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Choosing a Quinceanera theme:

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One of the most exciting parts of a quinceanera is choosing the theme for the party. On the other hand, this is one of the biggest challenges. It’s important to have the traditional aspect of a quinceanera. But adding a personal touch never hurt anyone now did it? Let’s look at some possible ideas to choose from.

A common, yet excellent theme is having a Sophisticated themed Quinceanera. This will show others your grown up side. You can let your friends and family see your adult taste and style, as well as dress with an elegance appropriate for a night like this. This is a theme that will work well any time of year. In a sophisticated Quinceanera, I would recommend wearing black, white, or any muted color. This type of party is not styled for bright colors. You’ll want your court to look fabulous of course, but nothing that would detract from you on your special day. You should consider silver or gold for their colors. When it comes to decorations, less is more with a sophisticated theme. Favours with some shimmer and glamour will do nicely for an elegant quinceanera. As far as food goes, I would stick to a traditional meal. Something like fish, chicken, or steak will be very classy. You may want to bring out some tasty hors d’oeuvres being handed out throughout the party. Finally, just like the decorations, keep your music with a sophisticated theme. Keep with traditional songs that might be popular at quinceaneras, including obviously the traditional waltz.

Another popular theme is to have a Garden Party for your Quinceanera.  Spring and garden themes are always great if your quinceaneras takes place in the springtime.  And it totally fits the quinceanera theme of your new beginning of becoming an adult.  A perfect location for your garden party theme, could be an actual garden.  Or you may want to seek out some Long Island Wedding venues with a garden setting to fit your theme perfectly.   The nice thing about having a garden party theme during the spring are all the colors you’ll have to choose from. Pastels will be a favorite for this type of party.  With such a pallet to choose from, you’ll be able to select different color dresses for your court.  But of course, you won’t want them to outshine you.  If you find a nice Long Island wedding venue, you won’t need to do much decorating if it already looks like a garden.  You can also have a nice variety when it comes to your menu.  Having a garden theme gives you the flexibility for food.  Go with what you like.  It’s your day anyway.  And again, when it comes to music, it’s up to you!


A fun theme for quinceaneras is to have a Princess theme for your big day.  This is a little similar to your sophisticated theme, but you really can get more extravagant.  You can really go all out making this location a kingdom rivaling any fairytale.  This is a nice theme because it doesn’t matter what time of year you have it.  If you really want to look like a princess, you’ll want to go with a really elegant dress.  Colors such as white, gold or a soft color will turn you into that beautiful princess you’re hoping to be.  And of course, don’t forget the tiara! You’ll want your court to look nice too. A princess isn’t going to be hanging out with a bunch of towns folk are they? Your court can be dressed in a nice color, in matching style.  Or a different dress with the same color might look great too.  You should consider what type of princess you are before you plan the decorations.  If you are a fairy tale princess, then you’ll want to have your decorations look very feminine, and soft.  But if you’re a more modern princess, then you’ll want to get a more classic theme, with tons of lavishness. You’ll want the guests to feel like they have been invited to a royal court, and therefore the food must be a feast fit for a princess.  If your venue will provide on site catering, you’ll be able to have a menu that only royalty would approve of.  If you can afford nicer silverware, and chinaware, it will only help your theme.  And because you’re the princess, you get to be the one to choose the music.


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Long Island Weddings: What’s Your Season

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Long Island Weddings: What’s Your Season

Things to Think about for any Long Island Weddings in Every Season

You’ve just accepted a marriage proposal and are giddy with excitement. The partner you’ve been dating is now going to be your spouse for life, and you can hardly wait to wake up beside them as a married person. Before you can get to that point, you have to actually experience the magic of the big day. And before you can even get there, you have to decide roughly when you want your Long Island wedding to be. If you’re stuck on choices, then read on to see if any of the bright points we here at Windows on the Lake have listed about each season really speak to you so you can figure out which season you want your wedding to be in.

