Wedding Styles By Season

Summer –
Summer weddings are ripe for an outdoor setting such as a beach, a garden, or a beautiful yard. Take advantage of the long days with an afternoon wedding, or highlight the glorious sunsets by saying your vows as the sun goes down behind you. Use fresh fruits and vegetables to decorate. Bring light to an evening wedding with torches and strings of lanterns in the trees. An extra-summery idea is to use gingham tablecloths with a few sunflowers in metal watering cans as centerpieces.

The bride who marries in the warmth of the summer is a lucky one; over 75% of dresses that you’ll find are sleeveless and/or strapless, making them perfect for the season. Look for light fabrics such as linen, chiffon, crepe, and other light weight silk, so as to not add too much bulk.

You can’t go wrong with an abundance of flowers at a summer wedding. Fill the scene with bright and cheerful flowers such as roses, sunflowers, dahlias, gerber daisies, cosmos, mums, and zinnias. Bright purple dendrobium orchids are much less expensive during the summer months, so you can feel like a queen without the budget of one. An alternative idea is an airy summer look with mostly white and light colored flowers such as roses, stephanotis, white phlox, elegant white calla lilies, huge and fragrant calla lilies, hydrangea, snowball mums, and daisies (also known as Shasta daisies).

Fall –
Think of storybook fall setting such as inns, 18th century churches and meeting houses, old mills and even barns. A fall wedding can be casual yet elegant set in a beautiful old barn. You might also look at an apple orchard, a vineyard, or any place that will have a view of fall foliage. If you live in a climate where the leaves don’t change, look for a venue with lots of rich dark wood and warmth such as a gentleman’s club or university club. A fireplace is an extra special touch.

Set the tone for your fall wedding as soon as your guests enter with sheaths of wheat or corn at the entrance. Choose either rich jewel tones to decorate the room, or a traditional fall color scheme such as reds, oranges, browns and yellows. A modern fall color scheme uses only chocolate brown with light-blue accents. Fill the room with the bounty of the season – pumpkins, cornucopias, acorns, and gourds. Make jack-o-lanterns with decorative patterns rather than scary faces, or use paper bag luminaria for a similar effect.

Generally you can find Mums, roses, daisies, yarrow, fall leaves, tallow berries and both natural and dried wheat for inexpensive prices during the fall. A spray of wheat or a mum accented with a pheasant feather makes an elegant boutonnière. Consider hollowing out pumpkins for your centerpiece containers – if you don’t have the time, many craft and home stores now sell realistic fake pumpkins. But if you go with the real thing, consider white or blue natural pumpkins for an elegant and unique touch.

Winter –
Think about you and your sweetie in the elegant look of old Hollywood; the groom in tails, and the bride in a white long silk dress with a white fur or faux fur wrap. Evoke the season with “ice” –diamond or diamond-like jewelry. 90% of wedding dresses are strapless or sleeveless, but that’s not so practical for a bride who wants to take pictures outside, or needs to walk any distance. Look for wraps, shrugs, and capes, or dramatic coats. And don’t forget your bridesmaids! An attractive wrap to wear on the day of your wedding and beyond makes a great bridesmaid present.

Look for an inn with a fireplace for an intimate winter wedding. For a larger affair, you may be able to use a historic mansion or private club that will still have intimate warmth. Be sure to ask what seasonal decorations they use – you’ll save money as many sites are already heavily decorated. Also, check to make sure your site will be adequately heated during the winter months; old churches can be especially drafty.

Decide whether you want to go for a silver and white elegant look, or celebrate the season with reds and greens. For those who like silver, look for dusty miller, silver-dollar eucalyptus, and baby blue eucalyptus, mixed with white flowers such as roses, football mums, crocus, lilies and stephanotis. If you’re looking for a brighter bouquet, consider red roses with holly and pine-tree greenery. In season flowers such as tulips, roses, and ornamental berries generally will be less expensive choices.

Spring –
If you’re getting married in a church, talk to them about their Easter decorations. You may be able to save money by using theirs. Vendors and sites may be more available in the spring than in the summer, but remember prom; you may need to book limousines and tuxedos extra early.

