Wedding Photo Booths

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Apparently photo booths at weddings are a thing now. So maybe this will be the next big wedding trend. Is this “trend” going to replace the traditional wedding photographer? Who knows?

We can understand the appeal of the photo booth at the wedding. It’s different. It’s fun. They promote friendliness and comradery (certainly good things to have at a wedding reception).

Here’s what’s interesting about this trend: It’s a tad old-school. Weddings nowadays often mean smartphone photos and Facebook posts. Photographers and videographers have incredible equipment that can capture the magic of the ceremony and reception in wonderful ways.

Photo booths are old-school. That’s not to say there have not been advances in the photo booth industry. In fact, these current booths have lots of technological advances, making them easier to use. They also deliver more photo options. But it is still has an old-school feel. Perhaps that’s the appeal. Some people want an old-fashioned feel for their big day.

If you have questions about using a photo booth at your wedding reception, or if you have any vendor questions, talk to the folks at your wedding reception facility.

The people at Seasons at the Tradition will be happy to host your wedding ceremony and reception. Talk to them today to go over all your options.

Wedding Photography Trends

photography-trendsWhat’s going on with wedding photography? As we find ourselves fast approaching the 2015 wedding season, we recognize there are some developing trends. Will this impact how you plan a wedding in 2015 or in the future? As is often the case, it comes down to deciding what you want in a wedding ceremony and reception.

Certainly wedding photography is being influenced by technology. Maybe it’s all the selfies, but many wedding couples now have a clear idea of what they want in a wedding photo and how they want it to look. This does not necessarily mean there is less trust in the wedding photographer. It simply means there are more opinions influencing the wedding planning process.

Couples are also becoming savvier about different photography styles and techniques.

The technology of cameras is making for more options when it comes time to talk wedding pictures. Different lighting and editing allows for many different ways to craft photographs, even coming up with certain themes.

Connecticut offers many wonderful backdrops for wedding pictures. Seasons at the Tradition will help you plan your wedding reception and can also give you a great area for your wedding pictures. Contact Seasons at the Tradition today.

Warm Up to a Winter Wedding

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Got the winter blues? Thinking that only a spring or fall wedding is the best choice for true romance?

If you are planning a wedding in the near future, don’t shut the door on a winter wedding ceremony. At least not yet.

There are some very good reasons to embrace a winter wedding:

• Availability. Let’s face it. Wedding date slots go fast in May, June, September and October. Those are the prime wedding season months. In terms of dates, you may have a lot more options during the winter, or “off-season”, wedding months.
• Cost. It’s easier to get good deals during the off-season wedding months. In fact, some wedding venues will offer discounted off-season wedding packages. The same can hold true for hotel rooms. Your guests coming in from out of town may find decent travel deals, depending on location.
• Cheaper vendor deals. Sense a theme here? Check with wedding photographers, wedding planners, florists and caterers about what deals may be available in the winter months.
• Beautiful winter imagery. We know. Sometimes people just don’t want to think about winter and beauty in the same sentence. If Mother Nature will cooperate, you can get some tremendous indoor and outdoor pictures with a covered snow background.

If you have questions about the perfect place for a winter wedding, talk to the folks at Seasons at the Tradition.

The Pope and a Change in Wedding Plans

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What do you do when you have your perfect wedding weekend all planned out and then the Pope decides to come to town?

That’s the question now facing a Philadelphia couple. Natalie Suresch and Joe Felicetti were planning to get married in the City of Brotherly Love on September 26th of this year.

She bought a wedding dress.

They hired a DJ.

Then the Pope announced he was coming to town. On the same day.

A papal visit tends to take precedent over certain things over certain things, including one couple’s holy day of matrimony. The couple booked their marriage ceremony to take place in a former factory building in one of the most historic neighborhoods in an American city rich in history.

When the couple found out about the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia, alarm bells went off. They started checking on the possibility of booking hotel rooms for guests. They then got a reality check. It had become almost impossible to book a hotel room in the city during the weekend of the Pope’s visit. They could not find a room within 50 miles of the city, much less a block of rooms.

