Festive Ways to Dress Up Even the Most Simple Menu

Setting your event menu is oftentimes one of the most difficult things to do when it comes to hosting  a large get-together with guests of varying tastes.  In your attempt to please everyone’s tastes buds don’t forget to put your own touch on your special day!  Even if you can’t control what your guests eat, take back control of your menu design!  Even the most simple and impersonal event menus can be transformed with a bit of creativity into art that complements your personal style.

By utilizing unique materials and creative fonts, any menu can have the chance of being customized into a spectacular and festive physical menu.  Here at Eagle Glen, we encourage you to let your imagination run wild with a few ideas to spice up your next menu.

Chalkboard Menus - write your menu on an over-sized chalkboard using various colors

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Unique Placement -  Be bold and juxtapose various fonts and colors into one seemless menu

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Circular Menus - think outside the box and go with an original circular menu

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Paper Bag Menus - why not let some items do double duty?

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From pescetarian friends to your great-uncle who eats nothing but red meat, Eagle Glen is proud to offer various preset menu items that can be mixed and matched to suit the needs of your guests and event.  Take some of the above ideas and incorporate them into your own special event here at Eagle Glen. For more information on our menu packages please call visit our website or call our Event Specialists at (951) 278-2842 .

Five Quick Tips for Planning a Wedding

Wedding planning can be hard and overwhelming.  For our brides out there that are not sure where to start when it comes to wedding planning, here are a few quick tips to help you get your event underway.

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Tip 1: Visit The Knot - www.theknot.com

This website is the mecca of all things wedding.  Whether you’re simply looking for inspiration or for actual vendors, this site is set up to help you navigate through the hubbub with real-time, relevant information.  One of the features worth mentioning for the site include the classified section – where you can buy used or even brand new items from other former brides for a fraction of the retail price.  The site also has a great gift registry section which allows you to set up your wedding site and register yourself with more than 15 popular retail stores like Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Pottery Barn.  It’s a one-stop shop for all brides looking to minimize on the amount of research but maximize in relevancy.

Tip 2: Know What You Want to Spend

Everyone, unless you’ve had the luck of winning the jackpot, has a budget.  Figure how much you’re going to spend and allocate specific amounts to different areas of your wedding.  In general, 50% of your budget should be allotted to the venue, your food and drinks.  The other 50% takes care of everything else that goes into your wedding.

Approach your vendors and be upfront about your budget.  The last thing you need is to fall in love with a dress you can’t afford or waste time dreaming about that cake that isn’t going to be at your reception.  Your vendors are experts, they’ll be able to tell you what is workable within your price range and what options are available to you.  Be open to these options and don’t expect to be knowledgeable about everything.  Your florist won’t expect you to know how much flowers cost and it’s their job to navigate and work within your budget.

Tip 3: Consider Your Schedule

If you grew up like me, you thought of your wedding was an excuse for a big party.  But unlike conventional parties, cupcakes and punch are no longer going to appease the masses.  Weddings are now orchestrated through months and months of planning and catered to not only your tastes but the tastes of your groom, his mother, your mother, the list goes on.  For brides that are working full-time, we suggest considering whether you have time to execute this wedding to its full potential.  If not, you may have to hire an event planner to take care of the details for you.  Keep in mind these event planners may take a bite out of your wedding budget but they’re the purveyors of all your wedding details and will take a load of responsibility off your plate.   If an event planner is out of your budget, you can also hire a day-of coordinator.  Day-of coordinators don’t plan your wedding but they will step in at the last minute to make sure everything goes off without a hitch the day of your wedding.

Tip 4: Start Big and Go Small

When you’re planning your wedding you should take care of the big details first like the date, venue and your guest list.  Once you have those details down, start looking for your dress and hiring vendors.  Leave all flexible details that you can do yourself for last, like party favors and seating charts.  Anything that requires an outside party should be prioritized first because of the lead time some vendors require in order to execute your event.  Think of your planning process as a funnel and the closer you get to your wedding the more minute the details of it should become.

Tip 5: References, References, References!

Most brides plan their weddings only once, so almost all brides are green to the process.  There are many choices out there as far as great vendors, so make an informed choice by asking people you trust for a reference.  Ask former brides, friends who frequent weddings and other professionals for people they’ve used or were impressed by.  Your close friends will be able to give you a first-hand account of a vendor’s services and a trusted vendor can give you a professional account of a company they like partnering with.  Coming armed with a recommendation allows you to have confidence in the service you’ll be receiving and will help ease your piece of mind the day of your event.

It takes a lot to get your wedding started and planning becomes simplified if you’re prepared with the correct information.  If you have any questions about what our venue can do for you visit the Wedding section of our webpage or contact our Event Specialist, Tiffany, at tbell@eagleglengc.com or 951-278-2842 ext.206.

Trending Wedding Color: Mint!

Mint is the word this wedding season when it comes to bridal color trends.  The mix of fresh and bright with a hint of retro, can lend itself to every aspect of your wedding planning whether you choose to use a little or a lot.  Here are a few ideas from our team to help you implement this trending color into your own wedding party.

Wedding Dress

The great thing about this hue is that a large amount of it will not overwhelm you or your event.  This great dress is a perfect example of how the color will work seamlessly into your plans by adding something different, without stealing the show.

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Bouquet 

Mint bouquets work with the neutral white of a wedding gown and is a color lends itself to plants with texture.  If you’re looking for a little punch but don’t want bright and loud colors, a mint bouquet is a perfect way to add that pizzazz to your day.

