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EBE Wedding Venue Spotlight: The Fitler Club

By | Blog, Ask The Experts, EBE News, Vendor Features, Venues We Love

Finding a great wedding venue to set the stage where your marriage vows will be recited can be an overwhelming task. Philadelphia is filled with some incredible venues where couples choose to get married every year. We’ve done the legwork for you and highlighted some of the best venues that Philadelphia has to offer in our Wedding Venue Spotlight. This month, we’re featuring The Fitler Club.

The Fitler Club is one of Philadelphia’s up-and-coming private clubs. The membership offers some pretty incredible benefits such as hotel suites, an incredible restaurant, and an outstanding game room. One pretty cool feature of the Fitler Club is that you don’t have to be a member to host your wedding event here. Everything within the Fitler Club is brand new, modern, and provides the perfect environment to celebrate love.

The Wedding Spaces

Upon arrival to the club, guests are greeted by the Garden, which is a perfect 1,800 square foot outdoor space to host an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour. For an indoor wedding, the Ballroom takes run of the mill luxury and elevates to your wildest dreams. The space is modern and sleek, and is very customizable to any theme or color palette.

The Ballroom

If you’re looking for a unique event space that offers more than just dancing, the Trophy Room is the space for you. This room features bowling, shuffleboard, table tennis, arcade games, and more.

The Trophy Room

Guest Accommodations

Out of town guests can stay at the luxurious hotel rooms on site for convenience, and can take advantage of all membership benefits during their stay. Membership benefits include access to the Dining Room, the movie theater, the on-site spa, and so much more.

Catering

An incredible menu will be crafted to the couple’s desires with Chef and Culinary Director Kevin Sbraga, who is well known for his experience on the TV show “Top Chef”.

Ask The Experts

EBE’s Director of Business Development, Joe Napoli, shared some great advice with us about planning a wedding at The Fitler Club, “Take full advantage of all the extras, and you will love working with Daniel and Stephanie!” The Fitler Club is becoming one of the most popular places to tie the knot here in Philadelphia. Learn more about planning your wedding at this incredible club here, and tell them we sent you!Did you host your wedding at the Fitler Club? If so, contact us! We would love to hear all about it.



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EBE Vendor Feature: Dan Caplan from Arrangements Unlimited

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In our industry, it’s impossible to execute an incredible event without the help of other dynamic vendors. In our Vendor Features, we learn more about the people who we love to work with event after event, and year after year. Next up is Dan Caplan, Event Designer and Planner at Arrangements Unlimited.

Dan Caplan has been in the events industry for most of his life, and joined Arrangements Unlimited 15 years ago. We most often cross paths with Dan at numerous elaborate Bar/Bat Mitzvahs throughout each year. His excellence in logo creation, custom design, and overall creative thinking is evident in every event that he works on.

Arrangements Unlimited, co-owned by Lois Caplan and Lynne Brownstein, has been styling custom events for 44 years. Whether it’s a small gathering, corporate event, wedding, Mitzvah, or birthday, the Arrangements Unlimited team brings years of passion and experience to making each celebration one of a kind.

Arrangements Unlimited is a recognized by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council as a certified WBENC women’s owned organization.

I was able to sit down with Dan to ask him a few questions… check it out!

What makes Arrangements Unlimited stand out next to companies like it?

We have been in business for 44 years, always reinventing ourselves and always providing top notch service with a smile.

What are your favorite types of events?

I love transforming a space so much that no one knows where they are. We did this at the Westin last year with green carpet and lush draping. The tables all had beautiful full tree-like floral. I felt like I was in Central Park.

Do you play any instruments?

I play a couple of instruments: guitar, bass, drums, and keys. I actually released an album of original music for children in 2012 called “Dinosaur Wings and Other Things”

Favorite Wedding Month?

September

Favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

So many to choose! Right now is the Please Touch Museum with my kids.

Favorite Spot in Philadelphia?

The Ritz Movie Theater

Favorite thing about your career?

I love the production aspect of the Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Props, lights, and stage sets. So much creativity and energy!

What is your Best Advice for Potential Clients?

Sleep and Breathe, it will all be fabulous!

What is your Zodiac Sign?

Capricorn

What is your favorite movie?

Bob Roberts

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I’ve been known to cut a rug or two.

What is your go-to at karaoke?

