Winter Wedding Tips

November 27th, 2016

Winter weddings are growing in popularity. The fact that it is not as expensive to get married in the colder months means that more couples are seriously considering it as an option.

It is certainly easier to book your dream venue for the reception, and there are plenty of warm destinations for honeymooners to enjoy. There is something extra special about going on honeymoon to a warm destination in the winter months. These are just a few of the reasons to get married just before, or just after Christmas, there are many others, but we will not go into them here. The main purpose of this article is to help those who have already decided on a winter wedding to plan theirs.

 

Be realistic about the weather

It is important to realize that a winter wedding does present some potential challenges. If you are lucky, the weather will be kind and you will get some winter sunshine on your special day. However, you need to be realistic and be prepared for rain or snow.

 

Dressing for the weather

Bearing the weather in mind when you choose your wedding and bridesmaid’s dresses is especially important. The last thing you need is for you, and your wedding party, to be freezing on your special day. You will be warm enough when you are inside, but may end up regretting buying a light floaty dress when you are outside posing for photos in a chilly wind.

Investing in a good shawl means that you can still choose an off the shoulder style of dress, if you want to. When you are outside you can use the wrap to keep the chill away while the photographer positions you, and get someone to hold it for you while the actual photos are taken.

 

The right shoes for a winter wedding

Bearing in mind that the ground could be wet or icy, good footwear is especially important. Usually, satin shoes are not a good idea for a winter wedding. However, if you really want to wear them you still can, but they will need to be sprayed with a good quality waterproofing spray. It is important to bear in mind that using this type of product is likely to change the colour of your shoes slightly.

Providing your bridesmaids with closed in shoes also makes sense. This year there are some beautiful court shoes available, which are perfect for both the bride and her bridesmaids.

 

The right accessories

For a winter wedding, equipping your ushers with a few large umbrellas is a good idea. That way if it rains they can use them to escort everyone to and from the car.

 

Plan your photos carefully

You need to think about your guests, especially your older guests. You do not want people standing around in the cold waiting for the photographer to do the group shots. If it is too cold or wet to get the outside shots you want, have alternative indoor locations set up and agreed with your photographer in advance.

Winter weddings really are wonderful. By following the tips above you can ensure that yours goes smoothly, and that everyone enjoys themselves.

Bridgeview Yacht Club is Celebrating 20 Years

November 6th, 2016

 

Introducing

“The Loft By Bridgeview”

Island Park, NY

 

This coming Spring, 2017, one of the most exclusive, elegant, and chic Wedding and Event venues in the tri-state area–The Bridgeview Yacht Club–will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary with the unveiling of a BRAND NEW FACILITY: The Loft By Bridgeview at 80 Waterfront Blvd, Island Park, New York 11558!

 

Bridgeview specializes in celebrating one special event at a time in their elegant waterfront estate. Guests can privately enjoy strolling through the lush gardens and spacious courtyards. The facility features a Nantucket styled cocktail room that precedes your reception in their majestic ballroom, all nestled dockside where you can enjoy the truly unique atmosphere their waterfront offers.

 

And now with the addition of The Loft, a new affordable space created for today’s more financial cost-conscious clientele, guests can enjoy a smaller, contemporary facility designed to meet their needs while still keeping those important elements of beauty, class, and sophistication.

 

The Census Bureau projects that 2.3 million couples wed every year in the US. That breaks down to nearly 6,200 weddings a day, and with so many venue options available it can often become an overwhelming task trying to find the perfect place to celebrate your special day. The Loft and its amazing staff hope to alleviate those frustrations by providing quality wedding packages that ensure your special day is nothing short of what you’ve always dreamt it would be.

 

Gone will be the days of travelling to distant locations for “rustic” off-beat event spaces when The Loft will offer an even more picturesque alternative with all of the charm and beauty one could ask for.

 

As they gear up to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, The Loft By Bridgeview is excited to welcome all interested in this great new venue for your wedding, birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, club, or live entertainment event!

 

For More Information, Visit: www.BridgeviewYachtClub.com

OR

Facebook.com/BridgeviewYachtClub

Fairy Tale Monterey Wedding

September 2nd, 2016

 

Every fairy tale has its end or at least it’s to be continued. I moved to Monterey almost four years ago on a big leap of faith and it has been a life changing experience. I’ve always followed the motto “no risk – no reward”. Events in Monterey are very different from the rest of the world. The town just like the fog that encapsulates its nights creates its own magical blanket over its special events.

 

From its community based fund raising galas to the grandeur of its loved filled weddings, the town transform every occasion with its name alone. Monterey is not just rich with its beyond belief scenic views and family like community, the towns roots are actually deep in America’s history. It was a place where I was able to help guide love to the altar and also design many successful social events. Monterey will always hold a special place in my heart as I found unexpected true love here.

 

Monterey really shifted my event aesthetic coming from the bright sunny dessert land of Phoenix, Arizona where my influences where bright pops colors nestled in its impure topaz like landscape (reddish-orange, gold, opaque, pale grey and browns), maturing with time to incorporate more earth metals and woods. I drew a lot of inspiration from the desert plant life and Native American culture

 

Monterey on the other hand has its own special style which quickly becomes your own. It draws mainly from its landscape which can be compared to something carved out by the Greek gods themselves. It’s a utopia where the phrase “the meeting of land and sea” takes on a different elevated meaning. The deep ocean colors that hug the peninsulas earthy greens and brown leave you with a canvas that can only be paired with spectacular glamor and sophisticated taste.

