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WINTER WONDERLAND

He's proposed to you in the most romantic way, and you said "Yes"! Congratulations! You are now officially engaged and sporting a fabulous rock on your finger; a symbol of the promise of your future together.

Relax and Enjoy the Moment! This newly-engaged period is so precious. Savor every time you put out your left hand and share the story of your engagement.

While you're basking in the euphoria of being newly engaged, the next thing you'll want to do with your new status is to begin those planning steps toward the “BIG DAY”.

One of the first things you’ll want to do is set a wedding date, or at least have a time frame of when you would like to be married. You know, once everyone sees your new “bling” the first question they have is “so, when are you getting married”.

Dream a Little! How do you see your wedding day? What is your vision for this momentous day? Look for inspirations. There are hundreds of websites dedicated to weddings. How many guests will you invite to your wedding? Will the celebration be small and intimate or large and grand? Early on, you should ask all of the parents for a guest list and combine this with yours and your fiancée’s to give you a starting number to work with.

Now the most important step is to schedule an appointment here at The Crystal Point with one of our Wedding Event Specialist. Take a tour, look over the menus and discuss what’s most important to you.  We have an beautiful Winter Wonderland package that I'm sure you'll love available the months of December, January, February and March.  Psst girls, 12/13/14 is still available, although that date will NOT be included in our Winter Wonderland Package.   There are still many desirable dates available for 2014.  We hope to hear from you soon...
 
Let the magic begin!!!
 
 
Happy Holidays from Our Family to your Family.
 
 



THE NEW MR. & MRS. ....


This past Saturday night, Crystal Point had the honor of hosting the wedding of Jenn & Scott.  We have known Jenn since she was a little girl.  Her Aunt Janine is one of our Maître ‘ds here at the Crystal Point. Let me start by saying, no surprise to anyone, Jenn was a magnificent bride.  So poised, beautiful and ever so endearing.  Scott was quite debonair as he awaited his bride coming up the isle to him.  While their ceremony was taking place the beautiful snow fall made a spectacular backdrop for Emil from Contemporary Image to take some incrediable photos.www.contemporaryimage.com/


The new Mr. & Mrs. Scott & Jenn Polito
 
Once the ceremony was completed, guests were escorted to the Brielle room for Cocktail hour where they were greeted by a stand with shakers of homemade Sangria (secret family recipe; I can’t spill the beans) and a Yankee Ice Sculpture.
Homemade Sangria from family recipe
Go Yankees!!!


 
Upon entering, there were various displays and chaffing dishes for guest to choose from. One of the many options was our elaborate display of our Farmers Market
 
Artfully Displayed and Delicious
 
  
At the reception the sounds of Tommy Monoco from Elite Entertainment eliteentertainment.com kept everyone on the dance floor nonstop.
Jenn having a great time
 During the cake cutting ceremony, Jenn opted for a trendy cupcake tower with a small tradition cake top for cutting. Everyone got a cupcake of their choice with a small box if they chose to take it home with them.
 
Very Beautiful
Cake cutting














At the end of the evening, the guests were once again surprised by a candy buffet when leaving the reception. All the delicious treats we loved as children were arranged in glass jars just waiting to be picked out for the taking.
Yummy!
 
Included were chocolate covered strawberries, pretzels, and peeps.
  
As you can see Jenn and Scott put a lot of thought into exactly what is was that would make their day over the top for them.
 
We loved put their plan into action for them.

Thank you Scott & Jenn for allowing me to be part of your special day.  I had a wonderful time with you and your family.

Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.

XOXO             ~ Denise


SAVE THE DATE

The Crystal Point is hosting a WeddingSetGo Bridal Expo on Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 12:00 - 4:00 PM! Come explore all the possibilities the Crystal Point has to offer and meet over 40 local professionals in one afternoon There will also be entertainment from WeddingSetGo's Private Events Division and giveaways including a chance to win a honeymoon provided by The Travelsmiths!!! This is a afternoon out you don't want to miss! Visit www.WeddingSetGo.com to register.


BRIDAL SHOW

Ok all you newly engaged couples; come join the fun on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM for an elegant bridal show. Meet local vendors and the staff of The Crystal Point, and tour our venue.
Please register at elegantbridal.com.  We're looking forward to meeting you.  See you then.  

Goodbye Sandy....

The Crystal Point is grateful to announce that we sustained NO damage and our power has been fully restored at the banquet hall AND motel. We realize the enormity of this situation and are hopeful that our community is beginning to see some progress.
 
