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Lehigh Valley Wedding Venues – What to Consider Before Booking

Thursday, April 9th, 2015
1st Look Bear Creek Mountain Resort

1st Look at Bear Creek Mountain Resort Lake – Photography by Jon Athans Photography

1. Location, Location, Location –You really need to decide, what area you want to have your wedding and reception. Most couples want  the ceremony site, reception site and photo sites, to be a reasonable distance from one another, because of travel time. This is the first thing you need to think about and discuss with your family and your fiancé.

Sunset picture at Hotel Palomar in Philadelphia

Hotel Palomar at Sunset by Michael McNett Photography

2. Travel Time – Keep in mind, your guests travel from different areas of the state or country and are not familiar with the area. The GPS system is not as correct as you would think, so it would be a great idea to include a directions card, or a photocopy of precise directions to the ceremony and reception sites, from the different hotel locations or general vicinity. You will also want to consider hotels that are more centrally located to either your ceremony or reception site and be sure to block them right away.

1st Dance at Silver Creek Country Club

Silver Creek Country Club – First Dance – Photo by Michael McNett Photography

3. Fairs, Holiday Happenings, Parades – Make sure to check with the city to see if they have any special events going on the weekend of your wedding. Quite a few couples found themselves out of a reception site, and no hotel rooms available for their guests, because of Pope Francis visit to Philadelphia in September 2015.

Client Reception at Bear Creek Mountain Resort

Client Reception at Bear Creek Mountain Resort Lake – Photography by Jon Athans Photography

Once you have considered those items, the next step is to visit venues. I would suggest searching on Google “Lehigh Valley Wedding Venues”, The Knot or Wedding Wire or something along that line. A lot of venues will show up. Go through the different venue sites and see what is appealing to you and narrow down your search by packages offered, how pretty the location is, and is it available on the day you want to get married! Below are the things you want to do when visiting a venue.

Centerpiece by Pondeleks Florist at Silver Creek Country Club, Photography by Michael McNett Photography

Centerpiece by Pondeleks Florist at Silver Creek Country Club, Photography by Michael McNett Photography

1. Visit Your Venue At The Same Time Of Your Event – Go and see the venue at the same time of day that you’re wedding or reception is being held. This way you will know how the room looks with the natural lighting, how the grounds look at that time of day, are there any kinds of draft in the room, etc. You may experience these things on your wedding day, so this would be a great time to bring your wedding planner with you to see the venue and get their thoughts too! In speaking with a few different venues, here are some of their thoughts about showing a venue on the day of a wedding. “Lisa Yeager from Miller Symphony Hall, said that she likes to show off her venue before a wedding begins, so that the potential client can visualize the space seeing it setup.” “Alan Raisman, from Lehigh Valley Zoo said, “that because the zoo is open every day, he shows the zoo, when it is open. If there is a wedding that day, he will have the couple come in before the wedding is set to begin to see the site.”

Wedding Reception Lehigh Country Club

Client wedding at Lehigh Country Club – Photography by Wesley Works

2. Ask all your questions! – Don’t be afraid, this is the time to ask as many questions about the venue and how it will suit your day. You need to know how many hours your package includes, most are 5 hours from start to finish, make sure you know this. Find out if you must use their preferred vendors, such as Monterre Vineyards.  They have an option, where you may either use their house DJ or you can bring in your own.  If  you bring in your own, there are special requirements you need to honor, to do so.  At Burnside Plantation, you must use their Tent or Catering Companies, this can cut down your legwork, but it can also be a pitfall; since you don’t have the option of using someone whose pricing fits your budget better.  So make sure to ask questions!

Kiss at Hotel Palomar

Kiss at Hotel Palomar – Photography by Michael McNett Photography

3. Get It In Writing– The one lesson I learned many years ago is to always get everything in writing! If it isn’t in writing, it didn’t happen. So make sure that if anyone promises you this service or that service, make sure it is in your contract! This goes for all your other wedding vendors too.

Head table at Lehigh Country Club

Head table at Lehigh Country Club Wedding, Photography by Wesley Works

Let’s Talk Wedding Programs!

Friday, January 16th, 2015

For as long as I have been in business, I have seen more programs than you can imagine. I think the one that really sticks out in my memory and being the most ingenious way to do a program, was my wedding in December.

My client was really into reading and literacy! Her whole theme revolved around reading. It was a newspaper! It explained the ceremony (Greek Orthodox) and traditions that are followed. It contained information on her bridal party and information about her and her husband and how their relationship evolved. Her newspaper is below.

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It was so cool, I decided to look into a few other alternative forms of wedding programs. One of the best places to find really neat and unique ideas for weddings is Etsy.

The first I found was By DesignsbyTenisha. She has designed a cootie catcher. I used to play with these things as a kid and it is adorable how she took this idea and adapted it to weddings. On the flaps, it can contain:

Prelude
Seating of parents and grandparents
Processional
Welcome and prayer
Giving of the bride
Scripture reading
Exchange of vows
Exchange of rings
Music
Pronouncement of marriage
Recessional

Cootie Catcher program

The next one I found was by AnnaLouAvenue, it’s a great idea. Rolled scroll, ceremony program on Kraft paper. If you are having a rustic feeling wedding, these would work well.

scroll program

Here is another great one. This is by OneChelleofAMug, it is a personalized wedding fan, with the couples picture on it! Not only do you get to keep yourself cool, but you have all the pertinent information, such as Family, Wedding party, Ceremony, etc. at your finger tips!

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These are just some of the highlights of my research, and the different options you have open to you.  If I were to put all I have found, you would be reading for weeks! I hope you enjoy these ideas and if so, feel free to give feedback with any other ideas you may have.

ALWAYS REMEMBER TO BELIEVE!

 

An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson awarded The KNOT’s Best Of Weddings 2015!

Monday, January 5th, 2015

2015 The Knot Best of Weddings

I am so excited to announce that my company received 2015 The Knot Best of Weddings! This honor is based on “The Best and Most Rated Vendors” in their area of expertise.  Receiving this is even more exciting because this is only my first year on The Knot!

Thank you so much to my past clients for allowing me the honor, of being such an integral part of their day and helping them to have “An Affair to Remember”!  Looking so forward to 2015 and assisting all of my new couples to have the same experience as past clients!  2015 can only be better!