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An Educated Consumer is Our Best Customer

So many people call me and ask how much it would cost to cater their wedding or event and for 30 years I have the same thought each and every time I hear that question. My immediate thought is that you have not really done your homework yet and it’s clear that you might not know all the specifications needed to hire a caterer.

3 Tips For Throwing A Last Minute Fall Wedding

You’re getting married! Congratulations on your upcoming big day. What’s that? Your big day is coming up really soon? Say no more!

Why Choose Edgewater Hall For Your Wedding Reception

Planning a wedding is historically known to be one of the most stressful things a person can do.

12 Favorite Engagement Ring Trends for 2016

Oh wedding season, each year you give us the feels like:

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And sometimes we feel a bit like this:

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Its just you and your boo, and next thing you know, they are down on one knee.

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And of course, you said yes.

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But before you get to this point, it can be quite daunting to select the right ring. Wedding trends change every year, and sometimes they change by season. Chez Vous, has got you covered. Here is our list of our 12 Favorite Engagement Ring Trends for 2016.

  1) Rose Gold

This ring from Brilliant Earth is beyond stunning. Featuring the hot trend in fashion, the rose gold is what really makes these pearls stand out.

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  2) Floral Motifs

Floral elements add a feminine feeling to any ring. And this one from Brilliant Earth has certainly turned a few heads.

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  3) Vintage

Vintage rings are something that never go out of style. In some cases they have sentimental meaning and they are generally unique and perfect for any alternative couple.

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  4) Mixed Metals

Much like the trend of mixing fabric types that was unveiled during New York Fashion Week, mixing metals is all the craze in the jewelry industry for 2016. The look of mixing different metals together creates something that is both edgy and classic.

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  5) Colorful Diamonds

Couples are moving away from the traditional clear diamonds for something more modern like a diamond colored to look like a gem stone. Diamonds can come in yellows, pinks, and blues, this ring from Danhov is a lovely pale yellow.

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  6) Pear Shaped

Pear shaped rings are one of the classic engagement ring shapes. This ring from Gottilieb and Sons is a combination of classic and modern.And might we add that the mixed metal on this ring, elevates it to a whole new level of chic.

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  7) Colorful Accent Stones

Mixing diamonds and gem stones first became popular in the 1980s, and Sylvie is known for their lovely mixed stone rings.

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  8) Gem Stones

This ring incorporates the art deco style in this stunning European cut ring. Priced at $10k, anyone would say yes to this ring!

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  9) Three-Stone Rings

Uneek was founded by Benjamin Javaheri, they specialize in what they call “custom-taylored” rings.

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10) Stackable Rings

These stackable rings are the gift that keeps on giving. And Sandra Biachi’s Dreams Collection Quatrain Bridal set does not disappoint. The ring set includes a 14K white gold engagement ring, wedding band, an anniversary band and a 14K rose gold ring.

Dreams Quatrain bridal set by Sandra Biachi Fine Jewelry. The Dreams Collection, symmetry, both modern and traditional in design. Engagement ring, wedding band, gold band and anniversary band.

11) Meaningful Details

Every one loves rings with sentimental value. Whether they be a ring that was a loved ones, or a meaningful inscription, these rings can certainly make the receiver feel the love.  Heather B. Moore offers thoughtful rings that will delight any couple. All of her pieces offer thoughtful elements, like this one were you can hide a love letter in it.

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12) Bows

These rings are ornate and not for the faint of heart. They symbolize the tying of the knot that a couple will experience on their wedding day.

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We hope these rings will assist your other half in selecting the perfect ring for you. And if you need any help in creating your Happily Ever After, Chez Vous is now accepting 2016 bridal bookings. But for now, you have our permission to enjoy your fairy tale engagement, and the beginning of your lives together forever.

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About Chez Vous Caterers

Staten Island caterers, Chez Vous catering and party rentals, proudly serves the entire New York City area.

With over 20 years in the business Chez Vous proudly offers elegant service at inspiring pricing. Catering, Party Rentals, and Planning are available for Weddings, Sweet Sixteens, Birthdays, Baby Showers, Corporate Events, and any other gathering that requires great food and service.

