Q: What’s going on with wedding food this year? A: The typical run-of-the-mill standard pasta, carving and antipasto stations are becoming more imaginative. One thing I focused on for 2014 was creating stations that were more interactive for guests and also ones they have never seen. For instance a dessert S’mores station returns you to that nostalgic childhood period as your roast your own marshmallows. Q: What’s the deal with these one-bite appetizers? A: As far as the one-bite items we have several within our cocktail hour scheme and also Viennese display. Whether it’s an individual slider, bite-sized moo shu duck crepe to French Macaroons and miniature financiers, people love them. Q: What’s the new hot trend? A: Baja fish taco station strong in California roots. Tacos are a huge trending item and it’s what you put into them that separate … Read more
We’ve gathered some of the best wedding trends from online magazines from the TheKnot.com to LaurenConrad.com. No matter what the established sites or former stars of “The Hills” have to say, we all know some of these declared trends have always been in. But it’s still fun to survey the landscape and highlight the ones that seem pretty cool. The color pink: Pink is a classic romantic color and properly applied in doses. It’s a wonderful accent color. Grooms can even get involved with a pink dress shirt (with a grey suit) or perhaps a pink tie. The key is to go for a softer pink that is more muted. Focus on cakes: We, for one, are happy that huge, magnificent cakes are back in style. It’s the only time in life where a big fancy ornate cake is not only … Read more
The Palace is pleased be the venue for the 4th Annual Hugs for Brady Winter Gala on Saturday, February 8. Hugs for Brady is a charity that is very important to us as a local organization that helps kids with cancer. After Sherrie and Michael Wells of Kendall Park, New Jersey lost their son Brady to cancer, they created a charity that works towards a cure for cancer and improves the lives of children who are suffering from cancer. If you would like to register for the Gala, please visit the event page. It’s $150 per person, $1,500 for a table of 10. If you would simply like to donate or learn how to volunteer, visit the donations page on the Hugs for Brady site. The Winter Gala will honor the Hugs for Brady Pediatric Cancer Humanitarian of the Year, … Read more
College sweethearts Judelkiss and Calvin met at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. The Bronx-raised Judelkiss remembers meeting the Somerset, New Jersey-raised Calvin at a Hawaiian-themed party where he introduced himself as “Calvin Todd, member of the Men’s Soccer Team.” Her unique first name sparked a conversation that lasted until 3 a.m. that night and the romance began. After graduation, Calvin worked in Newark while Judakiss went to graduate school in Philadelphia. Smartly, Calvin proposed with yellow diamond ring the day of Thanksgiving in 2012 after seeing the show “Stomp” in New York City. The Wedding Their wedding at The Palace utilized the West Ballroom that included rich color hues (hunter/emerald was one of Judelkiss’ wedding color choices) and the 17th-centry inspired décor, which was completed with Sahara roses and tall, jeweled centerpieces. “Calvin is African American and I am from … Read more
Lisa Castaldo and Robert Alesi celebrated their love and future together during a September wedding at the Palace—with a twist. “We had a Cinderella wedding and what better place to hold one than The Palace,” Lisa said. The bride and her father arrived on a horse-drawn Cinderella Pumpkin Carriage, a lifetime dream of his. “The Palace arranged for our guests to see our grand entrance prior to taking their seats upstairs and it was unbelievable. My father couldn’t hold back his tears seeing all of his brothers and their families standing there watching him arrive with his first daughter.” As Lisa says, there were “no details left out.” There was a dove release, ice sculptures from Cinderella, glass slippers, a custom Cinderella-carved candle, and as guests waited for the valet to retrieve their cars, they were greeted by an ice … Read more
What’s the first word that goes out about your wedding besides a well-timed Facebook status update? Naturally, save the date cards are your first formal step towards announcing your big day. One invitation designer we love is Manhattan-based Lauren Brooke (pictured), who creates custom handmade invitations for any occasion. Here we see the breadth of styles for her Save-the-Date clients. It’s an opportunity to inject some personal touches into the first point-of-contact for your wedding. Get creative and have fun creating a statement card. .
The boutonniere is a wonderful wedding staple for many reasons: it’s another chance to personalize and be creative with your color scheme, it makes the groom look even more handsome and, most obviously, it’s a tradition! While a lot of men get their boutonnieres handled through their flower vendor or a friend, making it at home can be just as easy, and rewarding. Here’s how: You’ll want a flower with a big head that can withstand a little pressure (i.e. a rose or a calla lily). Might as well get a few to practice on. It’s also great to have the flower match the color scheme of the wedding. After remove foliage, thorns, less-appealing petals, cut the stem at an angle, leaving three inches of stem. Create the ‘bed’ by taking ferns, ivies, or other greenery and nestle it behind … Read more
Winter, spring, summer and fall. Everyone has their favorite season—but which time of the year will be best to place one of the most important days of your life? In this two-part series, we’ve put together a pro and con hit list for each season to help you make your decision. In this part, we’ll go over summer and fall. (You can also read our previous post about winter and spring.) Enjoy! Summer—Pros1) The weather. Especially if your reception is happening at night, you can’t argue with summer weather.2) Vendor availability. Because the wedding rush season will be over, you’ll have a better chance at your pick of the litter.3) Extend the party. Longer days means more sunlight and more memories to make. Summer—Cons1) Summer vacations. It’s not a serious con—just make sure to send your invitation early.2) Hot … Read more
ALAN & CHRISTIENNE //SDE from MPW Media Group on Vimeo. Thank you MPW Media Group for sharing your video and photographs from Christienne and Alan’s big day at The Palace. As you can see, mother nature created a magnificent backdrop for the day and from the looks on everyone’s faces, it was a joyous event. We love the iconic nighttime shots in our front entrance as well as the creative shots on our grounds. Congratulations to Christienne and Alan!
Winter, spring, summer and fall. Everyone has their favorite season—but which time of the year will be best to place one of the most important days of your life? In this two-part series, we’ve put together a pro and con hit list for each season to help you make your decision. In this part, we’ll go over winter and spring, and in the second part we’ll examine summer and fall. Enjoy! Winter—Pros1) A natural theme. Use ‘winter wonderland’ as a great, pliable aura to work off of.2) Shorter days. Sunset is earlier, meaning you can start your big day earlier and still have it be an ‘evening affair’.3) Photographer availability. It’s a fact that less couples choose the winter, meaning that in-demand photographer is more likely to book with you! Winter—Cons1) Holiday vacations. You’ll may have to accept some guests … Read more