Wedding Venues: Receptions, a Guide to Doing them Right | The Tiffany Ballroom

Wedding Venues Receptions
Wedding Venues Receptions.  Images by: Berryphotos Weddings-Portraits

From the moment you said “I do” the wedding planning began. Who will be in the wedding? Where will the wedding ceremony be? How about wedding venues, receptions, photographers . . . and the list goes on. The reason wedding planning can be so overwhelming is because it is such an important day. But with a little organization and creativity, anyone can pull off an amazing wedding. This how-to guide will break down how to find wedding venues, receptions locations, and ideas for designing the wedding you’ve always dreamed about.

Finding a Wedding Venue

One of the first things you’ll have to do when it’s time to plan your wedding is research wedding venues. By now you should have your wedding binder where you can keep all important information. Use the wedding binder especially when looking for wedding venues, interviewing caterers or photographers, and narrowing down reception sites. Save brochures, photos, your list of questions and answers from all venues, and anything else that may help you make a final decision. Keep in mind that you will typically allocate 30% to 50% of the wedding budget to your wedding venue.

Start your search for a wedding venue by reading reviews online, checking out the bridal boards or other wedding resources, and asking friends and family for recommendations on venues. Also, reach out to anyone you know who has planned a wedding recently. Make a list of possible venues and then start visiting the venues and interviewing the coordinators that will be helping you. Don’t forget to start with the basic questions, such as size, price and availability, so you can weed out some wedding venues early on.

Once you feel like you have asked all of your questions and you think you’ve found “the one” it’s time to seal the deal. Get everything in writing and review the agreement very carefully. This is not the time to have a misunderstanding about what time you will be allowed into the wedding location or what kind of flowers you’re allowed to bring in. Also, feel free to negotiate the terms of the agreement. If you are spending a lot with a particular vendor they are more likely to give you a break on the price or throw in extras for your wedding.

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When it comes to planning wedding venues receptions it’s important to be as detail oriented as possible. It’s a great idea to either hire a wedding coordinator to help you, choose a location like a hotel that may provide a wedding coordinator, or purchase an all-inclusive wedding package so that many of the details will already be worked out for you.

Regardless of which option you choose, you should first come up with a wedding agenda that lists in detail exactly what will happen and when. Also, if you are handling all of the vendors yourself, you will need a list detailing every vendor that will be involved in the wedding with contact information and terms of the agreement. If you are working with a wedding coordinator, they will handle all of the vendor management. The main components of a typical wedding reception that need to be planned out are food/alcohol, entertainment and general logistics such as how will the seating chart look and where will guests park.

Food/Alcohol

First you must find out what catering restrictions there are at wedding venues.  Receptions should take into account the vendors you can use and the types of food or alcohol you can serve. Some wedding venues may not even allow alcohol, so if this is an important component for your party, ask that question early on. The next question is price. Wedding venues typically charge per person for food and sometimes for bar service as well. Alcohol may also be charged based on the actual amount consumed. To save money, find out if you can supply your own alcohol. If you’re bringing in your own vendors, ask if there are kitchen facilities available at the venues.

Wedding Entertainment

Wedding entertainment may be a live band or a D.J. With either option, the D.J. or band members may not only play music, but they may guide the timing of the wedding as well. This person, for example, may introduce the bride and groom at the beginning of the reception, announce the first dance, and generally keep the wedding reception moving through the various events.

Before choosing your wedding venue reception location, make sure the type of entertainment you want is feasible. Ask about a stage or area for the D.J. as well as what electrical outlets are available. You will also need to ask about any restrictions on the kind of music that can be played, how loud it can be, and how late into the night it can go. For example, at some wedding venues, receptions have to close down by 10 pm because there is a noise ordinance. Interview the band or D.J. first to see if you feel comfortable with their style and if it will fit with your wedding. Talk about a song list and be clear on what role you expect them to play in your wedding.

Wedding Logistics

At all wedding venues, for receptions and other events it is important to consider the overall logistics of the event. Go over each detail carefully with your wedding coordinator or your contact at the venues. Ask about rentals, parking, lighting, decorations, and timing. For out-of-town guests, find out about overnight accommodations and transportation.

Most of all, get good Wedding advice

The Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points Norwood has a wealth of experience helping couples plan their special day.  Based on your tastes and needs, we can share some of the newest trends in receptions and events – from inspiring themes and entertainment to innovative menu selections, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and fine wines. We will delight you with a wide variety of floral and room decorations, place settings, linens, photo opportunities, gift ideas, and so much more. Whatever the event, large or small, our goal is to make your event very special, indeed.

Massachusetts Marriage : Conducting a Marriage in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Marriage
Massachusetts Marriage

Are you thinking about conducting a Massachusetts marriage?  Whether you are new to being an officiant or you are from out-of-state, it is important to understand the laws and requirements involved in conducting a Massachusetts marriage, from marriage license requirements to becoming certified. Here are some tips to help you get started.

