You know the sensation that you get when you step into a frozen yogurt shop and seeing an entire bar of fruit, candy and other toppings to load up on that personalized bowl of froyo that you went inside to make? Now imagine you're at a wedding, the evening is winding down and it's time for dessert, and you walk into a room with something that looks the same — only instead of frozen yogurt, there’s a vast array of cereal.
This brings us to one of the hottest new trends which Adelphia is now offering at your wedding — a cereal bar.
Dozens of your favorite cereal brands and flavors. Cool take-home containers and spoons to fill them up in. Endless fresh fruit, dried fruit, candies, desserts and more to load up on top of your cereal to turn it into a delicious, indulgent, sweet dessert. All the milk (and even chocolate milk!) that you need to fill your cup.
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy cereal, but just for a few minutes, fuel up at the cereal bar and feel like a kid at the end of the night. Mix and match, snap some awesome Instagram photos, get that sugar high and enjoy something truly unique as a little extra late-night centerpiece for dessert, as well as an option for guests to grab on their way out the door while they leave smiling.
At Adelphia, every wedding begins with the proper personnel leading the way to provide the bride and groom with the best wedding experience possible. So when you finally decide to have your wedding hosted at Deptford's best wedding venue, you can be confident that you're in exceptionally good hands.
With 13 years of experience as a wedding planner, Adelphia's Ana Mailahn makes it her top priority to assure you that your wedding will be as memorable and incredible as you could ever dream. "I would have to say that the high-end amenities we offer with our packages is what makes Adelphia's weddings second to none," she said. "The wedding packages are so diverse that no two weddings ever look the same, and yet each incorporate a premiere level of sophistication." No matter what your budget is, Mailahn and her team have the ability to showcase a couple's unique personality through a magical event they can call their own. Ana and her team work closely with their couples to exceed expectations by perfecting the fine details of their dream wedding. Once the bride and groom provide Adelphia with their personal vision through custom linens, ice sculptures, flower displayers, cake, menu and more, Adelphia takes pride in turning that vision into an exquisite reality.
Alexis Cipollone, another vital member of the Adelphia Weddings team, believes that couples should choose Adelphia for their wedding if they want their big day to be talked about for years to come. "As an employee of a family-owned and operated company, I personally feel like family, and I pass that level of caring, comfort and respect to our brides and grooms. Wedding planning, while an exciting time in a couple's life, can be a stressful time, and I am here to help relieve that stress."
While seasoned professionals like Ana and Alexis can personally assure any potential client of Adelphia's incredible ability to orchestrate a dream wedding, couples should know they are in extraordiary hands after speaking with Adelphia expert Tayler Miller. Not only has Miller played a vital role in the restaurant and wedding venue's success over the years, but she has been so impressed with the job that Adelphia does that she personally has decided to utilize the Deptford venue for her very own wedding this spring.
"Adelphia's weddings are seriously incredible — so much so that I knew that Adelphia was the place I wanted to have my wedding as soon as I got engaged," she said. "You are able to create whatever type of wedding you have ever dreamed about, whether you're looking for glamorous, rustic, romantic, or all of the above. Adelphia makes that happen for you. Our ballroom is so beautiful, the food is delicious, and almost everything is included in our packages."
Miller pointed out that one of the main selling points in her choosing Adelphia as her wedding venue was what the packages include, which is everything from a top-shelf open bar to specialty linens, beautiful and fresh floral centerpieces, wedding cake, customer ice luges and more. "If you book at Adelphia, I will give you all of my best advice, and plan your wedding with as much heart as when I planned my own," Miller said.
So many vital people at Adelphia go into making your big day into a dream, and it starts with experts like Ana, Alexis and Tayler, who will work as hard as possible to make sure your wedding is nothing short of perfect.
For many couples, next to buying a house, a wedding can and very well may be the most expensive purchase of their lives. When all is said and done, from the venue to the catering to the flowers, the dress and every last penny that goes into planning the affair, a wedding will cost tens of if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. But there are many ways for a couple to cut the cost on their extravagant day — before and after the wedding.
Let's start with the wedding dress, which can cost thousands of dollars. There are countless places online as well as in cities to purchase secondhand wedding dresses for a significant discount from that of a new one. Furthermore, for those brides who are OK with not holding onto a gown that they're never going to wear again for the rest of their lives, those same secondhand stores offer the option to get some type of return on the wedding dress which is nothing more than a sentimental garment once the wedding is over.
