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Choosing the right color scheme

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Choosing the color scheme for your wedding is huge, and easily one of the most important decisions you will be making, but it’s not the first decision you’ll need to make. The first thing is choosing a Long Island wedding venue. Will it be inside, or will it be outside? Will you be in a multi-purpose room, where you can decorate with the colors of your choice, or will you be in a room that already has it’s own style with it’s own set color scheme. The problem with some unique Long Island wedding venues is they can be limited with the type of decor you can choose. There are some that have much more flexibility in that regard. If you have found the wedding venue for you, and it is already set with its colors, just build on the colors that are already there. It will cause you much less stress, and you’ll be able to make the venue look as if you designed the whole thing.

Once you have chosen the best Long Island wedding venue for you, you should probably think about what season your wedding will be in. Keep in mind there are no longer strict rules to abide by, in regards to seasons and their traditional colors, as there once were years ago. There is much more freedom with today’s trends. So you can mix your own tastes with some tradition if you want to.  For example, a New England fall wedding would be elegant in burgundy, dark green, gold, burnt orange, cream, taupe, rich browns and plum.

Winter weddings can be magical with a snow white, cranberry and platinum color scheme. Throw in some hints of deep berry for accent, and you have a beautiful combination. Royal colors such as navy blue, emerald green and regal purple are other possibilities. If you choose a strong color such as one of these, you might consider adding lighter shades for a monochromatic but impressive color scheme.

By contrast, a spring wedding might be better suited for lighter colors such as turquoise, lemon yellow and mint green. Combining a light and a deep pink with green and white creates a striking palette. Tangerine, lilac, lime, yellow, hot pink and soft violet shades are other trendy colors for spring weddings.

Summer weddings look lovely in red, orange, yellow, lilac, lavender and various blues. A combination of dark purple, lavender and earthy green is stunning. Tying together silver, green and light purple is another great option. How about royal blue with light yellow and white? Black, white and yellow weddings are sophisticated, but pink, green and orange color schemes can be lovely as well.

Theme weddings and destinations weddings have grown in popularity recently. If you are choosing a location outside of Long Island, follow the color ideas of your exotic locations. This will give you a perfect looking wedding.  For example, if you will be by the beach, consider butter yellow and chocolate brown with sunset colors for accents. Island weddings are beautiful in navy blue with yellow and white floral accents. The aqua of the water, the blue of the endless sky and passionate bright red are also local favorites.

You may want to consider the wedding mood you wish to convey with your color scheme. The new trend in sophisticated celebrations is to look slightly old-fashioned. Dusty pear green with light aqua, light tangerine and gold can be breath-taking. A funky and fun wedding would require bold, saturated colors such as hot pink, Kelly green and bright orange, to which deeper jewel tones or chocolate brown can provide some balance.

When it comes to choosing your wedding colors, you really can’t go wrong. Today’s newest color trends even encourage combining those colors that wouldn’t necessarily be chosen together. As soon as you know what limitations your location imposes, feel free to experiment with your favorite colors. Use fabric swatches or paint sample cards to compare the effects of your combinations. After all, this is your wedding. Surround yourself with the colors you love.

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5 Tips To The Perfect Long Island Brunch Wedding Reception

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5 Tips To The Perfect Long Island Brunch Wedding Reception

5 Brunch Wedding Reception Tips That Will Make Your Wedding Day Unforgettable

Brunch wedding receptions are becoming increasingly popular on Long Island, especially among couples looking to stretch their budgets. Reception halls often charge less for morning and midday events and breakfast foods generally cost less than dinner. If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to cut costs while still having a fabulous experience, check out our top five tips to ensure that you have the brunch wedding reception of your dreams.

1. Timing is everything.

Even if you and your husband-to-be are both chipper and cheerful morning people, not everyone else necessarily is. With that in mind, don’t plan your brunch wedding reception for any earlier than 10am at the absolute earliest. Most people consider 11am to be the ideal brunch hour, so plan accordingly.

2. Awaken their appetite gently.

Try not to jump right into the meal too quickly; you may have spent hours getting dolled up, but keep in mind that most of your guests just got out of bed. Allow your guests an opportunity to mingle and sip a glass of juice, a cup of coffee or a mimosa while nibbling on some fresh fruit before they sit for a meal. It will set a nice, leisurely pace for your brunch wedding reception without killing your budget.

