Custom Details for Your Wedding Day

The best part about planning a wedding is coming up with creative and custom details to incorporate in your big day. We’re sharing the adorable and unique details that recent couples who married at Celebrate shared with their guests!

Guest Book:

This couple had their guests sign their names on a map of the world. This allows guests to sign and write a message on a location they’ve traveled to together or just sign to a fun place in the world that would be fun to visit.

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Custom Thank You’s:

This couple created an adorable thank you note and a miniature bottle of Bailey’s to thank their guests for attending their special day!

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His/Hers Bathroom Signage:

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Food Truck:

Who doesn’t love a food truck? Because Celebrate at Snug Harbor has over 83 acres of land, this couple had fun with some of the space and hired a food truck for a late night treat for their guests.

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When getting married, make sure your venue has grounds that are accommodating to the details you carefully planned for your big day. Check out the Celebrate at Snug Harbor Pinterest page for more inspiration!.

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Outdoor Wedding Decor

Spring time is a wonderful time to get married outside and delight in the spirit of new beginnings.  At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, lush grounds and manicured gardens create endless opportunities for entertaining alfresco.

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A great way to bring out the romantic feel of the Tuscan Garden at Snug Harbor is to accentuate the natural greenery. This couple chose bamboo-style chairs and bright white flowers to highlight the wedding aisle.

Wedding Signage

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Photo credit: Olli Studio

We love fun wedding signage! At the entrance to the ceremony, this couple placed subtle flowers in an elevated planter with their calligraphy signage leaning against it.

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Photo credit: Eryc Perez de Tagle

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Photo credit:  Olya Vysotskaya

Celebrate at Snug Harbor is home to a variety of world class gardens and botanical settings. An authentic Tuscan, Chinese Scholar Garden, White Rose Garden and Garden Maze can be found on the grounds.

The first image highlights ivory growing up and around the charming brick exterior, while the second photo has an abundance of colorful wild flowers surrounding the bride and groom.

Celebrate at Snug Harbor is the perfect setting for beautiful outdoor events.

Spring Wedding Bouquets

As spring quickly approaches, it’s time to think about the seasonal touches you can add to your bridal look. There’s nothing that highlights a wedding gown like a springtime bouquet. The best part about selecting a bouquet is that you can’t go wrong if you focus on seasonal flowers. We’ve selected our favorites, highlighted by Martha Stewart Weddings and are pairing them with our favorite spots of Snug Harbor!

Soft Tones

When you think spring, you think soft, pastel tones. Combine your favorite pastels with light greens to create a unique, seasonal bouquet!

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These pastel tones will pair beautifully with the old world charm of the Great Hall at Snug Harbor and custom centerpieces!

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Sunny Spring

You can never go wrong with yellow. Perfect for any outdoor ceremony, bring together all types of yellow flowers to create a lovely bouquet to hold going down the aisle.

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Allow your sunny hues to pop in the beautiful and custom tree tunnel of Snug Harbor!

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Pop of Fuschia

The best part about adding in a bold pop of color is in your bouquet is that it becomes your statement piece. Not only will it be a fun statement piece, but it will also bring out the white or ivory tone of your wedding gown.

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The unique bamboo garden of Snug Harbor is the perfect backdrop for a wedding photo. Your pop of color in your bouquet will look stunning!

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Springtime Succulents

Who doesn’t love succulents? The best way to bring your favorite florals together is to have a flower or greenery that works as the “glue” in your bouquet. Succulents add the perfect texture to any bouquet!

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Imagine setting down your succulent bouquet on your reception table in the rustic Tented Pavilion of Snug Harbor!

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For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

Spring Wedding Color Trends

Spring is right around the corner and your wedding guests will be looking for those gorgeous springtime hues at your ceremony and reception. Once you choose your wedding color scheme, all other decisions become easier to make because you can tie them into your chosen colors. We’ve highlighted our favorite spring color trends from The Knot to help you tie your details together.

Go Bold

Spring weddings are a great opportunity to have fun mixing up bold tones. This table setting and menu capture a fun combination of orange, pink, gold, and royal blue.

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Match these bold colors with any of the bold flowers in the botanical gardens of Snug Harbor!

Photo Credit: Olli Studio

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Boho-chic

We love the combination greens, pinks, and oranges in this bouquet. The balance of some bolder colors and softer tones can allow for your colors to match any background or setting.

Bohemian Colors

Pair your boho-chic style with the chic tones of the gardens and benches of Snug Harbor.  Photo credit: Philip Siciliano

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Elegant Whites

You can never go wrong with focusing your color scheme on ivory, white, and your venue’s natural setting. Notice the variation of white in table cloth, centerpiece, napkins, and chair seat. They tie in with the garden setting beautifully.

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Elegant whites look stunning in the Tented Pavilion of Snug Harbor!

Photo credit: Lato Photography

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Rustic Blush

Never underestimate the power of pink. Light pink tones are the most popular spring colors for a reason. They pair perfectly with the blooming greenery of spring.

 

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The Tuscan Garden of Snug Harbor highlights all of the beauty of a blush colored wedding ceremony.

