Must Have Wedding Decor

There is an entire world of wedding decor out there and it can be pretty overwhelming to navigate. Your best option is to select a wedding venue that has a lot of the natural decor already in place. This way, you’ll be able to focus on just a few minor add-ons, rather than working from scratch. At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, you have over 80 acres of stunning scenery, which means most of the work is already done for you! Some great areas to focus your decorating skills on is ceiling decor, your wedding arch or canopy, and small personal touches.

Ceiling Decor:

A little update to a reception ceiling goes a long way. Often, couples choose to drape ceilings with fabric or florals. This is a great idea; however, if you’re celebrating in an already beautiful venue, you’ll want to enhance its features, not cover them up. Try adding bistro lighting to your reception ceiling to shine light on your guests and have a unique and elegant look. The featured photo captures bistro lighting draped in Celebrate at Snug Harbor’s tented pavilion, which is an indoor and outdoor location on the property so that you get the best of both worlds for your wedding reception. Another creative way to decorate a reception space is to use paper lanterns, to make the room pop with life!

Ceremonial Canopy:

It’s always a great idea to decorate your ceremony location. Because Celebrate at Snug Harbor offers both indoor and outdoor locations for wedding ceremonies, you get to be creative with decor and your space. The featured collage highlights two outdoor ceremonies, where wooden canopies are draped and adorned with floral arrangements. The indoor ceremony in the Art Gallery shows a wooden canopy with flowers cascading the beams. Just lovely!

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Personal Touches:

While you should let your venue do most of the work when it comes to decor, every wedding should have a few small personal touches. The collage below showcases ways personal touches have been incorporated into weddings held at Celebrate at Snug Harbor. The top left photo has an antique key bottle opener greet their guests as they take their seats. The bottom left photo features a wooden cake topper, which matched the couple’s wooden canopy at their ceremony. Every sweetheart table should include a Mr. & Mrs. sign, as featured in the top right photo. The bottom right photo showcases adorable bride and groom tags for their drinks!

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It’s important to keep in mind that must have decor does not have to break the bank to be stunning. Your venue should do most of the work, which is why investing in a location that has limitless space and options is going to be key when determining what type of other decor you wish to add. Celebrate offers you these windows of opportunity to have fun with decor, but not stress out over it, since the grounds are already so elegant!

Unique Wedding Band Inspiration

The wedding band is the jewelry item that complements an engagement ring’s shape and style. But because the world of wedding bands is growing every day, opportunities to mix classic with trendy ring styles are endless. All the more reason to narrow your selection, buy in bulk, and keep your lifestyle in mind.

Narrowing your selection:

Where to begin? The choices vary from platinum, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold. Not to mention, you can adorn your ring with any type of stone, diamond, or carving you wish. The collage below captures a single gold wedding band with diamonds embedded in alternating patterns of 3 diamonds at a time. To the top right, the platinum couples bands have the best of both words; brushed and shining platinum for the groom and brushed platinum with diamonds rounding the bottom of the band for the bride. The bottom right photo features a brushed gold band for the groom, with a carved and pave band for the bride.

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Buy in bulk:

It’s a good idea to have yours and your fiance’s wedding band preferences in mind when shopping. Buying both bands together could not only help you get a better deal with your jeweler, but it can also help you match your bands so that they go together in style. The unique bands below show just how creative couples have become. The photo on the right shows a hammered gold couples band, the photo on the top left shows a recording transcript of each couple’s vows, while the bottom left photo shows bands that share a rose gold band with varying middle elements. The groom’s rose gold ring sports a brushed platinum center, while the bride’s band is embedded with diamonds all around. Very unique!

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Keep your lifestyle in mind:

Your wedding ring is a band you and your spouse will wear daily. It needs to join your everyday life without a hitch. The top photo of the collage below features an art deco milgrain band, perfect for running every day errands and still having that sparkle a wedding should have. The bottom right photo of the collage features a pave band, perfect for using every day, while still having the unique touch of the curved tip. The photo on the bottom left of the collage features a matte brushed rose gold band. Brushed or matte bands are perfect for any lifestyle, because they allow for scratches to be less visible with the unique finish, but still have the elegant finish you want a band to have for years to come.

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Choosing a wedding band should be a fun process, and so enjoy mixing and matching trends with classic styles. The wedding band is a great way to show a little bit of yours and your fiance’s personalities!