3.  Choices, choices, choices.

There’s something about an array of fresh juices and light cocktails at a brunch wedding reception that feels – and looks – so elegant. Consider incorporating a juice bar of freshly-squeezed beverages, or a cocktail station with mimosas, bellinis and champagne.

4. Embrace the season.

An outdoor brunch wedding reception in the spring, summer or fall on Long Island is beautiful, especially if it’s a waterfront venue or a reception hall with a view. If you’re getting married in the winter, a roaring fire makes for a nice, cozy setting.

5. Choose a variety of foods.

There will be guests who are egg and sausage people, and there will be guests who prefer a small plate of fresh fruit and a bite of toast. For this reason, you might find that it’s easiest to have a buffet that offers something for everyone. No matter what, don’t forget to make sure that your brunch wedding reception has some vegetarian options.

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Invitation Etiquette

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Invitation Etiquette

  1. Although you think someone might not make it, either because they are in poor health or due to distance, they might appreciate an invitation and the fact that you cared enough to invite them. A word of caution. As invitations usually carry an obligation to send a gift, it might look like you’re inviting them, despite knowing they can’t travel, only to receive a gift. In such a case, it might be a good idea to restrict invitations to those who are very close friends/relatives and will be hurt if they were not invited. And to let the rest in this category not feel totally excluded through a wedding announcement that carries no obligation of a gift.
  2. Anyone you invite to the bridal shower, should be invited to your wedding.
  3. It is nice to send invitations to your wedding party and the celebrant performing your church/religious ceremony.
  4. It is advisable to invite partners of guests in long standing relationships, especially if you are close to them. If a guest has just formed a new relationship though, you are not obliged to invite their partner, unless the guest is a very close friend and you would feel uncomfortable not to invite his/her newly acquired partner. The decision is yours.
  5. Whether or not to invite children will be determined by your venue and your budget. Also, if you are close to many of your friend’s kids and have a large number of nieces and nephews or your cousins have kids who you are familiar with, you might like to include children.

If you are inviting children, a few tips…

  1. At the ceremony, you could instruct ushers to seat guests with children towards the back, so that there is minimum disruption to the ceremony and so the guest can quickly exit along with the child if he/she gets too rowdy, without causing too much distraction or disturbance to the proceedings.
  2. If you’re looking to save on the catering, you could request kiddie’s meals and negotiate a special rate for it.
  3. You might like to hire a children’s entertainer to keep them occupied.
  4. Alternatively you may hire a child minder to keep an eye on the children.
  5. You could provide activity packs to keep the children creatively occupied.

Why you might choose not to invite children /how to go about conveying the same

  1. Venues do not ordinarily differentiate between children and adults in terms of numbers and catering could prove a costly affair if your caterer refuses to compromise.
  2. If you invite certain children but not others, it would cause hurt feelings. Applying a blanket rule and not inviting any kids at all might be the best approach. Once you decide this, it is best to make no exception to this rule.
  3. Adults may have a better time on their own without the kids running riot.

How to specify that children aren’t included

Clearly mention, by way of your addressing, both the invitation as well as the envelopes, that kids are excluded, for instance, Mr. & Mrs. Steve Jones. In case you get the feeling guests may not get the message, or at least certain guests may not, you could convey your ‘adults only’ rule to close relatives and friends and have them spread the word around. Remember however, that it is inappropriate to write ‘No children’ on your invitations. If specifically asked, it is best to have a standard response ready, along the lines of number constraints or limited capacity of the venue, etc.

Sending out the invitations

Traditionally, it is the bride’s parents who host the wedding and ordinarily they are responsible for sending out the invitations, receiving replies, etc. If the bride and groom are footing the bill for the entire wedding, they might take on the responsibility of sending out the invitations. Once everybody’s individual list is ready, it is time to compile all the lists and have a master list handy. An organized guest list can be extremely helpful for the following…

  • To keep track of the head count
  • To address invitations
  • To keep track of details such as out of town guests, those needing directions etc.

