Three Types of Signage You Need for Your Wedding

married-1937005_1920If you want to ensure a smooth wedding ceremony and reception, it’s important to make sure the layout and logistical flow are both crystal clear to your guests. Where should they go? Where should they sit? These are questions you can answer easily by employing the right kind of signage.

The signs you make for your wedding can come in pretty much any style you like; we’ll leave that decision to you. For now, we want to highlight three basics types of signage that you’ll want to consider for your big day.

Sweetheart Table Signage

This is a trend we love: At the wedding reception, a small table is set up just for the bride and groom, with two chairs facing each other and allowing the happy couple to receive well wishes and congratulations from all the guests. We recommend you identify this table with a sign; there are plenty of ways to do so:

  • Mr. & Mrs.
  • Bride & Groom
  • His & Hers
  • Come say hi to the happy couple!
  • For the newlyweds

You can use your imagination to think of variations, of course—but these are the most common ways of labeling the sweetheart table.

Directions

On a more practical level, you may or may not need signage for the ceremony, reception area, and bar—just depending on the size and layout of your venue.

Some options to consider include:

  • For the ceremony:
    • Tie the knot
    • The big day is here!
    • I Do’s this way!
  • For the reception:
    • Party over here!
    • Dancing and drinks
    • Celebrate!
  • For the bar:
    • Time to Toast!
    • Raise a Glass!
    • Cheers!

Again, you can brainstorm variants of your own!

Signs for Seating

Finally, you may wish to consider signs for seating—that is, unless you have opted for an open seating arrangement. So, you may have a sign showing that friends of the bride go on one side, friends of the room on the other—but you can also have a sign telling people that you’re all one big happy family, that there’s no need to pick a side, that they can sit wherever they want, etc.

If you’re having your wedding here at Mosteller Mansion, we invite you to ask us about possible signage needs and options; and of course, we’re happy to address any other questions, as well! Contact us today to learn more.

How to Tackle Your Wedding Thank You Notes

thank-you-928217_1920Everyone loves getting gifts; most of us are less thrilled about writing thank you notes, especially when we have 100 or more of them to write. You can’t put if off forever, though. Once the honeymoon is over and you’re settled into your new life, you’ve got to start penning those short thank-yous for all the gifts you and your spouse received.

A daunting task? Sure—but hardly an impossible one, especially not when you follow our tips!

Get Going ASAP

Ideally, you’ll get started before the big day even happens. Using your guest list as a template, keep a running tally of the gifts you receive—at showers, at family dinners, in the mail, and at the wedding itself. You might even consider writing some thank you notes as you go; it’ll be that much less for you to do after the honeymoon.

Buy Custom Stationary

Have some fun picking out cards and envelopes that are personalized to fit your taste, your style, and your personality as a couple. This can interject some much-needed fun into the thank you note writing process! One word of warning: Don’t send out notes with your shared last name on them until after the wedding; that’s simply a matter of bad form and improper etiquette.

Make Yourself Comfy

You’re going to bang out more thank you notes—and have more fun doing so—if you find a comfortable place to camp out. Designate a thank you writing area in your home or apartment. You’ll need a hard surface, comfy seating, and—ideally—close access to wine or some other beverage. A speaker hooked up to your Spotify playlist or Pandora station can also be handy!

Write in Spurts

The decorum is to write a thank you note for every gift you receive—period. This means it’s probably not realistic to try to write all your notes in one sitting. Instead, devote just half an hour a night to writing. You’ll get them done soon enough, and without cramped hands!

You do have some time, after all; good manners dictate having your notes all sent out within a year of your wedding, which is perfectly reasonable. With these tips, you can probably get them done even sooner.

And as a PS: Remember, you can stay informed about all things wedding-related by connecting with our Mosteller Events blog.

7 Ways to Cut Costs for Your Wedding Dinner

exclusive-banquet-1812772_1280A couple of weeks ago, we offered seven ways for brides and grooms to reduce the cost of their wedding cocktail hour. Our argument then was that you can have a really nice, really pleasing, really special wedding food service while still being prudent and conservative.

The same holds true not only for the cocktail hour, but for dinner itself—and today, we’ll offer a few tips for reducing some of the cost of your wedding dinner service.

Don’t overdo it. If you’ve already served cocktails and appetizers, nobody is going to expect a seven-course feast. You can get by with three courses just fine. And make sure you’re not repeating yourself: If you had salad during your cocktail hours, there’s no need for salad with dinner, too.

Combine courses. On the other hand, you can save costs by rolling one course into another—for example, two shrimp served with some greens and veggies can be something of a salad and an appetizer, and it can be both satisfying and affordable.

Make less-exciting ingredients more noteworthy. You may not have the budget to spring for premium steaks, but something as simple as chicken can be delicious and memorable—as well as affordable—when you pair it with a fancy sauce.

Bring some life to your pasta dishes. A boring old pasta dish can turn into the star of your dinner service if you choose something just a little bit off the beaten path—like ravioli filled with goat cheese and spinach, or something served with pumpkin.

Plan seafood according to seasonality. Ask your caterer which fish will be in season—and thus affordable—for your big day.

Don’t assume that top-dollar cuts of meat are the best. You don’t need a costly filet, necessarily; braised short ribs can be just as delicious. Ask your caterer about the most affordable options for meat.

Offer enticing vegetarian entrees. You may be surprised by how many non-vegetarians choose these less-pricey options.

Your dinner service can make a big splash with your guests, without taking a huge chunk out of your budget. And we can help you achieve that balance: Just contact the Mosteller Events catering team to learn more!