Festive Wedding Details to Try

Trying to incorporate unique wedding details doesn’t have to be a stressful task. When you’re getting married at Celebrate at Snug Harbor, you have limitless options for festive details you can incorporate. We’re highlighting our favorite decor ideas from Bridal Guide and weddings held at Celebrate Snug Habror that we think will look amazing in the Great Hall, Tuscan Garden, or Tented Pavilion of Celebrate at Snug Harbor!

Door Decor

Decorating the door of the venue is great way to let your guests know where the ceremony or reception is leading to. With so many beautiful buildings on the Snug Harbor grounds, this is a fun way to indicate to your guests where the party is heading to!

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Aisle Markers

Used at an exclusive wedding at Celebrate Snug Harbor, these aisle markers incorporated simple greenery with a touch of baby’s breath at each end to spruce up your wedding aisle!

     

Creative Seating Chart

While everyone loves a tented card, these brides had their guests find their seats with a mirrored sign and colorful cards strung together across rustic frames.

 

 

Table Numbers

Festive and inexpensive, try placing your table numbers in a set of corks so that your guests have something to admire and talk about at the table, the way a bride did at Celebrate at Snug Harbor!

   

Unique Chime

Perhaps our favorite from Bridal Guide, this rustic cow bell has been placed as a fun way to get the bride and groom to share a kiss.

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The expansive grounds of Celebrate at Snug Harbor allow you to be as creative and festive as you wish. For more wedding decoration ideas, check out our Pinterest page!

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5 Tips To Choosing The Perfect Wedding Stationery

Want to make sure you nail it with your wedding stationery? Of course you do! Since we’re the experts in this area, we can help. Here are five tips and tricks to getting it right for your special day.

1. Consider the style and season of your wedding

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Wedding stationery should ideally follow a similar theme – although it doesn’t have to be too matchy matchy if you’re not into that. Are you hosting a beautiful spring wedding? Consider soft greens, brilliant blues and florals on white backgrounds. A winter wedding more what you had in mind? Why not try real gold foil or letterpress on crisp black card, or rich tones like burgundy, forest green and navy paired with white or silver. The bridal party’s attire can also inform the stationery’s colour palette.

2. Consider your budget

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It’s sad but true – your budget should never be too far from mind when planning a wedding. We know it’s all too easy to get carried away, but keep the bigger picture in mind and consider the high priority items that you want to throw the most cash at. The good news is that thanks to the internet there are so many stunning, affordable invitation suites right at your fingertips at a range of price points!

3. Consider the amount of guests

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If you are inviting a large amount of guests, chances are you will need more comprehensive stationery, as word of mouth may not suffice. Guests will appreciate attention to the finer details like RSVP cards, menu cards, gift information, order of events for the day/weekend, address directions and order of service for your ceremony. But also remember that you have to multiply the cost per set of stationery by the amount of guests you’re having. Things can certainly add up, and you don’t want any unexpected surprises!  It can also be a good idea to order some extras for any last minute guests.

4. Choose what works for you

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You don’t have to do it all – just because Jane down the road is doing personalised ceremony programme cards for each guest doesn’t mean you have to include them. Think about what is important to you, how traditional you are as a couple and how formal you want your wedding to be, and choose what works for you! You may opt for guests to email their RSVP or for a modern digital Save the Date to save some cash or for practical reasons. Feel free to mix and match, and find what makes sense to you.

5. Timing is everything

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Make sure you don’t leave your wedding stationery too late. With so many different cards to send out, you need to make sure you’re on schedule early. Here’s what you need to know:

Save the Dates: send them out 4-6 months before the wedding, giving guests enough time to get themselves organised, particularly if they are travelling a great distance to be there.

Wedding Invitations: send out 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding at at minimum, and more if you are posting the invitations overseas.

RSVP Date: typically should be 3-4 weeks before your wedding, but some circumstances require longer. For a wedding with lots of interstate or international guests, you may choose to use a digital RSVP – like providing your email address instead of an extra card – because posting the RSVP card back can take too much time.

If the decision making process or printing takes longer than expected, you don’t want to end up in a tight spot, so give yourself plenty of wiggle room.

Armed with these guidelines, and maybe a cup of coffee or glass of wine, you are ready to start shopping for the perfect stationery for your special day!

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Something Blue for Your Wedding Day

It’s always fun to think about creative ways to incorporate something blue for the bride’s wedding day look. Using some inspiration from The Knot, we’re highlighting some creative ideas for you to have on your big day!

The Sash

Adding a custom sash with a hint of blue is a great way to combine style and tradition to your look.

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The Veil

For a more vibrant and unique way to incorporate something blue into your look, try this beautiful ombre veil!

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The Bouquet

You can never go wrong infusing blue tones into your bouquet. This is a great way to keep your gown classic, but also add some flare to your look.