You might like to divide your final guest list into several columns that include…

  1. Contact Information – The guest’s full name, address, telephone number and possibly e-mail address too, if available, to update them on any sudden or last minute plans.
  2. RSVPs – Next to the guest’s name, for entries regarding replies received and the number of guests expected to attend from the family is invaluable for a definite idea of the head count.
  3. Gift – To keep track of gifts received prior to, or during, the wedding.
  4. Thank-you To record when and if a thank-you has been sent.
  5. Out-of-town guests – To mark reminders regarding accommodation to be taken care of and whether or not the guest has been intimated about the same.

When to send invitations

It is a good idea to send invitations about two months prior to your wedding date in ordinary circumstances, but if your wedding falls during the holiday season, as early as possible, about 3-4 months in advance might be a good idea, as your guests might want to plan their holidays accordingly. If you delay, they might have already made alternate arrangements or bookings for a holiday and will have to decline your invitation, which would result in disappointment on both sides.

Along with your invitations, you might like to request/ give guests additional information along the following lines…

  1. RSVPs regarding their attendance/availability.
  2. Directions/ maps to the ceremony site/ venue of the reception.
  3. Whether it is going to be an outdoor ceremony/reception, so they can plan their outfits accordingly.
  4. Accommodation information or a list of hotels in different budgets, for out of town guests.

Accommodation for out of towners

While the couple is not obliged to make accommodation arrangements for out of town guests, it is considered courteous to do so, or at least to make some suggestions for the same, especially as they are unfamiliar with the place.

If you are expecting a large number of out of town guests, you may be able to negotiate a good rate at a certain hotel or reserve a block of rooms.

If many of your relatives are willing to put up guests at their homes, it might be a good idea to arrive at the best match possible. For instance, an elderly couple might prefer putting up a senior guest/guests, while younger couples or those with younger/teenage children might be a better option for hosting those in the younger age group or a couple who are bringing their kids along.

In the event an out of town guest is being hosted by a relative/friend, provide them with the name, address, phone number and directions of their host, as well as request your guest to convey complete information to the host, on probable arrival and departure dates and closely coordinate with the host once the same is confirmed.

It might be a good idea to convey your gratitude to the host/hostess for thoughtfully hosting your out of town guest, with a thank-you note and a small token of your appreciation.

Guest etiquette

Guests also have to display certain common courtesies towards the bridal couple…

  1. Reply as soon as you know whether or not you will be able to attend the wedding, and more so if you are going to decline. This helps the bridal couple have a clearer picture of their numbers to plan the catering, etc. and also to invite another guest if they so choose.
  2. Respect the ceremony and refrain from talking or distracting others during the service.
  3. Whether or not you’re able to attend a wedding, being invited to one, means that you should send a gift. Wedding announcements, on the other hand, carry no gift obligation.
  4. The gift registry is a good place to look when thinking of what is appropriate to gift, though most couples are happy to accept cash.
  5. If it is possible, it may be a good idea to send the couple your gift directly, even if you are attending the wedding, especially if the gift is cumbersome. This has two advantages – it eliminates the possibility of theft/loss at the wedding and in the latter case, it minimizes the burden on the couple/family members when they have to transport the gift.
  6. Do remember that the invitation is extended specifically to the one(s) whose name(s) are on it. Don’t invite your own guests or assume your children are invited, if their names are not specifically mentioned on the invitation. Do not resort to underhand tactics like including your children’s names on the RSVPs, thus creating an awkward situation for the couple, whereby they have to call you or clarify that your children aren’t included. It is embarrassing for all concerned.
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Inviting guests to your wedding

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So you’re in the process of choosing your Long Island wedding venue. It’s the biggest job you have, yet there are still many decisions to make. The people you invite is one of the most important things to consider. The amount of people you invite will be determined by your budget, your venue, and really, who you actually want there vs. who you’re obligated to invite. The guest list is usually one of the most stressful aspects to planning your wedding. There can be a lot of friction and difficulty caused by deciding the guest list, so do your best to handle this with as much sensitivity and thought as possible.  Here are a few points to mull over when deciding the guest list.