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz or Hit Me Baby One More Time – Britney

If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join?

Pearl Jam

What wedding trends are you loving?

Suspended flowers!!!

What wedding trends are you ready to see go away?

Ceremonies in a field with no tent!

What motivates you to work hard?

The people. It is always someone’s most important day. I don’t want to let them down.

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How to Make Your Wedding Reception Entrance Unforgettable

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The wedding reception entrance is the first time that the newlyweds present themselves to the public after the ceremony. Making your grand entrance to your wedding reception makes the special day even more memorable for everyone. Check out some of the ideas that we’ve put together to make your wedding reception entrance unforgettable.

Take Advantage of Your Venue

If your wedding venue has a grand staircase or a glass elevator that leads to the event space, take advantage of it. Entering the space as newlyweds by one of these lavish methods will ensure all eyes are on you.

Wedding Party Coordinated Dance

This will take a bit of practice, planning, and commitment from your wedding party, but the effort will make a spectacular impact on your big day! Choose a song that has a catchy beat and plan a dance for your wedding party to learn the steps… then perform it as the grand entrance. If it is in the budget, hiring a professional to help the process will make things much easier! Check out our blog post on the five Philly-area dance instructors that we love.

A Tunnel of Sparklers

Not only will this be fun for all of your guests, but it will also set the stage to create some incredible photos! Dim any lighting and supply sparklers for all of your guests to hold and line the walkway to the event space. When the newlyweds are announced, everyone will ignite the sparklers and create a glittery display. Just make sure safety measures are put into place and you have pre-approval from your venue!

A Red Carpet Entrance

Much like the red carpet that your favorite celebrities walk on at award shows, you can celebrate your newlywed celeb status by entering on a red carpet. Lighting is a key factor to make your entrance, so dim the overhead lights in the venue and have a bright pinspot or spotlight to make a big appearance! Your wedding band can play romantic or upbeat music, depending on the mood you want to set.

Enter By Land or Sea

Based on the location of your venue and availability, one of the most memorable ways to make a grand entrance is by transportation! If your ceremony and reception venues are at different locations, consider making a grand entrance by arriving to the reception venue in a beautifully restored classic car or horse and carriage. If your venue is near a lake or river, consider taking a ride down stream in a row boat. Guests will love it!

Did you use one of these Grand Entrances? We would love to hear all about it, so contact us today!



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Choosing Between A Live Band Or A DJ For Your Wedding

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EBE Vendor Feature: Jen Lawn from JL Original Designs

By | Vendor Features, Blog, Ask The Experts, Spotlights, EBE News

In our industry, it’s impossible to execute an incredible event without the help of other dynamic vendors. In our Vendor Features, we learn more about the people who we love to work with event after event, and year after year. Next up is Jen Lawn, Partner and Director of Design at JL Original Designs.

Jen Lawn has been in the event industry for over 20 years, and founded JL Original Designs in 2012. She had a previous design company that she shut down after having children, and formed JL Original Designs once they were old enough.

JL Original Designs is an event design and planning company. They offer event, floral, and graphic designs along with full planning and day of coordination packages. They have an amazing hardworking crew that make these weddings FUN and FABULOUS!

When speaking with Jen, it is so clear that this is the career for her. Her attentiveness to detail, interpersonal connections, and love of design is exactly why JL Original Designs is successful and highly regarded.

I was able to sit down with Jen to ask her a few questions… check it out!

What makes JL Original Designs stand out next to companies like it?

Our creativeness, customer services, attention to detail, and we are FUN!

What are your favorite types of events?

I love when we get an amazing theme that we can create the entire atmosphere for the wedding or reception space. I love overhauling the venue space so that as soon you walk through the doors, it takes your breathe away and all you want to do it dance and party the night away… and maybe never leave!

Do you play any instruments?

No, but would love to learn the guitar with my daughter

Favorite Wedding Month?

Tie between April and October

Favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

EAT of course, but now I get to show my teenagers around town!

Favorite thing about your career?

Looking back at all the crazy designs we been asked to create along with all the friends we made. It is all about having fun and loving what you do!!

What is your Best Advice for Potential Clients?

Be yourself – plan the wedding of your dreams. #yourdayyourway

What is your Zodiac Sign?

Pisces

What wedding trends are you loving?

