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Creating a Functional Wedding Reception Floor Plan

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“We only had 50 guests,” explains Nicole, a Toronto HR manager for a large firm downtown who decided to buck the trend and have the most intimate of weddings. “I had thrown parties bigger than that at my place, back when Frank and I were dating. But we decided to keep the reception super small, and I asked Frank what we should do for the seating. He just shrugged,” she recalls. “Most of the guests had known each other for a long, long time, and it didn’t make sense to force them into pre-arranged seating. We did round tables of 8, and let the guests work it out. Everyone was happy and socialized constantly throughout the entire reception!”

While the un-traditional seating plan format worked well for Nicole and Frank – as it might for any couple throwing a very small reception – for brides and grooms that have larger families, and/or plan to invite a diverse guest list of friends and colleagues who have never met, it probably wouldn’t work so well. The last thing you want at your wedding is people wandering around aimlessly, not committing to a particular seat and not knowing where they fit in (unless you’re doing an hors d’oeuvres-only party with very limited seating, in which case, that is kind of the point). And if you don’t put any thought into who will be seated with whom, or how the room will be arranged, you risk a Seinfeld-like ‘when two worlds collide’ scenario where people who should not be mixing, are seated together or bumping into one another as they try to get their food and drinks.

Wedding reception floor plan – do’s and don’ts

When you’re planning the seating and the floor plan for your wedding reception, it’s important to take into account the many different elements of your reception:

  • Ballroom/reception hall size
  • Table size (Round? Square? How many does each table accommodate?)
  • Cake table
  • Head table
  • DJ
  • Dance floor
  • Buffeta
  • Bar(s)

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Now for some do’s and don’ts of planning your floor plan.

Do:

-Leave at least 2 feet around each table so guests can easily slide their chairs in and out.

-Make sure every guest is close to something important. For example, a guest should have easy access to the buffet OR be close to the head table OR have an excellent view of the band.

-Choose long tables, rather than round, if you’re having a small, intimate reception like Nicole’s. This style brings everyone closer together rather than having a very empty-looking room with scattered clusters of people.

-Have a kids’ table if your child guests are 5 and up; they will feel delightfully grown-up eating together and their table can also double as a craft table to keep them occupied during and after the various courses.

-Seat lone guests with other singles, not just couples.

Don’t:

-Try to cram too many people into a table. If a table seats a maximum of 10 people, take that very seriously – and try to put just 8 people there, if you can.

-Put the cake table right in front of the head table, or your guests won’t be able to see the happy couple making toasts or kissing!

-Put the cake table too near the dance floor; there is always the risk of it getting accidentally knocked over.

-Place elderly relatives too close to the music.

Still stumped as to how to achieve the perfect layout? GPS Decors can help you plan a functional wedding reception floor plan that includes everyone and optimizes your space and resources, without the hassle of planning it all yourself.

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Reception Lounges and Guest Entertainment

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Formal might be the name of the game for your wedding day, but that doesn’t mean your ceremony and reception can’t be warm and inviting for all those you bring along for the ride. When you prepare the big day and you’re dancing on clouds and caught up in that moment where it’s all come together, often the guests are only dancing on a normal dance-floor and thinking about their aching feet. Give them a place to kick back a while before they head back out there. Or make your ceremony more friendly to those awaiting the wedding march with small groups of couches in tent covered areas to get them out of the sun and allow them to relax beforehand.

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The choices in reception lounges are endless and every little detail can add a whole new level of comfort and luxury to the space. Thick pile shag rugs to match the bridal accents and deep comfy chairs to just fall into after one too many dances after one too many trips to the bar might just be the highlight of your maid of honor or father-in-law’s evening. A stocked cooler at each station with bottled water and snacks to replenish much needed energy will always be appreciated.

There is something personal about a space with low-candles and comfortable seating for smaller groups that really makes the romance of the day extend beyond yourselves and give others a chance finding someone special and lets you take all the credit. When people are allowed to sit in a more natural setting they loosen up and get chatting more easily and have a better time overall which means that the memories will be clearer and sharper because they will have really enjoyed themselves as much as possible.

