Brooklyn Winery Wedding Blog
Saturdays are often thought of as king when it comes to wedding dates, but here at Brooklyn Winery, we book Friday and Sunday weddings almost as quickly. There are many advantages to looking beyond a Saturday for your celebration (Women Getting Married can back us up here)! Choosing your wedding date can seem like a huge decision, but the truth is that day of the week should fall pretty low on the priority list, especially if it means that you can get married during the season you prefer at the venue you love!
Some of the harder wedding decisions often deal with the question of tradition. Which wedding traditions to incorporate and which to kick to the curb? Choosing only the ones that are important to you can involve diplomatically navigating family customs, expectations, and norms. The good news is, modern weddings have transformed old traditions into personal interpretations, so the conventions are constantly evolving, loosening, and expanding.
Table linens, glassware, minute-by-minute timelines…we admit that some wedding planning details can get tedious. The one detail that always provides a (tasty) respite is the menu selection! While you should choose food items that you find delicious, there are some best practices when it comes to crafting a winning menu. We picked our wedding sous chef’s brain to get some hot tips from the pros!
You probably won't forget any of the big things on the days leading up to your wedding, so the little things can make a huge difference in making you feel in control for one of the biggest occasions of your life. There’s a lot you can do to ensure that every single detail is as flawless as you imagined, and being mindful of what tends to be forgotten is one way to keep everything together! As we host weddings at the winery every weekend, we have seen our fair share of forgetfulness, whether it be physical items, or essential to-dos. Therefore, here is our list of must-remembers for the days leading up to your best day ever!
Humans love to share, and social media is the perfect avenue for your family and friends to engage in your wedding, both leading up to the big day, in the moment, and years after. Social media is part of all of our lives, so it’s only natural to want to find fun ways to incorporate it into your wedding. Your guests and loved ones can share their favorite moments, selfies, and memories of your wedding celebration from your engagement through to your post-wedding brunch.
We are taking the stress out of wedding planning by giving you a step-by-step guide to booking your vendors—a month by month guide in collaboration with WeddingWire—along with many tips from our team of wedding experts to ensure that planning your wedding is smooth and easy. Trust us, we know that wedding planning is an enormous undertaking, but luckily, we also know the best ways to manage your list of decisions, to ensure that you can enjoy it every step of the way.
Wedding planning requires, in our modest estimate, making about one million decisions in the months leading up to the big day. Ranging from tiny details like the color of ink on your invitations’ return address, to big decisions like venue, to the menu selection, seating chart, music, honeymoon, shoes—the list quickly piles up. A seemingly endless list can open the door to a whole lot of stress, but we are here to tell you that needn’t be the case!
In the haze that is wedding planning, a beacon of joy often comes in the form of the wedding dress. With the wedding dress, you can choose exactly what you want, and make sure that it fully reflects your personality. Styles range infinitely, but we’ve noticed several recurring trends in wedding dresses over the last year, and want to show off some of our beautiful Brooklyn Winery couples and our brides’ wonderful, diverse gowns!
Planning a wedding opens the door (or Pandora’s Box!) to many, many, many questions. While each and every one of those questions must eventually be addressed, one of the first decisions that every couple needs to make is: wedding venue. When it comes to wedding venues, the options range dramatically. Want to get married on the beach, or in a castle? No problem! Always dreamed of saying “I Do” in a theme park? Totally possible!
With our sales team on the phone with prospective wedding couples every day and our events team on site running weddings every weekend, the staff at Brooklyn Winery truly has an inside line on what wedding trends are coming in 2017. Some of these trends started picking up speed in 2016, and some will soon be making their first widespread debuts. In any case, this year, the trends will be everywhere. Here is a list of our Top 5 Wedding Trend Predictions for 2017!
Every wedding detail is important, but finding a wedding photographer takes time and care, as the choice you make will matter for years to come! Finding your venue is always the first stop you should make on the road to planning your perfect wedding. Once you’ve booked the venue, you’ve got a date, a place, an open bar, and delicious food for your guests. Following that decision, it’s nice to enjoy some down time before jumping into the nitty gritty details. However, when looking at next steps, it’s important to prioritize by taking into account the availability of different types of vendors. For instance, florists can do more than one event per day, so you might worry less about that than a photographer, who is just one person, and therefore cannot double book.
