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Tips to Being the Best Bridesmaid

As a bridesmaid, you are part of the bride’s mini-army. While you were chosen because you hold a special place is the bride’s heart, you also have a duty to make sure as little goes wrong as possible. This is an unspoken agreement, but if you want to be the best bridesmaid possible, you will need to come to the wedding alert and ready to jump into action.

These duties include more than just fixing the train of the bride’s dress, or making sure Uncle Gary doesn’t drink too much. Even if you are not the maid of honor, you still have the ability to make the wedding better, help the bride stay positive, and make sure everything goes smoothly.

The one important thing you need to remember about being the best bridesmaid is that this is not your day. Some bridesmaid can get a bit competitive with each other to prove to the bride that they are the better friend or sister, or you may even have a feud with one of the other bridesmaids. But on the wedding day, if you do anything, make sure it is to not cause more drama for the bride. Remember that this is her day, so do everything you can to make it better.

In this blog, we are going to give you tips on being the best bridesmaid and how to prepare to make the wedding day better than expected! If you have been chosen as a bridesmaid, read on and study up!

Don’t Forget Anything

This may seem like an obvious thing to do on the wedding day, but forgetting ANYTHING can make the entire day more stressful for the bride. You could delay the entire ceremony if you forget your shoes, dress, or even your makeup. Make a checklist of everything you will need, even the things you never forget like your cell phone and purse. Pack all your stuff in a single bag before you head to the venue to make sure that you don’t accidentally forget any of the items you need. If you know that the bride’s sister or other bridesmaid is generally forgetful, be sure to send them a message with a list of everything they need to grab. This seems like a small tip, but it is extremely significant.

Come Prepared

There are certain things that you will not necessarily need on the wedding day, but they may be a good idea to bring. Pack some granola bars or snacks that you can give to the ladies before everything begins. People always joke about how the bride and her significant other will be too busy to even eat, but this isn’t always a joke. That makes packing snacks a great way to make sure the bride is fed before the celebration begins. Some other items that could prove useful throughout the day include:

  • Phone chargers
  • Bandaids
  • Tissues
  • Hair ties
  • Safety pins
  • Pain relievers
  • A water bottle
  • Gum

Really, we could keep adding to the list, but you can only bring so many things! If you decide to carry around a clutch or bring your purse to the reception, be sure to have these items in there so that they are easily accessible. You never know who is going to need what throughout the wedding.

Take Photos

While you want to be in the moment and not be on your phone the entire time, there are special moments that the photographer may not see that you can capture. Especially while getting ready, there are many behind-the-scenes moments that you can capture and the bride will love. This does not mean you should be on the phone during the wedding, but if you see a photo opportunity, don’t hesitate.

Bring Your Dancing Shoes

Dancing at a wedding is one of the best parts of a wedding. Most guests love dancing but are not brave enough to be the first on the dance floor. As a bridesmaid, it is your job to help get the party started. Bring your dancing shoes, both figuratively and physically, to help get people on the dance floor. Unless you wear heels for a living, you will want to bring a pair of comfortable shoes that you can boogie in, hit the dance floor with the other bridesmaid and dance like no one is watching! People will feel more willing to come dance when they see other people dancing their hearts out. It might be a good idea to practice your dance moves beforehand to ensure that you don’t become the entertainment.

Help the Bride

The bride is going to be running around trying to make sure everything sticks to the schedule and that she greets everyone to celebrate with her. It is your job to help her in any way you can. This could include everything from fixing her dress regularly to hunting down her family members that need to be in the photographs. Check in regularly to make sure there isn’t anything she needs, but don’t be obnoxious or overwhelming about it. You want to help, not stress her out even more. If you notice guests getting a little too rowdy, give them some water, food, and help them settle down a bit. Helping taking care of issues before they stress the bride out is a great way to keep the wedding fun and the bride happy.

While helping the bride plan the wedding is generally left to the maid of honor, you can throw in some helpful suggestions, like having the wedding at Bohemia River Overlook. Our unique venue offers three different locations that are sure to fit the needs of the bride and the style of the wedding. Giving the bride this suggestion may be one of the best things you can do for the wedding! Check out our locations and spread the word about our beautiful venue.

There are many ways to be the best bridesmaid and help make your friend’s wedding better than they could have expected. These are only a few of the many tips to perfect your duties as a bridesmaid. Be sure to keep these in mind as the wedding draws closer and if it is still in the planning process, tell the bride about Bohemia River Overlook! Contact us to learn more.

