Groom Style!

October 16, 2015 at 5:24 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

The wedding industry has no qualms about making a big to-do about the dress. And while it certainly can be a centerpiece to the entire wedding, there is something to be said for a sharp-dressed groom. Gone are the days when it’s as simple as a tux. Grooms and their groomsmen’s style now ranges from ultra casual to classic black. Here are a few ways to break from tradition and give your wedding day look a personal touch.

Since black-tie isn’t for everyone, many grooms are now choosing to go with a cotton or linen suit and opt for simple white shirts or a pattern that can be dressed up, like gingham.

If it’s a more timeless look you’re after, you can’t go wrong with a matching tie and pocket square. These can coordinate well with bridesmaids’ attire, too!

One way to tie in some personal flair is through cufflinks. Sometimes just a peek of fun is all it takes to set your style apart – these make great groomsmen gifts, too!

And don’t forget about those kicks! Another great gift (and a more comfortable way to spend the day!) is by swapping out dress shoes for sneakers or boat shoes.

What special touches did the grooms in your life choose?

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Proposal Stories We Love

October 9, 2015 at 5:10 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

If you just love a great proposal story, you must check out HowHeAsked which shares some of the sweetest proposal stories we’ve ever heard.

We thought we would share just a few of our favorites from the site:

Rachel and Patrick – New York City!

Chase and Brit – Outdoors!

Aroha and Wynne – Video Included!

Rob and Danielle – In Paris!

We also found some more awesome stories on this Bridal Guide site. There are 48 truly spectacular stories to read here. Each one is so special. We can’t stop reading!

Do you have a fantastic proposal story? We would love to hear it!

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The Willow Room Sweetheart Special

September 1, 2015 at 12:55 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Introducing The Willow Room Sweetheart Special. This is a $10,000 all-inclusive wedding package, priced for up to 100 people and it includes tax and service charge!! We know wedding planning is a lot of work and with this package, we can be your one-stop shop.

Your Package includes:
Venue for 5 hours
Bridal Suite with Bridal Butler – room just for the bridal party with storage, outlets, mirrors and private bathroom 
White Ivory or Black Linens and choice of Napkin
House Bar Package
Champagne Toast for Bridal Party
Choice of Soup or Salad
Two Single or One Duo Entrée
Custom Wedding Cake with Cutting and Service
Coffee Station
Fresh Floral Centerpieces
DJ (up to 5 hours)
Photographer (up to 8 hours)
Bridal dance with Attendant
Customized Room Layout and Design
Professional Vendor References
Invitation for Two to Tasting Event

This package is valid for any new clients booking weddings in February or March of 2016, but it must be booked by 9-30-15 to receive the discounted rate.

Call Cara at 724-379-5666 or email gm@thewillowroom.com today to schedule a tour, ask questions, or check date availability!

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Photo Credit: Laurel Mountain Photography

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July Recipe from Chef: Mahi Mahi Fish Taco with Pico de Gallo, Cabbage Pineapple Coleslaw and Green Onion Cilantro Sauce

July 28, 2015 at 8:04 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

We have been doing these instructional videos for about three and half years now. In that time, many people have viewed them. I was very pleased and surprised when I received an email from my old college roommate and dear friend George Richardson, whom I hadn’t heard from in over thirty years. He had watched a video which lead him to The Willow Room website and ultimately my email. George resides in La Jolla California and requested a recipe for fish. We will be doing a Mahi Mahi Fish Taco with Pico de Gallo, a cabbage pineapple coleslaw and green onion cilantro sauce. This is a great summer recipe that’s light and refreshing. This one’s for you George! – Chef Haberle

Mahi Mahi Fish Taco with Pico de Gallo, Cabbage Pineapple Coleslaw, and Green Onion Cilantro Sauce
Makes 4 servings (8 tacos)

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Ingredients
For Sauce

1 cup green onions-sliced
¼ cup cilantro-chopped
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
½ cup canola oil

For Pico de Gallo

1 green bell pepper-small diced
½ bunch cilantro-chopped
2 large tomatoes-small diced
½ large red onion-small diced
1 lime
5 slices jarred jalapeño peppers-finely diced
¼ cup oil
Salt and pepper to taste

