The Vendor Table

What is a “Vendor Table” you may ask. Well, if you haven’t planned a formal event lately, you may not know.

A “Vendor Table” is a table set aside for the “Vendors” at your wedding: the photographer, the DJ, the videographer, etc.  They have a long day, and while it is not required to serve them a meal, all hosts do.  Where to sit?  It is a lovely, generous gesture to have a table set aside for your vendors.  But then that just may not be possible due to space issues.


If an entire table is not possible, try to make sure there is a bench in front of a your venue building, or a picnic table, etc.  Anywhere for the professionals who are making your wedding a success to take a quick break will work.  Your vendors will not rest long.  There’s too much to do to keep your event running smoothly.  I have never worked a wedding where I have not had a place to rest, but talking to other vendors, it sometimes happens.

As a wedding guest recently, I attended a reception where there were not even enough chairs for the guests, much less for the vendors.  A few chairs had to be borrowed form another venue location.  Being in the business myself, my heart went out to the vendors.  Some, I knew had been on their feet in excess of 10 hours.  I can not imagine standing that long without a break.

For vendor or guest, some brides are renting lovely seating like the conversation group above.  I think it lends a cozy, yet sophisticated air.

Your vendor table doesn’t have to be as lavishly decorated as the ones for your guests, just a cozy corner to take a break.

A picnic table, such as the ones above, can make a nice respite for the weary, hard working vendor. These tables, however, are dressed so nicely, they could serve the guests!


The Prosecco Van

Brides the world over are always trying to find the new and different way to set their nuptials apart from the masses. The UK has a new trend… According to the Bubble Brothers Website:


We started the Prosecco Van concept back in 2015 and have been traveling around the UK with our little Ape ever since.

We’ve served at hundreds of weddings and private events and have also poured bubbly by the glass to thousands of people at festivals all over the country including the inimitable Glastonbury.”

The team even has a second option: the “Bubble Bike”!

“The sidecar-bar has been modified into a sparkling wine bar serving ice cold bubbly on tap, straight from the barrel and chilled to perfection on pour. The neat size of the Bubble Bike means that it will fit into most event spaces, both indoor and out, so is an ideal alternative to The Prosecco Van for those venues with space restrictions. Due to its storage capacity and strong build, it can also be used as a man with van service to earn extra income on the side!

The Bubble Bike is a truly unique addition to any wedding, party or event so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.”

I’m not sure if we have something like this in the states, but we should have! I think brides and private parties alike would love this concept. And what makes it more special than, say, waiters pouring a little of the bubbly into guests’ glasses? Well, the option to try different types of prosecco, and the pure novelty of it. For example, one can order pizza to be served at their wedding. But pizza trucks have become all the rage. Why? The fun! The guests can watch the process, smell the pizza baking. It’s more than just the food…it’s the experience! I was speaking to a friend in the queue and we were wondering what kind of trade car insurance they must have? I mean they provide such a great service, they must have a fantastic business structure behind it for the front end to run so smoothly.

All photos from the prosecco van website: prosecco van

the bubble brothers

Keep Your Reception Fresh

There are many ways to keep your reception fresh.  If you’re engaged, and beginning the planning stages of your wedding…do your homework.  Read blogs, (especially this one!  🙂  ), go on, take notes of things you like at others’ weddings.  There is a reason certain styles and trends are “happenin’ “.  They work, are fun, well received, and thus repeated by brides at their own weddings.


Let’s face it.  Much of wedding reception enjoyment centers around food and drink.  So take a step out there.  Try something new.  And the wedding trend for 2016 is “original” food choices. Brides all over are trying “fun themed” cocktail food items, and even serving fancy Hors d’ oeuvres as their main course.


I just love the idea.  If you’d like to read more about it from a precious blog post, click on the link: Wedding Trends 2016  Not only are brides going the “Cocktail Hour” fare for their meals, they are finding new and creative ways to present it.  Take a look at the photo below, cute, huh?  And easy to eat as well.



One can also get creative with the bar.  Just a simple thing like the chocolate liquor cups above can lend a festive air to the end of the evening.  And it serves a duel purpose…another dessert!


The bride above is doing a good job of keeping HER reception fresh.  She has opted for a “Tea Length Gown”  very vintage, 50’s.  But if you have the ankles to pull it off, and it’s a daytime affair, why not?


And one of my favorite new options making a dramatic rise is the “Two-in-One” Wedding Dress!  I love this style.  A bride can have her fairy tale image of the big ball gown to walk down the isle, and then a completely different look for the reception — all in one dress!  If you’d like to read more about this trend taking the wedding world by storm, click on the link Two in One Wedding Dress




Update on KK and Tyler’s Reception!



It’s past time for an update on KK and Tyler’s reception!  The professional pictures are rolling in.  All photos are from the most talented Hannah Colt, unless otherwise noted.  A brief word on Hannah.  She was fantastic.  She was professional, creative, prepared, came early, stayed late, and was kind — even to me, a pain of a ‘Mother of the Bride’!  🙂

The top photo and the one below are of Tyler and KK’s “Sweetheart Table” – of special note – the champagne flutes are family crystal I hope each of my daughters will use for their toasts…  I have discussed “Sweetheart Tables” in other blog posts.   If you’d like to read about them, just click on the link!


The third photo highlights the table centerpieces.  I wish I could take credit for the beautiful flowers, but Janice, the lovely mother of the groom, is responsible – with a little help from KK.  🙂  It was a real treat for me to walk into the church and then the reception and see the gorgeous creations.  It was one area of the wedding that was a surprise for ME!  I loved it.  Thank you again, Janice.


And the jar next to the oil on the table?  They are “Glow Jars”, a DIY project KK and Tyler made for the “After Dark” part of the reception.  Very, very pretty.


The next picture showcases a guest favor.  The “For Richer or Poorer” envelope, embossed with KK and Tyler’s names and wedding date, contains a lottery ticket and a shiny penny.  There were quite a few winners, and no one left their favor behind, as I’ve heard sometimes happens at weddings…


Although we had a fully stocked open bar, the bride and groom also had a “Signature Cocktail”, although not for the usual reasons.  The most common reason is to have drinks readily available for guests – but the Pavilion on Crystal Lake had an amble supply of bartenders.  They chose to have the special cocktail to incorporate the juice from the oranges my parents sent from California.  Which brings us to the next two pictures…  I believe I’ve mentioned the guest place cards before.  (If you missed that blog post just click on the following link: Place Cards.) They were made from Dad’s oranges. image

And tucked in the upper left of these photos?   The gorgeous “Card Basket” which Janice decorated.  It’s an antique picnic basket on loan from Tyler’s Aunt Janet.  Perfect for their wedding vibe!