A wedding reception is usually held at a beautiful venue, lovely decorated with floral arrangements, candles, lighting equipment, crystals, fabrics, and many others.
According to specialists, it is considered that nothing decorates better a wedding venue than a glass staircase or a green path, scattered with flowers. Unfortunately, not all the restaurants out there feature a glass staircase, nor are present in the wild, where green paths are available. In this case, these elements that could transform a regular wedding into an unforgettable one should be created, in order to enhance the wedding. Glass staircases do not necessarily have to feature 30 steps, but only 10, giving the bride and groom the possibility of taking their photos in a magical place. At the same time, that green path that was named earlier, can be created in front of the restaurant where the wedding will be held; so it is not necessarily a must for the restaurant to be placed somewhere in the nature, because a creative couple could bring nature to that restaurant, if they want this.
Another idea that is related to a wedding reception is to choose a theme, that should be respected entirely, from the use of flowers and colors to the moment when the happy couple dances their last dance at the wedding. Everything has to be beautifully arranged, and incorporated into a certain theme.
Lighting is another aspect that regards any wedding reception. Again, specialists say that ‘lighting can make or break an event’, this is why they suggest to use luminarias to create a romantic atmosphere, candelabras to create an elegant wedding atmosphere and clusters of small candles for an intimate wedding.
Most certainly you know those weddings where centerpieces are very tall and do not let guests talk to one another, even though they sit at the same table. Well, we recommend you to purchase only small centerpieces, that allow guests to see one another, and to discuss without problems. Centerpieces can be represented by bowls of sugar fruit, traditional flowers, champagne glasses combined with candles, ceramic decorations, flower pots, and many others.
Another idea connected to a wedding reception refers to the food selected by the happy couple for their guests. In case of an informal wedding, organized in the outdoors, a barbecue is a great idea. If a barbecue is selected for the wedding, guests could be served with hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, potato salads, green salads, bacon wrapped scallops, stuffed mushrooms, iced tea, soda and lemonade. In case of a formal wedding, that takes place inside a restaurant, the menu could be represented by roasted turkey and ham, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, fresh-baked pies, and obviously a wedding cake.
How to set up wedding reception tables for an elegant wedding? This operation has to be planned for a very long time, in order to make it perfect. Tables are often the most important aspect at the wedding reception site, so they need to be decorated in style.
Although it can be daunting choosing the wedding decorations for your big day, because of the wide variety of flowers, candles, glasses, vases and other decorations and centerpieces available, the task of setting up the perfect wedding reception site can be accomplished. And for this, you don't even need to address a wedding planner. If you read enough articles like this or books about weddings, you would become just as skilled as a wedding planner.
When searching for wedding decorations, take into account that an elegant wedding is about 2 or 3 colors only, not about a variety of them. An event where too many colors are used is anything but elegant. So choose maximum 3 colors for your wedding, and make sure to coordinate them well together. For example, you can choose blue and yellow, in conjunction with pale green for a summer wedding. Also, take into consideration that you will have to match the colors chosen for your wedding reception site to those selected for your religious ceremony. To make this task more straightforward, we recommend choosing the same colors for the religious ceremony and wedding reception.
The tablecloths selected for your big event should be made in a warm color. If we take the aforementioned example one more time, we suggest you to select pale green tablecloths, because they invite people to eat and to feel great, not like blue, which is a color that invites people to dream, or like yellow, which makes them very active when looking at it.
Also, choose a table runner in the same color of the tablecloths. In case of some square tables, place the table runner down the length of the table. For round tables, use 2 table runners that form an X.
Do not forget about chair covers, that have to be matched very well with the tablecloths, table runners and the rest of the items used at the wedding. If using pale green once again for your chair covers is too much for you, use a combination of pale green and blue; pay attention to use the same shades of pale green and blue, if you do not want to create a non-elegant mixture of colors.
Flowers should complement the color scheme too, only that they could feature other colors as well, not only green, blue or yellow, but also pink, white, or orange. Choose roses, gerbera daisies, peonies and hydrangeas, because you will not go wrong; these flowers are appropriate in case of any wedding, regardless of the season when the wedding takes place.
New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, with a population of 350,000 inhabitants. New Orleans straddles the Mississippi River, was founded in 1718 and is also known as ‘The Big Easy’.
In New Orleans, couples searching for some locations where to celebrate their wedding can choose from almost 1000 places to eat. Most of them are, as expected, specialized in American cuisine, such as: The Commander's Palace, August, Verti Marte and Nola Restaurant.
The Commander’s Dallas is found at 1403 Washington Ave. and is the perfect place for an elegant wedding. Dishes there are priced at around $100, the service is excellent and the food, amazing. The interior of this restaurant reminds wedding guests of an exquisite French restaurant, also, its exterior is memorable too; this building is blue on the outside and presents several interesting towers, just like an old church.
August is another unusual restaurant, just like its name. It is found at 301 Tchoupitoulas Street, offers dishes priced at around $80, serves beside American dishes some French ones too, accepts reservations made with OpenTable and is one of the best restaurants in New Orleans, in terms of atmosphere, service, food and value.