Winter Wonderland

A winter wedding is definitely not for everyone, as the number of weddings taking place is the fewest by far. In December and February, 7.8% and 7.0% of weddings take place, respectively, with only a scant 4.7% occurring in January. Those numbers can be good, though, because:


  • The likelihood of having your favorite wedding venue in Long Island — like Windows on the Lake — be available are the highest all year.
  • The dearth of winter weddings means venues and vendors will drop their prices so they maintain bookings.
  • Friends and family can capitalize on cheaper post-holiday travel prices to attend your wedding.
  • The holiday/winter season also tends to mean more free time for everyone, letting you have the guest list you really want.
  • Going away for a tropical honeymoon will feel extra special in comparison to the cold wintry weather.
  • The stark beauty of snow and winter provides an amazing backdrop for your wedding photos.
  • Not only will great photographers be much more available, but winter provides near-flawless lighting, too, which means you can possibly cut down a little bit on photography costs.


Spring Awakening

Not everyone is constitutionally cut out for suffering through freezing temperatures just to get the benefits of a winter wedding, and spring is right around that corner.


  • The charm and beauty of seeing life bursting through the earth adds a sweetness and hope to your special day.
  • Wedding venues and caterers in Long Island are still pretty available and reasonably priced early in the spring season.
  • The days are getting longer, and the sun shines for more hours each day.
  • The temperature isn’t too hot nor too cold, but that nice, comfortable medium.
  • A spring wedding is the perfect antidote to permanently cap off prolonged winter blues, and offers a sense of new beginnings — exactly what your wedding signifies.It’s the only time of year certain bulb plants, like tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and anemones, bloom, and can be available to give your wedding a truly spring-time floral look.


Summer Splendor

June is the most popular month for weddings, grabbing 10.8% of the share, with August following close behind at 10.2%. There’s no doubt summer weddings are the most popular by far, so let’s take a look at why so many people are drawn to them.


  • If you or your guests live in a winter-heavy location, a summer wedding is one of the most glorious ways to highlight the most perfect season of the year.
  • The majority of flowers bloom in the summer, giving you just about a free-for-all of floral arrangements for the big day.
  • Long days, a bright sun, and perfectly warm weather give you the ideal and most natural setting in any city.
  • You can opt for an outdoor wedding with no hesitation, and use a tent just in case the rain clouds decide to be an unannounced guest.
  • Summer is the universal time for vacation, giving your guests the best chance of being able to attend without the pressures of the holiday season.
  • You can save a little bit on your dress by going for something lighter and shorter, as you won’t need all the materials you usually would for a cooler-weather wedding.
  • Because of the longer days and hours of sun, you may not need to spend as much on electricity at your wedding reception in Long Island as you would during other times of the year.


Autumn Glory

While each of the previous seasons have their own distinctive set of advantages, the fall is that one season that takes the best of all of them and combines it into one package. You have a near-limitless set of options on what you want to do, and the benefit of slightly lower wedding averages (September: 9.6%; October: 9.4%; November: 7.4%) to capitalize on prices that are a bit lower than summer.


  • The leaves changing color provides a breathtaking backdrop when nature is at its most spontaneously beautiful point of the year, and on such a wide scale.
  • You get the benefit of lingering summer-warm weather without the oppressive heat, and a pleasant cooling off in the evenings.
  • Special little extras, like including a hay ride or incorporating a barn, aren’t quirky, but seamless, in the fall.
  • Autumn reds, oranges and yellows make for absolutely stunning color and décor combinations, with an incredibly rich palette to choose from.
  • The crispness of the air also has that heady autumn aroma, so your guests can celebrate your wedding in Long Island with you on so many levels.
  • The beauty of the outdoors makes it really easy to set up for photographs, as the only thing you’ll have to worry about is making sure you’re standing in the right position relative to the sun. Nature takes care of the rest.
  • The weather is pretty consistent, so there’s a really low chance of getting surprised by rain for your outdoor nuptials.


If you’re still not sure when you want your wedding to be, then call us at Windows on the Lake to learn more about our fabulous venue. Or, better yet, drop by and see why getting married on Lake Ronkonkoma is one of the top choices of Long Islanders everywhere. Our elegant venue, combined with the natural beauty of the lake, makes it the perfect spot for your wedding no matter what season you end up going with.
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Quinceanera ideas:

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Having a Quinceañera is a very special day for many Long Island girls growing up in Latino Cultures.  This is a day they have been thinking about for years! I imagine there has been a lot of brainstorming and planning how to make this the perfect event for your daughter here on Long Island.  The time has come to pinpoint some ideas and run with it.  It’s your daughters fifteenth birthday.  She’s becoming a woman.  Let’s make this a amazing event never to be forgotten!