Something that can really show off your style and make the night sparkle is the right type of entertainment for the wedding and reception style you’ve chosen. Whether live-music or a great DJ, dancing is prerequisite and non-negotiable for many wedding guests, it’s the only place they’re sure to find someone who dances as badly as them so they can feel comfortable to show off all of their repertoire of “moves”.

If you choose live music, there are some basic rules to follow that will make sure the night is exactly what you want it to be: Choose a band that suits the look and feel of the event while having the experience and skill to play to your guests and not just stand there like robots. See them beforehand and spend a day interviewing each prospective group and hear them live so you know what you’re getting for your investment. Make sure they are professional and have a standard contract which defines their commitment and yours so nothing gets in the way of everyone having the time of their lives.

Not into live-music, but want to “wow em” and have a reception that is dedicated to fun or spectacle. There are no shortage of troupes and companies who specialize in everything from fire breathing or fireworks to cabaret dancing and magicians. Comedians or circus acts can keep your guests laughing through the night and amaze the younger guests.

Whatever your choice book early and makes sure the entertainment you engage the services of is comfortable with your being directly involved in deciding what happens throughout the performance because after all, it is your day.

In Mississauga, Brampton and Toronto, G.P.S. Decors is dedicated to creating and customizing the wedding decorations and details for you and yours that will make your event stand out from the crowd and give you years of memories to cherish. Make your wedding, “The Wedding” and choose us to take care of it all, for you.

How to Roast a Turkey (Christmas Dinner)

How to Roast a Turkey ( Christmas Dinner)

Roasted Turkey is one of the favorite food items on Christmas Eve, and is preferred by many families as centerpiece on Christmas Dinner Table. So, while serving a roasted Turkey it is important to get it correctly roasted, since the taste of it lies on the process in which it is being roasted.

Roasting a Turkey:

First: on getting the Turkey you should first remove its giblets, in the body cavity, and then place it on a plate. Put the Turkey containing dish on the coolest part of the refrigerator. The weight of the Turkey should be well known, since this helps in calculating the cooking time.

The night before take it out of the fridge so that it is adjusted with it room temperature, before being roasted. It is good if you can get a fresh Turkey, if not then allow the frozen Turkey to be completely defrosted before it is cooked.

Second: the next important step is the stuffing of Turkey. You can stuff the Turkey with a stuffing of your choice. The quantity required for stuffing will the same as that of the Turkey. Two-third of the stuffing must be place between the flesh and the skin in the neck end. And then the rest of the stuffing must be placed inside the body cavity. An important thing to be noted, the Turkey must be properly deforested before being stuffed. It is so required because if the deforestation does not takes place properly then the heat will not reach evenly to every part of the Turkey, making it remain uncooked. Only if the Turkey and the stuffing are in room temperature, the preparation will perfect. It is also necessary to spread butter all over the bird.

Third: put bacon rashers on the breast of the Turkey, then apply freshly milled black pepper and salt to taste.

Forth: two large foil sheets are required to place the Turkey and wrap it loosely. The Turkey parcel must be firmly tied, and put inside a pre-heated oven in 220 degree C, for 40 minutes. This blast is required to allow the heat to go into the Turkey and its stuffing. Then you must reduce the temperature to 170 degree C for 3 and a half hour.

Fifth: after this you must remove the Turkey from the oven and uncover it. The uncovered Turkey must then be cooked for 40 minutes at 200 degree C. The browning of the beacon on the bird’s breast is an indication to allow the final browning of the breast.

Sixth: the final cooking for 40 minutes is suppose to give you a completely roasted Turkey. Thrust a thick part of the leg with a skewer, on pressing the skewer check if the juice is clear without any pink trace in it. If there is no such trace then your Turkey is completely prepared, but if there are pink traces the dish requires a little more cooking. Before you can serve the Turkey you need to keep it wrapped up loosely in a foil for about 40 minutes, the normal room temperature would be perfect.

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Christmas Deserts

Christmas Deserts

Christmas time is fun time for all, and the sharing of joy and happiness cannot be complete without deserts. So, while preparing deserts you have to take extra care to receive appreciation and see the smiling face of your dear ones.

Deserts for Christmas:

Fruit cakes – taste is essential, apart from that health becomes another very important issue that should not be neglected. Thus, to keep a balance between both fruit cakes are the best option. Prepare your cake with different varieties of dry fruits, as well as use fresh sliced fruits for garnishing your cake.

