Winter Wedding Centerpieces

Centerpieces are the focal point of your wedding tables. No matter what size or colors you choose, make it your goal to have your winter wedding centerpieces be the light of your table that draws your guests together. Brides.com offers some inspiration!

Go for the winter rustic look by gathering some white tulips and leveling them with trimmed twigs. The different textures compliment each other beautifully.

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For a unique and less traditional centerpiece, scatter pine cones throughout the table and strategically place raised candle holders between them. Your table will look chic and have the charm of winter.

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If you’re looking for a winter “wow factor,” try using a tall vase the hold dendrobium orchids with hanging votives. Elegant and fun!3 tall dendrobium orchids with hanging glass votives

To really capture the essence of winter, place pine cones and your favorite winter greens in a vase with faux snow. Accent the vase with a birch bark tube for the ideal winter look.

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You can’t go wrong with adding a bit of winter charm to any centerpiece. Let this be a detail you have fun planning and take risks with. For more ideas, visit our Pinterest page!

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2018 Wedding Gown Trends

Choosing a wedding gown is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when planning your wedding. With 2018 around the corner, staying up to date on trends can help you make the right decision. Brides.com gives us a few trends that will be popular in the coming new year. We’ve narrowed down our favorites.

Capes:

Adding a cape to your wedding gown is a fantastic way to combine a classic look with a modern twist. Capes, no matter the length, are an elegant touch to any bridal look.

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Detached Sleeves

Detached sleeves add bold flare to your bridal look. It’s simply stunning!

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Mid-Length Gowns

Wearing a mid-length wedding gown adds a beautiful mid-century touch to your bridal look.

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Shades of Nude

Wearing ivory, blush, and white are still the classic looks. Designers are now including nude-tones for their wedding gowns and we are loving this versatile look!

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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!

Wedding Reception Cocktails

Creating the perfect signature cocktail should be fun and delicious.  Brit + Co offers some inspiring ideas to help make your reception fun and inviting for your guests.

Champagne and Fruit:

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It is traditional and classic to serve champagne at weddings. You can add a nice twist by adding a seasonal fruit to the top of your drink to add a bit of flavor and an adorable look to the glass!

Margaritas with a Twist:

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Everyone loves a good margarita. Have fun serving yours with a festive straw to reflect your wedding color scheme or the season of your wedding.

The Blushing Kiss:

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A Blushing Kiss is a grapefruit and gin martini. The beautiful blush tone makes the drink look inviting and fun for guests to try.

His & Hers/ Hers & Hers/ His & His Drinks:

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The two of you may be married, but you can still express your individuality at your wedding reception by labeling each of your favorite drinks at a separate table or at the center of your table.

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

Snug Harbor Winter 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. 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 Edible Island Market & Tasting Pub, an Evergreen Walk through the gardens, as well as a New Year’s Eve Day Party for families to enjoy together!

Edible Island Market:

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On December 2nd, wine and dine your way through a market full of delicious local and regional treats to give this holiday season! Since the farmer’s market season has ended, the Museum is bringing these artisanal tastes, bites, and gift-able take-homes indoors! Specialty items from the purveyors of mouthwatering edible goods, expertly curated by Staten Island Advance Food Editor, Pamela Silvestri, will be for sale. Some spectacular features include signature dressings, raw honey, gourmet pastries, kosher artisan chocolates, and more!

Evergreen Walk:

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End the year with a wonderful evergreen walk on December 30th. Stroll the campus with us and see the different types of broadleaf and needle leaf evergreens growing at Snug Harbor. The walk includes the Pond Garden, the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, Tuscan Garden, and White Garden.

New Year’s Eve Day Party:

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On December 31st, between 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, ring in the New Year at the Children’s Museum! Celebrate with music, games, crafts, and light refreshments. Count down to 2018!
No matter which event you choose to attend, your experience is sure to be nothing short of memorable. To learn about more events offered, visit http://snug-harbor.org/ !