 

Getting a Marriage License

The bride and groom need to go to any city or town clerk and fill out a Notice of Intention of Marriage (essentially, a Marriage Application) no more than 60 days before the marriage.  They should bring proof of age and be prepared to pay an application fee.  There is then a three day waiting period before they can receive their Marriage License.

 

Becoming Certified to Perform a Marriage

You do not have to be a minister or even a Justice of the Peace to perform a marriage in Massachusetts. You simply need to have honorable intentions, file with the state and perform the required duties. There are 3 categories that a person who performs a wedding will fall into.

  • Ministers or Clergy – Resident clergy can register with the Secretary of the Commonwealth to be able to perform marriages. Out-of-State clergy must first obtain an authorization from the state Secretary’s office by submitting a Petition to Solemnize Marriage.
  • Justices of the Peace – Justices of the Peace are appointed by the Governor for each town or city.
  • Relative or Family Friend – To perform a wedding one time for family or friends, a person may obtain special one-time permission to perform a marriage, called a One Day Marriage Designation, from the Secretary of State’s office.


Preparing for a Wedding Ceremony

Don’t forget to prepare in advance! This is obviously a very important day for the couple. Review a detailed explanation of how a wedding ceremony is conducted and meet with the couple to make sure all of their wishes are incorporated. Practice what you will need to say out loud multiple times before the wedding, especially if this is your first time.

 

Wedding Day

A wedding day is a fun and exciting time for everyone involved, including the person conducting the wedding. Here are a few things to remember to do.

  • The couple needs to show you their marriage license. Make sure the information is accurate and that the license was obtained within the last 60 days.
  • Sign the license. Witness signatures are not required in MA.

 

After the Wedding

This part is very important not to forget!  After the wedding, the person who performed the wedding must return the license to the town or city clerk’s office where the marriage license was issued.

Other Resources You Should Examine

This page on mass.gov is a great resource for more detailed information on certification to perform marriage –> http://www.mass.gov/portal/residents/getting-married-in-massachusetts.html

 

Massachusetts laws related to marriage can be found here –>

https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartII/TitleIII/Chapter207

Massachusetts Bridal Planning | Wedding in Massachusetts

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Wedding in Massachusetts.  Image by: Berryphotos Weddings-Portraits

Massachusetts bridal planning is a serious business; if you just said “Yes” then you are probably about to become consumed with planning your upcoming wedding; searching for reception locations, researching dresses, florists, photographers..and dreaming of your perfect day. Luckily there are many beautiful, historic and romantic wedding venues in the state of Massachusetts to choose from and a plethora of local wedding vendors to help make your day unforgettable.

Successful Massachusetts Bridal Planning

It all starts with you and your fiance and your vision of the perfect wedding.  From there the bride and groom (to be) will need to roll up their sleeves, make a task list, and start crossing items off in preparation for the big day.

Here are some tips for successful bridal planning.

  • Create a realistic wedding budget and stick to it.
  • Draft a guest list before selecting your venue so you will have an accurate count of your likely guests; this will help you figure out what size venue to book.
  • Consider full-service venues with all-inclusive packages.
  • Delegate tasks to your bridesmaids, family, and friends.
  • Make a detailed agenda for the day of the wedding.
  • Decide whether or not kids are invited and be specific on your invitations.
  • Save money by booking off-season or during less popular time slots like mornings, Fridays or Sundays.
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.

 

Planning the Big Day

Once you have a location for your wedding in Massachusetts everything else will begin to fall into place; although wedding planning can be overwhelming as every bride and groom quickly discover.  Your friends may handle the bachelorette party and your favorite cousin may volunteer to be in charge of the gifts but to make sure things go smoothly you may want to consider working with wedding coordinators to help you plan the day and hire vendors.

From florists to photographers, event coordinators can recommend highly-qualified preferred vendors that have already proven themselves in previous weddings.  Whether you choose to work with a coordinator or do it yourself, it is important to stay organized and give yourself a timeline to ensure everything is completed far enough before the wedding.

One good idea is to create and distribute a detailed agenda for the big day including everything from your makeup appointment to the first dance. This way everyone will be on the same page.

 

Wedding Venue Selection Tips

 

Still not sure which MA location to choose?  Here are some tips to help you select the perfect venue for your wedding in Massachusetts.

  • If you are expecting out-of-town guests, choose a location close to airports or public transportation.
  • Out-of-town guests will appreciate a venue that is connected with a hotel, so they can reset easily after the reception.
  • If you have friends or family who have trouble getting around, make sure to select a venue that is easily accessible; inquire about handicap access if necessary.
  • Don’t spend more than 50% of your budget on the venue.
  • If you’re considering an outdoor venue (such as Tiffany Ballroom’s outdoor pavilion), visit the location at the time of day you are planning to have your event and take note of the surroundings as well as natural lighting (if you are having a daytime event).
  • Take a friend or family member with you when you visit locations. They may see or think of something you missed!
  • Before signing an agreement, make sure everything is in writing so there are no misunderstandings later.

Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress

 

One of the most fun tasks on a bride’s to-do list is choosing a wedding gown. If you want a custom dress or if you think it will take you a long time to decide, start shopping for wedding gowns up to a year before the wedding. Visit bridal shops or a local boutique in the Massachusetts area and start trying on dresses. Tear pictures out of bridal magazines and start thinking about what you want and what you can afford to spend. Most bridal planners recommend allocating about 10% of the wedding budget to the bride’s dress.  Of course, there are beautiful dresses in all price ranges from affordable designs by Allure Bridals to high-end wedding fashion from designers like Badgley Mischka or Jorge Manuel.

 

Whether your target price tag is $500 or $5,000 the most important thing is to choose a quality dress that is flattering and makes you feel amazing.  Luckily there are lots of bridal stores in Massachusetts with friendly associates who can help you choose a dress that is comfortable to wear and fits both your body type and your budget. The style and design of the dress can suggest what qualities your other wedding elements should embody.  Once you find the perfect dress, everything else will begin falling into place…your bridesmaid’s dresses, the decorations, flowers…even the wedding cake.

 

Weddings on a Budget

Believe it or not, it is possible to plan a wedding in Massachusetts on a tight budget. Many couples do not want to or simply can’t spend a small fortune on their wedding.  They would rather not go into debt or save the money to invest in a new home or on the honeymoon. Whatever the reason, there are many ways to reduce your wedding budget and still have the wedding of your dreams.  Here are some other tips for tying the knot on a budget.

  • Consider all-inclusive packages; these can reduce overall costs.
  • Keep the guest list down to a minimum.
  • Make your own invitations.
  • Buy dresses off the rack, rather than ordering custom tailored ones.
  • Have the ceremony and reception at the same venue. For example, our wedding pavilion is a great place to take your vows, then guests can move inside for the reception.

Whatever you choose, with a little planning your wedding in Massachusetts is sure to be one of the happiest and most memorable days of your life.

The Tiffany Ballroom

Every bride has a vision of what her perfect wedding reception looks like, and for many MA-area brides, it’s the Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood. The Tiffany Ballroom is one of the most impressive, romantic Massachusetts wedding reception venues.

 

The elegant 7,000 square foot Tiffany Ballroom can host a Massachusetts bridal wedding reception with up to 450 dinner guests.  If you take advantage of the all-inclusive package, everything can be taken care of for you from the catering and the D.J. to the décor and floral arrangements.  If you’re having a more intimate reception you can reserve the Essex or Lenox junior ballroom (the smaller ballrooms are also perfect for the rehearsal dinner the night before or a bridal party brunch the next morning).

 

No matter which room you reserve, you and your guests will enjoy the same breathtaking ambiance and dedicated staff. Whatever your vision of the perfect wedding is, the expert wedding professionals at the Tiffany Ballroom will help make your wedding dreams a reality.

 

Another major advantage to having your wedding or reception at The Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood is its convenient location. Four Points is just a few minutes from several train stations as well as major highways in the area. Out-of-town guests can also take advantage of a quick drive from Boston’s Logan Airport.

Wedding Venue Reception Planning | The Tiffany Ballroom

Wedding Venue Reception Planning
Wedding Venue Reception Planning

Wedding venue reception planning may seem overwhelming, but if you have a good plan and take it step by step you will save yourself some headaches and possible disappointment. The key is to stay organized and try to think through the entire event ahead of time. Keep in mind that many wedding venues will have wedding coordinators to help you. With a little bit of vision, patience, and creativity you’ll be able to have the wedding you’ve always dreamed about.

 

Reserving a Wedding Venue

  1. Determine which is more important – the date or the location. If there is one specific weekend or one specific location that you absolutely want for your wedding reception, then obviously that will drive the decision. If you want your wedding to be in the next six months, usually you will be very limited as far as locations that have availability – weddings are typically planned far in advance.If you want to have your wedding reception at a very popular location, you may need to wait until the location is available. (Some popular spots fill up two years in advance!) If you already know where you want the wedding reception to be, you can skip the next two steps.
  2. Come up with a list of possible wedding reception venues. It is important that couples talk about this early on. After all, it is an important day for both of you. Read reviews online for locations in your area. Also consider asking family and friends for recommendations, especially ones who have planned a wedding recently.
  3. Research each location thoroughly. Be organized with your search. Start a wedding spreadsheet and plug in relevant information. How expensive is each location? You can usually determine a ballpark figure by researching online and reading reviews. What are the pros and cons of each? Think about all of the considerations discussed in the next section and then go and visit each location in person if possible, maybe more than once as you start to narrow down your list. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, make sure to visit the venue at the same time of day that you’re considering, so you can take into account the effects of the sun on lighting and so forth.
  4. Consider all-inclusive packages. These can be a *huge* help in reducing the complexity of the planning process and simplifying your wedding plans. Plus they usually involve significant savings over booking and arranging multiple services separately (for instance, catering, flowers, etc.).
  5. Reserve your location in writing. Once you decide on a location and a date, make sure to get the reservation in writing and double check what you’re signing. Everything else hinges on the date, time and accommodations at your reception location, so be very careful when confirming this important detail.

