The Beautiful Double Tree Hotel, Claremont

This month we would like to feature the Beautiful Claremont Double Tree Hotel for your wedding ceremony and reception location! Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains on historic Route 66. This newly remodeled hotel has all the makings for a beautiful wedding. You can have your ceremony, reception and guest accommodations all in one convenient location. The Claremont Double Tree offers an outdoor courtyard with cascading waterfall that makes the perfect location for either your wedding ceremony or your cocktail hour! The hotel boasts three separate ballrooms, the largest being able to accommodate up to 250 guests. Call the wonderful staff today and you’ll be glad you did, tell them Platinum Lining Events referred...

Tipping Etiquette for a Wedding Reception

One etiquette question I seem to receive the most is how much and to whom should you tip during the planning of your wedding. Since this is normally a one time event it’s understandable why most people are unaware or are unsure about wedding tipping etiquette! So I decided to blog about it to give you a few guidelines. You should tip your vendors when they provide extra special service or go beyond your expectations. These are simply customary amounts, but are not mandatory.  These tips are based on the amount of time spent between you and the vendor in the planning process of your wedding. If you are on a tight budget a handwritten note of Thanks goes a long way. Florist $50 to $200 DJ $50 to $300 Limo driver 20% Officiant $20 to $100 Hair and makeup 10% to 20 % Photographer $50 to $200 Videographer $40 to $100 Musicians $20 to $50 Bellman $5 to $20 each Catering Manager $50 to $300 Banquet Captain $50 to $200 Wedding Coordinator and team $300 to $500 You should plan for these tips in your initial budget, but keep in mind most often caterer’s and venues that provide food will include gratuity in the total cost or they will charge you a service charge for the staff, which essentially is their tip. Always ask if gratuities are included before signing the...