it as a bar - but it would be really cute as a kissing booth!!!

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This light is in the pool room.

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The pool room.

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The Groom's Room

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The Grooms Room

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Side with guest seating.

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This is the head table that was set up when I visited and the black dance floor.  Two things here - I hate the black dance floor, it should be white, light wood or copper to match the theme of the room.  In addition the mix of chairs is odd - the Chavari's should be silver to match or even better clear!

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Love the lounge furniture!

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These chair covers come with the rental price!

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These are the lights - I am loving the bling!!!

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Cute for a head table - but the guests will not be able to see the bride and groom - because of the location of the table and the pillars in the room.

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The bar!!  WOW!!!

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Another shot of the lounge furniture!

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The beautiful glass light in the bridal suite

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A better shot of the bridal suite!

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The back side of that wooden bar.

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Lounge area for the bridal party.

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Very cute art work!

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The water feature when you come in the door.

Overall I give the location an B, with a few enhancements by a great designer (me), it can be the ultimate wedding venue.  It is not cheap, in all actuality you pay for the lounge furniture and the linens. Entry into the venue is difficult also, through a parking deck and down a manned elevator with a code, so getting out is difficult also.

Our brides would love this venue - with the enhancements because it is modern and new! Let me know your thoughts if you've seen this venue or will be hosting your wedding here!

Happy Planning!

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