James & Stacey
Wedding Location: The Rhinecliff Hotel
Ceremony Officiant: Jeanne Stark, Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Photographer: Jean Kallina of Hudson Valley Photographer
Videographer: The Pros
DJ/Band: Flag Medeiros of Medeiros Black Tie DJ Entertainment
Florist: Floral Fantasies by Sara
Bridal Attire: Hayley Paige Gown from Bridal Beginnings in Pittsburgh, PA
Men’s Attire: Calvin Kline
Rings/Jewelry His- Anna Sheffield Hers- Tiffany’s
Hair/Makeup: Alyse Schiffman from Alyse B Salon
Invitations/Favors: Wedding Paper Divas
Advice From The Newlyweds
Make your wedding fit who you are as a couple, not just as individuals. Have fun, take deep breaths, make memories and enjoy the day. Relax, don’t stress out about every detail, the day will be perfect once you finally get to say “I Do”.
Take a look at this amazing giveaway we are participating in with Leyla Cadabal Photography, Floral Fantasies By Sara and La Tua Bella Beauty Bar.
To enter just email a photo of you two together and a brief story of how you got engaged to email@example.com. It’s that simple!
So You Want Your Friend to Officiate Your Wedding
That is fantastic! There is nothing more personal for a wedding ceremony than a friend or relative that you have known most of life performing your ceremony. Let’s discuss the pros and cons to this gift.
Pros to a Friend or Relative Performing the Ceremony
1. Personal, history, and comfort level. This person knows you both really well and that makes it so easy to create a ceremony together. The know the history of you and your fiance and speak about this in the ceremony. You have a real comfort level with this person and that will make the ceremony easier.
2. Free of charge. Hopefully they are providing this as a gift, but if there are any expenses that they are occurring, etiquette says that you must reimburse them or pay for these items.
Cons to a Friend or Relative Performing the Ceremony
1. Are they legal to perform ceremonies in your state. So they decided to fill out that little form online and maybe even paid $20 to get ordained. Many states, counties and towns will not recognize these forms of ordination.
2. Creating the ceremony. There is an incredible knowledge and ability to an official officiant with the wording of a ceremony. What you are paying for with a professional is the writing talent. A good officiant can write a ceremony that guests want to listen to and are eager for the next part.
3. Crossing the lines. When you hire a professional officiant, they work for you and your fiance. You have the ability to say to them what you want them to wear, what to arrive and what you want them to say and not. Friends and relatives are not professionals (unless if they do this job professionally).
What are your options:
1. Hire a professional to perform your ceremony
2. You decided to have a friend or relative perform the ceremony anyways. Hudson Valley Ceremonies has a solution. The Friend Officiates Package. One of our legal officiants comes to your venue before or after the ceremony and takes care of the legal paperwork. That’s it! So simple.
Any questions please contact Hudson Valley Ceremonies at 845-244-1482 or email at HVCeremonies@gmail.com
Choosing the Right Officiant for your Wedding
Many couples choose a venue, caterer, photographer, dj, hair and make up artist, and transportation before they even think about their ceremony. That’s ok. But when you do start to look for your wedding officiant there is a little bit of unknown anxiety. They become nervous about finding someone to connect with when it comes to a very personal moment. Here are some tips on choosing your wedding officiant.
1. Research the rule’s for wedding officiants in your state. Some states do not allow out of state officiants and some will only allow clergy that are active and good in standing with their religious organization.
2. What type of ceremony do you want? Religious, civil, or interfaith. This will determine the type of officiant you can look to hire.
3. Ask some of your friends that recently were married about their officiant. Ask if they like him or her and what they liked about their service.
4. Read the reviews on popular websites like Wedding Wire, Yelp and The Knot. Don’t just look at the first few, scroll to page 2 or 3 and read them.
5. Set up a meeting to speak with them and discuss your wedding. A great wedding officiant will ask you many questions, not just talk about themselves.
6. Ask him or her if they have a video of a ceremony they did or better yet, if they can see you perform live at a wedding.
For information about our officiants you can view their biographies here: https://hudsonvalleyceremonies.com/more-information/about/
or contact our office at 845-244-1482 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Lara & Chris Miller
Wedding Location: Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in Milton, NY
Ceremony Officiant: Reverend Stuart
Photographer: Betsi Ewing Studio
Videographer: Betsi Ewing Studio
Limos/Buses: Mahogany Ridge
Florist: Kamilla’s Florist in Millerton NY
Coordinator/Planner: Jeanne Stark
Bridal Attire: Reem Acra
Men’s Attire: Calvin Klein suit, Brooks Brothers shirt and tie
Rings/Jewelry: Ultimate Jewelers in NYC
Hair/Makeup: La Tua Bella
Favors: ASPCA donation
Save the Dates and Rehearsal dinner: Minted
Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo
Advice from the happy couple:
Not only did I hire my vendors based on their incredible work, I hired them because of the feeling I got after speaking to them. They all had this calming energy about them and after each conversation, I felt more and more at ease with the crazy idea of planning a wedding. I felt confident that they understood my vision and that they would execute it beautifully (which they did). Let your vendors do their job, don’t micromanage them! Show them some ideas so they get your vibe but after that, let them be creative and do their thing!
Also, I’m sure you’ve heard this before but live in the moment. Enjoy the late nights stuffing envelopes and the excited texts of your friends receiving the save the dates. It goes by so quickly, especially your wedding night!! Take a second to look around and really appreciate how many people are there, supporting and loving you as a new couple – its pretty amazing!