It can be difficult to sift through all of the winter wedding ideas out there. A lot of brides tend to steer clear of the winter for one of two reasons: they’re worried about the weather, or they don’t want a stereotypical winter wonderland. Planning your wedding can be a difficult task, especially when looking at wedding venues. Even if you find a location that you LOVE, it can be difficult to secure the date you want. Why not make more options available to yourself? By considering the “off-peak” months of December through February, you open up a huge, new variety of options—and there need not be a snowflake in sight.
Here at Brooklyn Winery, we always emphasize that the space, while filled with character, is well suited for a variety of different brides. Earlier this year, Bridal Guide stopped by to demonstrate just that with their July/August issue fashion shoot. Throughout the 6-page article, you'll see different parts of our space as the backdrop for several different designers, from the uniquely chic Temperley to the always classy and fabulous Vera Wang. Grab this issue, on stands now, for some incredible bridal inspiration and contact us to inquire about hosting your wedding or wedding-related event at Brooklyn Winery.
What you choose to to crown your wedding cake (or cupcake spread...or pie...or doughnuts) is an opportunity to showcase a bit of you and your beloved. You want to choose something that represents the two of you as a couple; perhaps it’s a classic monogram of your initials, an inside joke, or something whimsical that will elicit “ooh’s”, “aah’s,” and "oh that's perfect" from your guests. Your marriage and your relationship is unique, so have fun choosing your wedding cake toppers! A few things to keep in mind when selecting your perfect topper:
If you are engaged, you have already been or will be faced with the dilemma of trying to solidify your guest list while pleasing one or more of the following: you, your significant other, your parents, friends, family, and co-workers. Do you keep it small and intimate and just invite close friends and family? Do you believe the more the merrier? Do you give everyone a plus one? Thus goes the drama of the wedding day guest list, but so often, you’ll need to choose your venue before you can figure out those sometimes-messy details. We’re here to talk numbers and venues, and how to strategically make the two work together like good wine and cheese.
New York is many things: bustling metropolis; cultural pinnacle; financial-fashion-art-food-and-pretty-much-everything-else capital of the world (not to brag). It’s also home to many (many) people, which means it’s a top destination for weddings. And according to a recent Reuters article, New York is also the most expensive city in the United States to get married. The reported average cost of a wedding in the New York City metropolitan area is $65,824. But what does that price tag actually include? We know you have questions, and we have some answers to help you plan your Big Apple wedding.
So you are finally planning your wedding and have come to this somewhat common roadblock: do you choose a DJ...or a live band? Do you prefer the classy exclusivity of a live band or would you rather hear “Hey Ya” in its original Outkast glory?
You’ve spent hours getting ready. You’ve just walked down the aisle and exchanged vows. You are officially married. And now you’re famished! Choosing your dinner service dictates the flow and vibe of your wedding and can sometimes be a daunting decision. Do you go with a seated, more traditional dinner? Or do you mix things up with a cocktail style, roaming service? Or do you even opt for the flexibility of the sometimes-dreaded buffet?
It doesn’t matter what you choose to spend on your wedding—everyone works with some kind of budget. There are creative ways to save on different elements, and every couple has their priorities, but there are a few areas where you should avoid taking short cuts, and allow a splurge.
There is nothing more visually stunning and elegant than a perfect wedding. You may have just gotten engaged, so who can blame you for starting to think about every detail, every color, every potential flower and dessert? (Okay, maybe you were doing that long before your engagement...and there is no shame in that.)
When it comes to planning the most important day of your life, the decisions are endless. Of the various choices you will need to make, one of the most important is the “where.” Comparing possible wedding locations thoroughly is a good place to start. Ten years ago, a New York City wedding meant a Manhattan wedding. But with the dramatic changes over the last decade, Brooklyn has grown tremendously as a viable—and some might argue (present company included!), highly desirable—wedding locale.
Keep in mind that everyone you meet with knows you’re planning a wedding for the first time, and are likely to have a plethora or questions. You’re not expected to be an expert, but with varying levels of service throughout the industry, it can be extremely helpful to arm yourself with some important knowledge. These are some of the very important, but still fairly basic questions you want to make sure you’re asking your prospective venue.