Size of your wedding

This is the first thing to consider. When you picture your wedding, do you envision a huge event with all the pomp and circumstance of a royal wedding? Or do you picture a more intimate setting with just you and a small guest list of just the special people in your life. Chances are, if this is the first wedding for both of your families, you have a pretty good idea already that this is going to be a larger scale wedding whether you like that or not. Make sure to set your budget and then figure out your guest list. If you do it in the opposite order, you are almost assured to go to over budget.

Remember, It’s your wedding!

Make the most of this opportunity. You are going to want to have the people who matter the most be there for your special day. Be prepared, your parents will want their friends to attend, maybe their boss, and other various people you don’t know at all. Make sure to remember that it is your wedding, so you have the right to share your reservations to your dad inviting his accountant or your mom inviting the organist from church. Keep in mind, your parents will have some “must have” guests. But there are some areas where you can take a stand. And if you are flexible with them, they’ll understand why you’re inviting someone who seems random to them. Check the budget, handle your parents with sensitivity, but always remember it’s your wedding.

Who is paying for your Long Island wedding?

This is a huge factor when determining the guest list. If your parents are paying for most or all of this, then chances are they will feel entitled to invite who they want. If you and your future spouse are paying, then you have complete say in who’s coming or not. If your parents are paying, then let them invite anyone they want. Unless you are having an intimate wedding. However, if they are paying for an intimate wedding, they should have good sense on who to invite and who to leave off the list.

Creating the guest list

As stated before, the Long Island wedding venue you choose, as well as your budget determines the size of your guestlist. You always want to plan for a few more, but don’t go overboard because all of a sudden you’ll outgrow your budget and your venue!  Here are some additional tips to follow when choosing your guest list.

  1. Generally the total number of guests you can have will be halved and the bride’s side accorded half the number and the groom’s the other half.
  2. If you and your spouse have a common circle of friends , you may want to give your parents a little more leeway with their invitees.
  3. Keep in mind none of this is set in stone. If the groom doesn’t have as many people to invite, it’s not necessary for him to start thinking up people to bring so that the parties are even. it makes more sense to let the bride invite more if she has more she’d like to be there. Or vice versa.
  4. The bride and groom should come up with their own lists separately, then meet up and go through the sifting process together.

You are probably going to go through several versions of your guest list until coming to the final list. More than anything it will help to determine the ball park number of guests you’ll be looking at. This will help you determine which Long Island wedding venue you will choose. Once you choose the best wedding venue on Long Island, you can focus in on the maximum number of guests.

Tips for drawing up a guest list

Make two columns, one for the name of the family, the other for the number expected. Thus you will have a row comprising entries such as –  Mr. & Mrs. Parker (and family) and the corresponding entry – 2 (or 4 as is the case). And so on. After due modifications and fine tuning, this list helps you arrive at two things simultaneously – the first column total will indicate the number of invitations you will require and the total of the second column will indicate your total number of guests.

  1. Start with the people closest to you i.e. your immediate family – parents, the couple’s own children (if any), siblings, nieces and nephews, grandparents.
  2. Next is the extended family i.e. aunts, uncles, cousins, their children (if necessary)
  3. Then come the close family friends and the couple’s friends, both individual and common
  4. Finally come the couple’s colleagues/ co-workers, employers and the parent’s colleagues

If your’s is a very intimate wedding or you have a very large family (immediate and extended), you may want to stick exclusively to the first two categories. If you’re planning a larger wedding, feel ‘the more the merrier’ and you have the budget to accommodate it, then you will be able to go the whole hog.

It is also possible, especially if your wedding is on a weekday, that not all whom you invite will be able to attend, either due to work or other commitments. If they reply sufficiently in advance, letting you know, you could have a reserve invitation list handy. As long as you don’t leave it too late to mail, thereby drawing attention to the fact that they are a second choice, the recipients will be happy to oblige.

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What to include in your wedding checklist

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Whether you are naturally organized or not, wedding checklists will help you keep everything in order for your wedding day. This is most likely the biggest event you’ll ever plan. Without a plan, it will be impossible to get everything done. There are many different lists you might need for your wedding day, but keep in mind, that your wedding planning process and wedding day might look a little different from these checklists. They’re here to give you an idea of what you need to do to prepare for your wedding day.

