Making the Most of Your Wedding Room Block

We interviewed Jaime Wolf, catering sales manager at the Nassau Inn, who has been with us for 10 years! This is her version of Wedding Room Block Planning 101 for you.

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  1. Tell your guests to save the wedding date and start reserving their overnight rooms before wedding invites are sent out. This way you won’t run into trouble if rooms are not available later on.
  2. If you are wondering what to pack for gift bags, some essentials include: water, Advil/Tylenol, a snack, and an itinerary (timeline for the weekend, breakfast arrangements, rehearsal dinner, transportation plans, etc.).
  3. Frequently Asked Question: “Can guests check in early?”
    Answer: It depends – but it’s safer to assume you can’t. Weekends, especially in towns like Princeton, can be busy and time may be needed for previous guests to check out and rooms to be cleaned.
  4. If you have a large room block, it is considered thoughtful to have a breakfast the next morning to say thank you to all of your guests! We have great breakfast packages and offer discounts for all in house weddings! Be sure to ask your Catering Manager for details.
  5. Encourage your guests to make time to explore. Princeton is a great place to stay and this is the perfect opportunity for them to make it a mini vacation or getaway. Site seeing, downtown shopping, dining and bar hoping are just a few of the reasons you need more than a day to take it all in!

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About the AuthorLily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.

Princeton Wedding Showcase

The NASSAU INN with Hamilton Jewelers present
The Princeton Wedding Showcase
Sunday, March 13, 2016
12 PM – 4 PM

nassauinnIf the question got popped and you said, “yes”, then the Princeton Wedding Show should be at the top of your list of must-attend events!

Held on Sunday, March 13th here at the Nassau Inn, this year’s wedding show promises to be more dynamic and magical than ever before.

You can truly EXPERIENCE everything and see for yourself what makes this town great!

 

Be inspired! Do you picture a magical winter wedding, cocktail hour by lantern light, a light and breezy outdoor ceremony or a dramatic ballroom event? This year’s event will allow you walk through fully staged areas of the hotel designed by Vinterest and other local florists. You can see first-hand what our preferred vendors do best… and that’s bring your visions to life.

Remember Your Happiness Today and Always!

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Pre-registered guests can sign up to have their engagement photos taken by one of our favorite photographers, Kyo Morishima. A digital copy will be sent to you for you to use in any way you would like!

Get Moving!

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Nervous about your first dance as man and wife? No need to worry. Fred Astaire of Princeton will be here to show you how to glide across the dance floor. Enjoy beautiful ballroom dancing demonstrations or get hands-on and participate in a lesson. And don’t miss the walking tour of Princeton! Join Princeton Tour Company as they navigate through town and show you all the hot photo op spots and ceremony sites around the square and on campus. Learn a little history along the way and Discover why Princeton is THE wedding weekend destination!

Embrace your inner fashionista!

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Our roaming live model fashion show hosted by Exquisite bride will not only allow you to see gorgeous gowns (for all seasons) but also speak to the models and ask about the fit and the comfort level. Once you know what you want to wear for you big day stop by to see Cosmo Blue and consult about hair and makeup, even test out a style or two.

Play like a Boy!

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Whoever said Bridal Shows aren’t fun for the Groom hasn’t come to our show. Drop him off at the Groom’s Corner where he will find everything from tastings to activities to groomsmen gift options, and wedding band inspiration by Hamilton Jewelers. He can also get fit for a custom tailored suit by Brooks Brothers, check out transportation services with A-1 Limousine, and even book the rehearsal dinner. This is the perfect opportunity to cross off everything on “his” to do list in one day.

Tantalize your taste buds!

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Sample all the foods you normally cannot try in advance. We will be sampling post wedding breakfast items, Say Goodnight Gracie’s, cocktail hour stations and sweet and savory wedding enhancements from our local partners, such as Olsson’s Fine Foods, Chez Alice and Cartero & Cavero, and the Caketeria.

Our Gift to you!

Thanks to our vendors and sponsors, we have great door prizes and giveaways this year. As an event sponsor Hamilton, Jewelers has provided a chance to win a honeymoon cruise and a $1000 Jewelry shopping spree to use toward your wedding bands. Exquisite bride has donated a chance to win $500 shopping spree to use towards your new wedding dress. All preregistered brides will receive a swag bag sponsored by Palmer Square with exclusive offers and gifts from our vendors and partners and many more door prizes will be announced shortly.

Come prepared to book your Nassau Inn 2016 wedding the day of the show and receive 16% off your package (exclusions apply).

Discover Princeton as the wedding destination! www.princetonweddingshow.com

6 Reasons to Book Your Winter Wedding at the Nassau Inn

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Spring and summer weddings get a lot of love, but there’s nothing more heart-warming and wonderfully romantic than the beauty and magic of a winter wedding here at the Nassau Inn. Our inviting atmosphere, vibrant festive feel, and year-round charm are just a few great reasons why the colder months have become more popular than ever with our brides.