The cost of invitations can add up quickly if you're expecting a high number of guests. Choose to design the invitations yourself rather than using a designer. Choose less-expensive flat printing for insert carts to save money. Go simple before going all out. After all, you may want to have the most beautiful invitations possible, but at the end of the day, no one is going to skip your wedding because they didn't get a professionally made 'save the date' or wedding invitation in the mail. In fact, you can save even more money with a website. Send everyone to a direct link to RSVP to your wedding rather than spending extra money on return cards, envelopes and stamps.
Minimize the menus. Listen, everyone loves a great meal at a wedding, but people aren't going to your affair for some top chef, three-course, decadent meal. Serve what everyone likes. Keep the options simple, popular, delicious and fun.
Go green! Repurpose those flowers. Use ceremony décor. Use budget-friendly buds. You don't need your wedding to look like a major city's flower show, and for a fraction of the cost, your affair will still look gorgeous with the right flower arrangements. You just don't need to break the bank in doing so.
Something borrowed…Yes, most brides would probably tell you that jewelry — not just the gown — is an important aspect of their wedding day look. Borrow your ice! Rent your jewelry from a high-end retailer or website that allows you to wear a diamond necklace that you would never otherwise be able to afford in this lifetime and do so for a small price. Sure, you'll have to send it back, but you're still bringing the groom (and all of your gifts) home, so all is not lost!
There are countless ways to save money on a wedding, but you get the gist. You can choose off-peak times of the year to get married. You can turn an older, inexpensive warehouse into a beautiful wedding hall. You can go less formal and more casual. The possibilities are endless! One thing is for sure — the second the wedding is over, you are starting the next chapter of your life with the most important person in your life, and it's going to be a lot easier to do so if you didn't break the bank in the process.
Let's face it — the planning of a wedding is primarily done by the bride. While it's certainly a couples affair, when all is said and done, the wedding is thrown for the woman who has been thinking about her dream wedding for so many years. The groom often needs to step aside, be a yes man, and make sure the bride is happy and has what she wants for the wedding.
But at the same time, the man has his own responsibilities in planning the wedding, and needs to step up when called upon by the bride, the venue or the families.
The biggest task for the groom is simply be supportive. Compromise may be a big factor in making decisions, but the bride generally gets what she wants on her big day. The traditional list of groom's duties include, but are not limited to, obtaining the marriage license, the rings, the officiant's fee, a wedding gift for the pride, gifts for the parents, and planning the honeymoon.
The groom should help plan out the guest line with the bride, track down missing RSVPs, dealing with family, and staying on top of the rehearsal dinner. While there are other tasks to be aware of and responsible for, the groom's main responsibility is to be supportive and to help with whatever is asked of him. If the bride needs help with the flowers, the food and the venue, the groom should make himself available.
Most importantly, as they say, he just needs to show up on time, and everything should work itself out.
Customized wedding cakes
If there is one thing you see at every Adelphia wedding, it's a gorgeous custom cake. When your wedding is hosted at Adelphia, you can be sure that your cake will be a stunning centerpiece in the middle of one of our beautiful banquet rooms. And not only are Adelphia's wedding cakes some of the best you'll find anywhere, they're completely customizable.
When it's requested, Sara Fishman, Adelphia's Executive Pastry Chef, will personally meet with all potential clients and couples to help discuss and design what their dream wedding cake will look like. If the client is already sure of what they want, they can send Sara a photo, which she and her team will perfectly replicate.
Adelphia offers any wedding cake which the client wishes for their wedding. They will very rarely say no to a design, as it is their number-one goal to please every client and give them what they want for their special day. Additionally, they offer any size cake that is requested, from a small-tiered cake to one with many layers and extra tiers to become the focal point of the celebration.
Along with some extravagant wedding cakes, including a geode version, Adelphia has created a number of special cakes over the past few years. Sara has created wedding cakes in the shape of the bride's dress. She has stacked pillow-shaped wedding cakes, and she's had fun making themed cakes for the groom, including one that was in the shape of a guitar, one that was a Yeti cooler complete with “fish,” and others which featured various sports teams’ helmets, footballs, baseballs and so much more. She's even replicated a groom's favorite car as the design for their cake, and another couple had a replica of their dog designed on the cake.
Being located just across the bridge from Philadelphia, Sara has designed a number of Philly-themed cakes, including one of Lincoln Financial Field, and another of a plate with a cheesesteak and fries. Adelphia has designed single-tiered cakes which were designed to appear as if they were completely covered with pizza, burgers, spaghetti, hot dogs and so much more.
Adelphia offers a number of different options and flavors, including simplistic buttercream decorated cakes to elaborate fondant covered varieties. Covering in fondant provides more options for different textures and designs, as they appear much more polished and elegant. They offer an array of flavors, including vanilla, chocolate, red velvet and raspberry pound cake, as well as a to-die-for marbled pound cake with cannoli cream filling, which has been very popular this season.
