Linens & More
Standard height is 30″. Use this chart to match the correct linen size with the table.
For your convenience, the most often requested sizes are listed below. Always find out how far around the table the skirting is needed and how the tables is going to be set up. Although the list says 8’ and 13’ skirts, the true measurements are 8.5’ and 13.5’. Please remember this in your calculations.
Seating Capacity Per Banquet Table
Estimating Seating Capacity
For Banquet Style seating
When using round tables, divide the room area (sq. ft.) by 10.
When using oblong tables, divide the room area (sq. ft.) by 8.
Classroom Style Seating
Divide “student” seating area (sq. ft.) by 8.
For Theater Style Seating
Divide “spectator” seating area (sq. ft.) by 6.
These figures are for maximum seating. If space is available for more comfortable seating, allow an additional 2 sq. ft. per person.
The above seating methods allow for chair and aisle passage ways, it does not allow for problems caused by wide traffic aisles, column locations, service doors or unusual room shapes.
When planning seating, certain questions must be answered, such as: Does a certain size table make the best use of the room space available or, does the number of people possible at a certain size table make it easier or harder for the food servers?
How To Select Your DJ
Do I genuinely like him or her? Is this someone that you would invite to your wedding if you weren’t paying them? Are they friendly, well dressed, likeable, and fun? Or are they obnoxious, geeky and self centered? Meet with them in person and spend a half hour getting to know them before you decide. Use your “gut feel”.
Is this the person that will actually DJ my event? Many DJ companies will send you a different DJ instead of the person you first interviewed. Be sure to get it in writing. Most will charge you extra for the person you want.
Are they professional and experienced? Please don’t settle for “a good friend or relative who likes to DJ”. Make sure they are an experienced wedding DJ with at least 100 weddings under their belt. Ask for and check references. Do you want to trust your most important day to an amateur?
Will they also provide reception planning and coordination services? If you cannot afford a bridal coordinator, your DJ should help you plan and run the event. As quoted in Premier Bride, “for peace of mind there should be a designated person to keep your reception running on schedule”.
Is their equipment and music library up to date? In this new millennium, they should be using CDs and professional CD players, amps, speakers and mixers. Do they have a wide variety of music and the latest hits? Do they offer a lighting package? Do they have back-up equipment? Be sure to find out.
Do they offer group dance instruction and entertainment to help kick start your reception if necessary? Sometimes guests feel timid to get out and dance and a veteran DJ will lead them in easy to learn dances that will break the ice.
Getting That Wedding Day Glow
3 to 6 Months Prior
- Book your Initial Facial and Consultation
- Your beauty consultant will evaluate your skin condition and skin care products and will personally design a maintenance regimen for you to follow according to your life style and goals. Continue with professional facial treatments every 4-6 weeks.
3 Months Prior
- Custom Brow Design
- Your beauty consultant will shape your brows to accentuate your own natural beauty and frame your facial features. Maintain every 3 weeks.
- Lash Tint/Lash Perm
- Start tinting the lashes in advance to ensure deep, dark color that is cry-proof, and will last through your honeymoon! Maintain every 3 weeks.
- Wedding Day Make-up Preview
- Trial run to discuss and apply the perfect colors to accentuate your own beauty. Book wedding date to insure availability.
2 Weeks Prior
- Sunless Body Bronze and Skin Polish
- This process exfoliates and smoothes your skin, adding a sunless glow from head to toe. Maintain daily with home product until wedding day.
- Final facial before the wedding day
5 Days Prior
- Bikini Wax
- Final Brow Design, Lash Tint, and Beauty enhancements before the big day!
Do you need a wedding consultant?
With so many of today’s engaged couples holding down full time jobs and maintaining complex social schedules, a wedding consultant is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Couples with large or modest budgets can benefit from the services of a professional wedding consultant.
The professional wedding consultant is a planner, organizer, financial advisor, and negotiator. Their expertise will guide you through your planning from the selection of invitations to booking your reception location, maybe even your get-away transportation.
Following are some of the benefits of hiring a wedding consultant.
Expert knowledge and advice in wedding planning, etiquette, and budgeting.
Referrals to and coordination with other reputable, quality wedding professionals.