As a bridesmaid, you are part of the bride’s mini-army. While you were chosen because you hold a special place is the bride’s heart, you also have a duty to make sure as little goes wrong as possible. This is an unspoken agreement, but if you want to be the best bridesmaid possible, you will need to come to the wedding alert and ready to jump into action.

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Planning Your Wedding Budget- Part One

As you plan your wedding, you may become overwhelmed with details, wanting to add a little bit of everything to create your dream wedding. Every couple wants the perfect wedding, with a spectacular venue, decorations that seem to be out of a fairytale, and a honeymoon that is better than anything you ever imagined. Seems doable, right? Perhaps it is if you have a huge budget.

Unfortunately, weddings can get pricey quickly and picking what really matters to you is important to staying within budget. The best way to make sure you get what you need and some of what you want without spending your entire life savings is to set a solid budget.

Setting a budget for a wedding is tricky because it is the first really big event you have likely planned. It is hard to know how much you can expect to pay or how quickly everything can add up. But don’t panic, we are going to help you learn a thing or two about creating a budget that will allow you to have a wedding you will love and fits what you want.

Know How Much You Have

The best place to start your wedding planning budget is to figure out how much you have to spend. Knowing how much you can spend can help you decide how much you want to and should spend. Ask your parents if they plan on contributing to the wedding and if so, how much. Whether you want them to just contribute money or pay for a certain aspect of the wedding is up to you, but knowing what they will contribute can help you decide what is left to spend. While you may have parents who are paying for the entire wedding, many couples choose to contribute some as well. Even if you do have parents paying for the entire thing, you will still want to set a budget so that your parents aren’t paying an excessive amount.

When you are taking a look at your savings and how much you want to spend, be sure you are not paying so much that it will set you back financially. If you want to put a little more money into your wedding, start a separate fund so that you don’t start using your actual savings. You can add to your wedding fund as the months go by and save up more than your budget so you have a little wiggle room.

Think About Your Wedding

Lists are always good, especially for a couple that begins to feel overwhelmed with the endless choices and planning duties. You want your wedding to be perfect, which is understandable, but you also don’t want to break the bank creating that wedding. Think about your dream wedding, down to every last detail, but don’t get excited and start planning even more. But knowing what you want can help you start planning around your budget.

As you think about the different aspects of your wedding, be sure to consider them piece by piece. Make a list of the things you need at your wedding and the things you want. What is really important to you? What can you maybe live without? What is not necessary to creating your perfect wedding? Making a list of what you really want can help you plan your budget accordingly and figure out how much you will spend on different aspects.

Break It Down

It is hard to know how much of your budget will go to one aspect of your wedding. How much should you use for the venue? How much of the budget will the ceremony take up? An article from The Knot, breaks it down for you, making it easier for you to figure out how much of your budget will go where. Here is the list they provide:

  • The reception will be about 48 to 50 percent of your wedding budget.
  • The ceremony will be about two to three percent of the budget.
  • Your wedding day attire should be about eight to ten percent.
  • The flowers will be about eight to ten percent of the budget.
  • The entertainment and music you schedule for your wedding will be about eight to ten percent.
  • The photography and/or videography should be about ten to 12 percent of your budget.
  • Wedding stationery will be about two to three percent.
  • The wedding rings will be about two to three percent.
  • If you are paying for parking or transportation, it will be about two to three percent.
  • Wedding gifts for your guests will be about two to three percent.
  • Any miscellaneous items will be about eight percent.

Don’t forget to budget in your honeymoon if you are planning that yourself. You don’t want you spend all the money on your wedding and have none left over to travel the world with your new spouse.

Keep Track

An article from Brides mentions the idea of starting a spreadsheet to help you keep track of your spendings. They suggest splitting it into three columns: estimated, modified, and actual. Take some time to do research for the different parts of your wedding and figure out how much they will cost on average, these prices will go under the estimated. Once you start contacting the florist, caterer, and vendors, the proposals they give you will be in the modified column. And obviously, the final amount you pay goes in the actual column. It is also a good idea to add a line for “extra” costs, giving you a little wiggle room for things you are likely to forget. It is always a good idea to add a cushion, just make sure you don’t spend it before you need it.

These are some of the first steps to creating your budget. In part two, we will give you more tips to planning the perfect wedding budget! If you are planning your wedding and looking for a beautiful and unique wedding venue that won’t break the bank, be sure to check out Bohemia River Overlook. With three different locations at our venue, we can help you create the perfect wedding! Contact us today to learn more.

As you plan your wedding, you may become overwhelmed with details, wanting to add a little bit of everything to create your dream wedding. Every couple wants the perfect wedding, with a spectacular venue, decorations that seem to be out of a fairytale, and a honeymoon that is better than anything you ever imagined. Seems doable, right? Perhaps it is if you have a huge budget.