This well garnished cake is extremely healthy as well as attractive, especially for the children.

Custards – this is a dessert which can be prepared very quickly yet it is delicious for the taste buds. Custard mix powders are easily available in the market, and these are available in various flavors. Another advantage of this dessert is that, it not extremely sweet so it can be consumed by all. If you are preparing chocolate custard then you can easily use dark chocolate for garnishing the dish. In case of any other custard flavors, fresh cream and sliced fruits can be used of presenting the desert.

Cookies – this is one of the deserts most liked by children. So, to make your children you can of course choose to prepare this desert. Cookies are also considered to be healthy and low fat containing, and if it contains dark chocolate then it would also act as an anti-oxidant.

Fruit salad – fruit salad is a very good option to opt during Christmas. Winter brings many different kinds of fruits, which are often not consumed or liked by children. So, if you are thinking of preparing a desert which is tasty yet very healthy, then this is the best you have. Prepare a salad with the seasonal fruits that are available, and present it well. For garnishing your desert you could use fresh cream, and chocolate chips, this will make the dish look very catchy.

The fruit salad is a desert that can be consumed by people of every age group, since it is an absolute healthy dish, causing no health problems.

Peppermint cream cup-cake – this is a delicious desert that pleases the taste bud well. Peppermint cakes are prepared in the usual way, in which cakes are made. Some of the main ingredients required for making it are coffee, buttermilk, fresh cream. For presentation you will require sponge chocolate. This sponge chocolate will enhance the flavor of your cupcake, making it more delicious.

Cranberry snow cake – if you are looking for an extra-ordinarily delicious cake for Christmas, then your search ends here. The cranberry snow cake gives you the perfect feel of Christmas and its joys.

To prepare this desert you do not require to be an expert. Bake the cake you usually bake cakes, only add a layer of cranberry to your cake. The topping of it can be done by chocolate sauce or vanilla flavored cream. You can even present your cake by using a nutty and sliced fruit topping.

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Christmas Breakfast – The Food for the Yuletide Man

Christmas Breakfast – The Food for the Yuletide Man

“Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells. Jingle all the way.”

Once again it is that time of the year, when our hearts start fluttering gaily to the little snow flakes. It is the Christmas season. The Yuletide spirit has gloriously set amongst us all. Christmas, perhaps, is just a one day festival. But the festivities start way before. And continue even longer.

The word Christmas brings a lot of images to our minds. The shiny papers wrapped around tempting gifts, the lush green Christmas tree with all the glittering decors, the merry parties and of course, the food. While the Christmas dinner is unparallel to any delicacy, it is the specialChristmas breakfast that sets in the mood.

Since Christmas Day is a much awaited holiday and a break from the daily monotonous routine, most of the times what we celebrate is a Christmas brunch.

The drowsy tone of the wintry morning can be interrupted with a delicious cup of chocolate-y café au lait. The chocolates and the cream can be generously added to the cuppa. After all, is it not sinful to feel guilty about the extra calories on Christmas Day?

Cakes. How can a Christmas breakfast ever be complete without cakes? Let your imagination run wild with this dish. Mix up the flavors. Let the strawberry flavor run wild with the chocolate. And vanilla does complement the flavor of coffee a lot. You can also try out apple with honey.

In the main course of the Christmas breakfast, you can treat yourself to a plethora of pancakes. They are easy to make and they take your taste buds for a joyride. You can try out a parmesan mashed potato pan cake or a simple parmesan potato pancake. Or you can even have a sweet potato pancake. Make the pancakes laden with dollops of cheese for that yummy creamy taste. Or you can replace the pancake in the main course with some delicious frittata.

Eggs are a healthy addition to a delightful Christmas breakfast. But the boring boiled egg can afford to stay away. A plate of Huevos ‘Ranch’ eros or a Western Skillet Eggs or maybe a sweet omelet or the classic poached eggs, can be good choices. Another dish that can add the oomph needed to your breakfast table is scrambled eggs with smoked salmon.