Winter Wedding Favors

Finding the perfect wedding favor that sums you up as a couple can sometimes be a challenge.  Personality, seasonality and functionality, should all come into play when creating the perfect thank you to friends and family.  Bridal Guide lends us some inspiration for unique and fun winter wedding favors your guests will be sure to love.

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Who doesn’t need a pair of gloves over the winter? These favors are perfect because you can choose colors to match your wedding color scheme.

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Everyone loves goodies in a mason jar! Try putting together yours and spouse’s favorite hot cocoa or cookie recipe in a mason jar for guests to make on a cold day.

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Hot cocoa stirrers are a fun treat for all wedding guests!

smores lollipops

S’mores lollipops are perfect for any cold winter day. The snowflake marshmallows are also an adorable touch.

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If you’re looking for a classic gift with a winter twist, try giving out macarons with winter decor on them.

pine cone fire starter favor

If you’re looking for something truly unique, consider these pine cone fire starters. They are pinecones dipped in beeswax, which helps get the fire going when you need it to.

Winter is the season of giving and so you want to give your guests a favor they’ll love. You can gather inspiration from the spirit of the season so that your gift is practical and adorable. For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

Couples Tribute: Wendy & Walter

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Wendy and Walter got married on a beautiful day in June 2017.  While planning their big day, the couple’s goal was to plan a wedding that was both timeless and elegant, but also organic and true to the nature of Snug Harbor.  Wendy and Walter wanted to incorporate both of their Chinese and Polish cultures into their wedding.  When picking the wedding date Wendy referred to the Chinese Calendar to pick their wedding date.  When you do this in their culture it is known if you hold the wedding in such a day, you will enjoy a happy and harmonious marriage.

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Wendy and Walter’s ceremony took place in the Tuscan Garden.  It was a breathtaking ceremony with many green and white floral elements true to the nature of Snug Harbor.  The flowers and all of the décor were added a DIY element to the wedding.  Florals were created by Wendy’s friend Eugenie Chen and herself.  Wendy loved working on the floral arrangements together along with the help of bridesmaids and friends.

They used bamboo chairs for their guests.  Every row of chairs was adorned with greens and baby’s breath to match the rest of the bridal party florals.  The floral design carried through to Wendy’s bouquet and the beautiful arch their ceremony was conducted under.

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After their ceremony Wendy changed into a red dress.  Red plays a vital role in Chinese weddings.  The color red is associated with success, loyalty, honor, fertility, and love, amongst others things.  It was important to Wendy to bring that aspect of her culture into their wedding.

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Cocktail hour was held in the  Chinese Scholar Garden followed by their wedding reception in the Tented Pavillion.

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Their reception under the tent made for a beautiful evening filled with lots of love and dancing.  The tables were adorned with green and white florals and gold accents.

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Flowers cascaded down from the ceiling with twinkling lights above the dance floor as Wendy and Walter shared their first dance before their guests as husband and wife.

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Congratulations Wendy and Walter, we could not have been happier to have you share your special day with us at Celebrate at Snug Harbor.  A special thanks to Laura from Lato Photography who came all the way from Italy to capture their special day.

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Wedding Vendors

Brides Dresses – Vera Wang – https://www.verawang.com/

Bridesmaid Dresses – Jenny Yoo – https://www.jennyyoo.com/index.php/bridesmaid.html

Groom’s Tux – The Black Tux  – https://theblacktux.com/

Photographer – Latophotography, Contact: Laura  – Email: info@latophotography.com

Videographer – By Design Films, Contact: Brittany – Email: brittanyr@bydesignfilms.com

http://bydesignfilms.com/

Flowers– Eugenie Chen and Wendy

Photo Booth– Amazebooths – http://www.amazebooths.com/

DJ– DJ Valdi – http://djvaldi.com/djvaldi/Home.html

Wedding Cake – Palmeros Bakery https://palermobakery.com/

 

Wedding Party Photo Musts

Your wedding day is meant for you to enjoy the day with the people you love most. One of the best parts about being in a bridal party is getting to enjoy the day exclusively with the bride and groom. Consult with your photographer about capturing these special moments. We’ve highlighted a few stunning bridal party photos taken at Celebrate at Snug Harbor to provide you with some inspiration!

