9 Key “Green” Planning Concepts

9 Key “Green” planning concepts that can be implemented to make your special day wonderful for you and even better for your environment.

Choose a natural setting like a botanical garden, beach or a beautiful park rather than a huge hall. You can exchange vows in a romantic setting under the stars, or by an amazing ocean scene.

Explore booking top culinary chefs that will prepare a delightful, succulent variety of organic foods that will incorporate all aspects of fine green dining, from farm raised entrees, to bio-degradable dinning décor.

Speaking of décor not only can you find caterers that incorporate bio-degradable items in their service; you will find that there are also many companies that provide recycled event décor items.

A great option for invitations for the perfect Green Themed wedding will consist of recycled paper and to take it one step further you can have them printed with biodegradable corn-based ink or an even better and more modern day option is to send a sophisticated and exquisitely designed Electronic Invitations (e-vites).

Think outside of the box and get creative by giving your guest an Wedding Day Eco-Bag filled with a variety of eco-friendly gifts like luxury Eco-Spa items, Personalized Organic Tea bags, and Elegantly Engraved Mini-Pots with a packet of Plan Seeds to symbolize the seed of love planted on the day of your special union.


Every bridal party wants to be transported in luxury and style. With today’s Automotive Companies taking a conscious approach to preserving our environment and producing a large number of fuel efficient Hybrid vehicles, they have made it a point to remember the most important vehicle for a bride and groom, the limousine. Believe it or not there are many companies that provide luxury hybrid limousines as well as luxury cars for the wedding party.

Of all the pieces of jewelry a woman will own in her life, her wedding ring is the most important and holds the most meaning. Consider a jeweler that sells diamonds that are certified conflict-free. You should also consider bands that are created with recycled metals. I suggest you visit Brilliant Earth at http://www.brilliantearth.com; they are the leading provider in conflict-free diamond jewelry. Brilliant Earth also donates dedicates 5% of their profits to local communities that are affected by the diamond industry.

The most important – The DRESS
Choosing that perfectwedding gown is one of the most emotional and most important purchases of woman’s life. Choose a wedding gown that is made from natural fibers as well as your wedding party.

My last recommendation is- The WEDDING COORDINATOR/PLANNER

In order to fully design and plan the perfect reality of your Wedding day Dreams and also incorporate the fundamentals of an environmentally safe wedding, I suggest that you enlist the services of a professional Wedding Coordinator to ensure that your wedding is not just eco-friendly but truly represents the fantasy that you have always dreamed of for your special day.

Check Out Our Bridal Thanks-Giving

Hudson Valley Ceremonies


Bridal Thanks-Giving

Book any of our officiants or planners between 11/24/11 and 12/1/11

and receive a Very Special Bridal Gift

Choose one of the following gifts:

1 Large Window Cling or 2 Small Window Clings

Personalized Flip Flops

Personalized Acrylic Circle Cake Topper

Contact us today to set up your appointment or to receive your contract.  Then you can choose from any of the three above gifts.


Same Sex Wedding Elopement Event

Same Sex Wedding Elopement Event

“Historic, first date ever available to same sex couples in NY”

July 26th, 2011
July 27th, 2011

All Day!!

We are going to have multiple locations set up all over the Hudson Valley.

Rhinecliff Waterfront
(Take Amtrak from NYC)

Ashokan Reservoir

New Paltz

Kingston & The Rondout

Beacon Waterfront
(Take Metro North)

$150 for the elopement
(gratuities are appreciated)

If you would like a professional photographer, this can be arrranged.

Contact us at HVCeremonies@gmail.com if you are interested in getting married.  Please let us know which day, time of day and location.

Reservations and Deposit Required

The Following Is Needed To Get Married:

Marriage License – Obtained from any town hall in all of NYS more than 24 hours before the ceremony.

Witnesses – You will need to bring two witnesses

Payment – Check, Cash, Money Order are accepted the day of the ceremony.  Credit Card payments must be made 2 days before the event.

Please join us and visit our booth at the Winter 2011 Bridal and Fashion Show

Please join us and visit our booth at the Winter 2011 Bridal & Fashion Show, sponsored by the Southern Dutchess News Group


Advertised on HudsonValleyWeddings.com
Hosted at the Dutchess Manor
Sunday, Jan. 30 from 12 Noon – 4 p.m.

Plenty of appetizers and door prizes

Fashion Spectacular, plus demos on exercise, hair & makeup and ballroom dancing

Pre-register now by sending an email to sdnbridalexpo@yahoo.com and receive an article on Bridal Show Tips from hudsonvalleyweddings.com.