Many area venue's sustained enormous damage and are unable to fulfil contracts.  If you are in need of a venue, The Crystal Point still has many available dates.  Please call or stop by and visit with one of our Banquet Event Specialist. Don't let the events of Hurricane Sandy ruin your dream wedding.
 
 


5 HOUR WEDDING RECEPTION TIMELINE

Many of you have asked about the timeline
for the evening of your wedding.
Below is an approximate of how your
wedding reception will play out. 
Don’t hold me to the minute. 
This is just a basic time frame.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
5:00 pm: Cocktail Hour - You can take pictures
during this time,mingle with the guests, or just
enjoy a little time to yourselves in your
 private cocktail room.

6:00 pm: Ballroom - Guests are invited
to the main ballroomwhere your reception
will take place.

6:15 pm (or so): Introductions - Parents of the Bride,
Groom & Bridal Party are introduced. 
Then announcing for the first time
the new Mr. & Mrs.(you know who you are).

6:20 pm: First Dance -  The band leader or DJ
announces the couple.They can dance the entire song
by themselves, or have the DJ invite the rest of the
bridal party up for the second half of the song.

6:25 pm: Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dances - 
AKA the  (“Spotlight Dances”)

6:40pm: Grace -  This could be said by a
clergy member, friend or family member.

6:45 pm: Toasts  - Best Man makes his toast.
If Maid of Honor is making a toast, she follows.

Dance Floor Opens


6:50 pm: First Course is served

7:10 pm: Second Course is served

7:30 pm: Main Course is served

8:00 pm: Dancing Continues

8:45 pm: Cake Cutting -  Cake served with coffee

9:00 pm: Bouquet Toss and/or Garter Toss

9:45 pm: Last Dance - The DJ should invite
everyone to the floor for a last dance.
Choose a fun and upbeat song so that
everything ends on a high note.

10:00 pm: Farewell
Hope this helps! 
                       
Until next time….Denise



TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE


Wedding superstitions are almost as old as marriage itself, starting with the tradition that the bride cannot be seen by the groom before the wedding. Whether you want to follow them or smile because of them, the truth is that wedding superstitions do exist…

Although old tradition has it that the bride and groom should not see each other before the wedding ceremony, the new tradition says that they should see each other, in private, right before the ceremony. Right before the wedding, the bride and groom should surprise each other (the photographer must also be present to capture the moment!) and admire one another in a very emotional pre-wedding moment. Not only is this a fantastic moment to get on camera, but it also makes the wedding even more special. It's all up to you!


Until next time....Denise


SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE ....

The Crystal Point Yacht Club was selected for New Jersey Bride's "Love It" List! .... a list of the companies in the bridal industry the magazine loves. The Crystal Point Yacht Club was selected in the category of Best Shore Wedding!


Editor Molly Tully says, "Our Love It list is indispensable for any bride planning a wedding in New Jersey, making it the premier go-to bridal resource. These are all the professionals—grouped together all in one list—who we truly love and trust to create the wedding you've always dreamed of. We want New Jersey brides to love every detail of their weddings, and these are the people who will help make that possible."

With more than 250 companies on the “Love It” list in more than 40 categories, the list is a great resource for New Jersey brides.


SPRING HAS SPRUNG!!!!

Well girls, once again its that time of year. Sensational Spring.

The vibrancy of spring wedding cakes owes as much to the gorgeous flowers that both adorn the spring wedding cake and inspire it. Gorgeous flowers cascade down the tiers of the wedding cake. Brides who opt for a spring wedding theme usually ensure the colour motifs match those of the rest of the wedding party.It is only natural that a spring wedding should be a colourful affair, and it is equally natural that the spring cake embodies the colour and exuberance of spring flowers. And did I mention they should be vibrant? Here are just a few I fell in love with. See what you think. What will your cake say about you?

Until next time….Denise

Wildflower Cake

Yellow Blossom Cake


Daisy Cake




It's Official ... WE ARE PINNERS!

Follow our pin boards on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/crystalpoint/
We hope they inspire you as much as you inspire us!


And The Color Of The Year Is....

It looks like everything I hear, see and read are telling me Tangerine & Pink. Tangerine is a "bright and encouraging color" and as such, is a perfect combo for your spring or summer wedding. However, tangerine can certainly be a bit overwhelming used on its own, so it could use a little sumpin-sumpin' to calm it down a little. Enter hot pink. Now I know you're saying hot pink...how can that be calming? There's something about pink that despite the shade adds softness to whatever it touches. Can't you just picture your bridesmaid's bouquets in all roses of tangerine and pink with maybe a little yellow thrown in for fun?