DJ, MC or Band
Every wedding has music. Music can also make or break a wedding celebration. How that music is presented can come in a number of ways, including a band, a DJ or an MC. Which one is right for your wedding is up to you, but many factors can come into play when making that decision.
A multi-piece band — especially with a horns section — is one of the most important aspects of a wedding to many couples. Finding the best band for your wedding can be a very extensive, exhausting and time-consuming process, and it also is the most expensive. If you can afford a band, this is generally the route many couples take, but it's not always necessary.
Including a large band at your wedding makes sense for a large, fancy, swanky event, as it fits the theme and glamour of an upscale wedding. At the same time, a smaller, local wedding band can be found at a reasonable cost. Live music has a number of pros, including experiencing the music in real time. It leaves open the possibility of spontaneity. Maybe someone requests a song, maybe the bride comes over, grabs the microphone and belts out some memorable notes that people catch on video to savor forever. On the other end, a band is limited to a specific number of songs that they can play, while a DJ, for instance, can pack a number of songs onto a playlist and have endless possibilities.
DJs are significantly cheaper than bands, and they also offer eclectic mixes of music for people of all ages. While the amount of music available to the wedding, as well as the lower cost to the bride and groom are the biggest pros to hiring a DJ for your wedding, other factors that can come into play include the fact that a DJ takes up significantly less space than a band, allowing for more real estate on the dance floor. Many DJs also MC, and an MC will make all necessary announcements throughout the night. They may be responsible for directing the flow of the wedding, which is an important factor.
No matter what you choose at the end of the day, make sure your band or DJ/MC make you feel comfortable, because music is one of the most important factors of your wedding. And if you can't afford a band, no one will hold that against you. People are there to see the bride and the groom, not a concert. But they are also there for a celebration, and celebrations are not complete without the party — a place where you will want the best vibes and music possible.
Savor the Journey
By Bill and Evelyn Balis of Adelphia
Life moves so fast for most of us that we rarely stop to enjoy the adventure. We get up and rush to work, rush the kids off to school, rush off to dinner, and then rush home to get to sleep so that we can get up to start all over again the next day. In between rushing, we’re tweeting, texting, updating Facebook, checking out Instagram, and if we’re lucky, having short conversations with our friends, family and neighbors. It’s exhausting just thinking about the way we live our lives. Well I’d like to inspire you to slow down to enjoy life’s journey and work some thoughtful reflection into your routine.
At Adelphia, we are fortunate to witness several wedding services each month. These beautiful moments are truly inspirational for us, and often bring up reflection about our friends, family and the choices we make in daily life. We feel so lucky that we get to hear the priests, pastors and rabbis reflect about life and current events as they relate to significant moments in history, as well as new brides and grooms pledging their love and devotion to each other as they recite their vows and begin the journey of spending the rest of their lives together.
We know that we are extremely fortunate to have so many opportunities for reflection during all of the services that our team orchestrates. We’d like to encourage you to savor the moments in your life that provide you the opportunity to slow down and just take everything in. Think about how beautiful new beginnings like weddings, childbirth and the collection of first time experiences that we all encounter throughout our lives are. Think about how cool it is that we have all this incredible technology in our lives — we can find out what’s happening anywhere in the world within seconds. We do live in an amazing time, which we work so hard to keep pace during, but none of us seem to slow down to enjoy the moments nearly enough.
Now that we have come to this introspective place in our lives, we force ourselves to slow down and savor the process constantly. For those of you planning a wedding in the near future, we can’t stress how rewarding you’ll find embracing the planning process, which takes place over several months for most couples. The bonding you and your future spouse will share over the planning of your wedding will be equal if not more meaningful than the blur that is your wedding day. Dr. Seuss once said, “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” The way we see Seuss’s prolific wisdom: If you’re up late dreaming about and/or planning your wedding, make a list of everything that you want to happen during your special day and bounce it off of us. Exceeding our brides and grooms’ expectations is what we do, and we want to know everything we can possibly do to make your wedding day extra special.
So whether you are inspired by our encouragement or by the person leading the business meeting or religious service that strikes the nerve which evokes your inspiration, we hope you find a way to slow down and take more of the good stuff in. We’re certain you’ll appreciate the little things, like the way the people around you look when they’re happy. And we’re sure the little things will inspire bigger things that allow you to enjoy the ride even more than you can imagine. Here’s to you savoring the journey. Enjoy every second.
A little advice can make your wedding go a long way. Here are a few tips to help you on your journey.