We are loving that many couples are skipping traditions and create THEIR version of a perfect wedding day. They are adding more of their personality instead of doing what everyone else is or did. For example – no bouquet toss, private cake cutting or no cake at all, more friends being ordained, small ceremonies with big receptions… this list goes on but they seem to be having more fun with their guests.

What wedding trends are you ready to see go away?

Rustic, Rustic chic, burlap, mason jars….. I love rustic weddings but I think that this look needs to be in a rustic venue for it to be amazing. Wedding can be rustic without the use of burlap and mason jars!

What motivates you to work hard?

I am naturally a hard worker, and I am pretty tough when it comes to doing it right. But, I would say that my current motive is my awesome clients!!

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5 Tips for Writing Your Wedding Vows

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Writing your own wedding vows adds a personal touch to your wedding ceremony. Traditional vows are lovely, but there is something so romantic about a ceremony with personalized vows. That being said, writing your own vows probably won’t come naturally for most people!

Writing from the heart is a totally different experience than writing a high school or college essay in the middle of the night before the due date. Your graded written words are important, but don’t hold as much value as your wedding vows in the grand story of your life. We are naturally our own worst critics and, because this writing of love and devotion isn’t easy, we have put together a list of our top tips to help you write the best wedding vows possible.

  1. Think About Your Relationship

Before you even put pen to paper, think about the relationship that you have with your love. Paint a picture in your mind about what it really means to you. Think about the story of how you met, and what you’ve accomplished – separately and together. Think about where you have traveled and what you’ve experience together. This storied past should help inspire your vows.

  1. Quotes Are Helpful Inspiration

The internet is full of websites that are nothing but quotes dedicated to love. If you prefer not to include a direct quote in your vows and would like it to be 100% original, no problem. A simple quote can bring thoughts and emotions to the forefront of your mind, helping you take that pen to paper. The words will spill onto the page before you know it.

  1. Talk With Your Fiance Often

A healthy part of a relationship is to be able to connect emotionally on a deep level. Talk openly about how you feel with one another and what your relationship means to you both. Discuss what makes your relationship unique, and talk about the past, present, and future with one another. Frequent conversations can help with inspiration for your wedding vows.

  1. Avoid The Bad Things

Humans are imperfect creatures. As a result, hiccups may happen in relationships. Keep the negative out of your vows – this is the first day of your married life and you want to step into it on the right foot. Avoiding phrases like, “it wasn’t always easy” or the like are a surefire way to make your fiancé and your guests don’t want to feel uncomfortable.

  1. Practice, Practice, Practice

The first time that you recite your vows out loud shouldn’t be in front of the love of your life. You should practice standing up in front of a mirror and reading them out loud. Doing so is always the best way to avoid awkward sentence structures, overly long sentences, or words that may trip you up as you speak.

We hope these tips help with writing your wedding vows! We would love to hear all about your wedding plans, so contact us today!



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Wedding Venue Spotlight: College of Physicians of Philadelphia

By | Venues We Love, Blog, Ask The Experts, EBE News, Vendor Features

Finding a great wedding venue to set the stage where your marriage vows will be recited can be an overwhelming task. Philadelphia is filled with some incredible venues where couples choose to get married every year. We’ve done the legwork for you and highlighted some of the best venues that Philadelphia has to offer in our Wedding Venue Spotlight. This month, we’re featuring The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Photo Credit: Asya Photography

How cool would it be to get married at one of the oldest professional medical organizations in the United States? Located in the Rittenhouse historic district and close to some of Philadelphia’s best hotels for out of town guests, College of Physicians of Philadelphia sets the stage for elegant weddings.

The 22nd Street building plays host to the majority of the private events held at the College. Guests are greeted by Aesculapius, the greek God of Medicine, upon stepping foot into this national historic landmark. Marble accents and a beautiful grand staircase set the stage for the occasion.

Couples have 5 different event spaces to choose from, ranging in guest capacity from 140 to 240 people. The pebble walkways and garden benches in the Templeton Veranda and Medicinal Herb Garden set the atmosphere to create a gorgeous garden wedding. Ashhurst Room, which is one of the building’s grand halls, features a beautifully carved mahogany mantelpiece and large windows that reach to the ceiling. The Marble Rotunda is the perfect location where couples can take some uniquely beautiful wedding photos.