Please do not respond to this E-mail to pre-register.


Your Ceremony Officiant’s Role

Reverend Debra

By Rev. Debra Romano
Hudson Valley Ceremonies


Many newly engaged couples have lost more than the occasional night’s sleep while fantasizing about their pending wedding. Romantic heartfelt words flow freely from the sweet lips of husband or wife to be as they exchange the vows of their misty dreams. However, when the time comes to actually pen, or worse; to speak such prose out loud, the words suddenly stall. Gone are the simplistic, archaic, and somewhat subservient somber pronouncements “To love, honor, and obey, till death do you part” of our Grandparent’s day. Such intoning leaves a couple, and their guests, void of the magic which brought them to the proverbial “altar” to begin with. The words spoken at a wedding ceremony should reflect not only the love shared between the couple, but the deep, profound respect and honor they feel for one another at that very moment.

The Officiants at Hudson Valley Ceremonies work very hard to capture the right words that mirror this unique love. Upon meeting a couple for the first time we immediately begin getting to know one another. Where you have come from very often sets the stage for whom you have become, so sharing some stories about your background is usually the best beginning. How and why your lives evolved to synchronize your meeting each other, then revealing the ways your friendship blossomed into love, and furthered onto a serious life-long commitment is vital to writing and delivering a ceremony that will leave all present talking about it for years to come. We provide you with dozens of sample ceremonies, and I develop a personalized, blended ceremony using several options, just as an example of how harmonizing together a Remembrance, Recognition, Wine or Unity Candle service can bring excitement and enlightenment to your ceremony. In the end though, remember the words are yours to edit and ad lib, creating the reality of those musings you only once imagined.

For me, my goal is to bring to life all those rehearsals you played over and over in your mind. After an initial letter of introduction and communication via email, we then meet in person. Depending on the type of Officiant Package a couple chooses, we may meet at their home, a local diner, or here in Rhinebeck at the Hudson Valley Ceremony Office. Meeting in Rhinebeck is a complimentary, no obligation option which allows the couple to also look through Invitations, Save-the-Date, RSVP, and Thank You cards by the hundreds, which we offer clients at our wholesale price. This is a savings of 50% off retail prices. Top that off with tremendous discounts on; Bridal Party Gifts, Favors, Table Settings, Cake Toppers, Themed Napkins, Center Pieces, Honeymoon Travel, and low cost Wedding Insurance along with our discounted Vendor referrals and you need not spend one stressful moment searching for these necessities. You can complete your wedding shopping in that one visit!

After our first meeting, we encourage our couples to continue communication by phone or email, establishing an extended family relationship with us. My motto is “My words to you at the altar, even if scripted, are from my heart.” It is important to me that you as a couple genuinely feel that from me. Your day becomes a special moment in my own life, cherished and remembered; a true privilege and honor to me to be permitted this glimpse into your wonderful life.

Over time we email the ceremony back and forth, editing and adding as your day gets closer, until you both feel that it reflects everything about you and everything you wish said, and to say. The most common question I receive about the Vows section is from the Groom who is most worried that those long promises must be memorized. If I am present at a rehearsal it brings a huge laugh when I tell the Groom the night before the big day “Yes! We expected you to have memorized this by now!”  But in truth, the traditional “Please repeat after me” still holds true even in our modern day.

Although we will not actually recite nor reveal the special words of your ceremony at a rehearsal we will coordinate and practice the Processional and Recessional, and go through the sections of the ceremony which cue the Musicians or Ushers as to when and where their participation would be required. Your rehearsal will last as long as need be, until everyone is most comfortable with their varied roles. We encourage older family members to attend, but for those who are unable they are easily substituted for the moment with a younger family member, which also keeps the evening light and fun. This is all about uniting not only two persons, but two families, and communities. It is my belief that such local unity is the key to our global alliances, and what better way to begin that long journey than hand in hand with a partner who shared your dreams and shares your path.

As you share and express your love to the world, I thank you for allowing me to be the vehicle from which you enter and begin this brand new life; as Husband and Wife. Congratulations, and as my favorite Apache Blessing closes; “May your days be long upon the Earth. And so it is.”

Win FREE Invitations!

Each year we have one big contest.  This year the contest is for FREE Wedding Invitations.  Your choice of any invitations with a retail value of up to $600.

Pocket Invitations, Themed Invitations, Save the Dates and so much more.