Quinceañera’s can be celebrated differently depending on the family, and the culture.  Some families like to keep things simple.  They only want to celebrate with their closest friends and family, and they don’t want to get too fancy with the decorations.  Other families have an extravagant evening with tons of food, and presents.  There tend to be more gifts at the high end celebrations as well.  No matter which way you decide to go, keep in mind that the focus on this event is to honor your daughter.

Part of the tradition of the Quinceañera is having your daughter put together a court consisting of 14 people.  This will represent the 14 years of childhood she has lived.  These members of the court will be dressed in matching formal wear.  Be sure to hire a professional choreographer, because this court will be learning dances and performing for the guests leading up to the father and daughter dance.

You shouldn’t make things complicated when choosing the music.  Just go with whatever your daughter’s personal taste is.  As hard as this might be, remember, it’s her special night, and a lot of her friends will be there with the same taste.  You can hire a DJ to play a mix of her favorite songs, or if you want to keep things on a budget, you can always put together a playlist on your iPod.  There are apps out there that will mix the music perfectly, as if a DJ was there.  But on a night like this, you might want to hire a DJ because there will be different things going on throughout the night.  So you may want that DJ moving the guests from thing to thing.  Feel free to throw in some songs you and your friends might like.  Depending on your budget, you may want to hire a Mariachi Band, or a Salsa Band.  This will give the evening a more traditional feel.  If you want to keep things less expensive, you could always hire a guitarist who can play Spanish guitar.

Now, you’re going to want to feed these guests right?  But before we get to that, why don’t we get to what’s really important.  The Cake! Seek out the best Cake Decorator for what you and your daughter are expecting for this night.  Some people would rather go with cupcakes, but hey, she’s only going to be 15 once, so a tier cake seems fitting for sure.

When it comes to food, you’ll have many Long Island Catering Halls to choose from.  So you might want to find a venue on Long Island that will cater in house.  Of course you can always choose off site catering, depending on what food you’ll be serving.  If your daughter’s birthday is during the wedding off season, it might be nice to check out some Long Island wedding venues to see if they are offering any special deals for Quinceañeras. Don’t forget how much you have going on with the planning, so you find yourself a caterer who will take some of the food stress off your hands. You and your daughter can plan the menu with the caterer and then leave it to them to make your meal ideas come to life.

You’ll want to look at the budget again to decide if you want a sit down dinner, or if you are going to go buffet  style.  Keep in mind, if the food is good, either option will be great.

Remember this is an occasion in your daughter’s life you’ll never want her to forget.  So do all you can to capture the events of the evening.  Sometimes it’s fun to put disposable cameras on the tables.  Once you get the film developed, it can be hilarious to see what people took pictures of.  It usually doesn’t cost to much to put together a fun photo booth for your guests to get together and have fun snapshots taken in there. If you have a friend or relative who is proficient in the world of photography, you may want to offer them a small stipend to take pictures of the night for you.  I would suggest if there is room in the budget, hire a professional photographer.  That way they’ll capture everything going on that night.

Lastly, remember that your daughter has been dreaming of this night, and waiting for it to be here for a long time.  At least a long time in her mind.  Make sure she is in a position where she can take it all in, and enjoy herself.  When all is said and done, make sure your daughter writes in a diary her greatest memories of her Quinceañera.  If you are able to plan ahead, and keep things organized, I know she’ll have the Quinceañera she always dreamed of!


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Your Wedding in Long Island: Rent or Buy?

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Your Wedding in Long Island: Rent or Buy?

A Wedding In Long Island: To Buy, or Not to Buy?

Your wedding in Long Island, New York is going to be one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make in your life, other than buying a house or car. It’s with good reason, too: you’re making one of the biggest commitments to another person that you can make, and it’s a day where you, your future spouse, and all your family and friends celebrate the joy. But just because everyone special to you is sharing in your special day doesn’t mean you have to go overboard on the expenses, with renting what you need just as valid an option as buying. We take a look at the pros and cons of both so you can have the peace of mind you deserve.