Staten Island Off-Premise Catering Service

If you are hosting an event at your home or another unique location, let us provide the food, staff, tables, and chairs necessary to transform any space into an elegant environment.

To contact us about catering at our home or yours, contact us at: (718) 720-0900

or Click Here to fill out our contact form.

7 Bridal Trends for Fall 2015 and Resort 2016

After looking through countless runway shows from the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 bridal shows, we cannot be more excited about this season-s bridal trends! Top designers, such as Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang, and Prata, have out done themselves this fashion season with their innovative twists on some modern classics. Below, are the top 20 trends for the 2016 Wedding Season.

1) Fringe and Feathers 

Feathers were originally used for ornamentation on headbands and masks, but in the 1920s the feather was used in dresses and skirts to provide more movement to the garments. This gown by Lela Rose is a prime example of how to pull off this look. The feathered skirt paired with the corset bodice is absolutely breathe taking.

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Fringe, much like feathers, was huge in the 1920s and made a slight resurgence in the 1960s and 1970s during the hippie fashion movement. This dress by Naeem Khan is a great way to pull off fringe in a fun, classic way. Having the gown stop before the knee is a great way to be both fun and flirty for your special day.

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Out of all of the fringe gowns that we have seen this season, this gown by Pronovias is perfection! The movement of this gown as you walk down the aisle will leave all of your guests breathless.

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2) Separates

The crop top originally made its debut in the 1940s as a way for women to show a little more skin in a conservative manner. The tops originally had collars and only showed off a small portion of a woman’s upper waist, this allowed the hourglass figure of a woman to be emphasized. Since then, the trend has broaded since the 70s and 80s to show the midrift of a woman. This particular gown, designed by Stone Fox Bride, is remnant of the 40s rendition of the crop top, but is done in a high fashion manner as shown from their 2015 Fall collection.

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The pantsuit was first worn by women in the 1920s, but was seen as being unlady like. It wasn’t until the 1960s, when Yves Saint Lauren, made the pant suit a desirable outfit by women of the era. Today, the pant suit has evolved and is worn by many celebrities. Brides have taken a liking to this trend because the look is a sophisticated option for any bride who is not a fan of wearing a gown. This one was designed by Temperley London.

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Ballgowns have always been a popular option among brides, these separates were designed by Pronovias. This is a perfect blend of masculine and feminine for any nontraditional bride.

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3) Corset Bodices

A corset was a popular choice for women in the 16th and 17th centuries. Oscar De La Renta‘s interpretation on this classic piece is one of the reasons why you will be all over this trend. The dress has a hyper feminine silhouette and will flatter any body type as it creates an hourglass figure and hugs a woman’s curves.

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This lovely corset also plays off of the ice blue trend with the ivory color fading into a luscious ice blue at the bottom. Designed by Claire Pettibone, this gown has wonderful movement and flow.

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4) Flouncy Sleeves

Sleeves were huge this past runway season, and many designers went outside of the box with the types of materials they used. The flouncy sleeve gives the garment more of a romantic look and really brings attention to elongate your shoulders and makes the bride look more confident and radiant as she walks down the aisle. This dress, designed by Claire Pettibone, was one of the standout dresses for this trend.

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5) Cutouts and Laser-Cut Florals

Cutouts became popular in the 1970s and 80s as a way to further enhance the crop top. Today in fashion they are a great way to emphasize the smallest part of a woman’s waist in order to make her appear slimmer. This gown, designed by Anne Barge, combines the cutout trend with a metallic bodice which creates a very chic look. Perfect for any black tie themed weddings.

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This romper takes the trend and goes it in a more subtle, sexy way. Designed by Gemy Maalouf, this romper is perfect for any nontraditional bride looking for comfort and style.

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Ice blue, cutouts, and the floral-laser cut pattern?! Can you say #TrendOverload?! This gown is simply stunning and is genious designed to be in for many seasons to come. Designed by Monique Lhuiller, this is our top pick for the season.

