Sundays Will Never Be The Same!

Being present at each and every wedding has it’s advantages because I get to see it all.  And everyone knows how I love Sunday weddings.  I’ve noticed that our very considerate brides and grooms schedule the reception a little earlier to allow their guests to get home at a reasonable hour if they have to go to work the next day.  But I have noticed that very few people leave early; whether it’s because of the atmosphere, music, or just that no one wants to miss any of  the action at a Clarks Landing Wedding.  And so many of the friends and family take off the next day anyway.

So I decided that Sundays will never be the same!  To encourage the right couples to slide into a Sunday Wedding…Clarks Landing is going to offer an extra hour at NO CHARGE!!!   That’s right, an entire extra hour for you to extend the most special day in your lives.  Now this is only available on certain Sundays and only in 2014, but for the right couples who know their crowd would love to dance and party for an additional hour, it’s perfect.

Please call Nicole, Kristin or me and arrange for a private visit to see where all the magic happens.  We will be offering this for a limited time only, on certain available Sundays, and only to couples that are not booked.

RSVP Promptly & Honestly

I know I have mentioned this before in other social media but I just have to make mention of it again as we are in the thick of the wedding season.

The bride, groom and their families have so many details to take care of, and the last thing they need is to be bothered by self-centered guests who feel their problems are more important those of the brides and grooms.

If you have been invited to a wedding, and you really don’t want or can’t attend, then respond honestly.  Do not string the bride along with maybes and “I’m not sure”.  They normally have to pay one to two weeks in advance for their reception, and there is nothing we can do when people just don’t show up.  To respond at the last minute means they have to change their whole floor plan, obtain escort cards, favors, etc.

If you have responded that you will attend, then show up!  Obviously people have emergencies, but some of the excuses I’ve heard are nothing short of embarrassing for the guest and painful for the bride and groom.  They obviously want you at their wedding, that’s why you were invited.  If you have a last minute emergency, call the parents or a bridal party member, not the bride and groom.  And by all means you should still send your gift, as they probably paid for your food and drinks already.

If you were invited with a guest, then you have the option of bringing a guest, but if you were invited alone, then never just show up with a last minute date.  Again, we have to scramble through re-setting tables, providing escort cards and now have a charge to settle at the end of the reception.  If you responded that you will not attend…then don’t.  Never just show up to a reception if you were not expected.

If you were invited with family, then it is permissable to bring children, but many weddings are adults only.  Never presume your children are welcome unless the invitation has stated as much.  And of course, never just show up with your uninvited children in tow, expecting them to be seated and fed.

Weddings in this area are generally semi-formal, which means a tie and jacket minimally.  Jeans, sneakers, t-shirts and casual wear are not acceptable.  I continue to be astonished at how guests show up for weddings at a place that has Yacht Club in their name.

Many guests call us and ask how much the wedding costs, so they know how much to give.  This is inappropriate.  Your gift should reflect what you are able to give.  I feel so awkward when those calls come and the guest may be suprised at how much weddings cost in this area.  Your personal economic situation should reflect the gift you give.  You were invited because the bride and groom wanted to share their most special day with you, not because you will give a big gift.

Restore Your Shore (Wedding)

As we are getting into the wedding season, I am talking with more vendors who have mentioned how many weddings  just disappeared since Hurricane Sandy. 

I realize how important and how much planning goes into this very special day and have been bothered by all the details and wondered what happens to all the invitations, reservations for vendors, dresses, etc.

While we can’t help each and every bride, we do have some dates still open in November and December.  We are going to offer any available dates at really lowered pricing, the lowest since we opened our doors in 2009, to try and help some couples.  I know I can count on our “Best of the Best” vendors to work with you as well.

Please call me (Don), Nicole or Kristen at 732.899.5559 and we can talk further.  Have a great day!



Planning your wedding should be a really fun, exciting experience, but it can also tax every nerve you have in your body.  I am always sad when a bride arrives with her things a few days prior to the wedding and says that she can’t wait until it’s all over!  In addition to your own basic plans like the venue, dress, music, pictures, flowers, etc;  you are trying to keep in tune with everyone else’s ideas, comments and needs.

But this can be a great time to establish yourselves as a couple and decide how you are going to solve situations together for the rest of your married lives, with your parents, in-laws, friends and most importantly, each other.

Like fresh cream…one of your vendors will likely rise to the top and you can feel comfortable asking them almost any question.  Don’t be afraid to build that trust with one vendor and make them your go-to person to assist in resolving conflicts, providing ideas and solutions, and just to “vent”.  My brides and grooms have my cell phone number and it is my pleasure to assist them in any way I can.  –  Don Calello



I love this format of seating your family and friends. It takes much less time than finding your escort card plus at the end, you have a memento of all the guests that attended you wedding. I have also seen this format done in smaller, various sized frames placed on a table…both different, elegant and memorable.