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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 Two

Weddings can get pricey, and while you want your wedding to be something that is straight out of a fairytale, you don’t want to spend all of your savings on creating that. Setting a wedding budget can help you avoid breaking the bank and allow you to focus on the aspects of your wedding that are most important to you.

But setting a wedding budget and saving for everything can be tricky. In our last blog, we gave you some tips to creating a wedding budget that is effective and helps save you money. In this blog, we will give you some more tips, as well as some ideas of how to save money for your wedding! Read on for more!

Think Realistically

While it is fun to think about all the beautiful decorations, the perfect wedding gown, hiring John Legend to sing your first dance song, and dozens of twinkling lights strung overhead, this is not always the most realistic wedding plan. Unless you are personal friends with John Legend, it will be hard to get him to your wedding anyways. But the point is, when starting the plans for your wedding, be realistic about what you need, want, and should have. You will want to start thinking realistically about the plans — form the number of guests to the style of wedding you want. At this point in the budget planning phase, you should realize that some things may not work for your wedding and somethings that you really want may cost more than expected. Once you get realistic about your wedding plans it will be easier to set better expectations and start planning.

Do Some Research

Researching different vendors, asking around, and getting more information before making a decision can help you find the perfect vendor for you and your budget. Your friends who have previously planned weddings are a great source to start with. They will be able to give you tips on who to use, how to find different specials, and how they found all of their vendors. Think about what you need and look at a few different companies to compare them. Do not just pick the first vendor you find, they may not be the perfect fit for you. Doing your research can help you stick to your budget and know what you are really looking for.

Ways To Save

There are many ways to save. Whether you are saving for your wedding or cutting costs to make your wedding more affordable, there are several ways to save money in the long run.

Become Penny Pinchers

Saving money for your wedding can be as simple as reducing your spendings in other areas. Rather than going to dinner three times a week, try to only go once or not at all. While that money may not seem like a lot at the time, just remember that $50 a month is $600 a year. And you likely spend more than that on going out to eat every month. It all adds up in the end and that money can help you pay for different aspects of your wedding.

Even simply taking $200 out of your paycheck to put into your wedding fund will make all the difference in the end and allow you to not spend that money on other things. Making an effort to set money aside for your wedding can help you increase your budget and not use so much of your savings.

Cut Costs

The other way you can save on your wedding is to cut costs on things you do not need. While you may really want to incorporate specific wedding details, others may not be as important and can easily be left out of your dream wedding, take John Legend for example. Although it may be a dream come true having John Legend sing your first dance song, it is something that is not necessary and likely very expensive. Cutting these types of things out of your wedding plans can help you save a ton and use the money for more important things, like the venue or honeymoon.

DIY Decor

Wedding trends have turned from more formal and sophisticated ceremonies to more rustic and bohemian style celebrations. While each couple has their own style, it can be easy making DIY decorations to use in your wedding. Use old glass bottles as centerpieces during your ceremony, or make your own wooden sign. Creating your own decorations can be fun and give your wedding celebration a personal touch. Obviously, you can leave the big and important decorations to the professionals, but for the small centerpieces or decorations that may not be noticed by everyone, making them yourself can help you save some money.

Use Your Friends

If you have a huge friend base, or even if you have friends with hobbies, you can use them in your wedding (if they want, of course). Whether you know someone who enjoys doing photography or one of your friends is a DJ or a musical artist, you can uses your friends in your wedding. Not only will they be able to give your photos or music a more personal touch since they know you both, but they will likely give you a better deal than a professional vendor.

There are many ways to save on and for your wedding, from watching movies at home to cutting out the swan ice sculpture. It is important to think about what you truly need at your wedding and what you just want. Just be sure not to go into debt for your wedding, you want to be able to enjoy your lives after your wedding as well, so save some money and only get what is essential to your wedding.

At Bohemia River Overlook, we can help you find the perfect venue for your wedding. We want to give you the perfect locations for you wedding at a reasonable price. Check out our different locations and contact us today to schedule a tour!