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Sunglasses

If you have an outdoor ceremony or reception, such as a wedding in Celebrate at Snug Harbor’s Tuscan Garden or Tented Pavilion, you may need some sunglasses to accessorize. These ombre blue sunglasses are the perfect bridal accessory!

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There is no wrong choice here. If you’re looking to be have fun with your bridal look and want more ideas, visit our Pinterest page!

Kristina’s Bridal Shower Bliss

KBO Shower -96Kristina’s bridal shower was a splendid affair. The champagne drinks and dreamy floral lantern arrangements were a testament to the magical day Kristina had been envisioning since she first saw the tall ceilings, rich wood finishes and Palladian windows of The Great Hall.

KBO Shower -14She felt inspired; this was the quintessential place for her romantic and wistful celebration.

The wall décor, table settings, centerpieces and adorable custom cakes, all vividly captured by Mike Gloria Photography, were thoughtful, well-appointed details, carefully constructed by her Aunt, Bridal Party and the Celebrate Snug Harbor team to convey the bride’s true love for gardens and flowers.

The indulgent dessert station boasted candy decorations that were converted into favors at party’s end, ensuring the sweet memory would linger long after guests had returned home.

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But, the sweetest memory of all was the tremendous love Kristina received from the special women in her life.

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Kristina agreed, this day was the perfect entryway into a season of wedding jubilee.

 

Vendors

Florist – Wicked Florist -https://wickedflorist.com/

Flower Wall – Eltingville Florist – https://www.eltingvilleflorist.net

Photography – Mike Gloria Photography – https://www.mikegloriaphoto.com/

Cake – Mother Moose – https://mothermousse.com/

Cupcakes and Mini name cakes – Sweet Joy – https://www.facebook.com/sweetjoyinc/

Donuts – Dunkin Donuts – https://www.dunkindonuts.com/en

Macaroons –  A Piece of Cake – https://www.facebook.com/PieceACakeNYC/

Oreo Cookies and Chocolate Covered Pretzels – Drizzle and Company- https://www.instagram.com/drizzleandcompany/?hl=en

Signs/Games/Invitations – Zazzle – https://www.zazzle.com/

Throne Chair – Aviance Event Planning and Lounge Decor – http://www.loungedecor.com/

 

Step Into This Season’s Must-have Bridal Shoes

While you can never go wrong with a classic white sandal or simple closed toe shoe for your wedding day, 2018 trends are giving brides a chance to have some fun with their wedding day foot-wear. Check out our favorite trends, highlighted by Harper’s Bazaar!

Jeweled Embellishment:

Favorites of ours include recent Celebrate brides with a jewel-embellished sandals, giving them the ability to match their shoes with their jewelry for your wedding day.  

 

Tassels!

Everyone loves a touch of tassel! This classic sandal allows you to keep your look simple, but also have a little fun with a discrete trend.

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Rouche Trim:

A fun new trend is a rouche lining on the strap of your sandal. This is a delicate touch that stands out!

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Classic with a Twist:

These white Valentino studs are the perfect touch for a bride with an indoor/outdoor wedding. The open back and closed toe make them appropriate for any setting.

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A recent Celebrate bride also included this elegant white sandal with an intricate strap for her wedding look!

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There’s no wrong shoe trend to choose for your wedding day. Shopping for shoes is a great way to get excited about your big day. Just make sure your shoes fit the venue so you can be comfortable all day and night! To get more ideas for your wedding day look, check out our Pinterest page!

Couples Tribute – Serena & Ola

_J3A9407When Serena and Ola first got engaged they were considering a destination location wedding, but quickly changed their minds to make it easier for family and close friends to share in the day.  They wanted their wedding to represent them, where they lived and how they liked to spend their time.

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Serena and Ola fell in love with the idea of a garden wedding.  The Botanical Gardens at Snug Harbor are only a short drive from their new home in historic Hamilton Park. Home is where the heart is; Snug Harbor would serve as the perfect backdrop for their wedding day.

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The Tuscan Garden at Snug Harbor reminded Serena of the gardens of Versailles she had always loved.  On a sunny day at the end of September, the couple was married among the abundant plantings and Fall foliage.

Serena was a stunning Bride in a Pantora Bridal gown.  The Bridesmaids wore charcoal  gowns from Dessy Group. They decided bold, gold accessories paired with floral bouquets in hues of magenta, deep red, green and white really popped against their grey dresses.

Ola and his groomsmen looked dapper in their attire from The Black Tux. Their boutonnieres, made of magenta and purple orchids, stood out against their navy tuxedos.

_J3A9505Columbia Florist created a stunning floral archway for the ceremony and lush statement centerpieces for The Great Hall.