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courtesy of styleunveiled.com

Cake

Think of mint not only as a color but as a flavor.  A mint themed cake, embodied both inside with flavor and outside with color will add a cute and whimsical twist to your wedding day.

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Jewelry

Break out of the  expected silver jeweled mold with a pop of mint colored jewelry.  This type of jewelry is perfect for your bridesmaids, especially if you’re a traditional bride – let your girls wear your color for you!  You won’t have to compromise tradition to add something fresh and new to your wedding party.

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Party Favors

Take mints in the literal sense for your party favors.  Mint-colored breath mints will tie your theme together with a cute play on words.  Include a comical saying like “Mint to Be” and your theme will be a hit!

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Why not make your special day all the more special with a memorable theme.  The Eagle Glen staff strive to offer you the best service in implementing all your ideas and would be more than happy to consult you on your big day.  For more information on our services, please contact our Event Specialist at tbell@eagleglengc.com or call (951) 178/2842 ext. 206.

DIY Backdrops for the Budget-Conscious Bride

Brides on a budget know the importance of making every dollar count.  Our event specialists at Eagle Glen are always looking for ways to help our brides cut costs without having to sacrifice on the wow factor.  Backdrops are a terrific way to liven the atmosphere of any event venue for minimal cost.  Every venue can be transformed by a backdrop into the wedding of your dreams!  Check out some of our recommendations for budget-friendly backdrop ideas!

Floral Backdrops – unlike your bouquets or centerpiece arrangements, flower backdrops can be made of inexpensive, yet cute flowers for a vivid pop of color and texture

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Christmas Lights Backdrops – everyone has Christmas lights or knows someone with Christmas lights, what better way to re-purpose something so overlooked that can add a warm glow to your special day

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Craft Paper Backdrops – with the help of a few bridesmaids, DIY crafts can transform regular paper into the perfect, customized background

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Ribbon Backdrops – ribbons add a light-hearted touch to any wedding backdrop through color and whimsy.  Ideal for outdoor and destination weddings, this medium is easy to purchase, transport and set up – plus it looks great with a breeze!

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So for your next wedding or event, try your hand at crafting something one of a kind for your special day.  Our experts at Eagle Glen are more than willing to accommodate any backdrop you have in mind!  For more information on our event spaces please visit our website at www.eagleglengc.com or call our event specialists at 951-278-2842 ext. 206.

Wedding Cake Ideas…Bigger is Not Always Better

It seems at one point in time, every girl has dreamed of a huge fantastic wedding to their Prince Charming.  The ladies here at Glen Eagle share your sentiments in this and would like to help you implement a wedding as close to a fairy tale as we can.  If fiscal realities are hindering your quest for the prefect wedding, here’s an idea that can help you curb wedding-debt later on-  small wedding cakes!  That’s right ladies, an area where you can save money while still provide big bang is in the wedding cake department.  New trends have given birth to smaller cakes packed with or surrounded by big, intricate design.

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In true fashion to prove that bigger is not always better, the wedding industry has set a trend of constructing smaller more intimate cakes with detailed designs catered to each individual bride.  If you’re contemplating a small wedding with just your closest family and and friends, these types of cakes are perfect as they will pragmatically feed all your guests with no room for waste and more room for other necessities in your budget.

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That wallop of impression can also be translated into your surrounding designs.  Rather than incorporate those details into your cake, you can coordinate it into your venue design to set off your cake.  For those with more simplistic tastes in cake, you can set off any cake with the correct accessories and cake table design.

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For more information on letting Glen Eagle help host your perfect wedding (and wedding cake!) , please visit the Weddings section of our website here.

Tee It Up for Your Wedding Photos!

What is the best part of having your wedding at a golf course? Apart from the beautiful greenery, large facilities and abundance of amenities, golf courses present great opportunities to get creative and artistic with your wedding photography!

Towering oak trees, emerald greens and a serene lake showcase a picturesque setting to allow for some of the more romantic shots of the couple surrounded by sweeping landscapes.

Bride and Groom on Green
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Bride with Trees
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The bride and groom below made use of Eagle Glen’s picturesque mountains for a dramatic eye-catching photograph.

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Some couples opt for the more playful shots to give their wedding album a more fun-loving personal flair. From golf play to cart rides, there are endless ways to show off your adventurous side!

Bride and Groom on the Green
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Bride and Groom Teeing it Up
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Wedding Party on Golf
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Close up shots are another essential for putting together a memorable wedding album, focusing in on special moments and highlights that might otherwise go unnoticed. These final two photographs use close ups to sum up the special day by focusing in on two very familiar golf traits; the tee’d up golf ball and the bunker.

Golf Balls with Wedding Rings
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Just Married in Bunker
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The Ombre Trend In Floral Arrangements

It’s clear to see that the ombre trend has made a name for itself in the fashion world over the past year. From hair to clothing to interior design and even nails, this trend appears to be taking over. Unsurprisingly, another area that the ombre is now popping up is in floral arrangements!

For those of you who have yet to learn about this trend, the ombre is characterized as a simple progression of colors in the same color family; most often a fade from lighter shades of a color to darker shades. This effect gives off an eye-catching watercolor feel.

When deciding on flower arrangements for your wedding or quinceanera, consider the following various uses of floral ombres:

Showcase the ombre with a stunning centerpiece arrangement.

Ombre Flower Centerpiece

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Customize each of your bridesmaids’ bouquets with a gorgeous color fade.

Ombre Bridesmaids Bouquets

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Keep it subtle, yet fashionable, in a single ombre-inspired bouquet.

Ombre Bouquet

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What better way to give your special day that added “WOW” factor than with this stylish use of color?