Submit your information by 12/31/2010.  Winner determined by 1/1/2011.  Good Luck!!

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Free Wedding Workbook & Website

FREE Wedding Planning Workbook & Wedding Website

At Hudson Valley Ceremonies we have will create a
wedding planning website just for our couples.

Here are some of the great features that are available on
your personal website:

Guest List
Task Calendar
Wedding Ceremony and Reception
Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner
Seating Arrangements
Engagement Activities
Bridesmaid’s Luncheon
Bridal Shower
Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties
Post-Wedding Activities
Gifts and Thank Yous
Costs and Payments
Vendors and Contacts
Out of Town Guests
Gift Registry
Create and Collect Notes Electronically
Organize Notes into your own Categories
Attach images and Links to Notes
Share Notes with Family and Friends
Maintain a Master Email List for your Wedding
Create Customized Lists
Send Email in Bulk
Works with your Existing Email Address
and so much more!!

Contact us today for a free workbook and website

Hudson Valley Ceremonies      845-266-6076


Marriage Still In Style

Article written by Kathy Kahn of HVBiz

The wedding business is never out of season, but for some couples, they are definitely keeping an eye on the bridal budget.

Jeanne Stark, owner of Hudson Valley Ceremony in Rhinebeck, loved her own wedding so much she decided she wanted to make a career out of helping others plan for that special day.

“I had also been to some weddings where I saw couples getting ripped off. I wanted to do something to help others avoid the pitfalls and remember it as a wonderful day.”

After 20 years of planning other people’s “I Do’s,” Stark says even the economy has not deterred wedding fever, but it has contributed to the way couples are spending.

“Many are waiting until their late 20s or early 30s to get married – it’s no longer something they expect parents to pay for – and since they are spending their own money, they are setting a definite budget. For those who don’t have financial constraints, anything goes. But most couples are looking for something in the $10,000 range. That is still quite a bit of money.  Because of  that and because of the economy, they are asking us to either come in or under their budget … and we make sure we do,  but also make sure it is an event they will come away happy from.”

Stark plans weddings for older couples or those making a second trip down the aisle. “They are usually looking for a more intimate experience, and  they keep the guest list to a minimum, as a rule. A quiet bed and breakfast with a fireplace is  what many are in the market for. Simple, elegant and small.”

Stark, whose addition to her own Rhinebeck home is her base of operations , employs 12 people who help her plan for more than 300 celebrations a year – most of them with a bride and groom as the centerpiece.

“We can create a package the couple feels comfortable with and make it a great event – they can either cut back by choosing to reduce flowers – many are choosing to create do-it-yourself centerpieces. Some are opting for buffet-style dinners or brunches s rather than full-course meals and reducing the number of members of the bridal party. Others are trimming guest lists,” she said.

Watching dollars doesn’t mean you end up with a so-so affair.

“On the contrary, making  some realistic  changes that bring the price  to within your budget doesn’t mean it’s not just as lovely or elegant, but it may not be in the same venue Chelsea Clinton had her wedding in,” she joked.

Stark said a wedding is one event where couples – even those on a budget – are willing to go as high as they can to make their day one to remember. “When the economy is bad, people want to do something that makes them feel good. A wedding is a positive, happy occasion. Even couples on a budget will come up with every penny they can muster to make it special.”

Midweek weddings have been more popular since the recession hit, she said. “When the economy goes south, more people do weddings in the winter because brides can negotiate a better price. And most catering facilities or small boutique wedding venues will make a great deal for a Tuesday or Thursday wedding. I tell my clients, ‘If your guests love you, they’ll be there.’”

Another added plus for the local economy are New York City brides who come up to the Hudson Valley to have an event on the water and to enjoy the view.

“A bride in the city would normally end up spending $100,000 for an event they can have up here for half the price, and have much more of a selection –hotels on the water, tented, outdoor events that can’t be had easily in the city…it’s also a great getaway for guests, too. They don’t have to travel far.  I have noticed when the economy goes south, couples come north.”

Stark has some favorites: “I love the Rhinecliff, Locust Grove, Mills Mansion, our local wineries – they offer weddings that are not a cookie-cutter theme. Depending on the size and scope of the event, there are several mansions up here that will offer the home for a wedding or a special event.  There’s a lot to choose from all over the region.”  Some that did not currently offer space for weddings are now finding their historic sites are attractive venues. “For couples and wedding planners, this is always a positive to be able to offer the bride and groom something out of the ordinary, and it helps our local historical sites stay in the plus column.”