Wedding Venues, Ideas and Inspiration

Mastering Bar Counts: Part I

After graduating college, I thought a great indicator of my newfound adulthood would be the purchase of my first set of dishes.  I scoured shelves of options in search of a design that I felt captured my personality and, painstakingly, selected the winner.  I strode triumphantly home, delighted by my success.  When my mother asked to see what I had purchased, I proudly unpacked one complete place setting.

Yep.  A  single – set – of – plateware.

My mom gently suggested that I might want the option of hosting at my new apartment and that a single place setting might leave me 3 or 5 or 11 settings shy of my needs.  Red-faced, I realized that in my pursuit for the perfect pattern, there were a few details I had overlooked.

They’re easy details to fall through the cracks, but mastering the numbers is an important step in ensuring that your event runs smoothly.  Estimating glassware needs and other accessories, especially for your bar, can be a challenge.

JPO recommends ordering one glass per guest / hour.  Don’t fret, no one is going to be pounding down the Cosmos, but they may be consuming nonalcoholic beverages in between the cocktails.  You want to avoid the sight of reusing glasses during the duration of your event – because if suave is what you’re going for, scampering around collecting guests’ glasses as soon as they set them down is not it.

Ice is important, too.  We suggest ordering approximately 50 lbs of ice for 50 guests and then adding 1 lb of ice per guest above that.  If you’re hosting an event outdoors, remember that ice generally melts more quickly than you can use it.  You may want to think about using several insulated bins for longer-lasting preservation.

Purchase a lot of cocktail napkins.  When you think you have purchased enough, purchase more.  (I know a really clever way of folding them into swans so if you’re stuck with lots of extras, we can talk.)

Bottom line: don’t overlook the details.  And for the record, I now own four complete place settings, sufficient for hosting my mom, my sister, and my brother.  I’ll just have to hold off inviting the Kardashians for the time being.

As always, Enjoy the Process!

 JPO Concepts

Jenny Piersol, Editor JPO Concepts


Choosing an Event Space: Raw Vs. Traditional

“Location, location, location.”  Whether it’s for business or pleasure, the special event that you set about planning must first find an ideal home.  Finding and booking a great venue is one of the most crucial elements of planning your event because it serves as a jumping-off point for so many other details.

Using a traditional venue or banquet hall may seem a no-brainer; however, many times that puts you under obligation to use that particular venue’s umbrella of services.  Their catering.  Those formidable chandeliers that always reminded you of The Phantom of the Opera.  That musty carpet that unashamedly boasts a career-setting record of decades without a proper cleansing.  Suddenly, your special event starts to feel more like a scene from The Shining than a custom-crafted event because it no longer looks or feels like you!

In economic times like these, many nontraditional venues are willing to rent out their space at a great rate ..

How do you plan an event that represents you and your personality?  We suggest beginning with what is called a ‘raw space,’ such as a photography studio or an unfurnished apartment.  JPO Concepts represents a handful of these unique spaces, which allows us to create specialized events for each of our unique clients.  Using a nontraditional venue offers you the creative freedom to decorate the space as you envision it and to employ the vendors that are most suitable for your event.

Raw Space

A raw space puts you in control of your event.

Another reason to use an unconventional space, such as a gallery or a museum, is that beneath the overarching bridge that is “Location,” there is a babbling brook known more affectionately as “Cost.”  In economic times like these, many nontraditional venues are willing to rent out their space at a great rate, making the choice to use a raw space a win-win from all angles.  From the food to the custom-created ambiance to the price tag, your event will be a uniquely designed affair and undeniably special – just like you!

(I’ll expect a party favor.  Unless, of course, you’re Jack Nicholson.)

As always, enjoy the process!

JPO Concepts, Inc.

 A raw space transformation:

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After

 

 

 


Real Wedding: Lake View Pavilion – Foxboro, MA

Beth & Scott had a beautiful wedding at the Lake View Pavilion in Foxboro, MA.  The reception and ceremony were both onsite, taking full advantage of the lakefront setting and ample capacity of the ballroom and private cocktail rooms.  The Grand Ballroom at the Lake View Pavilion is a truly great space.  It has luxurious, fabric-draped cathedral ceilings, beautiful lake views and dramatic lighting options.

Photos by Cordele Photography.

Lakeview Pavilion in Foxboro, MA

Lakeview Pavilion in Foxboro, MA

Lakeview Pavilion in Foxboro, MA

Grand Ballroom with fabric-draped cathedral ceilings.

Lakeview Pavilion in Foxboro, MA

Lakeview Pavilion in Foxboro, MA

Lakeview Pavilion in Foxboro, MA

Lakeview Pavilion in Foxboro, MA

Lakeview Pavilion in Foxboro, MA

Lakeview Pavillion Inspiration Board

 

Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Cordele Photography
Reception Venue: Lake View Pavilion

 

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Real Wedding: Casa Marina Resort – Key West, Florida

Warm weather,  blue skies, white sand, palm trees and dramatic sunsets … Whittney & Troy had all this and more for their beachfront wedding at the Casa Marina Resort in Key West, Florida.  The private beach provided  an intimate setting for their wedding ceremony with spectacular ocean views.  Photos by Debra Weisheit Photography.

Casa Marina Resort - Key West, Florida

Casa Marina Resort - Key West, Florida

Casa Marina Resort - Key West, Florida

Casa Marina Resort - Key West, Florida

Casa Marina Resort - Key West, Florida

Casa Marina Resort - Key West, Florida

Casa Marina Resort Inspiration Board

 

Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Debra Weisheit Photography
Reception Venue: Casa Marina Resort

 

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Real Wedding: Dockside Restaurant – York, Maine

Nicole & Carlyle had a beautiful wedding on the coast of Maine at the Dockside Restaurant in York, Maine.  The venue overlooks the pristine York Harbor and has fabulous views of the Atlantic Ocean, docks and all nautical activity — including yachts and lobster boats.  Their outdoor ceremony was held dockside overlooking the pier.

