Wedding Arches You’ll Love

A beautiful wedding arch or canopy can add the touch of elegance that you’ve always wanted to your wedding ceremony.  There are different types of wedding arches that can express have both cultural and religious significance. Your arch can also take different shapes; it can be square or have a curve for aesthetic and décor purposes, too. By using flowers, fabrics, and different shapes, arches are a sure way to make the end of your aisle look fantastic.

Garden Arches:

The wedding arch is a must have for garden weddings. The collage below features wedding arches that have been placed in the Tuscan Garden of Celebrate at Snug Harbor. The top photo features a wooden arch with hanging flowers at the corners, topped with a lace sheet to match the bride’s gown. The bottom left photo features a birch arch with moss embossed pottery holding the arch, as well as a tulle fabric draped over the top with cascading flowers and greenery. The bottom right photo features an arch wrapped entirely in white linen with two floral arrangements on each side, as well as extended accent leaves to highlight the lush greenery of the Tuscan Garden.

Garden Arches
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Curved Inspiration:

Not all arches need to have four pillars to hold it up. The featured collage includes inspiration for two-legged arches. The left photo includes an arch at the beginning of the aisle in Celebrate at Snug Harbor’s Tuscan Garden. This arch is draped in a garden green linen, with floral clusters at the sides and top to match the cultural and religious significance for this couple. The top right photo shows another way creative way to decorate your arch, by allowing your favorite florals and greens to wrap the entire arch. The wild ungroomed look of the greenery allows for it to blend perfectly with scenic background. The middle right photo showcases an arch with a wooden arbor with linens, lace, and soft flowers to complete the look. The bottom right photo showcases a more groomed arch with greenery and a rose trellis wrapping around it. Lovely!

Floral Arches Collage
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Additional Floral Inspiration:

A great way to make your arch unforgettable is to make it fit in with your wedding venue. The top featured photo showcases a wedding arch in the Chinese Scholar Garden of Celebrate at Snug Harbor, where the arch is wrapped lightly in green leaves, which pair beautifully with the water feature and trees of the garden. The bottom left photo enhances the Art Gallery of Celebrate at Snug Harbor by using pink florals to compliment the blue and white paint of the gallery. The bottom right photo uses weaved wild wood, greenery, and floral clusters to accentuate the garden backdrop.

Third Wedding Arch Collage
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There’s no better touch to a wedding ceremony than a wedding arch. Remember that your ceremony is one of the most photographed moments of your wedding day. You’ll want to choose a venue that can accommodate the wedding arch of your dreams!

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.

 

Bride Bouquets
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.

Boutonnieres
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.

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.

White Centerpiece
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

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