28 Mar 2017

When it comes to wedding etiquette advice, we always turn to Anna Post. The great-great-granddaughter of famed Emily Post, Anna shares her tips with our friends at Inside Weddings.

While we believe the key to a memorable wedding is in personalized details, we just had to share Anna’s expert advice on the top four wedding traditions worth holding onto…

4 Wedding Tradition Musts

{Photo by Bradeon Flynn Photography}

“Traditions exist for many reasons: practicality, superstition, habit,” Anna shares in her column. “When it comes to etiquette, the ones to keep are the ones that help you to honor and show respect for the people who help you marry – even if the tradition in question may feel burdensome or old-fashioned at first.”

Top traditions couples should not forgo:

1) Paper Invitations
Your wedding invitations set the tone for the big day and serve as a way to tell guests this event is “worth making a fuss over.” As Anna explains, “paper invitations have substance that helps create a gravitas that a computer screen just can’t replicate.”

Wedding Tradition Must: Paper Invitations

{Photo by Nancy Cohn Photography}

2) Visit with Guests
Whether it’s a formal receiving line, a chat during the cocktail reception or a special table visit during dinner, making time for your guests is key. As Anna shares, “one of the most important duties you have is to personally speak with and thank each and every guest for attending your wedding.”

3) Cut the Cake Early
As well as a truly sweet tradition, the cutting of the cake also provides a tactful signal that guests may leave without being thought rude—and ensures they won’t miss a special moment. Anna notes, “plan to cut the cake not long after dinner is finished so that older guests and guests with small children can make their exit at a reasonable hour.”

Wedding Tradition Must: Cut the Cake Early

{Photo by Nancy Cohn Photography}

4) Send Prompt, Handwritten Thank-You Notes
While some say couples have up to a year to send their notes, Anna says it’s best to ensure your thank yous are in the mail by three months after the honeymoon. Adding, “while it’s important that the notes go out on time, it’s just as important that they are handwritten and unique to each guest.”

…need help with your Thank-You notes? Inside Weddings has some great advice on how to write a thoughtful, personalized message.

What wedding traditions are most important to you? Do tell!

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See the full article on InsideWeddings.com

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Trends come and go, but your wedding photos last forever—and what truly makes your wedding memorable is the details.

2017 Hottest Wedding Trends
{Photo by Nancy Cohn Photography}

With more than 90 years of combined experience, our team weighs in on this year’s wedding trends and what has helped ensure all of our recent Breakers brides’ (and grooms’) dreams come true.

What’s IN:

Hottest wedding trends that are turning up the heat…

2017 Hottest Wedding Trends

  • Dessert Bar: Everyone love sweets… treat your guests to a delicious interactive experience with an oversized dessert bar. Our favorites? The Breakers Cookie Shop, Cake Bar or Black Tap styled Milkshake Bar.
  • Live Entertainment: And we’re not referring to your band. This year, couples are turning to celebrity musicians and big name acts for special appearances and truly memorable performances.
  • First Look: While the sentimental tradition of seeing each other for the first time during your ceremony is one we value and respect, our team always suggests a couple see each other beforehand. When you can setup a “First Look,” it provides your photographer and videographer with an opportunity to fully capture your emotional reactions… leaving you with a beautiful moment you can treasure forever.
  • Extended Wedding Weekend: Get the celebration started early with a relaxed, Welcome Party. If most of your guests are from out-of-town, or simply people you haven’t seen in a while, a welcome party is a great way to greet everyone in a laid-back, no-pressure atmosphere. Why should the fun end after the wedding? Continue the celebration and weekend-long wedding excitement with a send-off brunch the next day.

What’s OUT:

Trendy wedding fun that’s ready for an update…

2017 Hottest Wedding Trends

{Photo by Christian Oth Studio}

  • Specialty Cocktails: While delicious drinks are a wedding must, personalize the cocktail experience further for your guests with themed stations—consider a Bourbon Bar, Champagne Bar or Craft Cocktail Bar.
  • Bouquet Toss: In lieu of the traditional bouquet toss, ask your band or DJ to play a high energy last dance mash up or Hora Loca (“Crazy Hour”) dance set. Also consider a sweet send off with an edible favor to go.
  • Guest Book: Ditch the traditional guest book and opt for something fun and unique. We’re loving BRIDES’ 20 creative ideas.

Breakers Bride Tip: Combine your special memories and the resort’s storied history and have your guests sign The Breakers History Book! Also makes a lovely coffee table book…

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A inaugural supporter of the annual Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, The Breakers Weddings & Celebrations Team was honored to be a part of the 10th anniversary celebration last month.

