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2014 Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid ~ Inspiration Boards

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Shades of purple have long been a staple color in wedding themes.  In January, Pantone color Radiant Orchid brought new life to this wide pallet and inspires beautiful details for any wedding.

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From bridesmaid dresses and linens to flowers and cakes, there are many ways to incorporate this stunning color in your vision.

Make sure to follow our Pinterest boards for more wedding trends, tips and ideas.

 

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Making your Pinterest wedding a reality

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By now, most brides-to-be (B2B) know of Pinterest.com. This site has provided B2B and event planners an endless supply of inspiration thru photos. Once on the site, you can plan all the details of your wedding by “pinning” images to boards categorically. You can search by themes, colors, products, ideas, celebrities…like I said, boundless.

Though this creative tool allows for the re-creation of any vision, it also gives a false sense of reality. Many photos show beautiful tablescapes and decorations that typically come with a hefty price tag. While planning their events, brides are often faced with sticker shock when quoted that pinned centerpiece and ask, “How can I have this gorgeous wedding reception and feed my guests a decent menu too”?

Here is a tip: If your heart is set on recreating that special theme and having those beautiful florals, linens and lighting, search out non-typical venues in your metro area.  This could include church halls, recreation and cultural centers.  They usually offer inexpensive packages and provide a classic, blank canvas for creating your wedding reception vision. Work with a banquet hall within your budget to supply a great-tasting menu, first-class service AND a space that you can transform.

Here are some photos of events at MCC Banquets & Events that illustrate this concept perfectly.

Ballroom with linens, florals, chiavari chairs and lighting

Affordable Elegance

Gorgeous tablescape on a trendy captain's headtable

Gorgeous tablescape on a trendy captain’s headtable

 

With this in mind, happy pinning. It can happen.

Anna Wolski
MCC Banquets & Events
(Macedonian Cultural Center)
586.731.4050

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How to serve your guests at your event

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There are many options in food service when hosting an event at a banquet hall. Each option offers different levels of service. Here are the most common ways to serve your guests.

  • Family-Style:  This formal approach allows your guests to remain seated for dinner and enjoy their meal as a “family”.  Servers bring out the food on large platters and they are passed around the table. Servers make sure to replenish the courses on an as-needed basis.
Food platters on table

Family-Style dining

  • Buffet-Style:  This casual service style allows guests to put together their own meal plates from heated chafing dishes set-up on different tables.  Servers make sure food is replenished and hot.  This is usually the least-expensive option when compared to other styles.
Chafing Dishes on a Buffet

Buffet-Style Dining

  • Plated:  Another option is individually plated meals for each guest.  The host chooses from 1 to 2 entree options and serves it with a starch and vegetable.  This is typically the more expensive service and reflects a formal tone for your event.
Serving guests with individual meal plates

Individual Plated Dining

  •  Food Stations:  These are quickly becoming a trendy option for non-traditional weddings.  You could think of it as a “deconstructed buffet”.   With this style of dining, themed mini-buffets are set-up around the reception area.  Guests casually travel the room and try what they prefer.  Pricing varies on this one since it depends on what types of food are served.
Carving Food Station

Carving Food Station

There are many factors that weigh in on which dining style suits your event.  Make lists of the pros and cons of each and go with what matches your vision.  Always consult with your venue, as they will steer you in the right direction with their expertise.

Anna Wolski

MCC Banquets and Events

586.731.4050

www.mccbanquethall.com

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