Spend some time looking over and editing these lists. Take out things that are irrelevant for you. Change the timelines if you need to and make sure your wedding checklists are customized for your wedding day.
Here are a few of the wedding checklists you may want to consider using:

First, your overall planning checklist. This is probably the most important checklist. It’s so easy to forget the little details when you’re planning. This list will help you get everything in order and do it all with perfect timing. From your Long Island wedding venue to your dress to your photographer, this list has got it all laid out for you.
You can also find this checklist in our free wedding planner spreadsheet which is available as a free download when you sign up to the newsletter.

Second, the bride and groom should have their own wedding day checklists. It is so easy to forget the important things on your wedding day. Important things like, getting to your hair appointment on time. Before your wedding day, make a checklist for yourself and your fiancé. It will include things like items you need to bring, last minute checks to make with your vendors, and places you need to be at certain times.

Third, have a wedding day timeline. This may feel like micromanaging, but it really is one of the most important wedding checklists there is. If you don’t have a timeline for everything from your hair appointment to the last dance of the reception, things are more likely to go wrong. Your timeline doesn’t have to be too detailed, but it should at least give your wedding party, your long island wedding venue, vendors and other people involved in your wedding day an idea of where they need to be and at what times.

Forth, a photography checklist. As a bride, you probably already know a bit about the photographs you want of your wedding day. It’s a really good idea to have a list of all the shots you want ready for your photographer. Things will go even more smoothly if you organise this list by the order you want photographs taken. For instance, which photos will you take before the ceremony and which will come afterwards? What are the areas you love about your long island wedding venue that you want to make sure are captured? No matter how good your photographer is, don’t just assume they will take the pictures you want.

And finally, Personalize the checklists. When you’re looking over our wedding checklists, remember that they’re generic. They’re especially useful for brides who are dealing with all the elements of a traditional wedding, but will work best for you if they are tailored to your wedding day. Make sure everyone that needs a checklist, has one that applies to their responsibilities. You’re friends and family want this to be an amazing day for you, and will be happy to help wherever they can. Give them a personalized checklist and they’ll accomplish everything on that list for you.

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5 Tips To Choosing The Perfect Long Island Wedding Venue

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5 Tips To Choosing The Perfect Long Island Wedding Venue

5 Things to Consider
when choosing your perfect
Long Island 
Wedding Venue:

Wondering what makes a Long Island wedding venue perfect? We’ve created a list of the 5 most important factors to picking your wedding venue.

  1.     Location.

 Long Island is a beautiful place to have a wedding. From city, to waterfront,  to rustic wineries- there aren’t many setting Long Island doesn’t provide. But keep in mind, if your Long Island wedding venue isn’t local for all of your guests you will want to offer lodging. If lodging is off-site, ask your venue if they provide transportation for guests.

  1.      Size matters.

 It’s important to find a wedding venue that can accommodate the number of guests your invite or if you are having a small intimate affair- will provide you with the cozy atmosphere. You don’t want a party of 50-100 in a 400-person ballroom.

  1.    Food.

Choosing a menu that complements your wedding style is hard enough without having to worry about any cultural or religious dietary restrictions. Not to mention those one or two friends who are strictly vegan, Kosher or require gluten-free. Make sure that your Long Island wedding venue can make the appropriate accommodations so you don’t need to stress about it on the day of.

4.     Price.  

It’s important when you have a Long Island wedding budget that you ask your venue what is included in the venue price.  The little things add up very quickly and before you know it you will have a bill far larger than what you are prepared to spend.

5.     Your number one!

And you shouldn’t settle for anything less. So on the day of your affair you  may want to make sure that you are the main event at your Long Island wedding venue. There is nothing worse than trying to compete with the pounding bass from the wedding down the hall.

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The benefits to onsite catering

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If you are wondering whether to bring a caterer to your wedding venue, or use the in house catering provided, I would suggest using onsite catering. While you might feel bringing someone else in provides you with more options, onsite catering has many more cost efficient benefits that may not be realized right up front.

