May 7, 2015

Meet the new addition to RTA!


We started off our wedding season with a bang in Princeton this year.  We also started with a new addition to the RTA team.  Meet Ginny, she experienced her first Indian wedding last month and this is what she had to say :
“[the] wedding at the Westin Princeton was the first Indian wedding I've had the pleasure of attending, and it was quite the celebration.  From the vibrant attire to the intricate ceremonial practices, there wasn't a moment where I wasn't in awe.  Family values and traditions seemed to be at the core of the weekend long festivities.  Grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and close family members have traveled from across the globe to be part of the most important weekend for this happy couple.  Bright, colorful saris were the attire of choice for many and everyone looked beautiful.  Each component of the wedding: the baraat, the wedding ceremony, and the reception was planned down to every detail to create this grand production.  Last, but not least, the food.  The typical wedding serves dinner, but at this wedding, guests were treated to snacks, lunch, and dinner.  Eat, drink, and be merry would be an understatement.  The food was amazing and I couldn't get enough.  It was a huge celebration overflowing with love and happiness that everyone would continue to talk about for weeks, I know I will.”
Thanks Ginny!
Stay tuned for more updates on our blog!

March 29, 2014

Catersource Conference and Tradeshow- Paris Las Vegas and LVCC

Here are some highlights of our weeklong trip to Las Vegas for the Catersource Conference and Tradeshow.  We learned so much while mingling with some of the top industry professionals.  Enjoy!

March 9, 2014

5 Trends for 2014

From décor to themes to corporate event ideas, these five event trends are gaining steam in the New Year. Discover what fun ideas are hot for 2014. 

1. Marquee Signs
Whether it’s spelling out words like “LOVE” and “BAR” or exaggerating initials, marquee signs are being used all over in events and décor. The retro displays can be used as signage throughout the event landscape and as sweet announcements incorporated into any style event.  

2. Events for a Cause
2014 may be the year where charitable events skyrocket in popularity. More and more event professionals are finding ways to incorporate charitable donations into their events, from using vendors and suppliers that offer incentive-based platforms to offering donations based on participation to organizing community events as part of their marketing strategies.  
3. Shapes and Patterns
Gone are the days of single color themes! Well, not really, but you can at least expect to see a greater use of patterns in the coming year. Geometric shapes, fun patterns like houndstooth, floral prints and polka dots are playing a role in many events as designers and clients work to create statement pieces. Color blocking is also transferring from the runway into more events, both with multiple colors and with simple black and white designs, making it a little easier to take those dramatically different colors and combine them into one cover-worthy event.  
4. Rustic Modern Décor
The conventional idea of taking a rustic look and adding décor elements to create an upscale appearance is still going strong and will continue through the beginning of the year. Using mirrors, metallic centerpieces, marquee signs and feathers in your décor can add that modern touch to your traditional rustic event complete with mason jars, exposed wood furnishings and farm-to-table catering. Adding an industrial flair to traditionally rustic designs is also increasing in popularity, using rusted pipes, natural stone, chrome finishes and exposed engineering (think Steampunk) to create a modernized Industrial Revolution-style design.  
5. Unique Venues
Traditional banquet halls and religious institutions may see a decline in event production as consumers look towards unique venues for their events. The Gatsby sensation of 2013 has turned clients on to venues with opulence and majestic features, such as old-style mansions and country clubs. Clients are also trying to make a statement with their venue by finding unique properties like museums, warehouses, concert venues and college campus hotspots.

