With Christmas just a few weeks away, it is important that you already have a few ideas on how you will be celebrating the occasion with your friends. If you are planning to host an intimate dinner with friends or colleagues, you will need to follow a few tips on how to do it successfully:
Food: Make sure that the food you choose for the celebration is good and healthy. If your guests have certain dietary restrictions, make sure that you take heed of these before the event and alert your caterer. This way, you can be sure that everyone enjoys the food being served.
Entertainment: It is always a good idea to have music flowing throughout the course of dinner. Make sure that you choose a light and good set of songs to play during the event. This way, you don’t have to worry about too much noise while you are dining. If you want, you can hire a band to play some songs that everyone will be entertained with.
Activities: If you have some activities planned, make sure that you get an entertaining host who can announce that part of the celebration. You can let your guests enjoy the activities you have planned by offering a few gifts as prizes.
Thank You Speech: If you are the boss of the company and you are celebrating with your colleagues, you should give out a thank you speech towards the end of the night. This way, you can keep your employees happy that their hard work throughout the year was appreciated.
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The rehearsal dinner is a great way you can bond with the other wedding guests before the big day itself. You can reunite with lost friends and mingle with family members. But if you’re the one who was assigned to plan the rehearsal dinner, you will need to make sure that everything is spot on.
Here are some tips you can easily follow:
Don’t Get Drunk
In some occasions, the rehearsal dinner falls just before the day of the wedding. If this is what will happen on your big day, you have to ensure that no one gets drunk. One or two glasses are okay but don’t let it exceed that number. You wouldn’t want anyone showing up at your wedding with a hangover.
Give a Good Toast
As the groom-to-be, you need to give a short but memorable toast to your dinner guests. But it really doesn’t need to be that great. It just needs to be good. This way, you don’t worry about it throughout the night.
Whom to Invite
The rehearsal dinner is usually attended by the wedding guests; particularly those who are part of the entourage. Additionally, anyone who is considered as an out of town guest needs to be invited automatically.
Make sure that you plan the rehearsal dinner carefully. If you would like to keep a small number of guests and keep the dinner intimate, you might want to consider having it at Dandy Restaurant Cruises. Call us today for more information.
Rehearsal dinners are considered a vital part of the wedding itself. It is a time wherein guests for the wedding get together and try to mingle before the event itself. This is particularly true for those who are part of the bridal entourage. Since most of these people are friends of the bride and groom from various parts of their lives, you need to make sure that everyone gets to know each other before the big day.
If you are planning a rehearsal dinner for your wedding, you will need to know these tips:
Who to invite to a rehearsal dinner?
You do not need to invite all of your wedding guests to the rehearsal dinner. Usually, this is just a small dinner wherein you can get to introduce everyone. You can invite your immediate family, the officiant and his wife, the wedding entourage, and some out-of-town guests.
Do you need to send out invitations for a rehearsal dinner?
If you will have a big rehearsal dinner and plenty of guests, it is best that you send out invitations. This will help you keep track of the people whom you have invited to dinner. On the other hand, a small rehearsal dinner does not really need invitations. These events are very intimate and just between your friends. If you really want to, you can prepare some handwritten invitations.
Will the rehearsal dinner consist of a full meal?
In the very sense of the word, a rehearsal dinner will consist of dinner food so you need to make sure that it satisfies your guests. If you are on a tight budget, however, you can opt to call the event by another name so that it does not confuse anybody. Instead of rehearsal dinner, you can call it as a pre-wedding reception. The main point of the event is so your guests can meet each other before the big day.
Interested in a memorable yet simple rehearsal dinner before your wedding? You can take them on a fine dining cruise to make the event more intimate and memorable. Call us today for more information.
Weddings are never complete without speeches given by close friends and family members. These speeches are normally given throughout the end of the reception, when everyone has relaxed and finished eating. Because of its nature, the speech should be short and just a casual one. It may be prepared for a long time or just given impromptu.
As the best man, you will most likely be asked to give a speech because you know the groom very well. It is very typical on weddings that the best man and the maid of honor give out speeches for the newlywed couple. Also, the parents of the couple can give out a speech. This is why you shouldn’t be shocked if you will be asked to give a speech.
If you were suddenly asked to step in and give an impromptu speech for your friend, the groom, it is important that you do not panic. Even though you were caught off guard, you aren’t expected to give a perfect or long speech. All you have to do is to talk about the groom and give your well wishes to the couple.
There really isn’t a rule as to giving a wedding toast. You just need to make sure that everyone’s glasses (including yours) are full. When you’re done with the toast, you can drink it along everyone else.
What to Talk About
It’s really a good idea that you talk about the bride and her groom in a positive and equal manner. After that, you can wish them a happy, health, prosperous, and lasting marriage. It really doesn’t matter if you give a long speech or not, what matters is that your toast is sincere.
What Not to Talk About
There are some taboo topics that you should not include during the speech. These topics are generally embarrassing information that the couple would not want to make public. Also, never talk about the ex of the couple, especially if they are in the audience.
A wedding toast is best given in a venue that’s suitable for the occasion. Check out our website for fine dining dinner cruises.
Whether you just got engaged or have been for years, planning an engagement party is one of the most fun ways to kick off the planning of a wedding. It gets everyone in the celebrating mood and showcases your couple style to family and friends.
If you’re one of those couples that are like to travel a bit off the beaten path and hold a non-traditional engagement party then we have some ideas for you:
A sunset cruise - This idea is perfect for anyone who loves the water. It won’t be too much of a surprise to your guests that an on water party is how you celebrate and it’s far from the traditional cocktail party at a restaurant.Activities such as a sunset cruise is a great way to introduce the families and a conversation piece they can use to break the ice with.