Photo Credit: Asya Photography

Hosting a wedding event at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia is a breeze. Catering By Design, the exclusive hospitality provider, meets and exceeds the desires of the soon to be wedded couple.

EBE’s very own Director of Business Development, Joe Napoli, gave us some insight to hosting weddings at The College of Physicians. “The spaces are beautiful, unique, and need to be seen to be believed. The ballroom has such beauty and historic charm, and the Catering By Design staff are true professionals who are a joy for us to work with.”

Photo Credit: Asya Photography

If you’re interested in hosting your wedding at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, you can reach out to them hereDid you host your wedding at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia? If so, contact us! We would love to hear all about it.



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5 Wedding Traditions And The Interesting History Behind Them

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Traditions are the center of wedding celebrations, whether or not you abide by them. Everything from the ceremony, wedding rings, attire, and the wedding cake are considered traditions, but do you know where they came from? We’ve put together a list of 5 wedding traditions and some interesting facts about them!

The White Wedding Dress

In history’s past, most brides wouldn’t buy a dress just to wear on their wedding day. Instead, they would wear the finest gown in their wardrobe to exchange vows. A white dress didn’t come onto the scene until the mid 1800s when Godey’s Lady Book, a woman’s magazine, announced that white was most appropriate for a wedding dress. This trend took a sharp decline around The Great Depression, but in the 20th century after an economic boom, white became the color of choice again and was worn by iconic women such as Grace Kelly and Princess Diana.

The Bride’s Flower Bouquet

Origins of this wedding tradition are a little difficult to nail down. The most logical reason is that the flowers were used to cover up odor when bathing was an infrequent task. Warding off evil spirits by carrying herbs, garlic, and spices in their bouquet is another way brides would walk down the aisle. Brides would also toss their bouquet to wedding guests to share the good luck of her day.

The Best Man

The best man’s duties have changed quite a bit since the origins of the role. In Judaism, the best man’s duties are to ensure the groom has a worry-free wedding. In the Gothic Germanic period when weddings were seen as a transaction, the groom would act as a swordsman to fend off angry family members or watch over the soon-to-be-bride before the wedding.

The Wedding Cake

The extravagant multi-layer cakes that we see at weddings today first appeared at Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s wedding in 1840. Their cake was an absolute show stopper – weighing in at nearly 300 pounds and measured 9 feet in diameter! The wedding cake has humble origins dating to ancient Rome when a loaf of bread was broken over the wedded couple to symbolize fertility. Cake icing became popular in Europe when sugar was widely available and white frosting was used to symbolize purity.

The Wedding Bells

Church bells ringing is a common occurrence after a wedding ceremony is over. Ringing of the bells dates back to the Celtic lands, or modern day Ireland, when bells were rung to ward off evil spirits and provide good luck to the newlyweds. Even though many couples choose to opt for venues other than churches, bells are still commonplace at weddings today – symbolizing happiness and celebration.

Do you know the origin of other wedding traditions? If so, we want to hear all about it. Contact us today!

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Real Weddings: Olivia & Matt

By | Sydney, Blog, Event Highlights, EBE Real Weddings, EBE News

The beauty of weddings is that every event is different. From style preferences and personal touches, to tradition and inspiration – each wedding is a unique product of the couple’s hard work and planning.

Designer, Olivia, and Attorney, Matt, met through a mutual friend in college. We asked them to take us on a visual tour of their wedding day after hearing just how much fun it was from their band, Sydney. They celebrated their beautiful Philadelphia Wedding on December 15, 2018 at Crystal Tea Room. Their wedding style was classic, with dark green, gold, and deep burgundy touches.Let’s walk through their day to see how they pulled it all together!

7:00 a.m. – Getting Ready

Matt got ready at the Courtyard Marriott, while Olivia and her Bridal Party got ready at her parents’ house. Olivia’s beauty team was made up of Julia Downes of Kristina Ruggerio Cosmetics and Jill Kozar of Up Your Do.

The couple’s Photographer, Martin Reardon, and Videographer, Michael Yarabinee, arrived for some getting ready photos and video.  

1:00 p.m. – Ceremony

Olivia & Matt were married at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Glenn Mills, PA by Rev. John Zagarella O’Praem. This was special to them because he went to high school with the bride’s dad and to college with the bride’s mom, and actually baptized the bride in the same church the ceremony took place in!