For pineapple coleslaw

1/2 gold pineapple-julienned
½ a head of a medium sized cabbage-thinly sliced
1/4 red onion-small diced
½ bunch cilantro-chopped
¼ cup shredded carrots
1/3 cup sugar
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons pineapple juice

For Taco

8 flour tortillas
2 pounds Mahi Mahi
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Procedure

  • In a food processor or blender, combine sliced green onions, cilantro, rice wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey and canola oil. Blend until smooth, season with salt and pepper to taste, then refrigerate.
  • Combine all ingredients for Pico de Gallo, mix well, refrigerate for two to three hours before use.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine rice wine vinegar, sugar, and pineapple juice. Mix until sugar is dissolved. Combine all ingredients for coleslaw, mix well, let sit for 30 minutes, drain all liquid, then refrigerate.
  • Season Mahi Mahi with salt and pepper then grill until it reaches the doneness you prefer. Flake with a fork and reserve.
  • Warm flour tortilla on char-grill. Add Mahi Mahi, cheddar cheese, Pico de Gallo, green onion and cilantro sauce, and pineapple coleslaw.

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Gender Reveal Party: Ideas!

July 22, 2015 at 4:47 pm (Event Planning Tips) (, , , , , , )

How many true surprises do we get in life? Revealing the gender of your baby is one of the few times you can be completely in the dark on such a momentous occasion until you’re ready to find out. Here are a few ways to celebrate finding out with a gender reveal party or baby shower.

Invitations
Deciding on a cute play on words for your invitations won’t be hard – there are as many variations announcing the theme of your party as you can imagine. These are easy to do DIY, find on Etsy, already made or custom order.

Photo From UPrintInvitations.com

Photo From UPrintInvitations.com DESIGN CREDIT: Jessica Sawyer Designs

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Photo From Etsy Shop Luvbugdesign

Take Your Pick!
Once your guests arrive, greet them with fun games to cast their vote on whether you’re having a boy or a girl.

Photo Found on Etsy Shop ktbluecreations https://www.etsy.com/listing/164331401/gender-reveal-voting-ballots-and-i-voted?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_campaign=Share

Photo Found on Etsy Shop ktbluecreations 

For a fun, casual game ask the mommy-to-be which in the list of old wives’ tales she’s experienced. Tally up the predictions and see if they’re right at the reveal!

The Big Reveal
Again, there are many, many ways to reveal to guests what you’re having. Often times, you will have to recruit someone else sworn to secrecy to incorporate the blue or pink into the reveal. If you’re thinking a cake with the color hidden inside, have the doctor write the baby’s sex on a slip of paper and give it to the bakery or person making the dessert.

Photo From Pop Sugar http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Gender-Reveal-Party-Cakes-8400213#photo-34623520

Photo From Pop Sugar Source: Instagram user aboveandbeyondcakeseg

Everybody likes to be a winner! Let guests scratch off their guess and see if they’re right.

Photo Found Here http://blog.zazzle.com/2013/05/12/diy-baby-shower-series-scratcher-postcards/ Photography & Collage by: Aaron Calestar and Nicole Pittman Concept & styling by: Jenny Wagner Business card design by: Zazzle Templates

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Photography & Collage by: Aaron Calestar and Nicole Pittman
Concept & styling by: Jenny Wagner
Business card design by: Zazzle Templates

Just as exciting – release balloons from a box on the count of three or release confetti from an opaque balloon or piñata. Bonus points if you get other siblings in on it!

Photo Found Here http://www.brit.co/gender-reveal-ideas/ via Funny/Beautiful http://funnybeautiful.com/how-to-giant-pull-string-pinata/

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via Funny/Beautiful 

Congratulations!

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Picnic Theme Wedding Inspiration!

July 10, 2015 at 5:09 pm (Wedding Planning Tips) (, , , , , , , , , , )

One of the great things about getting married in this day and age is that when it comes to your reception, there is no right or wrong way to go about it. Case in point, a picnic theme. While wicker and gingham might not be the first things that come to mind, there are endless ways to bring the laid back vibes of a picnic into a wedding, no matter how casual or formal you’d like it to be. And – great news is, no need to worry about ants or rain clouds when your “picnic” is inside!

Invitations

Brown kraft paper, simple doilies and the quintessential red gingham will leave no doubt in guests’ minds what to expect on your big day.

