THE LOW-STRESS GUIDE TO PLANNING YOUR DREAM WEDDING

The Low Stress Guide
to Planning Your
Dream Wedding

Congratulations! You’re engaged! Now the real drama of planning the wedding begins.

Or not. It’s really up to you. If you want the ultimate low-stress guide on how to start wedding planning, then read on!

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Planning a Wedding Without the Stress

Weddings can get as big, bad and stressful as you’ll let them get. So take control early by defining your limits, booking the right venue early, and getting the expert advice you need. You’ll only do this once in your life, so the smartest thing you can do is rely on the advice of professionals who plan and host weddings every other weekend!

Some people thrive on stress and get off on the nervous energy of planning a wedding in the most convoluted way possible. If you’re like the rest of us, you’d rather a relaxed stress free planning affair. If you’re up for some tips on keeping your wedding stunning, but stress-free, we’ve got you covered.

MAKE A PLANNING TIMETABLE

Plan to plan? Yes. There are so many details to plan, that a wedding can get totally overwhelming.

So what you want to do, is break it down into manageable parts. Excel is your friend here. Work out at what point you need to plan each aspect of the wedding, and schedule it in the calendar. 

That way, you plan each detail at the adequate moment, and can avoid developing a nervous tic for the next few months! Wherever possible, outsource to friends and professionals to help the planning go more smoothly. This is one of those moments in life where you need to accept you cannot do it all.

ASK FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO CONTRIBUTE

A wedding is a family celebration. It’s a rite of passage, and a way to firm up the support network that holds this couple up. A beautiful way to reflect that in the wedding is to involve friends and family in the design.

If your cousin is a great photographer, and your soon-to-be sister-in-law has a stunning voice, bring their skillsets to the wedding! Ask great-aunt Martha to help with the tables, and your best friend to lead the dancing. This isn’t so much about saving money – though it’ll help, as it is about making the event a real inclusive affair.

It probably goes without saying, but it’s worth being clear on this detail. Only ask reliable, stress-free family and friends to fill these important roles. If Uncle Frank sometimes shows up and often doesn’t, don’t give him a job.

ELECT A ‘FIXER’ FOR WEDDING WEEK

There is a classic dilemma the week leading up the wedding. Friends and family from all around land at the venue location. The one thing they all have in common is you. 

So if they want advice on where to eat, where to fix their broken high-heel or where to get a last minute haircut, they call you. This final week also happens to be the most stressful of the whole planning process. So, early on, elect a practical, problem-solver friend or relative to be the ‘fixer’, and redirect any issues people have to them instead.

OUTSOURCE! FIND A GREAT WEDDING PLANNER

A good wedding planner is worth their weight in gold. You can send them your Pinterest boards or scrapbook for the sorts of wedding theme you want, and they’ll jump in with suggestions and advice. If they’ve been in the game for a while, they’ll score you discounts and hook you up with the real professionals.

A wedding planner will know who does the most stylish makeup, hair and the best wedding banquet in town. Wedding planners will often offer several different packages with ranges of support and responsibility for the event. If you know people who’ve recently married in the area you might hit them up for some wedding planner recommendations. 

LOCK IN A GREAT VENUE EARLY

To stay stress-free, get the basics organized early. It’s hard to invite guests when you haven’t locked in the venue yet. For the reception, look for a wedding banquet with a lot of experience and lots of different options so you can make your wedding truly unique and memorable. 

At Avanté Banquets, we offer exquisitely landscaped grounds and a distinctive style that your guests will just love. We like to say that it’s your day, so we do it your way. Which brings us to the next point. 

REMEMBER WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT

With budgets, timelines, RSVPs and your gown and styling, it’s easy to get caught up in the stress of wedding planning. Friends or relatives might try to persuade you to do things the way they want them. You love them, you want to please them, and sometimes it feels like the easiest thing to do is to cave in.

Don’t give in, because you’ll regret it. This is your special day, and it’s about celebrating that the two of you found each other. Celebrating that you’re about to embark on a long and happy marriage.

If you’ve locked in a great venue early and involved a professional wedding planner, you can scale down the stress a bit. Some brides even tell us having a calming mantra can help! Find a phrase that reminds you this will be a special day, that things will work out just fine.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed take a moment to repeat it silently in your head. And breathe!

Now You Know How to Start Wedding Planning

There you have it: how to start wedding planning without the stress. Ask for help, outsource, and plan the planning early. If you’ve got helpful, responsible loved ones, give them planning jobs, and make use of their skillset!

The best bit about stress-free wedding planning is it keeps you focused on what’s important. The marriage you’re about to begin. With the love of your life.