 

First and foremost, equipment. More times than not, the wedding venue, whether it be a country club, a restaurant, or any other Long Island wedding venue, will have all the proper equipment already for catering such a large event. This means that you won’t have to rent all the necessary equipment to prepare and serve the food at your wedding. If you were to go with an outside catering company, generally you will need to rent,  plates, glasses, flatware, serving utensils, a chafing dish, and linens. This unnecessary expense really adds up! Even if your local Long Island wedding venue charges you some sort of rental, or cleaning fee, it will be substantially less because they already have all this equipment in their restaurant.

 

Another benefit to onsite catering is the cost of food. Most weddings will have a head count, therefore there will be an exact amount of food provided for the wedding party. With in house catering, they can also keep a possible extra 5%-10% extra just in case a few extra guests show up. They can keep the food stored in their own facility, and don’t have to use different equipment to preserve the food for travel. This allows your wedding venue to keep costs down.

 

The final perk to keeping with in house catering is the staff. Depending on which Long Island wedding venue you choose, you may have the option to go with buffet style or there can be a wait staff hired for table service. Whichever route you choose, it will be less expensive, and more efficient with onsite catering. The staff will be familiar with the venue. Management will know just the amount of staff to hire for the evening. And most importantly because you are using onsite catering, you won’t be charged a travel fee for the staff to come to the venue. This saves so much money.
All in all, I couldn’t recommend using onsite catering more. It helps keep costs down, as well as allowing the cooks, servers, and other staff work well in their familiar environment. So when choosing your Long Island wedding venue, consider the benefits of onsite catering. It’ll be one less thing you’ll have to stress about. And, you can use the money you saved, on your honeymoon!

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Long Island Ethnic Wedding Traditions

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Long Island Ethnic Wedding Traditions

Is Your Long Island wedding venue
familiar with your ethnic wedding traditions?

If you’re planning to incorporate any ethnic wedding traditions into your big day, it’s important to choose a wedding venue that is experienced enough to deliver your vision in tradition, design, experience and a variety of ethnic foods!

 Feel free to share this article with unfamiliar friends and family who will be attending your ethnic wedding so they can get a basic understanding of what it’s all about and a glimpse into what to expect!

Jewish Wedding Traditions:

Traditional Jewish ceremonies take place under the chuppah, a special draped canopy, which represents God’s presence and symbolizes the home the couple will soon share. After the exchange of vows and reading of the marriage blessings, the groom steps on a glass, breaking it to symbolize the fragility of human happiness. Immediately after the ceremony, it is customary for the bride and groom to spend a few moments alone together. This tradition is called yichud.

Traditional Jewish wedding receptions are joyful and lively celebrations with lots of singing and dancing. It is at the reception that an Israeli dance called the Hora is performed. During the Hora, the bride and groom are lifted into the air and celebrated by their exuberant guests, while sitting on chairs and each holding one end of a handkerchief.

Also, does your wedding venue also offer Glatt Kosher foods or Kosher Style events to meet your traditions and your needs? This is a question to ask your venue before making a decision.

Hindu Wedding Traditions:

Traditional Hindu weddings emphasize three values: happiness, harmony and growth. The ceremony involves many different traditions, including the couple taking their symbolic first seven steps together, with each step representing a different marriage vow. After their seven steps, the parents of the bride and groom bless the wedded couple by dipping a rose in water and waving it over the pair, sprinkling them with water drops. The groom then draws a small mark on the bride’s forehead with vermillion, a red powdered lead, symbolically welcoming her as his partner for life.

Latino Wedding Traditions:

Hispanic weddings are traditionally deeply spiritual, often taking place following mass at a Roman Catholic Church. After exchanging vows, an extra long strand of rosary beads are strung around the necks of the couple in a figure eight shape, symbolizing their unity. Next, two members of their wedding party drape a white satin cord around their shoulders; the couple wears this for the rest of the service, symbolizing the love that will keep them together for the rest of their lives. The traditional Latino wedding reception is a lively celebration of family and love. For the couple’s first dance, guests gather in a heart-shaped ring around them in joyful celebration.

There are too many traditions to list from all the different cultures of the world. But the point is, each is unique in there own way and to ensure that your wedding is the best it can be, make sure your catering hall is experienced in  the type of wedding traditions you are looking to have.