The pope will be in town for three nights. He plans to deliver mass to a crowd of about a million-and-a-half people, so there will probably be some traffic issues that weekend.

This sort of highlights how sometimes, despite the best planning, you may face some planning hiccups when it comes to your wedding. You can minimize the chances of having a wedding snafu by picking a great place for your wedding ceremony and reception.

The Wedding Moved for Golf

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It would be great if every wedding could go off without a hitch, but that’s just not realistic. There are weddings impacted by bad weather, travel delays and vendor issues.

But a presidential golf game impacting a wedding? It happened to one couple in Oregon recently. And not just any couple. A military couple.

It’s true. The couple received a call telling them their wedding on a Marine base golf club would have to be moved because President Obama was going to be playing golf on the course at that time.

The president and the first family were vacationing in Hawaii and Mister Obama often plays on the course. Because of this, folks planning an event on the course are told beforehand that plans may be changed at the last minute if the president decides to hit the links.

It’s a bummer when presidential golf interferes with love and romance but the president reached out to try and make amends. When Mister Obama heard about the scheduling conflict, he called them personally to congratulate them on their nuptials and apologized about the last-minute location switch.

The golf course said it moved the couple’s wedding to a nice location near the water.

Seasons at the Tradition rarely hosts presidential golf games, but it is a great place for a wedding ceremony and reception.

Seasons, which overlooks the Tradition Golf Club, offers a beautiful setting. The outdoor terrace is also a lovely location for wedding pictures.

The banquet facility at Seasons at the Tradition is also perfect for wedding receptions.

One Heavy Wedding Dress

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We’re about to do some heavy thinking when it comes to wedding dresses. Would you want to wear the world’s heaviest wedding dress? This sucker tips the scales at 380 pounds. That’s more than the combined weight of some wedding couples.

Who would say yes to this dress? This massive clothing creation was constructed with heaviness in mind.

A dress this big even has its own name. The dress, known as “Fantasy”, has 500,000 glass pearls and 400,000 glass crystals. It’s all held together by a whole lot of wire.

A dress like this doesn’t just happen overnight. The designer behind “Fantasy” says it took 3 years to create. In all, 22 seamstresses worked to assemble the dress.

So who will dare to walk down the aisle (if possible) in a 380-pound wedding dress? No one, according to one wedding planner. The designer created the dress as an art piece and it is not to be worn. Rather, brides can draw inspiration and ideas from the special dress.

Of course, any wedding can be special when you choose the right location for the ceremony and reception. Seasons at the Tradition is ready for the 2015 wedding season. Now is the time to think about how to have the perfect wedding. With or without a heavy dress.

Questions for a Wedding Photographer

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When you are planning a wedding, there are a lot of people to talk to and vendors to hire. It’s a lot to do and can be overwhelming at times.

That’s why it’s good to be organized. Choosing vendors can be tough. You do have resources. Talk to the folks at your wedding reception location and ask about their preferred vendors.

It’s good to go into such things prepared. There’s no doubt one of the most important (if not the most important) vendors selected will be the wedding photographer.

Going in prepared means presenting some questions to your potential wedding photographer:

• Does the photographer have a gallery of images you can look through? Checking out a portfolio can give you an idea of the photographer’s style.
• What is the photographer’s working style? Does the photographer tend to hang back or orchestrate certain settings and situations?
• Will a detailed shot list be created? Such a list will ensure that no important moment of the wedding day is skipped or ignored.
• Does the photographer have liability insurance? Accidents happen, even at weddings. If any accident at the wedding involves the photographer, it’s good to have protection.
• Will the photographer provide a contract of services and can you get a copy of the contract? Ask for a contract from your photographer that details what services will be provided. A contract helps protect you and the wedding photographer.
• How many photographers will be at the ceremony and reception? Many photographers have assistants that will also be involved. It’s good to know about this ahead of time.

A Great Thanksgiving Day Buffet

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For many of us, the idea of eating out on Thanksgiving is a non-starter. It can seem like you’re breaking a sacred family tradition.

Of course, the real tradition of Thanksgiving should be spending time with family and friends, giving thanks for the things that are truly important. Besides, more Americans are opting to eat out on the nation’s biggest eating day.