Take in a light easy to digest food item, to end your delicious Christmas breakfast. For example, a broiled brown sugar grapefruit. Or perhaps, some brown sugar shortbread. Wheat scones are not a bad idea either. Holiday cookies in different cute shapes and sizes not only add a festive spirit to the breakfast table, it also makes the taste buds want a little bit more.

The important motive for the Christmas breakfast is to enjoy the liveliness of the season in an unbridled fashion. Hence, the more sinful the platter, the better. For an added zing, the table can be decorated with colorful napkins, miniature Santa Clauses and little shiny bells. Let the merry makings begin!

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Your Fabulous Small Budget Wedding

 Your Fabulous Small Budget Wedding

Thinking of a fairy tale wedding automatically makes people imagine thousands of dollars slipping out of their bank accounts. For most, a small budget wedding means nothing close to a lavish affair. But, if you have a limited budget and still want the most special day of your life to be filled with sumptuousness, then a little planning is all you need to make your D-day memorable.

1.     Stick to your budget – One mantra is to set a budget and stick to it at any cost.

2.     Involve friends and family – Friends and family members always feel special when they are assigned tasks for a special day. So, why not rope them for various tasks! Ask someone to click pictures, while a few others can help with decorations/food preparations. Make small teams to make sure that everything comes out as planned.

3.     Consider an off season wedding – An off season wedding will automatically cut down your wedding costs. This is the time when most of things are offered at a discounted rate. If you wish to cut costs further, then a wedding scheduled before lunch will be a perfect idea.

4.     Prepare wedding invitations and favors at home – Why not get creative and make wedding invitations and wedding favors at home rather than spending a huge amount on them? There are endless ideas available on the internet, which will help you come up with a customized invitation and eye-appealing favors.

5.     Invite limited people – A long list of guests means a heavy budget. Come up with a list and send invitations to only close friends and family members.

6.      Cut down on that designer wedding gown – Buying a designer wedding dress can be any bride’s dream, but is definitely an unnecessary wedding cost. Instead of designer houses, exploit sources like eBay where you can find hundreds of stylish yet cheaper options. Renting a wedding dress is another option, which won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

7.     Cut out on alcohol – Serve sparkling wine or non-alcoholic drinks, instead of expensive liquor or wine.

A small budget wedding can be equally special, mesmerizing and impressive. After all, money is not the only thing that can buy happiness!

 

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Classic Country Theme – Kismet Magazine

Classic Country 

This Look Combines lemons and lace for a Charming country Wedding design. There’s no need to say “I-do” on a farm ,When you can bring the brightness and charm straight to the table with this look.

For more Pics check – Kismet Magazine (The Luxe Issue)

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Do You Think Someone Might Copy Your Ideas?

Worried about posting your work online because you think someone might copy your ideas?

Nowadays, in order to get your brand out there, it is imperative that you have an online presence. You need to publicize your business, and you must show off your best work.

Some designers worry that if they post their work on the Internet, other vendors will steal their ideas. By hiding your work from the public eye, you’re not just preventing your competition from getting a peak; you’re also denying potential clients the opportunity to see all of your great work.

Take advantage of having an online presence! Network with clients and others in the business, acquire recommendations, display your work, and advertise your brand. If you’re not online, you’re ultimately going to miss out on those potential clients who are starting their search on the Internet. Sure, your competitor can’t find your latest innovation, but neither can clients!

Don’t be shy when it comes to showing off your ideas online. If someone winds up copying you, don’t sweat it. It’s clear that they can’t come up with their own ideas, and that you are great at what you do! Besides, just because they can see an image of your work, doesn’t mean they know how you did something. The copycat you’re worried about is likely running low on creativity, originality, funds, and resources.

Don’t miss out on new clients because of unoriginal copycats. Get your name and your ideas out there. Grow your business by reaching out to new online markets. Stay relevant and accessible. You’ve got to have a website if you’re going to make it in this technologically driven economy. By maintaining a website and remaining active online, you are opening the doors of communication for future business.

 

Chair Covers or NO Chair Covers….

Chair Covers or NO Chair Covers….

Are you having trouble deciding whether to cover your chairs , or to leave them bare? If you’re considering covering your chairs , will you opt for neutral colours or bold, vibrant colours? Do you prefer patterns? Have you considered texture? Some may think white chair covers are boring, but have you considered adding texture by experimenting with fabrics? Or have you thought about different shades of white? Other details can also add personality to an otherwise plain white chair cover. You can create a unique look with the right chair covers.

