Social Events

The Bachelorette/Bachelor Party: Not Just a Night Out; a Weekend or Week Experience.

 
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Okay, so today we are talking about all things related to your bachelor/bachelorette weekend (or even week for some). They have become the pre wedding festivities to toast the couple and have some fun with your besties before the big day. So, why not do it right and plan a “destination” party since some of your closest friends probably don’t live in the same area.

Obviously, location is key. Of course we all know the popular destinations - Texas, Nashville and Las Vegas – but we also have some new hot spots on our radar. Consider Minneapolis. What? Why not? It’s right on the water, has great night life, restaurants. The weather is also ideal during the summer months. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is also another spot we love.  Or how about Costa Rica? Check out El Castillo de Esparza. This private oasis includes pool, hot tub, cabana bar, custom menus, luxurious accommodations and amenities for up to 20 guests. This spot is perfect for any celebration.

Once you’ve selected your location, infuse some fun activities in between the cocktails and dining experiences.  Below are some of our favorite ideas.

Have a close group of guy and girlfriends? Why not have a co-ed party. This could involve a sporting event or some other activity that you all enjoy together! Have you tried Urban Axes – it’s different and will get people talking! Or are you all adventurous and speed junkies? Go ziplining or skydiving or if that’s too much, try the latest trend in escape rooms – check out amazeescape!

You can also keep it more traditional with a spa day or a yoga class – the guys roll their eyes, but in the end they’ll be thankful for their soft hands and the relaxation time. Maybe not everyone is adventurous or into spas, so offer options and do your own thing in the morning and then plan a group night out.

Are you philanthropic? Have everyone volunteer at a nonprofit and give back. If everyone loves pets, look into donating your time to the ASPCA or help out at a local food kitchen. There are so many options for volunteering and it’s a feel-good moment for everyone!

If you’re into food and wine, why not plan an in-home chef cooking demo. You can hire a chef to do a cooking demonstration and serve you a fabulous meal while everyone kicks back and enjoys the fine dining!

These are just a sampling of ideas – there are so many! Hopefully it got you thinking about what is the best bachelorette/bachelor party for you.

Have any questions – reach out to us and we’ll help you create an amazing celebration!

 

 

Elevating Your Brunch Wedding

 
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Weddings are evolving and there are many alternatives to the traditional evening affair that couples are considering. An afternoon celebration with different foods, cocktails and entertainment is an elegant twist on tradition and still allows couples to incorporate personal touches and create a memorable guest experience. But for many who still envision a more traditional, classic affair, the idea of an afternoon wedding is dismissed as being too casual, though it doesn’t have to be. In fact, there are ways to have a brunch/afternoon affair that is still classic, traditional and sophisticated.

 While most brunch weddings happen on Sunday, you can opt for a Saturday which is more convenient for your guests. And more importantly, you can still host the after party for your friends and family that want to continue the celebration. To elevate the level of sophistication more common with evening weddings, skip the garden party aesthetic most opt for and incorporate jewel tones accented with light, lush flowers. Set the tone with the invitation and acknowledge preferred attire as many will ask! If you want guests in formal attire, a suit and tie for men and cocktail dress for women is still appropriate for the afternoon.

 Starting with the ceremony, welcome guests with a coffee bar and pastry accompaniment. They will love this as many probably didn’t have time to eat before traveling to the wedding. For the cocktail reception, your food selections can be yummy brunch style hors d’oeuvres such as sous vide egg bites, mini pastries and tea sandwiches with salmon, egg salad and other accouterments.

 Transitioning to the reception, kick it off with the traditional introductions and toast and invite guests to enjoy a fabulous plated meal customary at an evening wedding. You can also incorporate the parent dances and cake cutting or feature an amazing dessert bar if you want to forgo cake. You can also have a traditional band and incorporate dancing or if you want to keep it simple, have a jazz quartet play for the main portion and transition to a dance band for the after party.

 While there are many ways to elevate the level of sophistication of an afternoon celebration, you’ll still want to consider if it’s right for you. If you are an early riser and can’t see yourself up past 9 pm, it could be the perfect way to celebrate your special day and still plan a elegant, traditional wedding.