Photo credit: Eryc Perez de Tagle

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The beauty of having your wedding at Celebrate at Snug Harbor is that you can match any color scheme to the large 83-acre property. You have endless options to choose from and place in the lush gardens and scenic grounds.

Engagement Ring Trends for 2018

While classic and traditional styles are always beautiful, some new trends are worth considering! Brides.com shares the latest with engagement bands for 2018!

Chevron Bands:

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These chevron bands are not only adorable in style, but also unique and allow for you to have fun with diamond patterns.

Colored Stones:

 

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We love the colored stone trend! Depending on the stone you choose, you can have fun matching the stone with the band. This rose-gold diamond looks stunning with its yellow gold band.

Oval Cut Diamonds:

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Oval cut diamonds are a great way to combine both the emerald and classic round cut diamonds. For the brides who can’t decide, this may be the shape for you!
If you’re unsure about the ring you want, we suggest trying on a few bands to see which looks best on your ring finger. For more ideas, 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/ !

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, https://www.latophotography.com/

Contact: Laura  – Email: info@latophotography.com

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

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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/

 

Couples Tribute: Diana & Chris

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When Diana and Chris were planning their wedding day, they knew they wanted to escape the everyday hustle and bustle of Staten Island.  They fell in love with how you felt when you entered Snug Harbor; you were instantly surrounded by history, architectural elements and lush beautiful, gardens.

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Their wedding day had all the classic elements with some rustic touches that gave it a twist. Diana and Chris let the vibe of the Snug Harbor give them inspiration for their wedding day. They played off the architecture, wood, and natural greenery of the grounds.

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They began their day with a beautiful, very intimate “First Look”.  The smile on their faces to see each other for the first time on their wedding day was a breathtaking moment.  Danny their photographer, from Olli Studios captured the emotion perfectly.

Their ceremony took place in the Tuscan Garden surrounded by family, friends, and their dog Copper.

Diana looked stunning in her wedding gown from R.K Bridal while the rest of the bridal party was in blush and navy blue.

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Copper looked dapper in his bow tie as well.

After the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the Tuscan Garden.

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As a DIY element Diana and Chris incorporated for guests to sign Jenga game pieces to write well wishes or little notes to the couple.

Danny their photographer, from Olli Studios captured beautiful shots of Diana and Chris and their bridal party on the Snug Harbor grounds.

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Diana and Chris kicked off their reception in the Upper Great Hall by sharing their first dance in front of guests to La Vie En Rose the version by Daniela Andrade. 

Diana and Chris wanted a clean, rustic look for their reception.

The centerpieces, created by Carroll’s Florist consisted of wooden birch boxes with white roses, hydrangeas and baby’s breath.

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The entire day you could just see how much love surrounded Diana and Chris, the smiles on their faces, especially during their parent dances brought us such joy.

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We love how Diana and Chris never stopped smiling during their wedding day.

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At the end of the evening guests were given favors made by Chris’s sister which consisted of cucumber lime aroma beads in white satin bags.

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Diana and Chris shared this piece of advice with us for our future couples

“Be prepared for the unexpected to happen. But don’t stress out about it.  Just take a few deep breathes and roll with it. Everything will work itself out. The most important thing on that day is for the couple to take in the experience and just have fun. The day goes by fast so soak in the moments!”

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Congratulations Diana and Chris, we could not have been happier to have you share your special day with us at Celebrate at Snug Harbor.  A special thanks to Danny from Olli Studios for their breathtaking wedding photos.

 

Wedding Vendors

Diana’s Dress – RK Bridal: 212-914-1155

DJ – Tom Banis – Supreme Entertainment: 646-523-4181 http://supremeentertainment.net/

Florist – Chad Cannizzaro Carroll’s Florist: 718-351-5206 http://www.carrollsflorist.com/

Photographer – Olli Studios Danny: 212-239-8511 http://ollistudio.com/

Gina Cannarozzi – Stylist: 201-674-4408

Ruth Fernandez – Makeup Artist: 646-314-2400

Videographer: Visualize Media: 201-399-4477

Fretless NJ/ String Players- Jenn Fantacione/Nicole Scarsone: 732-330-2416

Tony Zecca – Officiant: 862-210-0284

Mondrion Limousine: 718-884-7777

Robbie & Co Suits: 212-904-1384

 

 

Holiday Events Ideas at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

Celebrate at Snug Harbor is truly a unique venue that is ideal for hosting a wedding, engagement party, anniversary party, or holiday event. Snug Harbor’s expansive grounds are an ideal setting for entertaining large groups of corporate clients for holiday gatherings, team building activities, and cocktail parties.

As you plan your next anniversary party or family gathering, consider placing a long serving table in front of our oversized Palladian windows for family to gather around and enjoy the view of the gardens in the background.

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If you’re looking to host a corporate holiday gathering, our Great Hall can accommodate up to 350 guests. This is perfect for a brief meeting and a delicious dinner and cocktails by Relish Caterers!

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However, if you’re hoping to host corporate holiday party with no meeting, our Great Hall can be transformed into a beautiful reception space to make your employees feel like they’re attending the holiday event of the year!

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Our team of Event Designers works closely with clients to design and produce “one of a kind” events. When you arrive, all you’ll have to worry about is making sure you’re enjoying yourself and celebrating the special occasion during the holiday season!

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