A lounge - If your wedding will be outside or in some exotic location then perhaps something just as different is fitting for an engagement party. Having your engagement party in a lounge will cut down cost because you won’t have to fill the space with rental furniture. Many lounges already have a stylish vibe so décor will be minimal.
A Rooftop celebration - What a great way to celebrate then on the 42nd floor of some fab location. Since you’ll need to rent decor as most rooftops have empty space, you can see how far your creative juices take you and get ready for planning the event of a lifetime..your wedding.
Wherever you choose to hold an engagement party we hope that you’re true to your heart and style. Don’t let anyone talk you into doing something that you’re not comfortable with. However, the professionals at Dandy Restaurant Cruises can offer a location and style that you may be looking for.
Generally speaking wedding cake is the main attraction of a wedding reception. So it must be chosen with the same amount of care as you show when choosing a wedding dress. Here are some questions to ask your cake baker before ordering a wedding cake:
Availability: This must be the first question on your mind when you talk to a cake baker. Confirm that they are available for your wedding date. In case they are already booked for your wedding day you need to stop and start searching for other bakery.
Do they customize cakes: This must be the second question on your list. Most of the times couple want a cake customized to their flavor, size and design. Normally most of the Wedding Cake Bakers offer custom cakes to match your expectations and needs, but it never hurts to ask in advance.
In how much time cake will be ready: A wedding cake needs a little bit more time than your normal kitchen one. So plan in advance and discuss with your baker the time required to prepare the cake. At a minimum a baker will need to be informed 3-5 days in advance.
How much is the price of a wedding cake: You must inquire about the price as soon as you have decided on the fillings, flavor and size of cake. Normally cakes are priced according to number of slices and the price increases with filling, flavor and size.
How cake will be delivered: Some bakers will deliver the cake to your reception avenue for a small fee but others may require you to arrange a pick up yourself. So plan accordingly.
In case you need help in choosing a cake baker. Get in touch and we will be glad to help you in your wedding planning.
When you are planning wedding we understand you want it to be uniquelly personal, beautiful, and have all your guests enjoy their time with you. That’s why planning to hold your entire wedding or even just reception aboard one of our cruise boats makes so much sense. Comments from guests that attended a wedding on a Potmac River cruise often comment that it was the nicest wedding they have ever attended.
Consider some WOW factors that make a restaurant cruise so desirable:
Relaxing, Once aboard the boat our reliable staff concentrates while you glide through the water away from street traffic and noise.
Spectacular Photo Opportunities. Our boat starts from historic Old Town Alexandria and takes you past three of the most famous monuments in our country. The most notable is the Washington Monument, a tribute to George Washington. Whatever the season, this famous white obelisk is beautiful to look at and is a wonderful backdrop for your photos. Have you seen the monument lit up at night? Stunning!
Delicious Gourmet Quality Meals. With a wedding booked aboard one of our cruise boats you can count on the food being up to par every time. Once booked, you can take the “food” worry off your to-do list and smile. We’ve got this area covered.
If you are planning your wedding soon we invite you to contact us and let us show you the entire list of amenities we can offer to make your special day memorable to you and your guests.
There’s something so beautiful about a fall or winter wedding, but there’s nothing lovely about freezing guests. Keeping your guests comfortable is as important at off-season weddings as it is during the heat of the summer. Here are a few tips for keeping your guests warm.
It sounds simple enough, but the first step is choosing the right venue. If you want to have an outdoor area, make sure that your guests also have someplace under cover. On both of our boats, your guests will be able to spend time getting fresh air on the deck and come back into the warmth of your reception.
You can also keep guests warm with your decor. While your decor should be beautiful, it can also be functional. Having luxurious throws around your reception can give your guests warmth and add to a cozy yet elegant feeling to your wedding.
Another way to keep guests warm is with warming and delicious food and drink. Along with your cocktails, offer guests hot seasonal drinks, such as hot cocoa and hot toddies.
Our boats are the perfect venue for your autumn or winter wedding. To find out more about how to book a wedding with us, give us a call today!
As we are now in the second week of the federal government shutdown, many couples are finding that it is hurting their wedding plans. With offices and monuments closed, couples have had to make quick changes to their wedding plans.
One of the great things about a Washington DC wedding is that you and your guests can enjoy all the monuments, memorials, and museums of our nation’s capital. However, with the shutdown, you might need to make other arrangements.
While you and your guests might not be able to visit many of the monuments during the shutdown, you can always get an excellent view of them all from our dinner boats. Planning a Dandy Restaurant Cruises wedding will ensure that your guests get the best of the city without worry. This and any potential shutdowns won’t disrupt the wedding you have planned on board our boats!
You’re excited about your engagement, and you want to share all the fabulous details of your wedding with everyone around you. But are you inadvertently leading people on?
It’s a common faux pas, but leading on uninvited guests can be avoided. When you plan your Washington DC wedding, think about who will and won’t be getting an invitation.
It’s fine to share news of your engagement with everyone on Facebook, but if you tag people in your status or photo, they’ll probably think they’re getting invited (or even that they’ll be part of the wedding party). Similarly, if you start telling people about the details of your wedding, they’ll assume they’re going to be invited.
Instead, keep things simple and figure out your guest list early. This can save you from having difficult conversations with coworkers and acquaintances who might think they’re invited when they aren’t.
One thing to consider when setting your guest list is your venue. If you’re looking for a fantastic Washington DC wedding venue, give us a call today!