Buying: Advantages

There’s no question here what the biggest advantage is about buying what you need for your wedding in Long Island: everything will be brand new from your Long Island catering company and exactly what you want. There’s no settling for something close but not quite there, no feelings of having someone else’s leftovers, and no having to compromise on style.

Other than food, buying new ensures you get everything you want: flowers, tables, backdrop, decorations, clothing, dishes and more. You have complete control over which vendors you buy with, how you want everything to arrive, and what it can pair with. Plus, you can sell the items after your Long Island, NY wedding to recoup some of the costs.

Buying: Disadvantages

First and foremost, you’ll be paying a premium for owning everything outright. Buying is almost always more expensive than renting, especially if it’s just for one day. It’s nice to have that control over every single piece, but you have to ask yourself how much that control is worth to you.

If you buy everything for your wedding in Long Island, another question to ask yourself is where everything will go once your wedding’s over. Do you have the storage space for hundreds of dish sets, or are they going to sit around and collect dust? You could sell them, but there’s no guarantee you’ll find a buyer or that you’ll get the price you were asking.

Renting: Advantages

You’re going to save a lot of money by renting what you need for your wedding on just about anything you look for. For example, instead of paying about a dollar a plate, you can rent them for approximately half the price.  Married couples are eager to unload everything they bought, and you’ll be the beneficiary of that.

Plus, once the day is over, you don’t have to worry at all about packing everything up and finding a storage space for it.  Centerpieces and decorations are great things to rent since most of the time you will end up throwing them away afterward anyways. All you have to do is meet the vendor so they can pick it up, and you’re free to start enjoying married life.

Renting: Disadvantages

There’s no getting around spending the money, no matter how good of a deal you get on everything. But after? You’ll have spent the money…and go home with nothing. You can get around this a bit by buying a few items to save as keepsakes, and renting the rest to cut down on costs.

There’s also a small chance you may not get everything in pristine condition, as other people have rented the same stuff you’re using. Buying everything is a way to avoid this, but again, if you’re renting, it’s likely because you want to save a bit of money wherever you can.

Whether you rent or buy, let Windows on the Lake take care of everything for your wedding in Long Island. We have a team of professionals who can make your perfect day as simple and beautiful as you deserve, so give us a call today to get started.
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Indoor or outdoor wedding venue?

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Some brides to be have always imagined having an outdoor wedding, and some have known since they were young ladies that they would have their weddings in an exquisite ballroom, different spouses are attempting to settle on their ideal style and area for their wedding.


In case you’re one of those ladies weighing both indoor wedding and outside wedding choices, here are a some reasons to consider either type of wedding venue:


Outside Weddings:


Outside wedding venues already have their own natural decor, with lavish trees and beautiful, bloom filled gardens… giving an effectively blossomed venue that you don’t need to use a huge percentage of your budget on decorations.  Expert gardeners have made a mystical wedding venue emphasizing wonderful flowers, as the setting of an outside wedding.


Open air wedding venues on Long Island are accessible for the majority of the year, from prevalent springtime weddings to top season late spring weddings to fall foliage excellent autumn weddings, with distinctive “looks” for each season. Also, compact cooling and warming units can make an exceptionally agreeable environment for the greater part of your visitors in any season.


The best open air wedding venues give a few diverse spaces to your wedding’s stages, from a space for your ceremony, as well as a space for your cocktail hour, and of course an area for your reception.


Open air wedding venues also give the opportunity for amazing wedding photographs.


Open air spaces are unlimited and open, giving a vaporous air to your service and gathering.


Open air weddings give a remarkable style for visitors to appreciate, making your wedding unique compared to the indoor weddings that visitors have attended that season.

Indoor Weddings


Ballrooms offer the astounding look and feel of their rich architecture, which could be accented by florals and embellishment lighting to make an awesome scene for your wedding.


Indoor banquet halls offer full safety from any weather conditions, from a cool and blustery day to rain to snow to muggy summer humidity. The environment is impeccably situated to your and your visitors’ pleasure.


Indoor event venues give the likelihood to endless menu options, without stress over high temperature’s impact on specific sorts of dishes.