Wedding Venue Reception Considerations

There are so many things to consider when booking a wedding venue reception. Weddings end up being a combination of dreams and reality; where the hopes of all involved, especially the bride and groom-to-be, are carefully balanced with availability and feasibility. As you look at different wedding venue reception locations you’ll begin to see that each will have its pros and cons, but with some careful consideration you will be able to find “the one”. Here are some things to consider during your research.

  • Cost – One of the most important considerations is cost. If you spend your whole wedding budget on the reception venue, there won’t be any left over to hire the entertainment you want or get your first-choice caterer. Make sure you come up with a wedding budget first and don’t allocate more than 50% for the venue.
  • Location – One of your first considerations will be which city your reception will be in. Are you going to get married close to home, close to your family’s home, or in a popular vacation spot? Before you make a final decision, make sure those who matter most to you can be there.
  • Size – If you have 100 people coming to your wedding reception and the room you prefer seats 100, that does not necessarily mean it’s large enough. You will also need enough room for the entertainment, dance floor, cake and maybe a buffet line.
  • Functionality – Speaking of size, the wedding reception location should also have everything you want and need. Can they supply a dance floor? Is there a foyer for pre-dinner gathering? Are the bathrooms close by? Think through the evening and ask these important questions.
  • Inside/Outside – Depending on the time of year, it may be possible to consider an outdoor wedding and reception.
  • Décor – The ambiance of a room is also quite important when reserving a wedding venue reception location. Make sure the existing elements, furniture, and even wall color will fit with your theme or color scheme.
  • Photo Opportunities – This isn’t a requirement, but having picturesque views will provide a great backdrop for your wedding pictures.
  • Parking/Transportation – Don’t forget how important logistics can be. If the location has a tiny parking area or is in a crowded downtown location, your guests may have a very difficult time. If you need to make alternate accommodations for your guests (such as valet parking or a shuttle to take them from a larger parking lot to the location), make sure to add it into the cost of your venue when you’re making your final decision.
  • Nearby hotel facilities – Make it easy for out-of-town or elderly guests to relax and spend the evening in a hotel, without having to drive after the big party. It’s safer and makes for a nicer evening for all.
  • If you’re looking for the perfect venue for a special event, look no further than the exquisite Tiffany Ballroom. Whether you’re hosting a wedding reception, a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah, a corporate event, or other social functions; you’ll find the ambiance, staff, and accommodations second to none.

The Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points Norwood – the Perfect Wedding Reception Venue

With grand, lofty ceilings and alabaster chandeliers, The Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points Norwood is sure to impress even the most discerning guests. The ballroom comfortably hosts parties up to 450 dinner guests. If you’re planning on a smaller group, it is often possible to reserve half of the Tiffany Ballroom. The Essex and Lenox junior ballrooms are also available if you’re booking for groups as small as 50. Our new wedding pavilion is a great place to hold an outdoor marriage ceremony.  Throw an amazing reception at our location

Places for Wedding Receptions

Places for Wedding Receptions | The Tiffany Ballroom

 

Places-for-wedding-receptionsAre you looking for some fun, unique or romantic places for wedding receptions?  The best thing about planning a wedding is that there are many different options available.  A wedding can truly be customized to represent the culture, interests or personality of the couple getting married.  Once the ring is placed on your finger, it’s time to celebrate with your loved ones. Love the beach?  Have your guests kick of their shoes and join you for a wedding on the sand.  Have you dreamed of a huge wedding with all of your family and friends?  Reserve a grand ballroom and throw a wedding with the works.  Whether you want a small private soiree, a large event with the fanciest trimmings, or something in between you won’t have any trouble finding amazing places for wedding receptions.

How to Choose Places for Wedding Receptions

It’s your day – the day you marry your soul mate in front of all your family and friends. But before the bride and groom say “I do” there is a lot of planning to be done.  One of the most important decisions is where the reception will be held.  Most couples will choose between having the ceremony and reception at one location or two different locations, such as a church and reception hall.  Either way, you’ll have to choose a place for your reception.  Here are some considerations when choosing the right place.