The preppy pink and green color combination couldn’t be more spring-like, and is perfect for a beautiful, fresh spring wedding. Accent your tables with polka-dot or gingham fabrics and ribbons, and use alternating pink and green chair colors. For a more elegant look, combine celadon green with white, using silver as an accent color. Instead of rice, consider asking your guests to throw rose petals, or release butterflies.

Flowers in season include roses, tulips, hyacinth, lilies and Gerber daisies. Multi-colored calla lilies are very popular and look beautiful in a spring arrangement.

For centerpieces, subtly evoke the Easter season by using white baskets filled with floral form and an abundance of spring flowers. An inexpensive centerpiece for a garden wedding is a terracotta pot with a spring-moss or ivy covered Styrofoam ball affixed to it. Add small candles around it and/or some rose petals.

Consider tying your bouquet with polka-dot or striped ribbon in a bright or pastel color, adding a bit of unexpected pattern and freshness.


A big Congratulations to all of our couples that were married this winter!

Kimberly & Adam – Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz
Marisa & Erik – West Point Officers Club, West Point
Alicia & Justin – Fallkirk Estate, Central Valley
Michelle & Tim – Ceola Manor, Jefferson Valley
Nicole & Joseph – Terrapin Catering, Staatsburgh
Juliana & Michael – Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Poughkeepsie
Daisy & Peter – The Rhinecliff Hotel, Rhinecliff
Lauren & William – HVC, Rhinebeck
Amanda & Woody – Ritz Carlton Westchester, White Plains
Filamina & Michael – The Inn at Dover Furnace, Dover Plains
Lys & Tony – Omega Institute, Rhinebeck
Keke & James – HVC, Rhinebeck
Michelle & Lance – Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz
Jennifer & Michael – Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls
Megan & Brian – Opus 40, Saugerties
Jenny & Kenneth – The Grandview, Poughkeepsie
Renee & Peter – Morgan State House Inn, Albany
Rachel & Ryan – The Grandview, Poughkeepsie
Kristi & Rafael – Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Poughkeepsie

Congratulations to Kara & John who had Baby Colin blessed at Ceola Manor in Jefferson Valley!

Congratulations to Catherine & Michael who had Baby Sean blessed at the Taconic Education Center in Cold Spring!

Your Valentine’s Day Wedding

Planning a Valentine’s Day wedding? Here are some tips to ensure it is perfect and not cheesy. Valentine’s Day has been around since 496 A.D. and over the years its been a day of romance and dedication of love to someone. So why not use this special day and make the ultimate statement of love.

Show Your Love
If you are looking for ideas, then why not start at the beginning. Look to your own love story for ideas. Think about where you met or some of the adventures you have been on together to inspire your wedding.

Show Your Colors
Everyone knows that the traditional Valentine’s Day colors are pink and red. Don’t get stuck in the same old routine – mix it up a little. Black and white with splashes of red and pink color will look far better than plain pink and red.

A deep red bouquet will look stunning with your white wedding gown. You can carry the theme through with an all-white wedding cake – or even add in splashes of pink and red.

Let There Be Romance
Candles, lots of them. Nothing screams romance like hundreds of candles giving your reception hall that soft flickering glow.

Say It with Flowers
When you think Valentines Day most people think of red roses. There are however some alternatives that are still romantic and will break the bank. Amaryllis is one showy winter flower that’s dramatic and gorgeous, but it will provide the contrast you are after. Then look at some red calla lilies and cockscomb.

Romantic Music
Your first dance will inevitably be a romantic song – perhaps something that is special to you and your partner. Keep this theme going with romantic songs all evening and while you are eating your dinner.

To Finish Off
Everyone knows that Valentines and chocolate go hand in hand, so why not send your guests off with some excellent quality chocolate wedding favors?

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Outdoor Winter Wedding Ceremony Ideas

Having an outdoor winter wedding can be just as beautiful as a summer or spring wedding.  But you must provide your guest with the appropriate accommodations needed to keep them comfortable. Here are a few great ideas for the bride-to-be who is having an outdoor winter wedding. These ideas will be the perfect guide to help keep you and your wedding guest warm and comfortable.

