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!

How to Pick the Best Color Schemes for Your Wedding Season

It is common for every bride to feel undecided as to what the best color scheme for her wedding should be. While finding a group of colors that go well together, there are other factors that need to be taken into account so that you can look at your wedding pictures loving the cohesion of hues rather than second guessing your final choices. It is so important to include your favorite colors, but don’t forget to consider the season and the wedding space.

Play Favorites:

Choose colors that make you both happy. Consider your favorite color and your hubby-to-be’s favorite color and try to find a common color that will make the two of you happy to see on your big day. As in the featured photo below of the Tuscan Garden at Celebrate at Snug Harbor, there is a beautiful mixture of colors from the scattered rose petals, floral arrangements, dress, and ties of the groom and his father. While the colors vary, they blend beautifully together.

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Tuscan Garden at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

Seasonal Tones:

The season in which you get married is crucial when choosing your color theme. If you’re looking for tones of blush, powder blue, or pastel yellow, you’ll want to consider a spring wedding so that it matches with spring flowers and greenery. In the featured photo, it’s clear to see how well the pink flowers and alter blend with the trees and grass of the Celebrate at Snug Harbor garden. Summer weddings call for more vibrant colors, such as champagne, purple, or orange. For a fall wedding, you’ll want to consider having one bold color and a few others to compliment the focal color, such as a burgundy with beige and cream. Lastly, if opting for a winter wedding, you’ll want deep pine green with shades of white to highlight the theme of winter.

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Tuscan Garden at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

The Space:

While it’s great to have color themes in mind, it’s best to book your venue before solidifying the color choices for your wedding. In the first feature photo, you’ll see the bride and groom have elegantly matched the woodwork of the door to their birch canopy. The ivory and royal blue tones of the walls are cohesive with the bride’s peach hair piece, blush carnations, and the groom’s navy suit. Don’t forget to look for a space with lots of natural sunlight, if you’re planning an indoor ceremony. The natural light of the Art Gallery at Celebrate at Snug Harbor brings out the peach details to match the navy tones for the wedding guests to see.

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Art Gallery at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

However, if you’re planning an outdoor wedding ceremony, try to let the venue’s outdoor details become your wedding color theme. In the photo of Celebrate at Snug Harbor’s Chinese Scholar Garden, there’s no need for additional colors or a separate theme with the lush greenery. Depending on your venue, your color scheme may already be chosen for you without you even realizing it!

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Chinese Garden at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

Although color schemes are very important for a wedding ceremony and reception, it doesn’t have to be a complicated decision-making process. Your venue sometimes provides the inspiration you’ve been looking for. Celebrate at Snug Harbor offers 83-acres of property to find colors to inspire you for almost any season!

Floral Inspiration for Creative Centerpieces

Planning the floral decor for your wedding will most likely be as stressful as choosing the right wedding dress. There are just so many styles to choose from and so many floral elements to consider, that it’s tough to know where to begin. For this blog, we’ll be exploring inspiration for creative centerpieces to help narrow down the wide world of wedding florals.

The Wow Factor:

If you’re looking to really impress your guests, you’ll want a centerpiece that speaks for itself. For this effect, consider adding different textures and colors on a larger flower holder. With floral textures, consider mixing the soft with the rustic. In the featured photo below, the lavender and soft pink carnations stand out with the charming and dark branches. The tall vase is thoughtfully skinny so that the centerpiece is a conversation piece, yet it won’t be an obstruction for your guests when they sit and enjoy their dinner together. When planning for a Wow Factor centerpiece, you’ll want to consider your wedding venue. Notice how the wood in the centerpiece below compliments the wood in the Great Hall of Celebrate at Snug Harbor. It completely flows with the space and doesn’t look out of place.

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Rustic and tall centerpiece

Focusing On Color:

If tall and textured doesn’t match your style, opt for a centerpiece that is more low key in terms of height, yet speaks volumes with it’s color variety. This featured centerpiece holds multiple types of eucalyptus leaves, pink and yellow solidago, with purple and orange as the accent colors. If you want your centerpiece to look as though you’ve gathered the finest florals from a lush garden, this is the style for you. When including more than one vase at the table, changing up the base of one of the centerpieces with aspidistra leaves will make each arrangement stand out even more. Remember, you’re going more for color here, and so the deep green of at the base will only further accentuate the eye-catching color scheme of the arrangement.

