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The Dos and Don’ts Of Hosting A Winter Holiday Wedding

We're right in the thick of another wintery holiday season. The weather is colder, homes are being decorated, everywhere you go people are sipping on hot chocolate and warm apple cider. It's the most wonderful time of the year! But just because it's the holiday season doesn't mean weddings are going to stop! If you've been thinking of planning a holiday wedding, there are a few things that you should think about beforehand. We've got all your dos and dont's for planning a holiday wedding celebration right here. Do: Give Longer Notice Than Usual [caption id="attachment_2829" align="aligncenter" width="798"] Photo Courtesy of…

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13 Practical Wedding Registry Ideas Every Couple Should Consider

One of the most exciting things about the wedding planning process is figuring out where you want to register for gifts, and what items you get to request. Who doesn't love presents, right? The only problem is that sometimes couples get so excited about the big-ticket items and luxury goods that they overlook the more practical things that they'll actually really need to start their married life together. In order to help you avoid missing out on the more important items, here's a guide to practical wedding registry ideas that will come in much more handy than an 88" flat screen…

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Your Expert Guide On Tipping Wedding Vendors

With so many different vendors and services that couples book during their wedding, it can be difficult to keep track of who expects a tip and who doesn't. Does your vendor's contract already have a gratuity included in it? What if it doesn't? Do you still tip them? What if they're the owner of the business—does that make a difference? These are all good questions that we have heard couples ask before. Here's our expert guide regarding the in's and out's of tipping wedding vendors. Your Wedding Planner [caption id="attachment_2708" align="aligncenter" width="696"] Photo Courtesy Traveler Lust[/caption] If you got yourself…

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8 Wedding Details To Take Your Party To The Next Level

While planning your wedding can certainly be stressful, it does offer you the ability to be creative. Wedding planning can be as detail-oriented as you want it to be. You get to plan the biggest party of your life, down to the smallest details. There are the obvious major decisions to be made, such as what wedding venue you'll be choosing, and whether or not you want a band or a DJ. But then there are all the much smaller wedding details that can take your wedding from being good to being great. These are not to be overlooked. Here…

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7 Easy Ways To Save Money On Your Engagement Party

When you get engaged, there are so many parties and events from the moment you announce your engagement right up to your wedding day. All of this can become very expensive, despite some of it being paid for. If you have a massive budget, then this isn't a problem for you—but for most, they will need to make tough decisions on some of their expenses. Your engagement party is one of the events that can be pricey, but doesn't have to be. 1. Have A Smaller Guest List For Your Engagement Party One of the ways to save on your…

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7 Wedding Planning Mistakes You Need To Avoid

There's a good chance you've probably never gone through the process of wedding planning before. If you're tackling it for the first time, you're about to realize how difficult and stressful it can be. There are many things to consider, such as which wedding venue you'll choose, whether you should get a DJ or band, or what catering service to go with, and what type of officiant to go with. Along the way, you might make a few wedding planning mistakes, but we're here to offer our experienced advice in hopes that you don't! Here are some of the biggest wedding…

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9 Tips To Writing Romantic Wedding Vows

Sometimes expressing your love for someone can be difficult. It isn't always easy, despite how much you may adore them. Maybe you can think of the ideas in your head, but getting them into words can be very difficult. Many couples who choose to write their own wedding vows fall into this problem. They have so much love for their significant other, but they just can't seem to get the words out. Because so many couples have this problem, we at Grand Banquet decided to put together this list of helpful tips on writing your wedding vows. After all, we've…

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10 Cute And Romantic Wedding Cake Toppers

Wedding cake toppers are one of the cute details where you'll really be able to show your personality as a couple. There are simple ones out there that most people use, but there's also creative, cute, and romantic ones that really catch the eye and say a lot about a couple. At Grand Banquet, we always pays attention to the wedding cake topper, since they tend to be particularly creative and fun. We put together a list that you'll absolutely love if you're interested in choosing your own unique cake topper! 1. Customized Motorcycle Wedding Cake Topper Like to ride on…

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5 Important Details When Wedding Dress Shopping

This is such an exciting time in your life! Choosing the wedding venue, getting the perfect flowers, choosing your caterer, and of course, going wedding dress shopping! Saying "yes to the dress" has become a major moment for women during the wedding planning process. Finding the right dress has turned into a whole event where family and friends tag along and offer support and advice for the bride-to-be. When looking for the right dress, there are many factors to consider. Our professionals here at Grand Banquet put together a list of five important details to know when going wedding dress…

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5 Pro Tips For Wedding Speeches

