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Navigating the intricate world of wedding planning can sometimes feel like learning a new language. With terms ranging from boutonnieres to venue contracts, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Windows on the Water, your trusted partner in creating unforgettable outdoor weddings, offers this comprehensive overview to help you navigate the complexities of wedding planning with ease.

At Windows on the Water, we believe in making your wedding day as beautiful and stress-free as possible. Understanding the terminology used in wedding planning is the first step toward bringing your dream outdoor wedding to life. Whether you’re envisioning a lakeside ceremony or a majestic tented reception, our expertise in outdoor weddings ensures your day will be nothing short of spectacular. 

Understanding Wedding Venues and Settings

When choosing a venue, you’ll encounter terms like “on-site coordinator” and “exclusive use.” An on-site coordinator is a venue staff member who helps manage your wedding logistics, whereas exclusive use means you have the entire venue to yourself for your wedding day. Windows on the Water offers exclusive use of our breathtaking lakeside resort, ensuring a private and intimate setting for your celebration. 

Selecting the right setting is crucial for the ambiance you want to create. Outdoor weddings can vary significantly, from beachfront ceremonies to garden receptions. Our venue specializes in outdoor weddings, offering a serene lakeside backdrop and lush landscapes that promise a memorable setting for your vows and celebrations.

Another key term is “venue capacity,” which refers to the maximum number of guests a venue can accommodate. It’s essential to choose a venue that can comfortably host your guest list while aligning with your vision. Our venue can accommodate up to 250 guests, providing ample space for both intimate gatherings and grand celebrations.

Deciphering Wedding Attire and Dress Codes

Wedding attire often comes with its own set of terms, such as “black tie” and “cocktail attire.” Black tie is one of the most formal dress codes, requiring men to wear tuxedos and women to don formal gowns. Cocktail attire, on the other hand, is slightly less formal and allows for more flexibility in clothing choices. Understanding these terms will help you communicate your expectations to your guests clearly.

Another term you might come across is “bridal party.” This refers to the group of people you choose to stand by your side on your wedding day, including bridesmaids, groomsmen, and sometimes flower girls and ring bearers. Selecting attire for your bridal party that complements your wedding theme can add a cohesive look to your celebration.

Lastly, “boutonniere” and “corsage” are terms referring to floral accessories worn by the groom and his groomsmen (boutonnieres) and by female members of the family or bridal party (corsages). These small but significant details add a touch of elegance and unity to your wedding’s overall aesthetic.

Exploring Catering and Cuisine Options

When it comes to wedding cuisine, terms like “buffet,” “plated dinner,” and “family style” describe different serving methods. A buffet offers a variety of dishes for guests to choose from, while a plated dinner involves serving each guest a pre-selected meal. Family style, a more casual option, allows guests to share dishes placed at their table. Our venue prides itself on providing divine cuisine options to suit every taste and wedding style, ensuring a delightful dining experience for you and your guests.

Another important term is “tasting session,” which is an opportunity to sample your wedding menu before the big day. This ensures that the food meets your expectations and allows you to make any necessary adjustments. At Windows on the Water, we offer tasting sessions to help you select the perfect menu for your celebration.

Lastly, “signature cocktail” refers to a unique drink crafted for your wedding, often reflecting the couple’s tastes or the wedding theme. Offering a signature cocktail can add a personal touch to your reception and is a fun way to engage your guests.

Why Choose Windows on the Water for Your Special Day?

As your wedding planning journey reaches its conclusion, choosing the right venue and team to bring your vision to life becomes paramount. At Windows on the Water, we offer an unparalleled setting for your outdoor wedding, complete with stunning lake views, expansive green grounds, and a dedicated team to ensure every detail is perfect. Choosing us means opting for an experienced partner committed to making your wedding day as magical and memorable as you’ve always dreamed. 

With our expertise in outdoor weddings, exquisite cuisine, and a commitment to personalized service, we’re here to make your celebration truly unique. Embarking on your wedding planning journey with Windows on the Water offers peace of mind and the promise of a spectacular celebration. For more information or to book an appointment, reach out to us at (609) 208-9475 or visit our contact form.