Until next time….Denise




We Go The Distance....

As you may remember, each year we head off to the State of the Art Catersource Conference & Tradeshow in Las Vegas, learning specialized event expertise from the best of the best. Well the gang is back with lots of great stuff to share.


For caterers, staying fresh and creative is so very important. Knowing the latest industry trends and bringing new life to our menus keeps us on top. During this tradeshow we develop cutting-edge ideas to bring to you and learn to incorporate new food and beverage trends.


There’s no question as to why The Crystal Point Yacht Club was voted Top Wedding Facility in NJ by theKnot.com for the several years in a row, as well as, winning the Bride's Choice Award 2012 from Wedding Wire! You can see for yourself by registering for the Bridal Show at the Crystal Point to be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm by going to www.weddingsetgo.com.


I’m so excited to see what they bring home with them this year and so will you. I’ll let you know all about it soon enough or why not schedule an appointment to visit with one of our Wedding Events Specialist.


What happens in Vegas WON’T stay in Vegas this time.


Until next time….

Denise



Mark your Calendars....

The Crystal Point is hosting a WeddingSetGo Bridal Show on Wednesday, March 28, 2012! Come explore all the possibilities the Crystal Point has to offer and meet over 35 local professionals in one night! There will also be entertainment from WeddingSetGo's Private Events Division and SCE Event Group, a runaway bridal show, and giveaways!!! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! This is a night out you don't want to miss!

Happy New Year My Friends....

We want to take a moment to express our gratitude for a year filled with wonderful couples and beautiful wedding days. Thank you for entrusting us with the most special day of your life.

I would personally like to say "thanks" for all your kind comments and enthusiasm about the blog. I'm so very happy your enjoying it.

Hope you brought in the New Year with a little bling. This year will be a spectacular year for weddings. I can't wait to see what trends we'll be seeing.

Our experienced team of wedding specialist is ready to meet with you. There are still many desirable dates available in 2012 including New Year's Eve. Wouldn't that be grand?

We are looking forward to all of the joy and love that 2012 will bring.

Cheers to 2012 and to all the newly engaged couples!!!


Until next time..... Denise


Now What....

He's proposed to you in the most romantic way, and you said "Yes"! Congratulations! You are now officially engaged and rocking a fabulous rock on your finger; a symbol of the promise of your future together.


Relax and Enjoy the Moment! This newly-engaged period is so precious. Savor every time you put out your left hand and share the story of your engagement.


While you're basking in the euphoria of being newly engaged, the next thing you'll want to do with your new status is to begin those planning steps toward the “BIG DAY”.


One of the first things you’ll want to do is set a wedding date, or at least have a time frame of when you would like to be married. You know, once everyone sees your new “bling” the first question they have is “so, when are you getting married”.


Dream a Little! How do you see your wedding day? What is your vision for this momentous day? Look for inspirations. There are hundreds of websites dedicated to weddings. How many guests will you invite to your wedding? Will the celebration be small and intimate or large and grand? Early on, you should ask all of the parents for a guest list and combine this with yours and your fiancée’s to give you a starting number to work with.


Now the most important step is to schedule an appointment here at The Crystal Point with one of our Wedding Event Specialist. Take a tour, look over the menus and discuss what’s most important to you. That’s what we’re here for.


Let the magic begin!!!


Until the next time….Denise




Mark your Calendars ....

Because we are inviting you to attend our Bridal Showcase on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 6pm!!! Interested???? Click on the following link for all the details and to register!!!! Bridal Showcase

We look forward to seeing you at the Crystal Point!!!!


MY GLASS SLIPPER

Traditionally brides wear white or ivory on their wedding day. There’s nothing that says a bride can’t add a splash of color to her wedding attire is there? Those who know me will attest to the fact that I’m a really really big fan of shoes. Can’t have enough; heels, flats, sandals, boots. I haven’t met a pair I don’t like. So why not add some fun to your wedding dress with a brightly colored pair of shoes. I’m thinking something red, fuchsia, blueor even bright yellow. It’s your big day. Have fun!!!. Here are a few I wouldn’t mind strutting around in. What do you think?