For many people, speaking in front of large groups is a huge fear. This is always a cause for concern when it comes to wedding speeches. Whether it's not knowing what to say, how long to speak, or if they should be serious or funny, all of these issues tend to come up when it's time to write a speech for a wedding. Well, at Grand Banquet Hall, we've seen plenty of good and bad speeches at weddings, so we wanted to give you some pro tips. These tips aren't specific to any one speech at the wedding, but a…

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Top 8 Bridal Shower Games

Planning a bridal shower can be a little stressful at times. There's a wide variety of age groups coming to the party, expecting to be entertained. Plus, the guests will range from family members to friends, some of which may have never met before. It's important to try and help them get to know each other to make the party go as smoothly as possible. One great way of doing that is to have bridal shower games throughout the party. Here's a list of our top 8 bridal shower games that is sure to keep everyone engaged and having fun.…

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9 Tips For Planning Your Corporate Event

Creating a positive corporate culture is important for any business. Your employees work hard for you, and it’s important that appreciation is conveyed to them. Throwing a corporate event is a great way to show appreciation, celebrate a milestone, and give back to your employees. It can help build moral and promote a positive culture, which can directly impact your company’s growth and potential. An employee that feels appreciated will work harder for you in the long run, so investing in fun events is a nice change of pace. 1. Understand Your Guests And Budget The first and most important…

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Throw A Class Reunion That People Will Actually Want To Attend

If you were any sort of official in high school and your graduating class has a 10- year (or more!) anniversary coming up, you’re most likely the person who has been asked to organize the high school reunion planning. Congratulations! It’s a big job, but it can also be a fun and rewarding one. One of the most stressful elements will probably be the worry over how many people will attend. After all, you don’t want to book a huge venue just for 15 former classmates. But then again, you don’t want to underestimate and have lots of guests in…

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3 Trendiest Birthday Party Ideas for 2017

Getting ready to throw a birthday bash for your kid? If the answer is yes, you may be trying to figure out the best birthday party places, ideas, or theme for the big event. And, as many parents know, it doesn’t always work to ask the kid. They can either have too many answers or none at all. If your birthday boy or girl isn’t quite sure about birthday party ideas or places, here are a few of the trending birthday party places, themes, and ideas of 2017 to get your wheels turning. Rock Painting Party A fantastic trend began…

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7 Wedding Traditions That Are Disappearing

Weddings are typically synonymous with traditions. From the garter toss to cake cutting to money dances, weddings are stuffed with fun and inspiring traditions that are believed to bring on good luck, financial blessings, and future happiness. But which wedding traditions are fading away? There seem to be quite a few, and only time will tell if they disappear completely or somehow become revived. Read below to learn about the wedding traditions that seem to be dwindling. Cake Pulls This cute Southern tradition is nearly unheard of now. A cake pull is when a bride places small, easy-to-remove charms inside…

How To Craft The Perfect Wedding Catering Menu: Tips & Advice

How To Craft The Perfect Wedding Catering Menu

Your wedding day is a huge deal, and you’re going to want to make it as perfect as it can possibly be. And of course, a delicious wedding catering menu will help make it a day to remember. But how exactly do you craft a catering menu? Your wedding guests want something unique and original—but actually finding the inspiration for your reception menu can be a real challenge. Fortunately, the team at Grand Banquet Hall is here to help. We’ve hosted plenty of weddings in the past, providing a variety of catering options to party hosts. With that in mind,…

6 Important Things To Look For In An Event Venue

If you’ve ever searched for a venue for a special party, you know it can be tough. Some places are gorgeous, but overpriced—or maybe not even what you’re looking for. Others can be affordable but kind of bland. And some just don’t have the atmosphere you want. Los Angeles event venues come in all shapes, styles, and sizes, which can make planning an event tricky. Below is a list of the basic factors to look for in an event venue. Parking Yes, we’re starting with parking, because in Los Angeles, parking is serious business! If you don’t choose a venue…

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7 Great Quinceañera Tips Everyone Should Know

Your daughter is priceless to you. She’s brought you so much love, happiness, and joy over the years, and she deserves nothing but the best for her special quinceañera—but if you’ve never planned one before, you might be in for a few surprises. Thankfully, the team at Grand Banquet Hall has put together this list of helpful quinceañera tips to help you get started. Read on for some helpful quinceañera tips and advice on how to make your daughter’s quinceañera a huge hit. 1. Make A Budget—And Stick To It The first step in any party-planning process should be deciding your…

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Wedding Dress Tips For Older Brides

At Grand Banquet Hall, we’ve hosted wedding receptions for couples of all ages—from early 20s to those in their 80s. Each wedding reception has been beautiful, memorable, and special in its own way, and each couple was equally excited and happy for their big day. As wedding planners, many of our older brides often ask us certain questions about various aspects of their look and what is appropriate. The truth is, a couple should do whatever they want on their big day, no matter what anyone else may say. However, if an older bride wants advice, here are some time-tested…

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Wedding Week Beauty Treatment Do’s And Don’ts

Every bride wants to look her absolute best for her wedding day. Not only do you want to look perfect for your beloved—you’re also going to have a lot of eyes on you. Plus, the photos are going to be shared around and looked at for years to come. Therefore, it’s very important to look as beautiful as you can. For this reason, many brides turn to wedding beauty treatments of all kinds before their wedding day. But how do you know which treatments are necessary, and which ones should be skipped? Here’s a great list of wedding beauty treatment…

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What Are A Junior Bridesmaid’s Responsibilities?

