Fall Wedding Inspiration

In this week's blog, we are going to post photos of some of our previous Brides and Grooms.  These beautiful couples were married in the fall, while the leaves are changing and setting a stunning background.  For the couples who haven't set a date yet, these photos will make you want a fall wedding.  Just imagine walking down the aisle, feeling the warm sun on your face, hearing the rustling of the leaves under your feet, while your loved ones stand for your grand entrance.  The gorgeous changing leaves will provide an amazing backdrop for your photos.  Use your imagination for a fall wedding like some of these couples did.

 

 Here, Lexee and Brandon stroll back down the aisle after saying "I do".  Lexee is wearing a long sleeved mermaid lace gown.  Her stunning bouquet contains lovely fall colors such as red, white, yellow and green match the flower crown atop her head.  Brandon is donning a simple black suit, with no tie, noting the casual and comfortable feel of their wedding.  In the background, you can see the teepee that they got married in front of.

Here, Lexee and Brandon stroll back down the aisle after saying "I do".  Lexee is wearing a long sleeved mermaid lace gown.  Her stunning bouquet contains lovely fall colors such as red, white, yellow and green match the flower crown atop her head.  Brandon is donning a simple black suit, with no tie, noting the casual and comfortable feel of their wedding.  In the background, you can see the teepee that they got married in front of.

 In this picture, we can get a clearer idea of the bridal party behind Lexee and Brandon.  Lexee's bridesmaid is wearing a dress that has a fairy tale feel to it.  The groomsmen is wearing black dress pants, with a white dress shirt.

In this picture, we can get a clearer idea of the bridal party behind Lexee and Brandon.  Lexee's bridesmaid is wearing a dress that has a fairy tale feel to it.  The groomsmen is wearing black dress pants, with a white dress shirt.

 This lovely occasion is being held in front of our barn.  The fun, sparkly dresses and coat are a wise choice for the evening's attire.  To help keep guests warm is this tower heater to the left.  Note how cute Lexee and Brandon are in the back.

This lovely occasion is being held in front of our barn.  The fun, sparkly dresses and coat are a wise choice for the evening's attire.  To help keep guests warm is this tower heater to the left.  Note how cute Lexee and Brandon are in the back.

 This adorable couple is Elisa and Scott.  Elissa has a lace fit and flare with a light ribbon.  Scott has a gray suit which he chose to accessorize with a pageboy hat.  This couple chose to have their dog as part of their big day.

This adorable couple is Elisa and Scott.  Elissa has a lace fit and flare with a light ribbon.  Scott has a gray suit which he chose to accessorize with a pageboy hat.  This couple chose to have their dog as part of their big day.

 In this fun photo, Elissa and Scott are with their family and friends throwing leaves up into the air for a celebratory feel.

In this fun photo, Elissa and Scott are with their family and friends throwing leaves up into the air for a celebratory feel.

 Elissa and Scott chose to get married before the pond.  They have a sunflower adorned birch archway as well.

Elissa and Scott chose to get married before the pond.  They have a sunflower adorned birch archway as well.

 We can clearly see how happy Elissa and Scott are.  What a great couple!  We can see that summer is coming to an end, and fall is here as plants are starting to change, and the leaves are turning colors.  It makes for a great backdrop!

We can clearly see how happy Elissa and Scott are.  What a great couple!  We can see that summer is coming to an end, and fall is here as plants are starting to change, and the leaves are turning colors.  It makes for a great backdrop!

Necessities to Include on your Wedding Invitation Suite

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(Photo courtesy of Misty Photography)

 

 

 

Are you unsure what to include in your invitation suite?  Many Brides get hyped up when picking the design and style that they want, but are unsure what information to include.

The first thing to include in this package is the formal invitation.  On this, you will want to make sure you have included names.  These names would be you and your fiance, and if parents are contributing to the cause, include them as well.  While you are writing names, tell guests what you are inviting them to.  Guests will need to know if this is a wedding, or another sort of celebration.  Often times, couples get so excited that they forget to include where they are getting married on the invitation.  Write the name of the venue, as well as the address.  Many couples prefer to state the address on a separate card, but these commonly get lost, resulting in lost guests.  After the ceremony venue, include what time your ceremony begins.