Photo Found Here: http://www.beforethebigday.co.uk/2011/05/wedding-stationery.html

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Cocktail Hour

Why not let your guests loosen up a bit between the ceremony and reception with some activities? Face painting will be a hit with both young and young-at-heart.

Photo Source: http://ruffledblog.com/galleries/new-york-picnic-wedding/deliajeff54/ Photo Credit: Channing Johnson http://www.channingjohnson.com/

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Photo Credit: Channing Johnson 

No matter how distinct the cocktail menu is, fresh lemonade will always be a great idea to mix in.

Photo Source: http://www.unitedwithlove.com/2013/05/08/laid-back-picnic-style-wedding-in-virginia/ Photo Credit: Megan Evans Photography   http://www.meganevansphotography.com/

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Photo Credit: Megan Evans Photography

Table Décor

Make it super simple for guests to grab and go with utensils wrapped in portable bags or tied together with string to keep the carefree theme going.

http://inyourbackpocket.blogspot.com/2012/06/party-utensils.html

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http://blovelyevents.com/2013/06/19/creative-napkins-for-a-lovely-bbq/

Photo Source  ThinkGarnish.com

Wicker will no doubt be incorporated into the décor. Even something as subtle as a miniature basket will do the trick.

 Photo Source: etsy – item is no longer available and no shop listed though


Photo Source: Etsy – Item is no longer available and no shop listed.

Same goes for gingham. Go for small touches like napkins or a bold statement like a table runner.

http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/gingham-style/

Photo Source  Photo Credit: Rustic Wedding Chic

Food

Picnic food is simple and comfort at its finest. Allow guests to mingle amongst stations or tables instead of a formal sit down meal. Or make it family style with dishes passed around. Either way, let guests know what’s for dinner with chalkboard menus.

Photo Source: http://www.unitedwithlove.com/2011/06/29/lauren-justins-diy-bbq-picnic-wedding-in-maryland/ Photo Credit:  Red Shoes Photography http://www.redshoesphotography.com/

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Photo Credit: Red Shoes Photography 

And see them off with homemade or local jam topped with what else, string and gingham!

Are you throwing a picnic-themed wedding or event? Tell us about it!

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Nautical Theme Wedding Ideas

June 26, 2015 at 2:34 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

For all the images that come to mind when one thinks, ‘summer,’ perhaps that of the sea is one of the season’s most quintessential. After all, most would say that beaches, boats and all things blue are best enjoyed with blue skies and a cool breeze.

Not every bride has the luxury of saying “I Do” on a sandy shore, but there are plenty of ways to give your wedding a nautical twist.

Invitations
Get creative with your invites. Use the coordinates of your ceremony location or antique map prints from bodies of water near where you live or either sides’ ancestry.

Photo Source: https://www.bellafigura.com/pressd/nautical-wedding-invitations/

Photo Source Photo Credit: Gus & Ruby Letterpress 

Attire
Keep things casual by having the groom and groomsmen wear boat shoes instead of the traditional formal dress shoe. This fashionable touch will double as a groomsmen gift, too!

As for the bride, a pop of navy blue and white stripes make for a darling touch!

Guest Book
Unrolling guests’ well wishes in this message in a bottle themed guestbook will aid in savoring your big day for many years to come. Large glass bottles should be easily spotted at flea markets and antique shops. Try buying a few in different sizes to make for a pretty display in your first home together as a married couple.

Décor
“Capture” guests’ cards in a lobster trap decorated with buoys that double as escort cards.

Stripes are for more than just clothing and table runners. Try decking out your dessert table with blue and white.

Sailors knots can be incorporated into almost any element of a wedding – from place holders to flowers and centerpieces large and small, they make a statement – you are tying the knot, after all!

Happy planning!

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Staff Spotlight: Justin Ivill!

June 3, 2015 at 6:08 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Today we meet Justin Ivill! The Willow Room is owned by Justin’s family and we are so happy to spotlight him this month.

1. How long have you been working with The Willow Room and what positions do you do?

I started in 7th grade at an Easter event and I’m going to be a senior next year so almost 5 years now. I started off as a dish washer and became a busboy in the summer going into 10th grade. I also serve when needed.

2. What’s it like working for your family business?

Justin Ivill

Justin Ivill

I’m a family guy so anything to help the family is great and I don’t mind at all, especially since I enjoy the people I work with.