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens Events to Attend

Snug Harbor, a proud Smithsonian affiliate, offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience the performing arts, visual arts, history, and more. If you’re looking to have family friendly and noteworthy experiences this summer, look no further than Snug Harbor. Some new and exciting events to keep track of include the special performance event, Using Art to Envision the Future, as well as the Green Gallery Exhibition, and the New York Philharmonic free indoor concert at Snug Harbor’s Music Hall!

Family Workshops:

The Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc offers free art workshops for the family. On Saturday, June 17th from 1PM-3PM, you’ll be able to attend the art created by families as a way to envision the future.  Families worked together in a series of 3 workshops to create songs, movement, artwork, and puppetry to tell their vision of the future. Space is limited to attend this special event, so register using the link! https://goo.gl/Wb3K7Q

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The Green Gallery:

If you’re looking to experience an event that compliments the spectacular botanical gardens and heritage farm Snug Harbor offers, consider the Visual Arts’ Green Gallery. Sprout to Mouth, the latest exhibition of the Green Gallery, is an interactive, multimedia, farm-to-table exhibition designed to showcase the evolution of farming as well as the history behind the desire to rebuild the Snug Harbor Heritage Farm. You’ll be able to walk through this exhibition, while also learning how it follows the educational state standards adopted by New York City. You’ll even see a mock-kitchen that helps students and visitors witness the necessary tools needed to harvest, prepare, and sample fresh produce on site! Check out the link to learn more about how to attend this one-of-a-kind exhibition! https://goo.gl/tnuFdr

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New York Philharmonic: Free Indoor Concert

The perfect Father’s Day experience, the New York Philharmonic is offering a free indoor concert on June 18th, from 3PM-4PM. Experience the virtuosity and passion of New York Philharmonic musicians playing chamber music masterpieces at a Free Indoor Concert, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, in Snug Harbor’s stunning Music Hall. The Free Indoor Concert complements the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer. This is an experience you won’t want to miss! Find out how to register here: https://goo.gl/jOkymf

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To learn more about all that Snug Harbor has to offer, visit their calendar to keep up with dates, times, and unique events for everyone in your family! https://goo.gl/v4Vz2p

Couples Tribute: : Danielle Dapiran & Daniel Clark

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Danielle and Danny are the perfect match.  Their fate aligned one day and they met on match.com.  Little did they know that one little click would begin their entire future.  Once their relationship progressed Danielle would travel to Staten Island from New Jersey to spend time with Danny.  Danny’s parent’s house was within walking distance to Snug Harbor so the two of them spent countless hours walking the grounds and enjoying getting to know one another.

After Danny proposed to Danielle they instantly knew Snug Harbor was the perfect location for their wedding.  It held a special place in Danielle and Danny’s heart, it was where they spent time getting to know each other and watching their relationship grow. While planning their wedding Danielle had Danny very much involved every step of the way.   They wanted to create a vintage floral theme with light pastels chosen as their color palette.

Danny and Danielle got married in the Tuscan Gardens on a beautiful day in April.  Latin guitarists from Columbia performed at cocktail hour followed by a DJ spinning tunes for their reception in the Great Hall.

 

Danielle and Danny shared their first dance to dancing to “Say You Won’t Let Go”  by James Arthur.

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Beautiful flowers in shades of soft pinks, corals, purples and greens were used for centerpieces on every table. Custom menu cards adorned with a vintage key and a sweet note to all their guests were placed at every seat.  It was very evident all evening that guests enjoyed themselves and had a wonderful evening dancing and celebrating Danielle and Danny.

Advice from our bride Danielle – “ Realize this is your day, so do what makes you happy.”

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Congratulations to Danielle and Danny, and a huge thanks to Peter Statkiewicz from Dream Life Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos with us!

