Winter Wedding Accessories

Winter weddings are a great opportunity to show off fun and festive ways to stay warm. We’re using inspiration from One Fab Day to highlight some of our favorite ways to cover up for a winter wedding.


Use a linen or cloth blazer to elevate your bridal look.



Get matching shawls for your bridal party to keep your best friends warm!


Retro Shawls:

Consider multiple styles of crochet shawls to add beautiful details to your bridal party look.



Who doesn’t love a cape? It’s always a gorgeous option for any gown.


Formal Coat:

Consider a formal coat, such as a military style coat that has shoulder lapel details for an elegant twist.


Winter weddings offer limitless options for style and detailing. It’s important that you look and feel fabulous throughout the night. For more inspiration on ways to enhance your winter wedding look, check out our Pinterest page!


Rings & Band Trends

It’s true what they say, diamonds are, and always will be a girl’s best friend. But sometimes a giant or bulky ring can get in the way. Don’t get us wrong, we love anything that sparkles, but we are also loving the new trend of minimalist engagement rings and wedding bands for the simple elegant look it provides. Not to mention the practicality! Here are some of our favorites, courtesy of WeddingWire:

Low Emerald Cut:

Check out this non-elevated emerald cut diamond ring with a thin wedding band to accommodate it. We also love that the emerald is sideways!


Something Blue:

We love this solitaire blue diamond and yellow gold band. Just stunning!


Eternity times infinity

We love this eternity band. The marquise diamonds make it look like an infinity band with bling all over!


Rose Gold Dainty

We love the elegant look of a thin, rose gold band. Accompany it with a small diamond band beneath the engagement ring and you’ve got an elegant and chic ring finger!


For more ideas for engagement rings and wedding bands, check out our Pinterest page!

Boutonnieres for Every Groom

When planning your wedding flowers, remember that the groom needs a finishing touch to his look! Traditionally, the groom would pin a flower from the bride’s bouquet. And while we love a tradition at Celebrate, we also love new trends. Here are some of our favorites from Martha Stewart Weddings.

Really Romantic:


Makeup: Blue thistle, eucalyptus, and soft pink blooms.

Rustic & Seasonal:


Makeup: Green-and-white bout, complete with exotic greens and a single cream flower.

Elegant & Regal:


Makeup: A sprig of greens, an orchid, and a calla lily.

Soft & Subtle:


Makeup: Wrapped in tuxedo black satin, an un-unopened peony and textured greens.

Textured Pop:


Makeup: A speckled magenta bloom with surrounding greenery.

At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, you have over 80 acres of lush gardens to choose from, so you’re able to have just about any floral combination you wish for your big day! For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens November 2018 Events

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens, a proud Smithsonian affiliate, offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience the performing arts, visual arts, history, and more. Snug Harbor has the ideal family friendly events for you for the month of November!

Newhouse After Dark: Sartoirial Stories: Fashion, Autobiography, and Staten Island


Fashion is an integral aspect of our daily life practices and visual landscape. What we wear defines each experience we have; it is both a personal decision and a social marker. Historian Alexis Romano will lead a discussion and brief image-led lecture, followed by a workshop in which participants write their “fashion autobiography.” Focus will be given to their experience of dress on Staten Island and their experiences of Staten Island through dress.

Hemlock Theatre Co. Presents American Idiot!


An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot, features little dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line.

Staten Island Children’s Museum: Cool School Holiday- Veteran’s Day Observed


Cool School Holiday – visit the Museum for FREE all day! Play in Big Games, build in Block Harbor or go on an adventure in our Great Explorations exhibit! NYC Public Schools are closed.

We The People: Black Indians in America: Photographs and Words of Fern Metcalf


We the People: Black Indians in America is an exhibition of Fern Metcalf’s photography and storytelling which depicts the history and present-day life of Black Indians and Mardi Gras Indians living in today’s United States. That they still exist is testimony to their unending resilience in America.