Weddings can get pricey, and while you want your wedding to be something that is straight out of a fairytale, you don’t want to spend all of your savings on creating that. Setting a wedding budget can help you avoid breaking the bank and allow you to focus on the aspects of your wedding that are most important to you.

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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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Steps to Writing Your Own Vows

Your wedding day is a special day for you and the love of your life. There are many ways to make the day even more personal and special. Writing your own vows is one way to make sure that this day is as romantic and has as much meaning as possible.

Writing your own vows is not for everyone, and it is not a task that everyone is comfortable with. But if you want to give your wedding day an extra personal touch and start your marriage out with an spark of love, writing your own vows is a great way to accomplish this.

At Bohemia River Overlook, we love weddings. With three different venues locations to choose from on our property, you will likely find just what you need to make your wedding just want you imagined. We want to help you make your wedding day as flawless as possible. That is why we are offering you tips to writing your vows!

In our last blog, we talked about the reasons why you should write your own vows. Some of the reasons we gave on why you should write your own vows included how it makes them more personal, special, romantic, and that doing so can help strengthen your bond.

But today we are not talking about why you should write your own vows, today we are talking about how to write them. Writing your own vows can be stressful and nerve-wracking, especially for those who are not creative, don’t know how to get their point across, or those who are too critical of their own work. But everyone can write their own vows, it just may take longer for some than others.

In this blog, we are going to give you different tips on how to get started writing the best vows. If you are trying to write your own vows and need help, read on. We can help you master your vows, making them special and personal.

Settle on a Tone

Discussing the tone of the vows with your fiance before the wedding can help make writing them easier. Are you trying to make them cry or laugh? Are you telling a story about your love or making them more traditional and stating your promises for one another? Once you decide on a tone and format for your vows, it will be easier to get started and you won’t have to worry about your fiance making their vows funny while yours will bring the tears.

Pick How They Are First Shared

Are you going to read them to each other before the wedding day or keep them a secret until then? While it may seem weird to share them before the wedding day, some couples may choose to do this because of the fact that they want them to be more personal and share them with each other before everyone else gets to hear them. Couples can decide if they want the first time they hear each others vows to be at the wedding or by themselves. This is another important decision to make before you start writing.

Make Notes

If you don’t know where to start, write down notes about your relationship. When did your relationship start? How did you guys meet? When did you start dating? When did you take the big steps? Where you waiting for a proposal? What were some of the best memories? What is something special about your relationship? These little things can help you come up with the foundation for your vows and allow you to figure out what you want to talk about. Make a list of everything you know about your relationship and what really mattered to you. Think about the little things that meant so much to your relationship and add those into your vows.

Get Inspired

Take a look at examples of vows, listen to love songs, read poetry, and get inspired in other ways. These can help you get in the lovey-dovey spirit and truly write from the heart. You can even get more personal with the inspiration and look at old pictures of the two of you, read old love letters, and remember how you fell in love. This is a great way to get your head in the love story and vow writing thought process.

Think About Your Promises

Remember, vows are promises, so make sure you include a few promises in there, and really mean them. Do you promise to rub his feet after a long day at work? Do you promise to make her breakfast in bed once a week? Stick these in your vows and make sure you will actually do them!

Start Writing

Once you have your inspiration and have thought about how your love has grown, there is nothing left to do but write! Of course, there are step to take after writing it, but you have to have a first draft before you can get to the final draft. So, start writing your vows and try to imagine reading them out loud on your wedding day, that should help you know what to include and what not to.

In our next blog, we will discuss the steps after you write your vows. But for now, just start with this! You will be able to get started and create something that might actually work!

At Bohemia River Overlook, we want your wedding to be as perfect as you do! We can help make your wedding flawless with our different locations and our love for weddings! Contact us today for a tour!