Sometimes a bride has a special girl in her life that she wants to be a part of her wedding day, but the girl is too old to be a flower girl and a little too young to be a bridesmaid. This is why junior bridesmaids exist! Junior bridesmaids are typically anywhere from nine years old to fifteen, and they get to take part in certain areas of the wedding preparations and day. They tend to love their role, and they come in quite handy! Here’s everything you need to know about junior bridesmaids: Before The Wedding A junior bridesmaid…

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Hidden Wedding Expenses You Should Know About

If you’re currently in the middle of wedding planning, you may be seeing how quickly your budget can get eaten up. Between a wedding dress, catering, photography, and the wedding venue, it’s amazing how pricey a wedding can be! However, it’s very important to remember the wedding expenses that most couples forget about. There are a few things that almost no one thinks to include in the budget, but are very important. Take a look at our list of 10 common forgotten things to include in your wedding budget: #1. Postage For Invites Most professional wedding invitation companies don’t include shipping…

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10 Standout Birthday Party Favors For Kids

If you’re in the middle of birthday party planning for your child, you may be struggling to come up with good ideas for party favors for guests to take home with them. If the birthday party has a theme, it can sometimes make it easier to come up with ideas, but not always. In case you’re stuck, here are some ideas to get your wheels turning. Bubble Wands Bubble wands make nice party favors because they’re bright, colorful, and fun. They’re also easily customizable to fit the theme of your child’s party. For example, if you’re having a princess-themed birthday,…

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An Essential Guide To Planning Corporate Event Catering

Everyone gets excited about the food at corporate events. Yes, there are other goals, but food is always a focal point. Whether your event is a company workshop, a conference, a celebration, a business mixer, a breakfast brunch, an awards ceremony, or a fundraiser, or any other kind of business function, it’s important to make sure your corporate event catering is just right. And with business occasions where it’s important to impress, it’s smart to think outside the box. Here are a few ways how you can do this. Theme It It’s always fun to theme catering to match the…

Your Guide: What To Look For In A Great Quinceañera Venue

Your Guide: What To Look For In A Great Quinceañera Venue

Congratulations! It's time for your daughter's quinceañera, honoring her transition from childhood to adulthood and celebrating all the love and joy she's brought to your life. Her quinceañera is bound to be a great success, but the only way to ensure things are perfect is by finding an exceptional quinceañera venue. Your little girl deserves nothing but the best for her big day, and a great quinceañera location will make all her dreams into realities. But what qualities should you look for in a quinceañera venue? Fear not, because the pros at Grand Banquet Hall are here to help. We've…

Ultimate Guide: Questions To Ask When Hiring Wedding Planner

Ultimate Guide: Questions To Ask When Hiring Wedding Planner

Planning a wedding is a massive undertaking, and while you can definitely plan your own wedding many people choose to get some help from a professional wedding planner. A proper wedding planner will reduce a lot of the stress that comes with organizing your big day. They'll help you handle all the minor details of your ceremony and reception, and take care of the menial tasks you either don't have time for or just don't want to deal with. But what should you look for when picking a planner? And how do you find the best wedding planner? The event…

6 Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding Day

6 Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding Day

Your wedding day is a truly momentous occasion, filled with equal parts love, fun, and excitement. But one thing that can sap some of the positivity out of your big day is how much it will cost. It's no secret that wedding cost a lot of money. When all the expenses are combined, most weddings cost at least $10,000, which is definitely a lot of money. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can save money on your wedding day. And if you're looking for some help, you're in luck, because the experts at Grand Banquet Hall have compiled some…

Your Guide To Purchasing The Perfect Wedding Cake

Your Guide To Purchasing The Perfect Wedding Cake

A delicious wedding cake is the centerpiece of any great wedding catering menu, providing guests with the kind of delicious and decadent dessert they rarely get to enjoy. But finding and purchasing the perfect wedding cake can be tricky. You want to impress your guests with something one-of-a-kind, but you also want to honor the favorite flavors of you and your spouse. And considering the sheer number of wedding cake designs and cake bakers, it can be tough to make your decision. Luckily, the team at Grand Banquet Hall is here to help with a useful guide on how to…