Photos by Elizabeth Stultz Photography.

Dockside Restaurant - York, Maine

Dockside Restaurant - York, Maine

Dockside Restaurant - York, Maine

Dockside Restaurant - York, Maine

Dockside Restaurant - York, Maine

Dockside Restaurant - York, Maine

Dockside Restaurant Inspiration Board

Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Elizabeth Stultz Photography
Reception Venue: Dockside Restaurant

 

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Real Wedding: Raphael Vineyard – Peconic, NY

How great are weddings on a vineyard?  Looking at the photos from Felicia & James wedding at the Raphael Vineyard in Peconic, NY really gives you a sense of how perfect it can be.  With acres of lush green vineyards and beautiful, rustic, old-world architecture, their wedding has a very warm, timeless feel.  Their outdoor ceremony overlooked the vineyards and the weather was perfect (the North Fork of Long Island is considered by many to be the sunniest spot in New York State).  Did I mention that world-class wine was served :).

The Venue
The Raphael Vineyard winery was designed by John Petrocelli who was inspired by the Italian monasteries of his ancestral home.  The Renaissance Room, with antique finishes, seats up to 180, with full views of the vineyards.

Photos by Photography by Verdi.

Raphael Vineyard - Peconic, NY

Raphael Vineyard - Peconic, NY

Raphael Vineyard - Peconic, NY

Raphael Vineyard - Peconic, NY

Raphael Vineyard - Peconic, NY

Raphael Vineyard - Peconic, NY Inspiration Board

Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Photography by Verdi
Reception Venue: Raphael Vineyard

 

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Real Wedding: City Club at River Ranch – Lafayette, LA

It was a beautiful day for Brianna & Michael’s southern wedding at the City Club at River Ranch in Lafayette, LA.  The City Club was a great location, with extensive outdoor space, providing a perfect backdrop for their wedding.  Their ceremony took place under a large, octagon-shaped, gazebo — with the charm and character of an authentic red barn.  The gazebo is surrounded by lush landscaping and has a red-stone walkway that was perfect for their walk down the aisle.  The reception took place in the elegant Fleur de Lis banquet room.

Photos by Catherine Guidry.

City Club at River Ranch - Lafayette, LA

City Club at River Ranch - Lafayette, LA

City Club at River Ranch - Lafayette, LA

City Club at River Ranch - Lafayette, LA

City Club at River Ranch - Lafayette, LA Inspiration Board

Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Catherine Guidry
Floral Designer: Victory Silks and Interiors
Reception Venue: City Club at River Ranch

 

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Real Wedding Venue: The Westin Maui Resort, Hawaii

Here’s is another beautiful destination wedding at The Westin Maui Resort in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. With a location like this, you can almost just show up and get married.  The photos speak for themselves … absolutely gorgeous!

Photos by Joanna Tano Photography.

Westin Maui Resort

Nicole & Todd basked in a beautiful sunset on Kaanapali Beach.

Westin Maui Resort

Westin Maui Resort

Westin Maui Resort

Westin Maui Resort Inspiration Board

Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Joanna Tano Photography
Reception Venue: The Westin Maui Resort

 

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Real Wedding Venue: Hyatt Regency Baltimore

This is our first indoor hotel wedding feature and it’s a real beauty.  Hotel weddings offer a great combination of elegance, flexibility and convenience.  Many hotels and inns are also very affordable, when compared to more traditional wedding venues, and offer more amenities (including discounted room blocks for out-of-town guests).

The Venue
Melanie & Phillip’s wedding at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore, Maryland took full advantage of the space. From the beautiful grand lobby with interior glass elevators to the panoramic skyline views of Downtown Baltimore,  this venue provided the perfect backdrop for their urban wedding.  The catering, ceremony room and event planning was provided in-house as well, giving Melanie & Phillip more time to focus on other aspects of their wedding.  Did I mention the convenience of  hotel weddings 🙂 ?

Photos by Kathleen Hertel Photography.

Hyatt Regency Baltimore

Hyatt Regency Baltimore

Hyatt Regency Baltimore

Hyatt Regency Baltimore

Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inspiration Board

Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Kathleen Hertel Photography
Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency- Baltimore

 

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Real Wedding Venue: Wadsworth Mansion – Connecticut

Weddings at historic mansions just feel special!  There’s something timeless about outdoor ceremonies on lush green lawns and wedding receptions in lavish ballrooms designed at the turn of the last century.  The wedding just seems to become  part of the history.

The Venue
The Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, Connecticut is definitely a wedding venue that exudes history, class and beauty.  With a rich history dating back to 1900, the now city-owned mansion offers beautiful classical architecture and ample landscaped grounds;  providing the perfect backdrop for photos and setting the stage for a wedding to remember.  The ballroom seats up to 200 guests for a sit-down dinner and additional capacity is available via a tented outside patio.

Amanda and Todd took full advantage of the facilities and even a little rain couldn’t put a damper on their wedding.  The ceremony was held indoors due to the weather, but the room still provided beautiful ceiling to floor views of the grounds.  Having the flexibility to move indoors is a major benefit of venues that only host one event per day, such as the Wadsworth Mansion.

Photographs by Parsons Photo.

Wadsworth Mansion Inspiration Board

Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Parsons Photo
Reception Venue: Wadsworth Mansion
Caterer: The Connecticut Wedding Group
Floral Designer: Central Market
Dress Store: David’s Bridal

 

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