For dessert, the "SWEET TASTE OF HAVANA” STATION featured Coconut and Banana Bread Pudding with Sautéed Caramelized Bananas and Rum Raisin Caramel Sauce, along with Salted Caramel Ice Cream Churros and Buneulos made to order Sundae Toppings. Butler passed sweets included Mini Mojito Bundt Cakes, Dulce de Leche Mousse Martinis, Caramel Flan (pictured below), Chocolate Cappuccino Cups with Arroz con Leche, and Brazo Gitano Empanaditas de Guayaba. PBFWF Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers

For the third year in a row, we hosted the Chef Welcome Party (this year, in the The Circle Ballroom!) Take a peek inside this special kickoff event…

The exciting night for foodies and famed chefs featured a Cuban-inspired menu with unique stations and passed bites by The Breakers Executive Chef Jeff Simms, along with an array of wines selected by our Master Sommelier Virginia Philip.

PBFWF Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers

The decor highlight of the night was a stunning ice sculpture at the entry to The Circle. Our team worked with the gurus at Styled Ice to create the incredible fruit-filled piece.

PBFWF Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers

Guests enjoyed a selection of yummy passed bites, including Mini Cuban Sandwiches, Ham and Cheese Croquettes, Guava and Smoked Gouda Crispy Ravioli, Empanadas de Espinaca (pictured below), Saffron Rice Balls, Florida Snapper Ceviche and Avocado Mango Tostada Cups with Braised Cuban Chicken and Rice.

PBFWF Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers

Jeff Simms’ specialty Cubnan-inspired menu included five unique stations:

WHOLE ROAST PORK STATION with Mojo Marinated Suckling Pig served with Sugar Cane Roasted Calabaza Squash, Sweet Plantains, Yucca Rolls and traditional Cuban breads.

HEARTS OF PALM CAKE STATION with Fire Roasted Pineapple Salsa, Roasted Corn Chayote Relish, Grilled Pineapple, Mango and Housemade Guacamole.

For dessert, the "SWEET TASTE OF HAVANA” STATION featured Coconut and Banana Bread Pudding with Sautéed Caramelized Bananas and Rum Raisin Caramel Sauce, along with Salted Caramel Ice Cream Churros and Buneulos made to order Sundae Toppings. Butler passed sweets included Mini Mojito Bundt Cakes, Dulce de Leche Mousse Martinis, Caramel Flan (pictured below), Chocolate Cappuccino Cups with Arroz con Leche, and Brazo Gitano Empanaditas de Guayaba. PBFWF Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers

SHRIMP & LOBSTER HEMINGWAY STATION with Jalapeno Rum Butter and Citrus, served over Whipped Boniato Potatoes.

CHURRASCO STATION with Grilled Skirt Steak, Chimichurri Rice and Bean Martinis and Crispy Yucca Fries.

For dessert, the decadent SWEET TASTE OF HAVANA STATION featured Coconut and Banana Bread Pudding with Sautéed Caramelized Bananas and Rum Raisin Caramel Sauce, along with Salted Caramel Ice Cream Churros and Buneulos.

PBFWF Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers

Passed sweets included Mini Mojito Bundt Cakes (above), Dulce de Leche Mousse Martinis, Caramel Flan, Chocolate Cappuccino Cups with Arroz con Leche, and Brazo Gitano Empanaditas de Guayaba. Yum!

A very sweet send-off (and the perfect midnight snack) guests took home a Mini Mojito Cupcake…

PBFWF Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers

 {Special thanks to the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival organizers
and event sponsor Cheney Brothers}

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24 Jan 2017

The Breakers Traditions Magazine 2017Peek inside the new edition of The Breakers’ annual lifestyle magazine, Traditions.

Throughout its pages, you will discover page after page of resort happenings, exclusive interviews, fashion editorials and dining highlights.

The best part… Flip to page 90 and enjoy a special feature on weddings and celebrations at the resort. Plus, hear from eight of our incredible creative partners, including Harriette Rose KatzJennifer ZabinskiPreston BaileyMindy Weiss, Sylvia Weinstock, Bryan Rafanelli, Ed Libby and Marcy Blum.

Here’s a sneak peek at our four-page spread…

The Breakers Traditions Magazine 2017

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The Breakers Traditions Magazine 2017

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Pick up your copy of Traditions in your guest room and in our lobby.

{View the full digital issue online now}

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