If you are holding your reception at a different venue than the ceremony, you will want to include a reception card.  Include the name of the venue, address and time the reception starts.

The response card must be included so that guests can provide their responses to you.  Put the RSVP date on this card so guests know when to respond by.  If you will be providing your guests will a meal of their choice, list the options on this card so guests can indicate their choice.  A small matching envelope should accompany the response card.  On this envelope, your address should be written and a stamp provided for guest convenience.  Tip: Number your guest list and put the coordinating number on the response card.  This way, if the guest forgets to include their name, you know who it came from.

If you are planning a destination wedding or know that you will have guests from out of town, an accommodations cards can be included.  The name of the hotel, phone number and address are beneficial.

Fortunately, most stationary companies have form fill-ins so you don't have to remember everything you need to include.  Before you finalize and pay, proofread!  Proofread all of your work because you don't want to pay for something that is incorrect and then try to fix your mistakes when you're on a time constraint.  Happy Planning!

Important Questions To Ask When Considering A Venue

 There are a lot of questions that are important to ask when checking out a venue.  They offer the purpose of finding out how many people they can accommodate, policies, and their packages.  1. What dates do you have available that I'm considering? - This question is important so you can figure out what date you want to set.  2. What packages are available, and what is the pricing for them?- Asking this question will allow you to think about what services you want and how to budget for them as well.  3. How many people can we accommodate here?- You will need to know how many people the venue can accommodate so you can set up your guest list.  Some venues are small, allowing only 60 people, others can hold over 500.  4. Can I hold my ceremony here as well?  If so, will there be an additional price?- Some couples want to get married in Church, others want a casual outdoor wedding.  This is something that you will need to consider.  If you host your ceremony and reception at the same venue, then this means less traveling for your guests.  5. What is your cancellation policy?- One never knows what the future can hold.  You may need to end up cancelling for an unforeseen reason, so be sure to ask this one!  6. How long do I have use of the facility for on my wedding day?- All venues are different.  Some have a standard 5 hours, others are pretty flexible.  Check to see if there is an over-time fee you would need to pay if your wedding ran overtime.  7. Am I required to use any vendors that you specify?- Some venues require that you use certain vendors.  Some vendors even come part as a package that you purchase.  Other venues will let you pick and choose who you want to use.  Venues will commonly have a list of recommended vendors.  These vendors are generally local to the area and have been at the venue before.  This is beneficial if you're not from the area, or don't know who to use.  8. How much is the deposit?- The venue will state the deposit, which will be required to hold your date for you.  9. When is the final payment due?- This will most likely be stated in your contract.  It is generally due a few days or a week before your wedding.

There are a lot of questions that are important to ask when checking out a venue.  They offer the purpose of finding out how many people they can accommodate, policies, and their packages.

1. What dates do you have available that I'm considering? - This question is important so you can figure out what date you want to set.

2. What packages are available, and what is the pricing for them?- Asking this question will allow you to think about what services you want and how to budget for them as well.

3. How many people can we accommodate here?- You will need to know how many people the venue can accommodate so you can set up your guest list.  Some venues are small, allowing only 60 people, others can hold over 500.

4. Can I hold my ceremony here as well?  If so, will there be an additional price?- Some couples want to get married in Church, others want a casual outdoor wedding.  This is something that you will need to consider.  If you host your ceremony and reception at the same venue, then this means less traveling for your guests.

5. What is your cancellation policy?- One never knows what the future can hold.  You may need to end up cancelling for an unforeseen reason, so be sure to ask this one!

6. How long do I have use of the facility for on my wedding day?- All venues are different.  Some have a standard 5 hours, others are pretty flexible.  Check to see if there is an over-time fee you would need to pay if your wedding ran overtime.