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Tips to Planning Your Own Wedding and Using a Planner

Weddings take a lot of planning, surely you have realized that by now, but not everyone is great at planning. There are some brides that try planning their own wedding and realize they have not idea what they are doing or what they should be doing. Some couples don’t realize how much work is put into planning a wedding and how much actually has to be planned. It is not as simple as planning a birthday party, but we wish it were!

Some brides are the opposite. They love the entire process of planning their own wedding; it is fun, easy, and exciting for them. Each individual step is an accomplishment and the final outcome is so much more special to them than if someone else had helped plan their wedding. But not all brides are like this.

While some thrive from planning their own wedding, others will enjoy their wedding more if they have help planning it. This blog is for both types of brides. At Bohemia River Overlook, we offer three beautiful locations at our venue, allowing you to pick the one that matches your style the most. We can help make your wedding planning simpler and give you some tips and tools to make the process go smoothly.

Whether you are the bride who desperately needs a wedding planner or your are confident in planning your own wedding, there are a few things you should know and keep in mind. In this blog we will let you know what a wedding planner can do for you and if you truly need one, as well as how to make planning your own wedding easier. Read on to learn more!

Reasons to Consider a Wedding Planner

There are many reasons why you may need a wedding planner, as well as many benefits to using a wedding planner. If you are stressing out about your wedding plans and think you may need additional help, don’t jump straight to a wedding planner. The Spruce made a checklist of things that may determine if you need a wedding planner or not. Some of these include:

  • Being behind on your wedding checklist and schedule.
  • Not having a parent, sister, friend, or anyone else who know a thing or two about weddings and can help.
  • Having a destination wedding.
  • Having a short engagement.
  • Being overly stressed, overwhelmed, or dreading making plans.
  • Not being able to envision your wedding.

This checklist could be enough to tell you that you need or at least may want to consider a wedding planner. While you may think of a wedding planner will try changing your vision, push you to add elements you don’t want, or just cause you more stress, they can actually help a lot and make the entire process better for you and your fiance. Wedding planners have a lot of experience, know what works and what doesn’t, and can offer some insight on your wedding plans and how to make them better. Their knowledge of the wedding industry can help you make the right decisions and even help you save money.

Benefits of a Wedding Planner

A wedding planner may help you more than you expect them to. A Brides article discusses the benefits of wedding planners and how they can help you plan your wedding. So, what are the benefits?

Stick to the Budget

Planners will stick to your budget and help you save in certain areas while you splurge in others. Since they do have so much experience in the wedding industry, they will be able to know how to stretch your budget and get you more of what is important. They can help you save money on aspects that are not as necessary as others, allowing you to spend more budget in a different area. For many brides, it is hard to stick to the budget, especially as they find more of what they want included in their wedding.

Stick to the Vision

If you hire a wedding planner from the get-go, they will be with you through the entire process. They will know your vision, what you want, the type of wedding you dreamed of, and how to plan the perfect wedding to fit that vision. Planners work one wedding at a time, meaning they are focused on your wedding and extremely invested.

Deals With Vendors

Since wedding planners are experts in the wedding industry, they know others in the business. This means they may even be able to get you deals with the vendors and help you find the right vendors for your wedding. Planners can also make everything less stressful with the vendors. When the vendors deal with a wedding planner it is less stressful than dealing with the bride and groom directly. They will be able to take care of any problems with the vendors and touch on last minute details.

Coordinate the Entire Day

Wedding planners can help to ensure the entire day goes smoothly. They can take care of the reception and the ceremony, making sure everything goes smoothly and that everything is taken care of. This takes a lot of pressure off of you and your family. They can make it easier for you to enjoy your wedding day and wil be the ones double checking every last detail.

Wedding planners can help you through the entire process or they can help you with only the end of the process. Many planners will jump in and offer customized packages that can fit your needs. If you only want them for the day of, there is a good chance you can find that. And if you need a planner for the entire wedding, they can help with that as well!

Things to Know When Planning Your Own Wedding

But what if you don’t need a wedding planner? If you are the bride who wants to take on the challenge of planning your own wedding, or you know that you are going to love it, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

In another Brides article, they give tips for planning your own wedding and how to make it less stressful. These tips may seem obvious, but reminding yourself of these throughout the process can help make it easier and help you stick to a plan.

The Budget

The number one tip is to make your budget and stick to it. Don’t spend extra on the centerpieces just because one included gold painted pinecones. Nobody will notice if you do or do not have the gold pinecones. It is easy to go over budget, but work really hard not to go over!