3. What are your favorite types of events to work, and why? Any special memories from a particular event?

Any event with a buffet is awesome because it’s much less stress on everyone. Any memory with the busboy crew is a good one.

4. What do you like to do outside of work? Hobbies? Special activities?

I love playing baseball and having a great time with my friends, especially outside in the summer.

I’d also like to add a thank you to everyone who works so hard all the time and for making it such a great experience the past few years.

Thanks for all your hard work, Justin! And enjoy the Summer! – WR staff

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Adding A Touch Of Glitter To Your Wedding Day

April 29, 2015 at 1:16 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

All that glitters is not gold – especially on your wedding day! Whether you fancy silver, pink, blue or the glow of yellow, you can literally accent any part of your ceremony or reception with glitter.

Invitations
Set the scene with glitter adorned invitations. No matter your color scheme, glitter makes a subtle statement while adding a little bit of glamour.

Attire
If you prefer just a touch of sparkle, try a headband or veil adorned with glitter. This works just as well with hair styled up or down.

Coordinate your sparkly nails with your wedding colors.

Photo Credit: MADAMEJULIETTA.BLOGSPOT.COM

Photo Courtesy of MADAME JULIETTA 

Sparkle all the way down to your toes with decked out heels.

Décor
A little glitter goes a long way at your reception. Make a bold statement with glittered table numbers.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/199183451/glitter-table-numbers-gold-or-silver?ref=shop_home_active_7

Found on Etsy

Candles and décor wrapped in a band of sparkles make for an elegant centerpiece. If your reception is in the evening, adding candles will exemplify the natural reflections.

Photo Found Here http://bridalguide.com/blogs/from-dianes-desk/find-your-wedding-style

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Food and Drink
Sparkle all around the reception with sweet straws or stirrers topped with glitter.

Or give the same look to your wedding cake for guests to admire.

Send Off
When it’s time to say goodbye, let guests send you off in true glitter fashion with confetti instead of rice.

Found on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/128165981/gold-or-silver-sequins-wedding-favors?zanpid=2028329930643055616&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=zanox&utm_campaign=row_buyer&utm_content=2086109

Found on Etsy 

Or light up the night with a sparkler send off! Either way, you’re sure to leave a lasting impression.

Photo Credit: Janet Howard Studio

Photo Credit: Janet Howard Studio

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Preferred Vendor Spotlight: Lethal DJ Services!

April 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

For the past 15 years, Lethal DJ Services has provided the ultimate entertainment experience for wedding and all other private events by providing innovative sound and lighting packages with the latest technologies in sound, lighting and video equipment.

Wedding packages are designed to fit any budget providing up to 6 hours without compromising quality!

Lethal DJ Services performs at the highest level of professionalism with great musical knowledge and personalities that will motivate you to dance! They believe that clients’ and their guests should have an experience like no other when they are performing!

They offer unique and creative features and services such as:  ‘Text Request’ feature, and each DJ comes equipped with their own personalized DJ booth with a large display label on the front with their name and phone number. They also offer L.E.D. up-lighting with vibrant fixtures that can display over 75 different colors.

They offer personalized monograms that can display a large L.E.D. image on the dance floor or wall and they offer, ‘Love Story’ movie that displays a short HD film created, captured and directed by Lethal DJ Services owner, Jeremy Gerba. This movie is approximately 25-30 minutes in length and makes the bride and groom the lead actors, telling their love story for their guests displayed on 55” or 65” L.E.D. TV’s or projectors at The Willow Room ballroom.

Copies of the movie are also provided to the bride and groom with full personalized graphic cover and light-scribe DVD or Blu-Ray.

Additionally, Lethal DJ Services offers HD Video – Video Montages, Bride and Groom Grand Introduction Videos, and GoPro Live HD Video Feed where the dance floor is broadcast live on the big screen HD TV’s with custom background and effects.

Live music can also be performed with Lethal DJ Services full band that includes sound stage and effect lighting and couples can select Full Band/DJ Combo Package, giving them an experience like no other!  They also have a guitarist and vocalist that can be booked for cocktail hour.

Lethal DJ Services has a 5 Star rating on Facebook, The Knot, and Wedding Wire!

For more information, please visit their website or check them out on Facebook. Here are some photos of Lethal DJ Services performing at The Willow Room and more. All photos courtesy of Lethal DJ Services.

Photos Courtesy Of Lethal DJ Services

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