Mike and I fell in love over our shared adoration of really good food--and Brooklyn was the perfect place for that to happen. I didn't realize how serious my man was about his eats until after his birthday (our third date) when--I"ll admit--I put forward a second-rate effort in the dinner I made him, not thinking he'd know the difference. Oops!
When we got engaged, we knew that we wanted our wedding to be the best dinner party we'd ever throw, with our guests leaving with full, happy bellies and the feeling of a big warm hug. We picked The Green Building so that our favorite restaurant, Vinegar Hill House, would be able to cater. But the rest was a maze to me; Wedding Crashers was a great starting point, and I think I found most of our vendors here--including a photographer who didn't even blink when we told her we really needed great photos of all of the food.
Darren Sabino of Esvy Photography shot this video at Wedding Crashers LIVE at The Bell House this week, where we heard The Affections, The Dexter Lake Club Band, 45 Riots, MIXTAPE: a cover band for hipsters, Phonograph DJ Mac and Colleen Crumbcake of Sugartown Industries. We also took GIFs in The Booth, got our Tarot cards read from Naomi Rosenblatt and had the Haiku Guys and Gals type verse on the spot.
Next week, 501 Union will be hosting The Love Union, a week-long pop-up work collective for wedding vendors running Monday, Feb. 15 to Friday, Feb. 19. It's an opportunity to connect with fellow vendors and recharge together as everyone enters another busy wedding season--all over lunches from some of your favorite caterers. Here are more details from the Gowanus Hospitality Group press release, but be sure to visit the site to RSVP:
"We're committed to our community and to the art of collaboration and we want to give you the space to make some magic happen.
501 Union’s cocktail lounge and expansive, light-filled main space will act as a co-working space and open studio from 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday. We’ll have non-stop caffeine provided by Stumptown Coffee, and snacks from Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Jam Jar, and Wild Flour to keep you fueled, communal tables, areas to spread out and brainstorm, cozy nooks for client meetings, and perfectly styled areas for lounging with your laptop. We’ve also got a few surprises up our sleeves – think onsite massages, craft stations throughout the space to give you a breather when you’ve hit a wall and catered lunches by some of our faves, including Raging Skillet, Purslane, Talde, Red Table, Ryan Brown Catering and Comparti .
We’ll be kicking the week off with a motivational talk from beloved self-proclaimed rock-n-roll caterer Rossi of Raging Skillet called “Putting the Love Back Into Your Business” and ending it with an epic 90s Hip Hop and R&B Sing-along hosted by Secret Formula,
We’ll also be hosting “office hours” with our resident experts and mentors: Get 1-on-1 advice on everything from social media styling to making business more LGBTQ+ inclusive.
We’ve assembled some of the best of the best in the wedding industry to participate. Please see the calendar of events and list of speakers at theloveunion.com and RSVP to join us!
Monday February 15th – Friday February 19th
Please visit theloveunion.com for a complete schedule.
501 Union, 501 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
EVENTS AND PROGRAMMING:
RSVP required for catered lunches and special programming.
Confirmed participants so far:
Raging Skillet * Talde * Comparti Catering * Halls of Ivy * Michelle Bablo *Stumptown Coffee* Body by Brooklyn * Two of a Kind Rentals * Scratch Events * Purslane Catering * Jam Jar* Four and Twenty Blackbirds* DJ Ari Baby* Michelle Edgemont* Quyn Duong * Ashley Chamblin Events* * Starling on Bond * Patina * Magbooth *Wild Flour *Ryan Brown Catering *MikeMusic …and many more!
We spoke with Sandy Hammer, Co-Founder and CMO of AllSeated, a free collaboration network for planning events, all about ways to make seating your guests at your wedding a less stressful task.
AllSeated offers wedding couples the ability to design and view their floorplans in 3D, arrange seating charts, manage guest lists and timelines all in one place, updated in real time. These features are time savers and stress relievers, especially when combined with Sandy's 5 seating tips which come in handy when you struggle to determine how and where to seat your guests.
1. It's important to think ahead and organize your guest list before it's time to arrange your seating charts.
Since drafting your guest list should be one of the first things you do, make sure you put it together in an organized fashion. Group your guests as you list them – college friends, family, colleagues, special needs guests – these categories will help you later on when it is time to assign your guests to their tables.
While traditional table groupings may involve categories such as family, colleagues, college friends and family friends, another important category is “special needs guests.”
Using the label of special needs is important for those guests who may not be able to walk far into a room, may need close access to a bathroom or have hearing issues which affects how far away/how close you need to seat them in relation to the band.
2. Give the bride's family and the groom's family, especially the parents and grandparents, prime tables. Make sure that they are seating closest to the dance floor and not rows of tables behind the dance floor, not near the kitchen or the exit.
3. The young adult guests can sit closest to the music because they won’t mind and chances are they will be busy dancing on the dance floor, not sitting most of the time.
4. Don’t seat the older guests on top of the music - you will never hear the end of it!
5. Take into consideration relationships and dynamics of your guests. It's so important to create great tables. Although, realize that you may not be able to avoid blending people together that really have nothing in common but try your best to make good matches with your table seating.
Sometimes you may need to speak to your guests in advance regarding where you will be seating them at your wedding. Let them know how much they mean to you, but warn them, 'I’m going to sit you with my distant Aunt Edna from another planet!'
The vibrant newlyweds, Mallory and Blake, shined with happiness and love on their big day at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. Even a summer shower couldn't put a damper on this perfect setting, overlooking Prospect Park in Park Slope with its own private garden.
Mike and Ken took to the streets of SoHo to create a story of their own before heading to City Winery for their wedding celebration. This colorful mural was a sign of the good times to come.
Alyssa and Andrew brought their unique flair to The Liberty Warehouse, a relic of Red Hook's former shipping industry and now a stunning backdrop for new beginnings.