The best wedding venues offer distinctive spaces for the diverse phases of your wedding, from a space for your cocktail hour to a bigger assembly hall for your reception, and different rooms all through the wedding venue for your guests to explore.
There are obviously perks to both types of wedding venues, and consequently many of our Long Island wedding couples choose not to choose. They choose the best Long Island wedding venues that incorporate indoor and outdoor event space.  They frequently want to have their wedding outdoors, and the same goes for their cocktail hour, and then having their reception in the ballroom.  It’s nice to have both options just in case the weather should turn poor.  Having both indoor and outdoor aspects to your venue, you’ll have the best of both worlds.  Here at  Windows on the Lake, we have the best of both worlds.  With our beautiful banquet hall, and out amazing outdoor garden locations overlooking Lake Ronkonkoma you’ll find all you need for the perfect wedding.

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Plan a Long Island Wedding Reception on a Budget

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Plan a Long Island Wedding Reception on a Budget

Planning a Reception on a Budget

Those dream weddings you see on TV are just that: a dream. They’re shows designed to go big on splash and not take the average person’s budget into consideration, especially when the average American wedding is around $25,000. That may sound like a big figure, but the dollars get eaten up pretty quickly on food and alcohol, the venue, licensing, floral arrangements, music, gifts, clothing, rentals, photography, and more. So instead of giving you an unrealistic recipe for a Long Island wedding reception that’ll make your eyes boggle at the final cost, we here at Windows on the Lake have devised an easier, less expensive way of having a reception that you and your guests will remember for years.

Food and Beverage

Your guests have to eat, yes, but they don’t need Kobe-grade filet mignon and crab legs to have a memorable time. They will, however, remember if you serve really awful food, so don’t try and be too cheap in this area. With that in mind, there are still many ways you can have your reception food on a budget at a high-quality Long Island banquet hall and still send everyone home happy.


  • Consider a lunch reception instead of an evening reception
  • Try serving a buffet for dinner instead of plated dishes
  • Book a venue that allows you to hire your own Long Island catering company and bring your own alcohol
  • Stick to just a few types of wines and beers, and skip the hard liquors and cocktails
  • Serve non-alcoholic drinks, like frappe mochas or fruit smoothies, as a delicious alternative
  • Keep your open bar open for limited times instead of having it available all night
  • Go for a cupcake cake — or cupcakes — instead of a lavish wedding cake
  • Provide your own appetizers



It’s hard to think of even one wedding where music doesn’t play a central role, it’s such a crucial part of the reception. But instead of hooking up your iPod to speakers — which is one of the fastest ways to stamp amateur all over your reception — follow these tips instead.


  • Head to a college near you and look for music student-DJs, as they’ll be itching for a place to try out their skills in the real world. You’ll get maximum effort for minimum price
  • Set up Songza, 8-Track or TuneIn Radio on your laptop, but not without a friend watching it. The last thing you want is for the type of music you chose to play the same 12 songs in an endless loop
  • Hire university students who are majoring in music to play at your wedding, as they’ll be a fraction of the cost as professional musicians but will play at a high enough quality your guests won’t notice the difference



This is a tough choice because while the previous entries allowed you some wiggle room, with guests forming their own (sometimes inaccurate) memories, photos are forever. Do this section too much on the cheap and you won’t have too much to look at down the road, but spend too much and you’ll be kicking yourself for years. Photography is one Long Island wedding reception aspect that isn’t worth cutting corners on.


  • Place instant cameras at every table and have guests snap their memories of your reception
  • Consider having your Long Island wedding off-season so you can snag a better deal on a professional photographer
  • Get quotes from photographers and compare as many as you can for the best price
  • Book a photographer for a set block of time to limit costs, like the first hour of the reception
  • Take a chance on a budding photographer who’s eager to establish themselves and build an extensive portfolio
  • Buy the rights to the photos instead of the photos, and print them yourself when your budget will allow



This is perhaps one of the easiest, most budget-friendly sections you can save money on in your Long Island wedding reception, as flowers are such an integral part of wedding receptions that the scales are tipped in your favor. Flowers are such a common commodity that many, many vendors deal with them, giving you options to find the perfect package for your reception.


  • Limit yourself to looking only at flowers that are in season
  • Make the bouquets yourself from cut flowers
  • Try ordering flowers online for a reduced price
  • Mix in silk flowers with live flowers to bump the cost down even more ( you can even rent silk flowers for a discounted price!)