Until next time….Denise




COLOR ME FALL


It’s almost here. FALL…my most favorite time of the year. Can’t you just feel the romance in the air?
The changing leaves, pure blue skies and wonderful sun sets create beautiful backgrounds for your perfect day. Our lobby will soon be filled with beautiful Washington State Apples and colorful mums. Our escort tables are just waiting for your place cards to sit upon the lovely falls leaves soon to be placed beneath the glass. Oh my gosh, I can’t wait; especially after this long hot summer.
Fall is a time of lovely colors and the bounty of the harvest. You can bring these things into your wedding decor and set a tone of warmth and welcoming. You’ll have to just stop in and see me and share a cup of spiced tea and talk weddings. See you soon.

Until next time….Denise


The Wedding Crasher....

This past weekend we had several scheduled weddings that were postponed by the brides & grooms due to hurricane “Irene”. We were willing to go ahead as planned if that is what the couples wanted to do. After speaking with the couples and offering them the option to postpone and have the same wedding they planned on another date, they decided it was in their best interest to do just that. We feel they made the right decision. That is not the standard policy in this industry, however it is the policy of Crystal Point.


One couple had another idea...


If Hurricane “Irene” thought she would come between the wedding of Stacey & Brian on Saturday, August 27, 2011 she had another think coming. In all my years at Crystal Point, I don’t believe I’ve seen another couple more in love and determined to make the best of matters as these two.


What was to begin as a 6:30 PM ceremony to be followed by a reception with 130 of their closest family & friends, ended up being a 12:30 PM ceremony with their bridal party, parents and grandparents followed by an intimate cocktail reception, cake and coffee for twenty five. After much talk going back and forth about whether or not to even have the wedding ceremony that day, they decided August 27th was very special for them and they were going full speed ahead and not even “Irene” would get in their way. For the safety of their guests, they opted not to have a full reception (this will take place in the coming weeks) but moved forward with the ceremony. It was held in the Crystal Ballroom overlooking the Manasquan River. Although the rain and wind reared their ugly heads, Stacy & Brian laughed in the eye of “Irene”. It could not have been more perfect if the room had been full of people. Although, I don’t think they would have noticed. This amazing couple only had eyes for each other.


After the ceremony, guests were led to the Riverview Room to continue the celebration. Upon entering the room with Brian, the first thing Stacey saw was the gorgeous wedding cake they had designed together. She thought the cake had been cancelled; however Brian knew better ;). That’s when the tears really began to flow. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house; especially mine. In that one instant it was quite evident this day was meant to be, hurricane or not. I think even “Irene” could attest to that. Stacey & Brian made the first cut in their wedding cake with the same cake knife used by her parents for their wedding. What a beautiful way to begin your life together as man and wife.


I couldn’t wait to share the fabulous pictures taken by Trish from Expressive Image Photography with you and I can’t wait for their full reception here at the Crystal Point. Much love & happiness to Stacey & Brian, the beautiful couple that were meant to be. “Irene” was no match for their love.♥






We look forward to seeing all our couples that decided to postpone in the weeks ahead.



Until next time….Denise




Mini Cakes ...

I came across this fantastic HYPERLINK "http://www.austinweddingblog.com/" while surfing around one day and it was too adorable not to share! Mini-wedding cakes have been around for a while. If you wanted something a little fancier than cupcakes, these are really a great idea! They are a creative and unique way to add some adorable overload to your wedding celebration! And of course you know me and overload ;). As the name implies, these little creations are miniature versions of their traditional counterparts, but seem to be twice as divine. I immediately fell in love and could possibly inspire a planning bride to make them part of her big day. Your guests will love 'em!


Here are a few mini-cakes that I just love!







Until next time….Denise



Something Old, Something New

You have probably heard the saying 'something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a silver sixpence inside your shoe.' No one is really sure when this custom started. It is believed by many to have begun during the Victorian era, while others argue that it started much earlier than that. Nevertheless, couples have honored this custom through the centuries, and even today. Something old represents the guests in attendance at the ceremony who are already married. Something new represents the newlyweds and the beginning of their new life together. Something borrowed signifies something that the bride must give back, such as her veil or her mother's own wedding dress. Something blue is associated with the bride's virginity and purity. Something silver is any type of silver coin that is tucked into one of the bride's shoes to represent wealth and prosperity. So ladies; it’s time to gather your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

Until next time….Denise

The Catch of a Lifetime ...

