Westchester Weddings 2011

Westchester Wedding Guide From the Pros for 2012:

Local Wedding Vendors Share Trends and Favorites for Cakes and Dessert, Catering, Entertainment, Flowers, Invitations, Creative Details, and Photography

By Marisa LaScala
October 5, 2011

CATERING
Gone are the events at which guests feel like they’re chained to their seats for course after course, conversing with the same 10 people all night. Couples now are designing menus that loosen things up a little.

FROM THE PLANNERS “Couples are looking for a quality food experience. Whether opting for a farm-to-table, classic French, or even the increasingly popular comfort-food menu, couples are approaching their selection process with more knowledge and sophistication than ever,” says David Bowen of Bowen & Company in Hastings-on-Hudson. “And, as the producers of the James Beard Awards, we are ultimate foodies, so we’re excited about the new trend of staging food trucks for the cocktail hour or after dessert as guests are departing.”

FLOWERS
A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet—but it’ll smell even sweeter with the addition of herbs and other non-flowering plants, which are quickly becoming favorites of local brides.

FROM THE PLANNERS “Floral arrangements that incorporate the use of food and herbs have been on the rise,” says David Bowen of Bowen & Company in Hastings-on-Hudson. “We recently adored an arrangement that incorporated cherry tomatoes and tomatillos. Brides have joined in on the fun as well by adding sprigs of sage and berries to their bouquets in an effort to spice things up.”

INVITATIONS
Save-the-dates and invitations are the first glimpses your guests will get at the look and feel of your wedding, and these pros know how to make a good first impression.

FROM THE PLANNERS “We have seen a lot of hand-drawn illustrations starting with the couple’s save-the-date and remaining consistent throughout the invitation process,” says David Bowen of Bowen & Company in Hastings-on-Hudson. “Many couples want to create something that is symbolic of their relationship. Custom monograms and icons are just a few examples that demonstrate this recent trend.”

MOST CREATIVE DETAILS
Sometimes, wedding creativity comes out in the most unexpected places, and it’s a table number, decorative element, or even a mistake that sticks with you when the event is long over. We asked our vendors for the most memorable wedding details they’ve come across at recent weddings.

“At a recent wedding, the mother of the bride hand-stitched every guest’s name on a dinner napkin, which then became the place cards for the table. This type of detail really adds a personal touch.”
—David Bowen, Bowen & Company

PHOTOGRAPHY
From engagement sessions to photo booths to day-after, pressure’s-off shoots, local couples want lots of professional photos (but hold the hard-copy albums, please).

FROM THE PLANNERS “Photo booths have become a huge hit at weddings because they create a fun alternative for those guests who do not enjoy dancing,” says David Bowen of Bowen & Company. “We prefer the old-fashioned photo booth as opposed to the photographer printing images, though.”

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