When brides and grooms start looking for wedding venues, too often their eyes are bigger than their wallets and they fall in love with the beautiful atmosphere of the place and sign a contract before they've considered more sensible issues. Before you plan the entire
event around this beautiful atmosphere some decisions must be made first. The basic questions of the date and time are important as some times of the year are more expensive than others. Besides that the more important questions include the number of guests to accommodate as well as other services and products needed to accommodate the event such as caterers and D.J. Once you know these things, and you have a few wedding venues in mind that fit that budget and size, then it's time to start asking questions! The questions listed below are essential to couples when selecting this venue as the venue of the wedding no matter if both ceremony and reception in one place or multiple venues can consume almost 35% to 40% of wedding budget.
1. What is the rental fee? What exactly does it include?
2. What is maximum capacity? For a seated dinner? Buffet?
3. Do I have to share with another wedding?
4. How many hours does rental cover? Overtime charge?
5. Are there any site restrictions? Any price discounts for certain
time periods or days of the week?
6. Do you have a piano? Other musical instruments on the
premises? Is there an additional charge?
7. Any regulations concerning décor, flowers or photography?
8. Do you have air conditioning and or adequate heating?
9. Do you have in-house catering? Preferred list? Can I bring
a caterer of my choosing? Alcohol restrictions?
10. Liability Insurance
11. Enclosed adequate kitchen facilities? Charge for use?
12. Can site be used for ceremony?
13. Is there a dance floor? Is dancing allowed? Where?
14. Any additional charges for required services? Security guards,
parking attendants, doorman, valet parking?
15. What is the deposit and refund procedure?
16. Adequate parking for guests? Will they be charged to park?
17. Are there rooms available where we can change into wedding
attire? Going away clothes?
18. Do you have a microphone?
19. Can we review staging, lighting and other video needs?
20. Is there a place for guest to wait our arrival from ceremony?
Can hors d’oeuvres and or drinks be served there?
21. Where is the best place to set up receiving line?
22. What is the name of the banquet manager? Will he or she
be there on that day? If not who will be in charge?
23. Is security deposit required? How much? When can expect a
24. Do you provide tables? What kind? Chairs?
25. Do you have a floorplan available for sketching layout? Where
the gift table, bride's table and cake table will go?
26. Are table skirts and or covers available? Colors?
27. What colors are the facility?
Any true partier would love a good fancy theme party, and this New Year’s Eve, bring the celebration from the bars and clubs to the comfort of your own home. Here are some recommendations tips for this holiday that are to provide the silliest, most extravagant and lavishly elegant themed parties, all for your entertainment!
BLACK & WHITE
Throw an exciting Mardi Gras themed New Year’s Eve party you just can’t miss! Dress up in fancy Masquerade black tie and prepare yourself to bring in 2014 New Orleans style! This classy theme will have your guests dressed to the nines as you countdown to
twelve. You can even request your guests to wear black and white to the party to go with the
FOR THE TABLES:
Black and white linens and mismatched black and white plates and cups. For the centerpiece use a hurricane vase and make a bouquet with long black and white feathers. You could also use flowers but I think the feathers go so well with the black and white theme.
FOR THE FOOD:
Serve up a fancy three course meal if budget allows. Make guests feel that they are in one of the finest restaurants. Offer
champagne and caviar.
FOR THE CAKE:
A black and white dark chocolate cake with caramel buttercream filling will have guests melting and the visual treat will look great in pictures.
FOR PARTY FAVORS:
Give the guests fun black and white feather crowns to wear or black and white masks would also look great for more of a masquerade theme. You can also give them a cute damask print box filled with Jordan almonds or coconut truffles to
Make your New Year’s party stellar by decorating with stars. Ever dream of going to a star studded celebrity party? Throw an A-list party
yourself! It's very easy to do and your New Year's Eve guests will be thrilled to be treated like the hottest celebs! Decorate in red, cream and gold tones. Roll out a red carpet for your guests to walk on and encourage them to wear their finest. Have someone snapping pics like a paparazzi. Offer a guest book at the door so everyone can sign their "autograph.
FOR THE TABLE:
Use a light cream colored table cloth and use beige, gold and red plates and cups. Use some water filled
bowls with red cranberries and floating tea lights. Use gold glitter star cut outs for place cards.
FOR THE FOOD:
Serve mini cocktails and appetizers on small plates
so guests can visit with other "celebs" as they wait for the New Year
FOR THE CAKE:
Offer a gourmet red velvet cake or cupcakes with silky cream cheese frosting.
FOR PARTY FAVORS:
guest their very own Walk of Fame star!
The New Year comes at midnight, right? Why not be dressed for the occasion, in your PJ's. Have all your guests come in their favorite sleepwear and take a more relaxing approach to the new year.
FOR THE FLOOR:
Instead of dressing the table, set the night on the floor with big fluffy pillows, soft blankets and sleeping bags
FOR THE FOOD:
serve big bowls of popcorn and potato chips and a wide assortment of chocolate candy and taffy
FOR THE PARTY FAVORS:
Hand out slippers as party favors for guests to wear instead of their shoes. Cinderella lost her slipper at midnight. Have everyone toss their fuzzy slippers in the air at midnight, too.
Host a glowing black light party. Give everyone glow sticks and glow bracelets. Serve
tonic water to drink. It glows under black lights. Make tonic water ice cubes. Use dry ice to make the drinks misty. Use
petroleum jelly to write “Happy New Year!” on the walls and mirrors. It glows under a black light also. Clothes detergent with bleach also glows. Write with it. Set off a glow in the dark Mentos geyser at midnight to kick off the New Year.
OUR FAVORITE GLOW IN THE DARK DRINK
Energy drinks that have vitamin B in them will glow a very bright yellow under bright lights. There is a way to make them glow green as well. By adding food coloring you can turn the green glowing drink into a cocktail by adding alcohol. Pick one that pairs the best with the brand of energy drink you serve.
energy drink with B vitamins (Rockstar, Red Bull, Monster, etc)
Blue food coloring
(rum, whiskey, Jagermeister, or vodka, optional for adult
1. Pour an energy drink into a glass.
2. If you are adding alcohol, add it into the glass.
3. Add several drops of blue food coloring.
4. Turn on the black light.
5. Mix the drink and watch as it changes from a bright yellow glow to a bright green. Serve and enjoy! Just don't drink it right before bedtime
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