4:00 p.m. – Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour began at Crystal Tea Room with an endless amount of food and cocktails. While Olivia & Matt’s guests indulged in Finley Catering’s spread, they joined their bridal parties for some portraits.

5:00 p.m. – Reception

The Crystal Tea Room was adorned with white, pink and deep burgundy Bacarra Roses, flickering candles, greenery, and gold accents. Escort cards were tied to Coke Bottles as an ode to Matt’s Dad who passed away 3 years prior, and the table numbers were Christmas illustrations. This winter-inspired wedding truly hit the mark!

EBE Sydney introduced Olivia & Matt as married, and they shared their first dance to Free Falling, a nostalgic song from one of their first dates. After that, their guests were ready to party!

We were able to ask Olivia & Matt a few questions about their wedding day… Check it out!

What was your favorite part of wedding planning?

I (Olivia) didn’t dislike one part of the wedding planning, so I am a bad judge, but Matt probably enjoyed picking the food or songs the most.

What was your favorite moment from your wedding?

The after-party with all our friends and family continuing to dance and sing the night away.

What was it like working with EBE?

Fantastic! Nick was a huge help and made us feel at ease always.

What made you choose EBE?

Finley recommended you and we had only heard great things about all of your bands from other people.

What is your advice to future EBE brides and grooms in regards to the stress of wedding planning and the choosing of vendors?

Don’t stress – this should be fun! Also, trust your gut first, online reviews second, and ask questions even if you think you sound crazy!

Vendor List Recap

Ceremony Location: St. Thomas the Apostle Church
Reception Venue: Crystal Tea Room
Hair: Up Your Do
Makeup: Kristina Ruggerio Cosmetics
Wedding Planner: Courtney Space of Courtney Space Events
Photographer
: Martin Reardon
Videographer: Michael Yarabinee
Wedding Gown: Pronovias “Drilia” Gown from Jennifer’s Bridal in Hockessin
Groom’s Tuxedo: The Black Tux
Transportation: Sterling Limousines
Band
Sydney, EBE Talent
Florist: Fabufloras
Cake Baker: Termini Brothers Bakery



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EBE Vendor Feature: Brûlée Catering

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In our industry, it’s impossible to execute an incredible event without the help of other dynamic vendors. In our Vendor Features, we learn more about the people who we love to work with event after event, and year after year. Next up is Marley Alig, Director of Catering and Facility Sales at Brûlée Catering.

Marley Alig has been in the event industry for 10 years, and has spent the last 5 of them with Brûlée Catering as their Director of Catering and Facility Sales.

Brûlée Catering, by Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix, is the region’s premier catering company serving the greater Philadelphia area and all New Jersey shore points. Their team embodies decades of experience providing catering services to an impressive list of social, corporate, and institutional clients, and serves extraordinary food at over 4,000 events each year.

They cater at the location of your choosing or at one of the Philadelphia region’s landmark buildings where they’ve earned exclusive caterer status. These exclusive venues include the Museum of the American Revolution, Moulin at Sherman Mills, Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall, National Constitution Center, Free Library on the Parkway, Independence Visitor Center, Independence Seaport Museum, and more!

Brûlée’s experienced team works with you to craft menus unique to your needs, ensuring no detail is overlooked. They cater all types of occasions, for groups which range in size from 10 to more than 11,000.

I was able to sit down with Marley to ask her a few questions… check it out!

What makes Brûlée Catering stand out next to companies like it?

We make EVERYTHING and our chefs work hard to make sure everything is perfect about your menu.

What has been your favorite event in your career?

Temple Hospital’s 125th Anniversary Gala in 2017 with Patti LaBelle as the headliner

Do you play any instruments?

Violin, piano, voice

Favorite Wedding Month?

October

What is your Best Advice for Potential Clients?

Hire professional help

What is your Zodiac Sign?

Virgo

What wedding trends are you loving?

The Return to Classic – The traditional, elegant dinner party wedding is back in fashion. “For example, think of the special elements in your grandmother’s dining room—silver candlesticks, monogrammed linen napkins, Battenburg lace overlays, and crystal stemware all have a place in this beautiful and timeless wedding trend.

What wedding trends are you ready to see go away?

Donuts

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I was a vocal performance major my first 2 years in college and have studied voice classically for 20 years

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