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6) Deep V

This trend began in the middle east and has since spread across fashion and has been adopted in various different ways. This type of gown is great for accentuating the neckline and for showing off the girls. This gown, designed by Alon Livne, combines the metallic and deep v trend to create a stunning dress that we would definitely say yes to.

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Designed by Delphine Manivet, this gown is perfect for a beach wedding ceremony or for any sort of outdoor wedding.

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7) Color – Ice Blue, Rose Gold, Champagne, and Metallic

This gown was designed by Monique Lhuiller, and is a very subtle way to add color to your gown. Ice Blue is believed by many to have been made popular through the character of Elsa from Disney’s Frozen.Monique Lhuillier ice blue

 

This metallic show stopper was designed by Isabella Armstrong and is the perfect solution for any woman with curves.

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This Rose Gold Gown is any woman’s dream. Designed by Monique Lhuiller, can you say love?

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These gowns are going to be all over bridal boutiques for the next year. Chez Vous is also now accepting 2016 Bridal Bookings, we also have a few slots open fr 2015 Weddings as well. For more information on our rates, venues, and rentals, call Ettore at 347.723.1825 or e-mail us at Ettore@cvparties.com.

chez vous caterers wedding at St. Peter’s Church

Last week, chez vous had the pleasure of catering Greg and Shanshan’s wedding at St. Peter’s Church which located a few minutes from the Staten Island Ferry.  The church with it’s magnificent architecture is the oldest of the 36 Roman Catholic parishes on Staten Island, having been established in 1839.

 

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Check out these photos below from the wedding catered by chez vous.

 

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Chef and Owner Ettore with DJ Chris ox Music to the Max

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FREE Wedding Planning Guideline

Our friends over at the Little Wedding Guide have set up a free, easy to follow guideline for planning your wedding.

According to the guide:

Generally speaking, different wedding planning tasks will fall into a timeline that you can of course adjust depending on your own schedule and needs. For most brides and grooms, choosing a wedding date and location is normally on the top of the wedding planning list, followed by choosing a wedding dress and thinking about the inital guest list. Attending a bridal show or two in the early stages is also a good idea. You can use the following plan to guide you through your own planning process. Most importantly, keep things simple, and enjoy the journey!

Everything from deciding on the perfect wedding dress,

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to pointing you in the direction of the correct way to file name-change paperwork is covered in this guide.

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The free wedding planning guideline is full of everything you will ever need to know regarding the planning of your special day, from buying the perfect engagement ring to planning the perfect honeymoon.

By following any guideline of this nature, you will ensure the smooth-sailing of your next wedding by hitting all the right notes.

Top 10 Reasons To Hire A Wedding planner

 

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1) Stress and sanity! Let’s face it, planning a wedding is hard work! A wedding planner will take on all the stress so you stay sane. Your planner will be the point of contact for all the various vendors and respond to the countless phone calls and emails. Planners are there to remember all the details and ask the right question so you get exactly what you want. Plus, a planner will be there on your big day to make sure everything runs according to plan so you can enjoy every minute.

2) Vendor relationships – Part of a planners job is to spend time researching and getting to know the best vendors out there. We plan multiple events at a time and have established relationships with vendors and refer clients constantly. A vendor is more likely to negotiate with a wedding planner since they are sure to refer continuously and give them repeat business. A bride by herself is a one time customer, but a planner is a repeat one.

3) Save money – Since planners have so many relationships with vendors, we are more likely to get a better savings for you. We also know what’s important and what is unnecessary so you don’t waste your money on things you don’t need. A planner has planned countless events and knows how to make it work the first time so you don’t have to worry about ordering the wrong table sizes with linens that don’t reach the floor, or order items that are already included in your venues price.

4) Mishaps – Let’s be honest, as much as you would like your day to run exactly as planned, it’s nearly impossible to make that happen without someone there to run the day. Who is going to make sure the vendors arrive on time, the tables are set according to your vision, the cake isn’t melting, the groom has his pants for his tuxedo, and the groomsmen are where they need to be? On your wedding day, you should be focusing on getting your hair done and putting on that beautiful gown, surrounded by friends and family, not on the phone talking to the DJ who can’t find the venue.