Stay focused on the romance and the joy, and do your best to leave the stress behind you. One of our stress-free planning tips is to get the venue sorted early on. If you’re ready to book the perfect wedding reception venue, get in touch with us at Avanté Banquets today!

7 WEDDING RECEPTION DECORATIONS YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH

7 WEDDING RECEPTION
DECORATIONS YOU'LL
FALL IN LOVE WITH

In 2018, the average couple spent more than $44,000 on their wedding. That may sound like a lot, but when you consider everything that goes into planning a wedding, it’s easy to see how the costs add up.

There’s the clothes, the food, and the music, not to mention if you’re covering the cost of transportation and other services for guests. 

One of the best places where you can spend your wedding budget is on wedding venue decorations. You want to find the perfect venue that does a lot of weddings, because they will know how to pull off your special day and keep things running smoothly. The way to decorate the space, then, is what personalizes it and make it your own.

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Below, we’re sharing seven ideas for wedding reception decorations that you and your fiancé are guaranteed to love. Read on to learn more, and start planning today!

1. Winter Wonderland

There are great reasons to have a winter wedding. Everyone is already in a festive mood because of the holidays, and gathering friends and family together makes the most magical time of the year feel even more special.

Having a winter wedding also opens up lots of possibilities for how to decoration wedding reception spaces. Just take your inspiration from the season! Depending on where your wedding is, it may or may not be a winter wonderful full of snow outside. Either way, you can create a winter wonderland inside.

Snowflakes and pine trees – real or fake – are always festive decorations for a winter wedding. If you want a more modern approach, decorate in colors inspired by the season, like glittery white and ice blue, or red and green.

2. Color Block

Because planning a wedding can get so expensive, it’s important to consider ideas for wedding décor on a budget. Keeping everything in two or three colors can be a great way to save money, but it still makes a dramatic statement. It may be inexpensive, but it doesn’t look cheap.

For example, you can use white table cloths, and then decorate your tables with centerpieces in a contrasting color. A simple bouquet of flowers that are all the same color makes a statement, and immediately grabs people’s attention, especially if you use a dark color like deep red or purple. Personalize this idea by incorporating your specific wedding colors.  

3. Outdoor Garden

Outdoor reception decorations should enhance the natural beauty of the venue you’ve chosen, rather than detract from it or try to compete with it. It’s important for you to evaluate the space first, before you beginning planning how you’ll decorate. If it’s a modern outdoor venue, you’ll decorate very differently than you would if it has a more elegant or antique feel.

No matter what kind of space it is, try to find ways to decorate with more flowers and natural elements, rather than adding bells and whistles that feel out of place outside. If your venue has a lot of greenery already, you can add more to create the feel of a lush, hidden garden. 

If your space is more architectural, then tall flower arrangements would be a nice addition. If the space gives you a minimalist vibe, think about keeping it simple with small vases and votive candles.

4. Sweetheart Table

Sweetheart tables have been rising in popularity at wedding receptions. The idea of the sweetheart table is that just the newlyweds sit there, and enjoy their first meal as a married couple together. If you decide to go this route, you should consider your sweetheart table as another element of your reception’s décor.

You want the sweetheart table to stand out, without clashing with all the other tables. This could be as simple as using the same linens, but having a different centerpiece. You also don’t want to set up your sweetheart table too far apart from the others. It’s important that guests still feel like they can approach you.  

5. Simple and Rustic

When you’re having your reception in a beautiful venue, sometimes you want the natural look and feel of the space to be the highlight. Simple, rustic wedding venue decorations let the natural beauty of your venue shine. This style is also a great way to incorporate wedding décor on a budget.

Rather than using colored table clothes, use table runners in a neutral color that matches one of the elements of your venue. Simple greenery or a bouquet of white flowers are perfect centerpiece ideas for this style of decoration.

6. Place-Based Inspiration

If you and your fiancé have a favorite city or a favorite destination where you’ve traveled together, that can be the inspiration for your wedding venue decorations. For example, if you love Paris, you can use Eiffel Tower replicas in your centerpieces. If you love New York, you can find ways to incorporate the city’s iconic yellow cabs.

Europe is also always a great source of inspiration, whether you want a Parisian chic vibe or want to pay homage to minimalist Scandinavian design trends.

7. Memory Lane

The best way to make your wedding décor feel personal is to literally decorate with pictures from your own life. There are so many creative wedding reception tables ideas that you can implement using pictures of you and your fiancé. For example, instead of written out table numbers, you can indicate the number with a picture of you or your fiancé from that age.

Displaying photos from your parents’ and grandparents’ weddings is also a sweet way to recognize the people you love the most. If some of your family have passed, it honors their memory and ensures they are present at your wedding in some way. 