If you’re considering a winter wedding in the heart of downtown Princeton, allow us to further illustrate why the Nassau Inn is the perfect frame for your winter wedding dream.

Save Money

Our spectacular deals on our winter wedding packages will save you lots of money. Plus, winter tends to be a less busy time of year for vendors, therefore you might be able to score significant discounts on everything from the photographer to the DJ.

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Flexibility

Popular dates during the traditional wedding months sometimes book up years in advance. You’ll find it much easier to get your dream Saturday date in in the winter. It’s even easier to book if you decide to get married mid-week.

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Accommodations

Our stunning colonial features, surrounding attractions, and all the luxuries you’d expect from a modern hotel makes us one seriously stylish venue for your winter wedding. Boasting 13 beautiful banquet areas and 188 guest rooms, we can accommodate parties large and small, from 10 wedding guests to 200.

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Photos

Our property is always picturesque, but during the winter months it is utterly stunning. You and your guests will depart your wedding experience with numerous and inspiring snapshots of a perfect and unforgettable day.

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Planning

Our dedicated wedding coordinators are on hand to help create a day that is as individual, exciting and memorable as you have always hoped – helping you plan every detail to perfection, from the dining to the first dance.

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Menu

Winter wedding menus are all about warming, comfort foods. Celebrate your day with a celebration of sensational seasonal flavors. Whatever you can imagine, our expert culinary team are happy to create a menu that reflects your wishes, making your special day as tasty as it is beautiful.

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To schedule a tour, or for more information,  please contact us at sales@nassauinn.com or (609) 921-7500.

 

7 Simple Ways to Nail Your Winter Makeup

This is a guest post by Magda’s Designs Inc.

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People like to hibernate in the winter. It’s cold out, it gets darker earlier; it’s the time of year one would rather snuggle up on the couch and watch a movie. Ironically, however, winter also happens to be a season filled with holiday parties, family get togethers, weddings, and a lot of photos for proof of getting together. These photos will be plastered on Facebook, Instagram and basically anywhere else photos can be uploaded these days; a scary thought for someone who tends to dislike how they look in pictures.
Here’s a tip…makeup can make all the difference.

Because the Nassau Inn will host of many of these wondrous affairs, we wanted to give their guests and brides a few tips on how to nail their makeup and look great in every photo snapped in their direction.

1. First things first, the same shade of lipstick, eye shadow, etc., does not look the same all year round. Just because you like the way a certain color looks in the summer, does not mean it will flatter you come winter. Check out How is the Sunlight Affecting Your Makeup?.

2. If you read the above article, you now understand that winter has a lot of that not-so-flattering blue light, which brings more attentions to things you’d like to cover up, i.e. red spots, dark under-eye circles. Winter is the time of year to pull out highlighters and light-reflective foundations.

3. Blue light reflects colors with blue tones, so think silver, gray, red, berry shades, etc. when it comes to your eyeshadow.

4. It’s natural to lose your tan in the summer, so don’t over-do it with the bronzer. To add some color to your face, use some blush.

5. Go for the dark lip. Just do it.

6. Use waterproof mascara. It’s great for any occasion, especially if there’s any snow in the forecast.

7. Now that you know the tips to great winter makeup, don’t forget that before the makeup comes the foundation. If your skin is dry and cracked, the makeup won’t look good, regardless of color. Check out 5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Skin Hydrated This Winter.

Please visit our friends at Magdas Designs to learn more about their amazing Hair & Makeup Services.

10 Reasons Why Fall is a Great Time to Have a Wedding

 

Cozy Vibes

There’s something so intimate and homey about an autumn wedding.
Exhibit A: this cozy tablescape that’s got us all swooning.

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Stunning Scenery

Fall foliage as your wedding portrait backdrop? It doesn’t get any better than that.

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In-season Florals

Dahlia, alstroemeria, celosia… the list goes on for pretty flowers you’ll find for fall.

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Historic Venues

Let’s be real – historic weddings and autumn go together like PB&J, and for the rustic-loving bride fall is the perfect time of year.

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Outdoor Ceremony

You can have a beautiful outdoor ceremony without worrying your guests are going to melt or freeze.

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Fresh Foods

The food! Think apple cider signature cocktails, a delicious soup course, and donuts for dessert

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Budget

You can create gorgeous décor on the cheap — crunchy leaves, votives, and beautiful branches all make lovely decorations. Plus, they’re more budget-friendly than flowers.

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Fall Sun

Because of the way engagement rings sparkle in the fall sun.

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Guest lists

Wedding guests do not have to work around their summer vacations in order to attend.

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NO bad hair days!

Frizz-free wedding hair.