5) To stay the course — When you first get engaged, it’s so exciting and new, all of a sudden your primary focus is on everything “wedding”. From Pinterest to magazine after magazine, it’s all you can think about. Maybe you know exactly what you want, but are having a hard time putting the pieces together so you are spending every waking second trying to figure it out! Or if you are the opposite and have absolutely NO time to throw together a large scale event. Either way, it’s incredibly easy to get off track. A planner will be there with you guiding you through the rough spots and will make it easy for you to stay on the course to your big day.

6) A fresh perspective — Sometimes, all the well-meaning advice can get a little out of hand. You have everyone you know telling you something different about the way things “should” be at YOUR wedding. A planner will listen to YOUR vision and help you create what YOU want, not what your Aunt Matilda wants. Sometimes, advice from a friend is good, but advice from a planner is always great.

7) An experienced hand — A wedding planner has been there. Most people planning a wedding have never planned a large scale event and aren’t sure of how many moving parts there are to a wedding. A planner knows. There are countless details to ensure the entire day and evening run smoothly, if certain things aren’t tended to, it can create quite the mess to clean up. They also know what questions to ask your vendors so you can trust that everything will fit together properly.

8) Book-keeping — How many vendors do I have? What’s their email? What’s their phone? When is the contract due? What dates are the payments due? When is our next appointment? Who do I still need to book? When is my fitting? Keeping track of all these things is a difficult job. Let a planner do it for you.

9) Treat yourself — Most brides who hire a planner say they did it as a gift to themselves. They understand that planning a wedding is tough and stressful. Why put yourself through that if you don’t have to? Think of a wedding planner as a wedding gift to yourself.

10) They’ve got your back. Through the whole process, they are here for you. We will be at your side every step of the way and ensure that you walk down that isle looking as stunning as ever with a smile from ear to ear.

 

Favor Ideas For Your Seasonal Spring Wedding

Seasonal spring weddings are always exciting. The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and the sun welcoming the season’s change. We took a look at o My Wedding Favors to check out a few favor ideas for the seasonal spring wedding.  There are many different items and gifts that are both affordable and practical. Just in time for spring, they present a healthy list of season-themed items sure to both brighten the party decor as well as leave your guests talking.

Here are some of our favorites along with their estimated price points.

Numbering Your Table With Style

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As we have touched upon in past posts, your wedding should be the event you have always wanted it to be. We’re not saying to go nuts outside of your general budget, but, by all means, get creative and invest in interesting and celebratory decor. Especially when it comes down to the table numbers.

One way of jazzing-up your reception is in relation to the tables.

According to Southern New England Weddings, there are quite a few ways that you can re-use or re-purpose various tools around your house to be used as decorative table numbers; an example of something that is seemingly ho-hum that can bring an extra spark of style to any table.

First thing you can use to brighten the decor of your table are napkin rings.

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By using numbered napkin rings to denote seating arrangements, it provides for simple functionality as well as a fun way to give your guests a cool, little party favor.

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Moving one step away from napkin rings, just napkins. While not as tactile of a gift for party-goers, It can still be a practical approach to table seating. Also, depending on the type of cloth you use, your guests may actually be reminded of your wedding by using their number 4 napkin to wipe their face down for years to come.

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Having a beautiful, numbered centerpiece, whether it be a candle arrangement housed in beautiful flowers or a glass bowl filled with water and floating candles (Candles are always a good constant), raffling-off one of these elegant centerpieces at the end of the night is sure to make the winning guests go home with more than just fond memories.

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Finally, for the ultimate touch of class, one might seek to go for numbered wine bottles. A bouquet of fresh flowers is fine, but it might tend to be something reserved just for the ladies. A fresh, sparkling bottle of vino on the other hand, can please even the most-discerning of male or female palettes.

We hope that you might take any of these tips to heart, and remember, if you are looking to plan a wedding or event, contact chez vous caterers and party rental for all your planning needs.