Guest List Management

One of the hardest parts of planning a wedding is creating a guest list. When you have added up all of your family, friends, and obligatory invites, it can be an overwhelming (and costly) number of people.

Wedding planner Jessica Carillo recently contributed a great set of advice for how to create and manage your guest list.

As a general rule of the thumb, the more guests invited, the more expensive the wedding will be. You will have more people to feed, more drinks to pay for, more tables to decorate, more favors to buy, and the list goes on.

You might also be required to cap the guest list due to venue capacity restrictions, which means you can’t invite everyone you originally hoped you could.

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Summer Weddings–Beat the Heat

We’re well into July and our summer weddings are going in full swing. Summers are a great time of year for weddings. Many of your guests are able to travel without worrying about snow storms or school deadlines, things are growing and blooming, there aren’t many major holidays to worry about.

But the one thing that our summer brides tend to be concerned with is the heat and humidity both for themselves and for their guests. While we can’t control the weather, there are a couple of things that can help to alleviate the heat. Continue reading

A Winter Wonderland!

The recent snowfalls that have come through the mid-Atlantic have been inconvenient to say the least. They’ve also made Hagley’s property incredibly beautiful!

One question that most events ask after booking (that you should ask before) is about what will happen if there’s inclement weather. Our property is lucky to have our own plows and gravel/salt distributors and a small army of employees, so we are able to regain access to our buildings quickly. Our proximity to main roads means that access to Hagley is back open and ready to go quickly!

The Residence looks beautiful all year round.

The Residence looks beautiful all year round.

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Alternatives to Table Numbers

I’ve always liked the idea of having table names instead of numbers at an event. No one likes the feeling that they get when they pick up their table assignment and see that they’re at table 15 (or at large events, table 40). Obviously, at weddings the head table is normally surrounded by immediate family and the bridal party. At other events, table numbers can reflect the amount spent on a ticket or social status.

One way to alleviate some of that tension as well as to work with a theme is to have table names instead of table numbers. If you are having a baseball themed event, you could have team names or mascots. Instead of Table 5, guests are sitting at the Phillies Table.
Baseball Name Card Table
Below are a few more ideas fun table name themes. Continue reading