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.

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.

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.   

 

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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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