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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Photo Inspiration: Pinterest

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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Photo Inspiration: Pinterest

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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Photo Inspiration: Pinterest

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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Photo Inspiration: Martha Stewart Weddings

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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Photo Inspiration: Martha Stewart Weddings

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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Photo Inspiration: Brides.com

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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Food & Photo by: Relish Caterers & Event Planning

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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Food & Photo by: Relish Caterers & Event Planning

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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Food & Photo by: Relish Caterers & Event Planning

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!

Taking a Look Inside the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

The Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is not only home to Celebrate at Snug Harbor, but it is also a location where culture, history, and art all come together. A prominent Smithsonian affiliate, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden offer its community and visitors a chance to learn about it’s history and its mission to “provide a vibrant, regional cultural destination that offers dynamic programming in arts, education, horticulture, agriculture, and recreation for diverse cultures and all ages while ensuring a well-managed campus for all residents of Staten Island and surrounding communities.”

SHARP:

Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program, SHARP, offers an eight week fellowship program for eight talented, culturally diverse, and economically disadvantaged artists in a variety of disciplines at the post-BFA college level to help them transition from formal training to professional careers. These participants often display their work in the Snug Harbor art galleries or on the campus. As you walk through Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, ask about the artwork you see! The featured photo below captures some of the work you can see in an upcoming art exhibit this October.

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Photo: SHARP Visual Arts

Horticulture Garden Walks:

If you love gardens and history, you’ll love the Snug Harbor Horticulture Walks offered in the varied seasonal gardens. Offered throughout the seasons, you can enjoy learning about the history of each garden while walking through them! The collage below captures the varied walks offered: a Peony Walk, a Spring Walk, a Tuscan Garden Walk, and a Tropical Border Walk. The larger image of the featured collage highlights an upcoming walk through Snug Harbor’s Richmond County Savings Foundation Tuscan Garden. In this walk, you’ll learn about Italian garden traditions while being led by Snug Harbor’s Director of Horticulture, Greg Lord.

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Photo: Snug Harbor Horticulture Walks

Education:

An amazing aspect of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is the education it offers to students. With hands-on learning experiences and cross-curricular programs, there is an opportunity for all types of learners to walk away with a unique and memorable experience. Snug Harbor’s educational programs range from Beautiful Writing, Art & Meditation, Dragon Boat Festival, Autumn Moon, and Chinese New Year, which ranges from grades 2 and up.
To further your experience, you can register for Wetlands classes to learn about how water affects our daily lives, energy transfer, and wetlands, and the food web. Snug Harbor Heritage Farm classes offer students opportunities to learn about seeds, planting, pollination, flowers and fruits, as well as nutrition. Lastly, the Snug Harbor Pastoral Grounds offer students a chance to learn about different ecosystems, photosynthesis, and different types of trees. Whether it’s a class trip or an adult tour, there’s an experience for everyone!

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Photo: Snug Harbor Education

Events:

If you’re looking for an unforgettable night, look no further than the Neptune Ball! Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is hosting a magical evening, it’s annual Neptune Ball. With the inspiration from Venetian masquerades, this ball celebrates the performing and visual arts on campus, as well as other beneficial programs offered on the grounds.

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Photo: Snug Harbor Neptune Ball

There is not enough to say about Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. We’ve only highlighted a portion of what it can offer to guests. To learn more about visiting or donating, please take a moment to visit http://snug-harbor.org/.

All About Flowers

Flowers are a big deal when it comes to weddings. It helps highlight the romance and brings elation to those who are near them. When budgeting for flowers, talk to your fiance about the must-have flowers from beginning to end of your wedding day. From there, decide the types of flowers you want to have and how they’ll match the decor of your venue.

Bouquets:

The flowers in a bride’s bouquet is the finishing touch to the bride’s look. If you’re looking for bouquets that are versatile, consider going for some of the colors and textures in the featured photo. In the bottom right corner, a simple bouquet of lavender with a silk bow embodies the elegance needed for a bride. Above this bouquet is a lovely combination of blush pink roses, white peonies, ranunculus, and a combination of greens, including eucalyptus leaves. But if you’re looking for your bouquet to be the statement piece of your look, go for the cascading bouquet, which features a mixture of garden flowers and leaves. What’s perfect about this look is that you can’t go wrong with color. The combination of color makes it look like you’ve got the perfect piece of your garden with you!

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Photo: Brides.com

Aisle Decor:

When selecting flowers for your wedding consider how you’ll want your pictures to come out during the ceremony. What colors and textures do you want surrounding you? Then, discuss ways to make your vision a reality with your Event Designer. In the featured collage, the photo on the left uses a green moss-like backdrop to accentuate the variety of pink flowers with an ombre effect. To the top right, you’ll see a more subtle approach of flowers for your ceremony, which is flower balls hanging from the gorgeous large tree. The best part about flower balls is that you can use almost any flower, so you’ll have options with colors, and you can have your florist create a variety of sizes to add depth to look. Lastly, the bottom right photo uses purple hues to highlight the copper of the venue. The petals that line the aisle match the assorted triple tower hydrangea arrangement. So creative and beautiful!