Your wedding day is a special day for you and the love of your life. There are many ways to make the day even more personal and special. Writing your own vows is one way to make sure that this day is as romantic and has as much meaning as possible.

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Reasons to Write Your Own Vows

Wedding vows are such a special part of a marriage. They are promises that you make to your loved one, letting them know what they can expect during your life together. This promise is not just words, it has meaning and purpose in your new relationship as a married couple. In the past, people would read a pre-written vow from the church, but slowly others have started writing their own or finding a vow online that hits home for them.

While there is no wrong way to do your vows, we are going to talk about writing your own vows today. While it may not be for everyone, writing your own vows is special and can make your wedding even more meaningful.

At Bohemia River Overlook, we love weddings. They are so much more than a big party to celebrate the union of two people in love. They are a beautiful and special party with personal touches, deep connections, and a first hand witness of true love.

But one thing that can make these beautiful ceremonies even more special for you and your loved one is writing your own vows. There are many reasons why writing your own vows can make your wedding and marriage even more meaningful.

In this blog, we will go over the benefits of writing your own vows! Read now and start working on your vows!

They Are Personal

Writing your own vows allows you to put personal touches in them and make them catered more toward you both as a couple. There are many beautiful pre-written vows out there that some people may find perfect for them, but a vow is something special. It is a promise to your spouse that no one else can make. It should come from the heart and writing your own will make it personal and they will know you put effort into it and that it truly did come from the heart.

You want the love of your life to hear your vows and know that you wrote it just for them. Writing your own vows allow you to put meaning behind the words, rather than just stating some generic sentence. You can add nicknames, inside jokes, and other things they will remind them of the good times you have had, allowing them to be super personal.

They Have Meaning

When you take the time to write your own vows for your wedding day, you will be thinking about what your love means to you and what you want to promise them. You will think about what you have been through, what you want with your soon-to-be-spouse, and you will put meaning behind each and every word. They will be able to tell that your vow is genuine. We aren’t saying that using a pre-written vow is isn’t genuine, but they will be able to feel the meaning behind each word when you write your own vows. Referencing certain events, inside jokes, or even nicknames you have for each other can help show that meaning even more.

They Are Romantic

These are the words you want to say to your love bug. These are the words to describe how you love them, how you will show your love, and how you want to spend the rest of your life with them. If that isn’t romantic, we don’t know what is. These personal and meaningful vows will allow you to tell each other your true feelings and get on a deeper level. Many couples do not get this deep often, and doing so on your wedding day is super romantic and intimate.

They Can Strengthen Your Bond

Well, obviously your bond is pretty strong since you are about to get married. But reading each other your vows in front of all of your friends and family allows the two of you to have a very intimate and meaningful moment in the middle of a large ceremony. This special connection is something that will just strengthen your love and make the feelings in that moment even stronger. This is a special experience to share with someone, a declaration of love and a promise that everyone can witness but only your love will understand and feel. It is like writing a love some for someone—everyone gets to enjoy the words but only the person the song is written for truly knows the meaning behind each word.

They Can Be Kept

When you write your own vows, you will most likely keep them. There are many things you can do with them after your wedding. You can display them in a beautiful picture frame with a wedding picture in the center. This is a great way to display your love and the vows, as well as show of your favorite wedding picture. This can serve as a daily reminder what you promised to each other and the love your have for one another. You could also put the vows away, only to take them out during a big fight or your first fight. Pull these out and read them to each other or to yourselves. This is a good reminder that no fight is worth sacrificing the love your have for one another. It can help you think about the good times rather than the fight and allow you to resolve things faster. You could also keep your vows in a special spot until your fifth, 10th, or 25th wedding anniversary. Take them out and read them. Laugh about the inside jokes that you shared in them and remember how special your wedding day truly was. This is a great way to reconnect and fall in love all over again.

At Bohemia River Overlook, we work hard to make sure your wedding goes as perfectly as possible. We want you to remember this day as the day that started the rest of your life. Our three venues can help create the perfect setting for you and your love to read your vows to one another. Schedule a tour today and start writing your vows!

