Technology at Weddings

There is a great deal of debate about technology at weddings. The average wedding guest owns a smart phone with a camera and is ready to take pictures at the wedding. The question becomes, do you let guests take images at the ceremony, at the reception, or do you encourage them to be in the moment? This is a point of discussion with many brides and grooms who are planning their big day in 2016 and beyond.

From my perspective, I always encourage the couple to keep the ceremony sacred and let guests know this. Guests should partake in the ceremony, be present in the moment, and let the professional photographer do what they are paid to do, take pictures.

There are lots of creative ways to let guests know that you appreciate them putting down the phone and leave the picture taking to the photographer. Here are a few examples.

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When it comes to the reception, more and more brides and grooms are encouraging guests to take photos and then post them to instagram with a particular hashtag. By leveraging a hashtag it will allow the bride and groom to see all the images from the special day in one place rather than searching different social media accounts to find all the images. Here are some great examples:

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Some couples continue the theme of having guests keep their phones away and refrain from posting images onto social media accounts. Many times the couple wants to keep the day private from the social media world and allow guests to enjoy the moment with them.

This conversation about allowing photos or not comes up frequently with a colleague of mine, Berit Bizjak, owner of Images by Berit. Here is her take from the perspective of a professional photographer:

“There are two elements that are missing when everyone who’s attending a wedding ceremony is trying to take photos. One is the loss of truly being present and mindful of what is taking place. Invited guests are there to partake and witness the marriage – not to provide photos to the couple.  The second element is that there are many lost opportunities for the professional photographer to get key moments and to do her job because of being blocked, background intrusions (when people enter the aisle or stand to take their photo) and sometimes having guests’ flashes blow out the photos that the professional is trying to take.”

Ultimately, the choice is up to the bride and groom for their big day, but create a plan. It is important to set expectations for guests on the day of the wedding and that starts with having a plan. What is your opinion?

2016 Wedding Dress Trends for the New York Bride

As a New York and New Jersey Wedding planner, it is essential for me to stay on top of wedding dress trends for my brides! The 2016 wedding dress trends are elaborate, elegant, and embellished. Brides are saying goodbye to the traditional strapless wedding gowns and saying hello to elegant A-lines, open backs, and lots of details. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest trends for the 2016 Bride.

 

Flattering & elegant A-lines are becoming increasingly popular for the bride-to-be. These redesigned A-lines flatter the figure in all the right places without being too clingy.

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Zuhair Murad gown via Wedding Inspirasi

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Naomi Neoh wedding dress via One Fab Day

 

Open back and cutouts. Brides are showing a bit more skin in a tasteful way by bearing their beautiful open back or back cutout dresses. This trend offers a fresh take on what would normally be a strapless dress.

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Photo Courtsey of markingrambride on Instagram

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Photo Courtsey of markingrambride on Instagram

 

Details, details, details. Details play a front and center role in these 2016 Wedding dresses.

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High-low dresses are making the wedding dress modern again. This reimagined wedding dress of 2016 is all over the runways and will surely be a hit with brides looking for something fresh.

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Photo Courtsey of markingrambride on Instagram

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Naked lace is hot this season. The key to wearing this edgier style, find a dress that fits your shape and have it tailored. Many brides are stunned at how beautiful and elegant this 2016 trend can be.

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Photo Courtsey of Vera Wang

 

Pretty colors. Pinks, greys, and champagnes are all over the runway. Brides are passing on the white gowns, mixing it up with some colors.

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10 Ways to Shake up the Traditional Wedding Fare. Foodie Inspired Weddings.

Are you looking to shake up traditional wedding fare? Couples across the U.S., but especially here in New York City and New Jersey, are showcasing their love for food during their big day. Foodie Weddings are for sure starting to trend in 2016 and well into 2017. Instead of the traditional passed apps and plated chicken or steak dinners we are seeing an emergence of fresh twists on favorites, farm to table inspired dishes,raw bars, sushi,  and more.

Here are some of my favorites:Showcase locally made and sourced cheeses

Showcase locally made and sourced cheeses

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Tantalize the senses with a Raw bar and showcase oysters from the east coast. Shrimp and clams are also a great addition!

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A gorgeous assortment of sushi is one way to brighten up the appetizers at any wedding.

A gorgeous assortment of sushi is one way to brighten up the appetizers at any wedding. Photography by: Christian Oth Studios

Photography by: Christian Oth Studios

Hold the salmon. Instead, try scallops instead. A fresh twist on the traditional sea food fare.

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Stimulate the senses with craft cocktails topped off with a beautiful locally sourced garnish.

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The appetizers are equally as important as the drink, so why not pair them together? Pair a signature cocktail together with an app guests will love.

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Skip the traditional cake and offer up a sorbet bar, made with fresh ingredients and perfectly sized.

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For the bride and groom with a sweet tooth, showcase artisan donuts.

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For favors, leave guests with flavors of your wedding by saying “Thank you” with custom flavored olive oil bottles.

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Who Can Resist a Late Night Snack?

Forget about what you are serving for dinner.  What are you serving after dinner?
Late night snacks… the fun stuff to eat.  It’s not about chicken or beef, it’s about what you would love to eat at 2am after a night of dancing and dare we say maybe a few too many cocktails……

These yummies are best served on the way out the door.  Have a table full of individual ‘to-go’ items or better yet, go with the latest FAD around town— the food truck.

Moveable Feasts we love:
Stace of Cakes, gourmet cupcakes on wheels.  Who can resist a red velvet cupcake at 1am.  We dare you to try to save it for your morning coffee.
In and Out Burger Truck (or Fatburger Mobile— just as good)  A double cheeseburger, milkshake and fries.  What a way to end the night.
Wafels & Dinges – I am a complete sucker for breakfast at any point in the day.  And it’s practically time for breakfast anyway!

Sometimes the logistics simply don’t work for a truck to arrive at midnight.  In that case we also love the idea of sending guests home with something fun and memorable.  Warm cookies attached to a mini-jug of milk.  Grilled cheese with shooters of warm tomato soup.  If the venue has a fire pit make it the last stop in the evening for your friends to grill up some s’mores.  They’ll be asking for you to host s’more great parties.  Popcorn, in lots of different flavors.  Salty and sweet.  We bet no one will be ordering room service.