See the original article written by Monika, including her recommendations for keeping the gowns looking their best before display by clicking here.

Monika Manter is a certified wedding gown specialist at Balfurd Cleaners, offering expert cleaning, restoration, and preservation of wedding gowns and other fine textiles.  Balfurd is a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, an organization recommended by over 70...

June 2, 2017

A fun new trend in reception seating is to go away from the traditional table numbers and instead give your tables names. Some ideas for table names could be countries you have visited or want to visit, favorite restaurants, local bars or clubs you have frequented, favorite books or novels, super heroes, sports teams, names of cocktails, or pretty much anything you can imagine. You can also let the idea spill over into the...

January 13, 2017

I recently attended a wedding where the seating chart for the reception was beautifully written on a framed mirror. It was lovely, went with the theme and colors, and provided the needed info for the tables. Unfortunately, the mirror was positioned on an easel in a prominent place in the room, and early on as guests started arriving, a child ran past the easel, knocking it over and --- CRASH! ---- There went the seating cha...

At the time of writing this we are currently in the middle of our 11th wedding season! During that​​ time we’ve seen a myriad of trends come and go. Some are great, some… not so much. We’ll skip any examples as not to offend anyone :)  Over the past 2 years, and especially recently, we’ve seen one trend in particular that we absolutely love. ​


If you aren’t familiar with uplighting it’s basically the placing of sm...

July 3, 2014

Written by: Monika Manter; Balfurd Cleaners


A beautiful new trend for wedding receptions (or bridal showers) is displaying the wedding gowns of relatives at your venue.  So many brides are pressured from their mother to wear her gown, and many just don't want to or simply can’t because it doesn’t fit! Instead, to still keep everyone happy, they can set up display areas at their venue where they can show their mother and mot...

February 24, 2012

Written By Kit Henshaw; Harrison's Wine Grill & Catering


Favors -- Local wedding favors are also a nice way to share a bit of the place you call home with your guests while not breaking the bank. A couple years ago, Chelsea Clinton assembled gift bags from local merchants and farms in the town where she was married. These items included produce from a nearby farm, wine from the Clinton’s vineyard and items from a local em...

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