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Eucalyptus, solidago, with purple and orange accents

The Ever-Elegant White Centerpiece:

White flowers at a wedding are timeless.  When undecided on how to have your centerpiece best compliment your wedding theme, white florals will match any indoor or outdoor wedding. You can also get creative with mixing white roses, hydrangeas, and white daisies for the varied hues of white each flower carries. You’ll notice a hint of yellow in the floral combination featured below. Lastly, don’t forget a few green leaves to make the white stand out even more. If you’re going for classic, white florals are unfailing and sophisticated.

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White hydrangeas, roses, and daisies

Choosing a centerpiece for your reception can be overwhelming if you don’t know what to look out for. Remember to take into account the colors and textures you want your centerpieces to possess. Then, speak with your wedding planner to get his/her suggestions on what would look great in your reception location. The possibilities are endless! Celebrate at Snug Harbor is home to what seems like endless possibilities to host your dream wedding with your favorite floral arrangements.

When to Host Your Wedding: Pro & Cons of Each Season

Congratulations You’re Engaged!  What’s next?

It’s time to pick the date!

Before you get to all the fun of trying on dresses and talking to Caterers, you have to pick a date.  Each season is filled with possibilities that may be the perfect fit for your vision.  

The traditional idea of a spring wedding is being chased by new ideas of enchanting fall ceremonies and majestic winter receptions. With such great wedding potential in every season, deciding on the ideal time to make your fairytale come to life can become a challenge. To help sort out the commotion, we’ve broken down the pros and cons of each potential wedding-hosting season. Hopefully this can help you and your beau decide on the best time of year to get hitched!

P.S. Don’t forget to scroll down to our list of important dates to take into consideration when planning your big day.

 

Photo: Bridal Musings

Winter

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    • Embrace the Natural Theme Having a wedding in the colder months means you’re gifted a winter wonderland theme. Welcome the season by having cozy décor with features such as big windows and a fireplace. Put your guests in the season’s mood by serving hot cocoa and giving out candy canes as favors.
    • Discounts on Venues and Vendors because winter tends to be the off-season for weddings, many venues and vendors off discounted prices for their services.
    • Take Advantage of Shorter Days Turn this into your benefit. Shorter days mean you can have your wedding begin earlier in the day, and go longer into the evening without it ending too late.
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    • Holiday Chaos Because of the proximity to all the holidays that happen in the winter months, you may need to adjust to guests not being able to attend. NYE weddings are becoming more and more popular as it’s a night that most people want to go out and celebrate.  Celebrating with friends on their wedding day is the perfect NYE celebration.  
    • Weather Winter storms can be unpredictable. Even those who RSVP “yes” may be forced to miss or be late to your wedding due to inclement weather.
    • Indoor Restrictions Winter weather is getting more and more unpredictable.  Winter temperatures fluctuate from mild to wild, be sure your wedding venue has the proper outdoor heating elements and structures to ensure you and your guests are comfortable as the temperature drops.

 

The Hornbean Tree Tunnel at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

Spring

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    • Spring has sprung and all of nature is awakening.  Mother Nature is dusting off the winter blues and so are your friends and family.  Easter, Passover and Spring Break all present unique opportunities when planning a destination wedding to trying to accommodate guests with school age children. When your guest are on holiday, every day is Saturday night.  Why leave the festivities for the weekend?    
    • Ideal Temperatures Some argue the best thing about spring is the climate.  Not too hot or too cold. Perfect for an outdoor wedding.
    • Open Dates For a spring wedding, it is best to schedule the date during spring breaks when family and friends may be more likely to attend.
    • Fresh Harvest Something that may be overlooked is the wonderful season of harvest that spring brings. Many fruits and vegetables are in-season which can be nicely incorporated into your menu.
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    • Sniffle Season Spring also brings on allergy season, which may be problematic for guests attending an outdoor wedding.
    • Peak Prices With the peak event season comes peak prices. To get the venue you want at better price, you may have to sacrifice a weekend day for a weekday or an afternoon celebration.
    • Peak Wedding Season The majority of weddings, and many other events happen during the spring. Plan early to secure your desired date.