At Windows on the Lake, we’re always looking for ways to make your Long Island wedding reception as magical as it can be, whether you’re doing your reception on a budget or have the sky as the limit. Give us a call today to learn how we can turn the wedding reception of your dreams into a reality.
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Choosing a Bar Mitzvah party theme:

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Since it is an essential day in your kid’s life, it is best to ask them which topic they would like best. Tolerating their thoughts for their Bar Mitzvah would imply that you have acknowledged their development at their extraordinary day.


Then again, you could choose a topic for them relying on their tastes. Case in point, if they are musically gifted at school, you can keep a musical subject.


Assess Yourself


The most effective method to Choose a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party Theme?


Here are a few recommendations for choosing a Bar/Bat Mitzvah theme. You should ask:


What does my kid like?


Which action does your kid enjoy? Do they like reading? Do they play a musical instrument?


What is he/she best at?


It could be anything – playing tennis, riding a bicycle, board games, giving warm embraces, or actually chatting on the telephone for hours!


Who do I know?


On the off chance that you know somebody who has an inventive personality, you can take recommendations from them. I’d recommend calling that cousin who is known for her wacky plans. Know anyone who sings or plays piano? Call them!  It could add a great deal of zest to the gathering.


Does anyone need help?


You can really make a philanthropy topic and make the gathering fun, and in addition bring a change to the world. Consider whom you might want to help the most, and put aside a couple of trusts for that philanthropy. You can even let the visitors help (but don’t make them do it).

Why not?


Should you incorporate a topic to the Mitzvah occasion? Also the answer is – why not? The children revel in it, and grown-ups delight in it!


Be Creative, Reasonable, and Listen to Your Child


In the wake of assessing yourself, here is the thing that you need to do to think of a subject:


Be imaginative. It is about creativity. You don’t a theme repeat from another Bar Mitzvah, Right? Whether you are picking a season as a subject, or a game – simply verify it hasn’t been carried out some time recently. Contemplate the things that you wouldn’t typically consider. Attempt a meeting to generate new ideas. Record whatever you can consider…  and after that strike off the thoughts you think wouldn’t work.


Be sensible. Whatever thought you pick must be in your financial plan and time frame. There is no reason using a huge number of dollars on a topic when you can’t bear the cost of it. It is best to know your budget.


Listen to your kid. As expressed prior, it is critical to take the guidance of your Mitzvah child. When its all said and done, it is their day to sparkle.


Do Some Research


In the wake of assessing yourself, now is the right time to do some exploration (this one here is genuine diligent work, so take a seat and read this).


Let the gathering reflect the taste and identity of the Mitzvah kid. The subject ought to give them a chance to communicate. Common ideas would incorporate games, books, music, motion pictures, diversions, travel end, craftsmanship, nourishment, sweet, and past eras.


Keep the subject fixated on Judaism to some focus on the culture. It would additionally keep the youngster near their legacy. For this reason, you can choose something from biblical stories, a philanthropy, an acclaimed Jewish individual, Jewish occasions, or possibly their most loved Torah portion for the subject.


Utilize the Bar Mitzvah youngster’s name as a vital component of the subject. You can utilize an extraordinary text style for it, and use it all through the service.


Select shades that run with your subject, and look excellent as indicated by the area. You can additionally make a topic focused around two colors that are recommended by your soon to be mitzvahed child. These shades would direct you all through the embellishment, from blooms to cloths.


Joining the Theme


Strangely, the procedure of picking a subject does not stop at simply choosing what the topic ought to be. It reaches out to joining the subject. Alright so you picked a topic. What’s next? Here’s the answer:


Utilize the topic text styles and shades for invites. In the event that you have chosen some extraordinary logos or representation for your subject, you ought to incorporate them in the invite as well.


Verify the two colors you picked are incorporated in the closet of your youngster. It could be the color of his shirt, or the shade of her dress…  simply verify the shades are incorporated in their garments.


All the enhancement parts of the gathering ought to include the subject you have chosen. You can utilize the topic for centerpieces, doorway shows, publications, flags, paintings, and signs and so forth. Remember that a generally incorporated subject would take your visitors to an alternate world.