February 19, 2014

Wedding Photography Tips and Ideas

A wedding is one of the most important events in your life. Photographs that document your special day provide memories that will last a lifetime, so you want to be sure they are done right. Here are a few guidelines that will ensure you capture the best moments.  
1.         Photo List
There is no bigger disappointment than discovering there are missing friends or family from your wedding photos.  Prepare a list of photos you want taken for the wedding and reception including a list of all family members and friends you want included in the formal pictures. In addition to photos with your wedding party, there should be extended family photos of the bride's family, the groom's family and combined photos of the immediate families.  Incorporate the photo session into your timeline for the day allowing at least one hour to finish (more time if you have a big family). Preparing a list prior to the big day eliminates the chance of missed shots. 
2.         Location
Scout the location to find the best shots.  The photographer should visit the wedding venue prior to the actual wedding day.   By scouting the site, the photographer can determine the best locations for shooting photos.   They should also meet with the on-site wedding coordinator to discuss any rules or guidelines they may have for taking photos.  The coordinator may also suggest the perfect locations based on other weddings that have been held at the location. Try to make the site visit around the same time of day that the wedding will take place to assess lighting conditions. 
3.         Backup Plans
Anything can go wrong on the big day, but it won't be a problem if you are prepared for the unexpected. Prepare a list of alternate wedding shot locations in the event of inclement weather. Determine appropriate indoor locations at the venue that provide nice backdrops should the weather drive you inside. Be prepared for deviations in the photography time line to accommodate unexpected changes.
4.         Candid Shots
Though the staged shots of your wedding hold importance, the candid photos often capture even more meaningful memories. Your photographer should be on hand during the bulk of the reception to shoot as many candids as possible. You can also tell your guests to download apps like WedPics where they can take photos on their phones that upload to one online gallery.  You will have tons of candid photos from your guests to look at after the festivities are over. 
5.         Offbeat photo shoot
Many wedding couples choose to stage some offbeat photo shoots in addition to the wedding day. Brides who have no desire to save their wedding dress are opting for "trash the dress" shoots.   The couple will dive into a pool or slide in mud to get some unique photos for their album.

February 3, 2014

Spa Ready for the Big Day..

Spas are the perfect place to get ready for your wedding day. But what spa treatments should you get, and when should you get them? Here's a treatment timetable that works for your big day.

Getting Ready for your Wedding At the Spa:

1.         Two months to go – Get more aggressive facial treatments like micro-dermabrasion and glycolic peels. They remove the skin's outer layers and leave you glowing, but the skin needs time to recover.

2.         One month to go: Get a facial to deeply cleanse, exfoliate and treat your face and neck. Extractions and outbreaks will  have time to clear up.

3.         Two weeks to go: Get a body treatment like a salt glow to look perfect in skin-revealing gowns.

Follow with a relaxing massage or hot stone massage.  Drink plenty of water afterwards.

If you like the tan look, get a spray tan for a beautiful golden glow.

4.         One week to go: Get your spa manicure and pedicure out of the way.

5.         Wedding Day!: Now that all of your spa appointments are done, it’s time to concentrate on hair, make-up and getting dressed to look your bridal best.

Stay tuned for more great tips, features and fun facts on our weekly return to our blog.

October 24, 2013

Stay Tuned...


We are thrilled to announce new and exciting things coming your way!  Please be on the lookout for brand new happenings here at RTA in the next couple of weeks ;)


September 23, 2013

Table Numbers

If you decide to have a seating chart for your wedding reception, you will need to find a ways to label each table. One of the best parts about planning your big day is adding your personal touch to your wedding reception table numbers. Creative designs offer a great way to reflect who you are as a couple and highlight your wedding theme. Whether you are modern, classic, fun or quirky, there are lots of different ways you can take your table numbers from simple to fabulous.

Although numbers are the classic choice, you don’t have to settle for a simple white card with a number on it! There are many great choices out there. Here are just a few fun ideas I found for a more distinctive and creative way to direct guests to their tables.

Recently, brides are skipping the table numbers altogether and giving each table a name! The options are endless. Here are some ideas to jump-start your own creativity:

-          board games
-          books
-          famous couples
-          movie stars
-          movies
-          favorite countries visited throughout the world
-          famous landmarks around the world
-          types of flowers
-          types of wines
-          car brands
-          natural elements like stone, water, wood, fire, etc
-          cartoon characters and superheros
-          languages
-          musical instruments
-          sports
-          sports teams
-          desserts
-          types of cuisine
-          TV shows
-          cocktails
-          craft beers
-          types of candies
-          time periods and eras
-          favorite restaurants
-          card games

One more option:
Ask your photographer to take a few photos of you holding up numbers during your engagement session. If you are using your engagements pics for “Save the Date” cards of other wedding related correspondence, this will ensure a consistent look, as all the photos will be taken on the same day.