 

The Tuscan Garden at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

Summer

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    • Picturesque Scenery Beautiful weather is the perfect backdrop for a great outdoor wedding. Garden wedding ceremonies and cocktail parties al fresco are some of the best parts of summer nuptials. Whatever your vision for the day, from sandy beaches to lush mountain foliage, the photo opportunities and endless.  
    • Venue Availability With the rush of spring weddings winding down, you may find your preferred venue has availability in July and August. The Sunday of Labor Day weekend is also becoming an increasingly popular wedding date.    
    • Extended Celebrations Longer days and more sunlight can mean a longer celebration.
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    • Vacation Time Summer is the time when many people, especially those who have children, decide to go away on vacation. This may reduce the number of guests that are able to attend your wedding.
    • Heat and Humidity Don’t let bees, mosquitos and other flying creatures put a damper on your wedding day.  Incorporate citronella candles and natural bug repellants into your centerpieces and décor.  Citronella grass, catmint, rosemary, Basil and lavender all act as bug repellant without distracting from the fun.  
    • Peak Hotel Rates Summer is peak travel season. If you’re having a wedding in a location that requires guests book a hotel room for the night, rates may be much higher than expected.

 

The Great Hall at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

Fall

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    • Magical Foliage The changing colors of the leaves make for an absolutely stunning back drop for an outdoor wedding.   
    • Weather In early fall, temperatures are usually still ideal with warm afternoon and crisp evenings.
    • Varied Venue Choices With the theme of fall brings the options of varied venues. Mountain resorts and state parks make for great places to host a fall wedding.
    • Dress Options Because of the weather, brides have more options of the kinds of dresses to wear. Longer sleeves, for example, are great options for the big day.
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    • Guest Availability Post Labor Day, is a popular time of year for fundraising, the High Holidays and end of year holiday preparations.
    • It may be a challenge finding a date that works for family and friends that doesn’t interfere with the end of year celebrations, work commitments and vacation plans.   
    • Competition for Dates October and November are prime fundraising months for most charities.  December is crammed with holiday parties. You may find you have very few viable options for end of year celebrations.  Book the venue ASAP if you prefer an end of year wedding day.       

Dates/events to keep in mind when planning your wedding; they may affect your guests’ availability.

  • New Year’s and Christmas (Usually ranging between the 23th of December and the 5th of January)
  • Super Bowl Weekend (Usually early February)
  • Mother’s Day (early May)
  • Memorial Day Weekend (Last weekend in May)
  • First weekend in June (According to LJ Productions’ experience, this is the most common wedding weekend of the year)
  • 4th of July Weekend
  • Labor Day Weekend (Early September)
  • The World Series (Sometime in October)
  • Thanksgiving/Thanksgiving Weekend

Unique Wedding Themes and Ideas

Here’s comes the bride, all dressed in…a Vegas showgirl-inspired wedding dress? Many couples are turning to unique and innovative ways to celebrate their big day. Have you ever attended a circus themed wedding, 80’s retro New Years Eve wedding bash, a Halloween costume ball celebration? Putting on an outlandishly themed wedding may be over-the-top for some, but there are ideas we can borrow from these over –the-top parties to create your own wow-factor.

 

Photo: Ruffled Blog

80’s Themed Wedding

80’s Inspired Décor One of the most-clever ways to leave a great impression on your guests is to decorate interestingly. If you and your partner at known as the music buffs to your family and friends, then they won’t be surprised to see old records as placemats at your reception. Personalize this idea further by labeling the records some of your favorite songs!

Party Like It’s 1985 Another great way to bring the 80’s to your wedding is by integrating inflatable, neon-colored, rock and roll “toys” into the reception. Neon colors are not something expected to be seen at a traditional wedding, but who says you’re traditional? All this sounding corny to you? Picture your drunken friends singing along and playing inflatable guitar to your favorite Bon Jovi or Journey songs. Now that’s a photo-op!

Music, Dance and Bling Add some fun to your 80’s themed reception by inviting guests to wear their best “glam rock” wardrobe, big hair and lots of tassels. Electronic music ruled and so did the “Flock or Seagulls” mohawk.  Clear the dance floor by starting a dance train featuring all your favorite 80’s moves – The Running Man, MC Hammer “Can’t Touch This” dance, the “Moonwalk” and “The Macarena”.

 

Photo: Style Me Pretty

Carnival Themed Wedding

Kiss and Tell If you’re looking for an adventurous x-factor to build into your wedding, this may be the one for you. A kissing booth is a fun and playful way for your guests to interact with one another. You can choose to have the booth during the cocktail hour or during the actual reception.