Augment the subject to your menu too. Case in point, in the event that you have chosen a subject for a specific place on the planet (we should say China), verify you serve their neighborhood nourishment (Chinese for this situation).


Your cute gifts ought to additionally reflect the topic of the gathering, so that the visitors can recollect your gathering even long after it is over (Chinese caps, for instance).


Here is a little tip: If you can’t choose things on your own, it is best to take exhortation from a gathering organizer. There are numerous organizers that have some expertise in Bar/Bat Mitzvah gatherings, and they can provide for you magnificent plans, and help you arrange the gathering.


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Best Wedding Reception Splurges

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Best Wedding Reception Splurges

Wedding Reception Splurges: Spend Wisely

Weddings are expensive today, and we here at Windows on the Lake are the first to admit that. It’s an extravagant affair that represents the biggest, most special day of your life, so it’s more than understandable that it should be worth more than, say, Christmas or a birthday. However, we also understand that not every wedding couple can afford to have the wedding of their dreams and may be on a budget, but here are 4 areas you shouldn’t hold back on.

1. Photography

Human memory is faulty and we have a tendency to remember what we want, and not always what actually happened. Sometimes this works to our advantage, but other times, we want an objective record of every single detail.

Your wedding reception in Long Island, New York is one of those events.

When you think back on your beautiful wedding on your 25th anniversary, you want to be able to share every memory with your spouse. Whether it’s the sweet romance of your first dance, the joy of cutting your cake together, or simply seeing all of your friends and family gathered together to celebrate your day. A professional photographer will do just that for you, knowing just what lenses to bring, how to adjust the shutter speed and f-stop, and everything else that goes into creating perfect images. An amateur on Craigslist with an iPhone will not.

2. Lighting

It almost doesn’t matter at all how elegantly you’ve decorated your Long Island banquet hall if you don’t have the right lighting to accent everything. Wedding receptions in Long Island are all about ambiance and atmosphere, and the easiest way to achieve that is with skilled lighting.

By splurging on lighting, you can use it to camouflage potential “problem” areas, like shabby curtains, unfavorable window treatments, an unfinished ceiling, or anything else that isn’t exactly to your specifications. Conversely, lighting can accentuate the areas you do want highlighted, like your gorgeous centerpieces or fabulous entryway. This is definitely not one area to visit Walmart for.

3. Attire

No matter what you’re planning on wearing to your wedding, it’s worth it to spend a bit more. We don’t necessarily mean you have to get a custom-made outfit with Italian silk, but that you should be putting your dollars into the details.

Wedding clothes can be expensive, but they don’t always have to be, such as if you’re renting your outfit. But even if you go that route, invest in a really good tailor who can tuck and snip your clothing in all the right areas so you do look like you’re wearing custom-made clothing. Closely related to clothing is makeup: splurge a bit here so you look radiant and glowing, and not like a new person entirely. An excellent makeup artist is worth their weight in gold.

4. Entryway

All eyes will be on you when you enter the reception hall, so give your guests a fantastic image they’ll remember forever. You’ve already taken care of yourself with tip #3, and this section is another where you shouldn’t be shy about opening up your wallet.

Sadly, the entryway is one of the most common wedding reception features overlooked by wedding planners, but it doesn’t have to be on your big day. You don’t even have to pull out all the stops to have a hugely impressive entryway, only know which areas to key in on.

The floral arrangement should be well-proportioned and sophisticated, guests should be greeted with a signature cocktail or glass of champagne (plus non-alcoholic alternatives so all your guests feel included), and flawless lighting to highlight everything impeccably. Something else to keep in mind is the entryway — the first part of your wedding reception to make your guests feel as though they’re attending a truly special event — should reflect the décor inside. It doesn’t have to match it piece for piece, but you should have the same colors and textures for your entryway as you do elsewhere.

Once you’ve figured out the areas you want to splurge on for your wedding, let Windows on the Lake take care of the rest. Our team of professionals is skilled in every area you can think of for your wedding, and we’re ready to help you today.
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Planning a Long Island Bar/Bat Mitzvah

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Organizing a Bar/Bat Mitzvah can be overwhelming.  The best way to avoid having too much stress in planning this momentous event, is to start as early.  This way, you are able to enjoy the occasion because everything has been planned far in advance.  Here are some ideas for having a well planned Bar/Bat Mitzvah.