Add Chair Covers

If you are having wood or metal chairs, place covers over them. You can purchase or rent nice comfortable chairs covers from any table linen rental establishment. Sometimes the venues offer this as an add-on to your package. You will be totally surprised by how comfortable your guest will be with this small addition to the chairs.

Provide Electric Heaters

Next, make sure you provide the heat. I am sure this will be one of the first things on your list but I want to remind you; keeping your guest warm should be priority. You can add heat to your outdoor winter wedding by renting warming units.  You can also give white throws as wedding favor and your guest can put them to use during your ceremony or reception.

Keep Your Ceremony Precise and Be On Time

I know that this is your special day but make sure that ceremony is not lengthy. Many wedding ceremonies last only about 20 minutes  and you want to be mindful that your guest are there on your behalf, making sure they are comfortable and warm is important.  It is also important that you start your wedding on time, this will make your ceremony run smoothly and everyone including you will be happy!

Offer a Warm Room For Guest

Many of your wedding guests will arrive early and offering a warm place to visit before the ceremony goes along way. Try offering a place, either a heated tent or a heated room nearby where the guest can gather. You can also offer hot coffee, hot tea, or warm cider these hot beverages will keep your guest comfy and warm. Once, it’s time for your guest to be seated you can have your host or hostess let your guest know.

Now that you have a few tips that will help you keep you and your guest warm and comfortable you are ready to plan your outdoor winter wedding. Have fun and good luck!

A New Years Eve Wedding

Another option for a fun winter wedding is a New Year’s Eve wedding. Many couples love the idea of being married at midnight on New Year’s Eve or throwing a huge New Year’s Eve bash for their wedding reception. After all, you are entering a new life, what better time to celebrate that than the New Year?

A New Year’s Eve wedding can be a lot of fun, and if you have a bigger than life personality, a New Year’s Eve wedding is the way to really show it off! New Year’s can also be a more practical time than Christmas to have a holiday wedding because family and friends generally won’t have as many family commitments or other obligations for New Year’s as they have for Christmas. Plus, nearly everyone has New Year’s Day off so that people won’t have to miss the reception or the wedding because they need to work the next day.

It may be hard to find someone to officiate the wedding if you want the ceremony to take place at midnight, and many couples choose to have an early evening ceremony followed by a New Year’s Eve black tie reception. There are many different themes that you can choose for a fun New Year’s Eve wedding but the most popular ones are the traditional New Year’s Eve wedding and the Costume Ball New Year’s Eve wedding.

A Traditional New Year’s Eve Wedding is a glamorous affair

Black tie for the men, formal gowns for the women; glitz and glamour everywhere is the hallmark of a traditional New Year’s Eve wedding. Use lots of white lights and white satin to decorate the church, along with exotic flowers, such as orchids. Dress the groomsmen in tuxes with tails and top hats and dress the female attendants in glamorous gowns in black or in a deep jewel toned color like red or purple.

Book a ballroom for the reception and have a band playing classic 30’s and 40’s hits while your family and friends mill around. Consider renting a hotel ballroom for the reception and work out a discount for rooms with the hotel so that family and friends who may want to party harder than others won’t have to travel home but can just go to their rooms in the hotel at the end of the night. Book a couple of extra rooms just in case someone has too much to drink and needs a room at the last minute.

Keep the linens and china simple and elegant. Decorations should be lots of white, gold and black. Make sure to have plenty of disposable cameras on hand so guests can take candid photos. To decorate the tables use centerpieces of lilies and orchids surrounded by candles. For party favors, make up baskets for each guest containing a bottle of champagne with a personalized label on it, a champagne flute or two, a small bottle of bubbles that also have a personalized label, noisemakers and poppers, a party hat, a bottle of spring water with your personalized label on it, and a bottle of pain reliever for the next morning’s hangover.

To save money and to give the gifts a modern twist, use white Chinese takeout style boxes decorated with a gold bow on the top to hold all the party favors for the guests. Make sure to give everyone enough warning when it gets close to midnight so that they will have time to put on their party hats, pour their champagne, and get their bubbles and noisemakers ready to be used at the stroke of midnight. Depending on the time, the bride and groom might want to have their first dance after midnight as a way to really kick the party into high gear.