Wedding Vendors

Photographer-  Peter Statkiewicz Dream Life Photography

T:917 388 2835 E-mail: newyork@dreamlifeweddings.com

Flowers- Edel Weiss Floral

T: 718.488.9888 E-mail: eka@edelweissflorist.com

Wedding Dress- Kleinfeld Bridal, Make of Dress- Marissa

T: 646.633.4300

Tux Company – The Black Tux

Wedding Cake –Palermos Bakery

Phone number- 201-641-1654

T:718-986-8540 E-mail: mike.kazis@dynomiteparty.com

Bridesmaids Dresses – Bella Bridesmaid, Make of Dress- Jenny Yoo Annabelle (Lilac)

T: 732-308-2314 E-mail- freehold@bellabridesmaid.com

 

 

Small Plates & Hor D’Oeuvres for Your Wedding Day

Some wedding guests cannot get enough of a cocktail hour. It’s a great time to socialize and enjoy your wedding space. So when it comes to your menu, try to think about small plates and hor d’oeuvres that are diverse enough that your guests can each enjoy a bite or two. If you’re stuck on ideas, this is where an excellent caterer will know what to do. A general rule is to try and vary your options so that you offer a little bit of everything. Relish Caterers will guide you through every aspect of planning as well as creating spectacular wedding catering menus.

Inspired Hor D’Oeuvres:

Have fun with flavor when it comes to hors d’oeuvres! Allow there to be a mix of textures and flavors. The featured collage offers some flavor inspiration with a fried oyster in a bucket (top left), a honeydew gazpacho (top right), pretzel crusted shrimp (bottom left), and Asian beef tartar (bottom right).

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Sliders offer a great opportunity to put a new twist on a classic favorite. Consider these Relish Caterers slider creations that are featured on the Celebrate at Snug Harbor menus.  A falafel burger (left), short rib in a cream puff bun (top right), fried chicken slider (middle right), and a truffle beef sirloin slider (bottom right). While you’re keeping the classic style of a burger, you are also offering a variety of flavors.

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Small Plates:

If you’re looking to offer a bit more with your cocktail hour, consider offering your guests a few small plates. The featured photo captures a delicious burrata (left), steamed duck bao (top right), and tuna on a rice cracker (bottom right). Slightly larger in portion, a small plate is the perfect upgrade to your cocktail hour. Your guests that have traveled to come to your wedding will thank you, too!

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Hor d’oeuvres and small plates are meant to create an ambiance in which your guests become excited about what is to come in the rest of the night. Because the cocktail hour is a more laid back part of your wedding celebration, take risks and get creative with your food! See all that Relish can bring to life by visiting their website: Relishcaterers.com.

Morning vs. Evening Weddings

When having a spring or summer wedding, you have options in scheduling your wedding day. Although very popular to have a late afternoon wedding that goes into the night, there’s something unique and intimate about having a morning wedding. Whether you’ve dreamed of having a dinner with dancing into the early hours of the morning, or mimosas with low-key brunch or lunch reception, you can’t go wrong as long as you consider the main elements of your day.

Consider the venue:

Make sure your venue offers you what you want for either style wedding. At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, you have the choice of both indoor and outdoor venues with lots of lighting for a morning wedding.  Daytime weddings are also excellent for a garden party or reception, of which Celebrate offers many garden options. The featured photos highlight both indoor and outdoor ceremony options for a morning wedding. The Art Gallery on the Snug Harbor property offers optimal lighting so that everyone can see the gorgeous details of your ceremony and the building. The top photo took place in our Tuscan Garden, which is entirely outdoors. Indoor or outdoor, you can’t go wrong!

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If you’re looking to go a little more classic with your ceremony and reception times, Celebrate at Snug Harbor has you covered. The featured collage captures the possibilities Celebrate at Snug Harbor has to offer you for a late afternoon/evening wedding. The couple on the left is walking through the garden in the sunset. Very magical! The top right photo featured our Tented Pavilion, which is a great combination of an indoor and outdoor space. The photo captures the bistro lights as the sun is setting, creating a romantic atmosphere for you and your wedding guests. The bottom right photo of the collage shows off our Great Hall, which can offer you and your guests any creative lighting options you wish when the sun goes down!

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Consider the menu:

If you’re going for a morning wedding, you’ll want to offer more of a lunch-time meal to your guests. Because Celebrate at Snug Harbor is operated by Relish Caterers + Event Planning, you won’t have to break a sweat over morning or evening wedding menus.

For morning weddings, consider small plates as your main meal with hors d’oeuvres. The featured collage highlights just a fraction of what Relish Caterers can come up with for your special day. You can serve a fresh beef carpaccio, as featured on the top of the collage. From the left to right, the bottom photos include a beet napoleon, escarole salad with roasted strawberries and walnuts, and a roasted beet salad. You’ll want a caterer that can bring color and flavor to life with your small plates. Relish Caterers can do just that!

