Beautiful shades of purple and green surrounded guests at this venue up in the mountains of Maine. Gold rim plates, silverware, and chivari chairs were just the finishing touches needed to create a fairytale wedding.
The sun was shining through this tent at a gorgeous wedding held at Hidden Pond. Around 70 guests were seated in our white garden chairs for an intimate ceremony, followed by dinner and drinks to share laughs, memories, and even play a few games. The elegant touches of blue along with the small details across all the tables truly made this a night to remember.
Caterer: Earth at Hidden Pond
Few things can define your wedding reception quite like your music selection. So, if you’re getting married in the near future, you need to pick the best of the best wedding songs from 2017 to truly set the tone. As if you weren’t already stressed out enough from picking out your incredibly heartfelt first dance and father-daughter dance songs, you also have to consider your playlist for the rest of the reception. The pressure’s on to please the crowd and keep your guests tearing up the dance floor (because nothing puts the fun in weddings quite like a good dance sesh).
Whether you rented a live band or went the DJ route, it might seem like the easy way out to delegate the music choices to these vendors, but you’re better than that! Having a say in your reception songs falls on the same level of importance as selecting your dinner menu(yes, it’s THAT big of a deal). While your estranged cousin Bob will probably still request constantly overplayed wedding tunes like “Shout” or “Sweet Caroline,” give your reception a present-day vibe and keep the energy alive with our picks of the 47 best wedding songs from 2017. From upbeat pop favorites to romantic first dance tunes, these beats will keep friends and family on their feet (uncomfortable high heels tossed to the side and all) and make your reception one for the books. Continue reading
A couple of years back, I flew to Paris for the wedding of a dear friend. I spent untold amounts on plane tickets, staying in a little boutique hotel in the Marais, and all the obligatory gallivanting, eating, and drinking this type of trip inspires. We danced until 7 a.m. and watched the sunrise over the Seine. Emotionally, it was extremely worth it; financially, not so much. A freelancer at the time, I came home to a bright-red negative number in my bank account and immediately started hustling for gigs, any gigs.
Why am I telling this story? Because I’ve since learned that weddings — even ones where you have to fly to Paris — don’t have to be a financial burden on the guest. There’s an oft-cited survey from The Knot that found guests spending an average of $118 on a gift, $321 on travel, $322 on accommodations, and $81 on attire, with a grand total of over $800 spent per guest on each occasion. If you analyze these costs, you’ll find many avoidable expenses. Continue reading
Married: June 2016
“I had been taking dance lessons and scuffed the bottom of my shoes, so painting the bottoms pale blue seemed like a great way to spruce them up for our wedding day and incorporate that tradition. I had it done at our local cobbler on 71st Street.”
Married: August 2017
“My mother and my older sister wore this garter on their wedding days. I remember it from when I was 8 or so — I took it out of a white linen drawstring bag on my mother’s dresser and asked her what it was. She didn’t give it to me until my actual wedding day, though.” Continue reading
In our Ask the Experts series, New York Weddings gets tips and advice from professionals in disciplines from dress design to elopement planning
CEO and founder of Zola
Zola started as an online registry, but you added some new services this year. Why the expansion?
We noticed people were using six to eight different apps for wedding-planning tasks; we wanted to put them all in one place so you just need one service. We created over 30 wedding website templates that couples can choose from, a guest-list management tool where you can keep track of RSVPs and people’s addresses, and a customizable to-do checklist where you answer a few questions about yourself and then we generate a list of what you need to get done and when. Continue reading
Tips for pulling off a very brief engagement.
The wedding of: Daniela Lazo-Cedré and Alfred Matérn, plus 50 guests.
Where: The Gramercy Park Hotel.
Why six weeks: “We didn’t want to linger and drive ourselves crazy with details. Plus, Alfred is from Sweden, and his visa was going to expire.”
What they did first: “We picked the date — January 7 — because it gave us time to file our marriage license but was late enough after the holidays that our families’ airfare wasn’t insane. We knew we didn’t want to do City Hall, so we looked for simple ceremonious venues next and landed on the Gramercy Hotel.”
Why the Gramercy Hotel: “We were just lucky. The terrace wasn’t booked, and they even upgraded us to the larger garden space. Plus, after considering catering and chair rentals, it didn’t cost as much time or money as other event spaces. The hotel takes care of a lot of details.”
Who came in handy: “We took up a lot of offers from family and friends who wanted to help. My mom constantly followed up with the hotel and scouted our photographer; my sister found my velvet pumps from Jimmy Choo; my best friend is a florist and event planner and did the arrangements. I wanted some kind of white, aromatic flower, like gardenias or jasmine, but they’re so expensive. She helped me pick a mixture of lilies and green foliage, which is actually really inexpensive. Alfred made a wedding playlist, but his friend also sang for the ceremony.”
How they invited guests: “Until two weeks before, it was a word-of-mouth wedding. We told everyone the date and updated them sporadically; then, once we secured the venue, we sent a Paperless Post.”
How she found her dress: “My mom found a minimalist silk dress by Halston online. I was working late, so my sister, who is a similar size, tried it on in their shop on Greene Street. She knew it was the one but set aside other options just in case.” Continue reading
Phillip B. Crook
The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 requires all royal descendants to seek the sovereign’s approval for marriage. But the requirements don’t stop there—the 1701 Act of Settlement prohibits royals from marrying Catholics. Royals may legally wed an atheist or someone of any faith other than Roman Catholicism. The Queen’s eldest grandchild Peter Phillips in 2008, Autumn Kelly converted from Roman Catholicism to Anglicanism so her husband would keep his place as 11th in line for the throne. Soon after Will and Kate’s engagement was announced, officials from Buckingham Palace said the Queen was “absolutely delighted” for the couple, which can only mean she approved of Will’s choice. Sources have also reported that Harry has already asked Her Majesty’s permission to wed Meghan Markle, and the Queen bestowed her blessing. There has been much speculation about Markle’s religious background, and many publications have falsely reported that Markle is Jewish because of a two-year marriage to Trevor Engelson, a Jewish producer, from 2011to 2013. While we’re unsure of Markle’s beliefs, we’re assuming the couple is well aware of the law and we’re hoping it’s a non-issue. Continue reading
The engagement was just announced, but royal wedding fever is already here.
By DIANE CLEHANE
No one does pomp and circumstance like the Brits, and when it comes to royal weddings, they rule. I’m one of those people who set the alarm for 5am so I could get up and watch Lady Diana arrive at St. Paul’s Cathedral in a gold, horse-drawn carriage to marry Prince Charles. Ever since, I’ve made it my personal mission to know everything there is to know about the fascinating family at the center of the world’s longest running soap opera.
After two books and countless conversations with royal insiders (including Diana’s brother, Charles), I’ve gained plenty of insight on how things work within “The Firm.” Although they only just announced their engagement yesterday, plans for Harry and Meghan’s wedding are well under way. Here’s what we know so far. And for more royal engagement coverage, here are 10 Secrets the Palace Doesn’t Want Meghan Markle to Know. Continue reading
This wedding set-up in the beautiful hills of Jaffrey, NH is simply stunning. Not only was this private residence the perfect location for a Tidewater Sailcloth Tent, but the timeless arrangements underneath the tent are breathtaking. In case of rain, this couple opted for window sailcloth tent sides to prepare for any inclement weather. The white wash cross back chairs add a countryside and modern feel. The white cotton linens and water goblets keep it classic and simple. Just gorgeous!
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