Give your friends and family an excuse to dress up with a Costume Ball New Year’s Eve wedding

Everyone loves a good costume party, and throwing a Costume Ball themed New Year’s Eve wedding is sure to make the evening a memorable one. Pull out all the stops for this theme and let your imagination run wild!

Choose a fantasy inspired ball gown style wedding dress for yourself and dress your attendants in beautiful corseted gowns or let them choose their favorite costume. “Lavish” is the key word to remember when decorating for a costume ball wedding theme but don’t worry; just because you want everything to look lavish and over the top doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune doing it.

It’s only for one night, so consider renting the costume gowns for your attendants since chances are good that they won’t actually wear those dresses again. Consider carrying a small gold masquerade mask with the flowers in your bouquet. Decorate the church or wedding hall with cream colored tulle and gold trimmed ribbons with white candles and lights.

Decorate the reception hall with yards and yards of flowing fabric. Use long drapery panels on rods to create different areas in the reception hall and use ropes of beads to look like strings of jewels strung along the curtains. Hang bead curtains over cream colored drapery panels to create an exotic look and use ropes of pearls as swags.

In one of the curtained off areas have a fortune teller or tarot card reader to tell your guests’ fortunes. Ask your bridesmaids to help you create elaborate masquerade masks for all the guests; these are easy to make with supplies from any craft store. Buy small white or gold baskets for each guest, wrap them with strings of beads and pearls, and put into each basket a masquerade mask, some noisemakers, bubbles, and a fancy champagne flute.  Have plenty of bottles of champagne with a fancy personalized label on all the tables, and consider having a champagne fountain as well.  Encourage everyone to wear their masks throughout the evening.


No matter what type of New Year’s Eve wedding you decide to have, it’s important to give special consideration to making arrangements for family and friends to be safe after a night of celebrating. Whether that means having the reception at a hotel where the guests can book rooms or making sure that people who have been drinking have a ride home or will be staying with someone else, it is very important to remember that New Year’s Eve is a night when people are prone to celebrating a lot and drinking too much. The best idea for a New Year’s Eve wedding is to have the reception in a hotel ballroom and book a block of rooms for family and friends. Hold a special brunch the next day to encourage them to stay at the hotel overnight.

Planning a Christmas Wedding

‘Tis the season for a Christmas themed wedding, if you’re planning on getting married in December. Your wedding can be blessed with the holiday spirit, and guests can go home with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads.

To plan the perfect Christmas themed wedding, start with the basics, your color scheme. Of course, we immediately think of red and green. If you do choose this color pattern, consider rich tones rather than primary colors. Incorporate crimson and evergreen instead of cherry red and Kelly green for a classy look. Bridesmaids may wear magenta dresses with ivory ribbons in their hair. But it’s not necessary to stick to red and green; consider palettes such as navy and silver; or violet and rich browns.

Christmas wedding themes can be easily incorporated into your Christmas themed wedding invitations. Craft stores carry many items that you can add to spruce up handmade invitations. Look for decorations in the form of snowmen, wrapped presents, Santas, mistletoe, stockings, snowflakes, icicles, reindeer, sleighs and Christmas trees. Also, you can find great Christmas clip art on the web that will help decorate your wedding stationery.

Consider using ivy, mistletoe and garlands instead of a lot of fresh flowers for your Christmas themed wedding. You might even use dried flower bouquets or cornucopias as centerpieces at the reception. Or, place potted poinsettias throughout the ceremony and reception.

When you think about Christmas wedding ideas for your Christmas themed wedding, consider having a Christmas tree at your reception, decorated in your wedding colors. You could hang ornaments on the tree to give to guests as favors; if you have a smaller guest list, consider personalizing each ornament with your guest’s name and ask them to find their ornament on the tree.

You’ll want to have strands of Christmas lights (preferably white; colored might begin to look tacky) at your reception. Drape them over doorways, staircases, food service tables, the wedding cake table, and just about any place that needs a little mood light. Glittering snowflake ornaments could be hung from the ceiling and are just the start to Christmas wedding ideas that will make your event special.

