Sunday, January 24, 2010

What are Tapas?

Tapas hold a Spanish origin; the name is fondly used for a wide variety of large snacks. Think the traditional hors d’oeuvres just bigger! Recently tapas have transformed as chefs begin to use their imagination to take these delightful bites to the next level. These morsels are not only delicious; they are often colorful and elaborate turning them into a conversation piece. Tapas can be found in every genre of food from Italian to Spanish to Asian.

Why tapas?

The recent trend in tapas seems like it is here to stay. Opting for a tapas reception is a great new twist to the traditional sit-down or buffet. Tapas can be served, plated at stations or both! Because of this, brides have been kicking aside the stress of seating charts and plotted tables for the casual comfort of a lounge feel, bringing their wedding to life! The feel of an open seating area with plush couches and stylish décor sets guests free to mingle and enjoy each other’s company. This also allows you to create your own room, from top to bottom, which can reinforce your wedding theme. From mod white leather loungers to rustic brown suede couches or romantic white iron tables, there is perfect furniture for every type of occasion.

The tapas itself can also speak about you as a couple. Do you and your hubby have a love for sushi? Constantly crave pad-Thai? Or melt for the all-American mini-burger? Brides and Grooms often put their personal tastes aside for the customary ‘beef, chicken, or fish’ menu. By choosing to have tapas you can have your favorites and please the crowd at the same time. The convenient size of tapas allows for a variety of food to be served. So stop worrying that Aunt Linda hates seafood, or cousin Jim is vegetarian, there will be something for everyone (even yourself!).

Is it cost effective?

Tapas are a great option from the most elaborate to the most budgeted bride. With an unlimited budget, you can really run free with your imagination. Think worldly foods, stir-fry stands, and conversational presentation. For a bride who is more budget conscious, this is a great way to cut a cost and without having to go buffet-tapas can be served and passed around the room similar to hors d’oeuvres. It is a sure way to get a big bang for your buck!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Congratulations Collin and Josh!!!

Collin and Josh are Engaged!

We will be coordinating their upcoming nuptials in early summer of 2010. Collin and Josh hail from the Commonwealth of Virgina and will be getting married in the Garden State, so we want to extend to them a big “howyoudoin’” ! This fun-loving couple sure knows how to cut up a rug! These photos below are the tame version of what went on during their engagement party.

I can tell by meeting their families that this wedding will a huge celebration, I can’t wait for the big day, for them and for me! What fun to come!

We want to extend a huge Thank you to Chelo Keys for the gorgeous photos!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Today, we were delighted to receive word that we, at À Votre Service Events™, LLC are featured as part of a story in The Wall Street Journal!!!

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Prêt à porter your Bridesmaids can't resist!

Chloe & Reese is the perfect place to inspire your creative side. Designs will flatter bridesmaids of every shape and size. Though their silhouettes seem simple, the complexity is in which of their amazing fabrics to use! Mix and match colors, patterns, and even dresses. From conservative necklines, to pockets and puffed sleeves Chloe & Reese can attend any type of affair. Our picks (left to right): Chloe & Reese’s corduroy dress with cap sleeves, the gathered silk brocade dress (think prints!), the deep-V silk faille, and silk faille with sleeves and pleats (featured in logo).

Priscilla of Boston knows the perfect combination of elegance and style. Her choices of metallic fabrics this season perfectly compliment her eye for movement. Each dress is sure to be a hit as it walks down the aisle. There are so many different styles to choose; romantic, femme, sleek, simplistic, sexy, Innocent, and event a bit of sparkle. Our picks (left to right): Vineyard 1511, Melissa Sweet 326, Melissa Sweet 223, Melissa Sweet 312, Melissa Sweet 318 & Vineyard 1515(featured)

After 27 years in business, J.Crew certainly knows how to mix comfort with style. The new wedding collection takes traditional shapes adds a little detail and their signature light fabrics and forms them perfectly to a woman's body; In true J.Crew tradition. Our picks (left to right): Juliet Dress, Cotton Candy Serena dress and Bow Monde dress (featured).

Go vintage without the hassle of digging through thrift store racks. These one-of-a-kind designs by designer Maisy Brown scream retro. If the gold is too bold or the cherries too sweet no worries! Customize with your ideas! Visit for a closer look.

These custom designs by AmandaArcher scream spring wedding. Her signature pleated collar dress is a perfect fit for any type of affair. We also adore the tuxedo dress, a cute way to color outside the lines .Check out her blog [] to see how other brides are using the simple design to add that extra pop to their wedding. Visit for more designs.