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.

Choosing Your Wedding Cake

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A wedding cake is not just dessert. Well, it is dessert but it is so much more.

Most of the guests won’t remember the wedding cake. That’s ok. The wedding cake is for the happy couple. This means the happy couple needs to make some cake decisions. After all, this is more than just buying a sheet cake from the grocery (buying a sheet cake is not the way to go on your wedding day).

Set a budget (call it a cake budget) and get down to the task of finding a baker. Make sure you are going with a reputable cake maker. Do some online research. If you are employing a wedding planner, this would be a great time to ask for suggestions.

Select your cake style. A wedding cake should have a style. This is where timing comes into play. You want to choose your cake style after you’ve chosen your attire and the décor of your reception area. It would be great if you could get your cake style to match another component of your wedding. You can also chose a cake that goes with the style of the season.

You still to give yourself, and your baker, adequate time when picking a cake. Get it ordered no later than two months out from the actual date of the wedding.

Arrange a cake tasting. Please arrange cake tasting. You want to know you are going to enjoy your cake. Let’s face it, you want to have your cake and eat it too, so taste the cake. Don’t get to funky. Go with what you like and ask the cake maker for some sample tastes.

Keep the outside input to a minimum. It’s okay to ask for advice or recommendations. Just remember, at the end of the day, you need to love the cake.

Picking Your Wedding Vendors

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When planning a wedding, finding the right vendors is crucial. It can seem like a daunting task and there is always worry about making the wrong choices.

The right choices are made with careful planning and research. Finding the right reception location is obviously very important but it’s far from the only serious vending decision that needs to be made.

The one thing you want to do is sit down and make a list of the types of vendors that will be needed for the wedding. This should not be done on the quick. Give it some thought. Once you’ve completed the list, assign a budget number to each vendor. Wedding vendors love getting business from referrals because it shows their work is paying off and being appreciated. By contrast, married friends may also be able to tell you which vendors to avoid. Hey, word-of-mouth works both ways.

A great way to choice vendors is by word-of-mouth. Check with married friends or family members. They may be able to identify a vendor that was very helpful.

If you want to find out more about a wedding vendor, check out social media. You may be able to check out what a vendors has to offer and communicate with the vendor.

When you do communicate with a vendor, ask for references. A quality vendor should have no problem providing references. Direct contact with a reference means you may be able to get direct, unbiased answers to questions you have about services. Any vendor that does not or cannot provide references should be met with a great deal of skepticism.

Don’t be afraid of contacting a wedding planner. If your budget allows for one, you might find a wedding planner to be very helpful. Good ones often have invaluable knowledge in finding credible and affordable wedding vendors.

Fall Wedding Flowers

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Picking wedding flowers can be tough. Let Mother Nature lend you a helping hand.

There are plenty of flowers that reach their peak in the fall. Picking flowers that are in-season is about more than just looking good. In-season flowers can also save you money.

October is a month that can provide plenty of fresh, colorful flowers. Let’s check out some of those October flowers:

If you like bright, vibrant reds and deep oranges, you’ve got lots of October options. There are different kinds of lilies, including the Asiatic lily and the Calla lily, which will bring color to a wedding. This is also a great month for roses. You really can’t go wrong with roses at a wedding.

The flowers available in the fall allow for some stunning floral arrangements. You can talk to your wedding florist about creating an arrangement deep in lush, rich colors. Remember that fall colors like purple and orange are in season. If you want a look of classic wedding flowers while still keeping a distinct fall feel, take some of the autumn colors and mix them for a traditional arrangement with earthy tones. You can find dahlias that come in colors like orange, plum, burgundy and red.

Other October flowers include:

• Hyacinths, which can often be found in white, pink or purple. Those are three wedding-friendly colors.
• Lilacs are classis wedding flowers. They always add style. Look for purple and/or white lilacs.
• Speaking of classic wedding flowers, don’t forget the tulip. These can be find in many colors this time of year. Look for red, white, pink or yellow tulips.

Don’t forget to plan where you would like to display your wedding flowers. Talk to the folks at your wedding reception location about the best use of location and space. And don’t forget to have flowers in the bridal suite.