  • Location – How far do you want your family and friends to have to travel? How far do you want to travel? Typically couples get married in their hometown or where they are living now, but before you make a final decision make sure those who matter most to you can be there. For example, if one of your parents is older or does not get around well you want to choose a location with easy access. If you want to allow kids, then make sure to choose a place that is kid-friendly.
  • Cost – A determining factor in your decision may be cost. Placing all of your hopes on one expensive location may lead to disappointment. While the views from that country club may be amazing, if you can only afford to invite 14 people to your reception it may be necessary to consider less expensive options. However, there are a few tricks to affording your first choice. Read on.
  • Date – Do you want to get married on a Saturday in June? Of course you do. Saturday weddings in June are the most popular time across the country, which means two things. First, you will pay more for this time slot. Second, you will have to reserve your location sooner. Many popular locations fill up over a year or two in advance. If you don’t want to wait or if you’re looking to save some money, book your wedding on a Friday or Sunday and ask about off-season prices.
  • Functionality – When looking for wedding reception places make sure to think through everything you want and need for your reception. Is there enough room for a dance floor? Where will the head table go? Are the bathrooms close by?
  • Photos – Although photo opportunities are not usually placed at the top of the priority list when booking a location, it is certainly a nice to have. Booking a venue with picturesque views or unique features will provide a great backdrop for your wedding pictures.

Inexpensive Wedding Receptions

The best places for wedding receptions are ones you can afford.  While many people feel comfortable stretching the budget for a wedding because after all, it is a very important day; many others would rather save some cash and instead invest in a new home or spend more on the honeymoon.  No matter what the reason is, many couples are looking for inexpensive places for wedding receptions.  Consider a public park, library or local venue that does not typically host wedding receptions.  Think about unique locations such as the local botanical gardens or a bed and breakfast.  Don’t discount having the reception at your home or a family member’s home.  With all of the money you’ll save on the location, you can spend a little more for decorations, catering and rentals.If you’re looking for inexpensive places for wedding receptions though, stay away from popular wedding venues and consider booking off-season.  Also, don’t be afraid to negotiate.

Reception-locationsWedding Receptions at a Full-Service Hotel

Hotels are excellent places for wedding receptions because just about everything you need is already there.  Many hotels are quite accustom to hosting wedding receptions so it’s easy to plan the catering menu, decorations, centerpieces and more.  They’re also perfect for out-of-town guests because they can attend the reception without needing transportation back to where they’re staying.  For example, wedding receptions in Boston often take place at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood.  Our gorgeous hotel can accommodate parties of all sizes in the Tiffany Ballroom or in one of two junior ballrooms.  This grand, yet welcoming hotel has won the “Bride’s Choice Award” many times thanks to its spacious top-rate accommodations, friendly staff and expert party planning.   Consider a full-service hotel like ours if you want the wedding of your dreams without all the work.

Destination Weddings

Speaking of the wedding of your dreams, many couples love the idea of a destination wedding.  There are tons of amazing places for wedding receptions around the globe. From the beaches of Cabo to the breath-taking hotels in Niagara Falls, a destination wedding can be just about anywhere.  However, if this is the option you’re leaning towards you’ll have to make some sacrifices.  Obviously not everyone on your list of family and friends will be able to make it to wedding receptions far away.  If this is the case, consider having a reception back home after the wedding.  Also, destination weddings can be quite expensive since you’re paying for travel as well as the actual wedding.  But with some careful planning and flexibility, it is definitely possible to have the destination wedding of your dreams.

Wedding Receptions at Sea

Another popular option for wedding receptions is on a boat or yacht. If your wedding will take place near water, either the ocean or a large lake, there may be companies that rent out a boat for receptions.  Much like having the party in a hotel, if this is a common venue for receptions much of the work will already be done for you.  However, you’ll obviously want to take into account the weather before booking this type of venue.

wedding-Reception-placesWinery or Country Club

If you’re looking for a gorgeous location that your guest will love, you may want to consider a winery or country club.  Both locations have professional staff that is accustom to catering to large groups.  Often there will be an opportunity to be both inside and outside if you are planning the reception when the weather is nice.  This is a big advantage if you want to take pictures with beautiful scenery in the background or let the kids have some space to run around for a while.  Of course your wedding party will also have access to excellent wine and food choices.

Unique Places for Wedding Receptions

If all of the regular places for a reception are too common for you and your spouse-to-be, start thinking outside the box. What are your interests?  Animal lovers may look into having a party at a local zoo.  Think about hosting a reception in an art gallery or museum.  Or how about going somewhere that’s totally unique to you.  Equestrian Center? Bowling alley? Laser Tag?  Ask guests to dress up based on a theme like black/white, masquerade ball or period costumes.  Sure your new mother-in-law may not be too happy if you and your husband-be decide to have an 80s-themed wedding; but then again it is your day.  Just because most people throw a typical reception doesn’t mean you have to.

Your reception should be whatever you want it to be; whatever you think will be the most enjoyable way to celebrate your marriage.  Consider all your options and choose the one that will help you create the wedding reception of your dreams.