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Steps from Everything…

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One of the many benefits of staying with us here at the Nassau Inn is our close proximity to first-class shopping, dining, entertainment, and history. Our guests truly appreciate being just steps away from everything. As evidence, here is a list of 10 popular attractions in downtown Princeton – along with the number of steps it takes to get to each one from here. So, tap on your activity tracker and let’s compare steps…  


1.) NASSAU HALL (425 steps)

Everywhere - nassau hallNassau Hall was built in 1756 to house what was then the College of New Jersey. It was the largest stone building in the American Colonies.

The name “Nassau Hall” was proposed by Governor Jonathan Belcher in honor of King William III, “who was a branch of the illustrious house of Nassau.”
Click here to learn more…


2.) PALMER HOUSE (633 steps)

Everywhere - Palmer HouseThe original owner was Commodore Robert Stockton (1795-1866), grandson of the signer of The Declaration of Independence. He married Maria Potter of Charleston, South Carolina and they received the house as a wedding present from her father, John.

When Robert moved across the street into “Morven,” the old Stockton homestead, he sold Palmer House to his brother-in-law, James Potter. (Later he built “Lowrie House” down Stockton Street for one of his children while his older brother-in-law, Thomas Potter, built “Prospect House” on the south side of the campus – both designed by John Nottman of Philadelphia.
Click here to learn more…


3.) PRINCETON BATTLE MONUMENT (633 steps)

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On January 3, 1777, the peaceful winter fields and woods of Princeton Battlefield were transformed into the site of what is considered to be the fiercest fight of its size during the American Revolution. During this desperate battle, American troops under General George Washington surprised and defeated a force of British Regulars. Coming at the end of “The Ten Crucial Days” which saw the well-known night crossing of the Delaware River and two battles in Trenton, the Battle of Princeton gave Washington his first victory against the British Regulars on the field. The battle extended over a mile away to the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Click here to learn more…


4.) PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM (670 steps)

Everywhere - Art MuseumThe origins of Princeton’s art collections date nearly to the University’s foundation, thus making Princeton one of the oldest collecting institutions in America. The Museum and what is now the Department of Art and Archaeology—the second oldest in the nation—formally came into being in 1882, founded on a philosophy that positioned Princeton at the cutting edge of scholarship in an era when the history of art was a new academic discipline, largely confined to the more advanced universities of Europe. Click here to learn more…


5.) BAINBRIDGE HOUSE (686 steps)

Everwhere - Bainbridge HouseBainbridge House is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Princeton and one of the area’s best preserved examples of mid-Georgian architecture. Located on Nassau Street, the town’s busiest and most historic thoroughfare, it is situated directly across from Princeton University. Bainbridge House has been home to several Stockton families; it was the birthplace of William Bainbridge, hero of the War of 1812; in 1783 it was listed as providing accommodations for the Continental Congress; during the late 19th century it served as a boarding house for university students; and for more than fifty years it was home to the public library. Click here to learn more…


6.) MORVEN MUSEUM (844 steps)

Everywhere - MorvenHome to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and to five New Jersey governors, Morven has played a role in the history of New Jersey and the nation for more than 250 years.

After the Governor’s Mansion was relocated in 1982, Morven went through an extensive restoration and archaeological investigation. Morven re-opened as a museum and garden in 2004.
Click here to learn more…


 7.) PRINCETON CEMETERY (844 steps)

Everywhere - CemeteryThe Princeton Cemetery is a unique burial ground.  It is the final resting place for a President and a Vice President of the United States, most of the Presidents of the College of New Jersey/Princeton University and the Princeton Theological Seminary.  Scattered throughout the cemetery are the graves of soldiers beginning with the Revolutionary War, professors, politicians, musicians, scientists, business executives, writers, a Nobel Laureate, a winner of Pulitzer Prizes as well as those who have called the Princeton area home.  Take your time and enjoy the rich history of America captured here, and a small town’s place in that history. Click here to learn more…


8.) McCARTER THEATER (1056 steps)

Everywhere - McCarter TheaterMcCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts – the region’s leading performing arts center – has a rich history of artists who have graced its stage for over 80 years. Built as a permanent home for the Princeton University Triangle Club (who continue to perform at McCarter to this day) with funds from Thomas N. McCarter, class of 1888, the theater opened its doors on February 21, 1930 with a special performance of the 40th annual Triangle show, The Golden Dog. One of its stars was Joshua Logan, a junior and a sophomore named James Stewart was in the chorus. Click here to learn more…


9.) ALBERT EINSTEIN HOUSE (1267 steps)

Everywhere -The Albert Einstein House at 112 Mercer Street in Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey was the home of Albert Einstein from 1936 until his death in 1955.

The house is a simple pattern-book cottage and in itself is of no particular architectural significance”.