Wedding vows are such a special part of a marriage. They are promises that you make to your loved one, letting them know what they can expect during your life together. This promise is not just words, it has meaning and purpose in your new relationship as a married couple. In the past, people would read a pre-written vow from the church, but slowly others have started writing their own or finding a vow online that hits home for them.

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The Types of Veils

The veil has a long history and a strange tradition. According to Bustle, in ancient Roman times, brides were covered from head-to-toe with a flame colored veil, which was used to scare away evil spirits. The veil was also meant to help stop them from running away, which was an actual concern. An article from Brides, also mentions that veils represented that brides were modest and untouched.

While veils may have a strange past, they are still a huge part of bridal and wedding culture today, and we don’t see that changing anytime soon! In this blog, we are going to give a quick review of the different veil types and styles you may choose at your wedding.

The Cathedral Veil

This is a formal veil and is great for grand and beautiful ceremonies. These veils are generally two and a half meters or longer, often being longer than the train of the dress. These veils often offer a lot of detail as well.

The Chapel Veil

Chapel veils are also very traditional and more formal. They are long enough to reach to ground but are not as long as the cathedral veils. These veils offer a look of elegance without the super traditional look of a cathedral veil.

The Waltz Veil

These veils fall between the bride’s knees and ankles, without touching the floor. These veils are beautiful and great for brides who want the long veil but also the ability to move around freely. Unfortunately, with the chapel and cathedral veils, it is more difficult to move around.

Fingertip Veil

Fingertip veils are one of a few veils in the short veil category, and the most popular. These veils are sophisticated and still offer some length that many brides want, but without having to worry about tripping over it or getting it caught on anything. These veils are elegant and sophisticated and great for weddings that are formal but not overly formal.

Birdcage Veil

While there are many other types of veils, this is one that is popular, retro, and unique, so we will end with this veil! The birdcage veil gives a vintage and, somehow, more modern look. Paired with a fun hairstyle and bold makeup, this veil can add a lot to a bride’s look!

Flower Crown

This is not a veil, but it has made a huge impact in the wedding industry recently. Flower crowns are perfect for boho brides and more laid back weddings. We love this look but it certainly isn’t for everyone.

Veils are a fun and traditional bridal accessory. There is a veil (or flower crown) for every bride and every wedding style. Many people get the full bridal feel when they finally try on their dress with a veil.

Start thinking about your veil look and check out our venues at Bohemia River Overlook to start planning your beautiful outdoor wedding. Contact us to learn more!

The veil has a long history and a strange tradition. According to Bustle, in ancient Roman times, brides were covered from head-to-toe with a flame colored veil, which was used to scare away evil spirits. The veil was also meant to help stop them from running away, which was an actual concern. An article from Brides, also mentions that veils represented that brides were modest and untouched.

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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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Pro Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping

Twinkling rope lights strung about, flowers displayed on every surface, gorgeously prepared meals and desserts, mason jar glasses, and cut chalkboard signs—these are the things that make up a wedding. The decor, the food, the drink, the setting, and the feeling are all planned out, down to every last detail. These things are important and will definitely make your wedding more special and beautiful, but one thing you should focus on more is your wedding dress.

We aren’t saying that brides don’t put a lot of thought or planning into their wedding dress. Many bride’s try on a ton of different dresses before picking the one. But wedding dresses are special and they are the one thing you will be wearing during the most important day of your life. You want your dress to be perfect. It should match your style, flatter your figure, and should look as though it was made for you, not the other way around.

Every woman has their own personal style. Every woman has their own figure and body shape. Every woman knows what she likes and all of these things is what should help you determine the dress you will get.

Wedding dress shopping can be stressful and overwhelming. It can be difficult to narrow down your options and pick just one. It can be hard to know if you are picking the right dress. And it can be stressful going through the entire process. On the day of your wedding, you may not care about what you are wearing, but that doesn’t mean you should wear any old dress. You still want this dress to be special and gorgeous, you want to feel like a goddess as you glide down the aisle.