Want More Ideas for Wedding Reception Decorations?

Your wedding reception is the best opportunity you and your fiancé have to celebrate with your friends and family. Wedding reception decorations that feel personal to you and represent your style will make the event even more special.

For more help planning your perfect wedding, please contact us at any time.

HOW TO PLAN A STUNNING 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY FOR YOUR PARENTS

HOW TO PLAN A
STUNNING 50TH
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
FOR YOUR PARENTS

Your parents have always been there for you. And now that their 50th wedding anniversary is coming up, you want to go all out and help them celebrate their amazing relationship.

Spending half a century with the love of your life is a rare milestone. So how do you celebrate such an accomplishment and give it the beauty and justice it deserves?

Luckily, with some planning and focused attention, you can give your parents the golden celebration they’ll love.

Let’s look at several ways you can plan a stunning 50th wedding anniversary for your parents.

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Involve the Happy Couple… to a Point

While a surprise party may be fun, getting the couple involved in the initial planning process will make the event even more personal. They may have been thinking about this milestone for some time and have ideas of their own.

And it’s as simple as asking them if they have any preferences. Is there a certain theme they want? Do they want it to be a small affair or a large party?

Getting their insight from the beginning will help steer you in the right planning direction.

But you don’t want to give away all the details! Once you know what they want, leave their involvement at that. Everything that comes after will be a happy surprise for them.

Decide on a Theme

If your parents haven’t given you any preference for a 50th wedding anniversary theme, then the decision is all yours. And there are lots to choose from!

Recreate their wedding reception from 50 years ago. Or maybe they went somewhere special on the honeymoon that has stuck with them all this time, like a romantic trip to Italy. Then bring Italy to the party!

No matter if it’s simple or extravagant, make sure the theme represents who your parents are as a couple for the last 50 years.

And don’t forget to play your parent’s favorite music. Whether it be music-themed from 50 years ago, showcasing their love of jazz, or anything else that speaks to their taste. Make sure it’s all about them!

Plan the Guest List

The guest list for your parents 50th wedding anniversary party should be pretty simple to make. All you have to do is look back at who has been the most important people in their lives for the last 50 years.

The size of that list depends on the size of the party you wish to throw. If it will be a small, intimate affair, close family and friends will be enough. If the celebration is bigger than that, it opens the guest list wide up to close co-workers, neighbors, and other friends.

Make sure, no matter what size party you throw, that the venue can handle it. Book a room that will give your guests plenty of space to mingle. And if any of them have special needs, make sure the venue is set up to handle that.

Make It a Golden Gathering

Since the 50th wedding anniversary is the golden anniversary, don’t be afraid to make the place shine! Now, more than ever, is the perfect excuse to layer on the glitz and glamour. And the best part is, it goes with any theme you decide on.

White table linens with gold-rimmed plates and stemware make a gorgeous setting. Add in golden votive candles, gold-framed pictures of the couple, and golden napkin holders.

If you need more, add golden touches throughout the room with golden twinkle lights, gold candles, or a gold backdrop behind the head table.

And send the guests home with golden party favors such as gold foil wrapped candy or a split of champagne tied with a golden ribbon.

Center the Menu Around the Couple

Your parents 50th wedding anniversary menu is a great place to showcase who your parents are. And the fun part is, you can do this in many different ways.

Recreate the exact meal they served on their wedding day. Or plan a meal that they shared on their first date. You can even make it as simple as their favorite meal together as a family.

Just so long as it represents who they are as a couple for the last 50 years.

Or you can choose a wedding package from the venue. They may have one that will suit your parents tastes perfectly.

When it comes to dessert, see If you can sneak away a picture of your parent’s wedding cake and take it to a local bakery. Ask if they can recreate it.

You can decide to add golden accents or leave it as original as possible. And for the perfect finishing touch, try to get your hands on their wedding cake topper.

Imagine your parents smiles as they cut into a replica of their wedding cake from 50 years ago. They will have a blast re-living the moment they smeared icing on the love of their life’s face.

Make a Movie Message

A fun way to incorporate all your guests into the celebration, and give your parents a memorable surprise, is to make a movie message for them.

Well in advance of the party, contact your guests and ask them to record a message for the happy couple. This message can consist of a fun memory, well wishes for 50 more years together, or anything else the guest would like to share.

It’s also a great way to include anyone that isn’t able to attend the party but still wants to be a part of the celebration.

Recruit a friend or relative who has editing experience. Or hire a company to put it together for you. Either way, your parents are sure to enjoy watching and re-watching a movie message for years to come.