Work Together

Another tip is to work with your fiancé. That means he has to help you and give his input, and that means you have to let him do so! As terrible as his taste may be, it is his wedding too and he need to have some input. Give him choices that you can’t decide on and let him pick from there, that way you still like the option but he gets to help. Both of you also need to work together to decide the most important elements of your wedding. This will help you save money in certain areas so you can spend more in others.

Organization

While planning your wedding, it is important to stay organized. Use checklists, keep everything is a document on your computer, so you can’t lose it. This can help you with the budget, know what you have completed and what you still have to work on, and help keep the stress minimal.

Resources

There are many thing you can use to your advantage while planning a wedding. From wedding books and Pinterest to other couples who have recently had a wedding. These resources can help you know what is important, what is not, what parts of a wedding you really love, and what parts no one will even pay attention to. Think of different weddings you have been to and what you loved about it. Think about what caught your attention and what you barely noticed. This can help you decide what elements to add to your wedding and what you can pass up on.

Make It Your Own

This wedding is for you and your fiancé and that should show. Don’t worry about sticking to tradition or including things that people expect you to include. Make it your own and add some personal touches to it. This can help make the wedding more meaningful and personal. If you are not traditional, don’t have a traditional wedding. Remember, this is your day—do what you want to do and don’t let standards take over your wedding plans.

Take a Break

During your wedding planning, you are going to need to take a break every so often. Spend some quality time with your fiancé during the planning process. Take a day off to do anything but plan. This will help you destress and remember why you are doing this. Trust us, this will help.

Have Fun

This is the most, MOST, important part of your wedding day. While you have planned for a perfect and flawless wedding, there is not such thing and worrying about these things will just make you stress during this important day. What you need to do is stop thinking about the planning and just enjoy the wedding.

Planning your own wedding is not impossible, but it is not for everyone. Whether you decide to plan your own wedding or use a wedding planner, the most important part is that you and the love of your life have a great time on your wedding day.

At Bohemia River Overlook, we can help you with the venue part of your wedding planning, with our three locations you can find the perfect place for your wedding. Schedule a visit today by contacting us!

Weddings take a lot of planning, surely you have realized that by now, but not everyone is great at planning. There are some brides that try planning their own wedding and realize they have not idea what they are doing or what they should be doing. Some couples don’t realize how much work is put into planning a wedding and how much actually has to be planned. It is not as simple as planning a birthday party, but we wish it were!

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Planning a Non-Traditional Wedding

The world of weddings is always changing and in the past few years we have seen changes that are dramatic and brilliant. Couples are stepping away from the traditional wedding and planning ceremonies and receptions that are catered more toward what they like and their personal style. Boho weddings, country weddings, simple weddings, and themed weddings have become popular. While we have seen weddings like this for a couple of years, they are becoming better each year.

Couples are realizing that they don’t have to follow traditions, that they don’t have to stick with what everyone else does, and that they can create a wedding that they will truly enjoy. It is a smart way to go about planning a wedding. It is no lie that weddings are expensive, so why not make it something special and meaningful?

A wedding is meant to celebrate the union of a couple, and while there are many different traditional and meanings behind many elements of a wedding, you don’t need to follow those traditions. Make your wedding your own, make it something that nobody has ever experienced before. Just last year, a couple spent a week climbing up parts of Mount Everest to get married in that breathtaking location. Destination weddings are also becoming bigger, but we like the idea of saving the destination for the honeymoon.

This is the beauty of weddings, you can do whatever you really want. It can be fun but stressful planning your wedding, and this is why it is so important to plan something you will love and are looking forward to. Don’t plan something you will hate just because your mom wants you to have a traditional wedding. Don’t plan a wedding based off of Pinterest wedding photos. Plan a wedding that you want and are excited about. It will make the day even more special and allow your guests to know more about the happy couple’s style.

Weddings have also moved out of the church and into more natural locations. Outdoor weddings have become the current trend in the wedding world, and we are all for it! The beautifully colored trees, snow capped mountains, and even beaches make the perfect backdrop. Some people are even braving the cold and marrying outside in the middle of winter, with snow all around and colder temperatures. We know that not everyone would happily get married in the snow, but it sure does make for some beautiful photos.

If you are about to be planning a wedding, Bohemia River Overlook can help. Our outdoor wedding venues and vineyard may be the perfect location for your ceremony. With three different locations to choose from, you can find the one that best matches your style and what you are looking for. The barn offers a chic and relaxed venue for a wedding. The beach can provide you a waterfront backdrop with a majestic pier accenting the water.  For those who want a fairytale wedding, the manor is the location for you. This outdoor location is surrounded by vibrant green trees and displays a reflective pool and gorgeous fountain, creating a Cinderella like venue.