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Photo: The Knot 

Reception Ideas:

For your reception, tie in bits of your ceremonial flowers and bouquet. If you had wild flowers or a mixture of garden flowers for your ceremony, consider having centerpieces that embody that same look. The bottom left photo features seasonal flowers in The Great Hall of Celebrate at Snug Harbor.  With the combination of green, yellow, orange, red, and white, the bride and groom had plenty of color options for the rest of their decor. The bottom right photo is a great way to utilize the greens of your bouquet or aisle decor. The hanging greenery of the dinner table match the leaves set as the table runner. What’s great about this look is that you can pair the greenery with almost any venue. Lastly, the top photo captures the elegance of white flowers. The bunched hydrangea and baby blue-eyes arrangements act as a runner for the table. This gives the table a rich and graceful look!

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Photo: Celebrate at Snug Harbor & Brides.com

A word of caution, you may fall in love with a flower that isn’t in season for your wedding, so consult with a florist and your Event Designer to make sure you’re getting the fabulous florals you want for your wedding! Most importantly, have fun with the selection process! There are so many options to choose from and so even if you aren’t able to get the flowers you thought you wanted, you can still have the perfect arrangements for your wedding.

Stylish Lighting

Part of capturing the magic on your wedding day is making sure you have the right lighting to accentuate the details. When planning your ceremony and reception, consult with your Event Designer about ways to enhance the natural light in your venue for daytime festivities and create ambiance for evening entertaining.  Some of the most impactful lighting options can be achieved through the use of candles, string lights, and lanterns.  These simple options offer enormous flexibility and versatility with respect to event style, mood, and budget. 

Candles:

Can you ever really overdo it with candles? Some of the best ways to incorporate candles into your wedding include decorating the aisle with candles to mark the aisle entrance or asking each guest to hold a lit candle during the religious portion of your ceremony.   Candles easily transition into the cocktail hour and reception by incorporating clusters of candles into your centerpieces.  Or using candles throughout the space to accent windowsills and in seating vignettes. 

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Check our more candle inspiration on our Pinterest page!

String Lights:

Talk about setting the mood! String lights are an excellent choice for wedding lighting because they can go almost anywhere. You can never go wrong with stringing lights above and across your reception, as featured in the collage below. This is a stylish and elegant way to incorporate lighting into your wedding. One of our favorite ways to get creative with string lighting includes having a wall of hanging bistro or string lights as your backdrop, as in the bottom left photo. Additional ways to have a unique twist to string lights include letting them dangle as individual pieces, as a type of chandelier, or to wrap them around a set of trees to create your own, personal backdrop for photos. Special note, be sure to use exterior grade string lighting outside and the indoor grade string lighting for inside use.

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Check out more lighting inspiration on our Pinterest page!

Lanterns:

Including lanterns adds a whole new feel to your lighting decor. There are several options of lanterns to choose from to match your venue’s theme. Favorites for this style are paper lanterns that hang from the ceiling. Paper lanterns can include actual tea-lights or battery-powered lights. We recommend battery-powered lights so that your paper lanterns look lit up throughout your ceremony and reception. To elevate your lighting decor, consider placing tea lights in a hanging glass lantern, as featured in the bottom right corner. Although subtle, the floating effect of the lanterns creates a magical feel to the room. Have we mentioned how much we love the hanging mason jar lanterns in the featured ceremony? By adding the twine to hang the mason jars, this couple really accentuated the rustic feel of their ceremony!

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Check out more lantern inspiration on our Pinterest page!

It’s important that you have fun with your space and add lighting options that will bring out all the charm of your venue. Celebrate at Snug Harbor offers options for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions, which means it can accommodate almost any type of decor you long for your wedding to have. You’ll be able to work with the Event Designers at Celebrate at Snug Harbor, who take pride in creating unique and one-of-a-kind events.

Couples Tribute: Caroline Polachek & Ian Drennan Wedding

Take a glimpse into the wedding day of Chairlift lead singer Caroline Polachek and Ian Drennan, featured in VOGUE Magazine https://goo.gl/28iy6R

Focused on keeping their ceremony and wedding simple and elegant, Vogue Magazine goes into the intimate details of the couple’s big day. Here’s what we loved about their wedding!

The Attention to Detail:

According to Vogue Magazine, Caroline wanted her wedding band to look similar to the band that has been in Ian’s family for years, worn by several family members. Each band has the statement, “I love our world” in it, which makes it even more special. To add, the lead singer goes on to tell Vogue that their florist was able to create a centerpiece created in segments, so that everyone could have a piece of it to take with them. So thoughtful! But what we consider to be the most precious touch of the Polachek-Drennan wedding, was that the two were married by Caroline’s opera teacher, whom she tells Vogue Magazine, later became her mentor.