Carnival Treats One of the things people most look forward to when going to the carnival is all the fun foods. Make this a part of your wedding by feature treats like candy apples, a popcorn machine, cotton candy, mini hotdogs, slider hamburgers and roasted peanuts. This is a great option for a day time, outdoor wedding cocktail hour or reception.

 

Photo: TBDress

Vegas Themed Wedding

Vegas Entertainment Vegas wouldn’t be Vegas without the shows. The most talented performers from around the world strive to perform in Sin City. Bring some of the show time magic home to your wedding by featuring a Vegas-inspired performer!

Creative Cakes If you love Vegas (or just gambling), but want to be more subtle in your approach to showing it at your wedding, have your cake say it for you! Wedding cakes are always more fun when they’re creative. Cake pops can also make a great treat for your guests as they leave the world you just created for them. But don’t just stop at rolled-up cake dipped in chocolate. Enhance your theme with theme-related Cake Pops.

 

Photo: New England Fine Living

Candy Themed Wedding

Cotton Candy Galore Who wouldn’t want to go to a candy themed wedding? Instead of having your reception look like the Willy Wonka Factory, give your big day a sweet touch with cotton candy. Having someone churning fresh cotton candy is something everyone will enjoy. Or you can get really creative and have the cotton candy spun around glow sticks so people can enjoy their sugar while dancing!

Candy Buffet Of course you’ll be offering your guests a sit-down or buffet dinner option, but why not provide a candy buffet option too? You can make this part of the décor by coordinating the wedding color scheme into the candy you choose. It’s just a simple but enjoyable touch that will make your wedding that much more memorable. Looking for someone to customize a candy buffet at your wedding?

 

Remember…

Sometimes you don’t need to do much to create a theme. Often, your venue may provide it for you. If you plan a wedding at a venue near the water, think about incorporating a nautical theme. If your location has an intimate feel, you may want to transport your guests into a fairy tale wedding with your décor.  Use the natural beauty of your wedding’s atmosphere to your advantage.

The Dos and Don’ts to Building Your Reception Playlist

Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight. Sounds like the perfect plan for your wedding day, right? We certainly think so. But before you can do a little dance, you’ve got to set the scene for the right wedding reception playlist. Here are some rules to live by when consulting with your DJ about the ideal playlist.

 

Bride & Groom’s First Dance inside Celebrate’s Great Hall

Playlist Harmony Remember to consider both yours and your beau’s musical tastes when compiling a wedding playlist. A variety of wedding songs are to be expected, so don’t worry about his Guns N Roses clashing with your Gangnam Style! Maybe he wouldn’t mind hearing an acoustic version of the song during dinner.

 

Photo: Bridal Guide

Spread the Love It’s important to keep your guest list handy when formulating the wedding playlist. What will Aunt Debbie and Uncle Rich enjoy dancing to? Or how about Grandma Sue’s favorite diddy, Runaround Sue? A sprinkle of some oldies may be appropriate for a portion of the crowd. Who doesn’t love a Sinatra classic?   Rock anthems and love songs ruled supreme in the 80’s and 90’s from Bon Jovi to Madonna and Mötley Crüe.  Round out your list with a nod to the Grunge and Goth movement and everyone will be on the dance floor.  

 

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A Little Goes a Long Way DJs have extensive databases of songs from every genre.  A talented DJ shouldn’t need more than 12-15 songs from you and your Fiancé to give them all the information they need to program music you’ll love for the reception.   The DO NOT play list is just as important the please play list.   

 

Photo: Serendipity Photography

DJ Knows Best There’s a reason why people hire a DJ. It’s not just to play music; it’s to guide the atmosphere of the party. DJs are trained to read the vibe of the crowd. From there, they choose the best song for the moment. Receptions are usually 4 hours in length, a time span that is further decreased by formalities like speeches and dinner courses.  To feel most comfortable about handing over all the music power for your reception, it’s a good idea to have at least one face to face meeting with your DJ prior to the wedding. It’s best to meet about a month in advance to discuss your expectations, as well as provide a DO NOT PLAY list. This way you’re guaranteed to not hear the songs you dislike. Now you can relax on your big day, knowing the party is in the best possible hands.

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