Hindu Marriages

Special Considerations for Planning a Hindu Marriage Ceremony and Reception

 

Are you planning a Hindu marriage ceremony and reception?  For someone who is not Indian but is marrying into a family originally from India it is important to understand the differences between a typical wedding from both cultures.  Many of the considerations will depend on how traditional the families are.  For example, Hindu marriages are typically arranged by the parents and the bridegroom is usually from a lower social rank or caste than the bride.  Whether your family is very traditional or you simply want to incorporate some of your Indian culture into your wedding, there will be many special considerations.

Location

There are multiple events that take place as part Hindu-Marriagesof a traditional
Hindu marriage reception. Many wedding planning experts recommend having the entire wedding in one location, such as a full-service hotel.  For example, if the couple reserves the Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood, the entire event can take place in one location making it easier for transportation, changing clothing, lodging for out of town guests, and managing the various traditions and ceremonies that will happen over a few days.  At the Sheraton Norwood, there are also smaller, yet equally beautiful and well-equipped rooms that can be reserved for gatherings that may involve less people such as the Aashirwad (confirmation of the marriage alliance), Raas-Garba, the Mandap ceremony, or the opening of gifts.

Special Requirements

A typical Hindu wedding involves many more rituals than simply saying vows and exchanging rings.  To have a wedding that properly incorporates Indian tradition, some accommodations will need to be made.  For example, a ceremonial fire is a common ritual. Assuming this takes place inside special arrangements will need to be made beforehand. Also the majority of rituals will take place on the Mandap. It is important to have this area visible from anywhere in the room so all of your guests can enjoy the proceedings.

Hindu-MarriageFood

Another reason for selecting a full-service hotel is the food.  Typically at a Hindu marriage reception there will be Indian vegetarian food.  In fact, many couples will choose to serve only food that is Jain.  Although not all Hindus fit into this category, there may be many family members in attendance who will follow a strict Jain diet (no root vegetables, eggs, meat or alcohol).  Make sure before booking a location that the catering team is familiar with this type of food and able to prepare the meals in accordance with these religious views.

The most important consideration before becoming husband and wife is to take into account all of the social, religious and legal aspects of the marriage. With some careful planning and consideration for all cultures involved, this type of wedding can be quite fun and meaning for everyone involved.

Wedding Venue

Venues Wedding Receptions Can Shine At: Selecting the Right Wedding Venue

 

Congratulations, you’re engaged!  Now the real fun starts – looking at venues wedding  planners recommend, as well as food, gowns, and all of the other elements weddings entail.  No doubt all of these elements and details can be, at times, a little overwhelming.  As you start planning, one of the first and probably most important decisions will be the ceremony and reception venue.  The venue you select is a critical element for setting for the wedding of your dreams.  The idea is to match the venue to your vision of the perfect wedding day.  Do you want a traditional wedding in a grand ballroom or a vintage wedding with lots of unique touches?  Real weddings can be just as amazing as the one you’ve always imagined.  Your wedding day should be an expression of who you are as a couple and how you want to celebrate this special day. So the question is – what is the right venue for you?

 

Tips for Finding the Right Venue

One of the first things a couple must do is come up with a realistic budget and only allocate 30% to 50% of this budget to the venue.  Don’t spend time looking at locations that are way out of your budget.  There are plenty of amazing places to get married in every price range. Check online and ask around for recommendations to help you create an initial list and then plan to go see each location in person.  Take with you someone who has a knack for party planning.  They may offer good insight and catch things you miss.

Destination Weddings

Sure, everyone dreams of a destination wedding.  Who wouldn’t love to say their vows on a beach in Bali or in Paris at the foot of the Eiffel Tower?  But are these venues wedding receptions can shine at?   Maybe.  Before getting your heart set on marrying abroad, make sure you are both comfortable with two important realities.  First, it will likely cost quite a bit more.  The trip may double as a honeymoon, but in reality most couples spend a lot more in total to get married far from home.  The second drawback is that your guest list will likely be very short.  Many family and friends simply won’t be able to join you.  However, intimate weddings can be very meaningful and you can always have a larger reception when you get back home.  No one can deny that destination weddings make for an unforgettable experience.

Wedding-venuesTraditional Weddings

When you close your eyes and picture your wedding day do you see a neighborhood chapel, a beautiful, white bridal gown, and all of your friends and family cheering as you throw the bouquet and cut the cake?  If so, your idea of venues wedding receptions are made for probably involves a spacious ballroom and grand décor.  Full-service hotels are great for all kinds of parties, banquet, and special occasions; but they definitely top the list for traditional weddings as well.  From the classic, elegant ambiance to the full staff at your service, you and your guests will feel like you’re in a fairy tale.  For example, a very popular spot for wedding receptions in the Boston is the Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood.  The Tiffany Ballroom has won the “Bride’s Choice Award” many times in a row and we even offer all-inclusive packages so you can have the perfect wedding reception without all the work.

