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Tips for Planning an Amazing Rehearsal Dinner

Rehearsal dinners have become a standard part of Connecticut weddings. It is as expected as a funny story in the best man’s toast. So how do you make your rehearsal dinner a truly amazing event?

Choose the right venue

The right venue can make a big difference in the rehearsal dinner. It can be in any restaurant, but for an outstanding rehearsal dinner, look at what your wedding venue offers. If there’s a smaller venue that couldn’t accommodate your full guest list, why not have your rehearsal dinner there?

Add some entertainment

The best rehearsal dinners aren’t silent affairs. They have music, they have dancing, and they have a few toasts. This is a chance for you to celebrate with the members of your immediate family and wedding party, so enjoy it with great entertainment.

Have an end time

While it might seem like a great party should never end, this really isn’t the case on the night before your wedding. Remember that you and everyone at your rehearsal dinner will have to be up early to get ready for your wedding. A great rehearsal dinner won’t be remembered that way if everyone is exhausted and hungover on your wedding day.

What do you have planned for your rehearsal dinner? The Connecticut wedding vendors at our upcoming shows can help you plan something truly fantastic!

 

Photo: Flickr/Sean O’Shaughnessy

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What Your Wedding Guests Can Expect

When you plan your wedding, it’s sometimes difficult to step back and think of things from your guests’ point of view. However, there are a few things that your guests can reasonably expect, and that you should do for them.

Send the invitation in a timely manner. You’ve had the date of your wedding marked on your calendar for ages, but your guests might still need to get time off from work, arrange for child care, and plan travel. Make sure they have enough time to do this and get good prices on everything. If you’ve sent a save the date card, make sure that everyone who received one is getting a formal invitation when they are ready to send, too!

Be clear about who is invited (and be ready to explain why). Are you inviting their kids? Are you allowing them to bring a guest? Make sure this is clear on the invitation so your guests don’t make plans based on an incorrect assumption. If they are confused, be prepared to explain why you have or haven’t extended the invitation to their children or date.

Don’t expect a gift. Yes, you’ve registered for gifts at a variety of prices to ensure that everyone can find something they can afford. But no, this doesn’t mean your guests are bound to buy you something. Whether they give you a gift or not, they should still get a thank you card after the wedding, though. After all, you are thanking them for being part of your big day, not for the new kitchen equipment!

To find out more about making sure your guests have a great time at your wedding, come speak to some of our area’s best wedding vendors. You can find them at any of our upcoming Connecticut bridal shows!

 

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Get Inspired by Kimye

The big wedding news this week is the nuptials of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. The couple finally tied the knot at a lavish ceremony in Italy. It followed an equally luxurious rehearsal dinner at Versaille.

While the over-the-top wedding might not be within your budget, there is plenty you can use for your Connecticut wedding. Here are a few things that can be used to inspire you:

Flowers: One of the stand-out elements of the ceremony was the 20-foot wall of flowers they had constructed as a backdrop. The combination of white roses and peonies is a classic wedding choice and perfect for your big day, too.

Dresses: Kim had a wardrobe change during the reception, offering her the chance to show off another designer dress. For your wedding, having a reception gown can allow you to change into something that is better for dancing the night away.

Maids: Kim’s bridesmaids, her sisters, were all dressed in white. This is a huge trend and one that gives a clean, elegant style to the wedding party. Look for a plain white dress style for your maids that offsets the glamor of your wedding gown.

To find out more about planning your perfect wedding, and to meet our area’s best vendors, come to one of our upcoming bridal shows.

 

Photo: Flickr/St.John’sFlowerGuild

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Wedding Dress Inspiration from New York Bridal Week

It’s April and that means that all the biggest wedding dress designers have been showing their latest gowns in New York. With the runway shows now over, it’s the perfect time to have a look at the big trends for 2015

Light and Delicate

When Vera Wang described her spring 2015 collection as being inspired by the “lightnes of being, delicate and discipline, sensual and seductive,” she could have been speaking for a number of designers. Light and delicate styles were all over the runways, with billowy tulle layers, soft takes on mermaid silhouettes, and lace details being key elements to look for.

