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.

Neptune Ball Table Setting

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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Wedding Favors You’ll Love

One of the most enjoyable parts of planning your wedding day, is finding or creating the perfect wedding favor gift for your guests to have as a memento of the day. Symbolizing your union can take many shapes and forms.  From edible favors that are sweet or savory. Favors that grow and blossom or favors that signify the season. 

We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites from The Knot  for some clever inspiration for your wedding day favors!

Edible Favors

Everyone loves a treat they can eat on the way home or the next day. Consider gifting your guests some local honey, as seen on the left of the featured collage. Some other favorites could be a set of macaroons, baked to match your wedding color scheme, or a packaged set of s’mores. Who wouldn’t love that?

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Favors that Grow

The best part about a plant as your favor is that it leaves your guests with a lasting memory of your special day. A low maintenance, but gorgeous favor, could be a mini succulent. To make travels easy for your guests, consider giving them seeds of your favorite plant so that they can watch the love grow!

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Seasonal Favors

Everyone loves a little something to get them in the spirit of the season. With fall approaching, The Knot features some excellent inspiration. If you’re planning a fall wedding, a fan favorite for fall is always the caramel apple, as featured on the top right of the collage. You can also give a more adult favor, such as a mini wine bottle with an accent leaf around the cap. So cute! Don’t forget a favor that is adorable for guests of all ages, the mini pumpkin!

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The most important takeaway for selecting your wedding favors is that you are simple, elegant, and thoughtful. Your guests want to celebrate you and your marriage. The favor symbolizes your gratitude for doing that. Make it count and make it cute!

Must Have Wedding Decor

There is an entire world of wedding decor out there and it can be pretty overwhelming to navigate. Your best option is to select a wedding venue that has a lot of the natural decor already in place. This way, you’ll be able to focus on just a few minor add-ons, rather than working from scratch. At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, you have over 80 acres of stunning scenery, which means most of the work is already done for you! Some great areas to focus your decorating skills on is ceiling decor, your wedding arch or canopy, and small personal touches.

Ceiling Decor:

A little update to a reception ceiling goes a long way. Often, couples choose to drape ceilings with fabric or florals. This is a great idea; however, if you’re celebrating in an already beautiful venue, you’ll want to enhance its features, not cover them up. Try adding bistro lighting to your reception ceiling to shine light on your guests and have a unique and elegant look. The featured photo captures bistro lighting draped in Celebrate at Snug Harbor’s tented pavilion, which is an indoor and outdoor location on the property so that you get the best of both worlds for your wedding reception. Another creative way to decorate a reception space is to use paper lanterns, to make the room pop with life!

Ceremonial Canopy:

It’s always a great idea to decorate your ceremony location. Because Celebrate at Snug Harbor offers both indoor and outdoor locations for wedding ceremonies, you get to be creative with decor and your space. The featured collage highlights two outdoor ceremonies, where wooden canopies are draped and adorned with floral arrangements. The indoor ceremony in the Art Gallery shows a wooden canopy with flowers cascading the beams. Just lovely!

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Personal Touches:

While you should let your venue do most of the work when it comes to decor, every wedding should have a few small personal touches. The collage below showcases ways personal touches have been incorporated into weddings held at Celebrate at Snug Harbor. The top left photo has an antique key bottle opener greet their guests as they take their seats. The bottom left photo features a wooden cake topper, which matched the couple’s wooden canopy at their ceremony. Every sweetheart table should include a Mr. & Mrs. sign, as featured in the top right photo. The bottom right photo showcases adorable bride and groom tags for their drinks!

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It’s important to keep in mind that must have decor does not have to break the bank to be stunning. Your venue should do most of the work, which is why investing in a location that has limitless space and options is going to be key when determining what type of other decor you wish to add. Celebrate offers you these windows of opportunity to have fun with decor, but not stress out over it, since the grounds are already so elegant!

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.  

 

Photo: AppleBrides

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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