Albert Einstein reportedly requested that this house not be made a museum, and the family did not want it to be recognized as such. Nonetheless it was added to the National Register of Historic Places and further designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1976. Click here to learn more…


 10.) CLEVELAND TOWER (1900 steps)

Everywhere - Cleveland TowerIts beauty often compared to that of Oxford University’s Magdalen Tower, the 173-foot Cleveland Tower flanks the main entrance to Princeton’s Graduate College. One of the principal structures of the Graduate College when it was dedicated in 1913, the tower was erected as a memorial to President Grover Cleveland, who, following his retirement from public life, was a trustee of Princeton University and chaired the trustees’ graduate school committee. Funds for the construction of the tower were raised by public subscription from “citizens of all parties in all walks of life from all parts of the United States.”  Click here to learn more…


 

 

 

 

A Closer Look at the Princeton Alumni Wall of Fame: Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr.
Class of 1972
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Born: April 1, 1950     Hometown: Hamilton, NJ
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Alito is best known for being the 110th Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Alito was nominated by George W. Bush in 2005 and sworn into office on January 31st, 2006.


EDUCATION
Alito attended Steinert High School in Hamilton Township, where he excelled academically. He was active in more than 10 clubs, including the debate team, band, track, and the honor society. He also served as president of the student council and graduated as class valedictorian.

After high school, Alito attended Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

While at Princeton he captained the Princeton Debate Panel and joined the ROTC.

Alito set his course for the Supreme Court early on as indicated in the 1972 Nassau Hall Yearbook, which read, “Sam intends to go to law school and eventually warm a seat on the Supreme Court”.


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UPBRINGING
Alito’s parents grew up in poor families where little English was spoken, but they both went to college and became teachers. They believed anything was possible with hard work, and they particularly stressed the importance of education.

A colleague described Alito’s upbringing as “Go do your homework now and, after you do it, go find some other way to improve yourself.”

 


CAREER
Alito’s commitment to achieving goals is reflected in his impressive resume. Alito began
his career working as an assistant U.S. attorney in the district of New Jersey before transferring to the solicitor general’s office. He then spent time working at the Office of Legal Counsel before returning to New Jersey as the U.S. Attorney for the district of New Jersey.

As a Supreme Court Justice, it has been said that his jurisprudence has been methodical, cautious, respectful of precedent and solidly conservative.

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April in Bloom

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April was another incredible month for downtown Princeton. The entire town literally exploded with color in a matter of weeks as our natural surroundings quickly transitioned from bare, bleak, and brittle to robust, bright, and in bloom. The much welcomed spring weather provided ideal conditions for al fresco dining, window shopping, outdoor sports, and community events such as the Princeton University Farmers’ Market and Communiversity.


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The opening of our outdoor patio and the release of our Spring Menu has made for an outstanding month at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. The fresh air and fine fare motivated many to ditch the indoors and dine with us. The interior of the Tap Room continues to see an abundance of activity too. In addition to our regular business, tour groups have been piling in to enjoy a beautiful buffet and an anecdotal history of our property.

If you like to unwind after work, our Happy Hour Specials and promotions may be just what you need. Monster Mug Mondays were made to quench your thirst while “I Made History” and “Beers Around the World” give you the opportunity to drink outside your comfort zone and win cool prizes. Live music on our patio is also on its way starting May 14.

Most importantly, however, we need to talk about Mom. Her special day is racing towards us. To celebrate, we’re holding our annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10th.  There’s no better way to remind Mom how amazing she is by treating her to a delicious meal with us. Click here for more information.

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The picturesque purlieu of downtown Princeton in the spring attracts an abundance of visitors from all around. Although the nearby Route 1 Corridor offers a cornucopia of shiny, brand name hotels to meet their lodging needs, it is at the independently owned Nassau Inn that travelers aim to book first. That’s because when you’re at the Nassau Inn, you’re already here, in the heart of downtown Princeton. Our iconic red door opens up to a lush green square, not a parking lot. The scent in the air is of efflorescence, not exhaust fumes. The distance to restaurants, entertainment, shopping and the arts is measured in steps, not miles.

Then there’s our history, which dates all the way back to the 18th century. Since opening our doors in 1756, we’ve prided ourselves on offering our guests the most neoteric amenities of the day. Whether you were to stay with us in the 1700’s, 1800’s, or 1900’s, you could expect to find available all the latest comforts and technology at the Nassau Inn. The same still rings true today. We continue to expertly exist as a historical landmark and a state-of-the-art, full service hotel and conference center.

It’s all of these inimitable attributes, and many more, that have made our property a target destination for tourism, corporate functions, and celebratory life events.. With 188 guest rooms and 13 beautiful conference/banquet options, our savvy coordinators can skillfully design and deliver a personalized experience sure to delight you and everyone in your party. To schedule a tour or to request more information about planning an event, please contact us at sales@nassauinn.com.

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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