Our venue is unique and offers breathtaking views. With different locations to choose from, you are likely to find a wedding venue that will fit your style. Planning the rest of your wedding will be easy once the venue is selected. In the rest of this blog, we will give you some tips on planning a wedding that is unique and fits with your style as a couple.

Colors

While the colors of your wedding are not the most important thing, they will help create a uniform look throughout your wedding. Colors should not be hard to select, it is as simple as finding a color palette that the two of your love. They should match the theme of your wedding and add to the overall look and feel of  your wedding. Deep colors, like burgundy, navy blue, and plum can create a beautiful and vivid color pallette but is dark enough to be subtle and calm. A light blue, beige, and light pink can be lovely and add a slight touch of color to a more natural wedding. For a beach wedding try a dark teal, light blue, and brown color. You can even add a peach or salmon color in to add a splash of something brighter.

For more examples of color trends that could be perfect for your wedding, check out this article from Magnetstreet. A few things to think about when choosing your color pallette include the venue, the time of year, the style of the wedding, and the colors you want for tuxedos and bridesmaid dresses. Once you find the colors you want, you can get started on other wedding plans!

The Dress

The wedding dress is another thing that is become less and less traditional. One wedding dress style that has recently made its way into the industry is not a dress at all. The pantsuit and jumper wedding dress is the perfect wedding day style for those women who are not a fan of dresses or simply want something unique. These pantsuits or jumpers can be elegant, classy, and simply stunning. These wedding styles can be simple or elaborate with unique detailing. This have become a popular trend that we absolutely love! Wedding dresses, especially traditional wedding dresses, are not for everyone and now we finally have some different options! These jumpers and pantsuits can be long or short, adorn with an overskirt, a faux fur wrap, or a jacket, and can create a completely unique look. This style isn’t any less elegant or feminine, rather it just gives women another option.

Wedding jumpers and pantsuits are not the only wedding dress trend that is becoming more and more popular. Colorful wedding dresses are also becoming more widely worn. While the white wedding dress is traditional, some people do not want the traditional wedding. Wedding dresses with accent colors or full color are gorgeous and offer something else that will make your wedding more unique and create a bridal look that is one of a kind. Many people may be uncertain about the colorful wedding dress, but it is a great way to create a wedding that is 100 percent your style. A colorful wedding dress is fun, daring, and gorgeous.

These different styles may not replace the wedding dress all together, but they sure will be making a huge statement during the 2018 weddings. If you are sick of white dresses and want something unique and exciting, try a wedding jumper or a colored wedding dress.

Decor

While some people may spend thousands on decorations for an elegant and perfect wedding, we know that not everyone needs that. DIY decorations are simple and can be just as beautiful as other decorations. Spray paint glass bottles that you collect over a few months with a gold or silver spray paint, and add some flowers or lights inside to create beautiful centerpieces. Make a menu with a chalkboard and some fun and fancy writing. Create a backdrop with lights, fake flowers, tissues paper, or just about anything else. You don’t have to overspend on decorations, spend time with your fiance and work on these DIY decorations together, it could be a fun way for your guys to spend time together and save money while you are at it! Get some ideas for DIY decorations from HGTV and The Knot!

Activities

While dancing is always one of the best wedding activities (especially when there is an open bar), there are so many other fun and creative activities to incorporate into your wedding. Yard games, like cornhole, ladder ball, and even badminton, can all be fun additions to your wedding. These games can keep your younger guests entertained and can be an easy way to get the two families mingling. Especially if your wedding is in the middle of the day, these games could be a great options.

There are other fun activities that could make your wedding more entertaining for all, including photo booths, interactive food stations, bride and groom trivia, and other activities like this. These can add a different element to your wedding that can make your guests enjoy it more and make it more memorable.

Dessert

When it comes to weddings, the sweet treat is generally a wedding cake. And while wedding cakes can be gorgeous, elegant, and delicious, some people are not big cake fans. Switch up the dessert with a sweet treat that is unique, simple, and gets everyone excited. Try a sundae bar that allows guest to create their own sunday. Have an assortment of cookies, cake pops, ice cream treats, donuts, candy, and fruit to offer a little bit of everything to your guests. While wedding cakes may be the traditional dessert, there are so many different options that you can add to your wedding to offer guests desserts that you love and that they will love.

