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October 09, 2018
Giving speeches at a wedding reception

Many wedding receptions include speeches by the best man, by parents, and by others.  But not all wedding receptions have them, perhaps as there are other ways to relate to guests in the general process of mixing during the cocktail racepiton and after.  One couple ordered an empty chair to be added to each dining table so that the bride and groon could visit each table for a while. I come from a formal background and think that speeches add richness, entertainment, and information about the couple.  They give a kind of historic value or feeling to the occasion.  I think a welcoming speech by the father of the bride when guests first sit down is a nice idea, accompanied by raising a glass of champagne. I think that certain persons need to be prompted ahead of time to give a speech.  What might the speech be about.  Suggestions are: funny stories about the bride or groom, how they met, what characteristics of the bride or groom stand out for a happy marriage, how the bride or groom have been a great friend for years and would make a wonderful partner. Not everyone is good at making a speech or thinking of an idea.  But a speech doesn't have to be long.  One can find speeches and toasts on the internet, and a reference to a Gaelic saying that seems appropriate might be good.  One can just say something like "I'd like to raise a toast to John and Mary and wish them all the happiness in the world." Everyone knows it takes a little courage sometimes to get up and speak before an audience, so even brief well-wishes are appreciated. Speeches are of interests to all the guests and give a feeling of being part of a supporting group and historic family event.  Sam Milliken.

December 07, 2016
Manhattan Penthouse Make-Over 2016


Every year and often every season we make some improvements in our venue.  Recently we have done the following: In order to carry the feeling of the stained glass and mirrors in our Main Bar around the Reception Room, we had our stained glass artisan create additional panels to accompany new mirror panels around the room, adding a spcial richness.  We changed all our bathroom door knobs and sink fixtures to chrome.  We re-polished our turn-of-the-century Palladian windows, and we embedded lights in the sills to make them shine at night. We decided to change our major colors. We changed the French cafe yellow to a warm, light, modern grey, and we changed our gold ballroom chairs to silver.  We love the grey, as all colors look better against grey: guests' faces and clothing, centerpieces, etc.  Finally we added some remote controlled wall-wash lighting between the windows: At our holiday parties we shined red and green, but many love the lavender wash.  In December we dressed our venue with huge four foot diameter wreaths, large magnificent topiaries at each end of the bar, and rich swag and other fresh greenery and ornament pieces here and there.  Again we used poinsetia plants for our centerpieces, surrounded by candles.

October 12, 2015
How to Find the Most Affordable Dates

LOOKING FOR A GREAT WEEKEND AT A REASONABLE COST?  Here are some key details that influence venue pricing.  In recent years Sundays have been less in demand by clients, yet our Manhattan Penthouse on 5th Avenue is a very special daytime event venue.  Sunday events usually start at 3pm or 4pm so that guests can get back home earlier.  Although the city around us shines at night, our daytime views are great, in every direction.  Winter and Summer Fridays also are perfect opportunities for some saving.  Our Saturday night rates are moderate, however, and this causes clients to exclaim what a great value we are in terms of our generous and high quality offerings.  Everyone knows that the closer one is to an unused date the more likely one is to find a price reduction.  There are an increasing number of event venues in Manhattan, causing a lot of competition, which can benefit the client.

DURING THE WEEK, We price Mondays and Tuesdays less than Wednesdays and Thursdays.  This really helps non-profits.