But wedding dress shopping can also be exciting and one of the best parts about planning a wedding. You have been thinking about this dress for a long time, as a little girl you probably planned exactly how you wanted it to look. You may have looked through magazines to see the new styles and different designs, thinking about what you would be wearing one day as you walked down the aisle to the love of your life.

Now it is time to pick the wedding dress, for real. No more pretending, no more imagining, this is your time to finally pick the dress you will get married in! No pressure. In this blog, we are going to give you some tips to help you find the perfect wedding dress. Take a deep breath, relax, and keep reading.

Do Research

Looking at those magazines and Pinterest pictures of wedding dresses is finally paying off! By now, you probably have an idea of what you like and what you don’t like. You probably know what style you want and what kind of detailing you want. Do additional research and look at bridal dress websites to see what they have in stock, what styles are currently popular, and if there is anything that catches your eye.

On some sites, for example David’s Bridal, you can find dresses based on price, silhouette, sleeve type, size, color, and so much more. This allows you to search for what you like, keep within budget, and check out different styles as well. Seeing different styles and exploring through the wide variety of dress styles out there can help you be more open minded and find a few different styles you may like.

Be Open Minded

We know you have a dress in mind and we know you don’t even want to think about trying on different dresses, it will just open the door to so many more options. But looking at different dresses can help you find something you may not have known you liked and allow you to truly figure out what works best for you.

Stay True to Size

Every bride plans on losing weight before their wedding, but as your wedding gets closer, you may find that you are too stressed and overwhelmed with planning your wedding on top of everything else to even think about heading to the gym. Don’t start looking at wedding dresses that are too small for you because you hope to fit into it on your big day. Wedding dresses are often sized higher than your normal clothing, but this doesn’t matter and no one will know. The only thing you want to worry about is being able to fit into your wedding dress on the day of your wedding. It is easy to bring the dress in and if you do happen to lose weight before the wedding, bring it in to have it altered so that it fits as you want it to. But never get a smaller size and challenge yourself to fit into it, that is a challenge that you may not win.

Try Them All

While trying on every dress in the bridal shop is way too much, we do suggest trying on different silhouette styles, necklines, sleeves styles, fabrics, and colors than you originally wanted. Not only will this give you a taste of what is out there but it will also allow you to find what works with your body and what will flatter you most. Not everyone looks good in dresses that have a mermaid silhouette, just like not everyone will look good in a strapless dress. Trying on a variety of styles can help you to find what looks best on you and what style you should look for. Try on the silhouette that you like best, of course, but if it doesn’t look how you imagined, then try something else on. You may find that the one silhouette you thought you would hate ends up being the style that looks best on you!

There are many different dress styles out there and limiting yourself to try on one style is like going into the biggest ice cream shop and only sampling one flavor of ice cream. Who would do that? Not you! So, why tries on dresses that only fall into one style when there is a huge variety of dresses that you may be missing out on. You don’t know what dress is going to look best on you and you don’t know what dress is going to be the one.

Don’t Follow Trends

Trends are hard to avoid, especially when you see all of your friends getting married and wearing these trendy dresses, you are likely to try finding something similar. But don’t follow the trends just to be “trendy.” Find a dress you love, something timeless and classic is better than something that will go out of style in a few years. If you want to pass your dress down to your children or your nieces, you will want to be sure it is not outrageous by the time they get married. We have all seen those wedding dresses from the past that are too much now, but a wedding dress that has timeless elements while also using current style elements may be the perfect mix.

Don’t Rush

Picking your wedding dress is a big deal. You want it to be perfect, look great, and fit your style. You don’t want to make a rush decision and get a dress that you feel iffy about. Make sure you take your time, truly analyze each dress, and try on as many as you need. If you don’t like what you have been trying on, try switching up the dress style until you find something that you like.