There are many other aspects of a wedding that can be altered to add a unique and creative touch. Weddings no longer have to be traditional, they can be fun, daring, exciting, and completely one of a kind. Don’t be afraid to plan a wedding that is different from anything you have ever seen before. Start by finding the perfect venue, Bohemia River Overlook can make it simple with three different locations on our gorgeous property. Learn more about these locations and start planning your one-of-a-kind wedding today! Contact us today with any questions you may have and to schedule a tour.

The world of weddings is always changing and in the past few years we have seen changes that are dramatic and brilliant. Couples are stepping away from the traditional wedding and planning ceremonies and receptions that are catered more toward what they like and their personal style. Boho weddings, country weddings, simple weddings, and themed weddings have become popular. While we have seen weddings like this for a couple of years, they are becoming better each year.

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Ways to Plan a Unique Wedding

Your wedding is a special time in your life. It is the event that leads to a partnership that will last the rest of your life. This is probably why weddings are so important to many people. It is a celebration of love and a union of two families. Wedding are a celebration, not just an event. This is why people go above and beyond with planning the perfect wedding. People want a unique ceremony, something that stands out from every other wedding.

While following traditions, and using ideas from other weddings can help you plan the wedding of your dreams, there are ways to make it unique. Many people want their wedding to be one-of-a-kind, a special ceremony that their guests will remember.

Creating the perfect wedding is hard and making it different than all the other weddings is even more of a challenge. But by adding a unique twist, there are ways you can make you ceremony slightly different. The first thing you can do to start your unique wedding planning is book one of the beautiful locations at our venue. Bohemia River Overlook offers three gorgeous locations for your wedding, helping you get the look and feel you want for your wedding. Check out the barn for a venue that is rustic and chic, with a laid back feel that will give your wedding a fun and relaxed vibe. Our manor location is perfect for the fairytale wedding. The reflective pool and fountain add an elegant touch to a romantic location. Or go with the beach wedding theme at our beach location. This beautiful location combines waterfront views with feel of a lakehouse.

 

These are all beautiful locations with unique styles. You should be able to plan your perfect wedding using on of our three locations at our gorgeous venue and vineyard. Once you have to location picked, creating a unique wedding should be easier for you! But in case you still need help, we can give you tip on how to add a unique touch to your wedding. This blog will help you find different ways to make your celebration one-of-a-kind.

Ditch The Dress

Lately, wedding dress styles have changed dramatically. Some styles have adopted the skirt and top combo, leaving a small area of skin showing. Others have become detailed with cutouts, low-cut backs, see-through lace, and unique silhouettes. But the style is not the only thing that has changed.

Wedding dresses that are anything but white have become a trend in the wedding world. Whether it is a hint of color or an entire color, white wedding dresses are slowly losing their popularity. The traditional white dress is gorgeous and will always be worn, but some brides are not as traditional as others and want something different. Colored wedding dresses are fun, bold, and can add a completely different style to your wedding. The best thing about colored wedding dresses: there is no color that doesn’t work. We have seen beautiful black wedding dresses, rich red dresses, and floral patterned dresses that have changed the wedding world forever. Adding some color to your dress is a great way to switch up your bridal look and give the wedding a unique touch. When you choose a colored dress, you don’t have to go bright and bold. Pick a pastel color or a dress with just a tint of color. This subtle color addition can help give you a unique style.

Not only has the color of the wedding dress changed, but the actual dress has as well. Jumpsuits are now a trendy options for those who do not like dresses. If you have never worn a dress in your life and are not looking forward to wearing a wedding dress, this is a great option for you. The jumpsuit is cute, fierce, and elegant, and perfect for those who don’t do dresses. There are many different style of jumpsuits, making this a great option that you can find in your style. Get a flowing jumpsuit, a tight and form fitting jumpsuit, or a jumpsuit with lace incorporated. This new bridal look is stunning and can make your wedding day even more perfect.

The Menu

When you book Bohemia River Overlook as your wedding venue, you will be able to select a wedding package. Our wedding packages offer a lot of great benefits, but one of the best is probably that we partner with ROUGE Fine Catering. ROUGE is a gourmet caterer that can help you create the perfect wedding menu. You don’t have to follow the usual choices for your wedding meal, mix it up and have some fun with your choices! ROUGE has a lot to offer.

If you wedding is a morning wedding, create a brunch menu. Offer breakfast choices, mimosas, and the best brunch items, giving your reception a unique touch that matches your wedding perfectly. Pick your menu based on the time of day you scheduled the reception to be. As another idea, pick different items that everyone will love but may not be the traditional choices.

