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What to Put on Your Wedding Tables Beyond Decorations

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Naturally, when we think of setting up the wedding tables, we think of a theme and decorations. This is certainly important to most brides as they feel it helps carry the tone and theme of the wedding itself through to the reception. However, there is more to a wedding table than this. You will need to consider much more so that your guests will be well cared for and enjoy the reception event.
Flatware
This will be the utensils your guests will need to be able to eat their meal. What you will need will depend on what you serve, as well as the style of the meal. If it is a rather formal meal, it may require multiple flatware sets for the various courses. Keep in mind, Servingware is different. This is used to serve the food either from the buffet or by the wait staff.
Glass and Stemware
Glassware comprises all the glasses used for drinking, such as water tumblers, glasses used for soft drinks or iced tea. Stemware is the finer glassware used for wine, as well as the champagne flutes. Bare in mind, while it is acceptable to serve water in stemware, you should never serve wine and champagne in glassware.
Tableware
This is all the plates, sideplates, bowls, saucers, cups and such that will be placed on the table. Once again, what you need will depend on your menu. The type of tableware you use will reflect the type of wedding you have. For a more casual theme, simple white tableware is a good choice. If your theme is very casual, perhaps consider colored tableware for a fun touch. For formal weddings, there are many options, with various gold or silver trims.
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Summer Cocktails Servable to All

Drinks at a wedding can be such an important component that it’s worth doing your research before you commit to serving “the expected.” After all, chances are that your guests are a variety of ages with a variety of backgrounds. This being said, you want them to feel comfortable as they select a drink. This requires understanding that not all your adults guests will opt-in for alcoholic beverages. So how do you arrange to keep both kinds of guests happy and returning for refills? Lucky for you, we came across some seasonal cocktails that are delicious, yet easy to adjust for those looking for something a little different.

Since summer is around the corner, right now our focus is on fruity cocktails that are full of flavor and potential pep! The following fruits are in-season during the summer months so there’s no reason not to have an exciting drink menu at a reception!

Here is a quick list to refresh your memory: Apricots, plums, cherries, blackberries, strawberries, peaches, melon, lemons and limes.

Better yet, here’s the list of a few of our favorite summer cocktails servable to all:

Brenda’s Strawberry Slush Delight (original recipe makes 35 servings)
Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 can of pineapple juice (46 fluid ounces)
  • 1 can of frozen lemonade concentrate (12 fluid ounces)
  • 2 cans of frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 quart of strawberries pureed in a blender (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 (2 liter) bottles of chilled lemon-lime soda
  • To make it alcoholic: add 2 cups of rum

Mock Mojito (original recipe makes 14 cups)
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1.5 cups of white sugar
  • 2 cups of chopped mint leaves
  • 2 cups of softened sherbet*   (stir the sherbet with 1 cup of lime juice and 1 cup of water)                                  
  • 1 cup of lime juice*
  • 1 cup of water*
  • 8 cups of club soda
  • Garnish with lime slices
  • To make it alcoholic: add 1.5 ounces of white rum

Raspberry Lime Rickey (original recipe makes 1 serving)
Ingredients:

  • 1 lime cut into quarters
  • 8 fluid ounces of carbonated water
  • 1.5 fluid ounces of jigger raspberry syrup
  • To make it alcoholic: add ½ ounce of vodka

Many thanks to allrecipes.com for these tasty finds! Cheers!

The Mackey House is one of the premier Savannah wedding venues, located just minutes from Downtown. For more information, please visit our Savannah wedding page, as well as join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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3 Ways to Use Your Wedding Theme

Theme weddings are a great trend, and one that many Georgia brides are looking forward to using for their wedding. However, whether they’re going vintage glam, nautical, or something else, they often wonder how best to use their theme in their wedding. Here are three great ways to use your wedding theme.

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  1. Invitations: This is the first chance for your guests to get a hint of your theme. You can express your theme through your invitation design and wording. It can even be a way for you to ask guests to take part in your theme through what they wear.
  2. Decor: For both ceremony and reception, you can add touches of your theme around the venue. Centerpieces are a great way to show your theme, as are elements like lighting and guest favors.
  3. Food and Drinks: Having themed menus can be great fun for you and your guests. Don’t just rename the usual drinks and food, though. Do a bit of research to find interesting additions that are in keeping with the look and feel of your wedding.

Of course, whatever your theme, you’ll need a fabulous wedding venue. To find out more about what we offer, give us a call today!

 

Photo: Flickr/Jennifer Longaway

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Party-Favors That Guests Will Seek Out (and Treasure)

Although weddings are all about the bride and groom, it’s important that guests feel the love too! One of our favorite ideas is giving guests party-favors that they will eagerly take home and remember you by. Sometimes this means thinking outside of the box and taking into account how you can offer them something useful, playful, and chat-worthy.

Recently, we were inspired by the koozies given out to guests at the wedding of Erika and David! It is refreshing to see just how clever some of these party favors can get!

Photo credit: Greg Ceo, 2013
Photo credit: Greg Ceo, 2013

Koozies are one of those inventions that once we’re holding one, we are incredibly glad we have it. Not only do they keep cans and bottles chilled, but they are vastly customizable right down to the color, font, words and graphics. Designing them is also a special way for the bride and groom to collaborate creatively!

We also find the idea of handing out seed paper cards to be rather charming. While this is a fairly new concept, it promotes environmental friendliness and green living. Guests will be intrigued and look forward to watching their seed paper transform into something beautiful and cheery.

Photo credit: Pinterest

Finally, we are smitten with the thought of giving out miniature candles. They add the perfect amount of romance without going overboard. Plus every time it is lit, you can bet that you and your new husband are being thought of. These small candles are the epitome of charming!

Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

While these are just three ideas we found worthy of sharing, there are way more worth exploring. The sky is practically the limit! Party favors are your chance to be creative and remembered way after the “I Dos” have been said, so don’t overlook this chance to make a statement.

The Mackey House is one of the premier Savannah wedding venues, located just minutes from Downtown. For more information, please visit our Savannah wedding page, as well as join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

The Mackey House is one of the premier Savannah wedding venues, located just minutes from Downtown. For more information, please visit our Savannah wedding page, as well as join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter. – See more at: http://mackeyhouse.com/mackey-house-wedding-mahogany-and-sean-part-1/#sthash.bchE3zfl.dpuf
The Mackey House is one of the premier Savannah wedding venues, located just minutes from Downtown. For more information, please visit our Savannah wedding page, as well as join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter. – See more at: http://mackeyhouse.com/mackey-house-wedding-mahogany-and-sean-part-1/#sthash.bchE3zfl.dpuf
The Mackey House is one of the premier Savannah wedding venues, located just minutes from Downtown. For more information, please visit our Savannah wedding page, as well as join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter. – See more at: http://mackeyhouse.com/mackey-house-wedding-mahogany-and-sean-part-1/#sthash.bchE3zfl.dpuf
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Mackey House Wedding: Allison and James

Allison and James’ wedding is sure to inspire future bride’s for their summer celebration! We just can’t get enough of the coral and teal color palette in the bridesmaids’ dresses and statement necklaces to the guys’ ties and vests. This wedding was so much fun the bridal party dance their way back down the aisle during the processional and it continued throughout the evening.

Thank you so much to Dream Weaver Photos for capturing the wedding and allowing us to share it with our readers!

The Mackey House is one of the premier Savannah wedding venues, located just minutes from Downtown. For more information, please visit our Savannah wedding page, as well as join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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