For a Christmas themed wedding dinner, it’s best to stick with traditional holiday elements: turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauces, sliced ham, etc. This will truly put guests in the holiday spirit. For dessert, place a variety of Christmas cookies on the table with the wedding cake. For a cake-topper, you might want to use a star, sleigh or bells.

If possible, the bride and groom may choose to arrive at the reception by horse-drawn carriage or sleigh. If budget allows, the sleigh could even be used to offer guests short rides during the reception. One of your Christmas wedding ideas might include having your sleigh driver dressed as Santa.

If you have an outdoor area at your disposal, a warm bonfire stocked with the essentials for Smores would be a great place for children to warm up while adults are socializing. You also may want to have a roaring fire throughout the night in the fireplace, if one is accessible. For music, mix Christmas carols (classic and contemporary) with other favorites. You also could arrange a Christmas music sing-a-long, or have carolers stop by at each table. This would be a great activity to get the children involved in the wedding.

Winter Wedding Flowers

Many brides agonize over what flowers to choose for a winter wedding. The winter wedding flower dilemma is further complicated by the fact that many of the flowers that are traditionally used for weddings like roses are out of season in most places in the winter and that drives the cost of having roses up. What time of the winter you plan on having the wedding can also affect flower prices.

At Christmas time poinsettias will be in high demand so using poinsettias for your winter wedding might be out of your price range. Roses are the perfect flowers for a Romantic Valentine’s Day wedding so have lots of pink, red, and white roses everywhere if you can afford it. Roses during Valentine’s Day season can be very expensive so if you need to pinch pennies choose other white, red, and pink flowers like freesia, carnations, lilies, or tulips. If you are on a tight budget you might want to consider using some flowers that are in season in the winter and so might cost less and might even look better than flowers that are traditionally summer wedding flowers. Here are some cheaper flower alternatives to think about for your winter wedding: Amaryllis is a winter flower that is usually available in red and white and is a great low cost alternative for Valentine’s Day weddings. The Anemone is a star like flower that is usually in season in the first part of the winter, before January and is usually available in blue, red, and pink or white. Daffodils are yellow, and are usually in season from January until June.

Blue Forget-me-nots are a great choice for a Jack Frost/Fairy theme wedding Holly is an absolute must for Christmas weddings, and is very inexpensive during the Christmas season. Many people don’t realize that Jasmine is a winter flower, and Jasmine can be a wonderfully fragrant choice to add romance to your wedding. Consider using jasmine and a few red roses for a Valentine’s Day wedding. The Star of Bethlehem is a lovely white winter flower that can be used as inexpensive decoration filler. Tulips are in season from December until the end of April and come in many different vibrant colors like pink, white, red, purple, and other colors that are very appropriate for winter weddings.

Ideas for Winter Wedding Cakes

Add even more winter warmth and holiday cheer to your wedding with the perfect cake. Choosing the right wedding cake can be difficult, but fortunately the theme itself opens a treasure chest full of ideas. Let the winter season guide you in your quest for the cake that suits you and your theme.

Explore winter wedding cakes that taste like the holiday season. Steer away from white cake and towards rich flavors with spice. Taste test caramel spice, apple spice, and pumpkin spice cakes. If the spice flavors don’t hit the right spot then go for a dark chocolate with cranberry. Keep in mind that there aren’t any rules preventing you from choosing two different flavors, especially if your cake is multi tiered.

The aesthetics of your cake is just as important as the taste. Pick from a winter palette of icy blues, deep browns and reds, various whites, and don’t forget about orange. A classic choice would be an all white cake with red and green frosting décor. Go bold and choose a deep red frosting with green trim.

All About the Add-Ons
What will make your cake extra special are the accessories. Wedding cake ideas and accessories are all around you; you just need to open your eyes. Pull your holiday decorations out of your attic and sort through tree ornaments, table décor, etc and see if you can find anything that might work as your cake topper. Perhaps you have a favorite Santa Claus ornament that you love, or photos of you and/or your fiancé as children sitting on Santa’s lap that you could have minimized and decorated onto your wedding cake. Winter wedding cakes typically have snowflakes, angels, holly, cranberries, or pinecones as part of the design.