Another great way to choose your wedding menu is to pick based on your relationship. If the two of you have always loved seafood, make your menu mostly consist of seafood, with some other options for the non-seafood lovers. This is a great way to allow your guest to get to know the new couple a little better while adding a unique touch to your wedding.

The dessert is another thing that is fun to change up. While wedding cakes are beautiful and offer a tradition of their own, there are different dessert options that you and your guests may enjoy even more. Try a s’mores bar, an ice cream sundae bar, cookies and milk, cupcakes, cake pops, donuts, or whatever else you can think of that everyone will love! Many people are not fans of cake, and while wedding cake is generally delicious, there are other options that you can pick to make your wedding more unique and the dessert more popular.

Make Them Dance

One of the best parts of a wedding is the dancing. The first dance as a married couple is beautiful and special, but once the planned dances are done, it is time to get down and groovy! You want your guests to dance, it makes the entire ceremony more enjoyable and they will love it once they start. But how are you supposed to get your guests to dance? Well, it is simple! When you send out the RSVPs, ask your guests to write down their favorite song to dance to and add all of these songs to your wedding day playlist. When your guests hear their song come on, they will be too excited not to dance! This is a great way to get a ton of different music that is fun to dance to and will get everyone to their feet.

Pick a Different Officiant

The person who performs the ceremony doesn’t have to be a minister or priest. Make your wedding different by having someone near and dear to your heart perform the wedding. If you and your soon-to-be spouse were introduced by someone who is still one of your closest friends, ask them to get ordained online and perform your wedding. Or have a sibling or other family member do it for you. This is a special way to include the important people in your life in your wedding and make it different. Your friends and family know your love story, so why not let one of them help you start the next chapter?

Go For Experience

This has become a popular trend among millennials, but we love the idea so much we are going to add it to the list! Rather than asking for vases and toasters as you wedding gifts, ask for experiences. There are different apps that allow you to pick out things you want to do, from skydiving to couples massages. An example of this app is Vebo. This is a great way to get help paying for all of the things you want to do as newlyweds and experience new and different things. You can even pick things to do on your honeymoon, allowing you to get the most out of your romantic vacation!

There are many different ways to create a unique wedding, from choosing different decorations to including fun activities at your wedding. You want to create the perfect wedding and you want it to be one to remember, start by choosing Bohemia River Overlook as your venue, then use these tips as well as your creativity to add a unique touch to your wedding. You don’t need to follow the traditional wedding ceremony. Have some fun and plan a wedding that fits your relationship, personality, and style. From the dress to the food, there is a lot of room to get creative and unique.

We want to help you make your wedding one to remember. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a tour to see our three different venue locations.

Your wedding is a special time in your life. It is the event that leads to a partnership that will last the rest of your life. This is probably why weddings are so important to many people. It is a celebration of love and a union of two families. Wedding are a celebration, not just an event. This is why people go above and beyond with planning the perfect wedding. People want a unique ceremony, something that stands out from every other wedding.

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Planning Your Wedding- Part 2

Wedding planning takes so much time and effort that you can hire someone to do it. But if you are the type that wants to plan your own wedding, you will need to make sure you get everything checked off your list before the wedding.

In our previous blog, we discussed a few of the many things that you need to plan for your wedding. We went over planning the time, day, venue, and vendors for the wedding, selecting the wedding party, picking your dress, and sending invitations. As mentioned in the previous blog, Bohemia River Overlook can help you create the perfect wedding. With three different locations to choose from at our venue, you can find the perfect space that will fit the theme, size, and style of your wedding. Choose between the beachthe barn, and the manor and enjoy a beautiful ceremony for your wedding.

Our last blog also mentioned the wedding packages that Bohemia River Overlook offers, including many different features from ROUGE Fine Catering to a golf cart that will bring you around the venue. The Bohemia River Overlook Wedding Package and the “Boho Chic” Wedding Packagecan help make your wedding planning much easier! Be sure to view these packages to find the best one for you.

Find An Officiant

While many people choose priests or ministers to be their wedding officiant, you can select anybody. It is easy for someone to get ordained online so that they can perform your wedding. Talk with your significant other and decide who you want to be the officiant. Once you decide, meet with them and go over the wedding. Map out the ceremony and make sure you have all of the documents you will need on the day. This is also a good time to decide what the officiant will read and how the ceremony will go. Plan out the ceremony so that everyone is on the same page.

Start Planning The Honeymoon

While this is not part of your wedding, it is an important part of the actual marriage. Regular vacations take a while to plan but your honeymoon is more important than regular vacations. Plan where you want to go, when you want to go, and how long you want to be there. Do you want to leave right after the wedding or take a few days before heading out?

