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Forget Me Not Friday: Pinning a Boutonniere

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A boutonniere signifies the importance of an individual at a wedding! From the groom and his groomsmen to the father of the bride, these arrangements are a special way to honor the men in a wedding ceremony. Originally boutonnieres were pushed through the left lapel buttonhole. The stems were held in place with a loop at the back of the lapel. Today’s jackets often lack this necessary loop to hold the boutonniere in place; this is how the process of “pinning a boutonniere” became the norm.

Step 1: Make sure the flowers, greenery, and other pieces of the boutonniere are arranged as you want it to look on the lapel.

Step 2: Place the boutonniere so the flower is on or just below the widest part of the lapel. Pin the boutonniere on the man’s left.

Step 3: In order to hide the pin, insert the pin behind the left lapel and through the stem. We recommend using two pins to secure the boutonniere.

Step 4: Give the boutonniere a little push to check its stability.

Step 5: Look handsome!

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Forget Me Not Friday: Children At Your Wedding

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Couples often wrestle over whether to include children at their wedding reception. It can be a prickly topic when the groom’s side doesn’t want to include children at all and the bride’s family wants them at the head table! Some families wish to create an affair that celebrates the love of all ages whereas other families feel strongly that the little ones will spoil the solemnity of the special evening. We have seen impassioned reactions on both sides of this topic!

If you want to include children (other than the flower girl and ring bearer) at the wedding meal, we recommend having a stationed dinner.  Include a station that you know they will enjoy like a burger bar or pasta station.  The informality of a stationed dinner creates a more forgiving ambiance if a mishap occurs and the extra bit of noise adds to the fun.

If you are planning on having a formal multi – course seated dinner we suggest asking the venue if there is separate room that the children can play in and have a kid friendly meal. This way they are nearby but not included in the dinner.  It is almost impossible for children to enjoy a 2-hour dinner and therefore the parent’s don’t enjoy it either.  Be sure to get a babysitter to help keep the children entertained and provide crayons, coloring books, and a few games.  Request that the venue provide a DVD player and ask the parents to bring some of their kid’s favorite movies.

Once the band strikes up we often find the children are the first ones on the dance floor! There is something very sweet about a little girl dancing with her uncle on his big day or a bride twirling her little nieces.  With proper for-thought, children can definitely bring joy to any wedding celebration. Their energy and excitement will be contagious!

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Southern Living Issue

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Earlier this year Easton Events was asked to create a holiday dinner table for the December issue of Southern Living. We tuned on the Christmas tunes, called the local Christmas Tree supplier, and started thinking about our ideal holiday tablescape.

Our approach was to create a dressy but approachable atmosphere. We  featured a neutral palate of golds, silvers, and creams while emphasizing texture. Lynn stated ” I wanted the soiree to feel organic yet luxurious- sophisticated without putting on airs.” Together with Pat’s Floral Design we designed a juxtaposition of earthy elements, such as the cedar logs and bare tigerwood branches, with the lavish touches, such as the mother- of- pearl napkin rings and gold-edged china, creating a fancy affair with a cozy undertone.

In the right hand corner of the room we placed a Christmas tree wrapped in twinkly white lights and a natural toned ribbon. We kept the look minimal and organic by choosing to adorned the tree with paper cones filled with balsa wood flowers rather than chunky colorful ornaments.

Rock Paper Scissors designed place cards and menus for the dinner spread. The menu card features a silver emblem reminiscent of a pineapple, the symbol of Southern hospitality!

Cookies Stocking Be sure to take a peak at the December issue of Southern Living to see more of our design concepts for a Christmas dinner spread!

All images courtesy of Jen Fariello 

Forget Me Not Friday: Stationed or Seated… The Great Divide!

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There are many decisions a bride must make when planning the big day; one of the most important is the style of dining.  Will the reception be seated or stationed?  Here is our take on the great debate!

Generally speaking, seated dinners have been the standard in the North, while heavy hors d’oeuvres or stationed receptions are traditionally Southern.  Interestingly, in the past few years we have seen an upswing in stationed weddings on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.

We think the change is a reflection of our general eating preferences.  Particularly in urban areas, small plates have been gaining popularity.  Tapas-style dining, rather than eating a single large course, allows you to explore a wide range of flavors and cuisine.  Stationed dinners give guests a similar opportunity to try a wide variety of food styles.

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wedding planningThere are two important differences between seated and stationed meals that should be considered before making your decision: cost and flow.

Cost.  Stationed events and seated events tend to cost about the same, but the money will be spent differently.  The food at a stationed event will be more expensive as the caterer will need to provide a surplus of items.  The surplus prevents a popular item from running out.

However, a seated event will typically require more staff for service.  Floral and table decor costs may also be higher as each guest will require his own plated seat.

Flow. Seated dinners tend to create a more formal setting and are ideal for couples who would like to include multiple speeches throughout the evening.  With a seated audience, it is easy to capture guests’ attention for blessings, welcomes, and toasts.  It can also give the bride and groom more time to spend with their wedding party or those seated closest to them.

Stationed dinners give guests more flexibility to mingle with one another, and are ideal for a group that wants to spend more time dancing.  Stationed events are intentionally less structured, so they tend to feel more relaxed.  Stations work best with open floor plans and fewer tables to allow plenty of room for guests to move around.  Stationed events also cut back on the pre-wedding challenges of assigning tables and providing printed materials to direct guests to assigned seats.

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