Verti Marte seems like an Italian restaurant, but the truth is that this is 100% American. Verti Marte is located at 1201 Royal Street and is definitely a go-to place in New Orleans’ French quarter. This restaurant is quite tiny, therefore it is appropriate for intimate weddings. There, wedding guests could serve pasta, roasted potatoes, green beans, all sorts of snacks and also plenty of fruits, such as apples and oranges.
Nola Restaurant has its name from the very name of New Orleans (NOLA is the actual acronym for the city of New Orleans); this name is used by many of those who do not want to write or say the entire name of the city. Nola Restaurant is found at 534 St. Louis Street, offers dishes for prices ranging between 30 and $40 and is specialized in American, Cajun and Creole cuisines. Reservations there can be made with OpenTable, although in case of a large wedding, we recommend couples to discuss with a representative of this restaurant, to be certain that they will have 5 or 6 tables reserved just for them and their guests. The food at this restaurant will never disappoint anyone, the atmosphere is great and the prices are always fair. Nola offers a great experience, that has to be tried even if you do not plan to get married; just contact this restaurant, book a table there and enjoy the tasty food, the efficient service and the friendly approach of everyone working at Nola.
A couple planning to celebrate their wedding in Chicago has plenty of choices to choose from in terms of restaurants, bistros, taverns, pizzerias, brasseries and coffee shops. Chicago has around 5000 places to eat, out of which at least 1000 are perfect for an exquisite wedding.
Today, we will present several cheap wedding reception venues where a happy couple could celebrate their wedding in Chicago. And we start with Yolk, a true American restaurant, found at 747 N. Wells Street. This restaurant offers dishes priced at around $20 and is great for large weddings. To check out the food at this restaurant, a happy couple could order it online or on the phone, because Yolk also delivers food at people’s homes.
The next best option in case of a cheap restaurant in Chicago is the Bongo Room, another American restaurant, offering dishes for $20. The Bongo Room is found at 1470 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Unlike the first restaurant, this one does not deliver food at people’s homes, therefore a happy couple that wants to see how the food at this restaurant is, before booking it for their wedding, has to go there and serve dinner, just like any other client. There should be mentioned though that, in case of a wedding, the chef of any restaurant should offer a happy couple the possibility of tasting samples of foods that will be served at their wedding. So a couple that does not want to spend money on dining out at various restaurants, in order to find the most appropriate one for their wedding, can ask their chefs to provide them with several samples of their best dishes; although couples do not have to pay for this, it would be wise to reward the chefs somehow.
Couples who know very well that their guests prefer barbecues can choose to organize their wedding in Chicago at The Smoque BBQ, a great place for those who love this American dish. This restaurant is found at the 800 N. Pulaski Road, serves dishes priced at around $20 and is highly recommended for its atmosphere. Barbecues can be made of beef, pork, chicken, whatever the customer wants. A wedding organized at this location should be established several months before the event, because this place tends to become very crowded, especially on weekends.
Our last recommendation goes to Chicago Diner, a vegetarian restaurant, preferred by all those who want to eat healthy. Chicago Diner can be found on 411 North Halsted Street, is open from morning until evening and offers great dishes, that are appreciated even by non-vegans. This place is great for a formal and intimate wedding, where guests will be invited to taste some excellent vegan options.
Are you planning a budget wedding? Don't worry, 80% of those who plan their wedding want to keep it simple, yet elegant, and most importantly, under budget. So what can you do if you want to save money too?
Forget about the cocktail hour
A cocktail hour? You don't have to throw a cocktail party before your wedding reception, unless you have many guests arriving from long distances, who need to eat something before the reception, in order to be able to stand on their feet. However, even this tiny problem can be overcome, if the happy couple offers them several snacks at the hotel where they are accommodated.
Provide your own appetizers
No restaurant manager or chef will get upset if you provide your own appetizers. This could sound very time-consuming, but the truth is that you can make those appetizers in less than 2 hours, if you are helped by your friends and the closest relatives. In addition, you can save up to 50% of the cost of your appetizers, if you prepare them yourself.
Celebrate your wedding at home
This idea is very good for those who plan a second wedding, and also for those who do not want to spend thousands of dollars on their wedding. Also, you need to go simple with your wedding, because your guests will be satisfied with anything that you offer them; to them, it is important to see you and your partner happy, than to eat and drink like never before.
Provide your own drinks
Even if you plan to celebrate your wedding at a restaurant, you can provide your own drinks, if this is established from the beginning with the restaurant manager. Discuss this from the very first appointment with him/her, in order to avoid potential problems, that could occur exactly on your wedding day. If the restaurant where you plan to celebrate the wedding does not approve you coming with your own drinks at your wedding, choose another restaurant.
Go for champagne and non-alcoholic beverages
Most people go to weddings driving their own car, and according to all regulations, it is forbidden to drink alcohol while driving, or when you know that several hours after drinking that glass of wine or liquor, you will be driving again. So a happy couple that wants to limit car accidents should offer their guests a glass of champagne at the beginning of the happy event, and afterwards, only non-alcoholic beverages. It might sound weird to Russians and British, who are known to enjoy very much the alcoholic drinks, but a wedding could be spectacular too, even when the alcohol is involved just a bit.