You also do not want the bridal stylist to stop you from or push you to try on more. If you need to try on more to find your perfect dress, then keep trying on dresses. If you are getting overwhelmed and can’t try on any more dresses, don’t feel like you have to. There is no need to try on more dresses when you already have found one you like.

Try Multiple Shops

Not every bridal shop is going to have the style you are looking for. Some may be more formal while you have a boho chic vibe. If you don’t like what you are seeing at one shop don’t be afraid to head to another shop until you find one that has the style you are looking for.

Wedding dress shopping is fun but it can get stressful. But these tips can help make the entire process easier for you. Just remember that this is one thing you will wear on one of the most important days of your life, so make sure you find something that you love!

If you are still looking for a wedding venue, be sure to schedule a visit with Bohemia River Overlook. Our venue offers three different locations that can compliment your wedding theme and style. Planning your wedding is simpler with Bohemia River Overlook and these wedding dress tips!

Twinkling rope lights strung about, flowers displayed on every surface, gorgeously prepared meals and desserts, mason jar glasses, and cut chalkboard signs—these are the things that make up a wedding. The decor, the food, the drink, the setting, and the feeling are all planned out, down to every last detail. These things are important and will definitely make your wedding more special and beautiful, but one thing you should focus on more is your wedding dress.

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Planning A Country Wedding

There are so many different wedding styles and themes, allowing couples to find the perfect style wedding that represents who they are and what they like. Finding the right style for your wedding shouldn’t be too difficult, but always remember to stick with what fits you and what makes sense for you and your soon-to-be spouse.

Whether you have both loved the beach your entire life or you’re both obsessed with Harry Potter, you can create a wedding based around your style, interests, and passions. The themes and styles for weddings truly are endless, it is just finding the right style for you that may be the hard part.

Today we are going to talk about a specific wedding themes that have become popular. The rustic country style is a current wedding trend that is charming, fun, and beautiful. Creating the perfect country wedding takes a lot of planning, everything from the invitations to the bouquet can have a touch of country style.

In this blog, we will give you tips to planning the perfect rustic country wedding, down to every last detail! If you are planning your own country wedding, continue reading to get the best ideas to complete every last detail.

The Venue

Let’s start with the venue. Having all of the details and everything planned out perfectly will help complete your wedding, but if the venue does not have the same rustic country look the rest of your wedding has, something will feel off. So, make sure you find the right venue for your rustic country wedding and then finish planning from there. There are a few options for the country wedding venue. Outdoors in the mountains, in a peaceful field that stretches across to horizon, or at a cute and rustic barn. Country themed weddings are obviously going to have some outdoorsy and rugged style, a barn is the perfect option because it allows you to have a strong country vibe and the ability to move the party indoors as well.

At Bohemia River Overlook, one of our three locations is the barn. This venue is perfect to complete your country inspired look. The burnt red exterior provides a beautiful and bold backdrop for your ceremony. This classic colored barn doesn’t look too worn out, but looks rustic enough to add some character to your wedding. The bricks, red siding, and green roof of the barn all work together to create the perfect country wedding venue. This is the perfect location for a small and intimate country wedding. This venue is able to hold 120 people, and includes everything necessary for a fun and comfortable ceremony and reception. This includes:

  • Up to 120 padded chairs for the ceremony
  • Up to 6 café tables
  • Up to 120 wood chairs for reception
  • Built-in bar
  • 15 guest tables for reception
  • 5 rectangular tables

The venue and everything that is included can help transform your dreams of a rustic country wedding into reality and help make the planning process easier for you! This wedding venue has a special chic style that will add a charming and rustic look to your special day.

The Invitations

You want your country themed wedding to have a touch of country from beginning to end. This means that the invitations should have a hint of country as well. Wedding invitations may not be the most important part but they certainly can be fun and fit the theme. Add natural detailing to your invitations to give them a more rustic look. Don’t make them too flashy or fancy, it will throw off the rustic country theme. You can even have some fun with shapes. Create an invitation shaped like a cowboy boot, a bale of hay, or barn doors. These ideas are cute, creative, and help your guest know what your wedding theme is.