7. Am I required to use any vendors that you specify?- Some venues require that you use certain vendors.  Some vendors even come part as a package that you purchase.  Other venues will let you pick and choose who you want to use.  Venues will commonly have a list of recommended vendors.  These vendors are generally local to the area and have been at the venue before.  This is beneficial if you're not from the area, or don't know who to use.

8. How much is the deposit?- The venue will state the deposit, which will be required to hold your date for you.

9. When is the final payment due?- This will most likely be stated in your contract.  It is generally due a few days or a week before your wedding.

Sneek Peek: Jenn and Brooks

For this week's blog, we will feature Jenn and Brook's wedding.  This wonderful couple was married on June 9, 2018 at Heaven's Grand Gate.  Photos are courtesy of JKLentini Photography.

 

 Some kinds words that we should all remember.

Some kinds words that we should all remember.

 These signs lined the aisle for the ceremony.

These signs lined the aisle for the ceremony.

 This timeline of events outlines plans for the wedding.  This schedule was hand panted onto a pallet to create a rustic touch.

This timeline of events outlines plans for the wedding.  This schedule was hand panted onto a pallet to create a rustic touch.

 These fabulous cupcakes were artistically displayed, just waiting to be eaten.

These fabulous cupcakes were artistically displayed, just waiting to be eaten.

 The Bride and Groom's cake is waiting for the cutting ceremony, atop the cupcake stand.

The Bride and Groom's cake is waiting for the cutting ceremony, atop the cupcake stand.

 Each table featured blue Mason jars, a different quote, toy car, and hand painted table number.

Each table featured blue Mason jars, a different quote, toy car, and hand painted table number.

 Waiting for the ceremony to start.

Waiting for the ceremony to start.

 The bridesmaids begin their walk down the aisle.  The Bride is waiting in the back to begin her entrance.

The bridesmaids begin their walk down the aisle.  The Bride is waiting in the back to begin her entrance.

 The smiling Bride makes her escorted entrance, as the flower girl and ring bearer lead the way.

The smiling Bride makes her escorted entrance, as the flower girl and ring bearer lead the way.

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 Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!

A Venue Walk-Through

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Venue walk-throughs are extremely important!  This is the first time you get to see the venue in person and experience the layout.  A walk-through gives you the opportunity to think about where you are going to have the ceremony and the reception.  Unfortunately, you may be seeing the venue at a different time of year than the season you plan on getting married in.  This means that flower gardens will look different, and so will the trees.  At this time, you will meet some of the staff, and learn about their venue policies.  If you have any questions to ask or something that you want to see, now is your chance.

If you express interest in holding your wedding at this venue, the manager is often willing to discuss packages, pricing and dates.  You can also ask for a list of vendors that the venue recommends.  If you are ready to commit, the venue will require a deposit to hold your wedding date.

Heaven's Grand Gate is a wedding venue that offers the option of indoor or outdoor weddings.  If interested in a walk-through, please call 518-654-6567 or email at heavensgrandgate@gmail.com.

Accommodating Guests with Dietary Restrictions

Due to health and lifestyle choices, more and more people have dietary restrictions.  Not everybody will be willing to bring their dietary restrictions up to the bride.  There are a few ways that you can accommodate your guest's needs so that everyone can enjoy the festivities.

When sending out your invitations, leave a spot on the response card for guests to fill out.  This line can be written as such:
My dietary restrictions/allergies are:
Please indicate any dietary requirements:

Once you have a good idea of guest's needs, speak with your caterer.  If you have a guest with a severe gluten intolerance or peanut allergy, their meal may need to be prepped separately.  Avoiding cross contamination is important when dealing with allergies.

Often times, caterers have much experience in this matter.  Most caterers are extremely accommodating when it comes to allergies and restrictions.  Avoiding cross contamination is a method frequently used when cooking and prepping.  There are gluten free options for those who don't consume gluten.  For vegans, the use of nut milks can be offered, vegetarian meals, as well as fruit for dessert.  More vegetable or legume based meals can be offered vegetarians.