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Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Breakfast Wedding… Just to Be Different!

Host a classy event by having your wedding in the morning, followed by a lavish, intimate breakfast wedding reception. One wedding trend that may be raising eyebrows in 2014 is the growing popularity of early morning breakfast weddings. Who doesn’t love breakfast? Mix it up and host a morning wedding, complete with a yummy breakfast/brunch at the reception! This may sound odd to you as most weddings are traditionally held in the evening hours, but why not consider something very unique that will get your guests talking. Different is good. Choosing to wed in the morning allows you to be more flexible in your traveling plans for the honeymoon as well. The ideas to make it a great wedding are endless.

BreakfastWeddingWhy do a breakfast wedding? Many brides are on a limited budget and still want to have a dream wedding but can’t afford all the extras. Breakfast celebrations obviously take place in the morning hours and take full advantage of the discounted “off-hour” pricing that some wedding venues offer. Opting to tie the knot in the a.m. instead of the afternoon can easily save you hundreds of dollars while, at the same time, opening up a brand new universe of wedding decor and menu choices. Morning weddings are over faster. You can nap in the afternoon, freshen up, and party at night again.

What to eat? Consider a breakfast buffet with an omelet bar with an abundance of blueberry muffins, scones, and biscuits. Your menu can include cabin fever maple syrup infused Texas toast to a breakfast bar toppling over with baked goods, including a Texas torte, whiskey butter biscuits with chocolate gravy and tumbleweed muffins. Offer french toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, hash browns, tater tots, and corned beef hash and typical breakfast fare. A simple breakfast of assorted tea, coffee, pastries, muffins and bagels also work well. Fresh fruit will add color, texture and additional tasty options.

Decorate your breakfast reception to the nines. Use your imagination. A touch of the South with dinner triangles, cow skull, and enamel kettle and cups! Floral accents such as cactus are a must while an old wagon can be used to display the treats!

People always say they love breakfast so much they can eat it at all hours of the day, right? If you prefer to have your wedding in the evening, why not serve breakfast for dinner? There is something so comforting and lovely about breakfast – no matter what time of day.

“The only clear drawback to a breakfast wedding is that there will probably no dancing, no dance floor and no DJ at a morning wedding. For that reason, it’s important that you have a plan for how you will entertain your guests after the ceremony. I’ve seen Baristas making lattes, cereal, pancake and mimosa bars and guests swinging at pinatas in the past to keep your guests busy during the reception.” ~ APaperProposal.com

CronutsA little early for alcohol? Come up with some drinks that are liquor-light – light on the alcohol. Rather than running up the expense of a bar or even just beer and wine for your wedding reception, serve mimosas as your only alcoholic beverage. Don’t give non-drinkers boring orange juice, make up an exciting mocktail that is as much fun to drink as its alcoholic counterpart. Write the ingredients up on a chalkboard placed near the bar, so everyone knows exactly what they’re drinking. Favorites include a classic Shirley Temple and Tornado Twists. Yum!

Play with dessert. Think outside of the pastry box! Try serving “cronuts,” a dessert hybrid sensation. These flaky, buttery confections were created by New York City pastry chef Dominique Ansel. They’re half croissant, half doughnut, and 100 percent delicious. Fair warning: guests will go gaga for them. Scones and jam are good too.

The day would end by early afternoon, giving you enough time to pack up your gifts and head home early to get some rest before that morning flight to your honeymoon.

BONUS Articles: 6 Breakfast-Themed Wedding Cakes
46 Menu Ideas For A Beautiful Breakfast Wedding

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Clever Ways to Release the Tables at the Reception

Filed under: Buffet Line,Receptions,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 8:30 am
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The reception is a great time for friends and family to get to know each other. For food choices, buffets are usually the less expensive option, and most preferred by guests. You can still experience high class, gourmet cuisine, even if the way it is being served is less formal than a full wait-staff. Guests can easily go back for seconds at any time throughout the duration of the reception.

buffetlineThe main advantage of serving buffet-style is that it’s easier to offer a broad selection of food to choose from, which can be a good alternative for a diverse group of people having widely varying tastes. Due to the fact that guests are forced to get out of their seats and interact while in line, buffets foster socialization. Having the hotel staff set up the buffet line so guests can get their food from either side will speed things up a bit.