NYC Winter Lantern Festival


This holiday season, the first ever NYC Winter Lantern Festival is coming to Staten Island!  The NYC Winter Lantern Festival is the China National Tourist Office New York 2018 signature event, produced by New York Events & Entertainment (NEWYORKEE) and Haitian Culture, and co-sponsored by Empire Outlets and Snug Harbor.Under 3

Between November 28, 2018 and January 6, 2019, seven acres of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden will be illuminated by 40 LED installations that stretch up to 30 feet tall. The LED lanterns will be accompanied by live performances of traditional Chinese dances and art. Along with this, NEWYORKEE is partnering with a variety of holiday vendors to create an experience for guests of all ages.

The events you can attend are endless. Visit to see all of the other events that are constantly going on at Snug Harbor. No matter which event you choose to attend, your experience is sure to be nothing short of memorable.

Winter Wedding Decor

The winter months can be the most romantic months of the year. Capture the magic of the season by incorporating some of these winter wedding details we love from Bridal Guide!

Tree-lined aisle decor

Perfect for a ballroom or indoor ceremony, elevate your aisle by adding white trees and candles.


Pinecone Bouquet

Perfect for an indoor wedding or winter garden photos on Snug Harbor, add a few pine cones to your bouquet!


Rustic Ring Bearer Pillow

These pinecones and greenery are the perfect way to incorporate a rustic touch to your ceremony.


Chair Accents

Rather than add chair covers, include a touch of pine or a winter green to the back of your guest chairs.


Mistletoe Cake

Who doesn’t love mistletoe? Why not make it the accent to your cake!

At Celebrate Snug Harbor, you can include all of these winter wedding decorations and more. For more winter wedding inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

Wedding Hors D’oeuvres by Relish Caterers

Next level hors d’oeuvres on your wedding day!

Elevate your cocktail hour with canapés that excite the senses.  One and two bite savory selections that taste as good as they look. Forget the puff pastry and try one of these gourmet delights created for Celebrate Snug Harbor.

Avocado toast: Avocado edamame toast bites, radish, ginger, dill, pink peppercorn dust


Brussel Sprout: Brussels sprout fork, pancetta wrapped, dilled ranch dipping sauce


Apples: Kohlrabi cone stuffed with empire state shaved apple, candied hazelnuts, mint, cider vinaigrette


Chicken Parmesan: Chicken parmesan rotini bites, sundried tomato, basil


Corn Muffin: Crab stuffed corn muffins, pepper jack cheese, chive aioli frosting


For over fifteen years, Relish Caterers has been offering culinary innovation and impeccable service. Hosting your momentous occasion at Celebrate Snug Harbor means you’ll be working with an amazing team of event designers so that every bite is more delicious than the next.


Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens October 2018 Events

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens, a proud Smithsonian affiliate, offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience the performing arts, visual arts, history, and more. Snug Harbor has the ideal family friendly events for you for the month of October!

Staten Island Children’s Museum: Con Edison Second Saturday Science! Braille for All!


Braille may seem just a jumble of dots, but like any other code, is based on a logical system. Learn the “coding” of braille and create your own a braille name tag.

Compost 101

Compost 101

What is compost? How do I make it? Do I need a bin? Do I need worms? This workshop will introduce you to compost, how it’s made, and what to do with it when it’s done.

Newhouse After Dark: Beetlejuice + Halloween Dance Party


Each month, enjoy the beauty of live art experiences in the oldest building on campus.

Get in the perfect Halloween mood with the classic hit film Beetlejuice–then rock out to a kickin’ Halloween Dance Party with DJ Channels and Winds in the historic Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art.

Halloween Harbor


Get your fill of trick-or-treating, spooky movies, arts & crafts, mad science, and a costume contest at this year’s Halloween Harbor! Tickets allow access to all activities, museums, and attractions for the entire day. Visit the ticketing link for more information and the schedule of events. Meet us in Shinbone Alley for a family-friendly, bone-rattling great time!

This event is a partnership among Art Lab, the Noble Maritime Collection, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, the Staten Island Children’s Museum, and the Staten Island Museum.

The events you can attend are endless. Visit to see all of the other events that are constantly going on at Snug Harbor. No matter which event you choose to attend, your experience is sure to be nothing short of memorable.


Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens Fall 2018 Events

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens, a proud Smithsonian affiliate, offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience the performing arts, visual arts, history, and more. With the fall season right around the corner, Snug Harbor has the ideal family friendly events for you. Some new and exciting events to keep track of include the Breakfast of Champignon(s), Family Emergency Preparedness Festival, and more!

