Thursday, February 23, 2012

Event Budgeting

Good Morning Everyone!  It's a gorgeous day in Stonington and we are very excited to have Spring just around the corner!  I wanted to post about Event Budgeting as it is one of the most important parts of planning.  So here we go...

When planning an event, it is important to ask yourself, how many guest will be attending.  This will help you narrow down on venues you are looking at.  After you decide your expected number of attendees you should get started on putting together the rest of your budget.  Things that should definitely be included in your budget:

- Invitations (there are programs for DIY invites)
- Venue (Some venues are all-inclusive)
- Food & Beverage
- Decor

Some other things that may or may not be included in your budget for your event are:

- Rentals & Linens
- Flower Centerpieces
- Photographer/Videographer
- DJ/Sound
- Lighting
- Transportion (Limo's and Shuttles for wedding, etc)
- Extras (guest favors, photo booths, candy bars, etc.)

Some additional items will/could be added to your budget depending on the event you are planning, so this is not a cut and dry budget. 

Hope this helps all of you planners out there!

Have a wonderful day,

Coastal Gourmet

Spring in February

The 63 degree weather in the middle of the winter is totally throwing me off...all I can think of is all of the beautiful Spring Weddings we have coming up! Love this sweet fresh and pretty...great for an April (or warm February) Wedding. :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Stonington Meadows Special

Still looking for a location for your 2012 Wedding? Look no more...

Image Courtesy of Val McCormick Photography

Stonington Meadows is a beautiful ballroom surrounded by serene salt marshes, lush gardens and rolling green hills, and we still have a few prime dates available this year. In addition to the classic atmosphere, wedding packages start at a very reasonable $59.95pp and include the five star creations from our chefs at Coastal Gourmet Catering.

Image Courtesy of Seth Jacobson Photography

Annnddddd, here's the best part:
(as if you need another reasons to check out this location)

Book your wedding at Stonington Meadows in 2012,
and we will take $1,000 off your wedding package!

Call us now at 860-572-1111 and mention this special!

Image Courtesy of Brian Ambrose Photography

We can't wait to plan your wedding, you beautiful bride!

Image Courtesy of HK Photography

Love Stories...Wedding Giveaway!

Do you remember the first time you saw each other? Do you remember the moment you knew that you wanted to spend the rest of your lives together? Did life's circumstances put that special day on hold? Or is it time to renew your vows? Tell us about it., in conjunction with Grace Magazine, is throwing a wedding or vow renewal for one lucky couple and 50 guests, complete with a catered reception, entertainment, professional photography and videography services, salon services, flowers, jewelry, cake and more.

How do you enter?
Follow this link to and click on the "Enter" Tab to share your love story and fill out the registration form. Be sure to enter by Feb. 20th!

How will the winner be selected?
From the entries received, the editors at The Day and Grace Magazine will choose five semifinalists. Then, from Feb. 23-29, the public will be able to vote on the couple that they think should win.

A winner will be announced Friday, March 2.

What is the prize?
Grand prize is a wedding or vow renewal for one lucky couple and 50 guests, thrown by The Day! The wedding will be held on Sunday, March 25.

The prize package includes:

* Hair and beauty for the bride provided by Bella vita Salon
* Ceremony and reception location provided by the Garde Arts Center
* Catering by Coastal Gourmet
* Photography by Seth Jacobson Photography
* Floral arrangements by Smith's Acres
* Rings provided by Mallove's Jewelers
* Entertainment by Pierce Productions
* Cake provided by You Take the Cake
* Linens and china provided by Arrow Party Rental
* Videography by Marsal Studios
* Officiant services provided by Larry Gemma, Justice of the Peace

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ain't No Party Like a Bachelorette Party!

Hosting your best friends Bachelorette?  Planning any event can be both an exciting and hectic time for you, but hopefully these tips will help!

Tip 1: To get started ask yourself would the bachelorette want a classy or sassy party?

Keeping it Classy?  Plan events such as a spa day, dinner at a fancy restaurant, a concert, or a weekend away at a resort. Who doesn't like to get pampered at the spa or relax on a beach somewhere? Check out Red Door Spas for pricing and special offers and Priceline for great deals!

Does she like wine? Another, great idea is a girls trip to a Wine Tasting or a Vineyard. For my friends bachelorette party we are attending the Wine Riot 2012 US Tour in Boston. Its going to be an awesome time!  Other local vineyards to check out around the Mystic, CT area are: Stonington Vineyards and Salt Water Farm Vineyards.

Want to shake it up and go more Sassy? Maybe a trip with the girls to Vegas or New Orleans is more her style! Click Las Vegas Bachelorette Party Packages for a trip today!  Just make sure you ask the bacelorette her receommendation since her last night out party is about her, not as much as everyone else.

Tip 2: Get the Invites out ASAP!  Timing is everything, ecspecially if planning a weekend away for her!  Give the attendees enough time to prepare, save, and help you plan!

Tip 3: Use Facebook as a tool to connect with the people who are invited.  Its easy! Create an event, invite and discuss amongst eachother the plans, details and costs of the event. Ideas will start flying and you will find yourself receivcing all the help you need!

Tip 4: Dress to impress and have a blast!

P.S. What happens at the bachelorette party, stays at the bachelorette party!

Your Friends at Coastal Gourmet