The Decor

Decorations are an important part of a wedding. They can help tie everything together and add even more country style to your wedding celebration. Country weddings are fun and easy to decorate for. What you have to do before you start decorating is pick an exact style for your country wedding. There are many different country decor styles, and mixing them all up can get chaotic and confusing. So, stick to one uniform style and then start planning your decorations.

Your decorations should include natural elements—plants, flowers, hay bales, antlers, and even natural colors can help to add to your country wedding. Intermix these elements with things like mason jars, galvanized buckets, burlap placemats, and other rustic and barn like items. These elements combined will create the perfect scene for your rustic country celebration.

Handmade chalkboard signs, natural wood picture frames, lanterns, and plenty of string lights can give your country theme an extra pop. Every good country wedding uses string lights to give a nice and calming glow, plus thaey are beautiful and add a ton of style.

The Food

Yes, you can even design your wedding menu to match the country style. Ribs, baked beans, fried chicken, biscuits, pulled pork sandwiches, steak and potatoes, corn on the cob, and any other favorite country themed food options. The food can also help set the tone of your wedding and allow people to really get into the country spirit! Plus, who doesn’t love these classic country barbecue food options?

The Cake

The cake can also be decorated in a country style. With a natural and outdoorsy look, your cake can tie the entire reception together. These cakes can be fun, gorgeous, and simple. A cake with flowers, tree bark detailing, and other rustic touches are a beautiful way to transform a regular wedding cake into something that adds to the overall theme of your celebration.

The Altar

The altar at your wedding is the backdrop for the most memorable moment and gorgeous photos of the newly married couple. This means that the altar should be planned out and designed to match your style. Use cloth, flowers, natural wood, lights, twigs, and other rustic elements to create an alter that is unique and has a country feel to it. This is a great way to mix the country style with something elegant as well, giving the outdoorsy theme a classic flair.

The Attire

The wedding party’s attire can also help bring more country style to your wedding. Having fun with different country and outdoorsy styles can add to the look of the bridesmaids and the groomsmen, tying the entire theme together. There are many different way to do this, either with colors, shoe choice of accessories. It can be simple to enhance your wedding day attire with these country styles.

For the bride and bridesmaids, there are many fun things that can add to the country theme. Have your bridesmaids wear flannels over their dresses for a style accessory that really gives of the rustic outdoors feel. Or give them a personalized gift by getting each bridesmaid an embroidered denim button down.  Cowboy boots is another great way to add to the country style. Swapping out the heels for boots is a great way to keep the theme spread throughout the entire wedding. You can even wear blue boots to represent your “something blue” and have all of your bridesmaid wear boots as well.

For the groom, a cowboy hat is always an option, but not every groom is going to be that into the country theme. But other styles that can give them a more rugged and country style include jeans, a tan suede jacket, tweed vests, and, if they are really feeling bold, a bolo tie! These are fun and simple ways to give the groom and groomsmen a country look. And of course cowboy boots can be worn by them as well.

The attire can help give your wedding an even more country feel. If you show up to your country themed wedding without any hint of country style, your guest will be confused and you will look out of place.

Planning a country wedding can be fun and can be just as charming and breathtaking as an elegant and modern wedding. But making sure you plan out each and every detail can help you pull it all together and allow you to create a beautiful and rustic country styled wedding. Start planning your dream country wedding today! Bohemia River Overlook can help by offering our barn venue. This beautiful and rustic barn can set the stage for your beautiful country wedding. Contact us today to schedule a tour and get your questions answered.

There are so many different wedding styles and themes, allowing couples to find the perfect style wedding that represents who they are and what they like. Finding the right style for your wedding shouldn’t be too difficult, but always remember to stick with what fits you and what makes sense for you and your soon-to-be spouse.

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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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