I recently received a delightful email from Lainie about her October 2008 wedding. It was a stunningly beautiful event, filled with a loving tribute to her late father, personal touches like a custom NY Times crossword puzzle for each guest, and exquisite flowers and décor.
Oh, and did I mention that Lainie was smart and savvy enough to plan the whole thing in 4 months and host it on a Sunday so it didn’t break the bank. In fact, she booked the venue TWO HOURS after her finance Scott proposed. (That has got to be some sort of record).
Their venue choice, The Crystal Plaza, was very sentimental selection because Lanie’s parents got married there 37 years ago. And it was the closest she could get to having her father walk her down the aisle since he passed away two years before the wedding.
Lainie and Scott decided on a wedding brunch to celebrate their marriage. Brunch was the perfect choice because it is their favorite meal and the one that they most often share with friends and family. And by having a brunch reception, they were able to minimize costs yet serve delicious, comfort foods that almost everyone enjoys. (They even served Lainie’ favorite – grilled cheese)!
Since the wedding was on a Sunday, and only booked 4 months out, Lainie and Scott were able to really negotiate with vendors who had resigned themselves to not having business booked that day.
And, an added bonus of a Sunday reception, their older relatives and parents’ friends were much more energetic and hit the dance floor much more than if they had had the wedding on a Saturday night!