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Have you considered an outdoor wedding?  Why bring floral arrangements inside when you can have nature decorate for you?  While you will have to contend with unpredictable weather, even in warmer climates or during nicer times of the year, an outdoor wedding can be an amazing experience.  Some outdoor venues wedding experts recommend are parks, the beach, a mountain resort or even on a boat.  If you live close to a harbor or lake there are likely companies that rent boats or yachts for wedding receptions.  Some venues such as wineries, country clubs and hotels have both indoor and outdoor areas so you can have the best of both worlds.  If you do consider outdoor venues, wedding coordinators can help you devise a solid plan in case of less-than-perfect weather.  Check into weather-resistant rentals such as commercial-grade tents and have a backup plan in case Mother Nature does not cooperate.

Unique Venues Wedding Receptions Shine At

Do none of the venues wedding coordinators usually recommend appeal to you? While a traditional wedding is usually the picture most people have in their head…what if it’s just not for you?  Only the happy couple can decide what the perfect venue is.  Maybe you’re an art lover who wants to host a reception at an art gallery.  Or your significant other is crazy about animals and dreams about getting married at the zoo or the local aquarium.  Whether it’s in the restaurant where you first met or at the top of the Fanueil Hall, the most important thing is that you love it.

From a local wedding in a romantic courtyard to a huge celebration in a massive ballroom, the perfect venues wedding receptions shine at all depends on you.  Take your time and with a little patience you’ll find the best place to celebrate the first day of your married life.

Massachusetts Party Venue

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Massachusetts Party Preparation – Selecting a Party Venue in Massachusetts

 

If you’re planning a Massachusetts party, or even a grand wedding reception or  corporate retreat, one of the top party locations in the area is Four Points by Sheraton Norwood near Boston, MA.  From the spacious Tiffany Ballroom to the well-known One Bistro restaurant, this is so much more than a hotel.  Make special occasions like anniversaries or important birthdays even more special, or choose this location for once-in-a-lifetime events like a wedding reception or Sweet 16 party. For events large and small, guests from all over the country have the opportunity to celebrate, dine, reconnect and relax at this welcoming,elegant hotel.

 

The Tiffany Ballroom

One of the first things people think of when they hear about Four Points by Sheraton Norwood is the Tiffany Ballroom.  This gorgeous ballroom has earned its praise as a location of choice for weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, proms, parties, corporate events and more. The breathtaking 7,000 square foot Tiffany Ballroom boasts lofty ceilings and an exquisite décor perfect for any gathering.  Host a dinner for up to 450 guests and or a standing cocktail party for up to 1,000.  You can even reserve half of the ballroom for slightly smaller groups. From the catering to the decorations and everything in between, the staff will work tirelessly to provide everything you need to make your party a success.

party-venues-massachusettsJunior Ballrooms

If you’re hosting a smaller Massachusetts party, ask about the Essex or Lenox junior ballroom. Equally elegant and serviced by the same dedicated staff, these ballrooms accommodate parties as small as 50 people.  Host a stylish baby shower, an election night campaign party, 40th birthday party or intimate wedding reception. You can even start the evening in the gorgeous foyer with drinks and pre-event conversation before moving into the main ballroom for a party your guests won’t soon forget.

 

One Bistro

The award winning One Bistro is a favorite for locals and frequent travelers to Massachusetts.  This casual yet elegant restaurant and bar offers everything from unique fine dining dishes to hearty comfort food.  Reviewers stay the steak is superb and vegetarians rave about the meat-free dishes.  Book a table for Sunday brunch, meet friends for tea, or host a committee meeting over cocktails.  This is one of the enjoyable restaurants you’ll find in Mass. that everyone in your party will love.

 

Dedicated Staff

Talk to anyone who has booked a party at Four Points in Norwood and you’ll hear stories of amazing parties, friendly staff and very happy guests.  There’s a reason the Tiffany Ballroom has won the Bride’s Choice Award for 5 years running. The staff can help ensure every little detail is attended to from the delicious food to the decorations and party logistics.  They can help you with all of the preparation and ensure that every element of your Massachusetts party is delivered to perfection.

Convenient Location

An important consideration when planning a Massachusetts party is the location.  If you have guests coming from all over, it is best to pick a party location that is easily accessible.  Four Points is conveniently located no matter where you or your guests are coming from.  For local guests around the Boston, MA area, the hotel is just a few minutes from downtown Boston Amtrak train stations as well as Routes 128, 95 and 93.  For those coming in from outside Mass. it’s a quick drive from Logan Airport.  It’s even close to the New England Patriots Gillette Stadium and the Tweeter Center if you’re planning a pre- or post-event party.

Plan a night your guests will never forget. Schedule your Massachusetts party today.

Boston Bridal Reception

Boston Bridal Ideas for Couples Planning a Bridal Reception in the Boston Area

 

Are you a bride-to-be planning a Boston bridal reception?  Whether you’re a Boston native, marrying a Boston native, or just chose this amazing city for your wedding, you will be amazed at all of the beautiful, historic and romantic wedding venues.  In Boston proper, as well as one of the surrounding communities in Massachusetts, you’ll be surrounded by picturesque views, friendly people and unique architecture.  No wonder so many couples choose the Boston area when it’s time to tie the knot.

