September Posting 2019: Buffet Design
Space planning and decor for the food-set-out space is often overlooked as couples plan for their big day. Designing a buffet space for beauty and efficiency will deliver a memorable experience for both the wedding party and their guests. Some things to consider…
1. Flowers. Just a couple of floral arrangements in the catering hall bring beauty to the space, while demonstrating care and attention to detail.
2. Color. Crisp while linens with silver runners will set off warming trays nicely, especially when accompanied by a table-garnish of eucalyptus branches.
3. Layout. Planning with your caterer should include whether you can “mirror” your buffet line (which is perfect for a “T” set-out table configuration) vs. one long row of tables, an “L” configuration, or horse-shoe layout. Talk with your caterer and the venue in detail about the number and types of food trays for a maximized layout and lesser wait-times for your guests.
4. Details. Variations in surface-heights within your food space can deliver a more dynamic space. Consider placing a wine barrel or cocktail table to support your menu or a bouquet of flowers.
October Posting 2019: Beverages
The “N.O.B.” set-up is an often overlooked necessity at too many wedding events. With a little thought, and almost no money, well-done NOBs can make the difference between ordinary and exceptional. ‘Some tips for your beverage stations...
1. Waters. In lieu of water bottles on ice, consider using a glass beverage dispenser with fruit-infused water. Cucumber, apples, citrus, mint, and mixes are easy to prepare, beautiful to display, and oh so refreshing.
2. Traditionals. Ice tea and lemonade can be made from scratch or simply purchased in your favorite brand. When placed in a glass dispenser with some ice and mint leaves, everything has the look of homemade elegance.
3. Hot Spiced Cider. Marionfield is now offering spiced hot cider, made fresh on your wedding day, and present for the event just after dinner. Everyone asks for our recipe, but it’s top-secret!! Please inquire for details.
August Posting 2019: Lining Up Your Linens
There is no shortage of misinformation on the internet when it comes to linens. We have witnessed many disappointments, and offer some simple tips to help you get the look that you like!
1. Size. For the nicest overall appearance, consider doing a “full-drop” linen, which will just kiss the floor on all sides. For cocktail tables, both a full-drop (120 inches round) and the next larger size are beautiful. The advantage to going slightly larger is that the gather on the ground will help keep your linens from blowing away in outdoor settings.
2. Count. Be sure to count all of your tables for linens—don’t miss the ones that you’ll be using for food service, beverage service, gifts, DJ, desserts, etc.
3. Color. Especially for larger receptions, consider changing up the tone of your color palette a bit. Dressing your round tables in a lighter tone than your banquet tables for example, will deliver a more rich and dynamic feel without growing your budget.
4. Wrinkles. Steaming is definitively less work and time than ironing. Renting pre-pressed linens will save you the most time. Pre-pressed linens still have creases, but creases say “clean,” while wrinkles say “sloppy.”
November Posting 2019: Signing with Purpose and Elegance
Signage is a popular wedding trend today. Signs can serve fruitful purposes, but they can also be overdone. For example, signs presenting times for highlight-activities or food menu items can serve your event very well, because they inform your guest with desired information. How does one ‘sign’ an event with elegance? ‘Some tips:
1. Place a simple leaf-vine or floret at the top or bottom of your sign. This helps to connect signage with your overall event presentation.
2. Be intentional with your signage (try not to over-sign your event, using signs for decoration)
3. Personalize your signage rather than buying mass-produced décor-signs.
4. Present your signs – an easel is good for messaging, whereas leaning signs against a wall or fixture has the appearance of décor.