Groomsmen Shots:

Celebrate at Snug Harbor has 83 acres of gorgeous grounds to make your backdrop photos beautiful. Gather with your groomsmen near one of our 26 elegant buildings.

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Bridal Party:

Celebrate at Snug Harbor, along with offering 26 elegant Greek Revival, Beaux -Arts, Italianate and Victorian buildings, also offers stunning botanical gardens for various photo backdrops. Gather with your best girls in our stunning gardens or our newly renovated bridal suite for endless photo opportunities.

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The Whole Party:

But don’t forget the most important photos: the ceremony! Stand in front of our formal water features in our Tuscan Garden or stand in front of your romantic wedding arch during the ceremony so the most priceless moment of your wedding day can be captured with the people you love most.

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Celebrate is a quick ride from Manhattan, Queens, or Brooklyn. Reach out today to see how Celebrate can be the ideal venue for your wedding day! Call 718-442-2700 or 212 228 1672 or email events@celebrate-snug.com.

Holiday Hors D’Oeuvres

Celebrate at Snug Harbor is the perfect venue for a family or corporate holiday gathering. Host your holiday event in our grand Great Hall for larger parties, or our cozy Gallery for smaller, cocktail events. Either way, your guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to celebrate the holidays. We’ve gathered some inspiration from Food & Wine Magazine to get you in the holiday spirit!

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These little sopressata-wrapped cones are a holiday favorite! You can consult with your Event Designer about varying the filling. You can use chopped pepperoncinis, radicchio, or even grappa-soaked raisins!

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Your guests will love a flakey puff pastry with salty prosciutto and melted fontina cheese rolled into a bite-size treat.

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This squash and kale toast is the perfect holiday appetizer with its varied flavor and texture.

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Enjoy a baked camembert with pears. Add a splash of pear brandy and maple syrup to add a twist to this baked brie.
Relish Caterers, the owner of Celebrate at Snug Harbor, can create the flavorful holiday hors d’oeuvres you’re inspired by on Pinterest or your favorite food magazines. The best holiday gatherings include delicious food and wonderful company. You provide the company, Celebrate at Snug Harbor can provide the rest!

Hors D’Oeuvres and Small Plates for Your Corporate Holiday Gathering

Tis the season for holiday planning.  Take a peek at some of the innovative and unique culinary experience Relish brings to your holiday table at our signature venue, Celebrate at Snug Harbor.  The gracious, professional, and attentive staff will tend to all the details to ensure your holiday event is memorable.

Small Plates

Few ingredients capture the season as well as roasted beets, figs and burrata.  Try a beet napoleon or burrata as the small plate option for your company to enjoy. They are a refreshing twist on traditional salad.

Hors D’Oeuvres

Hors d’oeuvres present a great opportunity to have fun with your menu. Break away from traditional choices and try something unexpected to add to the conversation.  Here are a few of our favorites for the holiday season.  The traditional eggroll takes is reinvented as “Philly Cheese Steak” creation, complete with creamy cheese sauce and crispy skin.  The chimichurri is a great compliment to any meat.  We love the vibrant green color as a compliment to the season.  Pig’s “in a blanket”, is one of the most popular hors d’oeuvres year round.  For holiday, Relish created an All beef “Pig in a Blanket” wrapped in house-made pretzel dough and roasted Brussel remoulade.

Relish specializes in large scale special events and corporate catering for all occasions. Ring us today to discuss your holiday event needs New York City, the Hamptons, or the Tri-state area! 212 228 1672 or  http://www.relishcaterers.com.

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