Winter Weddings

In the perfect setting, winter holds a special wonder all its own. The twinkling snow and blanketed atmosphere can make everything seem dreamy. This, and the cheaper cost, is why many brides choose winter for their wedding instead of the customary spring ceremony. As with every season, there are great wedding theme ideas you can use to help really flesh out the winter wedding of your dreams.


Use lots of crystals and silver to create that stunning ice queen feel for your wedding. Use a white wedding cake with dangling, clear crystals. Use tons of crystals and white flowers as a bouquet and decorations.

Try to find as much clear, crystal looking decor as possible, including chairs, tables, flatware, and dishes. Think about using tiny, icicle-looking lights to hang from the walls and ceiling. The wedding wardrobe should consist of luxurious silk, velvet, and fur. Remember, you’re royalty, so keep everything looking as fabulous as you.


Bring the winter atmosphere indoors without having to worry about dealing with the cold. The wedding colors should stick with white and/or silver. Use craft stuffing to create snow all over everything. Spray snow can frost the windows, and white carpets can blanket the aisle. Use glittering snowflake lights or decorations to hang from the ceiling and walls.

Your cake and wedding invitations can look like a snow fort, snowman, snowflake, or a snowball. Music can cover the many winter-themed songs, or just use regular music on a “snow” covered dance floor.


Victorians had a very distinctive look, regardless if it’s summer, spring, fall or winter. So regardless of when your wedding takes place, you can also incorporate a Victorian theme. Try using a traditional Victorian caroling party as your guide, or go with a more pioneer-spirited winter barn dance.

Either way, you’ll need some warm, likely velvet and fur, Victorian clothes. Remember that historical weddings need more money for garments, since things usually need to be elaborate re-creations.


If there are two things the Russian culture knows about, it’s throwing parties and dealing with snow! Invoke a more indulgent age and tweak the Victorian theme by modeling your wedding theme after the styles of Tsarist Russia.

Or think about the amazing wood and painting done by peasants and decorate with that colorful style. Provide well-known Russian food and drinks, and think about using assorted Russian folk music for the reception.


If you want a little cabin charm added to your wedding, why not try a Nordic theme? Think about recreating that distinctive look of a Swiss chalet. Old fashion snow shoes, wooden skis, warm fires and fur rugs.

The bride and groom can go formal with fur or stay casual with ski outfits. White walls with wood edging should be easy to recreate with paper and/or plastic. If you want to really go all out, ditch the chalet and make everyone attend the wedding on skis!


Those cold-weather animals have a warm place in many people’s hearts, so why not show your love by using them in your wedding theme. Cute penguins can adorn your invitations, tables, or even cake. Try ice sculptures of polar bears or seals.

You could also have the chairs decorated like toy polar bears, penguins or seals. The best thing about this type of theme is that you don’t have to worry about the men’s outfits. A basic wedding tux makes a man look like a big penguin anyway.

If you are a hard-core animal lover, you can even do the entire theme about endangered animals and ask for donations to your favorite charity as wedding gifts. Invitations can come from an animal charity and include general wildlife information as well as wedding stuff. It’s your wedding, so make it a cause if that’s what’s important to you.


If you love to celebrate the holidays, maybe you should think about involving a specific holiday into your wedding theme. It doesn’t matter what your heritage is, a winter wedding can also be Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, or even winter solstice inspired.

Use the usual symbols and colors of the holiday as a subtle undertone for the wedding. Every holiday has its own traditional decoration, food, and music, so the reception should be easy to figure out.


If you do decide on an outdoor wedding, remember to warn everyone that they’ll need to dress warm. Consider a fur hood instead of the typical veil and a decorated fur muff instead of the traditional bouquet. Use a canopy to help keep snow off the seats and aisle. It’s best not to have the wedding in an actual field of snow, but rather in a protected area with raised ground to prevent problems.

Think about serving hot food for the reception and have plenty of coffee, tea and hot chocolate available at all times. Winter weddings are unpredictable because of the weather, so make sure you have a team of people with snow shovels ready to clear your ceremony and reception area in case of a storm.