Planning your honeymoon should not be a stressful part of wedding planning, so starting early can help to make it easier to deal with. You need to plan the destination you want to head to, the areas you want to visit, and the things you want to do while there. Honeymoon registries are a popular trend in the wedding world and allow guests to give you money for different activities that you want to do for your honeymoon. This means you won’t have to worry about paying too much for skydiving, snorkeling, and a swim with the dolphins. Instead, you can let your guests donate money to these activities rather than receiving three toasters and five pan sets. You can find a list of different honeymoon registry sites and comparisons from The Knot.

Register

Speaking of honeymoon registry, you also need to take care of your regular wedding registry. Some people do not like giving money as a gift, even if it is going to an activity. For this reason, it is a good idea to also register at a few retailers. Register for items you need for your home, things you and your partner want, and other things that will be easy for your guests to get. Registering is important because it can help ensure you don’t actually receive three toasters.

Florist

In the last blog, we talked about decorations and how flowers make an easy and beautiful centerpieces for the wedding. Whether you choose to decorate with flowers or just use them in your ceremony, you will still need to hire a florist to make your bouquet and add arrangements around the venue. Florists are able to work several wedding in a day, so make sure they know the day of your wedding, the time, and the color scheme. You will obviously be picking out your bouquet, and the arrangements, but making sure they know the colors used in your wedding is important.

Finalize Plans For The Ceremony

Now that you wedding is drawing nearer, you should start finalizing plans for the ceremony and reception. This includes everything and anything. Let’s start with the vendors. While Bohemia River Overlook will provide you with a list of our favorite vendors when you use one of our wedding packages, checking up with them may be a good decision. If you are using our vendors or your own, you should contact them a month before your wedding and make sure they know the timelines, the menus, and every other detail is by you and them. You don’t want anything going wrong on your big day, and because of that, you want to make sure everyone else who has a part in your wedding knows what they are supposed to be doing. Once all the vendors are contacted you can feel better about the day going smoothly.

But if you want it to go as smoothly as possible, you also have to prepare the wedding party. A rehearsal dinner is an important part of a wedding and can help the families and wedding party know what they are doing and when. You will want to book the wedding rehearsal a day or two before the wedding, allowing family to fly in and making it easier for everyone.

Make Final Lists

Towards the end of your wedding planning you will hopefully have a final list of people who will be attending your wedding. Make sure you get this list to the vendors, especially the caterer, ensuring that you have enough food for everyone. If people have not yet responded, be sure to contact them and find out if they will make it or not.

You will also want to make a final catering menu for your wedding. And when you use one of our wedding packages, you will have access to ROUGE Fine catering, a catering company that offers gourmet foods and desserts. With the ROUGE menus, you will be able to pick from many different and delicious options, with everything from a baked potato bar to a veal tenderloin with glazed pearl onions. The options are endless with this gourmet caterer. Take a look at their menu to start planning your wedding menu! And make sure you finalize your menu earlier rather than later!

The Finishing Touches

Some wedding plans are not as vital as others but are still important to do before the wedding. First, getting your wedding dress fitted needs to be done. Many people have a few fittings before their dress is perfect, so be prepared to try your dress on a few times before the big day.

Along with your dress, you will also want to make sure you break in your shoes, having shoes that are too tight or brand new and not yet broken in will make it hard for you to make it through the night pain free. So wear those beautiful and painful heels around the house until they are broken in and easier to wear around for hours.

You will also want to plan the seating chart, the playlist, the drinks you will want, hire someone to do your hair and makeup, plan when you want photos to be done, get gifts for your bridesmaids and maybe guests, and write your vows before the big day. There are many different aspects that go into a wedding, and making sure you have everything planned out accordingly will help you get through the night without any hiccups or mistakes. Even the simplest wedding takes a ton of planning, so be sure to start early or hire a wedding planner to help make sure you get everything crossed off your list. There are different things that can be excluded from your wedding and plans that can change to make the whole things easier, but that doesn’t mean you want need to plan aspects like the venue and vendors.

At Bohemia River Overlook, we offer a beautiful venue with three different locations that can give your wedding the feel you are going for. Whether you want a chic country wedding, a laid back beach ceremony, or an elegant celebration, we offer the venue for you! Our wedding packages can also help make your wedding planning easier and gives you access to ROUGE Fine Catering.

Planning your wedding isn’t meant to be stressful, and with our beautiful venues and wedding packages, it doesn’t have to be. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a visit.

Wedding planning takes so much time and effort that you can hire someone to do it. But if you are the type that wants to plan your own wedding, you will need to make sure you get everything checked off your list before the wedding.

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