You may think of these as added expenses, but keep reading to find out some great ways to save when shopping for chair covers !

Have you thought about checking out rental options? You may be able to cut costs by renting your  chair covers.

Another way to save is to use the venue’s basic chair covers and personalize them by adding a fun chair Sashes, which you can rent or purchase. This way you only need to pay for the chair sashes, which tend to be less expensive than full tablecloths. Alternatively, you can create your own, truly personalized runners using fabric or flowers.

If you’re considering full chair covers, you can always save by going with a chair cap instead. They will create the same visual impact and desired effect in the overall look of the venue, but at a fraction of the cost. Or, skip the chair covers all together and go for a decorated chair look using ribbons or flowers.

Covering tables and chairs doesn’t necessarily mean spending more! Cut costs and get creative with covers!

Bright and Colorful Wedding

Bright and Colorful Wedding

Color is the new buzzword for wedding in 2012. Everything from red cherry and lime, coral and grey, hot pink and black or white, mocha with soft pinks, light blue and aqua, and a mixture of oranges – brides and grooms all over Canada are demanding colors in their wedding. And the fun part is that you can never go wrong with colors. It adds life to your wedding. I suggest don’t get too much into the planning part of it. Hire a wedding planner, brief him about what you want and take a back seat.

From lights, flowers, table tops, and even the wedding dresses – if you make it colorful, it would look exceptionally unusual. How about a 1940′s Stork Club theme with basic colors as black and white and a combination of splashes of orange, red, blue, yellow, purple, green etc? One of the most important parts of a wedding venue decoration is choosing the right colors that would match with the season, wedding theme and would not exceed your budget.

When it comes to wedding one simply can’t do without colors. The combination of colors reflects your creativity and imagination. Therefore the planning needs to begin from an early stage. Every aspect, every corner of your wedding venue needs to be decorated will and must reflect colors. From flowers to wedding gown, from table tops to streamers, from invitation to accents – make sure all elements are properly aligned.

For the past few years the bridesmaids’ gowns have either been white or black or a simple combination of both. But recently in 2012 the trend has majorly changed moving into more colorful fabrics. Tiffany blue has been opted by many who got wedded in early 2012. Even shaded of orange has been immensely popular this year.

Here are some of the color combinations that would dominate wedding decorations in 2012:

  • Pink and Green: Many consider pink to be a girlish color. But the best part of this color is that it can turn your wedding venue into really glamorous one. Add some splashes of green to it and it can turn into a more elegant and soothing yet flirty look. If you are planning to tie your knots this summer, then go for lime green and a bright pink combination. Make use of the mother nature’s greenery with hanging laces and streamers in pink.
  • Yellow and Blue: A perfect combination for the summer. Make the base color blue so that it gives a much soothing ambience with combination of yellow roses and other decorative.

20 Top Love Songs for Your Wedding

Top 20 Love Songs  for Your Wedding

Most of us can think of particular songs we associate with the love relationships of our lives. If you have no clue what to pick for the first dance, here are the top 10 love songs that are appropriate for weddings. Hope you Like it.

 

–          “If This Isn’t Love”

             Jennifer Hudson

–           “ Be that Easy”

              Sade

–          “ Bleeding Love”

              Leona Lewis

–          “Come On Get Higher”

              Matt Nathanson

–          “Everything”

              Micheal Buble

–          “Ain’t No Other Man”

             Christina Aguilera

–          “Halo”

             Beyonce

–          “Home”

             Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

–          “I Do”

             Colbie Caillat

–           “I’m Yours”

               Jason Mraz

–           “Lovesong”

               Adele

–          “Love Story”

              Taylor Swift

–          “No One”

              Alicia Keys

–          “Umbrella”  

             Rihanna

–          “Marry Me”

              Train

–          “You Are The Best Thing”

              Ray LaMontagne

–          “Sea Breeze”

             Tyrone Wells

–          “Teenage Dream”

             Cast of Glee

–          “Just the Way You Are”

             Bruno Mars

–          “The Way I Am”

              Ingrid Michaelson 

 

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