Able to offer suggestions and advice to help you throw a fabulous wedding, while staying within the reality of your budget.
They will coordinate and confirm all of the details involved in your wedding celebration.
They will be your eyes and ears on your wedding day, allowing you to relax and enjoy your special day!
Wedding Dining Etiquette
There are a lot of little details that the bride will have to coordinate when finalizing the details of her wedding reception. One of the most important ones is the seating arrangements of the “parents’ table.”
Making sure that proper seating protocol is followed is a must during a wedding reception. If you decide to go with a “parents’ table” the seating should be as follows: the mother of the bride, would have the father of the groom sitting to her right. The father of the bride, or whoever is accompanying the mother of the bride, would sit across the table having the mother of the groom to his right. The seat to the left of the bride’s mother is usually reserved for the person who performed the wedding ceremony. The mother of the groom has the bride’s grandfather (or other male relative) on her right side and the seating arrangements go on alternating family members or close family friends.
For everyone who participates, in a wedding reception, it is important to know what part of the place setting belongs to them and what belongs to the people sitting to their left and to their right. As a rule of thumb, all glassware for a place setting, are to the right of that place setting. The bread and butter plate is always on the left of a place setting. Any utensils on top of the place setting are to be used for the dessert.
The napkin can be in a lot of different locations and knowing which one is yours is vital, as it could leave someone on the table without a napkin. Usually napkins are placed in the center of the place setting, but you can also find them next to the forks on the left of the place setting, in the wineglass or the coffee cup if set on the table. Another place where the napkin can be found is on the bread and butter plate. Observe the place setting before using the silverware, glassware and napkin.
A very important part of both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding reception is toasting.
Usually the best man will begin the toasts and the other people can also give toasts.
A toast is a very special honor for the person receiving it. Throughout the course of the meal people will start toasting the wedding couple. The person giving the toast stands. The couple that is being toasted remains seated holding their glasses, but they do not raise them or bring them to their lips to drink. One does not drink a toast to oneself. It is appropriate for the person who was toasted to rise and respond to the toast, to which he/she may drink. Other guests may then propose toasts.
Becoming aware of all these little details will take the guesswork out of what to do the day of your special event and will let everyone enjoy the celebration.
Sun, Sand, Surf and “I Do’s”
Many couples are enticed and thrilled by the prospect of a lake front wedding, and you can’t get much closer to that dream than by having your wedding ceremony on the sand. What better way to say “I Do” in Lake Tahoe? But before you send out your invitations think about what it really takes to pull off a surf and sand wedding celebration.
Planning for Your Lake Front Celebration
- Casual or Formal: Getting married on the beach is really best suited for a casual affair. For a more formal affair, select a lake front home or special event venue with a lake view.
- Find the perfect sand space: Call the Parks and Recreation Department or Special Events Department in the city you wish to get married. These offices will be able to discuss what is necessary for a sand wedding in their particular city.
- Watch out for those special events: Ask the Parks and Recreation, Special Events Department, and/or Chamber of Commerce about other public events are taking place. The beach is host to many volleyball tournaments, surf competitions, and street fairs.
- Check into restrictions: Do you need a permit or is the beach available on a first come first serve basis? Can chairs be set out? Ask these and other questions before you proceed with the planning.
- Call again: Before invitations are ordered (3-4 months prior to wedding) call the city again to reconfirm rules, regulations, and schedule of public activities.
- Have a back up plan: Rain, wind, or an unexpected (public) special event scheduled can upset your plans. Ask your reception site if they have back-up space.
- Crowds and Uninvited Guests: You will attract passerby’s who like to be distant witnesses to your special wedding celebration. Also, try not to plan a sand wedding on a holiday weekend.
- Be clear on the invitations: Indicate your wedding site on your invitation. Make it clear to your guests that the ceremony takes place on the sand.
- Parking: Secure a parking lot and/or hire a shuttle service for guest transportation.