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Boston brides know that one of the most grand, romantic Boston area bridal reception venues is the Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood.  From the stunning lounge to the breathtaking 7,000 square foot Tiffany Ballroom – this is a location even the most discerning brides will be impressed with.  Every bride has a vision of what her perfect bridal wedding reception looks like.  The wedding professionals at the Tiffany Ballroom will make your dreams a reality by helping you plan out each and every detail including the catering, linens, floral arrangements, room decorations, and more.

 

Four Points by Sheraton Norwood can accommodate parties of all sizes.  Host a bridal wedding reception with up to 450 dinner guests in the Tiffany Ballroom.  Or for smaller groups you can reserve the Essex or Lenox junior ballroom. Each location boasts a grand yet welcoming ambiance and spacious foyers for pre-dinner mingling.

The Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood is conveniently located, no matter where you or your guests are coming from.  The hotel is just a few minutes from downtown Boston Amtrak train stations and Routes 128, 95 and 93.  It’s also a quick drive from Logan Airport so whether your guests are coming from Middleborough or Miami, they’ll have no trouble finding your Boston bridal reception.

Enjoy the wedding reception of your dreams at The Tiffany Ballroom.

Wedding in Massachusetts

Wedding in Massachusetts | The Tiffany Ballroom

 

Planning a wedding in Massachusetts?  Whether you’re a longtime MA resident or you’re coming in from out-of-state, you’ll find many beautiful locations throughout the state that may be perfect for your upcoming wedding.  There are also a plethora of wedding professionals in Mass. just waiting to help you plan the wedding of your dreams and vendors who know how to make it happen.

 

SelectingMassachusetts-wedding a Wedding Venue in Massachusetts

One of the most important decisions that you’ll want to make not too long after the engagement is the venue.  The ideal wedding location should represent the culture, interests or personality of the happy couple.  Wedding and reception sites in Mass. boast amazing views, the beauty of unique architecture and venues with historical significance that you will not find in other places of the country. Consider country clubs, a boat in the harbor or a picturesque winery.

Hotels are another excellent choice for your wedding in Massachusetts.  Most hotels have lots of experience hosting wedding receptions and provide all-inclusive plans that include catering, decorations, D.J.s, and even expert wedding planning.  Hotels are also great for out-of-town guests; just remember to reserve a block of rooms early.  One of the most popular reception sites in Massachusetts is the Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood. This elegant, charming hotel regularly receives the “Bride’s Choice Award” thanks to its luxurious accommodations, friendly staff and trusted wedding planning experience. You can’t go wrong with hotels like this in Massachusetts.

Still not sure which MA location to choose? Here are some tips to help you select the perfect venue for your wedding in Massachusetts.

  • If you are expecting out-of-town guests, choose a location that is close to airports or public transportation.
  • If you have friends or family who have trouble getting around, make sure to select a venue that is easily accessible. Ask about handicap access if necessary.
  • Don’t spend more than 50% of your budget on the venue.
  • Visit each location at the time of day you are planning to have your event and take note of the surroundings as well as natural lighting (if you are having a daytime event).
  • Take a friend or family member with you when you visit locations. They may see or think of something you missed.
  • Before signing an agreement, make sure everything is in writing so there are no misunderstandings later.

Weddings-MassachusettsPlanning the Big Day

Once you have a location for your wedding in Massachusetts everything else will begin to fall into place; although wedding planning can be overwhelming as every bride and groom quickly discover.  Your friends may handle the bachelorette party and your favorite cousin may volunteer to be in charge of the gifts, but to make sure things go smoothly you may want to consider working with wedding coordinators to help you plan the day and hire vendors. From florists to photographers, event coordinators have highly-qualified preferred vendors that have already proven themselves in previous weddings.  Whether you choose to work with a coordinator or do it yourself, it is important to stay organized and give yourself a timeline to ensure everything is completed far enough before the wedding.  One good idea is to create and distribute a detailed agenda for the big day including everything from your makeup appointment to the first dance. This way everyone will be on the same page.

 

Weddings on a Budget

Believe it or not, it is possible to plan a wedding in Massachusetts on a tight budget. Many couples do not want to or simply can’t spend a small fortune on their wedding.  They would rather not go into debt or save the money to invest in a new home or on the honeymoon. Whatever the reason, there are many ways to reduce your wedding budget and still have the wedding of your dreams.  Here are some other tips for tying the knot on a budget.

  • Consider all-inclusive packages that are usually much more affordable.
  • Keep the guest list minimal.
  • Instead of an open bar, have a pay one (this has the additional benefit of keeping some guests from overdoing it!)

Whatever you choose, with a little planning your wedding in Massachusetts is sure to be one of the happiest and most memorable days of your life.