Others may not be eating out, but they are ordering in. Many grocery stores will now allow people to order a fully prepared Thanksgiving meal (dessert might be extra) in advance of Thanksgiving Day. Some restaurants will offer the same service.

One big advantage of dining out or ordering in is the time factor. Less time in the kitchen means more time that can be spent visiting with family and friends. There is also less cleanup to worry about with no cooking or baking pans (ever try to scrape the bottom of the green bean casserole out of a baking pan?)

There is also no hassle about finding the perfect turkey at just the right size. There is also no worry about how long it will take to cook the turkey, wondering how long it will take the big bird to thaw (if you opt for a frozen turkey), where to store the turkey (if you go the fresh turkey route) or guess how long it will be before the turkey is done.

And yes, it is all about the turkey. According to the National Turkey Foundation, 88% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving. If you are a turkey novice, preparing a Thanksgiving turkey can be a little intimidating.

Let Seasons at the Tradition handle the Thanksgiving meal. Seasons at the Tradition will have a delicious Thanksgiving buffet. Call today for reservations. A credit card will be required.

Wedding “Don’ts”

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Whether you are the bride, the groom or a guest, there are some things that simply should not be done at a wedding. If you are starting to get wedding invitations for the year ahead, now is a good time to go over things that should never be done at a wedding:

1. Disrespecting the Invitation: If the wedding invitation does not have a “plus one”, do not bring a date. Or a friend. Or a co-worker. Or a hitchhiker you picked up on the way to the ceremony. There’s a reason that invitation does not have a “plus one”. Maybe it’s to cut down on the cost. Maybe space is at a premium at the reception location. Maybe the couple doesn’t want strangers at the wedding. The reason is not important, at least as far as the invitee is concerned. Respect the invitation.
2. Don’t have a cash bar. This is obviously for the wedding couple. Look, we get it, open bars cost money. But this your party you are throwing and people are already paying for travel and gifts. Go over the budget and work in an open bar. An open bar does not mean you need to go top shelf on the liquor. Well liquor will be just fine if Aunt Connie wants an old fashioned. In fact, you can just serve beer and wine. There are ways to make the open bar affordable. Talk to the folks at your wedding reception location about different packages and options for an open bar.
3. White ain’t right, unless you are the bridge. Look, this should be common knowledge. The bride, if she chooses, gets to wear white on her wedding day. Don’t clash with the bride.
4. Don’t snap photos all day and night, especially during the exchanging of the vows. A couple pictures are fine, but the couple probably does want their vows to resemble the kickoff at the Super Bowl.

Following some simple guidelines will make for a better wedding day experience for everyone.

Celebrity Wedding Spots

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Ever think about getting married where celebrities tie the knot?

Ever wonder if you could afford to get married at the same site as a celebrity?

Ever been to Charleston, South Carolina?

Well, while you are pondering the answers to these soul-searching questions, let’s take a look at some of the hottest celebrity wedding spots, courtesy of the folks at cheapflights.com.

Wondering about that Charleston, South Carolina question? Turns out Charleston is where Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds tied the knot. They exchanged their celebrity vows at Boone Hall Plantation, one of the oldest working plantations in America. The plantation definitely has a rustic feel. There plenty of locations on the plantation to hold a wedding ceremony worthy of the stars.

Want a true destination wedding? Why not head over to Ireland? David and Victoria Beckham decided Luttrellstown Castle in Dublin County, Ireland was a grand and green spot to exchange wedding vows. If Luttrellstown is booked, don’t get down. There are lots of castles in Ireland.

French is the language of love. Brad and Angelina decided France was the perfect location for a commitment to love. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been committed to each other for years. When the time came to finally walk down the aisle, the actors decided to take that walk in France at the Chateau Miraval. This chateau is a 1,200 acre estate in the village of Correns, France. This place is just about impossible to book, so if you have your heart on getting married in France you’ll want to look elsewhere.

You don’t need a celebrity to have an all-star wedding. There are plenty of great places in Connecticut to tie the knot. Seasons at the Tradition delivers a touch of elegance for any wedding. Check out how picking the perfect wedding spot can leave you feeling like a star.