Thursday, January 24, 2013

Engagement Season is Here!

Director of Catering at the Heritage Hotel
January 24, 2013

Topic: Engagement Season!

Dear Brides-to-Be,

Welcome to the world of weddings! I would like to congratulate you on your recent engagement and help breakdown the most important steps to alleviate the overwhelming feeling you may currently have.  Planning a wedding is no simple task, but if you are organized and diligent you can avoid going into bridezilla mode(which your bridal party will appreciate.)  Here are a few steps to get you started and examples of 2013 trends.
These steps will lead you to Bridal Bliss:
1.)    Get yourself a wedding planning book that can hold all of your contracts/information from vendors.
2.)    Brainstorm with your groom and families on an estimated guest list attendance, this will help determine the size of the venue that is needed.  By doing this you will hopefully avoid any undesired surprises before the big day.
3.)    Start researching venues, depending on the length of your engagement you will want to book this first and set your wedding date.  Some of the most popular sites may require a specific time frame to book your wedding.
·         2013 Trends: Reception Lounges, Going “Green” weddings & extended receptions-“After-Parties”.  The Heritage Hotel is an eco-friendly property with a go-green committee to help incorporate any go-green initiatives you would like into your wedding.
4.)    The next step is definitely the one you dreamt about when you were a little girl…the search for the perfect wedding gown begins…with many options from lace to taffeta. 
·         Leave enough time to order your gown, and take into consideration the Chinese New year, when most people take weeks off from work starting February 10, 2013.  This can affect the shipment date of your gown.
·         2013 Trends: Wedding gowns with pockets & lace

Here is a list of online tools and sites that will help guide you through the planning process:

-The Knot- Provides free  planning tools, my wedding website, my budget, my seating, my guests, my inspiration board, my checklist/to-do list, my binder, my vendors, and More

- Provides online tools and showcases vendors and venues.  You will be able to research the places/people with the top reviews. Create a wedding website to share with your guests, research honeymoon destinations, create your registry, and shop for your bridal party.

Attire: Prints, and Patterns, DIY attire and lace. Visit our PINTEREST account for photos and inspiration!
Reception: Extended reception and reception lounges- The Heritage Hotel can coordinate a post-wedding brunch for your guests and private after party rooms.  We also have 5 suites available for the bride and groom or bridal party.
Wedding Style: Go Green Wedding, the Heritage Hotel uses the herbs from our garden on property when cooking.  Let us know what initiative you are looking for and we will do our best to incorporate it!
Vendors: Food Trucks, for themed weddings are always a fun upgrade.
D├ęcor: Floral, bright colors and large bouquets.  Our catering team will provide you with the best local vendors to help get you started.  You can browse through our bridal books to help get inspiration for the theme of your wedding.
HAPPY PLANNING! Next month’s topic: New England Themed Weddings