Friday, July 30, 2010

Do we have to seat Uncle Fred?

This question comes up all the time - well not really, but brides and grooms want to please everbody and have a seat at a table for every person that is invited to the reception. The good news is - You don't have to! If you are invting 300 people, you know not everybody will be able to attend. It is not because they don't love you and wish they were sharing your special day, things happen.

So what do you do? How do you decide how many seats to provide? Best advice - be original - think differently - not everybody is the same, so don't seat everybody the same. Uncle Fred may perfer to stand while he eats, where Cousin George only sits on a couch to eat. Aunt Polly prefers to be outside during meals and little Harriet will run up and down the aisles until everyone is finished.

Ok, Ok if you are having a ceremony or formal plated dinner, yes every person attending should have a seat. However, if you are having a buffet, relax a little, have fun with the tables and the seating. At the Vox Theatre, we recommend only having seating for 80% of your guest. Not everybody will be eating at the same time, not everybody will want to sit. Also, you don't want to look over and see 2, 3 or more empty tables. They will look sad and you will think - Who didn't show up? or look at the money I wasted.

Now if your worried about the possiblity of people standing and holding their plates, use a cluster bar height tables. These table are a little more social and make for a more relaxed experience. Even better, have a lounge area (or two) with soft seating, maybe a couch, few soft chairs and a coffee table, like your living room. This is a fun alternative to the traditional banquet seating at round tables. Wedding receptions are fun and comfortable and the seating should be also.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Panda in the building!

In late May, Heather and Mike said "I do" and celebrated at the Vox Theatre with 280guests. Eventhought it was just our second wedding, I felt I had things under control and it going to run without any surprises. Then it happened - wild animals in the Vox! We have had some animals here and even some wild parties, but until the panda showed up we have never seen wild animals.

I should have asked, but I didn't want to look crazy (crazier than I usually do) Yes, Heather and Mike had a panda show up at their reception. Luckily, it was caught on camera or nobody would believe me. The panda showed up and danced with the guests, was carried around by several of the guests and then mysteriously disappeared. It is something I will never forgot.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Season of Firsts

The Vox Theatre has had a whirlwind summer for our first bridal season and even though it is not an acceptable excuse - that is why I have not had a new blog post in a while. Oops! Well, to make up for it - I will, hopefully, have a few new posts over the next few days.

The good news is - We can now say that we are seasoned veterans at pulling together weddings and receptions. Ok...maybe not seasoned or veterans but we have experience and that's what counts!

Our first bride and groom - Kristen & Ryan. They had a destination wedding and honeymoon in Sonoma, CA. Upon their return, they celebrated their nuptials with 250 family and friends. Catering was provided by Deco Catering with bar tending by 3 Blondes and a Martini.

Ryan designed these fabulous monogram banners to hang on the walls. While Kristen designed a candy buffet - for kids and some of us kids at heart - with to-go boxes that used the same monogram. The candy buffet was probably 10 different kinds of red and white candy. The only thing it didn't have was peanut butter and chocolate, but that doesn't come in red(I think there should be design exceptions for peanut butter and chocolate)....It was a spectacular night - Thank you to Kristen and Ryan for being our first bride and groom and for making my job the best one on earth.