 

I can’t thank Hyatt Regency Monterey enough for gifting me such a life changing opportunity and allowing me to do it my way. Now the time has come to take everything the peninsula has enriched me with and use it as my journey in events continues. One of the most rewarding accomplishments I’ve been able to do is write these fun self-perspective blogs. Sharing my event stories and maybe providing some new and created ways of looking at all types of events has been gratifying. So this isn’t the end for our blogs just the passing of the baton to the next generation. If I had to leave everyone with one little nugget of wisdom it would be “Events should be fun, creative and a powerful way of self-expression. Enjoy the journey and don’t let the little bumps along the way spoil the success you are striving for.

When Your Best Friend Get’s Married? Tips On How To Be The Ultimate Bridesmaid

August 31st, 2016

When it comes to a wedding, there is no greater honor than being asked to be a bridesmaid. Especially if it’s one of your closest and dearest friends. It can be an exciting time and a great thing to be part of it. But what is exactly involved in being a bridesmaid? In a way, this all depends on the bride. They may want your full involvement, or they may only need your help with certain things. It’s best to take their lead. But there are certain things you should involve yourself in, and some things you should not be doing. This is why I thought it was worth putting together some essential tips to help you. If you are about to be a bridesmaid, then take note. This is what we should and shouldn’t be doing. I hope it helps you keep on the good side of the bride.

 

Help out with the planning

It’s likely you were asked to be a bridesmaid about a year in advance. But don’t let the wedding date fool you. It may seem far away now, but trust me that date will creep nearer very quickly. There is plenty you can do ahead of time. Stay as organized as possible by keeping a time line of the events, a spreadsheet of the bridesmaids’ contact information. Anything that you can do help be organized. It is also worth planning in advance in regards to your budgets. There may be expenses you will need to make such as travel, accommodation and other bits and pieces. Keep track of all you have to pay out for so you have plenty of time to prepare. Being organized perhaps won’t stop there being a lot of stress, but will help you stay on top of things and be prepared.

 

Offer your services up for DIY details

Depending on the type of wedding your bride is going for, there could be many DIY jobs you can get involved in. Even if you just recommend suppliers or offer advice on things. Invitations tend to be one of the biggest things a bride needs help with. From perhaps creating their own design and vision to ordering up the perfect bespoke design. This is where you could help the bride out. Even just by recommending companies like Paper Themes personalised wedding stationery or something similar.

 

Organize the bachelorette party

Don’t just assume the best idea for the bachelorette party is the stereotypical night out partying. Perhaps adding a couple of male strippers into the mix. Try and remember the type of person the bride is. Then plan it around what would make her happy. While you want everyone to have fun, remember it is about the bride. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the whole event and make it about you, the organizer. Even considering the other bridesmaids if there is any. But the whole thing is about the bride. If you are unsure about what to organize don’t be afraid to ask the bride; not everything has to be a surprise.

 

Be a good support

Do not mistake being part of the wedding for controlling it. Disagreements between bridesmaids are bound to happen, especially when you are spending a lot of time together. Disagreements between you and the bride may happen. There’s a fine line between being proactive and being overbearing. If you want to be the best you can be then the only way is to be a good support to the bride. Be part of the team instead of the leader. This is an emotional and overwhelming time for the bride, so don’t add to the drama by spitting your dummy out when things don’t suit you. Being a supportive friend will mean much more to the bride. Another thing to try and keep on top of is potential competition between you and other bridesmaids. This won’t help the situation and could make things awkward amongst the wedding party.

 

Don’t moan about the bridesmaid dress

Of course, you have a duty to stand by your bride at the ceremony. Organize the bachelorette party, and help out. There is one other essential thing that you must do. That is not to moan about the dress you have to wear. It might be ugly. It might be an unflattering color. Heck, it might even make your body shape look totally different. But you mustn’t moan. You must say yes to the dress. Try and think about how your bride feels in this situation. There may be a few bridesmaids that they have to consider. Not everyone is the same height, weight, and body shape. It’s near impossible to find something that everyone will be happy with. It’s one day in your life where you will need to suck up your opinions and just be happy about it. Don’t give your bride another stress to think about it.

 

Try not to overdo it with the champagne

Of course, it’s a party. There will be drinks flowing. But try and remember whose day it is. Don’t get too drunk or overdo it with the champagne. The last thing you will want to do is make a fool of yourself or show up your best friend in some way. However, do let loose and have a great time. That’s exactly what the bride wants to happen. Just make sure you know when you are at your limits. It’s just about being sensible. When it’s your day, you can do what you want. Plus, sometimes a bridesmaid has a duty to mingle with the guests, perhaps help to keep things in order. So when you have had too much to drink this can affect your ability to perform those duties.

 

Be prepared for anything

Finally, a good bridesmaid is always prepared for every eventuality. If the bride cries, you are on hand with the tissues. If she’s feeling a little sweaty, then you pull out the perfume or deodorant. This is where it’s handy to have a little box tucked away somewhere to help you deal with every possible thing that could go wrong. Or just being able to be on hand just when the bride needs you the most.

 

I hope this guide and the tips provided help you be an awesome bridesmaid.

 

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