Nine Steps to Choosing the Right Wedding Photographer for You

by: Janna Morishima

Of all the wedding vendor categories, photography might be one of the most crowded – there are hundreds of wedding photographers in New Jersey alone. So how do you separate the wheat from the chaff and find the best photographer for you?

1. Decide on how important photography is to you.

If you care strongly about the photography, allocate your budget accordingly. Expect to pay more than $6000 for a high-end photographer; between $2000 and $6000 for most professionals; and less than $2000 for a hobbyist or someone just starting out. You can find amazing photographers in each of these categories – and you can find mediocre work in each of them, too! So it pays to do your homework.

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Helpful Tips to Reception Planning

There are so many elements to planning your wedding reception.  Everyone has their own opinion on what the “perfect” reception should be for them.  Here are a few things, the Do’s and Don’ts to think about while planning your special day.

Want the perfect designer shoes to walk down the aisle in?  One thing to keep in mind for the reception is to bring a comfortable pair of shoes, even flip-flops, to change into after your first dance.  You feet will be happy you did!

Don’t forget an emergency kit for the day of the wedding that can include anything from a needle and thread to clear nail polish, superglue, safety pins and bobby pins.  You never know what will happen when you least expect it and this will be a life saver.

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How to Choose a Wedding Florist:

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One minute you are engaged and then next minute you are deluged with ideas and dreams. How do you turn your dream into a reality? How do you find a florist that will not only make your dream come true but partner with you to help you decorate your reception and create memorable bouquets?

You are looking for someone who will partner with you, not just tell you what you should do.

First off, remember, you are looking for someone who will partner with you, not just tell you what you should do. Finding someone that listens and can interpret your floral wish list might take a little extra work at the beginning but will pay off in the end. This blog will give you some pointers to help you save time and frustration. Here are my 5 steps to follow to find a great florist! Continue reading

Holiday Engagements!

Congratulations to everyone who got engaged over this holiday season!  I have been planning weddings at the Inn for the past 10 years and have some tips that may be helpful in the beginning of your wedding planning journey. 

What is the first thing that every bride wants to do once engaged?  Tell everyone she knows!  While your parents and immediate family should be the first to know, telling them in person is the best way to share your news.  Once your family knows your good news it is time to share with everyone else.  There are numerous ways to get the news out quickly.  Making phone calls is definitely one way to start, but you can also consider noting your engagement on Facebook and sending an e-mail to everyone you want to share with.  There is also the traditional route in throwing an engagement party and posting your engagement in your local newspaper.

After the excitement of getting engaged starts to wear off it is time to officially start planning your wedding and reception.  The first thing that every couple should determine is your budget and how much will be allotted to each segment of your wedding which can include the church, reception, flowers, entertainment, photography, favors, honeymoon, etc…  

Prince William Ballroom at the Nassau Inn.

Your next step is picking your wedding date by seeing what dates your ceremony and reception venues are both available.   Be open when considering dates especially if on a tight budget as most venues will offer a discount for a Friday evening or Sunday wedding.  When looking at reception venues it is best to research all that you are interested in and then narrowing down your list to 3 – 5 and making appointments to check the ones that you are really interested in.  Keep in mind that you will love and not love something about every venue you look at and should make your decision on what is most important to you.  Continue reading

Real Weddings at Nassau Inn

Megan & Joe at the Nassau Inn Photo: Encore Entertainment

Megan and Joe met on their first day of school at The Culinary Institute of America in the fall of 2000.  After completing their degrees, Joe moved back to his hometown in Massachusetts and Megan went with him.  They decided to have a three year engagement, giving them plenty of time to buy a house, a puppy, and plan a culinary feast for their special day.

As Executive Chef and Manager of established Boston restaurants, Megan and Joe raved about their dinner party cocktail hour and five-course reception menu.  Read all about their first siting and wedding day at the Nassau Inn in Manhattan Bride Magazine’s Real Weddings section.

What’s your Nassau Inn story?  Click on Comments below to share your wedding or social event experiences you cherished here.

Behind the Red Door: An Inside Look at the Historic Nassau Inn

The Nassau Inn Sales Team is fortunate to have two very ambitious young ladies working for them.  Both are fortunate enough to have an insider’s perspective on all of the fabulous events that take place here.  Ashley Comaites (top left) and Jackie Brigante (bottom right) dish on the goings-on at the Nassau Inn.

Ashley Comaites, Catering Coordinator

As wedding season is in full swing; we take a half a step back to see exactly what goes in to one special day.

The sales team at the Nassau Inn prides itself on time management, attention to detail and an overall obsession with perfection. On-site receptions are made up of many different working parts, requiring the entire staff to communicate and work together to make every aspect special. Continue reading