“Do’s and Don’ts” – Helpful Hints from the Experts
DO: Be aware of special needs of older or disabled guests
DO: Provide some chairs for family and older guests (10-12 chairs may be adequate)
DO: Acoustical guitars, flutes, and other “portable” instruments work for beach ceremonies or have a friend operate a (battery operated) CD player
DO: Keep the décor simple…Pre-decorated arches and aisle markers and a few chairs for older guests and/or family
DO: Hold off bringing out décor until 30 minutes prior or have a friend watch over your items
DO: Hire a Wedding Coordinator
DO: Stake out your spot with towels & sheets to reserve your space in the sand
DO: Have water with plastic glasses and emergency kit available to your guests
DO: Have a basket of towels available, post-ceremony for wiping off feet
DO: Think about umbrellas for shade (especially on hot days)
DO: Use walkie-talkies and cellular phones for Strand to sand communication
DO: Have the photographer/videographer bring a sand wagon to carry and secure their equipment
DO: Have a person to secure all the shoes that are left on The Strand (sidewalk that lines the beach throughout the South Bay).
DON’T: Keep guests waiting without seats in the sun. Start the ceremony on time
DON’T: Hire a keyboardist, harpist, or DJ’s to provide music or sound for the ceremony
DON’T: Use candles (i.e. a unity candle)
DON’T: Use a (fabric) aisle runner
DON’T: Plan a ceremony longer than 20 minutes
DO: RELAX, TAKE IN THAT FRESH AIR, AND ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF THIS AMAZING DAY!
Finding the Right Wedding Photographer
Make certain you have the opportunity to meet and see the work of the actual photographer who will be doing your wedding. This will allow you to see that you are comfortable with this person, that they are interested in your plans and ideas, and that you like their style of photography.
If possible, view an album of one complete wedding. See how the story flows from beginning to end, and if there is a good variety of sizes of photographs. Does the album hold your interest, capture the feeling of the day, and make you feel like you were actually there?
Rather than base your decision solely on the number of photographs you will receive, look for craftsmanship, and particularly the beauty and emotion the photographer is able to capture.
Make certain the coverage you choose will allow adequate time for all of the festivities of your reception to flow at a fun, relaxed pace.
Enjoy yourself! Make this a time to get ideas. Great photographs will excite and inspire you. Don’t settle for less!
What is a Couturiere?
How Do I Know if I Need One?
You’ve looked and looked for your wedding dress, and nothing is what you had in mind. Or perhaps you never had anything in mind, but what’s in the stores definitely is not your style. Or perhaps you’d like to wear your grandmother’s beaded dress, but she was not the svelte size 6 you are, and the beading is damaged.
So you’ve decided to have your dress made or the heirloom refurbished.
What you need now is a gifted couturiere to translate what is in your head or hanging in your heirloom closet into the wedding dress of your dreams. Unlike a dressmaker, a couturiere owns her atelier (her shop), designs the gowns and makes the dress herself. A gifted couturiere will help you in numerous ways, creating the special dress you’ll wear on this very special day.
For those of you who had never considered having a dress designed and made, we have a few reasons you might choose a couturiere:
You can’t find what you’re looking for… Your couturiere should be able to listen to your desires and translate the conversations into sketches of what you want. She will then work with you to find the right fabrics for your design and shades of each fabric to be used. With a fine couturiere, you don’t have to know a lot about fabrics. She knows and can show you about the best fabric choices for your needs. She should create a sample of the dress in muslin (a working version, so to speak), giving you a chance to make modifications to the overall design prior to working with the dress material.
We’re not all models… (and even models have special design needs) An able couturiere will discuss with you what physical traits you wish to highlight and which you might prefer to hide. Wondrous design tricks can “accentuate the positive” and make you comfortable in your wedding dress. She will also make design modifications for any special needs you may have, from specific religious considerations to season and time-of-day needs.
Your heirloom needs an overhaul… A talented couturiere can repair and even redesign your heirloom articles. When choosing someone to work on these treasured pieces, be sure to inquire if she has experience in working with museum quality heirlooms and if she has the resources to match the condition of the original garment. She should be able to assess the condition of the fabric have an excellent knowledge of design and alterations in order to reconstruct the gown. With these qualities your couturiere will bring your heirloom back to life.
Don’t let the French words scare you…a courtier dress can be surprisingly affordable. Depending on the fabrics, design and detail you choose, you can control the price as well as the look. When comparing to bridal salon couture dresses with equal workmanship – and then adding alterations- a truly quality dress won’t be a bargain, but will be valued at much more than you paid for it.