Kevin Norton’s Breakfast of Champignon(s)


On September 20th, Kevin Norton’s Breakfast of Champignon(s) is an ensemble that explores the borderlands of contemporary chamber music, modern jazz and free improvisation.  All the members of the ensemble can claim roots in these various sub-genres of music, while also claiming to be unique, impressive, and sincere contributors on their respective instruments.

STATEN ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: Annual Family Emergency Preparedness Festival


Meet emergency responders & check out their vehicles and equipment. Meet “Ready Girl” and receive a free collector’s edition comic book and other giveaways, while supplies last. *Please note the Museum does not open until Noon on this festival day.


We the People: Black Indians


We the People: Black Indians in America will utilize Fern Metcalf’s visual storytelling to depict what life is like for black Indians living in the present day United States, while reflecting on their history. Photography will be used to show Mardi Gras Indians and black Indians in their suits, ceremonial dress, and in their everyday lives as Americans. Poems will serve to add to the story line of who they are presently and provide historical context.

“Not-So-Scary” Halloween Celebration


Our “Not-So-Scary” Halloween celebration! Live entertainment, light dinner, candy, spooky crafts, and of course our famous haunted house! Reservations are required.

Putting Your Garden to Bed (NYC Compost Project)


Learn how compost, mulch and cover crops can help keep soil protected from the elements.

The events you can attend are endless. Visit to see all of the other events that are constantly going on at Snug Harbor. No matter which event you choose to attend, your experience is sure to be nothing short of memorable.

Couples Tribute: Kevin and Tommy


Kevin and Tommy’s Broadway themed wedding at Celebrate Snug Harbor was a very theatrical and magical day. Given that Kevin and Tommy live close by to Snug Harbor, they decided to tour our venue and instantly fell in love with the architectural charm and the stunning visuals all over the property.


However, the real compelling element for them once they arrived at Snug harbor was seeing that there was a Music Hall on property.  Kevin and Tommy are theater buffs and they knew they wanted to incorporate theatrical elements into their big day.  They have seen many shows over the years and toyed with the idea of incorporating theatrical elements into their wedding.  Seeing the Music Hall when they arrived at Snug Harbor was the icing on the cake.


And really, what’s more theatrical than getting married on the stage of the second oldest theater in the five boroughs? It was a smash hit in their eyes!


Since Kevin and Tommy had their ceremony on stage in the Music Hall, there wasn’t a need for a ton of decor, and the decor for this wedding inspiration was simple and elegant.

The couple’s creative photographer, Paul Valisiades of Paul V Photography made great use of the grounds on this rainy May day.  He caught these two candidly Singing in the Rain as well as in posed images throughout the grounds of Snug Harbor.



They showed their love of theater wherever possible. Their reception program was a faux Playbill for their “show,” which they named Say Yes to the Tress.  Kevin and Tommy incorporated this through to their reception that took place in The Upper Great Hall.

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Each table number was also a mocked-up Playbill. The color scheme was wisteria and gray. The floral design team at Lace + Blooms also doubled as Kevin and Tommy’s event planning support.


Their reception kicked off with the two grooms walking in to “Brave” by Sara Bareilles and continuing into their first dance “The Reason” by Celine Dion.

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The real dance party started when their DJ played “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls.


The music rocked all night with a packed dance floor and these two sure had a blast on their wedding night.  Every detail of Kevin and Tommy’s wedding was exceptionally and thoughtfully crafted by the couple and their planners.

Kevin and Tommy’s wedding sure was a smash hit!


When asked what advice they would like to share with other couples planning their big day Kevin and Tommy stated:

“Plan the wedding that you want, and that most authentically represents who you are as a couple. Everyone will have an opinion along the way, but yours is the one that counts, so go with your gut.”


Thank you, Kevin and Tommy, for inviting us to share these marvelous wedding moments, and Paul V Photography for these gorgeous photographs.




Wedding Vendors

Florals/Centerpieces/Design: Lace + Blooms

Photography: Paul V Photography

DJ: Sound Explosion

Grooms Tuxes: Acustom Apparel

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