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Photos by: Noah Rabinowitz

The Space:

While all of these personal touches are priceless, they are enhanced even more by the space in which Caroline and Ian chose to marry. Both fans of Chinese architecture, Caroline tells Vogue Magazine, “We loved that people could spread out and wander the paths, meeting each other in motion and sitting down together along the built-in seats instead of being closed in one area together. The circular doorways, central koi pond, and looming stones had an otherworldly tone that made everyone feel very much farther from the city than we were, and because the paths are mostly covered, we could be surrounded by nature regardless of the weather.” With the Chinese Scholar Garden’s beautiful pavilions, handcrafted walkways, and stunning architectural elements, what’s not to love?

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Photos by: Noah Rabinowitz
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Photos by Noah Rabinowitz
The space tented pavilion
Photos by: Noah Rabinowitz

 

This lovely wedding is a great reminder to all brides out there that is is so important to visit the space you wish to get married in as soon as possible. You want to be able to go through the motions of the day and be content with the flow of the ceremony to the reception, as well as determine how you’ll wish to incorporate yours and your spouse’s personal touches so that you’re as happy as Caroline and Ian!

Sensational Desserts

Wedding desserts are always a favorite for guests. While the wedding cake is very important, so are the other desserts that accompany it. In fact, some brides and grooms opt out of the cake entirely to solely focus on some fabulous sweet treats. The key to getting it right is to incorporate a combination of desserts that have different flavors and textures to either support the wedding cake or take it’s place at the dessert table. Try to have some sort of cake or tart, a fruity dessert, and most importantly, chocolate!

Cakes and Tarts:

Who doesn’t love cake? When it’s your wedding day, you’ll want a piece of cake to share with your new husband. There are no limits when it comes to cake, either. In the featured collage, Relish Caterers created a delicious almond cake with powdered sugar sprinkled on top, and some peach slices on the side. Next to this cake, Relish Caterers whipped up a cheesecake blueberry compote, and a rhubarb tart loaded with flavor. When it comes to cakes, you want the flavors to vary so that each one stands out.

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Photo and Desserts from: Relish Caterers

Fruit and more fruit:

Isolated fruit is often overlooked when placed on a loaded dessert table. For this reason, you’ll want consult with your caterer about fruit flavors that are popular and won’t go to waste. Relish Caterers created an enticing berry pudding with whole fruits garnished on top. A fan favorite is also the chocolate covered strawberry. In the featured photo, Relish Caterers take this classic dessert up one more notch by adding some edible gold leafing to the chocolate coating. How rich!

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Photo and Desserts from: Relish Caterers

Chocolate:

Is it really a dessert table without something chocolate? Relish Caterers takes an intriguing spin on the classic chocolate desserts by combining classic with creative. The featured photos include stacked chocolate chip cookies held together by toasted marshmallows, a chocolate mousse with candied nuts and a toasted marshmallow dollop, a chocolate cupcake with espresso frosting, as well as a blondie crust piece with a fruit jelly garnish on top. The best part about chocolate is that you can almost always incorporate it into a dessert.

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Photo and Desserts from: Relish Caterers

You’ll want to consult with your caterer on ways to incorporate your sweet-tooth preferences into your wedding desserts. Investing in a caterer will be the most important decision you make if you want your desserts to be sensational!

Table Setting Must Haves

Table settings are often an overlooked element when planning all of the details for a wedding reception. But a few minor touches to a table can set the tone for the lavish reception you want your guests to enjoy. Remember that guests love noticing the thoughtful details to help make their memory of your big day last.

Candles:

Never underestimate the power of a candle or two. Candles are the romantic touch every table needs. In the featured collage, the tables on the right have floating candles in tall glasses that vary in height for an aesthetic appeal. These images note that while focusing on a gorgeous centerpiece is a must, so is focusing on what will surround that centerpiece so that it doesn’t look too idle. The largest photo creativity places a candle inside a lantern to make it the focal point of the table, while also having small votives surround the lantern in antiqued holders. The elegance of the candles screams romance!

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Varied Pinterest Inspiration

Identification:

There are so many adorable ways to identify your table numbers so that your guests know where to sit. Brides usually list the guests’ names on a place card on the dinner plate itself, or having a separate location for guests to pick up their place card and assigned table number. Some brides even get creative and avoid table numbers and instead, name their tables after their favorite travel places. The featured photos below include classic calligraphy on a gold-framed chalkboard, as well as a California post card placed on a rope knot. There is no wrong way to do this as long you clearly and elegantly identify your tables or where your guests will sit.

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Photo: Brushfire Photography via Martha Stewart Weddings
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Photo: Mustard Seed Photography via Brides.com

Personal Touch:

There’s always a way to add a personal touch to your dinner tables so that your guests can be surprised or touched by your efforts to provide a beautiful reception for them. In the photo collage are a few ideas that guests have brought to life in their receptions in The Great Hall at Celebrate at Snug Harbor. A personal touch could include drink tags with the guests names on them so that no one gets their glasses confused. This can also serve as a place card! The bottom row of photos from left to right feature wedding favors placed behind the bread plate, a small pumpkin to accentuate the fall theme, and a small white rose next to each menu.

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Varied from receptions in The Great Hall at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

While some personal touches may seem like a small gesture, remember that less can be more.  You don’t need a personal touch on every aspect of your wedding. Just remember that table settings are where you want to add your details!

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