Many families planning a Long Island Bar or Bat Mitzvah, will start as early as two years before the event.   While this may seem a little premature, it is important to consider the area  you live in.  If you live in a place where there is a high Jewish community, you may have trouble booking a quality venue, because many of them will be booked for years to come.  So even if a couple years early seems ridiculous, the best advice would to at least book the venue.  Now as was mentioned, many venues might have already been booked.  But because you have given yourself the time to find the perfect Long Island location for your son or daughter, you can get a little creative.   There are many Long Island Wedding  Venue’s that are the perfect place for you particular Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  Make sure to check those out. There may be a hidden gem that others may not have thought of.


Once you have the Long Island Bar/Bat Mitzvah venue booked, a huge weight will be lifted off your shoulders.   This will give you some time, and the freedom to plan the rest.  You can toy with different theme ideas, and color schemes, whether you want a DJ or a band, and test out many of the fine caterers on Long Island. Having that extra time to decide on these larger issues, will make the small issues easy to solve when you are closer to the date.


As time starts to tick away, and you get closer and closer to the big day, you’ll want to narrow down a few more items off of that big checklist of yours.  The nice thing again, is you’ll be able to see as you go, each item is smaller, and less stressful to handle because you’ve dealt with the big issues way ahead of time.  The next level of things to check off might be, beginning to figure out your guestlist, thinking of centerpiece and floral ideas, and getting some invitation ideas.  Now, because you’re probably still about a year out at this point, there is no need to make any orders or finalize anything just yet.  But it’ll be nice to get some general ideas, because this year will go faster than you think!


At this point you should have your theme and colors all worked out.  With this done you can begin ordering your party favors, invitations, decorations, and guest books.  With about six months to go, these items will be great to get out of the way.


You should send your invitations out with about three months to go before the Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  This will give your guests time to RSVP, as well as make their travel plans to Long Island, if they are not local.  Around this time, you should make sure your order to the florist is in. It might also help to give your DJ or band an idea of the songs you hope to hear.


With the finish line in sight, there are only a few things to finalize before your Bar/Bat Mitzvah is ready to go!  You’ll want to give your Long Island venue a head count.  Make sure all the clothes have been fitted; Now that your child is becoming a Jewish adult, you don’t want them dressed in something too small or too baggy on them!  Make sure your child’s speeches, poems, and prayers are finalized and ready to go.  But most of all, now that you have planned everything, and it’s time for the event, sit back, relax, and take it in.  You as a parent, should be able to enjoy this incredible moment in your child’s life.


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In-house Catering vs. Off-Site Catering

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In-house Catering vs. Off-Site Catering

When it comes to catering your reception which is better?

When it comes to catering your wedding what do you choose: the on-site catering provided by your venue or the off-site catering company your friend recommended? Well, the answer is simple. The in-house caterer will almost always provide better results for a cheaper price.

In-House Catering

First and foremost, your in-house caterer knows the venue. They know the location, the space, the staff, and flow of your Long Island catering location. They have experience working in the kitchen and have catered events just like yours over a million times.

They are familiar with where to go when they need something and who to ask for it. Since they have done this so many times they know exactly when each course should start and end so they can plan to start plating and serving different courses accordingly. This ensures everything will run smoothly and on time.

They already know the number of staff members they need to have on shift. The wait staff is train specifically for your venue and they know where to go and how to work the room to ensure everyone is able to try each hors d’oevres.

Off-Site Catering

It is important to keep in mind that if you choose to hire an outside caterer there may be hidden fees and risks. Many venues will charge an additional fee to bring in an outside catering company so if you are trying to budget, this isn’t the best choice. You also have to beware off fees from your off-site caterer. He or she may charge you for staffing, equipment rentals and more. You also need to check that your venue will allow the catering company access to a full kitchen assuming that you want your food fresh and cooked on-site! The biggest risk associated with hiring an off-site catering service would be losing your venue’s security deposit because your catering company damaged the venue site.

At Windows On The Lake, we guarantee your night will be a success. We only work with trained professionals. Our chefs can customize our menus to create any dish- whether it be ethnic, religious, or just your favorite meal. Find out more about our catering services by calling us today.

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