Soft Shades

Rather than going bold with color, designers such as Monique Lhuillier opted to include very pale pastels in their collections. This trend showed the slightest hint of color, giving the look of a shaded off-white rather than a fully noticeable color.

Boho Casual

For causal weddings, the 2015 trend is going to be boho. With the feel of 1970s flower power, these gowns are perfect for a music festival theme wedding. These flowing gowns, seen in the Oscar de la Renta show, look feminine and comfortable, and would be the ideal choice for a beach wedding.

Were you watching the runways? Are you inspired by this year’s bridal designs?

If you’re planning your Connecticut wedding, you can find out all about the latest trends and meet the area’s best wedding vendors at any of our upcoming bridal shows!

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Great Ideas for a Fantastic Spring Wedding Menu

Spring may be the most popular season for weddings, but it’s also a foodie’s dream season. If you’re a foodie getting married, it makes sense to choose spring for all the fabulous catering options the season offers.

The first step to having the perfect spring wedding menu is to find an experienced Connecticut wedding caterer. Event Caterers in Danbury are an excellent choice. Chef Joseph Yorio has more than 20 years of culinary expertise and experience. He and his team bring their love of food to every event, making sure the menu is perfect for you and your guests.

For a spring wedding menu, Event Caterers have many great choices. For your cocktail hour, consider these passed hors d’oeuvres:

  • Seared lamb loin capanata & olive toast
  • Orange glazed shrimp with avocado papaya salad on endive
  • Strawberry stuffed with herb Boursin cheese & candied walnut
  • Cornmeal Crusted Jalepeno Pepper, Stuffed with roasted eggplant & Manchego cheese, Red Pepper Drizzle

They also offer delicious seasonal display options, including fruit, vegetables, cheeses, and Italian antipasto.

For your main course, their top spring selections include:

  • Roasted Sea Bass, beluga lentils, lobster, carrot & coriander nage
  • Herb roasted Frenched chicken breast, truffle mashed potatoes & broccolini
  • Farfalle with black olives, wild mushrooms & creamy leek sauce

If you prefer a buffet, they can work with you to create the selection of your dreams. They also offer a popular station service. This allows you to bring one of the hottest wedding catering trends to your Connecticut wedding.

To find out more about Event Caterers, or to get in touch with many other excellent Connecticut wedding vendors, check out our show directory or come to one of our upcoming Connecticut bridal shows.

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Choosing a Wedding Gown as a Mature Bride

With the average age of brides holding steady at 29 for the second year in a row, there are plenty of brides above this age getting married each year. For the mature bride, finding the perfect wedding gown can prove an extra challenge. You want something that suits your age, but still conveys the specialness of the day. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a wedding gown as a mature bride.

Style

Whether you want to go with a traditional gown or something a bit different, there are plenty of age-appropriate choices available. For gowns, consider narrower skirts, such as evening gown styles that will give you an elegant look. If you want to stay away from a gown, a pale colored suit is an excellent choice.

Color

As a mature bride, this might not be your first wedding. A wedding dress for a second wedding should follow the same guidelines as a gown for a first wedding. The most important thing is that you are comfortable in your choice. Whether you choose to wear white or another color is a personal decision. There are lots of beautiful off-white colors that can offer the best of both worlds, too.

Event

Whatever your age, the key to finding the perfect wedding gown is making sure it suits the wedding you’re planning. Keeping your dress in line with the wedding’s style is very important. As a mature bride, you’ll want to be comfortable throughout your big day, too. Consider the venue, type of reception, and how active you’ll be during your wedding day.

Whether you’re a mature bride or not, planning a Connecticut wedding is a big job. From finding the perfect dress to choosing a venue, you’ll be able to find out everything you need to know and meet our area’s best vendors when you attend a Wedding Steps bridal show. Visit our site to find out more about upcoming shows and buy tickets.