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7 Questions to Help You Find The Perfect Long Island Wedding Venue

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7 Questions to Help You Find The Perfect Long Island Wedding Venue

Are you trying to find the perfect Long Island wedding venue but don’t know what questions to ask?

You are not alone. Many brides find wedding venue shopping to be very overwhelming. That why we’ve compiled a list of 7 key questions to help you sort through all of your venue options.

1. What kind of backdrop do I want at my venue?
Most brides have some sort of vision in mind when it comes to choosing a wedding venue. Whether it’s a waterfront view, a city skyline or an intimate, candlelit room, it’s important to establish what it is that best suits your wedding style.

2. Can the wedding venue accommodate my guest list?
It’s true: not everyone you invite will attend your big day. But even if you’re absolutely, positively sure that Aunt Edna in Alaska won’t be making the trip with all six of her kids, don’t make the mistake of booking a wedding venue that can’t handle 100% of your guest list.

3. What are my cocktail hour options?
If you’re thinking of doing a cocktail hour, see if the wedding venue has space to handle both an indoor and outdoor event. On a beautiful day, it’s lovely to sip your cocktail outside and admire the waterfront view; but if the weather turns, it’s important to have a backup location that’s warm and dry.

4. Can the wedding venue provide menu selections to accommodate my guests?
Putting together the perfect menu is tricky enough, but obliging guests with dietary restrictions adds a whole new element of difficulty. Will you need choices that are vegan, Kosher or gluten-free? Choose a wedding venue that has the ability to make the appropriate accommodations and you’ll have one less thing to stress over.

5. What extras are included in the venue price?
All the little things add up frighteningly fast when it comes to your wedding budget, so keep in mind that the right wedding venue may include extras, such as coat check, chair covers and valet service.

6. Can I have an onsite ceremony at the venue?
The beauty of having a ceremony and reception at the same wedding venue is that it streamlines the process – for both you and your guests. If an onsite ceremony appeals to you, choose a venue that has the capability to do so with style and ease.

7. Will my wedding be the main event for the day?
Your wedding day will be the most important one of your life, so make sure you choose a venue that is able to focus solely on your event. The last thing you want to be worried about is dodging golf balls as you walk down the aisle, or having to compete with the thumping bass from the other wedding reception down the hall. It’s your day; choose a wedding venue that will focus entirely on making it perfect.

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Choosing the Bridal Party for your Long Island Wedding

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Choosing the Bridal Party for your Long Island Wedding

Choosing your Bridal Party
may be the most difficult task
of your entire Long Island wedding.

Because you can’t ask your bridesmaids for advice when you don’t have any yet.

Back in the day choosing candidates was easy: your sister or best friend was your maid of honor, your fiancés sisters were your bridesmaid and you and your significant other always have an even amount of party participants! But the game has changed and these rules are becoming vanishing guidelines for today’s modern bride. More recent wedding trends show brides are opting for a very intimate bridal party and some even limiting it down to a maid of honor and a best man.

Being asked to participate in a bridal party is a huge honor, but it is also a huge responsibility so before you go inviting everyone you know keep these tips in mind:

1. Wedding experts suggest having one bridesmaid and one groomsman (or 2 groomsman/ 2 bridesmaids for same-sex couples) per every 50 guests.
2. If you expect your bridesmaids to be your personal wedding support system and hold your hand through every step you need to consider where they live and their schedules. If you want your out-of-state best friend to be your maid of honor, she won’t be able to be very active in helping pick your dress or plan your bridal shower or really anything that she needs to physically be with there for, so be prepared to make a lot of decisions solo.
3. BUT Don’t assume because they live out-of-state, are having financial difficulties, or have crazy hectic schedules that they won’t make the effort they need. Make sure if you choose to ask them that you approach it by letting them know that if they aren’t up for the challenge there are lots of other wedding aspects they can surly be a part of!
4. You DO NOT need to ask someone to be part of your party just because you were part of theirs. People grow apart, times change, and that okay. Maybe you don’t want as large a party or you simple don’t consider her as close as she considers you. Whatever the situation there is no need to feel obligated.
5. Last but not least make sure that your Long Island wedding venue can accommodate your bridal party size. Most brides over look is that a large party can take up a lot of space- and TIME. The bigger the bridal party the longer the introductions.

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