A groom’s cake has its roots in the South, and although it used to be viewed as an added and unnecessary expense, this once-neglected cake has been making a huge comeback. Intended to be a gift from the bride to the groom, the groom's cake is usually dark (often chocolate or liquor-soaked) and designed with a nod toward what's traditionally considered "masculine" (i.e., no rosettes in sight).



The groom's cake can serve many purposes, from dessert at the rehearsal dinner to an alternative choice to the bride's cake at the wedding. It's customary for the groom's cake to be displayed next to the bride's cake and later cut and put into boxes for guests to take home. And believe it or not, legend has it that single women are supposed to sleep with a slice under their pillow the same night they receive it -- and if they do, they'll dream of their future husband. Boxed slices of groom's cake can also serve as your wedding favors. If you go this route, take advantage of the opportunity to get creative with the packaging -- an additional way to reflect your bridal style.


A current creative trend in groom's cakes is to have the cake reflect the groom's interests and hobbies. Whatever you decide, gifting your new husband with his own cake is something you should do because you want to -- not because you feel obligated.



Below is a picture of a grooms cake we had at Crystal Point recently. It’s one of the most creative grooms cakes I’ve seen in quite awhile. More importantly I love the saying attached; To Darren, The Catch of a Lifetime Awww, how sweet is that. Lucky Darren!!!!





Until next time….Denise


Smile...

A photobooth is a trendy idea that many people are including at weddings. They’re fun and you get some funny shots of your friends. You can put a guestbook nearby and have your guests paste them in and sign it.

Photos can be uploaded to The Wedding Lens as an efficient way to share the photos with your guests. From there, your guests could download or print their own copies of those photos.

There are several alternatives that will have the same effect. For example, you could create a polaroid version in which guests take pictures and sign a guestbook! It’s instant and you get fun photos – not much different than the photobooth. If you put the polaroid in one place and have props around, it will allow for more spunky photos.

If you want to create a photobooth yourself, the WeddingBee has advice on a “do-it-yourself” photobooth. Basically you need a camera, photo printer, and some props.

Keep smiling…I might just take a photo of you!!!

Until next time….Denise

Preserve Your Wedding Gown...

The top of your wedding cake is boxed up, all the guests have gone home and you and your new husband are off to Cancun. But what about that red wine stain on the front of your dress from the reception?

After spending hours and hours pouring over magazines, bridal books, and catalogs, and after spending so much money on the wedding dress of your dreams, it’s imperative that you take measures to preserve and maintain the beauty of your bridal gown. It is one of the most important memorabilia of your wedding day. For whatever reason it may be, whether you want to preserve it as a family heirloom or just for a keepsake, every bride can benefit from taking care of the gown she was wed in.

Find a dry cleaner that advertises expert cleaning of wedding gowns. Ask the cleaner if he/she uses different solvents on gowns than on regular clothing. Standard solvents are too harsh for wedding gowns. These gowns must be cleaned with the gentlest cleaners in an acid-free environment. Wedding gowns should be stuffed with clean, acid free tissue. Acid-free tissue placed between the folds of the dress and stuffed in the bodice will prevent permanent wrinkles and folds as well as help stabilize the environment of the box. Pack your gown away in a large enough sized box so it will lay flat or a cedar chest would also work well. Each year on your anniversary, revisit your gown while reliving the memories of your amazing wedding day.

Until next time….Denise

The Social Media Wedding ...

Remember when you got engaged? If it was 5 years ago or more, the first thing you probably did was to call your family and closest friends to share the exciting news! Now? The first thing you would probably do is post it on Facebook!

Social Media has become such an integral component of the way we communicate with each other that every industry is doing it. We continue to see social media play a part in the wedding planning process. Couples will keep guests informed through wedding websites and post updates about their excitement and plans on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/thecrystalpoint) and Twitter. Posts such as “We booked the band today!” allow friends and family to feel like they are part of the planning. Some popular free tools for creating a wedding web page include The Knot‘s wedding websites and WeddingChannel.com.

In addition to providing the latest glimpse into the work of potential vendors, there are also online opportunities to get the scoop from the brides and grooms who have used a particular vendor in the past. Visit sites like WeddingWire.com (http://www.weddingwire.com/reviews/crystal-point-point-pleasant/77786a3a4a5d84d9.html ) and bridalhood.com to read reviews on your local vendors before you decide to hire them. While there, don’t forget to check out the terrific reviews the Crystal Point has received and like us on facebook. See you there.

Until next time….Denise






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