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Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Testa’s Banquet Facility

If you’re looking for a family-run venue that has all you could want for your wedding day — a great location, fabulous food — look no further than Testa’s Banquet Facility in Southington. Along with being an excellent wedding venue, it’s also the venue for our next bridal expo.

Testa’s offers a variety of packages for your wedding, meaning you can have the day you want at the price you can afford. Their experienced planners will help you arrange everything from the meal to the entertainment.

Their banquet rooms can accommodate an intimate wedding or a bigger wedding. Whether you have 30 guests or 250 guests, though, you’ll get the same excellent service from the staff at Testa’s. You and your guests will be taken care of, meaning you won’t need to worry about the logistics on your big day.#

Of course, another reason to choose Testa’s is their food. Their menus are full of Italian family favorites, including cheeses, meatballs, and their famous sauce!

If you want to find out more about Testa’s Banquet Facility, the best way is to visit, and there’s no better time to visit than at our upcoming bridal expo there. Join us there on November 17!

 

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Would You Split the Cost of the Engagement Ring?

One of the week’s big online debates has been whether or not a bride should split the cost of her engagement ring.

The supporters of splitting the cost argue that you can get a bigger ring if you split the cost. It also sets up the financial relationship that will need to carry through the rest of your wedding planning. As fewer couples have their parents paying for their weddings, the bride and groom themselves have to work out how to budget the wedding costs themselves. In this case, the engagement ring becomes part of this budgeting.

Those who are against splitting the cost see it as a non-traditional move, and unromantic. The engagement ring is something that is meant to be a surprise to the bride. When she pays for half of it, or even helps with the shopping, it takes that away. As a result, it lacks the romance of having him get down on one knee and pop the question.

What is your opinion on splitting the cost of the ring? If you’re planning your Connecticut wedding, you’ll want to meet the best vendors. Coming to one of our upcoming bridal shows is an excellent way to do your planning and loads of fun.

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Are Your Wedding Shoes a Good Fit?

While the traditional bridal shoes might be a satin pump that’s a perfect match to the gown, many brides are choosing different styles for their big day. Choosing the right pair of shoes can make you much more comfortable on your wedding day.

If you still want to go with a heel, consider finding a pair that adds a bit of color or even a pattern to your bridal style. This is a popular choice and can be a bit of fun for your bridal style. It also allows you much more choice, and you can shop at any shoe store!

Some brides are opting for a less traditional choice, such as a pair of sneakers. This is a great choice for an offbeat bride, or one who isn’t comfortable in heels.

If you don’t want a heel, but still prefer a formal look, look for a pair of dressy flats. A beautiful ballet flat can look fabulous under a wedding gown.

Of course, if you’re planning a beach wedding, you should also consider bridal flip flops or even going barefoot. Flip flops can also be a great choice if you want to change out of more formal shoes, with many bridal styles available with a bit of added bling.

To find out more about bridal fashion, and to meet some of Connecticut’s best wedding vendors, come to one of our upcoming shows!

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Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Villa Barone Hilltop Manor

If you’re a Connecticut bride, you might want to look over the state line to some of the fabulous venues available in Putnam County. Our next bridal expo, on September 19th, is being held at one of these beautiful locations – Villa Barone Hilltop Manor.

The Hilltop Manor is perfect for a truly grand affair, and its waterfront location and country surroundings make you feel removed from everything. Your guests will be swept away by the stunning property with its landscaped gardens and sumptuous interiors.

Of course, it isn’t just great for big weddings. The team at the Hilltop Manor can work with you to create the perfect wedding for you, from 50 guests to 500 guests. The Villa Barone catering team can also ensure that you have a menu you’ll remember forever.

Words can’t do the Hilltop Manor justice, though. The best way to understand the beauty of this venue is to visit it, and our next bridal expo is the perfect opportunity. Find out more about this and other upcoming shows, and buy your tickets today!