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After their ceremony Serena and Ola had a beautiful wedding reception in The Great Hall.  Their guests enjoyed watching them share their first dance to “Adorn” by Miquel,  an updated version of Prince’s classic “Adore”.

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The wedding cake, provided by Palmeros Bakery, was decorated with a custom Monogram of their initials. Guests enjoyed dancing all evening to the tunes of DJ Greg Poole.

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Serena and Ola shared this piece of advice with us for our future couples. “The only advice we have is to give yourself time to plan, and enjoy planning! And stick to your guns about what you both want.”

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We are so lucky to have wonderful couples like Serena and Ola to work with at Celebrate Snug Harbor. A huge thanks to Oluwaseye Olusa and team for sharing these gorgeous photos with us.

_J3A0243.jpgCongratulations Serena and Ola!

Vendor List

Bride’s attire: Pantora Bridal (@pantorabridal) – https://www.pantorabridal.com/

Bridesmaids attire: Dessy Group (@dessygroup) – https://dessy.com/bridesmaid-dresses/

DJ: Mr. Greg Poole (@djgregpoole) – https://www.facebook.com/DJ-Greg-Poole-139873442783647/

Florist: Columbia Florist, Bronx, NY – https://floristinbronxny.com/

Flower girls attire: David’s Bridal – https://dessy.com/bridesmaid-dresses/

Groom and groomsmen attire: The Black Tux (@theblacktux) – https://theblacktux.com/

Hair stylist: Lawanda Pierre Hair (@lawandapierrehair)

Makeup: Raquel Campbell (@raquelchaylanbeauty)

Photography and Videography: Oluwaseye Olusa and team (@theoluwaseye)

Spring and Summer Wedding Gown Trends

When it comes to planning your wedding, choosing a wedding gown is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Staying up to date on trends can help you narrow down your decision on which gown is best for you. Martha Stewart Weddings highlights some of the most popular trends of the year and we’ve narrowed down our favorites.

Bell Sleeve:

Adding a gown with bell sleeves can really make your dress memorable and elegant. Whether it is a lace or tulle bell sleeve, you can’t go wrong with this style.

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Black Details:

Adding a black detail to your gown is very popular this year. Add a belt or black diamond earrings to make your wedding look pop.

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Bows:

Who doesn’t love a bow on a gown? If you are hesitant to choose anything too daring, go for a gown with a bow. Although it’s a popular style now, bows are also timeless.

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Corset:

Choosing a gown with a corset top is the perfect way to accentuate your figure and add the touch of old Hollywood glam to your wedding look.

Catherine Deane, Bridal Spring 2018, New York, April 2017
The most important thing to remember is that you feel beautiful in your wedding dress, no matter what trend you choose. To see more trends, visit our Pinterest page!

Springtime Wedding Favors Everyone Will Love

It can be hard to match your wedding favors with the season of your wedding. It’s important to make your wedding favor memorable, but also practical so that your guests can think of you even when the celebration is over. Beau-Coup lends us some inspiration for unique and fun winter wedding favors your guests will be sure to love for this spring and summer seasons.

Bottle openers:

Check out this adorable citrus bottle opener. Perfect to leave out for a summer barbecue or family beach outing.

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Succulent:

Affordable and adorable, succulents are a perfect favor because of how versatile they are. Guests can use them to spruce up their work desk or their end table at home!

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Honey jar:

This decorative honey jar is a sweet addition to any kitchen counter!

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Coasters:

Ice cold beverages for spring and summer warrant festive coasters. Not only are they practical, but you can customize them to match your wedding theme!

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Guests always appreciate a favor they can actually put to use.  You can gather inspiration from the season so that your gift is practical and adorable. For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

Reception Cocktails

One of the best ways to keep your guests entertained throughout your wedding reception is to have a fun cocktail menu they can choose from. WeddingWire offers some great suggestions to help make your open bar one to remember.

Garnishes, Garnishes!

Garnishes add both decoration and/or flavor to a cocktail. Talk to your caterer about adding a fun citrus twist, decorative umbrellas, or custom stirrers to both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks!

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Skip the sugary drinks and go healthy.

People are looking for healthier cocktails more than ever before. Ask your bartender to create a cocktail using a popular seltzer or an all natural mixer. Then, consider adding a fresh fruit or herb to the drink for a natural flavor.

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Mocktails:
It’s always a nice touch to have a fun mocktail for your guests who are driving or not able to have an alcoholic drink. Consider a fun sparkling lemonade with a seasonal garnish so that the drink doesn’t feel boring or too simple.

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Classics are a must:

Never underestimate the power of a good, old fashioned cocktail. Promote the classic drinks people haven’t had in ages, such as a French 75, a Manhattan, or a Gimlet.

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To get more ideas about what kind of cocktails to serve at your cocktail hour or reception, visit our Pinterest page!

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