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For your evening wedding, it’s best to serve a dinner to your guests.The featured collage captures a few of the options you’ll have with Relish Caterers. The photo on the left shows a delicious beef tenderloin. To the top right, a seared pork chop and to the bottom right, a roasted free range chicken. You’ll be able to select exactly what you want with a caterer who has been a leader in creating and executing one-of-a-kind weddings.

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There can be fantastic pros to either wedding time. The most important decisions you make will be where you have your wedding and who will take care of the meals so that no matter the time of day, you’ll be able to enjoy the memorable day.

A “Couple” of Great Ideas on How to Make Your Day Uniquely Yours

Some of the most fun you’ll have while designing your wedding day is finding creative ways to bring the spirit of you as a couple to friends and family.  The wedding cake, cake topper, favors and invitations are great places to start to incorporate your couple style and personality.  

The Wedding Cake:

The wedding cakes is a great place to express yourselves in a delicious way. If the trip you took to Italy was the moment when you first fell in love, a cake made with mascarpone or cannoli filling may be a great way to remember that special moment in time. The added touch of decorating the cake to showcase the geography of your trip will really bring the sentiment together. Perhaps you and your fiancé share a pet or pets. Maybe you met at the dog park. Having a custom cake topper made of your pets is a fun way to make them part of the day, as well as a great conversation piece for guests to focus on.  Do you both love the beach? Try tying in a nautical element to your cake as in the featured photo below. Work with your event planner or caterer on finding the perfect way to make your cake something you and your guests will remember.

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The Wedding Favors:

Your wedding favors are a chance for you to get really creative and think about how you wish to send off your wedding guests at the end of the night. The featured collage shows just how unique some favors can be. If you and your fiancé love coffee, try sending your guests home with your favorite blend. The signage is also an adorable touch! You can’t go wrong with saying goodbye to your guests with your favorite snack. Consider something easy to pack in a container that will look pretty and pleasing to your guests, such as the featured s’mores.  Are you and your spouse garden lovers? Because thanking your guests with your favorite plant, such as a succulent, is just the cutest favor!

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The Invitations:

Have fun with this process! There are so many ways to incorporate your interests in the wedding invitations to get your guests excited about attending your big day. The featured collage highlights the many ways you can present your guests with unique invitations. For book lovers everywhere, try creating a wedding booklet your guests can flip through. This is a cute and compact way to include a ton of important information about your big day. If you’re having a more rustic wedding day, take a look at the top right photo of the collage. Creating a foldable invitation that previews the details of your rustic farm wedding is unique and beautiful. Including a detachable RSVP card at the bottom is just the right touch! For couples who dominate game night or just love a good competition, consider having your invitation look like a board game, as featured in the bottom left photo. And if your guests will be traveling, we highly recommend including the travel theme to your invite. Who wouldn’t get excited about a boarding pass, like in the bottom right photo?

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Thinking about how to tie in your personality is a great way for you and your fiancé to bond during what can be a stressful process. It also adds the element of excitement because it’s one of the first things you’ll create together as a soon-to-be married couple!

Beautiful Bouquets

When looking for inspiration for the bouquets at your wedding, consider all of the elements of the bridal party: the bride, the bridesmaids, and the groom and groomsmen. There is an entire world of flowers you can explore and have fun with when designing a bouquet or boutonniere with your florist so make sure you explore as many avenues as you can.

For the Bride:

In the featured collage, you get a combination of bold and classic. If you’re looking for something vibrant, consider mixing an array of colors to create an ombre effect, as seen in the left photo. To add dimension, mix up the flowers with garden roses, tea roses, poppies, ranunculus, orchids, peonies, and more. Then, create  a cascading effect by adding a longer floral piece so that it breaks the mold of a typical bouquet shape. But if classic what you desire, you can’t get more elegant than white peonies in this bouquet to complement the bride’s look. If you really can’t decide between bold and classic, meet in the middle by incorporating lighter hues of vibrant colors, as seen in the top right photo of the featured collage. By adding the hint of dark green with the foliage, there’s depth, but also a softness to the bouquet because of the pale tones of pink.

