Your new married names – Candice and Jeremy Atkins
Wedding Location – Locust Grove – Poughkeepsie, NY
Ceremony Officiant – Rev Stuart – Friend Officiates Package
DJ/Band – DJ Domenic
Florist – Adams Fairacre Farms – Wappingers Falls, NY
Caterer – Lola’s Cafe
Wedding Decor Rentals: Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Bridal Attire – David’s Bridal
Men’s Attire – JC Penny’s
Rings/Jewelry – Littmans Jewlers
Invitations/Favors – Invitations, WeddingPaperDivas.com; Favors, Gertrude Hawk
– My husband and I looked through so many options when we were first planning and we found that it was really easy to want to be impulsive and to want to go with our first choice but this rarely worked out for us. Our biggest piece of advice would be to take your time and to not just go with your first choice but look around and pick what is right for you.
– Choose vendors based on how they work together. All of our vendors knew each other and worked seamlessly together – we barely had to do anything!!
– Also remember to not stress over the small details and save money where you can. No one knew I had a cheap dress, or that we rented our decorations for a crazy cheap price, or that we assembled our own centerpieces – they had a terrific time because we invested our budget where it counted (food, music, venue) and didn’t no or care about many of the smaller details (but we saved a ton!).
– Enjoy your wedding, it will be over before you know it.
Michael and Vanessa (Voltolina) LaBue
Wedding Location: Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, NY
Ceremony Officiant: Rev. Kevin Cook
DJ/Band: The Last Nites
Florist: Forever in Bloom
Bridal Attire: Aire Barcelona
Men’s Attire: Calvin Klein
Hair/Makeup: Beauty Entourage
October 1, 2016
Jose & Teresa (Moran)Bosch
BlueField Farm (ask us about the farm, no website)
Restroom Trailer Rental: VIP to go
Our wedding coordinator, Sandra O’connel was so helpful and made our day go super smooth. Since we had a wedding on a site where we had to bring all the vendors in ourselves (food, tent, bathroom trailer, etc) we couldn’t have done it without Sandra. Sandra was there to help every step of the way. Prior to the wedding day, she helped us make sure all the contracts were written correctly, helped us figure out our needs from our tent rental company, the drink needs, and more. Our food caterer didn’t quite have the staff for such a large event so Sandra brought in a staff of 18 people to bartend, pass hors devours, serve dinner, and set up and take down the site. She managed the staff, connected with the vendors, and coordinated the ceremony. She was always attentive to what we wanted and helped to make our vision for our wedding day come true.
A do it yourself wedding is totally possible. You get to have the wedding exactly the way you want it and although there may be more vendors and a couple more choices to make (which glasses do we need, how much beer should we buy, what about drink mixers?) designing your own wedding makes for a wedding that really expresses who you are as a couple.
It is very important to find your officiant early, they are an invaluable resource in planning your ceremony and in answering any questions you might have. In choosing this person, you will want to be sure that he or she is not only willing but able to reflect accurately what you want your ceremony to convey. You will want to find someone who can reflect the quality of your love and speak meaningfully to you and your partner. Think about the following questions:
1. Does the officiant reflect or embody the spirit you want to create at your wedding?
2. Do you feel comfortable with him or her? Will you be able to express your preferences about content; speak up about matters of concern in the preparation of the ceremony; voice objections you might have or ask for silly, even seemingly trivial things to be included in the ceremony?
3. Do you like the sound of his or her voice?
4. Do you have a connection with the officiant that allows you to trust that what he or she will say will be appropriate for the two of you? A person that has a sense of you and understands the uniqueness of your relationship?
5. Above all, will you value what this person has to say? Will he or she have delightful, meaningful, moving reflections that will elevate the ceremony from ordinary, generic, and formal to personal, beautiful and unforgettable?
6. Last but not least, relax in choosing an officiant. When you are all together, having a consultation, discussing how you celebrate your love and the type of ceremony that you have envisioned, you will know if that minister/officiant is the right one for the two of you. Something will click and there will be a connection.
So, how does finding and hiring the right officiant with Hudson Valley Ceremonies work? Here’s how:
- First we have you set up a phone or skype consultation with the officiant of your choice or one that has been chosen for you. You can see our officiants Bio’s here.
- The officiant will ask you many questions about you and your fiance and what you most want for your ceremony.
- Please ask them as many questions as you want, they are very happy to answer and assist.
- If you wish to speak to another officiant we can set that up also.
Finally you will choose the officiant that you have the best connection with and then choose a package.
Please check out our reviews, Hudson Valley Ceremonies has the best officiants in the valley!