F*R*E*E BRIDAL WORKSHOP

Series #4 – Invitations * Favors* Decor Skip the typical Bridal Show and spend a Sunday with Us! LaDawn Williams is the CEO/Executive Director and Certified Wedding Planner and Designer of Platinum Lining Events, an event planning and design company located in Southern California. She is also an award winning Wedding Planner, 5 Star Rated with Wedding Wire and a Certified Wedding Consultant from the American Academy of Wedding Professionals. She is a Member of the Association of Bridal Consultants and has earned the designation of Professional Bridal Consultant™. Copyright 2012, All Rights Reserved. We love to share, and ask that if you would like to use the content on our blog or newsletters, please provide the appropriate credit to Platinum Lining...

Setting A Formal Table

Setting a formal table correctly for your wedding reception is an essential part of etiquette for your big day. It will also come in handy if you are hosting any dinners or other parties during your planning. There are a few tips we would like to share with you to make sure to impress the guests. When it comes to Silverware there is an order in which each piece should be placed. The piece of silverware that is to be used first should be placed on the outside, furthest from the center plate. For example if you are planning on serving a salad as the first course, the salad fork (usually smaller) should be placed on the outside. Just remember, forks on the left side and spoons and knives with cutting edge facing the plate on right. The butter knife should be placed across the bread plate, which is placed at the top left corner of the main dinner plate. The Cups are to be placed at the top right corner of the main dish. The water glass is above the knife and the wine and champagne glasses go to the right of water. Coffee cup and saucer are placed to the right of knife and spoon. The dessert fork and spoon, smaller in size, are placed at the top center of the dish right below the place setting card. The fork belongs below the spoon facing in the opposite direction. The Napkin is placed on top of the main plate or to the left of the forks. Knowing how to set a proper table is a skill you...

Guest Room Blocks Read the Fine Print!

It is always great to have out of town guests attend your wedding and offering them a discounted hotel rate is a great incentive.  Often times, the discounted hotel rate is available through booking a block of rooms. If you are having your reception at a hotel it makes it very convenient to have your out of town guests stay at the same hotel, if not try and contact a nearby hotel, but be careful of the contract. This one can be tricky, make sure you are very clear about YOUR responsibilities! Tip #1: Make sure that when you go to sign the contract for the reception, your guest’s rooms are not included in the same contract. If you reserved the rooms for your guests the hotel may put the rooms under your contract, meaning you personally will be paying for the rooms. Be sure to double check the contract and read all of the fine print or you could be unexpectedly paying thousands. Tip #2: Another point in the contract to be aware of is your minimum guarantee. Make sure you understand what YOUR responsibility will be if the minimum number of rooms blocked are not reserved. Sometimes they may raise the rate, some contracts make you financially responsible for a percentage, sometimes it’s as simple as them just releasing them back. Tip #3: Know what specific room types are being blocked. Number of rooms blocked for each room type. Overnight room rate for each room type. Any additional person charges, service charges, taxes should also be mentioned here. If you have negotiated any complimentary rooms (Good for you!),...