Often the guests will wonder when they should go through the buffet line. You will want to avoid the problem that had everyone standing in a 150 person line that extends all the way around the wedding hall. The bride and groom are served by the staff from the buffet or they may choose to go through the buffet line. Next, the parents, the bridal party and then the guests.

Often someone from the catering staff will go from table to table telling each table when to join others in the buffet line. Each table can have a different color and the DJ simply calls out the color name at various intervals. Here are a few creative ways to have the disc jockey release tables to control congestion in the buffet line.

One of the most common ways to release the tables is to have the disc jockey or MC will call a table number at various intervals and those at that table will head for the buffet line. If number system on the tables does not thrill the bride and groom, you could put the numbers underneath the flower arrangements, or under one of the guest chairs.

Write the name of a song on the back of each of the table numbers or table names. Have your disc jockey make an announcement that when the guests hear the song designated for their table that they then can “dance” their way to the buffet. This only happens after the wedding party and parents have been released. The titles can reflect a theme or it could be a selection of songs from a particular band or artist. Instruct the guests that they will know it’s their turn to get in line when their song is played. This is a clever way to dismiss tables without having to have someone physically dismiss them or announce that they can go.

For a fun effect, Have your disc jockey call a flower name instead. For example, a table will have a centerpiece of calla lilies while another table will have roses, and so on. If you only want one kind o flower, you can have different types of roses – red roses, white, pink, yellow, etc. As long as the other parts of the table décor are coordinated it will work. For example, if you have a white tablecloth and green napkins – or all white, it will coordinate with virtually any flower arrangement. Instead of table numbers, you could name each table a term of endearment or words of love – love, hugs, caring, kisses, adore, etc., – name each table a different flower or an exotic location – Paris, Venice, etc.

endearmentTableName that tune. Before your wedding day, have the disc jockey create short song clips using favorite tunes enjoyed by the bride and groom. Play one song clip at a time and ask that guests stand up if they recognize the song. Guests are asked to stand up once they are sure they recognize the song. Pay close attention to who stands up first and give them the first chance to guess. If the table guesses correctly they will be the next to join the buffet line. If they guess wrong they’ll have to point to another table that will get to go up ahead of them as a consequence.

Have your guests sing for their supper! The disc jockey goes from table to table and asks the guests at each table to sing a few bars of a song with “Love” in the title.

Still another popular option for moving people easily to the buffet line: play the bride and groom trivia game. This idea is usually a crowd pleaser because it’s fun and gets everybody involved and working together. Prior to your wedding reception, write down some questions for your guests to answer. Your band’s leader, disc jockey/MC, or a member of the wedding party can ask trivia questions (about the Bride and Groom) and based on the winning table can tell them the order in which they will be released to the buffet line. This way, each table competes as a team to see in what order they get to hit the buffet. Doing it this way will keep it orderly and allow the catering staff to refresh the buffet after each eight to ten person team comes through the line. The winner of the first spot can proceed to the buffet while the game is still being played.

There are many other creative ways that you can come up to release the tables for the buffet line. The important thing is that the guests have fun and go home with their bellies full and satisfied.

Bonus Tip: This tip has nothing to do with releasing the tables at the reception but I like the idea and you will too. It’s a fun twist to the familiar tapping forks against glasses to see the bride and groom kiss. At various times during the reception – between dances and courses – have the disc jockey ask a couple of guests to go to the “Kissing Table” and each couple must roll a pair of dice just once. If they roll an even number, then the bride and groom kiss but if they roll an odd number, the dice rollers must kiss. The bride and groom can give the disc jockey the names of several couples to call on.

BONUS Article: Brilliant Ideas for Table Numbers at the Reception

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Copyright © 2012 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Website. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or Cell: 480-205-3694. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 470 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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