Make Your Parents 50th Wedding Anniversary One to Remember

You want to make your parents feel as special as their relationship is. And by focusing on their years together, and the people that they have touched along the way, you can be sure their 50th wedding anniversary will be a celebration they will cherish.

Ready to plan the celebration of your parent’s dreams? Contact us today! We would be honored to discuss details of your event and answer any questions you may have.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT WEDDING VENUE FOR YOUR BIG DAY

HOW TO CHOOSE THE
PERFECT WEDDING
VENUE FOR YOUR BIG DAY

Did you know records of wedding ceremonies date back as far as the 13th century?

Back then, instead of weddings, they would refer to the ceremony as a “bridelope”. The old English word, “bridelope”, describes the moment after the reception, when the bride embarks on the journey to her new home.

Are you ready to run off into the sunset with your partner? Your wedding ceremony and reception set the tone for how you’ll step into your new life. Will you be running off happy and elated, or exhausted and stressed?

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To start your marriage off right, and have the celebration of a lifetime, you need to choose the right location. Are you trying to find the right wedding venue for your big day? Read on to find out what to look for during your search.

Create a Wedding Venue Checklist

The first step you need to take is to make a wedding venue checklist. Choosing the right venue can be an emotional experience, and you’ll want to avoid getting caught up in the moment. Having a list of your venue requirements will serve as a helpful guide while you search for the perfect location.

There are 2 main things your preliminary checklist should include.

  1. Budget

  2. Availability

Write your list in a way that you can quickly filter out locations that won’t meet your needs. 

Make an Honest Budget

The very first thing you’ll need to find out is your budget. Sit down and talk with your partner about how much you can afford to spend on the wedding. What type of theme or setting will fit into your budget?

Knowing what both you and your loved one want, will make it easier to narrow down your options. You’ll also be able to cut out expenses that don’t matter to either one of you.

With your budget in hand, you’re ready to start checking prices. When you’re looking at a potential venue, look to see if they have any wedding packages.

If they do include packages, ask for a detailed list of everything the package includes. Will there be any hidden fees or extra costs?

Oftentimes, locations will have preset fees if you go over your allocated time. You’ll want to know every single possible expense to avoid any costly surprises.

Don’t worry about coming across as rude, or interrogative, as you ask your list of questions. The company should be happy to help because it’s your right to be thorough when picking a location.

After creating a theme and budget for your ceremony and reception, you’re ready to pick a date.

Checking for Availability

Do you want a vibrant spring wedding or a rustic fall themed day? Summertime weddings are excellent if you’re having an outdoor wedding.

Yet, keep in mind that the peak season for weddings falls right between the end of spring and the beginning of fall. So if you’re planning on having a wedding in the summer, you might have to reserve the location years in advance.

When you find a venue within your budget, the next step is to check for availability. If possible, it’s best to pick a date range, rather than one specific day. Having a range of dates that will work gives you a lot more flexibility and options.

The time of year you have your wedding will play a big part in supporting your theme and flower options. If you are dreaming of a tropical paradise themed wedding, the busy summer months will obviously be your first choice.

However, if you’re working with a very tight budget, you might want to consider having your wedding during the offseason (winter). Rental fees are usually lower during the off months and you might be able to negotiate lower vendor prices.

Explore Catering Options

Now you need to find out if you can have the wedding and reception in the same place. Some venues accommodate for both the ceremony and the reception, while others don’t. 

Having the ceremony and reception in one location can make the entire day more enjoyable. Once you determine if the venue will work for both events, you can start thinking about food. 

Venues that provide catering options are a major convenience. Having a wedding caterer means you and your partner will be free to enjoy each other, and your guests.

After finding out the catering rates, ask for a list of the food items they’re capable of preparing. If you have vegetarian guests, you’ll need to check if they have any non-meat options. 

Certain venues will have connections with vendors, and as a result, they can get you discounted rates. However, you’ll need to do some homework to find out if the vendors they support produce quality work.

Sometimes companies will selfishly promote vendors to receive personal kickbacks. Luckily for you though, a quick internet search of the potential vendor’s name, is an easy and fast way to look for customer reviews.

If you do find customer reviews, make sure you read several of them. One bad review or one great one isn’t enough to base your decision off of. Instead read at least 10 different reviews before making your choice.

Family Owned Venues

When you’re reputation is on the line, you’ll have more motivation to produce quality work. That’s why family-owned venues are capable of producing some of the best services.

Avante Banquets would love to help you enjoy the ultimate wedding experience. We are passionate about exceptional service for any sized wedding. We can serve all of your needs, whether you’re hosting an intimate group of less than a hundred people or a large 500 person event.

We offer wedding packages with exquisite four-course meals and open bar options. To book our wedding venue or inquire about pricing, please reach out to us, using our contact us page.