 

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For the Bridesmaids:
Although the bride is the star of the show, don’t forget about the bridesmaids! Their looks will also be completed with a bouquet. To help compliment their look while also highlighting yours, choose a smaller sized bouquet that is just as beautiful. The featured image on the right is a favorite of ours because of its delicate tones and textures. The varied height of the flowers also compliments the simplicity of the bridesmaid’s dress in the background. To compliment a darker toned dress, consider pairing simpler colors, such as white and green to make the color of the dress pop, as featured in the top left photo of the collage. And if you’re up for a more vivacious bouquet for your bridesmaids, go for the rustic looks of antique hydrangeas, roses, scabiosa pods, and spikes of purple veronica, as in the bottom left photo of the featured collage.

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For the Groom/Groomsmen:

The groom’s finishing touch for his wedding day look required a boutonniere that will stand out, but not overpower him. You can never go wrong with a classic boutonniere that compliments the bride’s bouquet. The bottom left photo of the collage featured a pink, peach, and green boutonniere with dusty miller and roses. But if you’re looking to spice things up, try getting creative by adding a metal accent, such as the featured photo with the gold arrows with greenery with dusty miller and brunia berries. There is also something very elegant about a single lily boutonniere with wrapped twine and accent flowers, as in the featured top right photo. Our absolute favorite is this succulent boutonniere with red accents. Wrapped in metal twine, this boutonniere is the perfect combination of unique, sophisticated, and modern.

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The floral selection for your wedding should be fun and exploratory. There is so much to learn about seasonal flowers and colors and textures that can be combined to create something beautiful and unique.

Main Courses for Your Wedding Reception

It is a common misconception that all wedding venues will serve delicious and elegant meals. This is why investing in a reputable caterer is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when wedding planning. What’s unique about Celebrate at Snug Harbor is that it is operated by Relish Caterers & Event Planning. You know that quality food is a high priority to them. Their fine-dining approach to catering ensures seasonally inspired menus that utilize the freshest ingredients – prepared to perfection. So your only job is to think about what you’d like to serve to your guests for the reception main course. Some advice: vary your options. You’ll want to offer a red meat course, a chicken or pork, and a fish option so that you can cater to the dietary needs of your guests.

Red Meat Inspiration:

For your red meat options, Relish Caterers can offer you dishes that your guests will want to devour. The featured photo on the left of the collage show a beef short rib over mashed potatoes with cherry tomatoes. To the top right, you have a duck over sweat peas with sprinkled pomegranates for an extra boost in flavor. To the bottom right, you have a grilled beef tenderloin over a custom herbed butter and jus and sautéed greens.

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The Chicken or Pork Option:

For your second meat option, you’ll want to offer a classic style of chicken and perhaps dare to offer something new and unique that your guests haven’t tried or had yet. Relish Caterers takes a creative spin by offering a roasted free range chicken with baby artichokes and a basil and lemon caper sauce (right side featured photo). This is a great variation in flavor to offer alongside the coveted roasted chicken dish. A different spin on chicken could also be to serve a pan seared chicken over the always satisfying seasoned roast potatoes. If you’re looking to go sans chicken, you may want to consider serving the seared pork chop with potato galette, roasted apples and poppy seed buttermilk vinaigrette in the top left of the collage. Can you say yum?

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Your Fish Option:

It’s important to offer options when it comes to fish. Guests may not wish to eat meat but may also be selective with their seafood preferences. Relish Caterers has you covered here. The featured collage highlights just a fraction of what you can have served at your wedding dinner. The top left photo includes a slow roasted salmon over black truffle mashed potatoes and buttered English peas for delicious flavor and texture. To the bottom left of the collage you’ll see a miso black cod over vegetable rice. If you’re looking for a more classic spin on cod, you could offer a roasted cod, featured on the bottom right, with sautéed vegetables and a puree sauce for a flavor boost. One of our favorite options is a citrus lobster on the top right of the collage. Bursting with flavor, the lobster is a dish even meat lovers will want to bite into!

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The aforementioned dinner options are not your only choices. A great caterer will take into account your preferences and can customize the dinner menu to reflect what you want for yourselves and your guests. Relish Caterers takes pride in offering customers with culinary innovation and impeccable service. For your wedding day, don’t settle for less than these standards!

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