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Using the Bride or Grooms Home As a Reception Venue

A lot of couples begin to plan their Wedding Day as soon as the Engagement is announced.

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Using the Bride or Grooms home as a reception venue with a Marquee

Wedding Sacramento knows in most situations, you have to consider both  families as they may have had little contact with each other before the big announcement, or may indeed have ever met.

No wonder most couples find this a daunting task!

Using either the Bride or Groom’s home as a venue for the wedding reception will be an immediate icebreaker.

As soon as your guests arrive at the Reception, there is plenty to talk about, unlike with an impersonal venue. Marquees now come in all shapes and sizes.

Most marquee companies offer a free no obligation site survey. This is when they can look at all logistics for your day. From where your guests are going to park, through to which part of the garden is most suitable to site your reception.

Incorporating garden features such as ponds, plant borders, statues & small trees will make your marquee unique & personal in a way no other venue can. Also, simple Up lighting using colored gel overlays can create a striking look outside the marquee to illuminate your favorite trees, bringing your theme together.

The internal marquee linings can be contemporary ivory, perhaps with a stunning starlight roof lining to create an intimate atmosphere over the dance floor. Some Brides incorporate their Bridesmaids colors into the marquee using swags & tails over classic ivory and also using colored table linen for a more interesting look.

For a surprise element to your reception, fake reveal linings can be used to hide an area until it comes into it’s own, for example a band can start to play behind the linings as they drop to reveal the dance floor, always a surprise to your guests and great for signaling that dinner is over and now it’s time to party!

Flowers look exceptional in marquees. The roof height lends itself to dramatic floral displays; flower balls can easily be clamped to poles or suspended from the ridge of the marquee. Most mothers of the Bride and Groom really enjoy participating in this part of the decoration of the marquee.

Catering for your guests outside is always one of the main attractions of the day. There are so many caterers to choose from who specialize in outside catering, from a full hot sit down meal to hog roasts, BBQs, chocolate fountains, vodka luge… Your caterer will prepare and cook for you in either a separate catering tent attached to the main marquee or an integral section of the main marquee.

Most marquee companies now produce a Computer Aided Design illustrating the internal layout of tables, dance floor, access points, toilets etc to help both your caterers and other suppliers such as florists and DJ’s.

Power solutions for lighting, caterers, DJs are usually overcome with a silent generator. The power is then distributed around the marquee as and where required. Diesel powered heating is ducted into the marquee from units placed outside and these are normally thermostatically controlled from within the structure

Toilets are sited close to the marquee and where possible in inclement weather within the marquee or attached to the main structure via walkways. Most couples opt for a trailer comprising ladies and gents. Some units even have piped music and DVDs playing, quite the talking point for frequenting guests!

Depending on your chosen location, there are basically two main types of marquee structure used for large gatherings such as weddings:

Traditional Radial Tension Roof Marquees are very beautiful for brides where space is not an issue. They are integral in 20’ sections, with a 22’ high internal poles. These poles give the marquee an impressive feel and are usually decorated by the florist so that they become a feature.

Clearspan Marquees are modular structures, with no guy ropes. They are more versatile than the Traditional Marquees because they can be configured perpendicular to each other to overcome awkward sites and also they may be fixed to hard standing unlike the Traditional.

Do remember most suppliers are booking up six months to a year in advance for popular summer dates, try not to leave choosing suppliers until the last moment. Planning early relieves stress and allows you to relax and continue to enjoy your Engagement.

Maid Of Honor Speech – Tips You Can Try Now!

At Wedding Sacramento we say that the most important role of the maid of honor is to give the maid of honor speech.

wedding- sacramento-maid-of-honor-speechThis announcement is a huge part of the wedding ceremony and sometimes is given within the first part of the wedding reception before people stand leaving, so most likely you will have a full house when giving your speech.

While the best man’s speech is equally important, he will focus more on the groom then on the bride, so it’s your job to keep the bride happy and entertain her with your speech. There are a few tips when it comes to giving a maid of honor speech that will almost guarantee it to be a big success and that’s what I’m going to show you in this article today.

The best speeches are usually the funny one’s where every one in the crowd is laughing not just the bride. Telling stories about growing up together and funny things that happened to you is a great way to get your speech going.

A lot of maid of honors when giving a speech like to wing it and not write anything down on paper and just hope for the best. I think on such a big day, the least you can do is make an effort and write down a few prepared remarks.

We all know that the majority of people don’t like to speak in front of other people, we tend to get very nervous when we know we have to make a speech and having prepared notes makes life a lot easier on that front as well.

Here are some of the things you can talk about in your speech. If you and the bride grew up together, you could talk about all the silly things you did as kids. You should talk about how you and the bride met each other and how you became friends.

This is quite a popular way to start a speech, by letting the audience know who you are and how you know the bride. I feel it sets the right tone for the rest of the speech. You can talk about what the bride use to tell you about the groom when they first started dating and make a funny story out of that.

Then if you want to get into a more substantial part of your speech, start talking about how great the bride and groom look together, make a spiritual comment or something meaningful from you to the bride and groom and of course you cannot forget to give them some marital advice then wish them luck on their journey.

Hopefully these tips will give you some idea on what to say when giving a maid of honor speech.